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Re: questions for discussion
by Bruce McFarling
03 October 2002 06:39 UTC
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At 07:26 PM 10/2/02 -0400, you wrote:
>The only thing I would add to Boris' analysis is that, if I'm not 
>mistaken, the European Union, like the state of Israel, plays an 
>important role in  evangelical Christian apocalyptic thought.  If 
>I recall correctly from the  movie "The Omega Code", when the king 
>of Europe (the antichrist) brings peace to the Middle East, it is a 
>clear sign that the apocalypse has begun. Keep in mind that Bush hangs 
>out with people who think like this...

This is exactly right.  It comes from a reading of the Book 
of Revelations that sees the "Whore of Babylon" as a United 
Europe, and followers of that reading have been pointing to 
any deepening of the European Union (and the ECC before that) 
as a sign that the end of the world is at hand.

Of course, entering the apocalyptic prophecy worldview, it 
wouldn't be saying much for the analogical skills of the 
author. An Imperial US built on ricketing foundations of a 
Republic and operating as a commercial nation as it has done 
since the outset would make a much better fit to the "Whore 
of Babylon" imagery.  And any Rastafarian can tell you that 
the US is the core of "Babylon".

Dr. Bruce R. McFarling, PhD
Bus. Office 1.72 -- (02) 4348-4078
School of Business
Faculty of the Central Coast
Newcastle University, Ourimbah

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