Global Political Unity
The Bible describes a kingdom in terms of a symbolic beast that “shall devour the whole earth” in the last days and serve as a major signpost that the return of Jesus Christ is near. This unprecedented global system will bring together the three societal pillars of government, religion and economy in a new way. The first pillar, global political unity will make use of religion and economics to drive the world towards a single, centralized world government. Already, believers in globalism – the concept that our world is interconnected and that our decisions affect the greater community has – have concluded that an international body must be established and equipped to lead this brave new world.
“It does provide the beginning of a new vision for humanity”Our Global Neighbourhood
From ancient times, as far back as the establishment of the colonies, competition and disharmony have been a feature of relations between neighbours. Conflicting priorities and beliefs, struggles over resources, and continual expansion all led to wars. Over time, this brought ethnic, geographic, or like-minded communities and colonies together to form larger entities for mutual protection and prosperity. Then these tribes or kingdoms or republics fought. They then formed larger nations and empires, and yet again they continued to fight. Along the way, constant compromises had to be made in order to form these unions, as there seemed little other option. The nation-state is now seen as the last “obstacle” to eliminating conflict in the 21st century.
“In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.”Strobe Talbot – President of the Brookings Institution
World Government in the Bible
The book of Daniel, Chapter 7, there is a passage that depicts four ferocious beasts coming up out of the sea. These beasts, which Daniel later describes as “kings” and “kingdoms”, reveal the international landscape prior to the formation of world government.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, different from one another.
4 The first was like a lion and had eagle’s wings. I watched until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on its feet like a man. And a man’s heart was given to it.
5 And behold another beast, a second, like a bear. And it raised itself up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said this to it: Arise, eat up much flesh.
6 After this I saw, and lo, another, like a leopard, which had four wings of a bird on its back. The beast also had four heads; and rulership was given to it.
7 After this I looked in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, frightening and terrifying, and very strong. And it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the rest with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns.Daniel 7:7
“The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.”Daniel 7:23
In Daniel’s vision, which he received in Babylon in approximately 550 BC and wrote down as instructed, God revealed characteristics of the nations that would exist on earth prior to the return of Christ. Further detail was revealed to the apostle John in approximately 96 AD, who was shown that the kingdoms would combine into a single international structure that “shall devour the whole earth”, having “power” and “great authority”. This global-scale “beast” would rule for a period of no less than 42 months (3½ years) prior to the battle of Armageddon and the establishment of the kingdom of God.
1And I stood on the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. And on its horns were ten crowns, and on its heads was the name of blasphemy. 2And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet like those of a bear, and its mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him its power and its seat and great authority.Revelation 13:1-2
As explained in these accounts, the separate beasts or kingdoms of Daniel 7 are now united into a single blasphemous beast in Revelation 13. Their separate attributes (the lion, the bear, the leopard, and the beast of 10 horns) have been integrated into a single kingdom, with the exception of the eagle’s wings, which were “plucked” or torn off.
In the time of this final human kingdom, the world will face unprecedented trouble and suffering which the Bible calls the “great tribulation”. The names that are written in the Lamb’s (Christ’s) Book of Life will face great persecution and be hated by all nations because of the name of Jesus. In this final 3.5-year period of human government, Satan will lash out in his ultimate attempt to deceive the world before he is bound and imprisoned for 1,000 years.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindred’s, and tongues, and nations.”Revelation 13:7
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”Matthew 24:21
The formation of world government and the perfection of religious and economic control will be the devil’s last attempt to obtain “worship” from the inhabitants of the Earth. Mass deception and the consequent unwillingness to recognize and follow the true God will ultimately culminate in the battle of Armageddon gathered around the city of Jerusalem, where God’s armies will completely destroy all those who rebel against the Most High.
“I will also gather all nations and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will fight with them there for My people and for My inheritance Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and divided My land.”Joel 3:2
These modern nations, which exist on the earth today, will be present at Christ’s return. Their authority will be removed, but they will be allowed to continue in God’s Kingdom for a period. The formation and presence of these modern nations is yet another important signpost on the road to Armageddon.
“And the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away. Yet their lives were made longer for a season and time.”Daniel 7:12
Can you determine which modern nations are represented by the animal symbols in Daniel Chapter 7?
History of World Government
Our world has been shaped by war. In 6,000 years of recorded human history there had never been a war with more than 1 million fatalities prior to World War I. Shortly after “the war to end all wars”, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as the chief architect of the League of Nations, which laid an initial foundation for international governance aimed at world peace. The US, however, mindful of its pre-republic experience under British rule, chose to remain sovereign on the international scene; from the start, the authority of the League was compromised by the absence of the very nation that had been instrumental in its charter.
Not long after, World War II broke out, killing more than 52 million people. Faced with untold sorrow and war-weariness, world leaders were determined never to let it happen again. Their vision produced the “world’s most important political document”, the Charter of the United Nations. Unbeknown at the time, the American secretary-general of the conference that created the Charter, Alger Hiss, was later convicted of perjury relating to spying for the Soviet Union.
In 1945, the United Nations Conference on International Organization was aptly summed up in the phrase “never again”. Never again should the world’s leaders fail to prevent a global depression. Never again should they fail to stand up to aggression. Never again should they tolerate governments that assaulted the most basic dignities of their citizens. Never again should they squander the chance to create institutions that would make a lasting peace possible.
The UN Charter provided for a security council where the major victor nations of World War II – the US, Britain, the Soviet Union, France, and China – had “the power to say no”, also known as the veto. These nations did not want an all-powerful system to control what they could do. To avert a potential loss of sovereignty, they signed the treaty with the ability to throw out the council’s decisions as desired. Essentially the council was created without the necessary power to govern and has been criticized ever since as an obstacle to empowerment.
After World War II, Germany was divided into two. The headlines cried out, “Germany is dead; she will never rise again.” Soon after, the Cold War broke out, but the UN was paralysed – the US and the Soviet Union could use their veto power against any resolution produced by opposing nations, as both were permanent members of the UN Security Council.
In November 1987, Ronald Reagan pronounced to the world, “Let’s put WWII behind us – Mikhail Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” Economic integration, it was proposed, would increase prosperity and reduce the chance of war. The same rationale will be used in the push for world government.
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall did indeed come down, and just 20 days later, President George H. W. Bush, Pope John Paul II, and Mikhail Gorbachev met in Malta to announce a new age for humanity and the birth of a new world order.
“People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”Revelation 13:4
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