'The Roman Empire, the fourth division, dispersed and decayed into Germany, England, Spain, France et cetera, shall be mixt together but yet they shall not cleave.
They shall be confederate to make a new and all-one monarchy, but all in vain.
The little horn was and is the Antichrist's kingdom of the popes of Rome with all their unclean clergy.
The ten horned beast ascending out of the sea is the spiritual Antichrist of Rome with all his laws, rites, traditions, decrees, and doctrine.'
George Joye, ‘Exposition of Daniel’, c. 1553
Garratt predicted it nearly a century before it happened:
‘The beast is to be identical with the eighth head, "he is the eighth," (Rev 17:11) which seems to require either a Republic or a Democratic Empire.
The Church of Rome would accommodate itself with equal ease to a Holy Roman Empire or the United States of Europe.’
Samuel Garratt, ‘A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John, Considered As The Divine Book of History’, pages 250-251, 1897
Helmut Kohl confirmed what Garratt had predicted:
‘The European Union Treaty introduces a new and decisive stage in the process of European union, which within a few years will lead to the creation of what the founding fathers dreamed of after the last war: the United States of Europe.’
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, April, 1992
Mauro knew what was going to happen, as early as 1933:
'This woman is not only herself a Harlot, but is expressly 'the Mother of Harlots and abominations of the Earth' an abomination being an idol, or anything that is worshipped and trusted. This 'Mother Church' will no doubt gather her Daughters to her ample bosom ere the end comes...
Everything not of God, will be consolidated into one opposing system.'
Philip Mauro, 'Of Things Which Soon Must Come To Pass', 1933
...which has been helpfully confirmed by the Pope:
'…it is the Graeco-Roman civilisation which characterised them all, and, even more so, the same Christian culture.
Yes, a common culture animated this great ensemble: it was faith. Can it not be said that it is faith, the Christian faith, the Catholic faith, that made Europe, to the extent of being like its soul?
We are also persuaded that the solution of the question [of unity] calls for the creation of a unified mentality, and for the diffusion of a common culture.
Without this, European unity cannot be reached.‘
Pope Paul VI, ‘The Reformer’, January/February, 1976
Mauro also understood the European Union connection:
'...God's hand will be the active agent in it; that He will 'put in their hearts to fulfil His will and to agree, and give their Kingdom to the Beast' (the League of Nations or something similar)" such as the United Nations Organization, "until the words of God shall be fulfilled!"'
Philip Mauro, 'Of Things Which Soon Must Come To Pass', page 491, 1933
...to which Prodi and others have given clear witness:
'Are we all clear that we want to build something that can aspire to be a world power? In other words, not just a trading bloc but a political entity. Do we realise that our nation states, taken individually, would find it far more difficult to assert their existence and their identity in the world stage?’
Romano Prodi, EU Commission President, EU Parliament, 13 February, 2001
I suppose it wouldn't hurt to quote William Newton's prediction of this business well ahead of time, either:
‘Time and again men have dreamed of rearing on these dominions one mighty kingdom. Charlemagne tried it. Charles V tried it. Louis XIV tried it. Napoleon tried it. But neither succeeded. A single verse of prophecy was stronger than all their host.
…'Partly strong, and partly broken,' was the prophetic description. And such, too, has been the historic fact concerning them.
…It is 'partly strong'--i.e., it retains, even in its broken state, enough of its iron strength to resist all attempts to mold its part together.
'This shall not be,' says the word of God.
'This has not been,' replies the book of history.’
William Newton, ‘Lectures on the First Two Visions of the Book of Daniel’, page 34, 1859
‘But then, men may say, 'Another plan remains. If force cannot avail, diplomacy and reasons of state may--we will try them.
And so the prophecy foreshadows this when it says, 'They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men'--i.e., marriages shall be formed, in hope thus to consolidate their power, and, in the end, to unite these divided kingdoms into one.’
William Newton, ‘Lectures on the First Two Visions of the Book of Daniel’, page 35, 1859
...a statement which Prodi would later practically paraphrase:
'For the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire we have the opportunity to unite Europe, not by force of arms, but on the basis of shared ideals and agreed common rules.'
Romano Prodi, EU Commission President, EU Parliament, 13 October 1999
Britain would be shamed by a remembrance of Churchill's incredible foresight:
‘We must build a kind of United States of Europe.
I am now going to say something that will astonish you.
The first step in the re-creation of the European family must be a partnership between France and Germany.
In this way only can France recover the moral leadership of Europe. There can be no revival of Europe without a spiritually great France and a spiritually great Germany.
The structure of the United States of Europe, if well and truly built, will be such as to make the material strength of a single state less important. Small nations will count as much as large ones and gain their honour by their contribution to the common cause.’
The ancient states and principalities of Germany, freely joined together for mutual convenience in a federal system, might each take their individual place among the United States of Europe.
Our constant aim must be to build and fortify the strength of U.N.O. Under and within that world concept we must re-create the European family in a regional structure called, it may be, the United States of Europe.
The first step is to form a Council of Europe. If at first all the States of Europe are not willing or able to join the Union, we must nevertheless proceed to assemble and combine those who will and those who can.’
Winston Churchill, speech published in ‘The Sinews of Peace’, 1948
As Hilton says:
‘It is in the movement towards federalism of the Common Market, with the coming members of Eastern European countries, as well as in the turmoil in the Soviet Union that the Pope may see the greatest possibility for an increase in Catholic political power since the fall of Napoleon, or since the Counter-Reformation.
The Common Market itself started under the inspiration of Catholic politicians…
The European Commission Social Charter and the socialism of Jacques Delores are imbued with Catholic social doctrine.
If European federalism triumphs, the European Commission will indeed be an empire. It will lack an emperor, but it will have the Pope.’
Adrian Hilton, ‘The Principality and Power of Europe: Britain and the emerging Holy European Empire’, page 18, [i]1997[/b]