In today’s TW News & Prophecy of the Living Church of God has the following:
German Chancellor Merkel plans to use the EU’s month-end meeting to “push ahead with plans for a political union, including more sweeping powers for Brussels” (EU Observer, June 7, 2012). According to Mrs. Merkel, “That means that step-by-step in the future we have to give up more powers to Europe and grant Europe more oversight possibilities” (ibid.). She also noted that Europe’s “ambitious states” should not be held back by “recalcitrants.” Senior EU officials are already formulating ways to increase the integration of nations and banking sectors. Germany has played a major role related to the EU’s financial bailouts and “is now also leading the debate on further political integration” (ibid.).
In the wake of Spain’s request this week for a financial bailout for its banks, big questions loom regarding the future of the EU. Will the euro remain, or will something take its place?
Bible prophecy reveals that a strong Beast power will emerge in Europe at the end of the age, comprised of ten kings or nations which surrender their sovereignty to a central authority (see Revelation 17). This Beast power will very likely be led by Germany–a nation whose influence in Europe is definitely on the rise.
For more information on Germany’s future role, review our informative article, “Resurgent Germany: A Fourth Reich?“
The latest co-worker letter (6/14/12) from LCG’s Dr. Meredith has the following:
In Europe, the entire “EU Project” is in danger of failing. Many nations in the Eurozone are near bankruptcy. Germany—the only completely solvent nation there—does not want to bail out an ever-increasing number of its southern neighbors. So German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now insisting on forming a more complete fiscal and political union for the Eurozone members. Even a number of European and British newspapers are calling it a “United States of Europe”! Of course, as some of you older readers know, I have been personally preaching and writing on this for about 60 years.
Yes! A United States of Europe is on the way, with Germany as its leading power. It will actually be a revival of the ancient “Holy Roman Empire” as described in Revelation 17:7-13 in your Bible. This time, rather than German tanks swooping up north around the Maginot Line, Germany will gain its power by peaceful means. For the coming Leader will already possess such power and influence that other European leaders “will give their power and authority to the beast” (v. 13). As we have said repeatedly, Britain will not be part of this revived Roman Empire in its final form. It will either leave—or it will eventually be pushed out.
While the current European Union is not the final reorganization that Revelation 17:12-13 speaks of, it is interesting how many European problems and proposed reorganizations have been popping up in Europe the past year or so. Revelation 17:12-13 will be fulfilled.
Notice also the following which also will likely affect Europe’s future direction:
Dread and Uncertainty Pervade Life in a Diminished Greece
Many fear that elections, including voting scheduled for Sunday, offer no clear route out of a deepening political and economic crisis. From its wealthy northern suburbs to the concrete blocks of downtown, there is a sense of an endgame in Athens.“It’s the last days of Pompeii”… http://www.cnbc.com/id/47813158
Opinion polls in France show that the Socialist Party will likely enjoy an absolute majority in parliament as voters head to the second round of legislative elections on Sunday.
A victory for Socialists on June 17 would cap a string of triumphs, notably President François Hollande’s runoff win over conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy last month. http://www.france24.com/en/20120615-france-right-wing-ump-conservative-party-parliamentary-election-opinion-polls
According to Bible prophecy, a European power, despite its fragility (cf. Daniel 2:41-43), is destined to temporarily be the most dominant force in the world, ultimately conquer the Anglo-descended nations (Daniel 11:39), and later come to its end (Daniel 11:45).
The elections in Greece and France this weekend, the current problems with Spain, etc., and how Germany wishes to be involved all likely will affect what when and how this final Beast power will arise in Europe.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
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”?
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? What MUST happen BEFORE the Great Tribulation?
Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North? Could He Become “the Beast”? What makes the German Defense Minister a candidate?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama and Julia Gillard be involved in 2012? Have predictions written by Bob Thiel related to Barack Obama and Julia Gillard began to come to pass?
Resurgent Germany: A Fourth Reich? Who are the German peoples and where did they come from? What is Germany’s role in end time prophecy?