“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. “ — Ephesians 6:12
In the following Reuter’s / Jerusalem Post story, we see a few things that are of interest to us as Christians:
1. The picture of the European Parliament building. It is based on the design of the Tower of Babel, and you can verify that by noticing the unfinished look, and comparison to the poster of the European Union / Tower of Babel. This poster was initially issued by the European Union but was removed from circulation after protest…
“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” — Genesis 11:4-9
2. The praise for Europe’s “reconciliation”, meaning the uniting of all the countries of Europe, in “peace”. This is a clear sign from the Book of Daniel.
“He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; …And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries…But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces…Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory” — Daniel Chapter 11
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” — Psalms 2:1-3
“Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.” — Isaiah 33:7
“This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish” — James 3:15
3. The Jewish people’s praise of this prize because the European Union is seen as a “protector” and “…a haven of peace, freedom and prosperity…” and “…ally…”
“We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble” — Jeremiath 8:15
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” — 1 Thessalonians 5:3
4. Confirmation that the EU must continue to aggressively move forward in it’s reuniting plans “…This is a message to Europe to do everything they can to secure what they’ve achieved and move forward…”
“And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” — Revelation 17:12-15
5. Their view that the E.U. “replaced war with peace, hate with solidarity”
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” — 2 Thessalonians 2:11
”In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. “ — 2 Corinthians 4:4
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” — 2 Corinthians 11:14
And yet, many (c)hristians will take little note of this…a sad commentary on our society today…
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
Nobel c’tee praises 27-nation EU for rebuilding after WWII and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall; award seen as a morale boost for bloc amid debt crisis.
OSLO – The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday, an award seen as a morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis.
The committee praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War Two and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.
The EU has been a key in transforming Europe “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace,” Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in announcing the award in Oslo.
“This is a message to Europe to do everything they can to secure what they’ve achieved and move forward,” Jagland said, saying it was a reminder of what would be lost “if the union is allowed to collapse.”
The president of the European Parliament welcomed the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union on Friday, saying it recognized post-war reconciliation in Europe and would serve as an inspiration.
“(We are) deeply touched and honored that the EU has won the Nobel Peace Prize,” Martin Schulz said in a statement distributed on Twitter.
“Reconciliation is what the EU is about. It can serve as an inspiration. The EU is a unique project that replaced war with peace, hate with solidarity.”
The prize, worth $1.2 million, will be presented in Oslo on Dec 10. The decision by the five-member panel, led by Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjoern Jagland, was unanimous.
Founded with the Treaty of Rome in 1957 with a community of six nations seeking greater economic integration, the bloc has expanded to 27 including east European states added since the Cold War.
EU win comes as a surprise
The EU won from a field of 231 candidates including Russian dissidents and religious leaders working for Muslim-Christian reconciliation.
But the EU is mired in crisis with strains on the euro, the common currency shared by 17 nations.
The prize was a surprise, especially given the EU’s current woes. And many Norwegians are bitterly opposed to the EU, seeing it as a threat to the sovereignty of nation states. “I find this absurd,” the leader of Norway’s anti-EU membership organization Heming Olaussen told Norwegian radio NRK.
World Jewish Congress praises prize decision — World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder on Friday praised the Nobel Committee’s decision.
“European integration has been the main reason why the European continent has become a haven of peace, freedom and prosperity nobody would have dreamed of 60 years ago,” Lauder said.
“Jews and members of other minority communities have been among the main beneficiaries of closer European integration, and although anti-Semitism and racism continue to worry us, the European Union is – and will be in the future – our main ally in overcoming these scourges,” the WJC president added.
Lauder called the EU to take a more proactive stance on the “Iranian threat, the rise of Islamism and the worrying developments in the Middle East.”