Futurism: Speculation and Still More Speculation
The problem for the Futurist interpretation of Bible prophecy is a twofold one. In the first place, it is just so full of speculation. This is not to be wondered at, because it is a futurist interpretation: by definition, it is about things still in the future (for the most part), and therefore things which may only be speculated about. No hard evidence. No historical fact. This means it is constantly adjusting itself to take cognisance of new events as they arise.
To illustrate: take the subject of the identity of the Antichrist according to Futurists. Those who claimed Saddam Hussein was the Antichrist had to re-adjust their belief after his demise. Those who placed all their hopes on Henry Kissinger for the position look decidedly out of date now. Those who had Mikhail Gorbachev pegged for the Antichrist are now pretty silent. Barack Obama’s Antichrist credentials looked unassailable to many Futurists, but that particular craze died down as well.
Or take the subject of the system through which, according to Futurists, the Antichrist will supposedly arise. For decades, many Futurists were certain it would be Communism. In the 1970s we heard about the Russian “bear”, the Russian “Gog and Magog”, all the time; but now? Not so much. With the (false) “death” of Communism and the rise of global Islam, Communism began to be nudged to the side. Now, Islam is very often held up as the most popular contender for the system through which Antichrist may come to power.
Communism is not dead, and is indeed an extremely dangerous ideology, as is Islam. But neither one of them will vomit out a future Antichrist, because Bible prophecy makes it clear that he is not some future, individual, political world leader. The Antichrist has been here for centuries already. It is the pope of Rome. Each and every pope of Rome, in a long line through the centuries.
The problem for the Futurist interpretation of Bible prophecy is that, because it squeezes almost all prophecy into the very narrow limits of a very short period of time right near the end of the world, it has to reject an understanding of Bible prophecy which takes into account centuries of history. It cannot bear the thought that much of Bible prophecy has been fulfilled already, or is in the process of being fulfilled over a vast period of time. It arrogantly asserts that prophecy is only really profitable for the saints who will be living at the very end of the world. It cheerfully leapfrogs over all the past centuries of the history of the Church and of the world, and claims that what the Lord had to say in prophecy, He said for the benefit of the Lord’s people alive just prior to His second coming, and no one else.
Europe will NEVER Unite!
Is the European Union, then, revealed in prophecy? And as no other prophecies have ever been applied to it by Futurists except the ones which speak of the “ten toes”, the “ten horns” and the “ten kings” (which, admittedly, do refer to European nations), this question can be put as follows:
Is the European Union the fulfilment of the prophecies about the “ten kings”?
The answer is as follows: