Our last update was written just before the Brexit vote and then part 2 was completed the morning the dramatic results were declared. Here we are 70 days further on. The reaction of the stock market as it absorbed the news that Britain no longer wanted to remain within the EU was immediately to go into free fall! Today we are not quite back up to record levels but it has recovered all its losses and been climbing substantially. The markets can now see the potential for Britain to thrive outside the EU. The predictions of doom made by those advocating for Britain to remain, who forecast a great leap into the unknown if we didn’t, proved as baseless as the same predictions of doom if Britain didn’t join the euro. A step that proved to be the best decision made by Gordon Brown, the chancellor at the time.
It would have been disastrous for Britain to have been locked into the failing euro. By retaining the pound, Britain was able to adjust her currency to her economic needs.
So here we are, with many nations clamouring to make trade agreements with Britain, which they were not able to do when Britain was bound by the rules of the EU. Many countries are delighted, especially Israel and the Middle East Arab nations who found it frustrating that Britain couldn’t do what she wanted to do, because of her EU membership. Britain will in future be able to make independent agreements. They are very happy at the results, especially as so many Arab nations are investing their money in British property, especially around London. The value of sterling has fallen to more realistic levels. This helps British exports and means investors get more for their money, as they are getting more pounds (£) when they exchange their currency.
Let’s begin by looking at what was undoubtedly the Hand of God working to influence the voting.
The great Brexit Storm
We had a wonderful day in most of Britain on June 23rd, but not the SE of England! At midnight, at the start of polling day, the rain began, dumping a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours! Houses and cars were flooded. Railway lines flooded, even polling stations couldn’t be used because of the flash floods! Now in Britain we do have heavy downpours, but what was so unusual was that the storm didn’t come from the Atlantic to the west of Britain, but from the continent, from the direction of Brussels!!
Massive thunderstorms from EUROPE smash into UK and ‘could decide’ EU referendum vote
A huge rare continental storm system is bringing freak weather across Britain as the nation heads to the polls in the EU referendum.
There were fears today that the balance could be tipped by a rare weather event – which has arrived from EUROPE.
In London alone the emergency services received more than 300 calls in an hour as more than 6,000 lightning strikes hit.
Several polling stations had to be shut and others opened late as flash floods, thunder and lightning ripped across southern Britain. Even Conservative Party campaign headquarters were flooded, with staff being forced to flee. Summer storms almost always hit Britain from the Atlantic, in the west. But eerily, the huge storms smashing the country today swept in almost precisely at Midnight, from the direction of Brussels.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “It is very unusual to see storms of this ferocity coming over from Europe at this time of year as usually they are driven by activity in the Atlantic.
“Although not unheard of, it is of course very coincidental that the low pressure causing the heavy downpours over Britain today is coming in from Europe.” The Express 23-Jun-16 [On-line issue]
No one can be certain how much this would have affected the voting, but many London business people did live in the worst affected areas and would have been busy mopping up, rather than voting. They could be expected to vote to remain in the EU. After all, many of them earned their fat salaries doing business with Europe.
God ‘s Hand has worked in the past to influence events. One of the most notable was the role that storms played in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. This was perceived by the British at the time, who struck a commemoration medal inscribed, “Flavit Jehovah et Dissipati Sunt [Yahweh blew with His winds, and they were scattered.]
The Political bloodbath
David Cameron gave notice that he would be standing down in order for a new leader to be elected ahead of the still forthcoming Conservative Party Conference (Oct. 2-5). In the subsequent days there was a political blood-bath, not only amongst the Conservative party, but the Liberal-Democrats and UKIP. There were also deep divisions within the Labour Party.
Our interest is in the new leadership of the ruling Conservative Party.
Theresa May Will Be a Formidable PM and a True Friend of Israel
The new leader of the Conservative Party and thus Prime Minister, is Theresa May. She was Home Secretary since 2012, which should stand her in good stead. Under the above headline, Haaretz 23-Jul-16, commented:
As the UK’s longest serving Home Secretary in over 50 years, Theresa May has a wealth of political experience in one of the most difficult jobs in British politics. She unquestionably has the skills and know-how to hit the ground running.
She is Britain’s 2nd woman Prime Minister, and is said to be in the mould of Margaret Thatcher. Her father was a Church of England vicar. She is a good friend of Israel. In fact, the night before she became Prime Minister, she kept a long standing dinner date with the UK Chief Rabbi. The Times of Israel 12-Jul-16, carried an article headed
Theresa May, Jews and Israel — 6 connections
Britain’s new prime minister, like her trailblazing female predecessor Margaret Thatcher, is a firm supporter of Israel, and of the Jewish community… and of a celebrity Israeli chef. As Theresa May prepares to succeed David Cameron, here are six Jewish or Israeli links, ranging from her mother’s name to her cooking preferences.
Biblical echo: Thatcher was the famously driven daughter of a grocery store owner. May, too, comes from a relatively unprivileged background — both of her grandmothers were domestic servants. Her parents both died when she was in her mid-20s — her father in a car crash and her mother of multiple sclerosis. Her father was a vicar, the Rev. Hubert Brasier. Her mother’s first name was Zaidee, an unusual name reportedly chosen for its Old Testament echoes — Zaidee or the more common Sadie deriving from Sarah, wife of the biblical Abraham.
Israel trip: May visited Israel for the first in June 2014 — three months after Cameron had delivered an exceptionally supportive speech in the Knesset. Hers was a relatively low-profile trip, focused on her areas of responsibility as home secretary — policing, human trafficking, cyber-security — although she also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and placed a wreath in memory of those killed in “the most terrible crime of history.” She later said of the visit that she was “delighted to see first-hand the flourishing partnership between the UK and Israel.” She also later lamented the murder of three Israeli teenagers at the time of her visit, and hailed the brave Israeli soldiers who have paid “the ultimate price” to defend Israel in wartime and against terrorism.
Elle est Juif: [She is Jewish.] In the aftermath of last year’s Paris Hyper Cacher and Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, May was photographed holding a “Je Suis Juif” [I am Jewish] placard, and she has spoken since of the importance of Anglo Jewry to Britain. Addressing the Bnei Akiva youth movement’s Israel Independence Day event this year, for instance, May bewailed the “tragic fact of history that the Jewish people have had to protect themselves against repeated attempts to obliterate them.”
She said she was “appalled” by the reported rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, including in the UK — “no one should live in fear because of their beliefs,” she said. She acknowledged that “many Jewish people in this country are feeling vulnerable and fearful… I never thought I would see the day when members of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom would say that they were fearful of remaining here in our country,” she said. “We cherish the enormous contribution you make… Without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain.”
No quenelles please, we’re British: In 2014, she banned the French anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne from entering the UK. [Quenelle is used of an anti-Semitic gesture.]
Hanukkah upgrade: May has spoken at a variety of Jewish events — including the annual dinner of the Community Security Trust, a dinner for London’s Orthodox Hasmonean High School, and the Bnei Akiva Independence Day event. Last December, she “stood in for David Cameron at the Downing Street Chanucah party, lighting the menorah alongside Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis,” the Jewish Chronicle noted on Monday. “Little could she have dreamt that this year she would be repeating the feat as Prime Minister herself.”
Yummy Yotam: In a recent interview, May said she had 100 cookbooks in her collection. Asked about her preferred culinary guides, she eschewed celebrity British chef Delia Smith as being too “precise,” and instead cited Israel’s own Yotam Ottolenghi…. Ottolenghi does things with Middle Eastern flavours that no one else does… He is the man who took pomegranate molasses from Iranian grocers to the trolleys of the middle classes.”
Concluded McDonagh, “It is, frankly, astounding that the Home Secretary is an Ottolenghi woman. I’d have unhesitatingly billed her as a Delia person myself – controlled, reliable, very very good but safe with it. What she’s telling us here is that there’s another, different side to her.”
Israel is delighted that Britain has decided to turn her back on the EU, which has shown her anti-Semitic colours for many years. Israel and Britain will be able to negotiate trade agreements which they were unable to do with Britain a member of the EU. They are delighted that Britain’s new leader, is a friend of Israel, like David Cameron before her!
Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.K. Daniel Taub told the Jerusalem Post that May has supported “efforts to deepen British-Israel ties in the area of homeland security, and [is] also very receptive to the concerns of the Jewish community regarding anti-Semitism and violent extremism.”
“Israel can rest assured that a U.K. led by Theresa May will be there in its moments of need,” said British MP Eric Pickles, the parliamentary chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel group, in a statement. He added that May has a “deep understanding of the seriousness of the threat radical Islam poses to the U.K. Israel, and [the] wider international community. It will not be one that she takes lightly.” Jewish News Service.15-Jul-16
Like his boss, new UK FM Boris Johnson is an Israel backer
Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, had been tipped as Prime Minister, but in the blood-bath that followed David Cameron’s decision to step down, he was one of the victims! However, Theresa May appointed him to the no 2 job of being Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. As the headline said, he too is a strong supporter of Israel.
Ex-London mayor who led Brexit campaign, Theresa May’s surprise choice for key post, supports stronger tech ties with Israel, has blasted ‘foolish’ BDS. [The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.]
Boris Johnson, the man who almost succeeded David Cameron and was Wednesday appointed Britain’s foreign minister by new Prime Minister Theresa May, has made a name for himself as a decidedly pro-Israeli politician — so much so that he has even managed to alienate Palestinians with past statements. May too is regarded as a good friend of Israel and Britain’s Jewish community, and has called the Jewish state “the fulfillment of many generations of struggle.”
Johnson visited Israel most recently in November to boost tech ties between the nations, saying London was “a natural partner for Israeli companies seeking to grow.”
During his visit Johnson met with Israeli leaders and toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. He took part in a football match with Arab and Jewish children and was photographed trying out Tel Aviv’s bicycle sharing-system alongside Mayor Ron Huldai. He also opened day trading at the TA Stock Exchange.
Johnson said in one speech that he admires Israel for “the audacity, the bravery, the willingness to take risks with feats of outrageous derring-do.”
But his visit proved particularly memorable for statements in which he dismissed those behind the anti-Israeli boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, known as BDS, calling them “corduroy-jacketed lefty academics” — comments which caused anger on the Palestinian side.
“I cannot think of anything more foolish” than to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region, the only place that has in my view a pluralist open society,” Johnson said. Times of Israel 14-Jul-16
His maternal great-grandfather was a rabbi from Lithuania.
So again the Israelis are pleased to have a friend who will understand their needs.
It is also a boost for the City of London, who are the powerhouse behind Britain’s booming economy. During his 8-year tenure as Mayor of London, he was very successful in supporting the needs of London’s businessmen.
It was one of David Cameron’s first steps to restore the Commonwealth link back into title of the Foreign Office, restoring back to its older title – The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is expected that he will be deeply involved with rebuilding Britain’s links to the Commonwealth countries, many of whom are anxious to sign-up trade agreements with the UK.
The third person in Teresa May’s cabinet, who will be expected to -play a big role in the UK building links outside Europe, is Priti Patel, the UK’s new Secretary of State for International Development. As such she is responsible for the Department for International Development and for promoting development overseas, particularly in developing countries. The post was created in 1997 when the Department for International Development was made independent of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Wikipedia)
Surprise, surprise, she too is a longstanding friend of Israel! She is an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel, which exists to:
“inform the Conservative Party about Israel, and vice versa. CFoI makes sure Israel’s case is fairly heard in Parliament, and keeps MPs up to date with Israeli affairs and issues. A key part of this is the regular trips CFoI makes to Israel with Conservative MPs and candidates. Conservatives meet with Palestinians, Israelis (and Israeli Arabs) in order to hear at first-hand what is happening, and gain a better understanding of the situation in Israel.” Wikipedia, accessed 04-Sep-16
She is an Indian Uganda, born in the UK, so no doubt will be favourable to greater ties to India, one of the “young lions” of Ezekiel 38:13.
We see Britain’s role – as seen by Bible students of long ago, to be on the side of Israel and the Middle East rather than being associated with the Beast system of Rev 16.
Brexit gives us a chance to finish the Thatcher revolution
The initial reaction of the financial markets was to see Brexit in a negative light. In the days leading up to the vote on June 23rd, the polls were showing a strong move to leave the EU and the Stock markets reacted negatively. Then just before the voting, the polls changed and the markets rose. On the day of the vote, the feeling was that Britain would vote to remain, and the market spiked, only to slump when the results came in. It seemed to be in free-fall. Once the markets realised that it wasn’t the end of the world, they began to climb. At the time of writing it is still surging.
The above headline was from the Financial Times 03-Sep-16.
It was written by Nigel Lawson who was Chancellor under Margaret Thatcher.
The economic gains from leaving the EU will be substantial.
Despite being bombarded with an unprincipled scare campaign about the alleged disastrous economic consequences of Brexit, the British people chose to vote decisively for the UK to leave the EU on political grounds. To put it simply, they chose to become a self-governing democracy.
This was perfectly logical, as the EU itself is a political and not an economic project. And the project is to create a full-blooded political union, a federal united states of Europe. There is nothing secret, or in any way disreputable, about this. But it is not what the British people want. And as Mervyn King, the former governor of the Bank of England, wrote recently: “Why would you want to be a member of a tennis club if you do not play tennis and indeed actively dislike the game, simply in order to play a game of bridge once a month?”
Happily, however, there are significant economic gains to be had from Brexit, too, provided we play our cards right.
I was a member of the Thatcher government of the 1980s that transformed the British economy, an achievement acknowledged throughout the world at the time. It was done by a thoroughgoing programme of supply side reform, of which judicious deregulation was a critically important part.
But it was only indigenous UK regulation that we could repeal or reform. And increasingly we are bound by a growing corpus of EU regulation which, so long as we remain in the bloc, we cannot touch. Brexit gives us the opportunity to address this; to make the UK the most dynamic and freest country in the whole of Europe: in a word, to finish the job that Margaret Thatcher started.
The rest of the world is outside the single market, and trades happily and profitably with the member nations of the EU. You do not need a trade agreement in order to trade. Unsurprisingly, even now, our trade with the rest of the world, with most of whom we have no trade agreement, is greater than, and growing faster than, our trade with the EU. We have always been, and remain, a full member of the World Trade Organisation in our own right.
The banks may be concerned about exit from the single market, and there may indeed be some complications for them. But the position of London as one of the only two truly global financial centres in the world, and the only one in the European timezone, is unassailable. And they have far more to fear from being inside it, particularly from further European legislation on banking union and the financial transactions tax.
There are other economic gains to be secured from Brexit, from not having to pay our net annual subscription of some £10bn and rising to our newfound ability to strike trade deals with the faster-growing countries of the world. But it is the benefit of intelligent deregulation, something that cannot be captured in any theoretical economic model but which we demonstrated in the 1980s, that offers the prospect of the greatest economic gain. And this is entirely in our own hands, and not a matter of negotiations with others. That is what we need to be focused on now.
There was a brilliant cartoon which went with the article.
Britain’s economy booms
The trade figures for August showed that the corner seemed to be turned. One of the monthly analyses that are closely watched are the confidence levels that the Purchasing Managers Indices show. It shows the balance between firms’ expectations that their order books are growing or shrinking. If the index is below 50% then that indicates shrinkage. Above 50% indicates growth. After a run of poor figures, the August figures indicated a substantial uptick in confidence.
The closely watched Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has dealt a humiliating blow to the Remain campaign’s Project Fear predictions, hitting 53.3 for August, up from 48.2 in July and well above economists’ expectations of 49.
The increase is the highest month on month rise in the PMI’s 25-year history.
In contrast, disastrous eurozone manufacturing figures appear to underline that Britain is releasing itself from the EU’s economic deadweight.
Germany’s PMI rating fell to a three-month low at 53.6 while France hit a two-month low at 48.3 and Italy a 20-month low at 49.8 as the EU’s biggest economies continue to struggle.
The health of Britain’s booming economy post the Brexit vote was also revealed in the number of workless households being down by almost 200,000 in the last year according to official figures.
Ahead of the crucial meeting with the government heads of the G20 in China this weekend, Mrs May said: “I’m very clear that we are going to be working to get the best deal for Britain when we come out of the EU.
“British people voted to ensure the freedom of movement doesn’t carry on as it has done in the past, and we also want to ensure we get the best deal for trade in goods and services.
“And the message of Jaguar Land Rover is of British success, British manufacturing success, British exporting success, and that’s the message we’ll be taking to the G20, that Britain is open for business and we’re open for business around the world.”
The resurgence in manufacturing was driven by a rebound in manufacturing output and incoming orders, with new business seeing an upturn in the UK and abroad.
The fall in the value of sterling, which was over-valued on the international markets before the EU referendum, made British products cheaper, boosting export orders to a 26-month high, with increased demand from the US, Europe, China, South East Asia, the Middle East and Norway. The Express 02-Sep-16
Last time we looked at the words of Isaiah 23. Here we seem to have a latter-day picture of the revival of the Tyre/Tarshish power after a period of 70 years decline. We linked that to the 70 years and 9 months between the low point of Britain’s recent history at the end of WWII on Sept 2nd 1945 and the Brexit decision. What were the clear words given through Isaiah?
And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. Isa. 23:17
It couldn’t be clearer! As the above article put it: “Britain is open for business and we’re open for business around the world.” Harlot talk indeed!
BREXIT BOOM continues: Now 27 countries around the world want trade deal with UK
This article in The Express 31-Aug-16 showed that the world was wanting to sign up free-trade agreements with a post-Brexit Britain.
27 countries with a combined GDP of more than £40 trillion – over two thirds of the global economy – now want to take advantage of Brexit and strike new trade deals with the UK.
The vast economic potential dwarfs the EU’s single market worth around £12 trillion, just 22 per cent of the world’s GDP.
The countries which want a deal with the UK are Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
More are expected to follow.
The highlighted countries are members of the Commonwealth, plus the United States who, I believe is one of the “young lions”.
This puts Theresa May in a very strong position when she starts detailed negotiations regarding Britain’s unwinding from the EU. France and Germany don’t want to make Britain’s departure easy as they are afraid of other EU countries wanting to follow Britain’s example. The EU leaders are in a cleft stick. Britain imports more from the EU than she exports to the EU. So it is in their interest not to impose too high a tariff rate on British exports to the EU, as Britain would be likely to impose the same level of tariff on what she imports from the EU. This could potentially affect Germany who is the main EU exporter to Britain.
Can Scotland go-it-alone?
Although the majority of the English and Welsh voted to leave, the opposite was the case in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Scotland has long campaigned to break away from the United Kingdom and gain independence. The matter was put to a vote in September 2014 and in spite of the polls showing a move towards independence, the voters polled 55% to 45% to remain part of the UK. A few wise words by the Queen, a few days before the polling, is thought to have played an important role in the outcome.
In spite of Scotland’s wishes, she joined the EEC, as the EU was then known, as part of the UK in 1973. She is bound by this year’s referendum and therefore has to leave when the UK leaves. If she wishes to join, she would have to re-apply and have to jump through all the financial hoops like any other new applicant. It can take many years to become a member. Also all new members are expected in due course to join the euro. Not a very rosy prospect to lock one’s currency into a currency which seems to be failing.
Scotland’s main source of revenue was from North Sea oil, but even at the much higher prices at the time of the 2014 independence referendum, many economists were saying that Scotland could not sustain an independence from the UK and was dependent upon the generous subsidies from England. With the slump in oil prices the projected income streams proved to have been greatly exaggerated. The top chart shows what was projected to be the revenue from oil – £6bn in the year 2014-15. The lower chart shows that in fact it was down to £2bn. And the £4+bn projected for 2015/16 has turned out to be but a shadow of that which was forecast. Now 2016/17 and 2017/18 are expected to be in deficit! So the economic argument has collapsed. There is no way Scotland could stand on its own feet as an independent nation. Although Scotland has 32% of the UK’s landmass, she has only 8% of its population!
Interestingly the description in Ezekiel 38:13 is MerchantS of Tarshish. This would point to the continuation of the existing arrangement of merchant nations, working together and bound into a union.
Why did Britain join the EEC (EU)?
Was it a mistake for Britain to join the EEC? God doesn’t make mistakes! So it is evident that there was a reason for Britain to join. But what was God’s purpose? Having joined, it was clear that she must come out. Her role was to be independent of Europe, so she could play the role of a supporter of Israel’s King when he sits on David’s throne in Jerusalem.
As my father wrote in one of the early Milestones (1981):
“So though we do not know how it will happen, Britain will separate from Europe. The time will come when the European system will be bound together as the Fourth Beast of Daniel, to be destroyed by the saints and its body given to the burning flame (Daniel 7)”
In hind-sight we can see that it was to act as a break on the ambitions of the EU. The time had not yet come for the Beast system to come together.
As I wrote in Milestones 2011:
“This understanding of Britain’s role to come, strengthens our understanding that Britain has no lasting role within the EU. Britain’s entry into the EEC as it then was, was not a mistake. Britain’s role was to be the awkward one who would not allow her fellow members to group together into a political union, because the time had not yet come for that.”
We had to wait a further five years for Britain to take this historic step. How soon she will be free of the EU shackles is not clear at the moment. Britain’s role as the holder back of the EU’s ambitions was echoed in an article entitled:
Brexit a boon for Britain and the EU
Increasingly over recent years Britain has been seen as a drag on further integration within the EU. We opted out of the euro and the Schengen Agreement. Any attempt to create a European army, navy and air force would encounter huge resistance from Britain. Without us the EU can decide far more quickly to move in the direction in which it wishes to travel. The Australian 13-Aug-16 [N.B. UK writer]
The author, Lord Griffiths, was the head of the Downing Street Policy Unit in Margaret Thatcher’s administration. He too could see that Britain out of the EU would enable both parties to rapidly move forward, the UK to independence, the EU to integration.
We can see a similar picture with the eastern leg of Nebuchadnezzar’s image. Communism was a necessary step to prevent Church and State coming together ahead of time. With the removal of Communism, after a period of just over 70 years, the brake preventing the coming together of Church and State was dramatically removed with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It is amazing to see how integrated they are. Putin works openly and closely with Kirill the Russian Patriarch. Europe is not so far advanced. One would expect Europe to advance rapidly upon an integration of the Vatican into the affairs of Europe. The founding fathers of the EU dreamed of a Europe based upon the model of Charlemagne’s Empire, where Pope and Emperor ruled the Germanic Kingdom, known as the Holy Roman Empire.
New EU ‘superstate plan’ by France, Germany: report
It has been fascinating to see how quickly France and Germany have moved once the Brexit results were declared. A few days later the Foreign Ministers of France and Germany called together the heads of some EU member States and outlined their plans.
The foreign ministers of France and Germany have proposed creating a “European superstate” limiting the powers of individual members following Britain’s referendum decision to leave the EU, Polish public broadcaster TVP Info has reported.
The document in which the proposals appear is to be presented to Visegrad Group countries meeting in Prague on Monday by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, TVP Info said, adding that the document was an “ultimatum”.
TVP Info said the proposals would mean members of a superstate would in practice have no right to their own army, to a separate criminal code or a separate tax system, and would not have their own currency.
In addition, TVP Info said, member states would lose control over their own borders and procedures for admitting and relocating refugees. Radio Poland 27-Jun-16
The Visegrad Group, also called the Visegrad Four, or V4 is an alliance of four Central European states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration, as well as for advancing military, economic and energy cooperation with one another. Wikipedia Accessed 05-Sep-16
If these 4 nations did form an alliance with Germany and France, it would largely cover the region of the Holy Roman Empire. Those who didn’t want to integrate would, presumably, form an outer circle of allies but not so integrated.
There is much talk about building a European Army, a step greatly opposed by Britain, who sees NATO as the ultimate defence of Europe. France and Germany don’t see it that way! NATO is associated with the US, and they would like to see America withdraw NATO forces. They would then defend themselves. Now this would be an impossibility against a belligerent Russia. But as this headline indicated
French General Calls for NATO’s Liquidation & Anti-Terror Alliance With Russia
This was from the Russian publication, Sputnik 30-Jul-16. We know the Beast and the False Prophet and the Dragon powers of Europe and Russia as depicted in Rev. ch 16, keep their independence but agree to work together. We live in the time period shown by Daniel ch’s 4 & 5, when after 2520 years (7 times), the Tree of Babylon is reflourishing, having been preserved with its iron/brass band. The band points to the roles of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches in keeping the spirit of Babylon alive down through the centuries. With the time period ending in the early 1980’s we have seen the power of the Roman and Russia Churches reflourishing. Babylon’s aim was to show the superiority of Babylon’s gods over Israel’s God. Russia and Europe will come together to eliminate Israel, when the Image of Dan.. ch 2, stands on its feet for the first and only time. To be defeated by the returned Lord Jesus and his saints in the Battle of Armageddon.
We see NATO being pushed out of Turkey and Greece as these countries turn instead to Russia. Surely we are close to our Lord’s return. Let us watch and wait and wonder at the great earthquakes we are seeing. The birth pangs of the coming of the Kingdom of God!
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