Robert Thiel in the COGwriter blog has reported that the European Union has received the Nobel Peace Prize for ending war in Europe.
This reminds me of the scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5:3: "For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape."
Now, the context of this scripture is the Day of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4, Isaiah 13:6-7), so the direct application of this is for the future. But there is a principle that sometimes when it seems there is peace, it is only a prelude to war.
The European Union was given a prize for peace because the efforts of the European nations, especially Germany and France, to end war between the nations of Europe by tying them together economically, has indeed seemed to end war between the European nations. The world no longer talks about the danger of war between Germany and France or between any major European powers (not counting Russia). There was only about 20 years between the two world wars, but since then more than sixty years have gone by without another major European or world war.
But what many people in the world do not realize is that the European Union has gone far beyond what is needed to maintain peace between European nations. It is trying hard to build a European empire. It is aggressively seeking to overthrow the sovereignty of its member states to achieve a Europe that is unified politically and militarily as one state.
And the purpose behind this effort is not peace but war. I do not say that most of the EU leaders themselves realize that purpose. It is invisible to them because this world is ruled by Satan (Luke 4:5-6), and Satan and his demons are invisible. Satan has something in mind for Europe and it will not be peace.
European nations have had a tendency in history to want to dominate other nations. But as the world is today and as it has been since the end of World War II, they cannot do that as individual nations anymore. The only way they can dominate events on this earth is to achieve unity, to combine their strength. Germany cannot dominate the world by itself. But if it can lead a European Union, the collective strength of the nations making up that union will be many times greater than the strength of Germany alone and will be on par, or greater, than the strength of the United States, or of Russia, or China.
The European Union does not have to overturn the sovereignty of its member nations to prevent another war between Germany and France. Peace in Europe was achieved a long time ago in the days of the "Common Market". What Europe is striving for now is power, the power that comes from complete unity, combining the individual states of Europe into one super-state. Once they have that power, what they do with that power will not be called "peace".