The New World Order
Man needs hope in order to
persevere and experience a sound state of mind. As
expected, man has looked to different sources in search of all inspiring
hope. Regarding hope, the scriptures are plain regarding both its
reality and need."18: That by two
immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to
lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay
hold upon the hope set before us: 19: Which hope we have as an anchor of
the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20: Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high
priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec" (Heb. 6).
One source of hope, both
secularly and religiously is the "New World Order" about which we have been
hearing for some time. The New World Order purports to offer something
better and enduring.
"The term 'new
world order' has been used to refer to a new period of
history evidencing a dramatic change in world political thought and the
balance of power. The first usages of the term surrounded Woodrow
Wilson's Fourteen Points and call for a League of Nations following the
devastation of World War I. The phrase was used sparingly at the end of the
Second World War when describing the plans for the United Nations and Bretton
Woods system, in part because of the negative association the phrase would bring
to the failed League of Nations. In retrospect however, many commentators have
applied the term retroactively to the order put in place by the WWII victors as
a 'new world order.' The most recent, and most widely discussed, application of
the phrase came at the end of the Cold War. Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and
George H.W. Bush used the term to try and define the nature of the post Cold War
era, and the spirit of great power cooperation that they hoped might
materialize….." (Wikipedia Encyclopedia).
This secular New World Order
(some are pushing for the replacement language, "era of globalization") requires
the relinquishing of much of separate powers and interests now characteristic of
world governments and a putting in place of one world political order.
Some of the first vestiges of this movement involve the removal of borders
separating countries, starting with the borders demarcating the United States
and Mexico and Canada. In its initial stage, it
will stress a bi-lingual state, Spanish and English. It promotes the
influx of cultures and ideologies and calls for tolerance. In fact, to
seriously prepare the way for this New World Order or Era of Globalization,
there must be the effecting of tolerance, at least tolerance on the part of the
U. S. toward other cultures and values. The ultimate goal is oneness,
oneness in currency, political goals, and values. Some social scientists
believe that the thrust after this first stage is secured will be to arrive at
an empire. The empire concept will urge and promote multi-cultural status
in one general complexion of government. We are promised peace and the
absence of war as all will be one and united.
While the Christian is taught
to obey and respect the powers that be, there are some
serious consequences to this perceived Era of Globalization, both
economically and religiously (Rom. 13: 1-7, Acts 5: 29). Since
America is the most prosperous country in the world
and offers the most religious freedom of all, it is
inevitable that there will be compromise and adverse change on the part of the
U.S. The idea of "tolerance" will be and already is prejudiced. For
instance, we are hearing much about how we (America) must be tolerant relative
to such world religions as Islam. Yet, Islam, based on the teaching of the
Koran, is the most intolerant.
Government has never offered
the hope to which man aspires. In fact, history
has shown that the more man looks to government, the more he is
disappointed and enslaved (Roman Empire). As we already see in
place signs of transition toward an empire state, let us review history and
remember that no empire has survived due to its inherent flaws.
Many religionists have their
own version of the New World Order. One writer wrote:
"...Jesus was the
last king under the Judaic genealogy and also the new king
of the new world order. He promised to come back after he received
the kingdom so that he will rule for ever and
ever...." (M. Stewart).
There is the matter of
logistics involved in this New World Order promise.
Consider the statement by
James Melton:"God cannot
establish His Son in Israel as King of the Jews unless the Jews
are living in Palestine, their promised
homeland, so it is God's plan to restore the Jews to Palestine before the Second
Coming of Christ."
This version of the New World
Order is the doctrine known as Premillennialism. This belief system has
flourished along with the acceptance and raising popularity of the social
gospel. Premillennialism offers the prospect for man remaining on this
earth and depending on his religious status, perhaps holding a high and
appointment in Jesus' perceived world government and order. The proponents
of this New World Order tell us that Jesus' reign will be so complete that there
can be no wars or political uprisings. It advocates a national conversion
of the Jewish race, as a preliminary event and focuses very closely on Mid-east
Premillennialism has such
core doctrines as Jesus failed to establish his Kingdom when he came and that he
will succeed when he returns. Notwithstanding, we read of the Kingdom being in
existence (Col. 1: 13, 14, Heb. 12: 28). Jesus himself expressly taught
that his Kingdom was not to be of a corporate nature but, rather, essentially
spiritual (John 18: 36). This religious New World Order has the saved and lost
segregated at the Judgment and some nuances of this theology has long periods of
time transpiring involved in the segregation ("tribulation," and "rapture"
theories). The scriptures teach that both the lost and saved dead will be
resurrected and sentenced the same "day" (John 5: 28, 29).
According to Premillennial teaching, the earth will not be destroyed at
Jesus' return. However, the Spirit led Peter taught the total and complete
destruction of the earth and
all that appertains upon Jesus' arrival in judgment (2 Pet. 3: 10-13). There
shall be "new heavens" and a "new earth" (dwelling place), but they will be
spiritual and not physical or political (cp. Rev. 21: 1f.).
A necessary condition for
this political reign of Jesus on earth is for the restoration of the Law of
Moses and the various ceremonial observations, a thought totally repulsive to
every serious Bible student and believer (Zech. 14: 16f.)"3: And I heard a
great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and
he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be
with them, and be their God. 4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither
shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5: And he
that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto
me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6: And he said unto me, It is
done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that
is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7: He that overcometh
shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Rev.
Those who live for the New
World Order, whether it is the secular or religious version, are going to be let
down and frustrated in their aspirations. Man's order and creativity will
not permanently put in place such a utopic condition and false religious
teaching cannot produce its claims.
I emphatically repeat that
hope is needed but it is the hope of heaven of which we write. Heaven and
only heaven constitutes the ultimate utopia. Decay, disappointment, and death
are and shall continue to be associated with this physical life (2 Cor. 4: 16,
Heb. 9: 27). However, in the heavenly city these conditions are unknown
(Rev. 21, 22). In closing, consider the teaching of the scriptures:
Those who perceive of and
offer a secular or spiritually perverted order that has either man or a
political Jesus bringing in a New World Order that offers all that man needs to
completely satisfy are seriously flawed. Heaven is the "one hope" of the calling
of the Christian and it shall not be here on this earth (John 14: 1-4).
(Related reading would be, "Controlling the Borders"
and, "The Global Gospel")
Addendum: There are many
texts and passages along with a host of prophecies that are used by
Premillennialists in an effort to advance and support their interpretive system,
among which are Zechariah 14 and Revelation 20. While based on a cursory
reading, a reading being influenced by Premillennial New World Order people, one
might so understand these scriptures to teach a
political and secular Kingdom, upon closer examination one finds spiritual
intent and application, often involving figurative language. For instance, the
thousand year reign of Jesus to which they refer and imagine all sorts of things
is mentioned in Revelation 20: 1-8. However, they must arbitrarily inject many
things into the text, they are just not there.