What Should The Church’s Response to “The New World Order” Be?

Introduction

This is a document produced by the students of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) 1st Year, International Transformation Track 2012/2013, who chose to do the ‘New World Order’ project.  This document is the culmination of the groups efforts and hopes to provide two things.  First, to convey the findings of the project to the common reader.  Second, to provide a foundation for the next set of students to continue the work on the New World Order project.  Due to the magnitude of this project, it is valuable to point out that a number of sub project or topics could be started based on the ideas presented therein, especially the “Our Government, Our Nation, Our Future” project, outlined later in the document.  The motivation for the project was to produce an action plan for the Church to work against the powers and principalities in this world seeking to bring about the end times.  To begin, the group reviewed Dr. Jack Van Impe’s ‘New World Order Rising’1 and Chris Martenson’s ‘Crash Course’2 series as a briefing; and then each chose focus points to tackle.  For the most part we remained fairly high level with a couple of practical examples.  Our goal, since so many are willing and ready to volunteer information for the ‘who’, ‘where’, and ‘what’, was to shed some light on the beginnings of a ‘how’; which could lead to concrete counter-strategies.

Further, this document works hard to protect the hope of the reader.  Negativity and doom sell in this world, so the apocalypse rarely sounds anything but bleak.  The group found it a challenge to guard their hope, and recommend you keep your faith on and pray before consulting some of the sources we list below.

These points have been compiled into a series of short essays with a summary of the key points or actionable steps at the end of each essay. With all of this in mind, let us begin.

What does ‘New World Order’ mean?

To begin it has to be pointed out that ‘New World Order’ has at least two principal meanings.  The first is the New World Order as a conspiracy theory; a theory suggesting that the powerful elite of the world are conspiring to place the globe under an authoritarian government, and eliminate the sovereignty of nation-states.3  For this document the term ‘The New World Order’ will be used to refer to the conspiracy theory.  The second definition is a New World Order as a point in history where global thought or power shifted in a meaningful way.4 This document will refer to these instances as ‘a New World Order.’ We will also use ‘One World Order’, but it will be purposefully ambiguous so its meaning relies on context.

It’s very important to pay attention to how these terms are used. For example, the rise of the Greeks, Persians, Romans, and Napoleon are all examples of a New World Order. The fall of these empires also mark a New World Order. The war for Independence, the abolition of slavery, both World Wars, and the founding of the UN are all examples of New World Orders. Why is this important? It’s important because conspiracy theorists will quote news articles that use the term New World Order when the article is simply making note of a shift in political or economic power at a global scale. This is an attempt to stir up fear and rob you of your peace, ignore it.

Summary:

  • There’s a difference between the New World Order, and a New World Order.
  • The New World Order will refer to the conspiracy theory.
  • A New World Order will refer to a shift in political power or thought that has global influence.

What are we facing?

“If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” ~Harvey MacKay

Harvey MacKay is a successful businessman who makes an excellent point. Planning may not be fun or exciting, but it provides structure and goals that help make a person or organization of persons more effective.  I posit that the Church as an organization has made no such plans with regard to the potential threat of the New World Order.  I would further posit that the New World Order is a real threat, though in my opinion the actual timing is not in alignment with popular estimates.

Dr. Jack Van Impe, in his video ‘New World Order Rising’1, makes a compelling case that the apocalyptic prophecies of Daniel, Revelation, and other biblical books line up closely with recent world events, including the creation of the European Union and the Euro.  In his opinion, elite power groups such as the Bilderbergs, the Trilateral commission, the Illuminati, the Club of Rome, and the UN are working in secret or, as case may be, in plain sight, to position the world for governance by a single person, the Antichrist.

J. Duvall and J. Hayes give an excellent description of how to interpret revelation in “Chapter 17 – Revelation” of their book, Grasping God’s Word.  And as they warn,

“The ‘newspaper’ approach [i.e. fitting prophetic books to current events] assumes that we must be living in the last Christian generation.  It also implies that in Revelation God was not really speaking to the very first Christians.  Doesn’t that seem arrogant on our part as contemporary interpreters [of scripture]?”5 (emphasis mine)

It goes on to challenge that Christ may not return until AD 4000, and since many generations before us have believed they were ‘the last generation,’ what scriptural basis do we have to believe we are not fooling ourselves?  I’m saying this in the hopes that you form your own, well-informed opinion; rather than simply accept what the smartest person you know tells you.

As mentioned in the previous section, the Antichrist will one day rule the world, based on the book of Revelation and other verses from the Bible.  It’s worth noting that the book makes no mention of when this will occur, though clues are given.  Dr. Jack Van Impe believes that these clues relate to the recent past and present history of our world, meaning the rule of the Antichrist is likely within our lifetime.

This of course is predicated on the assumptions that:

  1. You believe the Antichrist will one day rule and
  2. You believe the events alluded to in Revelation match those of our present time.

While these things may be true, it does not mean there is nothing we can do.  The writers of this document generally agree with the eschatology supported by the Bethel house, which can be summarized as such:  we do not believe in a theology that empowers a disempowered devil.  This means that these events are not inevitable and that we are not powerless.  As Aragorn said in The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien,

“A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!”6

If the end of the world is coming soon, I refuse to stand idly by and watch it happen in front of me.  I am not leaving without a fight.

Summary:

  • There are forces seeking to put the Antichrist in power.  If they have a plan, so should we.
  • Bethel’s view on the end times is one that empowers the church to it’s greatest victory.
  • We have a responsibility to make this world like Heaven, and that means stopping anything that would have other ideas.

Democratization: Imagining the system from its smallest scale

Two themes are common among every group or organization of the elite.  The first is the desire to consolidate power among ever tighter numbers of groups, with the presumed fear in our case being that this will narrow to a single person:  the Antichrist.  The second is increasing the amount of control available to these groups.  For example, the US’s power grid can be controlled in it’s entirety from three offices in the West, Center, and East of the country.  Eldon Roth, CEO of Beef Products Inc., is a champion of the industrial meat packing industry.  Every gearbox, for every machine, for every plant in his company, can be controlled from a single room.  This section will discuss some concepts that can be used to combat this.

The main concept I want to present here is democratization or decentralization, as the case applies.  To ‘democratize something’, as I see it, is to make it available to everyone.  Democratization is, in my opinion, a primary tool for combating the forces of globalization and consolidation.  The two principal benefits to this system are increased autonomy of smaller units, and smaller scale failures within the system.  Let me explain what I mean by this using the previously cited power system as an example.  Imagine that each municipality was responsible for its power, to the point where they owned and operated their own utility.  This means that, while more staff are required to maintain the individual power facilities and plants, the maximum fallout of a plant overload or failure is one municipality.  In comparison to the blackouts that blanketed the Northeast US and Ontario, Canada in 20037 it can be seen how this could be beneficial.

Another example could be food services, encouraging diversity on a local level for food production so if transportation fails the area won’t starve in the middle of a cornfield (fit only for meat production, with the cattle being in a different state).  For the sake of brevity I will not go into great detail on these topics but hopefully you grasp my meaning.  A final example is the mortgage lending crisis that led to the 2009 recession, which most of the country is still recovering from. Two companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, held the largest portion of all the mortgage debt in the country, making them ‘too big to fail.’  I strongly believe that under a democratized and decentralized system, which discourages large banks and encourages credit unions, these problems will become small and isolated instead of massive and system crashing on a national scale.

An important caveat is that this way of thinking generally eliminates ‘economies of scale’, a simple truth which states that ten factories making ten cars a day will cost more to operate than one factory that makes a hundred.  This means that democratizing comes at a premium, but I’m confident that as people are enabled to do more, so will they be able to accomplish more, making the premium a small price to pay.

Democratization gives people a sense of ownership; it puts power to control the things around them, to have a say that they feel can matter.  Whether it is your finances, your utilities, your education, or your home, you feel more secure when the control of these things is kept in your hands, and generally you feel better.  I believe there has been an increasing trend to relinquish control of our lives in order to increase our convenience, so we don’t have to think; and in a world that’s growing in evermore complex ways it is a very tempting proposition.

To be clear, I certainly don’t think we should be autonomous to the point of absurdity; that we should be hermits living off the land with no meaningful technology, education, medicine, et cetera.  I would propose developing intentional communities of people around you that value the same things you do, and that that community’s size rest in the 50-60 person range.  At BSSM the most readily available example is a Revival Group.  Many modern anthropologists support the idea of ‘modern tribalism’, and this number roughly reflects the average human brain’s capacity for close relationships.  ‘Tribes’ being the smallest units, they should scale to neighborhoods, boroughs, municipalities, counties, and so forth.

I also want to clarify that there are cases where globalization is important, it allows people to reach across boundaries of class and country to foster new kinds of growth and cooperation that have led, and will lead, to fantastic inventions and new levels of prosperity.  I just believe that globalization should be tempered by as much self-sufficiency as possible, which I believe is a great deal more than developed countries are exhibiting at present.

Summary:

  • The New World Order will come about through the consolidation of power and control.  Promoting self-sufficiency at the cost of convenience will delay and thwart these initiatives.
  • Education is freedom: the democratization of knowledge promotes the ability for people to think for themselves.  If people cease thinking for themselves, they’ll believe whatever they are told, and will lose control of their lives.  Knowledge is power, and it is a power that can be surrendered only by choice.

Apostolic Government

Danny Silk, Bill Johnson, and Kris Vallotton can do a much better job describing the nature of apostolic government, but I’ll try to outline the basic points and how they pertain to the New World Order.  I am speaking very generally here and quite frankly butchering the idea proper; but it is on the assumption that you know all this and simply are being reminded.  If this information is all completely new to you then please try to get a talk or read Danny Silk’s Culture of Honor for more detail.

The apostolic government is detailed most clearly by Paul in Ephesians 4:11:

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,” (NIV, 2011)

The responsibility of the apostle is be a continuous link between Heaven and Earth, bringing the spirit wherever they go and leading the Church into deeper relationship with God.  An apostle is not ‘the way’ to God they are a person in our (read: the physical, observable) realm that is expected to carry Heaven’s mandate and to make it our mandate, so that, “[His] will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

Apostles act as spiritual parents and are natural leaders.  They work with other apostles to insure that there is agreement between them, and consult the prophets as well.  In a culture of honor, everyone is powerful, and the hierarchy is maintained through relationship and mutual respect.  Everyone knows the only person they can control is his or her self, and no one else.  There are no fear or manipulation tactics.

The church needs to adopt such a system on a larger scale than individual churches.  Many already are through Global Legacy; and I believe the structures used in the Catholic and Orthodox churches are apostolic, the only question is if the positions reserved for apostles are being held by apostles, or by teachers and pastors (which is more common in churches cited by Danny and Kris).  Once the church is organized but still has autonomy at all levels (culture of honor) it will be both empowered and unified.  It will extremely resilient to attack since even its smallest part will be incredibly powerful, linked to Heaven, and able to cohere with other cells back into a body no matter how many times it is split or fractured by the enemy.

The principal difference between apostolic government and the New World Order is who is the head.  Christ is our head, with many apostles investing themselves solely in his mysteries.  In the most pessimistic outcome of a One World Order, the head is the Antichrist, or functionally Satan.  No matter what purpose it is originally created for, a One World Order will almost certainly be attacked by the enemy through tactics of fear and manipulation.  I don’t believe that the leader of the world becoming the Antichrist is inevitable, or that world peace will be achieved through Him, but to believe that a world peace would last forever without stewardship is equally foolish.

Summary:

  • The apostolic government is God’s model for the church
  • A culture of honor, through God, is what will unify and strengthen the church to the point of total victory against the enemy.
  • What sets the church as a body apart from any other government is the living God at our head.

Church and State: The wisdom in keeping them separate

This is a brief answer to, “why don’t Christians just run everything?”  There have been examples of successful theocracies in the past, Kings David, Solomon, and Hezekiah being some of them. However, there are no examples to bear witness to under the new covenant (since Christ). This is the first reason I believe church and state should be separate:

  1. The is no precedent for a successful theocracy in the New Covenant.

Further, the church’s agreement on the nature of sin is, for most churches, absolute; the only difference being how much grace, or judgment, is given to the sinner.  The most common issue historically with religious governments is people not having religious freedom, to the point of being specific to denomination, what would stop us from repeating it? This can be summed up in my second point:

  1. Unless the church is completely in line with the culture of honor, the world would be a dangerous place for an unbeliever. Unbelievers should not fear the Church, as perfect love casts out fear!

So what should the church’s position be in relation to the state? Personally, I draw instruction from 1 Corinthians 4:20:

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” (NIV, 2011)

And 1 Corinthians 2:4:

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit’s power.” (NIV, 2011)

I believe that just as science demonstrates good practices through experimentation and study, and these practices are adopted over time, so should the Church demonstrate the effectiveness of God’s Love.  I mean this on a very practical level.  That hospitals should have healing rooms to offset patient inflow.  Prisons should encourage forgiveness and facilitate restoring relationships between convicts and victims.  These are examples of how the Church can help that can be demonstrated, hopefully to the point where the state will accommodate us to allow for further improvement!  This is my closing point.

  1. The Church is a greater testimony of God’s power if it has to rely on Him and not the State.
  2. Our ‘New World Order Under Heaven’ does not operate with the State.

Cuba’s Peak Oil Crisis: A Case Study in Rapid Cultural Change

This is a case study on the peak oil crisis that occurred in Cuba in the early 90s. The purpose of this is to show that a nation can change quickly under pressure, and that there is no disaster we cannot survive well.

Peak oil is something we will have to face sooner or later.  In the videos from Chris Martenson, we are given information on our world, that the population on planet earth, and its consumption of resources, are growing exponentially, but are finite.  Because of that Chris Martenson makes the statement that, “the next 20 years will be totally different from the past 20 years.”2

We went back and asked history if we can learn from it.  Apparently Cuba had a peak oil situation in 1990.  Cuba still exists; which means we can survive with less oil.  The next few paragraphs talk about how Cuba survived and changed in this time.  Most of the facts we got from the video: The Power of Community.8

The US laid an embargo on Cuba to put pressure on the government to move toward “democratization and greater respect for human rights,” after the collapse of the USSR.9  Because of the embargo the economy went into a recession.  80% of import and export trade stopped.  Access to foreign oil dropped 50%.  There were power blackouts and commercially grown food ran short.

The government reacted by importing 1.2 million bicycles from China and produced another 500,000 itself.  In the first five years the government kept the people alive, by giving minimum food supplies.  Despite the embargo, the government continued to supply its people with free healthcare and education.

Before the embargo Cuba did a lot of farming with tractors, fertilizer, and pesticide.  Because of the embargo it was hard to find fuel and parts for the tractors, so the people went back to using oxen and working by hand.  Old farmers taught how to work with oxen and how to train them.

The farms became smaller, and because transportation was rare, they interplanted their crops for greater diversity, which led to fewer pests that could wipe out the whole farm.  The government gave land to the people for free, to do farming.  Small private farms developed and a sense of ownership lead to greater production.  It is important to notice, that it took three to five years to make the soil productive again, after using so much fertilizer.  Today 80% of Cuba‘s agriculture is organic.

People started to grow food in the city (this is now called urban gardening.)  In 1993, two australian experts came to Cuba, to teach the people how to farm.  In Havana, urban gardens produced 80-100% of the fruit and vegetables the people needed.  Because of this, there was no need for transportation over long distances.

As mentioned before, transportation changed too, not only did people start using bikes, trucks were turned into buses.  One famous example is “the camel,” a semi-truck that was turned into a large bus by pulling a passenger car instead of a freight car.

It’s worth noting that under all this trade restriction, once things stabilized, the quality of life in Cuba remained comparable to the US:

cuba_us_life_quality

The average lifespan in Cuba was the same as in the USA and the infant mortality was the same too.  – Why? – Because the people exercised more (biking around), and they ate less fat and more vegetables.  The difference of the energy used per person is just amazing.

This all sounds very positive, but there were also difficulties they had to face.  It was difficult to build new houses.  People in the city lived in small crowded apartments.  People had less to eat and people couldn’t work on the job they trained or studied for because they had to become farmers.  In fact as a farmer you had one of the best jobs at that time.

Hospitals had power blackouts: Because Cuba used less quality oil to run power plants there was more pollution.

Summary:

  • Cooperate and work with each other: “It‘s not the technology, it‘s the human relationship.“
  • “Change how we think“ (being thoughtful with our resources)
  • “More friendship, more love“

Conclusion

We hope that this document has shed some light on how complex the world can be and that through all the despair cited by the world and too often the church, on the future, hope in God springs eternal.  For the most part the sections tried to add information that would not be found in the sources we reference.  We did this because the sources are distilled to the point where it’s easier to say, ‘go watch/read it yourself’ than copy it out for you here.  And in the case of video material, the visuals are more engaging and save a lot of valuable time over verbal description.

Reference Materials

  1. Dr. Jack Van Impe, ‘New World Order Rising
  2. Chris Martenson, ‘Crash Course
  3. Wikipedia: New World Order (Conspiracy Theory)
  4. Wikipedia: New World Order (Politics)
  5. J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hayes, Grasping God’s Word, 317.
  6. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of The King.
  7. Wikipedia: Northeast blackout of 2003
  8. The Power of Community, (including the chart)
  9. Wikipedia: Cuban Embargo

Appendix A: Our Government, Our Nation, Our Future

As already noted, our world is a growing and changing place and as such, many of the methods, or procedures, that have been involved in governing our finances and resources will simply not suffice moving forward in this industrial-consumer-technological age.  The uncharted territory we are facing, in regards to the climbing national debt and dwindling resources (in North America) paints a rather troublesome picture of our current state.  No skill is required for one to become discouraged or paralyzed by grand-scale information which suggests that our greatest challenges are ahead, because there will eventually be a breaking point in the structures that are currently in place.  However, we are not limited to viewing global shifts or problems with the natural eye alone, in fact, we are charged to do otherwise by “[setting our] minds on things above” and thus pulling the realities of the Kingdom of Heaven into the present.  That begs the question, how are we going to do that?  This is precisely what we are after, kingdom solutions that support Revelation 11:15b.

“…The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.” (NIV, 2011)

Getting Personal: What is our response?

It begins with ownership.  One definition of ownership is “to have power or mastery over” (Merriam Webster’s Dictionary).  We extend power over what we empower.  We all know that our thoughts become our words; our words become our actions; our actions create our reality which eventually translates into our destiny (from the teaching of Kris Vallotton).  Therefore we must take ownership of the ‘large’ and abstract concepts.  We do this first in our minds by aggressively shifting our thinking, followed by our speech and prayers to encompass the solutions that have the potential to bring about change.  Generally people care about what they own and take it personally if someone or something challenges this ownership.  Those who are interested in taking the first step in having an ownership-based relationship with the world around them are simply choosing to become informed.  As a democratic society people should be bringing it home by intentionally educating themselves on what is taking place with the resources, finances, trade, and more in their geographic location and how that fits into their nation and the world at large.

Summary:

  1. Ownership leads to responsibility which leads to action and/or involvement.
  2. We extend power over what we empower.

Getting Practical: “Our Government, Our Nation, Our Future”

Disclaimer: The project “Our Government, Our Nation, Our Future” is merely a collection of similar ideas that we hope will someday enter the church, educational system and eventually also the public sector.

Developing a WordPress would be a great first step that could eventually unfold into a website that would contain historical, current, and national information for the common layperson to be able to articulate.  Eventually articles will be written by various researchers, writers, and experts on topics that pertain to the “one world order,” and globalization in the form of a magazine or newsletter.  This document can be available to subscribers of church/school groups and will possibly even be present in medical clinic waiting rooms for people to read.  The purpose of all of these communication avenues is to spread information that will encourage people to take ownership of their response for the world they live in.  Within the WordPress/website/magazine there should always be included a “Things you can pray for column” as well as some practical tips to make changes at an individual level.

Ideas to be further developed

Churches:

Churches can launch a one day event of education and intercession.  The goal of the educational sessions would be to simply cover relevant information in the world we live in, and to arouse an interest for people to get in touch with the world they live in; through methods such as, but not limited to:

  • Speakers
  • Breakout sessions
  • DVD recordings or powerpoint presentation

As a result a degree of ownership should be developing in people’s hearts (it will be different for each person).  The educational aspect of the day should only be take up fifty percent of the day and the other fifty percent should be dedicated to prayer and intercession.  This is an opportunity to gather corporately to pray and intercede for governmental, national and global levels of society (you name the topic).  Not only that but this is also a chance for people to get to partner with God in taking ground, in the spirit, which has direct influence in the natural realm.  People may join or form prayer circles based on the desire in their heart because this is a time of stirring and releasing hope into these areas.  This can start out as an annual event and grow based on availability of material and interest.

Education: High School, College campuses—(Elementary/Middle)

High school students are my first target audience simply because of their ability to think independently and freely.  They generally see the world with fewer limits than an experienced adult.  I would like for a curriculum to be developed/promoted in leadership classes and offered at all levels of education.  If it begins in the form of common interest groups that is great; it is bound to attract some level of interest, which will expand over time.  The idea is to give students the opportunity to make discoveries about the world they live in as they interact with it today, versus how their parents and grandparents experienced their world, and how their children and grandchildren are bound to experience their world.

Leadership groups in schools have the keeners who are more likely to have an interest in what is going on in their government and society.  As young people they will also want to have a measure of influence.  Therefore they should have access to material to help them engage their mind, come up with projects/dreams, and even have the opportunity to take ownership through prayer or intercession if interested.

Prayer at the Flagpole:

Every School has a flagpole.  Imagine the impact it would have on this nation if a group of students from every school in America committed to praying for one hour, once per week at their flag pole for their schools, business, agriculture, transportation of goods, immigration, and for religious freedom to prevail.  This could happen before/after school hours or at lunch time.  Now imagine that this idea grows and takes root so that there is prayer happening at every school in America, then every school day for the country of the student’s residence.  Do you think that the ownership that young people would be taking through such an involvement could change the spiritual state, the economic state, of a geographic space and affect global change?

Scripture to Ponder looking forward

Hosea 4 (Review entire chapter but look specifically at vv. 2-4)

Our nation needs to return to recognizing the Lord as God.  Prosperity naturally flows out of a reconciled connection to the Ruler of the World.  The King of Kings.  God gave us the earth to take care of it, so this is our earth.  God knows beforehand what is going to happen (He has foresight-we have access to the things of God) but it is up to us to want to take care of the land and what he has given us.

Gen 17:1 “I am El Shaddai, God Almighty” (The All sufficient one)

Hold onto this promise and declare this name of God when charts/predictions display images of incredible debt and point to lack due to the clamp up of particular resources.

You made it to the end! Congrats, and thanks for reading. Be sure to comment!

International Transformation Track 2012/2013

Instructor: Anne Kalvestrand

Written by: David Lenton, Shannon-Leigh Barry, Lukas Schmid, Shara Frazier

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