Like a chess match, Satan is moving his agents in key positions and is consolidating his forces for the great and final contest. One of those primary positions which he is seeking to occupy with one of his instrumentalities is Secretary-General of the United Nations. “The United Nations Security Council Thursday formally approved the nomination of former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres to be the next secretary-general. The recommendation now goes to the 193-member UN General Assembly for final ratification… If selected by the membership for the five-year term, he would succeed Ban Ki-moon, a South Korean whose second five-year term ends on December 31.”1 The Roman Catholic Church with its leader, Pope Francis, and members are delighted at the nomination as a Crux News headline reads, “New UN Secretary General could become key Papal ally;”2 this is so because his position on major issues align with that of Pope Francis.
The article continues, “Assuming he’s approved by the General Assembly on Oct. 17, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is set to become the new U.N. Secretary General, and his background suggests he could become a key global ally of Pope Francis…In his vision statement in applying for the position of secretary general, Guterres wrote of the challenges facing the world in terms of rising inequality, terrorism and organized crime, climate change and the proliferation of armed actors internationally. All are issues about which Francis has often spoken, even producing a teaching document on the environment.”3
It is no secret that the incumbent Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, was enamored with Pope Francis, even calling him “a man of humility and humanity…a man of moral voice, and purpose”4 before he addressed the United Nations in September. He also praised Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical stating “that he and Pope Francis agree that climate change is a moral issue that requires collective urgent actions…Mr. Ban deeply thanked Pope Francis for taking such a “strong stand” on the need for urgent global action. His moral voice is part of a growing chorus of people from all faiths and all sectors of society speaking out for climate action.”5
How can a person be even more of a puppet for Pope Francis than Mr. Moon, one may inquire. It is clear that certain men are selected (not elected) for certain positions at certain times to fulfill specific purposes; and it seems that Mr. Guterres is just such a man for this time to carry out the biddings of Pope Francis. Even before he takes office, it must be noted that he has already demonstrated his admiration for and loyalty towards the Roman Catholic Church. He has already met with Pope Francis and has also privately met with Pope Benedict XVI when he was serving as Pope. “The Portuguese Guterres visited the Argentine Pontiff in Rome on December 2013. At the end of their private audience, Guterres said: ‘The Catholic Church has always been a very important voice in the defense of refugees and migrants. A voice of tolerance, of respect to diversity in an indifferent world, if not hostile, to everything that’s foreign…Pope Francis not only indicates what must be the just doctrine for the Christian community, but he’s a personal witness,’ he said, before praising the pontiff’s Evangelii Gaudium exhortation and his visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa.”6
The Prophecies of Revelation 13 and specifically 17 are quickly coming to pass and will involve the entire world. “And the ten horns [nations] which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast [Roman Catholicism]. These shall make war with the Lamb” Revelation 17:12-14.
While Satan is strategically placing men to fill certain positions in the attempt to go against God and His people, while exalting himself, God is calling upon His people to awaken to the times in which they are living so that they can be used to fill the position He has called them to occupy and accomplish the work He has called them to perform.
“In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import–the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.”7 Let us be found faithful!
7. White, Ellen. Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9 (1909), page 19