Daniel 7: Thrown Down
Daniel 7 is prophecy central, and I am not going to pretend that I am an expert on what the beasts are. However, notice something very interesting about all of these kingdoms, whoever they ultimately end up being.
Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
All of the beasts had a time limit, and in the end, God was back on the pinnacle with no competition. Everyone else had been cast down. I point that out because it is not as if every nation in the world suddenly decide that they were going to bow to God. They had to be thrown down because they were not going to come down in any other way.
The world is in chaos, and I think that it is easy to wonder where God is. It is easy to wonder when He is going to bring about ultimate justice and set everything right that humanity has done a pretty good job of messing up. However, as we see here, God is still there. In the midst of all of this activity with the four kingdoms, God is still in control. Yes, He is allowing things to happen, and we often times wonder why God does not just wipe out evil right now and be done with it.
The important thing to take away from this is that all of the earthly powers had a time limit. No matter how you decide to interpret this passage, the end result seems to be the same. God is in charge, and at some point, He is going to throw down all other kingdoms. In His time, He will set all things right.