With the recent coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic catastrophe it’s created, there is a stronger push for a one-world government, so what would that mean for Christians?
Sometimes national and world crisis’ move governments to make radical decisions. The recent Coronavirus has caused thousands of businesses to close; many to never reopen again, but when economic crisis threaten the well-being of the nation, some governments overreact or take extreme measures in dealing with the crisis. The same thing could happen with the recent Coronavirus pandemic which has created an economic crisis. I am not downplaying the thousands of people who have died as a result of contracting the virus, but the economic impact has been devastating. Especially hit hard are the poor, young people, and single mothers who often have to work at so-called “non-essential” places, and only then they’re just barely making it, so when millions of people are suddenly thrown out of work, governments often take measures to counter the economic impact…but just how far are some countries or governments willing to go?
Already, some personal freedoms have been taken away; certain limitations have been placed on social gathers, and even churches are not immune to this. So what could come next after a global economic catastrophe such as the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic? How far will governments go to deal with the situation? Will a further erosion of personal and national civil and public rights be eroded for the sake of “the many?” Extreme circumstances often cause extreme measures, so it’s very possible we could see even more of our personal freedoms limited, exacerbated during times of global and national crisis. Of course we should follow our government’s recommendations and that of the health authorities, but there is a danger that someday, some of the freedoms we’ve given up, might not be given back to us.
Since the Tower of Babel, there has always been a human desire for a one-world government; a government where all decisions are made by one government, or one man or woman, and the push for a one-world government has increased since the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic catastrophe. Clearly, God did not want humans to have a one-world government, as we see that as God scattered humanity, but a one-world government has always been popular for liberals, globalists, and the far-left. Even a Democratic presidential candidate has said he would like to see a one-world government. They all dream of a utopia-like world where there is no more poverty, there is no more famine, and there is no more wars between nations and peoples. It would be as if the whole world were holding hands as they circled the world, but it’s not that simple. For one thing, God alone has the power and authority to bring about a real utopia, and it is coming (Rev 21:1-15), but the agenda that’s being pushed by the United Nations, the World Trade Organization (WHO), and by the European Union is that we’ll see a one-world government take charge. Wouldn’t that solve all of the world’s problems? No, I believe it would just be the start of our problems because mankind has shown that he can’t be trusted, so is there anything in the Bible that talks about a one-world government? Yes, and we’ll read about it later in the Book of Revelation.
There is a consensus among many that digital certificates are the way to go for humanity. Digital certificates also known as a public key certificate or identity certificate. The most common use of a digital certificate is to verify that the user sending the message is actually the one that they claim to be. And these certificates are accepted as legal signatures. Digital certificates are encrypted and provide the receiver with the means to encode a reply and verify the party from which it’s being sent, but can these be used for tracking individuals and even monitoring the public? We’ve already seen hackers who were able to issue malicious certificates that appeared to be signed by the authoritative certificate or individual holding that certificate, so the chances are very real that someone can fraudulently order things over the Internet using someone else’s digital certificate. This allows someone to insert false information or extract personal information, like your income, address, and even the faith you hold to. This makes it easy for an impostor to post on a public key (signature) under someone else’s identify and be seen as being validated as coming from the original party. As you can see, digital certificates can be used and abused for many purposes.
Mark of the Beast
The Bible speaks of a time when someone has so much control that people can’t even buy anything without permission. For example, the Apostle John says that a time will come when “no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name” (Rev 13:17), so what is this mark? Is this the mark of the beast that theologians talk about? Is the mark of the beast a PIN (Personal Identification Number), microchip (implanted electronic device), or a digital certificate number? All we know for sure is that a one-world leader “causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead” (Rev 13:16), but whoever has that mark is going to live to regret it (Rev 14:9-11, 16:2, 19:20, 20:4).
There are all kinds of theories out there about digital certificates but a time is coming when the world will look to one person…one man or woman, and they may wield such power that human being’s very existence is dependent on it. When extreme circumstances like an economic depression sweep the globe or pandemics threaten society, governments take extreme measures, and somewhere down the road there are many who would love to see a one-world government take control the world. A one-world government that will try to bring peace, and for a time, there may be peace, but it will not last. Only the King of Peace, Jesus Christ, can bring a world without pain, sorrow, suffering, and even abolish death (Rev 21:1-4), but until that time, these may be just be beginning of sorrows. My plea is for you to put your trust in the Lord today and your security will be with God and not with the world, as shaky as it’s getting to be.
Here is some related reading for you: End Times: Are We in the Last Days? 
Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.