When we gather at our virtual study table, we often talk about viewing today’s events through the lens of Scripture. So, pull up a chair and let’s go back to a news piece from a few days ago and put it into Scriptural context.
Consider Emmanuel Macron: “France is back at the core of Europe.” Read the article and you will discover Macron hyping a “stronger Europe,” and that France is perhaps the linchpin that brings it all together.
The EU is currently a coalition of 27 European countries, but Macron makes it clear that he does not intend “to wait for all the people around the table before moving forward.”
“If some people are ready to be more ambitious, to go further in terms of integration and ambition of what makes you sovereign as a power in this global environment, to defend your values and your interests, let’s move,” Macron said. “Those who don’t want to move forward should not block the most ambitious people in the room,” he said.
Global environment…the most ambitious people in the room. Key phrases! By the way, he gave his speech in English (as he often does on the world stage). Do you ever wonder why?
Well, I don’t claim to be a prophet, but here are some thoughts:
- Daniel 2 describes the account of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream that the prophet Daniel interpreted. The dream makes known a succession of kingdoms, including a fourth kingdom (revived Roman empire) described as feet and toes of iron and clay. (Verses 40-45) Iron and clay do not mix. This is a divided kingdom. The passage also indicates that iron will crush and shatter all things. In other words, the iron portion of the kingdom will subdue the clay portion. Could it be that Macron’s French empire and the other “most ambitious people in the room” become the kingdom of iron that crushes all others?
- Daniel 7 provides another glimpse into a similar dream God gave to Daniel himself. In it, the same succession of kingdoms was described, and when it came once more to the fourth, Daniel again describes a kingdom that devours and crushes others. (Verses 23-25) The kingdom is characterized as having 10 horns, which represent 10 kings. Is it possible that the 27 nations in the European Union will be whittled down to the 10 “most ambitious,” who will ultimately make up this 10 king coalition? We know this passage of Scripture to be indicative of the antichrist, and we have previously noted similarities between characteristics of Emmanuel Macron and the antichrist. I am not saying he is or isn’t the antichrist…only questioning whether or not the stage is being set for fulfillment of Daniel’s vision.
- Revelation 17:12-18 also describes the rise of the antichrist, called “the beast” in this passage. It predicts that 10 kings (horns) will “give their power and authority to the beast,” who will then be destroyed by the Lamb of God!
- When Macron speaks of “global environment,” it is no coincidence. One World Government has been on the rise for ages, and Macron is among those pressing for it. Revelation 17-18 talk specifically about the rise and fall of mystery Babylon…false religion and false government.
Finally, regarding Macron’s speech in English. While we have to be careful not to make too much of it, I do find it interesting that Macron consistently speaks the most common language of the day. If you want to lead multi-national coalitions, speaking different languages, it might behoove you to speak the language that is understood by the most people. A vast number of Europeans speak (or at least understand) English as a second language. Thus, is it any surprise that Macron would abandon use of his native tongue in favor of a common language?
Signs of the times? It certainly looks like it! Is Macron the antichrist? It is too early to say for sure. The point is not to identify who the antichrist is, but for each of us to determine for ourselves whether or not the stage is set for the last act.
As Christians, we likely won’t be here when the antichrist is revealed, so we don’t need to know who he is! But we DO need to know and understand the season in which we live. Jesus is coming…are you ready?