By Brannon S. Howse
Tommy Ice is an astute observer of Scripture and its relevance, and with regard to the one-world aspects of Revelation, he highlights the longstanding significance of Babylon:
[quote] Babylon was again at the forefront when God sent the Southern Kingdom of Israel (Judah) into the seventy-year captivity in the sixth century B.C. It was at this time that God gave Daniel many of His prophetic visions. Babylon is the first of four great kingdoms to arise during the “times of the Gentiles” (Dan. 2 and 7). History reveals that Babylon declined until it was abandoned about two centuries after Christ. Although the city of Babylon sunk beneath the sands of time during the past seventeen hundred years, it has begun to rise in this century. Watch for Babylon to become a dominant force in the world religiously, commercially and governmentally for Revelation 17-18 predicts the destruction of that city and, in order to be the city those prophecies require, it must be rebuilt on a grand scale like in the days of Nebuchadnezzar. [end quote]
The centrality of Babylon in relation to the rest of the world, combined with its access to shipping lanes and perhaps one of the world’s greatest oil fields, makes it a great choice for the headquarters of a world government. Henry Morris and his team reveal that:
[quote] Computer studies of the Institute for Creation Research have shown, for example, that Babylon is very near the geographical center of all the earth’s land masses. It is within navigable distances of the Persian Gulf and is at the crossroads of the three great continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Thus there is no more ideal location anywhere for a world trade center, a world communication center, a world banking center, a world educational center, or especially, a world capital! The greatest historian of modern times, Arnold Toynbee, used to stress to all his readers and hearers that Babylon would be the best place in the world to build a future world cultural metropolis. [end quote]
The United Nations of Babylon
Calls for the rebuilding of Babylon are appearing these days in major publications. The New York Times, for instance, ran an article in 2006 with the headline “UNESCO Intends to Put the Magic Back in Babylon.” The article revealed the desire of the United Nations to rebuild the city:
[quote] The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is pumping millions of dollars into Babylon and a handful of other sites. It has even printed a snazzy brochure to give to wealthy donors. “Cultural tourism could become Iraq’s second biggest industry, after oil,” explained Philippe Delanghe, a United Nations official helping with the project. [end quote]
Subsequently, a 2007 article in Newsweek sought to make the geo-political case for moving the United Nations to Babylon. A brief background of the writers of the article is especially pertinent to their arguments. The first is Professor Cynthia E. Ayers whose bio reads as follows:
[quote] Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Cynthia E. Ayers is currently Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. Prior to accepting the Task Force position, she served as Vice President of EMPact Amercia, having retired from the National Security Agency after over 38 years of federal service—a period that included 8 years at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership. [end quote]
Her co-author was Colonel David W. Cammons, “U.S. Army Retired, former Senior Research Associate at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership.”
These two individuals have some serious geo-political, military, and governmental knowledge, and that makes their article particularly noteworthy as they argue for moving the United Nations to Babylon:
[quote] The idea of moving U.N. headquarters seems to resonate with many—those who believe that the U.S. is being manipulated by anti-American and anti-Israeli elements within the U.N., as well as those who feel that the U.S. is doing the manipulation…. Where should it go? Try Iraq.
Considering the severe cutbacks in U.N. personnel within Iraq following the 2004 truck bombing of its Baghdad compound, the idea might seem ridiculous; but the mission of the U.N. is to promote and preserve peace. In order to maintain its fledgling democracy, Iraq needs international commitment, an inducement to stop factional violence, and a stable form of income not subject to the terrorists’ reprisals. It is hard to imagine a more visible and binding form of commitment than a change of such magnitude. The prestige factor alone might guarantee stability. Middle East leaders may seize upon the move as recognition of the region’s importance, thus stimulating their sense of self- and nationalist esteem while gaining further incentive for dealing with internecine conflict.
It would be to the benefit of all members to ensure the security of the new headquarters. A multinational coalition under the auspices of a collocated U.N. would be perceived as a more neutral and acceptable force.
New York is an expensive city, and representation at the U.N. is currently a costly endeavor. Poor countries would benefit from the move, since costs associated with membership would be drastically reduced. Representatives who may have been selected specifically because of social status and wealth might be replaced with individuals who maintain a higher commitment to the U.N. mission. The remaining big spenders should have a positive effect on the Iraqi job market and improve the overall economy of the entire region, which might in turn reduce the tendency to engage in violence. With such a large and formidable presence, fundamental human rights issues ranging from honor killing and female infanticide to state-imposed death sentences for children, religious converts, and political dissidents (as opposed to those which U.S. representatives have publicly identified as having been driven by “anti-Israeli bias”) could be more effectively addressed, transforming the region developmentally in the process. [end quote]
High hopes for a biblically dangerous scenario. In Revelation 17:18, John writes, “The woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” The U.N. would provide a natural starting point for “world headquarters.”
To continue with the biblical discussion of how this world government develops, John begins to tell us about another group of people in Revelation 17:12: “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.” These are new characters in the drama. A new set of leaders enter the scene, and I believe these ten kings or leaders represent a collection of world leaders spread throughout the globe. They preside over a division of world governance into ten regions, and these ten regions each have what we would call a president, but what John refers to as a king.
This selection represents a point in history at which a financial crisis has rocked the world, forcing consolidation of resources. In North America, for instance, it might play out like this. Mexico has a large, available labor force, Canada has vast amounts of hydro-electric, and we have oil. So, to help each other, these three nations could form some sort of union so as to survive this massive economic collapse. That’s speculative, but current rumblings in Europe are not.
For several years, the European Union Commission has advocated that the world be divided into ten regions. This is the arrangement outlined on the commission’s website:
Region 1—North America
2—Central America and Caribbean
5—Eastern Europe and Central Asia
6—Mediterranean and Middle-East
8—North-East and South Asia
10—Australia and Pacific
Clearly, the EU is well down the road toward consolidating government in what could be a European region. In his book The European Union and the Supra-Religion, Rob Congdon traces the development of the EU and the religious implications of its founding:
[quote] Looking back to the European Union’s official founding fathers; Alcide de Gasperi, Robert Shuman, and Konrad Adenauer; one finds that they were all Roman Catholics and are being considered for sainthood as a reward for founding the European Community on Roman Catholic principles. The intention of solidifying faith with the social/political realm of the European Union is supported by the fact that the Vatican has been given the privilege of being the leader and president of the Diplomatic corps of all the member governments of the European Union. [end quote]
As I will explain later, there is a Roman Catholic connection with Tony Blair, former British prime minister, as well as with three of the founders of the European Union. And the connection of Leon Marchal, another of the founders, is at least as troubling. “The European Union: A Guide for Americans” reveals:
[quote] A former secretary general of the Council of Europe, Leon Marchal, affirmed that the stars are those of “the woman of the Apocalypse.” Enthusiastically he explained, “It’s wonderful that we have gotten back to the Introit of the new Mass of the Assumption. It’s the corona stellarum duodecim (the crown of the twelve stars) of the woman of the Apocalypse. [end quote]
Marchal is referring to the incorporation of symbols from the Roman Catholic mass and the crown of the 12 stars. He even admits that the image is derived from Revelation 12:1 and a longstanding Catholic prayer known as, “Crown of Twelve Stars of Our Lady of Mercy, Chaplet Prayer”:
[quote] An ancient devotion of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy based on the Book of Revelation (12:1): “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”
Let us praise and give thanks to the most holy Trinity, who has given us to Mary, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
R. Now and forever, Amen.
V. O most holy Virgin of Mercy!
R. Queen of heaven and earth, you neither abandon nor reject anyone, kindly look upon us with your eyes of mercy. Obtain for us from your Divine Son the forgiveness of our sins, so that we may honor you both, here on earth and later in the heavenly homeland. Amen. [end quote]
Although the Church of Rome believes Revelation 12:1 refers to Mary as the Queen of Heaven, it is actually referring to Israel. As I will share in more detail later, the queen of heaven that the children of Israel worship and bake cakes for is Semiramus, the Queen of Babylon. So you see, the leaders of the European Union are actually returning to the pagan religion of worshiping the queen of Babylon “disguised” as Mary.
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