"Mark of the Beast..." . . . "Fatal Wound...":

Original article by C. Parker Thomas
Edited & Updated by Hank McIntyre

This is based on an article that originally appeared in the Midnight Cry Messenger in 1957! Read it and see if the pieces don't all fit. Our hope is not in straightening out this world, but in the coming of the Lord and the end of this present world! But we still should have some spiritual understanding of what is taking place in these times.

The eyes of the world today are upon the United Nations. The vast majority of civilized nations are looking to the United Nations to solve the world's problems. People regard it as the last hope for peace in a war-weary world: A world that is dominated by satanic principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, pleasure, and international rivalry. The UN is hailed by many as the only Saviour of today's world facing its greatest crisis. President Eisenhower said in his speech to the nation, Feb. 20, 1957: "The United Nations must not fail!" (Comments of other leaders of that day regarding the U.N.)

Revelation 13:1-3: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power and his seat and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death: and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." Read also Daniel 7:7-26.

Despite what men may say or the world may think, the question is: Is the UN of God or Satan? If it's of God, it should have our prayers and support. If it's of Satan, it should be exposed and condemned. The only way we can possibly find the answer to these questions is to examine the UN in the light of God's word, the Bible.

What is the UN?

It's an attempt by man to bring peace and unity to the earth by means of a world organization. Please note we said it was an attempt by man, because God was left out to begin with: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." II Tim. 3:13. "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom," Matt. 24:7.

These conditions will characterize the age at the time of the appearance of the world power known as the beast of Revelation 13 and Daniel 7:7.

Take a look at the remarkable similarities of the UN to this last form of Gentile world power. The beast of Rev. and Dan., that will exercise such great power over the earth at the time of the return of Christ, will be on the world scene without men being aware of it. This great power will appear as the very thing the world needs to solve its overwhelming problems. Instead of appearing as a monstrous power to destroy the world, it will appear as the saviour of a bewildered world that is looking for a way out. Daniel 8:25 says the beast will "by peace destroy many."

This last Gentile world power will be Satan's masterpiece for deception. There will come a showdown and we find that 10 nations who will be of one mind are going to give their strength and power to the beast. Rev. 17:12-13.

God knows that non-spiritual students of the world would try to figure these things out without revelation from the Holy Spirit. It's true, His real anointed people are going to see the truth as the prophecies unfold. Jesus would never have said, "When you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door," unless He intended for someone to understand. The truth is, it won't be the great theological minds that the religious world is looking to. Isaiah 29:13-14. "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near with their mouth, and with their lips they do honor me, but they have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men; therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden." In contrast to this God's word says, II Cor. 1:26-29, "For you see your calling, brethren, how not many wise men after the flesh not many mighty, not many noble, are called; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are; that no flesh should glory in his presence."

Because of these facts the world as a whole (including the religious world) will not recognize the beast or the world power that brings the great tribulation upon the world. Jesus said in Luke 21:35, "For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth." A snare is a clever trap that catches its prey when it least expects it. Paul also gives the same warning in I Thess. 5:2-3, "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." Think of it: "As a thief in the night." The thief comes while you are sleeping soundly; takes your valuables and is gone. This thing is going to take place in just such a manner. In fact everyone will be saying, "Now we are going to have peace and safety." Did you ever stop to realize that the whole stated purpose of the UN is to bring peace and safety to the world?


Remember also that Daniel 8:25 says the beast will by "peace destroy many." Under the guise of being an organization whose purpose is to bring peace to the earth, the UN now has 189 nations [as of the year 2000] of the world as its members and supporters. Remember also that Rev. 13:7 says, "and power was given him over all kindreds and tongues, and nations." Isn't it a strange coincidence that the UN has under its wings practically all kindreds and tongues, and nations?

So far we have listed three remarkable similarities between the beast of Daniel and Revelation and the United Nations:

1. The beast will not be recognized as such, but will actually be looked upon as a deliverer. So is the United Nations.

2. The beast will, to begin with, use peace as its chief weapon. So does the UN.

3. The world will be under the influence of the beast. Isn't that true also of the United Nations and becoming more so each day? Let's note other remarkable similarities from the word of God.

Similarity No. 4: According to Dan. 8:24, Rev. 13:7, and 17:13, the beast derives his power from other sources. Now that is exactly the case of the UN. It is entirely dependent upon its member nations to give it power. Only as they support it and stand behind its decisions can it assert itself.

Similarity No. 5: According to Dan. 2:40-43 the beast, or kingdom, as it is called by Daniel, will be clay and iron, typifying dictatorship and democracy causing division and weakness. Isn't that exactly what has taken place between the Western powers representing democracy, and Communist China & Russia (and their followers) representing dictatorship? Also notice Verse 43 of Dan. 2, which says, "they shall mingle themselves with the seed of man; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." How true this is of the UN which is made up of 189 different nations. Isn't this also characteristic of the confusion and disunity that has prevailed in the UN among member nations?

Similarity No. 6: In the beginning the beast doesn't have power to enforce its decisions. We find 10 of the nations who are of one mind getting together and giving their power and strength to the beast. [The "Security Council" consists of 15 members-- five permanent members and 10 elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms]Rev. 17:12-13. The UN has its flag, its army, and is just waiting for the big powers to say, "I'll give you my power and strength." After many decades, America has signed over many of its military bases to the United Nations, and have implemented "Executive Orders" that empower the U.N. to wield power over the world as a sovereign government. The U.N. has even declared that it no longer recognizes any nation's sovereignty when that nation opposes a U.N. edict. The U.N. is therefore in possession of great power since it can make such a threatening boast to the nations of the world.

Similarity No. 7: The name Babylon is very significant. In Rev. 17:5 we have Babylon, the Great Whore, Mother of Harlots. Practically every student of the word recognizes this Babylon as apostate Christianity headed up under the Papacy [Catholicism]. Her daughters are the protestants who are following in her steps in trying to build religious empires, and make a name for themselves. Now the second Babylon we have in view is the beast's confederated empire: The last form of Gentile world power (the U.N.). To begin with, we find ecclesiastical ("religious") Babylon, (Catholic and like-minded "protestant" churches) the great whore, riding on the back of the beast, political Babylon (the U.N.). But then we find the ten kings of Rev. 17:12-13 turn on the great whore and destroy her, Rev. 17:16-17, "And the ten horns which you saw upon the beast; these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God has put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled."

The word Babylon originated at the tower of Babel (Gen. 11) and means confusion. What happened at the tower of Babel was simply men getting together and saying, let's unite together, and build us a great city and tower (or civilization) lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. Now the thing that was wrong was they did not seek God's face in the matter. They were presumptuous, selfwilled, and made their own plans ignoring God and leaving Him out completely. God already has his plans made regarding this old world and the coming kingdom, and the sooner mankind learns this the better off he will be. In the meantime, manmade plans and schemes are doomed to fail. The beast of Revelation is called Babylon along with the great whore because the presumptuous and selfwilled spirit of Satan that was in man at the tower of Babel is in them. It's simply man trying to make a universal kingdom without God. That is the spirit that dominates the political and religious world. The basic sin responsible for this is self-worship instead of God. It's the same spirit that was in Lucifer that caused him to say, "I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the North. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High." Isa. 14:13-14.

What is the United Nations but another attempt at world unity without God? It has also turned out to be another Babel, for we have had nothing but confusion. If there was one iota of real faith in God and the Bible, some of our leaders could see that the United Nations is a satanic and unholy alliance that could never result in anything but confusion. How God hates such an abomination. To think that they can yoke up together atheistic, Christ- rejecting heathen nations with all kinds of religions that deny Jesus Christ along with God-hating and God-defying Communist China and Russia, and still have God's blessing upon them is sheer, satanic blindness. Can you imagine Christ and the devil getting together and solving the world's problems? If only the President would call congress together like the Prophets used to call the elders of the Israel together and read the Word, then seek the face of God! - but that will not happen: The scriptures will be fulfilled.


Similarity No. 8: In Rev. 17:3, we find the woman, the great whore, riding upon the beast. This simply means that the woman (the apostate church: Catholic & like-minded protestant churches) will be sustained and supported by the beast (the last Gentile world power: The U.N.). Strange as it may seem (but yet fulfilling the scriptures), Popes have spoken very highly of the UN and commended it for its role in world affairs. And as the UN continues to grow in power and influence, the whole apostate church world including Rome and her daughters will be only too glad to ride upon the back of the UN.

Similarity No. 9: In Rev. 13:3, 17:8, we see here that the whole world wondered after the beast. Isn't that exactly what is taking place today? The eyes of the world are upon the UN. You cannot pick up a newspaper that doesn't carry news on developments in the UN and the comments of its "Secretary General". Also as the UN reveals its military power to enforce its decisions, the world will be saying, "Who can make war against the UN?" Rev. 13:4.

Similarity No. 10: From Rev. 13:3 and Rev. 17:8, we see that the beast had a deadly wound that was healed, or, "it was and is not, and yet is". This means that this beast, or last world power, came into being, then died, and then revived again. Of all the amazing similarities between the beast and the UN this is the one that should convince the most skeptical. Did you ever stop to realize that the same spirit that conceived the League of Nations after World War I is responsible for the United Nations of today? The League of Nations died because it did not have the support of its member nations to carry out and enforce its decisions. The League of Nations was a man-made, satan-conceived, plan to bring unity and peace to the earth without following the plan of the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. It died, but its deadly wound has been healed and today it's called the United Nations. It has the same spirit and the same purpose. Take note that former President Herbert Hoover said, "the United Nations Charter follows every major pattern of the league of Nations."

Similarity No. 11: In Revelation 13:11-12, we have another beast coming up out of the earth with two horns like a lamb and spake as a dragon. Remember, now, beast represents kingdom, world power, nation, etc. (Dan. 7). This beast, I believe, represents the good old USA, and we have 5 reasons for believing that:

1: It had horns "like a lamb," typifying Christianity. Was not this country started because men came to these shores looking for freedom where they could worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience? But alas, it has developed into a great world power and today to a great extent it is a military nation whose mighty voice (like the dragon) can be heard in the affairs of the world. Its Presidents and diplomats are prominent figures at the various world conferences.

2: This beast, Rev. 13:12, "causes the earth and all them that dwell therein to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed." Verse 15 of Rev. 13 says, "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast." Now let me ask you a question: what nation is most interested in and responsible for the UN? The idea, to begin with was conceived by one of our former Presidents, Woodrow Wilson. Today, where is the UN headquarters located? New York City. It's a known fact, the United States is the main power in back of the UN. Remember the beast of Rev. 13:11 gives life to the image of the beast. Were it not for the life given the UN by the United States, it would be a lifeless image. Let's remember the UN has no life or power of its own. It's simply a lifeless image, or theory, without power and authority from other nations. President Eisenhower expressed this country's attitude when he said, "The United Nations must not fail." Yes, this country, by its active support of the UN, is causing all the world to worship the UN. The word worship means to look to, trust in, co-operate with, obey. If the present trend continues to develop, power is going to be given the UN to force the nations of the earth to bow before her.

3: This beast of Rev. 13:11 "does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men." Rev. 13:13. Nuclear weapons. It's a fact: Such terrific heat is generated by these bombs until it melts and disintegrates everything for miles around. The sand melted and became a solid sheet of glass from the first test bombs exploded in Arizona: The steel tower from which the bomb dropped melted like wax. The eyes of the world were upon the United States after the atomic bombs were dropped upon Japan.

4: This second beast greatly impresses the rest of the world because of the great wonders and miracles. Rev. 13:13-14. Isn't it true that the United States with its knowledge and development of nuclear energy, along with its scientific know-how, is the amazement of the whole world? These facts enable the United States to cause the rest of the world to pay attention to the UN.


The "Mark of the Beast"

5: This second beast is also the power that causes the rest of the world to receive the mark of the beast. Now, on one hand, God's seal is put on his people: (Revelation 7:3, 9:4, 14:1, 22:4). Then the devil's mark is put upon the worldly. How will this happen?

"Smart" BioChip Implanted in the Hand

After the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, there began serious talk in Washington of issuing "smart cards" to all citizens. [An article on this appears in the New York Times, 9/18/01]. these cards use an I.C. chip which contains every recordable piece of information about that person (factual or otherwise). It can also be used for electronic money transfers: You'd receive your paycheck by having it downloaded onto your card's chip. Then you'd buy things the same way, using it like a debit card. (By this technology, a person's use of his money could be frozen should the government so desire.) The next technological step is to implant that chip into the hand or forehead, to eliminate any chance of privacy or unmonitored freedom of movement. This is technologically possible today, but there's concern about resistance by the public at this point. Anyway, the "smart card" system will provide a "break-in" period for the electronic network they will have to build to track everyone's buying and travel activity. Then, by the time they're ready to implement Chip Implantation, the network of trackers and scanners will have been fully tested and ready for use to read the "Mark". All it will take is another "crisis" - staged or otherwise - to scare the public into accepting this BioChip Identification plan. We've already seen how quickly people accepted the unconstitutional "emergency laws", following the WTC attack, that allowed secret detention, military tribunals, universal phone-tapping and internet surveillance. So there's no mystery about how the public will easily agree to receive the Mark of the Beast when a "crisis" puts them in a panic. The people of the world won't even notice it: "It shall come as a snare to all who dwell on the earth" (Luke 21:35), and as a "thief in the night"(Thessalonians 5:2).

Those that refuse these marks will not be allowed to buy or sell. What happens when a nation refuses to co-operate with the UN? They apply economic sanctions against them. What are economic sanctions? Just simply, refusing to buy from or sell to. In other words the UN tells that country, "You either co-operate and do as we say or we will starve you out. The "Mark" will apply these threats of "economic sanctions" on the personal level.

What country plays the leading role in bringing pressure upon other countries to co-operate with the U.N.? Uncle Sam! Isn't it significant that Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East are so much in the news today. This is where the great buildup is going to be that brings the greatest battle the world has ever seen, Armageddon, to a climax. Before that battle takes place, the beast is going to receive power that he doesn't have in the beginning. After he receives this power, the great tribulation, known as the time of Jacob's trouble, will begin. This will last 42 months or 3 1/2 years before the battle of Armageddon takes place. It's during this time that the beast is going to make himself known. This is when he will really take over and begin to assert himself in no uncertain terms. Matt. 24:15-22, Rev. 13:5-8.

To you that read these lines we believe it is later than we think. The midnight hour is now approaching and great multitudes are not prepared. Many Believers are like the five virgins of Matt. 25: they have lamps of profession, but no oil. And then, there are those that are still in and supporting "Ecclesiastical Babylon", the great whore and her daughters, as mentioned earlier. God is speaking from heaven and saying (Rev. 18:4) "Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues."

We are looking beyond the tribulation, when the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed. That stone which was cut out of the mountain without hands is going to smite the image, the beast. And then!... The stone is going to grow into a great mountain that shall fill the earth. Dan. 2:21-35.

There are two warnings for "The perseverance of the saints" (true believing Christians). one is : Not to cause anyone to be taken into captivity or to kill to save oneself or a loved one from being taken captive (Revelation 13:10). Revelation 13:8 - And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 13:9 - If any man have an ear, let him hear. 13:10 - He who leads into captivity another shall go into captivity: he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The other warning is not to take the mark Revelation 14:11, 12 - And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

"And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years". - Revelation 20:4.


[Footnotes: More on the December 27, 1956 event mentioned at beginning of article]

The above was taken from an article, datelined Washington, December 27, 1956, (& updated for today) and it perfectly illustrated the attitude of the prominent men of that time regarding the United Nations and its predecessor, The League of Nations. Woodrow Wilson, was eulogized at a ceremony on that date, as a "peace-maker", administrator and one of "our five or six greatest presidents." Tributes came from President Eisenhower and former President Truman and Hoover as part of an international observance of the Wilson Centennial. Eisenhower's statement, prepared for a ceremony in Paris, was made public by the Woodrow Wilson Centennial Celebration Commission here. "Wilson's defense of human rights and liberties makes him a splendid symbol of the enduring friendship that has bound our countries together since the days of Lafayette," Eisenhower said 'Wilson's concept of a great family of nations living peacefully together and ruled with justice under law is still our dedicated goal.' The Paris observance takes special note of Wilson's help in creating the League of Nations after World War I.

Truman wrote the commission he thought that William Jennings Bryan "did the country a major service in bringing about Woodrow Wilson's nomination. I am pleased indeed that your efforts are being directed toward giving Woodrow Wilson his proper place among our five or six greatest presidents," Truman added. Former President Hoover praised Wilson as "one of the best administrative minds we have ever had in the White House." As a young man, Hoover served under Wilson during World War I and Paris peace conference. Hoover said the United Nations charter follows every major pattern of the covenant of the League of Nations adding: "No greater monument, than this could be erected to the ideas and ideals of Woodrow Wilson." Back to Article

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