Welcome back, fellow Bible students! We’ve just begun a mini-series on “Signs of the Times,” where we’re taking a look at a few world events that not only validate end time prophecies, but are also occurring in our lifetimes. Yesterday’s thoughts focused on the first sign of the times: the re-birth and re-gathering of the Jewish people to their homeland. It is a very clear sign of the end times.
Another clear sign is the rise of the revived Roman Empire. Now, what in the world does that mean? Well, pull up a chair and join our circle as we discuss today’s world through a Scriptural lens.
Let’s begin with the prophet Daniel. In Daniel 2 and 7 (as well as in Revelation 13 and 17), we are told that the Roman Empire will be revived, and that a leader will rise to rule with an iron fist (Daniel 7:7, 24-25). We won’t take the time today to fully discuss Daniel’s dream that culminated with the vision of the revised Roman Empire, but you will find a study of it in God’s Plan for the Gentiles.
For now, though, suffice it to say that today’s European Union is taking on characteristics of the 10-nation confederation that will become the revised Roman Empire. True, there are currently 28 nations in the European Union, but this group could very well consolidate to produce the group of ten referred to in Daniel’s vision. We’re not “there” yet, but the signs are pointing in that direction!
From that revised Roman Empire will rise the antichrist…or as Revelation 17 puts it: the beast. He will unite the world with his promises of peace, and will even strike a peace deal with Israel to allow them to build their Temple once again on Temple Mount.
Consolidating those nations and leaders will not be an easy task. It will be like mixing iron and clay (as Daniel 2:42-43 describes it), representing the various strengths and weaknesses of the EU. While possessing strong political clout, differences in economic theory, culture and language will present challenges.
Through Daniel the prophet, God provided yet another clear sign of end times! My friends, God’s Word has never been proven wrong! We can trust it. And if we are seeking His wisdom and insight, we can know and understand the signs He makes known to us!
Blessings to all! Come back tomorrow when we gaze upon another sign: globalization.