the past year I have written extensively on developments in the New
Age/ interfaith movement, particularly as they relate to the Roman
Catholic and Protestant Churches and the growing spirit of
ecumenism. Much has transpired since our first article on the
subject twelve months ago. Many of the trends warned about
throughout our series are coming to fruition in the new millennium.
"You have until the year 2000!" That’s what a
friend of ours was told by her father several years ago. Our friend,
knowing that her father had been a high level Freemason for many
years, was probing him about his involvement in "the
Lodge." She was asking him penetrating questions about his
personal knowledge of Freemasonry, its purpose and goals. He
remained tight-lipped throughout his daughter’s questioning,
refusing to reveal any special knowledge he might possess.
Frustrated with her relentless pursuit, he finally blurted out,
"All I’ll say is you have until the Year 2000." A few
weeks later he died–seemingly of grief. His wife said she heard
him crying in bed at night on repeated occasions in the days prior
to his death.
What did this Freemason from Alabama know about the new
millennium? Could he have been referring to a looming crisis that
will change the world as we know it? Or could he have known about
some elaborate plan that would culminate in, or around, the year
Whatever the case may be, we are living in sobering times.
Many historic, earth-changing events are set to take place in the
months ahead–if God permits. The recent visible involvement of the
Vatican in Middle East affairs has set the stage for additional
one-world developments for the remainder of this Jubilee year and
"The Great Peacemaker"
Although the Vatican has privately been engaged in Mideast
diplomacy for many years, its role became more public on February 15th,
when Pope John Paul II met with Yassir Arafat, Palestinian Authority
Chairman, in Rome. During their meeting, which took place at the
Vatican, the two men signed a special accord. Palestinian
Legislative Council Speaker Ahmed Qurei told The Jerusalem Post
that the agreement indicated a recognition by the Catholic Church of
Palestinian claims to "the city." He said the Palestinian
Authority was lobbying international support for its claim to east
The Vatican has called Israel’s annexation of east
Jerusalem illegal and does not recognize Israeli sovereignty there.
Meanwhile, the Israeli government accused the Vatican of interfering
in the peace talks with the Palestinians by signing the accord.
"The agreement…is an interference in the negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinians and we regret this," the Foreign
Shortly after his meetings with Arafat, the pope left for
the Middle East. He arrived in Egypt on February 24th,
receiving a warm welcome from the Muslim community. During his stay
John Paul met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a top Islamic
cleric, and the patriarch of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, along with
other spiritual leaders. The Chicago Tribune reported,
"The pontiff’s call for interfaith dialogue and understanding
were echoed by Mubarak and the Egyptian religious leaders, who
praised the Catholic leader for his efforts to reach out to other
faiths…." "Arab leaders say they hope the pope’s
visits will help push along the Mideast peace process, which has
Just three weeks after his visit to Egypt and the Sinai,
John Paul returned to the Mideast–this time for meetings in
Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Life Magazine interviewed
several leaders about the significance of the pope’s historic
"It’s extremely important to him," says Father
Richard P. McBrien, head of the theology department at the
University of Notre Dame. "This aged and sick pope has put mind
over matter and managed to stay alive to make this journey."
Papal biographer and confidant Tad Szulc observes,
"…the concept of being the great peacemaker is of the utmost
significance to him."
"It will be an extraordinary trip because of who he
is," says Rabbi James Rudin, an American Jewish Committee
official. "He is a man who has made more contributions to
Catholic-Jewish relations than any other pope in history,
straightening out 2,000 years of twisted history, and he has been
able to do this simply and only because of who he is.
Rudin goes on to reflect, "We will never see John
Paul’s like again, not because the next pope can’t or won’t
think about the Shoah, the Holocaust, but because this pope was
Father Gerald O’Collins of the Pontifical Gregorian
University in Rome hinted as to what the pope might accomplish
through his peace mission: "Even more than in Jerusalem, the
scenes we’re going to see from the Mount of the Beatitudes will
show him as the pope of all people." (italics mine)
Amazingly, this pope is being embraced by many Islamic, as
well as Jewish and Christian leaders (not to speak of Hindus,
Buddhists, Zoroastrians, and others). He comes as a man of peace, in
the name of Christ, and with a plan to solve the world’s political
and spiritual problems. Yet, his plan involves an unscriptural
interfaithism–the unification of all the world’s religions
around the Church of Rome. Not surprisingly, he is receiving no
opposition from the secular media. A typically anti-Christian press
is heralding Pope John Paul II as a unique visionary, a great
peacemaker on a special mission.
Calendar of Events
In addition to the pope’s Mideast pursuits, other
one-world "peace promoting" events have been scheduled
throughout this year. They are intended to ultimately lead to the
creation of a global government and religion. Many of these
functions are being directly supported or initiated by the Vatican.
Here are just a few of the upcoming planned activities.
June 26: "United Religions Initiative Global
Where: Pittsburgh, Penn.
This Global Assembly will witness the signing of the
official URI Charter, which will give birth to the United Religions
Organization. It is anticipated that millions of signatures will be
obtained from people around the world, via the internet and many
regional URI events. The Vatican has already placed a representative
within the URI.
United Religions is intended to serve as the spiritual
partner of the United Nations. Its purpose: To bring all of the
world’s religions together.
August 28-29: "Millennium Summit of Religious
Where: New York, NY
At this first of its kind summit hosted by the UN, world
religious leaders will discuss and celebrate global interfaithism in
light of the new millennium. Mikhail Gorbachev’s organization, the
State of the World Forum, is also collaborating to ensure this
event’s success. Pope John Paul II will be among the participants.
September 5-9: "State of the World Forum"
Where: New York, NY
Gorbachev’s State of the World Forum, in conjunction
with a host of UN agencies, will convene its annual gathering of
world leaders to correspond with the UN’s special Millennium
Assembly. Discussions will focus on the future of the United Nations
and increasing its authority through world law. At that time it is
expected that Gorbachev will introduce a final version of the Earth
Charter, which has been referred to by some as the "Magna
Carta for Planet Earth." Concerning the Earth Charter,
Gorbachev once said that it would be "a kind of Ten
Commandments, a ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ that provides a guide for
September 6: "United Nations Millennium Assembly
Where: New York, NY
One of the most important events of the year. Thousands of
leaders from around the world will gather in New York City to take
part in the UN Millennium Assembly and Summit. It is at this point
that solid new directions on the implementation of global government
are expected, including possible UN Charter revisions. World
government advocates hope that a parallel People’s Assembly (a
People’s World Parliament) will become a permanent feature at the
September 13: "Mideast Peace Accord Signing"
Pope John Paul’s peace initiative is intended to
culminate on, or by, September 13th.
Unbeknownst to the public, the current "peace process" has
been engineered by the Vatican (as we have already documented). The
proposed agreement, if signed, would be comprehensive and
unprecedented. It would be Rome’s crowning achievement.
But much can happen between now and September. There could
be delays due to disagreements, regional conflicts, acts of
terrorism or political unrest. Opposition could arise over issues of
wording or disputed territory claims.
Nevertheless, a couple of questions are being voiced in
Question #1: If this treaty is
signed, would it be the covenant referred to in Daniel 9:27?
Answer: We do not yet know. We will have to wait and see
what the final treaty entails. But, it could be a
fulfillment of this passage.
Question #2: If the September treaty
is ratified, could it be that the pope is the Antichrist, or
perhaps, the false prophet?
Answer: Possibly. Again, it depends what is in the
treaty and what role the pope plays overtly or covertly, in the
process. Something could happen to John Paul, and a future pope
could complete the process. We don’t know. But a real
possibility exists. Therefore, we need to be aware and discerning
of these historic developments in light of scripture.
A Time to Stand Strong
If only half of the activities planned for this year come
to pass we could soon be living in a drastically different world–a
world that is not only hostile toward Bible-believing Christians,
but that openly pursues and persecutes them, seeing them as their
Yet, in spite of these disturbing possibilities, in recent
months I have noticed an attitude of lukewarmness spreading across
our land. It seems as if people have been lulled to sleep by their
incredible luxuries and the lures of a prosperous society. Very few
are earnest about doing God’s will and even fewer understand the
prophetic times in which we are living. Rather than treating each
day as if it could be our last and making the most of the precious
time God has given us, we are behaving as if we have forever to get
our lives in order.
I believe God has given us His trustworthy prophecies, in
part so that we might recognize the times and have a strengthened
resolve to do His will. Yet some ignore the warnings of God’s Word
as if they don’t exist. Many disregard the signs all around us
that suggest we are living in the last days. There is a lack of
godly balance in most of our lives. Some individuals have a working
knowledge of Scripture but have no clue of what is going on around
them; while others can tell you everything about current events but
spend little, if any, time reading and studying the Bible. One
without the other leads to a lack of discernment and inadequate
service to God.
We must never become imbalanced or complacent in our
lives, rather we must remain vigilant in defending our faith against
Satan’s schemes. This involves exercising great discernment in
distinguishing between true unity and false unity. The global unity
currently being shaped consists of a false, manmade peace; not a
true spiritual peace that comes from knowing God. It will inevitably
lead to the enslavement of mankind.
The Bible makes clear that God’s kingdom is not of this
world. His is an eternal kingdom. And His peace is an eternal peace.
Indeed, it is an inner peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ
and knowing that our eternal future is secure through Him.
God calls us to vigorously oppose and expose false
teachings (Eph. 5:11 and 2 Tim. 4:1-5), defending the faith with the
same commitment and determination as the first disciples and the
early reformation leaders. We must take a stand!
However, we need to do so in a spirit of Christian love, always
remembering that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the principalities and powers of this dark world (Eph.
In order to stand firm for the Lord we must heed Paul’s
exhortation to be fully prepared. Ephesians 6:10-11 tells us,
"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on
the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil."
In spite of troubling developments, this is an exciting
time to be alive. We are witnessing events foretold in Scripture
unfold before our very eyes. While there may be some difficult days
ahead for Christians, any potential suffering will be outweighed by
the fact that we look forward to the return of Jesus Christ, who
will come in full majesty and victory, to rescue His saints and to
put an end to this sinful world system (2 Thess. 2). Full of the
hope we have in Christ (whether we live to see His return or die
first), let us give Him our very best–pressing on towards the goal
to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ
Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Let’s keep fighting the good fight of
Personal Note: Due to physical
circumstances, I am taking a necessary break from writing for this
website. I trust that your life has been enriched and blessed by the
information presented and insights gained during these last 12
months. My prayer is that the Lord will continue to multiply His
wisdom and discernment through the Ankerbergs’ vital ministry. It
has been an honor for me to cover the interfaith/New Age movement
for Harbor Lighthouse during the past year.
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