Few people in America are even aware of this document called the “Earth Charter“. Its development and promotion have been no secret, but it has not been an issue covered in any depth or regularity by the mainstream media, and as a result, has gone unnoticed by our entire population. The exceptions might be people deeply involved in the “green” or “environmental” movement. Probably not their casual supporters, but in the leadership of those organizations.
The complete text of the Earth Charter can be found on their website at EarthCharter.org. This document, however, is focused on examining the meaning behind the words, the people who are behind the words and the document, and what their world view, perspective and goals may be. Let us begin.
It is important to understand, in order to put the Earth Charter into perspective, that it was architected by some of the world’s most prominent leaders and activists in government and the environment. People like former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Steven C. Rockefeller and Robert Mueller. The original drafting effort involved over 100,000 people participating in 51 countries around the globe. This is NOT a publication or document of some fringe group or extremist organization; it is backed by the United Nations and endorsed by countries all over the world. Even though the U.S. has not yet signed the Earth Charter, it has been endorsed by environmental and political organizations including the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2001.
The Earth Charter should NOT be taken lightly. Few Americans are even familiar with its existence, let alone its content and what, and who, is behind it. Perhaps even more so, Christians are generally unaware of its possible impact on Biblical prophecy, particularly “end times” prophecy and the ushering in of the “antichrist”, referred to many times in the Bible. To that end, this document will attempt to study this document in much the same way we may study a book of the Bible. We’ll look at it chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse, relating it to more in-depth information and even scripture and Bible prophesy.
If your initial mindset is such that you can’t possibly see why a movement or a document like this could be a threat to Christianity or the American society we live in, then consider the following comments by Mikhail Gorbachev from an interview at the State of the World Forum in September, 2000:
“Number one, we need to do a lot of work to implement the Earth Charter. [My organization] the Global Green Cross has now launched the Earth Charter, a document that took us six years to prepare. It’s a very important declaration. Without shaping world public opinion, we will not be able to make sure that in every household, in every city, in every locality, people really remember to act on the environmental imperative. So the shaping of a new set of values, a value shift, is extremely important. People first need to understand. Then, based on this awareness, they will be able to behave in everyday life in accordance with that. This is extremely important. Those who think that the answer is just changing the laws, that’s a mistake. I emphasize environmental education.”
The Earth Charter is about changing global public opinion and reshaping the way people “behave” in accordance to the principles set forth in the Earth Charter. Does that concern you at all? It certainly concerns me. Note: At the time of this writing, information on this interview could be found at: http://www.simulconference.com/clients/sowf/interviews/interview1.html
This document will examine only the PREAMBLE of the Earth Charter document, section by section. To help easily identify the actual text from the Earth Charter, I have used a Teal color to the Earth Charter’s text in this document and indented the text from the rest of the document. Emphasis (bold) has been added by the author.
Please read the actual Earth Charter text first and try to think of it in the perspective of how the world might read it without examining its deeper meanings, as I have done in this document. No doubt, most people would read this as an innocuous document that espouses “good things” and will be good for the planet. But then think about it deeper and consider the points I am emphasizing and then ask, how innocuous is this document, really?
We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
In this actual text from the preamble of the “Earth Charter”, I have emphasized certain text so we may address some of these issues here. All Bible references will be from the New King James version of the Bible.
To begin, we should notice that the document always has the word “Earth” with an upper case “E”, the same way Christians would write the words “God”, out of reverence to His name. This is an indication that to the architects of the Earth Charter, the “Earth” should be revered, like a ‘god’; otherwise there would be no grammatical reason to write that word in this manner. This should be our first clue that this document, and the movement behind it, has religious overtones and a dedication and commitment to the “Earth” in the same way Christians are committed to God and Jesus Christ, and Muslims to Mohammed. It is, in a sense, a worshiping of the creation instead of the Creator.
The preamble of the Earth Charter opens telling us that “we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history”. As we read through, and study the Earth Charter document, we should keep this question in mind: “What is critical about this moment, versus other times in the history of the earth?” From a Christian perspective, the difference may be that the way is being paved, the underpinnings being planted, that will usher in the “antichrist” of Biblical prophesy.
“Hogwash”, the skeptic or non-Christian may say, “we just want to preserve the earth and make it sustainable for all future generations”. Oh, how good and noble that sounds, but as we look at how Satan has always worked, his arguments always sound “good” or “reasonable”. Consider Satan’s logic to Eve as to why she should eat the fruit of the tree God specifically told them they could not eat. Satan said to her:
“You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5Genesis 3:4-5
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4 The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t surely die, 5 for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So what’s so bad about knowing good and evil? Surely God didn’t mean you would really die. Eve probably thought, “yes, that makes sense… surely God would want me to know good and evil.” We know the rest of that story. Consider how Satan tempted Jesus in the desert. Jesus had fasted in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. One can only imagine going that long without food at home, let alone in the desert. He was hungry, thirsty and his human body was no doubt yearning for a morsel of food. Satan said to Jesus:
“If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matthew 4:3Matthew 4:3
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3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
Jesus knew He was indeed the Son of God. He knew He could command the stones to become bread and He could eat. Satan knew how to tempt the “flesh”. But Jesus responded using the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17Ephesians 6:17
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17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
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“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4Matthew 4:4
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4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
The Earth Charter goes on to talk about how the world is becoming more and more “interdependent and fragile”. In reality, the world has always been interdependent, as nations and societies have always traded needed goods and services with each other. Ezekiel 27:4-25Ezekiel 27:4-25
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4 Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders have perfected your beauty. 5 They have made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; they have taken a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. 6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made your oars; they have made your benches of ivory inlaid in boxwood, from the islands of Kittim. 7 Of fine linen with embroidered work from Egypt was your sail, that it might be to you for a banner; blue and purple from the islands of Elishah was your awning. 8 The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your rowers: your wise men, Tyre, were in you, they were your pilots. 9 The old men of Gebal and the wise men of it were in you your repairers of ship seams: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you to deal in your merchandise. 10 Persia and Lud and Put were in your army, your men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in you; they set forth your comeliness. 11 The men of Arvad with your army were on your walls round about, and valorous men were in your towers; they hanged their shields on your walls round about; they have perfected your beauty. 12 Tarshish was your merchant by reason of the multitude of all kinds of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded for your wares. 13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were your traffickers; they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass for your merchandise. 14 They of the house of Togarmah traded for your wares with horses and war-horses and mules. 15 The men of Dedan were your traffickers; many islands were the market of your hand: they brought you in exchange horns of ivory and ebony. 16 Syria was your merchant by reason of the multitude of your handiworks: they traded for your wares with emeralds, purple, and embroidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and rubies. 17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were your traffickers: they traded for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, and confections, and honey, and oil, and balm. 18 Damascus was your merchant for the multitude of your handiworks, by reason of the multitude of all kinds of riches, with the wine of Helbon, and white wool. 19 Vedan and Javan traded with yarn for your wares: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were among your merchandise. 20 Dedan was your trafficker in precious cloths for riding. 21 Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they were the merchants of your hand; in lambs, and rams, and goats, in these were they your merchants. 22 The traffickers of Sheba and Raamah, they were your traffickers; they traded for your wares with the chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold. 23 Haran and Canneh and Eden, the traffickers of Sheba, Asshur and Chilmad, were your traffickers. 24 These were your traffickers in choice wares, in wrappings of blue and embroidered work, and in chests of rich clothing, bound with cords and made of cedar, among your merchandise. 25 The ships of Tarshish were your caravans for your merchandise: and you were replenished, and made very glorious in the heart of the seas.
WP-Bible plugin described all kinds of merchant trade that existed hundreds of years before Christ. The detail Ezekiel goes into illustrates that merchant trade has existed for thousands of years, so what makes the world suddenly so “fragile” because of “interdependence”? People and economies would surely suffer if trade in certain things were interrupted, but the “interdependence” of the world economy is such that the world would cease to exist, and in the context of the environment, the environment would not suddenly become polluted and endangers species would not suddenly die if our interdependence on commerce was severely damaged.
The only conclusion one can draw from this statement of interdependence and fragility is that it is being used as an “excuse”, a reason to try to justify some other action. Therefore we read on: “…the future at once holds great peril and great promise.” When in history did the future NOT hold both great peril and promise? Did not the prospect of Christopher Columbus’ journeys to find new merchant routes hold great peril and great promise? Finding, exploring and settling the “new world” of America held great peril and great promise. Man going into space and exploring the moon held great peril and great promise.
“To move forward…” implies “we can not move forward unless we do or have…“ (whatever follows). What follows, and what the Earth Charter tells us we MUST recognize and agree to is that “we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny”. So, this continues to beg the question, at what point in our world history, were we NOT one human family? Were we monkeys, monkeys and humans? At what point in history did the planet NOT have a common destiny?
This obvious rhetoric, although not unique to our times, is further set in the context of “…we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms…” that we are all “one”. It seems redundant to keep asking the same question of “at what point in history, other than the Garden of Eden, did we not have magnificent diversity of cultures, and at what point in world history was there NOT magnificent diversity of life forms? Was there only one kind of tree, and 2 bugs, 3 different kinds of birds, but now we have many? Of course not! So what is the purpose of all of this? It sets the stage with all kinds of “feel good”, “politically correct” terms, such as:
- Diversity of cultures,
- Diversity of life forms
- Great promise (and peril)
- Critical moment in the earths history
- One earth
The point, I believe of all of this, is the “oneness” of it all, and what they REALLY want: themselves in charge of a “one” world government dictating “one” policy to everyone. It is the age old political “jackpot” of being the “ruler of the world”. It was tried in Babylon and was handed over by God to the Medes and Persia. (Daniel 5:28Daniel 5:28
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28 PERES; your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
WP-Bible plugin) The Medo-Persian empire was eventually conquered by Alexander the Great. The Greek empire fell to the Romans, but there has never been another “global” empire since the fall of the Roman Empire.
The 2nd chapter of Daniel talks about King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a statue, which none of his soothsayers and wise counsel could interpret. Daniel interpreted the dream for him and stated:
“But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.” Daniel 2:28Daniel 2:28
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28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has made known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head on your bed, are these:
So, clearly, what Daniel was about to interpret was about the latter days, or end times. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was interpreted as the 4 empires referred to above, the fourth being the Roman empire was the most powerful and unique of all.
“Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.” (Daniel 2:41Daniel 2:41
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41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, because you saw the iron mixed with miry clay.
This fourth empire, which we know now as the Roman Empire, was part clay and part iron. It was a divided empire, the Roman Empire as world history has recorded it, and the final empire that is yet to come that will grow out of the Roman Empire, Europe, and will rule the world. One could easily dedicate an entire study of just this topic, and many books and articles have been written about it, so I will not delve into this any further, in order to keep on track. But let it suffice for now, that the Bible refers to this fifth world “empire”, which in today’s terms is often referred to as the “New World Order”. This is the stated objective of the Earth Charter and the people and organizations behind it. Therefore, promoting the concept of “oneness” should be no surprise when studying the Earth Charter.
It continues: “We must join together…” This again is a restatement of the necessity for all the nations of the world to pull together into “one”. When we “join together” two or more entities, we end up with “one”. We continue then, with the reason or purpose of this “oneness”.
“…to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.”
The purpose? A “sustainable global society”. The word “sustainable” is also an operative word which we will go into in much more detail later, but it includes issues such as population control and a one-world government to govern this “global society”. But, before we go into that, let’s further look briefly at the four fundamental principles on which this “sustainable global society” is founded:
- RESPECT FOR NATURE – In its most simplistic terms: environmentalism. I’m not saying anyone should intentionally harm the environment, that would not be good, nor would we be good stewards of what God has created for all of us while we are here on earth. We should respect God’s creation, just not put it above all else, including God Himself. An example of how extreme this can get, and also an interesting parallel of how Satan always copies God, is the “Arc of Hope”, a container for the “Earth Charter” patterned after the Biblical “Arc of the Covenant” which the Jews carted about for centuries in the Old Testament. It is even carried about on poles, just like God’s Arc of the Covenant.
Elevating this document to something equivalent to the Covenant God made with Moses and the people of Israel, should be our second clue of the religious overtones of the Earth Charter. An article posted on September 24, 2001 on the Ark of Hope’s web site (www.ArkOfHope.org) stated “This past week, volunteers began walking with the Ark of Hope from Vermont to New York City, where it will be given to the United Nations as a prayer for peace.“
Further evidence to support the fact that this Arc is intended to be like God’s Arc, can be found on this web page as it states: “The Ark is hand crafted from a single plank of English Sycamore, a tree harvested from a sustainable forest in Germany. Historically the Ark of the Covenant is said to be constructed of Sycamore Fig…” This statement should be our third clue that the Earth Charter is about much more than “saving the planet.”
The “Arc” also has paintings abounding on all five sides. According the Earth Charter organization, the paintings depict “indigenous symbolism celebrating Earth and all her living elements.” Their official description goes on to state: “Each panel visualizes a season, a direction, one of the five elements, and a universal symbol. Symbols of faith from traditional religions and indigenous societies surround the top panel of Spirit, which honors the children and young animals of the world. The carrying poles are fashioned like unicorn horns which, according to legend, render evil ineffective.” Interestingly, none of the “traditional” religions includes Jesus Christ dying on the cross.
What is this “indigenous symbolism”? An example is the Quartered Circle. This is simply a circle with a cross drawn in the middle separating the circle into 4 equal quarters. This symbolizes the ancient earth, wind, water and fire from Greek mythology to the Native American traditions forming the Medicine Wheel. In more contemporary times, pagan rituals use it and it has been modified even in some churches and is called the “Celtic Cross”. It is also often used in witchcraft symbolizing the north, south, east and west.
Here is another quote from the Earth Charter web site regarding the Arc of Hope:
“The artwork inside the Ark is the product of the Temenos Project, which started in 1999 when several artists came together to share their common sorrows about the ecological devastation, violence, and suffering that are so much part of the fabric of modern society. As artists they recognized that art is a process that promotes healing and that changes in awareness precede meaningful action. They sought to establish a protected space where they would creatively address world issues. In ancient Greek thought, the temenos is a magic circle, a sacred space where special rules apply and extraordinary events inevitably occur. Creating a Temenos of their own, they each made an 8”x 8” Temenos Book, filled with visual affirmations of global healing, peace, and gratitude.”
Although much more could be said about this single example, it is obvious that the Earth Charter document is about more than “respecting nature”, it has a religious reverence toward the “creation”, nature, with little or no regard for the “Creator” of all the things they claim to love and respect.
Throughout this document, you will see emphasis placed on the term “sustainable”. It is an operative word, both within the Earth Charter, and the whole environmental movement. Let us pause for a moment to read the definition of “sustainable development” as defined by “The Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Centre” of the Earth Council, another organization related to and supporting the Earth Charter movement and headed by Maurice Strong.
“For indigenous peoples, sustainable development constitutes an integrated wholeness, where no action is separate. Sustainable development includes the maintenance and continuity of life, from generation to generation, in which human beings do not travel by themselves through time; we travel in community with the seas, rivers, mountains, trees, fish, animals and our ancestral spirits. They accompany and drive us to the cosmos, the sun, the moon and the stars, which also constitute a whole. From our indigenous perspective, we cannot refer to sustainable development if it is not considered an integral, spiritual, cultural, economic, social, political, territorial and philosophical process.”
(Note, the Web Site for the itpcentre.org is no longer active and has phishing malware installed, beware going there.)
This now is yet our fourth “clue” that the issue of “sustainability” has more than environmental issues, but can not be separated from political and religious underpinnings as well. The religious descriptions are obviously part of the “New Age” philosophy, not Christianity.
- UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS – Who could possibly be “against” universal human rights? After all, isn’t Christianity about loving one another and treating people equally, with love and respect just as Jesus commanded? The answer is absolutely “yes”. In that context, every Christian, and virtually every person of every belief, and non-belief, might agree, that this sounds like a good thing. But let’s look a bit further into what the international “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) on December 10, 1948. (Note: Information regarding this U.N. Resolution is quoted from, and can be found on the official U.N. Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights web site at: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr)
Article 18 – Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Article 19 – Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
So far, it sounds like it is a very acceptable policy toward giving all people the basic rights of free speech, religion and free expression we have all been blessed with by the Constitution of the United States. What sounds like the world was given the same basic human rights that we enjoy in the U.S., is taken away in Article 29. It states:
i. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
ii. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
iii. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Oops! You’re free to speak, think, worship and believe anything you want, as long as it does not disrespect the rights and freedoms of others, and isn’t contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. The term “intolerance” is one often used in the politically correct vocabulary today to talk about one group violating the rights and disrespecting another group. Stating that “Jesus is the only way” in front of a Muslim mosque, is “intolerant” and violates the principles set forth by the U.N. A young man was arrested in Canada in the late 1990’s for doing just that and was sentenced to several years in a Canadian prison for “hate speech”. Since that time, “hate speech legislation” has been introduced into the United States Congress and is still a topic of much debate. We may see a similar revocation of our “free speech” revoked in the not to distant future.
Is this the kind of Human Rights we can expect from the U.N. and the Earth Charter? If you think it can’t and won’t happen here, consider former President Clinton signed an Executive Order called the “The Implementation of Human Rights Treaties” on December 10, 1998 to commemorate the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” on its 50th anniversary. The Executive Order, issued while Congress was on Christmas break, is now Federal Law because Congress wasn’t in session to ratify or veto the Executive Order.
Another key U.N. related document is the “Declaration of Principles on Tolerance” Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on November, 16 1995. Information about this declaration can be found on the UNESCO web site at: http://www.unesco.org/cpp/uk/declarations/tolerance.pdf
Although not ratified by the United States, it makes it quite clear what the U.N. considers to be “tolerant” and “intolerant” in a global society. Let’s look briefly at Article 1 of this document (quoted directly from the UNESCO web site. Emphasis added by author.)
Article 1 – Meaning of tolerance
1.1 Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.
1.2 Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.
1.3 Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.
1.4 Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one’s convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one’s own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Be sure and read my other articles on “Our Secular Society“, “Naturalism“, “Secular Humanism“, “Postmodern Secular Humanism“, and particularly the article on “Secularism, Pluralization and Privatization“. These will provide a more in-depth discussion of the issues presented in this document.
I felt it necessary to highlight that a few sentences in red, because teaching that God created all things, as in the Christian perspective for example, is in conflict with the world view of evolution. As a result, it could be interpreted as “imposing one’s views” on others. Making a statement that “Jesus is the only way for salvation and eternal life”, can be seen as intolerant and imposing of one’s views on another. Since the Earth Charter requires “pluralism” and rejects dogmatism or “absolutism”, by simply teaching such a principle in public, such as a church or other public place, it would be considered “intolerant”. The Earth Charter says nothing of the “world view” being imposed on Christians, or the U.N. views being imposed on anyone who may disagree with them. Intolerance is interpreted only one way and that is to benefit the principles of the U.N. and the principles of the world view for which it stands. What does this have to do with the Earth Charter? Remember, we’re looking at the Earth Charter’s foundational principles on which to build a “sustainable global society”. The U.N. and the leaders of the Earth Charter movement are the ones who wrote this document. It will certainly be the U.N. that will be there to enforce the global environmental policies outlined in the Earth Charter. Already, there has been established a World Criminal Court. If, and when the U.S. signs the necessary treaties to make our citizens subject to this World Court, and it is something in much debate in the U.S. Congress, “intolerance” could easily be prosecuted in the World Court for anyone considered “intolerant” of the world view of pluralism. How else can a “sustainable global society” be build and run unless the “intolerant” have been removed?
- ECONOMIC JUSTICE – This can be easily described in one word: “socialism”. The “Principles” of the Earth Charter, which we will evaluate in more detail later in this document, sum up the meaning of “economic justice” in Principal #10(a) which says:
“Promote the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations.”
This principal is one of the fundamentals of socialism. It didn’t work in the former Soviet Union, and it won’t work when applied to the entire world either. Little more needs to be said about this as the Earth Charter is quite clear, and we know the many of its architects and supporters, like former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, are pure socialists. Mikhail Gorbachev still states he has always been a Communist and will always be a Communist. In an interview Gorbachev gave at the State of the World Forum in September, 2000, he said that only wealthy nations have benefits so far from globalization, but have left the majority of the world’s population behind; the 1 million people who survive on less than one dollar a day.
- CULTURE OF PEACE – This element ties the others together, because it is believed that in order to have “peace” on the earth, we must eradicate poverty. This is illustrated in a speech given by Earth Charter architect, professor and philanthropist Steven C. Rockefeller titled: “The Earth Charter: Building a Global Culture of Peace”. The talk was delivered on September 29, 2001 as part of the Earth Charter Community Summits in Tampa, Florida.
Delivered shortly after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Rockefeller said:
“The only long-term answer to the problem of terrorism is to build a global culture of peace. Again, this requires a world wide partnership of all nations and all peoples.”
“Here lies the relevance of the Earth Charter to the events of September 11 and the challenges of the 21st century. The Earth Charter culminates with a vision of peace, and the principles in the Earth Charter identify the essential elements of a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace. The Earth Charter, for example, recognizes that there will be no peace without social and economic justice. This includes the urgent need to eradicate the poverty in which 1.3 billion people live hopeless and desperate lives. A war on terrorism must include a war on global poverty if it is to have any chance of lasting success.”
Now, even terrorism is being used as a tool to promote the need for the one-world system. It is clear how there is much more to the Earth Charter agenda than protecting the environment, but everything that is near and dear to the hearts of people around the world is being leveraged to promote the immediate need to move toward the goals set forth in the Earth Charter. Peace, tolerance, equality, justice, end poverty, save the environment, make the earth permanently sustainable for all future generations, all of this sounds very acceptable and palatable to the average person, so why not get behind the Earth Charter? Rockefeller goes on to say:
“In addition [to democracy], the only firm foundation for justice, economic well-being, democracy, and peace is ecological security.”
“One way of understanding the Earth Charter is to think of it as a declaration of global interdependence and universal responsibility. When this nation was founded, we issued a Declaration of Independence. Over 200 years later, we confront a very different world, and we urgently need a national and international declaration of interdependence.”
“Our global interdependence is ecological, economic, political, cultural, and spiritual.”
Again we see the confirmation that since the Earth Charter is about interdependence, and interdependence includes the “spiritual”, there is without question a spiritual aspect to the Earth Charter, and by their own definitions, the “spirit” is that of the New Age, not the Spirit of the one triune God that created the universe and the planet these people are so intent on “saving”.
Earth Charter Preamble, continues: “Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.”
As we now conclude the study of the last sentence of the first paragraph of the Preamble of the Earth Charter, we read the words: “toward this end…” The “end” is the global acceptance of the Earth Charter enforced by a one-world government to enforce it, which also brings about peace and harmony throughout the world. Let’s go back to the Bible to see where this is state of the world is described in prophesy. The Angel Gabriel spoke to Daniel in a dream and said:
“O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision: Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.” Daniel 9:22-27Daniel 9:22-27
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22 He instructed me, and talked with me, and said, Daniel, I am now come forth to give you wisdom and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your petitions the commandment went forth, and I am come to tell you; for you are greatly beloved: therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision. 24 Seventy weeks are decreed on your people and on your holy city, to finish disobedience, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. 25 Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Anointed One, “Anointed One” can also be translated “Messiah” . the prince, shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: it shall be built again, with street and moat, even in troubled times. 26 After the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One “Anointed One” can also be translated “Messiah” . shall be cut off, and shall have nothing: and the people of the prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end of it shall be with a flood, and even to the end shall be war; desolations are determined. 27 He shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate; and even to the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out on the desolate.
The antichrist will bring about peace and make a covenant of peace with Israel, at least for a time. In the middle of the “week” (half way through 7 years, or 3.5 years) the antichrist will break the covenant and put and end to the sacrifice and offering in Israel. So we know from Bible prophecy, that peace is a strategic element to ushering in the antichrist in the end times.
Although people like Stephen C. Rockefeller state that the purpose of the Earth Charter is not to conform people to be all alike, he also states in his Tampa talk that:
“The ethical principles of the Earth Charter are described as ‘interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life‘ that provide a common standard for individuals, organizations, communities, and governments. The concept of a sustainable way of life and of sustainable development has become a new, powerful organizing idea like freedom or democracy. “
The term “common standard” tells us that there will be prescribed ways we must all live act and behave in order that the goals and objectives of this new society can be achieved, because if we all didn’t conform, it would not be “sustainable”. He even goes on to compare “sustainability” to being like “freedom or democracy”. There is no freedom when we are forced to conform to a “common standard”, nor is there democracy when a socialistic “one world” government is “in charge”.
Because I have asserted throughout this document that it is my belief that the Earth Charter has a religious, or spiritual, aspect, and that there are many indications that it may be one of the many tools that helps pave the way to usher in the antichrist of Bible prophesy, let’s take another brief look at comments made by some of the key characters behind the Earth Charter that have been referenced so far, namely, Mikhail Gorbachev, Maurice Strong and Steven C. Rockefeller.
“Do not do unto the environment of others what you do not want done to your own environment… My hope is that this charter will be a kind of Ten Commandments, a ‘Sermon on the Mount’, that provides a guide for human behavior toward the environment in the next century.” (Mikhail Gorbachev, The Los Angeles Times, May 8, 1997)
“But, let us be very clear, the UN action is not going to be the only goal. The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It will become a symbol of the aspirations and the commitments of people everywhere. And, that is where the political influence, where the long-term results of the Earth Charter will really come.” (Maurice Strong, March 5, 1998)
“In my home state of Vermont, the Earth Charter is being transported across the state from town to town in a beautiful, handcrafted Ark of Hope by people walking in a spirit of peace. In addition to the Earth charter, the Ark of Hope contains the prayers and poems of many Vermonters.” Steven C. Rockefeller, September 29, 2001, Tampa, Florida
Why do these prominent, key people, co-architects of the Earth Charter, all seem to describe this document into something equivalent to something from God Himself? Even though we have looked only at the first paragraph of the Preamble of the Earth Charter so far, there should be little doubt that the preponderance of evidence presented shows this is more than a document, but a cause that is being deified and the “Earth” (capital “E”) the target of the worship. God’s first commandment is:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” Exodus 20:2-5Exodus 20:2-5
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2 “I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me,
Earth, Our Home
“Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has provided the conditions essential to life’s evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air. The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust.”
As we now begin to look into the precepts of the Preamble, we see the statement that “Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe.” So, the architects of the Earth Charter are telling us that that evolution is a fact on which we must all subscribe. Suppose we apply the U.N. principles of “intolerance” to this statement. Article 1, Section 1.3 which states “It [tolerance] involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.” The principle of evolution is “absolutism” since it does not allow for any other option, such as Creation. The Earth Charter should not be exempt, according to Article 1, Section 1.2 that states: “Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.” Perhaps the Earth Charter people see themselves as being “above” an individual, group or State.
This principle of “evolution” is “fundamental” to the beliefs of the Earth Charter as it continues by telling us how the “…Earth has provided the conditions essential to life’s evolution.” So, humanity, and all life on our home, “earth”, requires these essential conditions of “nature” to assure humanity and life on earth will continue to evolve indefinitely into the future. I wonder what would happen if a Christian group insisted that the Earth Charter be changed to include the words “God’s Creation”? I suspect they would be labeled as “intolerant” and “uninformed” traditionalist that have no business trying to impose their ancient, out-of-date, dogmatic ideas on an “enlightened” world.
The text of the Earth Charter continues on with “The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples.” Again, we see some contradiction, as if the global environment indeed has finite resources, and the earth has been evolving for billions of years, that sounds to me like the resources must replenish themselves else they would have run out a long time ago. If they do replenish themselves, and if the earth does “evolve” to accommodate the needs and changes of the planet and its inhabitants, as the evolutionists teach, then there is no problem! It will evolve and fix itself. The REAL issue behind this consumption of resources, is another pivotal issue of “population control”. As we continue studying (and “evolving”) this document, we’ll see that controlling the earth’s population is a key point in maintaining sustainability.
Many in the environmental movement want to limit the global population to under 500 Million. That would require eliminating about 90% of the current world population to attain “sustainability”. I wonder which 10% get to stay? Perhaps we could just keep everyone in the U.S. and get rid of the rest of the world… oh, no, that would be “intolerant”. We have to respect “human rights” while we eliminate the population. I kind of remember reading about a guy named Adolph, who had similar ideas at one time.
Obviously, I write this with a healthy dose of sarcasm, but it does illustrate the duplicity and incompatibility of the intentions and the proclamations of not only the Earth Charter, but the entire movement behind implementing this plan. However, the point becomes moot if the real motivation behind the Earth Charter movement is not really the environment, but to put a few key individuals in a position of global power ruling the “one world government”. Once in power, they can do as they please. Bible prophesy, which has historically been 100% accurate even to the most minute detail, tells us the next time the world has another singular government, or “empire”, the antichrist will be in power, and the time of Armageddon will be at hand. Jesus will return and reign for 1,000 years.
The Global Situation
“The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. Communities are being undermined. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance, and violent conflict are widespread and the cause of great suffering. An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and social systems. The foundations of global security are threatened. These trends are perilous-but not inevitable.”
Now, we begin to see some more of the “hidden agenda” unfolding, and in particular, the control of the global population. It’s getting out of hand! The unprecedented rise in human population is overburdening ecological and social systems! What are we going to DO about it? The foundations of global security are being threatened by all these PEOPLE!! But, don’t worry, these trends of overpopulation may be perilous, at least for now, but the trend is not inevitable. Put the people behind the Earth Charter and in the U.N. in the position of global power and they’ll have it fixed in a jiffy! How do I know that? I don’t have to be a prophet to know what will happen when the one world government takes over; I only need to read the Bible!
When the antichrist returns, God’s wrath will be poured out on the earth. The Bible talks of plagues, for example, that will wipe out one third of the earth’s population. Now that’s population control!
“By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed-by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.” Revelation 9:18Revelation 9:18
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18 By these three plagues were one third of mankind killed: by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur, which proceeded out of their mouths.
There is no doubt that it is much easier to get third world countries to sign onto the Earth Charter because they know that the West, the U.S. in particular, shapes the “dominant patterns of production and consumption”, and the wealth, the “benefits of development”, are “not being shared equally” with those countries. Socialism sounds pretty good when you believe the Socialist Government is “Robin Hood” and you’re going to reap the rewards of the redistribution of wealth. This godless theory was applied for about 70 years in the former U.S.S.R. and it didn’t work there. Look at the post-cold war Russians today. The place looks like you stepped back into the 1930’s in America! Gorbachev just about had to democratize because the government was broke, and the people had nothing! The poor got poorer while the elite in control enjoyed the wealth and pleasures. They didn’t redistribute their own wealth, and they won’t when the New World Order takes over. People who believe the Earth Charter is going to raise the standard of living for the rest of the world to be on par with the West, while maintaining status quo in the West, are kidding themselves!
One only needs to read the books of Revelation, and Daniel for example, to realize that when the antichrist appears on the scene, saving the whales and redistributing the wealth will be the least of most people’s concerns. What is amazing is how quietly all of these laws and treaties are being put into place with little, and generally no media coverage.
The Challenges Ahead
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living. We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more. We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.
It sounds like a line out of an old gangster movie: “Eadder youse form a ‘partnership’ wit us, or risk having ‘Vinnie’ over ‘der take carra youse. Capiche?” What a “choice” we’re given, either form a global government to enforce environmental policy, or else risk destruction of everyone and our “diversity”. Ok, so how do they propose doing this? Let’s start by changing our ‘fundamental values’. What “values” are those, I’d like to ask? Change our “way of living”? Change it to what?
The Earth Charter basically even answers those questions in the next sentence. It’s all about making sure we all have just our “basic needs” met, “not having more”. I guess that sums it up for all of you who wonder what life will be like “after” we have the Earth Charter and global “environmental sustainability”. At least we’ll have a basic roof over our heads and some bread and water. Kind of sounds like a lot of people in the former U.S.S.R. before democratization. I’m sure we all want to aspire to that standard of living, after we have worked hard building our country and the “knowledge and technology to provide for all”. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind after reading this document, that the goal is S-O-C-I-A-L-I-S-M.
Let’s not forget the example we’re all pretty much familiar with in the former U.S.S.R. that the “spiritual” challenges was having any spirituality at all in an atheistic socialist society. Yet this document is suggesting that all “environmental, economic, political, social and spiritual challenges”, by being interconnected, must also be “inclusive” of one another. Remember, “exclusiveness” is defined as “intolerance”. “Intolerance” will be dealt with harshly. There is no room for “intolerance” in the New World Order, except for the intolerance toward those who do not agree with the New World Order.
To realize these aspirations, we must decide to live with a sense of universal responsibility, identifying ourselves with the whole Earth community as well as our local communities. We are at once citizens of different nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked. Everyone shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.
“Aspirations” are those goals and ideals to which we hope and strive to achieve. In order to achieve the “goals” set forth in the Earth Charter, we must be ready and willing to merge our citizenships in our own nations so we may “at once”, which means “at the same time” or “simultaneously”, be citizens of the “world” too! Do we really need the Earth Charter, the U.N. and a global governing body to become part of the “world”? If the Earth Charter is so concerned about celebrating our “diversity” and individuality, then why must we all become “one”? I suspect the “oneness” has more to do with who rules us and our behavior than it does with where we reside geographically.
Even during our country’s relatively short history, it has been proven time and time again that “local” government is the best government to directly serve the needs of the people. The more “federal” the government gets, the more bureaucracy is added, the more waste is involved, and the individuals become less and less. Linking our local citizenry globally will serve the needs of only those in power.
As this section on “Universal Responsibility” wraps up, we see a hind of the spiritual appearing again. We see “kinship with all life”; a term right out of evolution. They want us all to believe that monkeys and fish are our ancestors. But, with the Earth Charter, we will be able to “strengthen” this “spirit of solidarity” when we live in a way that reveres the “mystery of being”. Perhaps how all this came about wouldn’t be such a mystery if some of these people would take a while and read the Bible. Genesis 1 might be a good start to realize there is no “mystery” in our being… God CREATED us, the plants, the animals, and everything in the universe. Perhaps we should revere HIM instead of what He created.
Indeed, we should be grateful for the “gift of life”, but the gift is really from God. But, we should be even MORE grateful for the “gift of eternal life” that we can only achieve through a saving knowledge of, and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Triune God who came to earth and shed His blood for us, so we might have “eternal life” with God in heaven. Amen!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
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23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
“Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us-eternal life.” John I 2:24-25
As I stated at the beginning of this document, the problem with the Earth Charter, and the movement behind it, is the worshiping of the “creation” instead of the Creator. We should no be focused unnecessarily on the things of this world. Again, I’m not suggesting we ignore our obligations to society and the world we live in, and we should not intentionally destroy the environment, but our focus should always be on God and keeping His Commandment, because it is through our faith in Him, and through His mercy for us, that we have an eternal life to look forward to after the brief time we spend here.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19John 15:19
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19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Choosing Christ, and standing up for God’s Commandments and His Word, will cause the world to hate us, just as it did Jesus when He was here. Adhering to Biblical beliefs will eventually label us as “fundamental extremists”, and “intolerant”, but the reward is eternal life.
“We urgently need a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging world community. Therefore, together in hope we affirm the following interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments, and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.”
The above paragraph wraps up the Preamble of the Earth Charter, as we should now be prepared to learn the “Principles” that are to come. However, as we review this last paragraph, we again see many of the key elements we’ve discussed so far:
- There is an “urgent need” for the world to share the same basic “values”, certainly not “Christian values”…
- To have this build the “foundation” for…
- The “emerging world community”, or “New World Order”, or perhaps the “One World Government”.
- We must affirm the “Principles” set forth in the Earth Charter to achieve…
- A “sustainable way of life”.
- This new “sustainable way of life” will be the “common standard”, or “law”,
- “By which conduct of individuals… is to be guided and assessed”.
In plain English: “We urgently need to adopt these Principles so we (the powers behind the Earth Charter and the Environmental movement) can take over as rulers of the new world governing body who will dictate new standards of living and conduct to which everyone will be held accountable by us (the same rulers).” I, for one, find these principles quite disturbing.