02-Some Say Common Market
There are as many who teach that Western Europe will produce the antichrist, as there are who advocate Syria. Are they teaching the truth?
8)”I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before which there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. 20)And the ten horns that were in its head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell, even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke very great things, whose look was more stout than its fellows. 24) 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.”
Now let´s look at Western Europe as the home of the antichrist or little horn as he also called. He cannot come from one of the ten nations (horns) of the Common Market because in Daniel 7:24 he is said to come after them (rise after). Also, in Daniel 7:8, both the antichrist and his nation are referred to as “another” horn or nation, not one of the ten. Both the nation and the man will rise to prominence after ten nations of Europe already exist as nations, but not necessarily at the same time. For the leader will rise up after his nation has already been formed and established. The beast will be the last leader of the nation. Since the beast is both a man and his nation, like the other ten, and since in Daniel 7:20 his look is stronger (stout) than the other ten, then we have to look elsewhere to find the beast or antichrist and his nation.
There is no nation in Western Europe which is not part of the Common Market and yet stronger and younger than any of the ten that are in it, which it must be. The little horn of Daniel 7 is a nation that emerges “out of ” and “after” the first ten. He is not one the ten, but another. In Daniel 7:8 the word “among” in Hebrew means “from out of, distinct, separate.” Where are the roots of America found? It is clear that the little horn is the 11th nation, which is stronger and younger than the others, that will produce the antichrist.
The original Roman Empire began to break up in 476 AD. Too many Bible teachers ignore the time and history between 476 A.D. and today. They interpret Daniel´s prophecy of the little horn as being a man only. They apply these verses as being totally in the future, when the man arises to produce the 70th Week. This is part of the reason why they can´t see America as the fulfillment of the little horn.
For in 1776, 1300 years later or “after” the first ten were formed, a nation or horn was born “out of” mother Rome, distinctly separate from its fellows. It didn´t take long for this little horn to become stronger than the first ten, and it is certainly younger than the nations of Western Europe today. And we would have to agree that America and its Western European allies have fellowship one with another. Even America´s dollar bill, with all its images, reveals that 1776 is the time to “announce the birth of the new world order.”
Even if you discount the Common Market altogether, there still isn´t a nation in all of Europe who overwhelms, in military and economic power, the other nations. Even men like Napoleon and Hitler attempted to dominate and control the others; they failed because Western Europe is not to be the home of the antichrist.
The nations of Western Europe are part iron and part clay, never to unite as one sovereign nation, (Daniel 2:43). They will form alliances however, but will always be separate nations. This also explains why you cannot find the name “little horn” in the parallel verses of Revelation 13, the beast “out of” the sea with ten crowned horns and seven heads. Why? Because the little horn grew in size and strength from 13 states to 50. It is now called “the beast”.
The little horn of Daniel 7 is said to have plucked up three of the first ten nations by the roots. What does this mean? Many prophecy teachers usually attribute this “plucking up” as entirely in the future, thinking it will be fulfilled at the beginning of the 70th Week. I believe that the plucking has already been fulfilled.
What three nations of Western Europe, who were part of the old Roman Empire, colonized the land now known as America? England, France, and Spain. Each one of these colonial landowners was plucked up by the roots, by the young American nation, to give it room to grow. The roots symbolize the land and the sovereignty these three had over it.
What shoreline was John standing on (in his vision) when he saw a beast nation rise up out of the sea, (Revelation 13:1)? The west coast of Western Europe. What kind of nation did John see rising up out of the political, religious, economic, and social chaos of the divided Roman Empire?
The fact that God calls America a “beast” from its very conception should produce one question within us all. Is America the Christian nation, “under God”, that all of us have been taught to believe? What kind of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is implied in the Declaration of Independence? Were the founding fathers referring to eternal life in Heaven, liberty and freedom from sin through the blood of Jesus, and happiness that comes from knowing Jesus and that our names are written in Heaven? If you read the rest of the Declaration you will find no mention of any of these fundamental truths of the Bible.
American Christians are taught to believe that the founding fathers were men of God, filled with the Spirit of God. Can a man filled with Jesus Christ and all of his teachings, write and sign such an important document and omit basic Bible truths? A close look and study of the document, in the light of the word of God, reveals it to be carnal and fleshly, written by rebellious carnal minds. Many of these founding fathers had a form of Christianity, but what they wrote did not come from the mind and heart of God. Believers in Jesus should have no part in the glorification of such men and their declarations. We should love them, witness the truth to them, and pray for them, and that´s all.