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One World Government: the Preparation of Europe
I believe that God is currently setting the stage for events that will take place AFTER the Rapture, during the Tribulation. Israel is back in her land and being set up to sign what Isaiah calls "a covenant with death" (Isa.28:15,18) that will begin the Tribulation (Dan. 9:26,27). The other party to that covenant will be a Revived Roman Empire, centered in Europe.
Daniel's Outline for History Daniel 2
Daniel chapter 2 contains God's divine outline for history from the sixth century BC until the 1,000 year reign of Christ in His Kingdom known as the Millennium (Rev.20:1-15).
Daniel 2:31-35 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. (KJV)
Nebuchadnezzar's dream, as firmly interpreted by God through Daniel, tells us that history will see the rise of four consecutive Gentile world powers, representing the kingdom of man, that will in the end be crushed by our Lord's eternal reign. This message was conveyed through the appearance of a giant statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The head of gold represents Babylon. The breast and arms of silver indicate Medio-Persia. While its bronze belly and thighs symbolize Greece. Rome is the final entity that appears in two phases: its legs of iron (the ancient Roman Empire of the first century) and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay (the Revived Roman Empire of the future tribulation period) (Dan. 2:31-35).
Daniel 2:42-43 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (KJV)
As opposed to Ancient Rome characterized by iron and thus internal strength, Revived Rome with its mixture of iron and clay is a very weak mixture. The fourth kingdom starts off as pure iron and then as you move down the legs to the feet and toes the iron fades out into pieces of iron impregnated into pottery. Daniel interprets this degradation of the pure iron into pottery mixed with iron as a deterioration within the fourth kingdom itself over time. Thus, the picture is that of a varied composition of the feet and the toes being made partly of iron and partly of clay, is a heterogeneous composition of the culture of the kingdom. Daniel's prophecy tells us of the progressive deterioration of the cultural unity of the succeeding kingdoms. We can look back in history and see exactly what Daniel is talking about.
The Babylonian culture was very unified, very uniform, being dominated by the god Marduk. The Medio-Persian Empire was less united made up of two competing cultures which never did really get together. Cyrus’ father was a Persian and his mother was a Mede. Immediately upon his death four generals started competing over the major cultures that made up Alexander's kingdom (Dan.11:3-4). Alexander's kingdom suffered because it tried to embrace too many diverse cultures. Later in history Rome brought together every culture under the sun.
When we consider the decline in the four kingdoms from strong unity to an enforced unity under the Ancient Roman Empire, it is not surprising to learn that the Revived Roman Empire, that is being prepared in our day, is made up of just the kind of unfavorable mix we see today. Yet that is what is symbolized by the mixture of iron and clay. The move toward the break-up of regions into their ethnic enclaves when a strong centralized power is removed is exactly the picture of the future Revived Roman Empire.
Daniel 7 repeats the events of Daniel 2, but from another angle. Instead of a statue, as in Daniel 2, Daniel 7 depicts the true nature of these kingdoms, as beasts.
Daniel 7:23-24 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. (KJV)
The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the Earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms, and it will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. Daniel 7 tells us that the Revived Roman Empire will come to power through a 10 nation confederacy. Three of those nations will be subdued by the use of force. This will be the introduction of the Antichrist's global empire. Knowing what the current world is moving toward, it is quite easy to see that the overall trends in Europe are moving in this direction.
The Reunification of Europe
Two past world wars could not unify Europe, but it is happening right before our eyes today! But, it seems that every poll indicates that most of the people in each country are drastically opposed to what is happening. Nevertheless, unification keeps on.
Israel's Covenant with Death
Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV)
“He” at the beginning of the verse 27 refers to the future Antichrist. Why? Because the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. This speaks of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70. Thus, "he" is the Antichrist who will accomplish the events of 9:27 in the middle of the future 70th week of Daniel, known as the Tribulation, on behalf of the Revived Roman Empire as previously taught by Daniel (Daniel chapters 2 & 7).
Isaiah tells us why Israel will sign such a covenant with the Antichrist.
Isaiah 28:14-22 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. 15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. 19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. 20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. 21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth. (KJV)
As was often done in her past, Israel will sign the covenant with the Revived Roman Antichrist with the intent of providing security from her enemies that are pressing her from all sides. BUT . . . instead of securing a covenant of life, as Israel' s leaders will think, the nation will start the Tribulation Period, with what is in reality a "covenant with death" (Isa. 28:15,18). Instead of gaining protection from her European vassal, Israel will experience "the overwhelming scourge" (Isa. 28:15,18) which is a symbol for military invasion. And to top it off, in the middle of the Tribulation, this Roman Antichrist who starts the Tribulation by promising protection for the nation of Israel, will turn upon her with great vengeance and start the greatest time of persecution the Jewish people have ever seen (Mat.24:15-22; Rev.12:1-17).
All we have to do is look around, to see the increasing isolation of Israel within the world in our day, which is leading to an effort for her to look for security from man-made covenants instead of looking to the Lord for stability. One day, soon after the Rapture, a European leader will step out and SEEM to solve the Middle East crisis through negotiation and a covenant with Israel. In the meantime, God is preparing through modern-day events in our day a Revived Roman Empire that will be the final stage of the kingdom of man that will put forth its greatest effort against Almighty God.
While God is preparing our world for judgment, TRUE believers should continue to watch as they wait for the imminent return of the Lord in the clouds to snatch away His bride . . . the church. Rev. 22:20-21 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (KJV)
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