EUROPE - ‘Best Gift to Our Children: The EU’

Arno Froese

Who would dispute that memory and commemoration are not part of the journey towards crafting stronger national identities?

No historian, no anthropologist, no ethnographer would argue against that. 

However, as we prepare to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War on Armistice Day, there is a risk of limiting our commemoration to representing the past through lengthy speeches, exhibits in historical museums, and brief visits to historic sites.

No civilization can survive and take a bold view of its own future if it lacks a sense of memory. 

Today, young people are more likely to learn from history books, which makes it even more remote. So how to make it more personal? 

Military theorists and political leaders at the time expected the war in 1914 to be a limited and decisive conflict, aimed at restoring equilibrium in the Balkans.

It was a war that exposed the European ruling classes’ inability to reconcile national aspirations and interests in a peaceful and collaborative manner; they instead surrendered to the flattery of aggressive nationalists and their expansionist rhetoric.

Nobody could have imagined that it would cause the sacrifice of more than 10 million soldiers, and an unspecified, very high number of civilian casualties.

Those who reduce the conflict to the simplistic fact that one country won the war and another lost it are mistaken.

Nationalism is a threat to many of today’s societies, but especially for Europe, which, in the aftermath of the Second World War, had the courage to unite and set aside futile pride and past divisions.

Reconciliation and peace are the greatest achievements of the European Union. By interlinking our economies and interests, by perfecting the art of compromise, we have created the most reliable system for long-term peace in the world.

Without peace, there is no sustainable Europe. So, as we commemorate those who died in the senseless slaughter of the First World War, we should take action to build a European identity to defeat those who claim that going back to national models will save the day. It will not.

The only certainty is that, despite its limitations, the European Union is still the best gift we can give to our children and our children’s children. That is how we can make the commemoration personal., 9 November 2018

Arno's commentary

The excerpts from this long article highlight how “interlinking our economies and interests…have created the most reliable system for long-term peace in the world.” How did Europe achieve peace, prosperity, and security? Simply by opening its borders and using merchandising as the bonding agent for the European Union. Each country still speaks their own language, has their own culture, keeps their own special holidays, and sticks to their traditions. But when it comes to merchandise, it has become an inseparable union.

The prophet Daniel identifies the world under four Gentile superpowers: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The last one, Rome, can be clearly identified as Europe, and Europe has subdued the whole world. We must not underestimate the fact that on the American continent (North and South), Europeans established 35 sovereign nations, of whom all speak European languages and have European culture and characteristics. Most value a close relationship with Europe even today.

Australia can be considered a European continent. When we look to the East, Asia too was subdued by European powers, and borders were drawn according to the liking of European power brokers. The same is true for Africa.

Reading the book of Daniel, we get more details: “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces” (Daniel 7:23). Note the words: “devour the whole earth.” It is also described as being extremely diverse; such has never before happened in human history.

When we realize that this world is under the jurisdiction of the god of this world, then we begin to understand how the spirit of Antichrist is preparing humanity—regardless of religion—toward that one goal: unity at all costs. Peace, prosperity, and security are the greatest issues all governments of the world are concerned with. According to prophetic Scripture, it will come to pass, although temporarily.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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