I have always maintained that democracy is the best form of government this side of glory. It’s because I think it is too risky to have a more authoritarian form of government with our democracy. President obviously would like to change this and make the presidency more like an authoritarian office of a king.
However, democracy is not the absolute best form of government. The form of government that Messianic-King Jesus of Nazareth will exercise in his worldwide kingdom during the world-to-come will be the best form of government. The Bible says numerous times that of that yet future time, that Jesus will “rule all the nations with a rod of iron” (Revelation 12.5; cf. 2.17; 19.15). Although he will exercise strong rule, he will also be a perfectly righteous, law-abiding, and benevolent king who will judge fairly with others ruling with him in subjugation to him. That is the best form of government.
We are watching the weakness of our democratic system being played out right now in the USA. Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his 448-page report of his nearly two-year investigation into Russian meddling in our electoral process and possible collusion with President Donald Trump and/or his aids in which Mueller has been restricted in making an accusation of criminal wrongdoing of a sitting president due to a Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel memo, written soon after the Nixon Watergate debacle, that declares a sitting president cannot be charged with wrongdoing. I think that is so misguided because it encourages wrongdoing of the president.
I am writing a book that will be focused a lot on the book of Daniel. This book is full of prophecy about nations, empires, and the forms of their governments. The book’s first such prophecy is a dream that Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had during the sixth century BCE, recorded in Daniel 2. It was a dream the king had of an image of a man having a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, midsection of bronze, hips and legs of iron, and feet and toes consisting of iron mixed with clay. This dream is a prediction of subsequent empires which were: gold head=Babylonian empire, silver chest and arms=Media-Persian empire, bronze midsection=Greek empire, iron legs=Roman empire, and the iron-clay feet and toes=a final form of the Roman empire.
There are especially two features to understand about these metals that characterize the governmental systems of these empires. Gold is the most valuable of metals, with the succeeding metals declining in value. Yet gold is the most malleable of these metals, with increasing strength in the succeeding metals. The feet and toes consisting of iron mixed with clay conveys democracy. Is it not interesting that democracy has continued to spread throughout the earth in recent centuries.
Daniel interpreted the king’s dream to him by saying, “As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay” (Daniel 2.42-43 NIV). I think we are witnessing in our country nowadays what Daniel was talking about here.