Thursday, November 15, 2007

Who is the Beast of Revelation 13 & 17? (Part 2)

We are continuing to draw parallels between the current relationship of Europe with its rising Islamic influence, Europa & Zeus, and the harlot and beast of Relelation 17.

The second parallel is that according to mythology, Zeus was incognito. He had to disguise himself as something he was not in order to seduce Europa out of the garden and ride her away to the Island of Crete where he morphed back into Zeus, and raped her; forcing her into submission and making her yet another of his lovers.

Similarly, for decades now, Muslims have openly proclaimed a message of peace and tolerance within Europe, while privately, in their Mosques, proclaiming the superiority of jihad. Already, as they are becoming more and more populous, some are proclaiming more openly what the Qur'an clearly sets forth as a one-world, unified Callifate, where Western Civilization has no place, and Islam rules in every place. One can remember that immediately after 911, in the old mill town of Bradley, England, hundreds of Muslim youths, which already outnumber English youth of that town, took to the streets en mass, beating on the bonnets (what the English like to refer to as the hood of their cars). They beat on the bonnets, demanding that their shocked victims chant with them, "bin Laden is a great man." Say it, "bin Laden is a great man." Those Bradley burghers walked back to their homes demoralized; their tails between their legs. And those Muslim youths were emblazoned with pride, knowing their wills had won the day. Of course, this scenario may not have played out so well in the Southern U.S., where Britain's stringent gun control laws have no sway.

Islam historically, and more and more, presently, believes that all humanity fits into one of two categories: Dar al Islam (the house of submission), or Dar al Harb (the house of war). If you are not under submission to the law of Allah, you are at war with Allah and the people of Allah. Many leftists in Europe are more and more shocked when a tatooed & pierced pot-head cries out, "Let's make love, not war . . . I love everybody," and the increasing Muslim population is not satisfied. No, they will only be satisfied when you are either part of the house of submission, or . . . I'll try not to sound too messy . . . posthumous!

This is what they are already practicing, and have always practiced within every nation in the world where there is not a sufficiently strong government to keep them in check. According to Voice of the Martyrs, more than 900 churches have been burned to the ground in Indonesia within the past fifty years by mainstream Muslims. On September 28, more than 500 Christians were displaced, and 10 killed in the city of Tudun Wada, Northern Nigeria, by none other than the neighborhood Muslims living next door.

Indonesia is a country, where until recent decades, had no Muslim majority. Indonesia and Sri Lanka are both examples of how the practice of population replacement has been successful, but has taken them centuries to achieve. However, in Europe it isn't taking them nearly as long thanks to abortion on demand (1/3 of all pregnecies in Ireland are now terminated), and low birth-rates on the part of the ones they want to displace. Europe is truly drunk when imams can openly proclaim population replacement in Europe as their agenda, and Europeans continue a policy of appeasement.

Just listen to what Muslim leaders are saying: "We're the ones who will change you." That is what the Norwegian imam Mullah Krekar told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet in 2006. "Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman In the same countries is producing 3.5 children." As he summed it up: “Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours."

What Europe doesn't know, or is too inebriated with the "now" to care anything about right now is that while the average Italian family is now reproducing at less than 1.0 children per couple, the average Muslim household in that country is reproducing at 5.0; this is the case in the city of Turin, Italy, according to a recent article in Der Spiegel Magazine. Within a little more than a generation, simply by birthrate alone, Islam will go from being a small minority to being a sizable force to be reckoned with. More than 1/3 of the Italian population is over the age of retirement, and less than 15% are under the age of 18. This 15% represents the overall population, not just indigenous Italians.

What makes the situation especially hopeless is the politically correct language that ties everyone’s hands, preventing them from recognizing this threat. If someone even raises these statistics as a concern, they’re immediately branded “racist.” But is it racism? The truth is that it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is. Nor does it matter if more than 50% of the population is of any particular color or ethnicity. What matters is ideology! ideas have consequences. When a majority of the population no longer believes in freedom, you have a problem, and more and more of those who will be growing into adulthood subscribe to an ideology which is hostile towards the idea of freedom.

Yes, Europe is drunk when mullahs like the one above can be openly honest about their agenda of population replacement, and yet the EU demands that every family have no more than one child for fear of using up the earth’s resources. Mark Steyn is right when he says that long before any of the earth’s precious resources are used up, our most valuable resource of all will likely be gone . . . us.

A third parallel is that the beast of Revelation 17 is described as being “full of names of blasphemy” (17:3b). The greatest form of blasphemy according to the New Testament is to demean the glory of Christ by denying that He is the Son of God: “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also” (I John 2:22-23).

Islam clearly denies that Jesus is the Son of God, and has decried His divine status boldly. Everyone has seen pictures of the luminous, Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem, which is where the Jewish Temple once stood. The wall of that mosque which happens to face the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has the following words inscribed, “Allah had no son.” The Islamic doctrine of shirk is the heresy of putting anything on the same par with Allah, and this doctrine is cited most often to rebuke anyone who claims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or Divine. Further, while many Muslims play the "we believe in Jesus" card, it is important to remember that while the Qur'an is ambiguous on the death of Christ, the orthodox position among Muslim scholars is to deny that Jesus ever died on the Cross.

(Read Sura 4:157-158; surprisingly, the Quran teaches in other places that Christ did in fact die: Sura 3:33,55; 5:117, 19:33. But while it is curious that this blatant contradiction doesn't seem to pose a problem for most Muslims who do not want to lose their life, the teaching that Christ never died is, nevertheless, the orthodox position). To any Christian who understands that the death and resurrection of Christ are two pillars upon which our faith stands or falls, this is a blasphemous ideology.

Okay, so you may be saying to yourself, I see the correlation between the story of Zeus & Europa and Islam & Europe. But what is the link to the prophecy of Revelation 17? First, what we see in this prophecy is that the seven mountains on which the whore sits, becomes one force with the beast (17:9-11). She has clearly given her power over to the beast by riding him in the first place, and according to these verses, her power is merged with that of the beast's. Second, once she has given her allegience to the beast, the ten horns upon the beast turn against the harlot in hatred, making her desolate (17:16). The imagery of nakedness indicates rape as in the case of Zeus and Europa. But the passage goes on to say that they shall "eat her flesh, and burn her with fire" (17:16b) indicating destruction and conquest. It should also be noted that the whore, which represents in this hypothesis, Europe, and Western Civilization, is ultimately being judged by God because we are told it was God who "put it in their hearts to fulfill his will" (17:17). The beast and ten horns, in destroying the whore, although they are obviously unaware of it, are in fact fulfilling God's design.

We are reminded that ultimately, whatever "nation that forgets God shall be turned into hell" (Proverbs 14:34). Therefore, regardless of what kingdom God uses to judge "every nation that forgets God," that kingdom or people is still only a scourge in the hand a sovereign God. They are ultimately fulfilling His purpose and will according to Revelation 17:17.

Tomorrow I will disclose the last, and most recognizable parallel I have made.

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