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EUROPE, WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
THE NAME AND DESTINY OF EUROPE AT STAKE
by HELENE BOS.
How did our continent receive her name? According to Greek mythology the chief Greek god Zeus fell in love with the human daughter of the Phoenician king, named Europa; in the shape of a white bull he abducted her, and had three sons through her. In order to “make up” for his behavior, she was honored by naming a continent after her: Europa.
This “love” affair, though illegal, is “covenantal behavior.” And giving names to territories is also “covenantal behavior”.
Zeus can be identified as Satan (Rev. 2:13.). Has he tried, by establishing a “covenant” relationship with this continent, to have a “legal” claim on this continent? The story of Genesis 6 connects this myth to European history. Did Zeus/Satan in this “legal” way try to prevent the gospel taking root, where it was one of the first continents to be evangelized?
From this angle we explore these questions: - is that the reason why paganism in (at least in western-) Europe was never given up? - is that the reason why this continent through the centuries became so hostile to the gospel? - is that the reason why over the years we saw in our own and other western nations the interest in the occult increase? - is that the reason why even now a revival of paganism is taking place?
Through the centuries we can see that Zeus/Satan has devised spiritual strategies to reinforce his claim on this continent. In our time we see this in the political arena by the EU promoting the old myth, and by purposefully trying to leave the name of the Lord God out of the preamble of the EU Constitution. And in the summer of 2004 we saw it in the arena of a modern “idol”: sports; the Olympic Games of that year were explicitly organized in the old pagan way, and with the stated goal to revive paganism.
If this is so, will there ever be a new covenant, with the Lord, with a new name, given by Him, for this continent?
Intercessors have prayed over this, and the Lord did give another name. A name so contrary to the old one that we can be full of hope for the future of this continent.
All the above poses a responsibility for the intercessors and for the Church of Europe.
This report explains these findings and these concepts, with much reference to literature, and presents a strategy for prayer and application.
I will show my love to the one I called “Not my loved one.” And they will say, ”You are my God.” (Hosea 2:23)
EUROPE, WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
THE NAME AND DESTINY OF EUROPE AT STAKE by Helene Bos,
In February 2004 there were two compelling reasons to write this article: the extension of the EU and the Olympic Games at Athens. Though both reasons have passed, the material of this study remains valid. In April 2005 I just updated the material.
The first reason was: The extension of the EU with ten member-states. Many of the leaders in the nations believe that it is important to reinforce the connection between the nations. A new treaty was drafted which would replace all the former treaties. They call it, mistakenly, a “constitution”. The former president of France, Giscard d’Estaing, set himself to draft this new treaty. He did not want to mention the name of God or recognize that Europe very much was shaped by the influence of Christianity. But he did want to honor humanism. France is a secular state, with its formal “laïcité” and Giscard d’Estaing seemed very intent on the European Union to be secular as well. Nevertheless, in his introductory speech to the convention on the future of Europe, on 26 February 2002, he called on the “enthusiasm” of his audience. And he explained: “A word which comes from the Greek “en-thousia”, meaning “inspired by a god”. In our case, you might say “inspired by a goddess”- the goddess Europa!”.
Quite revealing for his real motives. This continent was one of the first to be evangelized. How can we not recognize that?1
The second reason for writing this article were the upcoming Olympic Games, to be held in August 2004 in Athens, Greece. Long ago the tradition of athletic religious festivals started in that nation, of which the festival dedicated to Zeus, the Olympics, was the most significant one. The first Olympics were held in 776 B.C. and they have always been a religious festival. The upcoming Olympics were planned to be held in that old tradition. One of the officials of the Olympic Games 2004 stated publicly that these Olympics would be characterized by pagan revivalism, and priestesses would preside over the entire games.2
(In this version the chapter on the responsibility of intercessors in relationship to the games is left out.)
Names have meaning.
In this article I focus on the meaning and background of the NAME OF EUROPE, the continent where I live.
Did that name have an impact on the political and spiritual developments of our continent?
Was the inspiration for the games that were planned, drawn from the antique Olympic games, meant to stir a revival of paganism? Though the Olympics of 2004 are now in the past, I yet keep the objectives of the organizers and the strategies for those games, just somewhat adjusted, included in this report. That part still helps our understanding that we are involved in a spiritual battle. In a few years other Olympic Games will be held, and though that will be in China, a communist country, the underlying ideas of the Olympic Committee may be the same.
Over the years I was challenged to think about that name, Europe. I knew about the mythological origin of it, and found myself often wondering: Why was that name given to this continent and who gave that name?
In the spiritual world names do have meaning, the Bible teaches us. When then that name is transferred to a continent, we may wonder: why? What did that continent inherit through the connection to that name? Can that have spiritual implications for this continent? The European Union is explicitly contributing meaning again to the myth that is in the background of the name. Why?
I raise the suggestion that this continent may receive a new name, once.