Part 1 - Proof that Jesus is Coming Soon
In recent history, many specific Daniel and Revelation prophecies have been fulfilled about the Antichrist's kingdom and his rise to power. Professional theologians have been anticipating these for years. Yet now, these incredible prophecies have finally come to pass.
Keep reading to see what I mean.
In 1948, Israel was reborn as a nation in just one day. This fulfills the prophet Isaiah when he says “Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.” The Bible talks about this regathering when Ezekiel says “...whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate.”
The rebirth of Israel is a sign that Christ is coming soon. However, the Bible also teaches that the Roman Empire must be reborn.
Daniel 2 and 7 teach that there will be four empires that rise up in world history, one after another. In chapter 7, Daniel sees a vision of four empires symbolized by four “beasts” that come up out of the sea. However, God defeats the fourth beast and sets up an eternal kingdom. Daniel 2 describes the same four kingdoms, but from a different angle. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a giant statue. The statue’s body had four sections, each of which represent a different empire. Then a rock hits the feet of the statue, causing it to come tumbling down.
Daniel 2 tells us that the first empire is Babylon. Furthermore, imagery in Daniel 7 matches what we know from history of the second and third empires. Finally, the “fourth kingdom” is terrifying and dreadful, which matches what we know of the historical Roman Empire. If Babylon is the first empire, then the Roman Empire is the “fourth” kingdom.
Conservative Bible scholars agree that the fourth kingdom is the Roman Empire. God destroys the final ruler of the Roman Empire when he sets up his eternal kingdom. But this poses a serious problem. The Roman Empire doesn’t exist anymore. It was not violently destroyed when God set up a global kingdom.
Did God’s word fail? Let’s take a closer look.
Daniel 7 says: “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion,which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”
Jesus uses the same wording to describe his second coming. Jesus says, "and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." The Roman Empire is defeated at the Second Coming of Christ. In order for this to happen, it must be reborn in the end times. Well known pastor and theologian, John MacArthur, said in 1980 that “there will be a revival of the Roman Empire.”
We know from this map where the historical Roman Empire existed. But can we be more specific on the location of the end-times Roman Empire?
The final ruler of the revived Roman Empire is called the Antichrist. Daniel 11:40-45 describe his military conquests.. The Antichrist is attacked by a powerful force north of Israel. Then, he is attacked by Egypt, which is south of Israel. During his counterattack, the Antichrist eventually invades Israel. He then goes on to take over various parts of north Africa. But if the Antichrist goes to war with all of these places, then where is he attacking from? Where is his home-base, from which he conducts his military operations? The only place left, is Western Europe.
This calls our attention to the European Union. In 1957, six European nations came together and signed the Treaty of Rome. This formed the basis for what the European Union is today. The European Union has many features of statehood, including: a single currency, border-free travel, an executive branch that proposes laws, and its own legislature, the European Parliament.
Barroso, who was president of the EU’s executive branch for ten years, compared the EU to an empire. He said, “We have the dimension of empire […] What we have is the first non-imperial empire”
Daniel makes clear that the end times Roman Empire is not as strong or united as its historical counterpart. Instead, it will be a “divided kingdom.”
41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. The European Union struggles with disunity, just like the Bible predicts. The first major example of this occurred from 2009-2013, with the Eurozone crisis. This threatened the very existence of the euro as a currency. Another strong example of the EU’s disunity took place in 2016, where the UK voted to leave the EU in its historic “Brexit” vote.
The Bible says the revived Roman Empire will be composed of a group of ten kings. Daniel 7 symbolizes these ten kings as ten horns on the head of a beast. Daniel 7 says, "As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise,...” Because of this, theologians anticipate a 10-nation alliance in the area where the Roman Empire was. Dr. John Walvoord, former president of Dallas Theological Seminary, anticipated the “formation of the revived Roman Empire composed of a ten-nation confederacy.”
In 1995, a military alliance called the “Western European Union” became ten member states. This alliance was a separate organization from the EU, but worked closely with it. Since the EU was not a military organization, EU members agreed to use the Western European Union as its “defence component.”
The Bible uses the ten-horned beast to describe the context in which the Antichrist rises to power.
8 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.
The angel interprets this vision for Daniel. “ 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.”
In 1998, document 666 proposed a new job title, called the EU High Representative. This position did not have much power, but relied on the personality of the office holder. In 1999, Javier Solana was appointed as the EU’s first High Representative. He was also appointed as the Secretary General of the 10-nation WEU.
Since Javier Solana was appointed after the original ten nation alliance was in place, and had less power than them, it strongly fits the image of a little horn rising up among ten horns.
Javier Solana was supposed to represent the EU to the rest world. The new job was supposed to be like a “foreign minister,” or “secretary of state,” but without as much power.
However, the EU3, composed of France, the UK, and Germany, wanted to dictate EU foreign policy on their own. They were even accused of a power grab by other EU countries, when they tried to hold their own special meeting to decide the EU’s future. The EU3 played a very big role in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Initially, when meeting with the Iranians, they left Solana behind. Nevertheless, some countries complained about this, and Solana eventually accompanied them during the negotiations.
On 06/06/06, Javier Solana emerged as leader of the group. He was shown on major news outlets presenting a deal that the Iranians could possibly accept. A major German newspaper puts it quite accurately “During his time in office, Solana established himself as a key negotiator and speaker for the EU on the subject of Iran's nuclear capabilities." If we look at Strong’s concordance, the literal meaning of “put down” is “to be low.” The short definition means that he “humbled” them. This can be backed up with other passages in the book of Daniel, which use the same word.
Pastor John MacArthur puts it this way. "But in the original text, it is not nearly so violent. [...] It actually refers to a gradual replacement as the new pushes out the old, and the old gradually fades away. It is not a catastrophe. It is progressive."
Solana gradually replaced the EU3 as the main speaker for the entire EU. This is very consistent with the image of the little horn which grows up and uproots three of the ten larger horns.
Revelation also talks about the beast with ten horns. “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. These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.”
In 1999, at the Cologne European Council, EU leaders agreed to transfer the military functions of the 10-nation Western European Union, to the European Union.
Before this, the member countries of the WEU could go on military operations by pooling their forces together and deploying a special mission. Yet now the 10-nation WEU was transferring these functions to the European Union. From now on, if they were going to do a joint military operation, they would do so through the European Union.
As a result, the EU set up a new committee, called the Political and Security Committee, to oversee these new military operations. According to Solana, “in other words, the EU took over the WEU functions.” In 2000, Recommendation 666 proposed that Solana be made chairman of the Political and Security Committee. Daniel also describes the Antichrist as the king of defense spending. Daniel 11:38 says “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.”
In context, the passage just got done telling us that the Antichrist has no regard for any god, other than himself. Therefore, theologians take the “god of fortresses” as a metaphor for military strength. Dr. John Walvoord says that: “...he will worship only the power to make war and gain victory…”
Fortresses are for defending instead of attacking. Therefore, the Antichrist does not just worship military power, but military defense. He honors this god with “gold and silver” and “precious stones and costly gifts.” In modern terms, this is money. The Antichrist is really big on defense spending.
But there’s a problem. Javier Solana hasn’t held an EU position since 2009. In 2010, one EU official gave his opinion on the Solana-Antichrist theory. He said the idea was “insane” because "Mr. Solana has now retired and is an elderly private gentleman.”
However, on 06/16/16, Solana gave a speech to the EU Parliament subcommittee on defense, arguing that the EU should become a military power.
Back in 2015, he was so passionate about these ideas that he went on tour to the capitals of many European countries. He went to all this effort, without any official EU position. When presenting his ideas in the EU’s capital, he said: "I will put all of the energies that I have left to push forward this process.
In June 2017, the European Union launched its first defense spending program, called the European defense fund. The defense fund has numerous connections to the number 666, as you can see here.
In July 2018, the EU’s legislature ratified the final part of the defense fund. Furthermore, the executive branch announced that they would directly manage the fund.
In the past, the number 666 has been strongly tied to Javier Solana or a prophecy he fulfills. Yet the European defense fund has more 666 connections to it than ever. Is God trying to tell us something? Will Javier Solana come back to lead the European defense fund?
Come Lord Jesus!