Have you noticed that it is very hard to pick up a newspaper these days without finding some mention of the term "New World Order." There is a lot of talk about it, but what does it mean? Is it something we should look forward to? Will it take place and if so, when? Who will be responsible for bringing in this New World Order? Will it be the president of the United States or maybe even the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope himself? Where can we find these answers? Does the Bible say anything about this important subject that will affect the whole world? Let’s look at some information that will help us get a better picture of upcoming events.
Pope Calls For A New World Order
The San Francisco Chronicle had a front page story with the title, "Pope Calls for a New World Order He endorses capitalism with a social conscience." This article stated that the pope has a vision of a post-Communist world of economic and social justice, leaving room for capitalism, with a moral core but no place for "consumer societies."
There is a book on the market today by Malachi Martin, entitled "The Keys of This Blood", Simon and Schuster. Martin, a former Jesuit and professor at the Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Institute, details the pope’s plans for conquering the world.
A Winner-Take-All Race
Taken from the dust jacket of Malachi Martin’s book, the publisher states: "In this timely and provocative new book, bestselling author Malachi Martin reveals the untold story behind the Vatican’s role in the collapse of the Iron Curtain, as well as the popes far-reaching assessment of the three-way contest now unfolding among the global powers the Soviet Union. . . the capitalist nations of the West, and the pope’s own universal Roman Church a winner-take-all race against time and each other to establish, maintain, and control the first one-world government that has ever existed on the face of the earth. . . And Martin reveals the pope’s own blueprint for a genuinely geopolitical structure: a one-world government that is both viable and humanly acceptable."
The term New World Order received attention as never before when former President George Bush, during the Persian Gulf crisis, gave a speech mentioning the New World Order that is coming. When Kuwait was invaded, they looked to America for military help. A National Public Radio correspondent called George Bush the "president of the world."
Time magazine has called America "the world’s sole remaining superpower." Charles Krauthammer, writing in the New Republic, said we now have "a highly unusual world structure with a single power, the United States, at the apex of the international system."
What Is In Store For The Future?
With the United States as the only superpower left on the scene and the Vatican working to bring about a one-world government, from a religious standpoint, what is in store for the future? Is China worried about their future? Newsweek magazine reports, "As they watched the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, China’s aging leadership became convinced that the man most responsible for the party’s fall from grace was none other than the pope himself. Internal party documents accused him of directing ‘reactionary and subversive’ forces against communists everywhere."
In a Life magazine article entitled "The Triumph of John Paul II," writer Stefan Kanfer quotes a senior Vatican diplomat: "‘We are not accustomed to witnessing so many events like these, we did not expect to see such an abundance of fruits.’ In private meetings with heads of state, back room consultations with dissident groups and with persistent propagandizing. . . the pope has helped bring about the greatest policy change since the Russian Revolution. His objective is. . . the liberation of the world itself."
Catholicism, with the cooperation of the United States, wants to bring about a one-world government. Will they succeed and set up another world empire to try to bring about world peace and order?
Lets look and see if the Bible talks about this most important subject, the New World Order.
The Bible Has Much To Reveal
The Bible has much to reveal about what is going to happen in the world. In the book of Daniel we can find the answers.
"And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him." Daniel 2:1.
Nebuchadnezzar was greatly disturbed by his dreams, but could not remember the details and was very distressed. He put forth a decree that unless the dream was made known to him, all the wise men and astrologers of ancient Babylon would be slain. Daniel and his three friends were among this group of wise men. All of the other wise men and astrologers could not tell the King his dream or any part of it. Daniel and his three companions prayed for the God of heaven to reveal to Daniel the king’s dream. God allowed Daniel to dream the same dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed.
In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream he saw a great image. The head of the image was pure gold; its chest and arms of silver; the thighs were of brass; and the legs were made of iron. The feet were composed of iron mixed with clay. The King saw a stone cut out of a mountain without human help, fly through the air and strike the image, upon its feet. The gold, silver, brass, iron, and clay were completely shattered and broken, and ‘became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors.’ Daniel 2:35, and the wind blew them all away. Then the stone began to grow, soon it became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
God Had Shown Him. . .The Future
Daniel explained to King Nebuchadnezzar that God had shown him what was to happen in the future. The different parts of the image represented four world empires which would rule the world in turn. "Thou art this head of gold," Daniel 2:38. The golden head represented the world kingdom of Babylon ruled by the King. Daniel revealed that the rest of the kingdoms would not be as great as the Babylonian empire, which Nebuchadnezzar ruled, and that there would be four empires total Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.
Years later more events of the dream began to take place. Belshazzar, who was Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, was the king when the Babylonian empire fell. Belshazzar was holding a drunken feast. During this feast Belshazzar decided to mock the God of heaven by drinking wine from the sacred cups taken from the temple of God when Jerusalem had been captured by his grandfather. While the crowd was drunk, a supernatural hand appeared, writing on the wall: "MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN." The meaning as given in the Bible is: "God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. . . . Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." Daniel 5:26- 28. That very night Darius overthrew Babylon, killed Belshazzar, and Medo-Persia was the new world empire.
The overthrow of Medo-Persia took place by the Greeks at the Battle of Arbela in 331 BC. Greece, which succeeded Medo-Persia, was divided into four parts at the death of Alexander the Great, and finally lost world dominion, being overthrown and succeeded by Rome at the Battle of Pydna in 168 BC.
Daniel had also told Nebuchadnezzar about the fourth and last earthly kingdom, "And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise." Daniel 2:40. "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. . . . but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." Daniel 2:41- 43. Daniel told the King that the fourth world empire, Rome, would be divided as represented by the ten toes of the image. Some of the resulting nations would be strong and some would be weak. This has been fulfilled as the nations of Europe are the successors to the Roman Empire.
They Shall Not Cleave
Through the years since the fall of the Roman Empire there has been an ongoing effort to bring about a united Europe and another world empire. History records show that every attempt has failed. Just as Daniel predicted, "but they shall not cleave one to another." Daniel 2:43. Daniel was revealing to the King and also to us, "What shall be in the latter days." Daniel 2:28.
The new attempt to bring about a New World Order is another effort to form a one-world government. All the attempts that have been made to bring about another world empire have failed, and it has been at great loss of human lives. The reason that they all have been, and will continue to be unsuccessful is because they are not listening to the God of heaven. He told Daniel that there would not be another world empire after Rome. The nations have gone against the Word of God. Their lust for power and wealth have caused war and bloodshed.
All Attempts Have Failed
"With Rome fell the last of the world’s universal empires. Heretofore it was possible for one nation, rising superior to its neighbors to consolidate them into one vast empire. But when Rome fell, such possibilities forever passed away. The iron was mixed with clay and lost the power of cohesion. No man or combination of men can again consolidate the fragments." The Prophecies of Daniel and The Revelation, Uriah Smith, p. 60. Time and time again men have dreamed of rebuilding one mighty kingdom. Charlemagne tried it; Charles V tried; Louis XIV tried; Napoleon tried; Kaiser Wilhelm tried; and Adolf Hitler tried. All attempts have failed. The current attempt may appear for a time to be successful, but it will be short lived.
But Daniel’s prophecy goes on and explains the future, the near future. ". . . the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." Daniel 2:44,45.
God’s kingdom will not come as a result of politics. God says that He will set up His kingdom, and His kingdom will stand forever. The time prophecy for God’s kingdom to be set up is in the very near future. Jesus’ second coming will usher in the last and eternal kingdom. All the events that we see rapidly taking place in the world point us to the soon coming of Christ. We will not see a one-world empire this side of heaven. You can be a part of God’s kingdom. Won’t you ask Him to come into your heart now so you can be ready for Jesus’ soon coming.
In The Name Of World Peace
There is more Bible prophecy that tells us we are about to see the world unite under the influence of the papacy. We will be told that in the name of world peace, all nations need to succumb to the Vatican’s vision of a one-world government, a New World Order.
The world will make another attempt to unite, but this is just a false hope of world peace. We know that we have a more sure word of prophecy, and that the Bible explains to us the next kingdom is God’s kingdom. This good news brings to our hearts the promise of everlasting peace, and the joy of spending eternity with God. Just think of it. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Rev. 21:4.