Revelation 17: 13 "These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
17:14 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.
17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
WEU announcement: 10-nation alliance to dissolve
The Western European Union released a declaration Wednesday, stating that its 10-nation military alliance has agreed to dissolve itself. Plans are being made to end the alliance, preferably by the end of June 2011.
What does this mean for those of us who have wondered if these 10 nations could be the 10 kings of Bible prophecy? We have to wait and see.
Remember that the 10 nations have just one reason to exist — to give their power and authority to the beast (Revelation 17:13). Once they’ve serve their purpose, then they will exit the world stage. This seems to be what’s meant by Revelation 17:12, which says that the 10 kings “receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.” One hour, in Scripture, refers to a short period of time. So, the WEU’s intent to dissolve itself doesn’t necessarily disqualify it as being the 10 kings of prophecy.
One statement in the declaration particularly caught my attention:
[W]e remain strongly committed to the principle of mutual defence of article V of the Modified Brussels Treaty.
The WEU has therefore accomplished its historical role.
This statement intrigues me because it says, in effect, that the Western European Union has fulfilled its purpose — it has contributed the principle of mutual defense to the European Union. Now the 10 WEU nations are voluntarily giving up their exclusive alliance and military resources and handing them over to the larger EU alliance.
But this sounds a lot like Revelation 17:13, which states that the one purpose of the 10 kings is to give their power and authority to the beast.