Stirred by the words of Daniel and other prophets, and particularly by Jesus Himself in His Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24 and Mark 13) and later, in His Revelation to John, Christians have been commenting about a coming world government virtually from the beginning of the Church age in the first century. Speculations of this nature have accelerated with the spectacular advances in technology of the past century and the return of the Jews to their homeland Israel following World War II. Among this group of modern speculative Christian thinkers Hal Lindsey was the foremost pioneer with the 1970 publication of his very popular book The Late Great Planet Earth. His great contribution was to assemble the prophecies most relevant to his subject into a modern-day scenario that made the Bible seem like a detailed version of tomorrow’s newspaper.

According to Hal Lindsey, the Bible painted a picture of an evil, repressive end-time government whose knowledge of and control over its citizens was absolute. At its core, the government was constituted as a group of ten confederate European nations. Much of Hal’s picture was colored by key passages in the Book of Daniel. Among these were two remarkably accurate passages in Daniel Chapters 2 and 7 that outlined the national origin and basic characteristics of the primary world governments from Daniel’s time up to the time just before the return of Jesus Christ to govern the earth. After describing the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece, he noted a fourth empire, diverse from the other three and savage, possessing great strength. History confirmed that this fourth empire, which succeeded the Grecian kingdom, was Rome. According to Daniel, a latter-day representation of this fourth empire would be characterized by ten toes (Daniel 2) or ten horns (Daniel 7), which commonly have been interpreted as meaning ten domains. Further weight is given this interpretation in Revelation 13, which also describes an evil ten-component governmental system that, in fact, is run by the antichrist. One characteristic of this government, also noted in Revelation 13, is that it will impose an economic system that demands of all citizens, on pain of death, that they take a mark without which they cannot buy or sell. Revelation 14 cautions Christians that in God’s eyes death would be far preferable to accepting this mark.

Lindsey assumed that the latter-day version of Rome also would rise out of Rome, as would the antichrist himself. It was again from Daniel that he acquired this view, this time from another remarkably accurate passage, Daniel Chapter 9. Verse 9:26, in particular, stated that:

“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end of it shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

Lindsey, having equated the ‘prince that shall come’ with the antichrist, noted in this verse that the people of this prince would destroy the city and the sanctuary. The destruction of the city and the sanctuary was literally fulfilled in 70 A.D. by soldiers of the Roman general Titus, leading Lindsey to identify the antichrist as Roman, and the seat of his government as the European nation of Rome. With the ascendancy of the European Union, Hal Lindsey and his followers really got excited, anticipating the imminent emergence of the very ten-nation European confederacy described in Daniel and Revelation 13.

The only problem with that is that when the EU reached ten nations it didn’t stop at that number but acquired more. That was explained away, not only by Lindsey, but by a number of equally popular Bible scholars with an end-time bent, all of whom took Lindsey’s interpretation as fact. What they said was that regardless of the size of the full group, the entire system would be run by a core group of ten nations having special privileges. But there was another problem with that view that didn’t receive the attention it deserved: the world consists of many nations such as Japan and China, having the same order of power and international significance as the European nations; how would the Europeans dominate them all to form a government of truly worldwide proportions as the Bible implied?

It is possible that in the fullness of time these problems will be resolved in unexpected ways and that Lindsey and his adherents will turn out to be correct after all. But quite recently another possibility has emerged, one that, from the perspective of modern events, appears to be more likely. The existence of this alternate possibility should serve as a caution to those who may think that they can get inside the head of God and tend to become dogmatic about their own cherished viewpoints.

The alternate possibility was popularized, insofar as I can surmise, by evangelist Daymond R. Duck in his book Revelation for the Biblically Inept. In that book, he described a truly worldwide ten-member confederacy consisting of regions. He identified one region as Western Europe and another as North America, which would consist of Canada and the United States. Regardless of whether his regional assignments are accurate in detail or not, he has put forth a viable possibility, even one in which Lindsey’s European 10-nation confederacy would fit. But Lindsey’s European Confederacy idea is no longer necessary in this context. Another more recent development has further demoted the European view, making Rome considerably less relevant to the whole system. This development is the modern rediscovery that while their leader Titus was certainly Roman, his Roman Legions were not. Instead, they were recruited locally, most of them being of Arab descent. This puts a whole new spin on Daniel 9:26, implying that the people of the antichrist might well be Muslims.

In the context of the antichrist being at least potentially of the Muslim faith, another passage of Daniel comes into play, another one that hasn’t received the attention that it deserves. Daniel verses 7:8 and 24 furnishes a further description of the antichrist’s rise to power:

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before which there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”

“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise; and another shall rise after them, and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”

Upon watching on the news the tragic removal of God from the public square in America and the series of enormous governmental mistakes that have been leading America away from her roots into a repressive socialism, I am very tempted, despite my own commentary above that warns against such indulgence, to interpret these passages in Daniel as follows: Why the ‘little’ horn? Could a ‘little’ horn represent the leader of a nation, as opposed to a ‘big’ horn, which would represent the leader of a region, one of ten such that cover the world? Could this ‘little’ horn be downgrading traditional American values to the end of transforming the national government of which he was the leader into a three-nation regional government of which he would be a more significant leader? Could these three horns that were plucked up be the three national governments, including his own, that would be replaced by the larger and infinitely more repressive and rigidly-controlled regional government? Could indeed those three national governments be Canada, the United States and Mexico?

As Glenn Beck would say, “I’m just saying.”

But how else does our lax policy with respect to illegal aliens (especially in the wake of 911) make sense? Why else are we attempting to emphasize the commonality among these governments and downplaying the uniqueness of the United States Constitution? Why else are we engaging in rampant socialism and expanding governmental control?


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