The bigger the society, the more progressive its sins, and the surer its destruction. That is my observation. Big cities, big government, big plans, made by big men with big money tend to get out of control. We can see it in history and in current events. Our politicians talk about enterprises that are too big to fail, when just the opposite is true. Things that get too big are sure to fail.
Remember the tower of Babel and the great empires of Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. Recall the giant Philistine Goliath, the huge Egyptian army of Pharaoh, and the swollen ego of Nebuchadnezzar. Think about the cancerous growth of Nazism, Communism, Mohammedism, Catholicism and Protestant Denominationalism. In every case, the goal is to be as big as possible and the growth then leads to sinful corruption and ultimate failure. Man’s biggest projects always come to nothing, sooner or later.
When Jesus was in the flesh, Herod the Great ruled Judea. Herod was rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem as a monument to his own greatness. Josephus compared the huge building of white stones, some 40 feet high, to a white mountain of snow. One of Jesus’ disciples commented to Jesus, “’Look, teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!’ ‘Do you see these great buildings?’ Jesus replied. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down’” (Mark 13:1-2). Jesus’ prophecy came true in 70 a.d.
Things never change. Do you see man’s armies, empires, religions, governments, philosophies, creations and plans? Every one will be thrown down.