The following is a highlight from Hal Lindsey in his book "The 1980’s: Countdown to Armageddon" page 117-128.
"The Trilateral Commission is a 1976 elite group of international bankers, media leaders, scholars and government officials bent on changing the world we live in. They were non-elected, with permission from no one but have affected the individual freedom and economic status of every individual in the world.
Whether this is a basis for the final one-world government, the revived form of the Roman Empire which is to control economics and trade is still unknown. Trilateralist founders are convinced they are doing the world a necessary service by bringing stability and order to world trade. Their solution is to create some form of central world government held together by economic interdependence.
Before World War II, the empires of Britain, Portugal, France, Holland and the U.S. controlled world trade by posting tariffs to protect their own industries, which alienated the other nations. Obvious that the imperial system would not survive in the post-war era, two economists, John Maynard Keynes, of Great Britain and Harry Dexter White, of the U.S., made replacement plans in July of 1944 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
The first problem they had to solve was the way nations manipulated their currencies to weaken one another thus protect their own systems. The result was worldwide currency instability.
The second problem was the raising of protective tariffs by nations or power blocs, which inhibited free international trade and closed markets to lesser countries.
Bretton Woods solved the first problem by setting fixed currency exchange rates. Two international financial institutions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, were established for this purpose. They had the power to provide credit to the world’s poorer countries and nations ravaged by war.
The second problem was solved by establishing the "most favored nation" system of trade. This was a special status exempting trouble nations from paying tariffs when exporting goods into other countries. The international pact which runs this system is called the "General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade," or GATT.
At this point the U.S. became the enforcer of the agreements, since they consumed more than half the world’s total exported goods, it could firmly regulate the "most favored nation" trade system with a fairness and enforce sanctions. The genius of the system was its interlocking set of sanctions. Each part of the plan helped strengthen and enforce the others. The world enjoyed the greatest expansion in international trade in history, from zero to $400 billion in 1971. This system made no attempt to tamper with the sovereignty of nations, but worked on the basis of a community of sovereign states.
By 1960’s the U.S. could no longer keep stability in the system, nor enforce its rules, since the dollar lost its stability and power, due to increasing deficits from the value of goods bought from other nations compared to the values of goods it sold to other nations. Also the removal of the gold standard was involved.
In 1957 the newly-formed European Common Market and the nation of Japan began offering strong competition in the international marketplace. By 1971 during the Nixon shock waves the United States devalued the dollar and imposed a tariff surcharge on imports.
Around this time David Rockefeller stepped forth with his Columbia University specialist on international relations, Zbigniew Brzezinski, to formulate the policies of a new system.
Newsweek dubbed it "The Trilateral Commission," a brainchild of David Rockefeller. The two of them selected every individual (including those of Japan and Europe) to participate in shaping and administering the new world order.
This commission decided that the core of the new world economic system would be Japan, the European Common Market and the U.S. who represented 70 percent of world trade. This is how the commission got its name; "trilateral" referring to the three spheres of economic power combined into one force. Their rules cover areas as international monetary systems, international trade in raw materials and industrial goods and the use of ‘commons,' such as the oceans, space and the two poles. Other provisions were made for relations with communist, Third World and OPEC groups. Thus they intend to unite the whole world economically, but this is a world economy without a world government.
Jimmy Carter in his first term as Georgia’s governor impressed David Rockefeller by establishing a trade relationship with Japan for his state. This southern liberal showed great promise in foreign policy, and in 1973 joined as a charter member of the commission, and was doctrinated by Brzezinski himself. It is obvious that the commission groomed Carter to be President which he won as a virtual unknown. After Carter took office he packed his administration with fellow Trilateralists who took charge of the foreign policy-making. This same situation also occurred in Japan and Europe as well thus affecting business, labor and governments for a one-world government.
In the 1980 U.S. presidential election, the Trilateralist backed two candidates, George Bush and John Anderson, who are both members of the Trilateral Commission."
(Emphasis mine: As we know, George Bush went on after the Persian Gulf war to generate the term "The New World Order." Although the word "Novus Ordo Seclorum" has been on the back side of the One Dollar bill under the pyramid with the "eye of Horus" since God knows when. Horus in mythology was the ancient Egyptian god of the sun, son of Osiris and Isis, represented as having the head of a hawk. This side is referred to as "The Great Seal" which has a very strange history of it’s own that I will not present here but you can see on the following page.).
"In the minds of the commission they are motivated by a desire to maintain peace and stability in the world. Although they have great political power which came about around 1977 unnoticed. They assumed the right to make changes of global significance which affects the freedoms of millions of people without any public consultation, or debate, or election, and do such in virtual secrecy. They have captured the highest political offices in U.S., Japan and the Common Market countries allowing them to make changes in national and international policy.
Is the Trilateralist movement setting the stage for the political-economic one-world system?"
I applaud Hal Lindsey for bringing this information to our attention in 1978, and consider it the most important prophecy information that he has ever presented. I have read most of his works and do not share his views as to the meaning of all his prophecy analyst.