Germany’s Vice Chancellor calls for EU reorganization with less leaders: A prelude to Revelation 17:12-13?

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (Olaf Kosinsky)


The Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister of Germany has called for a reorganization of the European Union which brings to mind prophecies in Revelation 17:

2 July 2016

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for the number of EU Commissioners to be cut and for Brussels to reconsider how it allocates its budget, just over a week after Britons voted to leave the bloc.

“A Europe in which 27 Commissioners want to prove themselves doesn’t make sense,” he said in an interview with the newspaper Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung, published on Saturday. “It would be good to downsize in this respect.” …

He also said the EU should build up a joint European army.

Gabriel, who is also Vice Chancellor, said a Brexit did not endanger the EU . . .

His call for a reduction in top leaders as well as a European military is consistent with various biblical prophecies (e.g. Daniel 11:21-24).

Since Vice Chancellor Gabriel called for a reduction in EU Commissioners, let’s look at what an EU Commissioner is:

A European Commissioner is a member of the European Commission. Each Commissioner within the college holds a specific portfolio and are led by the President of the European Commission. In simple terms they are the equivalent of national ministers. Each European Union member state has the right to a single commissioner (List of European Commissioners. Wikipedia, accessed 07/02/16)

In other words, currently each EU nation gets to appoint its own EU Commissioner and German Vice Chancellor Gabriel believes that should be reduced. Thus one commissioner would represent, on average, more than one nation and/or perhaps a redefined region.

The idea that each individual nation will NOT have a top leader in the European Union is of immense interest, prophetically.


Because the Bible teaches;

12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.  (Revelation 17:12-13)

But many have misunderstood what Revelation 17:12-13 is teaching.

Various Protestant prophecy watchers and even some large claimed COG groups have taught that the idea of ten kings means that there will only be ten individual nations that will be part of the final European Beast power.

Since there are currently 28 nations in the European Union, various ones have improperly claimed that Europe either:

  1. Is not the power being discussed in Revelation 17:12-13 OR
  2. that at least 17 nations will leave the European Union as it must end up with 10 or 11 nations.

There are one or two claimed COG groups that seem to teach the first (like CGG), wrong concept and at least two (PCG and LCG) that tend to teach the second.

However, those who hold to either of those views are in error.

It is quite provable that the Beast of the Sea of Revelation 13, which is the same Beast as in Revelation 17, is a European power. Actually, that was covered in a short video we made a couple of days ago (watch Forbes’ Brexit Monster is the Beast of Revelation).  And a written article that has more on that is also available (see Europa, the Beast, and Revelation).

What about the view that the final Beast power must be composed of ten (or eleven) currently constituted nations?

That view is one that simply does not have scriptural support.  It is based on an assumption that does not square with the actual text of Revelation 17.

Revelation 17:12 states that these ten kings have no kingdom, but are to attain one.  Thus, this is a type of reorganization in verse 12. If they already had a specific nation, the verse would not be worded as it is.

Specifically notice that Revelation 17:12-13 does NOT say that ten existing nations will give their power to the Beast, but that ten kings who had not had a kingdom will get power and transfer it.  This, as I have written before, this means that a political/structural shift is expected to happen in Europe.

Hence while nations will be involved, this is more likely groups of nations, combinations of nations, and/or redrawn territorial borders.

The term translated in English from the Greek in Revelation 17:12, basileís (Greek characters βασιλεïς), as “kings,” essentially means “possessor of the highest office of a political realm” (Bauer’s A Greek Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Church Literature, 3rd edition. FW Danker editor. 2000, University of Chicago Press, pp. 169-170).

Furthermore, the term translated in English as “kingdoms” from the Greek in Revelation 17:12, basileín (Greek characters βασιλεíαν), means “royal administrations” (Ibid, pp. 168-169) is not specifically referring to existing nations.

It also should be noted that the Greek terms normally translated as “nation” or “nations” (Strong’s word 1484) is not used in Revelation 17:12.  Although the term for nations is in that chapter (verse 15), it is not part of what is happening in Revelation 17:12 or 17:13. If God wanted to specify ten existing nations, He could have inspired Revelation 17:12 to be worded differently.

Yet, some have oddly concluded that Revelation 17:12 specifies that ten currently existing nations, and only ten currently existing nations, will turn their power over to ten new leaders (who will then give it to the final Beast).  But that limitations on ten existing nations is not consistent with what the Greek states.  And while one does not need to be an expert in Greek to understand the Bible, one should not insist that the Greek states something it does not if one truly wants to understand the Bible.

While I have contended this for years, the fact that the Vice Chancellor of Germany is proposing that the top “possessor of the highest office of a political realm” (basileís in Revelation 17:12) of the European Union need to be reduced BELOW the number of nations in the EU, is confirmation that the reorganization in Revelation 17:12 certainly does not need to be the actual number of nations that will support the final Beast power.

Do not let false churches, as well as those that are not truly Philadelphian, mislead you on this fact.

The Bible prophecies reorganization in Europe and that reorganization is NOT limited to 10 or 11 currently existing nations.  Those who believe otherwise will NOT understand when the Great Tribulation will begin before it is too late.

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