There are some today who are saying that because the EU has failed in its attempt to gain economic domination of the world, and that because it is in disunity and disarray we need to rethink our interpretation of Daniel’s prophecies. The conclusion is; we have been mistaken in our interpretation of Daniel’s prophecy concerning the Revived Roman Empire. They have suggested that the Revived Roman will be the Eastern Roman Empire based in Turkey, and that it will be an Islamic Empire with an Islamic Antichrist.
The truth is; that what is happening in Europe today is in line with Daniel’s prophecy. There is turmoil and disunity in Europe; however that chaotic situation is perfectly in line with what Daniel foretold in Daniel 7:24. “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Antichrist will come on the scene in Europe in the midst of turmoil and chaos and seize control of three nations. His rise to power in Europe will be in the midst of division strife, as recorded in Daniel 7:8, “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” The turmoil in the EU today is in line with what we might expect for the arrival of Antichrist. “Three horns plucked up by the roots,” implies again an environment of strife and conflict. He will usurp power over three nations, taking control by force, and weld the ten nations into the Revived Roman Empire. It will be through his bold and brutal initiative that the whole thing will come together.
Today in the EU, there is a growing recognition that the EU has been an economic union and that it must also become political union. The present problems are the very impetus for the total union that Daniel foretells Antichrist will bring about.
Today the EU is the infrastructure of Revived Roman Empire; it is on the same territory of the old Roman Empire. In 476 AD the Roman Empire went into decline but it did not cease to exist. The old Roman Empire was still in existence as late as the 1950’s.
Notice what the scripture says would happen to the old Roman Empire, how it would come to its demise. “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.” Dan. 2:40. “As iron that breaketh all these”, that is what Rome did as it came to power in the first century BC. Rome was a fierce fighting machine that utterly destroyed everything that stood before it. But notice what would happen to Rome, “shall it break in pieces and bruise”. The Roman Empire would break up, this began in 486 BC., but fragments of Rome would continue for a long time, as symbolized by the long legs of Daniel’s vision. Rome continued in the form of the British Empire, German Empire, French Empire, Spanish Empire, Portuguese Empire, Belgium Empire, and Dutch Empire. These were all pieces of the Roman Empire or sub Roman Empires. Notice it says in Daniel 2:40 the empire would, “bruise”, this bruising took place after WW 2, when the old Roman colonial system was forced to give up colonies all around the world. Everyone of the sub Roman Empires was involved! All of these vast colonial systems disintegrated by the 1950’s.
Immediately after that, the EU was born, when in 1958 the Treaty of Rome was signed in the city of Rome. This treaty was the beginning of the infrastructure of the Revived Roman Empire. At about the same time in 1948 Israel was born as a nation. The stage was being set; Israel was back in the land where she was when God left off dealing with her. The stage was also being set for the Roman Empire to come back on the scene with a Roman dictator; the whole scenario of the first century was to be reset. Israel will eventually be under the Roman Empire and under a Roman Emperor.
In the fifth century AD the Roman Empire entered into union with the Roman Catholic Church. That was a foreshadowing of the union that the Revived Roman Empire will enter into with the World (harlot) Church at the beginning of the tribulation period. In Revelation 17 we have a symbol of the Revived Roman Empire in union with a World Church, “a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast.”
Turkey and an Islamic Antichrist cannot possibly fit into this prophetic scenario of scripture. This suggestion is a distraction from what God is doing in the world at this time, and a distraction to God’s people.
The new reality of Europe is perfectly in line with the prophetic scripture. The present chaos which is leading to centralized power is in line with Daniel’s prophecy; it is also preparation for the Antichrist to come in by force to cease control. The recent establishment of the new office of a powerful president is the office of the coming Antichrist. The whole situation in Europe is rapidly coming together as the prophets foretold.