Hello. Welcome to this weeks Bible in the News. Europe has a new president. Germany’s former defence minister, Ursula Von der Leyen, is the president elect of the European Commission and is set to become the most powerful person in the day-to-day affairs of the European Union. As always in this weeks episode, we look at this recent news in the light of Bible Prophecy.
This is what Nigel Farage (the former UKIP leader and current leader of the UKs new “Brexit Party”) said on the 16th of July 2019 in the European Parliament when Von der Leyen was nominated:
"Well, I may be speaking from the back of the chamber today, but as I predicted, the last time I was here in the European Elections, the Brexit Party were very much to the front of the Elections and massive, massive winners - and I come back to the place, that has been humbled and humiliated. The European Council stitch up, has rendered this place impotent, until today, when you’ve got some real power if you choose to use it. What you’ve seen from Ursula von der Leyen today, is an attempt for the European Union, to take control of every single aspect of our lives. She wants to build a centralized, undemocratic updated form of communism, that will render Nations States Parliaments, where the State controls everything, where Nations States Parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all. I have to say from our perspective, in someways, I am really rather pleased because you’ve just made Brexit a lot more popular in the United Kingdom. Thank God, we’re leaving.
But it is, in the aspects of defence, that people’s mind’s should be focussed, she’s a fanatic for building a European army, but she’s not alone. When it’s completed, Nato will cease to exist or will have any relevance in Europe, at all. And of course, not to be left out of this, French President Emmanuel Macron, on Bastille Day last Sunday, stood at the front of an open top car, with these Nation European defence force behind him, looking for all the world like an updated version of Napoleon... Be in no doubt, five years of these people, the European Defence Union will be complete. And what is there for defence can also be used for attack! And you with the House, will have no control over it. Vote against this nominee, strike up low for democracy, strike up low for your citizens, do it today."
Farage made the comments in relation to the nomination of Ursula Von Der Leyen for European Commission President. Farage called upon MEPs to reject her but he was ignored. Ursula von der Leyen became the first electe female European commission president and is set to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down on 31 October.
Ursula von der Leyen | Credit: François Lenoir/Reuters | Source: The Guardian
So who is Ursula Von Der Leyen?
- She is a 60 year old German member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union - a successor to the “Catholic Centre Party”.
- She has, in the past, called for a “United States of Europe” and is committed to further integration and unity of member states.
- She believes in a European army.
These three points are of high relevance for us as Bible students. When one reviews the prophecies of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation it becomes apparent that the Bible speaks about a union of nations that occurs at the time when Jesus returns to the earth. This union of nations occurs on the ancient territories of the Roman Empire, a revival of that system the Bible in symbol depicts as a “beast”. This united states of the Kingdom of men has an army which is deployed against God’s people and against the Lord Jesus Christ when he returns. There is also a religious element which rides this beast, helping to direct it - this is depicted in the symbolic prophecies as a harlot woman with a figurehead termed “the false prophet”.
Writing in 1897, one Bible student, Samuel Garratt, writes as follows:
“The beast... seems to require either a Republic or a Democratic Empire. The Church of Rome would accommodate itself with equal ease to a Holy Roman Empire or the United States of Europe.”
“A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John, Considered As The Divine Book of History”, pages 250-251
In Revelation 17 we read of the leaders of the territories fo the beast, depicted as ten horns.
"And 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.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." Revelation 17:12-14
Therefore as we consider this weeks news of a new federalist leader of Europe, who is committed to a religious political party and who is in favour of a European army and further european integration we rejoice for we are surely seeing further steps being made in bringing about the picture of the world that the prophets of God have recorded in the scriptures of truth. That picture which heralds the return of the lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will return to the earth to set up God’s Kingdom.
So keep watching and waiting with us for the fulfilment of the prophecies. For we know that “the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Daniel 2:44
Join us again next week God willing for another Bible in the news.