My apologies in advance. This is going to be a long article, but the information is critical. Please take the time to digest it all.
When the United Nations was formed in San Francisco, CA as the successor to the League of Nations in 1945, its official charter (below) declared a mission of global peace and safety (p. 3) through the mutual agreement of 50 original sovereign nation-states (pp. 31-54), and later signed by Poland. Together, they determined to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small” (p. 2). A great vision…un charter
The charter’s preamble continued by joining the cosigners in its promise “to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest” (p. 2 – emphasis mine).
Today, the UN recognizes 195 countries, with 193 as member states and two non-member state observers, The Holy See (Vatican) and Palestine.
Unfortunately, major conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and too many to count on the African continent would indicate the UN’s mission of peace and safety has been an abysmal failure, despite the agreements clearly stated in Article 2 (p. 3 – emphasis mine):
The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.
The Organization shall ensure that states which are not Members of the United Nations act in accordance with these Principles so far as may be necessary for the maintenance of international peace and security.
Notice the charter’s clear support of sovereignty among its member nations, especially as it pertains to refraining from the use of “force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” The charter continues to extend the responsibility incumbent upon members to hold non-member states accountable to the same standards “for the maintenance of international peace and security” (p. 3).
To achieve their mandate of peace and safety, each member state “shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter” (p. 3). The enforcement of its peace and safety mandate is entrusted to the Security Council, established in Chapter V, Articles 23-32 (pp. 6-8), and carried out, in part, by a compulsory coalition of “peacekeeping” forces allowed in Chapter VII, Articles 42-51 (pp. 9-11).
Before the use of force, however, the “Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call upon the Members of the United Nations to apply such measures. These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations” (Chapter VII, Article 41, p. 9 – emphasis mine).
Chapters IX and X of the UN Charter establish international economic and social cooperation to promote “higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development; solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation; and universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion” (pp. 11-12).
Do any of those key areas of interest (employment, health, education, human rights) sound like hot-button political issues today?
The UN charter is just the tip of the iceberg. Its programs today are far more comprehensive and far-reaching. Just do a little research into the UN Conference on Environment & Development Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992, otherwise known as Agenda 21 (below). Or, research Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted September 25, 2015 (further below).Agenda 21
Transforming Our World - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The excerpts below taken from page 21 of the 2030 Agenda should give individuals who believe in free markets and national sovereignty cause for concern.
10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome…
10.4 Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality…
10.5 Improve the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen the implementation of such regulations…
Even those expansive aspirations are just the tip of the iceberg. Their overarching agenda is far, far more complex, including compulsory identification databases (below).Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems
Below, you will find a few critical excerpts from the UN’s Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (emphasis mine):
Civil registration is defined as the continuous, permanent, compulsory, universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events pertaining to the population, as provided through decree or regulation in accordance with the legal requirements in each country. (p. 32)
The content of a specific population register varies from country to country. It certainly would always contain the names of a person and her/his parents, date and place of birth, address, personal identification number (PIN) and the unique civil registration record identifier. (p. 132)
The registrar will then make an official entry into the civil register, with all the information required by law and this usually refers to names of parents, name of newborn, addresses, age, marital status, and, depending on the country additional information regarding ethnicity, religion and so forth. (p. 153)
In spite of the existing provisions for penalties in a number of countries in cases of noncompliance, the level of completeness of registration remains low. The most important reason for such non-compliance has to do with the lack of incentives for registration. Incentives must be established not only to stimulate but also to encourage compliance with the compulsory registration law. Civil registration authorities must highlight their function in terms of enabling people to access a range of services. Besides the privileges and rights that are to be enjoyed upon proof of registration (such facilitated access to health, education, employment, banking, electoral participation, driving, etc.), national registration systems, within their own respective sociocultural environments, should offer other incentives which are of practical use, especially at the individual level. Examples of incentives include in-kind goods for newborn care, household goods, as well as cash stipends for health care or burial expenses, among other measures. Some countries owe their high levels of completeness to the existence of a unique identifier for individuals, or personal identification number (PIN), which is the key for the provision of a range of services, both public and private and also enables interoperability. (p. 154)
In today’s circumstances, compromising the confidentiality of individual data can occur through many different channels, such as breaking into on-line databases or selling them for profit to on-line retailers, for example. These facts exacerbate the importance of assuring the population that the confidentiality of individual information provided to civil registration, population registers and identity management is of paramount concern and that access to such information is strictly underpinned by law and regulations. It also requires developing as robust as possible safeguards that prevent intrusion into the registers; in turn, this demands continuous follow-up on technological development in the field of digital security systems. (pp. 156-157)
In addition to the compulsory, universal nature of the vital statistics database, please note the incentives listed above to promote compliance (access to health, education, employment, banking, electoral participation, driving, etc.) and compare it with the chart below taken from page 7, specifically as it pertains to national IDs, electoral lists, and passports.
Given the scope of what the UN wants to achieve regarding wage equality, compulsory data collection, and monetary regulations, it’s apparent our elected officials are receiving international “guidance” from the UN regarding our “domestic” policies and laws.
Look at the organization chart below to gain a better understanding of the UN’s scope of influence.UN Organizational Chart
If the level of international coordination embodied in the UN is not enough to convince skeptics regarding the nature of international entanglements that control just about every aspect of our lives, please reference the document below, which highlights additional governmental and non-governmental agencies coordinating with the UN.40 Organizations in Switzerland
Now, given the scope of international coordination in Switzerland alone, is there any question whether a truly united coalition of UN Member States would have the ability to completely or partially interrupt “economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations” of noncompliant members and non-members, or prevent individuals from the benefits of healthcare, employment, or banking if they aren’t included in the proper database?
And, if those heavy-handed measures fail to produce compliance, they could compel compliance by military force. It’s all in the UN charter.
Why does any of this matter, and what are the unintended consequences mentioned in the title?
Recently, I wrote a series of articles highlighting the roll-out of 5G cellular technology, and how the International Monetary Fund (IMF – Part of the UN) is promoting the adoption of new technologies (mobile payments, digital currency, blockchain technology, and cryptography) as it helps society transition to an inevitable digital economy. Their vision will not be fully implemented this year, but the building blocks are being placed, especially as it relates to the need for regulation, surveillance, enforcement, and security.
Another building block to the UN and IMF’s goal of global financial stability has also been planned for some time and just happens to fit with a seemingly unrelated agreement (below) signed on Thursday, February 4, 2019, between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.papa-francesco_20190204_documento-fratellanza-umana
As an extremely condensed summary of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, it calls on all Catholics, Muslims, political leaders, architects of international policy and world economy, along with intellectuals, philosophers, religious figures, artists, media professionals and men and women of culture in every part of the world, “to rediscover the values of peace, justice, goodness, beauty, human fraternity and coexistence in order to confirm the importance of these values as anchors of salvation for all, and to promote them everywhere”(pp. 2-3). Its basis is a common faith in God and religious values.
There’s one major problem. Despite the insistence of Muslims that they share a common heritage with the Jews, their only real historic commonality is Abraham. The rest is simply gross cultural appropriation, if I may borrow a more politically correct term than hijacking.
The God of the Bible is YHWY (Jehovah), while the god of Islam is Allah, who is different in both name and character. The promises given by God to Abraham in the Bible flow through Isaac and his son Jacob, not from Abraham to Ishmael, who is the forefather of Muhammed. That’s important. Ishmael receives his own blessing from God, but it is separate from the covenant promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who was later renamed Israel.
And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.” (Genesis 17:15-21 ESV – emphasis mine)
And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” (Genesis 35:10-12 ESV – emphasis mine)
And, if there is any question as to whether the Bible or the Quran should be consulted for the accuracy of Jewish and Christian religious heritage, the Septuagint Bible, a Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament), was fully compiled at least one hundred years before Jesus walked the earth. The Quran was written more than 700 years later than the Septuagint. In addition, the biblical texts are verified by the artifacts discovered between 1947 and 1955 in the Qumran caves near the Dead Sea, otherwise known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Despite the differences between the Christian and Muslim faiths, the Pope has been a regular defender of Islam as a religion of peace. And, while these two leaders represent religions that account for more than 55% of the world’s population, they are calling the world to unite as one.
At the same time, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, has been promoting the virtues of Sharia Finance, otherwise known and Islamic Finance.
— Christine Lagarde (@Lagarde) November 11, 2015
Below, you will find a few key excerpts from her speech at the Islamic Finance Conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait, November 11, 2015 (emphasis mine).
Before discussing the ongoing challenges that we need to tackle to unlock the promise of Islamic Finance, we should recall what promise Islamic Finance holds…
First, Inclusivity: Islamic finance has the potential to contribute to higher and more inclusive economic growth by increasing access of banking services to underserved populations.
Second, Stability: Islamic finance has, in principle, the potential to promote financial stability because its risk-sharing feature reduces leverage and its financing is asset-backed and thus fully collateralized. In addition, besides deposits, Islamic banks offer profit-sharing and loss-bearing accounts that can help mitigate losses and contagion in the event of banking sector distress. This leads, de facto, to higher total loss-absorbing capital, one of the key objectives of the new global regulatory reform. …
What are the key elements required to unlock the full potential of Islamic finance in an effective and prudent way? I see several priorities:
The first priority is to level the playing field and create an enabling environment for Islamic finance to develop, while being mindful of risks.
This means adapting financial regulations that take into account the defining features of Islamic finance and do not disadvantage Islamic banks. For example, capital requirements for banks should be adapted to account for Islamic finance’s risk-and-profit sharing model—which allows for some loss-bearing by investors and reduces risk weights applied to equity-like financing. …
The second priority for policymakers is to further develop the industry and markets. …
The third priority for policymakers is to further strengthen regulation and supervision to ensure financial stability. …
The gradual implementation of the Basel capital and liquidity requirements adapted for the features of Islamic finance will be key.
Unlocking the true potential of Islamic finance requires…strong cooperation among all stakeholders—from the Middle East to Asia and beyond; from Islamic banks to policymakers, to regulators, to international financial institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank and the Financial Stability Board.
If you read the articles I reference earlier regarding the IMF’s Vision for the Evolution of Money or 5G Cellular and Digital Payments, you may recognize the consistent theme of reaching the underserved with banking services. It’s one of the great promises of mobile payments and digital currency.
And, in line with the UN’s goal of a stable, globally accepted digital currency, OneGram released its own Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency.
For research hounds, you may notice I included a link (above) for Ms. Lagarde’s mention of the Basel capital and liquidity requirements. In short, the Basel Accords provide “guidance” from the Basel Committee (of the Bank for International Settlements) regarding reserve requirements (money to back bank deposits) and risk management for banks. The Basel Accords fail to provide the safety promised by Islamic Finance.
I agree with Director Lagarde concerning the virtues of Sharia Finance to mitigate risk and bolster stability. It is far more stable than our current debt-backed fiat monetary system, specifically due to the reduction of debt-based risk and market speculation, along with its equity-based currency requirements. In fact, I incorporated those principles in an article I wrote concerning our much needed monetary reform. That said, I would never accept the religious dynamic that would accompany Sharia/Islamic Finance.
The book of Daniel and Revelation paint a very vivid picture of the history and future of empires that dominated – and will dominate – the Middle East, as seen below, which includes the final earthly kingdom of anti-Christ.
Concerning the leader of the final kingdom of anti-Christ, Daniel recorded the following:
And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator. (Daniel 9:26-27 ESV – emphasis mine)
That passage is referring to (1) the destruction of the Jewish temple in AD 70, and (2) the leader of the end-times kingdom of anti-Christ, as is evident from Daniel 11-12.
He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.” (Daniel 12:9 ESV)
Through the years, many have speculated that the “prince” must be tied to Rome since the Roman Empire destroyed the temple, but a closer look at history as recorded by Jewish historian Josephus and Roman historian Tacitus reveals who actually destroyed the temple.
There was also another disturbance at Cesarea… The Syrians…had the advantage of assistance from the soldiery; for the greatest part of the Roman garrison was raised out of Syria; and being thus related to the Syrian part, they were ready to assist it. (Source: Josephus, The War of the Jews, Book 2, 13:7)
Titus, when he had gotten together part of his forces about him, and had ordered the rest to meet him at Jerusalem, marched out of Cesarea. He had with him those three legions that had accompanied his father when he laid Judea waste, together with that twelfth legion… Of these legions he ordered the fifth to meet him, by going through Emmaus, and the tenth to go up by Jericho; he also moved himself, together with the rest…together with a considerable number that came to his assistance from Syria. Those also…had their places filled up out of these soldiers that came out of Egypt with Titus; who were two thousand men, chosen out of the armies at Alexandria. There followed him also three thousand drawn from those that guarded the river Euphrates. (Source: Josephus, The War of the Jews, Book 5, 1:6)
Titus Caesar, who had been selected by his father to complete the subjugation of Judaea…found in Judaea three legions, the 5th, the 10th, and the 15th, all old troops of Vespasian’s. To these he added the 12th from Syria, and some men belonging to the 18th and 3rd, whom he had withdrawn from Alexandria. This force was accompanied by twenty cohorts of allied troops and eight squadrons of cavalry, by the two kings Agrippa and Sohemus, by the auxiliary forces of king Antiochus, by a strong contingent of Arabs, who hated the Jews with the usual hatred of neighbours… (Source: Tacitus, The Histories, Book 5:1)
From their combined descriptions, it’s clear the people who destroyed the temple may have been part of the Roman Empire, but they all came from the Arab and Muslim territories surrounding Israel today. The final kingdom of anti-Christ will be a revived Islamic Caliphate. I cover all of this with greater clarity in Israel in the Middle.
Now, put all we’ve covered here and in the previous articles (here, here, here, here, here, and in the Root of Bitterness series here and specifically here) into proper perspective by reviewing what the Apostle John wrote in the book of Revelation.
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. (Revelation 13:16-17 ESV – emphasis mine)
The passage above is referring to a second entity, which I believe is the UN, that will arise in the end-times to force allegiance to the revived Islamic Caliphate. The UN and global elites may not have this scripture in mind while implementing its agenda, but it is working toward the fulfillment of its prophecy, nonetheless.
As I’ve written before, the word “mark” in the passage above is translated from the Greek word charagma (χάραγμα), literally meaning a scratching or etching. So, the implementation of Big Tech and Big Government’s vision of the future taking the form of a tattoo would definitely fit, but please don’t be deceived by the promise of ease, convenience, and security. It’s not worth it.
If anyone worships the beast [Islamic Caliphate and its god Allah] and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. (Revelation 14:9-10 ESV – parenthetical insertion mine)
For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 ESV – emphasis mine)
Be cautious as all this unfolds. Life is short. Eternity is not.