The coming new world order
And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads,
even that not any might buy or sell except those having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name.
Here is the wisdom. Let him having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six. – Rev 13:16-18
We are living in historic times, times that were written of long ago in the Bible. With increasing rapidity, a new world order is coagulating before our eyes.
It began with the League of Nations after World War I, progressed with the Religious Humanist Manifesto of 1933, resumed after World War II with the birth of the United Nations, was supplemented by the rise of multi-national corporations, was again confirmed by the (this time Secular) Humanist Manifesto of 1963, and has made massive headway with the rise of political correctness, multiculturalism and globalism. And now, finally, the environmental movement intends to carry the ball over the goal.
Charles Krauthammer, one of our most consistently incisive commentators, has penned an brilliant piece entitled The Environmental Shakedown, in which he observes that Green is the new Red. What Communism, capital C, could not do, environmentalism is doing. Simply switch the driving ideology from class warfare over to saving our beloved planet, and you neutralize opposition. There will be no control you cannot implement.
Regulating carbon – of all things – would immediately confer vast powers to the various governments and to the international community. But selling carbon indulgences via cap-and-trade, which amounts to an astronomical value-added-tax on all manufactured goods, and for scant provable good, is rapidly falling into increasing disfavor as global warming data is increasingly brought into question (apologies to Al Gore, but facts matter; we shouldn’t get to synthesize consensus). And so what does Obama do? His EPA slips out an end-of-week memo announcing that carbon emissions will now fall under its purview.
There are many reasons to resist the current trend to stronger government empowering radical environmentalism. Preserving our freedom and way of life is one of them. Respecting scientific truth is another. But the church resisting the coming one-world rule of the devil’s antichrist is the ultimate reason to resist.
A great eagle to the rescue
And when the dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who bore the man child.
And two wings of a great eagle were given to the woman, so that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the serpent’s face.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water like a flood after the woman, so that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.
And the earth helped the woman. And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. – Rev 12:13-17
This is a picture of the end times, and the church indeed is being ferociously persecuted around the world. In Muslim, Hindu and totalitarian secular states, it’s blood persecution. In the affluent West, it’s an attack on our rights and on our families via political correctness. If the enemy can’t destroy our lives he will try for our witness.
Interestingly, verse 14 above speaks of the wings of a great eagle bearing the church to safety. Some have suggested that that eagle represents the United States. Other than such metaphor, the U.S. is not mentioned in scripture, which is an oddity, considering its extreme historical importance.
This is a battle for all the church everywhere, to take up either politically or intercessionally. But our brothers in places like Pakistan or India have enough to do to just keep alive in a brutally hostile culture. This battle falls mostly to the West. I’m not trying to claim any special virtue for the American church, but I think it’s fair to say that the U.S. is the last viable bastion of anti-political-correctness. And we’re hanging by a thread. If we fall, the world quickly follows. That’s why the current U.S. political crisis, in which quasi-marxists implement one radical anti-biblical policy after another, is so important.
In order to be effective, like the sons of Issachar we need to be aware of the times. For this reason, Jesus instructed us to watch and pray. That’s why I devote space here to “outer-court” stuff. It’s important that we understand what’s going on.