Are we witnessing the fall of a supposed united Europe, comparatively like the ten toes describe in the book of Daniel; this kingdom appears to be strong like iron because is breaks and subdues all things, but because it is mixed it is partly strong and partly brittle.
Dan 2:4043 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron, forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things; and as iron that crusheth all these, shall it break in pieces and crush. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves [marry] with the seed of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron doth not mingle with clay.
Europe – What Next?
A mere two years ago, the British author and thinker Mark Leonard published a book titled “Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century.” Today, one wonders to what degree Europe will even participate in the 21st century. It’s not just the deadly blow struck by Ireland’s rejection Thursday of the Lisbon Treaty reorganizing the European Union. I’ve spent six of the past eight years in the capital of the European Union, and I’ve noticed over this period a steady loss of self-confidence in Europe, a turning inward and a growing pessimism about the future. Most elections in Europe these days have immigration and assimilation issues as a subtext, and most people I talk to doubt Europe will be able to integrate the new immigrants. Even secularists worry that what they call “Christian” Europe is being undermined by the endless flow of Muslims and Muslim culture — hence the outcry early this year at the archbishop of Canterbury’s modest suggestion that sharia law be accommodated in Britain.
More surprising, perhaps, is the continuing challenge to European unity.[…]
To compound matters, the consensus here is that Europe is bereft of strong leadership.[…]
The Lisbon Treaty was supposed to solve some of these problems. It would have created two potential leaders to represent Europe on the world stage: a president and a foreign minister. Names being bandied about for the two jobs, from Tony Blair to Sweden’s Carl Bildt, made it possible to imagine Europe taking a stronger role in the world, even amid all the doubts. To Euro-enthusiasts across the continent, the new constitution was the answer to Europe’s malaise and the next step toward global leadership. But what now, since the treaty is dead?
Are we approaching a time when the little horn will raise its ugly head to divide and conquer? Dan 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
Dan 7:7-9 After this I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, a fourth beast, terrible and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. I beheld till thrones were placed, and one that was ancient of days did sit: his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire.
Food for thought … that is all!