We have several interesting stories circulating today, but first it strikes me that two of the most powerful men on the planet are consistently calling for a world governance. In two separate commentaries, we see the head of the UN, Ban Ki-moon - secretary of the United Nations making the statements:
"We can do it"
His quote, in the context of governing carbon output (which would affect every business and every home and a new world-tax - in other words everything):
"A deal must include an equitable global governance structure."
We see something similar in a separate commentary as seen in the LA TIMES:
"Copenhagen: U.N. chief weighs in on climate talk expectations"
"We will establish a global governance structure to monitor and manage the implementation of this"
Then, we see the same mantra from the new leader of the EU:
"EU President Herman Van Rompuy on Global Governance".
This is just a small sample of such quotes. What strikes me is this simple fact: Calling for a world government/governance is something that we are hearing from various world leaders almost daily. Something that barely gets noticed. Almost every "crisis" that we see today, usually contrived, whether it has to do with the Swine Flu (or name a convenient disease "crisis" of the day - bird flu, ebola, HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant TB....it probably doesn't matter), the "world financial crisis", and now the "global warming crisis") - and the answer remains the same: create a world governance. It rolls off the tongue of world leaders. In fact, a skeptic may wonder if these perceived "emergencies" are created for the very purpose of forging a world governance.
When the antichrist arrives on the scene, at least for a while, he will have a world governance to work from. Whether he has to create this himself (in which case the public has been "conditioned" by constant and ongoing rhetoric regarding the need for world governance), or if he has such world governance systems in place before his power-grab is almost immaterial at this point. The general public of the world is already being conditioned for acceptance.
I predict that we'll continue to hear this rhetoric as we head into the last days of the last days. It has to happen this way. The bible warns us of the antichrist's reign of terror:
"And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb..." (Revelation 13:7-8)
"He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark..." (Revelation 13:16)
These scriptures point out that the antichrist will control the world via a form of "world governance"; the very idea that has now become a mantra for world leaders.
It is coming. The antichrist is waiting in the wings right now - waiting for his time to arise and gain control. Perhaps he is waiting for the same thing that prophecy watchers are waiting for - the removal of his biggest roadblock to power - The Church, also known biblically as "the restrainer". In reference to the rise of the antichrist, the apostle Paul provided the following information:
"And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and the splendor of his coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8).
This scripture informs us of several ideas.
We are informed that something will hold the antichrist's rise to power - described as holding him (or his "power") back until being "taken out of the way". And only then can the "lawless one" (aka the antichrist) be "revealed".
The term "taken out of the way", from the greek root, can mean "departure" or "falling away", and is seen as either in various translations. Interestingly, in all biblical versions prior to the King James version, the term was referred to as "departure". Additionally, one has to consider what, on earth, has the power to restrain evil.
First, the "restraint" mentioned ("holding back") must be a world-wide influence which suggests omnipresence. Second, this restrainer must have some kind of supernatural ability in order to restrain the potent forces of evil on earth, including the rise of the antichrist. Third, the restrainer must have some kind of logical reason for ending the "restraint", which subsequently allows for the rise of the antichrist and his ability to seize world power.
To meet these criteria, there is no other option other than the Holy Spirit, residing within the Church, on earth. No individual on earth has ever had the ability to restrain evil, nor has any form of human government. However, the bible speaks of the ability of the Holy Spirit to restrain evil (Genesis 6:3 and Galatians 5:16-17).
No only does this represent a spiritual restraint, but there is a literal restraint imposed by the Church/Holy Spirit. If, for instance, the Church were still on earth as the antichrist began his rise to (obvious) power, then vast numbers of church leaders, prophecy scholars, web-sites, etc., would be passionately warning the world that the figure in question is the antichrist. It would be almost impossible to succeed under such controversy.
The identification of the "restrainer" seems obviously directed to the Church and its Holy Spirit, now residing on earth. But this restrainer will be removed, and when it is removed, the world will witness the revealing of the antichrist. And then, the calls for world governance, so coveted by those in power, can finally be recognized and acted upon.
I believe the antichrist is waiting patiently for his moment. After the rapture of the Church - or, better stated - the removal of the restrainer, there will be enormous carnage, shock, disbelief, financial meltdown, confusion, and basically a collapse of society as known. The world will be desperate for a leader with solutions to this situation. And there will no longer be any restraint.
He is waiting for his moment. But so are we - the Church. We are waiting for the same moment, only our "moment" has a dramatically different outcome. We will find ourselves in Heaven, in the presence of Jesus Christ, and the antichrist will have seven years of God's judgments to face. I like our situation far far better than his situation - at the risk of stating the obvious!
"Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of prophecy in this book." (Revelation 22:7).