As she stood before the faithful at Skyline Church in San Diego, former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann cut right to the chase.
She described her new position as the church’s pastor to the United Nations in succinct terms.
“We are taking this unbelievably audacious step of going to the U.N. I don’t know of a darker, more deceived place on Earth than the U.N. because, as we saw at the Tower of Babel, that’s probably the last time we saw all the nations of the Earth come together in a moment of deception,” she said.
She went on to explain God’s response as laid out in the book of Genesis.
“They were dispersed,” she said. And God confounded their ability to communicate via the same language.
Bachmann told WND in an exclusive interview this week that she hesitated for weeks when offered the job of heading up the new U.N. ministry envisioned by Skyline’s senior pastor, Jim Garlow.
She said it took a lot of soul searching and prayer before she accepted.
That’s because Bachmann admits she’s never had any love for the United Nations as an organization, citing the policies that emanate from the global body, which are mostly globalist and socialist in nature.
She sees the concept of global governance as put forth by the U.N. as antithetical to the world’s natural order.
“Their goal has been from the very beginning the creation of a one-world order – not a one-world order under the umbrella of the Holy Spirit, but man’s attempt at a one-world order,” she said in announcing her new endeavor to the church several weeks ago. “That only brings about chaos, confusion, deception, delusion, pain. And that’s when, rather than cursing the darkness, Skyline Church is about to light a candle.”
She held the first prayer and worship service at the U.N. last week and it’s her goal to make that a weekly occurrence. Every week, she hopes to lead prayer for one of the world’s 193 nations with information provided on a new website at UN-NYC.com.
“We raised 20 kids and now everyone is grown, gone, launched. So the time to be fruitful is now,” Bachmann told WND.
Out of her comfort zone
But stepping into a ministry role at the U.N. is a step that didn’t come naturally or easily for the conservative Republican from Minnesota.
While in Israel on June 7 delivering a keynote speech at the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, she was approached by pastor Garlow.
He told her he thought she would be the perfect person to launch the new ministry he had in mind – to the United Nations. He sees the U.N. as a unique and timely opportunity to reach the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Bachmann flatly rejected Garlow’s offer, saying she’d never been to the U.N. and had no interest.
“I looked at him and I said, ‘No dice. I’m not your man,’ because frankly I’ve never been a big fan of the United Nations because of the policies that come out of it and I just thought the last thing I ever wanted to do was go to the U.N.,” she said.
He asked Bachmann to pray about it anyway, and she reluctantly agreed.
What happened from there was nothing short of miraculous.
“The Holy Spirit began to work on me, and He wore me down,” she said.
Watch 2-minute clip of Michele Bachmann talking about her new position as ‘pastor to the United Nations.’
As Bachmann wrestled with God over the offer, she came to a realization.
She said God “broke her heart” for the nations in a way she’d never experienced before.
“God loves the nations, he loves individuals but he also loves nations. It is amazing to me how much the nations are mentioned in scripture. Deuteronomy 32:8 says when he created the nations he established boundaries,” said Bachmann, who recently rented an apartment about a block away from U.N. headquarters in New York.
“That says to me that this mass migration that we’re seeing [endorsed by the U.N.], primarily of Muslims into the West, this is not natural, not a normal thing,” she said. “It may be a natural part of hijra, from the perspective of Islam, but not according to the Bible.”
And Psalm 33 says “Great is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
“The prophet Isaiah instructed us to pray for the nations and told us how to pray [in Isaiah 62],” Bachmann said.
The prophet Joel also referred to nations, in Joel 3:14:
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.”
U.N. obsessed with Israel
Bachmann believes Jesus further interpreted Joel 3:14 when he foretold in Matthew 25 that in the last days the nations would be divided into two groups, the sheep nations and the goat nations.
“There is nothing God wants more for the nations than for them to come to Him and be blessed,” Bachmann said. The nations are missing out on that blessing because they refuse to do the one thing He commanded for all nations to do, and that is to “bless Israel,” she said. This is what divides the sheep from the goats.
And there is no global forum where it’s more popular to be a “goat” than at U.N. headquarters in New York City.
“The United Nations has beat up on no other nation like the nation of Israel. Since its inception in 1948, the State of Israel has been the subject of dozens of derogatory U.N. resolutions,” she said. “No other nation has incurred the wrath of the U.N. like Israel, just continuously bashing them year after year.”
Bachmann bumped into Garlow again a few weeks later during a meeting this summer of President Trump’s executive faith advisory board, where both serve as advisers to the White House.
He pulled her aside and asked if she’d had time to think about his offer to head up a new ministry to the United Nations, which he calls the Hammarskjold Society, named after Dag Hammarskjold, the second secretary general of the U.N.
‘Find me some intercessors!”
She accepted the position, but only under one condition.
“I told him he had to find me some strong, mature Christians who had my back in prayer, to be intercessors,” Bachmann said. “Anyone who has ever been on the mission field knows they are going in with the light of the gospel and they have to ask God to go in before them to open doors, so that’s what we’re praying for.”
Her goal is not only to hold prayer meetings at the U.N. but also to bring in speakers who will educate national leaders about the importance of blessing Israel.
A team of 22 intercessors was assembled, and the ministry was officially launched last week after 40 days of prayer and fasting by the intercessors.
“We began on the day that the eclipse happened, the first of Elul on the Jewish calendar, and ended our 40th day at sundown on Yom Kippur [the Day of Atonement],” Bachmann said. “After that, we had two-and-a-half days of prayer and fasting in New York City, because this is literally the gates of hell.
“And we walked all across the grounds of the U.N., we went into the Security Council, into the General Assembly, because once a year all the kings of the earth gather at the U.N. So we went and we prayed in the chambers before President Trump gave his speech there.”
Trump’s speech, delivered on Sept. 19, was hailed by many conservatives, including former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, as the finest of Trump’s presidency.
“It was said there would be pressure on Israel to divide the land; there was no pressure during that week. It was said by the media there would be a bloodbath on the streets because of the protesters, so we went to those sites and we prayed and prayed for two-and-a-half days, and there were no violent protests,” Bachmann said, attesting to the power of prayer.
Bachmann said each nation will have a day of reckoning before God just as each individual will have his/her own day before the judgment seat of Christ.
“The nations need to know about the whole counsel of God, and we want to be in prayer for the nations so the nations understand when they come to that place called the Valley of Decision, with Jesus sitting on His throne, they will be judged by this: on how they treated Zion. How did they treat the Jewish people, Israel? And history hasn’t been pretty on how Israel has been treated by the nations.”
Thwarting the OIC’s dark agenda
The largest voting bloc at the U.N. is the OIC, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
“They want to annihilate Israel,” Bachmann said. “They want to commit genocide against the Jewish people. And yet God’s heart is broken. He doesn’t hate people who are Muslim. He loves them. He wants that all men would be saved, and that all nations would turn to Him, and all nations would recognize and bless Israel. Why? Because through Israel the Messiah has come.”
Bachmann said the whole purpose of Israel in the Bible is to be a blessing to the nations, not a stumbling block.
“Genesis 12:3 says when they bless Israel, their nation is blessed. And God has always loved the nations just as he loved the people, and He wants them to come to Him,” she said.
“You see the whole story of nations is laid out from Genesis 10 [after the great flood] to Revelation 22, where the nations are mentioned for the last time, the healing of the nations, and you get a sense of the plenty and the abundance He has for them,” Bachmann said.
A surprising invitation
She said there have already been some doors miraculously opened to her at the U.N.
One was a high-level U.N. meeting on human trafficking, just last week.
“Out of nowhere, I get an invitation asking, would I be the moderator?” she said. “They gave me a script and told me I could say anything I wanted if I needed to go off script.”
A documentary filmmaker showed documentaries about the plight of those caught up in human trafficking, a modern form of slavery.
“And in the film, a woman said, ‘Oh Jesus, would you save me from myself?’ I took that, I deviated off script and I said a woman said, ‘Oh Jesus, would you save me,’ and we know that there is a Savior who wants to save. This is at the UN., so from there more people started saying things that had more faith implications. I was taking notes and, at the end of the three-hour meeting, the final thing I did was verbalize a prayer. [I] said, ‘May the God of rescue, who uses our hands and feet for rescue, those who are taken away, would He dry every tear from their eyes and would He bind their wounds?’
“So here I am, this nobody from nowhere, who said, ‘No way, I’m not your man.’ And now I’m the moderator last week at the U.N. meeting on human trafficking, bringing the name of Jesus and ending in prayer, at the U.N. God did this,” she said. “God did this, and that’s with 22 faithful intercessors. What if we had 6,000?”
Bachman said she is asking for more faithful prayer partners to join her in praying for the nations, “so that His word will go forth to the nations.”
“That day is coming, for each of us personally … and for the nations,” she said. “So when you are in the Valley of Decision, amidst the sheep and the goats, you will be on the side of the sheep.”