Revelation 13: 1-3:
'And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having 10 horns and 7 heads; and I saw one of his heads as if had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast.'
The End Time Euro-KINGDOM
This foretold final BEAST of Revelation is now in plain view today. It is today's European Union, a literal revived Roman Empire. Exactly as Revelation foretold in 95AD, today's EU has 'come out of the sea' of humanity over the last 20 centuries and now rests on the same geographic turf as the first century's Roman Empire although not yet operating in its foretold full destroying power.
In major fulfillment of Bible prophecy the European Common Market was established officially on March 25, 1957 under the Treaty of Rome in a lavish international signing ceremony being hosted by ROME's leaders themselves. That started the final prophetical timeclock of this foretold 1st Beast of the End Times. Right on time with all other End Time prophecies which are now lined up, the EU has steadily grown into the most massive economic trading block on earth and, in fact, in world history. Although the EU has appeal and promise to today's generation, it will soon reverse its current attractiveness and then carry out its coming Apocalyptic and destroying power worldwide in this generation. [Rev.13:7].
The 1st BEAST itself is ROME
The symbolism of the 1st Beast of Revelation 13 was no mystery to the Apostle John who was given the understanding of this Beast during the Patmos Isle vison itself in 95AD. John's actual explanation is recorded in Chapter 17 of Revelation and is an absolute KEY in understanding this Beast as being today's Euopean Union with ROME as its centerpiece.
The Beast's 7 heads represent numerous things. One key is that they symbolize the 7 consecutive kingdoms in world history: Namely: Assyrian, Egyptian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greecian, Roman Empire and the final 7th global Euro-kingdom of the End Times based in ROME.
Significantly, Revelation 17: 8- 13, confirms that John identified the Roman Empire under Caesar Nero's reign [54AD - 68AD] as the 6th head. John easily discerned that Rome's burning to the ground and then Nero's own suicide in 68AD gave the 6th head its appearance 'as if had been slain' in the vision he experienced almost 30 years later in 95AD.
In addition, these same passages in Chapter 17 also showed him that the 6th head [first century Roman Empire] would be restored to life since its 'fatal wound was healed'. This is the specific detail that depicts the old Roman Empire [wounded 6th head) coming back to life as the future '7th head' of the End Times. In understanding this, then it is clear why the Treaty of Rome in 1957 is literally Bible prophecy being carried out in this last generation since it put into place the foretold 7th head, the massive and globally dominating Euro-kingdom of these End Times. As predicted, ROME still sits right in the middle of it being a vibrant integral authority within the EU, and being one of the original 10 member nations in 1957 who wrote and executed the Treaty of Rome by which the entire EU was founded.
Importantly, after Revelation identifies the 7th head as a revived Roman Empire in the End Times, then the 1st BEAST itself is also specified as symbolizing the exact same: the End Time revived Roman Empire.
This is identified in Revelation 17:11 which precisely states that this 1st BEAST 'himself is one of the 7' heads. This key phrase emphasized to John that this 1st BEAST itself [which had 7 heads] is, not just similar to, but actually 'is' one and the same with one of the 7 heads.
It is at this point in the vision when John clearly recognized that the BEAST 'himself' also symbolizes the monstrous revived Roman Empire of the End Times. This is because, of all 7 heads, only the 7th head [identified to John as a 'future' revived Rome] had the same 'future' trait which the 1st BEAST itself also had, being shown that it 'will come' in the future. [Rev.17:8]. Without question, the last 2000 years have brought back to life a revived Roman Empire [7th head] which was officially established in these End Times in its legal forming by the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
The Great Harlot: ROME
In Revelation's vision, the city of Rome is pinpointed as world history's greatest and longest lasting kingdom of sin, deception, corruption, persecutions and killings of saints [Rev.17:6]. All of this is shown in Chapter 17 and 18's portrayal of the Great Harlot.
When first seen in the vision, the Great Harlot is 'sitting' on the 1st BEAST. [Rev.17:3]. Since the BEAST was later defined to John as symbolizing the entire empire of ROME in the End Times then clearly the Great Harlot's extreme sin nature and abominations rest upon ROME.
Then, she is seen sitting on '7 hills' also represented by the '7 heads'. This symbolism identified ROME again to John and to all first century readers of Revelation since Rome has long been termed the 'city of 7 hills' , even before the first century. But, the vision goes even further in removing any question about ROME being the End Time resting place of abominations and evil. John was finally told that 'the woman [Great Harlot] whom you saw, is the great city.' [Rev.17:18]. Suddenly, to John, the Great Harlot and ROME ['the great city'] were now identified as one-and-the-same. He also easily recognized 'the great city' as referring to Rome's historic and unmatched duration which had settlements as early 1500 years BC and then was officially founded as a city by Romulus in 753 BC .
In effect and from John's perspective, he saw the Great Harlot [ROME] sitting upon '7 hills' [also Rome] and ultimately sitting upon the 1st BEAST itself meaning the entire empire of ROME in the End Times. Clearly and conclusively, Revelation's depiction of two of its prime evil symbols [the Great Harlot and the 1st BEAST] are synonomous with ROME.
Without question, history proves that only ROME qualifies for Revelation's characterizing of the 1st BEAST, the Great Harlot, 'the great city' and the '7 hills' on which the Harlot sits. In fact, no other world kingdom, institute or world organization comes close to qualifying in comparison to ROME's track record with regard to its 35 century endurance, corruption, gross sin, deceptions, persecutions, killings and atrocities invoked upon the human race, particularly over the last 2000 years. [Chapter 4 elaborates on this]. This is why ROME's final beastly status in world history is labeled by Revelation as 'the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the earth' . [Rev.17:5].
All of these points previously made about Rome's central role in the End Times and which were emphatically symbolized to John in the vision constitute what Revelation calls the 'mind that has wisdom'. [Rev.17:9].
Next things ahead in the European Union
Accelerated Clout ECONOMICALLY and with greater world authority:
Today's world leaders of leading countries [including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the United Nations, etc.] have already recognized and begun submitting to the European Union for numerous reasons, particularly its unparalleled massiveness economically. In the days coming, the submissiveness of the world's nations to the EU will speedily increase until the EU is the overwhelming world power.
In fact, the EU's recent new internal policies have now geared the EU for accelerated actions globally and a more dominating and even controlling authority in voice and economically. For example, already the EU is a major voice within the 'Quartet' [the United States, Russia, United Nations and the EU] which is accepted by Israel as being significant in today's intensified Mideast Peace negotiations. This is amazingly on time prophetically since the man of sin himself, who sits within the EU, is also being looked to [almost begged] by Israel and world leaders as the potential mediator for Mideast Peace. [This is detailed with Headline News in Chapters 3 and 4 with jolting clarity.]
But, the EU's monstrous clout today will quickly become more exalted amongst the nations of the world who will become noticeably more subserviant to the EU. Today's food wars will become alarmingly more prevalent. This is because today's soaring prices will not dissipate, but they will continue skyrocketing globally [like an upward staircase graph] making daily food and water even more difficult to obtain. Specifically, today's economic woes globally will grow quickly worse and worse and will most definitely carry into the coming 7 Year Tribulation.
With this in mind and as a result, today's generation is quickly headed towards the ultimate solution of the 'mark of the beast' which will be fulfilled in the near-future in this generation. The concept of a simple 'mark' by which to 'buy or sell' will be widely-received as a needed answer to the world's ever-worsening hunger and starvation problems. [Rev.13:16,17].
Again, as Revelation foretold, ROME itself is the prime city today where a quick solution to solve world hunger is being highly pushed over the last several years now. To be specific, the End Time False Prophet [from ROME] plus the [FAO] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations itself [also headquartered in ROME] are simultaneously the two loudest and most aggressive spokespersons TODAY for the need to implement a new one-world system of food distribution. This is identified in detail in the following Chapters 3, 4 and 5.
Unquestionably, today's world is accelerating towards a global economic implosion and leading to the originating of the 'mark' to be invoked by the False Prophet from within the EU. This will occur at the exact mid-point of the fast-approaching 7 Year Tribulation period.
The COMING 10 NATION Euro-Kingdom and its Religious Leader:
As previously indicated, the Treaty of ROME in 1957 specifically placed the EU into its End Time role as the 7th head, the 1st Beast of Chapter 13. However, Revelation shows that an ultimate 10-nation union in western Europe will form in its absolute final structure. [Rev. 17:8-10; Dan. 7:24].
Conceivably, this coming 10 nation confederacy could form quickly before the 'start' of the 7 year Tribulation or it could take place after the Tribulation actually begins. Either way, Revelation is precise that ROME will be the centerpiece of this 10-nation BEAST and that the forming itself must occur BEFORE the exact mid-point of the coming 7 year Tribulation. This generation most definitely will witness this new forming.
Once formed by mid-point, the concept of a '1 World Government' will literally be carried out in this generation during the last 3 1/2 years of history by this coming 10-nation Euro-dynasty. Revelation symbolizes this final scenario by naming the 1st BEAST itself as also an '8th' head 'with 10 horns' which 'goes to destruction' for 'one hour' during the last 3 1/2 years of Great Tribulation. [Rev.17:11,12]. At its helm and sole dicatorial authority will be the False Prophet since 'he exercises all authority' of this final destroying kingdom. [Rev.13:12].
Significantly related to this is that for over 50 years [since the EU's inception in 1957] the top authority of the entire European Union has always been each EU country taking its turn as EU President alphabetically and every 6 months on a rotating basis. This policy would have placed ROME, Italy's next scheduled turn as sitting EU President in the year 2014. However, the EU's recent 'New Reform Treaty' enhances the 6-month rotating schedule altogether and now calls for a sole person [not a country] to be 'elected' for a multiple-year term as the ultimate and sole decision-maker within the EU. Incredibly if ratified, this flings the door wide open for potentially speedier fulfillment [than 2014] for the False Prophet of ROME to easily jump into the driver's seat and wield 'all authority' of his coming 10-horned Euro-BEAST. Either way, the stage is set today for the False Prophet's role of rising to the top of western Europe with 'all' authority. [Rev.13:12].
The fact that a religious leader [and not a political one] will wind up at the top of history's most dominating world kingdom was foretold also by Daniel the prophet saying that 'he [the man of sin of the End Times] will seize the kingdom by intrigue.' [Dan.11:21].
But, this mid-point scenario just described is the 'peak' place in history where today's world is speedily streamlining towards right now. The massive global dominance and authority of today's EU [the 1st BEAST] will be instrumental in soon bringing this all to fruition in the days ahead.
In the forseeable near future, once this foretold peak is reached at the coming mid-point of the Tribulation, then the greatest bloodshed, atrocities and terror ever in world history will ensue at the hands of the False Prophet. His fully supportive 10-nation Euro-Kingdom will have reversed its friendly face seen today to fulfill its foreordained role as the global rampaging, devouring and destroying BEAST of the End Times. [This is detailed in Chapters 3, 4 and 5].