Little known Belgian trumps Blair for EU president; Why we will never figure out who the antichrist is until he is revealed!
The stage has been set for a new era in European Union history. Belgium's Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy has become the first EU president while Britain's European Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton took the job of Foreign Minister. Both selections are seen as a sign that EU leaders are still unwilling to shed any power in exchange for a real global presence. Here's what a recent Time article said about the selections:
The duo may yet become household names, but today, most Europeans will be scratching their heads at the decision by the E.U.'s 27 leaders to anoint Van Rompuy and Ashton to the organization's top two jobs. After all, the positions, which were created by the E.U.'s newly ratified Lisbon Treaty, were supposed to give a voice and a face to Europe on the world stage.
The choice prompted accusations that the E.U. had gone for the lowest common denominator. Van Rompuy was "bland" and Aston "unremarkable," said Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a German Member of the European Parliament who heads the Green group in that body. "E.U. leaders have continued the job of weakening the E.U. institutions," he said. "Europe is sinking to a low." Yahoo.com
For the most part, this was nothing more than a selection out of compromise. The EU leaders know, in order to compete on the world stage they will need a powerful representative. At face value, clearly this selection will not get the job done. I suspect Mr. Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton will be nothing more than messengers for the next 2 1/2 years carrying out the wishes of the European Council but providing no real presence. In the long run, the Bible says this will change.
But before we go on, we must determine a few prophetic ground rules. First, is there any Biblical proof that Satan has ever had access to God's future plans? Second, is it possible that Satan could be planning his next attempt at overthrowing God both here on earth and then in heaven without knowing what God has planned?
Let's tackle question number one...Is there any Biblical proof that Satan has ever had access to God's future plans? The answer is no! Unless God allows it, Satan has no access to the future. This is evident in the past starting with the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), the trials of Job (Job 1-42), the first coming of Christ (he didn't know why Jesus came; Matthew 8:29-30; John 13:1-27), and the final battle at the end of the Millennium (Revelation 20:6-10). Why would the rapture or the events of the tribulation period be any different? It is very unlikely that it will be. Of course, following the battle in heaven (Revelation 12:7-12) at the mid-way point of the tribulation period, the Bible does say that Satan did know that his time was short. That is first Biblical reference that Satan knew anything about his future even in the short-term.
Question number two...Is it possible that Satan could be planning his next attempt at overthrowing God here both on earth and then in heaven without knowing what God has planned? This is certainly possible. God has used Satan many times throughout Biblical history to work out His plan and to grow Christians up. It would not be out of the realm of possibility that Satan is walking right into the perfect will of God without even knowing it. Of course, that's always where Satan is and I'm sure it is extremely frustrating for him.
Here's another piece of the equation to consider. When Satan chooses his Antichrist (after the rapture takes place), he may not necessarily have all the characteristics that the Bible describes for this man. But when Satan takes control and eventually possesses him, he will be everything that the Bible says. Frankly, I think the position that this future ruler will hold will be more important to Satan than his characteristics. Just as Satan needed a vessel close to Jesus to possess (Judas) in order to betray Him, prior to the tribulation period, he will pick someone who is in a strategic position who can best forward his plan of ruling the world.
Could Satan use this first EU president to do his will? Certainly he could! As bland, inexperienced, and unassuming he may be, when Satan possesses him, he will deceive the world! The difference will be the power of Satan which no mortal man or earthly army can withstand. But at this time, I highly doubt Satan even knows the future that awaits him. He has no reason to think his fortunes are going to change or that the restraint of the Holy Spirit will ever be removed. Why would he have an Antichrist selected or in the wings being groomed?
I would encourage you not to put a lot of stock in trying to match the Biblical characteristics of the Antichrist to today's world leaders. I believe the Bible is clear that not until the rapture takes place will the Antichrist be revealed (II Thessalonians 2:3-10). It may be interesting to speculate, but the truth is, you don't know who the Antichrist is and neither do I. But you can bet, one day soon, he will indeed be revealed!
For more information on this subject please read:
Question# 971:Will The Antichrist Be A Vessel For Satan's Use Or Will He Make A Deal With The Devil?
Question# 438:The Antichrist: Who Will He Be?
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