The New World Order: Discerning “the Signs of the Times”
James R. Aist
“When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and overcast.’ … you can discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” (Matthew 16:2-3)
There seems to be a lot of confusion within the body of Christ concerning major current events, confusion that, I believe, could be cleared up by a better knowledge and understanding of biblical end times prophecies. For example, why are people rioting, looting and burning down homes and businesses during otherwise peaceful demonstrations, and why are governmental officials issuing draconian, unconstitutional orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? In this article, I will attempt to show how these and other world events, or “signs of the times”, are setting the stage for the appearance of a temporary, secular “New World Order” that will precede the everlasting, global Kingdom of God on the earth, as revealed in the Bible.
Before I get into the substance of what I have to say about these matters, it is necessary to review pertinent terminology. Perhaps the most commonly used term for the secular global government I want to discuss is “New World Order.” “Globalism” is the ideology behind the push for a New World Order, and “Globalists” are those who support and/or actively labor for such an all-powerful, global government.
The term “New World Order” refers to the fact that, if the globalists get their way, the present world order of sovereign nations that determine their own form of government, goals, values and policies would be replaced by one centralized government for the entire world, an oligarchy having supreme sovereignty and authority over all the people and all the nations of the world. Capitalism and democracy would be replaced by communism everywhere.
Global Oligarchy vs. Global Theocracy
The overarching issue here is control; that is, who will eventually gain control of all the peoples and all the countries of the world. Let’s begin with globalism. The ideology of globalism can be summed up best, perhaps, by a quote from Barack Obama: “Ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs. Order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign (click HERE for video).” The “all-powerful sovereign” spoken of here may be a reference a self-chosen group of globalist elites who deem themselves superior to common, ordinary men and women and, therefore, have both a right and a responsibility to rule and reign over the rest of us…for our own good, of course. However, it seems also to be an allusion to the coming anti-Christ, as implied by Paul-Henri Spaak, the first president of the European Parliament, when he said, “What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are all sinking. Send us such a man and be he god or devil, we will receive him (page 27 in The Book of Signs, by David Jeremiah, see below).” In any case, this is the gist of the globalist agenda: world domination by a handful of elitists, a communistic global oligarchy. Among the most prominent and influential of these globalists in the United States are George Soros, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger and Barack Obama. Several years ago, George Soros opined that the United States was standing in the way of the New World Order. More recently, he said that Donald Trump has almost destroyed the New World Order, a clear reference to Trump’s undoing of much of the “progress” Barack Obama had made toward realization of the New World Order while he was President. This is the underlying reason why there is such an all-consuming hatred and radical opposition among so-called “progressives” to the Trump administration. President Trump is the only thing standing between us and a communist revolution that would be necessary for the New World Order to be implemented.
But, there is another Who has declared His intention to be the One Who will rule and reign, with His followers, over the entire world, forever, anarchists and globalists notwithstanding. His name is Jesus. The fundamental issue here is who will succeed in gaining sovereign power and control over the peoples of this world. Which of these two contenders for global government will win and, thus, determine who is really “on the right side of history?” And, more to the point of this article, are there “signs of the times” in which we live to indicate that this contest may begin in earnest in the very near future? I will focus on apparent preparations going on now for the establishment of a New World Order in light of what the Bible has to say about it.
It is important to keep in mind that the Bible speaks mainly of the “world” of nations in the region surrounding Israel, not the entire world of nations as we now know it. According to the Bible, the New World Order will be established by a trio of individuals: Satan, a person referred to as the “Anti-Christ” and another person, referred to as the “False Prophet.” Satan will confer power and authority to the Anti-Christ, who will gain unlimited governmental control of the affairs of all the people of the world. The False Prophet will use the influence of religion and control of commerce to coerce the people to submit to the supreme authority of the Anti-Christ, or perish. Hatred for God’s chosen people, Israel, will be manifested more viciously and comprehensively than ever before. A “mark of the beast” will be imposed on all people as a means to force them to submit to the authority of the Anti-Christ. No one will be allowed to buy or sell unless they have the mark of the beast on their hand or forehead. At the end of seven years of “tribulation”, Jesus will return to set up His everlasting, world-wide theocracy. Huge armies from Russia, China and northern Africa will unite against their common enemy, the Jews, and converge on Israel to destroy Jesus and His followers, in a series of battles known as “Armageddon.” Jesus will destroy all of them easily and utterly, cast Satan and his minions into a Lake of Fire, and then set up His kingdom on the renewed earth, where Christians – both Jews and Gentiles – will rule and reign with Him forever.
Some “Signs of the Times”
Next, I will give a brief overview of some “signs of the times”, that is, historical or current efforts that are preparing the way, or setting the stage, if you will, for the coming New World Order. If you are keeping up with current events, then you will recognize some of these signs at their mere mention. The three-stage approach for establishing the New World Order goes something like this: 1) create the impression of an imminent, catastrophic, global threat (crisis) that seems unavoidable; 2) with the aid of the predominantly liberal, main-stream media, stir up a reaction among the populace of overwhelming fear and panic (e.g., “Oh no, we’re all going to die!”), anxiety, pandemonium and anarchy; and then 3) promise to restore peace, overcome the global threat and “save the planet” through the establishment of a New World Order, an oligarchy employing the ideology, values, morality and methodology of communism. With that backdrop, here are some of the “signs of the times” that are signaling our march toward a New World Order:
- World Wars: These world crises led to, firstly, the formation of the League of Nations, and, secondly, to the formation of the United Nations (whose 2030 plan would, in effect, put the entire world into subjugation to them within ten years!). The apparent and express purpose of these world organizations was to put an end to world-wide threats and international conflicts, replacing independent nations with a sovereign, global government led by benevolent world leaders who would achieve peace, justice and protection the world over.
- The global warming hoax: This crisis, if real, would eventually result in worldwide, coastal flooding and climate changes that would wreak unimaginable destruction and human suffering, including severe famines. But the documented lack of the predicted global rise in temperatures for more than 25 years has shown this crisis to be nothing more than a mammoth effort to coerce the world’s nations into submitting to the supreme authority of the United Nations, which still pushes the global warming narrative.
- The COVID-19 pandemic: This crisis, if materialized according to the original predictions of the alarmists, would result directly in tens of millions of deaths, and worldwide famine that would kill even more than that. But, based on current projections, this crisis seems now to be much less of a global threat than originally claimed, although this coronavirus is much more contagious and deadly than the average flu virus. However, the worldwide, devastating, economic disasters associated with illegal overreactions (e.g., business shutdowns) to the COVID-19 pandemic by governmental and health officials were a direct result of rampant fear-mongering perpetrated primarily by globalists and the liberal, main stream media, in an attempt to weaken and destroy the Trump presidency and help pave the way for the New World Order.
Fomenting Revolution (using Marxist tactics)
- Gun Control: Following historical precedent for political revolutions, gun confiscation will render the masses powerless to defend themselves against agents of the New World Order. For decades, Democrat lawmakers have worked tirelessly and relentlessly to confiscate the guns of American citizens, which is an obvious portent of things to come if the globalists have their way.
- Censorship: Besides controlling the guns, recent political revolutions typically involved controlling the speech of the masses. This gives the conquerors the power to control the thoughts and attitudes of the masses, thereby making overthrow of the government seem more palatable to the citizenry. In america, we are seeing increasing censorship of the speech of Christians and conservatives perpetrated by radical leftists, the main stream media, social networking companies, the Democrat party and globalists. A recent, glaring example of this censorship is the order given by a state governor that bans pharmacies from filling prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine for the early treatment of COVID-19. This order puts state government, instead of licensed medical doctors, in charge of medical prescriptions! Censorship is, at its core, a globalist campaign to facilitate the realization of the New World Order.
- Cancelling History: Historically, violent revolutions replacing one governmental regime with another involve the removal and/or defacing of historical statuary and monuments. This is currently being done in America and other countries by domestic terrorist groups including Antifa and Black Lives Matter. The immediate purpose is to terrorize the populace and signify publicly the demise of capitalism and democratic government. But, here too, the ultimate agenda is to help create favorable conditions for the establishment of the New World Order.
- Lawlessness: In 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8a, the Apostle Paul prophesied this, concerning the coming Anti-Christ, the Lawless One: “For the mystery of lawlessness is already working. Only He who is now restraining him will do so until He is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one will be revealed…” Thus, part and parcel with this diabolical scheme is an orchestrated campaign of violence, rioting, looting, killing and burning, designed to further create chaos, fear, panic and civil unrest. The real, underlying motivation of the globalist financiers of such lawlessness is to overthrow capitalism and democratic governments and replace them with the New World Order.
- One World Religion: Revelation 13:11-15 says, concerning the False Prophet, “He causes the earth and those who dwell on it to worship the first beast. He deceives those who dwell on the earth by the signs which he was granted to do, and he will cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” Thus, the False Prophet will institute a One World Religion by deception and under penalty of death for those refusing to worship the Anti-Christ! This religion will be a perverted form of what we presently know as Unitarianism, the belief that all gods are one and the same god, including the God of the Bible. With that backdrop, here are three pertinent examples illustrating movement toward a One World Religion: firstly, there is the Universalist religion itself, which had its beginnings in the United States in the middle of the 18th century and is currently gaining in popularity, especially among so-called “progressives”; secondly, The New Age Movement, which was popular in the 1970s and still has devotees, is very inclusive of various belief systems; and thirdly, Pope Frances recently endorsed Islam, proclaiming that Allah is the same God as the God of the Bible, and calling for America to relinquish aspects of its national sovereignty to the United Nations. These are just three of the many contemporary examples of shadows of the One World Religion, empowered by Satan, that is prophesied in the Bible.
- The “mark of the beast”: Revelation 13:16-17, says, concerning the False Prophet, “He causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Here we have a prophecy that describes the manner by which the Anti-Christ will extort unswerving allegiance from all unbelievers during the Great Tribulation. And we can see the stage being set at this very moment for this prophecy to be fulfilled in the near future: to wit, the coming “cashless society“, a “single currency“, and forced digital identification implants or marks, are recent technological advances that could easily be used to implement a method of commerce in which “no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.” All transactions would be digital and electronic, requiring a government-issued, government-controlled digital implant or mark of some kind. The true believers will refuse to receive this mark of the beast (Revelation 13:8), thus maintaining their allegiance to Christ, not the beast. Consequently, they will undergo unthinkable suffering, and eventually, death, being unable to purchase even the bare necessities of life.
Utopia or Dystopia?
The New World Order globalists promise to restore peace, order, justice and security when they gain control of government worldwide. At first glance, this New World Order, with one centralized governing body having supreme and final authority worldwide, may seem logical and preferable to many. After all, who wouldn’t want to have all of their basic needs met by a benevolent, secular government in an atmosphere of peace and security? Sounds like a utopia, doesn’t it. But wait, what are they not telling us? They are not telling us that this will be a communistic, atheistic, elitist oligarchy that will seek to control virtually every significant aspect of our lives according to their worldview, their values, their goals and their morals, not ours. There will no longer be freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to bear arms. Taxpayer-funding of abortion and infanticide will be made available to everyone on demand. Sexual perversions of all sorts (including pedophilia) will be encouraged and protected by law. Homeschooling will be banned, our borders will be opened to any and all who wish to enter, there will be no states’ rights, and private property will be confiscated by the government. Businesses and healthcare will be taken over and run by the government. National sovereignty will become a thing of the past. Our travel, our speech and our purchases will be monitored and controlled by this global, man-made government.
What in the world would motivate the globalists to want to rule and reign over us with such an iron fist? Will these people be driven by an insatiable lust for power and control? Perhaps some will. But many will be driven by an elitist mindset that seems benevolent at its core. They really believe that they are superior human beings by nature and that it is, therefore, their right and responsibility to make the important life choices for the rest of us, for our own good! This will be the “Big Brother” syndrome on steroids. And, Satan will be the driving force to make it happen, secretly conferring power and authority to the Anti-Christ when he is revealed. But, here’s the “catch”: the ruling elitists will be subject to the same moral and ethical weaknesses and failures as are we inferior human beings. In their ranks, as in ours, such things as greed, jealously, dishonesty, lust and hatred will flourish without the acknowledgment of a higher moral power to which they are accountable. Thus, this man-made New World Order will fail to produce the utopia they promise, but will, instead, create unbearable conditions for the governance of mankind, a dystopia, because this New World Order will actually be diabolical and will become malevolent!
What on Earth is Really Going On?
In this section, I will try to reveal more explicitly the true end-game of the New World Order globalists, because, without that perspective, it will be impossible to read correctly the “signs of the times.” First, we must be aware that the globalists are implementing the New World Order gradually, step by step, in order to keep the masses from realizing what they are up to. We can see this strategy being played out currently in the governmental reactions to COVID-19. Governmental officials at the state, county and city levels are issuing unconstitutional orders to close businesses and churches under penalty of law, despite the First Amendment protections and the enormously devastating economic impacts of such shutdowns. At the very least, these draconian measures are indicators to the globalists of how much and how readily Americans are willing to surrender their legal rights to governments in the face of a global crisis. At the worst, they may lull us into getting used to the idea of surrendering our basic rights to rogue governmental powers, which is precisely how the globalists plan to convince us to accept the New World Order when the time is right! Let me illustrate this point by means of a current, unmistakable and ominous example. One of our Democratic state governors recently issued an order requiring all businesses in the state to refuse doing business with anyone not wearing a face mask. Any business that does not comply is to be shut down. In other words, “no one can buy or sell” in that state unless they are wearing a face mask. This is exactly the same thing as the “mark of the beast” in Revelation 13:16-17, except here, it is a face mask instead of the “mark of the beast” (which will come later on)!” Despite the many documented mentions of the New World Order by national and world leaders for the past 100 years or more, globalists always try to dismiss and deny what they are up to by labeling it as “conspiracy theories.” But, do not be deceived: this is not “conspiracy theory”, its history in the making for those of us who are awake and try to keep up with current events!
Second, to help you better understand what on earth is really going on, allow me to illustrate with an analogy: puppeteers and their puppets. The globalists are the puppeteers, and those whom they are controlling are their puppets. Puppets would include the main stream, fake news media, some of the social networking companies, violent anarchists (such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa), the anti-Trump politicians, the liberal Supreme Court justices and the far-left leaning common citizens, to name a few. Apparently, many of these puppets are not even aware that they are being manipulated by the globalists into contributing to the march toward a New World Order, instead limiting their perspective to the individual issues or events as they unfold. In other words, they are not “seeing the forest for the trees.” For the globalists, its less about issues like racism, immigration, social justice, individual rights, environment or hatred, and more about how they can manipulate such issues to promote the implementation of their end-game, the New World Order.
Finally, let me suggest that the “signs of the times” happening now are just the birth pangs, or shadows, of the coming tribulation that will be orchestrated by Satan through the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet. These current events are, in my opinion, setting the stage for the early end-time events described in the Bible, those tribulations that Jesus referred to as “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8). They are preparing the peoples and nations of the world to be willing to subject themselves to the supreme authority of the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet, when the time comes.
“The Right Side of History”: Are You Ready?
In Genesis 11:1-9, we have revealed to us God’s response to mankind’s first attempt at global governance. At that time, all of the people of the earth had the same language. They said to each other, “Come, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top will reach to heaven, and let us make a name for ourselves…” When the Lord saw what they were up to, He said, “The people are one and they have one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do; now nothing that they propose to do will be impossible for them.” So, to put and end to their rebellious plans to rule over all the earth, He confused their language so that they couldn’t understand one another’s speech and scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth. This is how God opposed mankind’s first attempt at global government. Even so today, mankind is trying to set up a global government that will eliminate national identity and sovereignty and individual rights and freedoms, but God will intercede to quash that plan as well, and establish His rightful rule, as Creator, over the nations of the earth through the God-given power and authority of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, all of the people who let God save them, by accepting His gift of saving faith in Jesus Christ, will actually end up on the “right side of history”, the futile babbling of unbelievers notwithstanding. Have you let God save you yet? God invites you to “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near (Isaiah 55:6). Don’t wait until it is too late and end up on the wrong side of history!
“The Book of Signs”, Dr. David Jeremiah. 2019. W Publishing, an Imprint of Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN.
One-World Government (click HERE)
Nationalism vs. Globalism (click HERE)
I have provided hyperlinks to a few of the many articles and videos I have accessed in preparation for writing this article. But I urge you to take the time and make the effort to look into these matters more thoroughly for yourself. You can discover other pertinent articles by performing internet searches on keywords found in this article. Then decide for yourself what is really going on. (Warning: Beware of fake news articles and videos that will present false narratives concerning the New World Order that are based on mere rumor or wild speculations. Their authors are nothing more than puppets serving the interests of the globalists to discredit reports of what is really going on.)
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