By Walid Shoebat
Across Europe, countries are trying to deal with the escalating flood: ships carrying the migrants are docking every day in Greece and Turkey and trains are overflowing with immigrants making their way north to the heart of Europe. What most are unaware is that Scriptures warned of this but few even know where to look.
First lets set the stage. Three countries with the most liberal asylum policies are they key in the hand of Antichrist. Out of Turkey, the flood of Muslims are spewing out into liberal Germany, Austria, and Sweden.
In Germany, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel says they can receive up to 500,000 refugees a year for several years. This would mean that Germany, in a decade or two at the most, will end up in Islam’s grip.
Germany — the nation taking in the lion’s share, an estimated 800,000 by year’s end — has continued to lead the way. The ‘Hitleret’ of Germany, Angela Merkel said her nation should be “proud” of its response. Now Muslim migrants are pouring in through Turkey from countries as far-flung as Pakistan and Bangladesh.
To understand all this, what I am about to say will offend; some to see the narrow gate, others (most) will further harden their hearts; Germany is setting itself for a serious punishment accepting this massive flood. Germany, after all, was the embryo in the West of the most vile trinity to ever hinder the Church: The Arian heresy (which denied the Holy Trinity), Martin Luther (who set the runway for the Holocaust through his vile tract, The Jews and Their Lies) and then it gave birth to Adolf Hitler, one vile gargoyle who used Luther’s work mingling it with pagan superstition and created Nazism.
And when I speak of Luther, I do not speak of every Protestant. Heavens no. The current Pope is not as great as many Catholics believe, he errs as the Copts did, (when they allowed Muslims to immigrate and Islamize the whole of Egypt), he is also encouraging Europe to open its “flood” gates for this Muslims to enter.
While this would take books to assess the case for such an evil trinity, to understand this recent flood of migrants into Europe, for months, before this migrant incident sparked, I have been writing on Revelation 11-12 narrative, which both righteous Catholic and righteous Protestant agree upon, that is:
the Ark (at the end of Revelation 11) is seen in heaven, this woman (the Ark) then gives birth to a male child, who is attacked by a Dragon, “called the Devil, and Satan“. The woman flees into the wilderness, while the child is taken to heaven, leading to “War in Heaven“, in which the angels cast the Dragon out. The Dragon now takes to attacking the woman, who is given wings to escape the dragon who attacks her with a flood from its mouth, which in the end is swallowed by the earth. Frustrated, the dragon then goes to make war on “the remnant of her seed” identified as the righteous followers of Christ.
This does not take a rocket-scientist to understand if we only get in-tune with The Spirit of God. Therefore, we will put together the biblical images so you can comprehend what is happening. First we need to identify who this “woman” is and what is this “flood” and what is “swallowed by the earth” all means? Who is this “dragon” and who are “the righteous followers of Christ”?
All this is interpreted from within Scriptures itself. The “flood” is “water” and in the Bible, ‘waters’ ‘rivers’ and “flood” represent peoples from different nationalities:
‘And he says unto me, the waters which thou saw, where the whore sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.’ Revelation 17:5
There are two women, one is holy, whom her seed will be the Son of God and the other (where the whore is) gives birth to Antichrist and is involved in sending out her seed, this “flood”, stemming from the whore’s religion. The “flood” is eventually “swallowed by the earth”.
This “flood” are the Muslims, as we see today, migrating and flooding the West to eventually “declare war on the strongest fortresses” (Daniel 11). The U.S., Europe and Russia which are “the strongest fortresses”.
The “swallowed by the earth” is when these peoples are sent down to “the pit” which eventually swallows the flood. Anyone can do a search in Scripture for “the pit,” and pin-point exactly who these “nations” “peoples” and “multitudes” and “tongues” are.
“The Pit” and all the nations that go in it are summarized in Ezekiel 28-32 where it gives us the literal names of every nation that goes into the depth of the earth and everyone of them is Muslim. They are “Sidon” (Lebanon), Ezekiel 28: 20-24; “Egypt” – “which will become a desolate waste land” where “they will know that I am Jehovah.” Ezekiel 29:9; “Cush” (Sudan), “Put” (North Africa), “Lydia” (Turkey) and “all Arabia, Lybia and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.” Ezekiel 30:5. “Assyria is there and all her army…fallen by the sword”. “Elam” (Iran) is there with all her hordes around her grave”… “Meshekh and Tubal” (Turkey and the ‘Stan’ nations) are there with “all their hordes around their graves”. “Edom” (Jordan and Saudi Arabia) “is there, her kings and all her princes”; despite their power from the oil (which the nations “drink her wine” and her religion) they…”go down to the pit.” Ezekiel 32:22-29.
Just search the Bible for “the Pit” and you will see how “the pit” is repeated several times and includes these very peoples.
The holy woman is obviously Mary which represents the Church and to a certain extent also Israel, whom her Son Jesus The Christ will redeem. (1)
In order to explain it all, we even must digress further where many err, somewhat, when they strictly apply an Israel centric view; John the Revelator gives a strict interpretation that “her seed” is “the righteous followers of Christ“. This is impossible to refute. These are the sons of Mary, and no gymnast of Scripture can refute this: “her seed” are “the righteous followers of Christ“, so we better start honoring Mary and call her “blessed” as Scriptures mandate. Why the Bible says “the righteous followers of Christ” implies that there are other followers, but those think they are righteous when they are not. Remember, ten virgins, five are but empty talk with no action.
This “woman” cannot be interpreted in a ‘strict-sense’ to being secular Israel; yet it does apply to some sense that Israel is also included, which is about to be redeemed and converted to her Son: Israel’s Messiah. So Israel is also engulfed by the dragon’s armies.
Europe plays a crucial part in prophecy. It is unlike what the lazy servants say. Christianity stemmed from Jerusalem to finally settle in Turkey and Europe. And then from there unto the utmost parts of the world. Turkey was conquered by the Dragon and now Europe is in Turkey’s crosshairs. This is significant.
And to even digress further, it is here where many err. They interpret Europe, what is in the crosshairs of Turkey, as the “beast” and “kingdom of Antichrist,” that including Russia as “Magog” and the “Harlot” as “Rome”. All what these “lazy servants” do by not carefully examining the text of Scripture, they commit slander; to accuse someone of being “Gog” and the “Antichrist,” when they are not which constitutes slander.
These too as a consequence of such grievous sin, will fall into the grip of the dragon, who when the Muslim dragon floods Europe, and later on fights against Russia, and will also attempt to destroy Rome, they will rejoice alongside with the Muslim saying “alas alas” when Rome is hurt all the while this “alas alas” is regarding the real Harlot city, Mecca in Arabia (see Isaiah 21).
They will do this just as they initially did when the pre-wounded beast, Turkey, at The Battle of Lepanto, joined the flood of invaders, headed for conquering Europe (learn more here and here) where the Catholic League (their supposed Harlot), defeated them, including Antichrist Turkey, and spared Christendom the utter destruction. It was good-riddence when the Calvinists who joined the Muslims ended up swallowed by the sea.
While Pope Francis also errs, calling on religious communities and Catholic parishes across Europe last Sunday to take on the crush of Muslim migrants that have been pouring into the continent recently, it is Protestantism’s embryo, “Germany” that is spearheading Europe to drink this flood for years to come.
It was back in February when ISIS declared that evil intent, to “flood Europe with Muslims” see “ISIS Threatens to Flood Europe and Elsewhere as ‘Libyan Refugees,” by S. Noble, Independent Sentinel and now this very flood (and lets pay close attention), is stemming and is being spearheaded from and by Turkey, not just ISIS in Libya.
Months before, paralleling ISIS’s promise, Erdogan declared: “I call on developed countries, notably in Europe, to be more sensitive in the face of human dramas,” Erdogan said in a speech to business leaders in Ankara, a day before a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors.
To comprehend all this, we need to journey in the Bible to unlock other symbols. What is on the horizon is yet another “sign” from Revelation 12 where the woman wars with: “an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads”. Its tail will “sweep a third of the stars out of the sky and will fling them to the earth”.
The connect between the Muslim migrants stemming today from Turkey and “the flood” stemming from the dragon, is key to unlocking the riddle. This “red dragon” is the source of the flood. Today no one argues, this flood of immigrants are stemming from all Muslim nations, like rivulets, into Turkey, where from there, they “flood” into Europe, the heart of the western church which is the promise by Islam; to first invade Constantinople (Turkey) then Rome (Europe).
John is clear, there is a “moon” resembling “the devil” and the “dragon” where other places in Scripture identify it as “crescent” (Isaiah 14, Judges 8, Isaiah 44-45). Also, when it comes to the Book of Revelation John predicted that an Antichrist will arise who resurrects “an image” (an emblem) of a wounded empire:
“He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” (Revelation 13:14)
We know more about this “red dragon” as John in Revelation even included the very colors of their “breastplates” with are the colors of “fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow” (Revelation 9:17).
This also stems from Turkey’s favorite colors in which the Ottomans prided themselves with the “fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow” which are also the colors of the neo-Ottomans flags which are resurrected today:
The emblem of the Ottomans (breastplate) can also be viewed here:
It is also crucial we understand the circle surrounded by the crescent. It is called the Tughra, the Royal insignia of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire which usually has the name of the Sultan or the Bismillah “In the Name of Allah” from the Arabic, as we stated in our book God’s War on Terror.
“Tuğra functioned as a signature of the sultan, a symbol of dynasty and a state emblem at the same time,” says Mustafa ÖztÜrk, writing in his work “Ottomans’ Coat of Arms”, adding that the Tughra lost its function as state emblem in the final century of imperial rule. Yet this is no longer the case. It is being revived as we shall see.
And then we come into understanding how Islam designed this to strictly resemble the Muslims flooding into Europe. To examine all this takes a keen eye that is able to put a puzzle together. The extended two circular egg-shaped artistic parts in the Tughra above represent the Black Sea (the smaller bulge) and the Mediterranean Sea (the larger bulge); the two are to be ruled and protected by the Ottomans.
According to the Tughra Analysis and Form the emblem represents a ship (see anchor in image below) with the flags representing the sails and the spear and shields hung upon them. They explain that:
“The three vertical letter “alef” (III) with what appears three looking squiglies represent ship masts with the sails going westward to invade and conquer the west [Europe].”
The two books (red and green books in the image below) “represent the Quran” and the other “represents the law” which is extracted from the Quran (Sharia) and the scales on top of the Quran represent the justice of Islam. One can see the artistic ship in the image below (at the bottom) carrying all this. This antithesis of the Lady of Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary), including what her image resembles, was meant to reverse what God did and bring back the dragon’s control to dominate Christendom. According to the designers, the emblem was to invade Europe. The dragon attempts to mimmic John’s image of the woman clothed with the sun and the twelve stars. In the Tugra, the shield between the flags represent 12 stars of the different areas of control under the Ottomans and the glow of the bright sun represents the Sultan ruler with the turban which can be seen over the shield. At times one of the flags is green representing the Muslim Caliphate which Green is its color.
And if one thinks that this is just our own private understanding. All this could easily depict even what Ezekiel in chapter 27 disclosed, which many foresaw in its description the Antichrist’s kingdom, and is why the chapter seems to parallel The Book of Revelation’s Harlot and her control of the Libya (where ISIS also promised to invade Europe from Libya with “a flood” of migrants) and Lydia (Turkey, where they are invading Europe with “a flood” of Muslim migrants) whom Ezekiel says are the Harlot’s “men of war”. Ezekiel 27 depicting the same merchandise Tyre traded in which also resembles Arabia’s Islam depicted by Ezekiel, just as the Tughra reveals. God forgets nothing, including “a ship” sailing which Satan sends out to spread his sorcery through warfare. God even included the “shield” and “helmet” (as seen in the image) and even the ship’s direction from where “an east wind” destroys its move towards the west [Europe]:
Persia [Iran] Lydia [Turkey] and Put [Libya] served as it’s soldiers and warriors in your army. They hung their shields and helmets on your walls, bringing you splendor” (Ezekiel 27:10) “Your oarsmen take you out to the high seas. But the east wind will break you to pieces far out at sea. Your wealth, merchandise and wares, your mariners, sailors and shipwrights, your merchants and all your soldiers, and everyone else on board will sink into the heart of the sea on the day of your shipwreck.” (Ezekiel 27:26-27)
One must be tuned in the spirit of Prophecy to understand. This is “a ship”. “The east wind” mimics what happened at Lepanto:
He put his vivid red coloured flagship, the Sultana, at the centre of the deployment: no one should overtake it. Meanwhile, the east wind had dropped and now it was blowing, even if slight, in favour of Christians. This was also interpreted as a sign of divine favor.
Prophecy is not only fulfilled once. These ships, just as in Lepanto, will “sink into the heart of the sea” when the “Ships of Chittim” (Europe) will finally retaliate. This depiction is similar to John’s flood which will be “swallowed by the earth”. The wind changed at the Battle of Lepanto as well. It all fits, like a glove.
Turkey even introduced a bill to the Parliament Speaker’s Office, a group of AKP deputies stated that after a state’s flag, an official state emblem, which has been banned since 1924 must be ressurected and is one of the most important symbols for every country, adding to its reputation, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported late on Dec. 9 2014.
“The emblem used by the Ottoman Empire was abolished along with abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate and the subsequent declaration of the Turkish Republic in 1923″ the deputies stated. Efforts were made to design a “Turkey Emblem” in 1927, but did not yield any official results, and no explanation for this was made at the time,” they added.
In the above image, the Turkish Crescent seen engulfing the Mediterranean is remarkable since in Daniel the beast arises from “the Great Sea” (the Mediterranean). Notice the Ottoman emblem revived with the crescent centered on the Mediterranean sea engulfing Europe. There could be no doubt here.
Students of the Bible should pay very close attention. “We told you so” will perhaps be our motto for years to come as the Lord tarries, reminding of what we etched years ago on page 381 in God’s War on Terror, where we accurately predicted that Turkey will recreate it’s banned Ottoman emblem:
“The Mark of the Beast might be an emblem or symbol of the Beast Empire that carries with it a blasphemous creedal element [the Bismillah]. An official image or emblem of a kingdom gives it a sense of national identity: “He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” (Revelation 13:14) This “image” of the Beast (empire) wouldconstitute the replicating of the old monster—the ruthless Islamic Empire that fell. This is the primary meaning of the verse. However, it is not the only explanation of every verse containing the word “image” (more on that later)
Turkey is that Trojan Horse, in it, it loads Muslim migrants, and floods Europe.
HOW THE WEST FAILED TO UNLOCK THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST
Christians need to understand the symbolism. Westerners need to stop being influenced by slander and fiction books written by many so-called prophecy analysts attempting to take the passage of Revelation 13:15 literally. Thus many are expecting the Antichrist to produce a literal animated statue that will speak, which everyone will be commanded to bow to: “He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.”
But whenever one interprets a passage that was intended to be allegorical or an allegorical passage that is intended to be interpreted literally, they have fallen prey to a common pitfall. The Seven Mountains of Revelation 17 are another prime example of symbolism that has been improperly interpreted literally for the sake of this demonic slander. Imagine what kind of interpretation we get if we literalize, “the dragon was enraged at the woman.” The Bible would become a child’s fairy-tale. How can anyone literalize, “and I saw a beast coming out of the sea”? What about: “one of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed”?
They even deify Lucifer saying that the devil will “revive the Antichrist” after he “is killed”. Satan would be a giver of life, since anyone who can revive the dead is being deified, since only God can revive the dead.
Such are these blasphemers.
In seeing these absurdities, we can see the need to dig deeper into the allegoric meaning of certain passages. So how are we to understand this passage then:
“He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed”?
Firstly, and always keep in mind, a beast is a threat. The headlines are obvious, Europe faces a “threat” “a flood of Muslim migrants”. The obvious interpretation is that the prior beast kingdom which threatened and persecuted the Church, that beast “was wounded,” and shall “come back to life”, again, and threaten the Church once more.
This is simply a revival of a wounded kingdom—not an individual. After Rome which was eventually christianized, the greatest persecutor of the Church after John’s Revelations and after Constantine The Great (whom these miserable slandering scoffers hate) defeated Rome, was none other than the Muslim Ottoman Empire, which will revive again, as we are witnessing, as “the eighth head” being a replica of “the seventh”.
A child in the east can see this, yet a seminary graduate in the U.S. can’t?
John was not only referring to the time of the end, but to the seventh kingdom which will re-arise as the eighth, in the end. (Revelation 17:10-11)
It is crucial to keep in mind that Prophecy was intended to be fulfilled throughout all of Church history and not just ‘the apocalypse’ as these scoffers, the so-called Prophecy teachers teach. They drink a cup of damnation and it is time they repent and throw it all up. Historically, Revelation 9 (for example) was commonly interpreted to be the Ottoman even by wonderful Protestant theologians.
Revelations is a puzzle intended for the few whom God granted wisdom. When we examine Scripture, first we must commit ourselves to some deeper investigation and then we must allow the Bible to interpret itself. The concept of reviving and creating an image of the beast which is to flood Israel (prior to its redemption) and Christendom is something that the Scriptures give us ample information to understand properly. If we search through the Bible for various usages of the word “image,” we will gain significant insight into the nature of what this passage is actually talking about. There are several aspects to the meaning of this “image” (see #2 in the sources below)
CRESCENT MOON—THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST
And just as we see in most of Turkey’s images and emblems, in Psalm 82-83 claims there will be a war between Messiah and the Antichrist. The Gideon-Messiah or War-Messiah who comes to rescue Israel in the story of Zebah and Zalmunna, which is explained in Judges 8:21: “Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, ‘Rise yourself, and fall upon us … And Gideon arose and slew Zebah and Zalmunna; and he took the “crescent ornaments” that were on the necks of their camels.” (Psalm 83:11) Later in verse 26, the Bible says that the Midianite kings were wearing the same “crescent ornaments” around their necks. After Gideon stripped all of the crescent ornaments off of the slain kings, the people and the camels, he melted the gold.
The story of Gideon is the story of John’s depiction of the woman trampling the crescent moon (Revelation 12). While Protestant and Catholic argue over the “seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15 that when Catholics say “she” will bruise the head of the snake, or what Protestants argue that it is “He” (the Messiah), who will crush the head of the serpent, it becomes a moot argument.
Here is why. John has it as “the woman” (Mary) and Zechariah 14 has it as “all the saints” including with the Messiah, who will land on the Mount of Olives (see Zechariah 14:5). And what scoffer dare to argue that “Mary” is some minor saint? Why is it that the Bible dedicates Mary “to be blessed throughout all generations” and “full of grace” and in Revelation 11-12 she is also the one to stomp on the devil symbolized as the crescent?
In Zechariah 14:5 “all saints” will land to trample the crescent, led by Christ “all the saints with You [Christ]”, just as Gideon did. Isolating Scripture is the key to schisms and all scoffers need to repent; the Muslim “flood” is also coming for such scoffers and they too are doomed. Many of them will join the beast and Antichrist while some will repent and take the literal mark of God on their forehead just as Eastern Christians (Copts, Maronites, Russian) and Catholics do or else they are doomed.
The story of Gideon is also the story of David and Goliath—a parallel to the showdown between Christ and the Antichrist, who blasphemes the God of Israel and proclaims, “I am against you O most haughty one.” (Jeremiah 50:31)
David, with precision bombing, lodges a stone into Goliath’s forehead. This is what happens to Babylon and the Antichrist. “Their arrows shall be like those of an expert warrior; None shall return in vain.” (Jeremiah 50:9) This is modern precision bombing. Not a single missile will miss it’s target. Bel, the crescent moon-god, will also be destroyed and all the idols of the crescent moon taken away, “Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces.” (Jeremiah 50:2)
Bel, or Ba’al, the cult of the crescent-moon is finally destroyed to go under the sea and in the bottomless pit in the heart of the earth. Bel has always been symbolized by the crescent-moon.
Psalm 83 gives us the summary of the confrontation with Islam, in which God will do to the enemies of Israel what Gideon did to Midian. It is crucial to understand that Gideon as a judge of Israel is a prophetic type of Jesus. He is symbolic of the fighting Messiah. Joseph is symbolic of the suffering Messiah, and David of the King Messiah. So if we want to find out more about what Christ does when He comes to judge, we need to study Gideon.
THE CRESCENT IS SATAN’S SYMBOL
In Judges 8:21, the word used for crescent is saharon, which literally means crescent moon. It comes from the root of the Hebrew word sahar, which is literally used for the name of Satan in Isaiah 14 as Hilal ben Sahar. Hilal, or heylal, is the word that the King James Bible translates as Lucifer. Juxtapose this on the woman (Our Lady of Guadalupe) stomping on the crescent in Revelation 12, where also the devil is also depicted as the “moon” and “the dragon” and “the devil” and you get the picture. Open thy heart and not just your eyes.
The full phrase “Hilal ben Sahar” actually means “son of the morning star, the crescent moon” which is the very symbol of Islam, the devil and Antichrist. Is it a coincidence that Christ was rejected by Israel following the false Messiah named Bar-Kawkaba (Bar Kochba)? Bar Kawkaba literally means “son of the star”, an asteroid … “and I saw a star coming down …” who is Antichrist.
There are many Antichrists, and prophecy, including Israel, is not some alarm clock for your rapture.
In other words, the symbol of Islam and the name of Satan are one and the same. This is significant and is a very clear hint into the spiritual origins of Islam and the Antichrist. So we see that the ancient enemies of Israel worshipped a god that was symbolized by the image of the crescent moon. This is true even with the Aztecs who were defeated and converted after Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared. If one can argue that apparitions, prophecies, even including dreams and visions cannot happen, since “all I need is my Bible”, answer then, how will this happen:
It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions, even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:1, 28-29 NASB)
Will these “visions” and “prophecies” after such miracles happen MUST be included in the Bible? Will a new edition of the Bible be printed adding in such miracles? Will it be added as apocrypha, appended to the end of your Bible? The secret to your DNA is Bible. Your eye sight is Bible. Your life is Bible. The Church is Bible. And when Christ comes, eternity will also be Bible. God is much bigger than your thoughts and mine.
You see Christ insisting that “Him alone be the center”? Indeed. But I also see Christ in Gideon who was named “Jerub-Ba’al”, meaning the one who contends with Ba’al the moon god. Gideon was a type of the warring Messiah because he fought Ba’al. Likewise Christ, the ultimate Jerub-Ba’al will fight Ba’al in the flesh, and bruise his head, completing what was promised in Genesis 3:15. Most Westerners miss the hint in the famous passage: “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” (Isaiah 45:23-46:1)
This verse is later echoed in the New Testament: “every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess… that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Philemon 2:8-10) A few verses later, Isaiah also tells of one being in particular who is among them: “Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.” (Isaiah 46:1) Bel will bow down before God. This is none other than the image of Allah-Satan, the crescent-moon. In the purest form of poetic justice, the demonic god of Islam will bow low before Jesus, the Mighty One of Israel which the beasts wore on their necks: “Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle” the very symbol that Gideon removed—the crescent moon in Judges 8:21.
The Turks made a noise, the sounds of the war-music should be heard by every Christian. Listen to the symphony they play. This is their war-symphony. This same sounds were made countless times when they warred with the Christians. Listen to it carefully:
It is so different from what I learned from the West, the wonderful music from Catholic Italy and Spain, the heart of Europe, which we should love and defend. Don’t let anyone deceive you with the sounds of drums and noise that is heard in the modern church, which is mostly noise. As far as knowing if you are in the camp of God or the camp of Antichrist, just make sure you only bow to a different tune which, only our shepherd knows the symphony:
(1) Ancient witnesses to the Marian interpretation include St. Epiphanius, Tychonius (who heavily influenced St. Augustine), the unknown author of the History of Joseph the Carpenter, Quodvultdeus (a disciple of St. Augustine), Cassiodorus (Complexiones in Apocalypsi, written c. 570 AD), and the Greek Fathers Andreas of Caesarea (6th c.) and Oikoumenios (c. 990).
In modern times, the Marian interpretation has been affirmed by Pope Pius X, Pope Pius XII, Pope Paul VI, and Pope John Paul II. Some Catholic commentary, such as Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary (1859) allows for the interpretation of the woman as either the Church or Mary.
Dispensational Premillennialists, and Amillennialists who believe in multiple valid interpretations will often identify the woman as the nation of Israel. There are several reasons given to support this interpretation. The woman is said to be clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and twelve stars. These symbols are drawn from Genesis 37:9–11, in which Joseph has a dream of the sun and moon symbolizing his father and mother, and stars representing his eleven brothers, which bow down to him. The Old Testament’s prophets referred to Israel as a “woman” (Isaiah 54:5-6; Jeremiah 4:31; Micah 4:9-10). The woman flees into the wilderness where she is nourished for 1260 days, the equivalent of three and a half years or forty-two months (cf. Rev. 11:1-3). According to this interpretation, these terms are used prophetically in Scripture either for the first half or the last half of the “Seventieth Week of Daniel,” in Daniel 9:24-27, a prophecy specifically addressed to Daniel and his people, Israel (Dan. 9:24). In the latter part of the seventieth week, a remnant of Israel will flee into the wilderness to escape the persecution of Antichrist, who is called “the son of destruction,” “the lawless one,” and “whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan” (2 Thess. 2:1-12; cf. Rev. 12:4,9). Jesus, in the Olivet discourse, warned the people of this time which would occur just prior to His return to set up His earthly, Millennial kingdom (Matt. 24:15-22). Further, the archangel Michael is called the guardian over the sons of Israel in Dan. 12:1. And he will arise at that time of national Israel’s tribulation (Dan. 12:1; cf. Rev. 12:7).
(2) AN IMAGE AS IN A TEMPLE OBJECT
The Bible describes “an image” as a religious or national symbol set up in the Temple, “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or an image.” (Hosea 3:4)
When Israel was destroyed as a kingdom, it lost everything. It lost it’s centralized national religious institution with the destruction of the Temple (sacrifice, ephod), and also lost its national symbols—the Ark of the Covenant, Menorah, and the rest of the Temple articles.
Always keep in mind, the devil mimics the holy. If the Tughra mimics the Woman, Islam also has a Temple for Allah (the Ka’ba) along with temple articles (the Black Stone) to mimic God’s Temple articles in Jerusalem which were a shadow of greater things to come—the Messiah, while Allah’s Temple articles (the Black Stone) resemble a shadow of Satan’s coming—the Antichrist.
AN IMAGE AS IN A NATIONAL EMBLEM
An example of this would be the image of Caesar imprinted on coins that represented the Roman Empire. Decades ago we wrote that the Mark of the Beast might be an emblem or symbol of the Beast Empire that carries with it a blasphemous creedal element. (See page 381, God’s War on Terror)
An official image or emblem of a kingdom gives it a sense of national identity:
“He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” (Revelation 13:14)
This “image” of the Beast (empire) would constitute the replicating of the old monster—the ruthless Islamic Empire that fell. This is the primary meaning of the verse. However, it is not the only explanation of every verse containing the word “image”. To make or carry an image, a flag or an emblem of something, is akin to showing support and allegiance to whatever the image or emblem represents. That is, the followers of the Beast will declare their support and submission to the Beast Empire and all that it stands for.
The followers will espouse its purpose, its ideology or doctrines and its goals. These emblems that once died with the old kingdom are revived again, as we see in Islam. An image could be a mark of Satan that identifies his followers. The Antichrist will, in this way, mark his followers with a blasphemous creed.
AN IMAGE AS IN AN IDOL
An Image also could represent an idol—a medium that represents a living being. One could erect an idol to a god. King Nebuchadnezzar erected a massive image of gold (just as we see the Turkish emblem made of gold) and demanded all of his subjects to bow and worship it. This is an example of idolatry. This could easily apply to Satan, who is called Ba’al, Bel, and Beelzebub. One could erect an image of Ba’al (Satan) that would serve as a medium and a representation of Satan worship. This type of image is not restricted to a statue however; it can even be a stone such as the black stone meteorite in the Kaba in Mecca, “At last the mayor was able to quiet them down enough to speak. ‘Citizens of Ephesus,’ he said. ‘Everyone knows that Ephesus is the official guardian of the temple of the great Artemis, whose image fell down to us from heaven,’” (Acts 19:35) The image of Diana was not represented by a statue, but a Black Stone which was worshiped in Ephesus identified as The Image of Diana.
Yet, these images are all symbolic of Satan worship, “What say I then? That the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” (1 Corinthians 10:19-20) Satan sets up idols as representations of himself until he comes down to earth and establishes himself as the Antichrist in human form.
IMAGE AS IN LIKENESS
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Roman 8:29) In this case, “image” is in matter of likeness.
THE ULTIMATE IMAGE
The ultimate image would be Antichrist himself, which will be the manifestation of Lucifer in a human image. In the end, the living image of Satan will attempt to replace Christ—this is the Antichrist. Islam does teach that a Muslim can become God (see explanation here).
THE BLACK STONE AS SATAN’S STAR AND IMAGE
Lucifer’s image is depicted in Revelation 8 and 9 showing Satan wanting to be worshipped. He is a star that fell from heaven: “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.” (Revelation 9:1) This “him” cannot be an object, but rather Satan himself, a living being (him) cast out of heaven as described in Isaiah 14 and Revelation 8:10.
The most important verse in the Qur’an that describes Allah is perfectly mirrored in Isaiah 14. In Isaiah 14, it is Satan or Lucifer that is described as the bearer of light, and in the Qur’an it is Allah that is depicted as a lamp (light, torch).
In the chapter of the Star, we read: “Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a Mishkat (niche) in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star.” (Qur’an 24:35-36) Compare this with Revelation 8:10: “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp and it fell upon the third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters.”
The Ottoman Muslims were fascinated with lamp Mishkat as the light of Allah and is why the Tughra resembles a lamp and also the peacock of all angels in which Muhammad and the Mahdi will be the manifestation of Allah “I am Allah” which is not foreign to Turkish Sufi Islam.
“Nūr Muhammad (“Light of Muhammad”) or Nūr Muhammadī (“Muhammadan Light”)is a term central to later Sufi and Shī`ī speculations. Although the Qur’ān repeatedly states that Muhammad is only human, a messenger entrusted with guidance of the people (see surahs 6:50, 25:8, 25:22), later currents in Islam transformed him increasingly into a spiritual, luminous being. The historical Muhammad was thus metamorphosed into a transcendent light, like the sun, around which everything created revolves. This idea had colored later mystical Islam on both the elite and folk levels.” (Enc. Rel. 11:23)
In summary, the death of one-third of the earth’s population occurs during the rise of the eighth empire, which will be an Islamic empire. Satan, who is the fallen star, and the destroyer who is unleashed, will precede the “mountain” (empire) that will cause one-third of mankind to die. The Black Stone image in Mecca owes its reputation to the tradition that it fell from the “heavens.” Like the Black Stone of Aphrodite, the Black Stone of Mecca is also clearly an “image” of Satan.
Yet this Satanic image that is created by the Beast in Revelation 13:15 which can speak and cause all who do not worship it to be killed, is mentioned as a holy thing by Muhammad. In an Islamic tradition authenticated by At-Tirmidhi, Al-Abani notes, “Allah will raise up the stone [the Black Stone] on the Day of Judgment, and it will have two-eyes with which it will see and a tongue which it talks with, and it will give witness in favor of everyone who touched it in truth.” According to Muslim traditions, the Black Stone is even the redeemer of Muslims. Al-Tirmidhi notes that many years ago, the Black Stone was, “whiter than milk; it was only later that it became black as it absorbed the sins of those who touched it.”
The Ottomans want us all to bow to their image in today’s Babel.