Anyone who has been associated with the Watchtower for some time is aware of how they view the United Nations as being the prophetic “wild beast” of Rev. 13:17 that stands opposed to God’s Kingdom under the “anointed remnant,” empowered directly by Satan himself (Gog of Magog of Rev. 20:8).
The United Nations was due sometime soon to be empowered by the United States and Great Britain, and to turn on “Jehovah’s people” to annihilate them.
The Watchtower secretly joined up with the United Nations as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with the purpose of helping spread the doctrine and agenda of the United Nations (with benefits to themselves, of course). When this was discovered and exposed in the newspapers and on the internet, the Watchtower Public Relations Department was quick to disassociate themselves the United Nations, and issue a special message to any branch members or elders who needed to provide a response to the news media. The blatantly dishonest answer was that they joined to obtain a “library card” in order to do research. A similar letter was sent out to certain inquiries on the subject.
Shortly thereafter it was widely publicized and documented that not only did the Watchtower not have to join the United Nations just to get a library card, but that the Watchtower magazine had already been writing articles that subtly supported the United Nations and its agenda! This is required of any NGO associated with the UN.
While at first it seemed that perhaps it was not an actual change of direction, but only an embarrassing affair with the “wild beast” itself, it now appears quite plainly that the Watchtower no longer states that the United Nations is the “wild beast” and even further, that it would only be speculation to say who it would be to launch a future attack on the Watchtower organization! This, coupled with an odd suggestion by Bethel leader Ciro Aulicino in October 2001 that the Muslims may very well be part of the “king of the North” that will turn and attack Jehovah’s people! (The "King of the North" is generally identified as the United Nations; more specifically as a totalitarian element of it.) Yet Ciro was one of the directors who actually signed on with the United Nations as an NGO representative! Talk about duplicity and confusion at Bethel!