History seems to be dominated by evil men. Whether it is the Assyrian Empire, the rule of Communism, or the United Nations in our day, the wicked seem to be in power. Yet the Assyrians lasted much longer than Communism (or even the United Nations will!). Why? Because in the New Testament, God is much quicker to avenge his elect, as Paul says in Acts 17:30: "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: "
But why did Communism fall quicker than the Assyrians? Why is God's judgment on nations swifter than in the Old Testament?
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)
This is the answer. Christ has received the kingdoms of the world and is in the process of bringing all things in subjection to Himself.
(Many thanks to Kevin Swanson's Proverbs Study Guide for this question, which made for excellent family discussion last night!)