At 39 years old, Emmanuel Macron won the Presidency of France in a landslide in May 2017. Just 16 months later, his ascendancy still looks as strange as it was rapid. Just a year later in May 2018 he was awarded the Charlemagne prize in Aachen as a significant unifier in Europe. Given the importance of France in God’s plan, it seems that the angels could have plans with this man in the remaining 4 years of this term of his Presidency and whatever extensions of leadership this relatively young man might have ahead. There is a vacuum for leadership in Europe with Angela Merkel struggling for political survival in Germany and the UK moving out of Europe to which it never really belonged. Macron has become the pivotal figure in Europe and is promoting his plan for a united Europe.

Macron is an enigma. He grew up a socialist and took senior economic appointments in Socialist governments, yet sometimes what seems to dominate is his merchant banker belief in free markets. He created a centrist movement called “En marche” and built a party out of nothing for the 2017 June parliamentary elections that followed his election as President. Macron quickly moved to bring about change to reduce corruption, reform adversarial labour laws, stricter anti-terrorism laws and taxes. One of the problems in understanding Macron is his Jupiterian model which is based on secrecy and mystery.

The Historical Importance of France in Bible Prophecy

Without being too detailed, readers of the Scriptures, well informed with the explanations of our Pioneers, and those that have followed, will be well acquainted with the role of France. In the 8th century, Pepin was supported as king of France by Pope Zachary, and his son Charlemagne— Charles the Great—was also supported by the papacy in exchange for his support of the papacy. In 800 Charlemagne was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope Leo in Rome. He established the Holy Roman Empire in Aachen, once a city of France but now in Germany. The Holy Roman Empire was Austrian until Napoleon ended its 1000-year history. So the beast of the earth (Rev 13:11-18) came into existence, with its two horns— religious and political. This relationship between Church and government has been critical to French history; no wonder it is depicted in Revelation 11 as a critical part of the Roman empire or known as the “eldest daughter of the Church”. Later in history, the second great earthquake would happen in France—the French Revolution. This overturning of the Church and the social order created a different Europe and unleashed the forces of dramatic change of the three unclean spirits like frogs.

Current Directions of Gomer and Emmanuel Macron

It is impossible for us as mortals to predict the exact plan that the angels are working to with France. Yet the French spirit like frogs must emerge from the mouth of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. While Brother Thomas expounded this as an historical sequence, he makes the clear case, in Eureka, that there must be a simultaneous going forth of the French spirits to precede the gathering of all nations to Armageddon. Therefore, French influence which has troubled the world since the French Revolution will continue to be a galvanizing principle to bring about war; spirits of madness to provoke the nations to war. It is the French spirit that will do this1. It seems that part of this French spirit is anti-Semitism—a force which Macron is trying to restrain but will undoubtedly be a force behind the invasion of Israel. Let’s look at French influence over the dragon, beast and false prophet one by one.

The Dragon

The dragon in the Apocalypse is a Roman militaristic power and will be seen in the last days by Russia and its confederates including Gomer (Ezek 38:6) invading the land of Israel. We accept the strong evidence of Brother Thomas that Gomer is the French. So strong will be its attitudes against Israel that it will be willing to invade Israel in a holy war with Gog. While in the Crimean war, France opposed the Russians over the holy places in Palestine, in the future it will join with Russia. From the words of Christ in Revelation 16 this must be seen as a two-way relationship. While Rosh will dominate the Gogian coalition, France, and its spirit, must, of necessity, be a key influence on Russia.

So do we see France growing closer to Russia and further away from non-European powers? Macron certainly seems to have a positive towards Russia. While Russia backed other candidates, and not Macron, to be President of France, Putin was the first head of state invited to Versailles to meet Macron2. Macron has stated that he wants to shift from the diplomacy of his predecessors. At a meeting with Putin in May this year, some media said he went on the charm offensive; others, that he grovelled. He found common ground with Putin over Iran and Putin’s supposed tough treatment by Anglo-Saxon powers. Macron said: “I also recognise the exact role that Russia has now built for itself both in its immediate environment and in some other regions of the world, for example, in the Middle East… This newly acquired role of a strong leader imposes a new responsibility… And I am well aware of Russia’s irreplaceable role in some international issues”3. This warmth to Putin recognises some common needs, including France’s ongoing need for Russian gas. Macron was prepared to cede a special role to Russia in the Middle East; hardly a surprising admission by the Gomer power. He went even further in late August 2018 when he said: “I want us to launch an exhaustive review of our security with all Europe’s partners, which includes Russia”4. Macron sees Russia as one of France’s “partners” to be included in defence—an inseparable part of the future.

While Macron and his wife, Brigette, seemed to get on well with the Trumps in a meeting in April 2018, he has been a strong advocate against Trump’s policies especially Trump’s repudiation of the Paris climate change agreement and cancellation of the treaty with Iran. It is really on Trump’s part that he has successfully broken the post-World War II links between Europe and the USA, and the level of trust that existed—for this cannot fit with the prophetic plan. Macron recognised this when he made an obvious comment about NATO in the Trump and post-Trump world: “Europe can no longer rely on the United States for its security”.2 While a Minister in 2016 he commissioned a report Strategic Review of Defense and National Security5 which rather than getting closer to the USA, Macron’s focus is on building with Russia (and with a United Europe).

The Beast

It is clear in Revelation 16 to 19 that the dragon, Gog, will be destroyed in Armageddon, but the beast and the false prophet will live on to fight against Christ. With the dragon gone, it will be the beast, influenced by the false prophet, that gathers the kings on his side and combats the man on the white horse (Rev 19:19). Gomer will suffer damage in Armageddon, but the French power must continue. Macron campaigned on a pro-European stance. In winning the Charlemagne prize6, Macron laid down his credentials to reenact the strength of the old beast of the earth. His four commandments for Europe were to “Let’s not be weak, let’s not be divided, let’s not fear, let’s not wait”. As he outlined his agenda he wanted the listening Angela Merkel to know “Wake up, France has changed”3.

So what is Macron’s agenda for Europe? His vision is a unified strong Europe. He wants it united—financially, in defence and in policy. Macron has supported the Permanent Structured Co-operation (PESCO), apparently the replacement of NATO, in a strong European wide defence approach including a European air combat system7. He wants an EU Commissioner that would be responsible for the Parliament and a common budget8; a road he has started to push Merkel down. To be strong, Macron seeks reform in Europe of institutions and laws that might weaken its growth. Macron seems to have little time for the Eastern European states like Poland and may well shrink Europe back closer to 10 nations. For in shifting to a more unified Europe he seems to have little time for the marginal opponents; Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria become more central nations. While French leadership of a European beast seems essential, it must be based on a stronger France. It is this that Macron seems to be addressing in his economic reforms.

The False Prophet

Macron’s relationship with the false prophet might well attract our attention. In reflecting on the last days, Brother Thomas writes of the “exceedingly prominent activity… of the Franco-Papal spirit”9. In April, Macron caused uproar by seemingly moving to over-turn the secularism that had characterised France since the French Revolution, which was strengthened by a law passed in 1905 separating Church and state, a stance known aslaïcité. Although Macron was brought up in a secular home, he was “baptised” of his own choice at the age of 12 and met his wife Brigitte as a teacher at the Jesuit school he attended. So, it is not surprising that he wishes to “radicalise” laïcitéby reducing the gap between the government and the Roman Catholic Church. In April, he spoke to Catholic bishops that “the link between the church and the state has become strained, and it is up to us to repair it”10 through a “dialogue of truth”11. “A president of the French republic who takes no interest in the Church and its Catholics would be failing in his duty”, he is reported as saying. His critics saw this as a means of creating a morality for his drastic economic reforms; but France’s changing relationships with the Church have sometimes been driven by economics. In late June, Macron met Pope Francis for 57 minutes12, far longer than Francis’ meetings with any other world leader and suggests that Macron will keep pushing a stronger relationship with the false prophet.

The Future of Gomer and of Macron

We cannot tell how much of the divine plan Emmanuel Macron will fulfil. We know his name means “God with us”. His behaviour is the opposite, but his actions may demonstrate the truth that Yahweh is present, controlling the kingdoms of men. For his part, Macron is very unpopular with the French public as he has not been able to meet expectations on the economy and overcome high levels of unemployment and poverty. Labelling demonstrators against economic change as “slackers” did him damage early in his Presidency13. The problem he has is that the big agenda he has on the world stage is not consistent with the needs of the general populace14. It is not clear that the French people support his united Europe agenda. Nevertheless, he has time on his hands for the rest of his Presidency to keep Gomer in a direction that the general populace may not approve of but is vital to bringing the nations to Armageddon.

In expecting a dominant leader Brother Thomas went as far as to suggest the revival of the monarchy in France before Christ’s coming (see Exposition of Daniel). Even without a monarchy, a dominant figure in the pattern of former emperors like Napoleon might be in God’s plan. Macron might well be setting the pattern for more dominant future Presidents, as we await the thief-like advent of the Son of Man.

References:

  1. In observing Macron’s European credentials it can be forgotten that he takes a strong stance on the French language (see Thomas Gomart and Marc Hecker (eds), 2018, “Macron, Diplomat: A New French Foreign Policy”, Etudes de l’Ifri, pp.34-36) and French traditions including Roman Catholicism.
  2. Kastoueva-Jean, T in Gomart & Hecker (eds) ibid p.49.
  3. https://www.ucnews.in/news/France-Recognizes-Russias-New-Role-in-International-Relations—Macron-VIDEO/41721115777535.html
  4. https://www.dw.com/en/eu-can-no-longer-rely-on-us-says-frances-macron/a-45245743
  5. See Thomas Gomart and Marc Hecker (eds), 2018, ibid, p.14
  6. https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-to-angela-merkel-im-still-out-to-change-europe-reform/
  7. Kunz, B in Gomart &Hecker (eds), 2018, ibid, p.41.
  8. https://www.ft.com/content/89c1b706-73df-11e8-b6ad-3823e4384287
  9. Eureka, Logos edition, Vol.5 p.230
  10. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/06/emmanuel-macron-catholic-church-laicite-religion
  11. https://www.france24.com/en/20180410-france-macron-reaches-out-catholic-church-outrage-secularism https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-france-religion/macrons-overtures-to-catholic-church-make-waves-in-secular-france-idUKKBN1HH2L3
  12. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/emmanuel-macron-meeting-pope-francis-vatican-french-president
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/12/slackers-protest-macron-labour-law-reforms
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/05/trump-poll-ratings-macron-globalisation