Antichrist & the God of Fortresses
The Book of Daniel tells us about the personality and top priority of the Antichrist:
He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. (Daniel 11:37-38)
The text goes to great pains to emphasize that the Antichrist has no god. He gives glory to no one besides himself. He won’t pay attention to any of the gods of his parents or any conventional religion.
Yet, right after explaining that the Antichrist has no god, the text goes on, saying that he does serve a god. He will honor the “god of fortresses” instead of traditional gods. The text says twice that his ancestors did not serve this “god of fortresses.”
Because of this contrast, the “god of fortresses” is likely a metaphor. Though he has no “religion,” he certainly has a top priority. Therefore, it becomes clear that the “god of fortresses” is a metaphor for military strength. As former President of Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. John Walvoord, has said:
“...he will worship only the power to make war and gain victory…” (1)
As John MacArthur said in 1980*:
“In place of normal affection, he will place a perverted worship of military power. He’ll worship power.” (2)
This is supported by the fact that the Antichrist is a very violent military conqueror, as the rest of Daniel 11 bears out.
Yet, it does not say he serves the "god of war." Instead, he serves the "god of fortresses." Fortresses are much better for defending than for attacking. Therefore, the Antichrist does not just worship war. Specifically, he worships military defense.
How does he serve this god of defense? With “gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.” In modern terms, this is money. The Antichrist serves his god of military defense with money. Therefore, he is preoccupied with defense spending. Obviously, other kings besides the Antichrist have promoted defense spending. Yet for the Antichrist, this will be his top priority in life. Instead of serving a traditional religion, defense and defense spending will be his religion.
Consistent with the passage above, top Antichrist candidate, Javier Solana, is not religious.
After Solana stepped down, an opinion piece in the Guardian gave insight into his religious beliefs. The article, titled “Good Riddance to Javier Solana,” mentioned his views:
In a widely quoted interview he gave to the Financial Times in early 2003, Solana appeared to vent his frustration at how the US had turned into a theocracy under Bush and Dick Cheney. Their religious fundamentalism was difficult for Europeans to deal with "because we are secular", he noted. (3)
Furthermore, Javier Solana shared an article on Twitter titled: "Science and religion: God didn't make man; man made gods." The article explains that scientists:
...have produced robust theories, backed by empirical evidence (including "imaging" studies of the brain at work), that support the conclusion that it was humans who created God, not the other way around. And the better we understand the science, the closer we can come to "no heaven … no hell … and no religion too."
We can be better as a species if we recognize religion as a man-made construct. (4, 5)
This is hardly something that someone religious would share.
The Antichrist will eventually elevate himself above all other gods. Obviously, Javier Solana has not claimed to be God. If he did now, no one would take him seriously. However, he may do this once he becomes military leader of Europe, where he cannot be overthrown.
Just like the passage says, Solana has no god at all. Yet if he's not religious, then what's the top priority in life?
Devoted to European Defense
In March of 2015, Solana coauthored an article in the Wall Street Journal. In it, he called for the European Union to become a military power. (6, 7) This Wall Street Journal article summarized the outcome of an academic report he led previously. From June 2014 to January 2015, he chaired a group of experts, who discussed how the European Union could become a military power. After reaching a consensus, they published their report in February 2015. Among other things, the report called for:
• An EU military headquarters
• The ability to deploy troops abroad, to stabilize Europe’s neighboring countries
• A common defense budget and strong defense market (8)
When this report was finished, he presented the plan in Brussels, Belgium, the capital city of the European Union. (9, 10) While giving his presentation, he said:
"I will put all of the energies that I have left to push forward this process." (11)
Here we had the unthinkable. This 73 year-old, “retired” and “elderly private gentleman” was promising to devote the rest of his life to unifying the armies of Europe. (12)
Javier Solana was very passionate about building a military union for Europe. He was so fervent about this, that he went on tour to many capitals of European countries, as well as Washington D.C. He went to all this effort, without any official EU position. Though he was in many capitals himself, either he or one of the Task Force members presented in each of these cities:
• Riga, Latvia
• London, UK
• Paris, France
• Brussels, Belgium
• Rome, Italy
• Berlin, Germany
• Bucharest, Romania
• Prague, Czech Republic
• Warsaw, Poland
• Washington D.C., USA (13, 14)
Solana Presents to Parliament
Obviously, Solana had great expertise on European defense. European Parliament subcommittee on defense invited him to speak on 06/16/16. (15, 16, 17, 18) They had first asked him to do a research paper on how to make the EU into a military power. Solana’s paper, which was over 80 pages long, showcased both his dedication and expertise on the matter. (19)
He presented the findings of his study to the European Parliament subcommittee on defense. His speech talked about how the European Union could use part of the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon that had not been used yet. They could use Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO as he called it, to create a military union for Europe. This way, they could deploy troops to stabilize troubled countries on Europe's doorstep. Furthermore, they could use this tool to work together to buy and upgrade their military hardware. (15)
Never Wears Out
In November 2016, the European Union proposed the European Defense Action Plan. The biggest part of this was the proposed European Defense Fund. This fund would be used for EU member countries to research and make new weapons together. Furthermore, the package also included an annual defense spending peer-pressure tool, similar to what Solana had proposed in his report. (8, 20)
Nevertheless, Solana was surprisingly critical of this plan. The article was titled: “EU defence plan is 'no game-changer'.” He praised the good elements of the plan. Yet, the new plan would not be the “big bang” that the EU needed to “turbo-boost defense spending.”
Even if agreed, its potential to turbo-boost defence spending is likely to be limited as it will probably only be able to bridge existing shortfalls. Until then, a mere €90 million per year is available. This is hardly the big bang the EU needs to create a military-industrial complex. (21)
This article is perfectly consistent with the personality of the Antichrist, who has no priorities higher than defense spending. Here, his typical flattering charisma changed to criticism, saying that the defense spending program was not good enough.
Later in July, Javier Solana wrote an article for Project-Syndicate, titled “What Trump Gets Wrong About EU Defense.” In it, he stated the importance that EU countries spend together, not necessarily more:
But obsessing over spending levels will not get to the root of the problem. Increasing military spending will be largely unproductive unless we do it “Europeanly.” The EU’s total military budget is already second only to that of the US, and almost four times larger than Russia’s. (22, 23)
Major Spanish newspaper, El Pais, gave a different title to this article: “Spend in defense, but as Europeans.” (23)
In an interview with Aljazeera, Solana indicated his desire for more European capabilities, and less dependence on the United States or other countries for weapons:
I think we have we we need to have the Europeans more European capabilities. [...] But I see very clearly that we have to be much more interoperable in much more integrated our capabilities. And we have the possibility of acting, acting in a strategic manner alone.
...Germany should not buy weapons in Russia the United States or in China eventually. But we have to construct all this within the European Union so I believe the European Union has to have European capabilities. (24)
Javier Solana fits the description of the Antichrist given in Daniel 11. He is a non-religious man who has promised to devote the rest of his life to European military unification. As expected, he has a special place in his heart for defense spending. If he were to become leader of these programs, he would fulfill an important prophecy about the Antichrist.
Yet do any structures exist, that he could possibly become the leader of?
European Defense Fund
In June 2017, the European Union proposed its first major defense spending program. (25, 26)
Previously, EU member countries would get together and throw money into a fund that was outside the EU budget, to use for police or military missions. (27) Yet the European Defense Fund is different. It is the first time ever that a significant part of the European Union’s own budget will be used for military purposes. (28)
The fund has two parts. The first is a weapons research part. The second is a weapons development part. The European Union would like to launch this fund to finance projects from 2019 until the end of 2020. However, the EU’s new 7-year budget comes out in 2021 and runs until the end of 2027. Therefore, the European defense fund from 2019-2020 is the pilot program for the bigger one that will be part of the EU’s next 7-year budget. This chart illustrates how the fund will be laid out in the coming years. (29, 30, 31)
Defense Spending Incentive Amounts
The development part is designed to encourage member countries to develop and make new weapons together. For projects that the EU approves, the weapons development will be eligible for up to 20% financing when it involves making a new weapons prototype. However, weapons that are developed under the EU’s new military agreement, PESCO, will get a 10% bonus in addition to the 20% they are already receiving. (29, 30, 31)
This is an incentive program for European countries to work together to build and buy new weapons. The European Commission hopes that for every 1 euro they spend paying for the development of a weapon, the member country will spend 5 euros on it. Therefore, the expected amount that will be spent on the development of entirely new weapons increases dramatically. (25)
Expected Financing of New Weapons
The United States spends more than all the European Union countries on defense. I am confident they also spend more on the development of weapons than the EU will in the coming years. Nevertheless, these numbers are still very high, especially considering that they involve the development of entirely new weapons.
The European defense fund is not just a subsidy. The point is to encourage European countries to develop weapons as a group. (32) This is meant to help the EU become an independent military power, who is strong like Russia, China, or the United States. (25)
European countries have already discussed the types of weapons they would like to develop together. Some possibilities already discussed include a European Union drone or a battle tank. (33)
The European defense fund has numerous big connections to the number 666, as you can see here.
In the past, 666 connections have been strongly tied to Javier Solana or a prophecy he fulfills. Yet the European defense fund has more 666 connections to it than any other fulfillment of prophecy in the past. Is God trying to tell us something?
Will Javier Solana come back to lead the European defense fund?
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*MacArthur has since changed to the "Muslim Antichrist" viewpoint, which the author does not agree with.
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