“On February 4th, Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen signed a new deal paving the way for the full integration of their countries’ naval units” (Huffington Post, February 20, 2016). This agreement “will push Germany and the Netherlands further towards a pioneering model for European defense cooperation” (ibid.). The EU aims to launch a multi-billion dollar “defence research and development programme with the ultimate aim of merging the continent’s militaries into one gargantuan Euro army” (Daily Express, February 29, 2016). Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently observed that “the way forward is for European countries to work more closely together, not pull apart… I would argue that in the medium term, there will be a growing requirement for Europe to build defense capability. That force… would have the independent ability to take military action at times when Europe’s security interests are threatened” (Newsweek, January 14, 2016).
The Bible describes a coming European economic and military powerhouse as a “beast, dreadful and terrible” with links to the Roman Empire (Daniel 7:7, 23-27; 2:41-45). This beast will influence ten European “kings” to give up their “power and authority” for a short time and “make war with the Lamb” upon His return (Revelation 17:12-14). In the years ahead, watch for the emergence of a fully functional European military. For more on this topic, see “How The Romans United Europe: Then and Now.”