In these last days before the return of the Lord Jesus
Christ it is revealed in the Bible's prophetic Scriptures that
a soon to be established one world government will come under
the control of the man called Anti-Christ.
The judicial branch of his governing assembly can already
be recognized in the entities known as the United Nations and
its International Court of Justice. The International Court of
Justice, also known as the International Criminal Court and the
World Court, has no binding authority at present, except for
nations which might agree to abide by its rulings.
The day is fast approaching when the Anti-Christ will transform
the symbolic authority of the UN and its World Court into a ruthless
power for totalitarianism.
In Zechariah 12:3 we are told that at the close of the age
a world united against Israel will gather to destroy her over
the issue of Jerusalem. We quote, "And it shall happen in
that day that I [God] will make Jerusalem a very heaven stone
for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut
in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against
Decisions will have had to have been made in the halls of
the World Court to bring about this assembly of United Nations
As we shall show by the documentation in this message, the
United Nations and its International Court of Justice have already
revealed their earnest desire to exercise global authority and
their equally committed passion to oppose the rights of Israel.
Keep in mind when you feel you are standing alone for the
truth, that God has shown in Zech. 12 that the whole world can
and will be wrong. Truth is determined by the Word of God, not
by the decisions of the majority.
The World Court, located in The Hague, is a relatively recent
new power in global politics. In the following July 12, 02
Jerusalem Post article which headlined, "Objection, your
honor" we find information that correlates extraordinarily
with the prophetic picture given in the Scriptures for the last
For example, we know by God's Word that the Anti-Christ's
power base will originate out of the old Roman Empire according
to what is revealed in Daniel 9:26 about the historical roots
of this coming prince.
As we have shared in the past, the modern-day European Union
originated in Rome with the signing of the Treaty of Rome; the
Jerusalem Post article reveals that the World Court likewise
has its roots in Rome with its constitution notably identified
as the Rome Statute. The global, political might prophesied to
be manifest by the Anti-Christ at the close of this age in such
passages as Revelation 13:7 is seen also in the World Court by
the fact that the Rome Statute was drafted at a United Nations'
As will be seen by the Jerusalem Post article, Israel has
been fearful to join the world Court because of its fears that
the world Court is anti-Israel at its heart and that joining
would bind the nation to obey decisions harmful and even destructive
to Israel. This fear has proven to have been well justified as
we will show in another part to this message with articles of
current events in 2004 .
Of special interest to take note of in the July, 2002 Jerusalem
Post article is that the intended power of the World Court is
to be so substantial that even if a nation does not join the
World Court this will not prevent prosecution. It is pointed
out that Israel's refusal to join will only deprive the nation
of representation in the Court's hallowed hall, a lengthy room
filled with throne-like chairs to be precise. in Court
An additional point of interest reported in the Jerusalem
Post is that Israel would receive 7 years of immunity from prosecution
for war crimes if it would only join. This offer of 7 years of
immunity dovetails with the prophetic end time Scripture of Daniel
9:27 that foretells that the Anti-Christ will confirm a covenant
between Israel and its neighbors that will be intended to last
for a week of years, that is 7 years.
Quoting from the 2002 Jerusalem Post article we read, "There
was a time when...July 1, might have been a national holiday,
with the entire country celebrating the official establishment
of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
After all, Jewish and Israel leaders, horrified by the Holocaust,
were among the most enthusiastic advocates of a permanent international
court to try perpetrators of war crimes of the kind committed
during world War II by the Nazis.
But times have changed and for Israeli officials, preoccupied
with the country's plummeting standing in most parts of the world
and the revival of anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, the
birthday of the ICC turned into a day of trepidation.
After voting against the Rome Statute, the constitution of
the ICC, on July 17, 1998, Israel half-heartedly signed the document
just before deadline on December 31, 2000. Since them, however,
Israel has declined to ratify the document - the necessary step
to becoming a member state of the ICC - and will not "for
the foreseeable future," the cabinet officially announced...The
government is waiting to see how the court will evolve...The
message from Israeli political and government officials is that
it will be a long wait. They are almost uniformly pessimistic
abut the court at worst, or skeptical and cautious at best...there
is reason to fear that the motivations of the court will be political
rather than objective. This is not a baseless concern...Israel's
fears about the nature of the ICC began with its inception. During
the UN convention that drafted the constitution, a group of Arab
countries led by Egypt insisted on including Israel's settlement
program in the West Bank and Gaza in the list of war crimes.
Furthermore, the convention refused to classify terrorism as
an international crime.
These two developments convinced most political and government
officials, especially that the international court, instead of
seeking justice, was out to get Israel.
Even law professor Natan Lerner of the Interdisciplinary center
in Herzliya a strong advocate of joining the ICC, agrees that
the Egyptian move was hostile and gratuitous...According to the
Rome Statute, the court will be composed of 18 judges who will
be elected by the member states, with no more than one judge
The ICC will deal with individuals rather than states. Those
liable for prosecution include heads of state, senior military
commanders and senior government officials.
An appointed prosecutor will decide which criminal allegations
should be brought to trial. He or she will also be entitled to
press charges at his or her own initiative. A pretrial court
will hear the prosecutor's charges case and decide whether the
case should be forwarded to the court or dismissed.
The court will deal with four types of international crimes:
genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of
aggression. The statue goes into great depth to define the first
three crimes, but the court will not exercise jurisdiction over
the fourth until it is properly defined. The convention did not
see fit to at least declare terrorism a crime even if, like aggression,
it could not immediately define it.
The court will be entitled to judge a crime included in the
statute if at least one of the following conditions is met:
The crime was carried out in the territory of a member state.
The crime was perpetrated by a citizen of a member state.
A country which is not a member state asks the court to try
a case on a one-time basis.
The Security Council refers a case to the court.
The ICC is meant to be a supplementary criminal court. If a
suspect is accused of committing a war crime, the country to
which he belongs has first claim to investigate the case. As
long as the ICC is convinced that the country has handled the
matter in good faith, it will not intervene...Officials and experts
here agree that according to the Rome Statute, Israelis can be
put on trial...the government has become more worried about other
actions included in the war-crimes section, and even the genocide
section, such as the following: willful killing; extensive destruction
and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity
and carried out unlawfully and wantonly; unlawful deportation
or transfer or unlawful confinement; committing outrages upon
personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;
intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population
as such, or against individual civilians not taking part in hostilities.
Most experts on either side of the debate about whether Israel
should join the ICC agree that if the court is out to get Israel,
it has more than ample ammunition.
According to Foreign Ministry legal adviser Alan Baker, "the
signs are very bad." He cites a long list of anti-Israeli
developments on the International scene, capped by the UN-sponsored
Durban conference on Racism, which Backer says "was hijacked
by Islamic states to condemn Judaism and Israel and minimize
Another example of anti-Israeli bias, according to Baker, is
the case of UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson. "She
has been consistently adopting resolutions against Israel on
the basis of Arab League initiatives that are biased," he
charges, pointing out that the commission has already resolved
that Israel committed war crimes in its fight against Palestinian
Then, continues Baker, there is Belgium. Baker spoke a few
days before a Belgian appeals court threw out the case against
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had been charged with committing
war crimes...According to Baker, Sharon's case should never have
been brought to court and was another example of political bias
against Israel...Sharon himself pointed out Belgium's own problematic
human-rights record, including its brutal colonization policy
in the Congo in the late 1800s in which an estimated 10 million
people died from hard labor, starvation, and outright extermination.
"All of these examples," Baker said, "cause
us very grave concern that the ICC will also be hijacked...Nasser
Amin, the coordinator of Arab NGOs for the ICC, had the nerve
to write recently that Arab countries should ratify the statue
so that there will be more Arab judges to try Israelis. This
is a very foreboding indication of how Arabs see the ICC as another
weapon in their arsenal for fighting Israel."
Although Lerner does not deny the possibility that the court
might be exploited as a tool against Israel, he is far more optimistic
about its evolution..."Look at this," he says, pointing
to Israel's formal declaration explaining why it signed the statute.
"As one of the originators of the concept of an International
Criminal Court, Israel, through its prominent lawyers and statesmen,
has, since the early 1950s, actively participated in all stages
of the formation of such a court"..."Jews have the
mandate of Jewish history," continues Lerner...From a practical
point of view, Lerner argues that there would be no advantages
to Israel by not joining the court.
"Not ratifying the convention will not prevent the prosecution
of Israeli officials and soldiers. If we join, on the other hand,
we will have a say in the choice of judges ."
Lerner does not accept the widely held view here that almost
everyone hates Israel...I have never accepted the axiom that
the world is divided into two sectors - the world and us."
He is also much more hopeful about the substance of the court
itself. The judges, he points out, will be chosen by the member
states...Furthermore, the European countries that were instrumental
in establishing the court will make sure that it does not become
political, since they know such a development would sabotage
the entire effort.
Lerner then recites the list of almost 70 countries that have
ratified the statute so far...BAKER is, of course, also aware
of the arguments in favor of ratifying the statute, but is not
convinced by them. One of the arguments is that the statue allows
member states immunity from prosecution for war crimes for seven
years...And one way or the other, the settlement issue remains...All
Israeli governments since 1967 have maintained, in the face of
world opposition, that the West Bank and Gaza are not occupied
territories and that Israel's legal claim to them is at least
as good as any other.
In a letter Rubinstein wrote to cabinet secretary Gideon Sa'ar
that was released...the attorney-general cautions...There is
a danger that the court will be politicized, even if some countries
try to prevent this from happening...the Rome Statute includes
a paragraph which, in the final analysis, is largely aimed at
Israel regarding the settlements. The paragraph refers to the
transfer of population to the occupied territories, which it
defines as a war crime"..."The establishment of the
ICC has lit warning lights for us," he notes. "We are
about to face a difficult period."
So what we have determined thus far is that a world Court,
with growing global power drafted by the United Nations, has
The prophesied Anti-Christ who is to come forth from a
revived Roman Empire will have at its command a World Court that
is seated in a Roman Treaty founded European Union and has for
its constitution what is known as the Rome Statute.
Israel, which is justifiably fearful of subjecting itself
to its biased authority, has been offered essentially a carrot
or a stick to come into compliance. If Israel continues to resist
joining the International Court of Justice, it will eventually
find itself on the receiving end of the court's punitive actions
without benefit of representation.
On the other hand, if Israel acquiesces to the authority of
the court she can look forward to 7 years of immunity.
All of this is in harmony with what is foretold in the prophetic
Word of God found in the Holy Bible.
In Part II of this message we will show just how powerful
the Anti-Christ's future International Court of Justice is becoming
and how Israel's past fear of being singled out as the target
of the court's hatred is being confirmed.
You and I are living in the final days before Jesus Christ
calls every believer in Him, whether living or dead, to meet
Him in the air at the event known to Christians as the Rapture
(see I Thess. 4:15-18).
Only those who have believed in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ
for the forgiveness of their sins will be caught up in perfection
at this glorious gathering. Don't put it off, if you should die
in your sins this day or tomorrow, your damnation to the Lake
of Fire will be sealed.
This is not a triviality which men can avoid. Death is coming
to every person whose sins are unforgiven and the choice that
has been made between Christ and Heaven or sin and Hell will
be final and everlasting.
God's desire for you is our desire, that you receive the salvation
offered through His Son's forgiveness and that the glories of
Heaven will be yours for time without end.