Bennedict and the New Holy Roman Empire(Excerpts) “I have been proclaiming and writing, ever since 1935, that the final one of the seven eras of the Holy Roman Empire is coming in our generation—a ‘United States of Europe,’ combining ten nations or groups of nations in Europe—with a union of church and state!
“In only one way can this resurrected Holy Roman Empire be brought to fruition—by the ‘good offices’ of the Vatican, uniting church and state once again, with the Vatican astride and ruling (Revelation 17:1-5).”
Thus wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in the Plain Truth newsmagazine (January 1979 edition) of these events that are now currently happening before your very eyes.
The European Union is now the greatest united trading entity in the world. For the past eight years, the EU has had a common currency, which has vaulted high over the dollar in value. At the recent summit, it became clear that the EU is intent on aggressively developing its own combined military force. By 2009, with the ratification of the EU Reform Treaty, the EU will have its own president and its own diplomatic corps, with its own minister for foreign affairs. All these attributes, acquired steadily over the past 60 years, suddenly will place the EU on the world scene as a virtual supra-European continental government.
Right now we see Pope Benedict working feverishly at enabling the very spirit, the “vital lifeblood” of European unity, “Europe’s Christian heritage,” to be recaptured by the European populace in an effort to create a great wave of evangelism that will sweep all Europe up into the arms of Rome in a bonding of church and state, indeed, a final resurrection of that ancient Holy Roman Empire.
The pope’s appeal right now is to the masses, not so much to the political rulers of Europe.
Pope Benedict realizes that he faces the same challenge that John Paul did. Hence, just as John Paul II’s successfully galvanized Eastern Europe to return to its Romish roots, Benedict is first appealing to the masses. Once the political leaders of Europe catch on to the powerful effects of papal evangelism sweeping the European continent, then they will see the benefits of endorsing the religion of Rome as the state religion of the EU, enabling the disparate member nations to finally bond together as a singular cultural entity.
This is all now so close to coming to fruition. Source
NOTE: It's all about control, and the Lord has revealed to the outcome of these developments so "that His people may be prepared to stand against the tempest of opposition and wrath": "Romanism in the Old World and apostate Protestantism in the new will pursue a similar course toward those who honor all the divine precepts." GC 616. "In both the Old and the New World, the papacy will receive homage in the honor paid to the Sunday institution, that rests solely upon the authority of the Roman Church." GC 578.