Herbert W. Armstrong, Guy Verhofstadt and the United States of Europe

In the 1930s Herbert W. Armstrong peered into the pages of his Bible and discovered a shocking prophecy. A political and military power, made up of a confederation of European nations, would one day arise to dominate the world prior to the return of Jesus Christ.

One might have been tempted in the late 1930s, when the world was on the cusp of World War II, to believe that the Nazi-led regime was an incarnation of this prophecy, or after the war, when Europe was laid waste and Russia dominated half of the continent, that it was impossible for a European super-power to ever arise again and Russia was the real threat. But Herbert Armstrong was not diverted to focusing on Hitler or instead preaching that it was a communist east vs democratic west struggle that would usher in the end (he was one of the few who boldly proclaimed at the height of the Cold War that Russia would not attack the United States). He preached, beginning in the 1930s and for the next fifty years, on radio, television and before thousands who came to hear him, about the coming United States of Europe, as he referred to it, which would one day rise to play a role in the horrors preceding Christ’s return.

Having died in 1986, Herbert Armstrong never saw the fulfilment of this prophecy. But some twenty-six years after his death, others have taken-up again preaching – with almost the same fervency – about the rise of a united European power. They are not disciples of Herbert Armstrong, rather they are evangelists of a political ideology which holds that the future of the European continent lies in the formation of a single political, military and economic government.

Chief amongst these zealots is Guy Verhofstadt, the former Prime Minister of Belgium, and leader of the liberal faction within the European Parliament. Mr. Verhofstadt came within a whisker of being the President of the European Commission at one point in his career, but due to his general antagonism towards the United Kingdom he could never gain Tony Blair’s crucial support for the job. Instead, after leaving national politics he turned his attention to the European Parliament, where he has forcefully argued for the formation of a single European government that controls military, social and foreign policy as well as economic governance – or as Mr. Verhofstadt calls it, a United States of Europe.

In recent times, Mr. Verhofstadt’s views have gained currency as the financial crisis has put pressure on European politicians to integrate their financial systems. The clip below is a speech he gave to the EU Parliament in 2011 in which he addresses his remarks to the Polish Prime Minister. At around 2:00 minutes he launches into his main appeal for closer European integration, highlighting Europe’s past wars and arguing that a United States of Europe is the guarantor of future peace and prosperity in this time of global uncertainty. Notice that Mr. Verhoftstadt argues that living in a “multi-polar” world means that Europe must unite to succeed. Of course, one of those other poles, which Mr. Verhofstadt impliedly argues Europe must unite to compete against, is the United States of America.


What would Herbert Armstrong say today if he saw the forces at work in this global financial crisis pushing Europe towards greater unity, and leaders such as Verhofstadt standing up to now declare that the time has come for the United States of Europe? We can’t know for sure, but his legacy of television shows and writings gives a fair idea. Below is a full-length episode of the World Tomorrow (circa. 1984), the show he anchored for over forty years, dedicated to explaining the prophetic implications of the rise of the United States of Europe.

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