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How Revelation reveals Europe in end time prophecy
Before I went on my holiday to Kos, Greece in October 2005, my dad asked me to
keep him any Euros that I didn't spend. While I was shopping I happened to
come across some Euros, and looking at the picture below you may understand
the reason why my dad was so interested in getting his hands on one.
The picture on the back of the Greek Ä2 coin is that of the Goddess Europa, who according to Greek mythology, rode on the back of a bull. As far as I understand, the bull was actually Zeus in disguise, and in the story he throws Europa off his back and rapes her.
For more images of the Beast in official European literature and coinage, see here.
But what has this got to do with Bible prophecy?
Listen to how the Apostle John describes the identity of the beast, the last world empire...
On the back of the Greek Euro, we have exactly the same image as the Apostle John describes. A woman, arrayed in purple and scarlet, sitting on a beast, with a cup in her hand. This of course is a symbolic description, but I believe John's description is so vivid, and the characteristics of the woman are so peculiar, that they reveal beyond all doubt, the identity of the woman and the beast she rides.
Many of the descriptions of this beast are already explained for us in the passage...
A seven headed and ten horned beast
The ten horns, as the book of Daniel also mentions, are ten kings that will give their power unto the Antichrist during the seven year tribulation period. The city of Rome is also known world wide as being the city that was built on seven hills, the "seat" of the Roman Catholic church.
A friend of mine Sam Jennings wrote a book on Revelation, called Alpha and Omega. He sees the seven heads of the beast as different aspects of the old world empires mentioned in Daniel, all amalgamated together. The seven kings represent the seven world empires that will rule over the kingdom of Israel. Five of these empires are past, one was still ruling in John's day - Rome, and the other has yet to come and will continue a short while - Revived Rome or the European Union.
And there are seven kings: five are fallen,
and one is,
and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh,
he must continue a short space.
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the
eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Regarding the seven heads, all heads would have to exist in our generation in order for one to be wounded, otherwise this would only be a one headed monster. So perhaps the Revived Roman Empire is currently the main head, while the other empires still exist - only in a less substantial way. When this head is wounded and miraculously revived, all people will wonder after the system and the Antichrist. Only in the days of the 10 kings, when Christ returns to set up His Kingdom, will all seven heads be destroyed...
Riding on a sea of peoples
This last world empire will be a multi-lingual confederacy. No other regional bloc has more diverse languages and cultures than that of Europe. Even the European Parliament building was designed to look like a modern day tower of Babel, where God previously confounded the languages of all men back in Genesis 11:9. Here is the original painting of the tower of Babel, contrasted with an official European Union advertisement - the above painting subtitled with the blasphemous statement of "Many tongues, one voice", and a photograph of the actual design of the EU parliament building.
Europa is decked with purple and scarlet, and holds a golden cup
The fact that a woman rides the beast, and not a man, is significant. In the Bible, spiritually adulterous nations seem to always be portrayed as harlots, e.g. Ezekiel 23. The Roman Catholic church's worship and prayers are also directed towards a woman, Mary Queen of Heaven. It was also said that Pope John Paul dedicated Europe, along with his own life, to Mary. And as we will see later, many Catholic depictions of Mary show her adorned with twelve stars, as does our picture of Europa. Both women, Mary and Europa, are also worshipped as Goddesses - perhaps in the case of Mary not in name, but she was recently given the status of co-Redemptrix making her effectively equal with God.
Purple and scarlet just happens to be the colours of the Vatican's priestly garb. And it is estimated that Vatican city contains more wealth and riches than many nations combined. The cup of blood reminds us of the Roman Catholic communion, in which only the priest is permitted to drink from in contradiction of Scripture. And the blood reminds us of transubstantiation, the false belief that the wine in the cup actually becomes the physical blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit adds further emphasis on the blood, revealing that it is also a picture of how the woman has martyred the true saints of God, so much so that she is now become drunk on their blood. One of the most bloodiest times in the Roman Empire was during the time the book of Revelation was written, when literally millions of Christians were killed for entertainment, and sent into the catacombs of Rome with conditions so dank, life expectancy was only around six months.
Fornication here is of course in the spiritual sense. The Roman Catholic church has committed spiritual adultery with the religions of the world. Pope John Paul II possibly did more for the ecumenical movement than any other Pope.
I was forwarded the following information by my friend, John Vermeer, about the cup. A woman, presumably Mary Queen of Heaven, is adorned on many Catholic images holding a cup.
Pope Leo XII had the above medal minted in commemoration of the second year of his reign, the jubilee year of 1825. The back side of the medal reveals a depiction of a woman, sitting on the globe, holding a communion cup, while sitting on the world. The inscription reads SEDET SUPER UNIVERSUM, declaring that her seat of authority is universal, i.e., over the entire globe.
The image is full of Babylonian symbolism. The woman is not Mary at all, but represents Semiramis, the ancient Babylonian Madonna. The rays emanating from her head represent Nimrod, whom the ancient Babylonians believed died, and was transformed into the Sun. Babylonians believed Semiramis was conceived by the Sun, and gave birth to Tamuz, who it was believed was really a reincarnation of Nimrod. The cross depicted on the coin is not a Christian cross, it is really the old Babylonian letter T, which pagans have used for centuries in idol worship of their god Tamuz.
Europa is a great city that rules over kings
No other city in the world can make this claim apart from Rome. She has literally ruled over kings by threat and force for centuries (remember William the Conqueror, the Spanish inquisition, the Huguenots, etc), and still desires today to maintain her Holy Roman Empire.
A woman crowned with twelve stars
Another woman is mentioned in Revelation. Some say that this other woman represents Israel, and I would be inclined to agree with that viewpoint. This woman is crowned with twelve stars. If you look closely at the Greek Euro, our Europa is also crowned with twelve stars. The European Union flag is also made up of twelve stars on a blue sea. The official EU line is that the twelve stars of the EU flag represents completeness. But in actual fact, you will see Mary Queen of Heaven (not the true Mary) crowned with twelve stars in many Roman Catholic pictures. The twelve star European Union flag shows us that the woman (Roman Catholic church) truly rides the beast of Europe.
The other woman in Revelation, Israel, is crowned with twelve stars with the moon is under her feet. The twelve stars could represent Israel being controlled by the European Union, or more likely representing the twelve tribes of Israel. And the moon is always symbolic of the Messiah in Jewish tradition.
Possibly the reason why the moon is under the woman's feet is because "between the feet" is the Scriptural description of where offspring find a place of protection from their parents. This is a picture of the promise of God, that the nation of Israel would give birth to the Messiah.
Europa is raped by the beast
Just like the story of Europa, this modern day confederacy will throw the woman off its back and rape her. The modern day Roman Catholic church currently rides the beast of Europe, but when the Antichrist comes to power, this worldly religion will have served its purpose and will be destroyed by the ten kings through God's will.