The 10 Nations

Bible prophecy foretells a 10-nation military alliance that will rise out of a revived Roman Empire (the European Union) and will come under the control of the Antichrist (Daniel 7:23-24). Unknown to many Christians, a 10-nation military alliance appeared in Europe in 1995, called the Western European Union (or the Brussels Treaty Powers).

These 10 nations are members of both NATO and the European Union. What bound them together was a mutual defense obligation under Article Five of the modified Brussels Treaty, which meant that an attack against one would be an attack against all. To learn why this alliance held interest to students of prophecy, read our Overview.

Yet, on March 31, 2010, the 10 nations announced that they had agreed to terminate their alliance and transfer the Western European Union’s powers to the European Union — which, under the Lisbon Treaty, has developed a mutual defense obligation that includes all the EU member states. The Western European Union’s activities are scheduled to wrap up by June 2011.

The 10 nations that made up the alliance were: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

This chart is taken from the Western European Union Web site. To see the chart, click the link under “Membership and Organization” titled “Delegations.” Note that only 10 nations are full members and have voting rights. Also note the footnote at the bottom of the chart, which says that the former WEU Secretary-General, Javier Solana, stated that the number of full members would not change for the foreseeable future.