This past weekend in Paris, the Mediterranean Union was launched. French President and current President of the EU Nicolas Sarkozy was front and center all weekend long smiling for the cameras and acting very proud of himself, but is Sarkozy really in charge of this new union? I ask this question because everything I read about this new MU seems to be supportive of an agreement that is already in place. This agreement is the Barcelona Process or Euromead.
Nothing is more telling or supports this idea more than to read the "Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean " which was released shorty after the end of the MU Summit. The whole thing can be read here..... http://www.eu2008.fr/webdav/site/PFUE/shared/import/0713_declaration_de_paris/Joint_declaration_of_the_Paris_summit_for_the_Mediterranean-EN.pdf
Here are some highlights....
2. Heads of State and Government underline the important role played by the Barcelona Process since 1995. The Barcelona Process has been the central instrument for Euro-Mediterranean relations. Representing a partnership of 39 governments and over 700 million people, it has provided a framework for continued engagement and development. The Barcelona Process is the only forum within which all Euro-Mediterranean partners exchange views and engage in constructive dialogue. It represents a strong commitment to peace, democracy, regional stability and security through regional cooperation and integration. The Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean aims to build on that consensus to pursue cooperation, political and socioeconomic reform and modernisation on the basis of equality and mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty.
13. The Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean will be complementary to EU bilateral relations with these countries1 which will continue under existing policy frameworks such as the Association Agreements, the European Neighbourhood Policy action plans,
The European Neighbourhood Policy is an existing agreement that started in 2007 and lasts for 7 years. It did not replace the Barcelona Agreement, but strengthened it and breathed new life into it. It is very clear from everything that I am reading in today's headlines about the MU, that the MU is designed to function within the existing framework of the Barcelona Agreement and the ENP. Here are a couple of noteworthy quotes.
“As I've tried to point out, the European Neighbourhood Policy does not replace the process launched years ago in Barcelona. It renews it, clarifies it and breathes fresh life into it.” Margot Wallstrom regarding the ENP and fears that it was replacing the 1995 EURO-MED [E.U. "ROMED"] Agreement“
[The European] neighbourhood policy [ENP] is not a substitute for the Barcelona process; it rather underpins and deepens it.” Javier Solana December 17, 2006
So now I ask who is in charge of the EU and all of these agreements? There has been a lot of discussion lately in prophecy circles about Sarkozy, but in my mind Solana is still in the drivers seat and Sarkozy is doing Solana's bidding.
I came across a commentary today that I believe states this better than I could so I will post his thoughts below for you. The author's name is Pastor Brian Roberts and I have been reading his commentary's for quite awhile. You can find more of his thoughts at this link...http://www.pastorbrianroberts.com/
THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
IS ON THE MOVE
Here are some news links coming out of the Mediterranean Union. Again, I
want to reiterate that Sarkozy's idea of the MU is being directed by Javier
Solana's European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). This means that Solana is in the
driver's seat. The partnership pact with Syria is apart of Syria's Action Plan
within the ENP. The ENP could have great prophetic implications for all of us.
You see, the ENP confirmed the Barcelona Process at the end of 2006, and came
into effect on January 1st, 2007. There are many who think that this was the
prophetic confirmed covenant spoken in Daniel 9:27. So far, the news coming out
of the MU supports that notion instead of negating it.
Where does that
bring us? If the ENP is the prophetic covenant, then you don't need a peace
treaty to start things off. The Bible never said it had to be a peace treaty,
just a treaty. The false peace is a slow dawning of peace that comes upon the
Middle East during the first 3 ½ years of the 70th week of Daniel. The Great
Tribulation and then the Day of the Lord does not come until at the midpoint of
the 70th week, and toward the end of the 70th week respectively.
MU comes out of all of this and comes into its own and confirms the Barcelona
Process and the ENP, then we may need to look at a new treaty as a possible
treaty of Daniel 9:27. As of right now, that has not happened, and the ENP is
the leading candidate to the prophesied treaty. If the ENP is that prophesied
treaty, then we may only have a couple of years until the Abomination of
Desolation (Matthew 24:15). What an exciting and yet scary time to live in.
Always keep yourself in Christ, and let Him be your rock and salvation. Jesus is
the only way to life and the only way to heaven. Unfortunately, some like Tony
Blair don't get it. I hope you do. Jesus is the only way, and if someone follows
another way, show them love, but don't get drawn into their own deception. Be
ready, because the Kingdom of Darkness is on the move.