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Friday, February 26, 2016

Europe's refugee crisis is about to go from terrible to unprecedented

Prophecy Sign:  Kingdom, (Ethnos), against Kingdom, (Ethnos)

It wasn't so very long ago that the mighty European Union was looking to become the 'United States of Europe".  However the ongoing Greek financial crisis and now the European refugee crisis have not only put the U.S. of E. dreams on hold but may be about to blow the European Union experiment apart at the seams. Even the British are distancing themselves from the E.U with an upcoming summer referendum on the idea of exiting the Union.

European nations are pointing their collective fingers at German Chancellor Angela Merkel whose open door policy towards the Muslim world migrants have left other European nations scrambling to close the doors with much more stringent criteria for entry and/or new fences to keep out the masses. The Norwegian government has warned that they will lock up their borders with Sweden, (who have accepted hundreds of thousands of migrants), should the Swedes collapse under the burden of looking after their new charges. 

As for the migrants themselves, thousands of them have disappeared into the European underground which is very disconcerting as most arrived sight unseen with little to no screening.  Many are young unemployed Muslim men from radicalized nations such as Syria and Afghanistan.  A ready made Islam threat to the cities of Europe.   All this has brewed up the right conditions for the rise of far right political parties in many of the European nations.  Clashes are now common among elements of the far right and authorities.  

Bible prophecy tells us that in the final days prior to Christ's return that nations would rise against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms.  The original Greek word translated into English was "Ethnos" which of course is where we get our word 'Ethnic" which is a word we use to classify groups of people, (eg ethnic group).  In other words Jesus warned that we would see various ethnic groups clashing at the end of days.  Something that is very much happening in Europe today.

Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Luke 21:10 NIV

Europe's refugee crisis is about to go from terrible to unprecedented
Refugees and migrants are heading to Europe at a rate three times greater than last year, according to a new report released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and are set to shatter a record number of new arrivals reached in 2015. By the end of 2015, more than 1 million people had made their way to the continent, mostly by crossing the Mediterranean on overcrowded boats, marking the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. But if the volume of new people arriving from war torn nations continues to grow, the refugee crisis is set to explode at a rate never before seen in Europe. There have been 102,547 arrivals in the Greek islands since the beginning of 2016. In 2015, the number of arrivals did not reach that threshold until June, according to IOM.

The tide of Syrian refugees is unraveling Europe
So far, there has been little progress. More than 110,000 people have arrived in Greece and Italy in the first two months of 2016 alone. That is in addition to the 1 million asylum seekers who entered the EU in 2015, most of whom ended up in Germany. Austria’s decision to impose limits hasn’t stemmed the flow of refugees and migrants either. The country’s border has been only half closed. Refugees can still make their way to Germany. The result is that the strain on Greece and other Western Balkan countries has become intolerable. There are over 12,000 migrants stranded in Greece, a country that is simply unable to cope financially, politically, or socially with the influx. To make matters worse for Greece, its neighbor Macedonia has closed its border. Other countries in the region have built fences on their frontiers because EU member states cannot agree on a common refugee and asylum policy. Above all, many of these countries now blame Merkel for her open-door policy.

Growing refugee crisis threatens Europe's unity, officials warn
The European Union's once-tight unity is being rapidly eroded as hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants walk a well-trodden path through the Balkans and into the bloc's heartland. Greece on Thursday took the tensions to a new level, recalling its ambassador from Vienna in anger after Austria and other Balkan nations held a meeting that could put more pressure on Athens to deal with the migrants. Diplomats saw no precedent in recent EU history for such a move. As some EU countries move to restrict new entries, those further south and east fear that thousands of migrants will get stuck and overwhelm their nations. That has prompted several to start acting unilaterally, showing little concern for coordinating with their EU partners. "Right now the unity of the union and lives -- human lives -- are at stake," said EU migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos at Thursday's meeting of the bloc's 28 interior ministers to assess the rapidly deteriorating situation.

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