Heads, Horns and Europe’s Expanding Headache
Vol: 20 Issue: 27 Tuesday, May 27, 2003
The European Union is in the process of expanding its membership from its current fifteen to twenty-five member states. The Convention on the Future of Europe is racing to complete its draft constitution in time for a summit of EU leaders in Greece on June 20. Heading the Convention is former French president Valery Giscard d Estaing so it isn t surprising that almost everybody is crying foul except the French.
Some member states are complaining that the new constitution is being custom-written to serve the interests of the Western European Union.
Elmar Brok, a senior member of the European Parliament, accused d Estaing of riding roughshod over the views of the majority of the 105 Convention members, as well as the majority of the smaller EU member states.
We get the impression we are constantly tilting at windmills, he complained, saying, This is not acceptable to the small member states. Do we want a directorate in Europe where the big six states decide everything? If so, it will be the end of the European Union.
The so-called big six states, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Poland, want to see the creation of a long-term president for the European Council. The Council is the supreme body of national leaders within the EU. Currently, the EU presidency rotates every six months among all member states, regardless of size.
The draft would also cap the size of the European Commission, the EU executive which upholds the supranational EU interest, at 15 full members. That would mean that none of the smaller states would even have representatives on the Commission in Brussels.
The EU Commission is also demanding the constitution spell out its expanded powers. The EU Commission wants language included that specifically makes the Brussels executive commission the final authority on all EU matters except common foreign policy and security, which remain the responsibility of the permanent ten members of the Western European Union.
The EU is an effort to create by peace what could not be accomplished in centuries of war the unification of Europe. Ever since the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe has been in a more or less constant state of war with itself.
Dictators like Charlemagne, Napoleon and Hitler all set out to restore Europe to the glory it knew under the Roman Ceasars.
All previous efforts failed. They all tried to restore the empire by force Scripture says differently.
Daniel s description of the ten toes (See Daniel s 70th Week for more) of Nebuchadnezzar s image was that revived Rome would be like iron mixed with miry clay . Daniel also interpreted the meaning of the mixture:
whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Daniel 2:43)
Daniel interpreted the legs on Nebuchadnezzar s image as a fourth world empire that would not be destroyed, but would instead collapse and then be reconstituted in the last days.
The two legs were representative of the Roman Empire, which at its zenith had grown so large that it split into two empires. The Western Roman Empire with its capital at Rome, and the Eastern Roman Empire with its capital at Constantinople (modern Ankara, Turkey).
But the king s image only had ten toes, whereas modern Europe has fifteen members now and is squabbling about admitting ten more. But when the elements are separated, it is really a contest between the founding members of the Western European Alliance, whose members are the core members of the European Union.
The WEU is responsible for European common foreign policy and security under the terms of Article 4 of the 1948 Brussels Treaty, which provided for the mutual assistance in maintaining international peace and security”.
The Western European Alliance members are the only full members of the European Commission. The WEU Council closed its membership with the admission of Greece in 1992.
Although the ten-member WEU has largely integrated its functions with the larger European Union, the real power remains in the hands of the Western European Alliance.
That s what the fight is about over the new EU constitution. The complaints being lodged by the smaller EU states is that all the power is concentrated in Western Europe.
European unification will continue to move forward, but not on the French framework, or that of the new members or even according to the framework set out by the original Brussels Treaty.
Daniel is very specific about the details of the revived Roman Empire. Daniel said that the final form of revived Rome will be a configuration of ten nations. Daniel had a dream of the fourth beast, (the Roman Empire) describing it as diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had TEN horns (Daniel 7:8).
Daniel gave details about a split in this final ten-nation power bloc s leadership, saying,
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. (7:9)
Daniel interpreted the horns and the little horn (Dan 7:24) this way:
And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings
Currently, there are two developing schisms within Europe. There is the one between the emerging EU states and the original ten over who will be in charge.
And there is the second one involving France, Germany and Belgium, whose stance on Iraq put it at odds with NATO over Turkey.
The Iraq war has accelerated the scenario outlined by Daniel (in captivity in Babylon [Iraq] at the time) some 2,500 years ago.
Some might call it coincidence. But it would take considerably more faith to buy the coincidence argument than it does to simply compare today s news to Daniel s prophecies and conclude they are describing the same events from different perspectives.
Watch Europe in the days ahead. Things are beginning to come to pass as Scripture foretold for the last days. And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, Jesus said, we are to look up and lift up our heads as our redemption nears. (Luke 21:28)
I don t know about you, but my neck is really starting to hurt.