Wednesday, March 22, 2017

EU Parliament Insists on EU Military Union "without delay"

This post represents a recent development in end time prophecy as it relates to the EU. This article will make more sense if you check out the overview page as well.



Common Defense for the European Union

Very major European Parliament resolution proposing:
  • A new EU military institution (PESCO) to be the basis of a common EU defense 
  • Common military force funded by the EU budget
  • Calls for more "global governance"
  • Proposes amending the decision created by Recommendation 666
You can check out the much shorter press release here.


Why does this matter for prophecy?

As the revived Roman Empire, the European Union needs to have the military ability to wage war in the end times. It also needs to have the capability and authority to be an effective guarantor of Israel's military security  during the Antichrist's 7 year treaty (Daniel 9:27 cf. Isaiah 28:15-19; Zechariah 11:17). Finally, the ten kings of the beast must have a common purpose, and finally give their "kingdom" to the beast. This must especially be in the domain of the military, since this handing over of sovereignty takes place in the context of the violent destruction of the end time city named "Babylon." Though the European Union has some ability to act militarily through consensus, the member nations as of yet have not fully handed over their sovereignty ("kingdom") to the EU in that regard.


Unpacking the Resolution 

1) New EU Military Institution
The 2009 Treaty of Lisbon allows for a group of EU member countries to voluntarily and permanently deepen their cooperation on military matters (PESCO). This is kind of like how the Eurozone works, where only some countries are on the Euro, while others who aren't ready don't have to come along. The Treaty is vague about what PESCO would mean. However, it would have membership requirements, allowing anyone who meets said requirements (such as defense spending) to join. 
The Parliament wants to use PESCO as the basis for a truly common defense for the EU. What is so unique about this Parliament resolution is it proposes that PESCO be an "institution" financed by the EU budget. So PESCO is not only just a group of countries cooperating together, but an organization with its own administrative costs as well. This is the most "explosive" aspect of the resolution, according to one parliamentarian in the debate. Another stated it has the potential to create another "bureaucratic monster." The resolution proposes putting EU battlegroups, Eurocorps, a military headquarters, all under the PESCO umbrella.
PESCO and the European Defence Agency (the latter of which already exists), would be "sui generis" institutions, financed by a section in the EU budget. This means that on an EU org chart, they would be off to the side, one-of-a-kind organizations, doing their own thing. This is much like the EU's foreign office (EEAS). Despite repeated reassurances in the resolution to the contrary, some fear that these two organizations would potentially lack oversight from Parliament. 
2) Common Military Force funded by the EU budget
The proposal calls for a new "European Integrated Force" that can be deployed to implement the EU's common policy on defense. Furthermore, it calls for existing military entities, such as the EU Battle groups, Eurocorps and future military headquarters, to be placed under PESCO. The beast needs power to wage war, and this is a step in that direction. 
3) Calls for more "global governance."
This is not new, but it remains particularly ominous in light of the other proposals above. The European Parliament would like to improve global governance by reforming the UN Security Council, making it more decisive and less focused on only military aspects. 
4) Proposes amending the decision created by Recommendation 666
For those of us familiar with Herb Peters book, Recommendation 666, this resolution has fascinating implications. Recommendation 666 "recommended" that Javier Solana be given the ability to preside over the Political and Security Committee in an emergency. This recommendation eventually turned into council decision 2001/78/CFSP, which ratified those recommendations. 
The European Parliament would like to amend this decision, to make sure that the Political and Security Committee has less power. They want to interpret it's mandate more narrowly, and give the lion's share of the military decision making to the PESCO and reformed EDA. (More on this later, but for now, on to other topics.)

Implications of the Resolution

Solana's Brainchild
The implications of turning PESCO into an organization are profound. Javier Solana (among others) proposed in his 2015 Report and his 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. The Parliament resolution, mentioned above, insists on the creation of a European Defence Union "without delay." A reading of the proposal shows the tremendous influence Javier Solana has had on the European Parliament in these respects, even as far as very specific proposals are concerned. As I argue elsewhere, Javier Solana is the best Antichrist candidate in the history of the entire world. 


7-Year Covenant with Israel
This is also a step towards the infamous 7-year covenant the Antichrist makes with Israel (and perhaps many others) guaranteeing their military security. The new "European Defence Fund" (666) will be established for the EU's next 7-year budget. Another European Parliament resolution backing Solana's plan calls for a European Defence Union to be established along the next 7 year period. One of the reasons these politicians cite the need for an EU military union is to "stabilize" the Mediterranean and act as a "security provider" in it's wider neighborhood.  
Interestingly, the EU already has a contract with Israel that is established on a 7-year basis, called the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). This has been widely regarded as somewhat unsuccessful policy which has undergone many revisions. The desire for the EU to act as a security provider, the 7-year component of the proposal, and the existing EU's 7-year ENP agreement with Israel, may all eventually converge into the Antichrist's final 7-year treaty,


Unanimous Transfer of Sovereignty by Consensus
Finally, what makes PESCO interesting is that participation is voluntary and decision-making is unanimous. This sounds eerily familiar, when hearing this Bible passage about the ten horns and the beast: 
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. (Revelation 17:17 NASB)
Here, the ten kings unanimously transfer their sovereignty to the Antichrist on a voluntary basis, because they have a "common purpose." This is in context of Babylon's military destruction, so this transfer of sovereignty must at least include the domain of the military. This is what makes PESCO so fascinating. It would be a major 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 policy" (read: "common purpose") in defense. PESCO is rife with prophetic implications. 
PESCO on the EU Org Chart

PESCO has been an available option within the EU's existing treaty for quite some time, but has not been utilized yet. Recall, Solana began the push for a European Defence Union back in March 2015, suggesting that PESCO be the instrument by which it is accomplished. Since both Solana and PESCO appear to be so prophetically significant, this comes as no surprise that Solana would strongly endorse PESCO as the means for EU to have a common defense. 

However, the European Parliament resolution has called for PESCO to not just be a mechanism, but an "institution" as well, like the EU's foreign office. This institution will kind of hover off in no-man's-land on an EU org chart, without much parliamentary oversight. Yet, if it is an organization, it does need oversight from someone, even if that someone is not the European Parliament.

If you've gotten this far in the blog post, I commend your endurance with all of the euro-jargon, which I have tried (perhaps in vain) to simplify to some degree. Nevertheless, the time has come to speculate on a future role for Solana, if he is indeed the Antichrist. That being the case, we have to burrow down into the institutional nitty-gritty of what the Parliament has proposed, what Solana has proposed, what other's propose, etc.

Since Solana is so significant, wouldn't it be nice if he provided us with an org chart on how he thinks EU defense structures ought to work? Thankfully, he already has. Below, you will see a screenshot of how Solana proposes the EU's common defense policy should be set up. This is from page 66 of the giant research paper he wrote for the European Parliament on the topic. 




Notice how the legend states that both PESCO and the EU operational headquarters are "proposed new institutions." So here, Parliament is actually following Solana's recommendations when they propose that PESCO be not just a mechanism, but a one-of-a-kind "institution."

Also, note the hierarchical relationships on the org chart. The High Representative is over several institutions, but the PESCO member states organization is above the High Representative and the civilian/military headquarters. This arrangement would seem to confirm suspicions that some MEP's have, in that the PESCO might lack accountability.



A New Chair for Solana?

In his dealings with the EU, Solana is, for the most part, very defense-focused. His former job of High Representative has since been expanded under the Treaty of Lisbon. Even despite Solana's high energy level and frequent travels, the High Representative position seems very physically demanding for anyone in their mid-70's. One basically functions as the Foreign Minister of the EU (Secretary of State in U.S. terms), but without the title. Furthermore, it covers a great many areas, only one of which is defense. Some view the role as over-extended, proposing that the defense responsibilities be allocated elsewhere to ease the burden.

All this to say that the EU High Representative position is a very demanding job. It is possible Solana would re-take the role. HoweverI think it is much more likely that a Solana comeback would not be based on EU "musical chairs" but on creating an entirely new chair. This would likely come through leadership of PESCO. Nevertheless, it is clear that PESCO will need some kind of leadership since it is going to be an institution. What is less clear is what shape that leadership would take.

PESCO as a Eurogroup of Defence

In Solana's 2015 pamphlet on European Defence Union, he proposes that the PESCO nations form a "Defence Group" much like there is a "Eurogroup" for the Eurozone countries. The whole report rotates around the theme that defense at the EU level should be structured in the same way the Eurozone is. It also proposes a co-chair person for the Defence Group, along with the EU High Representative. 

The Eurogroup is an informal decision making body, containing the finance ministers of each Eurozone member state. While all 28 meet at the economic and financial affairs council, only the Eurozone ministers meet in the Eurogroup, where major decisions are made. The Eurogroup also has an elected President. 

In the same way, Solana and European Parliament think that the EU High Representative should chair a Council of Defence ministers of all 28 states. This is similar to how all 28 sit on the economic and financial affairs council. Nevertheless, under the PESCO institution, only the participating members would meet. This would most likely take place through the EDA Steering Board, either via the High Representative as chair, or as Solana proposed, through a co-chair with the High Representative.  In this way, PESCO would be similar to a "eurogroup for defence."

How this actually will play out (if at all), remains to be seen. However, it would not be surprising if PESCO chose a "Defence Group" President, just like the Eurogroup President is chosen. One major European Defence Union advocate has pressed for an EU Defence Commissioner, to ease the burden on the High Representative. Another MEP in the debate stated the need for a "European Defense Minister." Interestingly, some in the past have pushed for a "Eurozone Finance Minister" over the whole eurozone, who could veto member states budgets. 

Imagine an EU with an European Defense Minister and a Eurozone Finance Minister. In this speculative scenario, we would have an eerie situation in which the EU has two pillars of power: one military and one monetary. This sounds a lot like Revelation 13, with the beast (who has the power to wage war) and the false prophet (who controls the money). 


Rome Declaration and Prague Summit

Next Saturday, EU leaders are coming together for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. That treaty founded the European Economic Community, which eventually formed the basis of what the EU is today. The Treaty of Rome is of prophetic significance (see the overview page, year 1957). At the Rome Summit on March 25th, EU leaders are expected to make a declaration on the future of the European Union. EU Commission President Juncker has prepared a document with 5 choices that the EU can take for its future. Most of the influential countries favor option #3, which is a multi-speed Europe. This again is a European Union based on voluntary consensus, reminiscent of Revelation 17:17.



Defence cooperation is a topic that may be discussed at the Rome summit. In fact, the European Parliament resolution that this blog post is discussing was presented in anticipation of that summit. So it is possible they could come out with another prophetically significant declaration at the Rome Summit. Nevertheless, it's wise not to get one's hopes up too high about summits, since the Council struggles to form any meaningful consensus. Nevertheless, they are expected to revisit the issue of defense on June 9, 2017, in Prague.


God is Sovereign

I don't know what will happen Saturday, or the coming months for that matter. I am learning that God is not surprised by any twists or turns in the prophetic road. We do not have to "fix" anything for him. (as you all have wisely learned long before I have). The future is inevitable. What God has ordained (or not ordained) cannot be stopped. It is not a matter of "if" but "when.
What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (Revelation 3:7b NIV)
Peace be to you all. Come Lord Jesus!




APPENDIX: A Note About Recommendation 666

I would like to comment on how all of this relates to Recommendation 666, which features very prominently in the prophetic timeline on this website, and originally discovered by author Herbert L. Peters. 

In Solana's big research paper for Parliament, he mentions EU defense history and the events surrounding Recommendation 666. He puts it quite explicitly, stating that "In other words, the EU took over the WEU functions." This is why Recommendation 666 is so important, in that the ten kings gave their "power and authority" to the EU beast, under Solana's leadership.  This proposal was eventually implemented with Council Decision 2001/78/CFSPa key portion of which European Parliament recently suggests be changed.

But how, exactly, did the 10 transfer their authority to Solana? A new committee was created, called the "Political and Security Committee" (PSC). The Western European Union had the ability to perform various military operations. Nevertheless, they transferred this function to the European Union, under the newly created PSC. The same 10 delegates that sat on the WEU Permanent Council sat on the newly founded PSC, in addition to the other member states. As High Representative, Solana was given the ability to chair the PSC in an emergency (while in non-emergencies, a deputy of his led the PSC).

The PSC is supposed to exert the "political control and strategic direction" of EU civilian or military operations. This seems to be the precise area that Parliament (and perhaps Solana) want to curtail its power. The EU Parliament wants to amend the document creating the PSC, and desires to interpret its functions more narrowly. When considering his two org charts, it seems Solana may agree with this move.

Wouldn't it be nice if Solana provided us with two org charts? What if one org chart contained his proposals, and the other contained how things actually are? Well, again, thankfully he already has. The org chart below is from Solana's giant research paper and lays out how the EU currently works with its defense structures. (The other one up top contains his proposals.)

Notice how the PSC is mentioned in this org chart, but is not mentioned in the other. Although this org chart is more detailed than the proposed org chart (see above), it could be a hint that Solana too sees a diminished role for the PSC in the future. It would seem he would place the decision-making authority in the hands of the EU headquarters and PESCO.

All this to say that Recommendation 666 hasn't lost its significance in prophecy. Recommendation 666 and the decision setting up the PSC as a result, were the means by which the ten WEU nations handed over their authority to the EU beast (Rev. 17:12-13). The ten eventually dissolved into the EU. However, as of yet these ten have not given their "kingdom" to the beast (Rev 17:17), as still defense remains largely intergovernmental. This second half of the prophecy may relate to PESCO, while the first relates to the transfer of the WEU functions to the EU, which happened to take place through the PSC.



Photo Credits:

1) http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/664517/EU-Army-will-happen-weaken-British-defences-retired-colonel
2) http://www.esade.edu/homepage/esp/newsroom/press-releases/viewelement/322632/2321/javier-solana-(esadegeo)-presenta-el-estudio-on-the-way-towards-a-european-defence-union:-white-book-as-a-first-step-en-el-parlamento-europeo
3) http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?sitelang=&ref=033927
4) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/535011/EXPO_STU(2016)535011_EN.pdf

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Scandalous Proposal: Babylon Forces the EU to Unite






Introduction

EU prophecy continues to rumble on as we would expect. I am going to open a topic fraught with more controversy than I normally post. I believe this is necessary, as it is relevant to the events happening in the past few weeks. I’d ask that you hear me out, especially how it fits in to the grand eschatological picture with the EU. Nevertheless, I would welcome alternative viewpoints, as I am less sure of the point I am about to make than the EU prophecy paradigm in general.

It is the contention of this website that we may enter Daniel’s 70th week with the EU’s 7 year budget framework (MFF 2021-2027), under the European Neighborhood Policy with Israel and/or European Defence Union. Furthermore, many prophecies have been fulfilled about a specific man, Javier Solana, making him the greatest Antichrist candidate in world history, as far as specific prophecies are concerned. His increasing influence in the realm of EU defence, and his stance on certain issues make ready the future fulfillment of prophecy, in a dramatic and unexpected way.

This blog post is about the following Bible passage, it’s implications, and possible fulfillments that are in progress today:

Revelation 12:12-17 NASB
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.”



Recommendation 666

Here, we learn that the ten kings give their power and authority to the beast. On this blog post here, I go into detail about how part of this prophecy may have been fulfilled. With Recommendation 666 (2001), the 10-nation Western European Union transferred their authority to the EU, under the leadership of Javier Solana. Nevertheless, the passage above seems to contain repetition. In verse 13 it says of the ten kings "These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast." It goes on to describe how the Lamb will defeat the ten kings, and that the Antichrist and ten kings hate a particular end time city. Then it seems to repeat itself with the same idea with something similar, stating "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." 



A Common Purpose: Common Security and Defence Policy

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." However, I believe a strong case can be made that verse 12-13 are historical from the standpoint of 2001. Nevertheless, the ten countries that used to make up the now defunct 10-nation Western European Union (which dissolved into the EU in 2010), have yet to fully transfer their sovereignty to the EU, especially in the area of defense. The common purpose that the ten kings have, seems to be in the military domain, as this "common purpose" seems to be in the context of the destruction of a major city and former political ally, Babylon (verses 16-18). 

Hence, it is not a surprise that 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." It is also unsurprising, per Revelation 16-18, that the 10-nation WEU would dissolve and completely transfer it's functions to the EU in 2010, citing the EU's "Common Security and Defence Policy." The ten kings surrender their authority to the EU under Solana's leadership in 2001, and all residual functions in 2010, citing the EU's new "Common Security and Defence Policy." 



Hate of Babylon Drives European Unity

But what drives the ten kings to finally surrender their power? Revelation seems to tell us, that what causes the ten to finally surrender their sovereignty is hate. Namely, hatred of an economic and religious superpower, code-named "Babylon" causes the ten kings to hand over their power at last. This is precisely what God intends they would do, so that Babylon is ultimately judged. 
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. 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. The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
Revelation 17:12-13 is historical as of 2001, as I've argued here. But despite the similar wording, it is a bit ambitious to say that Revelation 17:17 is historical as of 2001 or 2010. Defence is one of the last areas where the EU remains "intergovernmental" and the member countries cling to sovereignty. Today's EU does not align with Revelation 17:17, where the ten kings give their "kingdom" to the beast. 



If Solana is the Antichrist and the ENP/MFF 2021-2027 is the 70th week, then Babylon is not some city that will be built in the distant future.   In addition, the EU is in the middle of a very major defense integration push, much of which Javier Solana is driving. If the overview page of this website is accurate, then Babylon would have to be in existence today, likely driving Solana and the EU's latest integration push. 

But if hate drives the Antichrist and the ten kings to unite, then is there anyone Solana hates in particular? Furthermore, are EU nations, (specifically, former WEU nations) uniting because they hate some particular city?

The answer may surprise you. 


Who is Babylon?

Here I open a controversial issue in prophecy. Who is end times Babylon? I would like to reiterate that it is easier to "prove" the EU is the end times Roman Empire, than to "prove" who Babylon is. This shouldn't come as a surprise, since the Bible specifically calls Babylon "a mystery." Nevertheless, since the EU interacts with "Babylon" in the end times, the issue must surface sooner or later. 



Babylon is depicted as a prostitute who rides the beast, who commits sexual immorality with the kings of the earth. As a result, I believe commentators are accurate in stating that the woman represents the Church in its apostate form. An entity is only in spiritual adultery unless it has previously served God, and Christ's true bride is depicted as a woman as well. We also know that there will be a very large apostasy event in the end times, resulting in the deaths of believers. This is consistent with the picture of the woman being drunk with the martyrs of Jesus. So it makes sense that the woman represents the apostate Church, especially in the end times, and false religion generally.

However, Revelation 17 specifically states that the woman is a city. Revelation 18 describes the defeat of this city which is described at length as an economic superpower. Furthermore, it is probably a coastal city, since everyone who makes their living on the sea laments her fall. The passage closes with with the permanence of Babylon's fall. It is easy to see why the city had political influence over the entire planet, especially considering its economic power. 

Since it is called "Babylon," many believe it is necessary that this city be rebuilt in Iraq. However, some very respected commentators, such as John Walvoord, do not think the text demands this, since it is a "mystery," though he admits such a view may be a superior interpretation, especially when accounting for the Old Testament passages. Furthermore, it is not feasible for literal Babylon to be a coastal economic superpower, since the Babylon of Revelation 18 at least seems to be a major port city. 

Are there any cities like this today? Furthermore, is there any particular city that Solana and the EU hate, causing them to give up more sovereignty, especially in the area of defense? 



A Scandalous Proposal

Ever since Donald Trump has been elected U.S. President, the Europeans and the EU have not hid their disdain for him. The usually diplomatically spoken Solana called him "despicable" and "not a decent man" (though it was in Spanish). Solana is constantly tweeting this or that article about how Trump is going to ruin everything.  Furthermore, one of the biggest ever defense integration programs in the EU has been pushed through because of Trump's election. Nevertheless, in unusually candid fashion, Solana stated the proposals didn't go far enough. Ever since Trump called NATO "obsolete," the Europeans have been driven to seek to provide their own security among themselves. Furthermore, even yesterday the EU Council President named Trump as one of the EU's external threats, along with Russia and ISIS!

It makes most sense to say that New York City is mystery Babylon:
  • The only city on earth (other than Iraq) that is called "Babylon" is on Long Island.
  • Donald Trump intends to run the U.S. part time from Trump Tower in NYC
  • The U.S. has militarily occupied historical Babylon (Iraq) sporadically for the last couple decades. 
  • Donald Trump wants to run the U.S. part time from Trump Tower in New York City, instead of in the White House. If he follows through on his plan to defeat ISIS, it is possible he will occupy or at least partially control Iraq, from New York City.
  • According to my late economics professor, New York City is the "financial center of the universe" with the second largest GDP of any city, closely behind Tokyo. 
  • New York City is a very major port city, with one of the largest natural harbors in the world. 
  • It is extremely ethnically diverse. Revelation says that the woman sits on many waters, which are "peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
  • The woman rides the beast, but then is destroyed by it, suggesting they were formerly allies. This is very reminiscent of the EU - US relationship, especially as it has evolved under Trump.
  • The United Nations resides in New York City, since the city "reigns over the kings of the earth." 
  • The United States contains some of the largest numbers of self-identified Christians in the whole world. Since a major apostasy event precedes Christ's return, it is safe to say that it will be most pronounced in a country (and large city!) that contains a very large number of nominal Christians. 
  • Interestingly, the colors of the American flag are red, white, and blue. The prostitute is said to be "clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet." Fine linen is usually white, scarlet is red, and ancient Greeks may not have had a word that meant "blue" as we mean it today. (1)



Note that I am not saying that "Trump" is mystery Babylon. However, NYC increasingly fits the bill, since he wants to run the country there part time, and the fact that the EU/US (NATO) relationship has soured with his accession to office. I am not at all the first to suggest the NYC idea (it's long been on the Internet), I do think that it is the case, especially within this particular EU paradigm.

All this to say, that the prophecy story continues as we would expect.

As always, I welcome any thoughts. Sorry I have been delayed in replying as of late, I will try to be more timely about my replies to your comments.

Peace to you all. Come Lord Jesus.





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References:

  1. http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/hoffman_01_13/ (No word for "blue" in ancient Greek, though they had ways of expressing it. "Blue" is never found in the NT, as far as I know.)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

666: Watchful Waiting

EP President Tajani (1)

The election of center-left Antonio Tajani (EPP) as European Parliament president has upset the balance of power in Brussels. Now, the European People’s Party (EPP) holds the top three jobs in the EU, except for the EU High Representative Mogherini (S&D), who is a socialist. Such an upset could force Council President Tusk (EPP) or Commission President Juncker (EPP) from office by summer time, should the socialists demand one of those posts.






























(2)

As of now, it looks like Council President Tusk (EPP) will keep his job, even though his once renewable 2.5 year term ends in June. It is more likely that scandal ridden Commission President Juncker (EPP) would step down. EU High Representative Mogherini (S&D) is one of the potential replacements for the scandal ridden Juncker*, should he succumb to recurring calls for his resignation. This would please those who routinely make the forceful call for more women in upper leadership positions when the candidates for the top jobs are chosen. Furthermore, it would give a nice consolation prize to the socialists by giving the most powerful EU post to one of their own. This speculative, but very possible, scenario would leave a critical vacancy open for the EU High Representative position.

Former EU High Representative Solana (S&D), a socialist, is taking a very acute interest in the EU’s foreign policy affairs, especially in the domain of defense and security. After serving for ten years (1999-2009), he stepped down. He mainly engaged in academic pursuits until 2 years ago, when he started actively using his influence to push for more military unity in the EU. This has taken the shape of chairing a report to advise the current High Representative, and assisting European Parliament in making a White Book on security and defense.  He even went on tour through various European capitals, advocating his plan for a “European Defence Union.”

(3)

Ever since his report in March 2015, the term on “European Defence Union” has come into widespread use. Now EU leadership have agreed to a modest three pillar plan to strengthen European defense, that Solana says does not go far enough. This has been further rushed into place due to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President, who has called the military alliance between the U.S. and Europe “obsolete", and has said that Brexit would be a great thing.

It is very likely Solana desires to return to EU politics, showing leadership in an area where he had long tried to unite the EU, but had been prevented from doing so. On 06/16/16 he presented to a European Parliament committee on security and defense on how to make a grand strategy for EU defense. He provided an 80 page report on how to build an EU defense “WhiteBook.”


(4)

MEP Urmas Paet has taken up the torch to continue pushing for a European Defence Union within European Parliament. His report on European Defence Union (which was very likely strongly influenced by Solana) was eventually ratified by the European Parliament. Paet desires to set up a special commissioner for defence and security, to lighten the load on the current EU High Representative.

Solana is the best Antichrist candidate in world history, as far as specific prophecies are concerned. Therefore, it is likely that Solana will become EU High Representative once again, or be given a newly created “Defence Commissioner” post. Most in politics largely believed Solana was “retiring,” when he stepped down in 2009. This will likely prove to be false in the coming months, as EU top jobs are set to reshuffle.

Interestingly, the new report ratified by the European Parliament intends to have the European Defence Union framed around the next "Multi-annual Financial Framework." This is a fancy way of saying the EU's budget, the 7-year period from 2021-2028. Urmas Paet mentions this in an interview with the European Defence Agency as well:
"The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) should reflect the new defence cooperation" 
...and the European Parliament report on European Defence Union
European Defence Union
1. Recalls that to ensure its long-term security, Europe needs political will and determination underpinned by a broad set of relevant policy instruments, including strong and modern military capabilities; 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);

I don’t know when Solana will come back. But Solana has numerous 666 connections, and they seemed to be tagged onto important points along the way. The final sentence of a Carnegie Europe article called “Watchful Waiting for European Security” encapsulates the mood for 2017:
"As Europe enters 2017, watchful waiting continues. But for how long?"
http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=66609

Peace be to you all. Come Lord Jesus. 





Photo Credits:

1) Antonio Tajani
2) EU Power structure
3) Javier Solana
4) White book


*Another article, probably from Reuters, states that Mogherini and Katainen are possible Juncker successors. Nevertheless, I cannot find the link at the moment.




Friday, December 30, 2016

Proof that Jesus Christ will return!


 How do we know Jesus will return?
"but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect," (1 Peter 3:15 ESV)
We are called to be able to give an answer for the hope that is in us. But what is this hope?
"waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ," (Titus 2:13) 
The hope is clearly the second coming of Jesus Christ, which this website is about. But what, in particular, is proof that Jesus will return? One of the main things Jesus will do at his return is judge the world. Apostle Paul tells us:
"because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”" (Acts 17:31)
The resurrection, Paul says, is God's way of proving to the world that Jesus will one day judge the world. In addition, the resurrection of Jesus is not some lone wolf event, nor a mere magic trick to prove that Jesus is God. Jesus resurrection is the the "first fruits" of everyone else who will be raised at the Second Coming of Christ.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23) 
The Resurrection and God's Plan 

The chapter of 1 Corinthians 15 very tightly binds Jesus resurrection with our own at the end of the age. Without the one, you cannot have the other. By his resurrection, Jesus inaugurates a new era of God's kingdom, that continues with the church, but eventually grows and reaches culmination when Jesus establishes his kingdom on earth. Christ's resurrection is the launch event of God's divine program that ultimately results in the resurrection of all who trust in him.

Furthermore, the Messiah is meant to rule the world on David's throne as a human being. If Jesus had died (and stayed dead) like the other Messiah claimants in the first century, then the movement would have dissipated like the others, since a dead king is rather useless. But on the contrary, the disciples, despite their grief, experienced the surprise of his resurrection. This enables Jesus to rule on David's throne after all.



Furthermore, God made an unconditional promise to Abraham that all the families of the earth would be blessed through him. Nevertheless, all humanity is under God's judgment because of sin. So how then can God fulfill his promise to bless all the families of the earth, when all the families of the earth deserve God's righteous wrath? (cf. Romans) Again, the answer is Jesus, who by his crucifixion, takes the penalty for our sin upon himself. Without the forgiveness brought through the cross, everyone would be under God's judgment and there would be no inhabitants of God's future kingdom!

When Satan thought he had the last laugh at the cross, is the precise moment when God made a public spectacle of the principalities and powers, (Colossians 2:15) enabling him to fulfill his promises after all. Furthermore, the resurrection vindicates Christ's sacrifice, placing God the Father's seal of approval on it.

So again, the death and resurrection of Jesus is absolutely central to the Second Coming of Christ, in many different ways. They aren't two events divorced from each other by a space of 2000 or so years. The resurrection, in a very real way, is the launch of the program which continues today, and will ultimately reach its full culmination at the return of Christ, when God will become King of the whole earth at last. (Zechariah 14:9)



God's divine program still continues as planned. As Jesus predicted, the Gospel of the kingdom is being preached to all nations and has spread to every country on earth. Israel was reborn, and is coming under increased pressure. A very viable candidate for a revived Roman Empire (the EU) exists alongside Israel. It seems we are running out of new territory to actually send missionaries. Furthermore, Facebook intends to provide free internet for the entire globe, and has already tested a solar powered drone for this purpose. If the whole world has the Internet, then the whole world has the gospel. Surely, the Second Coming is near.

If it is indeed the end times, we will suffer persecution. So all the more reason we should be sure of the hope that we have, so we don't back down under pressure. Below, I have compiled a list of videos, that I believe represent the the best evidence of God's existence and Christ's resurrection. Some of it is based on very new research on the Gospels. I have personally listened to all of these videos (excluding the Q&A portions).   There are lots of apologists out there, and lots of Youtube videos on apologetics. But here, I specifically tried to compile the best evidence by some of the sharpest scholars that I have ever heard, all into one place.

It includes three categories:

  1. Animated videos on God's existence
  2. Evidence of Christ's resurrection
  3. New research on reliability of the Gospels



Animated Videos on God's Existence

(Approximately 25 minutes)


















The Resurrection of Jesus

(Approximately 2 hours excluding Q&A)











New Research on Reliability of the Gospels

(Approximately 2 hours excluding Q&A)







Evidence for Christ's resurrection is particularly invigorating, because it makes the reality and glory of the Second Coming that much more stark. Jesus really is going to come back. He really is going to set up a kingdom and build the New Jerusalem. It's not something vague we hope is true. They are the facts. And we can stake our life on Jesus as a result. 

Glory to our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, forever and ever. Come Lord Jesus!









Thursday, October 20, 2016

Apologetics Corner: Why Do Some People Believe Jesus is the Messiah?

Ultraorthodox Jewish Men (source)


Since this is a prophecy website, I would like to branch out a little and explore other aspects of prophecy, in this case, Jesus Christ himself. Below is my Quora answer to "Why do some people believe Jesus is the Messiah?" I explain how Jesus "works" as a Messiah just as well as the current orthodox Jewish model(s) do. 


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"Why Do Some People Believe Jesus is the Messiah?" (My answer copied below).

Contrary to popular belief, Jesus is the best Messiah candidate there is.

He fits into the existing Jewish paradigms of the Messiah in a rather simple, unifying (and serendipitous) way. 

Before I can dive into this question, we have to discuss what a Messiah is....

What's a Messiah?

The Messiah is a figure predicted in the Old Testament who would:

1) Fight battles on behalf of Israel and defeat her enemies

2) Lead the world to worship Yahweh

3) Teach Law observance

4) Rebuild the Temple 

5) Generally rule the world and bring world peace

6) Be a king in the dynasty of king David

Christianity Started as a Jewish Sect

If you explore Orthodox Judaism (then and now) you will not find a single, unified concept of "what the Messiah will be like." Keep in mind, during the life of Jesus on earth, there was a variety of Jewish sects, such as the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. In fact, Jesus Himself and Paul, are very closely aligned with the theological views of the Pharisees, in some ways. 

Christianity started as yet another sect of Judaism. The first Christians had absolutely no intention of forming a new religion. They weren't open to pagan modifications either, because they were...well... Jews. Christianity has very strong Jewish origins. In fact, when reading the book of Acts, public officials regarded Christianity as a controversial sect of Judaism. 

Because that's precisely what it was, and what it is now. 


So How Does Jesus Line Up?

Contrary to what most people think, Christians back then (and Christians today!) don't "disagree" with Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. That list I made of commonly held features of the Messiah? Christians believe every one of them applies to Jesus. In fact, many evangelical Christians believe they apply in a very literal way.  In order for Jesus to fulfill Old Testament Messianic prophecy, he must fulfill every prophecy, including rebuilding the Ezekiel 40-45 Temple, defeating Israel's enemies, ruling the world from Jerusalem, etc. 

But orthodox Jews today will quickly point out that Jesus hasn't done any of these things. This is where I need to explain how Jesus makes the best sense of the data, and compare it to other Jewish interpretations of the Messiah. 


Orthodox Judaism's "Two Messiah Theory"

There is a long running theological concept among Jews which I will call the "Two Messiah" theory. Basically, there are passages in the Bible which one could interpret to mean that the Messiah will be killed (perhaps in battle). Yet there are others which imply he will be a king in David's dynasty who rules a political and religious golden age. These are very dissimilar concepts. So we need some kind of theological theory to reconcile them. Enter: Two-Messiah theory.

Messiah ben Joseph

Many orthodox Jews in the past up until today propose that there will be two Messiahs. The first one, called "Messiah Ben Yosef" will fulfill the prophecies about dying, and perhaps be killed in battle. However, his son or grandson will come to the throne to be "Messiah Ben David" and fulfill the Davidic/ruling aspects of the Messiah. So here we have two messiahs, fulfilling two different Messianic perogatives. 

For more info on this, see Joshua Kaplan's answer to this question. (Please upvote his answer if you read it):

Joshua Kaplan's answer to What do Orthodox Jews believe about the Messiah?

Christianity's "One Messiah Theory"

This is where Christianity comes in. We believe in a "one Messiah" theory. We think all the prophecies about the Messiah dying, but yet ruling Israel as a glorious conqueror and king, occur in the same person, but at different times.*

So the Orthodox/Talmudic theory is that there will be "two messiahs." The Christian theory is that there will be "two comings" of one Messiah

The one Messiah theory is a simpler theory that accounts for all the data. The Old Testament gives the impression that there will be one primary Messianic deliverer. So Christians stick to that theme, and resolve the tension by having two comings of the same Messiah.

So there is nothing, so far, that would rule out Jesus from being the Messiah. If He indeed resurrected (which is possible in a Jewish worldview), He very well fits the bill as the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament. 

The Resurrection Validates "One Messiah Theory"

If he was merely killed, without a resurrection, then it would be a cop out to say that he will fulfill all the other prophecies at the Second Coming. But if he really resurrected, then it's not a cop out at all, since we see that "One Messiah Theory" is a better theory about the Messiah than "Two Messiah theory." For evidence for Jesus' resurrection I direct you to one of my other answers:

David Wilkinson's answer to What are your reasons for believing in your religion?

The Jesus-Messiah Theory Has Theoretical Elegance 

But it doesn't stop there. The "Jesus-Messiah" theory has a lot of theoretical elegance that is very "unifying" when understanding the Old Testament. Good theories have a very unifying and simple explanation of diverse data. 

Here are some concepts found in the Old Testament.

1) Some day, God is going to make an entirely new covenant with Israel, in which he forgives all of their sins. (Jeremiah 31: 31-34)

2) Some day, all the people on the earth will rally to the Messiah. (Isaiah 11:10)

3) Some day, God is going to return in blazing fire and defeat his enemies. (Isaiah 66: 15-16)

4) Some day, the Messiah is going to destroy his enemies, just by breathing on them. (Isaiah 11:4) 

5) Isaiah and Psalms contain mysterious and confusing prophecies about someone greatly suffering on behalf of a large group of people. (Isaiah 53; cf. Psalm 22)  

6) The Old Testament is full of instances where God requires blood sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. (see the entire Torah).

7) Some day, God is going to write His law on everyone's hearts, so they instinctively do the right thing. (Ezekiel 36:22 - 37)

8) Some day, God is going to touch his feet to the ground, and defend Israel militarily (Zechariah 12-14)

9) Some day, God will be King over the whole earth and his name will be the only name. (Zechariah 14:9) 

10) Some day, the Messiah will rebuild the temple. (Zechariah 6:13)


Jesus Makes Sense of the Old Testament

So basically, upon reading the Old Testament, one will run into these ideas and themes now and again. On the surface, they appear to be separate concepts. 

But in Jesus, all of these ideas come together quite elegantly. 

1) Jesus makes a new covenant in which sins are forgiven, by dying on the cross. (Luke 22:20; Hebrews 9:15) 

2) Christianity has huge amounts of Gentile converts. 

3) Some day, Jesus is going to return in blazing fire. (2 Thessalonians 1) 

4) Some day, Jesus is going to defeat his enemies simply by breathing on them. (Revelation 19; 2 Thessalonians 2:8) 

5) Jesus is that mysterious guy who suffers for everyone else in those prophecies in Isaiah and Psalms. (1 Peter 2:24)

6) Jesus, when suffering on the cross, is the final blood sacrifice. He was crucified on Passover week as the Ultimate Passover Lamb. (John 1:29; Revelation 5:12)

7) Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to all of His followers, to live inside them and guide them in their decisions. (John 14:16)

8) Some day, Jesus is going to touch his feet to the Mount of Olives, and engage in military conquest of Israel's and His enemies. (Acts 1:11; Revelation 19) 

9) Some day, Jesus is going to be King of the whole earth. He will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 20) 

10) Some day, Jesus is going to rebuild the temple, and be the person worshiped inside of it. 

The Most Beautiful Thing of All

I already hinted at it before, but I think this is the most beautiful thing of all, about Jesus being the Messiah. Throughout the Old Testament, God repeatedly promises Israel that he will save and deliver them. Furthermore, he promises a great religious and political hero called the Messiah. Jews have been anxiously waiting for this Messiah for millenia. But how fitting, that the true Messianic Hero that everyone has been waiting for, is really God Himself all along.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

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You will notice that, within the prophecies about the Messiah, there are two different theories to interpret the seemingly contradictory portraits we receive: suffering servant vs. conquering king. I argue above that the "two comings" (with a big gap in between) is not any more ad hoc or weird than a "two messiah" theory. 

Prophecy is replete with instances of "time compression" and the "mountain peaks" phenomena. We see this in many areas: 1) The first and second coming of Christ, 2) The first and second phase of the revived Roman Empire, 3) The gap in the 70 weeks prophecy. I am sure there are others. The prophets seemed to have given prophecies about a specific event or person, and only saw the "mountain peaks," but didn't report on the "valleys" in between. For example, when the prophets talk about Jesus, they just talks about him and all of the things he will do, regardless of how far apart each sentence will be fulfilled from each other. 

Furthermore, in prophecy, God seems to like to do things against all odds. Abraham was very old and normally wouldn't be able to have a kid with his old wife, even though God promised to make him the father of many nations. Noah made a big ark in anticipation of a large flood, to the confusion of the locals. Moses led the Israelites, fleeing the Egyptian army, to the shores of the Red Sea. Miraculously, God opened up the water and let them walk through.



This website argues both the "time compression" and "against all odds" phenomena are in progress with the Antichrist candidate Javier Solana. In the past, he had fulfilled prophecies in Daniel and Revelation about the Antichrist. Nevertheless, these fulfillments seemed to stop when he entered "retirement" and got older. Now, at 74, he seems to be back at it, in a much greater way than I (or some EU officials for that matter)* had anticipated. 

What makes him different from other Antichrist candidates is that he has historically fulfilled unique prophecies about the Antichrist that no one else ever has. Many people, when speculating on who the Antichrist is, point to a politician of interest and speculate on what he will do in the future, based on what he has done. To my knowledge no other Antichrist candidate, other than Javier Solana, is based squarely on fulfilled prophecy. To learn more about the theory guiding this website, check out the overview page. 





*(This website has no affiliation with the militia group mentioned in the Newsweek article, who share similar beliefs about Solana).