Daniel's visions of world empires conclude with a sort of "revived Roman Empire" in the last days. The European Union (EU) could very possibly be the head of this final world government. It is located in the same area as the old Roman Empire, and is expanding its influence year by year.
The first step toward the formation of a European superstate was the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a document called "The Treaty of Rome," those three countries joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany to make the EEC (European Economic Community) which was called the Common Market for many years. Today the organization is known as the EU (European Union). In 1973 the United Kingdom joined the EU along with Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece became a member of the union.
Spain and Portugal joined in 1986, and in 1995 Austria, Finland and Sweden were added to the official list.
In July of 2008 the EU spawned a related organization known as The Union for the Mediterranean which includes European, Middle Eastern and African nations all around th Mediterranean Sea. A map of all these nations looks very much like the old Roman Empire.
At the heart of all of this growth, the original 10 nations have a separate powerful existence, The Western European Union. The WEU is relatively dormant at this time, but is bound together for mutual defense if it is ever needed.
At the close of 2008 the United States and the rest of the world were distressed by the greatest economic melt-down since the Great Depression. Our financial weakness could be the reason the United States does not figure prominently in end-times prophecy. As the world rebuilds its financial system there may be less dependence on the U.S., and more trust in the EU.
At the beginning of 2009 there were 27 member states of the union. The success of this European merger is a further impetus to global unity.
Notice: Sources often remove their news links after a period of time. Some of them move older stories to a subscription-only section. Even if the story is no longer on line, our summary will still be available on this page.
See more recent stories: After Jan. 1, 2011
See stories before Jan. 1, 2010
Full speed ahead on EU diplomacy after Strasbourg vote
Oct. 20, 2010 - The European Parliament approved budgetary and staff regulations for its new "European
External Action Service." This branch of the European Union will conduct diplomatic relations with countries outside
of the EU. The head of the organization is British baroness Catherine Ashton. The next step is for EU foreign
ministers to approve the parliament decision when they meet in Brussels next week.
- Ms Ashton is then expected to name people for the three or four top posts in her service on Tuesday or
Wednesday. Another 100 or so senior posts remain to be filled by the end of the year.
- Source: EUObserver
Will Israel join the European Union?
Feb. 9, 2010 - According to Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said that he would like to see Israel invited to join the European Union. The comment was made during a personal visit to Israel
The EU already has a requirement that its member countries must not occupy territory that is not recognized as part of its own. If Israel were to join the EU it seems that they would need to turn over the West Bank as well as the Gaza to the administration of the Palestinian Authority.
In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Israel has no greater friend than Italy.
- In his visit to Yad Vashim, Jerusalem's Holocaust museum, Berlusconi left an emotional hand-written message saying: "Our soul cries out that 'it is not true, it cannot be true,' and then, facing reality, shouts 'never, never again.'"
Meanwhile, Israel is considering the purchase of 40 of Italy's most advanced M-346 fighter jets at a cost of over 1.3 billion dollars.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
France and Germany seal bilateral deal with global ambitions
Feb. 4, 2010 - The "Franco-German Agenda 2020" is a joint document from France and Germany outlining plans for strengthening the European Union by strengthening ties between their own nations. The document envisions combined political and economic policy-making and many other areas of cooperation.
- Traditionally France and Germany have been the "engine room" of the European Union. The primary function of the EU when it was first conceived after World War II was as a peacekeeping tool to promote close ties between the two neighbors after centuries of bloodshed.
- The Warped Mirror: The decline of Europe - Jerusalem Post Blog
Islam in Europe
Jan. 14, 2010 - Leah Seppanen Anderson reviews Christoper Caldwell's book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. In spite of their apparent strength and wealth, they face a grave threat. Their culture is likely to be extinguished in the near future by Islamic culture.
- Moreover, Europeans are politically weak, explains Caldwell, because their leaders have capitulated to political correctness and ideals of diversity, which render them unable to criticize any aspect of Islam.
- Source: Christianity Today
Notice: Ads are not necessarily endorsed by Prophecy Central.