The international press reports that the G7 meeting is highly divided this year, essentially because of positions by US President Donald Trump:
US President Donald Trump told the world that he is pulling the USA out of the Iranian nuclear deal. Europe is not pleased and Iran hopes this will help drive Europe further from the USA (see Donald Trump voids Iranian nuclear deal: There is still a threat). Europe is upset and wants further distance from the USA (see AP: Trump’s pull out from Iran deal deepens US isolation).
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin began another term in office (see Vladimir Putin begins another term: How will he affect world events? Is he the ‘prince of Rosh’?). Some have been confused about Iran, Syria, Israel, and Russia from a prophetic perspective (see Iran, Syria, Israel, and Russia: Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah).
The Europeans and Mexico are making progress on a new trade agreement:
21 April 2018
The EU and Mexico have agreed “in principle” to update their 18-year-old trade deal. The move sends a message to the US after President Donald Trump announced a series of protectionist trade measures.
On Sunday, the Hungarians re-elected Viktor Orban as their Prime Minister. Some see his victory as a sign that “strongmen” will rise up in Europe. At least one, called the Beast, will do so according to Bible prophecy (Revelation 17:12-13). Viktor Orban sees “sees himself as a defender of “Christian” Europe”.
Last Friday, the Temple Institute discussed the reading of passages in the Old Testament regarding a female cow called a red heifer. It said that it is monitoring various candidates. It erroneously claims that ‘the fate of the world’ depends on the red heifer. Well, the fate of the world depends on God intervening to stop humanity from destroying itself (cf. Mark 13:19-20). That being said, the sermonette recommended for this Sabbath is related to this: Red Heifers and the Fate of the World.
YouTube has been suspending more and more channels it does not care for. Notice the following from Idaho Republican Congressional candidate Michael Synder:
Donald Trump’s announcement about imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum have shaken parts of the world and upset the Europeans. The Europeans have proposed retaliatory steps. We look to see the start of ‘trade wars.’ As most of you realize that subject was the cover article of the last edition of our Bible News Prophecy magazine. Here is a link to the: the January-March 2018 edition of Bible News Prophecy magazine.
The European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) are having difficulties in negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU (see Talks seem to suggest a relatively ‘hard’ Brexit). The EU has laid out a position that the UK says is unacceptable as it interferes with its sovereignty (see EU is Brexit ready, UK is not). Expect that the EU will remain upset with the UK, well after Brexit.
25 “He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. (Daniel 11:25)
The “He” above is the European King of the North.
Since that is prophesied it will happen.
In my article, 18 items to prophetically watch in 2018, notice the 14th item:
14. Europe Will Work to Reorganize and Have a Great Army
To verify if that is happening, notice what Deutsche Welle (DW) reported today:
Changing Europe revives interest in an EU military
15 February 2018
Early plans for a European army failed in the wake of World War II. EU states have since taken numerous small steps to integrate their armed forces, bringing the idea of a Europe-wide military ever-closer to reality. …
After the end of the European Defense Community (EDC) in 1954, plans for a European army were put on the back burner for decades, until recent events revived the idea. US President Donald Trump’s lack of interest in Europe, the increased threat posed by Russia and the UK’s looming withdrawal from the EU have given the military project new impetus.
The first major step was late last year, when 25 EU member states agreed to the Permanent Structured Cooperation(PESCO) on the integration of national militaries into an EU force. This cooperation strives for joint armaments projects and a closer cooperation between the armed forces themselves. Going by the wishes of EU defense ministers, PESCO could set the groundwork for a European military. At the same time, the willingness to cooperate is on the rise at the bilateral level. …
The motivation for increased military integration extends beyond strengthening political ties. EU countries want to save costs and share access to military capabilities other states may lack.
This year marks the beginning of the integration of the entire German Seebataillon (Naval Forces Protection Battalion) — consisting of some 800 troops — into the Dutch Navy, as agreed in 2016. The Dutch support ship HNLMS Karel Doorman, which is used for amphibious operations, is part of this cooperation. The Dutch Navy had been running the vessel with a reduced crew due to budget constraints, and Germany provided a partner to help operate it.
Regardless of the motivations, EU countries are increasingly recognizing the need to accelerate closer military cooperation within the bloc. This not only applies to smaller nations like the Netherlands, but also to EU heavyweights like France and Germany. http://www.dw.com/en/changing-europe-revives-interest-in-an-eu-military/a-42555374
I have warned before the election of Donald Trump, that his rise could motivate Europe to build a European military. Notice also something posted here one day BEFORE the US election:
If Donald Trump is elected, the Germans will see this as proof that they cannot rely on the USA for their defense, etc. Germany will push for a European army. Some in Europe actually want Donald Trump to win for this basic reason (see ‘Why Europe Secretly Roots For Donald Trump’?). (Thiel B. Germans opposed to Donald Trump, but not too optimistic about Hillary Clinton. COGwriter, November 7, 2016)
We are seeing that. I also warned that Brexit would be a factor in Europe’s militarization, and it has been.
Now, most in the USA are not particularly concerned about any of this. But should they be?
A reader sent me a link to the following:
BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) – In Washington serious warnings are being raised against an independent German-European military policy aimed at weakening NATO. The militarization of the EU is being supported as long as “it is complimentary to NATO,” a senior Pentagon official was quoted. However, Washington would intervene, if Berlin and the EU were to pull military resources away from NATO and use them for their own wars. This statement was made in light of the NATO defense ministers’ meeting that begins today, which will include a decision on the establishment of two new NATO headquarters. One will be established in the United States, to secure the military supply routes from North America over the Atlantic to Europe. A second will be established in Germany, to optimize rapid redeployments of West European troops eastwards across the continent. At the current stage of planning, this will be under German sovereignty and available also for use outside of the NATO framework. …
According to recent reports, the new headquarters will not be firmly integrated into the NATO Command Structure (NCS), but rather be established and operated under German sovereignty. It would, therefore, be a component of the NATO Force Structure (NFS), which the Bundeswehr describes as being “comprised of member states’ national (and multinational) armed forces.” Their facilities may be “incorporated into NATO’s command and decision-making structure under contractually agreed conditions.” However, in the case of the new headquarters, there is also the option of being used for military purposes outside of the NATO framework – for example for the “Army of the Europeans” that the German government, according to its recently published coalition contract between the coalition partners, CDU/CSU and SPD, seeks to establish. Berlin, therefore, has a maximum of political flexibility in its options for the new facility.
Warnings are being raised against an independent German-EU military, in the run-up to the NATO Defense Ministers’ meeting. Washington is adamantly opposed to the EU pulling military requirements away from NATO, declared a senior Pentagon official at the beginning of the week. As long as EU initiatives, such as PESCO, are “complementary to” and not distracting from NATO’s activities and requirements, they will be supported. For example, military mobility would work both for Europe and NATO. But if we make sure that the infrastructure or legal changes within and between countries, aren’t based on NATO requirements, then we’re working at cross purposes. The US would not tolerate this. Yesterday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also joined the discussion saying that it will be absolutely without any meaning “if NATO and the EU start to compete.” It is precisely this competition that is the logical consequence of the German-EU efforts to reach military independence. https://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/news/detail/7531/
So, some in Washington are concerned about ramifications of a European military. But notice that the plan is to have a GERMAN DOMINATED ARMY OF THE EUROPEANS!
If US political and military leaders looked more into biblical prophecy, they would be even more concerned. But, despite claims, the USA will not really be able to stop this–Europeans will continue to tell Americans that they truly want to cooperate and the USA will, despite some complaints, put up with that until it is too late!
23 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. 24His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. 25 “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. (Daniel 8:23-25a)
39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain (Daniel 11:39).
The ‘he’ is the final European King of the North Beast. And the strongest fortresses in the world belong to the USA and to a much lessor extent, its English-speaking allies (for a more detailed explanation of why the USA and its Anglo-allies are involved, as well as the dividing of their lands, please see Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel). Some would call this attack World War III(WWIII; see also World War III: Steps in Progress). The comment that he will be mighty, but not by his own power could suggest that he will use NATO resources as part of his strength.
For many years, I have warned that it was likely that when the European King of the North Beast power attacks the USA, he may be able to partially do that under the guise of a NATO exercise. This continues to look more and more likely.
Much is happening in the world. Europeans are seeing the need to create a “great army,” which we know the Bible prophesies will be created (Daniel 11:25).
The time will come when the USA will be no more (watch also the sermon: Do these 7 prophesies point to the end of the USA?).
Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.
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