The Bible says:
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." (1 John 2:18; cf. I John 2:22; I John 4:3; 2 John 1:7)
And so we now at last come to one of the most primeval nightmares of the Christian West: the antiChrist.
In the study of prophecy, evangelicals properly lay a great deal of stress on the Second Coming of Christ. But in doing so, we as evangelicals often forget - though the world doesn't (a quick perusal of its movies and books would confirm this fact) - that there is another coming that is almost as momentous as that of Christ's: Isaiah describes this extraordinary and marvelous being with remarkable grace and elegance, and shows how this proud possessor of world power - who in titanic arrogance will think himself to be the equal of God - shall at last be cast down: the Kingdom of the Dead will rise in commotion at his arrival; specters will hurry to meet him; and princes shall bow down before him -
"... thou shall take up this proverb against the KING OF BABYLON [i.e., the antiChrist], and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! The golden city [i.e., Babylon] ceased! Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations." (Isaiah 14:4-9)
Regarding the location of this Babylon over which antiChrist will rule, most evangelicals believe that it will be the European Union. For instance, Dr. David R. Reagan of Lamb and Lion Ministries writes:
"The Bible teaches that in the end times, right before the return of Jesus, the greatest political leader in the history of Mankind will emerge from Europe. After taking over that area [ie., Europe] by diplomatic cunning and deceit, he will launch a military campaign that will result in his acquiring 'authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation' His empire will be the most extensive in all of history, encompassing the entire world, and his rule will be the most demonic the world has ever experienced."
In connection with what Dr. Reagan has said, there has been of late a great deal of excitement over the fact that both Angela Merkel of Germany and Emanuel Macron of France have called for the development of an European army that could rival the military power of America and even surpass it, lending credence to those who believe that the location of modern-day Babylon is Europe and that this development will presage antiChrist's military against the world through which he will,
"... acquire 'authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation'"
But the facts on the ground concerning Europe's military would dispel any such thinking.
Mark Antony writing for Quora comments venomously but extremely correctly on the stupidity of such thinking:
"Europe would get voraciously and maliciously ass-raped [Please pardon the language - Antipas] by the U.S. in the event of war between the U.S. and NATO/EU. The U.S. has literally been the very beating heart and soul of the NATO Alliance. And by extension all of Europe's overall defense capabilities providing everything from logistical support, military funding, intelligence/counter-intelligence capabilities and political soft power to economic/financial clout, power projection capabilities, nuclear defense and overall military might and hitting power, none of which NATO and the EU can do without. The U.S. is the only reason why Europe is even remotely close to being anywhere near relevant in international geopolitics thus even the whole of Europe united as a single force would be completely fucked [Again, please pardon the language - Antipas] in any military conflict with the United States.
"Ever since the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the implosion of the U.S.S.R., Europe's militaries (especially the respective armed forces of Western Europe) have slowly but surely atrophied and decayed to the point where by the mid-90s they were little more than honest-to-God jokes that were mere shadows of the American military.
"Don't believe me? Look no further than the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo. Prior to the intervention, NATO wanted to wean itself off U.S. military assistance permanently and prove that Europe was 100% 'militarily self-sufficient' by insisting on a 'Europe-Only' initiative (meaning that only NATO's European members would participate), which saw the U.S. barred from supporting the NATO aerial campaign over Serbia. End Result: NATO runs out of literally everything from spare parts, funding, munitions, fuel and even pilots and serviceable aircraft literally within mere days of their bombing campaign over Serbia. The entire intervention was in jeopardy and on the verge of collapse only after several days. Which forced Europe to swallow their pride and beg the U.S. to lend their support. An act that effectively saved the 1999 NATO aerial campaign over Serbia and prevented what would've been modern history's most humiliating debacle. Some will probably argue that that was 19 years ago and that alot has changed since then.
"But that's far from the truth, case in point being the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya. As in 1999, NATO insisted on yet another 'Europe-Only' initiative and once again rejected U.S. support in yet another bid to prove that Europe could in fact handle itself militarily. End Result: NATO runs out of everything from spare parts, funding, munitions, fuel and even pilots and serviceable aircraft again within only days of the intervention and is forced to beg the U.S. to save the operation from inevitable collapse.
"Time and again the U.S. has been forced to wipe Europe's ass militarily and quite literally babysit NATO and the EU in regards to military affairs at every possible turn. And bear in mind that both examples I brought up saw NATO going up against pathetically-weak, completely defenseless Third-World shitholes that should've been easy pickings for the supposed 'military might' of Europe. Which more than illustrates my point; that being that Europe, even when combined, is completely fucking helpless [Again, please pardon the language - Antipas] and would be lucky to hold out for at most a couple of weeks against American military might.
"Europe's militaries have atrophied far too much and are in too piss-poor of a shape to stand a chance against any credible military force let alone the U.S. military for which it is now 1,000,000% reliant on for literally everything. Don't bite the hand that feeds Europe. That's all I've got to say on that."
Given these "facts on the ground," IT IS PURE NONSENSE TO BELIEVE THAT MERKEL'S AND MACRON'S DREAM OF A POWERFUL MILITARY THAT COULD RIVAL AMERICA'S IS REALISTIC BY ANY MEASURE! The Scriptures and the facts on the ground indicate that Babylon could be located nowhere else but in America.
Finally, it is very interesting to take note of the fact that there has been for the last 15 years a remarkable intersection between ancient Babylon and modern-day Babylon. Consider this incredible intersection! - Though little noticed by the "wise men" of this world, something very horrific happened on 19 March, 2003 – something much more frightening than the mere invasion of one country by another: PROPHECY CAME FULL CIRCLE CONCERNING BABYLON THE GREAT - the ENEMY OF GOD, THE SEAT OF SATAN; on that date "Babylon on the Hudson" (America) seized control of the precincts of ancient Babylon ("Babylon on the Euphrates") and in doing so united in itself the dreadful prophecies of the Old Testament with the equally dreadful prophecies of the New Testament: past and present came together when - in a stunning and ferocious attack that dumbfounded the world - the American military seized control of Ancient Babylon [Please see Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon." ]
The Europe of today arose out of the ashes of the Second World War plus the threat of a communist takeover of Western Europe. The answer that Western leaders gave to this threat – an answer to which America concurred – was to offer the citizens of Western Europe modified socialist programs that guaranteed health care for all, unemployment benefits that equaled in some cases the income of those fully employed, social protections for all citizens, social inclusion, and democracy. Indeed, today the marriage between the Europe's welfare state and the nation state has never been stronger. BUT, AS WE JUST INDICATED, THE MASSIVE COSTS INCURRED BY THESE SOCIAL PROGRAMS HAVE LEFT NOTHING OVER FOR EUROPE'S MILITARIES.
This has been tolerable because for the past 80 years, America has back-stopped the weaknesses of Europe's militaries. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the necessity for such a powerful American military guarantee for Europe has withered and has led President Trump - in light of his "AMERICA FIRST" program - to question the enormous cost of defending Europe without a larger input of cash from the Europeans into their own defense.
But given the enormity of Europe's social welfare spending, this, is not really possible except on the most minimal basis. The impossibility of shifting money from social welfare spending in the nations of Europe to spending on the military is impossible on any realistic basis, as the on-going riots in France have shown.
Nevertheless, Trump insists that the Europeans do just that!! In light of these facts, French president, Emmanuel Macron complaint that Europe will have to go it alone resembles more a childish temper tantrum. Macron sulked that -
"Europe can no longer rely on the United States for its security. It's up to us to guarantee European security."
But with what? – imposable dreams! But Macron didn't stop there; he stamped his feet in impotent rage and went on to say,
"We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone and even protect itself from the U.S."
An infuriated President Trump tweeted in response,
"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S. ... Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!"
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Shearer is a graduate of the University of California where he earned a Bachelor's degree (1964) and a Master's degree (1967) in history (Davis and Berkeley). He also attended the United States Defense Language Institute in Monterey where he studied German. He served as an intelligence officer in Europe; in Asia he served with the 525th Intelligence Group, Special Operations Branch, and at the Phoenix School at Vung Tau (SEA). In addition, he served as executive officer for the Sacramento field office of the 515th Counter Intelligence (CI) Group in Sacramento and later as executive officer for 515th CI Group's Regional Office in San Francisco. Shearer held Top Secret, Special Intelligence, Codeword security, Eyes Only clearances; also Cosmic, NATO and Atomic clearances.