I think this article shall be interesting to all that are interested.
Why This War May
Lead To Armageddon
By Ian Gurney
In my book "The Cassandra Prophecy" originally published in June 1999, I interpret the prophecies contained in the Book of Revelation as pointing to
a war started by three leaders, one from America, one from Europe and one from the world of Islam, which becomes nuclear and precipitates World War
III and Armageddon. I also say that the starting date for this war is 2003: "The intention of these three leaders is made with precise
clarity.....The American, European and Muslim leaders will draw the world into its final conflict.....the Great Subterranean Passage of the Pyramid of
Cheops enters the "Pit of Destruction" in 2003.....It points to a major world wide calamity at the beginning of the new millennium." (extracted
from "The Cassandra Prophecy".)
So, with George W Bush and Tony Blair emphasizing their Christian values as they go to war against Iraq, proclaiming "God is on our side" to a
sceptical world, the majority of whom appear to be protesting this pre-emptive strike, it seems both leaders would do well to read The Bible a little
more carefully. In particular, perhaps they should read and understand what the Book of Revelation has to say about Armageddon and its beginnings.
To do this, first you have to put yourself in the position of St. John the Divine, who received the Revelation around 70 AD on the Greek island of
Patmos. Imagine someone living at that time receiving visions of the world in the twentieth and twenty first century. Knowing the importance of the
message he has been given, John must describe what he has seen. However, to describe events he has no comprehension of at that time, he uses similes
and metaphors applicable to his own time to convey the visions of times to come. Those who seek to interpret Revelation must do likewise and place
themselves in St. John's shoes in order to understand the full meaning of the "end time" events that lead the world to its final conflict.
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.
Revelation 13. verse 1
In the first part of this verse John sees a beast rising up out of the sea, and from this description it appears John is trying to indicate that the
beast is a land mass rising up out of the sea. But what of the seven heads and the ten horns. In Revelation chapter 17 John once again sees the beast
in a vision.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven
heads and ten horns.
Revelation 17. verse 3.
John himself marvels at this vision, and is then given the translation of the vision further on in the same chapter.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Revelation 17. verse 9.
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no Kingdom as yet; but receive power as Kings one hour with the beast.
Revelation 17. verse 12.
What John has seen is a land mass with at its centre, seven mountains, and within this land mass ten kings or kingdoms that are in league with the
beast, or the land mass itself. A further description follows:
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave
him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Revelation 13. verse 2.
Here John, in an incredibly succinct and graphic way, is showing us the form and nature of this land mass he sees rising from the sea, and even uses
terminology which brings the description into the 20th Century.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Revelation 13. verse 3.
Here, John brings his description of the beast firmly into the latter half of the 20th Century. In verse 2 of Revelation 13, John is describing the
land of Greater Europe. The leopard has always been the beast associated with greater Germany, and here John tells us that the beast, this great land
mass is like a leopard, but has the feet of a bear. The bear has always been Russia, and if one takes a map of greater Europe and turns it sideways,
it can be seen that the within the body of Europe, the leopard is greater Germany, the feet Russia, and looking to the head of the beast, John
describes its mouth as the mouth of a lion. The lion is of course, the symbol of Great Britain. It is almost as if John has seen a map of greater
Europe, and has then described the parameters of this huge land mass in 20th Century terms.
More clues emerge with the description of the seven heads. John is told these seven heads are seven mountains upon which a woman sits, but who or what
is this woman. The answer is given in Revelation Chapter 17.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Revelation 17. verse 18.
So we now know that this great beast, this European land mass, has at its centre a city that sits on seven mountains. There is only one city in the
world that this can be, and as every school child is told, Rome the Eternal City, is built on seven hills.
We have now not only identified the beast as being greater Europe, but have also established Rome as its head, its centre, its power base. So what of
the ten horns on the beast. We are told in Revelation 17 verse 12 that these ten horns are ten kings, and these ten kings will receive "power as
kings one hour with the beast". What John is describing here is a confederacy of ten countries, who will receive power under the authority of Rome.
On May 3rd 1948, the Council of Europe was established in London. The conference was attended by the Ten countries of Europe. On January 1st 1958, the
European Economic Community or Common Market came into force. This European confederacy was established under the "Treaty of Rome".
The final clue is given in verse 3 of Revelation 13 when John describes one of the heads or countries of the beast, "wounded to death, and his deadly
wound was healed." Here, John brings us to 1989 and what must be one of the most significant events of the last century. After defeat at the end of
World War II, Germany already economically, structurally and morally crippled suffered a further mortal wound to its ideology, as Germany was split
into East and West. Since the 13th August 1961 the Berlin Wall had been a symbol of the Cold War, Communism versus Capitalism, East versus West,
Christianity versus Atheism, the division of Germany,s capital city symbolising the division of Europe, with Germany having been "wounded to death."
However, the dramatic and unprecedented events of 1989 were to sensationally heal this "deadly wound" when, on the 9th November East Germany opened
all its borders to the West. Within 24 hours the Berlin Wall was being demolished and communism was collapsing. The world stared on in wonder and
Having established that John is referring to Greater Europe in the previous verses, we then look at the next vision that is presented to him in the
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth: and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Revelation 13. verse 11.
Here John sees another land mass coming out of the earth, but in the description of the beast as having "two horns like a lamb" he is telling us
that this land mass or country is young like a lamb, a new country. The words "and he spake like a dragon" signify the authority, power and
dominance of this land mass. What John is describing here is, without doubt, the United States of America. America's huge influence over Europe and
the rest of the world is detailed in the next verse.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose
deadly wound was healed.
Revelation 13. verse 12.
The enormous might and power of America, as displayed in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War 1, Afghanistan and now in Iraq is described here,
together with the enormous support America has given to Europe since the defeat of Germany in 1945. The next verse refers to the huge power of
America,s armoury and its ability to be all powerful with its nuclear and technological weapons.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on earth in the sight of men.
Revelation 13. verse 13.
This verse in particular refers not only to the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but to the immense arsenal of nuclear weapons, cruise
missiles, daisy cutters and armoury at America,s disposal; and let us not forget that so far, only the United States has used a nuclear weapon in
So now we have ascertained that John, in his visions, has witnessed the rise of Europe and America and the power and dominance of these two continents
at the beginning of the twenty first century. What happens next and the part that Europe and America play in the "end times" is graphically
described by John in the sixteenth chapter of Revelation, whilst discussing the last seven plagues.
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east
might be prepared.
Revelation 16. verse 12
This, the penultimate plague, starts by immediately identifying not only the area, but the geographical feature that will be affected. The river
Euphrates runs through what was once Mesopotamia, the supposed site of the Garden of Eden. It is the largest river in South West Asia, rising in the
foothills of north east Turkey fairly near Mount Ararat. It then flows almost 3,000 kilometres south through Turkey, Syria and Iraq, finally
disgorging itself into the Gulf through the Shatt-al Arab waterway.
Since the end of the first Gulf War, Iraq has embarked on a campaign of violence against the southern Marsh Arabs that has involved the draining,
drying up and reclaimation of the marshes in the Euphrates basin in south west Iraq. Saddam Hussein is already fulfilling the prophecy of Revelation,
preparing the way for the "Kings of the East".
Who these kings of the east are can only be surmised at, but events over the last few years seem to point in only one direction. The Euphrates runs
through Iraq, and to the east is the old Persian empire, now modern day Iran. Further east still, brings us to Afghanistan and Pakistan and onwards
over the Himalayas to China. In the last few years we have seen the steady rise of fundamental Islam extremism in the countries to the east of the
Euphrates. True, many of these fundamentalists are in opposition to other Muslim groups within their countries, but there is one thing that more than
anything else unites every Muslim under Islam. It is the belief that the West, America and Europe, together with Christianity and Judaism have for
hundreds of years oppressed Islam. This perception has been so strongly reinforced during the events of the last thirty years, and particularly since
September 11th. 2001, that many Muslims now see a Jihad, or Holy War, against the West as an inevitability. Could it
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false
Revelation 16. verse 13
Once again, in a verse still associated with the sixth plague John sees the rise of three personalities from the Dragon, America; The Beast, Europe;
and the false prophet. This is the first time the false prophet is mentioned, but as it would appear to be connected with verse 12 and the drying up
of the Euphrates, it seems that John sees the rise of three great leaders, one from America, one from Europe and one from the world of Islam. Remember
that John, although a believer in Christ, was born a Jew and as such would have considered any other religion or prophet claiming a covenant with God
to be a "false prophet." I say this not as an insult to Islam, but to explain how John would have described the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and the
Islamic faith. So, who are these three great leaders? It doesn't take much imagination in light of current events to identify them. The situation the
world now faces involves three players, George W Bush, the American; Tony Blair, the European; and of course Sadda
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and the whole world, to gather them to the battle of
that great day of God Almighty.
Revelation 16. verse 14
The intention of these three leaders is made with precise clarity. Bush, Blair and Hussein will draw the world into its final conflict, a Holy War, a
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Revelation 16. verse 16
Whether you believe The Bible or not, the descriptions contained in the Book of Revelation do seem to have remarkable parallels with events that are
happening at this very moment. Frighteningly, perhaps Blair and Bush, encouraged by their religious convictions, recognise themselves in the
Revelation, and in their Christian zeal are rushing to play their part in fulfilling God's will, believing they will "prevail".
I have quoted Blaise Pascal, the 17th Century French mathematician, philosopher and theologian before, but his thoughts are worth repeating: "Men
never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
Perhaps we should be afraid, very afraid, of what comes next.
©Copyright Ian Gurney 2003. This article includes extracts from "The Cassandra Prophecy-Armageddon Approaches" (www.caspro.com) and can be
reproduced or redistributed with this information.