This phrase was introduced mainly by Alice A. Bailey of the Theosophical Society:
"Bailey taught a form of universal spirituality that transcended denominational identification, believing that, "Every class of human beings is a group of brothers. Catholics, Jews, Gentiles, occidentals and orientals are all the sons of God." She stated that all religions originate from the same spiritual source, and that humanity will eventually come to realize this, and as they do so, the result will be the emergence of a universal world religion and a 'new world order'."
We have watched Rick Warren team up with Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of England in promoting and engaging in what's known as The THREE LEGGED STOOL PLAN - which involves government, economics and religion as a cohesive force for the betterment of our global village:
"It seems apparent that neither Rick Warren nor Tony Blair understand that their Peace Plan goals are fulfilling Bible prophecy, which speaks of a peace that is not from God but will deceive many. By appearances, the majority of the people who were attending the forum last week appeared mesmerized and awe-struck by what was being said. Do they not realize that a three legged stool (the joining together of government, business (or economy), and religion) plan will be a plan by man and not by God (see Roger Oakland's book FAITH UNDONE)?"
Essentially what Mr. Warren and Mr. Blair are promoting is the same sort of thing that Alice Bailey (and others) envisioned: A New World Order that would unite the world's religions, governments and economies. And are we actually seeing this?
Obviously! One need not do a lot of research to find all sorts of para-national organizations that deal with money: everything from the World Bank to the World Trade Organization as well as economic entities that span multi-national interests like NAFTA and The Trilateral Commission, not to mention the few dozens of international central banks that control the world's money supply. One can instantly convert one currency to another by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) and deal with commerce on a global level.
Global government (or governance) is spoken about commonly today; one can even find curricula at universities that examine the concepts and constructs that would involve such an enterprise. Then of course we have such political bodies like the European Union as well as other Unions that are either already formed or forming up. Then we have the formidable G20 and other types of organizations of substantial power.
Then we have a call for globalized religion where various religious authorities are seeking common ground, common cause, if not common beliefs that will unify all of the major faiths - Christianity (primarily the Roman Catholic Church in combination with Protestant churches that are migrating back to Rome) moderate Islam, Hinduism, and liberal Judaism. The Emerging Church is bringing under the umbrella of Christendom the various evangelical, once biblical independent churches and denominations and even dialoguing with leaders of other religions, 'seeking common ground' upon which to work together and "bring heaven to earth". Add to that an inclusivism into the kingdom of God of people who are welcomed "without explicit faith in Jesus".
I believe an integral part of this unified relious order will be mysticism based upon meditative disciplines and practices - yoga, T.M. as well as centering and contemplative prayer that will achieve altered states of consciousness - the very condition that will allow demonic influence and possession; indeed, this will be the global glue of the one world religious order where all religions will find common ground and gravitate towards pantheism and occult convictions.
Far from being 'a conspiracy theory' this one world order, new world order, global governance, Three Legged Stool Plan, what have you - is part and parcel of what the Bible foretold in prophecy for thousands of years! Let's have a look at what the Bible states; we won't read anything into the text, we'll just examine what it clearly indicates and compare it with the above mentioned observations and assertions.
We will start off by looking at passages found in Revelation and the book of Daniel . . .
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
John the apostle was given a vision by God and he saw a beast rise up out of the sea. The description of this beast strongly resembles the beast that was seen previously by the prophet Daniel hundreds of years earlier in his book, in Chapter 7:
7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
And a bit later in this chapter we read these verses:
17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Prophecy in Scripture are often given in visions; these are bizarre, seemingly inexplicable sights. It's what has exasperated readers of the Bible and given cause for critics to scoff at the Word of God, claiming that these visions are nonsensical images that could be interpreted to mean anything, to which people could attribute subjective significances.
However it's important to realize that any vision given in Scripture, any image seen by prophet or apostle is either explained later by the recipient of the vision, or elsewhere in the Bible. Most of the visions in Revelation for example are explained predominantly by passages found in the Old Testament.
According to vs. 17 in the passage from Daniel, these "beasts" are kings or 'melek' in Hebrew; this word can also mean 'kingdom' depending on the context and thus 'king' and 'kingdom' are virtually interchangeable. In referring to the one, the other can be strongly implicated.
Note that in vs.19 this fourth beast had aspects of iron and brass (which correlates to the vision given to Nebuchadnezzar in ch. 2 of Daniel, where he received a vision from God in a dream regarding a statue consisting of different metals. Two of those metals were brass (the nails of the fourth beast) and iron (the teeth of the fourth beast), which in the statue were the thighs of brass and legs (and feet, which were also mixed with clay) of iron.
In the vision of Daniel 9, the four beasts consisted of a lion, a leopard and a bear - and then the fourth "great and terrible beast". It's interesting to note that even in the fourth beast (according to the passage of Revelation 13) it had aspects of the leopard (in resemblance) and the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion, suggesting that this fourth beast is in some way an amalgam of the previous beasts/kingdoms.
Also note the use of 'horns' in these passages; in Scripture, horns are symbolic of power and, or authority (PS. 75:10; 92:10), as well as the denotative meaning of a leader, typically a king (DAN. 7:24; 8:20). Further, we understand that these horns are actually men who themselves are kings - these are not merely political entities such as kingdoms, but living breathing people. The "little horn" is indeed a man, specifically one that arises in the midst of ten other kings. This man is one who wars against the saints and prevails against them. We understand from Revelation 13 that this king is the Beast, the anti-Christ to whom the Dragon (Satan) gives great authority and power (REV. 13:7).
When Daniel granted (by God's enabling grace bestowed to the prophet) King Nebuchadnezzar understanding of his dream, he explained that the vision of the statue consisting of four different metals (gold, silver, brass and iron) were four kingdoms. Here is the entire passage of DANIEL 2:31-45 that explains that King Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold. It then stands to reason that if the head is representative of a king and his kingdom, then the other metals of silver, brass and iron represented other kings and their kingdoms. Note that each metal decreases in its value the further down the statue we see, but is also stronger and denser than the previous metals further up.
While the previous kingdoms were more opulent and glorious, possessing greater financial power, the latter kingdoms were more resilient and stronger. We see that this bears out in history. For a brief summary of these metals and the kingdoms that they represent watch this brief video.
For a more detailed examination of these prophecies, watch this presentation by Chuck Missler (Koinonia House) who exposites Chapter Two of Daniel (note: this author does not necessarily endorse everything that Dr. Missler teaches).
In REV 13:2 we read that the Dragon (a.k.a. Satan who is the "god [ruler] of this world (system)"; see REV. 12:9; 2 COR. 4:4) gives his power, and his seat and great authority to the Beast. Since Satan is in fact the world ruler, the Beast will inherit this authority and rule not merely part of this world but the entirety of this globe. A global government under the authority of the Beast.
We understand from REV. 13:4-6,12,15 that the One World Religious system will be realized:
REV. 13:4-6, 12, 15
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Since the ruling power will be the Beast, and he is worshipped, we may rightly conclude that everyone on the planet (with the exception of those whose loyalty will be to Jesus Christ, who will be beheaded for their allegiance) will be a part of this global, one world religion.
Scripture speaks elsewhere of this grand deception based upon the doctrines of Satan's domain in such passages as 1 TIM. 4:1-2; 2 TIM. 3:5 and will specifically focus on the Beast himself, the son of perdition: 2 THESS. 2:3-4. This world religion is Babylon reborn, and explicitly detailed in REVELATION 17 and REVELATION 18..
The world of economics and finance will also be under the total control of the Beast, thus the one world economy is represented in REV. 13:16-18:
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Note that this mark is received IN (not on) the right hand or forehead; there has been a lot of documentation of bio-chips and similar kinds of RFID tech, as well as some genetic level markers that have been suggested as a means of identification, personal history, commerce, etc. What will actually be employed by the Beast and his world system yet remains to be seen, but such an idea is entirely plausible and completely attainable with today's technology what with our super-computers that operate around the globe and micro-miniaturization of bio-tech. It's important to realize that any who receives this "mark of the beast" is pledging their allegiance to the virtual 'son of Satan' as this mark is directly related to his name or the numerical equivalent of his name which adds up to 666:
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.
So from the pages of Scripture, we can see that what is described there is just what we are seeing in today's world, under the heading of a 'new world order' or 'global governance'. The stage is being set for the Beast, the one who will claim to lead us to the Luminous One, in whose light the world will find a (satanic) salvation, but in reality, it will seal the fate of billions who will follow Satan and his kingdom of darkness into the holy judgment of God and eternal perdition.
For a comprehensive view of this, please watch this video by Ralph Epperson, noted author and lecturer and historian of the conspiratorial view of history:
THE NEW WORLD ORDER - By RALPH EPPERSON
It's morbidly fascinating to note that the Plan of those working behind the scenes in the (formerly) secret society of the ILLUMINATI are coming to the fore in this day, in which the common man is being welcomed to engage in building this one world order.