One World Religion

By: Woody Godbey

Someone asked me to comment more on the one world church during the Tribulation period so I will try to give you my view according to Scriptures and church history. I preached a sermon entitled, "THE ANTICHRIST DOES ONE THING RIGHT." That sermon had a lot more detail on the subject. You'll understand that title by the time you finish reading this.

The one-world religion is described in detail in Revelation 17 as “the great harlot” and will be a major player on the end times stage. The term harlot is used throughout the Old Testament to describe false religion. We know that the real church will be raptured out before the Tribulation, so who is this harlot who makes up a worldwide church? The actual identity of the church has been debated for centuries and a lot of different views have come from those debates. Catholicism, Islam, the New Age movement, or some form of religion not even invented yet are at the top of the list for the one world religion. I personally believe that it's going to be an ecumenical/catholic church. In other words, all those religious but lost people left here after the rapture will find themselves being even more deceived being a part of this world wide church. When I say ecumenical/catholic, I’m talking about denominations, religions, sects, and isms that are around today who will join the Catholic Church in the tribulation. That is exactly what happened under Constantine. The emperor brought liberal Christianity and pagans together to form one church which became the Catholic Church. The Christians who refused to join that unholy alliance were murdered and persecuted for 1500 years.

Revelations 17 gives us several characteristics of the one-world religion. According to Revelation 17:1 & 15, the false religion will dominate all the “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues” of the earth, meaning that it will have universal authority, no doubt given by the Antichrist, who rules the world at that time. Verses 2–3 describe the harlot as committing adultery with the “kings of the earth,” referring to the false religion’s influence among the world’s rulers and influential people. The reference to being drunk with the wine of her adulteries refers to the "inhabitants of the Roman empire, or earthly minded men, mere carnal persons, have been drawn into idolatrous practices by the allurements of the church of Rome; such as riches, honors, pleasures, lying miracles, and great pretensions to devotion and religion; whereby they have been intoxicated as men with wine, and have been filled with a blind zeal for that church, and the false doctrines and worship of it, and with madness and fury against the true professors of religion." The quotation I just gave was from Gills commentary. One thing for sure, the alliances forged by the false religion will unite church and state as never before.

Verse 6 describes the harlot as being “drunk with the blood of the saints” and the blood of those who testify of Jesus. The Catholic crusades killed MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS WHOM THEY CALLED HERETICS BECAUSE THEY WOULDN'T CONVERT TO CATHOLICISM. There will be people saved during the Tribulations period and they too will become martyrs because they will not convert. Whether they will be martyred at the hand of the Antichrist or by being systematically starved, believers who are on the earth during the tribulation will experience the wrath of the harlot and her power source, the Antichrist. Those who oppose the worldwide religion will be killed, and those who refuse to worship the Antichrist by accepting his mark will be unable to buy and sell, thereby making survival very difficult Revelation 13:16-17.

Eventually, the harlot will lose favor with the Antichrist, who will want to receive the world’s worship for himself. He will not share the adoration of the world with the pope and priests of the false religion, no matter how flattering they may be. Once the Antichrist gains the world’s amazed attention by his miraculous return from the dead, he will turn on the false religious system and destroy it, establishing himself as God. The deception, Jesus tells us, will be so great that, if it were possible, even the elect would fall for it. The one thing the Antichrist does right is the destruction of the harlot church. He sits up another false religion that demand the world to worship him. Then the army from heaven led by the Lord Jesus Christ will appear and the Lord will destroy that false religion and throw it into hell. Hope you have a better understanding of the end times church. God Bless!!