I was brought up in a fairly benign brand of Protestantism, and so my knowledge of End Times theology is limited.
The following, however, made me think of a question:
"There would be an economic alliance of the nations of the Old Roman Empire. It would have a military capability.This is an exact description of the European Economic Community today (the EEC), which has already adopted the one-currency system for many of their member nations. It is written, IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS (these nations, which is now) SHALL THE GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A KINGDOM-Dan 2:44.This is from an evangelical website that is attempting to leach off of Atrios by having a domain name that is a slight misspelling of his URL (which I will not link to, as I have no desire for my site to show up on the site's server logs). The rest of the site is pretty much your standard issue "repent ye sinner" born-again pitch, complete with Biblical quotes proving that the Bible is true.
"THE TRIBULATION is the worst time in history since man has been on the earth. Immediately following the Rapture, the man of sin (called the Antichrist) comes forth and assumes control of the EEC. "
My question is this: given what End Times theology says about Europe, is there a significant portion of the Jesus-is-coming-any-day-now crowd that believes that one of the major European leaders (Chirac, Schroeder) is the literal AntiChrist?
It could certainly be a supplemental reason why the French and the Germans are currently so hated on the Right (the main reason being "Because William Kristol and Rush Limbaugh said so").