The UN and Bible Prophecy — What Holly Thinks

The opening of the debate of the 63rd General Assembly. UN Photo

World leaders are gathered at United Nations headquarters in New York, this week, for the annual General Assembly. What does the UN have to do with Bible prophecy?

It may be the identity of a mysterious symbol that appears in the book of Revelation called “Babylon the Great.” Revelation 17-18

Many Christians have speculated that Babylon the Great is the Roman Catholic Church or even America. But the United Nations appears to be a better fit. Here’s why.

One of the keys to unlocking the meaning of symbols in prophecy is to look at the rest of Scripture and see if it offers any clues. That’s because the Word of God must be taken as a whole.

Babylon appears a number of times throughout the Bible. Many times, it’s a reference to the Babylonian Empire or its capital. Once it’s used possibly as a symbol for the city of Rome (1 Peter 5:13). But the first time it appears is at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. (Babylon is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Babel.)

The Tower of Babel was mankind’s first attempt at coming together to build a world government without God. So, Babylon the Great appears to involve the nations’ final and most powerful attempt at uniting apart from God. Today, this is best seen in the efforts of the United Nations.

If you follow the General Assembly this week, you’ll see leader after leader calling for global government. For example, see UN chief calls for global leadership or the speech given by French president Nicholas Sarkozy (see page 5 of the PDF). Watch a Webcast of the General Assembly here.

Ultimately they’ll fail. God won’t allow the human race to continue in its rebellion against God. He scattered the builders of the Tower of Babel, and He’ll destroy Babylon the Great (Revelation 18).

Until then, the nations will grow more hostile toward God’s people — who are increasingly seen as the obstacle to their godless world system. Representatives of the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations will meet Wednesday to continue figuring out ways to deal with the problem of religious fundamentalists, including evangelical Christians. Of course, we know where this is headed — with the killing of those who refuse to take the mark of the beast and worship the Antichrist.

So, what does the UN General Assembly this week have to do with prophecy?

Everything.

— Holly Pivec
9/23/08