The Club of Rome is a global think tank that deals with a variety of international political issues. It was founded in 1968 at David Rockefeller’s estate in Bellagio, Italy, but the organization moved its headquarters to Winterthur, Switzerland in 2008. The CoR describes itself as “a group of world citizens, sharing a common concern for the future of humanity.” It brought global considerations to public attention in 1972 with its report The Limits to Growth. The club states that its mission is “to act as a global catalyst for change through the identification and analysis of the crucial problems facing humanity and the communication of such problems to the most important public and private decision makers as well as to the general public.” They state on their website that the “individual crises are, in fact, driven by many of the same root causes: Values not aligned with the crises we are facing and an antiquated belief system, an outdated economy, outdated institutions and inadequate delivery mechanisms. In other words our religion is an antiquated belief system and our churches are outdated institutions.
In 1972, the Club of Rome published its first report, “The Limits to Growth“. The report warned that if growth rates seen between 1900 and 1972 were to continue, humanity would overstep planetary boundaries sometime between 2000 and 2100 (i.e. population control, birth control, abortion). They believe that over the next 40 years the world population is likely to grow from close to 7 billion to 9.5 billion people, with a corresponding increase in demand for energy, land, water and food. They assume that the population will level off at around 9.5 billion in 2045. But even before this report was published, Eduard Pestel and Mihajlo Mesarovic of Case Western Reserve University had begun work on another model, which distinguished ten world regions for governance.
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As a Christian, I believe these ten world regions could be the ten kingdoms of the beast (the antichrist) in Revelation and that we should watch carefully the developments of this institution. This is what Revelation 17 says about these ten kingdoms.
[7-14] And the angel asked me, “Why are you so amazed? I’ll tell you the secret of the woman, and of the creature that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The creature that you saw was, but isn’t now; and will come up out of the bottomless pit, and go on to be finally destroyed: and those who live on the earth will wonder, whose names weren’t written in the Book of Life from the beginning of the world, when they see the creature that was, but isn’t now, and yet still is. And the mind that has wisdom will know this: The seven heads are the seven mountains of Rome, on which the woman sits. And there are seven rulers: five have fallen, and one rules now, and the other hasn’t come yet; and when that ruler comes, that reign will be short. And the creature that was, but isn’t now, is the eighth, and is the clone of one of the seven, and will go on to be finally destroyed. And the ten horns which you saw are ten more rulers, which haven’t gotten their place of rule yet; but they will get power as rulers for one hour with the creature. These will all have one mind, and will give their power and strength to the creature. These will fight against Christ, the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them, who is the Savior of saviors, and the Ruler of rulers: and those who are with the Christ are called, and chosen, and faithful.
[15-18] Then the angel told me, “The great waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are crowds of peoples, nations, and languages. And the ten horns which you saw on the creature, these will come to hate the whore, and will strip her naked of everything, and will destroy everything she has, and burn her with fire, because God has put it in their hearts to do what God wants them to do, and to agree to give the rule of their countries to the creature, until the Words of God happen. And the woman which you saw is Rome, that great city, which reigns over the rulers of the earth.”
This research had the full support of the Club of Rome and the final publication, Mankind at the Turning Point was accepted as the official Second Report to the Club of Rome in 1974. The Second Report gave a better prognosis for the future of the environment, noting that many of the factors were within human control and that most environmental and economic catastrophes were preventable. Their website states that, “The root causes of the crises we are witnessing rest on outmoded theoretical concepts, values and institutions. The remedy lies in the formulation of a new theory appropriate to the radically different conditions of the 21st century.” It assumes that mankind can evolve and save itself, without the help of God or faith in Jesus Christ. They view the future “as an evolutionary opportunity to break with outmoded ideas, values and institutions” and believe that they can “provide the essential conditions for the rapid transition to a more peaceful, prosperous, equitable and sustainable future.”
In 1993, the Club published The First Global Revolution. According to this book, divided nations require common enemies to unite them, “either a real one or else one invented for the purpose.” Because of the lack of traditional enemies, “new enemies must be identified.” ”In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
In 2009, the organization established a three-year program on “A New Path for World Development”, which declared “The global issues which were the focus of the 1972 Report, “Limits to Growth” are even more severe and urgent today.” The project has five issue areas: Environment and Resources, Globalization, International Development, Social Transformation, and Peace and Security. The Social Transformation issue is one area that concerns me. “This cluster relates social change, gender equity, values and ethics, religion and spirituality, culture, identity and behavior. It states that the values and behavior on which the present path of world development is based must change if peace and progress are to be preserved within the tightening human and environmental limits.” The changes in values, ethics, religion, and spirituality are to move us to a one world government and religion, which they believe will sustain us in the future. They state that “Entire sets of beliefs and behavior have become outdated and counter-productive and need to be replaced by new thinking and new approaches.” While they believe mankind has the ability to evolve and save itself through global government control, the only government and religion that can and will sustain humanity is going to be led Jesus Christ in His thousand year reign.
In Matt. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 17, 21 Jesus tells the followers about a time when the world will be in chaos with wars, famines, disease, tsunamis, earthquakes, persecution of Christians and Jews, lack of love, lack of interest in the church, cosmological chaos, and so forth. This time period is described as being like birth pangs which get stronger and closer together as the time draws near. We are already experiencing the beginnings of trouble, with nation coming against nation, and land against land: with a great lack of food, and deadly diseases, and natural disasters, in many different places. These are hard times to be sure, but they aren’t without the grace of Almighty God.