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The Apocalypse: The End of Days Prophecy Chapter 5

THE GREAT WHORE OF BABYLON

 

Revelation, Chapter 17, describes the Great Whore of Babylon, who represents false religion. Babylon’s government and religion aspects bring down God’s judgment.  While political Babylon’s judgment occurs just prior to the battle at Armageddon and results from the Antichrist’s reign, religious Babylon’s annihilation comes through the Antichrist and his federation of kings. The Antichrist abolishes religion, and persecutes its followers for not worshiping him as god.  In Dwight Pentecost’s Things To Come: A Study of Bible Eschatology, Pentecost quotes Scofield, who confirms: “Two ‘Babylons’ are to be distinguished in the Revelation…Ecclesiastical Babylon is ‘the great whore’(Rev. 17:1), and is destroyed by political Babylon (Rev. 17:15-18), that the beast may be the alone object of worship (II Thess. 2:3, 4; Rev. 13:15).”

As one reviews history, one realizes the identity of the woman in Revelation Chapter 17.  She sits upon many waters, and is arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls.  Her hand holds a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.  Upon her head one sees words written in capital letters: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Drunk with the blood of the saints (martyrs) she sits upon seven hills (Rev. 17:4-5, 9).

Harlotry, in the Bible, equals idolatry.  When Israel worshiped other gods, God compared the nation to a harlot.  The book of Hosea elaborates on this precept by its description of an adulterous wife and a faithful

Husband, symbolic of the unfaithfulness of Israel to God through idolatry. The bride of Christ is pure and holy, and she embraces truth.  The harlot symbolizes all false teaching.  She leads individuals away from the true God, to herself.  The mother of harlots encompasses all teachings that diametrically opposes the truth of Jesus Christ.

Idolatry, immorality, and sorcery, imprinted Babylonian society. The nation was famous throughout the ancient world for astronomy.  They were primarily astrologers.  Sorcerers and necromancers were more popular than physicians.  and the interpretation of dreams were common practice.

Hepatoscopy, a favorite Babylonian method of divination, involved examining the livers of animals.  Ezekiel confirms these Babylonian practices in declaring: “For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows; he consults the images; he looks at the liver” (Ezek.21:21).   Heavily superstitious; the Babylonians were idolatrous, with innumerable gods.  Historian Will Durant numbered their gods around 65,000.

The Babylonians worshiped one woman in particular.  This woman is Ishtar, whom the Babylonians worshiped for being the mother of God. Her titles include “The Virgin,” “The Holy Virgin,” and “The Virgin Mother.” Ishtar represented the divinity of bounteous motherhood.  Those who worshiped her considered her a goddess of war as well as love.  She stood over prostitutes as well as mothers.  She called herself a caring courtesan.  Babylonians represented Ishtar sometimes as a bearded bisexual deity, and  other times as a nude female offering her breasts to suck.  Though Babylonians referred to her as “The Virgin,” this merely meant that her illicit lovers were free from all bonds of wedlock.

Revelation 18:7 states: “She says in her heart, I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.” Ancient Babylonian prayers referred to her as “Queen of all cities, Queen of Heaven and Earth,…Ishtar is great! Ishtar is Queen! My lady is exalted; my Lady is Queen.”  Revelation 17:16 names her “the whore. In later centuries, among Babylon’s enemies, the upper classes called her the “whore of Babylon.”

False Religion

 False religion led the Israelites from the true God to its teachings. Babylon’s religious symbols and doctrines bore many similarities to those taught in the Scriptures, in part because the Jews lived within Babylonia and Jewish doctrine influenced their myths.  Ancient Jews embraced the Babylonian religion, and God rebuked the Jews for following its practices.

During Ahab’s reign in Israel’s northern kingdom, Jezebel, the Phoenician princess, instituted Baal worship and murdered the prophets of God.  Baal was the Sun-god, the Life-Giving One, equivalent to Tammuz.  Baal worship was part of Babylonian society, and caused God’s judgment on Israel.  In Jeremiah 44:17-20, the Jews acknowledged to Jeremiah that they burned incense, and gave drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.  This passage mentions the “Queen of Heaven” four times.  Four in the Bible represents the number of man, and man invented religion.

From Babylon, this mystery-religion spread to all the surrounding nations, and the symbols remained similar, including the image of the Queen of Heaven with a baby in her arms.  Ashtoreth and Tammuz became Isis and Horus in Egypt, Aphrodite and Eros in Greece, Venus and Cupid in Italy, and bore many other names.

The Babylonian religion merged with Christianity during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine.  These combined beliefs became part of the Catholic Church.  Historians Will and Ariel Durant recorded that, “Babylonian altars frequently sacrificed a lamb, as the substitute for man who gave it in exchange for his life… priests carried from sanctuary to sanctuary the image of Mardak, and performed the sacred drama of his death and resurrection. They anointed the idols with sweet-scented oils, burned incense before them, and clothed them with rich vestments.”

The woman in Revelation 17 sits dressed as a harlot leading to herself the hearts of men.  Revelation 17:2 tells us that the world’s kings commit fornication with the Great Whore.  The fornication committed is not merely physical, but spiritual adultery.  As men deny the true church of Jesus Christ by embracing the harlot’s false teaching, they become corrupt in unholy union.

The Whore’s Judgment

In the end times, the Great Whore sits upon the Beast and is joined to his Kingdom. Later the Antichrist and his federation of kings destroy her. They carry her off, strip her naked and set her on fire.  Her presence initially indicates political influence.  Her destruction by the Beast reveals that she exercises limited power over the Antichrist and his federation of kings.  Though present in the kingdom’s early stages, and having influence, she does not remain long after his government becomes powerful.  Her destruction occurs when the Antichrist claims to be god and demands worship of him alone.  His ideology diametrically opposes her precepts.  All religions threaten his imposed laws.

Revelation 17 and Isaiah 47 describes the Great Whore’s judgment by God.  In verse 6, the Scriptures describe her as “drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs.”  Verse 7 describes the Beast “carrying her.”  Initially, the Bible pictures the woman sitting on the Beast—joined to his kingdom—which reveals that she has influence over the Beast.  Later, they carry her, indicating that she grows into a burden, and in verses 16 and 17 the Bible tells us: “And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

The Whore’s judgment comes from God.  Making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh, and burning her with fire indicate that violence will be committed against her—such as spoiling the treasures of her churches, taking possession of her land, burning her Bibles, religious literature, statues, paraphernalia, and buildings, and persecuting her followers so that the Antichrist alone can be the sole object of worship.  All religions then become a threat to him, and he sets out to remove them from the face of the earth.

In the past century, many dictatorships arose and each of them eliminated freedom of religion and speech as the state and the dictator act as the objects of one’s sole dedication.  The Antichrist will limit these freedoms on a worldwide scale and the nations which do not willingly go along he will conquer.

The Revelation prophecy  depicts the Whore of Babylon and the Beast operating separately. The Whore’s location, religious teachings and influence over the area of the Beast intertwines them.  Revelation 17:7 states that the beast “carries” the woman.  The verse uses bastazo, the Greek word for carries which according to Strong’s Lexicon means:  1) to take up with the hands, 2) to take up in order to carry or bear, to put upon one’s self (something) to be carried, a) to bear what is burdensome, 3) to bear, to carry, a) to carry on one’s person, b) to sustain, i.e. uphold, support, 4) to bear away, carry off.

This woman clearly becomes a burden to these kings and the Scripture tells us “these shall hate the Whore.” Verse 17 explains that they give their allegiance to the Beast who deifies himself and establishes his own religion (Dan. 11:39).   The Revelation specifies that the woman sits on the Beast because she shares the same location.  Her teachings influence the leaders and people of the land.

Religion and The EU’s Formation

The Bible depicts the Whore sitting on the Beast, signifying that she plays a principal role.  Religion does play a part in European politics. Its teachings provided the ideology that prompted the European Union’s formation.  Religion has a voice in European politics through the Christian Democratic and Socialist political parties, which elect statesmen who share their beliefs. The leaders of these parties become the political representatives of their churches.  During the French Revolution, as Democracy spread through Europe, so did Christian political parties.  Most of these parties were Catholic. The Christian Democratic political movement defended the Church’s interests. This political party assumed responsibility for the social services that the Church was no longer in a position to provide.

The Whore in part sits on the Beast  through the Christian political parties that are responsible for the European Union’s formation and evolution.  While Christian doctrine founded America, the Whore’s precepts provide the ideological basis for the formation of the EU.

Catholic ideals influenced the European Union’s founders. Each were exemplary Catholics, hunted by Nazis and Fascists during World War II. French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and Alcide de Gasperi, who founded the Christian Democratic Party in Italy, believed that the party man remained linked with his spiritual mother, the Church.  Their theological convictions influenced his public and private actions.

Robert Schuman had wanted to become a priest, but gave the idea up to serve his faith in other ways.  For him, politics was a priestly duty.  Pope Pius XII, who held strong political beliefs, sought to aid the cause of peace with the help of fellow Catholics.  He and the leaders of the Christian Democratic parties formulated a plan.  For the first time, leaders of the Catholic Church headed the French, Italian, and German governments.  The Christian Democratic political parties aroused hopes of a new Christianity.  The movement arranged religious gatherings where they planned political action.  Vatican Europe became part of the political scene.

Europe, devastated by two world wars, directly felt the threat of two atheistic ideologies—communism and fascism.  The European government leaders believed that the only way to have peace among nations would be if the nations aligned themselves in economic and political pursuits.  Schuman proposed that France and Germany create a Coal and Steel Community, encompassing the two nation’s production.  Konrad Adenauer welcomed the idea as a way to prevent war between these two nations.  They invited other nations to join as well.

On May 9, 1950, the Schuman Declaration led to the first European Union.  On April 18, 1951, European leaders signed the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Treaty in Paris.

The entire Franco-German production of coal and steel resided under a higher authority. Its decisions bound France, Germany, and other member countries.  A Council represented the interests of the Member States.  The common assembly later became the Court of Justice.  In their view, this foundation of a European federation was vital to the preservation of peace. The union would prevent war.

The French and German industries urgently needed rebuilding. The European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) would create growth.  This treaty marked the birth of the European Union.   Ratified by the governments of France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg, the ECSC began functioning in 1952.  It represented a revolutionary approach to foreign relations, as the first international organization with a federal governing body.

The ECSC led to the drafting of the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and Common Market Treaties. On March 25, 1957, European founders signed the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and the Common Market Treaties in Rome on one of its seven hills—Capitoline Hill.  What is worth noting is that Revelation 17:9 states, “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. This is Rome, which has seven hills.  The first treaty establishing the European Union was signed on one of the hills mentioned in Revelation 17, and thus evidences the fulfillment of the prophecy.

Religion influenced the European Union’s construction through political leaders who embraced its teachings.  These men acted as key players in the Union’s formation. They held the highest positions in its newly established organizations.  Robert Schuman became the first president of the European Commission in 1958. Alcide de Gasperi held the presidential post of the ECSC Common Assembly in 1954.

Monsignor Pierre Raffin, the Bishop of Metz, in Schuman’s native Lorraine, launched a campaign for his beatification; the first step on the way to sainthood.  Some Christian Democratic members of the EU Parliament backed the idea.  The Catholic Church took the steps to make Schuman a Saint. The Church not only played a role in the formation of the EU also in its evolution.

The Role of the Catholic Church and the European Union

Discussions during the 1970s about creating a formalized connection between the Bishops’ Conferences and the European Community led to the decision, on the eve of the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979, to establish COMECE: the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community. It is made up of Bishops delegated by the 2 6 Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the EU, and it has a permanent Secretariat in Brussels.

COMECE was launched in  March 1980 to monitor and analyzes the political process of the EU. It informs the Church on developing EU policy and laws. It also maintains dialogue with the EU through annual Summit meetings with religious and political leaders and holds conferences and takes part in European Commission consultations.

Other churches joined the Catholic church in influencing the evolving Union.  In the summer of 1998, the United Methodist News Service issued a press release stating that European churches were preparing to play a major role in the continued development of the EU.  The Conference of European Churches comprised 123 different church bodies, and also cooperated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholic thought provides the ideological basis for a united Europe, and presents itself as a political point of reference.  The Church considered itself the spiritual backbone of the evolving European Union.  According to See Change, a publication for Catholic organizations, which reports on how the hierarchy of the Catholic Church involves itself in public policy debates:

It seems that the bishops want the European Union to become an extension of the church, by confirming that European civilization, in the words of the pope, “emerged because the seed of Christianity was planted deep in Europe’s soil.” (Zenit, “Popes, proposals for European Charter of human rights, “September 24, 2000.)

During Pope John Paul, II State of the World address in 2003, he declared concerning the European Union: “The Holy See and all the Christian Churches have urged those drawing up the future Constitutional Treaty of the European Union to include a reference to Churches and religious institutions.”     According to United Press International, the Pope was “lobbying European governments to officially recognize the European Union’s Christian roots,” and they reported on the Catholic Church’s efforts to work a strong Christian reference into the preamble of the EU Constitution. The Vatican argues that “Christianity’s fundamental role in shaping European culture should be acknowledged in what is destined to become the European Union’s key document.”

The Catholic Church even demanded that the EU enshrine Sunday observance into law.  In October of 2009, the Catholic News Service reported Pope Benedict XVI asserted that the— values Christianity fostered on the continent -are what inspired the movement toward European unity and are the only guarantee of its success.

The annual meetings with religious leaders were launched by EU Commission President Barroso in 2005. At the first conference of this type, the religious leaders only met with the President of the European Commission. In 2006, the then President of the Council attended the meeting. Since 2007, the representatives of the churches and faith communities are received by the three presidents of the European institutions.

The church succeeded in its endeavors. The Lisbon Treaty created legislation for the first time in the history of the EU, that formulized dialogue between the EU and the Churches and religious communities.

The Lisbon Treaty signed in 2007, went into force on January 1, 2009 added Article 17(3), which strengthens the ‘specific contribution‘ made by Churches and religious communities to European integration.  Article 17 (actually of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, inserted there by the Lisbon Treaty), reads as follows:

The Union respects and does not prejudice the status under national law of churches and religious associations or communities in the Member States.

  1. The Union equally respects the status under national law of philosophical and non-confessional organizations.
  2. Recognizing their identity and their specific contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with these churches and organizations.

Thus, the Harlot officially, legally is part of the Beast.  This legislation was formalized due to the churches’ demands.

Pope Francis during a meeting with COMECE assured the COMECE bishops of his interest in and support for their mission.

He showed a profound appreciation of the Christian roots of Europe and asked the bishops to convey a message of encouragement to all who work to further the European project. He emphasized how essential it was to bear witness to God, especially in the current European situation. Unlike other popes, Pope Francis has already been photographed meeting various EU member country’s leaders, including the EU Commission President on issues.

The woman sitting on the Beast and her influence is clearly evident.   So much so you can go online and easily find a good deal written on “European Union- Holy See Relations,” and another entry titled, “The European Union and the Catholic Church.” The Catholic Church has had such an influence on the EU that even its principle of subsidiary that says the state should not take on what the church and other organizations close to the people can do is taken from Catholic theology and derive from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas and Pius IX.

Dr. Ian Paisley of the Institute of Protestant Studies, whose web site (http://www.ianpaisley.org/about.asp) promotes, defends, and maintains Bible Protestantism in Europe, exposes the papacy as the Beast of Revelation and offers some enlightening facts.  His article “The Vacant Seat Number 666 in the European Union Parliament,” records:

The prophetic significance of the European Union has been revealed as the saga unfolds. First, the sign which it chose as its symbol was the woman riding the Beast.  This comes from a prophecy in Revelation 17.  The depiction of the harlot woman was reproduced on the centenary stamp of the European Union, in a huge painting in the Parliament’s new building in Brussels, and by a large sculpture outside the new EU Council of Ministers Office in Brussels.  The new European coinage, the euro, bears the same insignia. The Tower of Babel has been used on the posters emanating from Europe – a truly suggestive prophetic sign. Now, a massive Crystal Palace tower (officially called the Tower Building) houses the Fifth Parliament of Europe….

The European Union bases many of its symbols on pagan myths; the very name Europe is from the Greek mythological Europa, a Phoenician noble woman kidnapped by Zeus who came to her as a bull and took her to the island of Crete where she became queen.  Ian Paisley pointed out the similarity of Revelation Chapter 17 depiction of the harlot riding the beast, and the EU’s woman seated on the bull, which are outside several of the European Union’s institutions, as well as on the Greek euro coin. Europa also serves as the national personification for Europe.

Social Babylon

God condemned all three aspects of Babylonian society: political, religious, and social.  Besides being a hub for international trade, and religiously devoted to the Queen of Heaven, Babylon was immortal, steeped in superstition, divination, idolatry, and sexual promiscuity.  The morals of Babylon shocked Alexander the Great, himself  a drunkard.  Temple prostitutes practiced sacred prostitution in Babylon until abolished by Constantine.  Babylonians engaged in considerable premarital experience.  Poor men prostituted their daughters for money. The indulgence in fleshly pleasures abounded.

Babylonian men acted effeminate.  They wore their hair as long as the women did, dyed and curled it, perfumed their flesh, rouged their cheeks, and adorned themselves with necklaces, bangles, earrings, and pendants. This also describes many of today’s rock groups, transvestites, transsexuals, and homosexual drag queens.

While all kinds of sin abounds in the world European society is known for allowing practices that the rest of the industrialized world deems sinful. They are a also a society steeped superstition, divination, the practice of astrology, faith healing, and psalmists.

Amsterdam has long been known for its legalized marijuana smoking and brothels with scantily-clad  prostitutes sitting in front of windows advertising themselves for customers.  Germany just opened its first beastiology brothel and aims to normalize sex with animals as an alternative lifestyle.

The Green parties in Europe have revived a form of idolatry that originated with the Greeks: earth worship.  To the Greeks, she was a goddess; earth as mother.  Green policies for the preservation of the earth began in West Germany, spread through Europe and then into America. Various rock music trends, also began in Europe. These are just a few examples.

Political Babylon’s Foretold Destruction

The Scriptures refer to Babylon as a “she.” International trade characterizes her. God cites her as a deceiver of nations, and the means by which the merchants and great men of the earth trade (Revelation 18:7,23). The European Union’s political ideology derives from the Whore’s teachings.  The act of uniting Europe to prevent war among its nations finds its roots in religious teachings.  Nations will not wage war against one another while united in economic alliance.  If nations align with one another they will eliminate war and achieve peace.  The deception exists in the premise that worldwide democracy will ensure peace, justice, and human rights.

Revelation 18:11-15 lists twenty-seven exported goods combined with categories of products.  The 28th phrase lists “souls of men.” Verse 23 concludes with: “For by thy sorceries were all the nations deceived.”  The Scriptures teach that man is sinful, and because of his nature, there will be no peace on earth until the second coming of Jesus Christ.

During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Jeremiah foretold Babylon’s judgment in the latter days.  Just as Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem and oppressed the Jews, the Antichrist will do the same(Jeremiah 50:30).  When the Antichrist treads down the nations, they become angry.  Jeremiah 51:7 states: Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord’s hand that made all the earth drunk: The nations drank her wine; therefore the nations are deranged.”

Revelation 17:4 tells us that abominations and filthiness of fornication fill the gold cup in her hand.  The kings of the earth commit fornication with her and become drunk with the wine of her fornication.  Revelation 18:3 adds that “the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”  The rest of the chapter predicts her destruction. The remaining passages refer to her as the hub for trade for the earth’s merchants.  Upon her destruction, these merchants mourn, for they can no longer trade with her.

Part of Babylon’s judgment comes through the Antichrist and his kings who abolish religion.  The other part of Babylon’s judgment comes from the direct hand of God

The Revived Roman Empire: Chapter 4

FORGING A CATHOLIC EUROPE

The Bible depicts the Whore sitting on the Beast, signifying that she plays a principal role. Religion does play a part in European politics. Its precepts provided the ideology that prompted the European Union’s formation. Religion has a voice in European politics through the Christian Democratic and Socialist political parties, which elect statesmen who share their beliefs. The leaders of these parties become the political representatives of their churches. During the French Revolution, as Democracy spread through Europe, so did Christian political parties. Most of these parties were Catholic. The Christian Democratic political movement would defend the Church’s ultimate interests. This political party assumed responsibility for the social services that the Church was no longer in a position to provide. The Whore in part sits on the Beast through the Christian political parties that are responsible for the European Union’s formation and evolution.

Catholic ideals influenced the European Union’s founders. During World War II, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and Alcide de Gasperi, each man exemplary

Catholics, had been hunted by Nazis and Fascists. De Gasperi-the founder of the Christian Democratic Party in Italy, and a militant Catholic activist and anti-fascist-became premier of Italy in 1945. He believed that the party man remained linked with his spiritual mother, the Church. His theological convictions influenced his public and private actions.

German Chancellor Konrad Adenaeur helped found the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Germany in 1945. He “typified a Catholic Germany in contrast to a pagan Germany.” In 1949, the Frenchman Robert Schuman became France’s foreign minister. He had wanted to become a priest, but gave the idea up to serve his faith in other ways. For him, politics was a priestly duty. All three men were politicians with high ideals. Pope Pius XII, who held strong political beliefs, sought to aid the cause of peace with the help of fellow Catholics. He and the leaders of the Christian Democratic parties formulated a plan. For the first time, leaders of the Catholic Church headed the French, Italian, and German governments. The Christian Democratic political parties aroused hopes of a new Christianity. The movement arranged religious gatherings where they planned political action. Vatican Europe became part of the political scene.

Europe, devastated by two world wars, directly felt the threat of two atheistic ideologies-communism and fascism. The European political leaders believed that the only way to have peace among nations would be if the nations aligned themselves in economic and political pursuits. Schuman proposed that France and Germany create a Coal and Steel Community, encompassing the two nation’s production. Konrad Adenauer welcomed the idea as a way to prevent war among these two nations. They invited other nations to join as well. On May 9, 1950, the Schuman Declaration led to the first European Union and on April 18, 1951, European leaders signed the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Treaty in Paris.

The entire Franco-German production of coal and steel resided under a higher authority. Its decisions bound France, Germany, and other member countries. A Council represented the interests of the Member States. The common assembly later became the Court of Justice. In their view, this foundation of a European federation was vital to the preservation of peace. The union would prevent war.

The French and German heavy industries urgently needed rebuilding. The ECSC would spur growth. This agreement marked the birth of the European Union. Ratified by the governments of France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, the ECSC began functioning in 1952. It represented a revolutionary approach to international relations, as the first international organization with a federal governing body. This led to the drafting of the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and Common Market Treaties.

On March 25, 1957, European founders signed the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and the Common Market Treaties in Rome on one of its seven hills-Capitoline Hill.

Religion influenced the European Union’s formation through political leaders who embraced its precepts. These men acted as key players in the Union’s formation. They held the highest positions in its newly established organizations. Robert Schuman became the first president of the European Commission in 1958. Alcide de Gasperi held the presidential post of the ECSC Common Assembly in 1954. Monsignor Pierre Raffin, the Bishop of Metz, in Schuman’s native Lorraine, launched a campaign for his beatification; the first step on the way to sainthood. Some Christian Democratic members of the European Parliament backed the initiative. Of Jacques Delors, the former EU Commission president, Stanley Hoffman, who writes on European Union affairs, wrote: “A former official of the French labor union inspired by progressive Catholic thought, he exemplifies the synthesis of Christian democracy and socialism on which the Community was built.”

One’s religious convictions greatly affect one’s political beliefs. In the summer of 1998, the United Methodist News Service issued a press release stating that European churches were preparing to play a major role in the continued development of the European Union. The European Ecumenical Commission for Church and Society merged with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) into the Commission on Church and Society.

Members of this new commission included Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Anglicans, and the Orthodox. The Conference of European Churches comprised 123 different church bodies, and also cooperated with the Roman Catholic Church. Keith Clements, the conference’s general secretary, commented: “For the first time in centuries, there’s the possibility of creating a Europe without barriers, the challenge to the churches is whether they themselves can contribute to the unity.”

Catholic thought provides the ideological basis for a united Europe, and presents itself as a political point of reference. The Church along with the unification of Europe, is simultaneously attempting to unify and strengthen itself. It aims to become the spiritual backbone of the evolving European Union. According to See Change, a publication for Catholic organizations, which reports on how the hierarchy of the Catholic Church involves itself in public policy debates: It seems that the bishops want the European Union to become an extension of the church, by confirming that European civilization, in the words of the pope, “emerged because the seed of Christianity was planted deep in Europe’s soil.” (Zenit, “Popes, proposals for European Charter of human rights, “September 24, 2000.)

Few democracies in Europe mention God in their constitutions but this did not deter the bishops from demanding that the European Union should do so. On January 13, 2003, Pope John Paul II gave his State of the World address to representatives of 177 countries in Vatican City. Concerning the European Union he stated: “The Holy See and all the Christian Churches have urged those drawing up the future Constitutional Treaty of the European Union to include a reference to Churches and religious institutions.” He added: ” A Europe which disavowed its past, which denied the fact of religion, and which had no spiritual dimension would be extremely impoverished in the face of the ambitious project which calls upon all its energies: constructing a Europe for all.”

Within two weeks of the Pope’s address, United Press International reported that the Pope was “lobbying European governments to officially recognize the European Union’s Christian roots,” and they reported on the Catholic Church’s efforts to work a strong Christian reference into the preamble of the EU Constitution. The Vatican argues that “Christianity’s fundamental role in shaping European culture should be acknowledged in what is destined to become the European Union’s key document.” Convention delegates are reluctant to involve religion in the new constitution; for fear that it might create additional problems for the Union. Dr. Ian Paisley of the Institute of Protestant Studies, whose web site promotes, defends, and maintains Bible Protestantism in Europe (http://www.ianpaisley.org/about.asp), exposes the papacy as the Beast of Revelation.

MEDIA INSIGHT (FATIMA.ORG)

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA

Strasbourg, October 24, 2012 – On October 23, 2012 Father Nicholas Gruner of the Fatima Center in Canada and Catholic attorney and author Christopher A. Ferrara of the United States appeared at the headquarters of the EU in Strasbourg, France to speak in support of a motion for a declaration by the EU Parliament calling upon Pope Benedict XVI to carry out the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The motion is being sponsored by two members of the Parliament of the European Union, the Honorable Mario Borghezio and the Honorable Lorenzo Fontana, who invited Father Gruner and Mr. Ferrara to speak in its support at the time of its official introduction. The motion refers to the threat of “great danger at the present time to world peace and the serenity of all European peoples” and notes that “the Blessed Virgin Mary has promised a long period of prosperity and peace, if and only if, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia in a solemn and public manner, as precisely specified by Her in the Message of Fatima.”

 The motion provides for a declaration by the EU Parliament formally requesting that “His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI… fulfill the will of the Queen of Heaven” by performing the Consecration in order to address European and world problems.Speaking before the international press corps in the press hall of the EU Parliament headquarters in Strasbourg, Father Gruner and Mr. Ferrara made presentations in support of the measure, including a discussion of the content, undeniable authenticity, and absolute urgency of the Fatima Message for the Church and humanity at large. They were introduced by MPs, Borghezio and Fontana, who appeared with them at the press conference.

 “This was a God-given opportunity to advance the cause of Our Lady of Fatima in a forum whose deliberations will have considerable impact at the Vatican. MEPs. Borghezio and Fontana are to be commended for their courageous defense of the Blessed Virgin before a hostile world. I pray the motion passes and the EU Parliament calls upon the Pope to do his duty,” said Father Gruner. “I believe we succeeded in making a case for the Consecration of Russia that would appeal even to rational non-believers, who have nothing to lose by voting in favor this measure,” said Mr. Ferrara.

 The motion has been lodged with the EU Parliament as an official legislative document and will become part of the public record of EU proceedings. It has already attracted the signatures of a growing number of additional sponsors in the Parliament, including members from Italy, Austria and Ireland.

Revelation and offers some enlightening facts. His web site also exposes the Catholic Church’s immorality and its political role within the European Union, and alerts its readers to EU legislation that infringes on the freedoms of European citizens.  His article “The Vacant Seat Number 666 in the European Union Parliament,” records:

“The prophetic significance of the European Union has been revealed as the saga unfolds. First, the sign which it chose as its symbol was the woman riding the Beast. This comes from a prophecy in Revelation 17. The depiction of the harlot woman was reproduced on the centenary stamp of the European Union, in a huge painting in the Parliament’s new building in Brussels, and by a huge sculpture outside the new EU Council of Ministers Office in Brussels. The new European coinage, the euro, bears the same insignia. The Tower of Babel has been used on the posters emanating from Europe – a truly suggestive prophetic sign.Now, a massive Crystal Palace tower (officially called the Tower Building) houses the Fifth Parliament of Europe”

In November of 2008, the Catholic Church demanded that the EU enshrine Sunday observance into law. In October of 2009, the Catholic News Service reported Pope Benedict XVI asserting: “If European unity is based only on geography and economics, it cannot succeed in promoting the common good of all Europe’s citizens and in helping the rest of the world. The recognition of the dignity of the human person and the obligation to work for the common good — values Christianity fostered on the continent — are what inspired the movement toward European unity and are the only guarantee of its success” The European Union did not bring those values to the 27 member countries, but rather it is these shared values that have given birth to and were like a gravitational force that drew the countries together and inspired them to form a union.

When the church recalls the Christian roots of Europe, it is not seeking a special status for itself, instead, it is calling Europeans to remember that the values that brought peace to the continent and freedom and dignity to its people must be allowed to continue nourishing it…Europe will not truly be herself if she cannot keep the originality that made her great. In the Pope’s own words we see the image of the woman sitting on the Beast and her influence is clearly evident. So much so that contributors have devoted a page to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia entitled “European Union- Holy See Relations,” and another entry titled, “The European Union and the Catholic Church.”

A few years back there was a web site dedicated to exposing the meaning of the EU flag. The site called itself “The EU Flag’s True Symbolism Revealed.” The writer presented the idea that the symbol derived from the Virgin Mary, and is a tribute to her. The EU’s flag, a circle of twelve stars on a blue background, depicts Judeo-Christian symbolism. The twelve stars symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve apostles, along with the twelve months in a year, and the Greek myth that speaks of the twelve labors Hercules performed to gain immortality.

The European Union bases many of its symbols on pagan myths; the very name Europe is from the Greek mythological Europa, a Phoenician noble woman kidnapped by Zeus who came to her as a bull and took her to the island of Crete where she became queen. Ian Paisley pointed out the similarity of Revelation Chapter 17 depiction of the harlot riding the beast and the EU’s woman seated on the bull which are outside several of the European Union’s institutions, as well as on the Greek euro coin.

Europa’s name appeared on postage stamps commemorating the Council of Europe, issued in 1956. Furthermore, the dome of the European Parliament’s Paul-Henri Spaak building contains a large mosaic by Aligi Sassu portraying the abduction of Europa with other elements of Greek mythology. Europa also serves as the national personification for Europe.

THE ROMAN LEGACY

If you live in Europe a gap of 2,000 years may seem to have put the Romans at a safe distance from your own lives and experience, but modern Europe with its Union is unthinkable without the Roman Empire. It is part of the story of how Europe came to be what it is today. The Romans are important as a conscious model, for good or ill, to successive generations. Why do they have such a powerful hold on Europe’s development? A century ago, for those with imperialist ambitions, the Roman Empire represented a success story. Rome’s story of conquest, at least in Europe and around the Mediterranean, was imitated, but never matched, by leaders from Charlemagne to Napoleon. The dream that one could not only conquer, but in so doing create a Pax Romana, a vast area of peace, prosperity and unity of ideas, was a genuine inspiration. And that genuine inspiration is what has preserved the legacy of Rome from the time of the Caesars up until the twenty first century.

The Revived Roman Empire: Chapter 3

HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE ARCHITECHTS

 The European Union flag is dark blue and has 12 stars in a circle. In a Dutch, Catholic periodical, Middelares en Koningin, April, 1974, we find the headline: “Under the Protection of Mary”. It says among other things: “We Catholics will always, when we see the blue color, perceive it as the color of the Queen of Heaven” (it is also called Mary-blue). On the imprint of the new Euro we also find 12 stars on both coins and paper money. No matter how many members the EU will consist of, there will always be 12 stars. Why just 12 stars? Why not the number of membership countries? Much indicates that the 12-star circle on the European Union flag took its inspiration from the worship of Mary in the Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church, the Queen of Heaven, Mary, with the 12 stars around her head, is a well-known motif. The acceptance of the flag of Europe took place on the very day of the 101st anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1854. The European Council’s receiving of the “Mary flag” on that day was hardly a coincidence.

“The relationship between church and state is described in the Scriptures as one of “fornication” (Revelation 17:2). Unlike marriage where two people give themselves to each other, a relationship of fornication between a man and a woman is a selfish one, with each trying to get from the other. This is exactly how the relationship has been between the church and the secular European leaders down through history, each seeking its own advantage over the other.”

THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS

Revelation, Chapter 17, describes the Great Whore of Babylon, who represents false religion. Babylon’s political and religious aspects bring down God’s judgment. While political Babylon’s judgment occurs just prior to the battle at Armageddon and results from the Antichrist’s reign, religious Babylon’s annihilation comes through the Antichrist and his federation of kings. The Antichrist abolishes religion, and persecutes its followers for not worshipping him alone. In Dwight Pentecost’s Things To Come: A Study of Bible Eschatology, Pentecost quotes Scofield, who confirms: “Two ‘Babylon’s’ are to be distinguished in the Revelation…Ecclesiastical Babylon is ‘the great whore’(Rev. 17:1), and is destroyed by political Babylon (Rev. 17:15-18), that the beast may be the alone object of worship (II Thess. 2:3, 4; Rev. 13:15).”

As one reviews history, one realizes the identity of the woman in Revelation Chapter 17. She sits upon many waters, and is arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. Her hand holds a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. Upon her head one sees words written in capital letters:

“MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Drunk with the blood of the saints (martyrs) she sits upon seven hills (Rev. 17:4-5, 9).

Harlotry, in the Bible, equals idolatry. When Israel worshipped other gods, God compared the nation to a harlot. The book of Hosea elaborates on this precept by its description of an adulterous wife and a faithful husband, symbolic of the unfaithfulness of Israel to God through idolatry. The bride of Christ is pure and holy, and she embraces truth. The harlot symbolizes all false teaching. She leads individuals away from the true God, to herself. The mother of harlots encompasses all doctrine, beliefs, practices, and ideology that diametrically opposes the truth of Jesus Christ.

Immorality, sorcery, and idolatry imprinted Babylonian society. The nation was famous throughout the ancient world for astronomy. They were astrologers first and foremost. Sorcerers and necromancers were more popular than physicians. Divination and the interpretation of dreams were common practice. Hepatoscopy, a favorite Babylonian method of divination, involved examining the livers of animals. Ezekiel confirms these Babylonian practices in declaring: “For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver” (Ezek.21:21). Heavily superstitious; the Babylonians were idolatrous, with innumerable gods. Historian Will Durant numbered their gods around 65,000.

The Babylonians worshipped one woman in particular. This woman is Ishtar, whom the Babylonians worshipped for being the mother of God. Her titles include “The Virgin,” “The Holy Virgin,” and “The Virgin Mother.” Ishtar represented the divinity of bounteous motherhood. Those who worshiped her considered her a goddess of war as well as love. She stood over prostitutes as well as mothers. She called herself a caring courtesan. Babylonians represented Ishtar sometimes as a bearded bisexual deity, and sometimes as a nude female offering her breasts to suck. Though Babylonians referred to her as “The Virgin,” this merely meant that her illicit lovers were free from all bonds of wedlock. Revelation 18:7 states: “She says in her heart, I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.” Ancient Babylonian prayers referred to her as “Queen of all cities, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Ishtar is great! Ishtar is Queen! My lady is exalted; my Lady is Queen.” Revelation 17:16 names her “the whore.” In later centuries, among Babylon’s enemies, the upper classes called her the “whore of Babylon.”

FALSE RELIGION

False religion led the Israelites from the true God to its teachings. Babylon’s religious symbols and doctrines bore many similarities to those taught in the Scriptures, in part because the Jews lived within Babylonia and Jewish doctrine influenced their myths. Ancient Jews embraced the Babylonian religion, and God rebuked the Jews for following its practices. During Ahab’s reign in Israel’s northern kingdom, Jezebel, the Phoenician princess, instituted Baal worship and murdered the prophets of God. Baal was the Sun-god, the Life-Giving One, equivalent to Tammuz. Baal worship was part of Babylonian society, and caused the Babylonian invasion of Israel.

In Jeremiah 44:17-20, the Jews acknowledged to Jeremiah that they burned incense, and gave drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven. This passage mentions the “Queen of Heaven” four times. Four in the Bible represents the number of man, and man invented religion. From Babylon this mystery-religion spread to all the surrounding nations, and the symbols remained similar, including the image of the Queen of Heaven with a baby in her arms. Ashtoreth and Tammuz became Isis and Horus in Egypt, Aphrodite and Eros in Greece, Venus and Cupid in Italy, and bore many other names.

The Babylonian religion merged with Christianity during the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine. These combined beliefs became part of the Catholic Church. Historians Will and Ariel Durant recorded that, “Babylonian altars frequently sacrificed a lamb, as the substitute for man who gave it in exchange for his life… priests carried from sanctuary to sanctuary the image of Mardak, and performed the sacred drama of his death and resurrection. They anointed the idols with sweet-scented oils, burned incense before them, and clothed them with rich vestments.”

The woman in Revelation 17 sits dressed as a harlot leading to herself the hearts of men. Revelation 17:2 tells us that the world’s kings commit fornication with the Great Whore. The fornication committed is not merely physical, but spiritual adultery. As men deny the true Church of Jesus Christ by embracing the harlot’s false teaching, they become corrupt in unholy union.

THE WHORE’S JUDGMENT

In the end times, the Great Whore sits upon the Beast-joined to his Kingdom-and later the Antichrist and his federation of kings destroy her. They carry her off, leaving her naked and burned. Her presence indicates political influence. Her destruction by the Beast reveals that she exercises limited power over the Antichrist and his federation of kings. Though present in the kingdom’s early stages, she does not remain long after the entity becomes powerful. Her destruction occurs when the Antichrist claims to be god and demands worship of him alone. His ideology diametrically opposes her precepts. All religions threaten his imposed laws. Revelation 17 and Isaiah 47 describe the Great Whore’s judgment by God. In verse 6, the Scriptures describe her as “drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs.” Verse 7 describes the Beast “carrying her.” Initially the Bible pictures the woman sitting on the Beast-joined to his kingdom-which reveals that she has influence over the Beast. Later they carry her, indicating that she grows into a burden, and in verses 16 and 17 the Bible tells us: “And the ten horns which you saw on he beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.”

The Whore’s judgment comes from God. Making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh, and burning her with fire indicate that violence will be committed against her-such as spoiling the treasures of her churches, taking possession of her land, burning her Bibles, religious literature, statues, religious paraphernalia, and buildings, and persecuting her followers so that the Antichrist alone can be the sole object of worship. While she initially has influence over the Beast’s kingdom, she does not remain long after his government becomes powerful. Her destruction occurs when the Antichrist claims to be a god and demands worship of him alone. All religions then become a threat to him, and he sets out to remove them from the face of the earth. In the past century many dictatorships arose and each of them eliminated freedom of religion and speech as the state and the dictator act as the objects of one’s sole dedication. The Antichrist will limit these freedoms on a worldwide scale and the nations which do not willingly go along he will conquer.

Several Bible scholars teach that “the Whore” represents a one-world religion, which operates along with a one-world government. These writers cite the ecumenical movement that embraced many religions and supported left wing revolutionary groups as the forecasted one world religion. The movement endorsed liberation theology, which taught that Jesus was the first Marxist. Liberation theology used the Scripture to prove that the Bible provided the basis for Communism. The Catholic Church, one of the largest churches in the world, refused to join the Ecumenical Church.

Some expositors teach that the Antichrist heads the one world religion which launches the False Prophet. This author holds the view that the Whore of Babylon and the Beast operate separately and the Whore’s location, religious teachings and influence over the area of the Beast intertwines them. Revelation 17:7 states that the beast “carries” the woman. The verse uses bastazo, the Greek word for carries which according to Strong’s Lexicon means: 1) to take up with the hands, 2) to take up in order to carry or bear, to put upon one’s self (something) to be carried, a) to bear what is burdensome, 3) to bear, to carry, a) to carry on one’s person, b) to sustain, i.e. uphold, support, 4) to bear away, carry off. This woman clearly becomes a burden to these kings and the Scripture tells us “these shall hate the Whore.” Verse 17 explains that they give their allegiance to the Beast who deifies himself and establishes his own religion (Dan. 11:39). The Revelation chapter specifies that the woman sits on the Beast because she shares the same location. Her teachings influence the leaders and people of the land.

The Empire: Chapter 3

 

The Mother of Harlots

Revelation, Chapter 17, describes , who represents false religion. Babylon’s political and religious aspects bring down God’s judgment. While political Babylon’s judgment occurs just prior to the battle at Armageddon and results from the Antichrist’s reign, religious Babylon’s annihilation comes through the Antichrist and his federation of kings. The Antichrist abolishes religion, and persecutes its followers for not worshipping him alone. In Dwight Pentecost’s Things To Come: A Study of Bible Eschatology, Pentecost quotes Scofield, who confirms: “Two ‘Babylons’ are to be distinguished in the Revelation…Ecclesiastical Babylon is ‘the great whore’(Rev. 17:1), and is destroyed by political Babylon (Rev. 17:15-18), that the beast may be the alone object of worship (II Thess. 2:3, 4; Rev. 13:15).”[23]

As one reviews history, one realizes the identity of the woman in Revelation Chapter 17. She sits upon many waters, and is arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. Her hand holds a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. Upon her head one sees words written in capital letters: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Drunk with the blood of the saints (martyrs) she sits upon seven hills (Rev. 17:4-5, 9).

Harlotry, in the Bible, equals idolatry. When Israel worshipped other gods, God compared the nation to a harlot. The book of Hosea elaborates on this precept by its description of an adulterous wife and a faithful husband, symbolic of the unfaithfulness of Israel to God through idolatry.

The bride of Christ is pure and holy, and she embraces truth. The harlot symbolizes all false teaching. She leads individuals away from the true God, to herself. The mother of harlots encompasses all doctrine, beliefs, practices, and ideology that diametrically opposes the truth of Jesus Christ.

Immorality, sorcery, and idolatry imprinted Babylonian society. The nation was famous throughout the ancient world for astronomy. They were astrologers first and foremost. Sorcerers and necromancers were more popular than physicians. Divination and the interpretation of dreams were common practice. Hepatoscopy, a favorite Babylonian method of divination, involved examining the livers of animals. Ezekiel confirms these Babylonian practices in declaring: “For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver” (Ezek.21:21). Heavily superstitious; the Babylonians were idolatrous, with innumerable gods. Historian Will Durant numbered their gods around 65,000.

The Babylonians worshipped one woman in particular. This woman is Ishtar, whom the Babylonians worshipped for being the mother of God. Her titles include “The Virgin,” “The Holy Virgin,” and “The Virgin Mother.” Ishtar represented the divinity of bounteous motherhood. Those who worshiped her considered her a goddess of war as well as love. She stood over prostitutes as well as mothers. She called herself a caring courtesan. Babylonians represented Ishtar sometimes as a bearded bisexual deity, and sometimes as a nude female offering her breasts to suck. Though Babylonians referred to her as “The Virgin,” this merely meant that her illicit lovers were free from all bonds of wedlock.

Revelation 18:7 states: “She says in her heart, I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.” Ancient Babylonian prayers referred to her as “Queen of all cities, Queen of Heaven and Earth,…Ishtar is great! Ishtar is Queen! My lady is exalted; my Lady is Queen.” Revelation 17:16 names her “the whore. In later centuries, among Babylon’s enemies, the upper classes called her the “whore of Babylon.”[24]

False Religion

False religion led the Israelites from the true God to its teachings. Babylon’s religious symbols and doctrines bore many similarities to those taught in the Scriptures, in part because the Jews lived within Babylonia and Jewish doctrine influenced their myths. Ancient Jews embraced the Babylonian religion, and God rebuked the Jews for following its practices. During Ahab’s reign in Israel’s northern kingdom, Jezebel, the Phoenician princess, instituted Baal worship and murdered the prophets of God. Baal was the Sun-god, the Life-Giving One, equivalent to Tammuz. Baal worship was part of Babylonian society, and caused the Babylonian invasion of Israel. In Jeremiah 44:17-20, the Jews acknowledged to Jeremiah that they burned incense, and gave drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven. This passage mentions the “Queen of Heaven” four times. Four in the Bible represents the number of man, and man invented religion. From Babylon this mystery-religion spread to all the surrounding nations, and the symbols remained similar, including the image of the Queen of Heaven with a baby in her arms. Ashtoreth and Tammuz became Isis and Horus in Egypt, Aphrodite and Eros in Greece, Venus and Cupid in Italy, and bore many other names.[25]

The Babylonian religion merged with Christianity during the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine. These combined beliefs became part of the Catholic Church. Historians Will and Ariel Durant recorded that, “Babylonian altars frequently sacrificed a lamb, as the substitute for man who gave it in exchange for his life… priests carried from sanctuary to sanctuary the image of Mardak, and performed the sacred drama of his death and resurrection. They anointed the idols with sweet-scented oils, burned incense before them, and clothed them with rich vestments.”[26]

The woman in Revelation 17 sits dressed as a harlot leading to herself the hearts of men. Revelation 17:2 tells us that the world’s kings commit fornication with the Great Whore. The fornication committed is not merely physical, but spiritual adultery. As men deny the true Church of Jesus Christ by embracing the harlot’s false teaching, they become corrupt in unholy union.

The Whore’s Judgment

In the end times, the Great Whore sits upon the Beast-joined to his Kingdom—and later the Antichrist and his federation of kings destroy her. They carry her off, leaving her naked and burned. Her presence indicates political influence. Her destruction by the Beast reveals that she exercises limited power over the Antichrist and his federation of kings. Though present in the kingdom’s early stages, she does not remain long after the entity becomes powerful. Her destruction occurs when the Antichrist claims to be god and demands worship of him alone. His ideology diametrically opposes her precepts. All religions threaten his imposed laws.

Revelation 17 and Isaiah 47 describe the Great Whore’s judgment by God. In verse 6, the Scriptures describe her as “drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs.” Verse 7 describes the Beast “carrying her.” Initially the Bible pictures the woman sitting on the Beast—joined to his kingdom—which reveals that she has influence over the Beast. Later they carry her, indicating that she grows into a burden, and in verses 16 and 17 the Bible tells us: “And the ten horns which you saw on he beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

The Whore’s judgment comes from God. Making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh, and burning her with fire indicate that violence will be committed against her—such as spoiling the treasures of her churches, taking possession of her land, burning her Bibles, religious literature, statues, religious paraphernalia, and buildings, and persecuting her followers so that the Antichrist alone can be the sole object of worship. While she initially has influence over the Beast’s kingdom, she does not remain long after his government becomes powerful. Her destruction occurs when the Antichrist claims to be a god and demands worship of him alone. All religions then become a threat to him, and he sets out to remove them from the face of the earth.

In the past century many dictatorships arose and each of them eliminated freedom of religion and speech as the state and the dictator act as the objects of one’s sole dedication. The Antichrist will limit these freedoms on a worldwide scale and the nations which do not willingly go along he will conquer.

Several Bible scholars teach that “the Whore” represents a one-world religion, which operates along with a one-world government. These writers cite the ecumenical movement that embraced many religions and supported left wing revolutionary groups as the forecasted one world religion. The movement endorsed liberation theology, which taught that Jesus was the first Marxist. Liberation theology used the Scripture to prove that the Bible provided the basis for Communism. The Catholic Church, one of the largest churches in the world, refused to join the Ecumenical Church.

Some expositors teach that the Antichrist heads the one world religion which launches the False Prophet. This author holds the view that the Whore of Babylon and the Beast operate separately and the Whore’s location, religious teachings and influence over the area of the Beast intertwines them. Revelation 17:7 states that the beast “carries” the woman. The verse uses bastazo, the Greek word for carries which according to Strong’s Lexicon means: 1) to take up with the hands, 2) to take up in order to carry or bear, to put upon one’s self (something) to be carried, a) to bear what is burdensome, 3) to bear, to carry, a) to carry on one’s person, b) to sustain, i.e. uphold, support, 4) to bear away, carry off.

This woman clearly becomes a burden to these kings and the Scripture tells us “these shall hate the Whore.” Verse 17 explains that they give their allegiance to the Beast who deifies himself and establishes his own religion (Dan. 11:39). The Revelation chapter specifies that the woman sits on the Beast because she shares the same location. Her teachings influence the leaders and people of the land.

Religion and The EU’s Formation

The Bible depicts the Whore sitting on the Beast, signifying that she plays a principal role. Religion does play a part in European politics. Its precepts provided the ideology that prompted the European Union’s formation. Religion has a voice in European politics through the Christian Democratic and Socialist political parties, which elect statesmen who share their beliefs. The leaders of these parties become the political representatives of their churches. During the French Revolution, as Democracy spread through Europe, so did Christian political parties. Most of these parties were Catholic. The Christian Democratic political movement would defend the Church’s ultimate interests. This political party assumed responsibility for the social services that the Church was no longer in a position to provide. The Whore in part sits on the Beast through the Christian political parties that are responsible for the European Union’s formation and evolution. While Christian doctrine founded America, the Whore’s precepts provide the ideological basis for the formation of the final world power’s government.

Catholic ideals influenced the European Union’s founders. During World War II, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and Alcide de Gasperi, each man exemplary Catholics, had been hunted by Nazis and Fascists. De Gasperi—the founder of the Christian Democratic Party in Italy, and a militant Catholic activist and anti-fascist—became premier of Italy in 1945. He believed that the party man remained linked with his spiritual mother, the Church. His theological convictions influenced his public and private actions.[27]

German Chancellor Konrad Adenaeur helped found the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Germany in 1945. He “typified a Catholic Germany in contrast to a pagan Germany.” In 1949, the Frenchman Robert Schuman became France’s foreign minister. He had wanted to become a priest, but gave the idea up to serve his faith in other ways. For him, politics was a priestly duty. All three men were politicians with high ideals. Pope Pius XII, who held strong political beliefs, sought to aid the cause of peace with the help of fellow Catholics. He and the leaders of the Christian Democratic parties formulated a plan. For the first time, leaders of the Catholic Church headed the French, Italian, and German governments. The Christian Democratic political parties aroused hopes of a new Christianity. The movement arranged religious gatherings where they planned political action. Vatican Europe became part of the political scene.

Europe, devastated by two world wars, directly felt the threat of two atheistic ideologies—communism and fascism. The European political leaders believed that the only way to have peace among nations would be if the nations aligned themselves in economic and political pursuits. Schuman proposed that France and Germany create a Coal and Steel Community, encompassing the two nation’s production. Konrad Adenauer welcomed the idea as a way to prevent war among these two nations. They invited other nations to join as well.

• On May 9, 1950, the Schuman Declaration led to the first European Union.

• On April 18, 1951, European leaders signed the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Treaty in Paris.

The entire Franco-German production of coal and steel resided under a higher authority. Its decisions bound France, Germany, and other member countries. A Council represented the interests of the Member States. The common assembly later became the Court of Justice. In their view, this foundation of a European federation was vital to the preservation of peace. The union would prevent war. The French and German heavy industries urgently needed rebuilding. The European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) would spur growth. This treaty marked the birth of the European Union. Ratified by the governments of France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, the ECSC began functioning in 1952. It represented a revolutionary approach to international relations, as the first international organization with a federal governing body.[28] This led to the drafting of the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and Common Market Treaties. ___________________________________________________________

• On March 25, 1957, European founders signed the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and the Common Market Treaties in Rome on one of its seven hills—Capitoline Hill.

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Religion influenced the European Union’s formation through political leaders who embraced its precepts. These men acted as key players in the Union’s formation. They held the highest positions in its newly established organizations. Robert Schuman became the first president of the European Commission in 1958. Alcide de Gasperi held the presidential post of the ECSC Common Assembly in 1954. Monsignor Pierre Raffin, the Bishop of Metz, in Schuman’s native Lorraine, launched a campaign for his beatification; the first step on the way to sainthood. Some Christian Democratic members of the European Parliament backed the initiative.[29] Of Jacques Delors, the former EU Commission president, Stanley Hoffman, who writes on European Union affairs, wrote: “A former official of the French labor union inspired by progressive Catholic thought, he exemplifies the synthesis of Christian democracy and socialism on which the Community was built.”[30] One’s religious convictions greatly affect one’s political beliefs.

In the summer of 1998, the United Methodist News Service issued a press release stating that European churches were preparing to play a major role in the continued development of the European Union. The European Ecumenical Commission for Church and Society merged with the Conference of European Churches into the Commission on Church and Society. Members of this new commission included Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Anglicans, and the Orthodox. The Conference of European Churches comprised 123 different church bodies, and also cooperated with the Roman Catholic Church. Keith Clements, the conference’s general secretary, commented: “For the first time in centuries, there’s the possibility of creating a Europe without barriers, the challenge to the churches is whether they themselves can contribute to the unity.”[31]

The Role of the Catholic Church and the European Union

Catholic thought provides the ideological basis for a united Europe, and presents itself as a political point of reference. The Church along with the unification of Europe, is simultaneously attempting to unify and strengthen itself. It aims to become the spiritual backbone of the evolving European Union. According to See Change, a publication for Catholic organizations, which reports on how the hierarchy of the Catholic Church involves itself in public policy debates:

It seems that the bishops want the European Union to become an extension of the church, by confirming that European civilization, in the words of the pope, “emerged because the seed of Christianity was planted deep in Europe’s soil.” (Zenit, “Popes, proposals for European Charter of human rights, “September 24, 2000.)

Few democracies in Europe mention God in their constitutions but this did not deter the bishops from demanding that the European Union should do so.[32]

On January 13, 2003, Pope John Paul II gave his State of the World address to representatives of 177 countries in Vatican City. Concerning the European Union he stated: “The Holy See and all the Christian Churches have urged those drawing up the future Constitutional Treaty of the European Union to include a reference to Churches and religious institutions.” He added: “ A Europe which disavowed its past, which denied the fact of religion, and which had no spiritual dimension would be extremely impoverished in the face of the ambitious project which calls upon all its energies: constructing a Europe for all.” [33]

Within two weeks of the Pope’s address, United Press International reported that the Pope was “lobbying European governments to officially recognize the European Union’s Christian roots,” and they reported on the Catholic Church’s efforts to work a strong Christian reference into the preamble of the EU Constitution. The Vatican argues that “Christianity’s fundamental role in shaping European culture should be acknowledged in what is destined to become the European Union’s key document.” Convention delegates are reluctant to involve religion in the new constitution, for fear that it might create additional problems for the Union.[34]

Dr. Ian Paisley of the Institute of Protestant Studies, whose web site (http://www.ianpaisley.org/about.asp) promotes, defends, and maintains Bible Protestantism in Europe, exposes the papacy as the Beast of Revelation and offers some enlightening facts. His article “The Vacant Seat Number 666 in the European Union Parliament,” records:

The prophetic significance of the European Union has been revealed as the saga unfolds. First, the sign which it chose as its symbol was the woman riding the Beast. This comes from a prophecy in Revelation 17. The depiction of the harlot woman was reproduced on the centenary stamp of the European Union, in a huge painting in the Parliament’s new

building in Brussels, and by a huge sculpture outside the new EU Council of Ministers Office in Brussels. The new European coinage, the euro, bears the same insignia. The Tower of Babel has been used on the posters emanating from Europe – a truly suggestive prophetic sign.

Now, a massive Crystal Palace tower (officially called the Tower Building) houses the Fifth Parliament of Europe…The seats… there are 679 of them – but wait for it! While these seats are allocated to Members, one seat remains unallocated and unoccupied. The number of that seat is 666.

The web site also exposes the Catholic Church’s immorality and its political role within the European Union, and alerts its readers to EU legislation that infringes on the freedoms of European citizens.[35]

In November of 2008, the Catholic Church demanded that the EU enshrine Sunday observance into law. In October of 2009, the Catholic News Service reported Pope Benedict XVI asserting:

If European unity is based only on geography and economics, it cannot succeed in promoting the common good of all Europe’s citizens and in helping the rest of the world. The recognition of the dignity of the human person and the obligation to work for the common good — values Christianity fostered on the continent — are what inspired the movement toward European unity and are the only guarantee of its success.
The European Union did not bring those values to the 27 member countries, but rather it is these shared values that have given birth to and were like a gravitational force that drew the countries together and inspired them to form a union. When the church recalls the Christian roots of Europe, it is not seeking a special status for itself, instead, it is calling Europeans to remember that the values that brought peace to the continent and freedom and dignity to its people must be allowed to continue nourishing it…Europe will not truly be herself if she cannot keep the originality that made her great.[36]

In the Pope’s own words we see the image of the woman sitting on the Beast and her influence is clearly evident. So much so that contributors have devoted a page to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia entitled “European Union- Holy See Relations,” and another entry titled, “The European Union and the Catholic Church.” [37]

A few years back there was a web site dedicated to exposing the meaning of the EU flag. The site called itself “The EU Flag’s True Symbolism Revealed.” The writer presented the idea that the symbol derived from the Virgin Mary, and is a tribute to her. The EU’s flag, a circle of twelve stars on a blue background, depicts Judeo-Christian symbolism. The twelve stars symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve apostles, along with the twelve months in a year, and the Greek myth that speaks of the twelve labors Hercules performed to gain immortality.

The European Union bases many of its symbols on pagan myths; the very name Europe is from the Greek mythological Europa, a Phoenician noble woman kidnapped by Zeus who came to her as a bull and took her to the island of Crete where she became queen. Ian Paisley pointed out the similarity of Revelation Chapter 17 depiction of the harlot riding the beast and the EU’s woman seated on the bull which are outside several of the European Union’s institutions, as well as on the Greek euro coin.

Europa’s name appeared on postage stamps commemorating the Council of Europe, issued in 1956. Furthermore, the dome of the European Parliament‘s Paul-Henri Spaak building contains a large mosaic by Aligi Sassu portraying the abduction of Europa with other elements of Greek mythology. Europa also serves as the national personification for Europe.[38]

Social Babylon

God condemned all three aspects of Babylonian society—political, religious, and social. Besides being a hub for international trade, and religiously devoted to the Queen of Heaven, Babylonian society was immortal, steeped in superstition, divination, idolatry, and sexual promiscuity. The morals of Babylon shocked Alexander the Great, himself a drunkard. Temple prostitutes practiced sacred prostitution in Babylon until abolished by Constantine. Babylonians engaged in considerable premarital experience. Poor men prostituted their daughters for money. The indulgence in fleshly pleasures abounded.

Babylonian men acted effeminate. They wore their hair as long as the women did, dyed and curled it, perfumed their flesh, rouged their cheeks, and adorned themselves with necklaces, bangles, earrings, and pendants.[39] This also describes many of today’s rock groups, transvestites, transsexuals, and homosexual drag queens.

In Europe today, materialism and superstition abound. Italian housewives practice forms of divination such as divining oil to read a migraine headache, or determining the sex of a baby by reading the movements of a needle over a pregnant woman’s womb.

French society is one of the best educated in the world. Yet, in 1990, ten million French citizens consulted clairvoyants and astrologers. They spent three times as much on faith healers as they spent on family doctors. Almost half of the French population believes in faith healing. One in four believes in clairvoyants, and one in three believes in astrology. Many believe in the power of faith healers, astrologers, and palmists.[40] In France, as many as sixty corporations use an organization called Divinitel, which employs astrology and tarot card reading for the recruitment of executives.[41]

In European society, extramarital affairs are so common that spouses expect each other to have lovers. Europeans view Americans’ disdain for infidelity as being out of touch with the facts of life. Germany has legalized prostitution. Hard rock, punk, and new wave all originated in Europe, and their dress and music have influenced groups in the US and around the world.

The Green parties in Europe have revived a form of idolatry that originated with the Greeks: earth worship. To the Greeks, she was a goddess; earth as mother. Green policies for the preservation of the earth began in West Germany, spread through Europe and then into America. Ironically, the earth that these groups take such pains to preserve for future generations God will destroy. Mother Earth cannot save anyone from the coming Tribulation.

Political Babylon’s Foretold Destruction

The book of Revelation foretells the destruction of Babylon. The Scriptures refer to Babylon as a “she.” International trade characterizes her. God cites her as a deceiver of nations, and the means by which the merchants and great men of the earth trade (Revelation 18:7,23). The European Union’s political ideology derives from the Whore’s teachings. The act of uniting Europe to prevent war among its nations finds its roots in religious conviction. Nations will not wage war against one another while united in economic alliance. If nations align with one another they will eliminate war and achieve peace. The deception exists in the premise that worldwide democracy will ensure peace, justice, and human rights. Revelation 18:11-15 lists twenty-seven exported goods combined with categories of products. The 28th phrase lists “souls of men.” Verse 23 concludes with: “For by thy sorceries were all the nations deceived.” The Scriptures teach that man is sinful, and because of his nature there will be no peace on earth until the second coming of Jesus Christ.

During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Jeremiah foretold Babylon’s judgment in the latter days. Just as Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem and oppressed the Jews (Jeremiah 50:30), the Antichrist will do the same. When the Antichrist treads down the nations, the nations become angry. Jeremiah 51:7 states: Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord’s hand that made all the earth drunk: The nations drank her wine; therefore the nations are deranged.” Revelation 17:4 tells us that abominations and filthiness of fornication fill the gold cup in her hand. The kings of the earth commit fornication with her and become drunk with the wine of her fornication. Revelation 18:3 adds that “the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” The rest of the chapter predicts her destruction. The remaining passages refer to her as the hub for trade for the earth’s merchants. Upon her destruction, these merchants mourn, for they can no longer trade with her.

After the Antichrist wreaks his havoc upon the earth, armies will go to fight against the European Union. Jeremiah 50:41 states: “Behold, a people shall come from the North, and a great nation and many kings shall be raised up from the ends of the earth.” In the Bible, North always refers to the area of the Soviet Union. “A great nation” may be the US. “At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles, and the cry is heard among the nations” (Jeremiah 50:46).

God destroys political Babylon i.e. the final world empire. As Hitler was the spark for World War II, when he invaded and conquered nations in Europe; the Antichrist’s swift and fast conquest will prompt powerful nations to wage war against him. Daniel 11:40 states that “at the time of the end, the King of the South shall attack him: and the King of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships.”

When armies invade his land, the Antichrist enters into the attacking countries and defeats them. He conquers Egypt and North Africa. Hearing reports from the North and East, he goes forth with great fury to destroy. He ends up at a place prepared for him in Jerusalem (Daniel 11:42-45). Israel and the Middle East become part of Antichrist’s conquered territory, according him the exact borders of the Roman Empire at the time of Christ. Jeremiah 4:6-7 tells us: “Set up the standard toward Zion: take refuge! Do not delay!: For I will bring disaster from the North, and great destruction. The lion has come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the nations is on his way; he has gone forth from his place to make your land desolate; your cities will be laid waste without inhabitant.”

The Antichrist’s armies, the Soviet Union, the Eastern nations, and the US surround Jerusalem. The river Euphrates dries up, and prepares the way for the kings of the East. God draws the world’s armies to the place called, in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon (Rev. 16:12-16).

NOTES

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Op. Cit. Pentecost, p. 368.

  1. Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: I Our Oriental Heritage, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963, pp. 234-236, 244, 256, 258.
  2. Op. Cit. Pentecost, pp. 365-367.
  3. Op. Cit. Will and Ariel Durant, p. 240.
  4. Elisa Carrillo, Alcide de Gasperi: The Long Apprenticeship, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1965, pp. 49, 149.
  5. Merry and Serge Bromverger, Jean Monnet and the United States of Europe, New York: Coward McCann, 1969, pp. 84-89, 92. See also, Jean Monnet, “A Grand Design for Europe,” European Documentation, Periodical 5/1988, Luxembourg: Office of Official Publications.
  6. “A New Holy Roman Empire,” Economist, 4 September 1993.
  7. Op. Cit. Stanley Hoffman, p. 32.
  8. “Churches Preparing for Major Role in New European Union,” United Methodist News Service, June 1998.
  9. The “See Change” Broadside #1, 27 March 2001, http://www.seechange.org/media/Broadside%20(March%20%27%202001).htm
  10. State of the World, According to John Paul II, Address to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Vatican, 13 January 2003, Zenit News Agency, http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=29883,
  11. United Press International, “Pope Seeks EU Recognition of Christian Roots,” Washington Times, 24 January 2003, http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20030124-41210892.htm,
  12. Ian Paisley, M.P., M.E.P., “The Vacant Seat Number 666 in the European Parliament,” 22 July 1999, http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=666
  13. The EU Must Keep Sunday, Says Catholic Church, the Trumpet.com November 18.2008 http://www.thetrumpet.com, “Pope says Europe needs Christian values to prosper, help others,” Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service, October 19, 2009, http://www.catholicnews.com
  14. Wikipedia contributors, “European Union-Holy See relations,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Europen_Unioin_%E2%80%93_Holy_See-relations&oldid=292976117(accessed November 12, 2009, see also

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:The_European_Union_and_the_Catholic_Church

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  2. Op. Cit. Will and Ariel Durant, p.222.
  3. Ian Harding, “France’s Lost Souls Take the Mystic Path,” European, 22-24 February, 1991.
  4. “Divining Executive Talents,” Europe: Magazine of the European Communities, October 1990, pp. 36-37.

Pope Names EU Founder Saint: Whore of Babylon Embraces EU

Robert Schuman one of the EU’s founding fathers is on his way to Sainthood. Pope John Paul II considers Schuman an authentic Roman Catholic and an example to all those responsible for the construction of Europe. In my book The Seat of the Antichrist: Bible Prophecy and The European Union I devote an entire chapter to the Whore of Babylon which sits on top of the Beast of Revelation, which is the final world empire, who later during the Antichrist’s reign is carried off and destroyed.  No doubt by the beautification of Robert Schuman the Church embraced the EU as a religious and spiritual extension of itself.  The Church decided on May 14, 2004 that the diocesan investigation of the cause of beautification would soon conclude for the beautification of Robert Schuman.

Schuman, a two time Prime Minster of France, who also held the positions of finance minister and foreign minister, helped found the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO. Shuman. a Christian democrat was an intensely religious man. He attended mass daily, and along with being a political activist he was a Bible scholar. He commended the writings of Pope Pius XI who condemned both Fascism and Communism.  He was expert in medieval philosophy including St. Thomas Aquinas and Jacques Maritain, a French catholic philosopher who converted to Catholicism from Protestantism.  As Foreign Minister, he announced in September 1948 and the following year before the United Nations General Assembly, France’s aim to create a democratic organization for Europe which a post-Nazi and democratic Germany could join. In 1949–50, he made a series of speeches in Europe and North America about creating a supranational European Community. This supranational structure, he said, would create lasting peace between Member States. 

The protocol for the Catholic Church canonizing a person to Sainthood is as follows:

  1. A local bishop investigates the candidate’s life and writings for evidence of heroic virtue. The bishop sends the uncovered information to the Vatican.
  2. A panel of theologians and the cardinals of the Congregation for Cause of Saints evaluate the candidate’s life.
  3. If the panel approves, the pope proclaims that the candidate is venerable, which means that the person is a role model of Catholic virtues.
  4. The next step toward sainthood is beatification, which allows a particular group or region to honor the person. In order to beatify a candidate, a miracle must occur after the person’s death. Martyrs — those who died for their religious cause – the Church beatifies without evidence of a miracle.
  5. In order for the Church to consider the candidate a saint, proof of a second posthumous miracle must exist. If it does, the Church canonizes the person.

 While the Church cannot call Shuman a martyr they investigated to see if he practiced his faith in a heroic manner.  To date there are no Robert Shuman miracles, but these can yet happen. By uniting Europe via the EU, Schuman brought to fruition Catholic ideology of unity, peace for all and the brotherhood of man which again is discussed in detail in my book.   For this reason alone, if no miracle occurs the Church might find Schuman a hero and beautify him as Saint Robert for modern day politicians.  The beatification of Robert Schuman marks the Church’s hold on the EU, which Revelation 17 depicts as the Whore of Babylon sitting on the Beast.   By making one of the EU’s founder’s a saint the Catholic Church affirms the EU’s importance to the church and that the EU is viewed as the Church’s political extension.