Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Empire Strikes Back

During the time of the early church, the Roman Empire ruled the world.  Most conservative scholars believe there will be a re-emergence of the ancient Roman Empire in Europe in the last days. (Daniel 9:26; Rev 17:9-10) This is why it is so important that we pay close attention to what is happening in Europe.  Bible scholars have studied the formation of the European Union from the 1990's until the present with great interest. 

As of this writing (things seem to change daily) Europe is said to be on the cliff of economic disaster.  This week, it is reported that Greece is unable to come to an agreement on the terms of a European bank loan.  And both Greece and Italy's citizens are protesting the austerity measures being forced on them.  It is not at all unlikely that Europe’s problems will be the catalyst for a major re-configuration of the European Union in 2012. The weaker economies—Greece, Italy, Ireland—may be cut off to avoid bringing down the stronger ones. How the E.U. handles this severe economic test will be a determinant in 21st century geopolitics. Keep your eyes on Europe for the possible return of the Empire.

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