God Appoints Wicked Rulers as a Judgement on Wicked Nations
God gives people the kind of ruler they deserve. The kind of leaders that will bring great destruction on them for their great evil.
1.Pharaoh The mighty, prosperous nation of Egypt sunk into great evil: They enslaved Jews.(Exodus 1:13) “They made the slaves lives bitter with hard bondage.” (Exodus 1:14) Trusted in Satanic sorcerery. (Exodus 7:11) They killed all newborn baby boys. (Exodus 1:16)
God raised up a wicked ruler as a judgment on this wicked nation. “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16)
God sent 7 plagues on Egypt. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:13-14)
Finally, God destroyed Pharaoh and the Egyptian army: “Exodus 15:4 Pharaoh's chariots and his army he has hurled into the ... sea. (Exodus 15:4)
2. Nebuchadnezzar In Daniel 2 we see Daniel telling Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful king who had ever reigned, that his kingdom and power was given by God. ““Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings.” (Daniel 2:20-22) Again, "Thou, O king, art a king of kings, for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, glory.” (Daniel 2:37)
“Nebuchadnezzar was most merciless toward the conquered people. By his command the exiles (Jews) on their way to Babylon were not allowed to stop even for a moment, as the king feared that they would pray…On this occasion Nebuchadnezzar ordered the singers of the Temple to add their music to his feast; but they preferred to bite off their fingers, or even to be killed, rather than to play their sacred music in honor of the Babylonian idols …But even after the heavily burdened Jews finally reached Babylonia they had no rest from the tyrant, who massacred thousands of youths whose beauty had inflamed the passion of the Babylonian women.” (Jewish Encyclopiedia)
The lot of the Jews was naturally a very sad one during Nebuchadnezzar's reign; and even Daniel, as well as his three friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, who were pages at court, were often in peril of their lives. This was especially the case when the king tried to force the three pages to worship the idol at Durah, and they, upon their refusal to do so, were thrown into the fiery furnace...Yet this did not prevent him from massacring all the 600,000 Jews who had obeyed his command and worshiped the idol, and whom he reproached for not having followed the example of the three pious men and trusted in God (Pirḳe R. El. xxxiii.).
He finally received his well-merited punishment; for God changed him into an animal, as far as his appearance, intellect, and language were concerned. He appeared to the people with his upper half as an ox and the lower half as a lion, and as such he killed many villains. Through Daniel's prayers the seven years of punishment decreed for Nebuchadnezzar were changed to seven months; and after the king had lamented his sins for forty days, had lived in the caves for another period of forty days, and had herded for the same length of time with the beasts of the forest, God took mercy upon him and allowed him to return to his throne. He repented and did penance for the next seven years, subsisting, on the advice of Daniel, on vegetable food. The affairs of the government he gave into the hands of seven judges, who held office for one year each. At the expiration of this period he wished to make Daniel one of his heirs; but the latter refused with the words: "Far be it from me to exchange the heritage of my fathers for that of one uncircumcised" ("The Chronicles of Jerahmeel," ed. Gaster, lxvi. 1-2; see also the passage quoted in the introduction, p. 106).
A couple of chapters later, in Daniel 4: 13-17 the Bible says that a "watcher and holy" told Nebuchadnezzar about this issue.
"13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven. 14 He cried aloud, and said thus….. 17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men." (Daniel 4:13-17)
Daniel affirms again that the kingdoms are God's. “That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” (Daniel 4:25-26)
3. Pontius Pilate “Pontius Pilate has been enshrined forever in the cowards’ Hall of Shame. Though he knew the charges against Jesus Christ were void of substance, because of his spineless politicism, he delivered the Son of God over to the rebellious Jews for crucifixion.” (wrote Wayne Jackson) Jesus told the Roman judge, Pilate, that his political power came from God. “Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. (John 19:10, 11) This ruler was used to judge the straying Jewish people. He is said to have been killed by his Roman government which also collapsed.