In today’s TW News & Prophecy, the Living Church of God reported:
Financial crisis brings calls for United Europe!
Last week in Berlin, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for the creation of a “United States of Europe… to avoid future economic crises,” declaring “we will have to give up national sovereignty” to a common government (Reuters.com, September 4, 2011). This conviction is being voiced around the world.
In Paris, former head of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet stated the European project was “incomplete” and the EU required a “federal government with a federal finance minister” (euobserver.com, September 6, 2011). In Australia, the head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, observed that dealing with the European debt crisis will demand “more integration at least for the euro area” (euobserver.com, September 7, 2011). These statements echo what former German defense minister Joschka Fischer told the European Parliament, that a “United States of Europe is the only way to preserve European influence in the world” and that “future integration steps need a political union” (euobserver.com, January12, 2011).
In New York, an official with Citigroup, the largest financial services firm in the world, said that “the eurozone is likely to fall apart unless the European Union’s member states fuse both on the fiscal and political level” (euobserver.com, April 21, 2010). A former Belgian prime minister has written that a federal EU is “the only option” and might consist of a core of the 12 eurozone states using the prestigious title “United States of Europe” surrounded by other more loosely integrated states (euobesrver.com, December 1, 2005). Scholars have noted that past crises have been the impetus for spurts of European integration; the current debt crisis offers another opportunity for further integration.
In light of these developments, it should be remembered that Bible prophecies have long foretold that a short-lived (3½ years) “beast” power of 10 kings (leaders or nations) would emerge in Europe just before the return of Jesus Christ (Daniel 2 and 7; Revelation 17)–and that its sudden appearance would surprise the world (Revelation 13:3). We need to watch and not be surprised!
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(I reported on some of this earlier and go more into the idea of a “United States of Europe”, see Telegraph: Former German Chancellor Demands ‘United States of Europe’, Be Afraid.)
Notice something from the news today that also confirms some of this:
Moneynews – Forrest Jones 9 September 2011To end the crisis, the eurozone can kick out the problem countries, which would damage banking sectors in the countries that remain, or bring all countries even closer together under tighter fiscal and monetary control from a more central authority, which would likely give France and Germany a greater say in other countries’ affairs.
So, some in the USA are expected to blame Europe for any recession, and that the fiscal crisis indicates that the Europeans need to restructure into a closer union. Perhaps I should mention that the Europeans tend to blame the USA for the current/previous recession–so they would likely blame the USA for being the real cause for another one.
The Bible itself shows that Europe must be restructured (Revelation 17:12-13)–but that particular restructure that Revelation refers to is probably not going to happen for several years. However, to get to that point, there likely will be a variety of changes in what the EU is and how it is supposed to work. While Europe will always have fragility issues per Daniel 2:42-43, it will also be much more unified than it is today–as it would seem to have to be to fulfill certain aspects of Bible prophecy. And more and more secular sources seem to expect Europe to become more unified.
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”? Using the Tower of Babel and “Beast” images suggests it is not concerned about its role as being part of the future Babylon of Bible prophecy.
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? Is the German Defense Minister one to watch? What do Catholic, Byzantine, and biblical prophecies suggest?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people?
Who is the King of the West? Why is there no End-Time King of the West in Bible Prophecy? Is the United States the King of the West?
Canada in Prophecy: What Does Bible Prophecy, Catholic Prophecy, and other Predictions Suggest About the Future of Canada? There are prophecies that suggest involvement with Canada. And many are not positive about its future.
Is Tony Blair Apocalyptic? The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom converted to Catholicism shortly after leaving his office and has been active in European affairs. What role might he play?