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Prophecy Sign #4: The Revival of the Roman Empire

Sign #4
 
The Revival of the Roman Empire
Daniel 7:23-25 (NIV)
23 "He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom.
What it looks like
Daniel saw the final ‘beastly’ kingdom of the Antichrist which will be some kind of revival /replay of the old Roman Empire.  This empire will cover the same geography and be associated with ten nations who will rule with the Antichrist. Possibly the European Union and the ten nations of the WEU (Western European Union), which is the official military wing of the EU. 
Current Status
POSSIBLY FULFILLED


Daniel's prophecies in chapters 2 & 7 indicate a strong connection between the Revived Roman Empire and the European Union.

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Someday, the Roman Empire, with the Antichrist ruling over it, will return.  Today, for the first time in 2000 years, we are seeing the Roman Empire being successfully revived through a European unification process that has come to be known as the European Union.  The EU is made up of 27 countries. 

However, in 1995 a ten nation alliance also appeared in Europe - the Western European Union (WEU).  These ten nations have status as full members, while those nations who joined subsequent to the original ten have only associate membership, or observer status. 

Could these ten nations, controlling the same geography as the Old Roman Empire, be the 10 kings of prophecy and the Revived Roman Empire spoken of by Daniel?

 

 This 10-nation military alliance of the EU appeared on January 1,1995 known as the Western European Union (WEU).  These nations are members of both NATO and the European Union (EU).  What binds these 10 nations together is their mutual defense obligation under the Brussels Treaty.  They are also known as the Brussels Treaty Powers.  The Brussels Treaty began the process of rebuilding the old Roman Empire through unification of European states under one political system, one economic system, and eventually under the protection of one military force. 

Member countries: (modified Brussels Treaty - 1954)

All of them being members of both NATO and the European Union. These are the only nations that have full voting rights.
  • Flag of Germany Germany
  • Flag of France France
  • Flag of Italy Italy
  • Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Flag of Belgium Belgium
  • Flag of Netherlands Netherlands
  • Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
  • Flag of Portugal Portugal (March 27, 1990)
  • Flag of Spain Spain (March 27, 1990)
  • Flag of Greece Greece (1995)

   This 10 nation coalition may very well be the fulfillment of the prophecy of the beast with ten horns.  

Daniel 7:7 (NIV)
7 "After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. 

 

 

Roman Empire picture by pdhinderlie

 


 

 

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Everyone wants a piece of Tony

EU HR Javier Solana and Quartet Representative Tony BLAIR

EU HR Javier Solana and Quartet Representative Tony BLAIR

Tony Blair seems to be very popular with Israel, and it sounds like serious peace talks have begun.  Today it remains unclear to me who's driving this process.  Is it the US?  Is it the EU?  John 5:43 predicts the coming Antichrist will offer peace to Israel but he will not bring a true peace.  What we will soon see is a Revived Roman empire emerging with their leaders playing the key negotiating role with Israel.  See Prophecy Sign #4

 


 

Circles of Power

Working Together for Peace and Security

Working together for Peace and Security

Herb Peters posted this Nato graphic on his excellent website www.fulfilledprophecy.com in April '07.  I found it to be very helpful as it simplifies the complexities of how the international organizations overlap, and yet work together.  It is also intriguing how the Western European Union (WEU) is at the "center of power."  This ten nation coalition could represent Daniel's ten kings of the revived Roman Empire.  See Prophecy Sign #4

 


 

Solana: Israeli-Palestinian peace deal possible by the end of 2008

Livni, for her part, agreed with Solana that the upcoming international Annapolis peace summit was an opportunity for the peace process to move forward.

Javier Solana, a very powerful player in the European Union, is sometimes referred to as "Mr. Europe."  He continues to exert great influence on the upcoming peace talks in Annapolis.  Still relatively unknown by Americans, he may have created the office of the Antichrist.  He is currently the Secretary General of the 10 nation Western European Union (WEU) the military arm of the EU.

Daniel 7:7 (NIV)
7 "After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns

Daniel 7:20 (NIV)
20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell--the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 

Daniel 7:24-25 (NIV)
24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. 

See Prophecy Sign #4

 


 

Click here to see pages 102-103 from The Sign for further explanation of the chart

 God has permitted Satan to exercise his power in human history, especially in these eight kingdoms.  God will not permit Satan to exercise his pwer in human history forever.  This chart is from The Sign, by Robert Van Kampen.  All these kingdoms have run on in some form and have not been completely destroyed.  In fact, ancient Babylon has re-emerged in these last days as IRAQ.  Ancient Medo-Persia has re-emerged as IRAN.  Ancient Greece has re-emerged in part as SYRIA (one of the four kingdoms that was divided among Alexander the Great's four generals).  Ancient Rome may have re-emerged as the 10 nation Western European Union WEU, or it may not yet have re-emerged as we continue to watch for another 10 nation coalition.  (Some feel the Security Council of the UN could be expanded from five member nations to ten.) 

Daniel 2:44 (NASB77)
44 "And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.

Are we the generation that will see an end to all these kingdoms?  Time will tell! 

See Prophecy Sign #4


Imperial History of the Middle East

Who has conquered Israel, God's chosen nation, over the course of history?

Revelation 17:9-11 9 "Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 "The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. 

The Seven Historical Beast Empires 

John explains that the 8th and final beastly empire, is a composite of the seven historical beastly kingdoms that were empowered by Satan and attempted to destroy Christ and the Jewish people. Each of these empires has outwardly opposed the purposes of God. Satan, the god of this world, has used these historical kingdoms to attempt to persecute and ultimately destroy God’s chosen nation Israel. In the Bible, these kingdoms are referred to as “beast empires.” There are seven historical kingdoms, which Satan has used to attempt to annihilate God’s people Israel. Each of these empires has had an unholy hatred of the Jew and has taken action to destroy the race. All of them have been intensely anti-Semitic, pagan and worshipped false gods. What is the reason for such hatred? God, in His sovereignty, chose Israel to be His special people, a nation of destiny. They were to be politically ruled by God. Jesus, the Messiah, was to come from that nation and in God’s timing; He is to rule the world in righteousness. Israel is the nation God chose to rule all other nations, and be the blessing to the Gentiles. Satan, in his attempt to thwart God’s purpose has attempted to wipe out the Jewish people several times and looking back we can see the historic evidence of his plan to destroy.
 
Who are these past seven kingdoms and the seven kings who ruled these 7 beast empires, with the goal of destroying Israel’s covenant with God? (Adapted from Marvin Rosenthal, Zion’s Fire.)
 
(1)    Egypt – Pharaoh (Thutmosis III) enslaved the Jews and he tried to destroy the race by ordering all the male children drowned. See Exodus 1
 
(2)   Assyria – Exceedingly wicked kingdom, destruction of Israel was so severe, and we speak of the 10 lost tribes. In 722B.C. Tiglath-pileser (See 2 Kings 15:29) took the 10 northern tribes into captivity and they never came back to the land as 10 tribes (See 2 Kings 17:7-23).
 
(3)   Babylon – Nebuchadnezzar marched on Israel on 3 occasions – 606, 589 and 586 B.C. He destroyed Solomon’s temple and took the two southern tribes into captivity, and put an end to the rule of King David’s royal reign. This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “head of gold.” See Dan 2:31, 36-38.
 
(4)   Medo-Persia – In 474 B.C. in the reign of Xerxes, the evil Haman of Persia plotted to kill all the Jews in 127 provinces in Persia. Esther interceded on behalf of her people – Esther 7:3-6. This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “breasts and arms of silver.” See Dan 2:39, 8:20.
 
(5)   Greece – After Alexander the Great died, his kingdom was divided among 4 generals. It was from one of these 4, Seleceus, who was given Syria to rule. Following him, a very wicked and prideful king, Antiochus Epiphanes ruled over Syria and he was a great persecutor of Israel. He was responsible for sacrificing a pig on the altar, desecrating the rebuilt temple and murdering a large numbers of Jews (Dan 11:31). This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “belly and thighs of brass.” See Dan 2:39, 8:21-25.
 
(6)   Rome – Several Roman rulers personified the evil persecution of the saints; Nero, Domitian…Titus was responsible for the utter destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD. This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “2 legs of Iron, representing West-Rome and East-Constantinople.” See Dan 2:40-43. Israel was dispersed and not to be restored again until 1948.
 
(7)   A mysterious kingdom, likely Nazi/Germany - After the Roman empire, John reveals a mystery kingdom will arise before the final 10-nation empire. See Rev 17:10,11. I believe John was prophesying of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich, who had an unholy hatred of the Jew. The holocaust was a period of extreme anti-Semitism and of the most uncivilized acts in history toward the Jewish race. Hitler/Germany only ruled for a short span of time. This empire was NOT mentioned in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, because it was “hidden” and emerged during the church age. (However, God used this persecution to re-establish the Jewish nation in 1948!!!)
 
But the end is not yet. Seven beast empires have appeared in history, an 8th is yet to come – the most violent of them all. The 8th and final beast empire that will yet achieve worldwide control will be under the leadership of the Antichrist. 
 

(8)    Antichrist’s future 10-nation kingdom that will dominate during the 70th week of Daniel. Look for an unholy hatred of Jews, zealously anti-Semitic, with an obsession to destroy the Jewish people. This empire was represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the “ten toes of iron and clay.” See Dan 2:44.

 See Prophecy Sign #4


The Colossus is Back!

The four kingdoms present at the end of the age.  Babylon is Iraq.  Media-Persia is Iran.  Greece is Syria.  Rome is the European Union?  A Jewish state surrounded by an ocean of Muslims is like a bone in the throat which the Muslim world cannot extricate.

"So, we are close to the end of times, huh?"  A reader e-mailed me this question. I loved it.  It's so simple and, frankly, gets right to the point.  I responded that the answer is a little cloudy as quite a few things still need to happen, and that's the purpose of this web site -- to keep people informed and forewarned.  Her question kept banging around in my head, and I decided to mentally list some of the main reasons I do think we are fast approaching the end of time or Daniel's 70th week.  At the top of the list is always the regathering of the nation Israel into her land.  On May 14, 1948, Israel, after almost nineteen hundred years became a nation.  And because Israel rejected Christ at his first coming, we have been living in "the times of the Gentiles" for almost 2000 years.  As of today, "the times of the Gentiles" has not yet ended.  In fact, Gentile oppression over Israel will reach its climax when the Roman empire is revived under Antichrist to rule over Israel at the end of the age leading up to Christ's second coming.

The important prophetic concept to understand is this:  Israel and Rome are not the only nations that were prophesied to be revived at the end of time.  ALL four nations of Daniel's Colossus in Dan 2:44 were prophesied to re-emerge... and it is happening in our generation. 

 Daniel 2:44 (NIV)
44 "In the time of those kings (Babylon - Iraq, Medo-Persia - Iran, Greece - Syria and Rome - revived as the Western European Union?), the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed (in contrast to kingdoms throughout history), nor will it be left to another people (This King is eternal and there will be no change in kingship).  It (the kingdom of Christ) will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.

In July-August 2006, Marvin Rosenthal published an article in Zion's Fire titled "The Colossus is Back."  I found a copy of the article on a blog and if you click on the title or pictures above it will take you to it.  Concerning this verse he ends the article on a very uplifting note...  "Here then is the ultimate answer to the prayers of God's sons and daughters throughout the centuries, "Thy kingdom come.  thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."  (Matthew 6:10)."

See Prophecy Sign #4 

 


 

Mediterranean union is launched

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has launched a new international body with 43 member nations aimed at ending conflict in the Middle East. Map of the Roman Empire

In the News...

BBC News.  Sunday, 13 July 2008 19:18 UK

The Union for the Mediterranean will tackle issues such as regional unrest, immigration to pollution.  At the summit's opening in Paris, Mr. Sarkozy said its aim was to ensure the region's people could love each other instead of making war.   Israeli and Palestinian leaders earlier expressed optimism about peace talks. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel and the Palestinians have never been as close to a peace deal as they are now
 
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