Having Ten Heads and Seven Horns
Vol: 17 Issue: 11 Tuesday, February 11, 2003
If Turkey ever wondered if it would ever gain membership in the EU by overcoming French and German objections to its joining, it probably isn’t wondering anymore. Not only is it obvious that the Turks will always be 2nd class citizens of Europe, but membership in NATO isn’t looking so hot, either.
Alliance officials proposed a plan involving deploying Patriot anti-missile batteries and surveillance planes to help defend Turkey from a possible military response from Iraq.
Turkey has been a long standing member of the alliance and the ONLY Islamic majority state in the organization.
The major attraction to membership is NATO is Article Five of the NATO Charter. Under the terms of Article Five, an attack on any member state of NATO is deemed to be an attack on them all.
America was attacked on September 11, 2001. On September 12, Secretary General of NATO Lord Robertson convened an emergency Article 5 meeting — the first such meeting in the Alliance’s 52-year history.
A NATO source said Robertson had called for the invoking Article Five for two reasons — political solidarity with the U.S. and sending a message to terrorists that “we are prepared to face you collectively.”
Chapter Five says “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack on all.”
It requires each ally to assist the country attacked “by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with other parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.”
So successful was the NATO alliance that September 11, 2001 marked first time that a military attack had taken place on the soil of a NATO member in fifty-two years.
It may have also been the last time NATO (as it currently exists) will ever invoke Chapter 5.
Because when Turkey invoked the same Charter provision, saying it feared an attack from Iraq, NATO turned them down.
By vetoeing the request, the Financial Times reported that “France, Belgium and Germany yesterday (Monday) plunged NATO into one of the most serious crises in its 54-year history.”
The United States formally asked NATO on January 15 to lend various kinds of backing to Turkey.
It included deploying Patriot anti-missile batteries, AWACS surveillance planes and chemical-biological protection units to protect Turkey from an Iraqi counter-attack. The Turks backed the US request under the terms of Chapter 5.
A Polish diplomat, quoted by the Financial Times, blamed France for effectively “signing the death warrant of NATO and the transatlantic relationship.”
An unspecified NATO ambassador quoted in the paper said: “It is easy to apportion blame. That hardly matters now. NATO is marginalized.”
“Even when we (NATO) give the security guarantees to Turkey, it will be too late. The US is unlikely to forgive or forget,” the ambassador added.
For the right-wing Daily Mail, the vetoes by Paris and Brussels — backed by Berlin — were a huge slap in the face for Washington and therefore for London, its chief ally over Iraq.
“Monstrous ingratitude,” stormed the tabloid’s headline.
“The alliance that has kept Europe at peace for half a century was tearing itself apart over Iraq last night,” the paper said.
“135,576 US servicemen died liberating Europe in World War Two — America spent 15,000 billion dollars fighting the Cold War — even now it spends 10 billion dollars a year backing NATO,” it said.
The London Independent said of NATO’s refusal, “it is beginning to look as if the argument over Iraq is now threatening the worst rupture in transatlantic relations since the Second World War.”
There are a lot more Europes than at first meet the eye. There is the European Union. The EU is made up of fifteen member states at present, and could swell to twenty-five member states by next year. Ooops. Make that twenty-FOUR. Turkey has been trying to join the alliance for ten years and has been rebuffed at every turn.
Then there is the European Commission – (with its own president), the European Parliament (with its own president), the European Community (with its own president) NATO (with its own Secretary-General) and the Western European Alliance (with its own government AND military force).
None of these entities are directly answerable to any of the others. But the senior ‘Europe’, if such there be, would be the Alliance of the Western European Union.
The WEU has its origins in the Brussels Treaty of Economic, Social and Cultural Collaboration and Collective Self-Defence of 1948, signed by Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The WEU is made up of Foreign and Defence Ministers of the member countries that adopted a “Platform on European Security Interests” designed to ‘strengthen’ NATO. What it became was a second Europe, run by the French and Germans.
It is a closed membership that includes 10 European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
It has a Council and Secretariat formerly located in London and based in Brussels since January 1993, and a Parliamentary Assembly in Paris.
But it is France and Germany that call the shots for the WEU, issuing its decrees out of Brussels, Belgium.
The prophet Daniel had a vision that corresponded to four successive world empires, identified as Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. Of the four, Rome was the only one not be be conquered and replaced by its conqueror.
Daniel’s fourth world empire “was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had TEN horns.” (Daniel 7:7)
Daniel’s vision now leaps across time to the last days. Daniel says of the ten horns, “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:8)
The eleventh horn was the antichrist. Daniel says that before him, three of those little horns were plucked up by the roots. Ten horns (Daniel also calls them ‘kings’) from which three are removed.
The Apostle John describes the antichrist and his government in Revelation 13:1, saying the beast rises “up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”
When the European Union was born, all eyes turned to it as the possible government of antichrist. In 1980, the EU expanded to ten members. But then it kept on going, to 11, then 12, then 15 and soon to be 25. But the ten nation Western European Alliance is a closed circle. Nobody else can join.
I am not saying that the WEU is about to morph into the 7 heads and ten horns of Revelation. I don’t know. Many said that the EU was the antichrists government, and are now looking for another explanation. And those who went on record as saying ‘this is it’ are still eating their words.
I don’t know if this is ‘it’. Neither does anybody else.
Here’s what I DO know. I know that Daniel penned his description of four world empires before they existed and was so exactly right in his description that some now claim Daniel is a forgery penned in 163 BC, which would make his record of Babylon, Persia and Greece history, while Rome was already assuming its role on the world stage.
Some Christians buy that argument, too. But Jesus said that Daniel was a prophet (Matthew 24:15) — not a forger– so adopting that argument makes Jesus either a liar or woefully uninformed.
Both Daniel (certified a prophet by Jesus) and John, (selected as an Apostle by Jesus) tell us that the final form of the antichrist’s government will arise from the ashes of the old Roman Empire. It will be a ten-nation confederation out of whom three will be removed.
It will exist at the same time as a place called ‘Israel’ that will be at war with her neighbors (Daniel 9:24-27), at a time when all eyes are on Jerusalem. (Zechariah 12:2-3).
Jesus said that the generation that saw the rebirth of the fig tree (Israel – Matthew 24:34) would not pass until ALL was fulfilled.
Israel was reborn in 1948. The WEU was born in 1948. Both are moving to the forefront of history as we watch. At the heart of the controversy is the Islamic effort to wipe out Israel and three European states unwillingness to face down the Islamic states, (especially Babylon, who also has an unfulfilled destiny for the last days (see http://www.omegaletter.com/articles.asp?ArticleID=586 for more) and it is all unfolding before our eyes.
Is this it? Maybe. Maybe not. The Scriptures say that, “this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN shall the end come.” (Matthew:24:14)
But thanks to the internet, that is also something that we are eyewitnessing.
For example, some of you are reading your Omega Letter in South Africa, like my friend Anton. Still others are reading these words in Australia, the UK, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Italy, France, Mexico, South America and even one brave soul in Bahrain.
Those are subscribers — but anyone with a computer and an internet connection, anywhere on earth, can stumble on our website, view the evidence presented therein, read the Plan of Salvation, and then this Gospel of the Kingdom will have been preached somewhere else among the nations.
Now, tie it all together. Remember that we are only ONE generation out of hundreds that watched faithfully for the signs given the Church by Jesus of his soon return.
And of all those generations, across all those centuries, find another that fits the bill.
Is the war in Iraq the catalyst that sets off the Final Conflict? I don’t know. Jesus said that no man would know the day or the hour.
But Jesus DID say “‘when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till ALL these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:33-34)
I won’t set a date. God drew a veil around that specific date and I have no desire to peek behind it.
But I can read the writing on the wall as well as you can.
Musing Right Along . . .
I don’t want to bore you with personal drivel, but so many of you emailed me to encourage and reassure me about my recent diagnosis of glaucoma that I couldn’t answer them all personally.
Part of the reason is because I got my first pair of prescription glasses in my life yesterday and I can’t see a THING!
(I’m told that is temporary, but it is also pretty weird.)
In any case, I was able to read them all, but those I did answer probably got a lot of words like ‘diid’ and ‘felllow’. Sorry.
It’s much clearer today (although still weird) and I am encouraged. Preliminary results suggest I am responding well to the medication.
I confess it scared the pants off me — (I fear I’d be a sad excuse as a martyr, although I’d love to convince myself I’d out-Stephen Stephen) but it really made me think about the God ‘in Whose Hands all my breath is, and Whose are all my ways’ (Daniel 5:23) — and in that context.
How my God could, in an instant, shut down any vital system. And it made me marvel that He has not. And it made me love Him more.
Daniel finishes the verse, “hast thou not glorified.”
The lesson I come away from this with is one most of us know in our heads, but seldom take time to realize in our hearts.
Daniel’s complete thought runs like this. “the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:”
I write you as friends and fellow laborers. We share a common burden for the lost who don’t know Christ. Each of us glorifies God by bearing fruit.
The OL is YOUR OL because it isn’t addressed to the lost. They wouldn’t follow it.
I could write inspirational salvation messages and post them on the web, but they would only attract those few already interested out of the bulk who are already saved.
But each of you has a circle of people you interact with every day. We dig out the evidence, you present it — each one tell one — and we can reach into circles of friends in South Africa, Nigeria, New Zealand . . you get the idea. In many cases, in languages I cannot speak. (Think about that for a minute)
Our ministry starts, not with somebody surfing the web, but with somebody in a coffee shop sighing, “I don’t know what this world is coming to.”
We do. And Who is coming to IT.
Each one, tell one.
“And THEN shall the end come” (Matthew:24:14)