I’m sure just about everyone who is following the news right now knows that Britain voted to leave the European Union. In this article, I provide a couple of quick thoughts about the significance of Brexit, including its potential Bible prophecy significance.
I think it is important to recognize that while Brexit is a significant historical moment for Britain it does not change where the world will eventually end up. The Bible indicates that there will be a one-world government, economy, etc. under the control of the Antichrist. For instance, Daniel 7 speaks of a future time when the Antichrist will have an empire that dominates the earth and a time when he will be able to change laws and ruthlessly persecute his enemies:
“(23) Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. (24) And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he [Antichrist] shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. (25) And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” (Dan 7:23-25)
That is the finish line, but there are many potential ways to get to that finish line…
Brexit, however, does introduce a significant level of political, economic, and financial instability to Britain, to Europe and to the rest of the world. It is going to be very interesting to see how European leaders ultimately respond to Brexit and whether other European countries will choose to hold their own referendums about remaining in the European Union. It is also going to be interesting to see if Brexit triggers a long-term, negative economic and financial chain reaction in Europe and in the rest of the world.
I try to not overreact to the significance of events as they are happening because I think there is a tendency for us to do that as we live in the moment. However, Brexit appears to be an event of major significance because it is an event that could potentially lead to a further series of events that alters the economic, financial, and political landscape of Britain, Europe, and the rest of the world.