With the exist of Britain from the European Union (EU), the whole world is wondering what is going to happen next. But Christians who study Bible prophecy knew that Europe will not be fully unified according to the prophecies of Daniel.
Boris Johnson the former Mayor of London stated, “The past 2,000 years of European history have been characterized by many repeated attempts to unify Europe under a single government in order to recover the continent’s lost ‘golden age’ under the Romans….”
Did Boris study Bible prophecy or was he merely summarizing history?
And the prophecy predicted that the nations of Europe (toes in the symbolic statue) will not be able to unite even though many attempts will be done to achieve unity:
“And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay” (Daniel 2:42, 43).
When the Roman Empire fell in A.D. 476, the barbarian tribes that conquered it were divided. Ten of these tribes evolved into modern Europe. They were the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Franks, Vandals, Alemannians, Sueves, Anglo-Saxons, Heruls, Lombards, and Burgundians. Seven of them still exist today in Europe. For example, the Anglo-Saxons became the English, the Franks became the French, the Alemannians became the Germans, and the Lombards became the Italians.
Through marriage, alliances, and treaties, the leaders of the European nations have tried but failed to reunite the European continent. Leaders such as Charlemagne, Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm, Mussolini, and Hitler have struggled to create a unified European empire but the words of the prophecy have stopped their attempts.
And after those leaders, there have been numerous attempts to create a European union. The first serious attempt came in the wake of World War I. The nations of the world realized that a binding pact was necessary to maintain peace and stability. This resulted in the League of Nations, which ended with the rise of militant nationalist regimes in Europe and Asia in the 1930s.
The next attempt came at the end of the Second World War II. And the United Nations was founded in 1945. The U.N. evolved into a sprawling bureaucracy but no hard power as it failed to stop conflicts among the nations.
After World War II, there came a recent attempt to shift power away from the two superpowers and create a European Union. This trading bloc is the modern world’s first attempt at creating a “superstate.” But with the exist of Britain, This European Union could not achieve unity in Europe. The prophecy continues:
“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44).
According to Bible prophecy there will not be unity within Europe before Christ second coming. We are fast approaching the second coming where Jesus will return to end all the earthy empires. But there is a great work to be done. We need to get ready and share God’s love with the world that doesn’t not know it.