The Coming One World Government

If you are wondering whether the next world empire will be Russia, China, the United States, or a one world government made up of all nations, you will be fascinated by a prediction which bears the stamp of divine authenticity.

Perhaps the most dramatic of all the prophecies to be found in the Bible is the one recorded in the second chapter of the book of Daniel. Not only is it presented in a most unusual setting - the throne room of ancient Babylon - but it traces the course of history from that day to this day and then beyond to a coming one world government! It describes the rise of five world empires, four of which are past, the fifth is still to come.

To catch the full importance of this Biblical prophecy, let's look at Daniel chapter two.

It is morning. The King Nebuchadnezzar has just awakened with a worried look upon His face. He has had a dream and he cannot recall this dream. So he summons his magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and the Chaldeans and demands that they help him by revealing the dream to him.

None are able to reveal Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The ChaIdean's offer to interpret the dream, but insist that they must know first what it was.

At this, the king is greatly angered. "If ye will not make known unto me the dream" he cries, "ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill." Daniel 2:5.

Of course, these "wise" men of Babylon could not tell the king his dream and stood there helpless and silent. Whereupon the king, becoming "very furious" orders their immediate execution!

As the royal soldiers go through the city arresting the wise men of Babylon, they came upon Daniel, the young Hebrew captive, whose keen intellect and sterling character have already won him a place among this select group. (Daniel 1). He seeks an interview with the king and asks Nebuchadnezzar to "give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation." Daniel 2:16.

Daniel's request is granted. He and his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah seek God in earnest prayer.

Daniel is now shown in vision the very same dream that has so greatly impressed Nebuchadnezzar the night before, but was unable to recall. Shortly after Daniel's vision, he was ushered into the king's presence. There he finds himself face to face with the ruler of the world government of that time. The king is expecting him, skeptical no doubt as to the result of the interview. Anxiously the king leans forward on his throne awaiting the telling of his dream and the interpretation thereof. Then Daniel speaks: "The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in Heaven that reveaIeth secrets and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;" Daniel 2:27, 28.

The conviction in the young man's voice, born of certain knowledge, stirs the king.

One can almost see him leaning forward, as we read this account, with eagerness to catch the next words from the young man. Daniel continues: "As for thee, 0 king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and He that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass." Daniel 2:29.

Daniel now proceeds to recount the dream. "Thou, 0 king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." Daniel 2:31-35.

Yes, yes! That's it, that's the very dream I had, shouts the king! Every detail is perfectly described. Nothing is missing. His inmost thoughts had been read by Another! This is miraculous!

Now, breathlessly, Nebuchadnezzar waits for the promised interpretation.

"This is the dream" says Daniel "and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king."

"Thou, 0 king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the held and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this bead of gold." Daniel 2:36-38.

A smile of satisfaction passes over the kings face, but quickly changes to a frown as the young man says "And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." Daniel 2:39-44.

In these few prophetic words, Daniel outlines the course of world governments for centuries to come. God's Word is sure! You can trust it will not fail! There will be, he asserts, four world powers; four, and no more. Then there will come a period of division and conflict, culminating in a divine intervention and the setting up of God's eternal kingdom.

What has been history's answer to this dream of Nebuchadnezzars as revealed and interpreted by God through Daniel?

As to the first world power, there can be no question. It was identified by Daniel when he said to Nebuchadnezzar "thou art this head of gold." This great king was the personification of the might of Babylon, the greatest one world government of the ancient world which enjoyed full sovereignty from about 605 BC until it's overthrow less than 68 years later by the combined forces of Media and Persia, described so vividly in the fifth chapter of the book of Daniel.

Persia then became the second one world government in 538 BC, enjoying it's supremacy for some two hundred years. Then, early in the fourth century, came the rise of Greece and the swift conquests of Alexander the Great. With incredible courage and swiftness, this youthful commander hurled his limited forces across the Hellespont at the vast army of Darius, utterly defeating them at Granicus, Issus, and finally at the decisive Battle of Arbela, 331 BC.

Greece continued her one world government for another century and a half, although becoming ever more conscious of the growing might of her western neighbor. On June 22, 168 BC at the Battle of Pydna, Perseus, King of Macedonia, was completely crushed by the armies of Rome, and on this day "perished the empire of Alexander the Great, which had subdued and hellenized the east, one hundred and forty four years after his death." Theodor Mommren, History of Rome, bk 3 ch 10.

From this famous battle is also dated "the full establishment of the empire of Rome," the fourth one world government of the Bible prophecy, whose iron will, represented by the legs of iron, was fastened upon the world for the next six centuries.

But though Rome, with her invincible might, crushed all opposition and brought whole nations into slavery; though her standards waved triumphantly from the Persian Gulf to the isles of Britain, and from the Baltic Sea to North Africa; though her Caesars called themselves gods and demanded the subservients of all men everywhere; yet she too came to her end, exactly as God had shown Daniel many years before. All through the fourth and fifth centuries A.D., the frontiers of the empire of Rome were harassed by barbarian tribes, which attacked with increasing boldness and frequency; and finally, in 476 A.D., the imperial city of Rome fell before the onslaught of Odoacer, king of the Heruli.

So the fourth, or iron part of the image in Nebuchadnezzar's dream came to an end to be succeeded not by another one world government, but, as represented by the feet part of iron and part of clay, by a group of kingdoms established by her conquerors, a strange mixture of strength and weakness which has remained to the present day.

Marvelous indeed is this revelation given through Daniel. Yet the wonder of it increases as one studies further into all it's fascinating details. Notice again the specifications - clear, definite, and unmistakable - that the fourth kingdom was not to be immediately succeeded by another of similar extent in one world supremacy. Instead, it was to be divided.

This all important fact was repeated and emphasized in three different and significant expressions; Daniel 2:41-43)

1) "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall. be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay."

2) "And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken."

3)"And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."

It is one of the most interesting, and indeed, one of the most momentous facts of history, that when the Roman Empire collapsed, it was divided into ten separate kingdoms. With the overthrow of the last of the emperors in 476 A.D., and the establishment of the Herulin kingdom in Italy, the fourth kingdom, which had been strong as iron and had broken in pieces and subdued all kingdoms, was now broken in pieces itself and no longer a one world government.

Out of the destruction of Rome arose ten kingdoms with some degree of permanence: the Angle-Saxons, Franks, Alamanni, Lombards, Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Bergundians, Vandals, Suevi, and the Heruli. These were forerunners and progenitors of the nations of modern Europe.

All through the fifteen centuries that have elapsed since the breakup of the Roman empire, despite the most desperate and determined efforts to bind these kingdoms, represented as the toes of iron and clay, together into one great whole again, the task has been found impossible.

Boundaries have changed, of course, but the prophecy said nothing about boundaries, or about the depredations of one nation upon another. Some nations might expand and others shrink. The fragments of iron might penetrate into the clay, but the clay would remain. We can and must trust God's Word, "For thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter." Danie12:23. The prophecy of Daniel two is a sure foundation to base our future upon.

It is remarkable how many schemes have been laid to unite the nations and build another one world government. Men have made treaties, until almost every nation was pledged in some way to every other nation. Between May 19, 1913 and May 19, 1920 no fewer than 4,568 "treaties and international engagements" were submitted for registration with the League of Nations. They have tried intermarriage until every ruling dynasty became related to every other dynasty. Yet, every plan has failed. Every bond, durable as it seemed when made, has failed because God's Word is sure. While there has been "the strength of the iron" in their plans, there has always appeared the weakness of the clay.

Again and again, down through the centuries, ambitious, purposeful men have arisen, determined at all costs to establish a one world government. Resentful of the differences of customs, language, and religions, possessed by a spirit of control at any cost, they have sworn to sweep away, once and for all, all barriers, all people who stood in their way. Yet they met with utter failure.

Sometimes they have come within sight of success. Just one more victory, or one more year of planning, and their ambition might have been achieved. But it was not to be. The prophecy of Daniel two is sure!

As far back as the fourteenth century A.D., Charlemagne made his attempt to unite Europe, He even permitted himself to be crowned Emperor of Rome. But the iron and the clay, which he tried to blend together, quickly fell apart after his death. As one historian has said, "his scepter was the bow of Ulysses, which could not be drawn by any weaker hand."

In the sixteenth century, Charles V became ruler of most of Europe, and had visions of completing its conquest. It was said of him that "no monarch until Napoleon was so widely seen in Europe and in Africa." Yet, in 1555, because of failing health, he was compelled to abdicate and sign away his vast possessions to others.

Little more than a hundred years later, Louis XIV of France became the dominant figure on the continent. He reached out in all directions for more and more authority, overrunning the Netherlands, laying waste Palatinate, and exclaiming, "there are no longer any Pyrenees." Nevertheless, a combination of opposing forces finally brought his grandiose schemes tumbling about him like a castle of sand. By the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, his dominions "were pared away on every side."

Then, little more than a century and a half ago came Napoleon, perhaps the greatest of all these would-be one world rulers. After being proclaimed emperor in 1804, he consolidated his hold upon the people of France. For eight fearful years, he swept over nation after nation, crowning himself king of Italy, placing his brother Louis on the throne of Holland, and his brother Jerome on the throne of Westphalia, which he created. He made his brother-in-law Murat sovereign of his newly established Grand Duchy of Berg, and gave his brother Joseph the throne of Spain. No other conqueror ever made such thorough preparation for the establishment of a one world government. Nevertheless, even before his plans were completed, rumblings of the coming disintegration could be heard.

In 1805 the French fleet was defeated at Trafalgar. In 1812 came Napoleon's Russian expedition. His retreat from Moscow, his subsequent defeat at Leipzig in October, 1813, followed by his final overthrow at Waterloo in 1815, toppled Napoleons plans for a one world government.

In 1914, Kaiser WiIhelm came on the scene and his armies swept over Belgium, France, Italy, and the Balkans. Their shattering blows suggested for a while that Kaiser Wilhelm would triumph as the one world leader. But he was disillusioned. Suddenly the course of events changed and before one could fully appreciate the magnitude of what was taking place, it had ended at Versailles and Doom.

In 1939 Hitler sought to succeed where the Kaiser had failed. With fleets of U-boats, tanks, planes, and rockets, he came close to achieving his ambition. For many months, only one little island blocked his path to total victory. Then the United States moved in. The situation was reversed, and before long, Hitler was dead - a suicide.

Thus has it happened in the past, and thus it will happen again. World dominion has ever been the goal of self-ambitious men. No matter who the aggressor may be, how large his armies or how powerful his armaments, he is foredoomed to failure. Why? Because God said "They shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." And "...the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." Daniel 2:43, 45.

Events may for a time appear to go contrary to the prophecy, but ultimately, anyone who attempts to set up a one world government will meet defeat. We may achieve temporary triumphs. He may even overrun most of the continent, yet we may be sure of his destruction.

The kingdoms that grew out of the divisions of the old Roman Empire will remain until the end, for it is "in the days of these kings," or kingdoms, that the fifth and final one world government will be set up. This will not be a man made kingdom, created by human might and out of human suffering. Rather, it will be the kingdom of God, based on righteousness, truth, and love. It will be "cut out... without hands," Daniel 2:45, because it will be altogether a work of God, not of man. It will result from divine grace, divine love, and divine intervention.

Christ is the Stone that will strike the image and break in pieces "the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold." Daniel 2:45. His kingdom shall "consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." Daniel 2:44.

Today, right now, as you read the pages of this book, there are men planning and devising ways to establish a one world government. "Pope John Paul II's far-reaching assessment of the three-way contest now unfolding among the global powers - the Soviet Union... the capitalist west, and the Pope's own universal Roman Church - a winner take-all race against time and each other to establish, maintain, and control the first one-world government that has ever existed on the face of the earth." Malachi Martin, The Keys of This Blood front coverflap.

(For more detailed, Bible-documented information on why Pope John Paul II is doomed for failure, order "Do you Really Know Who This Man Is?" listed in the back of this hook.)

Will these men, striving to go against God's revealed will in the prophecy of Daniel two, cause the people who love God much suffering and affliction, even unto death? Yes! But Christ said "be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 2:10.

There is a "time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation" Daniel 12:1 coming upon this earth. It is about to break upon us with blinding force. Well may you ask yourself whether you are ready for this change of leadership and government very soon to take place. Have you given yourself irrevocably to God for time and eternity? Are you planning to be His loyal and devoted subjects through the endless ages to come?

When the men who are attempting to establish their new world order bring this "time of trouble", God gave us a prophecy of precious promise. "At that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book." Daniel 12:1. (To understand the ultimate goal of "The New World Order" plan - order "Global Sunday Laws " listed in the back of this book.)

Friends, we are in the "the time of the end". The "seal" (Daniel 12:4) has been broken. Is your name written in "the book"? (Daniel 12:1)

John the Revelator tells us how to know which side we will be on in this struggle for a one world government. His message from Christ is "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12. And "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14.

(For further study on this most important topic, order the booklet "Are You Breaking 'The Law'? " listed in the back of this book.)

Yes, there is a coming one world government, the fifth kingdom of the prophecy of Daniel: "The stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." Daniel 2:35.

In this prophecy of Daniel 2, everything except the coming of Christ has been fulfilled. This thought should sober us to prepare to meet God. "...the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." Daniel 2:45.

Jesus is coming very soon. Are you ready?!