Tag: BABYLON

BABYLON, BRUSSELS, EUROPA AND UTOPIA

There’s a relationship between these names: a common thread relevant to our times and the world we all live in…

img_4429067786defAn EU Council poster. Note the caption: “MANY TONGUES, ONE VOICE”

Since President Obama pushed open the floodgates for immigrants into the US, erasing the legal/illegal distinction, and instructing border security to “stand down” and just watch and facilitate the invasion of the US by anyone who wanted to enter, any opposition to illegal immigration has been labelled “racism” and “bigotry”. As in Europe, big media companies slap frightening titles such as “far right” and “extreme nationalism” onto any political figure daring to even question the wisdom of opening the doors to all who want to come into the West, whether they’re vetted or not.

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However, not just in the US but in Europe also there’s a distinct flavor to this new one-world culture being surreptitiously foisted onto all of us. The following is a quote from the official document from a 1991 meeting which outlines the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goals for North America:

“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…” (NOTE 1).

Given the above, why did President Obama frequently entertain the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House? Why did he smooth the path to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, and why did he sweeten the deal with a billion and a half dollars of US taxpayers’ money without congressional approval? Why did he support the MB takeover of Egypt, dressed up as an “Arab Spring” by the media, which led to an immediate onslaught on the Coptic Christian population, and a strict imposition of Sharia law? (NOTE 2). Why is the EU drawing in so many of that same cultural background into Europe- in fact millions of them-the great majority of which has no intention of assimilating?

Hillary Clinton’s aim was to maintain the legacy and goals of Obama. She was the globalists’ dream-the one who would continue Obama’s push. But the election of Trump upset the apple cart, and unleashed a world of hate and fury by the media and by establishment politicians-Democrat and Republican. Even media and politicians in Europe were screaming “foul”. Donald Trump rocked the establishment boat-the boat quietly but firmly taking us all down their globalist river. That “swamp” that Mr Trump promised to drain turned out to be a lot deeper and more stinky than even he expected, and it’s attempting to suck him under.download

On the other side of the Atlantic Europe continues to be changed into the image of a European “dream”, in which national identities and cultures are to be dissolved for a new one. And what will that new one be like? There’s no need to guess, because with mass immigration and the decline and fall of indigenous family and culture, population projections see Muslims as being the largest ethnic group within just a few decades in most EU countries.

The EU was intentionally founded to be a pre-global political organization. It’s a model and a stepping-stone for world government, in which national identities (but only those of the West) are erased. Europe and its planners cleverly knew that a top-down change would scare too many people at once. So what they did was maintain all the trappings of national government, and elections, while all the time superimposing global government on all. This of course is still in process, disguised as “sustainable development” and other euphemistic phrases.

In order to convince entire populations that what was happening was good for everyone and the only viable and desirable goal, education establishments and media giants continue to be shaped and manned to in turn shape the minds of the masses. And if we think we have no power at the ballot box now, dear reader, how will it be when our “leaders” have successfully thrown us into the pit of global government? If we think that politicians are out of touch now, and government entities impossibly monolithic and impervious, how will it be when one central power, somewhere, controls all things? Will our opinions matter then? The goal of global government; the aim of those promoting global citizenship, is that your individual rights will have no importance or relevance compared to your duty to the good of all. You will be like a worker ant: one of the many and totally dispensable.

To those of you who still think that world government is nothing more than the ridiculous conspiracy theory of semi-insane Christian fundamentalists, consider the United Nations organization, and UNESCO’s “Global Education First Initiative”. Knowing as Hitler did that the way to shape an entire nation was to “educate” its children your way, the GEFI is already at work in many schools in America and no doubt around the world. Point three of its three priorities in education is the following:

“FOSTER GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP” (NOTE 3).

Many of the goals of those promoting global citizenship appear to be good and wholesome. But who, for example, is going to decide exactly what “social injustice” is (note 4)? To liberals, social injustice includes the fact that there are too many white people, and that it “isn’t fair” that some people get paid more than others do. This is communism. And so communism can pass, to many peoples’ minds, as “social justice”. Who will set the rules? The Clintons, who “should” have been elected, to the minds of establishment politicians and media people, are so enamored with the idea of global citizenship that they offer a related award annually (note 5). Don’t bother to apply if you’re white.

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The subject of monolithic organizations brings me to an interesting observation, already made by many, of the similarity between the modern West and ancient Babylon. Babel was the Biblical city in which man intended to unify under one flag, metaphorically speaking:

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4 ESV).

God had different plans. He did not want mankind to be united, because he knew that they would be united in opposition against him, which would be bad for them also. So he confused their language, and dispersed them over the face of the earth (verses 5 to 9). Mankind is currently attempting to reverse the work of God at Babel.

It’s incredible to discover that the EU likens itself in many ways to a successful remake of Babel, which of course is probably nothing more than a myth to its planners and architects. What isn’t a myth is their opposition to the Biblical God and his ways.

Also remarkable is the EU’s happy recognition of the mythical roots of Europe. According to a Greek myth dating back to at least the time of Homer’s Ilyad,  the god Zeus had the hots for Europa, the Phoenecian mother of King Minos of Crete. Zeus decided to seduce her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull, and managing to coax her onto his back he ran off to Crete with her.

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(EUROPA ON A TWENTY-EURO NOTE)

The continent of Europe is named after Europa (no surprise there eh?). The European Union has been feeling the hots for Europa also, and has honored her in many ways-on EU money, for example.

However, it’s not just Europa who is honored, but the entire myth also. Outside the EU Council building is a statue of a bull wildly galloping along while a naked woman clings to his back.

So what, you may ask? What’s the significance? Is there any significance to the EU council’s use of a well-known painting of Babel in their literature, and their statue of Zeus carrying naked Europa on a wild ride? Couldn’t it perhaps just be that some sarcastic artist/ designer was aware of the view of some in the evangelical world, and so he wanted to tweek their excitement as a little joke?

In the eyes of some fans of Bible prophecy, the myth and the statue are in close similarity and relationship to a reference in the book of Revelation, in which a woman-“Mystery Babylon”-is seen to ride a “beast”, the very beast destined to rule the earth economically, politically and militarily. (Revelation chapter 17). More than that, it is considered by the same students of eschatology that according to prophecies in Daniel and Revelation Europe is destined to be the final kingdom to rule the earth, making its unification most significant in the light of other apparent “signs” of the nearness of end-times events.

Obama warned of a “blood-bath” were “Brexit” to succeed (note 6).

I confess to having been once completely convinced that the EU entity was to be the kingdom of Antichrist. However, over several years I’ve modified my view of the situation somewhat.  I think the kingdom of the beast will/ already does extend overseas, if you get my drift. I also believe that the movement of vast numbers of Muslims into the West is part of an elite plan to weaken and water down the influence of Christianity, so that the architects of antichrist’s kingdom can work more easily.

Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the EU seeks to dismantle borders and to foster and promote world entities, and ultimately world government. Of course many in the US and around the world are on the world-governance bandwagon. It’s a fact which is compelling in relation to prophecies of world government, and especially that prophesied world government’s opposition to genuine Christianity and the nation of Israel. These facts meet in an incredible “coincidence”, if that’s all it is, but I don’ t think it is coincidence.

I certainly do not agree with the notion of a few wackos that Donald Trump is the antichrist for many reasons. One of those reasons is that he is hated, not loved, by the globalists, by the wealthy elite who pull all the strings-including the media strings- who wish to blend all the nations and ethnic groupings together, and who want to drag the world into an anti-Christian perversion of God’s creation. They are under the spirit of Antichrist, and they are opposed to Trump.

To keep those of you who have managed to read this far in a little suspense, I think my own expectations of Antichrist’s kingdom must be discussed in another post, this one being already monstrously long. Having said that, it’s my opinion that Europe is only a part of the last-days kingdom; a little warm-up for the real thing. According to two passages from Revelation, we cannot know the form of that kingdom in any clarity until the beginning of the last three and a half years:

And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings (or kingdoms) who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast (Revelation 17:12);

The beast was…allowed to exercise authority for three and a half years (13:5).

 

NOTES

1: https://clarionproject.org/muslim_brotherhood_explanatory_memorandum/

2: The Obama administration’s policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood was outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/3/inside-the-ring-muslim-brotherhood-has-obamas-secr/

3: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/global-education-first-initiative-gefi/

4: http://www.ideas-forum.org.uk/about-us/global-citizenship

5: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/meetings/annual-meetings/2016/clinton-global-citizen-awards

6: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/733109/Barack-Obama-European-Union-World-War-politics-EU-Brexit-nationalism

WHO OR WHAT IS “BABYLON THE GREAT”? Part 1

Revelation is possibly as rich in imagery as any book ever written, but I don’t agree that it’s impossible to unravel all those word-pictures. Here’s the result of my own on-going study of the mysterious “Mystery Babylon” of Revelation, in three or four parts…

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(Lower Manhattan, with the One World Trade Center) Photo: King of Hearts / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Revelation chapters 17 and 18 discuss an amazing vision of a prostitute riding on a seven-headed beast. I could describe her here, but you’d be better off reading the two chapters to get the full effect of the scene. Notice how stunning and shocking is her appearance: she’s no ordinary woman, and of course the beast she’s riding is no ordinary beast. I’ve written a separate article about the beast, to be published at some time in the future, although the two are inextricably linked.
Who or what is the woman described here? I’m going to outline my own interpretation and explain my conclusions. But first, here’s a list of some of the most popular interpretations of this prophecy:

VIEWS OF BABYLON
1: The prostitute represents a global economic system
2: She represents an immoral world
3: She’s the Roman Catholic church from its inception to the end times
4: She’s a last-days world religion, or
5: She’s all false religion
6: She’s the future literal city of Babylon, rebuilt in her original location, and turned into the hub of international trade
7: She’s the present-day United States, or the United Nations, or New York city. Some think the fate of Babylon spoken of in chapter 18 will befall America. In fact, a few actually believe it’s already happened, and the “9-11” terrorist attack was, according to them, the fulfillment of chapter 18.
8: She’s the idolatrous world, including an obsession with materialism and wealth.
THE NAME
The name “Babel” comes from the Hebrew word “balal”, which is first used in the Hebrew Bible as a place name, called in English “Babylon” (Genesis 11:9). The word “babel” is of Akkadian origin and means “gateway to a god” (or gods). The ziggurats-a type of pyramid-built in ancient Mesopotamia had steps on the outside leading to a shrine a the top.
WILL BABYLON BE A LITERAL CITY AGAIN?
Some commentators think that the Babylon of Revelation chapter 18 will be a literal re-built city in its original spot, which will be destroyed at the end of the Tribulation: I don’t agree. Among the clues I see that she’s not a literal city even in chapter 18 are these:
1: “By your magic spell all the nations were led astray” (verse 23). Well, the truth is that the nations are already “astray” and have been so for a long time, and the city of Babylon hasn’t yet been rebuilt.
2: “In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth” (verse 24). We can hardly say that the blood of all people who have been killed on earth will be found in a city that hasn’t been built yet.
3: “The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever” (19:3). A literal city on earth will not be burning “for ever and ever”, and God plans to cleanse the earth after the Tribulation and remake it after the Millennium.
4: Her sins are “remembered” by God (18:5). More on this in a minute.
5: The destruction of Mystery Babylon is immediately followed by God assuming his reign over the earth (Revelation 19:1-6 and 11:15). If Babylon were one single city-however great-there would still be plenty of rebellious cities and nations left on earth.
BABYLON THE DYSPHEMISM
Sometimes names-city or nation names and names of people-are used in scripture to describe another city, nation or person which has become like the original. It’s usually a slur, a critical inference, a negative metaphor, an insult. This kind of association is sometimes called a “dysphemism”: it’s the opposite of a “euphemism”.
For example, chapter 11 of Revelation speaks of Jerusalem in derogatory terms, naming it after cities it had become corrupted to be like in the eyes of God:
“…the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified” (Revelation 11:8).
Secondly, when final judgments are meted out upon the earth, we’re told that God will think of Babylon as a memory:
“God remembered Babylon the Great…” (16: 17-21). He gives her “the fury of his wrath” .
He would not have to remember a literal city if it were right there in front of him in the present: at least some of its guilt is history. Again, while discussing the wealth earned by the merchants of the earth from the woman, and its destruction, God “remembered her crimes” (Revelation 18:5).
There’s a precedent for retrospective judgment, and we can see it’s not just a case of God getting mad about something which happened in the past. One day Jesus was denouncing cities of his day which would not repent, even though he had done great miraculous signs in them. He compared them to cities which had declined or fallen long ago, saying that both were to face a future judgment:
“Woe to you Korazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths…I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you” (Matthew 11:20-24).
Thirdly, when Babylon is judged, we’re told that,“The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever” (Revelation 19:3). This would surely not be the case if she were a literal, physical city in the Middle East.
THE LAST-DAYS BABYLON
So the judgment of the city and/or empire of Babylon will be at least partially retrospective (Revelation 16:19), just as it will be with Capernaum and the other cities Jesus mentioned. However, since the final “beast” of Revelation will hate the woman and seek to destroy her (17: 15-18) there must be a contemporary manifestation of the woman on earth at that time: there must be a place, an organization, or an influence defined by God as an adulterous prostitute, and which reminds him of the old Babylon. The entity named after Babylon which has shaped the world and which has “ridden” upon successive world empires will be judged in the last of days, at the time of antichrist and his empire, as well as being judged in the memory of God.
So what exactly is that influence, entity, organization, place or system? What will (or does) the last-days manifestation of Babylon look like?

Part 2 will appear next week…

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