Herman Van Rompuy
The European Union is holding a major meeting on September 16, 2010 in order to expand its role in international politics:
EUOBSERVER / WEEKLY AGENDA (13 – 19 September ) – In what is to be his first major foray in the foreign policy arena, EU council president Herman Van Rompuy will on Thursday (16 September) preside over a meeting of EU leaders and foreign ministers to examine the bloc’s relations with its strategic partners.
The one-day and single-themed meeting is an attempt by an Mr Van Rompuy to ringfence where the EU’s strategic priorities lie, with the 27-nation Union more often in the news for its divisions on external issues and many larger states still content to view certain regions as having particular importance…
The summit comes as the EU is increasingly worrying about its global role. Top politicians regularly warn that the EU risks being marginalised as other more cohesive regional powers rise. (Mahony H. EU Observer, 10 September 2010. http://euobserver.com/9/30775)
The reality is that the EU not only does not want to be marginalized, it wants to set foreign policy for as much of the world as possible. Yet, it recognizes that it is not unified or strong enough to do this as much as it now wants to. This meeting is intended to remind the Europeans that major international influence is a key objective of the European Union and that it needs to take steps to make it able to fulfill that objective.
Now many recognize that the EU has its own internal squabbles. Interestingly, the lack of cohesiveness of the European Union was prophesied over 2500 years ago:
41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. (Daniel 2:41-43)
Because of the EU’s lack of cohesiveness, many have concluded that it never will amount to being the major world power. However, according to biblical prophecy, it will succeed despite this. Its role in international affairs and especially war will cause the world to marvel:
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:1-4)
It may be of interest to note that one of the symbols of Europe is a beast rising from the sea. Actually the term Europe comes from the story of a woman named Europa that was somewhat seduced (some stories say raped) by the “god Zeus” who turned himself into an apparently “gentle” beast who more or less supposedly swept her off her feet. The 2 Euro coin that is used in Greece actually portrays this on it. Here is a picture of a coin I acquired in Greece that portrays it:
Many doubt that the Europeans can become a major military power, but the Bible indicates otherwise (it even indicates that the Europeans really do not think that they will use the power, but will anyways per Isaiah 10:5-11). Europe is currently taking steps such as its Galileo satellite system and its Large Hadron Collider (the largest physics project on earth) that will likely help it develop the military abilities that will cause the world to marvel at its future military successes.
Other steps, which I try to report here at the COGwriter news page, are also being taken within the EU to accomplish its objectives for global military (Daniel 11:39-43; Revelation 13:1-4), religious (Revelation 13:11-17), and economic (cf. Revelation 18; 13:16-17) objectives.
It is partially because of its inability to be highly unified that many do not see that the EU is rising and rapidly being set to be the Beast power warned in both the books of Daniel and Revelation. However, events such as those aimed a ecumenical unity (see Ecumenism Advancing for details) and the September 16th meeting with Herman Van Rompuy demonstrate that steps towards some unity within the EU are happening. And according to biblical prophecy, even though there will always be some cohesiveness issues in the final European power, it still will have power for at least 3 1/2 years (Revelation 13:5).
Two articles of possibly related interest may include:
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?