I've been told that I have the uncanny ability to both discern and emphasize the obvious. I knew that. Seventh-day Adventists know the book of Daniel; probably better than most...or at least they are supposed to...or ought to. Whichever.
That vague introduction aside, here is the point; Speaking through Daniel, God is proving His (ancient) point again. It has to do with kingdoms (read nations) seeking a common cause as a basis for sustained union.
The fractured parts of the Roman Empire tried welding themselves together with the seed of men (intermarriage) and that didn't work. Over the centuries some wars were nothing more than family feuds. Daniel wrote; "As you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay."
The European Union, so called, is another attempt (essentially by the same Roman Empire remnants) to put the pieces together again. But, not knowing God, His Word, nor the futility of their efforts, the European Union and its common monetary unit (the Euro) seems to be "Humpty-Dumptying" before our eyes. The nation that pulled the trigger on this mess was Greece which cheated and slid into the EU even though they were bankrupt before seeking admission. But they "cooked the books" and fed false financial information to the then EU admissions committee and and made it through the door. Well, Greece is not a particularly welcome partner just now seeing what their economy has done to the EU per se and particularly the Euro. The tsunami of that mess has reached all the way to Wall Street. The nervousness on Wall Street and the vagaries of the stock market are a straight-line result of the fragility of the EU. Interestingly, Spain and Portugal are not far behind Greece and Germany has taken on the task of trying to save the Euro all by itself. Can Germany do that?
Speaking of money in general, the money verse that follows is, for Adventists of all stripes (those who love the second coming of Christ...in whichever church), Daniel writes; "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed..." [Daniel chpt. 2: vss. 43 and 44].
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" [Revelation 22:20
Conclusion: God is always on time, on target, and spot on. His word never fails.This is a good day to make our salvation sure and certain in Jesus Christ. e.c.