Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Publicly Naming the Antichrist


a graphic by Erika Grey titled, The Antichrist Barack Obama Alexis Tsispras Pope John Paul II Juan Carlos Wrong, centered in the photo in capital letters it reads the Antichrist and below the title in red is a photo of baphomet encircled in red stars with 666 across his chest. To the right of him is a photo of Barack Obama and below Barack Obama's Photo is a photo of Alexis Tsispras and to the left of Alexis Tsispras's photo is the Word  Wrong in white capital letters with arrows pointing to each of the photos. To the left of the world Wrong is a photo of Juan Carlos and above the photo of Juan Carlos is a photo of Pope John Paul II,  signifying that each of these men have been named as the Antichrist and are not the Antichrist and the person naming them was wrong.

Through my years following Bible Prophecy I have come across those who feel it necessary to name the Antichrist and share their thoughts publicly.   Everyone specified has not in fact been the Antichrist and some of the nominees were quite far fetched on two levels. First and foremost the person cited did not turn out to be the Antichrist. Second, the Antichrist candidate could not possibly enter political power because there was no geopolitical possibility for the public figure to gain the political seat needed for him to be the Antichrist.  

The men named were absurd possibilities and the prophecy writers lost all credibility when their candidate did not turn out to be the Antichrist. Some Bible Prophecy writers feel very strongly about their Antichrist nominee especially if it is a politician or religious leader they do not like.
Naming the Antichrist is the wrong avenue for a Bible Prophecy writer to venture into on so many levels. 

If you name the Antichrist and are wrong you lose all authority. It is no different than identifying a date for the Rapture.   Once you lose believability people will be reluctant to listen to any of your teachings. In addition, when you name the Antichrist and are wrong you lead people to focus on the wrong person.

Yes, the Antichrist is here and within the political realm working his way to his political seat.  I do not agree with those who say we cannot know his identity before the start of the Tribulation or that he will not be revealed until after the start of the Tribulation. 

The Antichrist can be known beforehand because the treaty with Israel, which begins the Tribulation will be signed after the Antichrist gets into power. This will not all happen on the day the Antichrist obtains his political seat, he will be in power prior to the initiation of the treaty that begins the Tribulation.  Bible Prophecy provides many verses detailing how the Antichrist acquires his political seat and any candidate must fit the Biblical criteria.

The Antichrist’s identity will not be widely known, the Biblical wise men and women will know who he is and they are few in number.  

One of the reasons the Antichrist’s identity will not be broadly known is because the only people paying attention are Evangelical Christians. These Christians are then divided into those who are interested in end time Bible Prophecy and those who are not.  When you examine the Christians who do follow Bible Prophecy News it further divides into which teachings they follow.  

Bible Prophecy experts are divided between those who teach the European Union is the revived Roman Empire, to those that teach that an Islamic Caliphate is the Beast of Revelation.  Other Bible Prophecy gurus are instructing that the United States is the Revelation Beast. Some instruct that the final world empire is all coming about via a conspiracy by the Illuminati and Bilderbergers.  Other highlight even more conspiracies and bazaar correlations. Shrinking it down even further is that within each category are more explanations.

 I teach the EU as the Revived Roman Empire and have seen others who have some good insights and have a good grasp on the EU, to one individual who did not have a good understanding at all and is teaching errors yet he is out there with the various experts.   

Part of the problem is that there is no standard in the Evangelical world for relating Bible Prophecy to current events and there are some watchmen providing some real bad information who in the end are instruments of Satan providing disinformation and throwing everyone off the track off what is really happening to fulfill Bible Prophecy.  Anyone can start a website and many of these persons who are warning about Bible Prophecy and the end times are throwing people way off course to what is really happening because of their errors.

So based on my knowledge of what is being taught and how many teachers there are out there, I doubt the true identity will be known among many.  I could be wrong and the Evangelical world might become more unified in their teachings as we get closer to the start of the Tribulation.
There are those who say we cannot know the identity of the Antichrist and they cite 2 Thessalonians 2:3,which reads:

Let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come expect there come a falling away first and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

They teach that the falling away is the Rapture of the church. “The falling away” is talking about falling away from the true faith. The rest of the passage, which talks about he that restrains they teach is the Holy Spirit that is present with the body of believers that are still on the earth, but once the church is Raptured out the believers and thus the Spirit is gone and the Antichrist can be revealed.  

The problem with this theory is that the Holy Spirit is going to be present during the Tribulation via the 144 thousand witnesses, the preaching of the two witnesses and the Tribulation saints.   We also have the little phrase in Daniel 11:32 that says…”but the people who know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” This no doubt is the Holy Spirit at work in the Tribulation Saints.

There are the individuals who say we should be focusing on Jesus and not the Antichrist.  The early church fathers focused on the Antichrist. Larry D. Harper is the leading expert on the early church fathers and their writings regarding the Antichrist.  His mission The Elijah Project is devoted to helping educate the public on the early church beliefs regarding the end of the age.  Thus the preoccupation for the Antichrist spans from the early church. 

As I wrote in an article there are over 30 names given to the Antichrist in both the Old and New Testament, we see him in the book of Genesis and in the book of Revelation.   He rules the world in the world’s final seven years.  The Antichrist is a central figure in the Earth’s final years leading to Armageddon.

Each generation since the Apostles have paid attention to the signs of the end times and have looked for the Antichrist who is Jesus's nemesis and who is the Son of Satan. It is not because we are not focused on Jesus, but rather focused on the entire picture.

As Bible Scholar Larry D. Harper so eloquently stated in his preface to his book “The Antichrist”, “These are not normal times. These are the End Times. Our generation has been selected to witness the final awesome battle between the forces of Light and Darkness. We have been chosen to witness the ultimate triumph of good over evil.” 

For those who will live after the start of the Tribulation with all that is given in Scripture, there will be enough to identify the Antichrist.  The Saints living in the earth’s final years will know the identity of the Antichrist and that he is Satan on earth.

Believers living beforehand, prior to the start of the Tribulation and the Rapture, will wonder about the Antichrist’s identity and if we come to know it we will see more of God’s word being fulfilled before our eyes.

To even be in the place to begin picking a candidate you need to understand the ins and outs and who is who in European and world politics.  I have yet to see a Bible Prophecy teacher who delves that deep and has that kind of knowledge which is on par with a foreign affairs analyst. Most of what is written by Bible Prophecy experts in correlating world news to Bible Prophecy can be tossed into the garbage pail of junk journalism. 

I spend a ridiculous amount of hours in study and I see potential candidates who I have revealed to my inner circle of friends but would never come out publicly.  This is not my job as a Bible Prophecy teacher, my job stops short of naming the Antichrist.   If my personal candidates are wrong can and I were to make them public I would lose all credibility. 

If I am right I would not even know if I were correct at this point, but rather use the knowledge as a compass to gauge where we are at until the start of the Tribulation. As I stated there is the possibility that we will all be more unified in our beliefs of how the prophetic writings correlate to current affairs as we get closer to the start of the Tribulation and as a group will be able to know his identity as he negotiates the treaty, that is if the timing of the Rapture is immediately before the signing of the treaty that begins the Tribulation and not prior to an event that might spark the need for the treaty, which is the topic of another article.








Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Identity of the 7th and 8th head of the Beast of Revelation Explained

a graphic by Erika Grey of 7th and 8th head of the beast of revelation with the names of blasphemy as described in Revelation 17 as a scarlet colored beast, with ten horns on its 7th head and a little horn potruding from its eight head.  Both heads have the mouth of a lion as described in Revelation 13.


In my article The Names of Blasphemy on the Beast of RevelationRevealed, I detail the identity of the first six heads and the Names of Blasphemy, this provides us a gauge of what to look for in identifying the 7th and 8th head.

Some writers have come up with all kinds of far -fetched identifications of 7th and 8th head of the Beast or Revelation and even say that their kingdoms have already come and gone.
The 7th and 8th head are clearly the Antichrist’s empire and are yet future.

Revelation 17 describes the Whore of Babylon and the image of the beast, which she rides and this passage provides the second riddle in the book of Revelation. The first is identifying the number of the beast.  Revelation 13:18 provides the first riddle.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
The second riddle deals with identifying the 7th and 8th head and is in Revelation 17:9-12, it reads: “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
Both of these riddles use a phrase that only occurs two times in all of the Bible and they relate to end time Bible Prophecy and they are both found in the book of Revelation. The expression is “Here is wisdom.”  The only other time that the word wisdom is used in the New Testament is in Matthew 12:42 and it is in reference to Solomon’s wisdom and it states the wisdom of Solomon. So the wisdom of Solomon becomes a gauge and when we reflect on Solomon we think of spiritual wisdom as evidenced by the book of Ecclesiastes.
The reign of the Antichrist after the start of the Tribulation comprises two distinct periods, which is divided from the Tribulation to the Great Tribulation.  We see this reaffirmed by the 7th and 8th head as also depicting two separate times in the final world empire’s reign. The 7th and 8th head show us the division of these two periods.


a graphic (c) Erika Grey of the 7th head of the beast of revelation, which shows a scarlet head with the mouth of a lion with large teeth, with ten black horns on its head and the words The 7th Head written above the head and Of the Beast of Revelation written below the head.
The 7th Head of the Beast of Revelation


In the book of Daniel we are told that the Antichrist raises the final world empire to its pinnacle of power, this is depicted in the little horn that grows great to the starts of heaven in Daniel 8:10.  We see this prophecy in the Bible backed up by the forecast of the prophecy in Jeremiah 51 of how the King of Babylon through trade and economic prosperity increased his empire’s wealth.  He King of Babylon is another title for the Antichrist. In the early days of the Antichrist’s reign he raises the final world empire to its pinnacle of power by increasing its economic prosperity.

Daniel 11:23 tells us that after the league that is made with the Antichrist he begins to work deceitfully.  He raises the final world empire, or revived Roman Empire  to its greatness and preparing it for what he really wants to do or what he will do later when the time is right.  

In this context of the verse it means that once the Antichrist gets into power he works cunningly and based on the predictions I have sited that are written in Bible Prophecy, this means that he will appear to be working for the good of the empire. The Antichrist will make proposals that will strengthen the empire as if it is for its good, when it is really for him at a later time to have a more powerful empire to accomplish his aims that the book of Daniel tells us he sets out to undertake and will achieve.
It is a possibility that Revelation 17:12 and 13 refer to the 7th head. 
12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
These kings might very well lose their power in the second half of the Tribulation when the Antichrist is the one with full reign.



a graphic of The 8th Head of the Beast of Revelation (c) Erika Grey which features two heads, with one head towards the right and tilted with ten horns and the mouth of a lion. Above both heads it reads "The 8th Head" in capital letters. The head to the right has a single horn in the center of the top of its head and also has the mouth of a lion. Both heads are scarlet in color. Below the head to the right it reads "of the Beast of Revelation"
The 8th Head of the Beast of Revelation

THE 8th HEAD
At midway through the tribulation the Antichrist is killed and he comes back to life. The Greek verb sphazo which describes the mortal wound means to slay slaughter, butcher, to put to death by violence, mortally wounded.   

Revelation 13: 3 states:
 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 
The KJV reads:
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Zechariah 11:17 elaborates on the damage left after words from the mortal wound,

“Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither. And his right eye shall be totally blinded.

It is when the Antichrist is raised from the dead that Satan will most likely enter him and he becomes the 8th head.  How do we know that Satan will enter the Antichrist, because of Judas Iscariot.
In two of the gospels we are told that Satan entered into Judas, Luke 22:3 tells us that the chief priests were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus.  After Satan entered into Judas he went to the chief priests and discussed how he might betray Jesus and they were so delighted with his plan they offered to give him money. He then waited for his opportunity. Luke 22:1-5.

 In John 13:27. Judas was called by Jesus the son of perdition In John 17:12 and in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 the Antichrist is referred to as the son of perdition. For this reason some have wondered if the Antichrist will be Judas Iscariot come back to life, rather it is a strong indicator that the Antichrist comes back to life with Satan having entered him just like he entered Judas Iscariot.  This is when the Antichrist becomes the 8th, which splits off from the 7th head.

Revelation 17:9-11 affirms:
“Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
It is at this time that the Abomination of Desolation occurs where the Antichrist stands in the Jewish temple in the Holy of Holies and declares that he is god and places the Abomination of Desolation, which begins the Great Tribulation which is the second half of the Tribulation. This act confirms the 8th head and a second phase in his empire and its structure.  This will occur once Satan has entered into the Antichrist.

In Daniel 11:36-27 it reads:
36 “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 37 He shall regard neither the God[k] of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. 

We learn that like the other heads of the beast image and their empires, the Antichrist too equates himself with a god, only his proclamations of god ship surpass theirs and another reason for the two headed feature of his empire.
It is also while under the leadership of the 8th head that the Whore of Babylon is destroyed meaning that at that time all world religions and especially the Jewish and Christian religions will be annihilated along with their followers, and thus begins the predicted persecution of the church characteristic of the great tribulation.

 Thus we see the two women of Revelation, the Whore of Babylon destroyed and the woman with the moon, the sun and the garland of 12 stars and the child in Revelation 12 flee to the wilderness and pursued by the dragon. With Satan now ruling the earth through the Antichrist, he will demand worship of him alone.

 With each preceding empire the woman has rode the beast meaning that she has been part of the empire because each of the kings believed they were defendants of a false god, but the Antichrist destroys the woman as he identifies himself as God. Notice she is initially riding this particular beast meaning that she does have something to do with it as it is riding to power and I have discussed this in detail in my books: the correlation.

The question remains that with the two headed aspect of the final world empire, i.e. the revived Roman Empire, are the names of blasphemy that the Antichrist uses in the first half of the tribulation different from the second half of the tribulation? Is the Scripture referring to the names that are revealed when the eight head completes the seventh and gives it its two headed form? We will not know until the time comes. 

It is possible that the Antichrist might take a title when he gets into power or shortly thereafter that will be a name of blasphemy but the blasphemies that the Scripture speak of is when he raises the Final World Empire to its pinnacle of power and stands in the Holy of Holies in the third Jewish temple and places the Abomination of Desolation.  

We saw from the previous heads that while each empire deferred they were consistent in the names they gave themselves as the names of blasphemy. Each of the empires heads held the beliefs of the many pagan gods of the day.  The seventh and eighth head while influenced on by the Whore of Babylon and her teachings in its rise to power is in the end destroyed by the 8th head as the Antichrist declares he is god above all gods. 





The Names of Blasphemy on the Beast of Revelation Revealed

a graphic by Erika Grey of the Names of Blasphemy depicted on the Beast of Revelation in Revelation 17, which shows a woman decked in scarlet, purpose and jewels, with a Babylonian headdress and a golden cup in her hand sitting on a scarlet colored 7-8 headed beast and on its heads are written in gold the  names of blasphemy. One head has the mouth of a lion and ten horns on its head with a little horn potruding from the 8th head representing the Antichrist.

In two verses in the book of Revelation we are given a description of the beast of Revelation, which s the final world empire as having on its heads blasphemous names or as the Bible describes the “names of blasphemy.”   

 You may have never asked what the names of blasphemy are or you may have viewed them as having a broad meaning. On the contrary the names of blasphemy are actual names that lend meaning to the scarlet colored beast ridden by the Whore of Revelation.  To first understand the  names we will look at the verses that tell us of the names of blasphemy.

Revelation 13:1 tells us that the name is on each of the heads:
 Then I[a] stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns,[b] and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
Revelation 17:3 emphasizes by stating that the beast is “full of the names of blasphemy”, this is because the heads take up a good portion of the beat of Revelation and the names are written on each head.

Revelation 17:3 reads:
 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
In identifying the names of blasphemy we must first identify the heads. 

Revelation 17:9 gives us a major clue:

“Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come.

While not all expositors disagree on the identity of the seven heads, several have agreed that it is those empires that have conquered or taken captive the people of God since the book of Exodus.

These are:
1.     Egypt
2.     Assyria
3.     Babylon
4.     Medo Persia
5.     Greece   (these are the five that are fallen)
6.     Rome     (this is the one that is)
7.     Yet Future under Antichrist
8.     Yet Future under Antichrist


This also lines with the book of Revelation’s description at the time that “one is”, which was Rome because the Roman Empire ruled during the writing of the book of Revelation.  Some expositors have interpreted this passage as only including the kingdoms from Babylon as given in the book of Daniel, but the book of Daniel only takes into account its current place and predictions going forward.  The book of Daniel does not look to the past empires of Egypt or Assyria, which kingdoms impacted the children of Israel before Babylon.

When you know the names of blasphemy and why they are there, you understand the significance of the description of the image and it helps to decipher the 7th and 8th head that are yet future, which I have written about in a separate article.

Each of the empires have something else in common, they were tied in with false gods and idolatry and their king or whatever he called himself took on the belief that he was a descendant or a chosen one of the gods, and the names they took are names that are reserved for the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ.
                                                        
1.     KINGDOM-Egypt-  
NAME OF BLASPHEMY Pharaoh=the good god the good shepherd
god = Ra
Ra was the major god of Egypt, associated with the sun. He merged with the god Horus to rule the world.  He is associated with the falcon and hawk. Along with being represented as a man with the head of a hawk and a solar disk on top and a coiled serpent around the disk, he was depicted as a man with the head of a beetle or a man with the head of a ram. Ra was also pictured as a full-bodied ram, beetle, phoenix, heron, serpent, bull, cat, or lion.

 The Mnevis bull,was worshiped as an embodiment of Ra. In Heliopolis is the formal burial ground for the sacrificed bulls north of the city. The rulers of the fifth dynasty believed they were the sons of Ra, and the deities their father. They equated themselves with gods and referred to themselves as the good god, the good shepherd  Thus we have the first name of blasphemy and its kingdom intertwined with false religion.

2.     KINGDOM-Assyria 
NAME OF BLASPHEMY King = son of god , father of gods
god= Asher
Kings names often included Ashur.
The Assyrian flag contained an image of Ashur

 The Kingship was a sacred institution rooted in heaven, the king was the son of god in human form. His Mother was Mullissu also identified with Ishtar the Queen of heaven of Nineveh.  Ashur was represented as a solar disc, a winged disc with horns, with rays shooting from the disc, a circle or wheel suspended from wings with a centered warrior drawing a bow, or the warrior carries the bow in his left hand and uplifts his right hand to heaven. The disc was also mounted on a bulls head with horns among other depictions. 

3.     KINGDOM Babylonia
NAME OF BLASPHEMY King=god  My son of god
god= Marduk originally Bel which means lord
Kings took name of Marduk or Nebo the son of the god Marduk

Marduk was represented as a snake-dragon and also the young bull or calf of Sumas (Utu) the Sungod. Violation of Babylonian laws was also an offense against the gods.

4.     KINGDOM -Medo-Persia
NAME OF BLASPHEMY King-king of kings, king of the four corners of the world, king of the world
god= Ahura Mazda-god of good words, good thoughts, good deeds
Zoroastrianism- magus = followers of Zoroastrianism believed in the god Ahura Mazda

In Jeremiah 39:11-14, which relays the account of Nebuchadnezzar looking after Jeremiah in 39:13 is the mention of Rabmag, which means chief of the magus.

1Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying, 12 “Take him and look after him, and do him no harm; but do to him just as he says to you.” 13 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent Nebushasban, Rabsaris, Nergal-Sharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of Babylon’s chief officers; 14 then they sent some one to take Jeremiah from the court of the prison, and committed him to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, that he should take him home. So he dwelt among the people.

Ahura Mazda is depicted as a winged symbol with a male figure. It was customary for every emperor from Cyrus until Darius III to have an empty chariot drawn by white horses as a place for Ahura Mazda to accompany the Persian army on battles.

While Darius was a follower of Ahura Mazda, Cyrus acknowledged all gods and referenced in the Cyrus cylinder his pleasing Marduk. He believed he was chosen by Marduk (Bel) to restore peace and order to the Babylonians. 

While Cyrus did not see himself as a son of god, he viewed himself as a king of kings and as ordained by the gods, within the cylinder it states, “ "I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, powerful king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four quarters [of the earth], son of Cambyses, great king, king of Anshan, descendant of Teispes, great king, king of Anshan, the perpetual seed of kingship, whose reign Bel] and Nebo love, and with whose kingship, to their joy, they concern themselves." 

 Cyrus's Cylinder is considered the first human rights charter, and although Cyrus’s deeds were not evil and his subjects revered him to the point of referring to him as “the father.” He rulers of the Achaemenid Empire and especially Darius held the belief of having been given power because of the gods. 

5.     KINGDOM- Greece
NAME OF BLASPHEMY- King-son of god
god= Zues and other Egyptian, Persian and Greek gods
Alexander the great believed he was the son of Zues conceived by a virgin birth and that he was a demi-god linked to the blood line of Achilles and Herakles. He honored Egyptian, Persian and Greek gods and used religion to inspire loyalty.
6.     KINGDOM-Rome-consolidation of Roman, Greek and absorbed all other pagan gods, also like Babylon steeped in superstition, divination and omens.
NAME OF BLASPHEMY Emperor- deliverer, savior, god on earth
god-Roman gods and Greek gods sometimes overlapped, so they combined those gods into one. Romans were open to other gods from around the world they did not hear of.  
In knowing the names of blasphemy we understand the reason the beast is scarlet colored.  The red color is the blood of the saints, marytrs and the blood shed in war    We see red in the second horseman of the Revelation and it is red because it symbolizes blood from violent death. 

Revelation 17 tells us that the Whore is drunk with the blood of the Saints and the martyrs of Jesus. Verse 6 states: I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

The blood of the saints can possibly refer to the kingdoms before Christ with martyrs of Jesus referring to at the time of Christ or afterwards, considering the time frame each of these kingdoms ruled.

Notice also that each of the heads or governments conquered and absorbed the nation of Israel into its territory.  Each differed slightly on their god and what was expected of the subjects. The Medo-Persian empire seemed to fit the least because it was under Cyrus that the Jews were allowed to rebuild the temple and he returned the temple implements, but based on Cyrus’s cylinder he served all different gods and sought to get each of their favor.  His chief god, Ahura Mazda was a god of goodness and Cyrus was performing the actions he felt would please his god.  He took on the blasphemous name “king of kings and king of the world”

In our looking to the future Revived Roman Empire or the Final World Empire, which ever you chose to call it, we have a view to the its future based on these past kingdoms. 

Be sure to read the follow up article to this one regarding the yet future 7th and 8th heads. See my article The Identity of the 7th and 8th head of the Beast of Revelation Explained. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Juncker's Greece Referendum Speech Carves Identity for EU

Photo of EU Commission President Jean Claude Junker at podium of European Commission giving his speech on the  Greek  Referendum.  Courtesy of the European Commission

In Juncker’s speech today he skillfully carved an identity for the EU Commission and while the speech was a move to bust the myths on Greece, which I wrote about on my blog on Blogactiv EU,
Juncker skillfully carved a likeable identity for the EU as a family and the Commission as working for the citizens and attempting to be as fair as humanly possible.  Junker’s speech was an appeal to the Greek people and indirectly throws stones at the Greek leadership and pits the EU Commission against its Prime Minister and lets the citizens chose after presenting its case. Juncker's speech portrays the EU as making better decisions than some of its member states such as Greece.

The Greek financial crisis has caught the attention of many Bible Prophecy watchers who are now asking many questions and how Greece fits in Bible Prophecy. Some are speculating the Eurozone will be reduced in number and this will line with the ten nation federation we see in the books of Daniel and Revelation.  Others are discounting the European Union altogether as having any place and are looking to Greece to possibly cause the EU’s dissolution.  I have already written an article stating my position that based on Bible Prophecy Greece will remain.  It is significant that this crisis has allowed the European Commission a perfect PR opportunity to have it present itself in a most favorable light, which will only help the EU's move forward.

You will want to read the details of my take on Juncker’s speech, which you can either read on Blobactiv*eu   Jean Claude Juncker Busts Myths on Greece or read it below:

In a rare move European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker held a press conference today on GREXIT. Juncker began the conference by informing EU citizens that for the last five months he has been working in the direct process of negotiations, “sometimes day and sometimes night. ”   Juncker then affirmed his commitment to keep Greece in the Eurozone by stating,

“For me Greece’s exit of the Eurozone has never been and will never be an option but I I always told my Greek friends that by saying that GREXIT is not an option” but he then stated in light of the current Greek drama that is playing out and Greece’s refusal to the EU’s terms, that although they know this is his position , “that  they shouldn’t believe that at the bare end of the process I would be able to present against all the others a final answer, and a final solution to be given to what I describe as a primary Greek problem.”

In the next portion of his speech, Jean Claude Juncker went onto bust the myths around the Greek deal and in doing so has made the Tsipras look completely unreasonable. Juncker  stated, “ There are no wage cuts in this package, and nobody is allowed to give the impression that there are wage cuts in this package, There are no pension cuts in this package,” and he repeats, “No pension cuts in this package.  “In fact it’s a package that creates more social fairness, more growth, a more modern and transparent public administration.”

After busting the no wage cut and no pension cut myth Juncker emphasized the position of the Commission as a reasonable broker with a view to the Greek people and in line with the wishes of Syzria’s campaign manifesto.

Juncker stated, “In many instances, we in the Commission had to be the ones insisting on the most socially fair measures.  I would have expected the Greek government to push this agenda  in line with its campaign manifesto.”

If this was not enough to make Tsipras look totally unreasonable Juncker added,
“Fiscal consolidation means keeping public finances in control while boosting opportunity for jobs and growth, many member states have even higher fiscal targets having lower levels of debt.’
Junker emphasized that the Commission’s package was fair to the Greek people. He stated that they had asked for cuts in the Greek defense budget, “We were right in asking for cuts in the defense budget and I think that we were totally right to propose cuts in the defense budget.”  Juncker stated that the Commission looked to create more social fairness by challenging Greece’s favorable tax treatment for ship owners. 

In Jean Claude Juncker’s final statements he appealed to the Greek people to speak up in light of the facts he presented. He stated, “This is a highly important moment for the Greek people and for the people of Europe. It is time for Greek’s to speak up and to shape their own destiny and more important.He also asked for a moment of truth, for the truth to essentially come out, “It is time for Greece’s political leaders to shoulder their responsibility, to tell their people what is really at stake, it is a moment of truth.”
  
Very cleverly in Juncker’s final statement he appealed to the Greek people as a member of the European family and affirmed his commitment to them by stating. “I will never let the Greek people go down, never and I know that the Greek people do not want to let down the European Union, Greece is a member of the European family and I want this family to stand together."

It was a brilliant speech on the part of the European Commission, busting the myths of the Greek deal while portraying the European Commission as a fair broker whose interests are the citizens of the European Union.  It was also a good move to present Greece and all members of the European Union as a member of the family. 

The European Union has a publicity problem, it has been portrayed negatively and inaccurately in the media and these misconceptions filter to the member states.  Jean Claude Juncker killed two birds with one stone with appealing to the Greek people and busting the myths of the Greek deal but also of how the Commission is viewed not only by the Greeks but by all members. 

It was also a smart move because the President of the European Commission is the leading presidency in the European Union and yet unrecognized, the move on the part of Juncker should give the Commission presidency more visibility.

Juncker’s speech accomplished more than the above, in his soft spoken speech, he made Tsipras and look completely foolish and unreasonable.


It was a smart move on the part of Juncker, to come out to the Greek people and the people’s of the EU prior to the Greek referendum, which some are viewing as a mere chess move on the part of the Greek government.  Among EU politicians the big gun pulled out on the Commission in disputes by the member states, is “Referendum” and Tsipras pulled it, only in his case, he knows the big gun is going to shoot a blank.   Juncker’s speech is in reaction to the big gun and lets the people of Greece know that their government is being completely irrational.