Mideast conflict must not hinder Mediterranean Union
Written by Chris Perver
Thursday, 01 May 2008

French President Nicholas Sarkozy has stated that the Middle East conflict must not be allowed to hinder the creation of the Mediterranean Union, and that the creation of the bloc may help to bring peace and stability to the region. Leaders from the EU and sixteen Mediterranean states are expected to formally announce the establishment of the Mediterranean Union on July 13th of this year. Under the original plan, Sarkozy had proposed that the Mediterranean Union would comprise only of those nations that border the Mediterranean sea. But Germany objected to that idea, fearing that the special status for southern states would foster division within the European Union. There were also fears that the establishment of a Mediterranean Union could undermine progress being made through Javier Solana's European Neighbourhood Policy. At the time it was announced I didn't believe such a union could come about, for the Scriptures seem to indicate that the last world empire will be a revived form of the old Roman Empire, not a separate Mediterranean Union. It appears that my suspicions were at least partly correct. On the 14th of March, European leaders met in Brussels to discuss the issue. They decided that the new Mediterranean Union should include all twenty seven EU states, and the project be promoted as an upgrade to the Barcelona Process. Thus the Mediterranean Union will effectively be an extension of the European Union itself. The French President believes that the establishment of the Mediterranean Union will "change the world", for as he previously stated, "in the Mediterranean will be decided whether or not civilisations and religions will wage the most terrible of wars...whether or not the North and the South will clash".

Quote: ""I know that, inside the project of the Union for the Mediterranean, there is the issue of Israel and the issue of Palestine," Sarkozy said. "I'm fully aware that all this is in the background ... but this should not stop us acting. It should encourage us to act." He was addressing university students at the end of a three-day visit to Tunisia to boost cooperation on trade, nuclear energy and migration between the two countries. "Failure ... would mean taking a terrible responsibility towards our children and all future generations," said Sarkozy, adding that the new Union "will change the world".

It seems that the Mediterranean is fast becoming the focal point of world politics. When the Apostle John was exiled to the isle of Patmos, which is located on the coast of present day Turkey, he received a vision of end time events prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In his vision, John stands upon the seashore, and sees a Beast rising up out of the sea. Although the vision is symbolic and the word 'sea' is often used in reference to the Gentile nations, the Bible seems to indicate that this final world empire will rise out of the Mediterranean sea. As we can see in today's news, the European Union is seeking to increase its dominance in the Mediterranean in an attempt to bring peace and stability to the region. But the Bible says that "when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape", 1st Thessalonians 5:3. And following the collapse of the Middle East peace agreement (Daniel 9:27), the Bible predicts that Sarkozy's "most terrible of wars" will commence. The Jews call it the 'final battle', the Christians call it Armageddon (Revelation 16:16), and the Muslims believe they must make war against the Jews before the day of resurrection will come. This will truly be the time of Jacob's trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), but praise God that he shall be saved out of it. And praise God that He has not appointed us to wrath, but obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is coming back, to take all who have trusted in Him for salvation to be with Him where He is (John 14:3). Have you trusted in Him for salvation? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

1st Thessalonians 5:4-10
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Source Reuters, Likud


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