Monday, November 13, 2017

European Countries Sign "Historic" Military Agreement

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In a stunning show of unity, 23 European countries have notified the European Union of their intention to join what is akin to a "military eurozone." Two others are expected to sign prior to its formal approval on December 11.

The agreement, called "Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)" involves a list of over 20 commitments each country intends to do to jointly develop military hardware and integrate their military forces. Although participation in PESCO is voluntary, the commitments are explicitly mandatory for those who decide to opt-in.

This is very similar to the eurozone, in which countries voluntarily join the euro who meet certain financial "convergence criteria". With the eurozone and it's governing body, the Eurogroup, the EU has built what can be described as a "monetary union." With PESCO, the EU intends to progressively develop a "defense union" in addition to the "monetary union."

Countries who choose to participate in PESCO will be subjected to a regular review, to insure that they continue to meet the military obligations set up by the process. Some of the commitments include, but are not limited to:
  • Making troops easier to deploy on EU missions
  • A progressive increase in defense spending 
  • The use of the new European defense fund (666) to jointly develop military hardware
  • The free movement of troops and military equipment throughout Europe
  • Making each countries military force more "interoperable" with others
The PESCO framework will be reinforced by two other related but distinct programs. The first is the EU's new European defense fund. The defense fund will subsidize up to 20% of  the cost of countries who jointly acquire and develop new weapons. Nevertheless, those countries that participate in a PESCO project receive an additional 10% bonus, on top of the original 20% incentive.  The second is the Coordinated Annual Review on Defense (CARD). This insures transparency of the defense plans between member countries who have pledged to share their military resources.

In addition to the 20+ commitments, PESCO member countries will agree to about 10 "projects" before December 11, 2017, where this decision is formally approved. On December 15-16, 2017, the heads of state and government in Europe will formally approve the decision to join PESCO.

Why Does PESCO Matter for Prophecy?

The Bible portrays the Antichrist as a military conqueror. Since the EU is the revived Roman Empire predicted in the Bible, it needs to become a military bloc, in addition to a merely financial bloc. PESCO is a very substantial step in that direction. This is probably the biggest step in EU defense since about 18 years ago, when the EU set up some military structures for the first time at the Cologne European Council. Regardless, PESCO is potentially the largest single step the EU has ever taken in the field of defense. 

More specifically, the Bible describes the Antichrist as a King of Defense Spending (Dan. 11:38). Since PESCO is related to boosting the finance and capacity side of European militaries, it is very conducive towards this end when the Antichrist finally ascends to power over the EU's military apparatus. Furthermore, the Bible describes how a group of ten countries have a "common purpose" and ultimately cede their military sovereignty to the Antichrist (Rev.17:12-18). PESCO is another step in this direction. In addition to this, PESCO contains a lot of prophetically significant language. See the links in this paragraph to see how this could be the case. 

Key Items

For those followers of EU Prophecy News, there are a few key things to note:

1) According to B2, PESCO does not create any new governance structures. The EU High Representative is central in the leadership of PESCO.

2) PESCO does not create a common defense for the EU. However, it can be a stepping stone in that direction. Article 42.2 of the Treaty of Lisbon allows the EU to have a common defense, in the event that all member countries unanimously agree to this.

3) The European Defense Fund, which funds and reinforces PESCO projects, does create new governance structures. Fortunately, the EDF is far more important for prophecy than PESCO, and has numerous 666 connections to it. 666 connections have historically been associated with Javier Solana, a prophecy he fulfills, or a position he is about to ascend to.

4) The timeline associated with the European defense fund is more vague. They are hoping to approve the "capability window" of the EDF in the first quarter of 2018, so that projects can start on Jan. 2019. This is the most significant "window" of the EDF. If Solana is to lead the fund, we have a very hard stop at Jan. 1, 2019. Nevertheless, there is word that the EU wants to continue hashing out some of the details of the EDF by the end of this year as well.

5) Our buddy Javier is still lurking. According to a remark he made on Twitter, he has had a meetings with French and German officials in Paris regarding Franco-German relations and the future role of the UK in defense.

Summary of Key Points

PESCO is a very big step in European defense, and prepares the way for the Antichrist. PESCO is very related to military capability development, that the Antichrist will be a huge supporter of. Furthermore, ideally the EDF is used to fund PESCO projects. In this case, the EDF is the actual subsidy money, whereas PESCO are the commitments. Since they are distinct political programs, the timeline of the one is not always aligned with the other.

If you check out the OVERVIEW, or RADAR page, the role of PESCO in the larger prophetic scheme of things will become much more apparent.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Giving Military Sovereignty to the Antichrist

Revelation 17:17 NASB (highlighted portion)
12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
14 These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
15 And he *said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17 For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” 

In Revelation 17:12-13, we learn that the ten kings give their power and authority to the beast. Nevertheless, the passage above seems to contain repetition. In verse 13 and verse 17 contain very similar, but not identical, language about the transfer of authority to the Antichrist. In addition, the Greek for "one purpose" (verse 13), and "common purpose" (verse 17) are the same. The ESV translation, which is also very literal, renders them both as "one mind." Verse 13 & 17 seem like the same event, but the repetition allows for the possibility that authority is transferred to the Antichrist in two phases.

Giving Military Sovereignty to the Antichrist

The final transfer of authority (verse 17), seems to have a few components:

  • It is a full transfer of national sovereignty to the Antichrist, since it says they give their "kingdom" to the beast. This is in contrast to verses 12-13, where "kingdom" is not used, but "power and authority" is used instead. 
  • The sovereignty transfer is in the military domain, since the transfer is in context of the violent destruction of an end time city code-named Babylon.
  • The sovereignty transfer is based on hatred of a former political ally, the city of Babylon.
  • It is a unanimous decision
  • It is a voluntary decision 
  • The language of the transfer, depending on translation, is either "common purpose" (NASB) or "one mind." (ESV)
Below, I will illustrate how the European Union is moving towards this full transfer of sovereignty, especially in the area of defense. When viewing the timeline below, keep the bold words above in mind, as they contain very significant themes.


1995 - Western European Union Becomes 10 Member States
The addition of Greece makes the Western European Union military alliance ten-member states. It remained at ten until its dissolution in light of the Treaty of Lisbon (see below). This alliance was a separate organization from the EU, but worked closely with it. The EU agreed to use the Western European Union as its “defence component."
1999 - Cologne European Council Achieves the Following Outcomes:
  • High Representative Solana appointed.
  • Led to creation of Political and Security Committee 
  • EU decides to take on autonomous crisis management tasks
  • Around this time, the WEU agreed to transfer its military capacities to the EU.
  • Decision to set up EU Military Committee
  • Decision to set up EU military staff
JUN. 2000 - Recommendation 666
In the overview, I describe how Revelation 17:12-13 (see above) may have been fulfilled. With Recommendation 666 (2000), the 10-nation Western European Union transferred their authority to the EU, under the leadership of Javier Solana. It proposes Solana preside over the new body (PSC) that determines the “political control and strategic direction” of military crisis management operations. The Western European Union had transferred their military capacities to the PSC. 
MAR 2010 - WEU Dissolves Into Common Security & Defence Policy
WEU dissolves itself, in light of the new Treaty of Lisbon, and the Common Security and Defence Policy. Mutual assistance pact in Treaty of Lisbon, similar to Article V of WEU Treaty, causes members to dissolve organization. Recall that the NASB translation of Revelation 17:17 says the ten have a "common purpose" and give their kingdom to the beast. The EU has several "common policies" (a "common purpose" as it were) from everything ranging from agriculture to defense. In defense, it is called the "common security and defence policy." 
JUN 2016 - Solana Advises EU Parliament on Building EU Military Union
Solana was asked by the European Parliament to draft a very large research paper for them, advising them on how to construct an EU military union. He then presented his findings to the European Parliament defense committee on 06/16/16. His report largely focused on how the EU could use PESCO mechanism in the Treaty to achieve a European Defence Union. (see below for more info on PESCO).
JUN. 2017 - European Defense Fund Launched (666)
The European Commission proposes a new European Defense Fund (see 666 connections here). This fund has two sections. One is a 7-year military research program. This finances new military research projects. The second section, the "capability window" is a special EU subsidy designed to encourage the joint purchase and acquisition of military equipment by multiple member states. It is meant to foster European defense integration from the bottom up. 
Nov. 13, 2017 - EU Defense Ministers Sign PESCO Notification
In a stunning show of unity, 23 European countries have notified the European Union of their intention to join what is akin to a "military eurozone." The agreement, called "Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)" involves a list of over 20 commitments each country intends to do to jointly develop military hardware and integrate their military forces. The intention is for the European Defence Fund to help finance PESCO projects.
UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 15-16, 2017 - Formal Launch of PESCO
EU Leaders expected to formally launch PESCO.  This is an instrument by which various member states commit to more on military capacity development, as well as commit to more EU troop deployment. It would be a transfer of sovereignty in the area of defense. Furthermore, with PESCO, military decisions are made unanimously. In addition, participation in PESCO is completely voluntary, with no nation forced to participate. Finally, the EU wants to use PESCO to form its "common security & defence policy" (read: "common purpose") in defense. They state it is an opportunity for "like-minded" member states to do military projects together. 
1ST QUARTER, 2018 - European Defense Fund Signed into Law

JAN 2019 - First Projects of EU Defense Fund Begin

DATE UNSPECIFIED - EU Unanimously Activates Common Defense
From the Treaty of Lisbon, Article 42.2: 
2. The common security and defence policy shall include the progressive framing of a common Union defence policy. This will lead to a common defence, when the European Council, acting unanimously, so decides. It shall in that case recommend to the Member States the adoption of such a decision in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements.

Implications If True

If this is true, then all of the former WEU countries will ultimately transfer their military sovereignty in the area of defense to the EU, under Javier Solana's leadership. This implies that he will come back to an EU position, wherein they can transfer their sovereignty to him. Furthermore, all former WEU countries includes the UK, which voted to leave the EU in it's 2016 Brexit vote. Nevertheless, against all odds, the UK is showing interesting having an extremely close defense relationship with the EU.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Revelation 13: A Military and Monetary Pillar



Revelation 13 describes two beasts. One is from the sea (the Antichrist) and the other is from the earth (False Prophet). The Antichrist starts off as a military leader (Daniel 11:36-45) who goes on to achieve world domination (Revelation 13). The False Prophet supports the Antichrist by forcing the whole world to worship the Antichrist. The false prophet also sets up a money system with the mark of the beast. So here, we see one of the beasts is a military power and the other is a monetary power. One guy controls the guns. The other guy controls the money.



Military
Monetary
Antichrist
False Prophet
  • Daniel 11:36-45
  • Military Leader
  • World Domination
  • Revelation 13:1-10
  • Revelation 13:11-18
  • Forces image worship
  • Mark of the beast money system


Below is a timeline of the development of the EU, particularly it's leadership in the military and monetary pillar. 

MILITARY

1995 - Western European Union Becomes 10 Member States
The addition of Greece makes the Western European Union military alliance ten-member states. It remained at ten until its dissolution in light of the Treaty of Lisbon (see below). This alliance was a separate organization from the EU, but worked closely with it. The EU agreed to use the Western European Union as its “defence component."
1999 - Cologne European Council Achieves the Following Outcomes:
  • High Representative Solana appointed.
  • Led to creation of Political and Security Committee 
  • EU decides to take on autonomous crisis management tasks
  • Decision to set up EU Military Committee
  • Decision to set up EU military staff
  • Around this time, the Western European Union agreed to transfer its military capacities to the EU.
JUN. 2000 - Recommendation 666
Proposes Solana preside over the new body (PSC) that determines the “political control and strategic direction” of military crisis management operations. The Western European Union had transferred their military capacities to the PSC. 
JAN. 2001 - Recommendation 666 Implemented 
Decision proposed by Recommendation 666 is implemented. A Political and Security Committee is set up, which the EU High Representative Solana can chair in the event of an emergency. The EU's PSC directs existing military and civilian crisis management operations.
MAR 2010 - WEU Dissolves Into Common Security & Defence Policy
WEU dissolves itself, in light of the new Treaty of Lisbon, and the Common Security and Defence Policy. Mutual assistance pact in Treaty of Lisbon, similar to Article V of WEU Treaty, causes members to dissolve organization. 
JUN. 2017 - European Defense Fund Launched (666)
The European Commission proposes a new European Defense Fund (see 666 connections here). This fund has two sections. One is a 7-year military research program. This finances new military research projects. The second section, the "capability window" is a special EU subsidy designed to encourage the joint purchase and acquisition of military equipment by multiple member states. It is meant to foster European defense integration from the bottom up. 
Nov. 13, 2017 - EU Defense Ministers Sign PESCO Notification
In a stunning show of unity, 23 European countries have notified the European Union of their intention to join what is akin to a "military eurozone." The agreement, called "Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)" involves a list of over 20 commitments each country intends to do to jointly develop military hardware and integrate their military forces. The intention is for the European Defence Fund to help finance PESCO projects.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 15-16, 2017 - Formal Launch of PESCO

EU Leaders expected to formally launch PESCO.  This is an instrument by which various member states commit to more on military capacity development, as well as commit to more EU troop deployment. It would be a transfer of sovereignty in the area of defense. Furthermore, with PESCO, military decisions are made unanimously. In addition, participation in PESCO is completely voluntary, with no nation forced to participate. Finally, the EU wants to use PESCO to form its "common security & defence policy" (read: "common purpose") in defense. They state it is an opportunity for "like-minded" member states to do military projects together. See the significance of the bold words in this other article.

MONETARY

JAN. 1999 - The Eurozone is Born
The Euro is officially launched for use as a currency throughout the first Eurozone states. This is the beginning of the EU's monetary union.
OCT. 2004 - Eurogroup elects first semi-permanent President
An informal group of finance ministers, called the Eurogroup, discuss financial matters of the euro. For the first time, they elect a semi-permanent President. 
OCT. 2012 - European Stability Mechanism Set Up
In light of the eurozone crisis, many EU members set up European Stability Mechanism, which is a loan bailout fund for countries struggling due to sovereign debt. This vastly increases the power of the Eurogroup and the Eurogroup president, since member states must meet strict criteria in order to become eligible for debt relief through this loan program.
MAY 2017 - Commission Calls to Merge Eurogroup President & EMU Commissioner 
To streamline EU decision-making, the EU Commission recommends merging the positions of Eurogroup President and the Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner. This new position would be a de facto (or de jure) Eurozone finance minister position.
AUG. 2017 - Merkel Backs French President Macron's Eurozone Finance Minister Proposal
New French President, Emmanuel Macron, pushes German Chancellor Merkel for various Eurozone reforms. These include a Eurozone Finance Minister, and Eurozone budget, among other things. Merkel shows initial openness to Eurozone Finance Minister idea, as well as upgrading the European Stability Mechanism to a European Monetary Fund.
UPCOMING EVENTS

JUN 28-29, 2018 - "Concrete Decisions" on Eurozone Reform


Implications If True

If this is true, we should expect to see a major leader emerging in the military domain, as well as the monetary domain. On the defense side, this could take the shape of an EU defense commissioner or an informal chair of PESCO meetings, similar to how the Eurogroup is set up. According to this website, this person will be Javier Solana. On the monetary side, the eurozone finance minister could eventually be the False Prophet.

Antichrist: The King of Defense Spending

Daniel 11:38 ESV
"He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts." -Daniel 11:38; ESV 
The Bible says the Antichrist honors a "god of fortresses" with "precious stones and costly gifts. "Since the passage in context just got done telling us that the Antichrist has no god besides himself, many theologians see this "god of fortresses" as a metaphor for military strength.
“In place of normal affection, he will place a perverted worship of military power, he'll worship power.” - Pastor and Theologian John MacArthur
“...he will worship only the power to make war and gain victory…” - John Walvoord, former President, Dallas Theological Seminary
King of Defense Spending

More specifically, "fortresses" are better at defending than attacking, so his god is not just military power, but specifically military defense. He honors this god with "precious stones and costly gifts", which is essentially money. Therefore, the Antichrist will be very keen on defense spending.

Overall, the Antichrist will be a "king" (politician) who funnels massive amounts of money into defense spending. Below, see the trajectory of Solana's career and EU programs that may very well lead to this outcome.



FEB. 2015 - Solana Chairs Report on Building EU Defense Union
Javier Solana chaired a think tank committee that produced a report on how to build a "European Defence Union." In addition to the Economic and Monetary Union (eurozone), they argued that the EU needs its own defense pillar, with it's own chairperson. To build this defense pillar, they advocated the activation of the PESCO mechanism in the EU Treaties. PESCO is an instrument by which various member states commit to more on military capacity development, as well as commit to more EU troop deployment. 

MAR. 2015 - Solana Presents Report on Defense Union
Solana presents report on European Defence Union in Brussels. When presenting his report, he stated he will devote the rest of his life to building an EU military union. He said, “"I will put all of the energies that I have left to push forward this process." Here, he states his intention to devote the rest of his life to building an EU military union.

JUN. - DEC. 2015 - Solana Goes on Tour Presenting EU Defense Report
Solana was so passionate about his EU defense plan that he and/or other Task Force members went on tour through various European capital cities, trying to convince people of these ideas. The locations on their tour included: Riga, London, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Berlin, Bucharest, Prague, and Washington D.C.

APR. 2016 - Solana Writes Research Study for EU Parliament on EU Defense Union
Javier Solana (among others) proposed in a 2016 research study that PESCO be the main instrument by which the EU forms a military union. Ever since he used this term, it has been widely used in discussions of EU military integration. In this research study, he also recommended that PESCO be a new "institution" of the European Union. This document also elucidates a possible organizational structure of an EU defense Union. 
JUN. 2016 - Solana Presents to EU Parliament on How to Build EU Defense Union
On 06/16/16, Javier Solana presented his EU defense research study to the European Parliament. He had been asked by the European Parliament to draft a very large research paper for them, advising them on how to construct an EU military union. His presentation impressed MEP's. His report largely focused on how the EU could use PESCO mechanism in the Treaty to achieve a European Defence Union. (see below for more info on PESCO).
NOV. 2016 - EU Commission Proposes European Defense Fund (666)
The European Commission proposes a new European Defense Fund (see 666 connections here). This fund has two sections. One is a 7-year military research program. This finances new military research projects. The second section, the "capability window" is a special EU subsidy designed to encourage the joint purchase and acquisition of military equipment by multiple member states. It is meant to foster European defense integration from the bottom up. 
DEC. 2016 - Solana Op-Ed Criticizes EU Defense Plan as Inadequate
Solana criticizes the EU's new defense plan as not good enough. Among other criticisms, he states that the plan doesn't provide enough money to "turbo-boost" military defense spending in Europe. In addition to this, he stated that the plan wasn't the "big-bang" that was needed to create a "military-industrial complex" in Europe.
JUN. 2017 - EU Launches New Defense Fund
At the June European Council, EU leaders formally agree to launch the European Defense Fund. Nevertheless, details on which projects they will pursue, as well as governance, have still yet to be determined.
Nov. 13, 2017 - EU Defense Ministers Sign PESCO Notification
In a stunning show of unity, 23 European countries have notified the European Union of their intention to join what is akin to a "military eurozone." The agreement, called "Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)" involves a list of over 20 commitments each country intends to do to jointly develop military hardware and integrate their military forces. The intention is for the European Defence Fund to help finance PESCO projects.
UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec. 15-16, 2017 - EU Heads of State & Government Expected to Formally Launch PESCO
EU Leaders expected to formally launch PESCO.  This is an instrument by which various member states commit to more on military capacity development, as well as commit to more EU troop deployment. It would be a transfer of sovereignty in the area of defense. Furthermore, with PESCO, military decisions are made unanimously. In addition, participation in PESCO is completely voluntary, with no nation forced to participate. Finally, the EU wants to use PESCO to form its "common security & defence policy" (read: "common purpose") in defense. They state it is an opportunity for "like-minded" member states to do military projects together. See the significance of the bold words in this other article.
1ST QUARTER, 2018 - European Defense Fund Signed into Law

JAN 2019 - First Projects of EU Defense Fund Begin


Implications If True

Javier Solana will be appointed to an EU position over the European Defense Fund and possibly PESCO as well. There are a few options on what this could look like:

  1. Informal chairperson of the defense ministers Council meetings in PESCO format. (ASAP)
  2. Program manager of the European Defense Fund (ASAP)
  3. Chair of the Coordination Board of the European Defense Fund (ASAP)
  4. EU Defense Commissioner (possibly by end of 2019)
  5. VP of EU defense and security commissioners (possibly by end of 2019)


This website maintains that Javier Solana is by far, the best Antichrist candidate in world history. As a result, a major test (or re-test) of this theory is the appointment of Javier Solana to an EU position related to defense integration, after 8 years of not holding an EU post. He "retired" from his EU post in 2009, and is now 75 years old at the time of writing. An unexpected return would be a major authentication of the ideas proposed on this website and by others in the past


Antichrist's 7-Year Covenant

Daniel 9:27 ESV

"And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” 

The Covenant

Here's a quick run down of the nature of this covenant:
  • A "week" is indisputably a week of years (7 years), since in the context of the entire prophecy, a week is always 7 years. 
  • Since the entire prophecy is decreed for the Jews and Jerusalem, end time Israel is one of the parties to this covenant. (Other prophecies support this idea). 
  • The creator and/or enforcer of the covenant is of "Roman" descent, since Daniel 9:26 states that he is of the same ethnic group of those who destroyed the temple in 70 A.D.
  • Though not specifically stated in verse 27, many other Old Testament texts support the notion that this covenant will guarantee Israel's security in some way. (Isaiah 28:15-19; Zechariah 11:15-17; Ezekiel 38:8)
This is why many commentators, theologians, and end time movies portray the Antichrist making a 7 year "peace treaty" with Israel. Halfway through this treaty, the Antichrist is revealed at the Abomination of Desolation, which is the final major event prior to Christ's return.


What 7-Year Programs Does the EU Have?

The pieces to this covenant are already falling into place in a dramatic way, with a possible launch of the 7-year covenant as early as January 2021. Here is a brief timeline of different 7-year initiatives the EU has had or is proposing:

ENP Member Countries in Dark Green

2004: European Neighborhood Policy Launched
EU sets up its relationship with it's "neighbors" using the European Neighborhood Policy. It was an idea that the then foreign policy chief Javier Solana and the Commission came up with. In this program, the EU essentially paid participant countries for good behavior. The EU would set up an "Action Plan" for each country, that would be tailor made to that nation. For example, some goals in the action plan might be reducing corruption, or having fair elections, etc. Interestingly, a map of the ENP members looks conspicuously similar to a map of the Roman Empire at it's greatest extent.

2007 - ENP Confirmed for 7-Years 
The European Neighborhood Policy was funded through a variety of financial mechanisms. However, they wanted to consolidate it into one finance mechanism that worked on the same time frame as the EU's budget. As a result, they confirmed the ENP for 7-years using the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). Israel was a member country, along with several other Mediterranean and Eastern European nations.
 "It shall apply from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013." Regulation Establishing an ENPI
2011 - First ENP Review
The "Arab Spring" prompts EU officials to review and update the ENP. In this review, they added a "conditionality" component, in which more cooperative nations would receive more funding than those who did not. 
2014 - Confirmed for Another 7 Years
The European Union replaces the 7-year ENPI with the 7-year "European Neighborhood Instrument. It reconfirms the ENP with new funds for the next 7-years.  
"It shall apply from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020." - Regulation Establishing an ENI 
2015 - European Neighborhood Policy Reboot 
Many policy thinkers and analysts began to point out the ineffectiveness of the ENP. The Syrian civil war, Russian intervention in Ukraine, and instability in Libya, among other things, contributed to this view. Instead of the ENP causing the EU to have a "ring of friends" around it, instead it now had a "ring of fire." This caused the EU to revise the ENP, focusing more on stabilizing the surrounding neighborhood. This is in contrast to its previously overly idealistic approach where the EU hoped that democracy and human rights would prevail in the neighboring countries.
NOV. 2016 - Proposal for EU Military Union For Next 7-Year Budget
EU Parliament endorses a plan to create a military union, with a view to its establishment for the next 7-year budget. This "European Defence Union" could be used, among other things, to intervene in crisis situations in neighboring countries. 
"encourages the European Council to lead the progressive framing of a common Union defence policy and to provide additional financial resources to ensure its implementation, with a view to its establishment under the next multiannual political and financial framework of the EU (MFF);"
DEC. 2016 - EU Launches 7-Year Military Research Program
In December, the EU proposed a "defence fund" with two parts. The first part is a military research fund, providing up to 500 million euros annually for the 7-year period 2021-2027. The second part (which is financed through other means) proposes giving group discounts to member countries who want to buy military equipment together. 
UPCOMING EVENTS

MAY 2018 - EU Commission Proposes Next 7-Year Budget




Visual Summary of Timeline



Implications If True

If the "ENP framework" is correct, then Javier Solana will come back in time for Jan 1 2021, and "successfully" reboot the ENP. This would launch Daniel's 70th Week. In summer of 2024, Javier Solana will sit in a rebuilt Jewish temple and declare himself to be God. The False Prophet will also set up an image of Solana around this time. 



Monday, October 30, 2017

Overview Part 3: The god of Fortresses


In the first article, we saw some pretty exciting evidence that the European Union is the revived Roman Empire predicted in the Bible. In the second article, we learned that Javier Solana is the top candidate for the Antichrist. In this article, we will examine the political desires and beliefs of Solana, and see that they are very much what we would expect of the Antichrist.

First, the Bible says that at the height of his authority, the Antichrist will have complete control over the entire world.

[...]authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. - Revelation 13:7b; NASB

Javier Solana is a long-time advocate of "world government."
In 2010, he said that the EU is “some kind of laboratory of what a world government system could be”
In a 2013 book, he stated: "We must deepen the debate surrounding global governance as a goal to which humanity must strive with all its might."
In 2017 opinion piece, Solana stated that the world should move toward a "global" and "universal democracy." 
Second, book of Daniel states that, among other things, the Antichrist has no religion besides himself and does whatever he wants:
“And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. (Daniel 11:36-37 ESV)
Let's take this piece by piece:
"And the king shall do as he wills." Dan. 11:36a
" As time goes by I do whatever I want. I know what people think. I pursue my own agenda." - Javier Solana
"He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all."
Solana has no known religion, not even in name only. 

The Bible says the Antichrist honors a "god of fortresses" with "precious stones and costly gifts." 
"He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts." -Daniel 11:38; ESV 
Since the passage just got done telling us that the Antichrist has no god, many theologians see this "god of fortresses" as a metaphor for military strength. 

“In place of normal affection, he will place a perverted worship of military power, he'll worship power.” - Pastor and Theologian John MacArthur

“...he will worship only the power to make war and gain victory…” - John Walvoord, former President, Dallas Theological Seminary
More specifically, "fortresses" are better at defending than attacking, so his god is not just military power, but specifically military defense. He honors this god with "precious stones and costly gifts", which is essentially money. Therefore, the Antichrist will be very keen on defense spending. 



In 2017 opinion piece, Solana expressed dismay that the EU's new Defence Fund did not go far enough. He said that the current initiatives were not enough to create a "military-industrial complex" in Europe.

On 06/16/16, Solana presented a research paper to the European Parliament committee on defense on how to build an EU military union. It largely focused on military capability development. His research paper was based on many ideas he had proposed in a pamphlet back in February 2015. He was so passionate about building a military union for the EU that he went on tour, presenting his plan in many European capitals. He went to all this effort, without any official EU position. This is consistent with the Antichrist's obsession with defense spending.

Solana has stated he will devote the rest of his life to building an EU military union. When Solana presented this pamphlet, he stated “"I will put all of the energies that I have left to push forward this process." 


Revelation 13 describes two beasts. One is from the sea (the Antichrist) and the other is from the earth (False Prophet). The Antichrist starts off as a military leader (Daniel 11:36-45) who goes on to achieve world domination (Revelation 13). The False Prophet supports the Antichrist by forcing the whole world to worship the Antichrist. The false prophet also sets up a money system with the mark of the beast. So here, we see one of the beasts is a military power and the other is a monetary power. One guy controls the guns. The other guy controls the money.

Javier Solana is a strong advocate of a dual pillar system in the EU, with a military and a monetary pillar. In his 2015 pamphlet, he repeatedly emphasized that the EU should develop a military capacity, in addition to a monetary capacity. 
We brand this new framework the ‘European Defence Union’ (EDU). In much the same way as the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the proposed Energy Union are the end goals of full European integration in their respective fields, the EDU proclaims the finalit√© of EU integration in the area of defence. 

The pamphlet goes on, and repeatedly states that the EDU (military side) should be built just like the EMU (monetary side). He even proposed that the leadership of the new "defense group" be structured the same way as the "euro group," with it's own President.
Much like the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), defence ministers will elect among peers a permanent chairman to co-preside the Steering Board....
The Bible states that the Antichrist will be Israel's shepherd, but will betray and abandon her later:

“Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock!" Zechariah 11:17

Javier Solana talks in two different ways about Israel. On the one hand, he speaks very highly of them:
"There is no country outside the European continent that has this type of relationship that Israel has with the European Union," "Israel, allow me to say, is member of the European Union without being a member of the institution."



Yet on the other hand, he speaks unkindly towards Israel, even supporting a deadline for a forced recognition of a state of Palestine.

Solana often speaks in a peaceful manner. He was even a former anti-NATO protester. Nevertheless, he was responsible for the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 500 civilians. Solana violated military rules of engagement when dealing with Yugoslavia, by taking out the electric power and using dangerous cluster bombs. 

To summarize, there are five ways in which Javier Solana's political desires and beliefs are what we would expect of the Antichrist:
  1. Solana is a long-time advocate of "world government." (Revelation 13)
  2. Solana does whatever he wants & has no known religion (Daniel 11:36-37)
  3. Solana is very keen on defense spending and military hardware development (Daniel 11:38)
  4. Solana advocates a dual pillar system of EU governance that is very similar to Revelation 13 (military and monetary pillar)
  5. Solana is two-faced on Israel. (Zechariah 11:17)
  6. Speaks like a dove, acts like a hawk

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
  • Source documents and bibliography can be found here.