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Tony Blair’s surprise decision to hold a referendum on the European Constitution has opened up the whole debate about the pros and cons of deepening Britain’s role in Europe. No doubt we will soon be tired of hearing all the political arguments and bemused by what they mean. For those concerned about Biblical issues, the key question is whether or not the EU is an emerging superstate which will ultimately take on the role of the Antichrist kingdom of Revelation. We list below 10 evidences which suggest that it will.

 

1. Treacherous dealers

 

When Britain entered the European Economic Community in 1972 most people understood that we were joining a kind of club which enabled us to trade better in Europe. Pro Europeans have consistently blinded people to the obvious truth that what is being aimed at is a federal superstate with its own President, foreign minister and foreign policy, parliament, supreme court, flag, anthem and currency. Accepting the Constitution will mean that EU law will have primacy over the law of member states and that ever increasing power will be concentrated in Brussels.

 

In Isaiah 24, a passage about the last days of this age, we read: ‘The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously, indeed the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously’ (verse 16).

 

In Daniel 8.25 we read of a sinister king who will arise in the last days of this age of whom it is said, ‘Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand.’

 

2. Offering peace

 

It is often claimed that the EU guarantees the peace in a continent that in the first half of the 20th century saw two devastating world wars and was then divided by the Iron Curtain during the Cold War period. Wim Duisenberg, head of the European Central Bank, said ‘The vision of a united Europe was born out of a longing for peace and prosperity on a continent that not only was torn apart all too often by internal conflicts but also pulled the rest of the world into two wars.’ While peace is much to be desired the peace being offered by the EU is not based on truth and will turn out to be a false peace as prophesied for the last days of this age. Daniel 11.21 speaks of one who seizes the kingdom by intrigue and also ‘comes in peaceably’. He will not come like Hitler with a great war machine or like al Qaeda with murderous terrorism, but with the promise of what almost everyone on the planet wants – ‘peace and safety’. ‘For when they say ‘peace and safety’ then sudden destruction comes upon them.’ 1 Thessalonians 5.2

 

3. In the territory of Roman Empire

 

Throughout history many have attempted to revive the Roman Empire – Charlemagne, Napoleon, Mussolini, to name the main ones. The EU was founded by the Treaty of Rome in 1957 which ‘determined to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe.’ Its heartland is in the territory of the Roman Empire. Admittedly some parts of the present EU were not in the Roman Empire (particularly the newer members in the north and east of Europe) and some parts of the Roman Empire are not in the EU – North Africa, Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean countries including Israel. But the EU is linked to North Africa via the Barcelona Treaty, Turkey is keen to join and the EU has a strong interest in mediating a peace settlement in the Middle East. The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation indicate that at the end of this age there will be a revival of the Roman Empire. Chapters 2 and 7 of Daniel are parallel passages in which God gave insight into the world empires, which would follow the Babylonian Empire, dominant at the time of Daniel. The fourth empire (Rome) would exist in some form until the second coming of Messiah and play a leading role in the last days of this age. (Daniel 2.40-44, 7.7-27, Revelation 17.9-10). The city of Rome, seat of the Vatican, may be referred to in Revelation 17.9 and 18.

 

4. Backed by a spiritual power

 

On August 31st 2003 Pope John Paul II entrusted the future of the new Europe to the Virgin Mary. ‘He placed Europe in Mary’s hands, so that it would become a symphony of nations committed to building together the civilisation of love and peace.’ (Zenit, a Roman Catholic magazine, 31/8/03). Many European leaders have spoken of the need for a link between the religious communities and the EU and some have called for this link to be organised more systematically. In the interests of ‘peace’ the EU generally promotes an inter faith view of religion which conflicts with Biblical Christianity especially over the issue of Jesus being the one mediator between God and the human race. Islam is also growing in power within Europe through immigration and conversion. Egyptian born writer Bat Yeor coined the term Eurabia to describe the Europe of the future - part European, part Muslim. The religious forces in the EU will eventually discriminate against and persecute Bible believing Christians (Revelation 17.6).

 

5. Using the symbols of Revelation

 

Babel Tower

 

The EU has adopted symbols which are very significant in the light of prophecy. The EU flag with twelve stars on a blue background corresponds to the 12 stars round Mary’s head in Catholic icons (Revelation 12.1). Outside the Council of Europe building in Brussels there stands a sculpture of the woman riding the beast (Revelation 17) – a representation of the Greek myth of Europa being carried away by Zeus, the chief of the Greek gods, in the form of a bull. The bull has horns in the form of a crescent, thus combining symbols pointing to Roman Catholicism (the woman) and Islam (the crescent moon). The EU parliament building in Strasbourg is deliberately modelled on Brueghel’s painting of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11, Revelation 17-18). When asked by a secular journalist ‘Why the Tower of Babel’ an EU official replied, ‘What they failed to complete 3000 years ago we in Europe will finish now.’

 

6. Involved in the Middle East peace process

 

The EU is a member of the Quartet (USA, EU, Russia and the UN) sponsoring the ‘Road Map’ to peace in the Middle East. In the event that the main sponsor of this, the USA, becomes less involved, the EU would probably take centre stage in trying to bring about a peace settlement to the region. Already the EU has strong links with the ‘peace camp’ within Israel and with the Palestinians. Spanish King Juan Carlos, a strong pro European, owns the title ‘Protector of the Holy Places in Jerusalem.’ He works with the Vatican to promote the interests of Roman Catholicism in the Middle East with particular reference to the Middle East peace process. He has strong links to both sides in the Arab Israeli conflict.

 

In the last days of this age the Bible prophesies a false peace treaty over the issue of Jerusalem (Isaiah 28.14-22, Daniel 9.26-7) mediated by the ‘prince who is to come’ (Antichrist) who comes out of Rome. At this time Jerusalem will be the focal point of world attention (Zechariah 12, Luke 21).

 

7. World model for globalisation

 

What is happening in the EU is also happening around the world with many taking Europe as a model. In North and South America, east Asia, the Gulf region, Australasia, Africa, regional blocs are being formed in order to trade and compete in the modern world. The ‘Club of Rome’ produced a study back in 1972 in which it said, ‘The world cannot be viewed as a uniform whole, but must instead be seen as consisting of distinct though disconnected regions. In our study the world system is divided into ten regions.’ In Revelation 17.12-13 ‘ten kings’ give their power to the Antichrist who becomes world leader at the end of the age.

 

8. Absorbing and promoting a global culture

 

The recent Eurovision song contest showed how national folk cultures are being taken over by a debased culture of rock music which glorifies sex, violence and the occult. This is becoming uniform the world over. In place of distinctive national identities a cultural uniformity is being imposed on everyone by the mass media. Behind this is a powerful anti-christian spirit which ties in with the prophecies of the last days of this age. The result will be the violence of the days of Noah and the sexual degradation of Sodom (Luke 17.26-29, Genesis 6.5-12, Genesis 19.1-12). The strong occult influence behind this culture will make people hate God and everything to do with Him. In the end this will cause the Antichrist not only to persecute true believers in Jesus but also to destroy the false Babylonian religious union (Revelation 17.16-17). Then Satan will be worshipped through his man on the earth, the Antichrist (Revelation 13.11-18) during the final 3 ½ year period before Jesus returns to earth.

 

9. Potentially dictatorial

 

Lech Walesa, who led the Polish Solidarity Movement which was a key factor in toppling the Soviet Union, gave an interview on the BBC in which he said he was unhappy about Poland joining the EU because he sees in it many similar features to the Soviet Union. Power is concentrated in the hands of unelected bureaucrats, who have created a huge unwieldy political system which is constantly amassing more and more control over the lives of the population. With ever more sophisticated technology available, the means to crush opposition and dissent could soon be brought into play in the event of an economic crisis or mass terrorism. Many of the countries now in the EU have limited experience of democracy and were in the hands of Fascist or Communist dictators at some time during the 20th century. Revelation 13 speaks of one who uses his authority to kill and imprison the opposition and against whom it is impossible to fight.

 

10. Looking for a leader

 

As the EU prepares the mechanism to put a President into place, words spoken by one of its founders, Henri Spaak, in 1957 have an ominous prophetic note: ‘We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he GOD OR DEVIL, WE WILL RECEIVE HIM.’ The crisis coming on the world will propel the nations in the direction of world government and the EU will be the model for this. While most people today have lost confidence in politicians, a leader will arise with incredible supernatural powers at his disposal to dazzle the population into supporting him. As people look for a new Messiah for our age, he will be the one to bring those who reject the true Messiah Jesus into the ultimate deception, worshipping the devil’s man on earth as God. (2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 13).

 

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