June 23rd referendum, the people of the United Kingdom voted to
leave the European Union (EU). The media labeled this British exit from the
EU “Brexit.” The vote surprised some who study Bible prophecy. After all,
many pointed to the EU as the revived Roman Empire of the end times. Now,
after the UK’s vote, some have started to doubt that. But should they? Is
Brexit a step backward for bible prophecy? Does it mean the EU
isn’t the alliance foretold
for the end times?
If it happens, the exit of such a large and powerful nation will weaken the
EU. But it hasn't happened yet. And while some say Brexit signals the end of
the EU as the revived Roman Empire, I don’t think so. To me, it’s yet
another reason to believe some form of the EU will become that empire. Why?
Let’s look at what the Bible tells us about the Antichrist and the empire he
will use to rule the world.
Bible says one last empire will rule Israel. It will be the last human
empire on earth. Daniel says the Messiah will destroy it with His coming (Daniel 2:44). But before
that happens, Daniel gives us details as to what this empire will look like.
It will be a kingdom:
Often nations (Daniel 2:41,
Ruling the entire world (Daniel 7:23);
among the ancient Roman Empire (Daniel
up of weak and strong nations (Daniel
nations trying to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other
fails to hold together or “gel,” just as iron and clay don’t stick together
this article is written, no empire rules the world. And that includes a
global empire of ten nations or ten kings. So the EU in its present form is
not the global empire foreseen by Daniel. However, it is most likely an
early stage of the Antichrist’s global empire. There are several reasons to
Revived Roman Empire
– The global empire foreseen by Daniel will be built on the ashes of the
ancient Roman Empire. Why do I say this? First, the ruler of this global
empire is the Antichrist. According to Daniel, the Antichrist will arise
from the nation whose armies destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Daniel
9:26). Those armies belonged to Rome. So the global empire’s ruler
will come from Rome.
Second, when explaining Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel describes five
empires that will rule Israel before Jesus returns – Babylon, Medo-Persia,
Greece, Rome, and a ten nation alliance (Daniel 2:36-45). He describes each successive kingdom, but he
makes no distinction between the forth kingdom and the ten nation alliance (Daniel
2:40-43). In other words, the ten nation alliance will be a new form
of the forth kingdom—Rome.
Later, Daniel has another vision. This time, he sees four beasts, each
representing a world power (Daniel
7). We know the forth beast is Rome because it conquers the third
beast, Greece (Daniel 7:6). But we also know it will come back. Why? Because it
“will rule the whole earth” (Daniel
7:23), and it will be ruled by the Antichrist (Daniel 7:24-25). Rome neither ruled the whole earth nor was it
ruled by the Antichrist. Also, this empire is yet again described as a ten
nation alliance (Daniel 7:20), and the ancient Roman Empire never took the form
of a ten nation alliance.
Today, the EU sits on the ashes of the ancient Roman Empire. Ancient Rome
occupied nearly every part of the current EU member nations, including Italy
– home to Rome itself.
An Alliance of Weak and Strong Nations
– The global empire described by Daniel will be made up of weak and strong
nations. Does this describe the EU? Yes. As of this writing, the EU contains
the world’s 4th, 5th, and 6th largest
economies (Germany, the United Kingdom, and France). It also contains the
world’s 103rd, 112th, and 136th largest
economies (Estonia, Iceland, and Malta).
it comes to military spending, the EU contains the world’s 4th, 8th,
9th, 10th, and 18th largest militaries (the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain). Yet, it also contains
the world’s 80th, 87th, 91st, and 93rd
(Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia).
Alone, not a single EU nation is a world power. Together, they are the
world's greatest economic power. Combined, their military spending is second
only to the United States. No doubt about it - the EU is a superpower. It's
a revived Roman Empire made up of weak and strong nations. And this is what
the Bible says will exist just before Jesus returns.
Divided Alliance, Loosely Held Together – The global empire described by
Daniel will be divided (Daniel
2:41). It will struggle to hold itself together, just as iron and
clay struggle to hold themselves together (Daniel
2:43). Do we see this type of alliance when we look at the EU?
Since its inception, the EU has been an odd collection of governments,
economies, currencies, and militaries. From the Schuman Declaration in 1950
to the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007, the rise of the EU has been marked by a
struggle to agree on important issues. These include arguments over a single
currency (the United Kingdom and Denmark opted out), disagreements over how
to handle debt crises (the Greek bailouts), and disputes over open borders
(the Syrian refugee crisis). Each step along the way, the EU struggled to
Brexit? Brexit is only the latest example of the EU’s struggle to stay
together, "just as iron and clay don't hold together." In the June vote,
citizens of the UK voted to leave. Will they really leave? I don't know. Is
the UK’s exit mentioned in bible prophecy? No. Not directly. However, I
believe Brexit serves as the latest example of the EU as a divided alliance
(Daniel 2:41) - a union of
weak and strong nations struggling to bond together (Daniel 2:43).
word Brexit doesn’t appear in the Bible. However, the Bible does mention a
revived Roman Empire in the last days (Daniel
2:40-43, Daniel 7:23-24). It will be an empire made up of weak and
strong nations (Daniel 2:42). It will be
divided against itself (Daniel
2:41), and the effort of these nations to come together and
strengthen themselves will be volatile and unstable (Daniel 2:43).
this sound familiar? It should. Sounds a lot like the EU, doesn’t it? It's
the story of an empire born from a decades-long process marked by division,
volatility, and instability. The UK vote to exit from the EU is just the
latest event in a process that signals the rise of a global empire. It’s yet
another sign Jesus is coming!
Britt Gillette is author of the free
Coming to Jesus: One Man's Search for Truth and Life Purpose
as well as
Signs of the Second Coming: 11 Reasons Jesus Will Return in Our Lifetime. He's also the founder of
Times Bible Prophecy.