Biblical and historical perspectives upon the EU

Being politically non-partisan my motivation is to follow the Lord and assist in bringing His Kingdom on earth. However, in noting prophetical words issued in Nov-Dec 2015 about the EU I began blogging in some depth on this topic as we approached the 2016 Referendum, and especially for checking the accuracy of those words. Subscribers submitted their researches and, together with personal insights, this developed into a full flow of blogs monitoring the on-going situation as best as possible.

In last week’s Prophecy Today UK, Peter Carruthers offers some biblical and historical perspectives on the EU, and reminds us our first priority as citizens is to the Kingdom of God:

THE EUROPEAN UNION REVISITED

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NI-Eire Prophecy Update #22 – two ‘lions’ meet and find a ‘pathway’

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AND #22 is the best number for such an event in these updates, as those familiar with the Hebrew alphabet would realise. In monitoring Emma Stark’s prophetic word on Dublin being key to Brexit, we have the following: Continue reading

Fulfilled Prophecy #13:16 – stark warning of Eurozone’s shaking

My previous musing that any fall of the EU (as David Noakes prophesied in November 2015) may coincide with, or even precede, Britain’s eventual departure from the EU. I wouldn’t be surprised if, as with ancient Egypt when calamitous events were necessary in order to make Pharaoh release the Hebrew slaves, then similar would be required to make Brussels “let our people go”!

Hence, my monitoring the progress in signs of that modern prophecy’s fulfillment.

Today, in Brussels calls for government stimulus to avert recession in eurozone as shocks mount, Ambrose-Evans Pritchard writes (my emphases),

‘The European Commission has issued a stark warning to EU finance ministers, calling for concerted fiscal stimulus to head off a recession and avert a protracted downturn before it is too late.

‘A briefing document for tomorrow’s Eurogroup meeting said the twin shocks of a no-deal Brexit and US car tariffs of 25pc days later risks compounding the current global trade slump and could test the limits of eurozone policy…’

The  business editor continues,

‘The EU authorities in Brussels have been slow to grasp the magnitude of the global economic downturn – erroneously counting on a swift rebound by China and emerging markets – but the blizzard of grim data from Germany and the deepening industrial recession has finally set off alarm bells

‘It is clear that dissenting opinion is at last making itself heard in Brussels. A joint statement by 23 automotive groups across Europe last month warned that a no-deal would shatter just-in-time supply chains and amount to a “devastating” and “seismic” blow to the car industry at a time when auto companies are already facing an existential crisis. “Brexit is not just a British problem, we are all concerned,” said the statement.

After looking at the European Central Bank’s (ECB) state-of-play, Ambrose concludes:

Impasse

‘Whatever the theoretical arguments, the ECB has reached a political dead end. Nine council members from countries making up over half Euroland GDP have attacked the latest package. “This loose money policy leads to less growth and lower productivity,” said Austria’s central bank governor Robert Holzmann.

The eurozone has reached an impasse. Monetary policy is exhausted and fiscal stimulus – beyond tinkering – is constrained by a tangle of rules and laws, so complex that the Commission has to provide a guide book to frustrated officials in national capitals. Now the currency bloc faces a barrage of recessionary shocks

‘This concentrates the mind. EU leaders must decide over coming days whether to engage seriously with Boris Johnson on his Brexit plan or whether to gamble on the Benn Act, an Article 50 extension, and a fresh referendum.

If they get it wrong and instead precipitate a no-deal, the economic chain reaction could spin out of control for them as well as for Britain. It is high-octane brinkmanship.’

Now for a few recent headlines thanks to Jonathan Ely and Robert Holman Woollard, click images for details (which replace this screen):

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The ball is in Leo’s court (NI-Eire Prophecy Update #21)

In monitoring Emma Stark’s prophetic word on Dublin being key to Brexit, Roger Jervois kindly submits this update today from South Africa: 

‘There is an amazing variance in tone between pessimistic BBC UK and pragmatic BBC NI.

‘Read this article – relax and you will see how simple and close the solution is. The breakthrough will be to get Leo Varadkar to humble himself and accept a partnership with the UK (in checks/controls) rather than to try and complete what his predecessors began (a united Ireland). This is one step closer to the prophesied Irish-UK alliance.

“He said that if there were to be a deal the Irish government would have to move from its view that there could be no new checks or controls anywhere on the island of Ireland.”

(Brexit: Experts divided over Irish border plan)

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Apocalypse Row: must Shi`is fight like it’s ‘The End Of The World’?

ACE timing! Thank you for this post which helps to answer one of my reader’s objections to claims about Iran in my previous post reblogging Joel Rosenberg on Saudi Arabia!

The Occidental Jihadist

For most of this millennium–going back to writing my doctoral dissertation on Mahdism and Islamic eschatology at Ohio State in 2000-01–I’ve argued against the conventional (conservative and Evangelical Christian) “wisdom” that the leadership of Iran wants to start a regional, or global, war in order to usher in the appearance of the Twelfth Imam al-Mahdi. This claim that the ayatollahs want to “hotwire the apocalypse”–probably with nuclear weapons–comes from either a vast ignorance, or a profound (and probably intentional) misrepresentation, of Twelver Shi`i theology.  Maybe both.

I won’t reiterate the entire argument here. See my 2011 paper for the Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis; my book Ten Years Captivation with the Mahdi’s Camps (particularly pages 103ff.); and my recent article “Do Iran’s Leaders Want to Hotwire the Apocalypse?

But am I wrong? Two months ago a member of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Assembly…

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Iran: the global slumber continues — Mark Davidson

The silence is deafening. The world continues on the way it wants to go. The church—especially in the west—continues to be asleep to the events in the world, not believing a bunch of primitive Shia Islamic zealots could cause any real harm, and certainly wouldn’t get in the way of the Rapture which should be […]

continued at The Slumber Goes On and On and . . . — THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS 

ALSO, note Gog-Magog alliance is now getting formal, as flagged by World Watch Daily from Jerusalem Post’s State Media in Iran, Russia Indicate Growing Russia-Iran-Turkey Alliance:

‘Iran’s Press TV tweeted in English on Wednesday with a quote from Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Nuclear power should be forbidden for all or permissible for all.” Press TV included an image of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appearing to be sweating.

‘Iran’s message wasn’t a secret: the account tagged Erdogan and included the hashtag “#IsraelisExempt”. What is more secretive is the Iran-Turkey-Russia alliance that is emerging and illustrated via state-controlled media.

‘RT, a Russian television network, similarly highlights the greatness of Turkey and Iran as part of a campaign that clearly indicates Moscow’s support for the two. On Wednesday, it tweeted about Iran showcasing its drone expertise amid tensions in the Gulf. It also shared images from Erdogan’s speech in which he slammed Israel. Russian news agency Sputnik similarly highlighted comments by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday morning. “Turkey will probably never buy American aircraft again,” Sputnik noted as well.’

Unsolicited insight from the Lord on the PM and POTUS

After I got into the car’s driving seat yesterday morning, quickly glanced at and then threw our morning newspaper over to the car’s back seat, Nina remarked right away:

‘I sense the Lord smiling and saying, “They are My boys, but what they’re going through is as nothing compared to the persecution and murders of My twelve disciples and others!” He’s proud of them.’

Sneaked this shot as Kitty helped by walking all over the paper!

Lisa Tierney also chuckled over this as she posted on Facebook:

To which Sheridan Ann Gay adds, with other remarks, “Oh wow, that word is powerful in this day and time because I hear the words, CHILD’S PLAY, which will be brought down quickly by the hands of God.”

MEP likens EU’s dismembering of democracy to diabolical plot

My life-long disdain of politics, as mentioned in my preface to this website’s unintended collection of material in Brexit vs EU, has deepened with the Brexit saga with MP’s and political parties downright dishonesty being clear evidence that evil has come full term and manifest in our midst.  Regrettably, it’s been necessary for time to have been spent alerting people to the EU’s deep deception.

Further to Daniel Hannan’s description – as a Member of European Parliament – of the EU being a modern Tower of Babel, wherein he refers to CS Lewis’ novel The Hideous Strength, this weekend he explains how it deliberately suppresses democracy and is bent upon destroying British parliamentary politics.

In Our Democracy Is Being Overthrown By The EU’s Hideous Strength (courtesy The Telegraph) Daniel writes,

‘It’s not about Brexit any more, at least not primarily. It’s about whether we remain a democracy in the fullest sense. Our system depends on unwritten conventions and precedents. We expect winners to show restraint and losers to show consent. We expect our officials – including judges, civil servants and, not least, the Commons Speaker – to be impartial. We expect the electorate to be the final umpire.

‘All these norms are coming under pressure as the campaign to reverse Brexit intensifies. The EU, as well as being undemocratic in itself, tends to degrade the internal democracy of its member nations. Everyone knows that the Brussels institutions are oligarchic, combining executive and legislative power in the hands of commissars who are immune to public opinion. What is less widely appreciated is the extent to which the 28 member states are also required to alter their domestic constitutions so as to sustain the requirements of membership. Elections are rerun, coalitions broken, laws ignored, parties annihilated, referendums overturned, prime ministers toppled – all for the sake of deeper integration.

‘I think of it as the EU’s “Hideous Strength” – the title of CS Lewis’s novel about a diabolical plot to take over Britain through a seemingly bland bureaucracy. Until now, the most shocking examples were the civilian juntas imposed on Italy and Greece in 2011 to keep them in the euro. But ponder the past three years here. Look at the way our most basic understandings and conventions have been torn up. Look at the policies now being put forward by the main Opposition parties: Labour is proposing to get a better deal from Brussels and then campaign against its own deal in a referendum. The Lib Dems, less entertainingly but more shockingly, want to annul the outcome of the referendum that they were the first party to propose

For as long as we have had party politics, we have expected the losers to respect the verdict of the ballot box. That is no longer happening. All of a sudden, politicians are making hysterical claims of Russian interference, insisting that elections don’t count because they consider opposing arguments dishonest, demanding that the people who didn’t vote be tallied. We have seen repeated attempts to overturn the referendum result in the courts. We have seen a Speaker brazenly promising to thwart the government even “if that demands additional procedural creativity”.

‘How much more of this can we take? Our political discourse is angrier and more violent than I can remember. The legitimacy of our governing institutions is in the balance. We keep reading that this acrimony is “because of Brexit”. But, as you can hardly fail to have noticed, Brexit hasn’t happened. What we are seeing is not a “Brexit crisis” but the precise opposite: an un-Brexit crisis, a crisis caused by the refusal of our MPs to do what they repeatedly promised.

Now those MPs are simultaneously paralysing Parliament and preventing a general election. First, they said they were waiting for their anti-‘no-deal’ Bill to be passed. Then, when it was approved, they said that they would wait until the European summit on 19 October. Now they are talking about sitting through to next summer, still in the EU, and still with a disabled Parliament. Do they truly not realise what is at stake? It is not just their careers that are in jeopardy; it is the authority of our entire parliamentary system. Marvel at the EU’s hideous strength.’ 

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As further evidence for Daniel’s thesis, we have this afternoon’s contemptible treatment of our Prime Minister by Luxembourg’s PM allowing an open-air conference to continue even though drowned out by demonstrators.:

‘Brexiteers have reacted angrily to Xavier Bettel’s decision to push ahead with a press conference without Boris Johnson. Speaking after Mr Bettel’s Q&A with reporters, Tory MP David Jones said: “If Remain supporters are revelling in this gratuitous rudeness to a British Prime Minister, they should examine their own motives.  Most patriotic people would say it’s another good reason to leave on 31 October.”

‘His comments were echoed by Daniel Kawczynski, the Tory MP for Shrewsbury, who said: “I am appalled by the conduct of Luxembourg showing disrespect to our Prime Minister and nation. Luxembourg is smaller than Birmingham – clearly it has a different mindset from a permanent member of the UN Security Council.” (All emphases RB)

“Unprecedented attack”: preview of Second Signpost!

Lots of activity has meant been unable to post ongoing news on Iran front but this needs to be noted…

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

At first I couldn’t believe it. Wow, what a news event! But I only saw the story on Zero Hedge. That site is fairly reliable but one never knows if it might be fake news. But having seen the story later on Fox and CNN it was real.

There was a coordinated drone attack on Saudi oil facilities knocking out over half of Saudi Arabia’s daily oil output!! The largest single oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, and in the world for that matter, was taken out.

Major explosion at oil processing plant in eastern Saudi Arabia. Screen grab from this news report.

Oil Production Loss Like 1973/1979

The Saudis lost production of 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd). That’s just over half of Saudi Arabia’s total production (of 9.8 m bpd), and a (5.7 m loss / 90 m world total) 6.3% total of world production. The…

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Lord Trimble corrects Barnier’s ‘backstop’ blunders! (NI-Eire Prophecy Update #20)

I was interested to read on Sunday EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s article with his brief historical recap explaining how he sees the Brexit situation (We will only start work on alternative arrangements if the current deal is ratified). It is summarised as follows on the front page:

In yesterday’s centre page-spread of Editorial and Letters to the Editor, the 7th being from a lead negotiator in the Good Friday Agreement (which led to power-sharing with Irish nationals), and all appearing under this header (emphases mine):

In this battle between Commons and the people, the Government is on the people’s side

‘SIR – Michel Barnier (Comment, September 1) says that the backstop “is not about changing the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. That is none of the EU’s business…” Yet that is precisely what the backstop does do.

‘He goes on to say that “the backstop fully respects the carefully negotiated balance found in that [Belfast / Good Friday] agreement between competing political views and different identities in Northern Ireland”. He is wrong. That is why Unionists oppose it and why the UK Government, having listened and learned, now insists that the backstop must go.

‘It is true that the backstop avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland, but it does so at the expense of the “carefully negotiated balance” in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

‘As it stands, the backstop is not a legally operational solution, as it is not in keeping with the spirit and letter of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. We need to think again, and fast.

‘Merkel and Macron have listened and realised that something has changed, and are open to alternatives. It is time Mr Barnier listened too.’

Lord Trimble
London SW1

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The current path towards the Second ‘Signpost’ continues — Mark Davidson

Here and his linked earlier post Mark brings an update on developments in the Iranian regime’s activity connected to Bible prophecy. (For a summary introduction to his thesis see Four ‘Signposts’ of Books of Daniel and The Apocalypse), and Comments below.)


As was written in this post, our world entered a new zone of awaiting the Second Signpost, the Invasion by Iran of the Middle East. The United States military may strike Iran at any time due to the Iran regime’s actions. The Iranian regime, on the other hand, may strike at American military assets at […]

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‘Bulldozer’ Boris sees Brussels’ ‘Boss’ blink over the Backstop – is prophecy being fulfilled? (NI-Eire Prophecy Update #19)

Once again Wednesday night’s news is directly related to prophecy! (Like last week when the Lord dropped 4 political press reports into my lap and I recalled SIX directly related prophetical words)

On the surface, it appears Ireland’s Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar may not have stepped into his destiny of bringing a satisfactory solution to the stumbling block over Brexit – the infamous ‘Backstop’.

But a few days before last Christmas we looked in some depth at his claim, “We’re not preparing for a hard border between NI and Ireland in the event of a no deal.” (Prophecy Progress Check #1)

However, he since changed his tune, indubitably because Juncker stuck his Tusk into him during his visit to Dublin (in which the President of European Council cursed those Britons who desired to cut EU’s apron-strings completely, as herein).

But of course we’re not privy to the recent discussions Leo’s had with our new PM, yet now their and his ‘boss’ is happy to reconsider the backstop, then Leo is now free to get on with what the Lord would have him do, according to the prophetic word reiterated below.

Yesterday, Angela Merkel (effectively Brussels’ boss) suggested she may be willing to ditch the controversial backstop if the UK can agree a suitable alternative by 20th Sept, to which Boris Johnson said he’s “more than happy” with the suggestion, saying Brexit talks “can finally begin”.

The Telegraph reports:

‘Speaking at a press conference in Berlin Mrs Merkel said the backstop had always been a “fallback position” and would only come into effect if no other solution could be agreed that would protect the “integrity of the single market”.The German Chancellor said:

“If one is able to solve this conundrum, if one finds this solution, we said we would probably find it in the next two years to come but we can also maybe find it in the next 30 days to come. Then we are one step further in the right direction and we have to obviously put our all into this.”

‘Ms Merkel said she expected the UK to present its ideas for a new Brexit deal. “Britain should tell us what sort of ideas it has because it is not the core task of a German chancellor to understand the relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland so well,” she said. “As you will know much better about all the ramifications of the Good Friday Agreement. We would like to hear first proposals put on the table by Britain. We have shown imagination and creativity in the past as the EU, I think here too we can find ways and means.”

NB. This year the EU recognised technology that makes the Backstop unnecessary!! (See most informative letter to The Telegraph in Footnote.)

THE PROPHECY

Now, review the pertinent parts of the prophetic word brought by Emma Stark on 27th February on the solution to the Brexit backstop and Ireland issues (read full transcript). It starts with the Lord talking about Leo Varadkar’s character and his developing a new relationship with Ulster’s leader Arlene Foster (see earlier Updates). Emma continues:

‘And I heard the Lord say, “They will be in a coalition.” I am not talking politically. I am not talking about divided Ireland. I am not talking about united Ireland. Don’t hear this through any agenda or political mindset. I heard the word “coalition” in terms of a new relationship, a new ability to see and understand each other, a new ability to figure some things out between each other. And I heard the Lord say this – it was so clear – He said, “Brexit is out of Time”. I don’t mean like it’s running out, because we know it’s running out in terms of the end of March – but it is “out of Time” of the order of God. And the Lord says, “Do not fear, even if there is a delay. Do not fear, if that looks like increased chaos.” For the Lord says, “There is an order, and I will start in Ireland,” And they will form such a new understanding, and a new relationship with one another, that the Lord says, “It will be a model for what I want to do in nations and how they will relate to each other, even across the continent of Europe and beyond.” But the Lord says, “I am beginning a work of reconciliation and seeing each other and solution in Ireland.”

‘And the Lord says, “That is going to even have an effect on Brexit.” The Lord says, “Let Ireland be solved first before Brexit can be unpacked and fully realised.” And you can see God working in an order around the nation, from Ireland in the south, up to Northern Ireland and across, down into Westminster. And the Lord is saying in this hour that we are to pray, even for the EU and even for Theresa May and Westminster, to give Ireland space and to not dominate in that place so that the Lord can raise up these leaders to see each other. And the Lord said this: “Oh intercessors, you have prayed about the Irish border, you have gone back and forward along it.” And the Lord says, “You have bound every demon that you knew how to bind, and you have been diligent and faithful.” But the Lord is even saying now, “You did not replace that which you bound with the solution from my throne room.” The Lord says, “It is a time for the intercessors to start to say over the Irish border, ‘God has a solution’, and to release the solution; not just to bind and limit that which is nasty, but to put a higher decree in place, an overarching decree that says, ‘There will be a relational solution’.” And the Lord says, “I need your decrees and your agreement that MY relational order will come even into that landmass”, says the Lord.

In respect of the announced changes, we should review what Emma also said by way of updating earlier words on Brexit:

‘The Lord also said this to me, that there had been a robbing of the DNA of the British Isles, and that the British Isles for centuries had been known for leadership in the earth. And yes, sometimes they got that just disgustingly wrong, and sometimes there was weeping for the need for repentance. But the Lord says, “In the middle of all of that, you forgot”, says the Lord to the British Isles, “that in your very core, in your very DNA, there was the ability to make a leadership role in the nations.” And Lord is saying that the nations are crying again for the British Isles to raise themselves up, and to know what leadership is. And the Lord says, “I am healing and restoring leaders, the length and breadth of the British Isles, in this hour.” And the Lord says, “If you want to know how to pray, you pray for Leo Varadkar in Dublin, you pray for Arlene Foster in Belfast.” And the Lord says, “There is going to come such a fresh template of how leaders across borders work with each other that it will heal the backstop, it will heal Ireland, it will propel Brexit to come forth in the right way. It will model a new way of relationship for the landmass of Europe.” And the Lord says, “It will enable even revival to come, as there is a domino effect from Ireland.” And so the Lord is saying, “Take hope. I am on My throne. I know what I am doing, but I need your agreement,” says God.  [That is, agreement per Amos 3:7 – emphases mine, RB]

To read previous NI-Eire Prophecy Updates see linked listing foot of previous post.

Footnote – Letter to the Editor, published 21st August:

From Myles Power
Former EU Policy Adviser on Transport, Constitutional Affairs and Legal Affairs

‘SIR, There is no need for the Irish backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement, as I explained in a paper for the Centre for Welsh Studies.

‘In March, the European Parliament passed the “electronic freight transport information regulation”. This basically does away with need for border controls on freight throughout the EU. While the final text does not specifically mention a third country (as the UK, including Northern Ireland, will become on October 31), there is no reason why the European Commission cannot utilise the facility in the regulation.

‘Sabine Weyand (the deputy EU Brexit negotiator) said in an interview with Politico that no technology is available for the cross-border electronic identification of freight. If there is no technology available, why did the EU put in place a regulation for exactly that?

‘So, in my opinion, the backstop can be removed and the United Kingdom can depart on October 31 with an agreement in place that will not leave one part of the country annexed to the EU.’