“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
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
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
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
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.
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
“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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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?”