Saturday, March 28, 2015

Egypt's Proposed Arab Army: The King of the South Rises

UPDATE: Pastor Brian has a great blogpost on this as well.

The Arab League has initially agreed on a joint military force, to combat threats in the region. This is based on a proposal by Egypt's President Sisi, who wants to combat ISIS an Iran's influence.

Sometimes proposals come out like this, but nothing comes of them. But in this case, before they even agreed on the joint military force....ten Arab countries are already contributing to a Saudi-led military operation in Yemen. 

It was originally proposed by Egypt's Sisi. Now, the Arab foreign ministers are meeting in Egypt, and have given initial agreement to a joint military force.

President Sisi (Public domain)

Earlier, Egyptian President Abdel Sisi also called to set up such a military force for defense purposes. "The need for a unified Arab force is growing and becoming more pressing every day," Sisi said in a televised address on February 22.

The King of the South...

This is significant for Bible prophecy, because in the end time, the "King of the South" attacks the king who exalts himself (the Antichrist). He does this in conjunction with the "king of the North." 

36 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. 38 Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.
40 “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. (Daniel 11:36-40 NIV emphasis added)

The identity of the "king of the South" is rather clear from the rest of Daniel 11. Historically, it represented Egypt. So it makes sense that it represents Egypt in the end times as well. However, former president of Dallas Theological Seminary, John Walvoord, believes it represents Egypt, as well as an African force:

Earlier in this chapter, the king of the south is uniformly Egypt and refers to the warfare of the third and second centuries B.C. which has already been fulfilled. Here the king of the south is clearly the leader of a political and military force that comes from the south of the Holy Land, but the probability is that it involves much more than only Egypt and can be identified as the African army.
Once again. Bible prophecy happening right before our very eyes.


..And the King of the North

I have written elsewhere about the identity of the King of the North, which is more ambiguous. In the historical fulfillment of Daniel 11, "king of the South" always refers to Egypt. But "king of the North" refers to the Syrian Seleucid empire. This empire included Syria, Iran, Turkey, and possibly more northern places. However, Syria doesn't represent as formidable of a kingdom as it did back in those days. Indeed, in the end times, Damascus is completely wiped out at some point. Many scholars (such as Walvoord) have proposed that the king of the North represents a powerful force north of Israel, such as Russia. Both the Syria view and Russia view are possible, but in my opinion, it is likely Russia, possibly allied with Syria. After all, Syria and Russia are already allies.

...Will Attack the Antichrist...

It's not hard to imagine why the king of the North would attack the revived Roman Empire (the European Union). In the past year, tensions between Russia and the EU have ratcheted up tremendously, almost to Cold War levels.

However, Egypt-Russian relations have improved greatly since July of 2013. They are even creating some kind of military agreement.

So now it kind of makes sense why those two entities would attack the EU together, as opposed to independently, just as the passage suggests.

If one looks at the military activities in the rest of Daniel 11:40-45, then it seems we can infer that the Antichrist's revived Roman Empire starts off on the European continent specifically. He goes to war with many Mediterranean countries it seems. Obviously, he wouldn't go to war with his own empire. So it makes sense that the ten kings and the Antichrist come from the European continent, and expand their influence later (through other means) to the Mediterranean.

Who Provokes the Attack?

But are there any clues as to why the Antichrist might provoke the Russian-Syrian/Egyptian African two pronged invasion? Perhaps there are:

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. Revelation 6:1-2
Many writers believe this white horse represents the Antichrist when he rides out to do some relatively peaceful conquering. After all, the red horse of war does not come until later. I think I have heard that some interpret this that he will conquer by peace or by threat of military force (hence the bow and no arrows).
It is far more probable, however, that the reference is to the rise and career of a mighty imperial ruler after the rapture of the Church, who brings under his sway a vast territory in an endeavour to maintain peace, order, and prosperity. (John Walvoord, from his book "Revelation"). 
Which makes us wonder. Is the European Union doing anything that could closely resemble this?


European Neighborhood Policy

In 2004, the EU launched the European Neighborhood Policy, which pays the partner countries in the East and in the Mediterranean for making positive reforms to their governments. However, in 2007, the EU Commission started confirming this ENP every seven years. A map of the ENP partner countries bears a striking resemblance to the old Roman Empire. Israel is also a partner country. With this program, the EU intends to have "gravitational pull" and to "export" its values to the countries in the surrounding areas. This sounds a lot like what we learned about in high school: Imperialism.

(Source: EEAS Website)

This program hasn't been working well at all. However, they don't show any signs of backing away from it, but continue to attempt to review and enhance it. Furthermore, the program has gone beyond mere financial aid, into Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements for some countries in the Eastern leg (Eastern Partnership) of the ENP program. This is meant to help foster "economic integration" between the EU and partner countries. It's funny they use the word "integration" because that is the exact same word the EU uses about itself, to make itself closer and closer to a federal entity.

This year, they are launching a comprehensive review of the European neighborhood policy. Furthermore, they hope to make the program less condescending, and more a relationship between equals. This sounds nice in a speech, but isn't what is really happening. In an economic sense they may want to become less condescending and more of a partnership of equals. But they also want to be a military actor "in the neighbourhood." The new High Representative has made statements like this:
The EU is increasingly interested and expected to be a security provider in its neighbourhood and beyond. It therefore needs to continue improving its ability to anticipate events and to respond to crises, not only through civilian and military crisis management, but also by employing its broad array of instruments strategically and coherently to enhance overall effectiveness and sustainability. -Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative

Javier Solana, the former EU High Representative, chaired a report that very explicitly and repeatedly calls for rapid-reaction military force in the EU's neighbourhood (the East and Mediterranean). (Click the link to see the quotes.) Furthermore, the report even suggests that the EU's military operations dimension, be merged with the ENP program.

Roman Empire at It's Greatest Extent 
(Source; wiki user Tartaryn77)

So less condescending? Hardly. A European political entity wants to send military operations to restore order in the Mediterranean and East. Sounds very "Roman" to me.

So if the EU went all out with this plan, its easy to see how interests could collide. Russia has interests in the East, and Egypt and the Arabs have an increasingly desire to have their own rapid intervention force in the Mediterranean. If they all carried out their military objectives all at once, its easy to see how they could be frustrated by the EU, who would be militarily encroaching on their interests.

Exciting days we live in!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CSDP, Egypt, and Bible Prophecy?

I had no intention of blogging today. But I prayed to God again for wisdom. Silly me. I should've known that praying about this certain person often yields results for whoever prays. I am not at all saying "God spoke to me" or something like that. But I received some information that seem to correspond with answers to prayer, as many of you have experienced as well.

I was kinda clenching my hands together, almost begging God for wisdom about you-know-who....

The Willful King, Egypt and the Nile

I was looking at their Twitter page, and I saw this a few minutes later.

Serious problem. “:Egypt is being challenged by countries upstream for a greater say on the Nile

Ok interesting. Why is he posting a nearly four year old article? Let's turn to the Bible:

He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites[e] in submission. Daniel 11:42a-43 NIV
My Bible footnotes "Cushites" with "That is, people from the upper Nile region." Hold that thought.

So we know that the end times figure described in this passage ultimately becomes ruler of Egypt and some nations in North Africa in general. Interesting, but where is this going?

I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master,and a fierce king will rule over them,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.5 The waters of the river will dry up, and the riverbed will be parched and dry.6 The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.
The reeds and rushes will wither,7 also the plants along the Nile, at the mouth of the river.Every sown field along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.8 The fishermen will groan and lament, all who cast hooks into the Nile;those who throw nets on the water will pine away. Isaiah 9:4-8 NIV
Here it seems we see that situation described in Daniel from yet another angle. It says Egypt falls under the hands of a cruel master, and it mentions that the Nile is drying up.

Have a look at that article again. Egypt is in a water dispute with other nations in North Africa. One of these other nations were even working on a dam to take a portion of the water.

Hmmmm.....I can see it now. A CSDP mission to keep Egypt from hogging all the water..... A CSDP mission to stabilize the water crisis involving the "people from the upper Nile region." Perhaps a CSDP mission in context of the new ENP, which has CSDP instruments built right into it. Oh wait a second....that sounds a lot like Daniel 11 and Isaiah 19. Oh and look who cares so much....posting an article that is almost 4 years old, calling it a "serious problem!"

Led by who you ask?????

You know the answer.

As far as his statements that its a serious problem, I had at least the impression that the situation with the Nile had toned down for the time being...but perhaps I was wrong.

Global Governance

As if this wasn't fascinating enough, I prayed some more. He posted an article about how PCUSA changed the definition of marriage to include any two people. And a few minutes later, and this person said this in reply to someone else on a different topic:

@joaquinpila Debería hacerlo. Es, a mi juicio,la mejor manera de construir confianza en Gobernanza global.
English: @joaquinpila It should do so. It is, in my opinion, the best way to build confidence in global governance.

All within, like, 17 minutes of each other and praying for wisdom.

Perhaps I've gone off the deep end. But hey. I'd rather err on the side of caution.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Part 2: The White Horse - A Bloodless Conquerer?

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. (Revelation 6:1-2 NIV)
This is part 2, you can read part 1 right here.

I finally read that report.

That Report...

It repeatedly recommends that the EU become a "security provider" who lives up to its "responsibilities" by keeping the neighborhood secure. How does the paper propose this is done? Through rapid response military force and crisis intervention.

But in spite of more than ten years of learning by doing, the EU is currently not able to enhance the security of its citizens or to contribute effectively to countering threats and breaches of peace and stability in its strategic neighbourhood, or indeed in the wider world. Without a strong military arm, the EU cannot live up to its self-imposed duty to project security and development, or meet the expectations of its citizens and international partners like the United Nations to provide added value by operationalising its comprehensive approach to conflict prevention, crisis management and peace-building.
This vision takes into account calls for a recalibration of EU defence efforts and, consequently, the Union’s resilience and reputation as an autonomous security provider in its neighbourhood and beyond. We brand this new framework the ‘European Defence Union’ (EDU)
... effect infusing foreign policy proper into the technocratic European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and upgrading the ENP toolbox with rapid-reaction capabilities drawn from the CSDP.
that the EU will be better able to serve its strategic interests and gain credibility as a security provider in a volatile neighbourhood and beyond. The military serves as a catalyst to an integral approach to EU external action when engaging in conflict prevention, crisis management and peacebuilding. 

It even says as much in the Wall Street Journal article:
Moreover, an ambitious EU foreign policy aimed at reducing instability and state fragility at its borders would take on security responsibilities through the use of military force and rapid response.
This is very similar to what Federica Mogherini insinuated during her speech on CFSP to the European Parliament, using very similar wording. The new ENP consultation asks to what extent CSDP should be incorporated into the ENP. Furthermore Johannes Hahn, the ENP commissioner, tweeted that after a meeting of some EU ministers, they had consensus that enhancing the "security" dimension of the ENP was a priority.

You Just Can't Make This Up

You can't even make this up. The Roman Empire lives again. The EU, a European force, intends to use the military to "project security" and conduct military operations to stabilize the Mediterranean. Its almost as if a European political entity has every intention of occupying countries around the Mediterranean sea, at least temporarily. Sounds like Rome to me. And to top it all off, all of the countries on this map below have a 7 year relationship to the EU. Flawless execution by God, in his prophetic foreknowledge.

Source: EEAS

Perhaps even those who suggest the seven year covenant will be a "peace treaty" were right too.. The Bible kind of implies Israel has some kind of security agreement breached, though does not specifically say this in Daniel 9:27. Welp, now it looks like we just might get our "security" component for that 7 year treaty as well...if Solana and Mogherini have their way.

A Bloodless Conquest

Of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the first is the most vague. However, many people who take a "futurist" view of Revelation believe it corresponds to the Antichrist and his conquests in general. Many imply these will be bloodless conquests, done through proclamation or perhaps the threat of military force. After all, the red horse of war doesn't come until after the white horse, not concurrently with it. 

The brilliant career of this imperial rider on the white horse has been interpreted by the historicists as applying to the golden age of prosperity and good government that elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. It is far more probable, however, that the reference is to the rise and career of a mighty imperial ruler after the rapture of the Church, who brings under his sway a vast territory in an endeavour to maintain peace, order, and prosperity. - John Walvoord, 1966, "Revelation"
Whatever you think about the rapture part, its irrefutable that this sounds a lot like what the EU is doing now....and what Solana (and his team who authored the book) are repeatedly endorsing. And on top of that, they plan this to be part of their 7 year covenant! 

It is interesting that the rider makes some kind of dramatic entry onto the scene as a conqueror, just like the other horsemen have a conspicuous entry into world history. After all, world war, painful famine, and a death of 1/4 of the earth's population are really hard to miss. So perhaps the rider on the white horse will be pretty hard to miss, if we know what to look for.

If they merge the CSDP into the ENP "toolbox" and actually do (not just bicker and argue about) what they are planning here, it flawlessly meets this picture here, in a very Romanesque way. Currently, the EU does lots of CSDP missions, civilian and military. But you will notice these usually don't have a whole lot of teeth to them, hence Solana & Mogherini  pushing to take this to the next level.

Source: EEAS

The White Horse Rides Out

Many events occur in the political career of the Antichrist. But when Jesus opens the first seal, the Antichrist makes some kind of dramatic and conspicuous entry that he hadn't done before. The Bible doesn't necessarily help us with chronology as far as superimposing Daniel 7 on top of Revelation 6. Some authors conclude that the events of Daniel 7 are within the 70th week. But there is no reason to assume that. It is merely useful and educated speculation.

Solana seems to be the only guy who can fit Daniel 7 if we don't strain the fact the 10 nation alliance integrated into the EU so no one else can come up among a group of ten. He also humbled and made low and did subdue three of the kings. Yes these three kings still have foreign policy ambitions and still to this day struggle to get on board with CSDP. But he did subdue them. He superseded those three, who tried to represent Europe in many areas, including their negotiations with Iran. They even sometimes leaving the High Representative at home. But after while, they brought him along....then after while... he brought them along. And the rest is history. On 06/06/06 he presented a nuclear deal to Iran, which had the backing of the UN security council. Since then, the ten gave their kingdom to the beast and dissolved the WEU, no longer fully sovereign countries.

But I digress.... What we do know, is that there comes a point in the AC's political career, where Jesus finally lets him ride out to do that "bloodless" conquering.* And this dramatic entry will presumably be conspicuous, just like the other three horses are very conspicuous to those watching. Despite other events in his career, the Antichrist makes some kind of grand conquest and perhaps entrance at the 1st seal. And memory serves me well, many authors correlate this event to the launch of the 70th week of Daniel.

So since the former High Representative is hanging out in the shadows, perhaps the time will come when he will be that rider on the white horse, making an entrance as a conqueror, coming back onto the scene.

Granted, I am speculating to an extent, interpreting this within the Solana framework.

However, all this used to seem like a highly unlikely idea to me.

Not so much anymore....

*Walvoord states that the fact that the rider has a bow, but no arrows, has been construed by some as implying a "bloodless" conqueror. He states, however, that view cannot be held dogmatically. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Person of Interest Alert: The Man that Never Goes Away

Javier Solana in 2007 
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"I will put all of the energies that I have left to push forward this process" of European defence integration.

-Javier Solana, March 09, 2015.

Three days ago, there was an article in the Wall Street Journal, in which Javier Solana and Steven Blockmans proposed a "European Defence Union." In the same way the EU has been creating the EMU (European Monetary Union) they proposed the EU do the same with security and defense, and create an "EDU."

Here is a list of the items they propose:

  • An increased role for the EU in territorial defense
  • The use of "military force" and "rapid response" forces to combat crises, with the implication they will be used in the unstable neighborhood 
  • At the June European Council, EU leaders should set up a permanent committee with which to create a "roadmap" towards the European Defence Union
  • This committee should set criteria by which the member states are militarily harmonizing with each other, and designate "mandatory upgrades" to many areas of defense
  • A new European Security Strategy
  •  reinforce the "technological and industrial base of European defense"
  • "Closer integration" of European armies
The Report Chaired by Solana

This article didn't come out of the blue. Apparently, for the last few months, Javier Solana has been chair of a Task Force at the Center for European Policy Studies. They came out with the report detailing their research and proposals just a few days ago. The report is specifically designed to advise the incoming High Representative on how to implement the creation of a European Defence Union. You can read the PDF for free here (just click download to get the PDF version, the hardcopy costs money.)

The Wall Street Journal article is basically a super quick summary of the report by Solana and his team. Skip to pages 14-17 for their recommendations, some of which include:
  • Create a new European Security strategy
  • The ability to work with NATO but also conduct crisis management missions "autonomously" without NATO
  • Making a permanent military headquarters in Brussels, which works with NATO
  • The eventual formation of a Council of Defence Ministers
  • better integrate CSDP bodies into the External Action Service (which is led by the High Representative)
  • Improve the financing capability so that troops can be deployed faster
  • Common EU defense market
  • Revision of the PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) Mechanism, which makes particular countries who want to go to the "next level" on defence cooperation (arms procurement, etc.) have the ability to do so. They propose detailed plans on how to upgrade this.
The report concludes with a rather dramatic statement:
Although the process of bringing European armies to a more structured cooperation and, where appropriate, closer integration will certainly be a complex one, the numerous crises facing Europe have made change possible. These crises also offer an opportunity to secure a more peaceful and prosperous future for the EU.
He ends by telling us that all of these crises has allowed the EU to move in this if that were a good thing!

I have yet to read the whole thing, but this document is turning out to be a real "treasure trove" as far as prophecy is concerned.

EU Commission President
(Source: wiki user Factio popularis Europaea)

Recall the EU Commission recently called for the creation of a European Army. That was just one week after the release of Solana's new report. These proposals seem to be tied together in some way. Though technically not advocating a European army, Solana's report calls for integration of all of the EU's defense structures under a singular command structure. A Bloomberg article called "The EU and Whose Army?" echoes the sentiment well, challenging the feasibility and desirability of such a solution.

Eclipsing Mogherini?

Just a couple months ago, Mogherini announced that they would be doing a comprehensive review of European Security Strategy. She said Solana's original ESS was good, but needs updated due to the new security environment.  European Security Strategy - "A Secure Europe in a Better World" was written by Solana in 2003. According to the European External Action Service website, this document considered one of the major landmarks of Common Security and Defence Policy.

I'm going to be honest with you and I haven't read the entirety of Solana's new report yet. And also, some parts of it are hard to understand (perhaps intentionally so!). It is full of the typical eurospeak, but definitely has a spicy "kick" to it, because its very ambitious. But I find it strange that this document, which took months to prepare...looks like a great "European Security Strategy" as it is. The document is longer and more researched than the original 2003 ESS, which was only 15 pages. At first glance, the language in the new policy recommendation is in some ways similar to the original European Security Strategy, as well is the topic. Both documents underline the need for the EU to be a global actor in the area of security, in response to specific challenges, particularly in the neighborhood.

Its interesting, he recommends that the EU revise the ESS right when Mogherini plans to launch its review. Keep in mind, this entire report is intended to be a bunch of recommendations for how the High Representative can create a European Defence Union. So when Solana calls for a new ESS, right after Mogherini already planned to launch one, its almost as if he beat her to it. Its almost as if Solana made his own ESS, at the same time he was telling Mogherini to make one.

Granted, he has been working on this report for months with his team, long before Mogherini was in office. But still, the timing is intriguing to say the least. Furthermore, in the Wall Street Journal article, he says an interesting phrase:
Extremism in the neighborhood and radicalization at home are blurring the difference between what is internal or external to the EU.
Which sounds a lot like what Mogherini said two months ago at European Parliament:
There is "no real border between internal and external events. And so, there must be no real border between our external and internal action."
Furthermore, Mogherini's plan to be a "security provider" in the neighborhood is one of the themes of Solana's original European Security Strategy. One of the headers was "Building Security in the Neighbourhood." After presenting the need for a secure neighborhood, Solana recommends building civilian and military capabilities to better intervene more quickly. This sounds an awful lot like Mogherini's European Parliament hearing speech.

Federica Mogherini
EU High Representative
The EU is increasingly interested and expected to be a security provider in its neighbourhood and beyond. It therefore needs to continue improving its ability to anticipate events and to respond to crises, not only through civilian and military crisis management, but also by employing its broad array of instruments strategically and coherently to enhance overall effectiveness and sustainability. -Federica Mogherini (emphasis mine) (At her confirmation hearing). 

It is by using its military means to perform the tasks at the higher end of the spectrum, including the inaptly named ‘peace-making’ (read: peace enforcement), that the EU will be better able to serve its strategic interests and gain credibility as a security provider in a volatile neighbourhood and beyond. (From the report chaired by Solana). 
The new paper, "More Union in Defence," follows loosely similar strategy as the original European Security Strategy. Citing the crises in the neighborhood, as well as the financial crisis in Europe, after which Solana and his team move on to propose a European Defence Union. It starts with the problem, the "threats" and then moves to the solution. And the "threats," at least in the neighborhood, are at least sort of similar to his original ESS.

I don't think there is a massive conspiracy for Mogherini to be Solana's puppet. However, Solana's experience and influence seem, at first glance, to risk eclipsing Mogherini's if they are not careful. This plan came out right when Mogherini is launching her strategic review of the ENP and launching a new Security Strategy. And look who steps up to the plate, to give some good and experienced advice?

That's not the end of the story. Solana and his group gave a presentation in Brussels on their findings a couple days ago. I can't find the video of this presentation yet. However, some people tweeted various quotes of what they said, and the things that Solana said are quite astounding. All of these are tweets by the CEPS Think Tank itself, quoting the analysts:

': "I will put all of the energies that I have left to push forward this process" of European defence integration

': "with geopolitical changes around the , the time has come to push, have to find political will to implement"

Wow! These are rather dramatic statements for a retired man. He says that all of his remaining energy will be channeled into European defence integration. He's going to have a really rough time pulling that off if he's not High Representative.

This is a much more dramatic version of what he said back in 2009, right when he was about to retire:
I would like to continue doing the same thing, fighting for the same values, for Europe, making crisis management, listening, etc.. But a little more calmly. All these years I was a European North in the morning and Southern European night I got up at 5 am and slept at 2 am! Now I'm going to be a world citizen, a European world. But my shirts will be in Madrid.
For the uninitiated, this doesn't sound like much. But we know that in the context of the EU, "crisis management" is a very specific thing. It refers to military and civilian intervention in a crisis situation. You can read about it here, at the European External Action website, and here, and also here.   The EU even has a body in charge of crisis management operations, the PSC. It has a "Situation Room" for constantly monitoring the world for crisis situations 24/7. It has a "Crisis Platform" which shows an EU org chart on how all of the various figures fit into a crisis response, especially the High Representative. The civilian and military dimension of crisis management is arguably something that Solana helped invent.

Source: EEAS Website

And also:
A.: In a day or two, the EU heads of state or government will designate my successor. I do not want to say more before that moment, but you may be sure I will remain actively engaged on all the matters on which I have been working up to now. I am not yet ready for retirement!

Solana's statement that he is going to throw all of his remaining energy into European defence integration is hardly a benign statement. Never mind the frustration among the European electorate that such a statement may cause. Never mind that its a very federalist thing to say, which is deeply unpopular in some parts of the EU.

It happens to be a very prophetically significant thing to say, considering his background. Here's why:

The Ten Kings in Revelation 17

For us Bible prophecy watchers, one of the "big events" in our timeline is the 2009-2010 full integration of the ten nation WEU military alliance into the EU. For a time, the EU planned to use the WEU as their defense arm. This objective is explicit in the Treaty of Maastricht (1992). And in 1995, the alliance reached ten full members. So the ten kings and the beast (the EU) co-ruled for a short time. Which reminds us:

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. (Revelation 17:12-13 NASB emphasis added)

Almost as soon as the plan was made, the WEU began to die, gradually integrating into the EU. In 2010, WEU issued a statement where they said they had accomplished their historical role. They cited the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (a common policy), as well as the mutual defence clause in the Treaty of Lisbon, as the reason for their alliance to be no longer necessary.  At the Treaty of Lisbon, all the member states "share sovereignty" with the EU. All of this sounds painfully familiar:

For God has put it in their hearts to execute His [i]purpose [j]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 emphasis added)
Hits the nail on the head if you ask me.

So what does this mean for Solana? He says he is going to channel all of the energy he has left into European defence integration. And a huge event in European Defence Integration would be the WEU's closure to make way for the CSDP (common purpose).

The former High Representative for the Common Purpose, who is now retired, wants to spend every last drop of energy he has at 72 years old, to achieve.....the common purpose.

Back to the Bible
(Recommended reading: Daniel 7)

I recommend you read Daniel 7 for this next part. If you don't have time, here's a summary of the passages I will be commenting on.

Daniel 7:7-8 NIV
7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.

Daniel 7:19-22 NIV
19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.

Daniel 7:23-25 NIV
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.

Several Horns of a Dilemma

If you haven't already, go ahead and familiarize yourself with ENP Theory 3.0, which I advocate here on my website. You can checkout the slideshow, or infographic, or both. Obviously, since I named it "3.0," the theory I present here (that many other bloggers follow), has been "upgraded" from 1.0. But in many cases, the "upgrade" is worse than the original. Click here to find out about ENP Theory 1.0, the original theory. The original theory centered on Dr. Solana, proposing that he may very well be fulfilling the prophecies associated with the Antichrist.

In the ENP Theory 3.0 presentations, I interpret the little horn of Daniel 7 to be referring to the High Representative in general, and not Solana in particular. However, I was feeling the tension with this interpretation. It's technically acceptable. It's tolerable. But a little strained. And not "fantastic."

But we know that in prophecy, God usually has "flawless execution," in that the fulfillment represents a better fulfillment than we imagined in the first place, despite not being what we expected. The WEU and Revelation 17 represent a perfect instance of this. And also, the EU's 7 year covenant with Israel is "renewed" and "strengthened" for seven years, not "made" for seven years. It confirms the ENP for seven years, using the ENPI framework. In the Bible it says "He will confirm a covenant with many for one seven." Scholars have widely assumed the treaty will be with Israel. Well the ENPI is with Israel and many others, thus making sense of the "many" word in the verse. Furthermore, the ENPI members look like a map of the Roman Empire, furthering the evidence that the revived Roman Empire has come. Yet another example of a coming "flawless execution" by God, in order to enhance his glory.

Criteria for a Good Theory

It seems many EU related prophecy stuff has flawless execution like this, but not Daniel 7. Daniel 7, on the view I present on my website, is a little strained. There are many criteria philosophers use to determine the validity of a theory. Some of them include:
  1. Explanatory power/scope
  2. Simplicity 
  3. Less ad hoc
  4. Theoretical unity
  5. Falsifiability
  6. Plausibility**

Simplicity and Good Theories

ENP Theory 3.0 doesn't have a very "simple" interpretation of Daniel 7. For it to even work, we have to interpret the vision about the ten horns, and the little one that comes up, as referring to the High Representative. However, the interpretation has to be about the Antichrist in particular, since he rises up after the ten (after all, the ten integrated into the WEU and don't exist as a group of ten anymore). This is not a very simple interpretation of Daniel 7. But as philosophers know, all things being equal, simpler theories are better. The theory I present on this website is relatively simple, but a little strained. It performs well on the other items above. But not as good as it could. As one Anonymous commenter mentioned, interpreting the little horn as the High Representative might be acceptable, but it "pushes the envelope" a little.

We could make the theory a heck of a lot simpler if we just propose that the only man who has ever held the office is most likely the Antichrist. As far as interpretive simplicity, its leaps and bounds ahead of ENP Theory 3.0. For an easy reading of Daniel 7, we are pretty much stuck with Javier Solana.

1) He is the only man to have ever held the post. 2) He wasn't just the only man, he is the only High Representative who simultaneously held the post of WEU Secretary General. Here he is the only High Representative who can truly be said to have arisen out among ten kings. Furthermore, 3) he was the first High Representative. All the other successors had more legal power than he. He's the only one who was a little horn that came up among 10. All the others blatantly don't qualify, either due to gender or the fact that the WEU dissolved since he retired. He is the only one who came up after ten and also came into conflict with three. When thinking of Solana, Daniel 7 reads reasonably well.

Furthermore, as I argued in a previous post, Solana didn't really confirm the ENP for seven years. He helped create the ENP to be sure. But he didn't confirm it for seven years. That was mainly a Commission thing, and he was not connected to the legal document establishing an ENPI. However, the High Representative has recently been given power over the 7 year portion of the ENP, in Council Decision 2010/427/EU. Their power over the ENP since 2010 has only steadily increased. The High Representative is now a Commissioner herself and the ENP Commissioner and ENP Staff now work for her. A huge change from 2007, where the High Representative's connection to the ENP was mostly a position of personal influence, not actual legal power.

And he's got that number written all over him so pervasively its really really hard to ignore. I have lately interpreted these 666 connections (see link for examples) to be about the High Representative in general. But sometimes, that just doesn't work. After all, why was the price of gold 666.00 dollars exactly on Javier Solana's birthday? A birthday is specific to an individual, not an office. I think this even happened after someone prayed for wisdom about prophecy.

I recently found another one of these connections, completely by accident, just the other day. I accidentally came across this quote in a book about EU foreign policy. And no, I didn't originally Google search for the most interesting thing I found there. It was an accident. I was searching for information on the High Representative and the Big Three....but not that number. This is an excerpt from a book written in 2010, which discusses Solana, his negotiations with Iran, and the High Representative and the Big Three.
"Dr. Solana also became, together with the Big Three states of France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, a major mediator in Europe's relations with Iran since 2004. He presented the following three advantages. Internally to the EU, he represented all EU states, and not just the Big Three. This was a major issue for small states, which asked for the inclusion of the High Representative in the negotiations (Sauer 2007,10). In Iran itself, he was seen as a neutral actor as opposed to a negative actor such as the United States (Chubin, 2006, 66)." (emphasis added)

That was written in 2010, after he retired. While hardly proof, it certainly does not help me rid of my suspicions about the man.

So the theory that Solana is the Antichrist is very simple.

(I Copied this from, which has gold prices. I have made no alterations).

How Does this Relate to ENP Theory?

Recall, there are two main reasons we abandoned the ENP Theory 1.0. 

  1. Solana retired
  2. Solana, despite supposedly confirming a covenant with Israel for seven years, didn't declare himself to be God in the temple.
In a previous blogpost, I argued that the 7-year covenant portion of ENP Theory 1.0 didn't really "fail" because Solana was not legally connected to the ENPI. Despite being one of the architects of the ENP, he wasn't legally connected to the 7 year ENPI. That was primarily a Commission and Council activity. Though being Secretary General of the Council, Solana's name, nor the term "High Representative" was found in the regulation establishing an ENPI. 

Furthermore, the EU didn't formally give the authority of the 7 year covenant to the High Representative until 2010, when the Council implemented the Decision to set up the External Action Service. There, it explicitly names the High Representative as coordinator of the ENPI in particular. Since then , the High Representative has been given more and more authority over the ENP in general.

So now, technically speaking, the first ENPI theory didn't really "fail." It didn't really represent a fulfillment of Daniel 9:27. So why don't we believe in Solana 666 ENP Theory any more? It seems we only have one excuse:
  1. Solana retired.
Recall in early 2010, we still "believed" ENP Theory 1.0, despite his having retired. We waited for the supposed midpoint, to see if he would commit the abomination of desolation. 

A More "Ad Hoc" Theory?

I mentioned above that the theory I present in the Main Story link on this website is not as simple as it could be. It makes the little horn about the office of the Antichrist, and not the Antichrist himself. If we make it about the Antichrist, then it has to be Solana himself. There isn't any other option. Now that the WEU has dissolved, the little horn would have to rise up among an alliance of 28 nations, not 10. Granted, the ten kings live on, in their respective heads of state. These have decided to interpret the Lisbon treaty mutual assistance clause much more intensely than the other states did (i.e. as a replacement to Article V, which most analysts say it is not). But Solana was the inaugural officeholder of the High Representative post. And he is the only one who held the position while the 10 kings were still around. And to top it all off, he's the only man whose ever held the post.*

The only major problem with Solana theory is it may be what philosophers call an "ad hoc" theory. It would make the theory simpler (thus making the theory better). But it might sacrifice the theory's credibility in the area of "ad hoc"-ness. "  Ad hoc" is Latin meaning "for this." A theory is "ad hoc" if we are using some unlikely idea, just to prop up a theory.

An Example of An Ad Hoc Theory: Jesus' Twin Brother

My favorite example of an ad hoc theory is the Evil Twin theory for Jesus resurrection. As the saying goes, Jesus had a long lost twin brother who was visiting town on Passover. Once he saw his brother had been crucified, he found his disciples and pretended to be Jesus, resurrected from the dead. Then after being with them a few weeks, went back home.

This is really ad hoc because the idea that Jesus had a twin only exists because someone wants to disprove the resurrection. It is used to "prop up" the theory that Jesus did not resurrect. There is no independent evidence anywhere at all that Jesus had a twin brother, especially one that the disciples didn't know about. This Twin Brother is a made up addition, an "ad hoc" element added to the scenario to prop up their theory that Jesus didn't resurrect.

Mountain Peaks of Prophecy

Solana theory right now is only ad hoc if we weren't expecting it. Certainly the Antichrist taking a 10 year break from politics really takes us by surprise. Granted, in Daniel 7, it seems like the little horn grows and uproots three of the ten. But if we take Daniel 7 as referring to a specific man, then Solana very much is the little horn, who will return to office in the future to subdue three kings, and oppress the saints for 3.5 years. Note the passage:

Daniel 7:23-25 NIV
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time. (emphasis added)
It definitely reads better when speaking about an individual, not an office, even if said individual took a break from politics for a while, only to come back.

Previously, I said that fulfillments of prophecy tend to have "flawless execution," just in ways we don't expect. There is one :exception" to this rule. While the prophecies still have flawless execution, it has been long noted by theologians that in prophecy, "time compression" seems to take place. Events which we know are really far apart appear very close together in the text. Bible teachers have often called this phenomenon the "mountain peaks" of prophecy. The prophecy is like looking at a long mountain range. You see all of the big peaks in a row, but not the big valleys in between.

Jesus Christ is a perfect example. This is why, even after his resurrection, the disciples were anxiously waiting for Jesus to set up his throne on earth right away. Brother Vic, at his website, often wisely compares the fulfillment of prophecy today with the experience the disciples had regarding our Lord.

Which made me realize something very interesting today. I can think of another person in prophecy who abruptly exited the world scene after fulfilling half of the prophecies about him.....

And that is the Lord Jesus Christ himself.

Jesus Christ: An Unlikely Parallel

Of course, Jesus did not "retire" at all. He sits at the throne of God, interceding for the saints, above every power and authority in the universe.

The Messiah in the Bible prophecy is described as both a suffering servant and a conquering king. In Scripture, these ideas often occur together, with a heavy emphasis on the kingly prophecies. However, in reality, these two vocations are separated by a very large gap of time. How do we (and the disciples) know that Jesus will fulfill the rest of the prophecies, since he didn't fulfill the kingly one's yet? We know because Jesus fulfilled prophecies A-K, so its a safe bet he will return to fulfill prophecies L-Z.

Christ is the real thing. The Antichrist is the parody, the perversion, the distortion. However, both are very important figures in prophecy (Jesus obviously being the most important!). If Jesus came and fulfilled half of the prophecies, and we willingly wait 2000 years for him to fulfill the other half, why can't this principle apply to the Antichrist as well? Remember, the principle of the mountain peaks. Events that appear close together in the text might be far apart in real life. When reading the Bible, its easy to get the impression that Revelation 17:12-17 will happen very quickly. But that is clearly not the case (if the WEU really are the ten), nor is it necessitated by the text. The same may apply to Daniel 7, which is the prophecy about the horns.

So if God knows that Solana will hold three or four terms of office, with a ten year gap in between, its relatively inconsequential as far as the panorama of world history is concerned, and the fourth beast in particular. It says he will subdue three kings, rise up among the ten, gaining more power along the way. But it says nothing about how quickly these things happen, or how close together they are.


We are already quite "revivalist" in our interpretation, much to the dismay of some other dear Christian brothers of ours, the preterists. We think that Israel will be revived in the end times, as Isaiah and Ezekiel predict. We think the Roman Empire will be revived in the end times. The Bible doesn't strongly imply a 2000 year gap between the first Roman Empire and the last one. It implies two stages in Daniel 2, but certainly doesn't give the first impression of being 2000 years apart. This is especially true of Daniel 7, where no hint of a massive time gap is present. In fact, in one of my powerpoint presentations, I say that, despite the Roman Empire's fall, it is required to come back into existence before the Second Coming of Christ. The theory that it dies and comes back after 2000 years is almost as "ad hoc" as the idea that Solana holds separate terms of office separated by a few years. Granted, the eastern leg of the empire lasted until 1400's. But that empire, as I understand it, was quite different and much less powerful than the one in the 1st Century. At the very least, there was a 500 year gap.

Furthermore, we are even "revivalist" when it comes to the Messiah. After all, the Bible has many prophecies about how he will be a conquering King. The disciples did not understand the passages about his death. They might have been discussed by a rabbinical scholar here and there. But were not part of general knowledge. Jesus was the ultimate prophecy theory. The theory that he is the Messiah was severely shot down when he was put to death. After all, you can't be the Davidic King of the world, ruling and conquering Israel's enemies, if you are dead! But even though he died, he resurrected from the grave. So now due to this comeback, it is quite possible for him to fulfill all of those prophecies.

So it seems the Bible is very open to the return of "dormant" prophetic entities, after a time of sometimes very long absence.

Even if it did happen this way, Solana would have a sequential rise in power, just as implied by Daniel 7 by the little horn that comes up. He would start small. Then come back in the stronger Lisbon Treaty HR post. Then get even stronger as he subdued the three kings. And finally, once he becomes dictator of the world (for a short time) he will gain more power even still. Again, consistent with the image of the little horn that steadily rises in power.

But Still....

Granted the idea that the Antichrist retired is really tough to choke down. It's almost a joke. Certainly, is a little ad hoc. However, given the events of this week and what is allowable in Scriptural interpretation, maybe its not so ad hoc after all....We don't have evidence he will return from retirement, but its becoming a more rational possibility by the moment.

No theory is perfect. Christian apologist Michael Licona even admits the resurrection only does "OK" in the criteria of plausibility, but does great in all the others. But it seems Solana theory is better than ENP Theory 3.0. Even though its a little more ad hoc, what we gain in simplicity is much more than what we lose in "ad hoc"ness.

Pros and Cons

Let's examine the pros and cons of  this crazy idea that Solana is the leading Antichrist candidate. 

  1. As far as most of the prophecies are concerned, he fits quite nicely.
  2. He has 666 written all over him.
  3. The High Representative doesn't usually announce their own candidacy for the job. It usually hurts their chances. So the fact that Solana isn't announcing it, (especially 4 years ahead of time!) doesn't mean much.
  4. Solana wants to spend every last once of energy he has to complete European defence integration. A very ambitious goal for a 72 year old retired man. Would be much easier to do this if he was High Representative.
  5. He just finished leading a team of individuals for several months to build a document recommending the High Representative on how to build a European Defence Union
  6. Many politicians in the past have held an office, left that office, only to return. Netanyahu is a perfect example. 

  1. But let's be honest. The idea of a "retired" Antichrist sounds more like a bad joke than anything else. It is at least somewhat ad hoc
  2. He's 72 years old. By the next ENP 7 year midpoint, he will be in his 80's. Granted, the Bible says nothing about his age, but most people don't rise to become megalomaniac dictators in their late 70's and early 80's, especially of the entire world, much less a continent.

I have shown that the first of the last two "cons" is somewhat surmountable. The second one is a decent objection, but also not insurmountable, because I am unaware of anything in the Bible about the Antichrist's age.

I was recently showing prophecy stuff to my Mom, and without even suggesting it to her, she proposed the idea that Solana come back. Many Anonymous's have posted on this website. I would like to say please keep the comments coming, and I'm sorry for the delay in my reply. Also, if you are having technical difficulties posting comments, let me know. Many of you have noted in the comments that there is a possibility that Solana come back. At first, I thought this was unnecessary, and strains the theory. However, though it is not perfect, it is probably the best theory out there.

I once felt pretty bad for pushing for Solana's candidacy as Antichrist. After all, Google searches quickly reveal that he was once a popular favorite among the "grassroots" of prophecy watchers. And I was an accomplice to this, as were many of you. I thought, not too seriously, but a little bit, that I owe the man a care package for calling him the Antichrist.

I won't announce him as the Antichrist... We can't make an "official" ruling on that until he is revealed.

But let's be clear.

....I'm certainly gonna hold off on that care package for a while longer.....

P.S. More than one of you imply you may be having technical difficulties posting comments. This can happen if there are too many characters. If you are having technical difficulties, go ahead and post your comments underneath the topic I created in the Forum. Choose the EU in Prophecy section, and comment on the pinned post. Feel free to post comments anywhere, but if you aren't having luck with the comments under the posts, try there as well. Thanks.

Book citation:

Gegout, Catherine. "CFSP: The Machinery of Decision Making." European Foreign and Security Policy States, Power, Institutions, and American Hegemony. Toronto: U of Toronto, 2010. Print.

*An exception being Jurgen Trumpf, who was "acting" High Representative until Solana was installed. He is not generally considered the inaugural holder of the position, because he was a placeholder for 5 months. 

**Many of those criteria have been taken from Christian scholar Michael Licona's list. The others were just stuff I remember from class.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Part 2: ENP 3.0 - The Beast Rises

I prayed to God for wisdom again. And of course, God who is rich in mercy, desiring to enhance his glory, generously gave me what I consider to be wisdom, though I am not a particularly wise person. I know its fashionable to feign humility in Christian circles, and I am guilty of it. Nonetheless, it is actually true that if you knew me in person and saw my daily life, you would not consider me particularly wise.

But God is rich in mercy and continues to unveil all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge to those who ask him for it. It is from you all I learned the wonderful things that can happen when a person prays for wisdom. I think we should keep doing this.

After writing the first blog post on ENP 3.0 - The Beast Rises, this thought, which seems to be an insight, occurred to me:

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,[f] the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. Daniel 9:25 NIV

In the verses preceding Daniel 9:27, the passage predicts that 483 years after the decree to rebuild and restore Jerusalem, the Messiah will come. However, according to the Bible Knowledge commentary, four decrees went out around that time that were very similar in nature. One of them pertained to the rebuilding of the temple. The second was a confirmation of the first. The third pertained to the financing of temple sacrifices. Though all of these decrees were very closely related to the rebuilding of Jerusalem, only one of them fulfilled the prophecy. The last decree was for the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. This took place in 444 B.C. This was the decree that related directly to the city, not the temple. It is from this decree that we can count 483 Jewish years (360 days each) all the way up to the Triumphal Entry in 33 A.D.

We too face a similar situation. The Bible speaks of only one decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Nevertheless, there were four very similar decrees. But only one fulfilled prophecy to the letter. 

In the same way, the Bible only speaks of one seven year covenant. But alas, we have two in the past and one coming up. All of these are very similar. But only one fulfills the prophecy to the letter. The last two 7 year covenants have not fulfilled prophecy in one way or another. They have each barely fallen short. But it seems the next one will fulfill it to the letter, providing a man takes office prior to its confirmation.

UPDATE: Please be advised that when I say God likely gave me wisdom, I am not saying "Thus saith the Lord." I am not claiming God spoke to me directly. Only that after I prayed for wisdom, I had an insight that may or may not have come from God.