World Religion in the Bible
As much as political views might say about a person’s identity, often it is religion that lies at the heart of an individual’s or community’s values and beliefs. The close ties between religion and identity have made religious differences one of the greatest sources of potential hostility throughout history. Now, in the postmodern (and supposedly post-Christian) age, that rationale is being used to urge a universal spirituality that will promote globalization and help bring in the rule of world government under the pretence of unity, peace, and eradicating conflict. As Revelation continues its description of these times in chapter 13, it identifies the second pillar of the New World Order. Where the first was political, the second will be a religious entity “of the earth”, headed by a man.
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”Revelation 13:11-12
These verses make it clear that the world community will be influenced by a second, religion-oriented leader (the false prophet, as he is later identified in Revelation 16:13), to “worship” the globally instituted system of rule with its ultimate leader, which is the first beast that “shall devour the whole earth” (Daniel 7:23). Where Karl Marx famously observed that religion is the opium of the people, high-profile proponents of a global order have been more subtle, recalling comments attributed to the Roman philosopher Seneca: “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”
Various leaders have long called for a one-world system that makes special accommodation for “faith”. They understand the empowerment that would come from ecumenical endorsement by the world’s diverse communities. Even now, all over the world the public consciousness is being conditioned to accept a new ideal: a peaceful, all-embracing faith and morality fit for a new age in the global village. This “religion” will be a powerful motivator in organizing the nations of the world towards a false universal ideology.
“Faith is part of our future, and faith, and the values it brings with it, are an essential part of making globalization work.”Tony Blair – Past Middle East Envoy
The Bible gives further insight into the last-days relationship between politics and religion in Revelation chapter 17. There the religious entity is symbolized by a seductive woman – a prostitute – sitting on many waters (which symbolize in the Bible the mass of humanity) and on the same 7-headed, 10-horned beast previously identified as world government. This graphic scene sheds light on the depraved nature of the arrangement between politics and religion.
“Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness.
And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”Revelation 17:1-6
What we are given to understand is that the international religious structure, depicted as a harlot because it is fundamentally unfaithful to God, will enter into an immoral union with the ruling political structure, each serving its own interests. Their influence and power will combine in an unprecedented movement that sweeps the earth. Reigning in an atmosphere of strong delusion, they will seek to re-educate or eradicate anyone who retains allegiance to the true King and His kingdom.
“By your magic spell [Babylon the Great] the nations were led astray.”Revelation 18:23
Religious leaders from around the world are meeting to arrive at a universal understanding of religion, which can then be used to bring people of different faiths together.
“The shared recognition of the existence of the One God is a premise for joint action.”Pope Benedict XVI
The beginnings of interfaithism can be traced back to the founding of the World Council of Churches in 1948. But the idea received extra impetus from the 1960s ecumenical movement, which encouraged the reunion of the Catholic Church with the other Christian denominations. The movement remains strong to this day, and all popes agree that uniting Christians and healing the split is a “fundamental” priority of the papacy.
“We the mother church are opening our arms to all of our daughters to return home.”Roman Catholic Church under Pope John XXIII – 1962
While the Vatican is working towards bringing Christians everywhere back into the fold, other global councils have been convened to formulate documents and initiatives to advance the integration project. The UN is a proud supporter. When it comes to integrating religions, it is revealing how truth and compromise find themselves equals.
“We must sync our ‘narrow’ differences for the cause of the world community practicing a culture of solidarity and relatedness.”The Global Ethic
In Mikhail Gorbachev’s pivotal book Perestroika (previously discussed in New World Order), the former communist leader described religion as one of the three most widely accepted reasons for war. In order to eliminate religious divisiveness in a new world order, he claimed we must “extirpate all apartheid, genocide, and religious exclusiveness”. Religious exclusiveness is the idea that any one religion holds the only pathway to God or heaven, and that other religions are not valid alternatives. The proposed solution to religious exclusiveness is interfaithism, whose central tenet, as Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chairman Desmond Tutu explains, is that “Our home is heaven, and each faith leads its adherents homeward.” This is in direct opposition to the Biblical view that Jesus is the only way to everlasting life. Interfaithism sets the scene for the persecution of believers faithful to Christ in the great tribulation.
“And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:12
Global Problems, Religious Solutions
In the context of a common global “faith” for a new age, it is no coincidence that anxiety over the environment and other nation-transcending issues has been relentlessly promoted. Global problems cultivate a global mindset and the felt need for unprecedented answers. Even as the biblical testimony of godly morality is reframed as bigotry and discrimination, and personal accountability gives way to the blaming of institutions, elements of a new morality can be seen emerging. Protecting the planet is among the sacred imperatives for a new age. Such beliefs form a powerful tool to corral humanity into a new kind of global interdependence – yet with a leadership that is ultimately unaccountable to the man or woman in the street. Through carefully crafted political propaganda, the public consciousness is trained upon democracy-transcending “moral dilemmas” like climate change, which the religions of the world are then encouraged to help solve.
“…lead a great, global spiritual revival as the temperature rises. That’s right, a spiritual revival.”‘Al Gore’ – By Bono – Time Magazine
Environmental concerns in particular are being utilized as a rationale for the introduction of new laws and taxes that are international in scope. These increase the power and reach of the UN and other supranational organisations and structures. When former communist leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed an “international Green Cross” to a global forum in Moscow in 1990, he envisioned an environmental organization that would “offer its assistance to States in ecological trouble”. Green Cross International now enjoys consultative status with the UN on an economic, social, educational, scientific, and cultural level. The organization endorses Gorbachev’s mission: “The world needed a body that would apply the medical emergency response model of the International Committee of the Red Cross to ecological issues and expedite solutions to environmental problems that transcend national borders.”
It has been said that the Soviet Union leader helped orchestrate the fall of the Berlin Wall not to allow Western influences in, but rather to allow the ideas of democratic socialism – a term used by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in The Communist Manifesto – to be released outward. Today this scarlet-coloured beast of central planning and control runs rampant around the world, trampling even the most liberty-minded democracies.
“The environmental crisis is the cornerstone for the New World Order.”Mikhail Gorbachev
Fear and Control
In the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001, President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror”. The constitution of most democracies includes provisions for special powers in the case of war or other circumstances deemed to threaten the general populace. Typically these powers authorize a suspension of normal rights and civil liberties and are intended to be temporary or sparingly applied. However, if the public can be kept in a state of fear through subtle control of information and messaging – sometimes called milieu control – it is possible to acclimatize citizens to the idea that loss of liberty and privacy together with a heightened level of control are a necessary trade-off for safety and security.
Bush also described the war on terror as a “war on fundamentalism”, which is closer to the true nature of the battle, as it has taken shape not against the pragmatic reality of Islam and its well-documented hostility to the West but against the fundamentalist interpretation of religion, or any idea that is deemed to equal violence in one manner or another.
“Pro-life Catholics and evangelicals? Wahhabi extremists? What’s the difference?”Richard Levin – 22nd President of Yale University
Fundamental belief systems produce people who are difficult to control via the global narrative, which throws a spanner in the works of the UN’s master plan of an interdependent planet with global oversight. The public consciousness must therefore be trained to view all such independence as a threat to the peace and security of the system, so that fundamental human rights can be infringed to compel “dangerous extremists” to fall into line or be rendered a non-threat, one way or another.
“Here is the crucial point. Globalization is pushing people together. Interdependence is reality. Peaceful co-existence is essential. If faith becomes a countervailing force, pulling people apart, it becomes destructive and dangerous.”Tony Blair – Past United Kingdom Prime Minister
International conflicts, coming together for the greater good, the impending doom of a climate catastrophe – if none of these persuades you to #followus, then perhaps cancel culture’s pressure to conform will. At an alarming rate, formerly liberal societies are witnessing the rise of a no-tolerance mindset toward any individual or group holding a view that offends against the prevailing narrative. A free and open contest of ideas is being sidelined by groupthink, and critical thinking – that cornerstone of intellectual endeavour – has given way to a highly selective critique of power relations informed principally by neo-Marxist critical theory.
“For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear. And they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned to myths.”2 Timothy 4:3-4
In an attempt to silence opposition, social media accounts of conservative and Christian news organisations, online shows, and individuals are being removed every day from mainstream networks. Incredibly, even entire conservative platforms are being removed from the internet, silencing more traditional and conservative voices from the public square. Free speech is the bedrock to a healthy democracy, yet each day the cost of this freedom continues to rise.
The Bible clearly foretells a world progressing towards a global totalitarian society. But how can this agenda be progressed in liberal democracies? Even in the absence or unlikelihood of a democratic mandate, cancel culture represents one mechanism by which public perception can be used very effectively to manage change. In fact, over the years, many public policy changes have led to a reduction in acceptable public or even private discourse. The novel concept of hate crime and the diversification of human rights and antidiscrimination legislation have had the effect of discouraging frank discussion, since a wrong word or perceived offence could cost a business its ability to operate.
In the march forward, we can expect an army of social network warriors – perhaps likened by the media to Allied troops storming the beaches of Normandy in a just war – to call evil good, and good evil. The intent is to stamp out “harmful” views, but their message can only deepen the deception in a culture that is every day making a choice to weigh anchor from its founding values of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and the sanctity of natural family, which were historically our Christian inheritance.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”Isaiah 5:20
The striving towards religious unity will play a strategic role in realizing a fully equipped and empowered world government. As the limits of political persuasion are reached, an appeal to the hearts and minds of mankind on moral and religious grounds will create an unprecedented synergy of political power and humanistic idolatry.
In the spirit of “progress”, it will become routine for those holding the reins of power to seek to control public discourse and cancel or punish dissent. Already biblical truth is being recast as backward, even immoral, a last refuge of fundamentalists and the ignorant. Genuine tolerance is evaporating. Those who do not conform will be labelled extremists and forced to comply or face a growing backlash from an indignant crowd bent on inventing new ways to rebel against God.
In the street, online, and in the halls of power, the alluring call of the pride piper rings out. At the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, a special video presentation (YouTube) from Amnesty International featured kids of various ethnicities singing John Lennon’s famous Imagine. It was intended to show a heartfelt cry from the children of the world to UN leadership to bring about an existence without heaven, hell, religion, or conflicting national values, and especially with “nothing to kill or die for”. Lennon himself acknowledged that it was “virtually the communist manifesto”, but the perpetually bad fruit of this philosophy has not dulled its appeal at the highest levels.
“And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”Revelation 17:1-2
“Blair and the people working with him think religion is key to the global agenda.”TIME Magazine