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TXT: Daniel 7 & Europe?

Question: How can you be certain that the 10 kingdoms are the European Federation? Could the world and its nations look significantly different 1000 years from now?

Answer:

This is a great question.  As we heard the sermon preached, I was initially thinking the same thing — ‘Can we be confident that the 10 kingdoms arise from Europe?’  About two-thirds of the way through the sermon on Sunday, it clicked.  Yes.  You can be certain.  Here’s why:  Daniel 7:24.  Daniel 7:24 says that the ten horns/kings shall arise out of the fourth kingdom.  Without dispute, the fourth beast/kingdom is Rome.  The ten kingdoms and the antichrist — all yet to come, according to Rev 17:12 — will have Rome as their ancestor.  The Roman Empire fell apart in 476 A.D. but it has lived on in Europe.

One of the reasons I love visiting Europe is for all the history.  On my last trip, I visited Trier on the far west side of Germany.  The Porta Nigra in TrierIt has one of the largest city gates still standing, north of the Alps — the Porta Nigra — built for and used by the Romans throughout their reign.  (That’s me, standing in front of it, in the picture.)  I say this because, as Americans, our geography and our knowledge of history can be shoddy.  The Roman Empire was not confined or even mainly in & around Italy.  It was all across Europe.  Great Britain was a major Roman province named Britannia, with Hadrian’s Wall blocking off access to the northern barbarians (the Scots).

So, yes, you can be certain that the 10 kingdoms are Europe.  Not necessarily the European Union in its current state, for as you say, things can look significantly different over the span of years.  But geographically, this does appear to be the region and people from which the 10 kings prophesied in Daniel 7 shall arise.

Author: John Pleasnick

John serves as a pastor and elder at Faith Bible Church

One Comment

  1. John, Is it possible to view Rome as the “Father” of Western Civilization as part of the ten horns? Think of the influence western culture has had in many different places in the world. Observe ancient Rome’s influence on Europe which ultimately has affected the rest of the world through colonization. Colonies could be perhaps viewed as a direct extention of Ancient Rome’s influence? Obviously America is currently the most significant example. This certainly isnt a big deal, but something to think about.