I want to thank Jackie for the news article below. Everything we have been saying the last couple of days can be summed up in Mr. Farage's analysis of the monster called Europe. Europe is heading toward a dictatorship, and we, who are watchers, can come close to saying the time of Antichrist is arriving. I say close, because so many have jumped the gun in the past, but my friends, events surrounding us are very close to prophetic fulfillment, or maybe they are? Often in prophecy, you do not know it is fulfilled until it happened. The Apostle Peter is a good example as he denied Christ as the moment of the Cross was approaching, but given some time he looked back and realized that all those things which were prophesied about the Messiah were found in Christ in everything from death to life.
Let's get back to our main headline, Europe is heading toward dictatorship. God states in His Word there will be a time of economic and social upheaval in the world at the time of Antichrist. As sin envelopes the world and takes over all parts of society, the world will be worse than Sodom and Gomorrah, as Jesus said. Sin is ravaging our earth at every part, even the church. In Europe, we see this in the economic failures of socialism. Continental Europe is a disaster. There is general fear in politicians and the markets the whole world is melting down, and there is now an opportunity for the man of sin to step up, whoever he might be.
Spain is still the key. Look for the European Central Bank (ECB) to buy Spanish bonds to lower the interest rate. This will only hold for so long because markets cannot be manipulated forever. When Spain and Italy go down, the whole system goes down. The fear of a Greece exit is that contagion will spread to these two countries as bond rates explode upward. We do know that Antichrist will come in to subdue three of the old Western European Union countries. The WEU has given its power over to the Beast. According to Scripture, Antichrist will take over or subdue three of the ten, which were a part of the ten which gave its power to the whole Beast. It is Antichrist who does the subduing so if Italy and Spain are two of the three, then could Antichrist be on the scene already somewhere? If so, then a security agreement with Israel is not far behind.
Lastly, Israel's situation is very precarious. Its enemies are strong, its American ally is very weak, and Europe is a mess. The new government in Israel is pressing for settlement expansion. Remember, it is the Jews in Judea that are persecuted, which includes E. Jerusalem and the surrounding West Bank area. These areas are the most conservative and settler driven communities. As the EU enters into dictatorship, American morality sinks deeper into decadence, the world will pin all their troubles on the Jewish settlers, and then on believers in Jesus Christ. The religious, right government in Israel is perfect for the rebuilding of the Temple, the Jewish sacrifice to be reinstituted, and the spreading of Jewish settlements, which all will bring Antichrist into E. Jerusalem. Time will tell.
Late breaking news: Netanyahu tells EU Catherine Ashton Iran must stop uranium enrichment at talks. Israel taking very hard line as new Israeli government takes place, and world wants to appease Israel's enemies. In a very unusual move, the three major factions are represented in the meeting, not just Netanyahu. Israeli is playing hard ball. Link
Daniel 7: 23-28
"Thus he said: ?The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak [y]out against the Most High and wear down the [z]saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and [aa]they will be given into his hand for a [ab] time, [ac]times, and half a [ad]time. 26 But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, [ae]annihilated and destroyed [af]forever. 27 Then the [ag] sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the [ah]saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.'
28 "[ai]At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my [aj]face grew pale, but I kept the matter [ak]to myself."
MY INTERPRETATION: I have always interpreted this as being 10 kings, the Western European Union, will arise to bring power to the beast, but then they will fade away. Then, Antichrist will come to the scene and subdue, or take over three of the nations which made up the 10. I believe the weakening of the Western European Union is fulfillment in Scripture, and if so, then Antichrist must arise soon. Time will tell.
Nigel Farage continues:
"I now believe the euro and the whole euro system are now in, by far, the deepest crisis that we've seen. We are in totally uncharted, chaotic territory. In some ways the ball is very much on the German side of the court. If they are unable to impose the discipline they thought this new Compact Treaty would give them, then maybe it's the Germans that say, ?Right, Greece you've got to leave.' We know once Greece leaves, the dominos start to fall.
To say that it's a total mess is entirely accurate. You cannot have national democracy and this new form of economic and political government. We've seen these guys do some terrible things. I mean they've gotten rid of elected Prime Ministers in Greece and Italy.
But they cannot at the moment, without imposing a total dictatorship, stop general elections from taking place in countries....
"If you put me up against a wall and ask, ?What's really going to happen?' My guess is, with the whole thing being unmanageable, we face the prospects of the markets just overwhelming this.
(We risk) bond spreads heading to completely crazy levels. And French and German bank shares could be in very real trouble. I am back in Brussels today, and yeah, you can really see the fear in their (politicians) faces. They know that this thing (the EU) has become an absolute monster.
We still don't have many political voices that have the courage to say, ?We're headed for the rocks, and before we hit the rocks, let's take a different course. Let's try to break this thing up peaceably, before it ends in disaster.'