The EU Leopard
by Phil Mayo
Over three years ago I wrote in my book: Daniel’s Seal Broken, an interpretation of the Dan 7:6 Leopard with four heads, and four wings of a fowl. I interpreted It to mean four edifices of the European Union. I stand by this interpretation. But I recently realised that in keeping with the rule that biblical prophecy always uses heads and horns to metaphorically represent kings or rulers, I had to go back and see if they were there.
A quick search of the internet revealed they were!
President of the European Union (or President of Europe) does not exist. Nevertheless the term is often misused to mean any of:
- President of the European Council (since 1 December 2014, Donald Tusk)
- President of the European Commission (since 1 November 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker)
- President of the European Parliament (since 1 July 2014, Martin Schulz)
- Presidency of the Council of the European Union (since 1 January 2016, The Netherlands)
The following is an extract from my book:
After this I looked, and saw another, like a leopard, that had on its back four wings of a fowl. This beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. [Dan 7:6]
Both Germany and France are depicted here by the heraldic leopard of its aristocracy. You will find the leopard on most of their coats of arms. The hilt of German soldiers dress swords had a casting of a leopard’s head. There is a German battle tank called a leopard. Germany took on the mantle of the Holy Roman Empire in 1512AD when it was re-named The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. This may be what is meant by “dominion was given to it”.
In colloquial speech, the word fowl is often used synonymously with poultry. The wings of a fowl represent France. The national symbol of France is a Gallic Rooster (Cockerel). French and German leadership joined forces under the Élysée Treaty (also known as The Treaty of Friendship) that was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer in 1963. Since then, French and German heads of state have kept a strong relationship, considered by many to be the driving force behind the creation of the European Union and the Union for the Mediterranean.
The four heads and four wings represent their leadership in the creation of four floors of the European Union edifice. Customs union. Goal achieved. Common market. Goal achieved. Monetary union. Goal achieved. Political & Fiscal union. Work in progress.
1. The customs union is the stage of integration, were the member states agreed a treaty, to refrain from imposing any customs duties charge or quantitative restrictions on each other, and adopt an external common customs tariff when trading with countries outside the Union. This eliminated customs controls at internal borders.
2. The fundamental objective of the Treaty of Rome was the creation of a single economic area based on a common market. However, Article number two of that treaty set out its objectives as follows: “The Community shall have as its task, by establishing a common market and progressively approximating the economic policies of member states, to promote throughout the Community a harmonious development of economic activities, a continuous and balanced expansion, an increase in stability, an accelerated raising of the standard of living and closer relations between the States belonging to it”. It is obvious from this statement that the common market was not an end in itself, rather an agency by which to achieve economic and political goals.
3. The Treaty of Rome didn’t provide for monetary union. At the time of drafting the EEC treaty an international monetary organisation already existed in the form of the Bretton Woods system. It was at the time when Bretton Woods collapsed in 1971 that the EEC began their effort to create an economic and monetary union. That effort has so far created a single currency area within its international boundaries.
4. An attempt to achieve political union was made in 2004, in the form of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, (TCE) commonly referred to as the European Constitution. It was an attempt to create a consolidated constitution for the EU that would replace existing treaties with a single text. It would also expand Qualified Majority Voting to include policy areas that had previously required unanimity among member states. The Treaty was rejected by French and Dutch referendums in May and June 2005.
Following a period of reflection, the Treaty of Lisbon was created, setting aside certain secondary or emblematic elements that bothered Eurosceptics. The title of ‘Constitution’ that for some concealed the transformation of the Union into a Super-state was dropped, as were references to symbols of unification, such as the flag and anthem. The European Constitution had been too large a pill to swallow in one go, so they went back to the little by little tactic.
Fiscal union is the integration of the fiscal policy of nations or states. Under fiscal union, decisions about the collection and expenditure of taxes are taken by common institutions shared by the participating governments. For example: in federal nations such as the United States, fiscal policy is determined to a large extent by the central government which is empowered to raise taxes, borrow and spend. This aspect of European Union is being promoted as a cure for the current financial instability within the EU/UM.
I know that many will argue that Dan 7:6 leopard is a metaphorical representation of Greece. But that would mean God is using two completely different beasts to represent the same nation in the linked visions of Dan 7:6 and Dan 8:5
Why do I say those visions are linked? In chapter 8:26 the angel Gabriel links the chapter 7 vision with that of chapter 8 when he says: “And the vision of the evening and morning that was told is true.” Chapter seven being the evening vision, and chapter eight, the morning vision.
Some Bible translators have allowed their preconceived ideas to influence their translation of what the angel said in chapter 8:26. They have changed the words “evening and morning” to a plural “evenings and mornings” in order to limit his explanation to dealing with only Dan 8:13-14. But if we look to Strong’s Concordance, we see the words ‘e·reḇ and bō·qer are used, which in every other occurrence are translated ‘evening and morning’.
What the angel is explaining to Daniel from verse 16 onward is clearly the meaning of the whole vision that Daniel tells us in verse one; is the second given to him after that recorded in chapter seven.
Dan 8:13-14 isn’t a separate and distinct vision. It’s part of the whole vision that makes up most of chapter 8.
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