Amraphel is a sayer of darkness and fall of the sayer, Arioch is lion-like, King of Ellasar or chastened by God, Chedorlaomer is a handful of sheaves, King of Elam or “eternity,” Tidal is a “great son,” King of nations usually of non-Hebrew people.
Here with a word picture is the history of the world; we live in a fallen world filled with deception and lies, propagated by false prophets of darkness. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” Romans 1:21.
The history of the world is the warring of the nations, and after they make war they are chastened by God and loose their position in the world. “…that you should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.” Acts 14:15-16. (Emphasis added)
After all the warring is over, and the pleasure seeking and fortune hunting ends, it is always true that man is left with a hand full of sheaves for all eternity. “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?” Matthew 16:26
To rule the nations without the God, who is the ultimate ruler of nations, is foolishness indeed! The Christian should understand that God rules in heaven no matter what it looks like on earth; His plan is coming to pass completely on schedule, He is building His church as He said He would. Nothing and no one can stay His hand or prevent all things He has ordained to be.