Why A European Beast?

Steven LeBlanc

Some of you may ask: How can you be so certain the Beast power is a European power? History answers that question for us. The books of Daniel and Revelation place a spotlight on a Roman political and religious system that would continue to rear its head throughout European history, right up to the return of Jesus Christ.

Let’s not forget the Roman Empire of Christ’s day was a European centered power, headquartered out of Rome, Italy. Geographically, the European Union today sits upon much of the same terrain where the old Roman Empire once thrived. The beast John saw in Revelation was a European Beast. It was a brutal, ruthless power that ruled large swaths of the European continent with an iron fist.

Prophecies in Daniel 2 can help us make sense of end time events. Here in this chapter are the series of great kingdoms that were to arise on the world scene leading up to the very end when Christ returns to this earth.

Daniel, interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a massive human image reveals that the first of these kingdoms spoken about was the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar himself (Daniel 2:28-38). It was to be followed by three other kingdoms (verses 39-40). Analyzing history with other prophecies, it is clear that these four kingdoms were, in sequence, the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greco-Macedonian and Roman empires.

Speaking of the fourth and final kingdom, the Roman Empire, Daniel said it would be “strong as iron, breaking in pieces and shattering everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others” (verse 40). Prophecy asserts that Rome becomes most aggressive, swallowing up the territories of Babylon, Persia and Greece, in a reign that lasts for hundreds of years.

In Daniel 7:4-7 the Bible compares the Babylonian Empire to a lion, the Persian Empire to a Bear, the Greek Empire to a four-headed leopard, and the Roman Empire to a beast described as “terrible” having iron teeth, breaking into pieces and devouring peoples and nations—see verse 7. This is speaking of the same Roman kingdom as we saw described in Daniel chapter 2. This beast is the power that will attack the United States before Christ returns.

Historians recognize that the Roman Empire, which began in 31 BC, has waxed strong and then faded through a succession of resurrections. It is interesting to note that for nearly 1000 years a political entity in Europe was actually called the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE.Notice the definition of this Empire as found in the Encyclopedia Britannica:

HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE “…the varying complex of lands in western and central Europe ruled over first by Frankish and then by German kings for 10 centuries, from Charlemagne’s coronation in 800 until the renunciation of the imperial title in 1806”.

History reveals that various dictators in Europe revived that Empire. The resurrections were led by the following rulers: Justinian led the first revival of the Roman Empire in the sixth century; next was Charlamagne (crowned by the Pope in A.D. 800), Otto the Great (the German leader crowned in A.D. 962)—followed by the Hapsburg Dynasty of Charles V (the Austrian Emperor crowned in A.D. 1520)—then there was Napoleon’s reign (the French head crowned in A.D. 1805). And of course the most destructive revival led by Adolf Hitler. His Third Reich was to last a thousand years. It survived for only 12. These men all sought to unite Europe into one integrated Kingdom. Before Christ returns a final dictator will attempt the same ambition, and will succeed for a few short years in fulfilling the dream of a united European superstate.

Feet of Iron & Clay

Let us take a look at this final European “beast” empire, an “evil Empire” in more detail as depicted in Daniel 2, it is described as the feet of an image (with ten toes):

“Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay “ (Daniel 2:37-43). The various nations of Europe, with their different languages, cultures and bias’ depict a geopolitical Babylon.

The description of Iron and Clay is apt, as Europe is known for its ethnic, national and cultural diversity. Remember, researchers Pan and Pfeil (2004) count 87 distinct “peoples of Europe”. The 27 member nations of the European Union (EU), recognize 23 official languages within that confederation. There will be a future unified Beast system, but this multicultural Beast of the end-time will struggle to survive; cultural and ethnic differences will prove to be too complicated. This is not to say the European Union is the Beast, but out of this Union will come a cabal of certain nations making up the Beast power of the future.

European history is filled with war, bloodshed, demagoguery and religious conflict, an endless striving among nations—that pattern repeats just before Christ returns. That is why watching Europe is absolutely crucial. A particular country in Europe will be dominant… that nation is Germany. Not only is Germany at the geographical center of Europe, it is the economic engine that drives the European economy—a union of nations that boasts to be the largest trading bloc in the world—the European Union.

We continue to WATCH Europe.

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