What are we to make of Daniel’s Eleventh Horn (Dan. 7:8); could it be that the former, yet revived, WEU or Western European Union will make up the 10 nations the coming Antichrist King will rule over? Read on.
Most people have never heard of the WEU; however they have existed since 1954. Their purpose was to enforce the amended version of the Treaty of Brussels of 1948. From Wikipedia we read:
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Since the end of the Cold War, WEU tasks and institutions have been transferred to the Common Security and Defence Policy which is being framed for the geographically larger and more comprehensive European Union. This process was completed in 2009, when a solidarity clause between the member states of the European Union which was similar (but not identical) to the WEU's mutual defense clause, entered into force with the Treaty of Lisbon. The states party to the Modified Treaty of Brussels consequently decided to terminate that treaty on 31 March 2010, with all the remaining WEU's activities to be ceased within 15 months. On 30 June 2011 the WEU was officially declared defunct.
Thanks to my special friend, and brother in Christ Glenn, I was made aware of the Hal Lindsey Report of August 5th. Astonished by what I read, I refer the reader to the link for more information regarding the role of the new WEU. According to Hal’s research, the WEU did indeed become defunct on June 30th 2011, but immediately on the following day, July 1st 2011, they were realigned and given special administrative powers and would hereby be known as “The Ten.” The official document of duties is outlined in the following PDF file called:
Having said the above and noting that this council has special permanent administrative and financial powers to execute the business of the former WEU, it could easily be seen that they qualify as a candidate for the 10 member nations of the “Revived Roman Empire” spoken of by Daniel the prophet and John the Revelator.
The prophet Daniel was given a vision of four beasts that would arise out of the earth. Each beast represented a kingdom that was to yet come. Daniel writes:
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
5 And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!'
6 After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. Daniel 7:3-8 (NKJV)
Later in the chapter the vision is interpreted to be four kings that would arise, Dan. 7:17. Historically they have been identified with Babylon, Medio-Persia, Greece, and the Roman Empire. The fourth beast was different in that it had ten horns. Among the ten was an eleventh that would arise. Most scholars, including myself, believe this eleventh horn to be that of the Antichrist. He will arise, then subdue 3 of the former Ten kings and exercise authority over them all. Daniel continues in vs. 24-25 with:
24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.
25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. Daniel 7:24-25 (NKJV)
The description is simple, he will arise, speak arrogantly against God, and persecute the tribulation saints for 3 ½ years (final 3 ½ year Great Tribulation).
Knowing these things are sure, and seeing the signs of the return of Christ all around us, could this group called “The Ten,” and made up of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, be the one Daniel saw? It is very possible. Only God really knows. But to be sure, be watchful! If it is so, and we are still on this earth awaiting the Rapture of the Church, and an eleventh nation arises having authority over these Ten, know that time is short.
My friends, I write the above merely for awareness sake. The Lord’s coming is sure and His reward will be with Him. Time is running out. Please consider repenting of your sin, and turning your heart to Christ for His forgiving grace. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.”
That promise is sure. Won’t you trust Him today?