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Signs of the Times – What about the EU?

What about the EU? 

According to Bible prophecy there will be a revived Roman Empire in the last days of this age.  Certain prophecies in Daniel and Revelation indicate that this will be the case. For more on this see our article ‘The EU is it prophesied in the Bible?’  Here are some recent articles on the EU from our monthly Signs of the Times: 

Atheist says abandoning Christianity is causing Europe to commit suicide.  September 2017. 

‘Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide.’ Those are the opening words of Douglas Murray’s controversial best-seller, ‘The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.’  What Murray means when he says that Europe is ‘committing suicide’ is that ‘the civilisation we know as Europe is in the process of committing suicide.’  It’s a fate that neither his native ‘Britain nor any other Western European country can avoid . . . because [they] all appear to suffer from the same symptoms and maladies.’ 

It’s Murray’s diagnosis of these ‘symptoms and maladies’ that should interest Christians.  As the subtitle suggests, Murray’s book covers much of the same ground as other recent books by authors such as Mark Steyn, Bruce Bawer, and the French novelist Michelle Houellebecq.  These books seek to warn readers about the threat to European institutions and values posed by mass Islamic immigration.   

While Murray is, to put it mildly, sceptical about the possibility of successfully assimilating millions of Muslim immigrants and their children, this mass migration alone wasn’t enough to cause the ‘strange death’ alluded to in his title.  As Murray tells readers, ‘even the mass movement of millions of people into Europe would not sound such a final note for the continent were it not for the fact that (coincidentally or otherwise) at the same time Europe lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy.’ 

In other words, it is mass Islamic immigration plus Europe’s spiritual exhaustion–my words not his–that threaten to put an end to European civilisation.  And at the heart of the loss of faith Murray cites is Europe’s turning its back on Christianity.  In one chapter he writes about a sense shared by many European intellectuals, including himself, that ‘life in modern liberal democracies is to some extent thin or shallow and that life in modern Western Europe in particular has lost its sense of purpose.’  

According to Murray, ‘Here is an inheritance of thought and culture and philosophy and religion which has nurtured people for thousands of years and may well fulfil you too.’  The ‘religion’ Murray refers to is, of course, Christianity, which he calls the ‘source’ of European ideas about rights, laws, and the institutions that protect them. 

He tells his secularized readers that ‘There is no reason why the inheritor of a Judeo-Christian civilization and Enlightenment Europe should spend much, if any, of their time warring with those who still hold the faith from which so many of those beliefs and rights spring.’   

He also derides the varieties of ‘European Christianity [that] have lost the confidence to proselytise or even believe in their own message.’  This lack of confidence, in Murray’s estimation, is why some young Europeans turn to Islam, which doesn’t suffer from the sense that ‘the story has run out.’ 

What makes Murray’s account especially interesting is that he is a self-described atheist.  His reasons for disbelief aren’t particularly persuasive, but that doesn’t negate his much-needed reminder of Europe’s debt to Christianity and how its rejection of its Christian past threatens its future.  The same, of course, could be said about America. 

As Murray writes, ‘If being ‘European’ is not about race–as we hope it is not–then it is even more imperative that it is about ‘values.’  This is what makes the question ‘What are European values?’ so important.’  It’s a question that can’t be answered without first acknowledging the source of those values. 

The Empire strikes back.  Items of interest about the EU.  May 2017.  

  1. The EU establishment breathed a sigh of relief as Euro enthusiast Emanuel Macron easily saw off the ‘populist’ threat from Marine le Pen’s Front National in the French elections.

At the beginning of the year there was talk about a ‘populist’ revolt against the EU and the possibility of anti-EU candidates doing well in elections in Holland and France.  Some even speculated that these core EU countries could move towards the EU exit.  In the event the Empire struck back as populist candidates were easily defeated and the EU establishment saw its men voted into power.    

In France Emmanuel Macron was billed by some as the outsider, ‘breaking the mould’ of French politics, when his new party En Marche won the victory and the established parties of right and left were defeated.  In fact Macron is the ultimate establishment insider, dedicated to forwarding the globalist agenda for France and Europe.   

On the night of his election triumph, Macron walked up to give his victory address in Paris to the tune of the EU anthem, which is based on Schiller’s poem ‘Ode to Joy’ from Beethoven’s 9th symphony.  Not the French Marseillaise but the EU’s German based anthem!  Incidentally ‘Ode to Joy’ begins with the lines ‘Joy, sweet spark of the gods, daughter of Elysium.  We tread, drunk with fire, heavenly one, your magic kingdom.’  If that sounds a bit pagan to you, it is!  He stood in front of the Louvre with its ‘New Age’ pyramid behind him pledging his allegiance to France, the EU and a ‘new humanism’.   

Macron is dedicated to the EU’s policy of ‘population change’. He wants to address Europe’s ‘demographic deficit’ caused by the aging of ethnic European populations by more immigration.  He has proposed an exchange with Algeria to ‘encourage mobility between the two shores of the Mediterranean’. He also declared that, ‘France must take its fair share of refugees’.  

Almost all refugees arriving in France are Muslims. France already has the greatest percentage of Muslims in Europe. Macron wants Islam to have more room in France saying, ‘Today, Muslims of France are poorly treated.  Tomorrow, a new structure will make it possible to relaunch the work sites of the Muslim religion in France: the construction and the improvement of worthy places of worship will take place where their presence is necessary, and the training of imams of France will be organised.’ 

The French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood congratulated Macron on his victory. It published an official communiqué saying: ‘Muslims think that the new President of the Republic will allow the reconciliation of France with itself and will allow us to go farther, together.’  If the Muslim Brotherhood thinks Macron’s victory will allow it to further with its agenda for the country, that is not good news for the French.  It appears that the EU elite have their reasons for wanting to bring about the Islamisation of Europe as a way of destroying national and Christian identity.  

Macron has proposed a common euro zone budget and a finance minister to represent the 19-nation single currency area, in other words a deeper level of Euro integration.  He has also taken part in discussions between France and Germany for a joint EU army.  France, Germany, Italy and Spain pushed for the plans with French President Emmanuel Macron, who threw his weight behind a common European defence during his election campaign, branding the steps ‘historic’.  All of this lines up with the proposal of the European Commission at the Rome Summit of March 25 for member states ‘to share more power, resources and decision-making across the board’ and to work for deeper levels of integration. 

European Unity in the face of a fraying world order.  March 2017. 

Nothing illustrates the crisis facing the world order more than a letter circulated by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council. Tusk’s message, addressed to the leaders of the European Union’s member states, pointed to the other Donald, describing the Trump administration as one of the potential ‘external’ threats facing Europe. 

He wrote, ‘The challenges currently facing the European Union are more dangerous than ever before in the time since the signature of the Treaty of Rome. Today we are dealing with three threats, which have previously not occurred, at least not on such a scale. 

The first threat, an external one, is related to the new geopolitical situation in the world and around Europe. An increasingly, let us call it, assertive China, especially on the seas, Russia’s aggressive policy towards Ukraine and its neighbours, wars, terror and anarchy in the Middle East and in Africa, with radical Islam playing a major role, as well as worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable. For the first time in our history, in an increasingly multipolar external world, so many are becoming openly anti-European, or Euro sceptic at best. Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy. 

The second threat, an internal one, is connected with the rise in anti-EU, nationalist, increasingly xenophobic sentiment in the EU itself. National egoism is also becoming an attractive alternative to integration. In addition, centrifugal tendencies feed on mistakes made by those, for whom ideology and institutions have become more important than the interests and emotions of the people.  

The third threat is the state of mind of the pro-European elites. A decline of faith in political integration, submission to populist arguments as well as doubt in the fundamental values of liberal democracy are all increasingly visible. 

In a world full of tension and confrontation, what is needed is courage, determination and political solidarity of Europeans. Without them we will not survive. If we do not believe in ourselves, in the deeper purpose of integration, why should anyone else? In Rome we should renew this declaration of faith. In today’s world of states-continents with hundreds of millions of inhabitants, European countries taken separately have little weight. But the EU has demographic and economic potential, which makes it a partner equal to the largest powers. For this reason, the most important signal that should come out of Rome is that of readiness of the 27 to be united. A signal that we not only must, but we want to be united.’ 

If we are correct in saying that the EU is the revived Roman Empire out of which the Antichrist will arise, we should expect that it will survive the forces currently threatening it.  At the same time it will remain an unstable coalition – the ‘iron and the clay’ which form the feet of the image of Daniel 2.  This describes the world system in the days before the second coming of Christ.  ’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.   As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.’  Daniel 2.41-43.   

European army coming.  June 2017. 

Germany’s parliamentary defence commissioner, Hans-Peter Bartels, has renewed calls for a joint EU army amid concerns about the reliability of the NATO alliance and disorganisation and fragmentation of national defence structures. 

Speaking to the German Press Agency on 19th June, Hans-Peter Bartels, the Germany Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, called on the 28-nation bloc’s militaries to unite into a single armed force.  ‘We are currently disorganised, technically fragmented and duplicate structures unnecessarily.  We do not want to go down the solitary national path anymore. Not in Germany, not in the Netherlands, not in the Czech Republic and not in Italy.  In the end, there will be a European army,’ he stated. 

Since around 2013, Germany has been overseeing efforts towards closer EU defence integration through the Framework Nations Concept, through which it plans to share troops and capabilities with other European countries. Two Dutch brigades have already been integrated into the Bundeswehr’s Rapid Response Forces Division and 1st Armoured Division, and there are also plans for Czech and Romanian forces to do the same.  In March, the European Union also announced the opening of a ‘joint military headquarters.’  

The concept of a European army has also been put forward by other figures in the EU establishment including the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who told the newspaper Die Welt in 2015 that ‘a common European army would convey a clear message to Russia that we are serious about defending our European values.’ 

There has been more talk of greater Europe defence integration, repeatedly opposed by Britain but supported by Germany and France, in the wake of Donald Trump’s remarks about NATO being ‘obsolete.’ The US president had complained that some of America’s allies are not paying enough money towards their own defence. In May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed that Europe can no longer depend on its allies in Britain and the United States and that ‘we Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.’ 

Meanwhile Europe has to face up to a different army aiming at its destruction, the army of Islamic jihad.  In the four European countries most targeted by terror attacks — Britain, France, Belgium and Germany — the number of official extremists has reached 66,000. That sounds like a real army, on active duty. 

Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 Islamic extremists living in Britain as potential terrorists. The number reveals the real extent of the jihadist threat in the UK. The scale of the Islamist challenge facing the security services was disclosed after intense criticism that many opportunities to stop the Manchester suicide bomber had been overlooked.  French authorities are monitoring 15,000 Islamists, according a database created in March 2015 and managed by France’s Counter-Terrorism Coordination Unit. Different surveys estimate up to 20,000 French radical Islamists.  The number on Belgium’s anti-terror watch-list surged from 1,875 in 2010 to 18,884 in 2017. In Molenbeek, the well-known jihadist nest in the EU capital, Brussels, intelligence services are monitoring 6,168 Islamists.  

ISIS recruiting and propaganda propelled the number of known extremists in Sweden from 200 in 2010 to several thousand in 2017, according to an Associated Press report. Those numbers represent a tangible threat in light of the April 7 terrorist attack in Stockholm when an Islamic extremist killed four people with a van and wounded many others.  ‘We have never seen anything like it before,’ said Anders Thornberg, chief of SAPO, Sweden’s security force. ‘We would say that it has gone from hundreds to thousands now.’ 

These Islamists are building a powerful infrastructure of terror inside Europe’s cities. These terror bases are self-segregated, multicultural enclaves in which extremist Muslims promote Islamic fundamentalism and implement Islamic law, Sharia. The extremist Muslims can get their weapons from the Balkans, where, thanks to Europe’s open borders, they can travel with ease. They can also get their money from abroad, thanks to countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These Islamists can self-finance through the mosques they run, as well as get ‘human resources,’ donated by unvetted mass migration coming through the Mediterranean. 

The terrorists’ ransom is already visible: they have destabilised the democratic process in many European countries and are drafting the terms of freedom of expression. They have been able to pressure Europe into moving the battle-front from the Middle East to Europe itself. Of all the French soldiers engaged in military operations, half are deployed inside France; in Italy, more than half of Italian soldiers are used in ‘Safe Streets,’ the operation keeping Italy’s cities safe. 

Europe’s leaders have shown themselves completely inadequate as to how to deal with this threat, often turning on those who oppose Islamisation and Islamist terrorism, accusing them of Islamophobia, rather than dealing effectively with the problem of radical Islam, which is threatening the future of European society.    

Angela Merkel has said that Europe must take more Muslim refugees and that Islam is a peaceful religion.  She said that ‘Islam is not the source of terrorism’ but the Christians who make Muslims feel angry because of ‘Islamophobia’.   

Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage — one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years.  City officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Now, however, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens.  

Opponents of this move have argued that efforts by the state to seize private property are autocratic and reek of Communism. ‘The proposed confiscation of private land and buildings is a massive attack on the property rights of the citizens of Hamburg,’ said André Trepoll of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU). ‘It amounts to an expropriation by the state.’   

One development not so helpful to the EU empire is the surprise resignation of the former Austrian Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, as a result of which the Austrian coalition government has called an early national election this Autumn. A fresh election could benefit the anti-mass migration Freedom Party which will likely campaign on similar issues as Norbert Hofer did in last year’s presidential election. Hofer ran on a platform that would be tougher on immigration, radical Islam, and Islamisation. 

The former candidate also met with several other Central European leaders and expressed a desire to see Austria join the Visegrád group which currently consists of Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.  The Visegrad group remains opposed to Merkel’s plan to spread refugees around Europe. 

Tony Pearce

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