The United Nations (UN). Is the UN the last hope for humanity? Or might its goals end up with sinister results?
What does it say about itself? What does the Bible teach about unified nations in the end times?
This article will attempt to address those questions and more ( Two related videos include UN's 'New Universal Agenda' is a False Gospel! and United Nations and Vatican Are Planning the New World Order.)
Here is some of what the United Nations says about itself:
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
Here is what it claims are its main purposes:
The UN has 4 main purposes
- To keep peace throughout the world;
- To develop friendly relations among nations;
- To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
Peace is a good objective. Having friendly relations between nations is a good objective. Cooperation to help the hungry, poor, and illiterate is a good objective.
Many have called the United Nations the "last hope" for peace. Notice the following:
"To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support—to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective—to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak—and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run."
--John F. Kennedy--
The year was 1961. In his Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy President of the United States of America, addressed the world as a nation. This was the first speech given by Kennedy since he had taken office. This was his acceptance speech.
In this speech, Kennedy had used a great deal of metaphors, metaphors that described other countries as family members, metaphors that portrayed communism as a great evil, and metaphors that describe the a union called the United Nations as the last hope for peace. (Walterick PD. Kennedy's Declaration of Peace. http://www2.yk.psu.edu/~jmj3/sc4_walt.htm viewed 05/07/14)
Notice what Pope Paul VI said to the UN in 1965:
The peoples of the earth turn to the United Nations as the last hope of concord and peace. We presume to present here, together with Our own, their tribute to honour and of hope. That is why this moment is a great one for you also. We know that you are fully aware of this. Now for the continuation of Our message. It looks entirely towards the future. The edifice which you have constructed must never collapse; it must be continually perfected and adapted to the needs which the history of the world will present. You mark a stage in the development of mankind; from now on retreat is impossible; you must go forward. (Pope Paul VI's Address to United Nations General Assembly, October 4, 1965. http://www.christusrex.org/www1/pope/UN-1965.html viewed 05/07/14)
A religious leader who professes Christ should teach the true "gospel of peace" (Romans 10:15; Ephesians 6:15) and point out that Jesus is the "Prince of peace" (Isaiah 9:6). But Pope Paul VI did neither in his UN address.
Although some have considered that the UN is humanity's last hope for peace, not all have viewed it that way.
Notice something from 1985:
Aim: Prevent Major WarThe first article of the Charter outlines the aim those representatives had in mind in establishing the United Nations — "to maintain international peace and security."
This hope is more eloquently expressed in the foreword to the Charter. In it the signatory nations pledged "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetimes has brought sorrow to mankind." The signers further pledged that "armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest."
Article 2 contains other basic principles such as the sovereign equality of its members (assuring one vote for each member country now grown to 159), regardless of size; that disputes are to be settled by peaceful means; and that members undertake not to use force or the threat of force in contravention of the purposes of the United Nations.
To prevent meddling within the affairs of each state, however, Article 2 stipulates that the United Nations shall not intervene in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of any member nation.
Since those idealistic days 40 years ago more than 100 armed conflicts have plagued the world, though thankfully none of them have been nuclear — yet. Hardly a month has gone by without fighting on some battlefield.
Said retired U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick, the General Assembly does indeed operate much like a parliament or congress. There are parties, only here they are called the Western powers, the Afro-Asian-Third World bloc, and nonaligned states (many of whom are part of the second or Soviet "party" as well).
Moscow, Mrs. Kirkpatrick further asserted, has learned how to play the U.N. political game well, far better than Washington. ...
Because of the politics practiced in the United Nations, not only are major issues left virtually unattended, many regional disputes are often elevated to world crisis level.
As a result, said Mrs. Kirkpatrick, "what goes on in the U.N. actually exacerbates conflicts.... All kinds of countries that don't have any direct interest in a conflict get involved in it. As a result, you might say all conflict is globalized."
The U.N. General Assembly,. even some of its hard-pressed supporters in the Western World admit, has become skewed in its perceptions of what are and what are not true world problems. (Hogberg G. The United Nations at 40. Plain Truth, July-August 1985)
Here is a later 1985 report from one who attended the conference when the UN was founded:
FORTY years ago I attended the entire San Francisco Conference for the drafting and signing of the Charter for the United Nations.
On June 23 to 26 of this current year, the 40th anniversary of that Conference was held in San Francisco.
So far as I know, I was one of only four or so in attendance at this Anniversary Conference who had attended the Conference 40 years ago. Three were official representatives of nations and signed the Charter. I attended as a press representative, representing The Plain Truth. Although not political or official, at this 40th Anniversary Conference I was seated at the head speaker's table at dinners and some conferences. One hundred thirty-one people, including ambassadors representing about 100 nations, were present.
At the founding Conference 40 years ago, I heard loud and serious oratory in plenary sessions, saying solemnly that this United Nations they were forming was the world's LAST HOPE to avoid final doom! At this Anniversary Conference I heard mostly apologetic speeches for failure and limited praise for real accomplishment in minor areas. World War I was to have been the war to end all wars. World War II was billed likewise, and, at its close, the U.N. was to keep the peace. Yet more than 150 local wars have occurred since and no peace is remotely in sight now. Instead a new kind of violence to upset world peace is the current problem—TERRORISM!
WHY HAS THE UNITED NATIONS SO UTTERLY FAILED?
At the Conference 40 years ago, I attended a Pontifical High Mass at a Roman Catholic cathedral, attended largely by delegates to the Conference, officiated by Bishop Hunt of Salt Lake City. The bishop's loud voice rang out a stirring warning to the delegates, quoting from the Bible, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it." It was abundantly evident the Eternal was having no part in building this house that was to be humanity's LAST HOPE for the survival of mankind!
I could have quoted more warnings from the sure Word of God. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"—and it seems no two nations were or are in agreement. Also, "A house … divided against itself … cannot stand." And the United Nations is a house fatally divided against itself...
For 40 years now Germany has been a divided nation. Nazism promoted nationalism—a patriotic national pride. For 40 years West Germany has been suffering from the accusation of instigating World War II and the infamous Holocaust. But East Germans, though not enjoying prosperity under Communist rule, nevertheless are still, very much GERMANS—proud of being Germans, with the national spirit. They are still "more German" than the West Germans.
The Germans on both sides want to be united once again. There is now a dynamic movement toward a united EUROPE—a resurrection of the medieval Holy Roman Empire. Europeans know a house divided cannot stand. Eastern Europe is more Roman Catholic today than Western Europe....Europeans are saying that 40 years is long enough to be divided. This 40th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations may trigger events to bring on the world's last colossal world violence and trouble... (Armstrong HW. 40th Anniversary Conference of Drafting UN Charter. Plain Truth, October 1985)
And since he wrote that, the division of Europe basically ended, East and West Germany unified, and we have seen increases in terrorism.
This is not to say that the UN does no good, but only that it has not succeeded in its declared purpose to keep peace throughout the world and all nations friendly to each other.
Various world leaders seem to support an ecumenical-interfaith agenda:
February 6, 2014
Obama said Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. “In contrast to those who wield religion to divide us, lets do more to nurture the dialogue between faiths.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-lets-nurture-the-dialogue-between-faiths/
In a world in which sectarian divisions fuel some of the most violent and dangerous confrontations, the interfaith movement — once thought as irrelevant — has emerged as a force in American religion like never before.
The movement has made for some unlikely bedfellows, such as an emerging think tank for Jews and Mormons in Salt Lake City.
It involves unlikely alliances, such as when one of the most conservative Christian pro-life groups staged a news conference on Capitol Hill in September applauding a Muslim prayer service on the Mall.
It involves unlikely allies, such as leading Christian “emergent” leader Brian McLaren, who was roundly criticized during Ramadan last year when he fasted the entire month out of solidarity with Muslims.
It involves unlikely support, such as that offered by the Obama White House, which has identified interfaith work as a public policy goal. ...
Some of the biggest movers and shakers in the interfaith movement are governments in Muslim states: Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan.
Heads — or former heads — of state are likewise involved. Soon after British Prime Minister Tony Blair retired, he founded an interfaith foundation in London to “promote respect and understanding about the world’s major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/05/interfaith-movement-gains-new-strength/#ixzz39wuzyqHA
What about the United Nations?
Zenit, a pro-Vatican news agency, reported the following:
May 07, 2014
In an interview published Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said the United Nations and the Holy See have the “same goals and ideas”.
The UN chief, who is to meet Pope Francis on Friday, said he was grateful to be able to meet the Holy Father for a second time (the two first met in April last year). This year, he noted they will meet “in the context” of a summit of heads of UN agencies taking place this week in Rome.
“I thank him for the time that he will dedicate to us,” he said, according to the Italian newspaper Il Velino. “The United Nations and the Holy See have the same goals and the same ideas,” he added. http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/ban-ki-moon-says-un-and-holy-see-have-same-goals-and-ideas
I wondered if that meant that the United Nations not only shared the goal of peace through human efforts, but other ones as well, such as the ecumenical goals of the Vatican. So, I did a search on the United Nations’ website and found the following:
Secretary-General, at New York Ecumenical Service, Stresses Special Role of Religious Leaders as Standard-bearers of Reason, Respect
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the Church of the Holy Family in New York…:…
Whether priest or lama, rabbi or imam, you are all standard-bearers of reason and respect within and among religious traditions.
People everywhere look to religious leaders for guidance, support and direction. We need religious leaders in all parts of the world to help lead the way in promoting tolerance, seeking forgiveness, healing divisions and building mutual understanding and mutual respect. This pursuit is rooted in all faith traditions and it is needed now more than ever. We need voices of moderation and calm everywhere to make themselves heard…
Almost 50 years ago, Pope Paul VI delivered a sermon here at this very ecumenical service. He said, “The work of peace is not restricted to one religious belief, it is the work and duty of every human person, regardless of…religious conviction.”
That remains our mission — our obligation — and our calling. Lastly, I sincerely hope that under the leadership of the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić, we will be united and able to address all the challenges we are facing. Let us strive together to advance our common humanity and shared future. http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sgsm14516.doc.htm
Faith-based Organizations Can Help Deliver United Nations Message for Renewed Cooperation to Tackle Climate Change, Other Crises, Secretary-General Says
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, delivered by Under-Secretary-General Vijay Nambiar, Chef de Cabinet, to the Ninth Annual Orthodox Prayer Service for the United Nations Community, presided over by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in New York, today, 26 October:
I send greetings to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and to all the participants in this annual prayer service.
As a secular organization, the United Nations has no common religion. But as humanitarians we, too, like all major faiths, work on behalf of the weak, the disadvantaged, and those who are vulnerable to violence, disease and disaster. And we share the same ethical foundation: a belief in the inherent dignity of all individuals.
If ever there were a time for unity among religions and peoples, it is now. We must be united in purpose, united in action…
Let us work together for a safer, healthier more equitable future for all. http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2009/sgsm12567.doc.htm
Few people realize how fast the ecumenical movement is moving and how much support it has. After this came out, the Vatican started to support the UN's 'climate change' agenda. The fact that the United Nations also seems to share Pope Francis’ views on wealth distribution (e.g. Pope Francis speaks against current economic order and proposes changes) also suggests that there may be some cooperation on this as well. It should be noted that it is not just ecumenical dialogue between professors of Christianity that the Vatican and UN want, they also want an inter-faith acceptance and cooperation–essentially a final Babylonian type cooperation (cf. Genesis 11:1-9)–and the Bible shows this will happen in the end times (Revelation 17, 18).
While some, even amongst the Eastern Orthodox have publicly opposed it (see Greek Orthodox Bishops denounce Pope Francis, Church of Rome, and Ecumenism as Antichrist Plan of Freemasons), others, like Patriarch Bartholomew, have embraced it. So much so, that the Eastern Orthodox agreed to their first “ecumenical council” in over a thousand years earlier this year (see Orthodox agree to eighth ecumenical council: If Orthodox prophecy is correct on it, this council marks a major step towards the end!), which is to take place in 2016.
Earlier this year, Charismatic Kenneth Copeland agreed to it (see Protestant endorsement of the ecumenical agenda: Kenneth Copeland do you not understand? and/or watch Charismatic Kenneth Copeland and Anglican Tony Palmer: Protestants Beware!).
The Bible clearly warns against the final Babylonian system which the ecumenical movement and the United Nations is trying to form:
4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast…
6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 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. 8 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.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. (Revelation 13:6-9)
Notice in the above, real Christians would not be part of it. Notice that some religious leader tries to get people, through teaching (looking like a lamb, but being a dragon), "miracles" (signs and lying wonders), and economic pressure to support the Beast:
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 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. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 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, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (Revelation 13:11-18)
Pope Francis has also repeated that he has similar, and often the same, goals as the United Nations. A new combination of religious Babylon and politics is forming.
Pope Francis’ encyclical titled Laudato Si was officially released in June 2015. Here is some information about it:
June 24, 2015
The Pope’s encyclical appears to focus on climate change and environmental degradation but the larger focus is his indictment of capitalism and the presumed greed that it spawns, leading Pope Francis to call for a global government solution. The language in the encyclical looks like it came from the UN’s Agenda 21 and the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth. Both were deeply flawed analyses of problems and solutions. …
Pope Francis is especially harsh in his criticism of capitalism as if it is the cause of greed, selfishness, and a lack of concern for our fellow man.
That type of criticism is directly from the Socialism philosophy that holds that property be held in common and economic relationships be governed by political hierarchy. History has demonstrated that Socialism, while intellectually appealing, fails in the real world. The tone and direction of the Pope’s condemnation suggests that he is enthralled by the writings of Thomas Malthus and the doomsayer Paul Ehrlich who has been consistently wrong in his predictions and prescriptions for saving the planet. …
And according to the Guardian, he seeks “changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem before the end of the century”. This is the language of Greenpeace and Earth First who are extreme by any definition.
The call for global governance is reminiscent of President Jacques Chirac’s 2000 statement that “For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument (the Kyoto Treaty) of global governance, one that should find a place within the World Environmental Organisation which France and European Union would like to see established.”
The notion that the world should be run by an organization modeled after the UN or the European Commission and European Union is chilling and ought to lead to the prompt dismissal of the Pope’s philosophy but not his personal values or focus on reducing poverty. http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/06/24/pope-francis-call-for-global-governance/
His Laudato Si encyclical is very similar to the United Nation's 'New Universal Agenda,' which Pope Francis has promoted and endorsed.
The Bible warns against a church that sits on seven hills/mountains that is engaged improperly with political leaders:
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 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. 4 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. 5 And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
12 “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. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:1-18).
The woman/church is involved in politics, is on the great city of seven hills, and will finally be betrayed by political leaders in the end time.
Catholic scholars teach:
9. The seven heads are the seven hills, on which the woman sits. That is, the city of Rome. (Victorinus. Commentary on the Apocalypse, from the seventh chapter. Translated by Robert Ernest Wallis. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7. Edited by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1886.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0712.htm>)
“The Church that is in Babylon saluteth you, and so doth my son Mark” (1 Peter 5:13). That Babylon stands for Rome, as usual amongst pious Jews, and not for the real Babylon, then without Christians, is admitted by common consent (cf. F.J.A. Hort, “Judaistic Christianity”, London, 1895, 155) (Wilhelm J. Transcribed by Donald J. Boon. Apostolic Succession. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume I. Copyright © 1907 by Robert Appleton Company. Online Edition Copyright © 2003 by K. Knight. Nihil Obstat, March 1, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York).
The seven headed city is probably Rome (septicolis– seven hills) (Dupont Yves. Catholic Prophecy. TAN Books, 1973, p.24).
The woman sits on a scarlet beast, which is full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns (illustrating the close relationship between the historical city of Rome and the beast, the symbol of the Roman Empire, see Revelation 17:3). This woman (Rome) has been called Babylon the great and is drunk with the blood the saints and martyrs (see 17:5-6)…Another code for the symbols of the beast is announced in Revelation 17:9: “This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven mountains on which the woman is seated” (an obvious reference to the city of Rome built on seven hills).(Kurz, W. What Does the Bible Say About the End Times? A Catholic View. Servant Books, Cincinnati. Nihil Obstat: Kistner H., Schehr T.P. Imprimi Potest: Link F., Paul J.M. Imprimatur: Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxillary Bishop, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 19, 2004, pp. 165,166)
G. Rossi (1873): We must observe that St. Malachy does not mention the last Pope as a distinct person from the preceding one, whom he styles Glory of the Olive. He merely says, “During the last persecution of the Church, Peter II, a Roman, shall reign. He shall feed the flock in many tribulations, at the end of which the City of the Seven Hills (Rome) will be destroyed, and the awful Judge shall judge his people.” According to St. Malachy, then, only ten, or at most eleven, popes remain to be in future more or less legitimately elected. We say more or less legitimately elected, because out of those future popes it is to be feared that one or two will be unlawfully elected as anti-popes. (Rossi G. THE CHRISTIAN TRUMPET, OR, Previsions and Predictions about Impending General Calamities, The Universal Triumph of the Church, The Coming of Antichrist, The Last Judgment, and The End of the World. Compiled by PELLEGRINO [Gaudentius Rossi], A Missionary Priest with Superior’s permission. Boston, THOS. B. NOONAND & CO., 1873, p. 139)
…the Apocalypse was an inexhaustible quarry where to dig for invectives that they might hurl then against the Roman hierarchy. The seven hills of Rome, the scarlet robes of the cardinals, and the unfortunate abuses of the papal court made the application easy and tempting (Van den Biesen, Christian. “Apocalypse.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 5 Oct. 2008 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01594b.htm>).
Nor must we look for order in the Apocalypse; but we must follow the meaning of those things which are prophesied. Therefore in the trumpets and phials is signified either the desolation of the plagues that are sent upon the earth, or the madness of Antichrist himself, or the cutting off of the peoples, or the diversity of the plagues, or the hope in the kingdom of the saints, or the ruin of states, or the great overthrow of Babylon, that is, the Roman state (Victorinus. Commentary on the Apocalypse, Chapter 7, Verse 8. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 7. Edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson. American Edition, 1886. Online Edition Copyright © 2004 by K. Knight).
There was a strong anti-Roman tradition in the early Church. Rome was the harlot city soaked in the blood of the saints, the centre from which spread out wave after wave of persecution. The Book of Revelations’ gloating vision of the coming ruin of Rome, ‘Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great’ (Revelations 14:8), remained a persistent strand so long as the empire continued to persecute the church, and survived even into the Middle Ages (Duffy, Eamon. Saints & Sinners: A History of the Popes. Yale University Press, New Haven (CT), 2002, pp. 16-17).
The author of the Commentaries upon the Apocalypse set forth in St. Ambrose name, writeth thus: This…sometime signifieth Rome, specially which at that time when the Apostle wrote this, did persecute the Church of God. But otherwise it signifieth the whole city of the Devil, that is, the universal corps of the reprobate. Tertullian also taketh it for Rome, thus, Babylon (saith he) in St. John is a figure of the city of Rome, being so great, so proud of the Empire, and the destroyer of the saints. Which is plainly spoken of that city, when it was heathen, the head of the terrene dominion of the world, the persecutor of the Apostles and their successors, the seat of Nero, Domitian, and the like, Christ’s special enemies, the sink of idolatry, and false worship of the Pagan gods (Annotations on Chapter 17 of the Apocalypse. The Original And True Rheims New Testament Of Anno Domini 1582. Prepared and Edited by Dr. William G. von Peters. Ph.D. 2004, copyright assigned to VSC Corp. Page 583).
It is clear that even the Catholics admit that John is referring to a reprobate church (he used the analogy of a woman) as Babylon and that early Christians identified that with Rome. A reprobate church would seem to be one that incorporates non-biblical practices (such as certain traditions) as superior to biblical ones.
Catholics may be surprised to read what two of their scholars (Will and Ariel Durant) wrote about Catholic Christianity:
Christianity was the last great creation of the ancient pagan world (Durant W and A. The Story of Civilization: Caesar and Christ, a history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325 Volume 3 of The Story of Civilization. Simon and Schuster, 1935 Original from the University of Virginia Digitized Apr 10, 2008, p. 595).
This should give Catholics pause to think. It appears that the Durants are stating that Catholicism is essentially a pagan creation, while The Catholic Encyclopedia (and other Catholic scholars) teach that Rome is Babylon.
But irrespective of these passages, John (the last living original apostle) never writes anything positive about Rome or the church there. He warned about one that will be involved in a Europe-wide government that will affect the whole world (Revelation13 & 17).
Pope Francis did not call for the establishment of the kingdom of God, but for an international coalition, that is part of why I named my video on Laudado Si: Laudato Si: Pope’s Agenda or Kingdom of God?
Although Catholic scholars admit that Rome is the city of seven hills/mountains, the Bible teaches that real Christians are not to be in this end time Babylonian system:
2 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! 3 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.”
4 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. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18:2-5)
That is the system that the ecumenical movement and the United Nations is trying to prop up.
Pope Francis wants the UN to go further to push his wealth distribution agenda:
May 09, 2014
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday that the world body must do more to help the poor and should encourage the "legitimate redistribution" of wealth.
Francis, who since his election last year has often called for significant changes to economic systems, made his comments in an address to Ban and heads of many U.N. agencies meeting in Rome...
A contribution to equitable development could be made "both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world's peoples and by the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State ...," he said...
In the past 14 months since his election, Francis has issued several strong attacks on the global economic system...
Ban also renewed an invitation for the pope to address the United Nations in New York. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-pope-un-20140509,0,5167939.story
The wealth distribution agenda seems to be consistent with what will happen under the final Antichrist (for some additional details, see Some Doctrines of Antichrist).
The UN and Vatican have solidarity and are pushing for a common cause:
May 10, 2014
When Pope Francis met executives from the United Nations agencies, led by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he urged them to challenge all injustice, the "economy of exclusion," the "throwaway culture" and to "protect the family."
For his part Ban hailed the personal commitment of Pope Francis to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development during their meeting at the Vatican Friday.
"I count on the Catholic Church, under your leadership, to continue to work closely with the United Nations to promote a life of dignity for all.
"Our meeting today will send a very strong message of solidarity in our common cause." Ban said...
This time Ban brought with him the heads of the U.N. agencies, around 50 senior U.N. officials who were meeting in Rome.
The Catholic Church and U.N. agencies... normally concur on the fight against poverty...
Ban said during his audience with the Pope. "Inequality is growing. Injustice is prevalent. There is too much intolerance among peoples and faiths. All of these aggravate insecurity."...
"Across the U.N. agenda, I see the need for calm, compassion, cooperation and courage," said Ban. "Your Papacy embodies these principles and has inspired people in all regions and from all backgrounds. We deeply appreciate your personal commitment to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development." http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/un-counts-on-catholics-to-promote-dignity-for-all-ban-tells-pope-francis-24743
The UN and Vatican are committed to working together. They want a socialistic, ecumenical, and inter-faith world
As far as the UN and morality goes, notice some additional information about what its Secretary General believes:
On 7 March 2012 Ban delivered a speech titled "The Time Has Come" to the United Nations Human Rights Council urging the Council to place greater emphasis on combating homophobia and LGBT rights around the world. The speech was met by a protest by the committee, with delegates organizing a walk-out protest during the speech. During a speech at the UN headquarters commemorating Human Rights Day, Ban condemned countries with anti-gay laws, mentioning 76 countries that criminalize homosexuality. He said: "It is an outrage that in our modern world, so many countries continue to criminalize people simply for loving another human being of the same sex." Ban has told senior managers that homophobia will not be tolerated. He pointed to countries such as Ukraine which has proposed criminalizing public discussion about homosexuality as threatening basic human rights. He further stated that government has a duty to defend vulnerable minorities.
In April 2013, he described LGBT rights as one of the great neglected human rights of our time. He also said that religion, culture or tradition can never justify denial of basic rights. (Ban Ki-moon. Wikipedia, viewed 05/08/14)
The above is against the Bible and will end in death (cf. Romans 1:18-32). See also The Bible Condemns Homosexuality.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has, with United Nations' (UN) support, announced that it is launching a global peace network:
December 9, 2014
The World Council of Churches says it has launched an Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network to build a just and sustainable peace, engaging churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society.
The WCC announced EPAN at its conference held from December 1 to 5 in Sigtuna, Sweden it said in a statement on December 9. ...
"This consultation intended to create program synergies and develop collaboration methods, sharing best practices and lessons learned in peace-building, conflict prevention and advocacy for peace," said Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, WCC representative to the United Nations in New York.
The WCC meeting on Peace-building and Advocacy for Just Peace was hosted by the (Lutheran) Church Sweden, the Uniting Church in Sweden, and the Christian Council of Sweden.
More than 80 ecumenical advocacy experts, church leaders, as well as civil society and United Nations partners from 37 different countries, took part in the event. ...
The event will follow-up in 2015 in Africa and the Middle East meeting aimed at preparing advocacy strategies and plans to promote just peace, reconciliation and conflict prevention.
"The new Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network is a great opportunity for churches to act collectively to address issues related to peace on a global level," Bueno de Faria said.
"Churches and ecumenical organization have the responsibility to mobilize themselves on specific peace issues and influence processes that brings about lasting and just peace." http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/wold-council-of-churches-launches-global-just-peace-advocacy-network-27478#ixzz3LVJ7x5mM
The ecumenical and inter-faith movements are moving ahead, yet they WILL NOT RESULT IN REAL AND LASTING PEACE.
While a temporary peace will come to the Middle East per Daniel 9:27, it will not last per that same verse (see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27). It will end in destruction for many in the Middle East (see also The Future King of the South is Rising).
Another area that the United Nations, US President Barack Obama, and Pope Francis agree on is the multi-year nuclear deal with Iran.
July 14, 2015
WHITE HOUSE— Months of international negotiations and years of sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program led up to this one moment. In the early hours of July 14, U.S. President Barack Obama made his way down a long red-carpeted hallway in the White House to announce a historic agreement.
“The United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not – a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. …
“Today because America negotiated from position of strength and principal, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region,” Obama said.
- Iran will reduce stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent to 300 kg for 15 years
- Iran will reduce by two-thirds the number of centrifuges operating to enrich uranium at its main processing center
- Iran is prevented from designing warheads or conducting experiments on nuclear weapons-related technology.
- Arms embargo on Iran will be eased, as long as IAEA judges Iran’s nuclear program to be peaceful.
- International sanctions on Iran will be lifted, enabling it to export oil.
- If an international panel finds Iran is not honoring the accord, it can vote to restore sanctions.
President Obama laid out the key points of the deal, noting that “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.” Under the agreement, he said Iran would no longer produce highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium that are necessary to make a nuclear bomb. Iran will remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges, and will not use its advanced centrifuges to produce enriched uranium for the next decade. Iran will also get rid of 98 percent of its stockpiled enriched uranium and modify its core reactor. …
“If Iran violates the deal, all the sanctions will snap back,” Obama said.
The president closed his remarks with a message to the U.S. Congress, which now has 60 days to review the deal, saying while he welcomes lawmakers’ scrutiny of the agreement, he will “veto any legislation that prevents successful implementation of the deal.”
President Obama said now is not the time for “politics and posturing” and warned that an Iran armed with a nuclear weapon would be far more destabilizing to the Middle East and the world.
“History shows that America must lead not just with our might, but with our principals. It shows we are stronger not when we are alone but when we bring the world together,” Obama said. “Today’s announcement marks one more chapter in this pursuit of a safer, and more helpful, more hopeful world.” http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-iran-nuclear-deal-makes-world-safer/2860882.html
Vatican City, Jul 14, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field. ...
Pope Francis also praised the plan in his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing on Easter Sunday, saying that “in hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework that had been recently been agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.” http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-applauds-nuclear-deal-calls-for-commitment-to-make-it-bear-fruit-11947/
July 20, 2015
WASHINGTON—The U.N. Security Council has unanimously endorsed the agreement Iran and a group of six world powers struck last week to limit the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
The 15-member Council quickly voted Monday morning. The five permanent, veto-holding Council members are signatories to the agreement, so the resolution was expected to be adopted.
Now that it has been passed, the deal goes into effect after no later than 90 days. The next key milestone comes after the U.N. nuclear watchdog – the International Atomic Energy Agency – issues a report, expected in December, on the resolution of past and present issues with Iran’s nuclear program. That is when Iran would see relief from the sanctions that have hurt its economy.
The U.N. vote comes as U.S. lawmakers begin their own review of the agreement.
President Barack Obama’s administration sent it to Congress on Sunday, setting off a 60-day review period. Lawmakers can choose to approve the deal or reject it and refuse to lift congressionally-imposed sanctions against Iran. Obama has said he would veto any rejection. http://www.voanews.com/content/un-security-council-expected-to-approve-iran-nuclear-deal/2870048.html
So, right after Barack Obama endorsed the plan, the Vatican did, and then this was quickly followed up by UN endorsement. These three share a lot of the same agenda--to a degree.
Notice, however, that the USA decided to make some statements that Iran does not like:
July 20, 2015
Military action could still be used to prevent Iran developing a nuclear bomb, despite the agreement struck this week, the US defence secretary has said.
Ashton Carter made the comments en route to Israel, the first leg of a tour of the Middle East.
He is seeking to ease concerns of a key ally who has been one of the most vocal critics of the nuclear deal.
But Mr Carter admitted he was “not going to change anybody’s mind in Israel” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33590342
July 20, 2015
Iran‘s foreign minister on Monday criticized the United States and Israel for not taking the threat of military action against Tehran off the table following the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
The official IRNA news agency quoted Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as saying the military option remains a very hazardous idea.
“Applying force … is not an option but an unwise and dangerous temptation,” he said. Yet, Zarif added, “there are people who talk about illegal and illegitimate application of force” for their own purposes.
He called the nuclear deal reached last week a “victory of diplomacy over war and violence.”
Zarif did not single out any specific country but his remarks came a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a visit to Israel that the accord imposes no limits on what Washington can do to ensure the security of Israel and U.S. Arab allies. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.666896
So, both the USA and Israel have stated that they will consider military action against Iran in the future.Possibly because of the deal Iran just got, it may think that the USA or Israel would not do that. That would be dangerous for Iran.
It is very likely that Iran will ‘overplay’ its hand some day.
Since Iran will NOT be the final King of the South of Bible prophecy (cf. Daniel 11:4-43), regular readers of this page realize that I have repeatedly written that Iran may somehow get “neutralized” before this final king rises up. And it maybe that provoking some type of conflict with Israel (through an attack or through simply possessing nuclear bombs) and/or the USA, etc.
Although Iran wants to dominate the Islamic world, Bible prophecy shows that it will not. But, because leaders like its past and current presidents credit a non-existent Imam Mahdi for various events and its Supreme Leader has claimed to actually speak to him, the regime in Iran must be considered unstable and capable of taking steps that would seem illogical to outsiders.
This makes Iran dangerous. Iran may well damage Israel (Isaiah 22:1-14) and even the USA. But that will not end well for Iran (cf. Jeremiah 49:34-38).
The Obama Administration is trying to tell everyone what a great deal it made with Iran. It describes the deal quite differently than how the Iranians seem to view it. On 7/19/15, Iran’s Ayatollah claimed that it is the USA who are the real terrorists and he referred to the nation of Israel as ‘wicked Zionists’ (see After deal, Iran’s Khamenei calls USA ‘arrogant’ and ‘the real terrorists;’ he also says Iran will not change its policies in Middle East). Iran has no intention of wanting to be the friend of the USA or anything but an enemy to Israel.
While a temporary peace will come to the Middle East (cf. Daniel 9:27, see also The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27), this deal is not that one. Expect more conflict in the Middle East for a time. The United Nation risks having another war in the most volatile region in the world.
Does the United Nations recognize there are problems now?
Yes, but it does not understand the proper solution:
September 25, 2014UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns of ‘turbulence’ ahead, with wars, refugees, disease and climate change
WHEN the Secretary-general of the United Nations says the world seems to be falling apart, perhaps we should sit up and listen.
The United Nations chief last night gave his “state of the world” address. Put simply, he thinks it’s awful.
“This year, the horizon of hope is darkened” were his exact words. …
“The world’s ‘fasten seat belt’ light is illuminated. Turbulence is testing the multilateral system, national institutions and people’s lives.”
In other words, prepare for a rough ride. …
“Not since the end of the Second World War have there been so many refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers. Never before has the United Nations been asked to reach so many people with emergency food assistance and other lifesaving supplies,” he said in his address at the opening of the UN General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting. …
He called for world leaders to join together to ease the plight of nearly unprecedented numbers of refugees, the displaced and victims of violence and disease.
“But leadership is precisely about finding the seeds of hope and nurturing them into something bigger,” the UN chief told presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and ministers from the UN’s 193 member states.
“That is our duty,” Ban said. “That is my call to you today.” http://www.news.com.au/world/un-secretarygeneral-ban-kimoon-warns-of-turbulence-ahead-with-wars-refugees-disease-and-climate-change/story-fndir2ev-1227069828195
Notice that Ban Ki-Moon essentially called on world leaders to unite to prevent the situation from getting worse and put his hope in that.
Other than his hope in this present world, what Ban Ki-Moon stated sounded similar to what Jesus said on the Mount of Olives:
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:4-8)
Jesus’ statement that the sorrows were not yet the end are consistent with Ban Ki-Moon’s. However, while Ban Ki-Moon put his hope that humans could solve the problems, Jesus taught that the situation would eventually worsen, God would insure the solution (the gospel of the kingdom) would be proclaimed to the world as a witness, and then things would get so bad that God has to intervene to stop the world from being destroyed:
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:14-22)
The United Nations was never God’s hope for humanity, the Kingdom of God was. At that remains the true hope for this world. For more information, check out the free online booklet The Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
The Vatican seems to share the UN's climate change/global warming agenda.
May 12, 2015
Pope Francis’ closest adviser castigated conservative climate change skeptics in the United States Tuesday, blaming capitalism for their views.
Speaking with journalists, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga criticized certain “movements” in the United States that have preemptively come out in opposition to Francis’s planned encyclical on climate change.“The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits,” Rodríguez said, according to the Boston Globe's Crux blog.
Rodríguez’s comments came at the beginning of the annual meeting of Caritas Internationalis, an association of Catholic charitable groups.
He said many individuals both inside and outside the Catholic Church are awaiting Francis’s encyclical “with hope,” and especially watching how it might impact the United Nations’s December meeting that seeks to reach an agreement on an international climate change pact.
That is Francis’s top stated goal for the encyclical, to encourage Catholics to fight climate change and influence the U.N.’s process. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/241769-popes-top-adviser-blasts-us-climate-skeptics
Sadly, Pope Francis' stated goal is not to get people to repent and live as Jesus taught.
We are having climate problems and that was expected. Back in 2009, my book, 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect mentioned the following was about to happen:
The world is actually in a berserk transition, as the real age of peace is not yet here. It may be a period of chaos. It is the beginning of sorrows Matthew 24:8
The problems that the world is now facing should be a wake-up call to repent (see also Weather Blessings and Sorrows). The ‘trumpet’ warnings are going out, but many prefer to put their trust in humankind and not God to solve the problems.
Pushing the homosexual agenda and other sins as various ones in the UN and various governments have been doing results in 'climate change.' But that is not something that many people wish to seriously consider.
The Bible is clear that humans would destroy the earth and the Jesus has to come before humans do so:
18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth. (Revelation 11:18)
22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:22)
The Bible is clear that various aspects of weather will be used by God prior to Jesus' return. As warnings and as punishments.
Much of the world in the 21st century sees that there have been various forms of 'climate change.' What should be done? Notice what Solomon prayed:
26 "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
28 "When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; 29 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: 30 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men), 31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers. (2 Chronicles 6:26-31)
The solution to various weather-climate matters is to pray (see also Prayer: What Does the Bible Teach?) and to repent and properly obey God (see also Where is the True Christian Church Today?).
The United Nations and others have a different plan. But their plan will NOT work:
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory…every island fled away (Revelation 16:8-9, 20). (Revelation 16:8-9).
Sadly, people will not properly repent and turn to the God of the Bible, so 'global warming' will happen beyond what most now think is possible.
Although Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers' (Matthew 5:9), He also taught that the Kingdom of God was the solution (Mark 1:14, Matthew 24:14; Revelation) and His word explained, regarding those of the world, "the way of peace they have not known" (Isaiah 59:8; Romans 3:17).
Many world leaders, including Pope Francis, believe that it will be international human cooperation that will bring peace and prosperity, and not the Kingdom of God. And while they will have some temporal successes, they will not only not succeed, their human efforts will ultimately bring planet Earth to the point that it would make life unsustainable if Jesus did not return to establish His Kingdom. This is a false gospel (watch also The World’s False Gospel).
Notice a warning from the Apostle Paul to the Galatians:
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (Galatians 1:3-10)
It is Jesus, not the United Nations, who will deliver us from the present evil world. The UN is promoting a false gospel.
Many in the world are trying to put together a semi-religious Babylonian international plan to put in a new world order in the 21st century. Notice something directly from the United Nations:
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Preamble This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. ...
The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
Peace We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people. The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.
1. We, the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 25-27 September 2015 as the Organization celebrates its seventieth anniversary, have decided today on new global Sustainable Development Goals.
2. On behalf of the peoples we serve, we have adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for the full implementation of this Agenda by 2030. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. We are committed to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner. We will also build upon the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and seek to address their unfinished business.
3. We resolve, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. We resolve also to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and decent work for all, taking into account different levels of national development and capacities.
4. As we embark on this great collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. Recognizing that the dignity of the human person is fundamental, we wish to see the Goals and targets met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. And we will endeavour to reach the furthest behind first.
5. This is an Agenda of unprecedented scope and significance. It is accepted by all countries and is applicable to all, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities. These are universal goals and targets which involve the entire world, developed and developing countries alike. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development. ...
Sustainable Development Goals
- Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
- Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
- Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development ...
10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard ...
We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to achieving this Agenda and utilizing it to the full to transform our world for the better by 2030. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld accessed 0904/15
The above was formally adopted by the United Nations on September 25, 2015, not too long after Pope Francis spoke before the UN that day--he also applauded the approval:
September 25, 2015
UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – World leaders on Friday adopted the most sweeping agenda ever of global goals to combat poverty, inequality and climate change, capping years of debate and saying now is the time for “a little less conversation, a little more action.”Described by the United Nations secretary-general as “a to-do list for people and planet,” the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are to be implemented over the next 15 years with a big global push to win public and political support.
The 193 U.N. member nations formally adopted the goals in the shadow of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, calling for shared peace and prosperity.
Pope Francis called the adoption of the SDGs “an important sign of hope.”
“Solemn commitments, however, are not enough, even though they are a necessary step toward solutions,” said the Pope as the Vatican flag flew for the first time outside the United Nations where security was heightened for his visit.
He said world leaders must follow through with “a will which is effective, practical, constant, with concrete steps and immediate measures” to protect the environment and end social and economic exclusion. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/26/us-development-goals-adoption-idUSKCN0RP2FL20150926.
While many consider that this is good news, this is a false gospel. Of course, it will fail--even though the time for a temporal peace deal will come per Daniel 9:27 (see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27). Even the UN declared above that its earlier "Millennium Development Goals" did not succeed. The difference now is that we have seen changes in the world as well as a pontiff who is more directly involved in endorsing this. As far as Pope Francis goes, he basically laid much of this out in his encyclical titled Laudato Si.
When you consider that 'new universal agenda' could also be called the 'new CATHOLIC agenda' this may increase the potential enormity of its impact to those who pay attention to biblical prophecy.
The word 'catholic' means 'universal.' (A related video is titled UN's 'New Universal Agenda' is a False Gospel!)
According to the Bible, it will take a combination of a military leader in Europe (called the King of the North, also called the Beast of Revelation 13:1-10) along with a religious leader (called the false prophet, also called THE Antichrist and the two-horned Beast of Revelation 13:11-17) from the city of seven hills (Revelation 17:9,18) to bring in a Babylonian (Revelation 17 & 18) 'new catholic order.' And the Bible teaches that this is not good (Revelation 13, 14, 17, & 18).
This is something that the Continuing Church of God has denounced since its inception and plans to continue to denounce. Since the Satan beguiled Eve to fall for a version of his gospel nearly 6000 years ago (Genesis 3), humans have believed that they know better than God what will make them and the world better. It may well be that the 6000 years God gave humans to rule itself will be up between now and the UN's hoped for fully implementation of its 'new universal agenda' (details on the 6000 year plan are in the article Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?).
Notice also the following assessment of the UN's plans:
October 9, 2015
In a nutshell, if we all behave ourselves and do exactly what the U.N. wants, then in a mere 15 years the entire population of the planet will be able to do something it’s never been able to do in 6,000-plus years of modern human civilization, to wit: “End extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.” Yes really. These 17 goals, when implemented, will achieve those three things. Isn’t that nice? ...
These goals are carefully crafted and worded that no sane person can object to them. After all, who wants more poverty, hunger, or dirty water? Who wants girls and women to be oppressed? Who wants cities and human settlements to be discriminatory, unsafe, failing and unsustainable instead of “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”? ...
There’s just one picky little problem: how to achieve these goals. How can we “reduce inequality within and among countries”? How do we “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”? What’s the best way to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”?
When we put aside the pretty buzz words and disregard the sparkly packaging, it comes down to one thing: force. Remember, there are only two ways to get someone else to do something: persuasion and force. When persuasion doesn’t work, force is the only alternative.
If you have more money than I do and I can’t persuade you to give me some, these U.N. goals means I can force you, at the point of a gun, to give me some of your money so we can “equalize” our wealth. If you have access to better health care than I do, I can force you, at the point of a gun, to make you pay for mine so we can both have “healthy lives.”
If your country is richer than my country, I can force you at the point of a gun – or since we’re talking entire nations, probably at the threat of nuclear annihilation – to give me your wealth and your resources. Now let’s look at these goals from a different angle. What is preventing these goals from being achieved in the first place? What is preventing girls and women from achieving equality? What is preventing “peaceful and inclusive” societies with “justice for all” from happening? What is preventing people from getting educational opportunities or abundant health care?
In other words, what is the source of the equality, the wealth, the security, the sustainability and the inclusiveness these goals demand? It’s very simple. The source of these good things comes from human ingenuity. The only thing that prevents people from exercising the full extent of their ingenuity is other people, particularly collections of other people known as “government.” Only government has the force needed to “persuade” people to obey – forcibly. Throughout history, most systems of government have done their best to rope people into the service of that government. Whether “government” was represented by kings or dictators or tyrants, the purpose of people was to serve their leaders. http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/the-utopia-from-hell/#K9tBTobPKq4G28h5.99
The reality is that the Biblee warns of one who will use force to get control (Revelation 13:4, 16-18). It will take the return of Jesus Christ, and not the UN, to bring about real peace and prosperity. The UN's 'New Universal Agenda' is a False Gospel!
Although it is claimed to be peaceful, the movement will also be propped up through economic intimidation and terror (Revelation 13:15-17), as well as signs and lying wonders that will deceive all but the very elect who have the love of the truth:
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. (Matthew 24:24-25)
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
Well there have been many signs and lying wonders throughout history, the time will come when they will become even worse (2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). The world will be deceived (Revelation 12:9, Mark 13:22).
The time to stand up for the truth is now. While peace is a fine goal (Psalm 122:6; Matthew 5:9), the Bible warns of a time when false declarations of peace will be indicated and also made:
21 And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 With the force of a flood they shall be swept away from before him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. 24 He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time. (Daniel 11:21-24)
10 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace (Ezekiel 13:10).
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:3-6)
In the future, the Vatican (Revelation 13,17), United Nations, certain ones in Europe (it is the European King of the North who comes in peaceably in Daniel 11), and elsewhere will be talking peace (Ezekiel 13:10), yet war and destruction will come. The ‘same goals’ that the United Nations and Vatican have related to the ecumenical movement and financial controls.
The Bible clear warns about this Babylonian arrangement (Zechariah 2:7) and teaches that the only true unity will come after that system is destroyed (Revelation 18) and Jesus returns (Revelation 19; Zechariah 2:8-12). But as the UN and the Vatican do not seem to understand those scriptures, they are working towards something that the Bible warns against.
As astounding as it sounds, the Bible is clear that the nations of the world will unite against the returning Jesus Christ. When Jesus returns, He will destroy the unity of nations that are against Him:
11:15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and voices could be heard shouting in heaven, calling, 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.' 16 The twenty-four elders, enthroned in the presence of God, prostrated themselves and touched the ground with their foreheads worshipping God 17 with these words, 'We give thanks to you, Almighty Lord God, He who is, He who was, for assuming your great power and beginning your reign. 18 The nations were in uproar and now the time has come for your retribution, and for the dead to be judged, and for your servants the prophets, for the saints and for those who fear your name, small and great alike, to be rewarded. The time has come to destroy those who are destroying the earth.' (Revelation 11:15-18, NJB)
19:6 And I heard what seemed to be the voices of a huge crowd, like the sound of the ocean or the great roar of thunder, answering, 'Alleluia! The reign of the Lord our God Almighty has begun;... 19 Then I saw the beast, with all the kings of the earth and their armies, gathered together to fight the Rider and his army. 20 But the beast was taken prisoner, together with the false prophet who had worked miracles on the beast's behalf and by them had deceived those who had accepted branding with the mark of the beast and those who had worshipped his statue. These two were hurled alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur. 21 All the rest were killed by the sword of the Rider, which came out of his mouth, and all the birds glutted themselves with their flesh... 20:4 Then I saw thrones, where they took their seats, and on them was conferred the power to give judgement. I saw the souls of all who had been beheaded for having witnessed for Jesus and for having preached God's word, and those who refused to worship the beast or his statue and would not accept the brandmark on their foreheads or hands; they came to life, and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Revelation 19:6,19-21; 20:4, NJB)
Notice that Jesus will have to destroy world of armies unified against Him.
You should not support this. But whatever is left of the 'United Nations' in the end will.
If you will believe the Bible and truly live as a faithful elect Christian, the Bible shows that you will not have to be deceived as the rest of the world will be (Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
We Christians want to be part of Jesus' 'new world order' (see also Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism?), not the one that the Bible condemns that the Vatican and United Nations are working on.
Two related videos include UN's 'New Universal Agenda' is a False Gospel! and United Nations and Vatican Are Planning the New World Order.
For more information on the real hope for humankind, check out the free online booklet The Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
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