posted on Aug, 22 2011 @ 03:50 AM
This brings to mind Nebuchaadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2 where we are told of a statue with a head of gold, chest of silver, belly and thighs
of bronze, legs of iron and toes of iron and clay.
According to interpretations, the Empire of Babylon was represented by the head of gold, The Medo-Persian Empire-silver, The Grecian Empire-bronze,
and the Roman Empire is the iron. (See the book of Daniel, chapter 2,
the complete story. I paraphrased it here in the interest of space conservation.)
It is my contention that the Roman Empire never died. It just changed clothes. Emperor Constantine presiding over the first Nicene Council was just
the beginning. The list of Holy Roman Emperors is a long one, the Last of which was Frances II, who was also the first Emperor of Austria
Francis II, the eldest son and successor of Leopold II was the last Holy Roman Emperor and the first Emperor of Austria (1804-1835). His rule as Holy
Roman Emperor was dominated by the French Revolutionary Wars and later by the Napoleonic Wars. He joined the coalition against the Revolutionary
France shortly after his accession to the throne but after the devastating defeat of the Third Coalition against Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of
Austerlitz, Francis II was forced to sign the Treaty of Pressburg (1805) which de facto dissolved the Holy Roman Empire. From 1806 onwards, he used
Francis I of Austria as his only title.
As Emperor of Austria, Francis continued to support the opposition against the Napoleonic France despite the fact that he had married his daughter
Marie Louise to Napoleon in 1810. He once again joined the coalition against France in 1813 and played an important role in Napoleon’s final defeat.
After the Congress of Vienna in 1815, Austria emerged as one of the leading European great powers, while the House of Habsburg-Lorraine continued to
rule the Empire of Austria (from 1867 known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire) until the end of World War I in 1918.
While researching this, i also came across a couple of interesting reads, concerning the Jesuit
, and a ebook by a Monsenor Rafael Rodriguez Guillen called
The Vatican Finances.
These shouild prove to be most interesting to