|Thursday, December 16, 2004Hal Lindsey
‘Late Great Planet Earth’ revisited
Posted: December 16, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Hal Lindsey
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
“We believe that the Common Market and the trend toward the unification of Europe may well be the beginning of the 10-nation confederacy predicted by Daniel and the Book of Revelation.” – “The Late, Great Planet Earth,” 1969 I penned those words some 35 years ago based on the prophecies of the Bible for the last days, not based on any inside knowledge I had about European politics. According to the Hebrew prophets, in the last days, the most important city in the world would be Jerusalem. The prophet Zechariah said that in the last days, the whole world would unite against Israel over the question of ownership of the city (Zechariah 12). That conflict, according to the prophet Daniel, would rage until a prince of the revived Roman Empire came on the scene, and – according to Daniel 9:27 – “confirms a covenant” between Israel and her many enemies for one “week” (seven years). Daniel 2:41 says the revived Roman empire will be like iron mixed with clay, partly strong and partly weak, “but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” This empire will initially be ruled by 10 “kings,” (Daniel 7:24) and, ultimately, “another” that “shall rise after them.” That “other” is the Beast of Revelation 13, often referred to as the “antichrist.” There are, today, two distinct and separate entities that make up the Greater European Union. The European Union as it exists today consists of 25 member states and counting. It was created under the authority of the 1957 Treaty of Rome. The other Europe is the Western European Union, or the WEU. The WEU was, according to its website, “created by the Treaty on Economic, Social and Cultural Collaboration and Collective Self-Defence signed at Brussels on 17 March 1948.” It went dormant in 1973, but was reactivated as Europe’s collective security arm under the authority of the Rome Declaration in 1984. The same meeting decided to open negotiations with Portugal and Spain regarding their accession to the modified Brussels Treaty. Those countries formally became full members of WEU on March 27, 1990. Earlier agreements called for the Western European Union to merge with the EU and was scheduled to be completed in 2000. But the WEU is very much alive and appears more to be in a state of revival than shutdown, with most of Europe’s military planning concentrated in the hands of the WEU’s constituent cells. The WEU is broken down into membership tiers: full members, associate members, observer countries and associate partner countries. In all, the WEU consists of 28 nations, but only 10 are full member countries. All 10 full members of the Western European Union are, as a condition of membership, part of both the EU and NATO. Although they are two distinct entities with different member states and different responsibilities, both are under the control of one man, Javier Solana, former NATO secretary-general and currently serving as both secretary-general of the WEU and the European Union’s first constitutional foreign minister and sole spokesman for the Council of the European Union. Before anybody quotes me as saying Javier Solana is the antichrist, I don’t know who the antichrist is, and I really don’t care. What is relevant is that there exists, at this point in human history, a 10-core nation European defense collective consisting of the richest and most powerful nations in Europe. Javier Solana’s dual role establishes the office of Head Guy Over All Of Europe – if it isn’t Solana, the precedent has been established. There is also a Jewish state called “Israel,” reborn after two millennia on the same piece of land from which they were exiled, that emerged on the world stage at precisely the same point in history – 1948. Since 1948, Israel has been locked in an unending series of wars with the many Arab states on all sides that are dedicated to her destruction. On Sept. 13, the Oslo Accords were signed, setting in motion a three-stage land-for-peace formula between Israel and the Palestinians. The agreement was to have culminated seven years after it was signed with an agreement “on the final status of Jerusalem.” That seven-year covenant failed and brought on what Israel calls the “Oslo War,” which then brought Europe into the equation via the Quartet for Peace. All of this has placed Europe over the United States as the main peace broker. Now we return to where I started, way back in 1969. “We believe that the Common Market and the trend toward the unification of Europe may well be the beginning of the 10-nation confederacy predicted by Daniel and the Book of Revelation.” Is all of this just coincidence? I don’t think so. That takes more faith to believe than to simply recognize that God has caused events to fit precisely into His predicted scenario.
Hal Lindsey is the best-selling author of 20 books, including “Late Great Planet Earth.” He writes this weekly column exclusively for WorldNetDaily. Be sure to visit his website where he provides up-to-the-minute analysis of today’s world events in the light of ancient prophecies.
Thursday, March 3, 2005
Is Rome reviving?
Posted: March 3, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Hal Lindsey
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
The year 2005 started the countdown toward a momentous event – the ratification of the new proposed European constitution. What such mighty leaders as Charlemagne, Frederick the Great, Napoleon and Hitler couldn’t do militarily, is being quietly achieved by economic alliances and the heady wine of ultimate economic and political power. I saw this coming in 1969, as I discussed in my book, “The Late Great Planet Earth.” I quoted former Secretary of State Dean Rusk who said in 1962: Powerful forces are moving in the European community toward political integration as well. Survival and growth force the nations of Europe to forget their historic antagonisms and unite. Through the pooling of the resources and efforts a mighty new entity is growing out of the chaos left by national rivalries and world wars. Now the instrument that can formally federate the European nations has been formulated. At first blush, this new constitution looks similar to theU.S.federal system, but the similarities are only superficial. The new E.U. constitution has none of the checks and balances built into the American system. The American system grants individual states certain rights that are beyond its ability to regulate. The E.U. constitution would take most of the powers away from the member states and concentrate them inBrussels. The E.U. constitution creates an unelected president, foreign minister and diplomatic service, all currently held by the same individual under the authority of a Western European Union agreement titled, “Recommendation 666.” (Isn’t this number interesting? Coincidence? I don’t think so.) And remember, it is the Western European Union – composed of the original 10 member nations – that holds the real power in the European Union. This is all prophetically significant. The E.U. constitution will create a unique, pan-European legal system, a Europe-wide police and law enforcement infrastructure and an all-European military force. Two E.U. members are currently numbered among the five Permanent Members of the Security Council. The European constitution envisions a sixth seat forEurope. When ratified, it will mean the end of the already tattered trans-Atlantic relationship with theUnited States, since an E.U. military alliance would cut across existing NATO lines, eliminating some obligations for NATO members and imposing new ones better suited to European requirements. When the E.U. constitution is formally ratified, it will transform Europe from a single market alliance into a federal political union and will create an authoritarian superstate on a par with theUnited Statesvirtually overnight. As I said in “The Late Great Planet Earth,”Europewill unite and become the mightiest power on earth. TheUnited Statesmust suddenly decline as a world power. Now here is why I say this. The Prophet Daniel’s seventh and eighth chapters have been called the greatest in the Bible. Chapter seven gives a prophetic outline of the four great world empires that would have authority over the entire earth until the Messiah comes and sets up God’s kingdom. Each empire would destroy the succeeding one. In this chapter Daniel has a vision of four terrible beasts. The revealing angel interprets these: “The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth” (Daniel 7:17, NIV). Daniel is especially curious about theFourthKingdom, because it takes a different form in the days just before the coming of the Messiah. The angel explained: 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. The 10 horns are 10 kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 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. [Hebrew means a year, two years and half a year.] – Daniel 7:23-25, NIV Note that the “10 horns that symbolize 10 kings” come “from” or “out of” the remains of theFourthKingdom. TheFourthKingdomis not destroyed as the first three were. As predicted, it remains in a mystery form until just before the coming of the Messiah to set up God’s forever kingdom, which is theFifthKingdom. Now whoare the four world kingdoms? Daniel receives the answer to that question two years after he received the revelation in chapter seven. It was in the third year of King Belshazzar ofBabylon. The symbols used in the first half of chapter eight are explained beginning in verse 20, “The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media andPersia.” The vision showed that the “two horned ram” would suddenly destroyBabylon. This prophecy was received shortly before Media-Persia destroyedBabylonvirtually overnight by diverting theEuphratesRiverthat ran through the city. Their soldiers rushed under the great bronze gates that extended into the water once the river dried up. The walls of the City ofBabylonwere over 150 feet high and wide enough at the top for five chariots to run side by side. The city that was thought to be impregnable was overrun in a night – and God’s prophets had predicted it. Daniel predicts the Third Kingdom, symbolized by a two-horned shaggy goat, would destroy the Persian Empire through the genius of its first great king, “The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king” (Daniel 8:21, NIV). This was a precise prophecy of the rise of Alexander the Great more than 200 years before his birth. Daniel predicts that Alexander would spread his kingdom further than all before him. Incredibly, he predicts that Alexander would suddenly die at the height of his power and his kingdom would be divided among four of his people. When Alexander died, his last words in answer to the question “To whom do you will you kingdom” was, “Give it to the strong.” His four great generals – Ptolemy, Seleucus, Cassandar and Lysimachus – took it over, just as predicted. TheFourthKingdomwasRome. It took over all that was left of the Greek Empire long before the birth of Christ. It continued until it fell apart as a political kingdom around the end of the 5th century. However, the influence of this kingdom continued. Evidence of its existence and power are all over Europe, theMiddle Eastand the Mediterranean world. Religiously, a remnant of Roman power continued mysteriously in the Roman Catholic Church. Now, against all odds, 10 nations out of the ruins of the Roman culture and people have arisen as the real power behind the European Union. I believe they will become the power base through which a predicted leader will gain control over the whole world. The Bible calls him the “Antichrist.” I realize some will say this preposterous. But this prophecy has already been 85 percent literally fulfilled in history – and every time against seemingly impossible odds. I believe we are witnesses to climactic events that will bring Jesus the Messiah back to earth. The most important question is: “Are you ready?”
Hal Lindsey is the best-selling author of 20 books, including “Late Great Planet Earth.” He writes this weekly column exclusively for WorldNetDaily.
Be sure to visit his website where he provides up-to-the-minute analysis of today’s world events in the light of ancient prophecies.