Comment By Adamantine:
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The existence of a ten nation grouping in Europe which would be the ultimate base for the rise of the AC appeared first as though the ten members of the common market might fulfill such a scenario back in 1980. Instead the number of members of the common market quickly grew beyond the ten and prophecy watchers were dismayed.
Next we have the rise of the ten nation WEU as a military core which arose in 1995 and we are watching to see if that might provide the base for the rise of the AC.
These slides are a review of that history.
The Biblical basis for the ten kings and the same ten rulers as the ten horns derives from the book of Revelation and the Book of Daniel.
The ten horns are also the ten kings which are also represented by the ten toes in the Statue in the dream recorded by Daniel in the book of Daniel.
The AC would arise as a leader of these ten kings,horns, toes and somehow have worldwide influence.
Many have not attended to this fact that the ten must exist before the rise of the little horn that arises after them.
There does exist a separate but intensely linked ten nation core of Europe known as the Western European Union which in many ways was the precursor to the European Union itself. Here in 2009 one of the leaders of the European Union speaking to the Western European Union states that very fact.
This slide from Wikipedia shows that the Western European Union was founded in 1948 before the founding of the European Union and it was linked to the EU in 1999.
The Western European Union grew until it was ten nations in 1995. It is a mutual defense treaty which requires each nation to come to the defense of the others in situations of war.
It was Javier Solana among others who desired to see the Western European Union become the core of the EU for military affairs.
This article was written in 1995 prior to the inclusion of the WEU into the EU in 1999.
The Western European Union has associate members as well but only the ten core members vote and pay dues and are beholden to the military treaty of assistance in war. The red nations are the ten nations. These ten nations all are members of the EU and reside in territories that at different times in the history of the Roman Empire were part of the empire.
Javier Solana was chosen in 1999 to become the first leader of the ten nation WEU after it had become ten members.It could be said that he arose after the ten were in place.
In January 2002 as recorded by Javier Solana it was determined that the WEU would remain at ten members.
During the ten years that Javier Solana was serving as Secretary general of the WEU he also served as Secretary general of the EU and its High Representative representing Europe to the world. he became head of the European Defense Institute and brought the Galileo Space program under the control of the EU military. During this time the crisis management powers of the WEU (War Powers essentially) were brought into the EU by recommendation 666 of the WEU. The Lisbon Treaty put together in June 2007 was celebrated at the Bastille day parade of 2007 with all of the militaries of the EU marching together for the first time. At this time it became a reasonable theory to ponder about a ten nation core group of nations residing at the center of EU power. Could it be biblical prophecy in fulfillment? Javier Solana was also a suspicious character because he was not only the military chief of Europe but its prime diplomat and peacemaker. He was involved in peace negotiations with Israel from the earliest days of the EU and he actually was central to the signing of a seven year Instrument between Israel and the EU and 800 million other people and 40 plus nations which strengthened an earlier agreement of 1995. This seven year instrument runs from January 1, 2007 until December 31, 2013. Events looked very suspicious. Then all quickly began to change. In Jul 2009 Javier Solana “retired” form his positions in the EU and WEU Interestingly his leadership of the WEU was never finalized an it has only an “acting Secretary General”
In a surprise announcement in March of 2010 the WEU was planned to be dissolved by July 2011. Its powers were subsumed by the EU under the Lisbon Treaty which came into effect December 1, 2009. There is some movement to salvage some functions in the general assembly of the WEU to provide oversight of EU military affairs by a parliamentary assembly
At nearly the same time some fringe militia members in Michigan who had become aware of the theory were linked to it because of accusations that they planned illegal attacks upon the government which they felt might become part of a new world order. They identified Javier Solana as a possible AC figure. This helped disparage the theory in general as no one likes to be linked to extremists and possible violence.
Events of the last year have proven Javier Solana is far from retired. Nevertheless under current hypothesis he would need to become the leader of the ten nations of the WEU again before its dissolution in July 2011. It would take an apparent crisis to bring such an unexpected political event to pass.
Hence we watch to see if Javier Solana might again be brought back to power over the WEU prior to its dissolution in July 2011.
If nothing happens then we might be similar to those of 1980 who thought that the ten nations of the common market might represent the ten nations of the Prophecy theory back in their day.
Should the theory fail because events simply prove it to be incorrect we should know within 7 months. Those who may disparage the theory before or even after wards will be incorrect to do so. The WEU for a time period in the history of the world was central to the developing defense and military structures of the Western powers. This slide is a NATO slide from a NATO website a number of years back and it shows that at least for awhile military analysts saw the WEU as central to the powers of the west. During its more than 60 years of existence it has remained mostly hidden to the casual observer of current events. Nevertheless for a time it will have been at the very center of world politics.
For a time for those who were willing to take time to look it will have been at the very center of end time Biblical suppositions about the end of the age. We are watching now with less than a year to see if there is any future for it according to world politics and Biblical prophecy. Will it turn out that the WEU has existed with its primary purpose to provide the power base for the rise of a leader who will use it as a springboard to control the EU and then extend his power worldwide?
I do not know. I have presented this summary to provide a review so that the theory may be rejected if the WEU is dissolved in July. It will also provide a summary for thought should the WEU not be dissolved.
Addendum added August 2011,
I am now willing to consider that despite the now apparent dissolution of the WEU the fact that the WEU transferred its powers to the EU prior to its dissolution may be enough to fulfill prophecy. It is also true that this makes me and others appear to be among those who will do anything to keep a theory alive. Possible but I will now steal myself to be sure that I cease commentary if there is no stopping of sacrifice by Dec 31,2013. If there remains a way forward by then I would hope God has someone wiser than me to comment.