Archive for March, 2010

The Beast in the East

March 13, 2010

Speculation as to the identity of the first beast of Revelation 13 which is governmental in nature requires the adoption of a scenario that satisfies the criteria of all other prophecies of the bible pertaining to end-times. The EU in concert with the UN is a strong possibility given the centralized planning and control policies and emerging world-wide influence with the attendant possibility of the backing of the second beast of Revelation which is a major religious figure, possibly a future Pope.

This scenario is the subject of other posts on this site and has as its basis a revived Roman Empire which eventually had East and West divisions centered  in Constantinople and Rome but also more plausibly a revived Holy Roman Empire centered in Germany that had major Roman Catholic Church influence. This scenario ignores the other major world religious influence – Islam.

The uncertainty at present in identifying the best match to the prophecy is the interpretation of the symbolism describing the entity in Rev 13:1 and 2

“1 ….seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion”

This post is not to analyze the two verses but to point to another possible scenario that the first beast is an Islamic Theocracy backed by the second beast (and False Prophet) which would be a new Islamic religious leader with the status of the legendary 10th century al-Mahdi. Other commentators have pursued this line of investigation, Jack Kelly: “The Revived Ottoman Empire” and EAR at fivedoves.com.

The recent arrest by Turkish police of 52 current and former military commanders for their part in “allegedly planning to blow up mosques in order to trigger a military takeover and overthrow the Islamic-oriented government” (reported by AP) is a development worth consideration along with a reduced likelihood of Turkey joining the EU and the Turkish political leaders looking to their own region instead.

It will become apparent as time goes on which scenario is the more credible, especially if there is conflict between the two powers with one or the other gaining ascendancy. At present the EU has the momentum and resources but who knows what restructuring lies in the interim. There is also an unanswered question in respect to US power in Europe; for example, the 90 nuclear warheads based in Italy.

What cannot be ruled out is that the East – West power structure of the old Roman Empire may re-emerge so that the final entity is an amalgam of both scenarios – watch the space.

Update 1

1.5 billion Muslims waiting for the Turkish Government to arise.

Turkey – The final piece of the puzzle?