Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the beast of Revelation 17 where the harlot is riding is the United Nations. This belief was recorded in their book called “Isaiah’s Prophecy — Light for All Mankind“, vol. 1 p. 153.
“The harlot is riding a scarlet-colored wild beast that has seven heads and ten horns. (Revelations 17:3,5,7-12) The wild beast represents the United Nations organization… Thus the modern-day Assyrian (nations associated with the UN) will deal Christendom a mighty blow and will crush her out of her existence.
And in the book called “Babylon the Great Has Fallen!” God’s Kingdom Rules! states on pages 593-594:
“The Seventh World Power is the main promoter and supporter of the United Nations, the present form of the ‘image of the wild beast.’ …Destruction is what God’s angel predicted for this scarlet-colored wild beast by saying: ‘The wild beast that was but is not, it is also itself an eighth king, but springs form the seven, and it goes off into destruction.’ (Revelation 17:11) The United Nations of today contains as members the Seventh World Power and the national remnants of all the previous world powers. So it owes its existence to those seven world powers; it springs from them. As this modern scarlet-colored beast is an image of the leopard-spotted wild beast from the sea, which is a summation of all seven world powers, the beastly ‘image’ is also in itself a world power or ‘king,’ hence ‘an eighth king.’ It has put its own military police force into the field of action. Now that it has ascended out of the abyss and been out since 1945, the Bible shows that what next it will do is to go off into destruction.”
But look who’s speaking? For ten years, from 1991 until October of 2001, the Watchtower Organization was associated with the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
Witnesses believe that the beast where the harlot is riding represents the United Nations and that Jehovah God will punish this gigantic organization, including those who associated themselves with it. But for a very long time, the innocent members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses were ignorant about the membership of their religion with what they called as “beast”. But when some curious members learned how their leaders compromised their own message, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society demand a rush disconnection of their organization from the United Nations. After the dismembership, Watch Tower blames the United Nations, particularly the head of the Department of Public Information for not telling the truth. According to their accusation, the chief of the DPI did not does he not make it clear that the original applications said nothing about supporting the UN charter. It is wondering how Jehovah’s Witnesses understand that before entering in such organization, the applicant must be aware of its charters before he proceed to the signing of documents. Concerning to the NGOs, the United Nations charter declared;
“The NGOs officially recognized by DPI cooperate with the United Nations to help build public understanding and support for United Nations programmes and goals… To be granted association status with DPI, NGOs must …support the Charter of the United Nations …and possess the resources necessary for effective outreach.”
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Press Release letter from the United Nations dated August 1992: