I’m not the expert in the prophetic, but I’ve had so much on my mind that I’m wrestling with these last few days that I needed to share some here before I forget or get distracted with something else.
There are a few other things I am still working out and researching, but the news today about Spain and one of it’s largest banks got me thinking .
The theory that the first “beast” of Revelation is a system, or government of the EU has been proposed, and well-defended by Mr. Baldy (I was thoroughly convinced by his arguments). Here is one of the posts where he has laid it out for us very well: The 70th week, 7 year covenant, 42 months and millennium reign.
Anyway, my line of thinking is on the presumption that interpretation is correct – so here goes what I think about today’s European economic news.
“the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet” part of Daniel 7:19 (also nearly the same as 7:7 and 7:23).
In nearly every commentary and end-times prophecy book I hear the same argument trotted out – this means that the Antichrist regime will rule the whole world (and I know there are other scriptures that say that too, but I wonder if this is saying something else).
The phrases that are jumping off the page with big red lights, since we clearly see what is happening in the economy is “devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet”. I think it’s commonly been assumed that this is a military conquest, but I wonder if that’s the only logical conclusion. When Greece, Spain, and Italy become financially insolvent – many have mentioned that it will take down the entire economy of Europe. I don’t think that the global economy could withstand one of the 3 largest players collapsing into financial chaos and hyperinflation.
I also don’t think when the inevitable becomes reality that the financial elites of Europe will be satified to suffer collapse without bringing as many with them as they can. “devoured” see Mark 12:40 for a parallel
The mortal wound that’s also been discussed is likely to bring this enormous beast crashing down on whatever is around it ie “broken in pieces and stamped what was left”
I’m just speculating here, but I’m wondering if the soon economic collapse, their reaction to it to throw the rest of the world into as much economic chaos as possible, and the AC’s ability to “resurrect” the EU out of the shambles of global economic ruin don’t fit very neatly with those prophecies.
One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. (Revelation 13:3 ESV)