The Emergence of a One World Religion
Babylon the Great is Fallen
The first attempt to establish a New World Order One World Religion was by a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, who came to the land of Shinar and built the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11).
Bab-il has a very interesting eytomology. The word Babel is from the Hebrew Ba-bhel, from Akkadian ba-b-ilu "gate of god." Bab is the semitic word for gateway or portal and el means deity or god. So Bab-il means gate or portal to god.
These people were attempting to unite into a powerful ecumenical force, building their tower as a monument to a human "gate of god". Genesis 11:5-9 describes God's reaction to this early attempt.
Babel is the name used in the Hebrew Bible for the city of Babylon, and is referenced numerous times in the book of Revelation (Revelation 16:19; Revelation 17:5; Revelation 18:2, Revelation 18:10, Revelation 18:21). While many connect this end-time Babylon with the Roman Church and there may be some legitimate connection, I see this Babylon in a larger context represented by an end-time ecumenical religion embracing not only Roman Catholicism but apostate Protestants and other apostate religions.
Babylon is depicted as a prostitute (Rev. 17:1) with whom the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries., "a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns" (Rev. 17:3), and "a great city that rules over the kings of the earth" (Rev. 17:18). She is identified as Babylon (Rev. 18:10) or mankinds last hubristic act of defiance against God to build a "gate of god" that will be met with a more permanent fate than their earlier attempt at the Tower of Babel.
Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again." - Rev. 18:21
The Bible says that there is only one portal to God and refers to Jesus as the door or the gate...
“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:1-10
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6
Modern Ecumenical Movement
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. - Matthew 7:13, 14, NIV
The modern ecumenical movement throws open a "wide" gate beckoning everyone to come in with a great emphasis on uniting professing Christians of all denominations and beliefs. The message is that we're not so different after all... we can work together. Setting aside theological differences, we can help each other in the things we all agree upon. That effort is commonly referred to as "ecumenism," which is defined as "the organized attempt to bring about the cooperation and unity of all believers in Christ."
"Take heed that no man deceive you."... "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many."..."For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." - Matthew 24:4;11;24
The modern foundation for this ecumenical trend has been laid and built upon over many years. We saw the beginning of institutional ecumenism in the 1960's, with The World Council of Churches, mostly liberal mainline Protestant denominations who denied such essential doctrines as the inerrancy of Scripture and a literal, bodily resurrection of Christ. For years, Evangelicals distanced themselves from this institutional ecumenism because of the unsound theology of the groups involved.
Today, however, that spirit of compromise has invaded Evangelicalism. The more recent Catholic-Evangelical accord is an example of such compromise. In this accord, Evangelicals compromised essential doctrines such as justification by faith alone and the sufficiency of Scripture in order to unite with Roman Catholics on issues such as abortion and school prayer.
"Ignoring the Scriptures, numerous evangelical leaders today claim that a concern for doctrine causes division and therefore should be avoided for the sake of love and unity among the brethren. The Scriptures, however, couldn't be more specific in its opposition to such a teaching.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. [Romans 16:17-18]" (my emphasis)