The European Union
The bible describes a latter day Europe as a joining of nations formed together to make up a 10 nation union of power, a ten nation confederacy.
Let’s first look at a brief history of the EU.
The union was created in 1945, for the purpose of putting an end to war in Europe, after the devastation caused by the second world war. Six European countries, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and Germany, came together to form an alliance not only to keep the future of Europe at peace but also to solve the economic problems that the war had created. This was known as ‘The Treaty of Paris’ and set up an agreement of free trade of raw materials but mainly the movement of coal and steel. This union was known as The European Coal and Steel Community (The ECSC), which was officially up and running by 1952.
One of the ideas that stemmed from this was to create a federal Europe were all the signed up nation’s would pool together rather than create another war within Europe in the future. In the 1950s a European defence agreement was drawn up by the states to form a unified army. This was rejected by France but remains a proposal still.
France didn’t include Britain in negotiations and therefore Britain stayed out of the agreement.
In 1957 a new treaty was signed, known famously as ‘The Treaty of Rome.’ This is when the EEC was formed (The European Economic Community), which later morphed into what we know today as the EU (European Union). The EU was borne out of the Maastrich Treaty that came into being in 1993, a political and economic union of its member states.
In 1960, under a conservative government, Britain applied to join the EEC but was rejected by France in 1963 on the grounds that the French parliament at the time, lead by President Charles DeGaulle, was weary of the close relationship of Britain to the USA. Britain reapplied in 1973 and was accepted into the union, still known at that time as the EEC.
In 1981 Greece joined the EEC making it the tenth nation to join. In 1986 Spain joined and then further countries followed, Croatia was the last to join in 2013. This made a total of 27.
A United States of Europe was a long standing vision and as far back as 1849, Victor Hugo, the French writer, made a statement at the Paris Peace Congress, as president, and expressed that vision as follows:
“A day will come when your arms will fall from your hands! A day will come when war will seem as absurd between Paris and London, between Petersburg and Berlin, between Vienna and Turin, as it would today between Rouen and Amiens or between Boston and Philadelphia. A day will come when you — France, Russia, Italy, England, Germany — all you nations of the continent will merge, without losing your distinct qualities and your glorious individuality, in a close and higher unity to form a European brotherhood, just as Normandy, Brittany, Burgundy, Lorraine, Alsace, all our provinces are merged together in France.”
“A day will come when the only fields of battle will be markets opening up to trade and minds opening up to ideas. A day will come when bullets and bombs will be replaced by votes, by universal suffrage of the peoples, by the venerable arbitration of a great sovereign senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, what this diet is to Germany, what the Legislative Assembly is to France. A day will come when we will display cannon in museums just as we display instruments of torture today, amazed that such things could ever have been possible.”
“A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius […] And to bring about that day will not take another 400 years, for we are living in a fast-moving age.” Victor Hugo.
Of course this was over 170 years ago, before weapons of today’s magnitude were even imagined by Hugo. He didn’t foresee what was coming upon Europe and the rest of the world, but his words do ring true for Europe after the wars, up until now anyway.
The Ten Nation Confederacy
The bible speaks of a ten nation military formation that will rise up out of a revived Roman Empire. An alliance consisting of ten countries (UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy and Germany) was formed in 1955. This was known as the Western European Union and was brought together as a military alliance for the defence and security of Europe. They were also members of NATO. The Western European Union was later disbanded though in 2011 when power was transferred to the EU.
The Revived Roman Empire
Rome had its first dictator and emperor in 54 BC. The empire ruled over Europe, including Britain (which was then known as Britannia), the middle East and Africa. The empire lasted until 476 AD when it fell to the German Goths. During the time of the empire, and to this day, Europe and the western world has became steeped in Roman culture and influence. Constantine became emperor in 306 AD and Christianity was the religion of Rome. In 380 AD it became the sole religion of the empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD the dark ages followed.
The coming together of Europe as a union after the war was said to be the formation of the revived Roman Empire, as spoke about by Daniel, of which a leader will arise (The Antichrist) to rule over the empire as a world dictator.
The signing of ‘The Treaty of Rome’ was carried out in Rome on one of the seven hills, (Rome is known as the city of seven hills) known in Roman times as Capitolonium. Today it is called Capitoline Hill and the signing of the treaty was carried out at the Plazzi de Campidoglio. Capitoline Hill has several temples upon it, the most important one being The Temple Of Jupiter, built in 509 BC. This temple was the representation of Rome. Jupiter was the Roman’s pagan god. The signing of the treaty at this very significant place gives indication to the reviving of the Roman Empire out of the remains of the old.
The Book of Daniel
The book of Daniel is the key to interpreting the prophesies of the end times. Daniel lived in a time of the Babylonian Empire, the first great empire. He was given a vision by God of three more great empires of the ancient world that were to follow in order after the fall of Babylon. In the following he interprets a dream for the king of Babylon, Nebuhadnezzar.
Daniel 2 verse 31-35
31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Daniel 2:31-35 KJV
In Daniels interpretation above, ‘the head of gold’ refers to King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian Empire. The ‘breast and arms of silver’ refer to the Medo-Persian Empire, ruled by Darius the Mede and was the second empire of the ancient world. The third kingdom, of ‘belly and thighs of brass’, refers to the Greek Empire ruled by Alexander the Great. and the the fourth kingdom, ‘legs of iron’ refers to the mighty Roman Empire, the greatest empire of the ancient world. But the beast is not yet complete, what of the feet of ‘part iron and part clay?’ This refers to the revived Roman Empire some time after the fall of the mighty Roman Empire. The ‘stone that destroys’ the mighty empires, one after the other, represents God and his kingdom that lives forever. Read on for Daniel’s interpretation.
Daniel 2: 36-40
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Daniel 2:36-40 KJV
Daniel 2: 41-45
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Daniel 2:41-45 KJV
Here Daniel is talking of a future Roman Empire, long after the first Roman Empire had ended. An empire reborn out of the old, out of the amalgamated nations of the old empire, Europe. A revived empire led by the Antichrist. A nation that won’t bond together but will be joined together forcibly just as iron and clay won’t bond.
Daniel’s vision of a future revived Roman Empire
Daniel 7: 7-8
Verse 7: After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Verse 8: I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Daniel 7:7-8 KJV
In Daniels vision above he was referring to a revival of the great and powerful Roman Empire that was the mightiest empire to that date in history. Mightier than the three great world empires before it (Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece). The ten horns refer to ten future nations forming the revived Roman Empire. This is different from all the empires before it. It is a future empire waiting to rise again out of the ashes of a previous emphire, like the phoenix bird. The mighty Roman Empire left behind a legacy that was to rekindle again the nations it conquered and left its cultural mark. The little horn refers to the Antichrist that will rise out of this reborn Roman Empire to rule a united European nation.
The Book of Revelation
And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.
Revelation 17:3 KJV
Her is a vision of the revived Roman Empire. The beast is the symbol of ancient Europe (Europa), more on this later. The ten horns again are the ten nations of Europe and the seven heads are seven kings of the ten nations, three have been overthrown for not conforming to the leader who is the satanic ruler ,The Antichrist.
The Symbols of the European Union
The Greek Goddess Europa, according to mythology, rode on the back of a white bull, which was Zeus in disguise. He took her away and threw her off his back and then raped her. The name ‘Europe’ was a result of being named after the Greek Goddess, Europa. Even though this is based on Greek mythology, the name Europe or Europa is synonymous with a woman riding a bull and is taken from paganism. Several buildings of importance in the EU have this symbol as their emblem. Namely: The Parliament Building in Brussels; The Parliamentary Building in Strasbourg, France; The New Brussels Headquarters. They all have this pagan statue of a woman riding a bull.
The European flag of twelve gold stars on a blue background could also have a biblical significance. But what does the blue background and the gold stars mean?
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Revelation 12:1 KJV
The blue is said to represent the sky or heaven and the twelve gold stars represent the crown of the Virgin Mary referred to in the book of Revelation.
Twelve is said to be the number of completeness and has several religious significances: the twelve apostles, of the New Testament, the twelve sons of Jacob who formed the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament. In the Book of Revelation God’s kingdom has twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. There are twelve signs of the zodiac and twelve months in a year. In the bible there are many references to the number twelve, too many to list here.
We’ve seen how biblical prophesy fortells a European ten nation confederacy run by a dictator(The Antichrist). But the EU is no longer a nation of ten states, there are now twenty seven countries in the union. The ten nation coalition of ‘The Western Union’ has been absorbed into the EU also. But the prophesy is about the future, even though it seems very near, and not about this present time. Some further developments will have to take place in order for this ten nation confederacy to be recognised. Maybe the union will be divided into ten regions of states? Who knows? One thing is for sure, It will happen. Bible prophesy is never wrong.