Europe: Death Throes or Birth Pangs?

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Are the dark ages creeping up on Europe once again?

The news and opinion pages are full of dire headlines. In the Wall Street Journal over the last few of days, I’ve read some biggies. Yesterday brought a sad article: “Greek Crisis Exacts the Cruelest Toll” — discussing the spike in economy-prompted suicide rates in Greece and describing one man’s story in heartbreaking detail. The day before brought the article, “What Comes After ‘Europe’?” with the summarizing subhead “The riots of Athens will become those of Milan, Madrid and Marseilles. Border checkpoints will return. Currencies will be resurrected, then devalued.”  The demise of Europe’s Union is taken as a foregone conclusion.  As the author, Bret Stephens, points out:

America will survive this because America is a state. But as Bismarck once remarked, “Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong. Europe is a geographical expression.” The “fiscal union” that’s being mooted will never come to pass: German voters won’t stand for it, and neither will any other country that wants to retain fiscal independence—which is to say, the core attribute of democratic sovereignty.

What comes next is the explosion of the European project.

Is that going to be what comes next?

Speaking of the spiraling crisis in European Union economics, the WSJ elsewhere quotes Forbes.com writer Charles Kadlec from September 19 who gave a succinct summary of Europe’s woes: “There appears to be no way out.”

However, what appear to be the death throes of a continental superpower-wannabe which had overreached in hubris and arrogance, may not be death throes at all.  They may be birth pangs.

As many observers of the goings-on in Brussels have noted many a time, the politicians and influence peddlers on the continent always seem to conclude the same thing: the solution to the problems of Europe is always more Europe. The solution to the difficulties caused by unification is always more unification.

Europe has seen difficult times give rise to powerful ascensions to greatness before, as difficult as the memory may be to consider. It may seem tactless to mention it, but only the foolish ignore the fact that the crushing difficulties experienced by Germany during the Weimar Republic were an integral catalyst for the rise of Hitler’s Third Reich. As Mr. Rahm Emanuel, then President-Elect Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, infamously said in 2008 of the unfolding U.S. financial crisis: “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid” (New York Times, November 6, 2008).

As Europe heads for the crisis of its life, many will see in that crisis the opportunities of a lifetime. There is an end to every tale, and the current crisis will bring to many the opportunity to craft the next chapters of the continent’s story and attempt to shape the end of that tale to suit their own ambitions.

But we have the opportunity to know the end from the beginning.

Bible prophecy has much to say about the final state of things in Europe. As bad as things may seem now, as a good friend frequently reminds me, revolutionary change is always painful.  The picture painted for Europe in Scripture is not dependent on the whims of politicians or the latest economic panics. It is a picture of a continent’s rise to a position of domination atop the heights of the world and power the likes of which the world has never seen before.  It is a picture, too, of the consequent destruction of the United States and the nations of the former British Commonwealth, the persecution of true Christians, and the return of Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.

Don’t confuse Europe’s birth pangs for death throes.

And don’t wait for the headlines to catch up to the Bible!  As the story of Europe’s race toward its destiny unfolds, skip to the last chapters ahead of time and read the end before it happens.  Request our free booklets The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon Coming Reality? and Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.  The “End of Europe” discussed by today’s analysts is, truly, only its beginning.

8 thoughts on “Europe: Death Throes or Birth Pangs?

  1. You are so, so right, from both the historical and biblical point of view. It’s always when Europe seems the most doomed that it’s the most apt to rise from the bottomless pit and stomp on the rest of the world. It’s always been that way since the fall of the original Roman Empire and only Jesus Christ Himself will stop that cycle.

  2. Michael O'Byrne

    It appears that opinion in Europe is that either the EU falls apart or a form of economic, social and political consolidation takes place. Bible prophecy points to the latter. As the world enonomies are faltering there is enormous pressure of the powers that be in the EU, primarily Germany and France, acts swiftly before Humpty Dumpty – the European project – won’t be able to be put back together again. What I’ve expressed is my own opinion informed by own observations of what is going on, but taking into account Bible prophecy and the certainty of its fulfillment.

  3. Steve

    Everything I’ve read in the newspapers says the current problems will only enhance Germany’s role and increase the political capital of those nations wanting a more centralized EU government. French and German politicians have talked about the idea of a “core Europe” off and on, over the years.

  4. Michael O'Byrne

    We’re all on the same page here – and if my memory serves me right, I believe Herbert W. Armstrong said the world would be amazed at how quickly the Beast power would come together. That the Common Market, now the EU, has taken 50 plus years to arrive at the current position is neither her nor there – that period is relatively short in terms of world shaking events and developments. But the putting the final pieces of the jigsaw together, given the enormous pressure now being placed on the German/Franco axis by the US and nations across the globe, must surely accelerate the process at the speed of light in historical terms. People will be stunned at how swiftly the Frankenstein’s monster of the revived Holy Roman Empire will appear. We need to be watching and waiting with bated breath!

  5. Steve

    I recommend the german-foreign-policy.com website as a good source of information. You can ask their search engine for German views on the current EU debt crisis, but the value of the website is more expansive than that. It lets you know about plans and policies “in the pipe,” so to speak. I’ve found them to be remarkably accurate over the years.

  6. Thomas

    Often wonder just how much control the architects of the ‘European Project’ actually have, and how much is just opportunism (combined with hard work, of course). It’s hard to hit the target when you don’t know what the target is, or it keeps getting shifted and re-defined. Personally think that most Europeans are going to be almost as surprised as everyone else to find themselves as the pre-eminent World power that they are prophesied to be in a few years (almost as much as the British, and the rest of the World, were to suddenly find that they had a globe girdling empire).

    On the other hand, we know what the destiny of the Human Race is, and what the True Target that we should be aiming for is.

    Speaking of hitting the target, birth pangs, and World Empires – it must be getting close to Trumpets! 🙂
    (We all know what that means for the ‘European Project’).

  7. Michael O'Byrne

    Is it coincidence that Pope Benedict XVI – a German pontiff – is visiting Germany at this pivotal time in European and world history, especially considering the crisis being felt in the economies of the world and the apparent vunerability of the EU internally and its relationship to the rest of the world? It will be interesting to see the impact this former member of Hitler Youth will have on developments.

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