The Denver Post article of Nov. 30, 03 which headlined,
"EU Gives nod to defense plan" introduced numerous
subjects directly related to Bible prophecy.
The article began with the statement that the "EU countries
failed to reach agreement on the emotionally charged issue of
whether the EU constitution should mention God or include a reference
to Europe's Christian heritage."
Although Revelation Chapter 17 reveals that the European
Union will someday in the not too distant future resurrect its
anti-Christian stance, prophecy discloses that at first an apostate
form of the Christian Church will control and be carried by the
EU. Staunch Roman Catholic countries such as Italy (where the
two day talks took place) and Spain are unyielding in their stance
that religion have a prominent place in the final constitutional
The article then centered on the European Union's objective
of establishing a united European defense force. The number of
members who would make up this force is what is fascinating in
light of Bible prophecy. Passages such as Rev. 17:12 & Daniel
7:7 tell us that ten kings will rule directly with the Anti-Christ
during the Tribulation Period.
Daniel 7:8 reveals to us that the Anti-Christ will come forth
from the 11th kingdom to arise and that 3 of the original 10
will be removed by the Anti-Christ. This leads to some provocative
Even though the EU is supposed to grow to a membership of
25 nations by May of 2004, the EU recognizes only 15 as permanent
members. Of those 15, four (Austria, Ireland, Sweden and Finland)
have refused to join Europe's planned defense force.
Should one of these countries reconsider their position (such
as Austria) then removal of the other 3 members by the Anti-Christ
would bring the permanent membership to 12. This is interesting
because the EU has determined that there will be no more than
12 gold stars in a circle on their blue flag.
The final prophetic picture given of only ten kings sharing
the main power with the Anti-Christ brings forth another interesting
point. Although permanent EU members, Belgium, the Netherlands
and Luxemburg are each recognized as individual entities, they
have gone beyond being independent of each other and have been
aggressively restructuring themselves under a sole nation called
Benelux. If this should take on greater formalization then two
more kings would effectively be removed from the EU membership,
Another fascinating equation to be considered is that France,
Germany and "Benelux" could soon issue a statement
saying they are prepared to proceed on their own "fast track,"
separate from the EU. This so-called "pioneer group"
would be the foundation of a two-speed Europe and would seek
among themselves deeper integration and shared policies according
to a Dec. 14, 03 Colorado Springs Gazette article which
headlined "Voting system split halts EU constitution summit."
Once more we see 3 EU members that could be uprooted by the Anti-Christ.
Which nation became the 11th member of the EU is of course
of the greatest of significance if in fact the Anti-Christ is
to come from this nation as is indicted in Daniel 7:8. The 11th
nation to join was Spain. Spain, along with Britain, has
been the staunchest ally to support the Unites States invasion
of Iraq. From Columbus to the pilgrims the foremost colonizers
of America were Spain and Britain. It should be kept in mind
then that the Unites States is in face what the Bible refers
to as a young lion of Spain and Britain.
In Ezekiel 38:13 the merchants and young lions of Tarshish
are mentioned as one of the 3 opposing forces who will lodge
a protest against Russia (Magog) and its confederates when they
invade Israel during the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation
According to Zondervan's Bible Dictionary, Tarshish is believed
to have been located in the western Mediterranean region of what
is now identified as the nation of Spain. Others identify it
Looking at the country of Spain in light of current events
reveals an ongoing pattern of influence in European and global
affairs as well as Britain.
The vast majority of prophecy scholars agree that Bible prophecy
foretells, in the Book of Daniel, that the Roman Empire is to
be revived in these last days. It is rightly believed, in our
opinion, that Europe will be the heartland of this restored kingdom
which was also dominating the world during the time of Christ's
The birth plans for the present European Union were initiated
in the same year as Israel's rebirth in 1948 and its formation
was made possible by the signing of the historic 1958 European
document known as the"Treaty of Rome."
Which country might rise to the supreme leadership position
over the European Union and bring forth the future world dictator
known as the Anti-Christ is the topic for consideration in this
week's message. We have presented Britain as a candidate in various
messages, but we should not overlook Spain's potential also.
Our first point which has us considering Spain as a candidate
is the fact that of the 3 opposing forces mentioned in Ezekiel
38:13 against the Russian invasion, only 1 can be traced to Europe.
Why is Spain and its young lions so prominently mentioned
over other modern-day nations which are noted for their military
and economic might?
Quoting from 2 past news articles it is fascinating to catalogue
Spain's rise in economic and military stature in global affairs
at this period of history.
First, economically, from the Dec. 16, 1995 edition of the
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, it was reported in an article
titled "Euro' it is for breezy name of new European
currency" that passage of the new single currency introduced
in Europe in Jan. Of 1999, was achieved in the chosen country
of Spain in December, 1995 by a vote of the European Union leaders
at the "Madrid Summit." The growing economic strength
of Spain was later noted in a special Time magazine article titled,
"The Rising Star."
Aside from Spain's growing military reach in Iraq during 2003
it is interesting to point out that the long ruling King of Spain,
Juan Carlos is a graduate of note from academies of all 3 branches
of Spain's military.
In our second news item from the Denver Post of Dec. 12, 1995
it was reported that NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,
had selected Spanish Foreign Minister Javier Solana as secretary-general
of NATO and chairman of the North Atlantic Council ("NATO
taps Spaniard as chief").
Further clues that intimate why Spain should be considered
as the country which might bring forth the Anti-Christ, is the
mater of the Anti-Christ's 7 year covenant prophesied of in Daniel
9:26-27 and Spain's religious countenance.
For those who are not familiar with Dan. 9:26-27, this passage
of Scripture prophesies that at the close of the reign of Satan
upon the earth, a treaty will be made between Israel and many
of her neighbors for the period of a week of years, that is,
7 years. A wicked prince, who is to come forth from the people
who destroyed the city of Jerusalem after the crucifixion of
Jesus Christ, is to give strength to the 7 year treaty.
The people who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD were the Romans.
The empire of Rome through Pontius Pilot has the dubious distinction
of not only ordering and committing the murder of the Lord Jesus
Christ at His sacrificial first coming, but also the slaughter
of countless tens of thousands of Christ's followers through
its governmental persecutions and its religious inquisitions
by its courtesan, the Roman Catholic Church.
Spain finds itself inextricably linked to Rome not only through
the EU, but by its own Roman Catholic allegiance and pogroms.
The present King of Spain's grandfather, Alfonso XIII, was
a former King of Spain. His son, Don Juan, pretender to the throne
was exiled in, of all places, Rome. A prince was then born to
Don Juan while in Rome. This prince brought forth from Rome returned
to claim his throne and is now King of Spain!
Then, what about the peace treaty? Keep in mind that every
peace treaty signed between Israel and her enemies have been
the direct or indirect result of the efforts made in Spain, at
the Madrid conference.
Also of special interest is that the King of Spain not only
is bound by oath to the political arm of the revived Roman Empire
which is the European Union, but also must swear allegiance to
its religious branch, the Roman Catholic Church and its Pope.
Countless Bible scholars have agreed throughout history that
Revelation Ch. 17 reveals that the Anti-Christ will at first
carry and be controlled by the Roman Catholic institution before
he and the revived Roman Empire turn on its control and destroy
Returning to the prophecy of Dan. 9:27 we find that the Anti-Christ
will center his attention in Jerusalem. Halfway through the 7
year treaty he will turn on the Jews and their religious practices.
These final 3 ½ years will be the worst period in all
of mankind's history by Christ's own words.
Of great interest is that King Juan Carlos of Spain visited
Jerusalem in November of 1994 and visited the archaeological
site of the ancient Jewish Temple located under the Temple Mount.
He did this to pave the way for a treaty signed the very next
month between Israel and the Vatican. This treaty, according
to reports from Israel, is to someday grant a portion of control
over Jerusalem to the Roman Catholic Church .
It should also be noted that Juan Carlos of Spain, in conjunction
with his designation as Monarch, holds the title of "King
of Jerusalem" (the title of Jesus Christ) and "Protector
of the Roman Catholic Holy Sites."
Spain is 99% Roman Catholic.
In conclusion, Rev. Ch. 13 reveals that the beastly Anti-Christ
and his pontifical false prophet will seek to control the world's
population by forcing every man, woman and child upon the earth
to receive an identifying mark.
In July of 1996 it was reported that the country of Spain
had become the first and only country in the world which required
under penalty of law that all pets in the nation be injected
with an I.D. chip (July/Aug. 96 "Endtime" magazine,
"Cashless Society - How close?).
Perhaps these facts are just amazing flukes of history and
the additional extensive amount of documented material compiled
on this subject by the late Dr. Charles R. Taylor of "In
Bible Prophecy" is no more than incredible happenstance,
but then again maybe it is evidence from an all-knowing God showing
the truth of His prophecies and the nearness of the time of His
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