THE EUROPEAN PATHWAY
(News event “Milestones” through
The Pathway of Europe
is paved with stones of conquest and unification attempts. Early on, Imperial Rome expanded and
conquered the civilized world. This
European culture has a long history of
colonizing, evangelizing, and imposing its culture on the entire
planet. As a result, Europe's hybrid
language -- English, Western culture, and Democracy have become defacto global standards.
The United States, the largest European colony, has greatly assisted in
the spread of Western culture and values.
While Rome conquered
the world by military might, today, Europe will overtake the world through
economic might. The world economy is
about to experience the ultimate, "hostile takeover." With the introduction of the Euro, the
European Union has begun rivaling the United States to become the preeminent
world economic force. The final steps in
this takeover bid will be launched by the Prince himself - - indeed, the final steps on this pathway.
How will we recognize
the Prince’s Kingdom? God’s prophets
have shared the following description of this final world government…
It is a
It is a
"divided kingdom": some parts weak, others strong3
strength is used to subject the whole earth to its control5
"different" in nature from all the other kingdoms6
Prior to the
Prince’s rise to power, there are ten kings (or seats of power)7
reign of these ten kings, an eleventh king arises, who is "different"
from the ten – the Prince'8
three of the ten kings9
he wages war
against God's People10
he speaks out
he has himself
he will honor
a god of fortifications13
those who acknowledge him, and gives them ruling authority14
he intends to
change times and law15
he will be
given power for 3 ½ years16
he rules with
a cabinet of ten men17
Chief' wields the Prince’s power as his own18
Chief' institutes an global economic system which controls all buying and
It is judged
by God and dominion is given to Messiah20
How close are we to
this Kingdom? Let’s see…
THREE SECTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN PATHWAY
The European Pathway
can be divided into three major sections: unification, division, and
reunification summarized as follows:
Section 1: EUROPEAN
beginning, “Europe” was a land mass occupied by individual tribes and
of Rome grew to become the Roman empire through military conquest and the
spread of the Roman culture throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North
Africa- - creating the first unified European government
reaches of this world empire were centrally controlled by the government in
In addition to
local gods, the emperor was also worshipped as a god
could not accept emperor worship and was persecuted.
government lost control due to over-expansion and eventually collapsed
Section 2: EUROPEAN
tribes invaded all of Europe and contributed to the fall of the Roman
began to rule local areas.
influence of local kings grew and the ages of the Absolute Monarchs and
Nation-States was born.
Church's political influence grew and was intertwined with that of the European
non-Roman Christianity was persecuted for not accepting the preeminence of
Roman Church doctrine.
A number of
failed attempts were made to reunify central European government including: the
Holy Roman Empire, the French Empire under Napoleon, the German Empire under
the Kaiser (read “Caesar”), and the Third Reich.
Section 3: EUROPEAN
reunification attempt occurred in 1951 with the merging of six nations into the
European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)
next half century, functional areas of a centralized European government
evolved semi-independently including CSCE, EU, NATO, et al.
empire is centrally controlled from Brussels, but will eventually be controlled
empire will continue to coalesce, build in power and expand through economic
worship will be re-instituted, resulting in the persecution of Judeo-Christian
will struggle to retain global control and bring peace to the Middle East by
The Prince and
the armies of the world will fall during the Battle of Armageddon and surrender
to the leader of Israel's army, Messiah
will finally be successful in implementing a world government that lasts for a
SECTION 1: EUROPEAN UNIFICATION
Imperial Rome (264 B.C
to 4-5 Century A.D.)
It may be difficult
for us to imagine how the ‘friendly’ Europe that we know today could evolve
into the brutal, global government described by the prophets. We wonder why the peoples of the planet would
willingly submit to this coming oppressive regime. Perhaps there is a clue to this puzzlement in
the nature of Imperial Roman government and religion.
Although it is hard
to believe, Imperial Rome was characterized by political and religious
tolerance. It was the usual practice of
conquering nations to enslave the local populations and force them to accept
their appointed governors and alien religion.
This was not the practice of Rome.
The Romans were a
practical people. Their objective was to
collect taxes. Oppressed people are
uncooperative; people do not pay taxes.
Therefore, Rome conquered through cultural assimilation. The Romans built a vast network of roads
throughout their empire. Although the
primary intent was for the movement of troops, in that they speeded
communication, they also served as a conduit for Roman civilization. The Romans taught provincial civil servants
and magistrates the Roman method of government, then let them rule their own
The Romans themselves
imported the "best" features of local cultures and religions and
integrated them into the whole of Roman civilization. "Rome" was therefore the sum of its
parts. Each race and religion was able
to find suitable breathing room in this early "Common European
House", with the notable exception of the Jews.
So extensive was this
"unity in diversity", a concept that we hear so much of in our day,
that by the first century A.D., few members of the Roman Senate were of Italian
extraction. Rome was not always viewed
as an occupying force as the Romans were often more efficient and benevolent
that the local governments that they replaced.
Provincial peoples treasured their Roman citizenship because of the
security and legal benefits it bestowed.
We have an example of this in Acts 22 where the apostle Paul struck
terror into the hearts of his Roman captors when he informed them of his Roman
Roman religion was
very eclectic. It was a massive
collection of amorphous beliefs and tribal gods. There was no defined creed of dogma. The gods of conquered nations were quickly
assimilated into the whole.
The Roman viewed
religion much differently than we who live in a society rooted in the
Judeo-Christian tradition do. Religion
was not thought of in terms of salvation or individual behavior. Rather, "religion" was the
performance of proscribed public rites by the local magistrates. To the very practical common man, religion
meant little more than not working on the holidays. But as most "practical" men of any
era, when they sought the meaning of life, they turned to superstitions and crazes. During this period there was a great influx
of religious ideas and practices from the East.
bouillabaisse of beliefs arose an Imperial cult. In 12 B.C., Augustus Caesar, ruler of
Imperial Rome assumed the role of chief priest of the official cult and its
title of This is the same title
currently held by the Roman Catholic pope, the Bishop of Rome. Augustus used the position to revive the old
Roman religious ideas. These included
linking respect for patrons, placating and invoking deities and the
commemoration of great events and men to divine kingship. In the provinces he allowed worship of his
genius: a divine life-force within him.
religions did not find the Imperial cult restrictive. What's another god among hundreds of
others. The exception to this was the Jew. Although not happy with their loss of
sovereignty, they could reconcile themselves to paying taxes. What they could not tolerate was the
blasphemy of worshiping a Roman Emperor as a god. This friction continued until open revolt
broke out in 66 A.D. which ultimately resulted in the destruction of the Second
Temple in 70 A.D.
This destruction was
prophesied by Daniel six centuries before Christ as part of his “70 Weeks”
prophecy (see Chapter 2 for more detail):
“Then after the sixty-two weeks
the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who
is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. …” Daniel 9:26
He not only told us WHEN the Messiah would come and the city
and temple would be destroyed(e.g. 483 years after 445 B.C.), he gave us a
backwards reference to the lineage of the Prince. Once Imperial Rome conquered the city and the
sanctuary, we then knew that the “the prince who is to come” - - the Antichrist
would be European.
We are now seeing
Imperial “Europe” employing the same Roman methods of world conquest - cultural
assimilation and religious 'tolerance.'
Through worldwide electronic communications, English has become the
world's common language, western civilization, western democracy has become the
world leading form of government, and "religion" is whatever a man
wants it to be. We all are becoming world citizens – European style.
SECTION 2: EUROPEAN DIVISION AND FAILED
(4-5 Century A.D.
to mid-20th Century)
After seven centuries
of unification, European central government fell. The reasons for the fall of Rome literally
fill volumes. For our discussion it is
important to note that the Germanic peoples have played key roles in the
division and subsequent reunification of Europe. The central government of Rome collapsed
during invasions and migrations by Germanic tribes. These tribes established Germanic kingdoms
MAJOR GERMANIC CONQUESTS AND MIGRATIONS
AREA GERMANIC TRIBES
Britain Angles and Saxons
Italy Ostrogoths and Lombards
Gaul Franks, Burgundians and Visigoths
Today, are not the
British referred to by the Germanic tribal name "Anglo-Saxons"? Have you heard of European “Gothic”
architecture, coined to indicate its barbarism?
Are the people from Gaul not now called the "French" from the
Germanic tribe of the "Franks"?
Does not Burgundy wine come from that area settled by the Germanic Burgundians in France?
It is also interesting to note that most, if not all of the European
monarchies have Germanic roots.
Germanic blood and
culture was infused throughout the continent of Europe—bringing a peculiar
brand of unity even in division. Despite
this common heritage, Europe has been plagued with tribal warfare. Perhaps this is what the prophet Daniel is
alluding to when he says:
"And in that you saw the
iron mixed with common clay, THEY WILL COMBINE WITH ONE ANOTHER IN THE SEED OF
MEN; BUT THEY WILL NOT ADHERE TO ONE ANOTHER, even as iron does not combine with
pottery." Daniel 2:43
But the drive for
expansion and pan-European unity and never died. The lose groupings of Germanic tribes evolved
into kingdoms and "feudal" domains throughout Europe. As the geographic influence of local kings
grew, the age of the Absolute Monarchy and the Nation-State was born.
During this period of
the Nation-State, successive attempts were made to centrally govern and reunify
Europe. Since the fall of Imperial Rome,
these reunification attempts almost appear as a single, unbroken effort to
reestablish a unified Europe.
The Frankish Kingdom
Clovis defeated the Roman armies in Gaul -- modern France. He was king of the Franks, a Germanic warrior
tribe. His successors expanded his
kingdom so that it encompassed nearly the whole of Europe. They "... not only extended Frankish overlordship in the east as far as the middle Danube, but
also conquered the Burgundians and drove the Ostrogoths from Provence."21 However, Clovis' heirs were known as
"do-nothing" kings. It was
during their reigns that the power of the nobility grew.
powerful lineage of nobles, the Mayors of the Palace, succeeded to the Frankish
throne in 751 with the help of the Pope.
In exchange, King Pepin defeated the Germanic Lombards of Northern
and gave the land to the Pope. Pepin's son was Charlemagne. After conquering the Lombards
in Italy, the Moslems in Spain, the Slavs in Czechoslovakia and the Saxons in
north-west Germany, Charlemagne was rewarded by the Roman Church. In 800, he was crowned "Emperor of the
Romans" by Pope Leo II.
Charlemagne's empire collapse upon his death in 814 and his title was
unused until 962.
The Holy Roman Empire
(962 - 1806)
Holy Roman Empire "... was effectively established in 962 when the pope
crowned Otto I, king of Germany, emperor at Rome. At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries,
it included all the German lands, Austria, and modern W Czechoslovakia,
Switzerland, the Low Countries, E France and N and Central Italy. The emperor was usually the dominant German
sovereign, elected by the princes and until Maximilian I, crowned by the
pope. The empire was originally seen as
a universal monarchy, modeled on the Roman Empire, the temporal equivalent and
ally of the papacy. From the 11th to the
13th centuries, however, it clashed continually with the papacy for European
supremacy...The empire endured in name until Napoleon, as Emperor of the French
ceased to recognize it in 1806; Francis II of Austria then abdicated the
this model of a European Head of State being elected by his peers and crowned
by the Pope will be the model by which the Prince will ascend to his throne!
The French Empire (1804 - 1815)
1804, Napoleon changed France's government from a republic into an Empire. He assumed the title of Emperor Napoleon
I. With the exception of Portugal and
Britain, Napoleon's Empire dominated the continent of Europe from the Atlantic
Ocean to the Russian border. The rise of
Napoleon was the demise of the Holy Roman Empire.
addition to military conquest, Napoleon engaged in economic warfare as
well. He isolated Britain from
continental markets by developing the "Continental System" and sought
to overtake her colonial possessions as well.
Initially Russia, who was allied with Napoleon, agreed to boycott
English markets. However, after
suffering economically, Russia resumed a trading relationship with
Britain. Napoleon attacked Russia and
was forced to retreat. This began the
decline of Napoleon's Empire which ended at Waterloo. After the fall of Napoleon's empire, rule of
Europe by absolute monarchy was restored by the Congress of Vienna.
that the Prince's primary area of control will be economic, perhaps it will be
the fear of exclusion from a neo-Continental System that will cause nations to
rush to be inside his “Fortress Europe”.
The German Empire
road to national German unity has been a long one. Prior to the domination of Europe by Napoleon
there were over 300 German states. Through consolidation, Napoleon reduced that
number to 100. The Congress of Vienna,
which attempted to patch Europe back together after the Napoleonic disaster,
further reduced the number of Germanic states to 38.
1862 and 1971, Prussia, one of the larger Germanic states sought to unify
Germans and create a single state. Otto
von Bismark sought to expedite unification by giving
the Germans a common foe. He
intentionally provoked the Franco-Prussian War.
This war began a period of hostilities that would eventually precipitate
two world wars. In 1871, his scheming
paid off and the German Empire was born.
William I was proclaimed Kaiser (Caesar). This empire initially stretched through much
of north-central Europe and Russia.
northern Germanic states were predominantly Protestant, while the south was
predominantly Catholic. After the German
Empire was created, Bismark began a legislative
attack against the Roman Church called Kulturkampf --
"struggle for civilization."
The Roman clergy was placed under state control. The Church could no longer influence
education. All marriages had to be civil
ceremonies. This renewed the tradition
of religious persecution in Europe.
many years of hatred and military build up, the Franco-Prussian war again
erupted as World War I. Then, on the
pretext of defending German ethnic nationals, Germany and its allies conquered
much of the continent of Europe during the 1930's. This was Adolph Hitler's Third Reich and the
beginning of World War II.
this dark period, religious hatred again flared. The Nazis controlled the Protestant
Churches. Those churchmen who would not
cooperate were placed in concentration camps.
The Roman clergy was often framed and incarcerated. Catholic education was discouraged. The Nazi regime had a particular hatred for
the Jews. German Jews were deprived of
citizenship, their synagogues were burned, their property was confiscated,
their means of livelihood was removed, they were transported to concentration
camps were they were systematically starved, tortured and murdered. German domination of Europe, and the carnage
of God's people was stopped when Germany was defeated by Russian, British and
the German Empire will be the model for the Prince's religious
persecution. He, too, will take great
delight in oppressing the Jews and will declare himself to be god their rebuilt
Temple in Jerusalem. He and his
'cabinet' of ten will also take great delight in burning Vatican City.23
Since the breakup of
Rome, there have been continuous efforts to "put it back together
again" as the Humpty-Dumpty rhyme goes. It would appear that God has stayed the hand
of the unifiers for two millennia so that He could implement His own plan of
grace. Today, the unifiers are having
increasing success. One Nazi legacy was
the seed of the current reunification effort -- the European Coal and Steel
Community, but more on that later. Soon
a "Roman" based world government will be in place, with the Prince
wearing its crown. He will have studied
his European history well, and learned its lessons of kingship, economic
dominion and religious persecution.
SECTION 3: EUROPEAN REUNIFICATION: SUCCESS AT
(mid-20th Century and
The most recent
experiment in European reunification is the European
Union - - and it appears to be meeting with success at last! Surprisingly, it has its root in the Third
Reich. The European Union began as ECSC,
the European Coal and Steel Community.
While it was founded in 1951, shortly after WWII, it was actually the
natural outgrowth of the industrial complex put in place by the Nazis:
" …the Shuman Plan,
gave birth to the first of the European Communities, the European Coal and Steel Community, which pooled the iron, steel
and coal industries of France, Germany, Italy and the Benelux [Belgium, the
Netherlands, Luxembourg] countries (soon to be known as the Six) under the
first supra-national body, the High
Authority -- forerunner of the European Commission. The other five nations had the common
experience of German occupation and control over their industry. Since the German industrial complex had
been centrally directed to the war effort, there had been considerable
co-operation between all six nations, especially in resistance to the
demands which were being made on them by Albert Speer, the Nazi industrial supremo. Grounded in
part, therefore, on their recent experience, the coal and steel industries of
the continent were a natural first step for formal collaboration. The founding treaty of this first Community
was signed in Paris on 18 April 1951."30
The Member States
have in recent years entered into an additional series of treaties expanding
powers of the central EU government.
“The Treaty on European Union, which entered
into force on 1 November 1993, sets the Member States an ambitious programme: monetary union by 1999, new common policies,
European citizenship, a common foreign and security policy and internal
security. Applying the review clause in the Maastricht
Treaty, the Member States negotiated a further treaty, signed in Amsterdam on 2
October 1997, which adapted and strengthened the Union's policies and powers,
particularly in judicial cooperation, the free movement of persons, foreign
policy and public health. The European Parliament, the Union's immediate
democratic voice, was granted new powers, confirming its role as joint
European Union: Unity in Diversity
Membership has been
continually growing, from the original six ECSC members to a number that may
soon exceed twenty-five. This growth is
both a blessing and a curse…while it expands the size and power of the
marketplace, it also presents many challenges.
It is extremely
difficult to achieve unity amid such great diversity. Ever expanding membership means ever
expanding variability and a decreased probability of speaking with “one
voice”. What interests divide the member
states? Well, nearly everything…
Level of Wealth:
Level of Need:
The early treaties
required a unanimous vote of all member states to take decisions. The competing interests of the weak and the
strong members frequently make consensus unattainable on all but the most
simple issues. A way must be found, and
will be found, for Europe to speak with a single voice:
“Henceforth, the Union
has no choice but to progress still further along the road towards an organisation which is both efficient and democratic,
capable of making decisions and taking action while preserving the identity of
its constituent States. Unless it can strengthen its structures and rationalise decision-making the Union will be faced with
the prospect of dilution or paralysis. A "Greater Europe" in
gestation will only develop into an organised power
if it is built in such a way as to be capable of speaking and acting as one.”
Could this unusual union of unequal EU member states be what
Daniel saw in his visions? It is
certainly a divided kingdom in search of a single voice. Are France, Germany, and Britain the “iron”
or the “strong” that Daniel refers to while Luxemborg,
Portugal and other weaker nations are the weak, brittle “clay”?
“…it will be a divided kingdom; but it
will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with
common clay. And as the toes of the feet
were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be
strong and part of it will be brittle.” Daniel 2:41-42
European Union: A Unique Form of Government
The European Union
has evolved a complex organization structure to represent the interests and
needs of people and governments at many levels.
As national governments have ceded portions of their sovereignty to the
EU, the responsibilities and powers of these institutions have increased
EUROPEAN UNION INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR ROLES77
The European Parliament…
…is directly elected, so it represents and coordinates the
varied interests of the people of Europe
The Council of the Union…
…is composed of the heads of state from the Member States
and therefore represents and coordinates the varied interests of the member state
The European Commission…
… is appointed by the European Parliament, so it represents
the interests of all Europe.
It is the driving force and executive body of the European Union.
The Court of Justice…
…is appointed by common accord of the Member State
governments, and is charged with ensuring compliance with EU law
The Court of Auditors…
…is appointed by Member State governments, and is charged
with ensuring the sound and lawful management of the EU budget
European Economic and Social Committee
Expresses the opinions of organised
civil society on economic and social issues
Committee of the Regions
Expresses the opinions of regional and local authorities
on regional policy, environment, and education
Deals with complaints from citizens concerning
mal-administration by an EU institution or body
European Investment Bank
Contributes to EU objectives by financing public and
private long-term investments
European Central Bank
Responsible for monetary policy and foreign exchange
The EU is an ongoing
experiment in human government. It is a
form of government unlike any other that has ever existed. It is layered and each layer plays by
different rules. The layer closest to
the people, including the European Parliament, is most likely to exhibit
democratic methods. The layer closest to
power, the European Commission, is most likely to exhibit autocratic
methods. Also, it is neither a state
government nor an international organization. Unlike a state that typically
represents one ethnic group, the European Union stretches across the continent
of Europe, encompassing all of its tribes and peoples. And unlike an international organization, it
increasingly wealds the full power and sovereignty of a state.
European Union is based on the rule of law and democracy. It is neither a new State replacing existing ones nor is it
comparable to other international organisations.
Its Member States delegate sovereignty to common institutions representing the
interests of the Union as a whole on questions of joint interest. All decisions
and procedures are derived from the basic treaties ratified by the Member
When the prophet Daniel
saw his visions of the four successive forms of world governments, he referred
to them as ‘beasts’. He described the
characteristics of the final world government, the “fourth beast”, and one of
those characteristics was its uniqueness.
Could the European Union, this experiment in world government, which is
neither state nor international organization, neither democracy nor autocracy
be the unique ‘beast’ described by Daniel?
fourth beast…was different from all the beasts [kingdoms] that were before
it...” Daniel 7:7
fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different
from all the other kingdoms...” Daniel 7:23
European Union: Ambitions of World Power
The European Union would like to become the predominant
global super-power. They have conquered their historical obstacles of tribal
warfare, cultural difference and multi-lingualism. The obstacles that it now faces in achieving
its goal are all internal. As soon as
the institutions can be restructured to accommodate the growing size and
diversity of the Union, nothing will be
The EU’s limitations are all
self-imposed, but not for long…
“The Union has already
established itself as an economic, trading and monetary power. It now has
the potential to become a political power too, if it is prepared to exploit
all the opportunities created by the Maastricht
Treaty. By now there is little distinction in practice between the Union’s
economic and diplomatic activities on the world stage.” 79
What was true when God spoke of the people of Babel, is true
“Behold they are one people, and they all have the
same language. And this is what they
began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for
them.” Genesis 11:6
The EU wants to attain economic and super-power parity with
the US and eventually surpass it.
Prodi said the EU must acquire a diplomatic and
economic machinery enabling it to compete on an equal footing with the
United States. "It is time for the Union to shoulder its responsibilities
as a world power," he said in the Commission proposal.."” 80
From all indications, the EU’s
wielding of global power will not be benign, rather it will be confrontational
and interventionist. One area where the
EU has begun challenging the U.S. is on the world currency market. Already the European Monetary Unit (EMU),
launched in January 1999 has achieved parity with the U.S. dollar and is
seeking to unseat it as the most accepted world currency.
The EU has also sought opportunities to restrict, control
and punish U.S. businesses. For example,
in 2001, the EU denied approval of the merger of General Electric with
Honeywell, thereby preventing the largest merger of two U.S. businesses and
damaging both companies.
In even more threatening moves, the EU is using the World
Trade Organization to usurp the ability of other nations to control and provide
their own governmental services. For
example, it was reported in April of 2002:
“The European Union
is demanding that foreign companies be allowed to compete with the U.S. Postal
Service as part of World Trade Organization talks that began last year.
According to a draft copy of its demands obtained by The Washington Times, Europe
also wants access to American markets for municipal water and waste services.
It also will call for foreign companies to be given access to Small Business
Administration loans. …The European demands, which will be formally
presented to the U.S. government by the end of June, mark the opening salvo in
WTO negotiations on trade in services, an area that includes industries from
finance to telecommunications to energy. …Many of the groups, especially in the
United States, say new negotiations will force cities to sell municipal
utilities such as water and electricity and could put them in the hands of
far-off corporations. "Now the
cat is out of the bag," said Ruth Caplan, who
handles trade issues for the Alliance for Democracy, a group critical of the
WTO. "From the mail we receive to the water we drink, the European
requests show that our basic public services are under threat." 81
The federalists in Europe have been pushing the EU to evolve
from a mutual cooperation union into a sovereign super-state. Globalists have
similar dreams for a world government.
Others fear the merging of those two visions.
proposals contain all the fundamental attributes of a foreign state," he
said. "This is the Europe we have feared. This is the Europe we
will fight to prevent."” 82
One of the other characteristics of the Daniel’s “fourth
beast” was comprehensive and oppressive world domination. The prophet John, foresaw its Leader being
given global ruling authority. Could
these be then next steps on the European Pathway?
“…The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom
on the earth, …and it will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush
it.” Daniel 7:23
“…and authority over every tribe and people
and tongue and nation was given to him [The Prince of Europe].” Revelation
European Commission: THE SEAT
OF EUROPEAN POWER
At the pinnacle of
European Union power is the European Commission. The Commission has four main roles83:
to propose legislation to European Parliament
and the Council;
to administer and implement EU policies;
to enforce EU law (jointly with the Court of
to act as a mouthpiece for the EU and negotiate
international agreements, mainly those relating to trade and cooperation.
It is the sole body
within the EU that can propose or modify legislation and therefore, controls
the European agenda. It is also the
institution charged with representing the interests of Europe as a whole.
Commission is composed of commissioners – one from each a member state, and the
President of the Commission. These
positions are appointed by the members and then approved by the European
Parliament to serve a five year term.
Each commissioner has a portfolio of EU functionality for which he is
responsible and is a voting member on Commission decisions.
European Commission President: FURTHER VISIONS OF WORLD POWER
It is the Commission
and its President (currently, Romano Prodi) who are
actively driving the EU to assume its position as a world power… of course,
with themselves as its head:
“"It is time for the Union to shoulder
its responsibilities as a world power," he [Mr. Prodi]
said in the Commission proposal. The
job of EU foreign policy chief, now held by Javier Solana and answerable
solely to the 15 national capitals, would be brought under the control of
the Commission as part of a broad move to unify all key functions. "If
Europe is to increase its influence on the world scene and be a credible
partner for the United States, it must speak with a single voice on all aspects of external relations," Mr Prodi said. Under the plans, the Commission would have greater
powers to set tax and budgetary policies for the members of the euro zone,
though outsiders like Britain would retain some leeway to run their own
economies. … Michael Ancram, Conservative
foreign affairs spokesman, said Mr Prodi and the Commission had " blown the cover"
on Mr Blair's carefully orchestrated attempt to
suggest that the European Project would not lead to a European superstate. "Today's proposals contain all
the fundamental attributes of a foreign state," he said. "This is
the Europe we have feared. This is the Europe we will fight to
While the Commission
already is arguably the most powerful institution in the EU, European business
Leaders would like to see the role of the Commission and the Commission
President further strengthened:
“Leading European industrialists on Tuesday
added their influential voice to the growing battle over who should run the
European Union by calling for a reinforcement of the powers of the Commission.The
European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) told members of the convention on
the future of Europe, including its head, former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, that a stronger Commission was "vital"
if Europe was to be more competitive.
Grouping the heads of 44 of Europe's largest industrial groups and
multinationals, the ERT told the convention that the Commission was "the
genuinely Europe-focused institution and the one most capable of articulating
the common European interest above national and regional interests". …Business leaders also want the powers of
the Commission president reinforced to give him greater influence in
selecting commissioners and managing the college of commissioners. To enhance
his authority, the president would have to be nominated by a more direct and
democratic system.” 85
As the Commission
amasses and consolidates its power, it is becoming clear that this ‘unique’
beast is quickly evolving into “an economic government” that ultimately could
subdue the world:
PRODI, the president of the European Commission, wants Brussels to take
far-reaching new powers
over government spending, foreign policy, defence and
police to try to transform the European Union into a global superpower. In a
speech in Bruges yesterday, Mr Prodi said the commission was planning to tighten its grip
over the tax and spending policy of Britain and other member states. Controls
imposed by the union's growth and stability pact did not go far enough to
safeguard the euro for the long term, he said. Mr Prodi proposed "a model budget policy" as the
next stage towards economic union. He did not give details, but said the policy
would be backed by a binding code of conduct to ensure each country
stuck to budget rules "fully consistent with the economic policy of the
euro area". Mr
Prodi described the new instrument as a
"mechanism for managing the economy", a clear indication that the
plans go far beyond anything existing in union law. He said it would serve as fiscal a
counterpart to the European Central Bank, which has sole control over monetary
policy in the euro zone. Commission officials said yesterday the mechanism
would apply to all union states, whether or not they were members of the
euro. Critics said the proposal was an
attempt to strip governments of control over their budgets. Theresa Villiers, MEP, the Conservative economics spokesman, said: "This
is the next step towards the creation of an economic government. As we always
suspected, it shows that the euro is just a stepping stone towards a harmonised tax and spending policy." Mr Prodi called for sweeping changes in defence
and internal security, saying the terrorist
attacks on September 11 had changed the political landscape and made it
imperative to accelerate the pace of European integration.In a move certain to meet stiff resistance from London
and Paris, he called for "the entire foreign and security policy of the
union" to be brought under EU control, saying that "piecemeal"
diplomacy was preventing the union from playing its full role in the
called for enhanced powers for Europol and for
"the creation of an integrated European police force to combat terrorism
and organised crime". The details were sketchy, but Mr Prodi's spokesman acknowledged
yesterday for the first time that Europol might start
to acquire an "FBI structure". Until now, the commission has denied
that the union was developing a federal police apparatus.” 86
The Prophet John saw
this coming “economic government” - - a government that controlled the world
through its economic power and methods.
He observed that the Prince of that government would use his 'Cabinet
Chief' to institute an global economic system which controls all buying and
selling and therefore controls the entire world.
“…and he provides that non one
should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mar, either the
name of the beast or the number of his name…” Revelation 13:17
How soon will it be
before security concerns (e.g. credit card theft, identity theft, movement of
terrorist funds, speeded airport entry, etc.) persuade us to have personal
identification and credit card information bio-implanted? The technology is here already, it’s called VeriChip.
How long will it take
this system to achieve critical mass in the population such that we reach a
point where you won’t be able to buy or sell without that “secure ID”? …”Sorry,
sir, I know you are hungry, but what can I do?
You are not in our store’s check out system…” Who will be able to stand against such a
system, and retain his life …and his soul?
"And the smoke of their torment goes up
forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the
beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name" Revelation 14:11
Some will reject the mark and choose God and eternal life
over daily bread. The price will be
persecution and often martyrdom… but the time will be brief and enduring faith
will be rewarded by God.
"And you will be hated by all on account of My
name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. But whenever they persecute you in this city,
flee to the next: for truly I say to you, you shall not finish going through
the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes" Matthew 10:22-23
European Commission: THE RISE OF THE ‘SUPER-COMMISSIONERS’
As a direct result of
expanding EU membership, the Commission has become dysfunctional. Optimal size for an effective committee is
12-15. It is nearly impossible to get a
committee of 20 or more members to make good, timely decisions. The criteria for membership and operations of
the Commission must change. One of the
extremely interesting proposals put on the table has been the appointment of a
limited number of commissioners to an “inner cabinet of super-commissioners”:
“Romano Prodi, the European Commission's president, unveiled plans
yesterday for an inner cabinet of powerful super-commissioners with control
over the commanding heights of the Brussels system. A handful of commissioners will run key areas
such as foreign policy, economic management, employment and social affairs,
giving strategic direction to a second tier of junior commissioners in charge
of each sector. …The structure is designed to stop the total breakdown of
decision-making in Brussels once
10 new states join the European Union in 2004, each demanding at least one
commissioner and a place at the top table.
Mr Prodi said that
unless the system was radically reformed, there would soon be 30 or 35
commissioners plus their support staff sitting round a single table, turning
the commission's elite "college" into an unworkable talking shop like
the old Soviet praesidium. "Maintaining the status quo is not an
option - it would simply lead to paralysis," he said. The plans are aimed at restoring the tattered
credibility of the institution after a series of humiliating setbacks and complaints
about a tendency to advance policies that pull in opposite directions.”
Other reports have
indicated that the Commission President would like to appoint TEN
vice-presidents to his inner cabinet:
“ROMANO PRODI – president of the European Commission
wants to prove an enlarged Commission of 25 or 30 commissioners will be able to
operate. …According to Mr. Prodi’s plan, he would
name about ten people of his team to be vice-presidents who would meet as
often as once a week and prepare the ground for the whole college of
commissioners. …Mr. Prodi is planning the reforms
without changing the EU treaties. “88
In the book of Revelation, we are told a “mystery”, and its
explanation which may refer to this inner cabinet of the European
“…I shall tell you the mystery of
the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and
the ten horns. …And the ten horns
which you saw are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but
they receive authority as kings with
the beast for one hour. These have
one purpose and they give their power and authority to the beast.” Revelation
Perhaps the prophet
Daniel is also describing the Prince’s appointment of his most trusted
Commissioners to this inner cabinet:
“…he will give great honor to those who
acknowledge him, and he will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel
out land for a price.” Daniel 11:39
What can we glean from these verses? In addition to the final world government
being lead by the “beast”- - the “prince who is to come”, there will also be a
high powered cabinet of “kings” with whom he governs. As time has passed, the European Commission
of the present and near term future have become more and more aligned with
these prophetic details.
PROPHECY AND THE EMERGING EUROPEAN COMMISSION
PROPHETICALLY, THE PRINCE’S CABINET…
MUCH LIKE TODAY’S…
…will consist of ten men
… Prodi proposal on an “inner cabinet” of 10
…members are appointed (e.g.
authority is given to them)
… European Commissioners are appointed by both the
European Parliament and will be appointed to the inner cabinet by the
… members are not kings in the sense that they have
kingdoms, but rather act as kings, meaning that they have authority over their
areas of assigned responsibility
…European Commissioners who are assigned a portfolio over which they have authority and act on
behalf of the EU (e.g. Internal Market, Taxation and Customs Union; External
Relations; Trade, Enlargement; etc.)
… will be given authority at the same time that authority is
given to the Prince
… European Commission and President whose appointments are approved at the same time by the
… is given authority for a specific limited term of office
(e.g. ‘one hour’)
… European Commission that is appointed for a 5 year term
… members rule
collectively with one purpose
… European Commission takes
decisions collectively with each commissioner acting as a voting
… uses their power and area of responsibility to execute the will
of the Prince
… Commissioners who will soon have to be loyal followers
of the President in order to secure his appointment to become a
super-commissioner and execute his agenda
… members are elevated to places
of honor by the Prince
… elevation to the proposed inner
cabinet of super- commissioners will be at the discretion of the
… will rule over people
and distribute land
… the proposed inner cabinet super-commissioners
may be given regions to administrate - - well have to wait and see.
European Commission: AUTHORITY OF THE CABINET CHIEF
As the power of the
European Commission has expanded, the Commission President has had to
increasingly rely on his Cabinet Chief to assist him with operations. The following is a description of the working
relationship of a previous President, Jacque Delors,
with his Cabinet Chief, Pascal Lamy:
" Many commission
officials reckon that Mr Delors's "chef de cabinet", Mr. Pascal Lamy is a Bocuse among
"chefs", exercising more power than any of the other 16
commissioners. He controls access to
the President; Mr. Delors often uses him as a
proxy in dealings with fellow-commissioners. Mr. Lamy also
dominates the Monday morning meeting of "chefs de cabinet", which
sets the agenda for the Wednesday meeting of the commissioners and tries to
take as many routine decisions as possible.
Mr. Lamy often gets his way, and not just
because he speaks for the president.
He has a piercing mind and a forceful, occasionally explosive, style. One former commissioner, Mr. Peter
Sutherland, called him "Delors's Exocet". … As president,
Mr. Delors must be seen to be impartial, so he uses
Mr. Lamy to promote his own interests -- which
include assuring the French government that he has not forgotten Colbert."66
(Note: Pascal Lamy is still a
Commissioner, now with authority over the European Union’s External Trade
We can see from this
report, that a Cabinet Chief can…
…have more power than other commissioners
…have and control access to the President
…exercise the authority of the President, that is “speak for
the President”, when dealing with Commissioners
…can dominate peers, meetings and control the agenda
…have a style that is disarming
…be used by the President to manipulate other.
The prophet John
describes the Prince’s Cabinet Chief in Revelation 13:11-18 in somewhat similar
terms. He provides us with great detail
about this man, including the facts that he….
speaks like a
dragon -- or perhaps in today’s parlance, an 'exocet'
delegated the Prince's authority and acts in his stead
worship the Prince
and wonders in order to deceive
can cause fire
to come down from the sky on command (satellite based laser?)
calls on the
world to make an image of the Prince for worship
image to speak
image to kill non-worshipers
Prince’s economic system
everyone to receive the "mark of the beast" either on their right
hand or forehead– (bio-implanted ID/ credit card?)
buying and selling via the mark (global point of sale system using bio-implants
for currency transactions?)
between the European Union and the prophesied kingdom of the “prince who is to
come” are not accidental. European
integration is going to proceed according to God's timetable - - and that will
be at increasing speed.
off guard successively by the collapse of Communism, the unification of Germany
and the Persian Gulf crisis, the [EU] is now using all three surprises to give
new momentum to its search for greater economic and political unity...Yet
events of recent months appear to have convinced most community governments
that they must accelerate their step-by-step approach to integration if the
region is to emerge as a major economic bloc that can play a major political
role in the world..."What at one point looked like threats to the
community have now turned into opportunities," one French government
Those who follow the
unfolding of history in the light of the prophetic word recognize that the
Kingdom of God is at hand. We are also
told in Matthew 24, that events in these last days will accelerate, using the
simile of birth pangs that accelerate and intensify signaling an impending arrival.
There is no way that
momentum toward a European-centered world government will be stopped or even
slowed. We are living in momentous
days. We are witnessing God's
intervention in world events. He is
personally executing His plans and bringing about the reign of His Messiah,
Jesus. As the world around us seems to
be headed down the slippery slope of terror, lawlessness, war, privation,
plague, famine and even global dictatorship that will attend man's final
attempt at global management, it is good to know that the God of Israel, the
Lord of Hosts, reigns.
EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE COVENANT
The bonds between the
European Union and Israel are tight - - more like a noose than a
friendship. The EU is Israel's largest
trading partner and a major creditor.
The Europeans have frequently used this trading relationship to pressure
and manipulate Israel. The European
Parliament has levied sanctions against Israel57 for its treatment
of its Palestinian population and tried to force them to comply with the EU’s visions for
Middle East peace.
have always been with the Arabs. Their Arabist history and anti-Semitism have prevented them from
dealing equitably with Israel. These Arabist sympathies date back to the end of World War I,
when the Europeans became custodians of Arab lands formerly held by the Turkish
Ottoman Empire. Since that time, Europe
has been fascinated with the 'Bedouin mystique'. This romance has impeached their judgement in
the area of Arab-Israeli affairs, as evidenced by their previous betrayals of
"Western Europe now
wants to play the role of mediator, "as important as that of the
U.S.," in the Middle East. But its
policies over the past decades hardly provide the credentials of an honest broker. During the war of 1973, when it was clear
that the Egyptian-Syrian assault placed Israel's very existence in jeopardy,
West European countries, FORMALLY COMMITTED TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY, refused not
only to aid this country but even to grant landing rights to the American
As we discussed in
Chapter 2, one of the major prophetic Signposts is the Middle East Peace
Covenant. This will be a covenant
drafted by the Prince, entered into by 'many' nations, and will address
The Europeans are
anxious to have an expanded role in the Middle East. However, Israel is nervous about European
participation in the "peace process" as well they might be. Israel is a key portion of Europe's
Mediterranean ambitions. Following in
the footsteps of Imperial Rome, the influence of the new Europe is expanding to
the south, across the Mediterranean - - Africa's Maghreb
region -- Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. The next step along this pathway is an
International Conference on the Middle East.
The Seville European Council, 21-22 June 2002, issued the
“Declaration of the European Union on the Middle East” which states the
“The crisis in the
Middle East has reached a dramatic turning point. Further escalation will render
the situation uncontrollable. The parties on their own cannot find a solution. There
is an urgent need for political action by the whole international community.
The Quartet has a key role to play in starting a peace process. The European Council supports the early
convening of an international conference. That conference should address
political and economic aspects as well as matters relating to security. It
should confirm the parameters of the political solution and establish a
realistic and well-defined time scale. … The European Union stands ready to
contribute fully to peace-building, as well as to the reconstruction of the
Palestinian economy as an integral part of regional development. The European Union will work with the parties
and with its partners in the international community, especially with the
United States in the framework of the Quartet, to pursue every opportunity for
peace and for a decent future for all the people of the region.”
Perhaps we will soon
see the Signpost of the Middle East Peace Covenant.
We have previously
discussed how the European Commission and its President may soon fill the
prophetic roles of the “prince who is to come” and his inner cabinet of 10
kings. We also know that the Prince will
be the author of this prophesied Middle East Peace Covenant. Based on the following definition of
Commission responsibilities, it would make perfect sense for the Commission
President to be that self same princely author:
European Commission is an important mouthpiece for the European Union on the
international stage, in particular when it comes to negotiating
international agreements on the external aspect of EU policies.”
Actually, this is an
extremely interesting selection of words.
For in Revelation 13:5, we are told that the Prince acts as the 'mouth'
for the beastly government of John's vision!
As we discussed in
Chapter 2, the Prince will only observe the terms of the Covenant for three and
a half years -- then Israel will be oppressed.
Given their ongoing heavy handed dealings with Israel and their track
record of questionable reliability, it is not hard to imagine a European
betrayal of Israel in the middle of the Covenant's term. Even knowing this, Israel's dependence upon
EU trade and the force of international public opinion, will compel them to
dance to the devil's tune.
REVIEW OF THE PATHWAY OF EUROPE
The Pathway of Europe
began in the days of Imperial Rome.
Since the Germanic tribes precipitated the fall of Rome, there has been
a near continuous effort to reinstate central European government. In the last half century, reunification
efforts have been proving successful.
The European Union has once again brought together the nations who were
formerly ‘Rome’ and has become a growing economic and political world
power. The structure of the European
Union cannot stand, and proposals for its reorganization only increase the
‘goodness of fit’ of this organization to the prophesied kingdom of the “prince
who is to come.”
We can see the Signpost of the Middle East Peace Covenant
on the horizon. Just prior to that, the
identity of Prince will be revealed. He
and his inner cabinet will install global systems that will have this planet’s
economy humming like a fine Swiss clock.
In an act of self-gratitude, he will have himself deified. Anyone who does not participate in his
worship and global management systems will be committing capital crimes. Just as in Imperial Rome, Judeo-Christians
will be the only group who have problems with emperor worship and will face
persecution and death. He will move
European headquarters from Brussels to the "internationalized" city
of Jerusalem, befitting his elevation to a new divine global role. Instead of arriving at the anticipated Signpost of the Messianic Kingdom, the
world will sadly find itself at the Signpost
of the Prince and His Kingdom.
From there, the
Pathway of Europe will lead on, three and a half years later to the Signpost of Armageddon. Here the usurper Prince will do battle with
the true King of Jerusalem -- Messiah Jesus.
It is in this final battle for world dominion that the Prince will fall,
and the Pathway of Europe will abruptly end.
All travellers who meet the Messiah's
"visa requirements" will then proceed on the Pathway of Israel – at
the Signpost of the Messianic Kingdom.
We will all soon be
travelling -- either in the Rapture to meet our Lord or into the territory of
this evil Prince. Both roads converge at
the Messianic Kingdom, but one is a high road and one is a low road. Taking the detour at the Signpost of the Rapture will lead us immediately into our Lord's
presence in the New Jerusalem. The
pathway through the Prince’s Europe will lead through great trials, peril and
Beloved in Jesus,
remember that you are in the priesthood of the Most High God, the God of
Israel. Use your office wisely and
efficiently! Your "transfer"
is being processed and time is short!
Pray that the
Holy Spirit will purify and prepare your heart for these final days before the
Lord takes us Home.
Pray that the
Holy Spirit will prepare the hearts of your loved ones to hear the message that
God seeks to make peace with men, and has provided a Messiah.
differences with all men, and be obedient to God's leading.
Pray that the
words that you share may take root that very day. If they do not, pray that the Lord would give
your loved one perfect recall, so that they might remember your words when
their heart is ready.
Pray that they
might be protected from the spiritual deception that will come upon the world
after the Rapture.
Pray that if
you have missed the Rapture that God will grant you the grace to live and if
necessary, die for Him faithfully.
I believe, along with
many others, that the Rapture will occur before the Middle East Peace Covenant
is signed. Therefore, if the Prince’s Kingdom is emerging before our eyes, and
an imposed Middle East Peace Covenant is a heartbeat away, then is not our Lord
almost at the door? Truly, truly, our