Several major points made so far in this series are:
- Islamic literature points to a revised caliphate centered in Turkey
- Present actions, being led by Turkey, include preparing for a Turkish – Islamic Union
In Revelation 17 one of the seven angels talked with John and revealed much about the ‘great harlot.’
“…And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 17:3
John marveled at this mystery. Then the angel explained the mystery to John.
“Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.” Revelation 17:9-11
The seven heads are kingdoms, five have fallen, one is (in John’s time), and the seventh will arise in the future.
According to the Bible, and history, the five that had fallen in John’s time were:
The kingdom that (is) in John’s time was the Roman Empire.
Now consider that the seventh kingdom had not yet come in John’s time. The seventh kingdom would arrive on the scene in the future, and then disappear, and the eighth would replace it; however, the eighth would be one of the seven.
Could it be that the seventh and eighth kingdoms consists of the following?
7) Ottoman Turks
8) Republic of Turkey
7) Turkish – Islamic Union (replacement of the Turkish republic, and
returning to a caliphate)
The angel continued:
“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 of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” Revelation 17:12-13
Thus the ten horns consist of a ten-nation confederation that will unite under the authority of the anti-Christ. The ten horns are the same as the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
But wait, this is all fine for the eastern leg (Asia), but how about the western leg (Europe)?
Is there anything of significance going on in Europe that might shed light on the western leg?
Consider the present countries that were part of the original western leg of the Roman Empire. They were Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Belgium, Slovenia, Austria, and Croatia. These countries are all included in the present European Union.
While some may think the European Union is weakening, due to such challenges as Brexit, there is another aspect of the future of the Union.
Prophecy News Watch published an article earlier this year which included the statement: “…the pro-EU establishment has no intention of slowing its relentless march toward a European ‘superstate,’ a ‘United States of Europe…’”
Four new nominees for high places in the European Union have voiced their solidarity of the ‘superstate.’
And lastly, another article published by Prophecy News Watch in February of this year was entitled: “Push for one world religion as Pope and Muslim Imam sign interfaith covenant.”
It was simultaneously reported that the signing was done in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths…
The article’s authors said, “In essence, this is saying that it is the will of God that there are hundreds of different religions in the world and they are all acceptable in His sight.”
This brings us to a profound question.
Could a confederation of five European nations and five Asian nations, considering their respective ideologies and religions, under a single deceitful leader, meet the definition of ‘toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay…?’
This series does not claim to know exactly who and what is involved in Biblical prophecies; however, reading the leaves on the Fig tree should allow students to connect the dots in world events.
Indeed, exciting times are right around the corner.