THE U.N. AT THE TORONTO GENERAL CONFERENCE, 2000!

ISAIAH AND MICAH PREDICT UNITED NATIONS VISIT TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE IN TORONTO, 2000 AD.

Both Isaiah and Micah wrote down for us an intriguing last-day prophecy concerning the last days using almost identical language. They are given below:

ISAIAH 2: 2-5
And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

MICAH 4:1-5
But IN THE LAST DAYS it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and the people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

Here is a prophecy that sounds so wonderful! God’s church exalted! Everyone flowing into it! No more war! Peace restored!
WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN?
“It shall come to pass in the last days.” Isaiah 2:2. “In the last days it shall come to pass.” Micah 4:1.
CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER EXCEPT THEY BE AGREED? AMOS 3:3


At first reading, the prophecy of Isaiah and Micah sounds wonderful and glorious. The first words that the nations say are indeed wonderful. But they go on to say other things that are not right. We find some strange elements in the message of the people.
We discover in Isaiah 2:5 that it is not God’s people giving the message, but rather God’s people are being invited to join this movement! They are urged: “O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us WALK in the light of the Lord.” They are being invited to join a last-day religious movement that sounds very good. But is it good?
Then, even more strange, is the verse found in Micah 4:5: “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will WALK in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.” Here we see God’s professed people will be happy to walk with those who worship false Gods, and confident that they are all going on the right road. This is a last-day ecumenical religious movement where there are many roads to heaven. All religions are accepted. And God’s people are being invited! Sound familiar?

WHO GIVES THIS INVITATION?

Adventist pioneer, James White, saw clearly the true character of the message in these prophecies. In his book, Bible Adventism, he wrote:
“Please notice that Micah 4:1, speaks of the exalted state of the professed church of Christ in the last days. Mountains mean earthly governments. The church, here represented by ‘the mountain of the Lord’s house,’ was to be exalted above the hills. It was to be established in the tops of the mountains.
“Verses 2-5 is a statement, not of what the Lord declares would take place in the last days, but what the multitudes of popular professors, who are looking for the conversion of the world, would say. The statement commences thus: ‘And many nations shall come and say.’ Verse 2. It is man, not God, that says, ‘And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’ Verse 3.” Bible Adventism, pp. 26,27.

PEACE! PEACE!
False security is predicted by the people in this passage of Micah: “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Verse 4. Is this a true or a false prophecy?
The Bible over and over again identifies the message of the false prophets as a message of “Peace.”

Just look at what Micah had earlier said: “Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, ‘Peace’: and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.” Micah 3:5.
David said: “Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts.” Psalm 28:3.
Jeremiah said:
“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” Jer. 6:14. “They say still unto them that despise me, ‘The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace’: and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” Jer. 23:17. “Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, ‘He saith.’” Jer. 23:31.
Ezekiel said:
“They have seduced by people, saying, ‘Peace’; and there was not peace.” “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, ‘The Lord saith’: and the Lord hath not sent them.” Ezek. 13:10,6.
Paul said:
“For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.” 1 Thess. 5:3.
This message of “Peace, peace,” is another evidence that these prophecies of Isaiah and Micah deal with the messages of false prophets. And this is what we see actually happening today!

A DIFFERENT MESSAGE FROM HEAVEN
God has a different message. He says exactly the opposite in Joel 3:9: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” Here God reveals that even the weak nations in the last days (like Pakistan and North Korea) will say, ‘I am strong.’ Today we see nations getting more and more angry. If there is any peace in the world, it is because one nation has greater military strength to enforce a fragile peace.
Instead of the nations no more lifting up the sword against each other, in the last days, ‘evil shall go forth from nation to nation,’ and ‘the sword of the Lord shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.’ Jer. 25:32; 12:12.

A COUNTERFEIT MESSAGE
It is true that there is a real peace that comes from God that will have the same effect as described by the false prophets. IN THE NEW EARTH every man will sit under his vine and under his fig tree. See Zech 3:10.

But the peace that is described by Micah is A FALSE PEACE—the same peace offered to Israel by the Assyrian king, Sennacherib, in Isaiah 36:17,18: “Thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern; Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.” That the message of Micah 4:4 is the same as that given by Sennacherib is seen by the effect of the message—compare Micah 4:5 with what happen to Israel that was taken captive by Assyria: “They feared the Lord and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.” “So these nations feared the Lord, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children’s children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.” 2 Kings 17:33,41

A FALSE PEACE EFFORTS BEFORE WW1 AND WW2
Both prophecies of Isaiah and Micah contain a very famous passage: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4. (Mi. 4:3). This is a very pleasing picture of a world in perfect harmony where nations transform their military instruments that destroy the world into agricultural implements that feed the world. Remember, this is the voice of the people, not the voice of God.
When William Jennings Bryan was Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson, many nations signed bilateral treaties with the United States agreeing to outlaw war. In commemoration of the event Mr. Bryan ordered swords melted and made into paperweight plowshares, presenting them to the signatory nations. On the plowshares were the words of Scripture, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.”
Suddenly, an assassination in Serbia precipitated World War I, in which all the leading signatory powers participated eventually. It will be recalled that war was fought to “make the world safe for democracy.”
Following the terrible WW1, under the leadership of Woodrow Wilson, the League of Nations was organized for the purpose of settling disputes amicably and banishing war from the earth. Later treaties reaffirmed the determination of the nations to renounce war and settle all disputes by peaceful means. President Herbert Hoover proclaimed, “We are at the beginning of a golden age.” Far and wide men expressed the fervent belief that at last war was a thing of the barbarian days of the past. Preachers announced that the millennium was just around the corner.
But before long trouble arose. Japan seized Manchuria. China appealed to the League, but the League was powerless to help. Mussolini overran Ethiopia. Haile Selassie appealed to the League. Again it was helpless. Hitler seized Austria. Then came the notorious appeasement of Hitler by Chamberlain at Munich, and Hitler took over Czechoslovakia. Once again the League was powerless to stop aggression. Emboldened by his success and armed to the teeth, Hitler invaded Poland, and plunged the world into the holocaust of World War II.
Following World War II the United Nations came into being.

EVIDENCE at the UNITED NATIONS
Outside the United Nations headquarters building in New York city stands a very interesting sculpture. It depicts a strong man lifting up a hammer and beating his sword into a plowshare! Underneath is an inscription of Isaiah 2:4! Yet even more interesting is the fact that it was given to the United Nations by the Soviet Union—an atheist nation! The nations of the earth have accepted this message given to them by an atheist nation. Certainly, it is “many nations,” not God, giving this message of peace. Isaiah saw over 2500 years ago that the United Nations would give this message of “peace.”

THE U.N. MEDITATION ROOM
Inside the UN building is a temple. In 1957, Dag Hammarskjold, the second Secretary General of the United Nations, personally led out in designing a quiet place called the Meditation Room. In the center of the room he placed a six-and-a-half-ton rectangular block of iron ore, polished on the top and illuminated from above by a single spotlight. In addition on one wall is an abstract mural, a composition of interlocking geometric patterns which is supposed to evoke a feeling of the essential oneness of God. Mr. Hammarskjold wrote the following to the visitors: “People of many faiths will meet here, and for that reason none of the symbols to which we are accustomed in our meditation could be used. …The stone in the middle of the room has more to tell us. We may see it as an altar, empty not because there is not God, not because it is an altar to an unknown god, but because it is dedicated to the God whom man worships under many names and in many forms. … The material of the stone lead our thoughts to the necessity for choice between destruction and construction, between war and peace. Of iron man has forged his swords, of iron he has also made his ploughshares.” In these words we hear the reiteration of the words found in Isaiah’s and Micah’s prophecy. The UN Meditation Room is a special place to worship any god (Micah 4:5) at an altar that is to remind us of Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3.

IT HAPPENED BEFORE
Twice before in the history of God’s church has such an invitation been given.
First, to the children of Israel just before they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. “And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.” Numbers 25:1-3 This was a national apostasy. At this time the last of that generation of Israelites who left Egypt died in the wilderness.

Another time in history where such an invitation was given to God’s professed people was during the Pergamos church period—313 to 538 AD. Isaiah 2:2,3 was fulfilled when the church was established in “the top of the mountains” or government of Rome, and “above the hills,” or smaller states, where she dictated the laws of the land and became so popular that “all nations” flowed into it. To do this God’s professed people had to “forsake the holy covenant (Dan. 11:30).” It was at this time that the ten commandments—Sunday worship was sanctioned, and a new God—the Trinity—was placed.

THE INVITATION IN OUR DAY!
We have nothing to fear except if we forget how God has led in the past. In the last General Conference held in Toronto, 2000 AD, the Secretary General of the United Nations gave a message to the SDA church that parallels the message given in the prophecies of Isaiah and Micah. Below is Kofi Annan’s message: (Emphasis supplied.)

MESSAGE OF KOFI ANNAN,
SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS,
DELIVERED BY JOSEPH VERNER REED,
UNDERSECRETARY OF THE U. N.,
TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
TORONTO, CANADA,
JULY, 2OOO A.D.

(Introduction of message by Joseph Reed.) (It is my privilege) “. . . In a personal capacity, as Undersecretary General of the United Nations, to appeal to you representatives of the Seventh Day Adventist church around the world to continue to give the United Nations the support we need for our world organization. I make this appeal because the United Nations is also your organization. Our world organization. Your United Nations. Without the global efforts of the United Nations, all of our efforts for peace, development, equality, and justice would be to no avail.
“Delegates, please remember, the United Nations is the only machinery we have for collective cooperation for all. It is the only worldwide institution for furthering development. The United Nations is the only universal mechanism for protecting human rights. The United Nations is the only shared framework for strengthening international law. Delegates, the United Nations is not one of the luxuries of international life. The work of the United Nations is of vital importance for the betterment of life on our planet.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for your support and understanding. As Dr. Wilson has said, the Secretary General himself would have liked to have been here with you in Toronto. This distinguished chief executive of the parliament of mankind is presently on a mission of peace in the middle East, and then moves on to Africa. Knowing of my admiration and respect for the work of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, the Secretary General asked me to represent him at this General Conference session. It is an honor to bring to you a message from the General Secretary of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan.

(The U.N. Secretary General’s message:) ‘Delegates, it gives me great pleasure to extend my warm greetings to all who have gathered on this spiritual occasion.
‘You may think that the United Nations, an inter-governmental organization, has no room for religion. You may be trying to imagine how spirituality can coexist with the world of diplomacy, national security, and hard-edged negotiation. I would ask you to think differently. I would ask you to take another look. The United Nations is a tapestry, not only of suits and saris, but also of clerics collars, nun’s habits, and llama’s robes. Religions may manifest themselves in widely different practices and belief systems.
‘The United Nations may display the outward signs of secular pursuits, but at the heart we are dealing in universal values. That is what the United Nations is good at: to be kind, tolerant, just, or merciful. No single religion can claim a monopoly on such teachings.
‘In August, religious leaders from across the globe will gather at the United Nations headquarters as we prepare for the millennium summit in September, which will consider the role of the United Nations in the 21st Century. As men and women of faith, you are natural partners of the United Nations in our endeavor to transcend irrational and ethnic divisions and promote tolerance and understanding.
Our shared vision of humanity, one that supercedes artificial constructs, is essential if we are to cope with the complexities of the age of globalization. Such a vision can foster dialogue where divisions persist, understanding where suspicions prevail, and cooperation where discord has impeded progress for too long. This philosophy lies in the heart of the United Nation’s charter, and must be prominent in all our thinking as we pursue our goals of enduring peace and development for all the world’s people in the years ahead.
‘On behalf of the United Nations, I, Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, wish you a most successful meeting.”

“President Paulsen, leaders, thank you for inviting the Secretary General to send this important message to this distinguished convocation. Again may I say how honored I am to be with you. We, I, wish you great success in your General Conference session. It would give me an honor, President Paulsen, if I might personally deliver the original text of the Secretary General’s message to you, sir.”
(End of speech)

THE PROPHECY FULFILLED
All points of the visions of Micah and Isaiah are fulfilled.

First, the SDA church was invited to work with the United Nations. “Spirituality (the church) can coexist with the world of diplomacy (the state). …You are natural partners of the United Nations….” This means forming an image of the beast—a union of church and state.


Secondly, the SDA church was invited to an ecumenical gathering—to“transcend irrational and ethnic divisions and promote tolerance and understanding” of all religions. “No single religion can claim a monopoly on such teachings.” “All people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.”

Thirdly, the SDA church is invited as a “natural partner” with the United Nations’ in a “shared vision …(to) pursue our goals of enduring peace and development for all the world’s people in the years ahead.” This was the voice of a false prophet proclaiming a false peace. This is the United Nations’ “vision”—a false vision.
Fortunately for us, God shared this vision with Isaiah and Micah to forewarn us. Tragically, the G.C. president and the Seventh-Day Adventist church accepted his comments gratefully. No voice of protest was heard at the meeting.

ANOTHER LOOK AT ISAIAH 2:2
“And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” Is. 2:2.
Notice that this last day church is “established in the top of the mountains” and “exalted above the hills.” How does it get built up so high? “Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.” Micah 3:9-11. It is built up by a mountain of sin, which indeed reaches “unto heaven.” Yet this “habitation of devils” is clothed in lamblike garments. (Rev. 18:5,2). This is the false church-state system dominated by the pope—the man of sin—“who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thess. 2:4. This is the Tower of Babel in the last days.

Notice that all nations shall “flow unto it.” What flows? A river. This is a river of people. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Rev. 17:15. This is none other that the symbolic Euphrates River flowing into Babylon the Great.
The nations invite God’s people to join them.

WHERE IS THE PROFESSED CHURCH, ISAIAH?

Isaiah tells the result of this shameful ecumenical involvement in the next verse of his prophecy: “Therefore Thou has forsaken thy people, the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.” Isaiah 2:6.

God’s professed church has accepted the invitation to participate in this great ecumenical movement. It appears that the professed Adventist church is joining this false world-wide ecumenical peace celebration.
“As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls.” GC 608
“At that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending.” 5T 463
This will happen—unless the corporate church quickly repents.

AGAIN, WHERE ARE GOD’S TRUE PEOPLE, MICAH?
Micah gives the answer in the next verses of his prophecy: “In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is DRIVEN OUT, and her that I have afflicted. And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was CAST FAR OFF a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.” Micah 4:6,7.
“ ‘In that day,’ when ‘many nations’ are prophesying of peace and safety, the Lord’s remnant people are driven out and afflicted.” Bible Adventism, p. 26.
God’s people are cast off as Jesus said they would be: “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” John 16:2. “Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, let the Lord be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.” Is. 66:5. God’s true last-day church will not participate in Babylonian worship services nor commit fornication with the state, because “they are not defiled with women, for they are virgins.” Rev. 14:4.
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.” Exodus 23:2.

SURE TO COME
Why is this prophecy is repeated twice? Once God gave to the Pharaoh of Egypt a message repeated twice in two different dreams. God told Joseph why he did this: “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” Genesis 41:32.