The New World Order has been the talk of conspiracy theorists for decades, but is it a theory or is it a prophecy?
While world domination is the end goal of villains in children's cartoons, most people would agree that it doesn't seem possible for one country to conquer and dominate every other country on earth. Still, the "New World Order" theory has circulated for years. It's not something made up in the mind of a conspiracy theorist, though. It is a prophesy, found in both the Old Testament (in Daniel 2 & Daniel 7) and the New Testament (in Revelation).
In the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, John describes a vision he received while banished on the island of Patmos. The graphic warnings are too cryptic for most people to understand. Seven churches are addressed, seven seals are opened, seven trumpets are sounded, seven vials are poured, three angels heed warnings, two witnesses appear, and beasts invoke their will on a lawless world as plagues and disasters destroy the planet. It all sounds surreal, but like much of the Bible, parables and symbols are used to tell the story and the interpretations or explanations can often be found in other scriptures. Today, we have the additional advantage of hindsight since many of the prophesies of this timeless book have already been fulfilled.
For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. - Matthew 13:17
Chapter 17 of Revelation follows the pouring of the seven vials, after the mark of the beast has been implemented and the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet work miracles to entice followers.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. - Rev. 17:3
Who is this beast with seven heads and ten horns? It is important to know, in order to avoid being deceived. The following explanation is given by one of the angels:
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. - Rev. 17:9
Could the seven mountains represent the seven continents? Africa, Antarctica. Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America? Or could they be countries in an alliance or coalition of countries?
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. - Rev. 17:12-13
So, we see clearly that the beast is comprised of ten kings and it's not hard to understand what "one mind" means - they are all in agreement for the same purpose or agenda. They all give their power, or perhaps submit their authority, to the beast for that purpose.
The interpretation of the prophesy has been a topic of debate among Bible scholars for centuries. Many people have speculated that this prophesy foretells of the world coming under the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. Many of the church's everyday practices are quite literally "Anti-Christ", or against Christ, unbeknownst to their dedicated followers. Still, it seems more likely that "the beast" is a system, alliance, or coalition of multiple nations. This organization could already be in place! The head of the Roman Catholic Church, certainly has a lot of influence and may be involved or may play another role in this prophecy, but that's another subject.
We are watching these prophecies come to pass today. It is important to be vigilant, prayerful, studying the scriptures, and shining the light - now more than ever!
Stay tuned as we continue to explore God's Word in an attempt to reveal the accuracy of Revelation and all Bible prophecy, as a testimony to non-believers!