The Fig Tree — And All The Trees . . .

The Fig Tree — And All The Trees . . .
Vol: 20 Issue: 24 Saturday, May 24, 2003

I was stunned to read in the news that Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told a visiting European delegation that his government was weighing an application to join the EU. “It doesn’t mean he is preparing the dossier for applying tomorrow,” an Israeli spokesman said. “In principle, the minister thinks a possibility exists for Israel to join the EU, since Israel and Europe share similar economies and democratic values.”

One of our readers, Rick Fowler, forwarded a copy of the UPI report to me with the comment that the story “just floored” him. I couldn’t think of a better way to describe the report’s effect on me than that.

The headline alone is an echo — across twenty-five centuries — of a report penned by the Hebrew prophet Daniel, writing from Babylonian captivity. Daniel predicted the destruction of Jerusalem (fulfilled 600 years later) and predicted that in the last days, a prince would arise out of the people who destroyed Jerusalem (the Roman Empire, AD 70). Daniel says that coming prince would broker a seven-year peace deal between Israel and her surrounding enemies.

Daniel says that the prince of the revived Roman Empire who inks the peace deal is the antichrist. That’s what we get just from the UPI headline. The story is even more to the point. It is an analysis piece written by Martin Walker of the UPI. He might as well developed his analysis based on Bible prophecy.

He writes that the EU is, “already deeply, indeed inextricably involved in the Middle East, and not just as a member of “the Quartet” of the United States, EU, Russia and the United Nations that have jointly drawn up the “road map” to a peace agreement. The EU is one of the main customers for Middle Eastern energy exports, and under the Barcelona Agreement, has forged a series of trade and cooperation agreements with the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea.”

He notes that Turkey is a strategic Middle East player and an Islamic though legally secular country, and has been formally accepted as an EU candidate member. North African Arabs now account for 10 percent of France’s population, and the French and British colonial heritage in the Middle East gives them strong links to the region.

For Israel, EU membership would mean an end to the regional isolation it suffers, and a strong security guarantee, along with all the economic advantages of the vast EU market. Joining the EU would presumably mean joining the euro, shielding Israel from the kinds of currency crises that have hit the shekel since the intifada battered its important tourism industry.

For the EU, Israel’s impressive high-tech industry could be useful, but any economic advantages to Israeli membership would have to be balanced against the wider political costs to the EU, unless the Jewish state’s relationship with its Arab neighbors is transformed. Even then, those European countries like France that already sneer at Britain as “America’s Trojan horse” (and the German media that sneers at Poland as “America’s Trojan donkey”) might hesitate before admitting another such pro-American member.

Martin says that there are — note this — “voices in the EU that support the idea, including one member of the EU Parliament delegation that was told of Israel’s deliberations Tuesday evening.

Marco Pannella, an ITALIAN member of the European Parliament and president of the Transnational Radical Party, is promoting the initiative. He told reporters in Israel that while support was growing in the European Parliament for Israel to join the EU it could take “up to a decade” to complete the process.”

Assessment:

The Israeli government and the Italian representative to the EU are not the only ones who foresee eventual Israeli inclusion in the European Union. So does the Washington-based Cato Institute think tank.

In a recent report, it said, “Signaling to the Israelis and the Palestinians that a peaceful resolution to their conflict could be a ticket for admission into the EU, would be more than just enticing them with economic rewards,” the Cato report said. “Conditioning Israel’s entry into the EU on its agreement to withdraw from the occupied territories and dismantle the Jewish settlements there, would strengthen the hands of those Israelis who envision their state not as a militarized Jewish ghetto but as a Westernized liberal community.”

Whew! Let’s summarize. Daniel predicted the ascendancy of Europe in the last days to a position of global governance — something that is a distinct probability, in the event of the collapse of the UN. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is reintroducing a resolution calling for the US to withdraw from the UN.

Although previous attempts have garnered only fifty votes on the floor, the powerful Republican Congressional Representative Henry Hyde, said the other day that if it were offered again, he would vote for it.

Daniel predicted that a leader of Rome would ultimately solve the Arab-Israeli peace process. According to Daniel, for the first three and a half years, Israel lives in peace and safety, secure from attack by its enemies.

Ezekiel refers to Israel at this time as a ‘land of unwalled villages.’ (Israel is currently walling UP its villages.)

Israeli inclusion into the EU would have the effect described by Daniel. The Arabs would not dare to attack a member of the European Union, unless it was prepared to go to war with Europe. As the Cato Institute report noted, EU membership would instantly turn Israel from a “militarized Jewish ghetto [into] a Westernized liberal community.”

But should the European Union EXPELL Israel later . . . after all, European betrayal of the Jews isn’t exactly unthinkable.

The UPI analysis reads as if its author had a copy of Daniel open beside him. But that is, as noted, pretty unlikely. Despite Europe’s history of antisemitism and its openly pro-Arab bias, Israel’s future is tied to Europe, not the United States. The Bible says that it is.

And so, as unlikely as it might seem, the Israelis, the Europeans and the Cato Institute all agree. Not because they read the Bible and followed its model to develop their conclusions. Instead, it was the other way around.

The Bible says that the generation that witnessed the rebirth of Israel will be around to witness the complete unfolding of Bible prophecy for the last days, from Israel’s rebirth in 1948 to the return of Christ at the end of the age.

“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, [Israel] and all the trees;[the alignment of nations for the last days] When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:29-32)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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