The Bible is clear about how this present world will come to an end. God has laid down in his word specific prophetic events that must be fulfilled, prior to the second coming of Christ to establish His Kingdom on this earth and to bring an end to this world’s man-made, Satan-directed system of rulership. Among the events to precede the coming of Christ are the revival of the Roman Empire (the Beast of Revelation 13:1-2 and Daniel 7:7; 23-24); the Abomination of Desolation (Matt 24:15), and the Great tribulation (Matt 24:21). It is impossible for all these events to occur in 2012. Why? – Because according to biblical prophecy the great tribulation alone will run for three and a half years (Daniel 7:25). Additionally, the Great Tribulation must precede the Abomination of Desolation and the revival of the Roman Empire is still in the making. So let us take a quick look at the first of these three events which is the revival of the Roman Empire.
Revival of the Roman Empire
Many are looking on at Europe and wondering “just what is happening here?” The EU appears to be dwindling away under a financial and economic crisis, casting an air of uncertainty about Europe’s future. But Bible prophecy shows that despite the challenges Europe is now facing Europe will like the proverbial phoenix rise from its ashes to become the new economic and military super power of the world within this present generation.
The downturn we are witnessing in Europe can be likened to the pulling back of a hammer. When a hammer is pulled back, don’t be mistaken, it is not retreating, it is gaining greater force to strike. Likewise, the apparent crumbling of certain states within the EU must not be mistaken to be a weakening of Europe. Instead, is the opening up of opportunities for Germany to exercise its influence and power to gain control over the EU. .
History records that for well over a thousand years Germany positioned itself as the centre-piece of European civilization. Dr. Herman Hoeh a leading scholar and author of A Compendium of World History, wrote in the Plain Truth Magazine of 1962:
The German Reich long endured as the oldest political institution in Europe; older than the government of France or England by centuries. The German people called their Reich the Holy Roman Empire. It bore rule over Europe for a thousand years. This Holy Roman Empire of the German people was officially designated by the Church in the Middle Ages as the Kingdom of God on earth. Its citizens, the Germans, felt themselves true Romans and bearers of the Christian Reich or Kingdom. They were therefore the chosen people of the Christian era, entrusted with a world-mission to be the protectors of Christianity.
Since coming to office, Pope Benedict xvi in a 144-page encyclical titled “Charity in Truth,” called for a “World Political Authority” and “A new world financial order. An Encyclical is the second highest ranking document issued by the Vatican. In his Encyclical, Pope Benedict proposes a “World Political Authority” to manage the global economy; to revive economies hit by the crisis; to bring about integral and timely disarmament; food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration, stating that “there is urgent need for a World Political Authority” Such a world political authority he says “would have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions, from all parties” — meaning, all nations.
In analyzing the Pope’s call for a “World Political Authority” one commentator ask:
Would the Vatican subject itself to a global political authority that has the power to make decisions and ensure that the Vatican complies with them? Surely the only “world political authority” under which Pope Benedict xvi would willingly and consistently function, would be one in which the Vatican had a controlling influence. And what significant group of nations do you think might be willing to subject itself to strong Catholic influence and papal authority? There’s only one answer, really: Europe! That’s why the Pope’s call for the formation of new global regulatory bodies, and a new global political order, is so spot on with Bible prophecy.
The call by Pope Benedict XVI for a new global political authority is a further step toward the fulfillment of Bible prophecy concerning a New World Economic and Political System, under a Revived Roman Empire. 2012 could be a significant year in bringing us closer to the formation of a Revived Roman Empire – the end-time beast of Revelation 13:1-2 and Daniel 7:7; 23-24..