EU Creates New Defense Pact To Reduce Dependence On US: Brexit & Trump predictions are coming to pass

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Europeans, without the United Kingdom, agreed to a new form of ‘permanent’ defense cooperation that it expects will help it to be independent of the USA (bolding in source):

EU Creates New Defense Pact To Reduce Dependence On US

November 16, 2017

The EU on Nov.13 officially launched a new era in defense cooperation with a program of joint military investment in equipment, research and development, known as permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO.

Foreign and defense ministers gathered at a signing ceremony in Brussels to represent 23 EU governments joining the pact, which is to become legally binding when signed by heads of state at EU summit in mid-December.

With so many ministers signing, approval seems a given. From now on, the EU will have a more coherent role in tackling international crises, while reducing the reliance on the United States.

The UK, which is scheduled to leave the EU in 2019, is not part of PESCO.

Until Brexit, London had opposed the idea of European Defense Union or European Army, saying it would undermine NATO and the UK alliance with the US. Denmark, which has a special opt-out status, is not expected to participate. Ireland, Portugal and Malta are still undecided whether or not to join.

This is the first time ever EU member states legally bind themselves into joint projects as well as pledging to increase defense spending and contribute to rapid deployment. …

The European Commission also proposed on Nov.10 a series of measures often called a “military Schengen” to facilitate the movement of forces and defense equipment between member states. The moves dovetail with the goals set by the EU strategy document titled European Union Global Strategy that the bloc should look to create greater military autonomy from NATO. «As Europeans we must take greater responsibility for our security. We must be ready and able to deter, respond to and protect ourselves against external threats», the paper reads.

An independent EU military capability will weaken NATO and put an end to Europe’s dependence on the United States. Sweden and Finland, EU members outside NATO, might find an EU alliance preferable to the North Atlantic alliance. …

Europe has just made a big stride towards moving away from the reliance on the United States to its greater independence and ability to set its own priorities.

Catalyzed by Trump and Brexit, the EU’s 23-army defense pact is unlikely to enhance security

European figures didn’t hold back on the rhetoric at the signing ceremony for the wonkily-named agreement on “Permanent Structured Cooperation,” known as PESCO, experts told Quartz that the defense pact is far from creating a so-called “EU army” or even tangibly strengthening Europe’s security. …

Donald Trump became US president and made the EU really sit up and take note. Trump had previously called NATO “obsolete” during his election campaign, and spoke evasively over his support for the alliance’s cornerstone Article Five clause which decrees that “an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all.” “There’s a sense among European capitals… that Europe can’t take the American security umbrella for granted,” says Dempsey.

On top of that, Britain’s impending departure from the EU meant it was easier for the bloc to sign. …

Brexit has also made people at the heart of Europe want to be seen to be moving the continent forward. “There’s this real drive on the part of [France and Germany] to show that the EU works, and that it’s a project which delivers on the issues that are important to European voters,” says Susi Dennison, of the European Council on Foreign Relations. 11/15/17

Notice that the United Kingdom is not part of PESCO and was historically against Europe having its own combined army, independent of NATO. That used to basically also be the position of the USA. Most Europeans also did not want to have a massive European military.

Now, with the Brexit vote and the rise of Donald Trump, the situation has changed. Brexit and Donald Trump are being credited for prompting the Europeans into making the PESCO deal.

Despite the views of some, there will be a European army. The Bible flat-out teaches that Europe will have a great army:

25 “He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. (Daniel 11:25)

The “He” is identified as the final prophesied European King of the North in Daniel 11:40 (watch also Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?).

Regular readers of this COGwriter Church of God news page realize that European military cooperation has been expected. Notice something posted here a few days after the Brexit vote:

Why would some European leaders start to push for a superstate now?

Well, the UK was probably the biggest impediment to their goal of a European superstate. And that is a goal that many in the EU truly have. With the UK voting to leave, this is a time to reassess the direction of Europe. …

the militaristic superstate that the Bible refers to as the ‘Beast of the Sea’ (Revelation 13:1=10) will arise. The monstrous superstate will come–and it will destroy the United Kingdom (and the United States and others for that matter, cf. Daniel 11:39).

The Brexit vote is a push in that direction. A militaristic superstate will form in Europe! (Thiel B. Is a Brexit a step towards a monstrous militaristic superstate? COGwriter, June 28, 2016)

A couple of days after that, we put together a video titled: Forbes’ Brexit Monster is the Beast of Revelation.

Here is something posted here about three months after the Brexit vote:

Europe will arise. After the Brexit vote (the vote in the UK to leave the European Union; watch also Forbes’ Brexit Monster is the Beast of Revelation and/or  Post Brexit Prophecy), some in Europe are now starting to tell the world publicly that it intends to do so militarily. The world will be surprised this will happen, which is part of why I believe European technology will be a key factor in this (as will be deception and problems in the USA).

Currently Europe relies on the USA, as the real military partner of NATO, to defend it. This has been convenient for Europe and has allowed the Europeans to enjoy a standard of living that may not have been otherwise possible. However, Europe is developing its own military technology (see European Technology and the Beast of Revelation) and the time will come when it concludes it not only does not need the USA, but that it wants to take it over.

I do not, at this time, believe that Europe will abandon NATO. But that Europe wants the ability to have significant military capabilities outside of NATO, which NATO countries like the USA have.

As  have suggested before, eventually and perhaps under the guise of a NATO exercise, Europe will launch a surprise attack against the USA (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:3; Daniel 11:39). This would possibly happen after one or more trade disputes, and perhaps after the USA has been weakened by weather problems, terrorist acts (from likely Islamic sources allied with Europe, per Psalm 83:3-8), war, riots, solar flares, severe earthquakes, civil unrest, devastation of their genetically-modified food supplies, food shortages, and/or various pestilences–an intensity of “sorrows” such as Jesus discussed in Matthew 24:4-8 leading up to the time of the Great Tribulation. Disasters, especially if there is an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (emp) attack or a severe solar flare storm, could be part of a so-called “perfect storm” of events that could set up the USA for destruction.

I suspect that after the Europeans and the USA have some strained relations in the future, the Europeans may call for/agree to a joint military exercise, possibly under the conditions of NATO, in the USA. This would allow the Europeans to bring military aircraft, troops, and other military items to the USA, without the USA getting concerned it would soon be attacked.

As far as the UK goes, it is losing its voice of influence within Europe.

The UK will ultimately be defeated by a power from Europe, as will the USA (cf. Daniel 8:25; 11:39; Isaiah 10:5-12; Jeremiah 30:7; Psalm 83:3-8).

The United Kingdom is trying to use rhetoric to oppose Europe’s army, but that will not stop it from forming.  A great European army will be formed per Daniel 11:25. (Thiel B. DW: UK ‘will oppose any idea of EU army’ despite impending Brexit. COGwriter, September 27, 2016)

Currently, Europe has many ‘armies.’  Various biblical prophecies show that Europe will reorganize (Revelation 17:12-13) and will end up with its own military (e.g. Isaiah 10:5-12; Daniel 11:25-43).

US President Donald Trump is a factor in Europe agreeing to a more unified military. Regular readers of this COGwriter Church of God news page have long realized this. Notice some items posted BEFORE Donald Trump became US President:

I have been saying for a long time that Donald Trump’s rise would encourage the Europeans to arm. (Thiel B. Growing anti-Americanism will change the USA/UK world order. COGwriter, October 3, 2016)

Since 2015, I have written that Donald Trump’s rise would be a factor in Europe deciding it needs more unity and its own army. (Thiel B. As foretold here, more calls for a European army! Guttenberg: ‘There will be a terrible awakening for Europe’. COGwriter, November 11, 2016)

In my book, Donald Trump and America’s Apocalypse, I also had the following:

2016: A Turning Point for Europe

2016 was a turning point for Europe. The vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016 (called the Brexit), shocked Europe as did the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016. …

The United Kingdom, was an advocate for the USA and NATO, had vigorously opposed the development of a European army. …

Notice also the following from the Washington Times:

A European Union army is not in America’s interests

Germany, France and Italy — cling to delusions of grandeur. They have drawn up plans for a European Union army and deeper EU defense integration, claiming that this will enhance European security.

An EU army, however, is not the solution to Europe’s problems. It will undercut NATO, reduce U.S. influence in Europe, and strengthen the strategic position of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. [Gardiner N. European Union army is not in America’s interests. Washington Times, October 31, 2016]

While it is true that such an army will reduce U.S. influence and not work out in America’s interests, it is not delusional to believe that there will be a European army.

Since the Bible says Europe will have a “great army” (Daniel 11:25), Europe will end up with a great army. Donald Trump’s rise has encouraged some in Europe to more publicly promote this idea. Donald Trump seems to be a catalyst for that and other militaristic moves in Europe.

Seven weeks after his election, the EU Observer declared that Donald Trump was “the real earthquake,’ more so than the British voting to leave the EU. [Rettman A. Trump: The day that shook the Western world. EU Observer, December 27, 2016]

(Thiel B. Donald Trump and America’s Apocalypse. Nazarene Books, 2017)

PESCO is essentially a step that the Europeans believe is needed because of Brexit and Donald Trump. Of course, there have been leaders in Europe that have wanted this for decades.

But Donald Trump and the Brexit vote are giving them backing from more in Europe to form its own army.

The Bible also shows that the European Beast, King of the North, power will be so successful militarily, the world will marvel:

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 13:3-4)

While some will wonder how this can be, the following prophecies contain some clues:

24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:23-25, KJV). 23 And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. 24 He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time. (Daniel 11:23-24, NKJV)

This leader will seem to be a peace-maker. But he will be a warring beast.

While Satan will be on his side (cf. Revelation 16:13-14), it may also be that he may use the power of NATO in order to eliminate his enemies.

Daniel 11:24 shows he will devise plans against the strongholds. That is, the strongest military. The Bible also shows he will prevail against the strongest military power:

39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain (Daniel 11:39, NKJV).

Since the USA has the strongest military in the 21st century, this is a prophecy against it, and, to a lessor degree, its Anglo-Saxon descended allies (see also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses).

We are seeing Europe changing and working to build its military. PESCO is a step in that direction (see also ‘PESCO helps to ensure a more secure Europe for its citizens’).

The current Anglo-American dominated world order will NOT continue (watch End of the Anglo-American Order and/or The New World Order Is Leaving the US Behind)–Europe will have a great army (Daniel 11:25).

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