Rise of Satan's final Empire
What will happen to Israel in the future is not done in a vacuum.
The whole Earth will be going through great changes during this
Tribulation period. All of this is a culmination of Satan's evil
plans for world government. This is described in the Book of Daniel
in several dreams and visions.
Fulfillment of the visions of Daniel
"You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue--an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.
While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth. (Daniel 2:31-35)
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had terrifying dreams and did
not know what they meant. His magicians, astrologers and fortunetellers
could not help him interpret them. Daniel was of the captives
whom Nebuchadnezzar's forces had carried off from Israel to Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar called for Daniel to see if he could explain the
dreams to him.
First God showed Daniel what Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed. Then He showed Daniel what the dreams meant.
Since Nebuchadnezzar was the head of the Babylonian empire (which virtually ruled the then-known world), he was the head of gold. But the prophecy meant that another empire would arise that would overtake them. Every ruler would like to think that he will never be defeated, but that does not happen. Historically, there was another world empire which came after Babylon. That empire was Medo-Persia. There were of scores scores of other, minor kingdoms. Some of them were small empires over a certain number of countries for a period of time. But what Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream were world empires. From the time of Nebuchadnezzar until now there were to be only four of them, including his Babylon. The second empire was silver, meaning that it was inferior to the first in some ways, and it had two parts, like two arms: the Medes and the Persians. Then there was another empire (refer to Harmony of Prophecy chart).
The Babylonians gave way to the Medo-Persians, and the Medo-Persians
gave way to the Greeks, and the Greeks gave way to the Romans.
It was the Romans who were in power at the time of Christ. There
had been almost an unbroken succession of world empires from Nebuchadnezzar
until the time of Christ. Nebuchadnezzar's dream indicated that
one empire would be replaced by another. The iron legs, feet and
toes of the statue represented the future empire of Rome.
Since the Roman Empire ceased to exist as a real empire, how many world empires have existed? Can you think of any? Not really. There have been some serious attempts. Charlemagne, Napoleon, and Hitler, tried to conquer their world. None of them succeeded. The Bible says there are only four of these world empires, and then a final form of the fourth one--feet made partly of iron and partly of clay.
What would the iron and clay mean? It is a Revived Roman Empire--partly of the old iron of the ancient Roman empire, and partly of clay, something weaker and brittle. It would include some of the old areas, but it would not be as strong and monolithic as the old Roman Empire. When the stone comes out of Heaven and lands on these feet they will break. The stone from Heaven represents the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of Kings to destroy Antichrist's empire and to set up the Millennial Kingdom.
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.
Daniel said: "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.
And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, 'Get up and eat your fill of flesh!'
After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.
After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. (Daniel 7:1-9)
In the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. I watched the ram as he charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.
As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. He came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at him in great rage. I saw him attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering his two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against him; the goat knocked him to the ground and trampled on him, and none could rescue the ram from his power.
The goat became very great, but at the height of his power his large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven. Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low. Because of rebellion, the host and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground. (Daniel 8:1-12)
Daniel had one dream and one vision. They were about four kinds
of creatures that represented these same four empires of Nebuchadnezzar's
Dream. When we compare them we see many similarities. These dreams
were given to confirm what Nebuchadnezzar had seen in his dream:
that there would be a succession of four empires, and that they
would become successively more fierce. In Daniel's visions there
is also an element of a personal power--an individual who is extremely
powerful, who comes on the scene at the end. This is Antichrist.
The first specific teachings about Antichrist are from Daniel,
chapters 7 to 9. Chapter 9 gives details of Antichrist's treaty
with Israel which he breaks in the middle. He will then set up
a statue of himself to be worshiped in the Temple.
The interesting thing to notice here is that, in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, there are ten toes on the feet, and in Daniel's dream, the final form of a world government had ten horns. So the number ten is very significant in the last form of world governments which is still future.
We are looking for another empire that will come out of ten nations and then become a world power.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Matthew 4:8-11)
What business does the Devil have offering Jesus, God the Son,
the Creator of the World, these kingdoms? Was that nonsense? Or
was it a legitimate offer? Satan is called "The god of this
age" (2 Corinthians 4:4), "The prince of this world"
(John 12:31), and "The prince of the power of the air"
(Ephesians 2:2). Because of the fall of man and the corruption
that resulted from the fall, the Devil does have control of the
kingdoms of the world today. That is not to say that every single
nation is corrupt. There was a time in our country that we were
not influenced much by the Devil. Godly people came here to begin
a nation under God with religious freedom. In those days, before
we had a federal government, there were states, like William Penn's
"Holy Experiment" in Pennsylvania, that were almost
theocracies. A theocracy is a government where God rules literally.
But, for the most part, nations become ungodly. The people forget
their blessings from God. Leaders become corrupt, and even a good
nation like ours drifts, until they no longer seek and receive
God's blessing. We have reached the point where many people say
America is a "post-Christian" nation. It hurts to admit
this. The good news is that we can return to our devotion to the
Lord. We could have a revival. Many people feel there is a great
renewal of faith brewing in our nation. However, America is not
the Christian nation it once was.
In terms of world empires, there have only been, since Nebuchadnezzar, four world empires, and all of them have been dominated by evil. Your history teachers have probably told you this is true even if they were not Christians. These evil empires tolerated immorality and became corrupt. They were brutal. And they collapsed internally because of their sin and corruption. The Devil had a right to offer these kingdoms to Jesus. But why would Jesus want those corrupted kingdoms? Jesus is going to come back as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to set things up as they ought to be. He doesn't need the Devil's help, and He doesn't need the Devil's kingdoms. He would never have accepted that offer, but the Devil thought that was his "best card." Unfortunately, Satan does have control over the corrupt kingdoms of the world today.
A New World Order
We have already studied the rise and fall of various world empires under Satan's control and the emerging final form of that political structure. We have also traced the course of false world religions from the time of Nimrod in Babel through the period of The Tribulation. Now we examine the secret societies which have controlled wealth and power from behind the scenes, and the sinister religious connections with these secret societies. Some have referred to this power behind the scenes as the Invisible Government.
Matthew 24:37 - As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Jeremiah 6:14 and 8:11 - 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 - While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Note: The implication in this section that there is a conspiracy to produce a universal government is accepted by many prophecy scholars, but rejected by others. There is no doubt that there will be a One-World Government, but there are differing views on the processes that lead to it. Some have called this an "open conspiracy," meaning one that is not totally hidden, but is more of a one-world agenda by the rich and powerful. This elite group publish their ideas, but the public is never made aware of their ultimate plans. For balance here, See Appendix - Warnings and Cautions.
This was an ancient system of Jewish theosophy and mysticism which still has adherents today. It denies the inspiration of Scripture and blends metaphysical and occult practices, trying to mesh them with the Old Testament.
This system of belief flourished during the time of the writing of the New Testament. It is a dualistic philosophy that there are two equally powerful forces in the universe- one good and one evil.
Knights of the Temple
This fraternity arose during period of the Crusades. Some may
have meant well at the beginning, but it was so corrupted that
it became a great blight on Christian history and a serious stumbling
block between Christians and Jews and between Christians and Moslems.
Here is a brief history of this movement:
- 1118 - Established in Jerusalem by 9 French knights.
- 1128 - Taken under the protection of the Pope.
- 1187 - Moved to Acre (when Saladin conquered Jerusalem).
- 1291 - Moved to Cyprus (when Acre fell to Muslims). By then they had become influential bankers of Europe. They especially influenced Spain, France, England.
(Their work might have been good at first, but, according to occult historian Edith Starr Miller, it was influenced by Gnostics in Jerusalem and the Sect of Assassins, which practiced phallicism or sex-worship and Satanism, and venerated "The Baphomet," the idol of the Luciferians).
- Philip IV of France sentenced many of them to death, charging them with conspiracy, heresy and Satan worship.
- 1314 (Mar. 18) - The Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake. (The Masonic order for young men is named after him! Why would they?)
Order of the Rose-Croix
In the early 1300's, the surviving Knights Templars merged
with them since they were not allowed to continue their own organization.
Their beliefs and practices were very secret through the 1600's. They may have been the pre-cursors of the Masonic Orders. The names of the last three Masonic degrees of the York Rite are: Knight of the Red Cross (means the same thing as Rose-Croix), Knight of Malta, Knight Templar. The 18th Degree of Scottish Rite of the Masonic Order is called the Sovereign Prince of Rose-Croix.
In 1717 the world's first Grand Lodge of the Masonic Order was established in London. According to Gary Kah, it had Rosicrucians deep within its structure. These were the Princes of Freemasonry.
The Illuminati were an order within an order of Freemasons.
This order was founded on May 1, 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, a college
professor in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, a part of modern Germany.
Gary Kah cites John Robinson, 18th Century historian and prominent Mason, that the express aim of the Order was to abolish Christianity and overturn government.
Weishaupt said the name is derived from Lucifer, and means "Holders of the Light." Lucifer is one of the names of Satan in our Bible. He was created as an angel of light (Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:14; 2 Corinthians 11:14), then he rebelled against God and fell.
At the Masonic Congress of Wilhelmsbad, in July, 1782 the Illuminati reached the zenith of their power. This conference solidified Weishaupt and his order as undisputed head of the occult one-world movement. Weishaupt also forged an alliance with the growing Rothschild banker network.
The Illuminati were banned in Bavaria in 1786 as subversive. Their work was apparently exposed by an act of God when a messenger carrying secret information to members of the Illuminati was struck by lightning. His documents were exposed, and used as the basis of action by the government of Bavaria to ban the organization. Copies of this information was sent to heads of government all over Europe, but most people did not take it seriously. These people continued to exert influence through the network of illuminated Masonic Lodges already in place, especially through the Grand Orient Lodge of France.
Kah says that The Illuminati were condemned by George Washington in 1798. Our first president was a Mason, but he was a godly man. He was a surveyor, and would naturally belong to Masonic trades. But there is no evidence that he personally was involved in any of the unfortunate secret aspects of the founding of our nation and its capital, such as the city of Washington D.C. being laid out in the form of a pentagram. He wrote, "I have heard much of the nefarious and dangerous plan and doctrines of the Illuminati. It was not my intention to doubt that the doctrine of the Illuminati and the principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States." (From The Writings of George Washington, V. 20: Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1941).
This discussion is about orders within orders in Freemasonry, and about the illuminated orders in particular. However, that does not necessarily mean that all Masons believe the same thing. There is so much about secret societies that we do not know. But we do know about the terrible corruption that permeated some aspects of Freemasonry from the time of the Illuminati. We might expect a person who is a high order Mason to say, "Honestly, we don't have any of this stuff in our literature." There may be some branches of Masonic Orders that are not corrupted, but there are some, and maybe all of them that do have these beliefs. Some of our own close relatives were Masons, and we don't think they had any idea about these things. They didn't go high enough in the organization to discover the deeper truth. Like most people, they were in it for the business networking and the idea of good works. Masons have a great image as humanitarians.
Another aspect of this study is in answer to the question, "Why would the rich and powerful people want to control the world?" You would think they would be satisfied with their millions and just retire to enjoy the good life on the French Riviera or something. But history teaches us they did not just enjoy life. Historically, as people become richer, they also become greedy for power. They want to control more and more. Finally, some of these rich and powerful people reached the obvious conclusion that they would like to control the world. Some of these people have conspired together to do just that. They have planned how they or their descendants can literally control the whole world.
Taylor Caldwell's Captains and The Kings was a very artful novel about an immigrant who made good here in the United States against terrible odds. The underlying theme of the book was that the really powerful people in the United States were not the people in congress, but the ones who bought congressmen. They were the ones who held something over congressmen's heads so they could manipulate them. Truthfully, this is not so hard to believe today. There are some notable exceptions. But, since it costs huge amounts of money to successfully run for congress, it is obvious that the rich can have great influence on campaigns, and therefore, on the allegiance of the politicians they have helped. Today there are laws about campaign practices, but there are ways of getting around them. No one admits that they are "owned" by anyone, but if one of a congressman's big backers calls and asks him to vote a certain way, he will have to seriously consider doing it.
Today you could not prove that any organization is the Illuminati, but the principles they established are very much alive in the various organizations we will consider.
The Scottish Rite of the Masonic Order
The Scottish Rite of the Masonic Order was established in 1801 in Charleston, South Carolina. It later moved to Washington D.C. A Masonic publication, Facts of Scottish Rite, states that all regular Supreme Councils have descended from it.
The Pladian Rite
The Paladian Rite was established in 1870 by Albert Pike, the
leader of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the United States and
Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian revolutionary leader and worldwide
director of illuminized Freemasonry from 1834 to 1872. The purpose
of the Paladian Rite was to be behind the scenes and control all
the other Masonic groups. Most people don't know much about this
group. According to Gary Kah, Mazzini wrote to Pike that this
would be the supreme rite; that it would be somewhat unknown,
but through it, the hand-picked high degree Masons who became
a part of it would secretly govern all Freemasonry.
On July 14, 1889, Pike instructed twenty-three Supreme Councils of the world to tell people that Masons worship a God, but one who is adored without superstition. Further, they were told to explain to Masons only of the 30th through 32nd degrees that the "Masonic religion" should be kept in the "purity of the Luciferic doctrine."
Kah then goes on to claim that the belief in Lucifer is not revealed until a higher level. He quotes from A.C. De La Rive's, La Femme et L'Enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle, who recorded Pike's instructions on that date. Pike claimed that Lucifer was the good God of Light, and Adonay (The God of the Christians) is a cruel and barbaric God of darkness and evil. He believed in the dual god theory of Zoroaster, and the Gnostics and Templars after them. According to this view these two gods are always fighting.
How could more terrible words ever be penned by a person who supposedly knows the message of the Bible?
Notice that they do not equate Satan and Lucifer. This is also true of the New Age religion. Those who follow Lucifer usually think that he is actually the good god, and the whole idea of Satan is just a myth and a heresy.
Kah also shows the connection between these beliefs and communism. Mazzini and Karl Marx were closely associated. He says that the early Russian revolutionaries called themselves Spartacusts, after Adam Weishaupt's Illuminati pseudonym. They were later called Bolsheviks. Still later they became known as Communists.
Recent Developments Toward A New World Order
The Federal Reserve System
The Federal Reserve System is not a government institution,
but a privately held corporation owned by stockholders. The top
eight stockholders are Rothschild Banks of London and Berlin;
Lazard Brothers Banks of Paris; Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy;
Warburg Bank of Hamburg and Amsterdam; Lehman Brothers Bank of
New York; Kuhn, Loeb Bank of New York; Chase Manhattan Bank of
New York; and Goldman, Sachs Bank of New York.
Jacob Schiff came to America from Germany with specific directives from Rothschild, the major banking mogul of England and Germany: to gain control of the U.S. money system. He bought into a banking house he could control: Kuen & Loeb. He married Loeb's daughter, Theresa, eventually bought out Kuen's interest, and moved to New York as sole owner. He posed as a philanthropist and man of holiness. He won over J.P. Morgan and others by offering help from Rothschild financing. These people were having a heyday with their businesses, but they were at a point where they needed a lot of capital to expand their businesses. Through loans to these people he gained great financial power. He also had to convince congressmen to enact the Federal Reserve Act. Some say that he used racial strife to plant liberals in congress and control media.
The Federal Reserve Act was originally voted down as unconstitutional (Art. 1, Sect. 8 - the power of issuing money and regulating value belongs to Congress). It was later reintroduced in another form, when many opponents of such a system had left for Christmas holidays, and was rammed through Congress on Dec. 23, 1913.
Now this private enterprise can control how much money will be printed and what the interest rates will be. Therefore, the powerful elite can know what to do about buying and selling, etc., while the rest of us are influenced negatively by their policies. They can drive prices up and down. They have an unfair control of what they can do with our fortunes.
The Council On Foreign Relations
World War I lasted from 1914 to 1918. The United States' was
involved during the last two years. Woodrow Wilson's Secretary
of State, Colonel Edward Mandell House, supported the Federal
Reserve Act and planned the League of Nations. According to Walter
Millis, in his Road To War: America, 1914-1917,
Colonel House's justification for allowing Americans to enter
this carnage was the hope of establishing a new world order of
peace and security.
Colonel House was also a prime mover in the formation of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1919.
Virtually all the literature about a conspiracy in the last thirty years has mentioned the Council on Foreign Relations as a key element. Most people know very little about the organization because they are very private. Their agenda has been supra-national (above or beyond national interests) from the beginning. They are seldom mentioned in the press even though a great number of prominent Americans are involved in it.
Most Presidents and nearly all Secretaries of State in our generation have belonged to the CFR. Even the strong "Christian" presidents have generally filled their cabinets with CFR members. George Bush was a good example of this.
The CFR has several branches. They are the Institute For Pacific Relations - New York; the Centre d'Etudes de Politicque Etrangere - Paris; and the Institut fur Auswartige Politik - Hamburg.
The CFR is now so old that many other organizations have been formed to carry out their objectives. The network of influences controlled by these people, including the major networks, is unbelievable.
Some of their purposes are hair-raising. For instance, Study Number 7, CFR position paper 11/25/1959 - stated its purpose was to advocate the "building [of] a new international order [which] may be responsible to world aspirations for peace...including states labeling themselves as Socialist." Today we might not be so alarmed about this, but when it first came out in 1959 it was pretty shocking to propose a new international order and unity between socialist and capitalist countries.
The League Of Nations
The League of Nations was established in 1920 in Geneva, Switzerland.
It was an attempt to move toward a one-world government, but it
failed because the Congress of the United States disagreed with
its purpose and would not allow us to join it.
This global experiment came out of the same period of time as World War I. President Woodrow Wilson, and his Secretary of State, Colonel House, who was the champion of one-world thinking of his time worked for its establishment. It probably was a result of a euphoric feeling on the part of the people who had believed in these things for a long time, that the time was right for going public with their ideals. We saw the exact same thing during the Gulf War when President Bush started talking about "The new world order." You may not have heard a president say those words before (some say Kennedy and Nixon did, but if so, it wasn't obvious). President Bush used the expression over 200 times. The need was obvious to them for a world police force. It was very interesting that he suddenly stopped using the expression. Apparently the secret powers said, in essence, "Don't tell the people yet. They aren't quite ready."
Pyramid On The One Dollar Bill
The pyramid was placed on the back of our dollar bills during
the term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is the Masonic
pyramid. It was always on our Great Seal, but most people weren't
aware of it. It was only after we lost our "real money,"
Silver Certificates, which were based on actual reserves of Gold
and Silver, and were given Federal Reserve Notes instead which
were easily inflated, that the pyramid side of the Great Seal
was put on the dollar bill. It has 13 courses. The all-seeing
eye goes back to Egyptian idolatry of Osiris, and ultimately to
Lucifer. It is not the eye of God. In the early orders, there
is frequent mention of God, but not much about Jesus. It is only
later that one learns who their god is. There are constant references
to mythological characters and gods of other religions. President
Roosevelt was himself a thirty-third degree Mason and a close
associate of the CFR.
The words Novus Ordo Seclorum- "New Order of the Ages" in Latin--appear on the dollar bill. Basically this has the same meaning as "The New World Order." Many feel that the big banking houses of Europe saw the United States as a new world where they purposely sent their representatives so that it could be the kingpin of their future one-world government.
The United Nations
The United Nations grew out of the world conditions leading
to the start of World War II. By then the Council on Foreign
Relations wielded great control of the State Department and of
our foreign policy.
Hitler was financed by The Warburgs, The Rothschilds, and others. This demonstrates the practice of actually fomenting war by enabling it, financing both sides of various wars to keep the people in a state of unrest, waiting for a peacemaker and a one-world government.
Ten of the original 14 founding council members of the United Nations were also members of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Alger Hiss was the Secretary General of the U.N.'s founding conference. He was later exposed as a Soviet spy.
Donald McAlvany states that when Hiss and the others formed the U.N., they established the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs, which would have jurisdiction over all future U.N. military operations, in a way that the head of the department will always be a Soviet citizen, military officer, or person designated by the Soviets. He goes on to note that has been faithfully followed for the past 47 years.
To keep the United States involved, the land was donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
The United Nations is the parent organization of the World Bank Group consisting of these agencies: The International Monetary Fund (IMF), established in 1944, the International Finance Corporation, begun in 1956, and the International Development Association, founded in 1960. According to the Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia, 159 nations held membership in the World Bank in 1990.
The United Nations also has a World Court, otherwise known as the International Court of Justice created by the charter of the United Nations in 1945. At present the decisions of the World Court are not always honored, but as the military strength of the U.N. grows, the actions of its court will also become more binding.
Once we have surrendered our power to the United Nations, we will have no power to stand for our uniquely American ideals.
The Gulf War and Bosnia air strikes are examples of U.N. police work, using U.S. as world cops.
The United Nations appears to be ineffective in keeping peace. It may be that they are purposely using wars and rumors of wars, economic instability, and environmental crises to finally bring the world to the place where we will say, "OK, if you have the plan and the power to bring order, we will accept it because things have been so bad." Purposely allowing things to get worse now will help them achieve their objectives at the proper time. At last, hope for all these political, economic and ecological issues will be offered when it is time for a one-world government.
In 1995, delegates from more than 170 sovereign nations attended the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China. This was the most anti-family conference in the history of the world. China was a terrible site for any conference on human rights, and especially on the rights of women, because of their discrimination against women. Their policies only allow one child per family, so nearly all baby girls are aborted. One of their topics was: Gender Feminism- a new way of looking at human sexuality. The way some of them see it, we end up with 5 sexes: male, female, homosexual, lesbian, and transsexual - all equally good. You decide what you are. They also promoted safe sex, condoms, and abortion. For the most part the churches were silent.
The Bilderbergers were established in 1954 in The Netherlands.
This is a similar organization to the Council on Foreign Relations.
It has approximately 100 power-elite members from various nations
Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands sees that the purpose of the group is to educate people so that they will be willing to relinquish part of their sovereignty to a "supranational body."
George McGhee, the former U.S. ambassador to West Germany, revealed that the Treaty of Rome which initiated the Common Market was fostered by the Bilderberg meetings.
Here are just a few prominent American Bilderbergers: David and Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert McNamara, and Gerald Ford.
The World Constitution
The World Constitution and Parliament Association was organized
in 1959 in Lakewood, Colorado. Three sessions have been held since
1982. At the third, a Provisional World Presidium and World Cabinet
were appointed to serve as the equivalent of an executive branch
for the emerging world government.
Gary Kah says that The WCPA's plan includes a ten region world government. He notes that this has been taken straight out of the handbook of the Club of Rome.
The Club of Rome
The Club of Rome, formed in 1968 in the city of Rome seems to be another level of informal hierarchy for the planning of a one-world government. Their report entitled Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System, divides the world into ten political/economic regions.
In December of 1970 The Environmental Protection Agency began
operating. In 1992 alone EPA regulations cost taxpayers over $130
billion (over $1000 per family per year).
An international Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in June of 1992. This event, sponsored by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, was the largest event of its kind in history. One hundred sixty heads of state, including George Bush, attended this event which some are calling the launching pad for a quantum leap into the New World Order and the New Age."
The continuing emphasis on environmental problems such as acid rain and depletion of the ozone layer may be part of the long-range strategy to prepare the people of the globe to accept a universal government.
The Trilateral Commission
The Trilateral Commission was founded in 1973 in New York.
It deals with issues concerning North America, Western Europe,
and Japan. This group was formed by David Rockefeller. Zbigniew
Brzezinski was its first director.
George McAlvaney claims that Zbigniew Brzezinski and many other "New Agers" are part of the New World Order movement. He says they bring with them an occultic dimension to views.
Dissolution of the USSR
The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 seemed very strange.
It almost looked "orchestrated" by one-world leaders
when Mikhail Gorbachev suddenly allowed major shifts in soviet
policy leading to a bloodless revolution.
Russia is still a major nuclear threat to the world, and recent events in the former Soviet Union indicate a possible return to Communism.
The Gulf War
After the Gulf War of 1991, President George Bush, in a nation-wide
address said, "This is an historic moment. We have in the
past year made great progress in ending the long era of the cold
war. We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves
and for future generations a New World Order, a world where the
rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of
the nations. When we are successful, and we will be, we have a
real chance at the New World Order, an order in which a credible
United Nations can use its peacekeeping role to fulfill the promise
and vision of the UN. founders."
We saw this speech on live television. It was unbelievable because this was the first time we had heard a high official speak of the future in those terms. Now it seems common enough, but it had really been kept under wraps until that time. It simply wasn't something we ordinarily heard. This is their agenda: to have a global economy, a global politic, and a global religion. They do not know that Antichrist will take over all of that, but this is exactly what the Bible has prophesied; that Antichrist will take over this system once it is in place. It is a sad scenario, but it is great to be on the winning side. As the darkness gets darker, the light gets brighter. We see that in the polarizing of churches. For example, some are in favor of accepting homosexuals, others are opposed to it. Never before in our generation have we seen so many signs of a coming revival. If revival comes to the United States, it will push back this timetable. And that would be great! Most of us would be glad if Jesus came today, but we would also be glad if we could win a few million more to Christ!.
We now have what you might call a United States of Europe.
The first step toward the formation of a European superstate was
the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between
three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a
document called "The Treaty of Rome," those three countries
joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany
to make the EEC (European Economic Community) which we call the
Common Market. Today the organization is known as the EU (European
Union) In 1973 the United Kingdom or England came in along with
Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece
became the tenth member of the union. And since then Spain, Portugal,
Austria, Sweden, and Finland have also joined.
At the beginning of 1998 there are 15 member nations and another ten or more hoping to join the EU. As shown before, the Bible indicates that the number 10 is significant in this union. There are many ways the Lord could bring about a 10 nation (or 10 region) fulfillment of the prophecy. It would be fairly simple for some of the smaller nations to join together. The original three could become one, or The United Kingdom could join with Ireland. One or more of the countries could just drop out. In any case, according to the Bible, once a coalition of ten nations begins, it will spread to the whole earth. It just needs to start with the ten. There is also the intrigue of the individual ruler, who is another horn and another king. He seems to come out of this alliance somewhere and, in intrigue, conquers other nations. This relates to Antichrist, and he could be personally responsible for the pruning down of the 15 nations to 10.
There are other theories about the fulfillment of this Revived Roman Empire. Another popular theory involves the United Nations. A decade or so ago, those who study prophecy did not put much emphasis on the United Nations because it seemed that everything they tried was a failure, and no one took their actions seriously. However, since the Gulf War, and the bandying about of the expression "The New World Order," and the fact that the United Nations seems to be the police force of the world at this point in history, many people think that the United Nations could be the fulfillment of the prophecy of a last great empire. In the book "The Great Seal of the United States" there is mention of the Club of Rome, and how in their plans for a one world government they have proposed that through the United Nations, the whole world would be divided into ten economic regions which they call kingdoms. Through these regions the whole world would be controlled economically. This is a very interesting scenario since the number ten is the exact number needed, and the whole purpose of the United Nations, if it ever attains what it wants to do, could be the fulfillment of this prophecy. So there are at least two possible ways that the prophecies of a final empire could be fulfilled. Of course, The Lord could even find other ways of bringing His purposes to pass.
Economic Instability in the U.S. and the World
The total debt in America (Federal, municipal, corporate, real
estate & consumer debt) in 1980 was about $2 1/2 Trillion.
Presently it is over $17 Trillion! This means it has increased
more than 600% in 15 years! We have a collapsing economy that
is not capable of repaying that debt! This indebtedness exceeds
the total real estate and corporate equities of the entire country!
We're insolvent. We owe European bankers. The Federal government
must borrow over a trillion dollars in the next 12 months - more
than a billion dollars per day, just to pay the interest.
When the United States gets into financial trouble it causes world-wide economic instability. We really do have an insurmountable problem, based on the inability to pay back our debt right now. What can we do now? Some are saying we will have hyper inflation- printing more and more money to pay old debts. This is what ruined the economy of Germany before World War II. The effect of this is that people's hard-earned savings will become practically useless. In Germany people had to take a wheelbarrow full of money to the store just to buy a few groceries.
Every time you charge interest you create a problem. Money has not been printed to cover that interest, so there isn't enough money to cover all the debts. Picture this simple example. Suppose there was $1000 in real money printed, and half of it was loaned out at 10% interest. The total amount of money now held or due would be $1050, but there would only be $1000 to cover it!. Imagine how this problem is compounded by the constant lending of the same money. Another way of looking at this is that if everyone demanded the money due them there would only be a fraction of that total amount available to meet that demand.
The Bible says we are not to charge interest. (Exodus 22:25; 25:36; Nehemiah 5:7-11; Psalm 15:5)
If we were strong enough morally, to stand alone, we could conceivably let the rest of the world do whatever crazy things they want to do, but we don't have that luxury, because we owe so much to foreign banks.
Our financial weakness also gives rise to trade wars and what might be unfavorable trade agreements, such as NAFTA and GATT. The GATT agreement is a 22,000 page document which includes provision for a World Trade Organization (with no practical means of withdrawal).
An organization was formed in 1997 which has the express goal
of forming a world body of religions patterned after the model
of the United Nations. They are in the process of developing a
charter and have asked people of all faiths to participate in
enrolling other people in the effort, in "visioning,"
or imagining what the U.R. can be and do, in acting locally to
bring this organization about, and in offering written charter
elements for consideration.
To help explain the purpose of the movement and its connection to the New World Order, Marcus Braybrooke, evidently one of the chief advocates of the idea, gives this statement:
It is said of the United Religions Organization that 'the prime purpose for uniting the world's religions into a global organization is to eliminate violence in the name of religion, race or ethnicity. An organization that makes this its primary task will have plenty of work to do. I hope any new organization will have a distinct focus, whilst recognizing that its long term objectives will only be achieved if it works closely with many other related bodies. Until religions clearly renounce violence, their creative contribution to building a new world order will be ignored. To many people today, religion is a threat rather than a promise and the public perception of religion as a cause of division and hostility is a disincentive to faith. If a United Religions Organization can purge the religions of what distorts and corrupts their witness, it can unblock the channels through which the healing wisdom of the great spiritual traditions will flow into our world.
For the present, they suggest that everyone who is interested
in the concept link themselves together by daily recitation of
"Supreme One, who has made of one blood all peoples to dwell upon the earth, our thanks and praise for deepening the understanding of those of all races, languages, customs and religions and for teaching us to accept each other in the light of your own all-embracing love. Thank you also for the vision of all the human family united in caring partnership and stewardship for the sake of all life and the earth."
Their agenda calls for actually writing the first draft of
their charter in June of 1998, and after two years of discussion
and refinement, to have representatives sign it on June 26, 2000
while a walking pilgrimage for peace among religions takes place
in villages, towns, and cities throughout the world.
The point of this discussion is to show the rapid erosion of international boundaries in our century and the inexorable, and unavoidable pressures forcing world leaders towards an international police force, world-wide economic controls, and a central governmental authority which transcends the old boundaries of what were once called "sovereign" states.
International commerce and trade, now largely electronically conducted, ignores national boundaries. A crisis in one stock market quickly affects the rest of the world. Governments are powerless to oversee or control all this international banking and currency flow.
More and more we are becoming aware that the evening news is virtually the same on every channel or in every newspaper. The daily news is evidently being carefully written by some master craftsman behind the scenes. Political leaders around the world appear more and more to be mere puppets placed in office by greater powers who are really directing world events. We can't always see the controlling strings but it seems undeniable that they are there.
Rapid international travel by millions means that a deadly virus in a remote part of the world can be loose half way round the world in a matter of hours. Terrorists representing not necessarily the interests of foreign nations but their own ideologies have access to, and can easily import deadly chemical and biological weapons unseen and undetected through the porous borders of most nations. Until this century it was unthinkable that we could have great world wars which affected every nation everywhere, or that our nation should fly troops and fight wars half way round the planet on foreign soil, apparently to protect our very survival or our economic well-being and safety.
The Apostle John closes his first epistle with the words, "We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one." (1 John 5:19)
We ought not to be surprised about an emerging world-wide conspiracy against God, which is surely like that which occurred at the time of the building of the Tower of Babel. What has always existed in the darkness of the present age is now coming into the light and therefore is more and more visible to the discerning eye.
The Bible does indeed picture the organized political, commercial, military structure of the present world as controlled by Satan, the "god of this world."
The Greek word cosmos, meaning "ornament, decoration, arrangement" gives us our English word "cosmetics." Hence the "world" involves a concern for external appearances more than inner content and quality. As used in the New Testament, the world does not refer to nature, but to the world-system, to society and human culture. The world system is outwardly religious, scientific, cultured and elegant. Inwardly it seethes with national and commercial rivalries.
The general characteristics of "the world" as the term is used in the Bible when referring to the fallen "world system" may be described roughly as follows. The world:
- Produces conformity to cultural norms or traditions and stifles individuality.
- Makes use of force, greed, ambition and warfare to accomplish objectives.
- Offers financial reward at the cost of one's soul.
- Cares nothing for the worth of the individual or his uniqueness.
- Promotes myths and illusions which appeal to human vanity and pride
- Diverts attention from spiritual values by appeals to pursue pleasure, pride (vainglory), or to power.
- Encourages permissive sexual, moral and ethical values to encourage self-indulgence.
- Establishes superficiality of life and appeal to immediate pleasure rather than long-term goals.
- Ignores eternal values and invisible realities.
- Offers false philosophies and value systems to support its goals.
- Exalts man, his abilities and his supposed "progress"---e.g. through the myth of social evolution.
- Glosses over and hides suffering, death, poverty the depravity of man, and accountability to God.
- Seeks to unify mankind under an atheistic humanistic or pantheistic banner.
- Emphasizes pluralism and denies Biblical absolutes.
- Teaches human progress and advancement through better education or social welfare
Because of the thorough corruption of the entire world system,
God's program does not involve reform of the existing world order
(as some Bible teachers have taught) but its total replacement
by an entirely new world government under Messiah:
Nebuchadnezzar's great vision of Gentile world powers (Daniel 2) depicted as a great statue concludes with the smashing of that statue and its complete replacement,
"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands--a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. "The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy." (Daniel 2:44,45)
Similar language describes God's judgment of what is later
to be called "political Babylon" and "religious
Babylon"--the same world system using different symbolism--in
Revelation 17 and 18, where the figure is that of a great prostitute
depicting mankind's deep seated, centuries-old spiritual adultery
against the rightful God of our planet.