The following article asks an interesting question. (Scroll down for the prophecy connection.)
Will ‘Brexit’ mark the end of the age of globalization?
The Times Enterprise
June 26, 2016
WASHINGTON (TNS) — For decades, financial and political leaders have preached the inevitability of globalization, promising nations that by sacrificing some of their sovereignty and dropping national barriers they could reap far greater rewards through economic integration and cooperation. And that turned out to be largely true.
But Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union signals a new era for the post-World War II globalization drive, exposing deep populist anger and leaving open the question of how best to rein in an increasingly connected and interdependent world economy….
Now Britain and other Western democracies are likely to face growing pressure to put the brakes on open trade and immigration policies that have been hallmarks of world growth.
“The age of globalization has certainly ended,” said Fredrik Erixon, director of the European Center for International Political Economy, an independent think tank in Brussels….
Few are predicting a scenario in which major borders are closed and protectionism rules the day. But the sentiments underlying the British public’s rebellion are broadly shared by many others in the EU as well as the United States.
Policymakers and investors are particularly worried that Britain’s move will be a catalyst for a re-energized effort by Scots — who overwhelmingly favored remaining in the EU — to break away from Britain. It may also encourage other secession movements in the EU, which could fundamentally alter the political and economic structure that has been in place for decades.
“With one fell swoop, the world order has been turned upside down overnight, and where the chaos stops no one knows,” said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist for Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group.
The backlash stems from a growing realization that the biggest winners of globalization have been international corporations, wealthy families, skilled and educated workers and those with easy access to capital. Older, working-class families in many Western nations have instead struggled with stagnant wages, job losses and staggering debt. Income inequality has grown worse in many of the same countries that have embraced globalization….
This change of events is especially interesting in light of prophecy found in Daniel 2 and 7.
In Daniel 2, Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream. The Lord God provided the interpretation through His servant Daniel. It was Daniel who experienced a dream (in Daniel 7), and when compared to the king’s dream, we can find connections in the endings of both.
The second chapter of Daniel concerns a dream about a huge statue, which represents the first four “kingdoms” that would appear on earth after the fall of Babylon. (I’ve written about this elsewhere, so won’t go into detail here.) Here is what was said about the FOURTH KINGDOM:
“Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As THE TOES were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
44 “IN THE TIME OF THOSE [TEN] KINGS, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”
Did you catch that? “In the time of those kings” — talking about the toes on the statue — God will set up His kingdom on earth! So at some point on the world history timeline, TEN KINGS will rule the world!
Now, let’s look at the final part of Daniel’s dream …
“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had TEN HORNS.
8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was ANOTHER HORN, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.…
“Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time. [3 1/2 years]
26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’” (Daniel 7:7-8, 19-27, NIV)
See the connection? Daniel 2 talks about TEN TOES, which represent TEN KINGS who will appear just before God’s kingdom is established on earth. Daniel 7 says that TEN HORNS, symbolizing TEN KINGS, will appear on earth just before the sovereignty of ALL KINGDOMS will be handed over to “the people of the Most High.”
king will arise — “a little one” who is “different.” “He will subdue three of the ten kings in authority, and he will oppress God’s holy people for 3 1/2 years!
Could this be what’s happening in the world right now? Could the Lord God be preparing for the entrance of that “little horn” on the head of the fourth beast — the final kingdom that will appear on earth before everything will be “handed over to the holy people of the Most High?
Keep watching and remembering that GOD IS IN CONTROL!