THE COMING COLLAPSE OF EUROPE
By Neil Irwin, and Peter Schwarz
A fire bomb explodes
among riot police during clashes in Athens, Greece,
on Wednesday. Greek workers walked off the job for the
first general strike since the country's coalition government
was formed in June, 2012.
Michael Schuman writes:
"Since the start of Europe's debt crisis in 2009,
there has been a steady drumbeat of predictions that
the euro [and for that matter, the entire European Community
(EC)] is doomed. The problems are too intractable, the
debts too large, the political will too feeble. So far
that hasn't occurred. The leaders of Europe have managed
to put a bandage here and a few stitches there to keep
the monetary union [as well as the EC] together. But
now we really have to ask if the game is up.
The years of half-measures, misguided policy and delusional
stubbornness may finally be building up to crush the
euro, like a cartoon snowball rolling downhill. Financial
markets are clearly smelling an approaching debacle
— the euro this week hit its lowest level against
the dollar since mid-2010."
CASCADE OF PROPHETIC
THAT ANTIPAS HAS ANTICIPATED - EVENTS THAT HAVE
ALREADY OCCURRED, ARE NOW OCCURRING,
OR SOON WILL OCCUR
- The mortgage meltdown.
- The derivatives crisis.
- The division of the world's population
into a tiny, very wealthy financial elite and
the rest of mankind, most of whom have been (are
being) reduced to a state of abject poverty.
- The development of a CHRISTIAN
- The emergence of an antiChrist
figure who will be very UNLIKE
what most Christians expect.
- An antiChrist figure who will
seemingly champion the interests of the nation
- The convergence of Christianity's
many different fac-tions into a vast POLITICAL
movement based not on any legitimate form of Christianity,
but on HATE.
- The emergence of an extremely
radical form of Islam that will challenge the
interests of the United States in the Middle East,
North Africa and Central Asia, and that will threaten
the existence of the Jewish state in the Middle
- The probable
break-up of the European Union.
- An attack by Israel on Iran's
nuclear facilities that will precipitate the final
Islamic radicalization of the Middle East.
- Some kind of mind-numbing event
that will lead to a dictatorial takeover of the
United States by the Relig-ious-Right in conjunction
with America's financial elites and supported
by the American military - an event that will
precipitate the OVERT imposition
of police-state controls on the American population.
- The absorption of the great MASS
of Christians into the APOSTATE
church, which is precisely what happened to Christians
in Hitler's Germany.
- The signing of a FORMAL
defense pact between Israel and the United States;
this event will commence the Tribulation Period.
Please see our article, "Precipitating
a Cascade of Prophetic Events" for
the verses that impact these specific points.
The Bible pictures the rise of a
ten-nation confederation in Europe dominated by
eleventh nation. If this is so, then there can be
no doubt that the present EU of 27 nations cannot
long endure; the same is true of the 17-member eurozone.
Even then, the successor 10-nation confederation
pictured by the Bible is depicted as a weak amalgamation
that cannot hold together without the aid of the
"holding power" of the eleventh OUTSIDE
"Europe has all but admitted that
Greece will exit the euro zone ... German Chancellor
Angela Merkel has said, 'We want Greece to remain in
the euro zone; but the precondition is that Greece upholds
the commitments it has made'. With
that attitude, the leaders of Europe might as well boot
Athens out of the union right now ... No wonder European
finance ministers earlier this week talked of the need
for contingency plans to combat a Greek exit ...
"If Greece doesn't tip off a wider
crisis, then Spain will. The situation in Spain continues
to deteriorate. The zone's fourth largest economy finds
itself in a nasty, no-win situation. All I can say is,
"It comes as
no surprise, then, that people are openly talking about
preparing for an end to the euro. Martin
Jacomb, chairman of Share PLC, wrote in the Financial
Times that it might be best for Europe to simply
throw in the towel and concede that the euro [and for
that matter, the EC] is a failure."
is with this in mind that we turn now to ITEM
# 9 on our "Chart
of Prophetic Events" – events
that have already occurred, are now occurring, or will
soon occur; specifically the breakup of Europe as it is
now constituted and the appearance of a successor 10-nation
confederation dominated by the United States – what
some neo-conservatives have dubbed "The League of Democracies."
[Please see our article, "The
Lewis Sperry Chaffer, founder
and first President of Dallas Theological Seminary, commenting
on what the Bible says about the final form of "Gentile
World Power" – specifically, a ten nation European
confederation dominated by an OUTSIDE
eleventh power as portrayed in Daniel's dream image
(Dan. 2:1-3, 5, 10, 14, 19-22, 26-28, 31-45) - writes:
"Five world dominions in their
succession are foreseen ... FOUR of these are represented
by the portions of the image and the fifth as that which
will arise upon the wreckage of the four ... [after]
the judgments of God fall ... . The first, [Ancient]
Babylon as the head of gold, was already at the zenith
of its powers when Daniel gave his interpretation. The
second was Media-Persia in which kingdom also Daniel
lived to share. The third dominion was Greece under
Alexander, and the fourth was Rome, which was in its
fullest development in the day that Christ was here
on earth. It is this iron kingdom which merges in its
final form [still as the fourth great Gentile world
kingdom] into feet of iron and clay. It is in this time
of the feet of iron and clay [of the fourth world kingdom]
that the "Smiting Stone" [as the Fifth Kingdom
- the Kingdom of Christ] strikes [and shatters the image
- that is to say, Gentile World Power]." [Please
see our article, "The
American New World Order System Must Give Way to the
Kingdom of Heaven."]
first Dream Image
Stone" [as the Fifth Kingdom - the Kingdom of
Christ] strikes and shatters the image - that
is to say, Gentile World Power.
Four great world empires [civilizations] of Gentile
origin are spoken of by the Prophet Daniel - four
and only four! - the ten toes of the
image being only the final form of the last great
empire - ROME. There is no interruption here in
the continuity of the fourth great empire and the
imagery used does not picture the death of the fourth
empire and its later resurrection - but it speaks
of one continuous empire up through time from Christ
to the present.
Yet, it is commonly assumed by the layman that
Rome collapsed in 476 A.D. - never to rise again.
But Roman civilization itself never collapsed and
has continued to this day. It is what we today call
"Western Civilization" - a term familiar
to any college student - and a term which denotes
European Civilization; that is to say, that civilization
which derives it force and origin from Ancient Rome.
Thus, while it is true that the POLITICAL unity
of "the one-world that was Rome's" was
lost in 476 A.D., the civilization of Rome itself
has survived to become the dominant civilization
of this planet - directly holding sway over Western
Europe and North America and holding limited sway
over Central and South America, Africa, and to a
lesser extent, even Asia.
In this connection, it is important to note that
Western Civilization is to be differentiated from
the native civilizations of China, Japan, India, Africa,
and Central and South America. These are civilizations
of totally different origins and it is these very
civilizations that Western Civilization has come to
dominate to a greater or lesser degree, directly or
indirectly. The science, technology, literature, law,
culture, religion, and languages [especially English,
and to a lesser extent, Spanish and French] of this
great civilization dominate the earth as no prior
civilization has ever done, and all this in spite
of the fact that there has been no political unity
within the confines of this civilization for some
1500 years. The political unity of this great civilization
has remained profoundly elusive and ethereal - always
just out of reach of those who so ardently sought
it - Charlemagne, Louis XIV, Napoleon, and even Hitler.
Each failed in his turn. AND THIS IS EXACTLY THE CONDITION
OF THINGS PROPHESIED BY DANIEL. Thus, the outline
of the history of the Western World is best understood
as a civilization which, while having lost its political
unity in 476 A.D., has continued as a dynamic, powerful,
and culturally unified civilization to this very day.
Populusque Rōmānus ("The Senate
and People of Rome")
This is the view of Dwight Pentecost
of Dallas Theological Seminary. Pentecost writes:
"It would seem best to view this Roman
Empire as a continuous development from its original
or initial form at the time of Christ until its
final form at the second coming of Christ."
G.N.H. Peters echoes the view of Pentecost:
"It may seem a hard saying, but it is
one which the facts fully bear out ... that the
one key to the whole subject [of the history of
Western Civilization] - without which medieval
history is simply an unintelligible chaos - is
no other than THE CONTINUED
EXISTENCE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE [in the form
of Western Civilization]. As long as people are
taught that the Empire came to an end in the year
476, a true understanding of the next one thousand
years becomes utterly impossible. No one can understand
either the politics or the literature of that
whole period unless he constantly bears in mind
that in the ideas of the men of those days, the
Roman Empire, the Empire of Augustus, Constantine,
and Justinian, was not a thing of the past, but
a thing of the present."
THIS CONNECTION, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND
THAT THE CIVILIZATION FINALLY BEQUEATHED BY ANCIENT
ROME TO THE WESTERN WORLD WAS NOT THE "PAGAN"
ROME OF CICERO, NERO, AND CALIGULA, BUT THE "CHRISTIAN"
ROME OF CONSTANTINE - A ROME THAT INCLUDED AS AN
INTEGRAL PART OF IT AN APOSTATE FORM OF CHRISTIANITY
IN THE FIGURE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The
touchstone to Roman Catholicism was the integration
of the Church with the Roman State. This is the
antithesis to all that the Church was meant to be
- a HEAVENLY reality, not something of the earth,
and most especially, not something of GENTILE Rome.
The basis of all evangelical theology, on the other
hand, is the rejection of Roman Catholicism's synthesis
of the Church with the GENTILE State.
It is precisely this synthesis
that the Religious Right in the United States is
striving so hard to make real in the present-day
politics of America.
It would seem, then, that the problem in acquiring
a proper perspective of the fourth great Gentile
power is not so much in seeing this empire as a
REVIVAL of the "Roman Empire" as it is
in seeing the recasting of the CONTINUING sphere
of this same empire into its final ten-toed or ten-horned
The outline of the history of the Western
World is best understood as a civilization
which, while having lost its political unity
in 476 A.D., has continued as a dynamic,
powerful, and culturally unified civilization
to this very day.
A little less than eighty years ago, the European
nations controlled through their system of colonies
almost one-half of the land surface of the globe!
And while today they have lost their colonial empires,
the civilization they introduced to these areas
still survives and in many instances is thriving
and prospering more than in the original "mother
countries" [e.g., Canada, South Africa, Australia,
New Zealand, etc.]. The Beast of Daniel (Chapter
7) is thus represented by a body - which stands
for the full extent of Western Civilization - and
the head with ten horns - which stand for those
countries of Europe chiefly responsible for carrying
this civilization to the world.
Arno C. Gaebelein echoes Pentecost (i.e., Dan. 2:1-3,
5, 10, 14, 19-22, 26-28, 31-45); he writes:
four wild beasts of Daniel's second Dream Image
"The gold in the dream image, and the first
beast represent the [ancient] Babylonian empire. In
the beginning it was a lion with wings, but they were
plucked out; it lost its strength and though it had
a man's heart it was a beast still ... The bear stands
for the Medo-Persian empire, the empire seen as of silver,
the chest and arms. One paw is lifted up, because the
Persian element was stronger than that of the Medes.
The bear had three ribs in its mouth because Susiana,
Lydia, and Asia Minor had been conquered by this power.
The leopard, with four wings and four heads, is the
picture of the Graeco-Macedonian empire, corresponding
to the thighs of brass in the image of Nebuchadnezzar.
The four wings denote swiftness, the four heads the
partition of this empire into the kingdom of Syria,
Egypt, Macedonia, and Asia Minor ... We call attention
to the fact that in the selection of beasts to represent
these world powers that domineer the "Times of
the Gentile," God tells us that their moral character
is BEASTLY. The lion devours,
the bear crushes, the leopard springs upon its prey
... then we have the fourth world empire, the iron one,
ROME. It is described in a way as none of the others
are. It is dreadful, terrible, exceeding strong; it
has great iron teeth. It devours, breaks in pieces and
stamps down. It has ten horns [which correspond to the
ten - toes of the image] AND IN
THEIR MIDST RISES UP A LITTLE ['YOUNGER' OR 'HINDERMOST']
There can be little doubt that this is a depiction
of the United States, since it emerges out of the
SAME civilization of which Europe is a part –
only as a much YOUNGER
power. [Please see APPENDIX
1 for a more complete description of the
THE LEAGUE OF DEMOCRACIES
There also seems to be room to believe
that a New Confederation organized under the authority
of the US could be created by the United States
consisting of ten nations that would take the place
of NATO, the EU and even the UN - all of which are
rapidly loosing their legitimacy. Indeed, Senator
John McCain discussed the possibility of forming
just such a new coalition when he ran for the presidency
in 2008; he called it, "The League of Democracies."
Concerning this matter Robert Dreyfuss wrote at
"To combat what he [McCain] likes
to call 'the transcendent challenge [of] radical
Islamic extremism', McCain is drawing up plans
for a new global institution that he calls the
League of Democracies that can bypass the balky
United Nations ... and support a revived US unilateralism
that will engage in 'rogue state rollback' against
his version of the 'axis of evil'. In all, it's
a new apparatus designed to carry the 'war on
terror' deep into the twenty-first century."
TIME WILL TELL.
Thus, the Scriptures reveal that from the time of
Daniel until the time when Jerusalem shall be given freedom
[ON A PERMANENT BASIS] from Gentile dominion at the second
advent of Christ, there will be four great empires which
shall rise and fall. The period of Tribulation [the last
seven years of the Times of the Gentiles] ... [will] be
the final epoch in the development [of this period].
It must be remembered here that Jerusalem has NEVER
been free of Gentile power since the "Babylonian
Captivity" (423 B.C.) – and that's true even
today, many years after the so-called "Six Days
War" in 1967. Moreover, even after the coming Gog
– Magog War, Jerusalem will not be free of
that power, but will be subject to the power of
Babylon the Great – i.e., the U.S.
the last form of Gentile World Power, Pentecost writes:
"The final form of Gentile power is marked
by a federation [of that power], since the mixture of
the iron and clay [in the feet of the image] is an unnatural
one. This is in harmony with Revelation 17:13."
Moreover, the appearance of the "eleventh horn" in
Daniels' second dream image regarding the ten-confederated
kingdoms suggests that the alliance depicted here cannot
endure without the "holding power" of that eleventh OUTSIDE
[We URGE you to see Chapter
XII of the New Antipas Papers, "The
Beast of Revelation 17."]
Thus it is that the chaos that presently grips both
the 27-member European Community and the 17-nation Eurozone
gives evidence to the impending collapse of both communities,
and the eventual emergence of the 10-confederated European
community as depicted in the Bible – a community
that can be held together ONLY
by the power and might of an eleventh nation – the
The two following article attest to the coming collapse
of both the EU and the Eurozone.
Irwin, the author of the first article entitled "Europe
Austerity Battle to Be Settled on Streets," suggests a
"tug-of-war" between the
financial elites (on the one hand) and the populace (on
the other hand) – a "tug-of-war"
that will essentially wreck the economies of most of Europe
while preserving the power of the financial elites in
the strongest of these nations – i.e., the new ten-nation
confederation that will be domineered by the U.S.
Peter Schwarz, the author of the second article entitled
"The Euro Crisis and the Lessons of the Weimar Republic"
sees Europe being torn apart by the forces of the radical
right and the forces of the radical left.
Europe austerity battle
to be settled on streets
By Neil Irwin, The Washington Post
Just a few days ago, Europe's long-simmering financial crisis
seemed to have reached its resolution after demonstrations of
resolve by all players involved to deploy whatever means necessary
to heal the deep fissures among the 17 nations that use the
However, on Wednesday, the streets of Madrid were full of protesters
for the second day, thousands of whom surrounded Parliament,
angry at the budget cutting by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's
government; the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia
region called for a referendum to consider leaving the country,
showing that austerity threatened the nation's
unity. Spain's borrowing costs for
10-year bonds rose more than 6 percent for the first time since
early in the month.
NOTE: It is
generally felt in financial circles that when interest
rates for bonds rise above 6% -- i.e., the amount of interest
that a country (say, Spain or Greece) must pay for investors
to buy their bonds, thereby insuring that their debts
will be paid off -- it cannot help but indicate that the
country is heading for bankruptcy for the simple fact
that no country can sustain paying such high interest
rates over any length of time. The
only way a country can drive down such high interest rates
is to somehow or other wring the money out of the hide
of its population, never mind the fact that in most incidents
the population itself was not responsible for the near-bankruptcy
of the country, but rather the casino capitalism of its
Greece was shut down Wednesday by a general strike, with an
estimated 60,000 people marching on the Greek Parliament in
Athens as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attempted to navigate
the demands of international lenders for more forceful austerity
measures and the pleas of a populace experiencing
24 percent unemployment.
people marching on the Greek Parliament in Athens - people
who are infuriated at having to pay the casino-debts of
their financial elites.
Perhaps more significantly, the financially stronger European
countries met in Helsinki, Finland, and bogged down over how and
when a new Europe-wide fund could begin injecting money into the
continent's troubled banks, particularly in Spain and Ireland.
What's happening is as frustrating for Europe watchers as it
was inevitable. For the nearly three years that the eurozone
crisis has been under way, a reliable pattern has set in. Whenever
the European Central Bank (ECB) steps up and deploys its ability
to print euros to ease the panic on financial markets, everyone
else steps down.
The political leaders in financially troubled southern European
nations see less urgency to the budget-cutting demanded of them
by the ECB, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international
creditors. Germany, Finland and other stronger northern European
countries dig in their heels on what concessions they demand
Then, the ECB steps back, lets market forces threaten to get
out of control again (specifically, by letting bond yields rise)
and forces the politicians to act in their common interest.
Rinse and repeat.
This month, it seemed the ECB had finally broken this routine.
With tacit approval from powerful German political leaders (though
not Germany's central bank), ECB President Mario Draghi introduced
a program to buy European nations' debt on a potentially unlimited
scale — with major conditions.
The most important at the moment is that a country must formally
request the assistance and agree
to financial conditions from the international lenders.
Predictably, citizens balk at some of those conditions. In
Athens, trade unions called the nationwide strike to contest
billions of dollars in new salary and pension cuts being discussed
by the government and its international creditors.
Samaras is negotiating a $15 billion austerity package that
is needed to persuade the creditors [i.e., the Wall Street financial
elites and their subalterns in Europe] to release nearly $40.7
billion in financial aid that the country needs to stay solvent.
Remember that Greece has been dependent since May 2010 on billions
of euros in two previous rescue loan packages from other eurozone
countries and the IMF. In return, it already slashed salaries
and pensions and increased taxes in an effort to fix an economy
derailed by decades of overspending and corruption.
It must be borne in mind that the money that is being
squeezed out of the populations of Europe are going to
secure the major banks both in Europe and America from
the results of the Casino Capitalism that these same banks
engaged in over the past twenty years. This
is not something new; this kind of highway robbery has
been practiced by the elites against their resident populations
since time began, from Richard I of England to Philip
IV of France.
As Samaras and Greece can attest, it is no fun for a democratically
elected government to be forced into deep structural
changes in its government and economy on orders from unelected
bureaucrats from Washington, D.C.; Brussels, Belgium; and Frankfurt,
Germany. That is why Spain's Rajoy is resisting the prospect.
But as Spanish borrowing costs rise, he may have no choice.
It is precisely because no democratically elected government
can force this kind of highway robbery on its citizens
that a huge "tug-of-war" between the financial elites
and the populations of these countries is now raging –
a "tug-of-war" that will lead in many instances to revolution
– revolutions that no doubt will involve the American
military. [Please see our article, "The
Greek Crisis and the Inevitable American Military Intervention."]
Angela Merkel and
the European and American financial elites versus the
Greek people; Making the Greek people pay for the greed
of Wall Street, and in the process igniting civil war
He has been trying for months to convince investors Spain can
handle its own problems and will not need a bailout; to that
end, he is set to introduce new cutbacks. Those will include
restrictions on early retirement and various measures to streamline
regulations and fight unemployment.
Asked by The Wall Street Journal whether Spain would
seek international assistance, Rajoy said: "At the moment,
I cannot tell you." His government would need to determine
whether the conditions attached were "reasonable,"
he said, adding that if interest rates were "too high for
too long ... I can assure you 100 percent that I would ask for
That is what journalists might call a nonconfirmation confirmation
that Spain is heading the way Ireland, Portugal and Greece went.
The question is, How much will the populations of Spain
and Greece take? With a quarter of the
workforce unemployed, and demonstrators taking to the streets
on mass scale, will the protests turn more violent or will the
people vote to rip at the very idea of Europe?
In that sense, the biggest threat to Europe comes not from
the outcome of negotiations involving the governments, ECB and
IMF. It comes from the likes of Catalan
separatists in Spain or the communist Syriza party that nearly
won office in Greece this year. And what those countries'
citizens are willing to bear while still remaining committed
to national unity remains an open question.
The euro crisis and the
lessons of the Weimar Republic
By Peter Schwarz
THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC
The Weimar Republic is the name given by
historians to the federal republic and parliamentary representative
democracy established in 1919 in Germany to replace the
imperial form of government. It was named after Weimar,
the city where the constitutional assembly took place.
In the final years of the German Weimar Republic, between 1930
and 1932, the austerity program implemented by the Brüning
government in response to the flight of capital and the world
economic crisis precipitated the catastrophe that followed: mass
unemployment, Nazism and war ...
In recent days, the Greek and Spanish governments have agreed
to austerity measures that far exceed the emergency measures
implemented by the Brüning government.
Even though Greece has been in recession for six years, the
Greek government has agreed a further round of austerity amounting
to €11.5 billion. According to the government's own calculations,
economic output will sink by 25 percent compared to 2008—a
staggering decline. Most of the cuts are being made in pensions,
health and social expenditure, impacting
the poorest layers of the population.
Last week, the Spanish cabinet cut the budget for 2013 by an
additional €40 billion. The five austerity packages passed
by the Rajoy government in the last year now add up to €127
billion. This equates to a quarter of the annual national
broad sections of the population, these measures spell naked
poverty. Nevertheless, for the European Union and,
above all, the German government, they do not go far enough.
The EU, with Germany leading the way, are pressing for additional
cuts, even if these produce a social catastrophe.
The social attacks are not limited to the highly indebted
countries of southern Europe. An enormous transfer of wealth
toward those at the top is taking place in the richer countries
of the North. Private fortunes in Germany
have risen by €1.4 trillion since the outbreak of the
economic crisis five years ago, while poverty at the opposite
pole of society is spreading like a cancer.
the stock market boom of the 1990s, the financial sector
largely detached itself from the real process of production
and grew increasingly parasitic.
In light of the historical experiences of the last century, such
a course might seem utter madness. Nevertheless, it is supported
by all of the establishment parties, whether they call themselves
conservative, liberal, Green, social democratic or "left."
Social democratic parties like the German Social Democratic
Party (SPD) under Gerhard Schröder, Britain's Labour Party
under Tony Blair, and, more recently, Greece's PASOK under George
Papandreou and Spain's PSOE under José Zapatero have
championed the destruction of social conditions and all of the
past gains of average citizens in Europe. The same is happening
in France under the Socialist Party following the recent election
of François Hollande as president ...
In the past thirty years, fundamental socioeconomic changes
have occurred that make a return to the old economies that guaranteed
prosperity to all ... National industries have been confronted
with merciless global competition unleashed upon them by the
Wall Street elites.
During the stock market boom of the 1990s, the financial sector
largely detached itself from the real process of production
and grew increasingly parasitic. Annual salaries and bonuses
amounting to tens of millions, which would have been inconceivable
thirty years ago, are now the norm at banks and corporations.
An insatiable financial aristocracy has arisen, which, in the
name of "saving the euro", is attacking without restraint all
of the social gains won by the working class over the last 65
years. The political parties and the media lie at its feet ...
Anger is visibly rising. The number of strikes, protests and
demonstrations is clearly increasing ... Opinion polls find
deep hostility towards the banks ...
There is revolution coming to Europe
And so we repeat what Schwarz said at the beginning of his
article, specifically that the policies that are being pursued
in Europe cannot help but lead to =
"MASS UNEMPLOYMENT, NAZISM AND WAR
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THE "YOUNGER HORN"
Eighty years ago, the European nations controlled through
their system of colonies almost one-half of the land surface
of the globe! And while today they have lost their colonial
empires, the civilization they introduced to these areas
still survives and in many instances is thriving and prospering
more than in the original "mother countries"
(e.g., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.).
The Beast of Daniel (Chapter 7) is thus represented by
a body - which stands for the full extent of Western Civilization
- and the head with ten horns - which stand for those
countries of Europe chiefly responsible for carrying this
civilization to the world – namely, Britain, France
Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Germany,
Denmark and Sweden.
Now, something new is added to the picture of the Beast
which represents the final form of the fourth great GENTILE
world power - AN ELEVENTH HORN!!! Pentecost
"From among these ten kingdoms there will arise
... [another which] will have control over the whole
In other words, there shall arise an eleventh nation
out from the original ten (an offspring of the ten) which
will grow up and eventually dominate the whole of Western
Civilization. And it is out from this eleventh nation
that the Antichrist shall come [please see Daniel 7].
This eleventh horn [nation] is described as little or
younger. The Hebrew word translated here as little means
hindermost or that which comes after and conveys the thought
of youth or younger as in the term, little girl. (Daniel
7:8 and 24). It is thus to be understood that this eleventh
horn is one of those nations colonized by the original
ten. This horn is described as more stout or much stronger
than the original [first] ten (Dan. 7:20).
We ask the reader now, which nation could this possibly
be? Brazil? Argentina? Canada? Mexico? Australia? But, come
now, let's reason further. Some years ago, S. Franklyn Logsdon
Frank Logsdon (1907-1987) was a Baptist preacher,
popular author and Bible conference speaker; Logsdon
pastored Moody Memorial Church of Chicago.
"Man seems to have a special delight and a strong
aptitude for the use of nicknames and symbolical terms.
The 'Bambino' would of course be the home run swatting
Babe Ruth, with the 'Hammer,' Henry Aaron, the current
champion in that category ... Everyone conversant with
boxing would recognize the 'Brown Bomber' as Joe Lewis
... . So also with the Scripture. Prophetic entities,
not specifically named in the Bible, may be identified
by representations or by descriptions [such as the "Olive
Tree" for Israel and the "Lampstand"
for the Church] ... The chief reason why many nations
of today are not mentioned by name in the Scripture
is simply and obviously because ... [they] were not
in existence in Bible days. The [human] writer did not
know the ethnic names. We must, therefore, search for
designations or names or both, which in a convincing
manner are applicable [to the world situation of today].
By description, we can identify people, places, and
things. Thus, it should not be impossible, or even difficult
to identify nations in this manner."
DESCRIPTION OF CIVIL BABYLON
The Bible describes Prophetic Babylon - the eleventh
horn (i.e., the "younger" horn) - as follows
[and here we only use descriptions of Prophetic Babylon
that are generally recognized as such by "mainline"
She dwells in the midst of many waters - she is
protected by the waters [or oceans] which surround
her [literally, she is said to dwell "in the
heart of the seas" - Pember, Earth's Earliest
Ages, pg. 46). Indeed, Antichrist is pictured
by Ezekiel as exulting in the strength of his sea-girt
nation, and likening himself, in proud reliance upon
his inaccessible dwelling, to the God that sitteth
above the heavens [Ezekiel 28:1-2; Jeremiah 51:13).
- Her People are a mingled people - that is to say,
a "melting pot." (Jeremiah 50:37).
- She evidently has never known the heel of a conqueror
and is exceedingly powerful militarily (Revelation 18:4-5
- implied, Jer. 50:23).
- The nations of the earth are dominated by her (Rev.
18:9); she is an arrogant, proud, and haughty nation
- She is the greatest economic power in the world,
a power so great that the nations of the earth are able
to grow rich if they can trade with her or are allowed
access to her domestic markets in which to sell their
goods (Revelation 18:3, 11, 12).
The people of Babylon are exceedingly materialistic
and are madly in love with their worldly possessions
which have become their idols (Jeremiah 50:38); her
tastes are extravagant (Rev. 18:14); she is a nation
of great material attainments; and her achievements
in the "fine arts" [i.e., music, dance,
literature, films, etc.] are renowned throughout the
world and copied everywhere (implied - Rev. 18:22;
Babylon is described as a vast latter-day nation,
not as a single city (Jer. 50-51). In fact, she is
a nation of MANY influential cities
(Rev. 18:18). In this connection, it is necessary
to note that we are here talking not of a mere city
to be rebuilt on the site of Ancient Babylon; such
a concept is in conflict with Isa. 13:19-22 - please
see the note on page 1347 of the Scofield Reference
- Babylon is described as a nation which at one time
was a God-fearing nation [a "Golden Cup" in
the Lord's hand], but a nation which left God and fell
into degradation and then which intoxicated the rest
of the world with her iniquity. (Jer. 51:7).
- Finally, she is a nation that "has reached for
the stars [heavens]" - i.e., space (Jer. 51:53).
Now, we ask the reader to put all emotion and feelings
aside, and to decide the following question in light of
the cold, hard, SCRIPTURAL facts: which
nation are we talking about here? We want to emphasize
that what has been presented is nothing new. It's just
that evangelicals refuse to come to grips with the truth
of the prophetic Scriptures.
One additional description should be noted: prophetic
Babylon is also described as a nation which shall pose
as Israel's chief ally and protector in the "latter
days" [Please see Daniel and the Latter Days
by Robert Duncan Culver, Chapter 4; please also see Daniel
7]. We ask the reader to name the nation today which is
Israel's chief and only ally, that one nation more than
any other nation which poses as Israel's defender - be
honest, which nation is this?
BABYLON AND THE TEN
Evangelicals have in the past contended that Antichrist
would secure world dominion as king of the Ten Confederated
Kingdoms (evidently a group of Western European states
- though it's anyone's guess as to which states these
might be, and it's probably not all that important to
single the specific states out - after all, what the Bible
has in mind here is Western Europe taken as a whole).
But the Scripture in no place identifies the Antichrist
as the king of these nations. While the Bible does indicate
that he will dominate them, it does not say that he will
rule directly over them, but that he will be an ELEVENTH
KING OF AN ELEVENTH NATION (see Daniel 7:24). [In
this connection it is interesting to note that the number
"eleven" is the number of apostasy.]
Moreover, in Daniel chapter seven, concerning the Ten
Confederated Kingdoms [the ten horns of the fourth wild
beast - verses 7 and 8], the Antichrist is described not
as one of the "ten kings," but as an eleventh
king of an eleventh nation, a nation independent of, and
different from the original ten, a nation, however, which
evidently derives its heritage from the original ten nations.
Is there any doubt that the United States has derived
its heritage, its culture, and over 80% of its people
from Europe? Can there really be any doubt as to the identity
of this great latter-day nation? - are we not speaking
here of the United States of America?