By Brannon S. Howse
Click on your favorite TV news channel or surf to online news site of your choice, and the headlines that greet you will likely blare something about the economy, the latest natural disaster, a speech by the president, but probably not much about religion. Sure, there’s a religion section buried in the website somewhere and an occasional report on the subject, but unless a clergy sex scandal or televangelist financial corruption story has just surfaced, or someone is bold enough to mention Islam in a report about the latest terrorist attack, you won’t find it on the home page. Religion is second-class news.
Strange. The most influential force in creating a new world order and transforming life on earth for the majority of its people stays off the radar screen. It’s almost as if there’s a conspiracy to keep it out of view. And there’s a good reason for that: religion will be the foundation for the new world order, and those perpetrating that are not interested in publicity. The Bible is clear, though, that a one-world religion will be established—and it’s not a good thing. Second Thessalonians 2:3-4 makes it very clear:
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. [Emphasis mine.]
So, there’s going to be an apostasy, a falling away from traditionally held biblical truths, and then a one-world religion will be established: “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
Another part of the plan is to establish a one-world economy. The Bible again is ahead of the game in recognizing that this will happen. Revelation 13:16-17 prophesies: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one beast, or the number of his name.”
We also see in the Scriptures there will be a one-world government, as noted in Revelation:
13:2-4—The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed.
13:7—It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
17:12-13—The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
The one-world religion will be the vehicle that brings about the one-world economy and one-world government. My goal in this chapter is to explain exactly how religion will be the vehicle that brings about the one-world economy, one-world government, and eventually a one-world leader.
At the core of economic functioning lies the currency of each nation, yet there has been much discussion and promotion in recent years of conslidating national monetary systems. The prime example, of course, is the creation of the euro. What is generally lacking from secular, left-leaning analyses of the situation is that a nation’s sovereignty depends on the country having its own healthy currency. When a sovereign currency is dissolved into a “group currency,” national sovereignty is seriously undermined.
The transition to a one-world economy begins with a change in currency. As countries switch to a different currency, sovereignty goes away. If the American dollar ceases to exist (and I believe it will by design) and America agrees to a regional (i.e., North American) currency, or a global currency, America thus surrenders its national sovereignty. This holds true for any other nations that give up their national currency and transition into a regional or global currency.
For many years there has been the discussion of regional currency modeled after the euro of the European Union. However, it is possible that a global financial crisis could become so severe that regional currencies are bypassed and the world transitions directly to a global currency. A one-world economy naturally lays the foundation for a one-world government through a common currency.
But the picture grows in intrigue. Once the one-world religious system has been turned to the advantage of the antichrist and his ten assistants as described in Revelation 17, the antichrist and his minions will turn and devour the woman riding the beast and will eat of her flesh. I believe the beast the woman is riding is a symbol of the one-world religious system. The Bible tells us that at some point, the antichrist and his ten assistants will turn against this one-world religious system and destroy it—eat its flesh—and then the antichrist will set himself up to be worshiped.
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