Article written in April 2016, before the UK Referendum on Europe.
Now that the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has been fixed for June 23rd we can expect a great deal to be said, written and discussed on this subject. There are many arguments given on both sides of this choice, mostly to do with whether or not we benefit economically from EU membership, national sovereignty and migration.
Understanding the EU is not easy. Its agreements and treaties are written in documents hundreds of pages long, in language that is quite impenetrable to the average person. Nations sign up for treaties and agreements which have a great affect on their people’s lives, but most people have little idea what they mean until it is too late to make any changes to them. Once powers have been surrendered in EU treaties they cannot be repatriated.
A good explanation to all this can be found in the pamphlet ‘Tackling the EU Empire’ by Professor Anthony Coughlan (www.brugesgroup.com) which I will give a brief summary of.
Former EU Commission President Barroso said: ‘Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire.’ The construction of this ‘empire’ began after World War 2 with the USA encouraging western nations to closer economic and political cooperation in order to prevent more European wars, to act as a bulwark against Soviet communism and provide an economic base for the NATO alliance. The process which began with European Coal and Steel Community Treaty in 1951, developed into the Treaty of Rome in 1957, which established the European Economic Community (EEC). In this treaty the six original countries signing it, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, stated their determination to ‘lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe’.
These words imply a commitment to indefinite further integration, which is precisely what has happened in the development of the EU as an empire, ever increasing its power. From the six states of the original EEC it has now expanded to the present 28 states of the EU taking in most of Europe, including the British Isles, Spain and Portugal, most of Scandinavia, Greece and parts of former Yugoslavia, much of Eastern Europe apart from Russia. Now, approximately 500 million people are under a new, single (though not completed united) government, called the European Union, headquartered in Brussels.
Professor Coughlan describes the ideology of the EU as ‘Supranationalism’, from Latin supra meaning ‘above’. Nation States surrender their authority to a superior entity which is ‘above’ them and rules them, having legal primacy over them in the policy areas surrendered. The effect of this is that different countries are ruled by a centralised bureaucracy in Brussels, with state sovereignty eroded and most laws coming from Brussels. If an individual EU State does not obey an EU law it is liable to have heavy and repeated fines imposed on it. Membership of the EU means that any national law that seeks to enforce a national ‘common good’ in the economic sphere must give way to supranational EU law in all areas covered by the Treaties.
EU-based transnational capital, business firms with branches in different EU countries, are the principal lobbyists for ever further integration. US headquartered businesses in Europe have a similar interest. They influence politicians and media through bodies like the European Roundtable of Industrialists, the European Banking Federation and Business Europe. The latter body links the industrial and employers’ confederations of the EU and numerous business federations and business-financed think-tanks. These finance the European Movement and other federalist lobby-groups and have been powerful pushers of successive EU treaties. They in turn interact with secretive bodies like the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission (both globalist one world government organisations).
The EU treaties are backed by law by the European Court of Justice which enforces the EU’s foundational ‘four freedoms’ – free movement of goods, services, capital and labour. No government or elected parliament may legally violate or change them, regardless of the wishes of their voters. The freedom of movement law means that our government is powerless to stop the flow of migrants into Britain.
Once a national power has been surrendered to Brussels, it becomes part of the so called ‘acquis communautaire’, the totality of laws and powers that have been ‘acquired’ by the EU and that are binding on all EU members. This is sometimes referred to as ‘the doctrine of the occupied field’. Once a field of policy has been occupied by Brussels, it stays occupied. In the sixty years since the Treaty of Rome there is not a single example of a national power that has passed from the Member States to the European Community, now the European Union, reverting back to the national level.
Each successive EU Treaty was sold to the different peoples across Europe as a step towards obtaining more jobs, growth and higher living standards. Yet each took powers away from national parliaments and governments and the citizens who elect these. The Treaties gradually reduced these national institutions to shadows of their former selves, especially in the EU’s smaller States. Europe’s Nation States were thus effectively turned into EU provinces or regions, with their traditional national democracy eroded and their citizens subjected to the rule of a supranational political and economic elite that runs an EU system whose complex workings most people poorly understand.
The prosperity which the EU promised has proved an illusion, especially in southern Europe where economies have been decimated as a result of adopting the Euro currency. Nearly one-third of young people in the EU today cannot find employment. The open borders policy has also had disastrous consequences as nations find themselves overwhelmed with migrants who are changing the culture and identity of their countries.
This is ‘The Great Deception’ of the EU project, to use the title of Christopher Booker’s book, which is probably the best book in English on its history. The EU’s history has been a constitutional revolution by stealth. Unsurprisingly, those responsible find it hard to acknowledge the enormity of their mistake, or the dire consequences for millions which their europhilia has been responsible for. Instead they press on for ever more union. French President Hollande suggested that the ultimate solution to the problems of the single currency is for every member of the Eurozone to transfer all of their sovereignty to a newly created federal government with its own prime minister, parliament, budget and treasury.’ (Journal du Dimanche 19/7/15).
Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission, said in February 2014, ‘We need to build a United States of Europe with the Commission as government and two chambers – the European Parliament and a ‘Senate’ of Member States.’ Similar views have been expressed by outgoing President of the Commission, Barroso, and the incoming President Juncker. This would hand ultimate power over national governments to the unelected European Council which meets in secret, a recipe for dictatorship. The EU Parliament is elected collectively by EU citizens, but unlike national parliaments it does not have powers to initiate new laws. It can only accept, reject or put forward amendments to laws proposed by the Commission. In effect it is little more than a rubber stamping organisation for the commission
Eurosceptic MP Michael Gove wrote: ‘The EU is built to keep power and control with the elites rather than the people. Even though we are not in the euro, we are still subject to an unelected EU commission which is generating new laws every day and an unaccountable European Court in Luxembourg which is extending its reach every week, increasingly using the Charter of Fundamental Rights which in many ways gives the EU more power and reach than ever before.’
The process is continuing on a global scale. At present the EU is negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the USA, and its C
anadian and Pacific area counterparts. TTIP proposes a scheme of ‘permanent regulatory cooperation’ between the EU and USA. Professor Coughlan writes: ‘This proposal would institute a permanent behind-the-scenes negotiation between EU bureaucrats, American ones and corporate lobby-groups on both sides of the Atlantic long after the TTIP treaty has been signed and ratified, when public interest has waned. It would amount to a takeover of fundamental powers of government by the representatives of corporate capital, interacting with the EU bureaucracy.’ At the same time the USA is negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive, controversial, pro-corporate ‘free trade’ agreement between the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. In other words it brings in another level of unelected government across half the world. In addition to this we have organisations like the G20, the World Bank and the IMF pushing nations together into a globalised world in the direction of a world government.The Revived Roman Empire.
Is there a connection between all of this and the biblical prophecies, which indicate that in the last days of this age a confederation of nations will be formed out of which the antichrist will arise in the seven year period of the great tribulation which precedes the second coming of Christ to the earth. This has been referred to as the ‘Revived Roman Empire.’
Daniel Chapter 7 records a vision given to Daniel of four great beasts: a lion (representing Babylon), a bear (Persia), a leopard (Greece) and ‘a fourth beast dreadful and exceedingly strong’. The fourth beast is the Roman Empire. Out of the fourth beast comes a ‘little horn’ who ‘speaks pompous words’ (Daniel 7.8). The ‘little horn’ is the antichrist who takes power over the revived Roman Empire in the last days. In Daniel’s vision his power will be broken by ‘One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven’ who would then have an everlasting dominion over ‘all peoples, nations and languages’ (Daniel 7.13-14). Jesus quotes this passage about His return in Matthew 24.30 and 26.64. This shows that this power will arise in the last days, just before the second coming and that it is connected in some way to the Roman Empire.
In Revelation 17.10 we read of seven kings, of which ‘five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come,’ who will ‘continue a short time.’ Out of the seventh kingdom will come the eighth, who is identified as the beast or antichrist. The five kings that have fallen are five previous empires that have had significance in the Bible – Egypt, Assyria (prior to the time of Daniel) and Babylon, Persia and Greece (at the time of Daniel and afterwards). The one that ‘is’, i.e. the sixth in this line of kings, is Rome, the empire that was in power at the time of writing the Revelation. This leaves the seventh as one who is ‘yet to come’ – the revived Roman Empire.
In Revelation 17.11 we read ‘The beast that was and is not is himself also the eighth and is of the seven and is going to perdition.’ If the ‘seventh’ is the revived Roman Empire, then the eighth referred to here is the antichrist who emerges out of it. Most likely some kind of crisis will propel him to power. This could be a financial crisis, since one of the results of his rule will be a change in the money system with the ‘mark of the beast’ system being brought in (Revelation 13.16-18). Since the financial crisis will be global in its dimension, this could lead to some kind of a world government emerging with the antichrist at its head.
Revelation 17 also speaks of ’10 kings’ who give their power to the beast / antichrist, making him sole ruler. These will ‘receive authority for one hour (symbolic of a short time) as kings with the beast’ and ‘give their power and authority to the beast’ (verses 12-13). Some have said this cannot refer to the EU because there are now 28 nations in it, not 10. However it is not necessary that the ’10 kings’ represent heads of government or nations. In verse 14 we read that: ‘These (the 10 kings) will make war with the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and the Lamb will overcome them…’ As with Daniel’s prophecy discussed earlier, we see that this final empire, is taken over by the beast, is opposed to the kingdom of God and true Christians. It exists at the time of Jesus Christ’s return. When He returns this kingdom will be overthrown, as the Lord Jesus takes control of the nations.
It is significant that the founding treaty of what has become the EU was the ‘Treaty of Rome’ and that EU leaders have themselves connected the EU to the Roman Empire. Henri Spaak, one of the founding fathers of the EU and one time secretary general of NATO, said about the day the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957: ‘We felt like Romans on that day. We were consciously recreating the Roman Empire once more.’ Speaking about the Euro currency, former EU Commission President Romano Prodi said in October 1999: ‘For the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire we have the opportunity to unite Europe.’
According to the prophecies of Daniel the ‘little horn’ who arises out of this entity (i.e. the antichrist) is also described as ‘a stern faced king who understands sinister schemes’ (Daniel 8.23). Behind this final world empire will be ‘sinister schemes’ which certainly describes the way power has been taken by the EU.
Daniel also says that this ‘little horn’ expands south and east: ‘And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land.’ See Daniel 8:9-12. The EU began as a union of the Benelux countries, France, West Germany and Italy. It has expanded in all directions with Britain and Ireland joining, as well as moving south and east, taking in Greece, Spain and Portugal and the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe. Its recent expansion of influence into Ukraine and other former countries of the Soviet Union has antagonised Russia. Russia, as ‘the king of the north’ of Daniel’s prophecy, is seen as an opposing power in the latter days. At the present time there is talk of bringing Turkey into the EU. If that takes place it would bring in the eastern part of the Roman Empire into the union.
Daniel 9.27 speaks of covenant made with Israel and ‘the prince to come’, which turns out to be a ‘covenant with death’ (Isaiah 28.18). Daniel 9.26 links the ‘prince to come’ with the people who destroyed the ‘city and the sanctuary’ (i.e. the Romans who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70). This ties in with the EU / Revived Roman Empire, being involved in the false peace covenant with Israel.
The EU has offered Israel and the Palestinian Authority very favourable status terms for linking with the EU if they succeed in making a peace settlement. It has also proposed to make sanctions against Israel if it does not make progress in setting up a Palestinian State. The EU’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, has said that the creation of a Palestinian state within five years is one of her major goals. The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, proposed on 29th January 2016 that France will seek to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at an international conference in order ‘to make a two-state solution happen.’ If this attempt faces a deadlock, Fabius said, ’France will have to recognise a Palestinian state.’ Israel sees the EU as generally hostile to its interests.
The prophecies link the arising of this power with persecution of true Christians – ‘He will persecute the saints of the Most High’ (Daniel 7.25). It is noticeable that the dominant spirit in the EU is an antichristian one. Roman Catholicism allied to the ecumenical and inter faith movements are the ‘acceptable face’ of religion in the EU. The twelve stars of the EU flag are taken from the twelve stars around images of the Madonna in Roman Catholic imagery. Catholicism and the inter faith movement are opposed to biblical Christianity and the Gospel message that repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the one way of salvation. There is also the growing Islamic influence in Europe which is strongly opposed to biblical Christianity.
On a different track we have ‘political correctness’ typified by the European Parliament passing the ‘Lunacek Report’ which requires EU member states to adopt and enforce the homosexual movement’s political agenda and ‘gender’ ideology. As a result the homosexual agenda can be forced on all EU citizens. This has become a source of opposition to Christians in Europe when they have spoken out against it.
Add all these things together and you have the ‘Babylon’ spirit out of which the antichrist will emerge. The EU has adopted symbols straight out of the Book of Revelation. Outside the Council of Europe building in Brussels there stands a statue of Europa (a woman) being carried off by a bull, a picture of the Greek myth of the Rape of Europa. In other words it is a woman riding a beast. Revelation 17.1-6 sees a woman riding the beast as the symbol of false religion allied to the antichrist political power, persecuting true believers in Jesus. A poster was issued by the European Union, showing the Tower of Babel and carrying the slogan: ‘Many tongues, one voice.’ Above the Tower of Babel were shown the pointed stars of the EU flag, but inverted, as in witchcraft, with the central points downwards. The EU parliament building, which opened in Strasbourg in December 2000, is deliberately modelled on Brueghel’s painting of the Tower of Babel. When asked by a secular journalist, ‘Why the Tower of Babel?’ an EU official replied, ‘What they failed to complete 3000 years ago – we in Europe will finish now.’ See Genesis 11.1-9, Revelation 18. (Note Babel and Babylon are the same word in the Hebrew Bible).
One objection to the EU as the revived Roman Empire is its present weak and divided state. But there were times when the original Roman Empire was weak and divided. After the assassination of Julius Caesar, the war between Antony and Octavian nearly caused the Empire to fall apart. Octavian was victorious, changed his name to Augustus and was proclaimed Emperor in 27BC. His autocratic rule made Rome great and brought in the ‘Pax Romana’ (Roman Peace), the longest period of peace and stability that Europe has seen in recorded history. Augustus was Caesar at the time of the birth of Jesus (Luke 2.1).
In the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, which is interpreted in Daniel 2, the final phase of world empire is characterised by weak and divided metals, the ‘iron and the clay’ that does not cleave together: ‘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. This indicates that in the end times the nations will come together in an unstable union which risks falling apart.
That is the situation that exists with the European Union today. Today we see a number of crises coming upon the EU and threatening its future. The debt crisis in Europe continues to get worse. Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Belgium and France are all drowning in debt. Even Germany is not is such good shape. German chancellor Angela Merkel admitted Germany may fail to balance its books as it contends with the costs of letting in more than a million refugees. The Daily Express (29/1/16) carried a headline, ‘EU on brink: Germany’s biggest bank (Deutsche Bank) records shock losses risking economic RUIN of Eurozone. With losses of €2.1bn in the fourth quarter of 2015-16, fears of the entire eurozone toppling are becoming an increasing reality.’
Martin Schultz, the head of the European Parliament, said that the European Union is ‘at risk of falling apart over the next 10-years due to the migrant crisis, which has stretched Europe’s unity and many of its member countries’ tolerance this year.’ He warned that a removal of the free-movement Schengen zone could return Europe to a continent ‘in which nationalism, borders and walls were prevalent.’ He said, ‘That would be disastrous because that kind of Europe has repeatedly led our continent into catastrophe.’ EU migration minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, gave it 10 days, not 10 years! He said on February 26th that unless the flow of migrants subsided in the next 10 days, ‘there is a risk the whole system will completely break down’.
Europe really needs a man with a plan at this time. Paul-Henri Spaak, one of the founders of the EU, said back in 1957, ‘We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.’ If the antichrist kingdom of Revelation is to arise out of the EU, then we should expect that such a man is waiting in the wings!
From the prophetic point of view it is likely that the EU will not fall apart. It will remain partly strong and partly weak, until the Antichrist takes over and solidifies it for a short time before it reaches its appointed end at the Second Coming of Christ. We would fervently hope that Britain votes to leave the EU, but also recognise that the forces of globalisation will be mobilising their considerable powers to prevent that outcome from happening. Beyond all of this we look forward to the day when all governments on earth will be replaced by the government of God: ‘Then the seventh angel sounded and there were loud voices in heaven saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our God and of His Christ and He shall reign for ever and ever!’ Revelation 11.15.