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June 23, 2003
U.S. May Propose Renewal of Joint Patrols
In light of the PA's refusal to accept responsibility for security in any
specific area, the U.S. is once again raising the possibility of joint
Israeli-PA patrols. The 2nd victim of the Oslo War was murdered by his PA
EU To Restate Claim In Mid East Peace Process
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU foreign policy representatives
are to join their Quartet counter parts from the UN, Russia and US in Jordan on
Sunday. The first top-level meeting of the group of four in almost six months.
The meeting is expected to be high in symbolism but low in content.
EU Agrees To Set Up Defence Agency By 2004At the EU summit in Thessaloniki EU leaders agreed to set up a defence agency, during the course of 2004, in the field of "defence capabilities development, research, acquisition and armaments."
The E.U. will have its defence department up and running by 2004. They have set up a budget to accommodate the link that will be established between the research and armed forces divisions. "Money from the common budget can be spent to promote research giving the EU "leadership in strategic technologies for future defence and security capabilities" and strengthening "Europe's industrial potential in this domain". It is my belief that the European Union will quickly explode onto the world scene with a number of surprises that will make them a force to be reckoned with. I don't believe that we will see their full power come into being until after the rapture takes place and satan is granted to do his bidding.
Something that I find very interesting is this army will be built strictly on a volunteer basis. Meaning, each country in the E.U. does not have to participate, yet they will still enjoy protection. Could it be that this army will comprise of the ten kings (Revelation 17:12-13) that will lend their power to the antichrist during the tribulation period?
Don't look for the tribulation period to be starting any time soon. Many details still need to be completed and put in place. For one, the future E.U. army is years away from becoming the powerhouse that the Bible describes (Revelation 17). How many I don't know! Two, I believe the E.U. leader must be in place before the tribulation period begins. He may rise very quickly to win the post but he must be in place. Of course, it's also possible that he could be apart of the joint peace process and then be elected president, but I doubt it. I think he (antichrist) will already be the established leader of the E.U. and make an agreement with Israel to become a member of the E.U. Membership will be contingent upon peace with the Palestinians and the peace roadmap will last seven years. They will also give back land, share Jerusalem as a capital city, and rebuild their temple.
Even though I don't feel the tribulation period is around the corner that doesn't mean the rapture couldn't happen at anytime. The rapture does not depend on the timing of the tribulation period. Although one will follow the other it doesn't necessarily have to be immediately. The tribulation period could start days, weeks, months or even years after the rapture occurs.
The U.S. is thinking of proposing joint patrols in Palestine again. Actually, it would be a great idea if the quartet would send a small army each to ensure the safety of both countries. But whether Palestine or Israel will agree to this is to be seen.