By Arno Froese
Midnight Call Ministries
(Euobserver.com)—European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has told the Chinese public that the EU will become a fully-fledged “political union” after the financial crisis.
Speaking to TV cameras after a meeting with Chinese leader Wen Jiabao in Beijing, he noted the EU has recently suffered mass strikes and protests, including violent clashes in Greece.
“It is true that in many of our member states there have been student protests and strikes. This is normal in our open societies where people have a right to protest,” he said.
“I want to make this very clear to Chinese public opinion. Because I understand when you see the news you may be putting some questions. Is the European Union really going to progress? I say, ‘Yes. No doubt about it’…Precisely because of the problems in the euro area the conclusion has been to further integrate and to complete the monetary union with a fiscal union and, I believe, in the future toward a political union.”
EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy highlighted a clause in the joint summit communique which says the EU is willing to “swiftly” give China market economy status—a move that would help it sell more cheap goods to Europe. “It’s the first time we put this kind of agreement with this kind of language after an EU-China summit,” he said.
Wen said nothing on Iran and indicated that China does not want outside interference in Syria. “The future of Syria is for the Syrian people to decide,” he said.
Europe is China’s largest customer. The EU represents the world’s biggest exporter and importer. According to Bible prophecy, Europe will continue to be the center of the world. It is biblically defined with these words,
“Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces” (Daniel 7:23).
We notice the word “diverse.” What does this diverseness consist of? Historically, a kingdom or any government operated independently for the well-being of its citizens; usually one ruler, one tax code, one language, with one goal for only its own people: peace, prosperity, and security.
The European Union is different. It is expressed in their motto “United in Diversity.” The success is mind-boggling when one considers the fact that only 70 years ago, World War II devastated the continent. While economically as well as financially, the EU has been extremely successful, one thing is lacking: a “political union.” That obviously is only a matter of time. In spite of being the most diverse continent on earth, a political union will and must be achieved.
From Scripture we know that the ultimate end, the climax of this union will produce one leader—the Antichrist.
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