“A Woman Rides the Beast”
Vol: 45 Issue: 23 Thursday, June 23, 2005
According to the Bible, a confederation of nations will arise out of the ashes of the old Roman Empire. The Bible is rife with symbols and images concerning this confederation, its identity, its purpose and its ultimate destiny.
The prophet Daniel, writing some six hundred years before Rome rose to power the first time, outlined a succession of world empires; Babylon, Medo-Persia, Alexander the Great’s Greek Empire, and finally, the Roman Empire.
Daniel identified the timeline in which Rome would reach the zenith of its power, which coincided exactly with the first century, linking it to the Crucifixion and the destruction of the city of Jerusalem and the sacking of the Jewish Temple.
“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” (Daniel 9:26)
In AD 70, Daniel’s prophecy was literally fulfilled with the Roman legions, under future emporer Titus, destroyed Jerusalem, killed so many Jews that Josephus said the blood flowed to the depth of a horse’s bridle, burned the Temple, dismantled it, stone by stone, and sent the surviving Jews into exile.
Daniel’s identification of Rome is gleaned from looking backwards through history at the characteristics of each empire as he described them in his interpretation of an image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The image had two legs of iron and feet and toes of clay.
Shortly before its collapse, the Roman Empire had grown so large and unwieldy that it was split into two — the western Empire of Rome and the Eastern Empire, seating in what is today Ankara, Turkey.
At its heyday, the Western Empire consisted of 54 provinces that today correspond to the nations of Western Europe. In looking at a map of ancient Rome, one finds the empire also extended eastward to the border with Saudi Arabia, taking in the near Middle East and south along the coast of Africa.
It is fascinating to note that Secretary-General Javier Solana has plans, via the EU’s Mediterranean Neighborhood Program , to expand precisely to those boundaries, offering those countries bordering the Med limited membership in the Greater EU.
When political Rome collapsed, the spiritual empire was divided between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. According to the outline of Scripture, political Rome and spiritual Rome will come together again in the last days to form a hybrid political-spiritual empire.
The Beast (Revelation 13:1) is the political arm. The spiritual arm will be headed by the one the Apostle John calls the ‘false prophet’.
The Apostle John gives important clues to the identity of each, clues that, until this generation, were hazy and vague, but are now undeniable, crystal-clear and self-evident to any honest observer.
According to the Apostle John, the empire of the Beast will have seven heads and ten horns. Currently, the Group of Industrialized nations consists of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and Canada.
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Bill Clinton insisted on bringing Russia to the table as an informal member, and the Group of Seven became the Group of Eight as a form of a thank you to then-president Boris Yeltsin.
It was a cosmetic addition — the G7 forms the nucleus of the global economic system. When the G-7 finance ministers come together for their annual meeting, it is formally known as the “G-8 minus Russia.”
The economic power remains in the hands of the G-7. Four of the G-7 members are also members of the WEU and NATO, so it is no surprise that G-7 economic policy heavily favors the interests of the European Union’s security arm, the Western European Union.
The Apostle John notes that the beast will seize control of the global economic system and will use its clout to assert and enforce its policies.
Out of that system will arise an individual leader who will be the embodiment of the system of the Beast, in much the same way that Adolf Hitler became the embodiment of the Third Reich.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)
In 1999, Javier Solana became the High Representative for the EU s foreign and security policy, and through recommendation #666, he was given emergency powers over the military wing of the EU in 2000.
Although the WEU is made up of more than 28 countries, there are only ten full members. All the rest hold lesser status as either ‘associate’, observer’ or partner’ countries.
Solana’s post of uber-boss of both Europes was formalized under the authority of the WEU’s Recommendation 666. This has led many to speculate that Solana is the antichrist. Solana heads the system that will become the beast, but that isn t the same as being the embodiment of it.
The prophecy of the Mark of the Beast is one of the most widely known in the entire Bible. Countless fictional books and movies have used it as their plot line. It has launched a particular fascination with what the ‘number of his name’ is and how it fits together.
John writes, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (v.18)
The Scripture doesn’t identify a MAN as the beast, it identifies a system that is jointly headed by a political and religious leader. John identifies the marriage of the religious system with the political system using the symbol of a woman riding upon a scarlet colored beast.
The engraving on the EU’s euro and many of its official documents, like stamps, etc., depict Europa, a woman, riding on the back of Minos, a beast.
The harlot image is also in a huge painting in the EU Parliament’s new building in Brussels, and in a huge sculpture outside the new E.U. Council of Ministers Office in Brussels.
The woman, according to John, is a false religion that has joined itself to the political system. John uses the symbols of a harlot “in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” (Revelation 17:3-6)
Of the Beast, John was told by the revealing angel: “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (17:8)
The Roman Empire was, and is not, and yet is, in the sense that the Roman Empire was both a religion and a political entity, until political Rome fell. But spiritual Rome endured.
John says that they will merge again in the last days, but only briefly.
“But in the end, the political beast will consume the harlot completely; And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”
John identifies the harlot with “seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” — a clear indication of Rome, the ‘City on Seven Hills’ and, just to make sure the point isn’t missed, again as “the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (17:16,18)
Within that political system a leader will arise who can be identified, as John says, by the number of a MAN, that number, of course, being 666.
Are you still with me?
We have a religious system whose history matches that of Papal Rome throughout the Dark Ages, together with a global economic system run by seven heads, [G-7] that dictates policy for the ten horns [WEU political-military] whose authority is derived from the WEU’s Recommendation 666.
But no political leader conforming to John’s image of the political beast linked to a MAN who is identifiable by ‘the number of his name’, 666.
That is because he isn’t here yet. But there is an empty seat awaiting his arrival. The Tower Building (so named after the Tower of Babel) houses the Fifth Parliament of Europe.
The legislative amphitheater is arranged in a hemicircle and has 679 seats, each assigned to a particular lawmaker. For example, Seat 663 is assigned to Rep Souchet, 664 to Thomas-Mauro, 665 to Zizzener and 667 to Rep Cappato.
In between Zizzner and Cappato is an empty seat, unallocated and unfilled. Seat 666 has never been occupied.
But it will be.
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the NUMBER OF A MAN; and his number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18)