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UNITED KINGDOMS MAN'S ATTEMPT AT A UNITED EUROPEAN CONTINENT
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This morning I would like to give a short history lesson on mans design for a united Europe, hence my title.
Leaving the EU
This has been a topic and it has been a great divider of communities and individual families since the vote in 2016 to leave the EU. Was Brexit providential? Was it part of God’s plan to ensure the continent of Europe would not come together as one country?
The Plan of Salvation
We know God cannot be thwarted in the direction He chooses to go. The plan of salvation must run its course and God will not and does not change. He is the omnipotent ruler of the universe and we are just clay made by his hands, yet it has always been the desire of mankind, led by Satan, to believe that we can outfox God. Even denying His existence. From the beginning of earths history, Satan persuaded humanity to believe him rather than God and since that time it has been in the psyche of humans to close their ears and eyes to the instructions of God who spoke directly to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, then through the prophets, many of whom were killed because those in power did not want to hear the truth of their own sinfulness. Then He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son, into the world and they rejected him too.
Satan’s Control over Humanity
Satan has such a control over those who reject Jesus he can make them believe they are in control of earthly events and ultimately humanity will find its own way to immortality. The eminent physicist Stephen Hawkins, before his death, believed that mankind would lift off this planet to an new one in another 100 years or so. He had a great mind but because he was not connected to the Creator of the universe his science was flawed. It is sad that such great thinking men like Hawkins, believe in their own intelligence. Just like King Nebuchadnezzar, who thought it was by his own might and strength that he had created everything in his kingdom. However, he had to climb down from his lofty position when God took away his mind but later restored his sanity at which time he acknowledged the supremacy of god over humanity. (Daniel 4:31-37). Had Hawkins also acknowledged God as the giver of his immense intelligence, he would have been even greater in his knowledge of the universe.
Of course we know better don’t we? We know that God sets up and takes down kingdoms at His will! We know this because Bible prophecy tells us before it happens. So let’s start wit our Scripture reading in Daniel Chapter 2.
A Great Statue
We read that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a great statue but could not remember the dream and his astrologers and fortunetellers could not tell him about the dream so he was about to have them killed. However, Daniel came forward and interpreted the dream for the king and showed him the kingdoms that made up the image of the statue.
Medes and Persians
The only kingdom that had great power at that time was Babylon and that was the Head of Gold on the image. Daniel explained to the king that his kingdom would eventually fall to another kingdom, which was a little inferior to Babylon. The shoulder and arms of silver represented this kingdom, which as you know is a metal less precious than gold. Nevertheless, this kingdom would be strong enough to destroy all that Nebuchadnezzar had achieved. These were the MedoPersians and history will attest to the truth that this joint kingdom did in fact overrun Babylon in 539 B.C. You can read a full account of the conflict that actually brought down Babylon on IRANICAONLINE.ORG.
Following this kingdom there would be another country that would overtake the MedoPersian Empire as the next powerful kingdom. The hips and thighs were made of bronze. Those who have studied history will know that Greece was known as the bronze kingdom because of its use of this metal in its armour and weapons. After many battles between the Persian Empire and Greece, the Persians were finally defeated at the battle of Plataea, which ended the invasion of Greece by the Persians. The Greeks regrouped after their success and destroyed the Persian fleet at the battle of Mycale and then expelled the Persian garrisons from Sestos in 479 B.C. and Byzantium in 478 B.C. However for the next three decades the Greeks continued to remove Persian garrisons from Europe. It was around 421 B.C.t hat peace between the two nations ended hostilities and a peace treaty was signed between Athens and Persia called the peace of Callias. However, another threat was on the horizon for Greece.
Rome was depicted on the statue by the legs of iron. Iron is stronger than bronze and the legs represented the swiftness of this kingdom to overtake the known world. The Greek peninsula fell under Roman rule in 146 B.C. after the battle of Corinth and Macedonia became a Roman province. However, because prophecy must be fulfilled, the Roman Empire would also come to an end. After much in-house fighting and skirmishes in foreign lands, and much financial mismanagement, Rome broke up into 10 kingdoms represented on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue as the 10 toes. These toes had some iron and some clay mixed within them.
These nations were: the Franks, Huns, Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Heruli, Lombards, Anglo-Saxons, Suevi, Vandals and Burgundians. Each one set up it’s own independent kingdom and became the countries we know today.
As you will be aware, iron mixed with clay is brittle. It holds for a short time but after awhile the stress begins to show and the clay starts to crack and separate itself from the iron. Those who have attempted to bring the whole of Europe into one United States of Europe have, so far, failed. Of course they will keep on trying and even though it appears they might succeed, they will continue to fail because they are fighting against a super power, a God who created and controls the events on earth.
The Son of God
Jesus came to this earth as a baby during the Roman rule of Jerusalem.
The plan of salvation had always been for Jesus to become human and die on a cross to show to the world that God is not only in control of human events, He has a great love for us so he gave He only Son to show that love.
Satan’s Rebellion in Heaven
When Lucifer (Satan) was expelled from heaven for his rebellion many of the angels that had not rebelled with him still had some doubts, which Lucifer had planted but they did not join him in his rebellion. Therefore they had to be convinced that his accusations against God’s administration were completely wrong. Those doubts were finally dispelled when they saw their beloved Commander crucified by the will of Satan through men. He had proven how self-centered and untrustworthy he was and his only desire was to usurp the place of God and gain worship for himself. When Jesus awoke from his sleep in the grave, Satan was furious. He had thought until that time that all those who had died were his captives but seeing Jesus conquer death he now knew he had lost the battle. Nevertheless, he is still attempting to win the war and keep this world for himself. To do this he hopes to unite the world under one banner and has for centuries continued to use the blindness of human agents to fulfill his desire to be worshipped as a god.
Attempts to Create a One-World Government
Nimrod was the first human Satan used to try and build a united world without God. He was the King of Shinar. According to Genesis and Chronicles he is shown to be the son of Cush, who was the grandson of Ham and the great grandson of Noah. It was Nimrod who started the new Kingdom of Babylon (Genesis 10:10). We can read in (Genesis 10:8-11), Nimrod enticed his people against God and had them build a tower, which would reach to the heavens and therefore, he thought, God would never be able to flood the world again and kill everyone. Just as Satan had enticed Eve to go against God’s Word, Nimrod did not believe God’s promise never to flood the world again (Genesis 8:21-22). As a consequence, God confused their language and the tower was never finished.
Rome’s Attempt at a United Europe – Emperor Trajan
Satan has, throughout history been the instigator of doubt in mans mind about God’s character and after Rome had conquered the Greek Empire, they became the first major Empire with the strength and manpower to unite the continent. They started with the unification of the Italian peninsula in 275 B.C. and expanded for nearly 400 years up to 117 A.D. By the time Emperor Trajan died in 117 A.D. they controlled most of the territory we now call the European Union - France, Greece, Spain, Holland and parts of Germany.
It was in 476 A.D. that the German chieftain ‘Odoacer’ deposed Emperor Romulus Augustulus and toppled the Roman Empire in Europe but it still left behind a tradition of political unity that lasts to today.
Emperor Charlemagne – (Charles the Great)
The next attempt to unit Europe came with Charlemagne’s Frankish kingdom. (800-814). Although this was less successful it helped to cement the idea of a unified Europe. Pope Leo III had crowned Charlemagne the Emperor of the Romans and although the Roman Empire was long gone, the title was significant and held symbolic weight. Charlemagne unified a large part of the continent including northern Italy, France and most of Germany and Holland. Some called him the ‘Father of Europe’ and those who wish to see a unified Europe still look to his legacy.
Charlemagne’s capital was the city of Aachen in Germany and those who foster the idea of a unified Europe, have since 1949, been awarded the Charlemagne prize. German chancellor Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Trichet, the former head of the European central bank have received this award.
Louis 1 – King of the Franks
The son of Charlemagne succeed his father and also held to the idea of Empire to keep Europe together. However, Europe was at that time, dominated by the papacy. By 888 France, Germany and Italy went their separate ways but during the middle ages it was Germany and northern Italy’s special relationship with the Pope that kept them together in the Holy Roman Empire. But other kingdoms, in particular England and France disputed Germany’s claim to the Holy Empire, which ignited a debate over European leadership, which continues today. Germany still maintains a connection to Rome and the kingdom of Charlemagne’s Holy Roman Empire, which has kept the idea of a unified Europe alive to this day.
Louis 14 of France
He was the longest reigning monarch, reigning 72 years and 110 days. Maybe our British Queen will beat his record? His reign was marked with many wars. In the age of absolutism in Europe, King Louis was a leader in the growing centralisation of power. He held all the cards of absolute principles in political, philosophical and theological matters. However, like all kingdoms his iron fist rule came to an end with the French revolution.
It was Napoleon who came very close to uniting Europe (1799-1815). He was an avid student of history and kept his attempts at unification in mind during his conquests across Europe and beyond. It was in 1799 that he declared himself ‘First Consul’ a reference to the dual elected leaders of the Roman Republic. In 1804 he invited pope Pious VII to crown him Emperor at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. At his coronation, he was surrounded by statues and tapestries depicting Charlemagne and was presented with a Roman-style laurel wreath crown, sword and sceptre, which apparently once belonged to Charlemagne. Unfortunately for him napoleon met his Waterloo in 1815. Nevertheless, the desire for a united Europe still haunts many of those in the EU today.
After marrying her first cousin – Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 she had 9 children to him and married them into royal and noble families across the continent giving her the title of the ‘Grandmother of Europe.’ Her 63 years and seven months reign was, at that time, longer than any of her UK predecessors and we know this as the Victorian era. The British Empire expanded during her reign. She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover and her son Edward VII, who succeeded her after her death in 1901, initiated the house of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the line of his father Albert. Although her children married into royal and noble families across Europe; Europe was not united.
Kaiser Wilhelm II – The Last German Emperor
Victoria’s grandson Wilhelm II was first cousin of George V and Nicholas of Russia. He was also relative to Queens’ Maria of Romania, Maud of Norway, Victoria Eugenie of Spain and Empress Alexandra of Russia, who was the sister of Nicolas’s mother Dagmar Marie. His younger sister Sophia married the future King Constantine I of Greece, who, much to Wilhelm’s distaste, converted to Greek Orthodoxy upon marriage. Wilhelm was present at the bedside of Queen Victoria when she died in 1901. He accomplished many tasks for the German nation that the Roman Empire failed to achieve, expanding the Navy and the Army. As a friend of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand V of Austria, he was shocked at his assassination and so began World War 1, the war to end all wars. Regretfully it was not. Wilhelm abdicated his position in November 1918 and died in Holland in 1941.
And so we come to World War 2. Adolf Hitler, who like Napoleon was an egomaniac, looked to the German controlled Holy Roman Empire as a precedent and an inspiration to unify Europe. Although he never saw himself as another Napoleon, many of his contemporaries did when he invaded Russia, which napoleon had tried to vanquish more than a century earlier. Because of Germany and Italy’s special relationship, Italy joined the war on his side only to find they were on the losing side, so after Mussolini’s death at the hands of the people, they changed sides.
Hitler’s attempt at a 1000 year Reich ended in disaster but reactions to his endeavour were part of the impetus for creating the European union.
The European Coal and Steel Community
The EU was started in an unlikely way and in peace rather than conflict. In 1951 – Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland and Germany signed the ‘Treaty of Paris’, which integrated their coal and steel industries. This idea was the first step towards a United States of Europe. The pretext was that future conflicts would be avoided if the interests of these countries combined.
European Economic Community
By 1957, it’s title changed to the ‘European Economic Community’.
Clement Attlee a former labour leader made several speeches in Parliament in august and November 1962, about theUK’s application to join the Common Market, where he said that it was undesirable that we should join. Why did he have doubts? Because he believed that as a nation we always looked outward to the rest of the world and our Commonwealth and that by marrying into Europe we would be marrying a whole family of ancient prejudices and ancient troubles. Therefore, he believed integration with Europe was a step backwards. It wasn’t until 1 January 1973 that Edward Heath, the Conservative Prime Minister consented, without a peoples vote, to join the Common Market, from which began the process of further integration into the European project of centralisation of national governments. However, further integration had to be put on hold until the end of the cold war in 1989. Then in 1975 a referendum was held to see if the people of Britain wanted to remain in the Common Market and just as it was today the people were not given facts and as there was no social media as today, the government persuaded the majority to remain. They won the day with 67% of the population wishing to stay in the Europe project.
1992 – The Maastricht Treat
Just a couple of years later in 1992, the Maastricht treaty was signed and the political EU came into existence. In 1995, a new European currency – the Euro was adopted by all member states, and fully adopted in 2002.
European Parliament Poster
A poster was produced for and by the European Parliament to openly show it’s intended goal for Europe. It stated ‘many tongues, one voice’and has upside down stars, depicting the pagan goat god ‘bhaphomet’ or ‘pan’. The similarity to the Tower of Babel of the new European Parliament building in Strasbourg, depicting an unfinished building (as was the tower of babel), is strikingly similar and obviously intended to be so.
BREXIT – A Thorn in the EU Side.
When the UK Prime Minister David Cameron allowed the people of Britain to vote on staying or leaving the EU in 2016, it came as a great shock to those in power both in the UK and on the Continent, that the vote was overwhelmingly to leave. So great was the disappointment of many of the UK’S elected politicians, they have continued in their efforts to overturn the democratic vote of the people, with unsubstantiated stories of doom and gloom about Britain’s supposed dependency on Europe, to keep the people in
Should we be afraid?
Luke the Apostle Informed us many centuries ago that people in the last days would be living in fear, not knowing what is coming upon the earth. (Luke 21:26). Is this prophecy being fulfilled today? I think it’s ongoing! So does it really matter whether we remain or leave the EU? Should we as Christians be worried about the future of our country if we believe that God is in control of all events?
Going back to our scripture reading in the book of Daniel, we were told many centuries ago that it is God who controls the seasons and removes and sets up kings (Daniel 2:21). Therefore those who wish to create a world order contrary to God’s kingdom will never succeed.
Our present worries about BREXIT are minuscule compared to what is coming on the earth in the not too distant future. Therefore whichever side of the debate you are on, we have to respect the views of others even if we disagree with them. Our duty as Christian’s and messengers is to serve God and bring hope to a dying world so that those who are without hope are given hope and not left to the mercy of those who spread fear and despondency. Our political affiliations must not bring division within our Christian community. The last part of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of future kingdoms brings us to where we are today.
10 Toes of the Statue
I have already mentioned the statues 10 toes and the countries they represent. Some of these countries are weak and some strong, therefore their unity will hold together for a time but just as clay when mixed with iron weakens the whole structure, it will remain brittle until prophecy is fulfilled and Christ returns to destroy all the kingdoms of the earth.
Prophecy yet to be fulfilled
There are still many parts of prophecy that are yet to be fulfilled and we do not know how long this planet has left in its present sinful condition but we can be assured that as all prophecy that has been fulfilled came to pass just as God’s word told us it would, the rest of prophecy will also be fulfilled on time. This should give us hope that the future is bright and all the fear stirred up by the voices of doom will be silenced as we move into the final part of this earth’s history. As humans we cannot save our planet, from the effects of climate change or by some political means. We are stewards of our planet only. We do not own it! Satan, who makes men believe they own the world, has stolen the planet for God. He has made humanity believe they are masters of their own destiny and they will eventually eliminate all problems by their own efforts in time? Like Nimrod, and all those who have tried to bring about a ‘One World’ government, they forget or deny the words of Paul the Apostle:
“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. 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: 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.” (2 Peter 3: 3-7)
Jesus Return to Earth
Jesus will return to destroy all that mankind has made upon this earth and He will create a ‘New World Order’ that takes us back to the Garden of Eden before sin entered into this world.
When we are dealing with the problems that surround us, we must remember what Paul said to the Ephesians:
”for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”.
The New Earth
One day everyone will be of the same mind. There will be no countries to fight over, no patriotism, and no prejudices about cast or culture. The earth will be one nation under God. We must also remember that this is also the goal of Satan. He wants to rule this earth and be worshiped as a god and if he were to succeed his rule would be brutal and a living hell for humanity.
I thank God that Satan is a defeated enemy and even though he has not given up his quest for the hearts and minds of humanity, he will not win the war for this planet. The earth will return to its rightful owner Jesus Christ our saviour. Let us therefore look forward to His soon return and not be afraid of the events happening in this world today.
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