Fiscal Fluctuations Foreshadow Final Fuhrer
by Terry James
Sorry about the alliteration–just couldn’t resist it…
Great Britain, France, and Germany, Europe’s nucleus nations, are in economic flux not experienced since the powerful foundational gyrations of the European Union (EU). This past week’s regional dynamics put into focus, in my estimation, the scope of the monetary mania that has gripped the global financial markets, particularly since the crisis of 2008.
There has suddenly matured, it seems to me, the ongoing plan to make Europe into a single state, fiscally and geographically. I’m not saying that this conforms, necessarily, to what Bible prophecy foretells, because that end-times entity (found in Daniel 2, as one scriptural example) seems to imply something more along the lines of a pared-down EU--i.e., Bible prophecy seems to have Antichrist’s power base and launching pad to be a kingdom that is partly strong and partly broken, much like the constantly bickering group of European states as they presently exist--these prophetically reduced to only a group of ten or so.
The final fuhrer will, I infer from God’s prophetic Word, have to take over this group by offing three of the “kings” (Daniel 7 and Revelation 17). So, I’m not saying that Europe will soon be one nation, as are the states in America. What I wish to point out is the swift and vigorous movement of things at this moment in the geopolitical arena that is second in importance only to Israel, in terms of Bible prophecy.
The British are caught up in turmoil like at no other time in their history. Besides the rioting and threats of societal breakdown, they are confronted by European pressures to embrace EU efforts at total union. DAVID Cameron [British prime minister] was under mounting pressure last night to hold a referendum on EU membership amid claims that the Coalition is paving the way for full eurozone financial integration.
Tory and Labour MPs believe that Chancellor George Osborne’s hopes for a single eurozone tax system will lead to the EU becoming a fundamentally different organisation to the one the UK joined in 1973.
Many also fear that Britain will come under intense pressure to adapt its tax and regulatory policies to conform more closely with the eurozone once fiscal union is under way, even if the UK remains outside the single currency. Steve Baker, Tory MP for Wycombe, said: "It is very clear that the EU is heading at full speed towards being one country." (Martyn Brown, "Europe 'On Course to Become One Country,'" UK News, 8/16/11).
The leaders of the continent’s two major member-states are heading the call for bringing the EU into total unification. Worldwide monetary upheaval is providing the impetus for the drive toward one European nation superstate.
PARIS — the leaders of France and Germany called Tuesday for greater economic discipline and unity among European nations but declined to take the expensive financial measures seen by many investors as the only way to halt the continent’s spiraling debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average fell, the euro slid against the dollar and key European markets edged down in off-hour trading after Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the results of their emergency talks in Paris. Sarkozy called for a ‘new economic government’ for Europe that would meet at least twice a year with European Union President Herman Van Rompuy as its head… The two leaders also proposed a Europe-wide tax on financial transactions and pledged to harmonize their countries’ corporate taxes in a move aimed at showing the eurozone’s largest members are ‘marching in lockstep’ to protect the euro. ("Merkel, Sarkozy Want Balanced Budget Laws in all Eurozone Countries," Washington Post, 8/16/11)
The EU’s key leaders have talked just the past week about the need for a strong singular economic government, at the head of which should be the current EU President Herman Van Rompuy. While this is fascinating, considering the fact that we believe the "prince that shall come” (Daniel 9:26) will come from a revived Roman Empire, which this effort certainly seems to portend, I don’t believe Van Rompuy is that “prince.”
The reason I can say this with a sense of confidence is that 1) Europe is still quite a way off from becoming that revived Roman Empire–economically, at least; and 2) the church is still here, and Paul prophesies in 2 Thessalonians 2 that the man of sin–Antichrist—won’t be revealed until the Holy Spirit removes as restrainer of evil.
This also cannot happen while the church is here. The Holy Spirit resides within each and every living believer of the Church Age (Age of Grace). When the church leaves, the Holy Spirit resident in each member of Christ’s Bride–the church—will interact with mankind (those not taken in the Rapture) in other ways. History’s final fuhrer will then make his presence known. We see the foreshadowing of his appearance within the moving and shaking of the economic earthquake taking place today