God gives King Nebuchadnezzar a dream of an immense idolatrous image of different metals standing on the plain in the land of Shinar (part of modern Iraq). The modern name of this country Iraq I think is derived from the ancient Sumerian (Shinar) city Uruk. God revealed to Nechadnezzar through his prophet Daniel that Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold of this image. The metals going down the image are of successively inferior metals which is probably a symbol of the successive world empires would be of successively inferior moral qualities. God instructed Nebuchanezzar that He had given Nechadnezzar and his empire of Babylon a mandate of a kingdom, power, strength and glory. God also said he had given Nechadnezzar and Babylon under him all the animals in the earth and the land of the earth for his empire but this wasn't all conquered by Nebuchadnezzar because his grandson Belshazzar failed to honour God and had his empire confiscated to the Medes and Persians in 539 BC. Some Christians, especially those who hold to the so-called covenant theology, might use this or similiar scriptures to promote the idea that the world system or its kingdoms are given by God and therefore basically good. However in the Gospel of Luke 4 in the passage about the temptation of the Lord Jesus Christ by the devil God makes it clear by Jesus not challenging the devil when he says that he has power over the kingdoms of the world that are given to him (by God) and to whoever he would give it that he has power to king world authority to human rulers. Any presumed contradiction can be reconciled with the idea that God has overall authority of the authorities on earth but that he has allowed the devil to have control under him and give authority to whoever he wants. There were many things in the system or Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome that were not ideal from God's perspective such as idolatry, immorality, violence etc. and that are more in line with the devil's values. The devil offered all this authority to Jesus if Jesus would bow down and worship Satan. Jesus refused quoting scripture that we should worship or serve only God. Jesus was still then interested in world authority but he knew that that wasn't the right time and that God the Father will give Jesus that authority after Jesus' second coming instead. The dream to Nechadnezzar was probably given between 600 and 550 BC. This head of gold also corresponds to the first beast of Daniel 7 in a dream given by God to Daniel himself also of the four world empires. Babylon is likened to a lion that had eagle's wings which was a symbol of Babylon. It is also mentioned that a man's heart was given to this ruler which is probably a reference to Nebuchadnezzar when his sanity and human understanding was restored to him as in Daniel 4:34 after it was taken from him in Daniel 4:16 by God to humble him. This world empire under Nebuchadnezzar was the beginning of the occupation of Israel and Jerusalem by Gentile or non-Jewish nations directly or by puppet rulers and what is sometimes called the Times of the Gentiles. This started about 600 BC with the beginning of the Babylonian captivity of the Jews and will continue until the Lord Jesus the Messiah (Christ) comes in His glory and that of God the Father with believers and holy angels at the end of the tribulation to set up the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom with Israel then having its independence restored as the then chief nation on earth in fulfillment of the blessings of the promises and covenants to them in the Old Testament. The scripture references in Daniel 2 and 7 of Babylon as the first world empire in the Times of the Gentiles and of the devil having more immediate power of the kingdoms of the world such as Babylon from Luke 4 are as follows:
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. Daniel 2:37-38
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea (Mediterranean). And four beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. Daniel 7:1-4
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him (Jesus), All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsover I will give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. Gospel of Luke 4:5-7
The second empire in Daniel if of silver a metal inferior to gold meaning the morals and glory of this second kingdom or empire would be inferior to that of Babylon under Nechadnezzar which was the case for the Medo-Persian empire. However the moral quality of the Medo-Persian empire would still be superior to the following empires or kingdoms. This kingdom of the Medo-Persians started when the Medo-Persians under Cyrus defeated the Babylonians in 539 BC until the Persians were defeated by the Greeks under Alexander the Great in 333 BC. In the parallel passage in Daniel 7 the Medo-Persian empire is likened unto a bear that had three ribs in its teeth. These three ribs would correspond to the three divisions of the Persian kingdom of Media, Persia and Babylonia. The instruction for it to devour much flesh would be for it to take much land and subjugate many people in battles. The scripture references in Daniel 2 and 7 of this second world empire in the Times of the Gentiles Medo-Persia from 539 to 333 BC is as follows:
This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass. ... And after thee (Nebuchadnezzar) shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. Daniel 2:32, 39
And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. Daniel 7:5
Darius the first king of the Medes and Persians that succeeded the Babylonians understood that God had given him worldwide authority. This authority was offered by God but under the devil to each of the world empires in the times of the Gentiles starting with Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon around 600 BC. Darius in this proclamation makes clear that even though he didn't actually have control over all the world he understood he was allotted that and achieving it was a possibility. The scripture reference from Daniel 6 of Darius the Mede understanding he had worldwide authority from God that was actually also what God had give through the devil is as follows:
Then Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. Daniel 6:25-26
The third world empire, Greece, started with Alexander the Great's victory over the Persians in 333 BC and continued to 63 BC with their defeat at the hands of the Romans under Pompey. This kingdom or empire was called a kingdom of brass which is yet more inferior to silver under the Medo-Persians of gold under the Babylonians. In the parallel passage in Daniel 7 the third, Greek, empire is described as a leopard. This is to emphasize the swiftness of the Greek forces especially under Alexander the Great. The four wings of a fowl and the beast having four heads refer to the division of the Greek empire into four parts, namely 1/ Macedonia and Greece, 2/ Phrygia and Lycia, 3/ Egypt and 4/ Thrace. The scripture references in Daniel 2 and 7 of the third world empire the Greeks in the Times of the Gentiles is as follows
This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, ... And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. Daniel 2:32, 39
After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. Daniel 7:6
The last of the four empires or kingdoms was (and is) Rome that began in 160 BC by the victory of the Romans over the Greeks. As iron is an inferior metal in value to the other metals the moral character of the Roman empire would be lower than that of its predecessors. However iron is also a very strong metal and this spoke of the strength of the Roman armies that conquored much of the known world of that time in quite a ruthless way which speaks of the iron breaking in pieces and bruising. This kingdom would in its final form be divided into ten regions corresponding to the ten toes and probably the ten final world regions during the reign of the Antichrist who will probably be of Roman background but which I describe in more detail in a following section. Of course it was also during the time of the Roman empire that the Lord Jesus Christ had his first earthly life and ministry. After the death of the Roman emperor Theodosius the Great the Roman Empire was divided into eastern and western parts in about 396 AD which could correspond to the two legs of iron with the western section being overun by northern barbarian tribes in 476 AD and the eastern part centered on Constantinople (now Istanbul) overun by Muslim Turks to form the Ottoman Empire in 1054 AD. However in a way the Roman empire has continued to this time in the form of the Roman Catholic Church which could be used by the Antichrist in his rise to power at the beginning of the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. The fourth world empire of Rome is also described in Daniel 7 as a dreadful, strong and fantastic beast that had iron teeth and that devoured and broke in pieces its prey and had ten horns. This also describes the strength and ruthlessness of the Roman Empire armies and its subduing many other people in its expansion. The ten horns correspond to the ten toes of the image of Daniel chapter 2 for which I give more description in following paragraphs. The fourth world empire of the legs of iron and toes and the fourth beast of the Roman Empire from 63 BC to the second coming in glory of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up his kingdom on earth in Daniel 2 and 7 is as follows:
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. ... And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. Daniel 2:33, 40
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. Daniel 7:7
After watching for a long time I and some well-known Bible prophecy teachers and I'm sure other individual Christians came to think that the ten toes of Daniel representing the end-time form of the 4th and last world empire of the Revived Roman Empire is not ten nations of the European Union but 10 regions of the world. According to a video I recently saw from the Bible prophecy teacher Dave Hunt called A Woman Rides the Beast these ten regions were set by The Club of Rome and have already been adopted by the world banking and computer sectors. In a more recent book I read I have found out the Club of Rome is a New Age organization with a strong environmentalist bias including the extreme belief that the earth's population should be severely diminished to 1 or 1/2 billion from its current 7 billion or so and that some of these global elite have some intention to carry this out at the right time when they have the opportunity. This will probably be in the tribulation when they have visible as well as behind the scenes control and the criteria for people being spared will probably be whether they are loyal to the beast or the antichrist who will then be world ruler. Among other things this will mean any person whoafter the rapture of the Church trusts in Jesus - the only way of eternal life and a relationship with God - will be marked for death by the Antichrist and his forces. Some other globalist groups such as the Wildlands project and probably The Federation of Earth and the Georgia Guidestones New Age pilgrimage site in Georgia in the United States say a similiar thing.
These regions are:1/Western Europe; 2/North America including the United States; 3/ Latin America including the Caribbean(Middle America, The Caribbean Basin, Eastern South America and Western South America on map(map on link with Sent Ministries);4/Subsaharan Africa (that were mostly colonies of western Europe)(West Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa on map); 5/ Australia, New Zealand and Oceania(part of South Africa on map)
They are: 1/ Eastern Europe and Russia(Central and Eastern Europe on map); 2/ Middle East including North Africa, Israel and the former Soviet Central Asian Republics and Turkey as well as Arab Asian Countries(Central Asia and Northern Africa and the Middle East on map); 3/ Indian subcontinent(South Asia) and Southeast Asia; 4/China; 5/ Japan and Korea(East Asia and Western Pacific on map)
In Daniel 7, probably the 3 horns that will give up their power to the little horn speaking great things are the regions of Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, and North America. These are probably the 3 regions of power that will give up their power to the end-times leader of the horn that will be the Anti-Christ or Beast out of the Sea that will likely rule from Rome. It is possible that the pope's tiara that has three crowns or the treregnum will be brought back with a new edition with the words Vicarius Filii Dei or substitute for the son of God when the Antichrist or beast takes power as the world ruler at the beginning of the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel probably also by taking office as the 112th pope of Saint Malachy's prophecy. The three crowns of the tiara could then also represent the three regions of the world likely Western Europe, Eastern Europe and either English North America or the Middle East the Beast out of the sea or the Antichrist will subdue and take control of. As of 2011 it now seems more likely that the third horn that the Antichrist will uproot and use for his power base with Europe in the tribulation is English North America as for some time since 2008 or 2009 English North America especially United States has had similiar financial deficit and debt problems as Europe and similiar global solutions. This is also linking their economies up more closely than before and probably preparing for the rule of the antichrist in the tribulation. This now seems more likely than North Africa as being the third region as the political upheaval in North Africa has driven them further away from Europe than they were before and they don't share the same financial problems and solutions that Europe and English North America do. If this is the case some international bodies that have formed and continue to form links between these regions are NATO or North Atlantic Treaty Organization which has military links between English North America and Western Europe and since early this year also several countries in Eastern Europe and their website can be found at NATO. Another political/economic international body mostly composed of countries from English North America and Western Europe but recently often also including Russia from Eastern Europe is the G7 or G8 or Group of Seven or Group of Eight. Another organization that is mostly composed of nations in English North America, Western and Eastern Europe although it includes a significant number of nations from other parts of the world is the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It is composed of more affluent nations in order to give social and economic assistance to developing countries in the world. Its web site can be found at OECD. Also the European Union website is the following: European Union
Another European Union web site with regular news including the activities of the people in the two new positions the President and Foreign Minister of the European Union under the new Lisbon Treaty is:EU Observer Web Site A Christian view of these ten kings and ten regions is the following: Sent Ministries Article and Map About 10 World Magna Regions
This web site is just shown for information purposes it is definitely not advisable to sign up on their goverment to do so would to become very entangled in the end times form of the world government as the last stages of this world system of the god of this world the devil, Satan or Lucifer that is adversial to the church or world of God through His Son Jesus Christ that will obtain the victory over this world with Jesus' second coming at the end of the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel.
Recent events in some parts of the world have confirmed my thinking about what 3rd region of the world will be most closely allied with the Antichrist or Little Horn in the tribulation. I was leaning in this direction anyway but the now almost ratified free trade deal (CETA) the Canada European (Union) Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and the now underway for negotiations Trans Altlantic Partnership of Trade and Investment between United States and the European Union means that there is a much closer link between the United States and Europe on the way. I have also heard that Canada to some degree signed away some of our sovereignty to the European Union under the CETA agreement. All these things mean there is now or will likely be shortly much closer ties between the European Union and English North America which makes it much more likely that English North America that is one of the ten regions or horns of the beast will be the third one that is uprooted by the Little Horn the Antichrist with putting himself directly as replacement for these horns to have these three regions as his powerbase going into and probably throughout the tribulation. The other possibility I was considering was the Arab world dominated Middle East region but the Arab Spring there recently and still carrying on in places like Syria and Lebanon and perhaps Egypt mean that this region is now even more distant politically and economically (and religiously or culturally) from Europe than is was a couple years ago before the Arab spring. Even though the Middle East was formerly a main part of the former Roman Empire it seems now that English North America not the Middle East will be the third horn that will be directly taken over by the Antichrist to form his powerbase for his rule in the tribulation. However this is something we should keep watch on.
This summit of the remaining 27 EU countries was held on the Capatoline Hill in central Rome where the Treaty of Rome was signed 60 years ago to start the EU according to the BBC. The Capitoline Hill is one of the so-called 7 hills or mountains of Rome that was also a feature of the ancient city of Rome as the capital of the Roman Empire about 2000 years ago. The United Kingdom or their Prime Minister Theresa May was not present at this summit as plans were going ahead and did go ahead just a couple days later for Britain to start the formal process lasting 2 years to separate from the EU. That process has been nicknamed Brexit. About this 60th anniversary EU summit EU Commission leader Jean-Claude Juncker, perhaps the top leader of the EU said; "The atmosphere is now such that we can approach this with confidence" as reported in the BBC. This is partly because the UK was a major nation in the EU before that resisted more centralization or giving of national powers to EU leadership that most EU politicians including their leaders such as Mr. Juncker strongly favour. There were expected to be about 25,000 protesters in Rome both for and against the EU during the summit and I think there turned out to be actually somewhat close to that number. There were also protests at the time of the summit in other parts of the EU for the EU and probably in some places against it with people recognizing this anniversary declaration was an important event in the history of the EU. The leaders of the 27 EU countries signed their names at the summit in Rome to a "declaration of unity" that was signed earlier by the six founding member nations of the EU Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany. Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church with its headquarters at the Vatican in central Rome, was also present with the leaders at the location of the summit on the evening before the main day of the summit. He then stated to the EU leaders in a speech that all bodies or organizations are in danger of dying if they don't look to the future and he emphasized that the EU should face the future with renewed life and strength. The Pope also cautioned about "false forms of security" promised by leaders of popular movements that were more isolationists or who wanted to wall themselves off (from the rest of the world or especially in this case from the rest of Europe) and he instead encouraged more co-operation and centralization. German chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the signing of the joint statement was very moving. She also restated her view that different members of the EU should be allowed to move at different rates to more centralization within the EU. She said: "A Europe of different speeds does not mean that there is not a unified Europe. We clearly say that we want to go in the same direction, and there are some things non-negotiable like the single market, the four basic freedomes, that are values of liberty, of freedom of opinion, of freedom of speech, of freedom of press, of freedom of religion, and that makes us strong, and we shall not compromise on that." At the signing of the joint declaration European Council President Donald Tusk said: "Prove today that you are the leaders of Europe, that you can care for this great legacy we inherited from the heroes of European integration 60 years ago. Europe as a political entity will either be united, or will not be at all." The United States was one of the nations that sent messages of congratulations to the EU leaders at their joint anniversary summit in Rome. US President Donald Trump stated in his message: "Together we look forward to another 60 years and more of shared security and shared prosperity." Mr. Trump stated this even though he has regularly criticized the EU including calling Brexit a "good thing" and suggesting that other EU nations might follow Britain's lead. At the meeting the EU leaders pledged their continued dedication to an EU organization that is much more extensive and more centralized than when it started 60 years ago at the same place. There was a joint desire to go forward by the leaders with the EU vision but they will have to face and overcome serious challenges both domestically particulary with Britain in the process of leaving and possibly other countries following or threatening to follow if nationalist political parties in those countries get more power, the threat of unemployment but also external problems such as the continuing problem of substantial unscreened migrants across the Mediterranean particularly from Libya to Italy and from Western or Southern Asia through Turkey and Greece and difficulty of Europe to compete in the international economy including with many other countries with cheaper labour and less money that companies in other regions pay for environmental or other safeguards to their manufacture of goods.
From a bible prophecy viewpoint one thing that is significant about this summit is that it was held in Rome that many evangelical Christians including myself believe will be one of the capitals of the world under the world-wide rule of the Antichrist, Beast out of the sea or Man of sin or abomination that causes desolation in the 7 year tribulation. In Revelation 17 the scripture states that a woman (the false or not biblical Christian religion of the tribulation probably led by the Roman Catholic Church but likely including not just other not-biblical Christians in the ecumenical movement but also other non-Christian religions in the multi-faith movement) rides a beast on a city with seven hills that we believe is Rome that has been noted for centuries or millennia as the city on seven hills or mountains. I personally do not remember a pronounced anniversary celebration of the founding of the EU with the Treaty of Rome at some other possibly major anniversary dates such as the 40th anniversary in 1997 or the 50th anniversary in 2007. I certainly don't remember major anniverary celebrations of the founding of the EU on these dates held in Rome as this 60th anniversary celebration and looking forward was in this year of 2017. We will see whether this is just an exception or if this 60th anniversary celebration held in Rome will be the beginning of shift of the EU and their offices, institutions and people from Brussels, Belgium to Rome in the coming months or years but this is quite possible. Regardless I think there will be quicker centralization of the the remaining nations in the EU since it is favoured by all four most significant remaining countries of Germany, France, Italy and Spain and likely some but not all of the remaining nations. At least some Eastern Europe and Scandanavian nations are more resistant to greater centralization of the EU but there will probably be some flexibility with the two speed process that seems to be gaining ground for centralization in the EU. Also it could be significant that in relation to Bible prophecy for the Antichrist to rule over the world from his power base in the EU what is likely most important is that he have a tight grip on countries that were part of the original Roman Empire. This would not as likely include Scandanavian or Eastern European countries and would be more focused on southern Europe or Mediterranean European countries. However it is true that most of Germany was never part of the Roman Empire although the southern part was and that the original Roman Empire certainly including the Balkan countries of the former Yugoslavia and Albania and neighbouring countries and they are being encouraged to join the EU.
That all these things are happening now and could likely continue to happen or perhaps develop more quickly in the near future is an indication that God's prophetic word is coming true in a greater way or the stage is being set for it to do so much sooner including to prepare for the worldwide rule for the 70th week of Daniel or the tribulation of the Antichrist, Abomination of Desolation, the Man of Sin or the Beast out of the Sea and his associate the Beast out of the Land or the False Prophet who roughly correspond to the devil Satan's counterfeit for the Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate the Son of God and the currently featured work of God on earth through God the Holy Spirit. The tribulation will also be characterized as a time of God's judgment of earth and the people left behind on it after the catching up to heaven or the rapture of God's chosen heavenly or spiritual people the Church or true Christians very soon to finish the Church Age with Jesus calling out of all nations and languages an eternal people for Himself just before the Antichrist is revealed on Earth as world dictator. The Antichrist will reveal himself as world dictator to start his seven year rule by making a false Middle East and possibly wider worldwide peace that will allow the Jewish or Israelite people to build their 3rd Jewish Temple on at least part of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem according to Daniel 9:27. Since all these things are coming together quite quickly now according to God's prophetic word the Holy Bible I would encourage the reader if you haven't already done so to with your heart as well as your head admit you a sinner (not always sinlessly perfect according to God's word the Holy Bible) and pray to God in Jesus (or Y'Shua his Hebrew name) name to ask forgiveness for all your sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour who about 2000 years ago died on the cross around Jerusalem for all our sins was buried and rose again on the 3rd day to offer us God's eternal life. You can be sure if you pray to God through Jesus sincerely from your heart these things that He will honour your prayer and receive you as one of God's spiritually restored children, forgive all your sins, and establish an everlasting relationship based on His grace with you and assure you of an blessed eternal home in heaven with Him and all His saved people of all nations and ages. You will also be assured to be taken to heaven with the rest of Jesus' true Church and not be left behind to endure God's wrath or the tyranny of the devil's man the Antichrist or his system in the tribulation but instead will come back with Jesus at the end of the tribulation when He comes to judge the world and establish God's Kingdom over all the Earth.
In June 2016 there was a nationwide referendum in the United Kingdom in which all eligible voters could vote yes or no whether the United Kingdom would stay within the European Union. This referendum was promised by Conservative Party leader David Cameron in response to division in the country including Mr. Cameron's own Conservative Party about whether Britain should stay within the European Union or not and whether it would be better off to remain in the EU or leave and continue on its own. A main issue for the leave side was the issue of illegal immigration especially the people coming from North Africa, Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan or Pakistan etc. Many of these people say they were fleeing the war and oppression and poverty in those places in many cases caused by the increased activity of militant Muslims. However it has been estimated for instance in the 1 million or so migrants to Germany last year about 2500 could have been Islamic jihadists whose main intent was to cause disruption in German or other western society in order to further fundamentalist Islam there. There are probably a similiar percentage of Islamic jihadists among the migrants trying to go to the United Kingdom. However there are also some of the migrants that I as a Christian would have the most sympathy for namely Christians that were fleeing some of those Muslim countries to escape the Muslim terrorist persecution of Christians in those countries such as by Isis and sometimes by other groups such as branches of Al-Qaeda or some of the more radical Shiite Muslims such as associated with the hardline leadership in Iran. There was also the issue on the Leave campaign that people wanted to have more sovereignty associated to the United Kingdom from encroaching rule by the European Union and perhaps have less taxes or fees. On the stay campaign there was a lot the idea of liking being in a larger and more populous political or cultural entity in which they could feel more in common with other people in the rest of Europe and that there were more opportunities for joint business or cultural organizations or activities or networking and usually liking the general liberal influence of the European Union. The stay campaigners had a significant portion of their support from the Greater London area and younger people that are generally more global, multi-cultural and liberal while a lot of the support for the leave campaign was from generally older and more conservative voters mostly from the parts of England beyond London. However there was also a majority of voters for the Stay campaign in Scotland and to a lesser extent in Northern Ireland probably in order to use membership in the EU to reduce dominance in the UK or England with its larger area and much larger population. Anyway just over 70% of eligible voters voted in the referendum across the UK with about 52% voting for leave and about 48% voting to stay in the European Union. The criteria to respond to the vote was to act according to what side got a simple majority or more than 50% which turned out to be the Leave side. The former mayor of London Boris Johnson and some other members of the Conservative Party and more radically Nigel Farrage the leader and the rest of the United Kingdom Indepence Party (UKIP) were politicians for Leave while most of the Labour Party although not very clearly led by new leader Jeremy Corbyn and certainly the Scottish Nationalist Party led by Ms. Nicola Sturgeon and perhaps the Liberal Democrats were for the Stay Campaign.
Although as of this writing, in early July 2016, it is still too early to tell how the referdum will affect the UK, Europe or the rest of the world some effects have already taken place. One of these is the devaluation so far by about 10% of the British pound relative to other currencies such as the dollar and I think the European Euro. There has also been the withdrawal from Prime Minister's office of Conservative leader David Cameron and the setting in motion of a new leadership campaign. As well there is continuing heavy pressure for the new labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down as much of the rest of the Labour Party thought he didn't give a very serious effort to promote the stay side of the referendum and that if he had done so the majority might have voted to stay instead of to leave. There is also concern for both British nationals working or on tourism to the rest of the EU and those of the rest of the EU in Britain that this could be discouraged more legally and financially if Britain separates from the EU. There also been some increase in harassment of some ethnic minorities by some in Britain since the victory for the Leave side. However it is probably realistic to say that resentment was building against Muslim and some other minorities in Britain for some time such as catering to Muslims to have over 80 Muslim Sharia courts in Britain where Muslims could go for legal cases instead of by western law and where in some cases their leaders didn't tell other Muslim people in their area there was still an alternative in the mainstream British courts. There were also still a good number of mosques supporting radical Islamic preachers and areas in some parts of London or some other cities that were mostly Muslim where any English or other western including more Christian or secular people from Islamic countries would be made to feel uncomfortable such as if they wore western clothes or wanted to use alcohol etc. even moderately. Some of these ongoing practices in Britain led to fears that how the European Union was perhaps encouraging or not doing much to stop the flow of illegal immigrants from mostly Muslim countries would only make some of the increasing Muslim influence in Britain even stronger than if Britain had more control of their immigration. This contributed to votes for the Leave side and was used by some of the spokespeople for the Leave side. As myself a couple generations ago of British background I also don't like to see the inroads of Islam in Britain but I also don't like some of the more racist speech or action of some against Muslims or Islam or other visible minorities or even from elsewhere in Europe by some of the native British such as that promoted by the UK Indepence Party. I also don't like the excessive secularism and neglect or discouragement of Biblical Christianity also from atheism and people in witchcraft or the new age movement in Britain and think that has caused decline in the country from when it was more Christian. From a Bible prophecy perspective I don't quite know what to say about the way things have gone so far with the British referendum whether to stay or leave the EU and that the vote was to leave. Part of the reason for this is that the interpretation of myself and a substantial number of other Christians who take the Bible literally is that the Antichrist, Beast of the Sea or Little Horn who will be the Satanic world dictator in the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel will rise out of the European Union or revived Roman Empire. I mention that background of this elsewhere on this web page especially from the book of Daniel. Particularly since at least England was part of the original Roman Empire for some time it was thought it would be part of the revived Roman Empire. However now it is not certain that will be the case. However the Stay side has now got about 4,000,000 signatures to stay in the EU on an unofficial internet petition. Another problem of this referendum result is that it significantly reduces the ties between Europe and English North America (the US and Canada) since the UK in the EU was the main link before. This makes it less certain, unless things change, that English North America will be the third of the three horns that the Antichrist plucks up to have as his primary power base. The other two horns I would say would be West and East Europe represented by the rest of the European Union although the eastern part has not yet included Russia but that will be the Land of the North or Gog and Magog separate from the Antichrist's direct control in the tribulation. There has also been talk that if Britian does go ahead and separate from the EU there could be encouragement to other countries to do the same such as Netherlands, Denmark, Greece or France but the EU leadership is trying to do everything they can to avoid this including to deal more harshly with Britain in their EU separation than if the EU didn't think other EU countries were encouraged by Britain's actions to follow a similiar path relative to the EU. All these actions have also resulted in increased leadership instability at the top of the European Union but a general desire to have Britain separate as soon as possible. On the other hand most current British leaders or potential leaders want to take some time in the separation process to try to make sure it is in Britain's interest. Of course also from a Bible prophecy viewpoint with reference to the scripture passages from Daniel even if other countries for now separate from the EU it would not be impossible or even too difficult for the Antichrist after the rapture of the Church and the start of the tribulation to bring all these countries and the European Union itself back together. This is because he would have the full power of Satan the devil and other demons behind him and permission of God and His Son Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit as it is part of God's last days plan to judge the world for about 7 years until Jesus' second coming in glory to set up God's kingdom on Earth. Whatever the case I believe this all indicates that the end of this current age of grace or Church Age is almost here and then the rapture of catching up to heaven of all true Christians followed by world dictatorship of the Antichrist and God's plagues of the book of Revelation on this world followed by God completing His judgment of this world by Jesus coming visibly to earth from Heaven to remove to hell the Antichrist, and False Prophet and the Devil and demons and all people who haven't by then trusted in the true God through His Son Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. I would therefore encourage the reader to, if you haven't done so already, to trust with your heart including will as well as your mind that you have sinned against God and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead to give us new life. In this way you can also have a personal relationship with the true and living God and be assured you will be taken or raptured to heaven before the tribulation and not be left behind for this whole world's darkest hour of God's judgment including His permission of the wide ranging world rule of the devil through the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea.
For a long time I just thought in a general way that the kings of the east and their armies as mentioned in Revelation 16 were just in general leaders of the Far East or parts of Asia east of the Euphrates in general. This is usually the way I heard teaching on this part of Armageddon from reputable Bible teachers most often as well. However a new idea came to me that could be from the Lord. I can't say for sure but it matches well with other relevant Bible passages and with information in current events. This is that the kings of the east could instead more specifically be leaders of regions east of the Euphrates that would be leaders of some of the 10 Magna regions east of the Euphrates according to how the Club of Rome (a New Age and Globalist organization started in Rome) has divided the world. A copy of a map of the world divided according to their specifications is on the link from Sent Ministries on this web page. There are also copies of of this map readily available on Google Images. As can be seen on this map there are three, perhaps four, regions east or mostly east of the Euphrates and their leaders at the time of the Battle of Armageddon will probably be the kings of the east that lead the invasion to Jerusalem and Israel at the time of Armageddon and that are mentioned in Revelation 16. These regions and their kings on the map would be the leaders of China, Japan and Korea, India and South-east Asia and perhaps Australia and New Zealand and Ocaeania and South Africa. This would be leaders of 3 or 4 regions and their armies that represent a significant amount of the territory and most of the population of territory east of the Euphrates and a sizable part of the entire world's population. These kings would probably be some of the ten kings mentioned in Revelation 17 and the ten horns of Daniel 7 or the ten toes of the image mentioned in Daniel 2. The scripture reference from Revelation 16 of some of the ten kings of Revelation 17 and Daniel as the kings of the east that will lead the oriental part of armies come against Jerusalem at Armageddon is as follows:
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils (demons), working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon (Mount of Megiddo in northern Israel). Revelation 16:12-16
On April 24, 2016 results were announced from the general Serbian election. This election was called early by the Serbian Prime Minister and leader of the Progressive Party in an effort to get a more definite mandate to bring Serbia into the European Union (EU). He stated quite publicly and consistently during the campaign that this election would be considered a referendum by the people in Serbia on whether they wanted to be pro-Europe including making further progress to joining the European Union or not. During the campaign there was some uncertainty what the results would be but most reporters said Mr. Vucic and his Progressive Party would likely get the highest percentage vote and the most seats. However, it turned out that he and his party received about 50% of the popular vote and a clear majority of all the seats in the Serbian parliament. This means he will be able to pursue as vigorously as he wants to his plan to persuade the EU to include Serbia as one of its new members. Some lingering problems with human rights including perhaps the desire of the EU for Serbia to still arrest and hand over to the World Court some Serbian lower level war criminals is one issue that the EU might want to see some improvement on before accepting Serbia into the EU. The main three war criminals from the 1990s Balkan war that are Serbian have already been handed over to the World Court and only the final part of the trial of Serbian general Ratko Mladic needs to be completed. The EU also wants Serbia and there government to give up Serbian claims of sovereignty over neighbouring Kosovo in order for the EU to consider Serbia for EU membership. There might also be some issues that need to be addressed with organized crime in Serbia in the opinion of the EU. The EU and Serbia will also have to ensure newly accepted EU member and neighbour to Serbia Croatia doesn't unduly try to prevent Serbia from joining the EU due to strife in the past between Croatia and Serbia especially the 1990s Balkan war. The Socialist party came in second in this election with 13% of the vote and the Radical Party led by Vojislav Seselj came in third with 7% of the vote. Mr. Seselj himself just recently was cleared of any charges of crimes against humanity at the World Court. His party wants closer ties with Russia and wants Serbia to be united with mainly Serbian parts of Bosnia and Croatia and claims Serbian control over Kosovo. He and his party also reject closer ties between Serbia and the EU especially further progress towards including Serbia as a member of the EU. It is thought these decisive results for Mr. Vucic and his pro-Europe party will allow Mr. Vucic to go ahead freely towards EU membership for Serbia but that there could still be some resistance in Serbia led by Mr. Seselj and his Radical Party. This election result likely means there is a widespread committment by the people of Serbia now to join Europe and more liberal, western and global society and that fairly soon Serbia will succeed in becoming part of the European Union. It has also been a priority for some time for the EU itself to expand its membership with inclusion of the Balkan countries including those that made up the former country of Yugoslavia as well as some other Balkan countries not yet part of the European Union such as Albania. The ongoing crisis with numerous migrants coming from mostly Muslim countries such as especially Syria but also countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and others mostly moderate Muslims and some Christians or secular people fleeing the repression in those countries but also some Islamic jihadists exploiting the situation to get into Europe more unnoticed could also provide the EU with more incentive to speed up the process of including Serbia and other Balkan countries into the EU. This is because then there could be more EU laws and exercise of EU border or security services in the Balkan countries against illegal immigration such as done by these migrants especially the Islamic militants and potential terrorists among them.
From a biblical Christian and prophecy viewpoint probably the main significance of Serbia getting the green light to make further progress to joining the EU is that when it is accepted into the European Union it would be another step towards the completion of the restoration of the territory of the EU including of the European part of the former Roman Empire and becoming more the revived Roman Empire God's Word the Holy Bible pictures the Antichrist or the Beast or he who causes abomination to rise out of in the 70th week of Daniel or the tribulation or time of God's wrath when also God will more intensely judge this world after the removal to heaven with the rapture of the true Church of those who have personally received in our heart the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. If you the reader haven't yet done this I would urge you to as soon as possible read the Bible such as in the Gospel of John or Book of Romans or Gospels of Matthew, Mark or Luke and place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who died on the cross to pay for all our sins and rose again the third day to offer us eternal life and a relationship with the Creator God, forgiveness of all our sins and an eternal home in heaven and then you will be ready for the Lord Jesus to bring you to heaven at the rapture of the Church and also will not have to worry about being left behind for God's judgment and the world tyranny of Satan's man the Antichrist during the tribulation.
In April 2016 it was revealed to the world through a German media outlet from about 11 million papers that many world political, business and also entertainment and sports and drug trafficking and other criminal leaders heavily used Panamanian and other offshore tax havens to reduce the taxes these leaders or their organizations would have to pay to the governments of their home countries. Many of these political leaders have been promoting austerity or cleaning up of financial corruption by their citizens but have now been shown to have double standards with the exposure of the involvement of themselves or their relatives or others close to them in use of tax haven shell companies or other measures used in Panama and other tax havens to reduce taxes that would otherwise have to be paid in political, business or celebrity leaders' home countries. For instance a musician closely connected with Russian President Vladimir Putin was on the list who likely transferred some money from Mr. Putin to these accounts to enable Putin to not have to pay as much income taxes to Russia from his personal income. This was also the case with close relatives of Chinese leader Xi Jin Ping who has definitely been promoting an anti-corruption campaign including in the Communist Party in China which has led to measures against about 300,000 people while all the time leaving the impression he was uncorrupted by financial or other self-serving measures. Now that that turns out to be false he and his government have done everything possible to suppress comments on the internet or elsewhere in China critical of him for his corruption and also of another top communist leader through his relatives that is also an example of what is called in Chinese guanxi or doing business with connections with key people. Also the late father of United Kingdom leader David Cameraon named Ian Cameron was mentioned as was the late Muhammar Gaddafy of Libya, the former leader of Eygpt Hosni Mubarak and the current leader of Syria Bashar Assad. Also mentioned by name was a leading international soccer star and a son of a leading Pakistani politican and the leader of Iceland who has now stepped down after persistant popular protests after the Panama tax evasion documents came to light. Although most of these shell companies and offshore banking is legal in many countries it is not very ethical or of good reputation and demonstrates putting personal greed ahead of paying one's share to help the finances of their countries. All these documents also indicate the interconnectedness and secrecy and greediness of the political and business and other leaders of the world as part of an already forming one world government and economy that is preparing to be led by a one world personal leader the Antichrist the Beast out of the Sea or the Man of Sin as mentioned in God's word the Holy Bible for the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel as mentioned in Daniel 9:24-27 or the little horn mentioned in Daniel 7. An international investigation has now started as a consequence of these revelations. Perhaps these revelations come as a wake up call of what really goes on in the international business and political world just before the rapture of the true Church of people from all nations who have personally trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead the 3rd day to give us new life so we can also be brought to heaven with Him when He comes for the true Church just before the worldwide tribulation or time of God's wrath for 7 years or so until Jesus' second coming to defeat the Antichrist and one-world non-Christian or anti-Christian system and people at the end of the tribulation and then for Jesus to set up God's government on Earth with the Messianic or Millennial Kingdom and then God's eternal Kingdom with His Son Jesus Christ with the New Jerusalem on the New Earth and the New Heavens. Especially if these revelations from these Panama documents are indications that the world government and economy is almost complete and the rapture of the Church and then 7 year reign over all the Earth of the Antichrist is very soon I encourage you to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour as soon as possible.
There has been an escalating conflict between Greece and the European Union over Greece's debt and its shaky economy and membership in the European Union single currency the Euro. Under the Economic and Monetary Union of Europe of which Greece is a part the annual deficit of a member country is not supposed to be above 3% of GDP or Gross Domestic Product of that country while the accumulated debt of any member country is not supposed to be above 60% of GDP of any country. Currently Greece owes about 320 billion Euros or about 180% of its GDP according to a recent article on the BBC. This debt to GDP ratio also has been growing since 2010 when Greece started to get some financial bailouts from Europe and the IMF (International Monetary Fund). The current leader of Greece Alexis Tsipras said that before the referendum even if there was a No vote that Greece's mostly European creditors would resupply Greek banks with more cash on the the Tuesday after the Sunday referendum on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 but it is now Wednesday, July 8, 2015 when I am writing this and so far this hasn't happened. The vote in the referndum was about 61% No to more austerity measures from creditors on the Greek government and economy in return for more cash into Greek banks and 39% Yes. The Greek prime minister Mr. Tsipras and his left of centre Syriza party led government campaigned to support the No vote. There has already been imposed a 60 Euro per person in Greece limit on how much can be borrowed from Greek banks per day and there has already been some attempts at runs on deposits from banks. There is now not much money left in the Greek banks even for medical services or old age pensions or other critical items paid by the government. There continues to be pressure from the IMF, European Commission and the ECB the European Central Bank for more austerity measures in Greece such as more cuts to welfare and a higher VAT or Value Added Tax that we in Canada would probably call a Goods and Service Tax or GST as well as a push to extend the age at which Greeks can retire which I think has been before 60 years old. Part of the problem is that European creditors are also worried that some larger European countries that also have financial or debt problems and are members of the Euro area such as Spain could also be tempted to default if Greece gets its way for a reduction of its debt from its creditors which could further endanger the stability or viability of the Euro as a dependable international currency. There have been falls on the stock markets this week since the referendum certainly in Europe and North America. There have been a couple meetings since Sunday of Mr. Tsipras and his finance minister with European officials but so far there hasn't been any significant agreement and things are still quite unstable and unpredictable.
The main result of all this dispute between Greece and her mostly European creditors could be a departure of Greece from the Euro single European currency financial system or maybe even from the European Union although most Greeks as well as Europeans and European officials definitely do not want this to happen even though the high value of the Euro currency I believe has been one thing that has led to increasing debts and deficits in Greece with their exports not being competitve internationally with a currency having this high value. From a Bible prophecy viewpoint Greece was of course both in the Bible in the spread of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Roman empire and in the history and culture of the Roman Empire a central part of the Roman Empire since its early history and we would think it would be a necessary part of its revival that started with the European Union and will conclude with the central part of the government of the Antichrist the man of sin or the beast out of the sea in the seven year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel after the rapture of the Church. Especially if Greece leaves at least the Euro area before the rapture of the Church and revelation of the Antichrist publicly on Earth this could be part of how the Antichrist will be seen as miraculous and amazing by piecing together the nations of Europe and the revived Roman empire economically and to some extent politically out of a divided and depressed state to a more co-ordinated and prosperous and powerful situation in the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel for his power base to rule the whole world under Satan's power but with God's permission. This is somewhat similiar to the rise of Adoph Hitler and the Nazi party in the early 1930s in Germany when it was in quite an economically and socially depressed state to make it quite a powerful nation militarily, economically and politically but with some very bad ideology such as the teaching of the master race based on Darwin's theory of evolution that led to the deaths of about 6 million Jews and quite a few other people of other backgrounds that weren't seen as being part of the master race. The Antichrist at least in the second half of the tribulation according to the Bible and I believe according to trends we can see in society now will kill and persecute those he and Satan don't like such as Jews in general and especially Jews and people of other nations that refuse his mark and that instead trust in the Lord Jesus after the rapture of the Church. Anyway I believe that though the current Greek situation is not good for the power, stability and unity or the Euro area or the European Union now that God could allow and the devil will help enable the Antichrist to reunite Greece with the rest of Europe in the tribulation from any of the current or soon following economic or other problems. I also see all these troubles as an indication that the rapture or catching up to heaven of all true Christians of this age who have trusted in our hearts that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead to give us new life as mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4 and John 14 for instance and prepare for God in a more focused way restore His chosen earthly people the Jews back to Himself and call people of the nations to believe in God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as well as the Creator and through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. I think these ongoing economic problems in Greece and other places means the new world currency that will include the mark of the beast of the Antichrist in the tribulation mean the tribulation and preceding rapture of the Church are very near. I would therefore encourage the reader to if you haven't already to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart that he died for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead to give us new life and relationship with God so you can have eternal life and forgiveness of all your sins and a home in heaven and so you can also be taken to heaven at the rapture of the church and not be left on Earth after the rapture for the tyranny of the world dictator the Antichrist and God starting to judge the world with the severe plagues of the Book of Revelation followed by God setting up His Kingdom on Earth through His Son Jesus Christ with His saved people of all ages up to then through restored Israel, the saved of the nations and the true Church.
In early 2012 according to both the BBC and the www.euobserver.com website Angela Merkel the chancellor of Germany stated that she thinks there should be political union with the nations of the European Union. This would include fiscal union. Right now the main basis of union in Europe is monetary union and some organizational or political union but not fiscal union or full political union. Mrs. Merkel also said that if some nations of the EU were not interested in fuller union then there should be two tiers of the European Union with the nations that were interested such as Germany allowed to proceed to fuller or more complete union and other nations allowed to remain with more limited union. According to the articles I read she is doing this as a result of the ongoing economic crisis in Europe especially the euro currency zone. Political union including fiscal union would provide for more coordinated policies with countries including for taxes and extent of deficits or surpluses in budgets. These or course would affect the attractiveness with international investors of the national economies and the euro currency and would give more coordinated means to bring austerity measures in countries with overspending and low international investor confidence such as Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain. Especially with the new socialist leader of France Mr. Hollande and a second round of elections soon in Greece where anti-austerity parties are expected to again do well it remains to be seen as to how many other countries in Europe or the European currency area are interested in closer union if it means more coordinated and extensive austerity measures. Especially if further political or even fiscal union measures go ahead in Europe this will be a further sign that the Antichrist who will probably arise out of the European Union or a revived Roman Empire based on Daniel 9:24-27 and Revelation 13 and 17 could be right around the corner and soon to be revealed. Especially if this is the case I would encourage the reader if he or she has not already done to to believe in the God of the Bible and that His Son or Annointed ONe Jesus Christ after living a perfect life died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead to give us new life so you can not only have eternal life but also be taken to heaven when the Lord Jesus Christ comes for his church and come again with him from heaven at the end of the tribulation when he comes to judge the world and set up God's Kingdom on earth.
In the end of June 2013 Croatia was added to the European Union to become its 28th member. Although Croatia doesn't yet meet the EUs standard for deficit and debt of 3% and 60% of annual Gross Domestic Product it is being accepted anyway into the European Union because of its efforts to rein in corruption and organized crime and do its part in returning war criminals from the 1990s Balkans war. Although there was resistance for some time from Croatian nationalists to join the EU the current more pragmatic government agreed with the EU that Croatia joining the EU will help ensure that Croatia is integrated into the European Union and the global trading system instead of risking further wars or violence. Although border crossings will no longer charge customs with neighbours Slovenia and Hungary that are already part of the EU, Croatia has not yet joined the Euro currency area or the Shengen agreement that allows free movement of people in participating member countries of the EU. However, even Croatia joining the EU could result in greater numbers of asylum seekers coming there by land or sea from outside the EU since it has a large border with other Balkan countries not part of the EU yet and a large coastal boundary on the Adriatic Sea. The European Union has lately being encouraging not only Croatia but also Serbia and other Balkan countries to progress in talks toward their joining the European Union. All this area was a long time ago part of the Roman Empire and was called Dalmatia or Illycrium and so it is a good candidate to be part of the European Union and as some Bible prophecy teachers or students would say part of the revived Roman Empire. If Croatia becoming part of the European Union is a step towards other Balkan countries soon joining the European Union, especially if they soon are allowed to also join the Euro and Shengen agreements, this will faciliate the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea to rule the world soon from his power base in the European Union with the antichrist being thought of as a last day emperor not only of the revived Roman Empire but also of the whole world. I would therefore urge the reader to as soon as possible trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour so you can be taken to heaven at the rapture of the church and not be left behind on earth during the tribulation to face the tyranny of Satan's man the antichrist.
Based on a story from www.euobserver.com called Ministers agree deal on EU banking union it is reported that in December 2012 finance ministers of the European Union agreed on a deal for centralized banking. This deal will give more power to the European Central Bank starting in 2014. In this deal three or more banks from each EU country and altogether about 150 banks will be more tightly controlled by the European Central Bank. This will include all banks with assets worth 30 billion euros or more or those with at least 20 percent of a nations' GDP (Gross Domestic Product). From a biblical basis this will more tightly centralize the economic and finacial system of the European Union and make the EU better prepared for the Antichrist and False Prophet rule the world from the European Union as world rulers in the 7 year tribulation.
Although it still has to be ratified by each of the 27 countries of the European Union probably every effort will be made to avoid putting this treaty to a public referendum that could defeat the treaty as happened with the European Union Constitution of 2005 in referendums that turned it down and ended to its demise in France and the Netherlands although it was approved by most of the countries. (After much tension this treaty was endorsed by all EU countries especially tension with a second referendum in Ireland and then passsed by the end of 2009. ) The most important things I can see of the agreed on treaty that is similiar to constitution are that the leading positions the president and foreign minister although it might not be called that will be more permament positions than the existing short term of six months. This treaty was agreed on in draft form in June 2007 with some items that still had to be attended to. Now those details such as respecting Britain's red lines and making concessions to Poland for some voting power etc have been taken into consideration on agreement of the final form of this treaty on October 18, 2007. This treaty now comes before the European Union for ratification in December 2007 where there is probably no danger of it being turned down or delayed. Then this treaty most be ratified by all the 27 nations of Europe. Although this could be done by public referendum with any or even all the countries as was done with some on the previous constitution this is doubtful. This is because referendums in France and the Netherlands turned down the previous constitution and caused it to be turned down as all countries needed to approve it. This time the European Union will do its utmost to only approve the constitution in the national parliaments of the different countries which are more likely to approve this treaty. This is all to be done by January 2009. The positions of the new president and foreign minister like positions of the European Union will probably for terms of four of five years although I don't yet know the exact times. What is important is that this will allow more concentration of power and more continuity of power than under the existing system. Both these points could be very attractive and useful to the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea and the False Prophet or the Beast out of the Land that will rule the world from their base in the revived roman empire or probably the 3 areas of the world that include the European Union and perhaps most of groups like the G8, Nato and the OECD in the tribulation especially the second half. If this is the case as seems quite likely from a literal Biblical perspective then the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea would be the President of the European Union and the world and the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land would be the Foreign Minister of the European Union and the world although the latter will probably be Jewish and the Antichrist a Gentile or non-Jew. Another major feature of this treaty is that it would make the use of national vetoes less common and the European Parliament more powerful. This could also centralize power more in Europe and be advantageous to the Antichrist's rise to power. Progess towards making more rights and laws of the European Union apply across the European Union and replace the laws of at least most national laws of the component countries would also lead to more centralized control in the European Union and cause the European Union to be more prepared for a dictatorship under the Antichrist and False Prophet as mentioned in Revelation 13. The realization of this treaty now could mean it is just around the corner that the Antichrist manifests himself probably with the False Prophet through a treaty with Israel to allow it to build its third temple on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. I and other dispensational Christians that also take the scriptures quite literally including keeping a distinction between the Church and Israel and not being confused by using references to Israel as referring to spiritual Israel supposedly the Church believe there will be a rapture or catching up of all born again Christians who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour that he died for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead to give us new life , immediately before the revelation of the Antichrist probably the leader of the European Union and the beginning of the tribulation.
On the end of November there was another deal in which some of the major central banks of the world loaned money to the European Union especially the Eurozone to give them more capital. This or some other recent deals also involved buying bonds of European Union countries that international investors are becoming more reluctant to buy. There was also a deal recently to provide more American dollar denominated capital so European banks or possibly other large firms can better operate in United States. Some of the economist people on the radio were acknowledging that this shows the situation in Europe is more serious that we thought and closer to default or collapse. Another part of the decision at this time was to allow the European Union Central Bank to print a lot more money in Euros to keep the economy there going. From a biblical Christian worldview this could mean that we are closer to the need for someone with superhuman abilities to give a solution to these problems which could be part of the platform that the antichrist and false prophet will reveal themselves to get the world's support after the rapture of the church and at the beginning of the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. I would therefore urge the reader if he or she hasn't already done to to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour that he died on the cross for your sins and rose again to give you new life and so you can have a personal relationship with God as well as being spared the tribulation which will be for judging the world not refining the church.
The continuing economic problems in Greece and some other European Union countries that use the Euro currency (in the Eurozone) is causing significant concern in Europe, North America and beyond. Other countries with significant problems are Spain and Portugal and possibly Italy and Ireland. Most of these problems are related to the substantial debt or deficits of these countries. Under some of the European Union regulations, all the countries of the European Union, or at least the ones that use the Euro currency are supposed to keep I think their deficit or annual shortfall or government revenue from their expenses to no more than 3% of Gross Domestic Product. However some countries have realized figures high above this level including Greece which in the last year (2009-2010) was at more than 4 times this level or at about 13% of the GDP. This has been causing concern from international investors in the Greek economy and currency and government and has led to the a weakened credit rating and more expensive terms for the Greek government to borrow any more money on the international markets. This has also had some negative effects on the world stock markets especially in Europe and to some extent in North America and a bad effect on the currency exchange rates with the Euro and other currencies including the American dollar. These problems in Greece have also increased fears that there could be further similiar economic problems in other countries in Europe with high levels of debt or deficits like Spain and Portugal. To try to stem the continuation of this problem a deal has been reached with the economic authorities in the Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to loan Greece just over 100,000,000,000 euros ( a hundred billion euros) in return for stern measures for Greece to cut its deficit such as increase taxes and reduce government spending including on social programs and on wages of government sector employees. These have proved to be very unpopular measures and have led to much resentment and even rioting led by public sector unions especially in the capital Athens. This has further reduced international investor confidence in Greece and its ability to straighten out its economy. From a biblical Christian viewpoint this could be an indication the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea and the False Prophet will soon come on the scene to rule the world from Europe and the European Union when the tribulation starts after the rapture or catching up to heaven of all true Christians who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ that he died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead to give us new life. The Antichrist and the False Prophet might use the excuse that these economic problems and social unrest mean that he needs to reveal himself and take more direct control of the European Union and eventually the whole world as prophesied in Revelation 13, 17 and 2 Thessalonians 2 and some parts of Daniel etc. I urge the reader to therefore trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour as soon as possible if you haven't already so you will be ready when the Lord Jesus CHrist comes to take his true Church to heaven and so you won't be left behind on earth to during earth's darkest hour in the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel.
I have heard a number of things lately about developments towards a one-world currency. One of these things was a link to a one-world currency on the Financial Times that in an electronic form a one-world currency has already been started and it is a combination or average of the currencies of the twenty biggest currencies by GDP (Gross Domestic Product). These countries are probably many of the same countries meeting this month in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the G20 conference. Having an average of the twenty biggest economies would have the advantage of avoiding the currency fluctuations in the exchange rates between different countries and so would simplify economic matters. The other article I heard and then saw on his web site was by a former banker named John Truman Wolfe who said that a tentative world currency was started that is called the Global Monetary Authority. On my research of that term using the online search engine Google, I found that this Global Monetary Authority seems to have been put in place at the G20 conference in 2008 as that is also when most of the references are. There is also an organization called BRIC which is a combination of Brazil, Russia, India and China that have been calling for a new world currency to replace the US dollar. Among other things this would probably involve pricing gold, oil and other commodities in this new world currency instead of in terms of US dollars. A global currency would also pave the way for the one world government and one world economy of the coming world dictator the antichrist or the beast out of the sea and the beast out of the land or the false prophet in the 7 year tribulation. This world currency would lead to the mark of the beast as part of the economic system required for buying and selling at least in the second half of the tribulation for 3 1/2 years when the antichrist will have total control of the world. Seeing that there are already signficant beginnings of a world currency now and that this will probably continue to progress quite rapidly I would encourage you the reader if you haven't already done so to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God that he died for your sins and rose again from the dead to give you new life and a relationship with God if you admit you are a sinner before the one true God who is completely righteous as well as loving so you can be spared being left behind on earth in the tribulation but instead be brought to heaven with Jesus to start a blessed eternity with God, Jesus and God's people from all ages according to the Bible.
According to www.euobserver.com on March 15 in an article titled "EU ushers in 'silent revolution' in control of national economic policies" all the finance ministers of the European Union agreed to a new policy of shifting more control of the economies of the EU countries from the national governments to the European Union. Currently at the end of March 2011 individual countries are in the process of confirming this agreement. It also still has to be confirmed by the European Parliament. This policy would give the European Union more control over the individual countries of annual budgets but also all economic measures also over the long term. The annual policy involves holding individual countries more tightly to the previously agreed but not enforced rules that EU countries especially those using the Euro currency should have annual deficits of no more than 3% of annual Gross Domestic Product and accumulated debt of no more than 60% of annual GDP. Under the new rules there will be financial penalties under the European Council for countries that exceed these limits on spending. According to the EU observer web site some of the economic policies that will be monitored and possibly to some extent controled by the European Union over individual countries over the individual EU countries including those that don't use the Euro currency are trade deficits, more than reasonable wages, extent of private and public debt, housing bubbles, "misallocation of resources" and, "unsustainable levels of consumption". However it is still somewhat undefined are open to change what all the categories that could be monitored or even controled by the EU in this agreement might be. There would also be financial penalties payable to the EU government for breaking these regulations. However Great Britain has managed to achieve some exemptions from these rules for the condition of her joining the overall agreement. From a biblical Christian viewpoint this agreement that was made mostly to help the European Union compete with other major trading powers like the United States, China and India as well as to satisfy international investors will centralize power at least economically but also to some extent politically in the European Union. This should make it easier for one man to rise to the top to control all of Europe or perhaps a small group of men such as the antichrist and the false prophet as the political and economic leaders of Europe. In the book of Revelation in the Bible this would be the beast out of the sea and the beast out of the land in Revelation 13. The fact that such significant steps are being taken now to centralize power in the European Union that have long been resisted by the national governments (and most of the public) of the individual European Union countries is an indication that the rise of the Antichrist and his revelation to the world at the beginning of the tribulation is probably not far off at all. This will occur very soon after the catching up (rapture) of all true Christians who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ that he died for our sins and rose from the dead to heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ in our new resurrection bodies. I would therefore urge the reader to yourself, if you haven't already done so, to as soon as possible with all your heart admit you are a sinner according to what God says in His word - the Holy Bible and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that he died for you and your sins and rose again to give you new life so you can have a relationship with God and enjoy his blessings forever and not have to go to hell but also so you can go to be with Jesus in a new resurrection body at the catching up of Christians to heaven and avoid having to endure the tribulation on earth when God starts to judge the world in earnest.
In early November 2011 the European Union with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) carried out a plan to install a new head of state in Italy who they thought would be a good choice to deal with the economic problems there. They have recently done a similiar thing in Greece due to economic problems there. Both these leaders are technocrats and economic or financial experts and probably strongly allied and subservient to the European Union, IMF and other parts of the New World Order and were not directly elected by the people of these countries. It is quite possible similiar things could be done in Spain, Portugal or Ireland or any other countries that have similiar problems with their debts and deficits or credit ratings by the international investors. This will probably lead to more severe measures being undertaken to rein in spending in the public sector and to perhaps increase taxes in Italy and Greece but this might reduce the debts and improve the credit ratings in these countries. These are measures being undertaken to keep these countries as part of the so-called Eurozone that are countries in the European Union that use the Euro currency and whose economies are tied together to some extent including the exchange rate with other world currencies of the Euro they use as their currency. These could be last ditch efforts to salvage the Euro currency and prevent reverting to the former currencies which could also cause problems but would lead to less centralized control of the economy and politics in Europe that would be against the wishes of the New World Order. These problems with the European Union that are also affecting the world stock markets and other aspects of the world currency could mean that a type of economic saviour could come on the scene soon that will be fulfilled by the Antichrist an the False Prophet mentioned in Revelation 13 etc in the Bible. Especially in view of this I would encourage the reader if you haven't already done so to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as soon as possible that he died for your sins on the cross and rose again so you will have eternal life and a relationship with God but also so you can be caught up to heaven with all true Christians with the Lord Jesus Christ so you can avoid enduring the tribulation on earth when the Antichrist and False Prophet will be Satan's servants to rule this world in an evil way against God and Jesus and the Bible.
In early May 2012 elections in France selected Francois Hollande and the Socialist Party as the new government there. He campaigned on carrying out more spending thinking that would stimulate the economy instead of austerity or cutbacks as the way to get France out of its economic problems and hopefully get more confidence of international investors. The international investment community wasn't really happy with that but didn't react too strongly on the stock markets. In Greece that weekend the election results gave significantly fewer seats to the pro austerity parties with the New Democracy Party getting about 19 % and coming in first and the Socialists coming in third with about 13%. In the last government these two parties had a majority and could push through unpopular austerity or cutback measures such as increasing fees and cutting positions in the civil service. Now the third place in the Greek parliament is held by the socialist anti-austerity Syriza party which received significantly more seats than in the last Greek parliament. Some other anti-austerity parties like the right wing Golden Dawn also got more seats. So far all three main parties have had a chance to set up a government led by their parties and all three have failed to get a majority. The main problems is that the austerity and anti-austerity parties don't trust each other and are not willing to compromise regarding austerity measures. The last chance to avoid another election is for all three parties and perhaps other parties to form a national unity government but so far this doesn't look very promising either. So it is quite possible that in a little over a month there might be new elections in Greece. Most polls there say that the Syriza party would increase its popular vote in a new election and would become the main party. This is all causing loss of investor confidence in the stock markets especially with the financial sector resulting in the stock markets going down. These results especially in Greece are not only making the bailout package less viable but are making it more likely that Greece will be removed from the Euro currency area and be forced to return to its own currency again. This would mean a substantial devaluation of the Greek currency and less confidence in the Euro currency as there would be more investor fears that some other countries with deficit problems like Italy and Spain or Portugal might also be forced to withdwaw from the Euro currency. Angela Merkel not doing well in the state elections in Germany is also undermining her efforts to promote austerity measures in Europe partly because the Social Democrats that are defeating her party are more left wing and not as supportive of austerity measures. From a biblical Christian viewpoint all this possibly means that no mere man or woman will be able to fix Europe's financial or social problems and Europe could be getting riper for a man that can or will in the person of the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea or Man of Sin that will come from the revived Roman Empire probably from Europe in the tribulation. All these events going on in Europe could mean that the time of the tribulation and preceding rapture of the Church are very near. I would therefore urge the reader if you have not already done do to as soon as possible trust in your heart in the Lord Jesus Christ that he died on the cross for all your sins and rose from the dead to give you new life so you can not only immediately have eternal life and a relationship with God but also be assured you will be taken to heaven with Jesus and all the true Christians and not be left behind for God's judgment and the tyranny of the Antichrist and False Prophet in the tribulation.
Although I still lean towards the third region being English North America because of its historic economic, political, and social ties with Europe especially Western Europe, it is also quite possible as an alternative that the third region in Daniel 7 is the mostly Muslim Middle East region. This is especially credible since this region formed most of the rest of the area of the former Roman Empire in such places as North Africa, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan and it is quite likely it could be under direct rule of the Antichrist in the Great Tribulation or 70th Week of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27). If this is the case instead of the third region begin English North America possibly due to economic, military, political and social decline of English North America especially United States after the restraining influence of its many born again Christians is removed abruptly at the rapture and liberal or godless or some legalistic such as Muslim people and interests take full control there then this region wouldn't be a region very blessed of God in the Tribulation. This is another point that could mean that the Middle East could be the third horn or region of the world that will give up power to the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea. If this is the case the European Union's ongoing Barcelona Process in which it is trying to develop political, economic and social ties with other nations of the Mediterranean Basin that is North Africa, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan could be the process that will accomplish relations between Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East as one somewhat united group of regions. If this is the case more information can be found about the Barcelona Process by entering www.Barcelona Process or by entering http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/euromed/ or my link Barcelona Process. I am not exactly sure myself whether the third region will be English North America or the Middle East but I am quite confident two of the horns and regions of the world that will give up power directly to the little horn or Antichrist will be Western Europe and Eastern Europe.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy has a vision of all the countries of the Mediterranean area joined in peace, prosperity and love instead of war, strife and division. This all sounds very good on the surface but a big problem is that this is only a humanistic vision and does not involve true peace with or love to or from the true God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins so that we might have not only peace with God but with each other especially those who also trust in God through Jesus. This will be one characteristic of God's people or Church and then saved Jews and Gentiles in the tribulation and Millenial Kingdom in time and eternity. Mr. Sarkozy in this week the second one of July has chaired a conference with 43 heads of state or high leaders such as perhaps foreign ministers of countries in France to promote his Mediterranean Union agenda. This is a continuation of the European Union's Euromed program that looks to develop a Mediterranean Union in association with the European Union that would be united by principly western values of human rights and other relativism or pluralism saying there is no one true God and other humanistic values. Apparently Nicolas Sarkozy has had this vision for some time in a very passionate way but is taking this present opportunity with France's turn until December 2008 of having the rotating presidency of the European Union to further the realization of this vision or ideal. Among other things this would effectively bring practically all the other remaining lands of the former Roman Empire into one grand union with Europe. This could make the way much better prepared for the rise of the Antichrist or ruler of the revived Roman Empire as described as the Beast out of the Sea or he who works abomination in Revelation 13 and Daniel 9:27 etc. Although Mr. Sarkozy is not Italian or Roman he is French and I think Hungarian but he is definitely European and holds to a strong and united Europe and I believe he is a Roman Catholic so it is still possible he could be the Antichrist but I can't say for sure but it is looking somewhat suspicious. He also has enough vision, ambition and popularity to probably run for the European Union more permanent postion of president that should be available in the beginning of 2009 as long as the European Union can agree to salvage at least most of the Lisbon treaty that has been slowed down because of the rejection of it in the referendum in Irealand. However it has already been passed by every other country by their national parliaments that now number almost 20 countries so the European Union will probably still try to force it through somehow. Nicolas Sarkozy is one of the leaders who have spokenly quite strongly about still implementing this European constitution like treaty. In this meeting in France Mr. Sarkozy also said progress has been made in solving the Middle East conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians and other Arabs as he spoke with both Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli leader Ehud Olmert on either side of him in some pictures on the BBC. Bringing Israel and the Palestinian territory as well as some Arab countries like Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and North African countries in this Mediterranean Union is designed by Mr. Sarkozy and other European leaders to also bring the Israelis and Arabs closer together to finding a solution to their disputes by adopting a one-world multicultural view of peace and prosperity. Although there are still many skeptics about Mr. Sarkozy's agenda and I myself will have to see how much success he has with it in the coming days the fact that he has been able to assemble 43 leaders of European and Mediterranean countries including every country but Libya of that region I believe shows he has some support in other countries and their leaders at least at this time. If he continues to gather more success this could mean the tribulation beginning with the false peace of the Antichrist that will include a Middle East peace between Israel and the Palestinians and other Arabs in which Israel will be allowed to build their 3rd Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to start the seven year tribulation and the rapture or catching up to heaven of all true Christians who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour before the Antichrist's covenant with Israel must be very near. Anyway in case this is leading to the false peace of the Antichrist and the full establishment of his regime I urge you the reader to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that he died for your sins on the cross and rose from the dead to give you new life as soon as possible if you haven't already and if you have to continue or renew living for him and sharing the gospel message and other Bible teaching including the shortness of the time in this Church age or age of grace with other people while we still have opportunity on earth in this age.
After much pressure to get a settlement to world trade talks that have been ongoing for several years the Doha round of talks failed due to mainly one item. This was the determination and inflexibility on both the sides of the West led by the Americans and the developing world led by China and India to reach a compromise concerning subsidies to poor farmers in China and India and other developing countries. Of course at least eventually the United States wanted more access to sell their agricultural goods in China and India at a more competitive price. However China and India wanted to protect their farmers since they are already poorly paid and are being somewhat left behind in the increasing riches especially for people in the big cities in those countries. There would be some worries not just for the welfare of the farmers in those countries by their respective governments and their negotiaters but for the stability of the farmers and others in the rural areas of those countries that already have enough strain due to other factors such as the growing riches in the cities and not in the rural areas and the loss of working age children to the cities due to better jobs than staying with their families to work on the farms and due to factors such as insufficient payment for land taken from farmers for development and pollution of the land, water or air also in the rural areas with no or little compensation due to pollution from the cities. The failure of this round of trade talks that was meant to have a successful conclusion before the end of the presidency of US president George W. Bush will mean there probably won't be a return to attempts to get a world trade deal soon and that when and if this happens the Americans and then perhaps others will want to renegotiate their positions. There were 18 other aspects of the proposed world trade deal in the Doha round and there was significant narrowing or converging of interests of the different parties in all these other areas but the inability to reconcile differences in the area of agricultural subsidies to developing country farmers meant to the negotiaters that they couldn't get a complete deal so there wouldn't be any deal in the other areas either. Although it is possible the Lord Jesus Christ could still wait some time to catch the church of born again christians to heaven and allow the tribulation to start I believe these events won't be very long in the future. I personally believe what is most likely based on the prediction for world government and a world economy especially in Revelation 13 for the second half of the tribulation is that the Antichrist or beast out of the sea will unilaterally make a world trade deal that will be satisfactory to all major countries or interests and use this as part of the basis or his initial popularity as world dictator in the seven year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. The Antichrist will use this world economic and political power to force worship of himself by all people in the world in the second half of the tribulation or their being killed if they resist and are caught. I therefore would again urge the reader if you haven't done so already to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour who died for all your sins and rose again from the dead to give you new and eteral life if you trust in Him.
In Daniel 2:44 it is mentioned that it shall be in the days of those kings which I think means the days of the ten toes or ten horns of Daniel 7 (and Revelation 17) that will reign with the Antichrist in the second half of the tribulation until the Lord Jesus Christ conquers them and the Antichrist and the False Prophet at his second coming to earth. These ten kings are probably the kings of the earth mentioned in Revelation 19:19, 16:14. I believe the God of heaven will set up his kingdom at Jesus second coming with the God of heaven being God the Father who will come in his glory with the Lord Jesus Christ in his resurrection body to destroy or crush the world system and set up his kingdom on earth. God's kingdom will according to the New Testament then stand for a thousand years followed by a brief interruption with the loosing of the devel to tempt the people of the nations on earth after which God will destroy this earth and heavens and make a new earth and new heavens untainted by sin for his people of all ages including the Church and the time of his people Israel in the Old Testament to worship the Lord and enjoy his creation forever. This stone will be supernatural in that it will be cut out without hands and it will destroy the world system that operates generally without God and the Lord Jesus Christ and is mainly interested in this world and this life and the things of time and sense rather than in God and Jesus and His word the Holy Bible and in heaven and eternity. It is significant that the world system is portrayed as an idol as that is one thing that permeates the world system which most unsaved people or non-Christians hold to or exalt above the Creator God and God of the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ. The scripture reference of the smiting stone as God and Messiah Jesus coming to smite the world system represented by the idol representing the world empires of the nations to set up God's kingdom on earth in Daniel 2 is as follows:
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. Daniel 2:44-45
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, an shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. Revelation 17:12-14
For they are the spirits of devils (demons), working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Revelation 16:14
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and that that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:17-21
As a main consequence of the sin of the first woman Eve in taking of the forbidden fruit and the use of the serpent by Satan or Lucifer to to this was that there would be hatred and loathing between serpents and women. There would also be enmity between the seed of the serpent representing unsaved people and the seed of the woman with especially the Messiah that would be an eventual descendent of the women who would come to restore any willing people to a relationship with the Creator God from the separation from God due to the sin of our first parents. The seed of the woman Messiah Jesus or the Lord Jesus Christ will bruise the head of Satan the serpent when Jesus comes again to the earth in power and great glory at the end of the tribulation to judge the world, rescue his people then on earth and set up His and God the Father's Kingdom on earth. At that time Satan will be cast by Jesus into the bottomless pit and the beast out of the sea commonly called the Antichrist and the beast out of the land called the false prophet will be both cast into the lake of fire according to Revelation 19:20 and REvelation 20:1-3. This will be the same time that as mentioned above the Lord Jesus Christ will smite the world system of which Satan is god and prince and of through which Satan seeks to be worshipped instead of the true Creator God through God's only begotton Son Jesus Christ the Messiah. These are all referring to the same event at the same time at the end of the tribulation and the beginning of the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom. Satan the serpent bruised the heel of the Lord Jesus Christ when he instigated ungodly people to put Jesus to death to try to defeat his at this first coming but God including the Lord Jesus Christ with Jesus' rising from the dead on the third day after paying for all our sins and then his ascension and return to heaven. The scripture passage for this bruising of the head of the serpent, Satan the devil at the end of the tribulation by the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned in Genesis 3 is as follows:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
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