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Overview of The European Union
The New Unholy Roman Empire (Introduction)
Religious Symbols of the European Union
The Flag (The Madonna), The Anthem, The Building (The Tower of Babel)
The Stamp (The Woman Riding A Beast(
The European Union
By Dr. David R. Reagan
The prophecies given to Daniel in chapter 2 of the book of Daniel relate to “the latter days” (2:28). Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar's dream when the king’s thoughts turned to ‘what would take place in the future (2:29). Interpreting that dream, Daniel revealed that it showed a succession of Gentile empires, beginning with the Babylonian Empire, followed by Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. The kingdoms were portrayed by the various parts of a huge statue seen by the king in his dream. (2:36-40).
The toes of the statue symbolized the final human kingdom, which, like all the others would be crushed by the kingdom set up by God in heaven. God’s kingdom would then endure forever. (2:42-44).
See The Rise And Fall Of The Empires And The Days Of Noah
Chapter 7 parallels Chapter 2 inasmuch as both set forth the four empires (The animal imagery of Chapter 7 corresponds to the ’body parts’ of the statue in Chapter 2) followed by the overthrow of all ungodly resistance when the final (fifth) kingdom is established. However the fourth and last human kingdom is depicted by a beast “different from all the beasts that were before it. And it had ten horns” (7:7). An obvious connection between the ten horns and the ten toes of the image in chapter 2.
Therefore it is entirely possible that the last Gentile world empire will be a ten state federation of nations that will arise out of the old Roman Empire (7:7-8). A ‘little horn’ emerges as the largest of them all, destroying three adjacent horns. (The other six seem to remain in subservience) It is also entirely possible that the Antichrist will arise out of this confederation, using the revived Roman Empire as his base to conquer the world (7:8, 23-25).
Are we witnessing the fulfillment of these ancient prophecies of Daniel in our day and time? Europe has reunited into a revived Roman Empire that is expanding rapidly in size. As it grows, and as national identities are de-emphasized, is it possible that it will be divided into ten areas, just as Daniel prophesied? (2:42-44 and 7:7 - the ten toes of chapter 2 corresponding to the ten horns of chapter 7).
When the Treaty on European Union, signed in Maastricht (the Netherlands) on February 7, 1992, came into force on November 1, 1993, it gave European integration a whole new dimension. The European Community, which was essentially economic in aspiration and content, was transformed into a full-fledged political entity known as The European Union.
The Biblical significance of these momentous developments in Europe has been widely recognized by students of Bible prophecy… The announcement of an agreement on the Euro was greeted in some quarters with an enthusiasm that bordered on blasphemy. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres raved: “As Peter was the rock on which the church was built, so the Euro is the rock on which the European Union will be built.” (Building Europe Together, a pamphlet published by the European Union, Brussels, Belgium, 1997.)
The New Unholy Roman Empire
(Note: Alan Franklin has been a journalist for 37 years. He currently serves as editor of a newspaper in southern England. Alan is a Bible prophecy teacher and expert on the cults. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have been a journalist since 1964, spending ten years as a chief reporter and the last 17 as the editor of a journal serving a quarter of a million readers in southeast England in the London area. As a Christian versed in prophecy I cannot help but see in the emerging European super state the foundations of a one world government with a one world dictator at its head - the man whose Biblical names include “the Beast,” “the man of sin” and “the Antichrist.”
In fact, leaders in Europe are already calling for a strong leader, saying that committees do not work and they need more inspired leadership. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer repeated his call for a European government in July 2000, and said the European single currency - the Euro - was “the first step to a federation.” He added that he wanted a “powerful president.” 
Fischer said his aim was “nothing less than a European parliament and a European government, which really do exercise legal and executive power,” to operate under his powerful president. More sinisterly, he welcomed the progress made in removing the “sovereign rights” of nations, which he defined as control of currency and control of internal and external security.
In summary, Fischer said, “Political union is the challenge for this generation.” 
The Desire for a Superstate
I was invited to Brussels, where the European Parliament is situated, in my role as publisher of a business newspaper. I watched the vote taken as eleven countries abandoned their own currencies to form a united Eurozone with the euro replacing everything from the lira of Italy to the Irish pound. They were effectively voting for the abolition of the nation state, and it was astonishing to see with what little formality or protest countries like France and Germany gave up control of their financial and economic destiny to join in the project to create “a common European home,” as the founding fathers of the European Union put it. No mention was made of the crippling cost to nations of scrapping their currencies.
After the vote I went to lunch with six MEPS - Members of the European Parliament - of different political parties. We talked about the future and I said that, as they now had one parliament and one currency, they were in many senses effectively one country. They could not really disagree, as the EU has all the trappings of a state, even its own embryonic army - the planned 60,000 rapid-reaction Eurocorps. So I asked: “Have any of you thought about the next step?” They asked me what I meant. So I explained that, with one currency and one parliament, the next big step was to have one leader or one fuhrer, (one Antichrist!). After all, it was Hitler who was the last leader who tried to unify Europe under one Government with one currency.
The Desire for a Superman
That many in Europe have been thinking on these lines for years is shown in a chilling quote from Paul-Henri Spaak, former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe nearly 50 years ago. He said : “We do not want another committee. We have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass in which we are sinking. Send us such a man and, be he God or the devil, we will receive him.” 
More recently Jack Lang, then president of the French National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee, said that the EU “needs a single figure at the helm.” Attacking the inertia in European foreign policy, he said Europe needed a strong central government with a single “personality” in control.  Students of Bible prophecy will have little doubt who this “personality” will be.
A Global Vision
The present format of the EU cannot last, and it was never intended that it should. Right from the beginning, the founders had grand, globalist ambitions. Addressing the European Policy Centre in September, 2000, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt described the subterfuge adopted to set up the embryonic EU. “With the European Coal and Steel Community, the seeds were sown of the European Union of today. It was the initial impetus to the development of a community approach, step by step forging European integration by joining, and sometimes also by abolishing, national sovereignty into a joint approach.” 
Turning to the next great leap forward, Verhofstadt said: “It is of the utmost importance to keep in mind a global vision of the ultimate goal of European unification.” This is a good thing, he explained, because “the European Union as it is now could never be the ultimate goal.” He said the pace of integration must never slacken lest, “in the worst case, countries will start to plead for the restoration of their former sovereignty.”  Notice that national sovereignty - independence - is referred to in the past tense.
Next came the real bombshell. The Belgian said that there must be values underpinning this vast undertaking - the largest coming together of countries in the history of the world. But whose values? His answer: “the values which resulted from the French Revolution.”  So, the values of the brave new Europe are to be those of the country which gave us the guillotine, the reign of terror and the time of blood washing through the streets of France!
“The Portman Papers,” a quarterly newsletter keeping watch on developments in the superstate, says in its October 2000 edition: “Verhofstadt’s values come from this. Eight years before the French Revolution began in 1789 with the Declaration of The Rights of Man, the General Council of Freemasonry at Wilhelmsbad, convened by Adam Weishaupt, founder of the Illuminati, drew up the blueprint. Its evil spirit was epitomized in Maximilian Robespierre, whose technique of terror anticipated Stalin’s by 100 years.” 
The French Reign of Terror claimed over a million victims. Inmates of prisons were slaughtered. Human heads were counted up like scores on cards. The terror was justified in the name of “democracy.” Similarly the coming clampdown on free speech, religious freedom and free political parties by the “beast of Brussels” system is being justified by words like “anti-discrimination” and a “charter of rights.”
What is emerging in Europe is a new Holy European Empire, an attempt to resurrect the old Holy Roman Empire that existed under the Pope. This is becoming increasingly blatant. The Vatican is playing a major role in the creation of the new European Empire, and Catholic social values - so-called “Christian Socialism” - are at its heart. The present Pope has repeatedly called for religious unity in Europe. This means a united, Catholic Europe, which was consecrated to Mary by the Vatican in 1309.
When I visited Strasbourg, the French city near the German border which, with Brussels, co-hosts the European Parliament, I was introduced to the head of the house of Habsburg, Otto von Habsburg, a man whose family dominated Europe for centuries. Full of charm and intelligence, he said that instead of war, a great new Europe could be built on peaceful cooperation. His ideas go far beyond this, however. In his book, The Social Order of Tomorrow, he writes:
Now we do possess a European symbol which belongs to all nations equally. This is the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the tradition of Charlemagne, the ruler of a united occident . . . the Crown represents not merely the sovereignty of the monarch, but also the ties between authority and the people. True, it is the monarch who is crowned, but in this sacred act he appears as the representative of the whole people. It should therefore be considered whether the European head of state, as the protector of European law and justice, should not also become the guardian of a symbol which, more than any other, represents the sovereignty of the European community. 
Dr. Habsburg wants to see Europe have an elected head of state - a man elected for life. This influence of both Charlemagne and the Habsburgs hangs heavily over the new federal Europe. The crown of Charlemagne, the first person to attempt to revive the Roman Empire in 800 AD, is an inspiration to those who promote the breaking down of nation states, and a Charlemagne prize has been established for those who work hardest for European unity. One who did was ex-President Clinton, who in June 2000, was the first American president to receive the Charlemagne prize for his work in promoting European unity. He received the prize at the cathedral in Aachen, Germany, where the first Holy Roman Emperor lies buried. Clinton called for an enlargement of the EU to even take in Russia.