Saturday, July 22, 2006

European Union. The New Rome?

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a statue...

A head of gold
Breast and arms of silver
Belly and thighs of bronze
and feet of iron and clay

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream is interpreted by most bible scholars to represent the four major empires that have existed in world history. Daniel confirms the first of these empires to be Babylon (head of gold) in Daniel 2:37-38) Knowing the head is Babylon, we can then figure out the rest of the dream by following world history. Silver is Persia, Bronze is Greece, Iron is Rome and the feet, the feet of iron and clay? Well this part has not come to pass, yet. The Bible speaks of the Roman empire to have received a "mortal wound" from this wound. She has fallen but is not destroyed. It is said she will rise again. In 1957 the treaties of Rome were signed which, established the European Economic Community (EEC) Then in 1965 the Brussels Treaty was signed which began the process of rebuilding the old Roman Empire through reunification of European states under one political system. This treaty established a commission, council, parliament, and court for the union. The European Union is currently made up of over 25 countries. Some are calling the EU the "United States of Europe."

Below is a map of the Roman Empire and the European Union. Hmm looks the same...

The European Union is a federation of many different countries that include many different cultures and background. Maybe the most diverse community of people on this earth..

Daniel 2:40 "It will be strong, yet mixed" (part of potters clay and part of iron, the kingdom will be divided) But will be strong.

So why is this so important to us? Well it is believed that this 4th and last empire is the empire the anti-Christ will rule before Jesus Christ returns. Plans for an EU presidency that will replace the 6 month rotating presidency (which is the current setup) are already being discussed. A president of Europe? That would create a very powerful international leader with HUGE influence on the global stage. The anti-Christ is said to become a great and beautiful person. He will talk about peace, and unity, and ultimately call himself God. Blasphemy!

Even the currency being used by the E.U is parallel to scripture.

"The Euro has replaced currencies that were, for many of the countries concerned, centuries-old symbols and instruments of their national sovereignty. In doing so, the new currency has moved Europe considerably closer to economic union. It has also given EU citizens a much clearer sense of sharing a common European identity" -

The EU Is striving to create "Economic and monetary union" thru the Euro. No its not a bad idea, But its relevant cause it coincides with scripture...

"He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666" (Rev. 13:16-18).

Monetary union would be the first step in fulfilling this prophecy. The symbol on the currency may be the mark of the beast which will be given.

The EU also has there own Anthem. Cute right? Not exactly Its the "Ode to Joy" Is the prelude to the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The EU states its actually an "ode to freedom, community and peace" But, the lyrics by Friedrich von schiller, are about the entering of the shrine of a pagan goddess and the uniting of all men in brotherhood, by the power of magic. What the..?

It gets better. "The Eu constitution has also raised the ire of protestant leaders by banning the mention of Christianity as part of Europe's cultural heritage, while at the same time, including references to the civilizations of Greece and Rome, and the philosophical heritage of the Enlightenment. Eu government representatives excused this revisionist view of history by claming any mention of Christian values would upset the Muslim Population of the EU."

As you can see, its not hard to relate the development of the EU to the rise of the last empire described in the visions from the book of Daniel, from which the anti-Christ will arise in the end times. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream (The Rise of Powers)

The Dream...

"You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces; then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:31-35 RSV)


"This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation. You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand He has given, wherever they dwell, the sons of men, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air, making you rule over them all - you are the head of gold."
"After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron which crushes, it shall break and crush all these. And as you saw the feet and toes partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay."

"And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand for ever; just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold."
"A great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure." (Daniel 2:36-45 RSV)

Ok lets break this down...

Daniel's Statue
Knowing that the head of gold is clearly Babylonia (Daniel 2:36-38) we then know the meaning to the rest of the dream. Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar's rule, conquered Jerusalem but was later defeated by the Persians in 536 B.C (the arms of silver) Two Centuries passed before the Greeks swallowed up the persian empire under Alexander the Great. (Belly and thighs of bronze" The "legs of iron" are thought to be the Romans who fell in about 500 AD But will have one final time and will rise up as a new Rome. Many believe this new Rome will be the European Union. European Union? Or "EU" is a union of twenty-five independent states based on the European Communities and founded to "enhance political, economic and social co-operation." Im currently researching this subject and will describe in detail the "EU" : )