The refugee crisis is not slowing, and is certain to increase over the next few years. Millions of refugees are moving toward Europe in hopes of a better life. This is creating enormous stress in European capitals.
The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes has never been so dire, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR, the outcome is that a nation of displaced people is roughly equal to the population of the United Kingdom (63 million people).
There are more refugees in the world today than ever previously recorded — and more than half are children. Put another way, one in every 122 people worldwide is a refugee.
Most of these refugees are concentrated in the Middle East and in particular in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS’s advance and the Syrian civil war have driven many people from their homes. A third of the world’s refugees come from those two nations alone. More than 10 million Syrians, or 46 percent of the Syrian population, had been displaced.
European Union leaders are still squabbling with one another over how to split up the one million asylum seekers across their 28 member states. Citizens across Europe are angry that their governments are opening their doors to thousands of Muslims. Even Angela Merkel of Germany has had to change her generous position on the issue. As leader of Germany, Merkel has performed an abrupt U-turn on her open-door policy towards people fleeing Syria’s civil war, with Berlin announcing that the hundreds of thousands of Syrians entering Germany would not be granted asylum or refugee status. Syrians would still be allowed to enter Germany, but only for one year and with “subsidiary protection” which limits their rights as refugees. Family members would not be allowed to join them.
Because so many Europeans fear this refugee “invasion”, what we are seeing in many European countries is the ascension of right wing parties in Europe that cater to that fear.
Islam is pushing into Europe. This will eventually lead to further tensions between the Arab world and Europe. We will see conflict in the future—Europe and the Arab world are bound to cross swords again. An end time prophecy found in Daniel 11(verse 40-42), describes a King of the South who will provoke a King of the North. The prophet Daniel described the rise this southern Islamic power that will push (fight) against this European (northern) power. Notice: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He [the king of the North] shall also enter the Glorious Land [or the Holy Land], and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. The provocation of this King of the South motivates the soon coming European dictator to move troops into the Middle East—war will ensue.
Many people call him the future Antichrist. The Bible calls him the “Beast”—a megalomaniac dictator who will kill tens of millions. Prophecy reveals this end-time “Hitler” will control Europe, and dominate the world economy for a few short years. Notice in Revelation 13 the subject of the Beast transitions from speaking of the revived Roman Empire [European power] as a “beast”, to speaking of the political and military dictator of that empire as being the “beast” (verses 4-8). This dictator is also referred to in Revelation 17:12-13. But before continuing our discussion of this end-time leader, let’s take a quick look at what is happening in Europe….major political change is coming to the Continent.
The battle for political control of Europe continues to escalate. With the European Union economy stagnant and threatening to dip back into recession, cracks in the Union are becoming more visible. Never forget, when a nation’s economy sinks, political unrest always follows. Many in Europe are blaming their leaders for high rates of unemployment, and the unrelenting flow of refuges into their cities. Disagreements within Europe abound. Fear, anger and stress could pave the way for acceptance of a strong European leader who promises to “sort out the problems” of Europe. Such a leader would give millions a sense of financial stability—something most Europeans do not have at the moment. Remember, Europe is on the brink of spiraling into another recession, this could lead to elections that cast the current leadership in Europe from power, replacing them with anti-immigration politicians.
The promise of economic prosperity has been the glue holding the EU [European Union] together. With the European Union economy stagnant and threatening to dip back into recession, cracks in the Union are becoming more visible. The British want a European Union that is built around free trade and independent national sovereignty. Germany wants to preserve the EU currency as doing so favors German exports. As well, Germany is determined to exercise control over the weak profligate nations of southern Europe [nations such as Greece, Portugal and Italy]. Countries in Mediterranean Europe [Spain, Italy, Greece, and Croatia] support the process of European integration but only as long as it means subsidies, and financial assistance—but these nations do not want Germany telling them what to do. The conundrum is that so many European nations are heavily dependent upon German money to help them manage their enormous debt burdens, so they have to yield to German fiscal rules. As for France, Paris’ inability to take a leading role in the current battle for the future of the European Union speaks volumes; France is deeply fractured culturally and politically, the immigration issue and high unemployment is almost certain to lead to a new party taking the reigns of leadership when France holds elections in April of 2017.
As for the refugee crisis in Europe—it is far from reaching its peak. It is expected that over the next 18 months over 2 million Muslims will pour into European cities. The inflow of refugees is overwhelming many of the European Union nations and has woken up the typically politically passive European. Large segments of white Europeans are feeling angry and ignored by the mainstream political parties, and right-wing parties are emerging with a different language, a language that speaks to the people’s anger.
It is important to take notice that in last year’s elections to the European Parliament [the EU's legislative body], far-right parties gained enough seats to command access to EU funding. These far right parties are rising in popularity—they are anti-immigrant. They include: France’s Marine Le Pen’s National Front party, then there is the Dutch Party of Freedom, Italy’s Lega Nord, and the Austrian Freedom Party. The neo-fascist Jobbik party, which advocates ethnic purity for Hungary, took 20 percent of the vote last year to become the third-biggest party in the Hungarian Parliament.
Germany’s anti-Islam party PEGIDA (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”) stepped up its attacks on Chancellor Angela Merkel labeling her as “the most dangerous woman in Europe” and demanding she resign. PEGIDA leader Tatjana Festerling told a rally of thousands of supporters in the eastern city of Dresden that Merkel’s policy of welcoming refugees had turned Germany into a “gigantic camp in the jungle”.
Just remember, a refugee crisis falling on the heels of an economic crisis has made large segments of the European population angry and desirous of change. When great political change comes to Europe we cannot predict, but it will come!
In the not too distant future, we will see a “strong man” come to power in Europe, and passive, democratic Europe will give way to a dictatorship. At first this man will appear reasonable and appealing, but soon after garnering support from other European leaders he will pursue an expansionist agenda. His dictatorship will encompass much of Europe; in a blitzkrieg like strike he will move troops into the Middle East fighting against and subduing a Middle East leader labeled as the King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43).
Satan uses tyrants, dictators, and evil men to massacre millions. Below is a brief list of tyrants who have killed massive numbers of men, women and children [taken from the Daily Mail website]. A future European dictator will be responsible for the deaths of multiple millions as well—but for now notice the death toll at the hands of history’s tyrants:
1 MAO ZEDONG
China (1949-76) Regime Communist Victims 60 million
China’s so-called ‘Great Helmsman’ was in fact the greatest mass murderer in history. Most of his victims were his fellow Chinese, murdered as ‘landlords’ after the communist takeover, starved in his misnamed ‘Great Leap Forward’ of 1958-61, or killed and tortured in labor camps in the Cultural Revolution of the Sixties. Mao’s rule, with its economic mismanagement and continual political upheavals, also spelled poverty for most of China’s untold millions. The country embraced capitalism long after his death.
2 JOSEPH STALIN
Soviet Union (1929-53) Regime Communist Victims 40 million
Lenin’s paranoid successor was the runner-up to Mao in the mass-murder stakes. Stalin imposed a deliberate famine on Ukraine, killed millions of the wealthier peasants – or ‘kulaks’ – as he forced them off their land, and purged his own party, shooting thousands and sending millions more to work as slaves and perish in the Gulag.
3 ADOLF HITLER
Germany (1933-45) Regime Nazi dictatorship Victims 30 million
The horror of Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship lies in the uniqueness of his most notorious crime, the Holocaust, which stands alone in the annals of inhuman cruelty. It was carried out under the cover of World War II, a conflict Hitler pursued with the goal of obtaining ‘Lebensraum’. The war ended up costing millions of lives, leaving Europe devastated and his Third Reich in ruins.
Historian Michael Rank says Genghis Khan, and his descendants, triggered 40 million deaths during the period of the Mongol invasions, which took place in the 13th century, making him one of the deadliest dictators in history. However, with only one-seventh of the world population in the 13th century as there is now, that figure would equal 350 million today, which is more than half the population of Europe. Furthermore, the Lushan Rebellion in eight-century China killed 36 million. This figure equals approximately over 500 million today. Rank, see History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible (Kindle Locations 805-809).
These are just some examples of brutal dictatorships. And now notice some details the Bible reveals to us concerning this future despot based upon previous figures of history—he especially mirrors Antiochus Epiphanies of ancient Syria who persecuted the Jews. Antiochus is described in Daniel 11:21-32, and serves as a prototype of this final dictator. God often uses historical events and leaders of the past to give us an understanding of end-time events. Many prophecies in the Bible are dual. In certain cases a prophet speaks under inspiration of God and a first fulfillment of the prophecy comes to pass. Then, later, at the end of the age before the return of Christ, comes a final, ultimate fulfillment. This would apply to Antiochus Epiphanes foreshadowing the rise of the end-time European tyrant. Note these prophecies, some of which are dual:
• He will rise up unexpectedly (Daniel 8:23-24; 11:21-24).
• He will understand mysterious/sinister things (Daniel 8:23).
• He will pull the world into world war (Daniel 8:24).
• He will be deceitful and break a treaty (Daniel 11:23-24)—this is what Antiochus Epiphanes did.
• He will make changes, impacting God’s appointed days of worship (Daniel 7:25; 11:37-38).
• He will persecute God’s church (Daniel 7:25).
• He will be considered to be a man bringing peace (Daniel 8:25; 11:21-24).
• He will come to an agreement with the Catholic Church. (Revelation 13:3-4; 17:1-11).
• He will establish himself in Jerusalem near the beginning of his reign (Daniel 11:31; Luke 21:24; Daniel 11:41).
• He will be the leader of Europe, leader of the resurrected Holy Roman Empire (Revelation 13:3,12).
• He will help spread a counterfeit Christianity around the world (Revelation 13:3-17).
• He will attack the English peoples, including the USA (Daniel 11:39; Ezekiel 5:1-4).
• He will be against to those that keep the Sabbath (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 13:16-17).
• The world will prosper under his system for a short time (Daniel 11:39; Revelation 18:9-19).
• He will attack Muslims [King of the South], and move troops into Israel– (Daniel 11:40-43).
• Christ will kill him near Jerusalem (Revelation 19:19-20).
Who is this European leader—at this time we do not know; but we are watching European politics closely. We must not rush to a conclusion when watching Europe and its politicians…but neither should we be asleep to what is happening on the Continent. I continue to read the European papers and have recently returned from a European trip. More on this subject in a future newsletter.
Fear and tempers are on the rise in Europe. The migration crisis is severe. The Headline for this blog was taken from the Reuters news agency (duplicated here to give you an idea just how serious this crisis is, read the headline again!).
Deep divisions over how to cope with a flood of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia pose a threat to the European Union’s survival as a union. The news media puts out disturbing images of drowning children, refugees being herded on and off trains, and barbed-wire fences being erected across Europe, much of Europe is in shock. Almost all the refugees hope to reach the more affluent countries of northern and western Europe such as Germany, France and Sweden.
Massive inflows of refugees is fuelling political populism and anti-Muslim sentiment, the latest crisis is undermining the ideals of European integration. Disagreement between European Union nations is on the rise—remember 28 nations make up the EU (population 510 million), and every nation differs with others as to how the crisis should be handled. What nations should take the most refugees, and who is to pay for the care and feeding of these masses that will number over one million in the year ahead—these questions are being hotly debated.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann made it clear, if the eastern states did not share the burden of absorbing refugees, the EU should reconsider its future financial aid for their development. Eastern Europe, which includes Poland, Romania and Hungary do not want the refugees. Germany is witnessing the rise of the Pegida protest group, which rejects Muslim immigrants, and arson attacks against refugee hostels is on the rise in Germany. Marie Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic National Front Party in France is rising in the polls, she said this weekend in Marseille, “We’re told to accept 160,000 illegal immigrants this year, but next year it will be 700,000 and the following it will be 1.2m,”
In much of Europe record high numbers of jobless people and fear of terrorism have fuelled anti-immigration sentiment. 60 percent of the French oppose a large influx of immigrants. There are 6 million Muslims in France already, the French people don’t want any more—it is that simple.
Hungary, which is part of Europe’s Schengen passport-free travel zone, is building a high fence along its border with Serbia to blunt what it says is a threat to European security, and identity. In 2014 in Italy alone, 170,000 people arrived by boat to the country, putting a huge strain on Italy’s economy.
The depth, magnitude and length of the economic downturn in Europe led to an earthquake of anger across Europe, and now add to this the refugee crisis– it is no surprise that you are seeing a rise of nationalist sentiment and the emergence of populist parties on both the left and the right who are preaching that their nation will not be dictated to by the European Union.
Fear, anger, and confusion—these emotions will lead to political change in Europe. That is why we are watching closely the refugee crisis in Europe.
In the not too distant future we are told (Revelation 17), that Ten kings will come together in a union of states in Europe. These leaders will then choose one single dictator, the prophesied “beast,” who will set up a system that will be extremely brutal (verses 12 and 13). European extremism will return. Jesus Christ himself will decapitate this end-time empire, and then Christ will establish the Kingdom of God on earth that will rule the nations with justice.
Germany leader Angela Merkel warned earlier this month that the refugee question would “preoccupy Europe much, much more than the issue of Greece and the stability of the euro.” About 40% of the 334,080 people who applied for asylum in the European Union in the first five months of the year did so in Germany. Berlin last week doubled is forecast for asylum seekers to 800,000 from 450,000 for this year.
Europe’s establishment politicians are in trouble—for years they have been telling their citizens that immigration is good and that multiculturalism will benefit their countries—this has not worked, and millions in Europe are angry. After years of Europe’s leaders playing down concerns about the growing influence of Islam in their communities, people are now fed up with traditional parties; large number of voters are now voting these parties out of office.
Many of these immigrants crossing into Europe are from North Africa and the Middle East, some are from Albania and Bosnia—– understand Albania and Bosnia (Southeastern Europe and the Balkans) are predominately Muslim in population.
Many European countries, including Germany, France, the Netherlands and Sweden, have traditionally endorsed a multicultural approach to immigration, placing few demands on new immigrants, but it hasn’t worked—Multiculturalism is dividing Europe.
Across Europe nationalist, anti-immigrant parties have led national polls. In Germany the organization called Pegida, a German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, staged a rally in Dresden that drew more than 25,000 people. In France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria anti-immigrant parties are surging in popularity. In Italy, a recent poll found that more than one-third of Italians now would vote for right-wing politician Matteo Salvini (Northern League party), he advocates leaving the Euro-zone and openly criticizes Islam who he says that Islam wants to rule Europe.
And there is more… Another problem with Muslims in Europe has emerged–With thousands of Europe-bred Muslims now leaving to take up arms for Islamic State and other jihadist groups, the fear is these people will come back to Europe to do the bidding of ISIS
Prophecy tells us that massive political change is coming to Europe—what will be the catalyst for that change? Will it be high levels of unemployment—will it be Islamic terrorism? Remember there are 50 Million Muslims in Europe. Eventually a European dictator will come to power offering Europe a temporary solution to its problems.
Daniel 7:7 reveals that a great European power, a particularly ambitious and cruel power, will conquer millions, enter and take control of much of the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-45), and draw the nations into world war. This beast is described as a military beast that will be “dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong…(with) huge iron teeth, it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet.”—Daniel 7:7. This European entity will be led by a cruel and ambitious dictator who will act as the 7th head of the final resurrection of the Roman Empire. This means that Germany will once again dominate Europe politically and militarily. The immigration crisis simply brings to our attention, once again, how unstable Europe truly is.
Political correctness is running rampant, and it is absolutely destroying this nation. America’s constant fixation on the bizarre, even perverted, is contributing to a poisonous culture that is both ridiculous and shameful.
You probably have heard that: America’s fourth-largest retailer, Target, announced that they will be joining the ever-growing so-called ‘gender-neutral’ movement and have begun removing sign’s stating “Boys” and “Girls” in multiple departments.
In the Toy aisles, Target will remove the pink, blue, yellow and green paper on the back walls of store shelves that’s now used to reference gender. Children’s bedding will now be under one label, too, with football- and princess-themed spreads in the same section. The Girls Scouts applauded the move on Twitter, congratulating Target “for taking a step towards gender equality”.
And below is the President Obama’s new icon for the official White House Twitter account celebrating gay marriage and transgender America:
The gay/transgender community wishes to hijack marriage and gender issues by bullying business, government and people to legitimize immoral, depraved behavior. Notice that our leaders, most of them, will do nothing in the face of this evil. America is in trouble because so many of our leaders are weak, foolish and immoral, “Where there is no revelation (of the Law of God), the people cast off restraint.” (Proverbs 29:18). –