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Indecision as EU Vote Comes Again to Ireland; Doubts cloud Middle East talks

With the Irish re-vote on the Lisbon Treaty only a matter of weeks away, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has suggested if they vote it down for a second time the EU should take another hard look at creating a "core Europe" in order to implement the treaty.  The creation of a core Europe would allow nations such as France, Germany, and Italy, who are ready to implement the Lisbon Treaty to move forward with an EU constitution.  Those nations going forward would make up the first stage of full EU membership leaving the remaining nations behind to be integrated at a later date as they meet the Lisbon Treaty criteria.  Without the passing of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union will not be able to ratify their constitution. One of the main provisions of the constitution, and very important in the world of Bible prophecy, is that it would allow them to elect their first permanent president.  Many Bible scholars believe that the coming Antichrist will rise up out of the European Union and hold that future position.  Another important aspect of the core Europe...the Bible says that the Antichrist will lead a group of ten nations (Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17:12) that will rule with him for one hour. Right now the European Union has 27 member states.  Could this core Europe be the beginning of this future ten nation empire? 

US President Barack Obama is hosting a 3-way summit today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.  In what is to be a very busy week for Mr. Obama, he will also be at the UN discussing subjects such as Middle East peace, Iran, climate change, nuclear disarmament, and the state of the world economy. 

It is unlikely he will make much head-way on any of these issues.  I don't see any advancement in the Middle East peace situation but that should be expected.  As far as Bible prophecy is concerned, it is highly unlikely that any of these world problems will be solved this side of the rapture of the church.  But, once the rapture takes place, the Holy Spirit (restrainer) will be removed (II Thessalonians 2:3-8) leaving Satan without opposition.  Although he will still be under the control of God the Father, he will rush to choose and empower his Antichrist and false prophet.  One thing that needs to be understood, no matter how unproductive or how low his (Antichrist) approval rating may have been before the rapture, whoever Satan chooses will suddenly skyrocket to unprecedented world success.  It will be at this time that all talk on the subjects of Middle East peace, Iran, climate change, nuclear disarmament, and the state of the world economy will end with a near miraculous resolution that will shock the world. 

For a short period of time, the Antichrist will become the savior man has been looking for.  However, as time marches forward, opposition will arise (Daniel 7:24) and a great world war will emerge (Revelation 6) that will claim one-quarter of the world's population.  Once the dust has cleared, the Antichrist will arise as the sole leader of the world (Revelation 13).  In the power of Satan, he will be unstoppable and will achieve the worship he desires.  

One day, this scenario will play out to its ultimate extreme.  It is my belief that many who are alive today will experience that horrible time, believe the lie of the Antichrist and be damned forever (II Thessalonians 2:9-11).  But it doesn't have to be that way.  If you do not know the Lord, today is the day to be saved.  Don't put it off, for tomorrow may be to late!  

Are you ready to meet the Lord?  If not, your time is running out!

Terry Malone

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