Last month, the United Nations unveiled a Mexican statue at its headquarters in New York called “the guardian of peace and security,” which combined the characteristics of a leopard and an eagle.
Many who come across pictures of this statue on the internet may think nothing of it. However, to Christians familiar with Bible Prophecy, the UN display demonstrates just how close we are to the Return of Jesus.
God, who is outside of time, provided an understanding of future events through the Bible. Jesus explained the purpose of Bible Prophecy in John 14, saying, “I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”
In Scripture, we read about a time in which a global government will emerge led by a man referred to as the “antichrist” or the beast. Revelation chapter 13 speaks about the vast control this leader will have over “all that dwell upon the earth.” He will demand that all people worship him and receive his “mark.” Those who refuse will be restricted from buying and selling and ultimately be killed for their denial to comply.
The reason the UN statue is significant stems from this very chapter in Revelation. The apostle John, as God was showing him these things, saw a beast that was representative of the antichrist, which he described as being “like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion.”
There is also a great beast described in the Book of Daniel, which looks like a “lion” that “had eagle’s wings.” This was the first of four beasts representing four kings and their kingdoms (Daniel 7). This vision of Daniel paralleled Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, which describes four distinctly different empires. It is widely held that the empire first described in both is representative of ancient Babylon.
Pastor JD Farag, of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe, in a recent Bible Prophecy update, discussed this disturbing United Nations statue.
“In the book of Daniel and in the Book of Revelation, we have this description of a beast, and the imagery is terrifying, concerning this specific prophecy,” he described.
When you look at the photo of the statue, Farag explained, “note how the feet look like that of a bear and its mouth like that of a lion, and also that it looks like a dragon and has what appears to be, as Daniel writes, the eyes of a man.”
“This is a beast, a sculpture of a beast, that they have placed in of all places, the headquarters of the United Nations,” the Pastor underscored.
There is another reason why the new statue at the United Nations headquarters is fascinating to those who understand Bible Prophecy: its name — “the guardian of peace and security.”
“If that sounds a little bit like 1 Thessalonians, that’s because it’s 1 Thessalonians,” Farag asserted.
1 Thessalonians chapter 5 states, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety [security]; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
The name of the statue and what it resembles, as it relates to what the Bible says, is not merely a coincidence, the Calvary Chapel Pastor went on to say.
“They’re erecting peace and security statues in front of the United Nations headquarters, that eerily resembles the beast described in the Book of Daniel and in the Book of Revelation, as a preview of coming attractions, if I can say it like that,” he maintained. “They’re just setting everything up. It’s almost like an announcement.”
“The beast is here; I hope you know that. The system’s getting set up. Right? You know that the Antichrist is alive and well. He just hasn’t been revealed yet, and he cannot be revealed until we are removed.”
The Bible states that prior to the time the “antichrist” makes his appearance on the world scene and signs a “covenant with many” ( commencing the beginning of the “seven-year tribulation”), Christians will be removed from the earth in what is called the Rapture.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 KJV – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
“I am becoming increasingly convinced,” Farag continued, “that when sudden destruction comes down on them [as spoken of in 1 Thessalonian 5], Jesus comes back for us. This comes down. We go up.”
“They will not escape this sudden destruction that’s coming down on them while they are proclaiming peace and security. Sudden destruction comes down on them, they will not escape, but we will,” he reiterated. “So I’m like, yeah, bring it. I mean, that thing is hideous and evil and demonic, but put up as many as you want because that means Jesus is coming to take me out of here.”
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12 Modern English Version)