US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once famously asked that question. The myriad countries each with their prime ministers, kings, top diplomats, and presidents made diplomacy a frustrating patchwork. Kissinger's question is now answered, as the newly ratified Lisbon Treaty uniting all 27 European Union nations into one supra-national government has today chosen its first President. They also chose its first Foreign Minister. These positions are new, as per the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, really, a Constitution, uniting the 27 nations with one voice.
Prophecy buffs know that a revived Roman Empire was going to happen. Daniel prophesied this in chapters 2 and 7 and so it can be said that the revived Roman empire has now been born. We also know that the Antichrist will emerge from that re-born empire. And so today we report that there is one leader of a massive area of the world and also a new position of Foreign Minister whose job it is to point toward and carry out the President's policies. These two positions are remarkably similar to the positions described as the antichrist and the false prophet. There is already speculation that this, at long last must be the antichrist and false prophet.
However, I would caution us all not to spend time speculating about the antichrist's identity. The LORD said we will not know who he is until he reveals himself three and a half years into the Tribulation by tearing up the peace covenant he had confirmed (only one guy among many who had confirmed it I might add) and declaring himself to be God. We won't even be around then, having been raptured prior. Personally I do not think Mr Van Rompuy will be the antichrist by a long shot. The scriptures say the antichrist will be stern faced, a big man, imposing looking, having no regard for the desire of women (Van Rompuy is a married father of three)...and Van Rompuy has none of those attributes. Please, speculation is biblically pointless, and conduct unbecoming.
However, it is interesting to watch Europe coalesce in light of the prophesied one world government, and awesome to see the LORD'S Word come true. And it is huge news in its own right: 27 fractious nations got together and chose for themselves a President, showing that they can and do agree when they want to. Here is the latest news story on the President and Foreign Minister of Europe:
EU chooses unknowns for new top jobs
EU leaders have chosen Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy to be the first president of the European Council, while UK trade commissioner Catherine Ashton will become the bloc's foreign policy chief. Welcoming the decision on Thursday evening (19 November), Swedish leader Fredrik Reinfeldt said: "What we were seeking were people to create continuity" and "to be the voice and face of Europe throughout the world."
Mr Van-Rompuy, from the centre-right political family, is a trained economist and has been running Belgium for less than a year. He writes Haiku (Japanese verse) and is known for his low-key style, which includes a line in self-deprecatory humour and caravan holidays.
He came to prominence after Germany and France a few weeks ago agreed between themselves to promote him. Several diplomats subsequently suggested that his short term in office stood to his advantage as he has had no time to make enemies among other EU leaders. The presidency decision - nominating a person from a small country with no international profile - confirms the speculation of recent weeks that the majority of member states wanted to choose a person whose main role will be that of an internal fixer, rather than someone who can open doors in Washington and Moscow.
Mr Van Rompuy underlined his low-key approach by saying he intended to be "discreet" and that his personal opinions were "subordinate" to the council.
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