Investors Business Daily Op-Ed: For those not in the know, this (past) weekend marks the gala 60th anniversary of the formation of what eventually became the European Union. Celebrate while you can, because it might not make it to 61.
The European Union will “celebrate” its 60th birthday officially on Saturday in a sad effort to make itself look still relevant. We don’t mean to be snide, but it has precious little to celebrate.
Starting small, the 1957 Treaty of Rome created what was then called the European Economic Community from just six countries. It should have stayed small. more …
Opinion: An innocuous treaty in 1951 led to the Treaty of Rome:
The European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) 1951 – meant to coordinate the production of coal and steel within Europe. Signed by France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
The ESSC was then followed by three more treaties which established a “European Union”:
The Treaty of Rome 1957 – this same group of countries opened the door to the creation of the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community or EURATOM to create a common market based on the freedom of movement of people, goods, and services.
The Treaty of Brussels 1967 – the objective was to merge the existing institutions
The Treaty of Maastricht 1993 – from this moment on, it is possible to speak of a genuine European Union, with the addition of intergovernmental cooperation in such areas as foreign policy and internal security.
The collective treaties granted EU citizenship to every person who was a citizen of a member state and preceded two more treaties that allowed for additional member states and leadership:
The Treaty of Amsterdam 1999 – sought to reform the EU institutions in preparation for the arrival of new countries.
The TREATY OF LISBON 2007 – introduced the figure of the President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security .
Daniel 2:40-43 prophesied 25 centuries ago that it would consist of partly strong and partly weak nations that would rule the western world.
“And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.”
It is clear that the only legitimate candidate for a revived Roman Empire is Europe and the mixture of strong northern EU nations is currently having great difficulty mixing with the weaker southern EU nations. Iron and clay.
That the current twenty-eight member European Union’s economy (soon to be 27 with the UK Brexit) is in free-fall and the future of the Euro is in doubt, is further evidence of Daniel’s prophecy being fulfilled right in front of our eyes today.
But Daniel does not leave us guessing. In Daniel 9:26 we are told that a leader will rise from the empire that destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and sanctuary (temple) that took place when the Roman Empire did both.
That a leader will rise out of chaos in Europe is almost a cliche:
- Charlemagne ruled much of Western Europe from 768 to 814
- Napoleon conquered much of Europe during the French Revolution (1789-1799)
- Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945
Daniel 7:23-24 records that the Revived empire will be split into 10 regions with 10 leaders, and Daniel 8:23 tells us that the final European leader, the eleventh king, will have power that will make those who preceded him seem like choirboys:
“His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.”