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NATO and Europe distrust Russia because of the situation in Crimea and beyond (AFP, May 19, 2016) and Russia is increasing its military activity in response to NATO’s actions (Aljazeera, May 4, 2016; Time, May 4, 2016). Recently, “Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau announced a possible commitment of troops to Europe following intelligence suggesting that Moscow is retooling for the possibility of war” (Haaretz, June 15, 2016). In addition, “Europe has [now] unveiled its plans to create an EU army following Thursday’s Brexit vote” (YourNewsWire.com, June 24, 2016). European Commission president, Jean-Claude Junker has commented about a future European army, “You would not create a European army to use it immediately… But a common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union” (ibid.). “A draft version of the EU’s ‘global strategy’ seen by the Financial Times casts serious defence integration as ‘the norm’ that will boost the bloc’s defence industry and better project Europe’s foreign policy clout in its neighbourhood” (Financial Times, June 27, 2016).
Europe may use the current situation with Russia as a catalyst to develop its own army. Bible prophecy warns that the final European “beast” power will have an army that it will ultimately use in the Holy Land, “when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near” (Luke 21:20). God also warns that the King of Assyria (modern Germany) will pass through and overflow Jerusalem (Isaiah 8:1-8). A European army must arise for Bible prophecies to be fulfilled, and we are seeing real actions to bring these prophecies to pass. For more about this emerging European army, read “Coming: A ‘United States of Europe’!”