“We The People Of Europe...”

As a new European constitution is formed, the question is, who will be in charge, and what will be his powers?

By Garner Ted Armstrong

As I write, a two-day debate is taking place among the representatives of the EU over critical questions concerning the future of Europe. Among them, who will rule; how will he be chosen; what will be his term in office? Is the man who will become the BEAST of Bible prophecy even now waiting in the wings?

Smaller countries such as Ireland, Bulgaria and Hungary want to see the current six-month rotating presidency continue, fearing they would lose significant power if a president were chosen from one of the major European powers, and his tenure would be four years or more.

At the same time, talks have begun concerning the appointment of a Foreign Minister for the EU, who would have far-reaching powers, speaking for all of Europe in all international crises such as the recently-concluded war in Iraq.

The most likely choice? Joschka Fischer, the German Foreign minister! The “Euro Observer” from Brussels says, “With the new European constitution will come the powerful new post of EU foreign minister and, with it, the speculation of who should fill that post.” They then quoted the big Berlin daily Tagesspiegel as saying that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is eagerly promoting his own foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, claiming he would be a “brilliant” candidate – that he would be “an excellent choice.”

According to the Euro Observer, many Europeans feel it is now the Germans’ turn to have one of their own in a “high position.” For his part, Fischer envisions a large staff from all European countries, and has suggested that an “autonomous European diplomatic service” should back him up!

What does this mean? It means that Fischer, a German diplomat acknowledged to be keen of mind, quick of wit, deft in handling diplomatic crises, would speak for all of Europe – thus becoming the counterpart of the US Secretary of State, but with the backing of fifteen or more nations, rather than one temporary administration. Fischer has said that a “separate protocol on the European diplomatic service should deal with external relations INCLUDING THOSE DEALING WITH CIVIL AND MILITARY CRISIS MANAGEMENT.” He argues that “...this would give the future foreign minister better ability to negotiate.”

For its part, the UK is submitting an amendment limiting the powers of such a ministry.

The debate may prove both heated and prolonged, and in essence is a struggle for POWER on the part of Germany, with the UK its foremost detractor.

The new European Constitution will apparently include about 250 separate articles, and observers say there will be “Amendments galore.” It is admitted that this is all about “who holds the real power in the future EU.”

For more than forty-six years, I have foretold the eventual creation of a kind of “United States of Europe” in the heartland of Europe where the old “Holy Roman Empire” held sway for so many centuries. This will be nothing short of a resurrection of that empire, featuring many of the same nations, along with the good offices of the same universal church!

The final TEN nations (or a grouping of many nations under ten kings or military dictators) will come, not as a gradual outgrowth of the present-day EU, but from its ultimate breakup! Constitutions are well and good, so long as the nations writing them continue to adhere to their rules. But when nations begin to trample all over their own constitutions (as the United States has been doing since the days of FDR), or when violent overthrow of government by military coup tears up such constitutions, they are not worth the paper they are written on.

The prophecies foretelling the creation of a monstrous “beast” power are rife in Scripture. Daniel 2, 4, 7 and 11 deal with the various world-dominant governments of the past, and give details about the final end-time resurrection of the “fourth beast” of Daniel 7. Here is the description of that hideous, man-made political creature: “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.

“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.

“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

“A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

“I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame” (Daniel 7:7-11). A beast is metaphor for a gentile government. The horns are metaphor for the head of state; whether king, president, dictator, or military general. Do not confuse the ten horns of this prophecy with the ten horns of Revelation 17:12-14, for they are not the same.

It is obvious that these ten horns are not contemporaneous, for the “little horn” with the mouth “speaking great things” is depicting an ecclesiastical government; a great false prophet, who uses the powers of “interdiction” plus his own armed forces to unseat other governments.

In this case, it was the papacy of Rome that unseated the Ostrogoths, Vandals and Heruli from Italy, restoring the papacy, thus “healing the deadly wound” which prevailed from the fall of Rome in 476 until its restoration in 554.

Notice that the fourth beast nevertheless prevails until the time of the second coming of Christ AND THE JUDGMENT! It is this FINAL 10-nation power which will fight Christ at His coming. The other ten horns are those TEN gentile governments which held sway, one at a time, during the whole period of Imperial Rome and the Holy Roman Empire. Hitler and Mussolini effected a short-lived resurrection of the same system in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Now, the stage is being set for the creation of the final “Holy Roman Empire,” in the guise of a “United States of Europe.” John saw this creature in a vision: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea [metaphor for many nations: “a sea of people”], having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority [the final beast features all the most powerful characteristics of the four beasts of Daniel 7, which depicted Babylon, Persia, Greco/Macedonia, and Rome].

“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast [the fall of Rome in 476 to its restoration in 554].

“And they worshipped the dragon [Satan: See Revelation 12:9. His false universal religion] which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast [State worship; it reached a temporary zenith in the times of Hitler], saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies [Christ is the “Spokesman for God,” while the False prophet is, like a pseudo-Christ, the “Spokesman” for the Beast]; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (Revelation 13:1-5). Three and one-half years. This is the same period during which God’s people Ephraim and Manasseh, together with Judah, will be in captivity; the same period during which Jerusalem is “trodden down of the Gentiles;” the same period of the ministry of the two witnesses. See Revelation 11.

The prophecy continues, “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them [this gives the lie to the teachings of those who claim the church is in a ‘place of safety’ during the Tribulation]: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

“If any man have an ear, let him hear.

“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Revelation 13:1-10).

Now, notice the brief description of this final Beast which will assay to fight Christ at His coming: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings [a king may rule over any number of political entities; any number of ethnic groups] which have received no kingdom as yet [they are waiting in the wings. Will actual KINGS emerge, to sit on thrones in Europe?]; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast [the power of a king is the power of his economy, his people; his natural resources; his military – he has absolute power].

These have one mind [one policy; one goal], and shall give their power and strength unto the beast [they pool their national strengths into one super power. This is already in place in Europe, with Germany, France and Italy combining to produce modern supersonic jet aircraft].

“These shall make war with the Lamb [therefore, they are the FINAL beast of prophecy; the final resurrection of the “Holy Roman Empire”], 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).

Five times in the 7th chapter of Daniel, the vision foretells a great BEAST power to emerge which shall prevail until the second coming of Christ. See Daniel 7:9, 11, 13, 18, 21 and 27.

Today, MILLIONS who heard my voice during decades over radio and television; hundreds of thousands who read our booklets and articles about the coming SUPER POWER in Europe are ASLEEP! Few reacted when the Berlin wall came down, which I had been predicting for decades! Few reacted when the nations I named: East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Rumania came out from behind the Iron Curtain.

Few reacted when the EU formed, superceding the Common Market. Because these events have transpired over DECADES instead of a few weeks, the tendency is to ignore them, and become enmeshed in the concerns of one’s daily life.

Peter warned, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

“And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation [millions believe in “evolution”; scoff at Bible prophecy; believe America is too big to fall].

“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished [they are utterly ignorant of true geology; ignorant of the flood of Noah]:

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day [yes, these events have taken much, much longer than I thought back in the early 1960's. But they are HAPPENING, nevertheless!].

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us‑ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:3-9).

That is the whole point of witness and warning! It is to appeal to people to REPENT of sin (1 John 3:4), be baptized, and have hands laid on them for the receiving of God’s Holy Spirit!

God’s witness and warning is not to titillate the fancies of “prophecy buffs” or satisfy the “curiosity” of conspiracy theorists. It is in the hopes people will heed, and TURN from their own sinful ways!

God said to Ezekiel, “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

“Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

“Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

“Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

“When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

“Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;

“If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

“None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live” (Ezekiel 33:8-16).

One thing is sure. No one who has heard my messages or read my literature will ever be able to say to God, “Why didn’t you tell me?”


 

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