Europe in Bible Prophecy
From Europa to Europe
How did Europe gets its name? Is there some prophetic significance in the name or its origin?
Let’s consider a little Greek mythology. The favoured story goes that Europa, a Phoenician woman of high lineage, was seduced by the god Zeus and carried away to Crete. Zeus did this by disguising himself as a beautiful white bull and coaxing Europa to climb onto his back. Once there, he carried her off into the sea and on to Crete, where he raped her. Europa then became the first queen of Crete. The Romans adopted the myth but substituted their god Jupiter for Zeus.
It is claimed that Europa later stood for mainland Greece (recall Crete is an island off the SE corner of Greece) and then to lands north of Greece. Certainly, ‘Europa seated on a bull’ has been a motif in European art since Greco-Roman times, and in the eighth century Europa gained ecclesiastical usage under Charlemagne. Today, Europe is called Europa in the German language and in most other Germanic languages (except English). The actual term ‘Europe’ is generally derived from the Greek ‘eurys’ (broad) and ‘ops’ (face), which is an allusion to ‘the broad face of the earth’. The strong Greek connection could be very significant in that Greece could be the country of origin of the final world dictator (see below).
Why is the Europa symbol (a woman on a beast) so widespread? Is it merely symbolising Europe or is there prophetic significance? Consider:
“… and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.”