The Sun is reporting that the UK Independence Party is making surprising gains in by-elections. This leads me to the question; Could the UK leave the EU, and could other countries follow suit?
Way back in the seventies I remember preachers speaking of the European Union as being fulfilment of the bible’s prophecies of a ten nation federation in the book of Revelation. Then the EU grew to 13 nations, and then 27.
Is it possible that the EU is the ten nation confederacy of Revelation 17:12? Is it possible that it might shed some nations so it’s final total is ten?
Well, to the first question the answer is NO! The European Union is not the ten nations of Revelation 17. That confederation is a World Government, not a local super state. It is the ultimate revival of the Roman Empire as a global empire! It is, however, entirely possible that a reduced EU could be Satan’s counterfeit of those nations. It might just be that Satan wants Christians to believe that the EU is that particular group of nations, and its leader is the Antichrist.
Why would he want to do this? I believe he is setting up Europe for a big fall. He has to make the real Antichrist look like a “good guy”, so people will accept him. What better way to deceive professing Christians than to set-up a really bad guy, from Europe, with a capital in Rome. This is what many Christians are expecting.
In other words, give them what they expect. This is exactly what Satan will do, so that when they think Armageddon is over, they will be ready for the return of Christ. Instead, he will give them his version of what he, and they, think the Christ should be like…the Antichrist!
So, yes. I expect the European Union will split into at least two entities. The unproductive countries that are a drag on the economy will probably have to go alone. I think that eventually the productive nations will get tired of bailing out those that refuse to learn fiscal responsibility. I detailed this in The Spirit of Prophecy.
Ultimately I expect that the capital of this revived Roman Empire will be destroyed during the Gog and Magog war. It will most likely be a nuclear attack, and I expect that the victim of this attack will be Rome.
Most protestants, and even some Catholics, believe that Rome is the Harlot city of Revelation 17 and 18. The truth is that this is not one city, but two, and neither of them is Rome. Rome will be destroyed before the Tribulation begins.
The city of seven mountains of Revelation 18 is actually Amman. Amman was known as Philadelphia at the time of Christ, and it was also known as the city of Seven Jabals in Arabic, or “the city of seven mountains”!
Amman is not the city of Philadelphia of Revelation 3, but the similarities of the names will be exploited by the Antichrist, to say that his city is the city referred to in that passage. Many Christians are familiar with the fact that there are no condemnations given to Philadelphia in that passage, only praise and comfort. Satan is aware of this also. No doubt the Antichrist will claim that his church is the church of Philadelphia.
Is it possible that Amman may one day take back the name it held at the time of Christ? Not only is it possible but I think it is likely. Should the city of Philadelphia, USA, suffer a major terrorist attack, or nuclear attack, during or around the war of Psalm 83, and should the Muslim Arabs have a crisis of faith, after their loss to Israel in that war, this could prove to be the catalyst that causes this nation to rename its capital.
This all may seem like speculation, but I have laid out a strong, biblical, case that these events are very likely, in the pages of The Spirit of Prophecy. Check out the site, and check out the book. I think you will find this book contains the best explanation for the events we are seeing in the daily news, and those just around the corner.
Shalom, in Yeshua ha Maschiach