FROM THE BOOK "WESTERN CIVILIZATION"
THE RULE OF CHARLEMAGNE
.....As a matter of fact, it was Charlemagne's constant
intervention in religious affairs which led to the climax of his
whole career - his coronation as Roman Emperor by Pope Leo 3. Leo
had been in trouble for some time. Accused of being a tyrant and
a rake, he so aroused the indignation of the people of Rome that
in 799 they gave him a severe beating and forced him to flee from
the city, Struggling over the mountains to Germany, he implored
the aid of Charlemagne. The great king sent him back to Italy and
was instrumental in restoring him to the papal throne. On
christmas day, 800, as Charles knelt in prayer in St.Peter's
church the grateful Pope placed a crown on his head while the
assembled multitude hailed him as, "Augustus, crowned of God,
Great and pacific Emperor of the Romans"....The Carolingian
empire thus established was not conceived as the beginning of a
new state, but as a REVIVAL of the empire of the Caesars. the
grandeur of Rome was now held to be REBORN.....
THE EMPIRE OF OTTO THE GREAT
.....When the eastern branch of the Carolingian dynasty died out
in 911, the Germans returned to their ancient practice of
electing a king. Their first choice was Conrad of Franconia. He,
in turn, was succeeded by Henry 1, the founder of the Saxon
dynasty. The more famous member of this dynasty was henry's son,
Otto the Great who became king in 936. From the beginning of his
reign Otto apparently entertained ambitions of becoming something
more than a mere king in Germany. He had himself crowned at
Aachen, probably to convey the idea that he was rightful
successor of Charlemagne. Soon afterwards he intervened in
Italian affairs and assumed the title of King of the Lombards.
From this it was only a step to becoming involved with the
Papacy. In 961 Otto responded to an appeal from Pope John 7 for
protection against his enemies, and in January of the following
year he was rewarded by being crowned Roman Emperor. Although the
empire of Otto the Great was confined to Germany and Italy, there
was doubtless the belief in the mind of its founder that it would
eventually be enlarged, perhaps to embrace all of Latin
THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE OF
FREDERICK BARBAROSSA AND
IN the twelfth century the crown of Otto the Great came into
possession of the Hohenstaufen family, whose most distinguished
representatives were Frederick Barbarossa and Frederick 2. Both
of these rulers were outspoken in asserting their claims to
imperial dignity. Frederick Barbarossa called the empire of
Germany and Italy the Holy Roman Empire on the theory that it was
a universal empire established directly by God and co-ordinate in
rank with the church.Frederick 2, who was king of Sicily and
southern Italy as well as Holy Roman Empire, was much more
interested in his southern kingdom than he was in Germany.
Nevertheless, he believed just as firmly as did his grandfather
Barbarossa in a universal empire as the highest secular power in
THE CROWN OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
PASSES TO THE HAPSBURGS
Frederick 2 was no more successful than any of his predecessors
in increasing the power of the Holy Roman Empire. His great
mistake was his failure to enlist the support of the middle class
in the cities as the Capetian monarchs in France had done.
Without this it was impossible to break through the wall of papal
opposition. After Frederick died in 1250 the Popes proceeded to
annihilate the remaining members of the Hohenstaufen line. In
1273 Rudolf of Hapsburg was elected to the imperial throne, but
the Holy Roman Empire over which he and his descendants ruled was
seldom very powerful. When finally abolished in 1806 by Napoleon,
it was little more than a political fiction.....
NAPOLEON CROWNED. THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF THE EMPIRE
Though Napoleon was now an absolute monarch in nearly everything
but name, he still was not satisfied. In 1802 he obtained the
consent of the people to extend his term of office as First
Consul from ten years to life. All that then remained was to make
his position hereditary. In 1804 by another plebiscite he won
permission to convert the Consulate into an empire. Soon
afterwards in the midst of impressive ceremonies in the cathedral
of Notre Dame, he placed a crown upon his own head and assumed
the title of Napoleon 1.....He brought Pope Pius & all the way
from Rome to officiate at his coronation, though he was careful
to produce the impression that His Holiness was acting as the
mere agent of God and not as an international sovereign who could
create and depose the emperor.....Napoleon's work as a statesman
included many other changes in the political system of France.
For one thing, he restored the union between the Catholic church
and the state. In 1801 he signed a Concordat with the Pope, which
provided that bishops should be nominated by the First Consul and
that the salaries of the clergy should be paid by the government.
Even if the Catholic church did not regain the legal monopoly it
had enjoyed under the Old Regime, since other religions were also
to be tolerated, it was nevertheless placed in a position of
decided advantage and was thereby able to increase its power in
succeeding years. Not until 1905, when the Concordat of 1801 was
finally broken, was Catholicism again reduced to equality with
THE FASCIST REVOLUTION IN ITALY
Probably it is safe to say that Mussolini was never a radical by
sincere and reasoned conviction but was simply following the
inclinations of a rebellious nature. No man with a define
philosophy could have reversed himself so often.....
The state incorporates every interest and every loyalty
of its members. There must be "nothing above the state, nothing
outside the state, nothing against the sate."....
The nation is the highest form of society ever evolved
by the human race....Internationalism is therefore a gross
perversion of human progress. The nation must be made strong and
great, through self-sufficiency, a powerful army, and a rapidly
increasing birth rate.
The philosophy of Fascism was an idealist philosophy in
the sense that it renounced the materialistic interpretation of
history. The nation, according to Mussolini could become anything
it willed to become.....
Reason can never be an adequate instrument for the
solution of great national problems. Intellect needs to be
supplemented by mystic faith, by self-sacrifice, and by worship
of heroism and strength....
The sovereignty of the state is absolute. The citizen
has no rights but simply duties. What the nation needs, is not
liberty, but work, order, prosperity.....
Strife is the origin of all things. Nations which do
not expand eventually wither and die. War exalts and ennobles man
and regenerates sluggish and decadent peoples.
No unprejudiced person would deny that the Fascist regime in
Italy had a few achievements to its credit, 1940, when Italy
entered World War 2, the government had reduced illiteracy,
effected what appeared to be a satisfactory settlement of the old
quarrel with the papacy, obliterated the Mafia, or Black Hand
organizations, in Sicily.....
THE NAZI TRIUMPH IN GERMANY
Germany succumbed to fascism much later than Italy, mainly for
the reason that forces of nationalism and militarism were
temporarily discredited as a result of defeat in World War 1....
By a treaty with Pius 11 in 1929 the Fascist government abrogated
the 1871 Law of Papal Guaranties and recognized the complete
independence of the Vatican City. The agreement also provided
that Roman Catholicism should be the official religion of the
state, that religious instruction should be given in the schools,
and that the laws of the church should be ENFORCED by the
1935. In the fall of that year Benito Mussolini sent an army to
invade ETHIOPIA. The Ethiopian king appealed to the Council of
the League of Nations, which was fortunately in session. With
promptness unusual under the circumstances, the Council branded
Italy as an aggressor and decided to apply economic sanctions
against her....further efforts to curb Italy were quietly
abandoned. In May, 1936, Mussolini completed his conquest of the
Lion of Judah and proclaimed the establishment of the Italian
Empire. With Mussolini so successful in flouting the regime of
international law and order, it could be expected that Hitler
would take a turn at winning victories by bold defiance. He began
by tearing up the disarmament provisions of the Treaty of
Versailles. In 1935 he publicly announced the revival of
conscription and the return to universal military training. By
threatening the creation of a huge air force he hoodwinked the
British into signing a naval agreement permitting Germany to
build was vessels up to 35 per cent of the strength of Britain's
navy. by the end of 1936 he had a conscript army of over 800,000
men and 108 naval vessels already built or under construction....
You will have noticed that in May, 1936, Mussolini completed his
conquest of the Lion Of Judah and proclaimed the establishment of
the ITALIAN EMPIRE. You will have noticed part of his beliefs
were that he had ROMANTICISM as a must for his empire, Intellect
needs to be supplemented by "mystic faith< by self-sacrifice, and
by worship of heroism." IN patching things up with the Papacy
there was a treaty signed with Pope Pius 11, recognizing the
complete independence of the Vatican city, and provided that
Roman Catholicism should be the OFFICIAL RELIGION OF THE STATE,
that religious instruction should be given in the schools, and
the LAWS OF THE CHURCH should be ENFORCED by the GOVERNMENT!
MUSSOLINI had resurrected the 6TH HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE.
FIVE THAT WERE
1. Charlemagne 814 A.D.
2. Otto the Great 962 A.D.
3. Frederick 1180 A.D.
4. Rudolf of Hapsburg 1273 A.D.
5. Napoleon 1804 A.D.
The ONE that is - Mussolini 1929 (John sees this AS IF he was
living at the time of this sixth kingdom).
The ONE that is yet to be.
This is interpreted FOR US in v.12-14. The ten horns are the
seventh mountain. Ten kingdoms will arise in the SAME
geographical area of Europe as the other resurrected Holy
(Church) Roman Empires were.
They will UNITE as one nation giving their power into the hands
of ONE specific great civil military leader - called the beast
(see chap.19:20; 16:13-14; Dan.7:11).
This beast leader will have the help of a great false prophet
(chap.19:20; 16:13-14). THEY and the armies of these ten united
nations will fight Christ at His return.
This SEVENTH HOLY Roman Empire is NOW being formed in Europe. It
is now known as the "EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET". It was only
economical - it is NOW political, the FIRST EVER European
government was elected in June 1979. It has many MORE than ten
nations within it at present and more wanting to join. But by the
time Jesus is to return, it will be ONLY 10 NATIONS that will
unite under the beast man and false prophet to fight Christ as He
comes to earth. It will become also a religious empire - ruled by
the Catholic Church and its Pope - the antiChrist, man of sin,
the false prophet. It will be the most powerful military
"religious" empire of all time. The RC church has at present (in
2003, as I put this up on my Website) over 1 BILLION MEMBER
worldwide and ever increasing, that is ONE in every SIX person on
earth are Roman Catholic by religious faith!
This last revived, resurrected HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE will cause the
LAST martyrdom of saints, that we read about in Revelation
Rev.18 - BABYLON
There was a LITERAL empire called BABYLON. There was a LITERAL
city called BABYLON. Shall we understand the Babylon of Rev.18 to
refer to a LITERAL city and a LITERAL empire? Let's compare
scripture with scripture.
BABYLON IS FALLEN IS FALLEN - is fallen ONCE (the original city)
is fallen (again to fall) TWICE. The fall of Babylon for the
second time CANNOT be the ORIGINAL city because it was never to
be inhabited or built again (Isa.13:20), as it once was.
HABITATION OF DEVILS ... FOUL SPIRIT... CAGE OF ... UNCLEAN ...
Compare this with Isa.13:21. The language is similar for that of
original Babylon. But here is added "habitation of demons and
foul spirits." Now notice Rev.20:1-3. Satan is bound at some
location for a 1,000 years. Yes, he and his foul spirits will be
bound at this second modern Babylon which is yet to be destroyed
and become as the first Babylon.
Compare with Rev.17:2. The language is unmistakably similar - we
have seen that the woman in Rev.17 is the great false Church, the
Catholic Church. Notice Rev.14:8 Babylon is called a great city -
all nations have been made drunk (spiritually) by her. The same
type of description. Rev.17:5 calls this Church mystery Babylon -
its practices must have a mysterious connection with the original
Compare with Rev.16:18,19. A literal earthquake, thunder and
lightnings, literal cities of nations fall - the GREAT city -
great Babylon - must also be literal.
We go over to this verse for a moment - compare it with Rev.
17:4. This great city and the woman of Rev.17 are the same.
The kings - the merchants - the shipmasters, sailors that trade
by sea - shall stand AFAR OFF and shall see the SMOKE of her
BURNING. Now, if this Babylon is the "whole earth" how are many
kings, and merchants going to STAND AFAR OFF and bewail her
destruction - for everyone on the earth would be IN the down
fall, in the destruction?
If this Babylon is a "spiritual sin" how are some going to stand
afar off and SEE the SMOKE of her BURNING?
This Babylon is responsible for DECEIVING the whole earth. Here
then is a power that is number one in God's eyes as a deceiver of
If something is responsible for deceiving something else, then
the deceiver is a TANGIBLE as the one BEING DECEIVED.
Notice! This Babylon is responsible for the death of saints - now
compare this with Rev.13:15 - the second beast of John causes
death on people who would not worship its way. The "little horn"
of Daniel 7:21,25 and 8:9-12 also makes war with the saints and
What in history has been the greatest caster of truth to the
ground (Dan.8:12), the killer of true worshippers of God (Dan.
7:21,25), the speaker and magnifier against God (Dan.7:25; 8:11),
the prosperous and rich (Dan.8:12), the power that has preached
about the bridegroom and the bride (Rev.18:23)?
Only the civil religious Holy Roman Empire: The coming Babylon of
Revelation will be the LAST resurrection of the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
now forming in Europe - it will be the second Babylon of history.
And just as the original empire had a capital city (Babylon) so
too will the modern empire - the seat of all its sorceries -
the LITERAL city of Rome.
As you watch the developments in Europe, you are seeing the VERY
PROPHECIES of the Eternal God COMING TO PASS, right before your
eyes. I cannot tell you HOW LONG it will take for this LAST HOLY
ROMAN EMPIRE TO FORM AND TO FULFIL THE PROPHECIES OF THE BOOK OF
REVELATION AND DANIEL - BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT **WILL** COME
TO PASS AS GOD HAS WRITTEN, AND THEN JESUS WILL RETURN AND
ESTABLISH THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH FOR A GLORIOUS 1,000 YEARS
(please study by study called "Armageddon and the Age to Come").