Of course, here at the Trumpet we never had any doubt this would happen. The development of the European Union is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
The Bible clearly foretells of a 10-nation superpower rising up in Europe as a continuation of the Holy Roman Empire. This is where Europe is heading.
It means some big changes are coming, and only as a result of major crises. The EU is currently 28 nations, not 10. Shrinking down won’t be smooth sailing. Even when it reaches this destination, its power “shall be partly strong, and partly broken” (Daniel 2:42). This multinational behemoth will never completely overcome national differences.
It was because of biblical prophecies that Herbert W. Armstrong forecast what this power would be like. The European Economic Community—the precursor to the EU—began in 1958. In 1959 the Plain Truth wrote, “And so a gigantic trading bloc is being built—to fulfill the Bible prophecies ….” Under the subhead “The United States of Europe” it wrote:
The U.S. News and World Report printed a special interview with Jean Monnet, who has been called the “Architect of a United Europe” in its Feb. 20, 1959 issue.
When asked what he saw ahead economically for West Europe, since the forming of Euromart, Mr. Monnet replied he saw much more than just the removal of age-old trade barriers—that these nations are now pooling their resources—and implied this is just a beginning, that the European Economic Community is open to other nations!
It’s time to wake up! The European union is the world’s number one importer, the world’s number two industrial power, already out-producing Russia! It is destined to grow by leaps and bounds in the future. Your Bible says so!
Konrad Adenauer stated in 1950, “A federated Europe will become a Third Force in the world … powerful enough to intervene successfully—in a decisive moment—to safeguard the peace …. Germany has again become a factor with whom others will have to reckon in international affairs ….”
When Britain joined this community in 1973, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “Britain is going to look back on Monday, Jan. 1, 1973, in all probability, as a most tragically historic date—a date fraught with ominous potentialities! For that date marked the United Kingdom’s entry into the European Community.”
It was certainly a decision that many in Britain later regretted. And even now that Britain has voted to leave, it is still experiencing those “ominous potentialities.”
These forecasts and many more are made because of biblical prophecy. The Bible has already proved to be an accurate guide to the character of this union.
Any power led by people who believe they are infallible is a dangerous one. But the Bible tells us precisely where this one is leading. To learn about the ultimate fate of this union, read our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy—especially the chapter on modern Europe: “The Seventh and Final Resurrection—Now Here.”