Will Javier Solana be the next EU High Representative?
If you watch the main video on the homepage, I argue two main points. First, I argue that the European Union is the end-times Roman Empire predicted in the Bible. Second, I explain how former EU High Representative, Javier Solana, has fulfilled three very specific prophecies about the rise of the Antichrist, found in Daniel and Revelation.
He stepped down from EU politics in 2009, in an apparent “retirement.” (1) This effectively made this end-times theory look ridiculous. In fact, the theory seemed so silly, that I abandoned it for years.
However, it looks like Solana is poised to make a comeback to fulfill yet another Daniel prophecy, nearly 10 years later. Current trends in the European Union, political developments in Spain, and his own apparent ambitions seem to justify this.
Furthermore, three other EU programs exist which would allow for the fulfillment of 3 more major end time prophecies about the Antichrist:
(2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
As I argue in the video, Solana may ascend to lead the European Defense Fund, fulfilling Daniel 11:38. However, this is only one of the things the Antichrist will do. The chart above shows two other prophecies the Antichrist would fulfill and the EU programs that could be used to do that. Therefore, we must look at EU government positions that could potentially fulfill his entire role on a more long term basis.
EU High Representative Again?
The most likely way this will happen is if Solana becomes EU High Representative once again. However, this time around, he will have a lot more power. Since he left office, the EU’s new Treaty of Lisbon gave the position he held a lot more power. (8)
Ever since Solana stepped down, only women have held the office of EU High Representative (Ashton and Mogherini). (8) However, they cannot be the “man of lawlessness” (2 Thess. 2:3) if they are women. Their gender fortunately excludes them from being the worst human being who ever lived!
Though it is not politically solidified in every case, the EU High Representative would be a natural leader of the three programs mentioned above.
(9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
Little Horn to Big Horn
The EU High Representative is the best candidate for Antichrist from a theological perspective as well. Daniel 7 depicts the end-times Roman Empire as a ferocious beast with ten horns on its head. After describing this, it goes on, saying:
I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:8 ESV)
The angel interprets this for Daniel, saying:
As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. (Daniel 7:24 ESV)
I argue that Javier Solana has fulfilled all of these prophecies when he was EU High Representative.
As other prophecies illustrate, horns do not have to be specific people. They can be offices. This is true of the kings of Media and Persia (Daniel 8:3; 20). These were not just two kings, but their horns represent dynasties of the kings of Media and Persia.
The big horn, Alexander the Great, is broken at the height of his power. Afterwards, four horns come up in its place. These four horns represent the “four kingdoms” that replaced him. (Daniel 8:5-8; 21-22) Each of these kingdoms had long dynasties of kings.
However, a little horn comes off of one of these four horns. That represents a specific man, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who is a “king of bold face.” (The little horn in Daniel 8 also foreshadows the Antichrist).
When referring to the end-time Antichrist, Daniel 7 makes clear that the little horn is a specific person who rises up among the ten horns. It says: “And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.” He goes on to persecute God’s people for 3 ½ years.
However, the ten horns may refer to offices, like “Prime Minister of Spain,” “Chancellor of Germany,” etc., as precedent from Daniel 8 allows.
Since the ten horns represent offices (at the very least), the little horn represents one as well, in addition to a specific person. Historically, the little horn was Javier Solana as the EU High Representative. Therefore, the simplest and most elegant interpretation would have Solana return to the same office that he had when he originally rose to power.
When he makes a comeback, he won’t be a “little horn” anymore. As Daniel writes:
and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. (Daniel 7:20 ESV)
This is consistent with how the EU High Representative position has been working. When Solana started, it was very weak. (17) However, he put down the E3, making the position stronger. When he stepped down, the new Treaty of Lisbon renamed the position, making his successor, Catherine Ashton, have more legal power than he did. (8) Yet when Mogherini replaced Ashton, the Commission President made her the boss of other high-level EU officials as well. (18) This made her have even more power than the new treaty demanded. It would be unsurprising if this position becomes even larger in 2019. Soon, the EU High Representative will become “greater than its companions.”
Furthermore, the horn had a “mouth that spoke great things.” Interestingly enough, the EU High Representative is the foreign policy spokesperson for the entire EU. (19, 20) This sounds eerily similar to the wording of the verse about the horn that "spoke" great things. The cross-references seem to indicate that these “great things” he spoke are big boasts (Revelation 13). However, the connection to speaking in general is still very interesting.
Most of what we have examined so far is the theological basis for Javier Solana to make a comeback as EU High Representative. Ultimately, it is God who sets up kings and deposes them. (Daniel 2:21; Revelation 17:17). The Bible makes clear that political decisions are in the hand of God.
Therefore, if God intends for Solana to make a comeback, it wouldn’t matter how likely that looked from a political standpoint. He has done much more unlikely things in the past, to fulfill prophecy (i.e. the resurrection of Jesus, birth of Isaac, etc).
However, if the political situation became more and more plausible as the years went on, this would be a great comfort to us. This means that we may have understood God’s intentions correctly, based on the prophecies he has given us.
What Does Solana Want?
It seems Solana actively desires to return to politics. At the very least, he would not object. His behavior in the last four years bears this out.
Before the Treaty of Lisbon was put together, the EU tried to pass the “European Constitution.” This would have created an “EU Foreign Minister.” However, the European Constitution failed. It was modified and renamed the “Treaty of Lisbon.” (21, 22, 23) This still had an upgraded EU High Representative with much the same role, without calling them a “Foreign Minister.”
Back in 2005, Solana was looking forward to taking this position when the European Constitution would be finally ratified. Sources close to Solana even said that he wouldn’t be available if he could not get the EU Foreign Minister post. (24)
Furthermore, in an interview at the end of 2007, the interviewer asked him if he was going to take the EU High Representative job once the new treaty passed. Even though he would have been 69 at the time, Solana’s answer left his options open to him. (25)
Solana did eventually step down in 2009. Even if he wanted to continue his career as EU High Representative, it would make sense to step down. (1) After all, who would look kindly on an unelected official who held office for 15 years? Furthermore, what he would have had to do in the years that followed had a lot more to do with bureaucracy, and little to do with his ambitions for European military unification.(26)
From 2014 - 2015, Solana chaired a committee of experts. During their meetings, they produced a report on how to make the European Union into a military power. (27) Because of this report, he and another member of the task force wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal in March 2015, summarizing their ideas. (28) Furthermore, he went on to present his plan in the capital of the European Union around that same time. (29) When presenting the plan, he said:
I am going to put all the energies that I have left to push forward this process. - Javier Solana, 2015 (30)
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. (31, 32)
Yet he did not stop here. European Parliament subcommittee on defense invited him to speak on 06/16/16. They had first asked him to do a research study on how to make the EU into a military power, or “European Defense Union,” as he called it. (33)
In November 2016, European Parliament held its main voting session. At that time, they passed a resolution calling for a “European Defense Union” to be established over the next 7-year period, from 2021 to the end of 2027. This term was not widely used until Solana used it in his think-tank report of experts. (34)
This summer, the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, held a meeting with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. (35) Right around this same time, Solana posted some tweets flattering Merkel’s husband. He suggested that he should receive the Nobel Prize in physics. He tweeted this to a major Spanish newspaper, El Pais. (36) He hypothetically has the expertise to make this kind of comment, since Solana is a physicist as well). (37)
Someone else on Twitter noticed this, saying:
Is Solana telling El_País to ask the Nobel for Merkel's husband? Are you looking for a job or do you want something else? (38)
This person supposed that Solana was flattering Merkel for some career opportunity.
In October, someone made a Twitter post complimenting Solana:
He said that we would be in a better world if we had “even one Solana active in world politics today.”
Javier Solana retweeted this.
This person only has 62 followers. So it wasn’t something Solana did out of thanks for another public figure. They may be personal friends, but who knows. Either way, this solidifies Solana’s career ambitions, if they weren’t already obvious.
Solana is active writing about foreign policy. He is very critical of Donald Trump, and has often written articles critical of his foreign policy. (40) At the end of 2018, Solana wrote an article called “Good Riddance to 2018.” He did a large overview of the foreign policy situation of the past year. (41) His interest in foreign affairs has not waned in the least.
Solana would be welcomed back in Brussels. EU officials are "shouting for more Spanish voice." (42) Furthermore, he has a lot of political weight.(43) He is a "good friend" of the EU Commission President. (44) He also gave a talk on European defense with the current High Representative. (45) Furthermore, EU Parliament commissioned him to give a study on European defense. (33) Though all these people will be recycled out in 2019, it is clear that Brussels likes Javier Solana.
Solana may want to hold an EU post. The EU might even like that as well. But it is not up to him at this point. In most cases, the ruling party of a country nominates someone from their own party to go to Brussels to be an EU official. (Though the ruling party does the nominating, the person they send works on behalf of the European Union, not the national government.) (46)
What Will Spain Do?
Solana is an old school or “old guard” member of Spain’s socialist party. (47) He was foreign minister of Spain, education minister, and culture minister. (37) However, one journalist described as a “miracle,” that the socialists have the government that they do. (48) Ever since the Socialists took power in June, they hold most of the cabinet positions, even though they only have 84 seats in Parliament. (49) Therefore, they are in a position to nominate someone like him to Brussels.
However, the socialist party has a lot of internal divisions. The old-school Socialists and the new socialists do not always see eye-to-eye. Solana even said he was upset with how the party was being run. (50) So just because the socialists rule Spain does not mean that Solana has any relationship with the Prime Minister. Indeed, one Spaniard on the internet speculated that the relationship between Sanchez and Solana was “almost nil.” (51)
The new Prime Minister of Spain is considering Josep Borrell, an old school socialist on his cabinet, to be an EU vice-president. (52) Since Borrell is foreign minister, this would probably mean he would be nominated for EU High Representative (which is one of the vice-presidents). (55)
Pedro Sanchez has been trying to get Borrell to be the main headliner for the Socialists in the upcoming elections for European Parliament. One recent article stated that Sanchez was using this as a stepping stone to get Borrell an important vice presidency at the EU level. (56, 57)
However, Borrell has made clear that this plan does not interest him in the slightest. (58) He remains unconvinced, even though the Prime Minister has been pushing this for several weeks now. (56, 57) Borrell doesn't want to go back to Parliament as a member, probably becase he was already it's president from 2004-2007. (59) Furthermore, he said in an interview that he did not want this job, because that job “is worse than mine.” (48) (It is a very demanding job). Furthermore, corruption problems have "burned" Borrell, so that the likelihood of getting the high ranking job has diminished.(52)
Sanchez apparent other option is his economy minister, Nadia Calvino. She was a high ranking official in Brussels administration. (60) His original plan was to nominate her to a high level position in the domain of economy and finance. He had apparently promised this to her when she came back from Brussels. (61) However, he now seems torn, (possibly?) favoring Borrell for an EU vice-presidency.
However, there are concerns in Spain that the number or availability of heavy weight candidates are diminishing, especially if Borrell or Calvino fall through. (62)
In an article released on January 1, an academic from a Spanish think tank stated that Spain should get one of the vice-presidencies:
"I do not think there is any candidate to be president of the Commission, but Spain will have some important vice-presidency, for the High Representative for Foreign Affairs we may lack some profile," Otero explains. (42)
Since the article was translated from Spanish, I’m not entirely sure what this quote means. However, it means one of two things. It could mean that Spain will probably get one of the highest positions, but they don’t have good candidates for the EU High Representative. Or it could mean that Spain could increase its profile in the EU by having a high position, in particular as EU High Representative.
I think the first interpretation is best. The end of the article is particularly interesting, saying:
In addition to Calviño and Planas, community sources point to socialists of the old guard who finally did not achieve positions in the Government of Pedro Sánchez. As Otero explains, there are not many candidates: "In general, in the 90s and 2000, Spain has done well economically and we have had a generation that has focused a lot on the private sector and not on the political side of institutions. and Europe, now there are 30 or 40 emerging people who are good but they are very junior, there are not so many after the Solana, Almunia or Solbes and we are paying that price ". (42)
The author is saying that the Sanchez government is looking for old guard socialists to be sent to the EU, since the options are diminishing in his cabinet. At the very end of the article, the think-tank analyst says that there aren’t many candidates. They are good candidates, but they don’t have the political weight that former officials like Solana, and others, had back in the day.
Another article says that those nominated for high level EU posts are "traditionally, very heavy party weights." (53) Javier Solana would most certainly qualify for this.
Spain in particular has been gunning for a greater influence in the EU’s military programs and operations. An interview with their defense minister says as much, in addition to their behaviors in the past few years. However, if you want influence over this, the best bet is to be able to nominate someone who is leader of that, namely the EU High Representative. Which is why the interviewer also asked her if Spain was going for that position. (Her reply left Spain’s options open). (54)
I see an easy solution to this problem. Borrell and Javier Solana are allies, and maybe even friends. They were in the same cabinet during the government of Felipe Gonzales. (63) They are both "old guard" Socialists who are very pro-European. (64, 65) Solana sometimes praises or shares articles by Borrell on Twitter. (66) Likewise, when Solana wrote an opinion piece, Borrell retweeted it. (67)
Perhaps if Borrell finally refuses the EU High Representative path, he will suggest Solana. As we have seen, Solana probably wants it. If Solana expressed interest to him Josep Borrell would probably recommend it.
What we have found is this:
Solana probably wants to return to EU politics
Spain wants to nominate someone for EU vice-president, potentially the EU High Representative
Spain is looking at “old guard” socialists for EU positions, in addition to cabinet members
Spain is having trouble finding candidates, in particular for EU High Representative.
Borrell is not interested in going back to Brussels as High Representative.
Borrell is allies with Javier Solana. If Solana asked, Borrell would probably recommend that the Spanish Prime Minister nominate him for EU High Representative.
Perhaps they will nominate Javier Solana, and solve all these problems in one fell swoop. Time will tell.
Some may object to this end-time perspective, saying that Solana is an unlikely Antichrist candidate:
Some may be uncomfortable with an Antichrist that fulfills some prophecies, steps down, and then returns ten years later to do the rest of them. However, prophecy is full of “gaps” like this.
Daniel 7 itself, which describes the rise of the Antichrist, talks about the historical Roman Empire and end-times Roman Empire without distinguishing between the two. It just talks about one empire that is the “fourth kingdom,” who is defeated at Christ’s return. Daniel 7 does not at all imply a gap of nearly 1400 years between the historical and end-times Roman Empire. But it is there in history. Furthermore, there is a gap of over 1700 years between historical Israel and end-time Israel.
Finally, those who studied the prophecies of the Messiah did not realize that there would be two comings of the same Messiah, over 2000 years apart. Therefore, gaps in Solana’s tenure are not problematic at all from a theological standpoint:
Some may object, saying that Solana is too old, being 76 years old. It is clear that age is not a problem for God fulfilling prophecies. Abraham was nearly 100 years old when he had his promised child. Furthermore, all the allegations that the Antichrist are a young man are entirely speculative, and have no theological basis. (Click here to read page 91 in my free book for a related discussion.)
The EU High Representative position is a very demanding job. However, exhaustion hasn’t been a deterrent for Solana. He used to sleep 5-6 hours a night, exercised daily, and traveled 160,000 air miles in 2007 alone. (25) Imagine replicating this, or something slightly less, for a ten-year career from 1999-2009. Furthermore, ever since his “retirement,” he is still active, traveling a lot and giving talks on international relations, European defense, and EU politics generally.
We have some solid evidence that Javier Solana is the Antichrist. However, this will not be fully verified until he makes a comeback. Month in and month out, things keep falling into place, more than they did before. The EU will select it’s High Representative sometime between the end of June to the beginning of September.
Will Javier Solana be the EU’s next High Representative?
Come Lord Jesus! We can’t wait for your return!
Update on January 6, 2018: This article has been updated and corrected based on new information. The previous article said that Spain's Prime Minister was nominating Borrell to headline European Parliament instead of for High Representative. However, a new article has clarified that this move is meant to be a stepping stone to get Borrell an EU Vice-Presidency. The article includes updated information about the relationship with Borrell and Solana, and how that might impact Solana's future.