United Europe's Power Play
By Arno Froese
Since the founding of the European Common Market in 1957
(based on the Treaty of Rome), Europe's significance has
grown year by year. Although various scholars have argued
Europe's biblical prophetic significance and some have
presented the idea that the world's last power structure is to be
centered in the United States, I feel it is essential that we
determine why Europe is the only candidate for end-time world
In this chapter I will present six points which reinforce the
notion of a united Europe power play. For a better overview,
permit me to mention these six in headline style: First, Europe
(Rome) ruled the world during the crucial time when Christ was
born. God gave His only begotten Son during the time when
Rome occupied Israel.
Second, the European system of civilization has ruled the world
ever since, even to our present day.
Third, we will follow in detail how Europe imitates Israel,
attempting to replace God's chosen land and chosen people.
Fourth, Europe's future and potential is virtually limit less in
comparison with all other nations. Today's European Union is
only the beginning of things to conic.
Fifth, based on prophetic Scripture, the "ten kings" that will rule
the world will be a creation that comes forth from Europe.
Sixth, the final kingdom incorporating democracy, freedom of
religion, a free market society, a global financial system, and a
world economy is now being established throughout Europe.
The Bible concerns itself mainly with the nation of Israel and its
surrounding neighbors, and distinguishes three categories of
people: Gentiles, Jews, and the church. Let us take a closer look
at how these three groups of people came about.
Abraham the Chosen
Before the Lord God called Abraham, all people on the earth
could be considered Gentiles. Then, through this one man who
had a wife that was barren, the Creator planned to bring forth a
nation. Here we recognize how God pleases to work with
seemingly impossible odds. Biologically speaking, it was
impossible for Abraham and Sarah to have descendants. This is
clearly documented in Genesis 18: 11: "Abraham and Sarah
were old and well stricken in age, and it ceased to be with Sarah
after the manner of women." Right here in the beginning we see
God's method, which negates the capabilities of man-in this case,
of Abraham and Sarah. They surely could not pride themselves
in their accomplishment. They did receive the promise, but by
themselves, without God's supernatural intervention, nothing
could have been fulfilled. Thus we learn that God's promises do
not depend on man's actions. God maintains total control at all
times and in all situations.
The simplicity of this promise is overwhelming: "I will make of
thee a great nation" (Genesis 12:2). Not just another nation
among many, but "a great nation." Later God's faithful servant
Moses wrote the following about this special nation: "Thou art a
holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen
thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations
that are upon the earth" (Deuteronomy 14:2). No one can deny
the superiority of these people. This is true even today, before
the final fulfillment of this Scripture. No group of people has
played such a major role in our civilization as have the Jews.
Whether in politics, science, the arts, or finances, the success of
these people is overwhelming. The Lord simply tells us that they
axe to be above all the nations on the face of the earth. It is
therefore a great error to compare the Jews with any other
This choosing, however, incorporates a specific purpose-namely,
that these people should be "a holy people unto the Lord." When
we search the Scriptures, we find that this has never fully taken
place. Therefore it is a prophecy which will yet come to pass.
The Chosen People Reject the Chosen One
When God in the fullness of time intended to fulfill His promise
for His people to be "a holy people," He sent His Son, the Lord
Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He proclaimed loudly and clearly,
"Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" But we all
know the result: They rejected Him. John testifies, "He came
unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1: 11).
Through the parable of an unnamed nobleman, Jesus predicted
this rejection: "We will not have this man to reign over us." Israel
simply rejected the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
This denial was not some kind of accident that occurred in the
heat of a debate or conflict; the rejection had been
prophesied long before. More than 700 years before the birth of
Christ, the coming of the ruler of Israel was announced,
including geographic details of where He was to be born and
from which tribe: "Thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be
little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he
come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings
forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2). The
birth of Jesus was not a coincidence but fulfillment of prophecy.
Now we come to an extremely important point-namely, the
acceptance of the substitute. If we are not willing to receive the
truth, we are forced to accept a lie. In plain words, if we do not
follow Jesus, we will follow the Antichrist. It is therefore no
surprise that the Jewish people-who had suffered greatly under
the occupational force of the Roman Empire but rejected the
Messiah-accepted foreign rulership by exclaiming, "We have no
king but Caesar!" With the rejection of the Messiah, Israel lost
her opportunity to be "a holy people" for a certain period of time.
During this period of temporary rejection, God created a new
"holy nation," the church of Jesus Christ. Similar to the choosing
of Israel, the church consists of a peculiar people: "Ye are a
chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar
people, that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (I Peter 2:9).
These are important fundamentals to understand in order to
avoid confusing the Gentiles, Jews, and Christians. God chose
the Jews for His earthly inheritance and the church for His
Israel the Eternal
Although Israel has been set aside for a period of time (for all
practical purposes, it was not a nation for about 2000 years),
from God's eternal perspective it never ceased to be
a nation. As a matter of fact, God bases Israel's perpetual
existence as a nation on the universe: "Thus saith the Lord, who
giveth the sun for a light by day and the ordinances of the moon
and of the stars for a light by night, who divideth the sea when
the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those
ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed
of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever"
(Jeremiah 31:35,36). If you see the sun by day and the moon by
night and hear the waves roar, then you may know that Israel is
still a nation!
In Romans 11: 1, the apostle Paul asks the question "Has God
cast away his people?" The answer is crystal-clear: "God forbid,
for I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of
Benjamin." He thereby confirms Israel's eternal existence. This
chapter carries great weight because the apostle specifically
emphasizes that he speaks to the Gentiles: "I speak to you
Gentiles, inasmusch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles"
(Romans 11: 13).
The statement which the apostle Peter makes does not mean
that we are now replacing Israel. Some have said that all the
promises of the Scripture now belong to the church. Such
teaching, however, does not correspond to the collective
message of the Holy Scripture.
We must take careful notice that Romans 11 reveals the time
frame of the church of Jesus Christ. Although the process of
fulfillment of Bible prophecy for Israel was interrupted, it will
continue at a given time. To be precise, the time frame of the
church corresponds to Israel's rejection and reacceptance as a
nation on earth.
Romans 11:25 gives us the answer: "For I would not, brethren,
that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise
in your own conceits: that blindness in part is happened to Israel
until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in." It cannot be said
more plainly. Israel's salvation
depends on the "fullness of the Gentiles." For that reason we
should do everything in our power to preach the gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ to the uttermost parts of the world. When the
last one of the Gentiles is added, the church will be complete
and thereby the time of salvation for Israel will have dawned.
So how does this relate to Europe? The answer is that Rome
was in power at Jesus' first coming. In the following pages we
will see how Rome will also be in power when Jesus comes
Four Gentile Empires and Europe's Civilization
Virtually all serious Bible scholars agree that the entire history
of the Gentile nations is pictured in the image that King
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon saw in a dream. Daniel, the Jewish
youth in captivity in Babylon, was inspired by the Holy Spirit to
reveal four world power structures: 1) Babylon, 2) Medo-Persia,
3) Greece, and 4) Rome.
We have already established that Rome ruled Israel and much
of the then-known world when Jesus was born. Prophecy,
however, indicates that the final Gentile power structure is the
fourth and last one, the resurrected Roman Empire.
At the arising of the Antichrist, as described for us in Revelation
13:3, "... all the world wondered after the beast." Then in verse
4 we see total support expressed by the people of the world in
two questions: 1) "Who is like unto the beast?" and 2) "Who is
able to make war with him?"
Not only will the masses of the world's population admire this
wonderful, benevolent political leader, recognizing him as an
absolute genius in politics, economics, and military policy, but "all
that dwell upon the earth shall worship him" (verse 8).
Does this passage really mean "all" the people who live on earth,
or does it only mean "all from a certain geographical area"? We
find a clue in Revelation 7, just before the last seal is being
opened. Verse 9 reads, "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great
multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and
kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their
hands." This certainly describes the global family. "These are
they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (verse
14b). Therefore the last Gentile world empire will be truly
To prove that all other continents and nations are excluded from
the leadership of this end-time world dominion, note the following:
1. Geographically, Europe lies in the center of the world
between the East and the West.
2. Europe is the center of the philosophy that has shaped the
progressive civilization of the world.
3. Today, Europe is again the center of world trade, commerce,
4. Europe is the center of religion, with the Vatican being the
most powerful religious organization in the world.
Of the five internationally recognized continents Europe, Asia,
Africa, America, and Australia-three of these-Europe, America,
and Australia-are built exclusively upon European philosophy
Our early American and Canadian immigrant forefathers were
virtually all Europeans. This applies to Australia as well. Central
and South America are equally dominated by European
civilization, including business, religion, and language. You won't
find any significant activity in North, Central, and South
America that resembles any native culture.
More than 50 percent of the African population speaks French
and approximately two-fifths speak English. No African country
would have a chance to even sell a pound of coffee beans
unless they did it the European way. The entire political,
economic, and social structure of virtually the whole of Africa is
exclusively based on the European system.
What about Asia? Analyzing Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, India,
Taiwan, and other progressive Asian countries, we find that
they too are based on the principle of Western European
We rarely see a person from China or Japan traveling the world
in his or her traditional costume or using ancient methods of
communication while he attempts to sell his wares. People from
these countries are forced to do business the European way.
Colonial rulership by European nations has solidly installed
fundamentals such as democracy, the educational system,
language, metric measurements, agriculture, finance, and a
functioning industry. None of those things, as they are now,
originated in Africa or Asia.
You may search the records, but you will not find any evidence
of African people going to Asia in the attempt to establish
colonies, or American Indians going to Europe claiming territory.
Neither will you read of Asian people being successful in
establishing colonies on other continents.
New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand, on the doorsteps of
Asia, were left untouched and virtually empty
by Asians for millennia. Only Europeans were successful in
establishing their culture and civilization in other places. Only
Europeans sailed around the world, leaving their mark that is
clearly visible today.
The entire industrial revolution as we know it must be credited
to the creativeness of the Europeans and their descendants.
For these and many other reasons I have steadfastly opposed
the theory that the last world empire, called Mystery Babylon,
will be established in its historic place in Iraq or in the United
States of America.
Europe's Imitation of Israel
An additional, convincing fact that the European system will
dominate the world lies on the religious level. Four
characteristics demonstrate Europe's intention to replace Israel
as the chosen nation.
1. Not Europe, but Israel is in reality the center of the earth.
"Thus saith the Lord God: This is Jerusalem; I have set it in the
midst of the nations and countries that are round about her"
(Ezekiel 5:5). The Hebrew Bible reads, "living at the center of
the earth." Luther translates this 'Jerusalem in the midst among
the heathen surrounded by countries." Ezekiel 38:12 confirms,
"dwell[ing] in the midst of the land."
2. While Europe claims to be the center of philosophy that has
shaped the progressive civilization of the world, we read in 1
Kings 10:24 that real philosophy is an outgrowth of wisdom and
originates in Israel: "All the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his
wisdom, which God had put in his heart."
3. Although Europe is becoming the world center of trade,
commerce, and finance, the original promise was given to Israel:
"The Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee; and thou
shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou
shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee"
4. Religious dominion was not given to Europe either. To Israel,
the following promise was made: "There was given him
dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and
languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting
dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which
shall not be destroyed" (Daniel 7:14).
The European flag, comprised of 12 stars formed in a circle,
does not represent 12 nations. Presently, 15 nations are full
members and many more are yet to be added. But Europe's
constitution requires that only 12 stars should represent all the
nations that will be gathered into the Union. Why? I believe that
unconsciously they are imitating the 12 tribes of the children of
Israel and the 12 apostles of the Lamb. We must not forget to
mention that Europe [Rome] had a superior influence upon
God's chosen people Israel even 2000 years ago.
U.S.A.- Part of Europe
America's European heritage has often been forgotten or hidden
in the minds of the average citizen, but we are more attached to
Europe [Rome] than we may think.
Our government is based on Roman principles. The supreme
council of ancient Rome was called the Senate. This identical
system is used today in the U.S. and Canada.
This also applies to Italy, France, Ireland, South Africa, and
Australia, just to name a few countries.
Take a look at the various government buildings throughout the
U.S.A. and you will see striking similarities to the Roman
architecture found in the Vatican. Virtually all major government
buildings are crowned with a cupola, a dome just like the one on
top of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome.
During a recent trip to Washington D.C. I visited the Capitol. In
the long line of people waiting to get into the building, I asked
five individuals three questions: 1) Are you an American? 2)
Were you educated in the U.S.A.? and 3) What is the
significance of the many Roman statues that can be found all
over Washington? The answer I received from four was "I
really don't know." One person, apparently well-educated,
answered, "During the design of the Capitol, the popular artistic
expressions were Roman-based, and thus our forefathers chose
Roman symbols to represent America." This reinforced the
statement I have made throughout the years that the climax of
glory of virtually all European nations was the Roman world
empire. America is the result of 37 million European immigrants
whose ancient background is Roman.
I took great pains to read many of the inscriptions in
Washington. From the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, from
Arlington Cemetery to Union Station, the inscriptions I read over
and over again across the entire city were strictly Roman. What
do I mean by "Roman"? The name of God, Jesus, was nowhere
to be seen. Therefore Christians, Jews, Moslems, Hindus,
Buddhists, and especially Freemasons could easily interpret any
and all inscriptions for their own religions. That is typically
Much more could be said about America's relationship to Rome,
but these few facts show that America will have to return to the
roots of her European founding fathers.
Only three or four decades ago, Europe was not taken seriously
in the United States. It was simply brushed off as the "old
country." This has changed drastically. Today, to be European is
"in." Although we still use the old weights and measurements in
America, sooner or later we will change to the European metric
system which is now used globally.
Less than a decade ago, European nationals had to obtain a visa
when traveling to the United States. That has been changed.
The U.S.A. has become a tourist attraction due to the cheap
dollar. Americans no longer can afford to travel to Europe as
easily as Europeans can to the U.S.A.
The Roman "Taxing" Law for Today
While the nations are moving closer to each other due to the
communications explosion, we are witnessing that the various
groups of people, races, and nationalities are eager to identify
themselves and be recognized because all races and groups of
people must be accounted for just in the same way people had to
be "taxed" before Jesus' first coming. Luke reports, "It came to
pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar
Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing
was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all
went to be taxed, everyone into his own city" (Luke 2:1-3). The
word "taxed" means to be counted. In modern language this was
a population census. This caused a great commotion in the
Roman one-world empire. Everyone had to return to his or her
roots to be accounted for. All had to go back to where they
came from. It took place just before Jesus came to the world the
The real reason, however, for the population census was the
fulfillment of the prophetic Word. Mary and Joseph resided in
Nazareth, but the Savior of the world needed to be born in
Bethlehem, so God moved Caesar Augustus to do His population
census so Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, according to the
We should not be surprised to see the accounting of the nations
taking place in our days before the second coming of Jesus. Not
only the U.S., but all other governments on the face of the earth
as well, are gathering information about each individual citizen
more than ever before. Why? Because Jesus is coming!
America to Become Catholic
Asked in 1967 if America would become Communist, Dr. Wim
Malgo, founder of Midnight Call Ministry, stated, "America will
not become Communist, but rather Catholic." That statement
was significant because during those years, Communism was
the threat to world peace. The Communists took possession of
one country after another. The West's military arm was
effectively weakened through the effort of various peace
What did Dr. Malgo mean by "America will become Catholic"?
"America's strength does not lie in her military force," he
explained, "but this undefinable power is due to the existence of
a strong, independent church. As the years will go by, powerful
deceptive movements will sweep the nation with the aim to bring
the church back to Rome." We are witnessing this movement
even today as some of the most vocal Christian groups openly
proclaim that there is no difference fundamentally between
Protestants and Catholics. This spirit of unifying with Rome is
evident in virtually all major denominations and is being
by new movements which do not distinguish between Roman
Catholicism and Protestantism.
We see America looking toward Europe not only on the religious
level, but on an economic level as well. An article in Money
magazine in July 1994 stated that 250,000 Americans are leaving
the country for good in the attempt to seek fame and fortune
somewhere else.' This is only the beginning!
When traveling across Europe, as I often do, I sense a new
awakening that is grounded in the hope for unity among the
nations on the continent.
When listening to the younger generation, quite frequently I hear
references to "we Europeans" instead of hearing them identify
their nationality. When crossing the border from one European
Union country into another, travelers don't see a border
traditionally marked by the flag of that country; instead, they see
the European flag, under which "Welcome to Belgium," for
example, might be stated.
Europeans seem confident in their absolute assurance of a great
future while Americans, in contrast, look back to the so-called
"good old days." History tells us that no nation ever repeated its
former glory. Europeans do not look back, except historically;
rather, they look forward to a much greater power structure-to
be precise, they look forward to the greatest power structure in
the history of mankind.
Europe's Modern History
To understand Europe's potential, let us review what has
transpired during the last four decades. The early stages of the
European Union is described in a publication entitled "European
The first stone in the building of the European
Community was laid on May 9,1950, when Robert
Schuman, the French foreign minister, put forward a plan
worked out by himself and jean Monnet for France and
Germany to pool all their coal and steel production under a joint
High Authority, within an organization open to any other country
in Europe. His plan thus took up the idea put forward by
Winston Churchill in his famous speech in Zurich on September
19, 1946, when he had called for the creation of a United States
of Europe, singling out the essential need for Franco-German
cooperation. Churchill, however, had envisaged the United
Kingdom's role as a promoter rather than as an active
participant. Thus on April 18, 195 1, Belgium, the Federal
Republic of Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the
Netherlands signed the treaty establishing the European Coal
and Steel Community (ECSC) and on July 23, 1952, when it
came into force, the Schuman Plan became a reality. The new
Community's founding fathers hoped that it would be the seed
from which further European political integration would grow,
culminating in the emergence of a European Constitution .
France, in the meantime, proposed to establish a European
Defense Community, but the idea was abandoned due to lack of
interest. Then, in 1956-
A committee chaired by the Belgian Foreign Minister, Paul-
Henri Spaak, was asked to consider possible moves for further
integration. In 1956 the committee concluded its work, and its
report served as a basis for negotiations leading eventually to the
treaties establishing the European Atomic Energy Community
(Euratom) and the European Economic Community (EEC),
were signed by the six in March 1957 and entered into force on
January 1, 1958.
Economics was the key word at the beginning stages of success
on the way to realizing the dream of a united Europe.
"Encouraged by their initial success, especially in the economic
field, the six returned in the early 1960s to the goal they had
never completely abandoned: Closer political integration.
The original six founders were 1) Belgium, 2) France, 3)
Germany, 4) Italy, 5) Luxembourg, and 6) Netherlands. That
was the beginning of the fulfillment of Europe's dream to be
unified that has existed for 2000 years. Europe's potential was
now built on the population of 220 million people as a foundation.
In January of 1973, three more nations were accepted: 1)
Britain, 2) Denmark, and 3) Ireland. Thereby 66 million
additional consumers were added to Europe.
In 1981 Greece was added. Europe then counted 297 million
Two more nations were added in 1986: 1) Portugal and 2) Spain.
Europe had now grown to 336 million people.
On January 1, 1995, three more nations were admitted to the
Union: 1) Austria, 2) Finland, and 3) Sweden. The combined
population of the European Union was now 362 million.
It is important to understand that these developments have been
taking place at a time when Soviet Communism has fallen into
shambles in the East and American capitalism is no longer
absolutely superior in the West. Any argument against that fact
is silenced by the testimony of our own national debt staring us
right in our face. The amazing growth of the European Union has not come to an
end but is only beginning.
In the early stages under the Treaty of Rome, the European
Common Market tried to establish trade and commerce for the
well-being of the Europeans, but the aim of Europe today is
nothing less than total integration, forming one solid power bloc
to reach world unity.
At this moment, East European nations are desperately knocking
on Europe's door asking for admittance. In 1994 the first
application for membership was received, as the Daily Mail of
April 2, 1994, reported:
Hungary was the first former Communist Bloc country to apply
to join the European Union, saying it needed membership to
"Guarantee security and integrity." Hungary's bid to move into
the Western economic system is likely to be followed this month
by Poland and later by the Czech Republic."
The Ten Kings
At the time of the beginning of the European Common Market,
speculation was made that when ten nations joined
the Common Market it would constitute fulfillment of Revelation
17:12. Here is what that Scripture says: "The ten horns which
thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as
yet, but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." This
corresponds precisely to Daniel's prophecy: "The ten horns out
of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise" (Daniel 7:24).
While today we can see plainly that these "ten kings" do not
represent ten European nations, I want to quote Dr. Wim Malgo,
who made this statement in 1967 regarding the ten kings:
Let us not look for ten countries being members of the European
Common Market, constituting
the fulfillment of Revelation 17:12. Rather we must look for ten
power structures that will develop through the European
initiative but will be worldwide.'
I have always fully agreed with this statement because the Bible
specifically says ten kings. A king is not a nation. He is an
individual person. The uniqueness of a person is that he is
distinctly different from another. What then is the meaning of
the "ten kings"? This simply means that we should expect the
world to be categorized into ten different economic power
In the last few years a number of nations have formed
economic cooperation in the East and the West, in the South and
the North. Two important treaties recently signed are GATT
and NATTA. Many others have been signed or are in the
process of being established. In South America, Mercosul,
something similar to the Common Market of Europe, is being
formed. The same is true for Africa and many parts of Asia. I
therefore propose that the world could be divided into the
following ten economic power structures:
2. Far East
4. North America
5. South America
6. South Asia
7 Central Asia
8. Australia and New Zealand
9. Southern Africa
10. Central Africa
These power structures reflect my personal opinion and no
doubt will change. However, we know one thing for sure:
Power no longer lies in the ability to manufacture and use
weapons of war. The time when one country invades another,
subdues its citizens, and incorporates territory of the vanquished
is past. The "weapons of war" today are found in the banks,
financial institutions, and currency markets. The battles are
fought in the boardrooms of the executives running global
The predominant political system is democracy: a product of
Rome, popularized by the French Revolution, and solidly
implemented by Britain and the United States. Today there is no
serious opposition to democracy.
We Are a Global World
A one-world global system is not something we should look for
in the distant future; it is a reality here and now. This is not due
to some mysterious conspiracy, as some claim, but rather it is an
evolutionary process of the democratic free market system.
Let's look at one example. More than 50 percent of a so-called
American car may be manufactured in foreign countries, while
a foreign car may be largely built in the United States.
"Is your Sony born in Japan? Probably not-Japanese electronic
firms now make far more color TV's in other parts of Asia,"'
reports the Far Eastern Economic Review. A brand name can
no longer be identified by the country of origin because it might
be manufactured anywhere in the world.
I was shocked recently to discover that a shipment of Franklin
Electronic Bibles had been "Made in China"!
The board of directors of Mercedes Benz was challenged to
change the standard procedure of imprinting its products
with "Made in Germany" to "Made by Mercedes" on the
argument that the company is global. Its products are no longer
limited to Germany but are being built in many parts of the
world. Thus we see that global corporations and financial institutions
are the number one driving force toward world unity.
While America has progressed tremendously since World War
11, Europe has progressed faster, and for all practical purposes
has overtaken the U.S.A. in leadership. This was made painfully
clear several years ago when the German car manufacturer
BMW began its search for a "cheap labor nation." The
manufacturer found that whereas one manufacturing hour in
Germany costs BMW 30 dollars, one manufacturing hour in
South Carolina, U.S.A., costs the company only 12 to 15 dollars
per hour! South Carolina became the home of the company's
Our Position Toward a Global World
How are we to respond to the globalization of the world? As
Christians, we must remember that we are in the world but not
of the world. This means we must take full advantage of these
developments for one purpose only: the proclamation of the
gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere. Never must we
debase ourselves to be actively involved in opposing or
supporting the one-world global community. Scripture has clearly
told us that this will come about whether we like it or not.
Any attempt to oppose the progressive evolution of a one-world
government is doomed to fail. God installs governments, whether
they be Communist, dictatorship, socialist, or democracy. Never
must we forget that the entire Gentile government system has
been placed under the
temporary jurisdiction of the devil. He is the god of this world,
the prince of darkness.
How much power the devil has is evident from Matthew 4,
which describes the temptation of Jesus by the devil. The
weapon our Lord used against the devil's temptation was the
Word-"It is written." The aim of the devil in this temptation was
to receive worship from the Lord. Here we are reminded of the
Scripture prophesying that all knees shall bow to Jesus and all
tongues shall confess that Jesus is Lord. The devil wants to get
that glory for himself, so he offered Jesus "all the kingdoms of
the world and the glory of them" (verse 8) "if thou wilt fall down
and worship me" (verse 9). It is quite obvious that the devil
cannot give anything away that does not belong to him. He rules
this world, for he is the god of this world!
When we begin to realize the seriousness of this message and
the commandment our Lord has given to us to preach the gospel
to the uttermost parts of the world, we will never find the time,
energy, or finances to pursue any other activity except preaching
Europe, the Final Kingdom
Having examined Europe's superiority and the integration of the
entire world, let us now take a closer look at the unity of Europe.
Since the founding of the United States of America in 1776,
Europeans have looked toward America with envy. America's
European immigrant forefathers did not continually war with one
another (except in the Civil War), but all became one:
Americans! Instead of diversity came unity. Instead of
segregation of the European immigrants came integration.
Between the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s, the success
became evident. A diverse group of
peoples had surrendered its heritage, customs, traditions, and
language to become one.
Most U.S. government figures indicate that the approximately
37 million immigrants arriving between 1820 and 1940 originated
from the following countries: 6 million Germans; 4.7 million
Italians; 4.5 million Irish; 4.2 million British; 3.5 million Russians;
2.5 million Austrians; 1.5 million Swedish, and smaller numbers
of other nations. But they all became one.
In Europe the people were divided by customs, language,
tradition, and religion, but in America they became one nation,
using one language, one currency, one government, one military,
and one economy under one flag!
Another reason behind the success story of America is hardly
recognized in our day: "freedom of religion." The old Roman
system, which Europe had apparently forgotten, was
implemented in the New World, just as during the original
Roman world empire. Each and every group of people was free
to practice its religion-but under the jurisdiction of Caesar. This
spirit of unity of America created the material success story of
the twentieth century.
Europe: Center of World Religion
Religion, therefore, must become a minor issue if Europe is to
be united. The progress toward religious unity has been a long
one. Today religion is an insignificant factor in the minds of most
Europeans. The conflict between Catholics and Protestants is of
no significance except for occasional skirmishes in Northern
Ireland. Jews are welcomed and Islam has become the fastest-
growing religion in Europe. Europeans no longer oppose Far
Eastern religions; they learn from them.
An article in Voice, a publication of the Diocese of Newark,
dated January 1989, described the progress of the ecumenical
spirit even in America:
"In the fall of 1988," wrote Newark Episcopalian Bishop John
D. Spong, "I worshipped God in a Bhuddist temple. As the smell
of incense filled the air, I knelt before three images of Buddha,
feeling that the smoke could carry my prayers heavenward. It
was for me a holy moment; beyond the creeds that each
[religion] uses, there is a divine power that united us; I will not
make any further attempt to convert the Buddhist, the Jew, the
Hindu or the Moslem. I am content to learn from them and to
walk with them side by side toward the God who lives, I believe,
beyond the images that bind and blind us."'
L'Observatore Romano wrote in the February 10, 1986,
Speaking to Hindu audiences at the University of Calcutta, Pope
John Paul II noted, "India's mission is crucial, because of her
intuition of the spiritual nature of man. Indeed, India's greatest
contribution to the world can be to offer it a spiritual vision of
man. And the world does well to attend willingly to this ancient
wisdom and in it to find enrichment for human living."
Need we say more about the religious unity the world is striving
for under the leadership of Rome?
The Last Empire
Let me reemphasize that only Europe qualifies for endtime
world rulership. The unique new system now being
established corresponds precisely to the prophetic Word as
found in the book of Daniel, which describes for us the world
rulership of the Gentile empires. Notice that Daniel takes great
pains to explain the fourth and last world empire. In chapter 2 he
addresses King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon:
Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another
kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass,
which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom
shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and
subdueth all things, and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it
break in pieces and bruise (verses 38-40).
The uniqueness of this fourth empire consists of the fact that the
last part is made up of a mixture of iron and clay. No doubt iron
represents the Roman government, for she is the last Gentile
empire. No place better qualifies for the title "Mystery Babylon"
than the European city of Rome. In Revelation 17 we notice that
this evil woman, the mother of harlots, an abomination of the
earth, is identified with this city: "The woman which thou sawest
is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth"
(Revelation 17:18). According to verse 9, this city is built on
seven hills, the hills for which Rome is famous. And according to
verse 6, in the city was shed "the blood of the martyrs of Jesus."
Furthermore, in Revelation 18:3 we see the political-religious
activity of this woman called Mystery Babylon. We may search
globally, but we will not find another city on earth in which the
blood of the martyrs of Jesus was shed, a city that is built on
seven hills, and a city that is the world center of religion mixed
Regarding the clay, we read the following in Jeremiah 18:6: "0
house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?", saith
the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are
ye in mine hand, 0 house of Israel." No other group or race of
people has been integrated into the nations of the world more
than the Jews. Today, however, for the first time in 2500 years,
the Jews have their own nation, their own land, and their own
identity. Based on the prophetic Word, they will be integrated
into the family of Gentile nations and become united with the
global one-world empire. This fulfills their own prophetic
utterance "We have no king but Caesar" on the one hand, and
Daniel's prophecy, "Whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry
clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they
shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with
clay" (Daniel 2:43) on the other hand.
In Daniel 7 Daniel sees these world empires pictured by animals-
first, a lion; second, a bear; and third, a leopard. But when he
comes to the fourth beast, he finds no animal with which to
compare it. He writes, "Dreadful and terrible, and strong
exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in
pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it, and it was
diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten
horns" (verse 7). The last and final Gentile empire, under the
auspices of democracy, is being established today. It is
headquartered in Europe and will be worldwide. "The fourth
beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be
diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and
shall tread it down and break it in pieces" (verse 23).
The Hindering Elements
For the final implementation of this last empire, two hindering
elements must be overcome. The church of Jesus Christ, which
is the light of the world, is one. As long as this
light is on earth, darkness cannot fully develop and complete its
work of deception. Therefore, we know that the rapture of the
church of Jesus Christ must be at hand.
The other hindering element is Israel. It is God's special chosen
people and is incomparable to any other nation. Israel must
become one with the Gentiles. They will be fully incorporated in
the new Roman world empire, the European Union. While at
this moment Israel has no chance of being accepted into the
Union, the day will come when that door will be opened. Then
Israel will finally realize what her forefathers shouted almost
2000 years ago: "We have no king but Caesar!" That will be
the moment of Israel's greatest deception. Fortunately, it will be
of temporary endurance. The Bible says, "Alas! for that day is
great, so that none is like it; it is even the time of Jacob's
trouble; but he shall be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7).
Europe's power play is leading to world unity, even
incorporating Israel, and will be successful in establishing the
greatest world empire in history. But the end thereof will be the
greatest destruction humanity has ever known.