..... The WOMAN riding the BEAST.
The NEW Tower of Babel
Since the tower of Babel refers back to Nimrod, meaning defiance and rebellion against the true God, yet accepting false gods, and a people uniting seeking world power, it is more than stupefying to discover that in the year 2000 the new Parliament building for the European Union opened in Strasbourg France, and is modeled after the famous artwork of the “Tower of Babel”, by Peter Bruegel. The new building appears to be unfinished just like the painting.
Nimrod and the Tower of Babel: Genesis 11:1-9
In order to understand the symbol for Europe, we must go back to Babylon, to Nimrod. (Genesis 10: 8-12) - Cush was the father of Nimrod who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh, in Shinar. From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah, that is, the great city.
God commanded man to be fruitful and scatter all over the earth. Under Nimrod’s kingdom people opposed God, united and gained in power, to form the first world empire. He was not only a mighty hunter of beast but of men. Now the whole world had one language and common speech. (It is believed they were survivors from the flood, and their descendants - NIV Bible foot notes) As men moved eastward they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other," come let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used bricks instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said," Come let us built ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the earth."
Nimrod was the prime mover of the Tower of Babel. It was built before his death in the land of Shinar, located in Babylon, today’s Iraq. The typical Mesopotamian Temple tower, known as a ziggurat, was square at the base, had sloping and stepped sides that led upward to a small shrine at the top to worship the constellations, the sun, moon and stars, the creation rather than the Creator. Therefore, it must be understood that Babel is a reminder of man's rebellious, united and godless effort to establish for himself, a world renown by which he would dominate God's creation.
When God saw what they had done He came down and said: “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan will be impossible for them.” As a result, God confused their language and scattered them all over the earth. He was merciful, and provided yet another chance for mankind rather than destroy them for their pride and rebellion. (Genesis 10: 5-9)
After his death Nimrod was deifed and worshipped as the sun -god. Throughout the world we have evidence with numerous archeological discoveries of temples to the sun god, moon and stars, and their idols. The names of the Babylonian gods changed from language to language, country to country, city to city, even within short distances, but were always the same false gods.
He was Bel in Babylon;
Baal in Canaan (Israel);
Beelzebub in Ekron / Philistines;
Chemosh of Moab;
Eshmun of Sidon;
Horus of Egypt;
Jupiter / Mercury in Rome;
Mal'cham in Ammon
Tyre equated with Molech,
Moloch, Milcom, Marduk, Melqart often called Baal;
Mith'redath / Mithra of Persia (Iran);
Nergal in Samaria;
Ra in Egypt.
Zeus in Greece.
He was also known as Orpheus, Bacchus, Dionysus, Achilles, Hercules, Theseus, Perseus, Jason, and Prometheus. He is Helios on the Greek island of Rhodes.
Α lot of bull around the world
There is truly nothing new under the sun. The worship of these gods was evil. It is worthy to mention that Jesus called Bel / Beelzebub, Satan. As such the worship of any of these false pagan gods is equal to Satan worship. It involved the sacrificing of children in the fire to their gods, grotesque sexual immorality and all other kinds of depraved behavior.
All Babylonian kings were spiritual successors of Nimrod of Babylon, the founder of secret societies.Like Nimrod they wore a "crown of bull horns", to simulate the spires of the sun, and were worshipped as sun-gods; human representatives of the sun. All over the world and the ancient Middle East we find references to the bull, used as a symbol of strength and fertility, as well as to "bull gods." Cattle cults among the Cushite peoples of Ethiopia and India are prevalent to this very day.
After 400 years of Egyptian bondage God heard their cry and led the Hebrews out of Egypt in a mighty deliverance by the hand of His servant Moses. Soon they rebelled and worshipped the golden calf / bull, thus returned to the old pagan practices and worship of Egypt, derived from Babylon. No wonder God judged that generation as they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness before God would grant entrance into the Promised Land. (Exodus 32)
The God fearing remnant of the Hebrew people knew it was bull. To this day they only use a ram's horn. It is not only a reminder of the blood of the Lamb that delivered every firstborn in Egypt (Exodus 11-12), but of the deliverance of Isaac by the ram caught in the thicket. (Genesis 22:13). It is furthermore an obvious rejection of the false Babyloninan gods, and a clear picture pointing to the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29) For those of us who believe in Jesus Christ we look back in faith to Calvary, to His once and for all sacrifice for sin.
Semiramis, queen of Babylon, the Harlot!
In addition to Nimrod’s arrogant and ungodly rule, his wife queen Semiramis was a corrupt and immoral woman. After Nimrod’s death and deification to "sun-god", she gained control of the Babylonian Kingdom by her seductive and licentious ways. Her dominion is typified by the Harlot / Prostitute, sitting on and riding the bull, thus united with, but controlling the beast. She claimed to have become impregnated by one of Nimrod's sunbeams. This miracle birth of her son Tammuz was believed to be Nimrod reborn, a counterfeit savior and Babylonian fertiltiy god. (There is only on mention of Tammuz in scripture. (Ezekiel 8 emphasis v. 14)
At her death she was deified as the ‘Queen of Heaven’, the moon goddess, and goddess of fertility. Her children were the stars. The woman appears in different ways throughout various cultures and times just as Nimrod, but remains the same corrupt and satanic counterfeit religious system and global power. Archeological excavations have found temples and idols to the sun-god and moon- goddess throughout the earth.
In the Old Testament amongst "ancient pagans" Semiramis is the goddess of the Sidonians (1 Kings 11:1-5).
Amongst the Israelites she was known as ASHTEROTH.
In the New Testament scriptures she is Diana of Ephesus (Acts 19: 24- 34).
She is Isis in Egypt,
Indrani in India,
Cybelle in Asia,
Venus in Rome,
Ceres in Greece,
Shing Moo in China,
Hertha in Germany,
Sisa in Scandinavia.
But the woman was really Semiramis, the wife or NIMROD, the queen of Babylon, the queen of heaven, the goddess of fertility.
Baal and Ashtoreth in Israel.
Israel was to be a Holy nation, devoted to God who is Holy. However, Israel was not exempt from the satanic deception and power of the Babylonian gods, their religion and self- rule. When they fell away from God and sought to make a name for themselves they became corrupt and built altars to worship Baal (Molech etc. etc.) and Ashtoreth, the queen of heaven. They, like the Babylonians, burnt their sons in the fire, even set up their detestable idols in the house of the LORD. Numerous passages speak of the Israelites, their rebellion and worship of the sun-god. We also learn of the consequent judgments upon Israel. (1 Kings 11; Jeremiah 7; 44; Judges 2.) Only after Israel repented of her idol worship were His covenant people restored.
Tower of Babel, artwork by Peter Bruegel, year 1563 Museum in Vienna Austria
New EU Parliament in Strasbourg France
Poster of European Union
"EUROPE: MANY tongues, ONE voice"
European Union Currency and Commemorative Stamp.
There are 3 buildings that comprise the headquarters of the European Union. They are 3 distinct buildings located in 3 locations, but considered as one. The Parliament's seat is in Strasbourg where the one-week plenary sessions are held once a month. The parliamentary committees generally meet for two weeks a month in Brussels, for ease of contact with Commission and Council. The third week is set aside for meetings of the political groups and the fourth for the plenary session in Strasbourg. Parliament also holds plenary sessions in Brussels. The Secretariat is located in Luxembourg.--http://www.europarl.eu.int/abc/visit/stras/default.htm Here we have a woman riding the "Bull." Her name is "Europa" and she had the continent of Europe named after her. The coin has her riding over many waters while the stamp pictures her over seven hills. According to ancient mythology, the pagan god Zeus (Baal) seduced this beautiful young maiden "Europa", by transforming himself into a tame "bull" to gain her trust. When she sat on him he carried her on his back to Crete where he raped her, thereby fathered several half-god, half-human children with her. Europa became known as the Cretan “moon goddess” referring back to her "Babylonian roots." Numerous artwork depicting "Europa riding the bull" can be viewed at:http://www.ecsel.psu.edu/~rreynold/Europa.htm
Germany's "Der Spiegel" , a most well known magazine,
and USA's "Time magazine."
The European Union with a modern Europa riding the bull.
Revelation 17: 3-5
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead:
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Mystery Babylon revealed!
For centuries believers have attempted to identify "Mystery Babylon." Many have taught her to be the Roman Catholic Church, since Rome's location on 7 hills, her corruption and power. She is furthermore accused of accepting numerous Babylonian pagan practices since the Babylonians worshipped the sun, and Mary is depicted with sun-beams streaming from her head, wearing a crown depicting her as the "queen of heaven".
Although I disagree with many of the Catholic doctrines and pratices, let us consider that religious scholars identify Islam as a Babylonian religion, worshipping Allah, the moon god and his daughters the stars, no other than ancient Bel of Babylon and the various names they were called in the surrounding enemy nationsof Israel at that time. Furthermore, Islam identifies itself by the symbol of the moon and star. For more info read about Allah the moon god. http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/moongod.htm
In addition let us never ignore the ever present context of "kings and kingdoms", versus God's Kingdom. Furthermore, the geographical context of scripture is always Israel and her surrounding enemy nations seeking her destruction, thus consecutive Empires having sought world rule and the destruction of Israel, including the final beast empire to come, which are today's Islamic nations.
John knew literal Babylon was in power in the beginning, thus the first licentious world empire who defied God, verses this "Mystery Babylon" is the Harlot empire in power at the end of the age. As such I believe John compares this endtime empire to Babylon, but calls her a mystery, as he does not know her name. She like Babylon is very corrupt and rich, forsaking the true and living God. By addressing her as "Mystery Babylon", they both embrace the same values or lack of them. He sees people uniting from many languages and nations, making a name for themselves, thus leave God out of the picture. (Revelation 18)
Although Europe under the control of Rome was long ago, this HARLOT rises to power and prominence again at the end of the age, just as the beast Middle East nations do. Notice, she rides on the LAST Beast, thus controls it. Interestingly they all rise to power when Israel does as well and becomes a nation.
(This issue is dealt with in depth. See link at bottom of page to: " Is America in prophecy? -- Woe to the great city")
The Harlot sits on and rides /dominates the Beast, yet is united with the beast moving along her merry way, because she as the rider controls it. The Beast gains its power by ruthless control, while the Harlot does so by her licentious ways and enticement, as the rider uses the Beast for transportation. This fits the relationship of the WESTERN WORLD with the rich oil-producing ARAB Islamic nations.
Furthermore, the Islamic nations were confined within the Middle East like a caged animal with unchanged borders for centuries. Held back, the Beast found a way to get out by deceiving the naive maiden, the Harlot (Europe / West/ USA), to get on its back for the sake of a ride.(oil) Not only has the WEST made deals with the beast, millions of Muslims have immigrated to Europe including to the USA. While many Muslims have left the Middle East to get out of the grip of radical Islamic law and control, many others have come to gain influence and power, to multiply and eventually take over. Therefore, just as the bull pretended to be tame to the maiden Europa in hopes to deceive and ride on his back in order to rape her, (but was actually a manifestation of ZEUS, Bell or Beelzebub - Satan), .....the end time beast/bull (Eastern Islamic nations) pretend to be peaceful to the WEST.
Having gained in size and strength from the very hand it deceived and is fed by, the beast now awaits for the right time to attack. How foolish to ride a ferocious beast, but the harlot keeps riding the Beast for the sake of a ride, her lifestyle and power. Having sold her virtue for money, power and riches, unwilling to take a stand for her faith once held dear, she will soon discover that the bull is ferocious and will buck her off to rape her. What a picture of the European Union and the USA, an extension of Europe, the very WESTERN world, today's western superpowers
The harlot in her drunken stupor did not realize her danger blinded by her quest for superiority to become FIRST. While some have sounded alarms of warning, she keeps riding the beast. Outside of a small remnant, she has forsaken her God and Savior Jesus Christ, while Islam is growing like wildfire within her. Her churches are empty and she mocks the God of her youth, while Islamic mosques are popping up like mushrooms to fill the spiritual vacuum. She has sold her soul.
Both the Beast and the Harlot sacrifice their children. The Beast does so by strapping explosives on their backs, while the harlot by abortion to keep her life of convenience and harlotry. What a union. It is just like Nimrod of Babylon who was ruthless in his rule, but his wife queen Semiramis also ruled; the depraved harlot. Together they ruled over ancient Babylon, thus ruled the known world at that time.
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