The UK will be having a vote tomorrow, June 23, on a referendum as to whether or not Britain should leave the European Union (EU). Hence, “Brexit”. I know I’ll be watching this developing story. From what I’ve been able to gather it is a rather heated debate, and the vote itself will potentially be a close call.
The European Union started as the European Economic Community (EEC) back in 1957, with France, West Germany, Italy and the Benelux countries – a total of six. Denmark, Ireland and the UK joined in 1973. The group of nine was also referred to as the Common Market in Christian circles. This union of European countries was pointed out by Hal Lindsey and others as proof that the Roman Antichrist was coming, and would come out of Europe. It was to be the revived Roman Empire. Greece was its tenth member in 1981.
Over the 1980s and 90s potential “fulfillments” of the Roman Antichrist scenario began to disintegrate. The Soviet Union went away and the EU grew in size. The EU today has 28 member nations – a tad over the ten called for in Daniel 2 (the ten toes) and Daniel 7 (the ten horns).
Of course if you are a reader of this site, my book, and/or Joel Richardson’s works you know that the Roman Antichrist theory is full of holes, and real documented history does not support that interpretation of Bible prophecy. Daniel 2:40 and Daniel 9:26 do not support a Roman Antichrist, but an Islamic Antichrist. I write about this in the first two chapters of my book, Daniel Revisited.
If British citizens vote to leave the EU here is what could happen.
First, theologically, this could be seen to Roman Antichrist theory supporters as another crack in the whole Roman school of thought. The UK was a part of the old Roman Empire, and now would not be part of the revived empire. Also, there are some in that school of thought that see Illuminati, Bilderbergs, Rothschilds, etc. based in Britain no longer part of the revived empire either.
Second, economically, Germany, France and Britain are the three largest contributors to the EU’s economic health, and are lenders to the debtor nations known as the “PIGS” – Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain. If the UK leaves, there would be downward pressure on the Euro, and both Germany and France would have to pick up the slack or there must be more austerity among the poorer nations. These factors could ultimately contribute to a breakup of the EU.
Of course if the UK votes to stay in the EU its business as usual – the end time events continue to prove themselves as leading to an Islamic Antichrist as the Signposts unwind. But if the UK votes to leave, this might be a good opportunity for Roman Antichrist folk to reexamine their position, and for those who see the coming Islamic Antichrist to dialogue with their “Roman” brothers and sisters.