A revelation about the EU (crossposted at CT)

When I first read the eschatological works of Hal Lindsey and others, one of the favorite themes was numerological analysis of the Book of Revelation, in which the EU figured prominently.

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

At the time, the then EEC had six members, so an expansion to seven or ten (which seemed likely) would fulfil the prophecy and signal the impending arrival of the end times. The Whore of Babylon also fitted in, but I can’t remember how. The EU did have ten members between 1981 and 1986, and I remember speculating that Reagan might be the Antichrist – surviving an assassination attempt was supposed to be a crucial sign (Revelation 13:1-2). But the world did not end after all.

Now, thanks to the Economist, I discover that Lindsey was right, except for a reversal of alignment. Arsene Heitz, the designer of the EU Flag advises that it was inspired by Revelation 12:1

A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

normally taken to refer to the Virgin Mary. I’d be fascinated to see an apocalyptic Protestant response to this revelation.

10 thoughts on “A revelation about the EU (crossposted at CT)

  1. Don’t forget that Ronald Reagan’s full name was Ronald Wilson Reagan. Each part had six letters. Thus, his name means he bore the number 666. We all saw the movie – so we know what THAT means!

  2. I was once given a Hal Lindsey book. One of the few books I elected to dump in the bin – ripped up – rather than give to a second hand book store, lest someone read it and believe it.

    Hmm, guess that means I’m with Homer.

  3. Thank God most people are arithmetically challenged. Otherwise there might be even more of them out there, writing nuneroNONlogical claptrap?

  4. But don’t forget that Europe is now divided between “Old Whore of Babylon” and “New Whore of Babylon”, so all eschatalogical bets are off, unless you count the imminent arrival of the Red Heifer of the Third Temple. (Is Israel in Europe?)

  5. According to UEFA, yes, Israel is in Europe. So is Kazakhstan.

    Eschatological events remain firmly ON, though its connections to the EU are uncertain to most.



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