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What is behind the move to European Union? Is it just a political issue or is there a spiritual dimension to this move? The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation have led many commentators to believe that at the end of this age there would be a revival of the Roman Empire which would bring to power the final world ruler, known as Antichrist or the Beast. Chapters 2 and 7 of Daniel are parallel passages in which God gives insight into the world empires, which would follow the Babylonian Empire, which was dominant at the time of Daniel.

 

In Daniel 2 Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, has a dream of a great image with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, legs of iron and feet partly of iron and partly of clay. The image is struck on the feet with a stone cut without hands on the feet and broken in pieces. The stone then becomes a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

 

In Chapter 7, Daniel himself has a vision of four great beasts: a lion, a bear, a leopard and a fourth beast dreadful and exceedingly strong. The interpretation of both chapters is that they refer to a succession of empires, the Babylonian, the Medo-Persian, the Greek and the Roman, which would all be under the spiritual power of Mystery Babylon the Great (Revelation 17.5) and would therefore persecute the people of God. The fourth beast (Rome) would be different from all the others in that it continues in some form until the end of this age and the event which is revealed in the New Testament as the second coming of the Messiah Jesus (see Daniel 2.34-35, 44-45, Daniel 7.9-27). The stone, which destroys the image of Daniel 2, is the same event as the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven in Daniel 7. Jesus relates this passage to his second coming to bring to an end the times of Gentile domination of Gods people and to bring in the kingdom of God (see Matthew 24.30-31, 26.64, Revelation 19.11-21)

 

In the days of the fourth beast a character will arise who is identified as the little horn of whom it is written that, He shall speak pompous words against the Most High (God), shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change the times and law. (Daniel 7.25). This one is also identified in some way with Rome in Daniel 9.26 where we read: Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

 

This prophecy is one of the clearest references in the Old Testament to the crucifixion of the Messiah Jesus, which took place in the days of the Roman Empire and was followed 40 years later by the destruction of the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (the Temple). See Luke 19.41-44, 21.20-24 for Jesus own prophecy of this event. The people responsible for this destruction were the Romans, so the prince who is to come (the Antichrist) will come out of Rome.

 

Further light on this subject is to be found in Revelation 17 where we are introduced to a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman represents a spiritual power, which is allied to a political power. This power is antichristian being drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. The Revelation was given at a time when the Roman Empire was the political power persecuting the church. It was backed by a spiritual power in which the Emperor (Caesar) was worshipped as a god. He foresaw another manifestation of antichrist power, which would arise at the end of this age and rule for a short time:

 

There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. (Revelation 17.10)

 

Who the five kings who are fallen are is open to interpretation, but the one, which 'is', has to be the Roman Empire. The one still to come has to be the Antichrist revealed in Revelation 13.

 

The alliance of corrupt religion and oppressive political power symbolised by the whore who rides the beast gives a fascinating spiritual insight into the forces which have shaped the development of Roman Catholicism and European political power since the fall of the Roman Empire. This alliance came into being before the fall of the Roman Empire when the Roman Emperor Constantine made a nominal conversion to Christianity in 312. Christianity then changed from being a persecuted faith, which people adopted generally because they believed its message, into the dominant faith, largely made up of unbelieving pagans who changed their labels, but not their nature.

 

Roman paganism inherited the idolatry and mystery religion of ancient Babylon. The pagan religions always had a mother goddess figure, often known as the Queen of Heaven. As

Christianity replaced paganism, the need for a goddess was felt and so Mary was elevated into a position quite unknown in the New Testament or in early Christianity, that of Mother of God and

Queen of Heaven. The divine Emperor was replaced by the Bishop of Rome who became known as Pope (papa / father) and Pontifex Maximus. This title was used by Roman emperors before the Christian era. The word pontiff comes from the word pons meaning bridge and facio meaning make. The priest-king emperors of pagan days were regarded as the makers and guardians of the bridges of Rome. Each of them served as high priest and claimed to be the

bridge or connecting link between this life and the next. (Babylon - Mystery Religion by Ralph Woodrow)

 

A new book by Adrian Hilton, The Principality and Power of Rome, is a fascinating source of information on the role of the Papacy in perpetuating Roman power after the Empire fell. In AD 800 Charlemagne (Charles the Great), a zealous Roman Catholic was crowned Imperator Romanorum (Emperor of the Romans) by Pope Leo III. He became Western Europes Christian Caesar - a Roman Emperor born of a Germanic race. His coronation was to become a central event of the Middle Ages. He was proclaimed Rex Pater Europae (King Father of Europe) and espoused the ideal of a unified Christian Europe - albeit Christianised at sword point - in

alliance with the Pope.

 

After centuries of schisms and conflicts, which led to the demise of German power and a period without an Emperor, the imperial crown was given to the Austrian, Count Rudolph of Habsburg, a name which continues to play a leading role in European affairs centuries later. During the 15th and 16th centuries the imperial title became hereditary in the Habsburg family. The greatest of all the Habsburgs, the Emperor Charles V built a global empire stretching from Vienna to Peru through the acquisition of Spanish dominions and pursued the ideal of a unified Christian Empire. The corruption of the Roman Catholic Church and the abuse of power by the Pope led to the Protestant Reformation and the end of this attempt to unify Europe under Rome.

 

Napoleon too dreamed of a resurrected Roman-European civilisation, this time dominated by France. At the height of his power he wrote to the Pope: Tell the Pope I am Charlemagne, the

Sword of the Church, his Emperor, and as such I expect to be treated. His plans for a United States of Europe came to an end with his defeat by the British at Waterloo. From his exile on the island of St Helena he wrote: I wanted to found a European system, a European code of laws, a European judiciary. There would have been but one people throughout Europe.

 

The Italian fascist regime of Mussolini also signed a concordat with the Pope and in 1936 he declared the resurrection of the Roman Empire, claiming succession to imperial Rome. The old alliance between Rome and Germany was revived as Mussolini made a pact with Hitler, whose ambition was to be ruler of a great German Empire uniting Europe under the 1000 year Reich of Nazi barbarism.

 

After the defeat of European fascism by the allied powers of Britain, Russia and the USA, we are now witnessing one further attempt to achieve the goal of reviving the Roman Empire through

the European Union. Once again spiritual power is located in Rome and economic power in Germany. Since World War II each Pope has thrown his weight behind moves towards the creation of a supra-national European Union. Adrian Hilton writes The Catholic Churches in many continental countries are influenced by a desire to see a shadow Holy Roman Empire recreated in Europe and the Christian Democrat and Christian Socialist traditions in Europe are

working to that end, bowing to whichever golden calves they have to on the way. Historically Great Britain with its Protestant heritage and parliamentary democracy has been the major source of resistance to this process. Today we see Britain being undermined politically and spiritually in preparation for our subjugation to Roman Catholic power in the European super state.

 

One leading figure in moving events in this direction is Dr Otto von Habsburg, a prominent Roman Catholic MEP and eldest son of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor. In the foreword to Dr Habsburgs book The Social Order of Tomorrow, Christopher Hollis states that Dr Habsburg would like to see Europe resume her essential unity. He writes: In the symbolism of that unity, he thinks that the imperial crown of Charlemagne and of the Holy Roman Empire might well have its part to play.

 

Habsburg favours an elected head of state for Europe, who would rule for life and be a successor to Charlemagne. He says: Now we do possess a European symbol, which belongs to all nations equally. This is the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the

tradition of Charlemagne, the ruler of a united occident.... the Crown represents not merely the sovereignty of the monarch, but also the ties between authority and the people. True it is the

monarch who is crowned, but in this sacred act he appears as the representative of the whole people. It should therefore be considered whether the European head of state, the protector of

European law and justice, should not also become the guardian of a symbol which, more than any other, represents the sovereignty of the European community.

 

Such a figure would also be a prime contender for the role of Daniel’s prince who is to come, the beast or antichrist of the New Testament. The arguments about the single currency and European federalism are only the curtain raiser for the really big issue, which is nothing less than the rise of the beast of Revelation 13. As this process continues we can expect a growing loss of freedom both politically and spiritually. Publications like this will not be welcome in the New Europe and those who dare to speak out on this issue can expect to meet with opposition and censorship, especially from the religious establishment. The way of compromise is already

dominant in most churches, as evangelicals and charismatics submit to the growing power of Rome in the interests of unity and fail to heed the prophetic warning to come out of Babylon and be separate from the emerging ecumenical world religion headed by the Pope in alliance with the rising European Union. Those interested in knowing the real agenda of the European federalists and the ecumenical movement should get hold of a copy of Adrian Hiltons book The Principality and Power of Europe without delay.

 

 

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