Through the Lens of Scripture: Macron and the EU

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?

Glory to God in the Highest!

Mary did You Know has been recorded by dozens of artists and is a Christmas favorite.

But it is an intriguing question: Mary, did you know?  Did you know your baby boy would walk on water?  Give sight to the blind?  Calm a storm?  Raise the dead?

Furthermore, what must it have been like to have an angel announce your conception before ever having relations with Joseph?

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
~Luke 1:30-33

Imagine being told you will be the mother of the Son of the Most High, who would one day rule a kingdom without end!  Could any of us have imagined what that meant?  This had never happened before.  Exactly what does it mean that one will be Son of the Most High?  Exactly what kingdom would He rule?

Fortunately, God had given prophecy of the coming Son of the Most High, so though it may have come in a much different form than Mary would ever have imagined, it was not totally unknown.  Yet, still so mysterious!

With the benefit of hindsight, we marvel at the birth of the Son of the Most High, and we understand the historic perspective.

But what about His Second Coming?  Again, God has given us prophetic foresight of the coming of our King.  Yet, we don’t fully “get it!”  To some small degree, we are like Mary.  We’ve heard the prophecies of His Second Coming and believe them, yet His coming will undoubtedly be in a different form than our human minds can conceive.

God is like that!  If our human minds could fully comprehend the vastness of God, our God would be too small!  However, while humanness prevents us from full understanding, our faith takes us to whatever depth we will allow the Son of the Most High to take us!

He is coming back again.  We don’t know when, nor do we know what it will look like, but prophecy tells us so, and our faith confirms it.  As you celebrate the birth of  the Son of the Most High, be assured that He will come again, then will ultimately sit on the throne as King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever and ever.

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
~Luke 2:10-14

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
~1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“Behold, I am coming quickly…”
~Revelation 22:12, 20


PS: Here is a fun rendition of Mary did You Know?  Enjoy…and Merry Christmas!

For Unto Us a Child is Born!

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Hi friends!  As we approach Christmas Day, let’s turn our thoughts to the One who came the first time as a Servant, but will someday return as our King.

The prophet Isaiah foretold of a coming King in Isaiah 9:6:

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Sure enough, a child was born…but the government did not rest on His shoulders.  That is what caused such consternation for the Jewish people.  They were looking for a ruler…someone to rescue them from the tyranny of Roman rule.  Yet Jesus, when He was born, grew to become a servant, not the knight in shining armor the Jews expected.

So, what are we to make of the promise in Isaiah 9:6?  The child (Jesus) was born, but the government did not rest on His shoulders.  To make matters worse, He went away!

The prophecy only makes sense if we understand that it is not completely fulfilled yet.  Indeed, Jesus was born.  We know that from historical record, and it was recorded clearly in Luke:

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
~Luke 2:4-7

But one day, that child born in a manger will return, not as servant this time, but as King!  The government will rest upon His shoulders when He fulfills the Davidic Covenant during the Millennium, taking His seat upon the throne.  He will be worshipped as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  (Zechariah 14:16-17, Revelation 19:16)

So this Christmas, let’s call His name Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.  Honor Him, praise Him and worship Him today!

Living in the Last Days

We just finished a mini-study on the return of Jesus Christ, our Savior and soon-coming King.  (If you missed it, go to posts of Thursday – Sunday, November 16-19, 2017.)  Indeed, our King is coming soon.

While Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 clearly tell us that no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return, Jesus admonished His followers who did not correctly analyze the present time:

And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out. And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way.  You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?
~Luke 12:54-56

We would be wise to analyze the present time,  based on what Bible prophecy tells us about end times.  So, what is there to analyze?  How about these current events:

  • For the second time in less than a week, the IDF fired warning shots at a Syrian outpost acting in violation of a 1974 UN ceasefire agreement.  Isaiah 17:1 tells us that Damascus Syria will one day be destroyed.  Whether a preemptive strike from Israel (which Israel may ultimately be forced to do) or ill-fated attacks from rogue regimes, Damascus’ very existence is tenuous these days.
  • Over the past few years we have seen earthquakes and other natural disasters increase dramatically in frequency and severity.  In 2014, NBC reported a worldwide surge in earthquakes.  The NOAA actually mapped out every earthquake over the past 15 years.  Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 24 that earthquakes would be a sign of the last days.
  • On Wednesday (11/22/2017) Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Is it coincidence that those very nations are named prominently as leaders in the War of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39)?  And what will they discuss?  Syria!  The gateway to the prophetic attack on Israel!

Throughout history there have been wars, rumors of wars and other things identified as signs of the end times.  However, never in the history of the world have so many end time prophecies lined up all at once.  Consider:

  • Israel had to be back in their land before the end comes. (ie – Jesus could not have come during the time, prior to 1948, when Israel was not in the land.)  They are back in their land!
  • The northern coalition to lead the War of Gog and Magog are now coalescing.  The Putin/Rouhani/Erdogan meeting this coming week is evidence of that.
  • The world is rushing toward One World Religion.  Christianity has all but died out in Europe and the same is happening at rapid speed in America…supposedly the most Christian nation on the planet.  Fertile ground exists for the coming of the False Prophet and One World Religion.
  • Climate change and the gay agenda seem to be unifying forces in gathering world leaders together for common causes.  This is known as globalism.  The antichrist will appear in order to rule a globalist society.  The buzzword is One World Order, and it is rising.

This is only a short list.  Yet, never in the history of the world have we seen what we see today…the pieces all coming together at the same time.

We don’t know the day and hour.  But friends, we’re living in the season.  Short of a miracle of God (which He could do!), it is hard to imagine that things will not unravel very soon.  As we studied yesterday, our responsibility is to live our lives as a living invitation for others (including Jews!) to come to the fountain of Living Water.

If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ personally, today is the day!  Jesus came the first time to die for your sins, and to raise from the grave to win the victory over death.  He will come again to take you home to be with Him forever IF you belong to Him.  If not…the tribulation awaits.

A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is simple:

  • Recognize you are a sinner.  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)
  • Recognize that Jesus Christ died for you.  God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
  • Repent of your sins.  Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.  (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 3:19)
  • Receive Jesus Christ into your life.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.  (Revelation 3:20)

Why not surrender to Jesus and invite Him into your life.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and cannot save myself.  I know you died for all the wrong things I have done, and I thank you for your forgiveness.  I want to turn from my sins and open the doors of my heart and my life to You.  Please come in and make Yourself at home in me.  Thank You for coming in to be my Lord and Savior.  Thank you for saving me!  Amen

After you’ve prayed that prayer, tell a Christian friend and seek out a good Bible-teaching church where you can be fed.  God loves you and desires that you grow in His grace and knowledge.  Blessings…and welcome to the family of God!

See you in our heavenly home!