Prophetically, there are eight gentile world empires.
Nebuchadnezzar saw a Colossus in his dream. “This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.” (Dan 2:32-33)
God gave Daniel the interpretation. Six Gentile Empires have come and gone. Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome are the past Empires.
The two future empires are the Revived Roman and Revised Grecian Empires. The Revived Roman Empire is the European Union, the precursor of the Antichrist. It will last for three and a half years. The last half of the ‘heptad’ will be the empire of the Antichrist, the wilful king.
The moment the rapture of the Church takes place, the European Union will manifest as the seventh world empire. The US as superpower will collapse. NATO will be disbanded. Many Baltic States will become non-aligned.
The EU’s superior military might will help in brokering peace between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Iran. The great deception of Israel will begin to the chagrin of Russia.
The current military operation in Ukraine is comparable to birth pangs on a pregnant woman, indicative of prelude to birthing the seventh world empire – the revived Roman Empire also known as ten-nation confederacy. It will come into being simultaneously with the rapture of the church and last for three and a half years.
The current membership of the EU is twenty-seven. It will be whittled down to ten at about the time of the airlift of qualified Christians to heaven.
“There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. (Rev 17:10-13)
The seventh gentile empire shall consist of ten kings or ten horns corresponding to the ten toes of the Image. The EU as the Revived Roman Empire will be the seventh Gentile power on the earth. Out of the EU will emerge a wilful king, the Beast and Antichrist who will establish the eighth and final Gentile world empire. It will have characteristics similar to the Grecian empire of Alexander the Great.
What is happening now is a step towards the fulfilment of Ezekiel 38.
The Lord will soon move from the third heaven to the atmospheric heaven to meet His saints in the air.