Harlot is the false religious system that the False Prophet promotes and the Beast of course, is the Antichrist, who was previously mentioned as the seven-headed beast in Rev. 13.
When the federation of the original nations forming the European Union was formed, they chose for themselves a motif of "Europa riding the Bull" from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. In other words, a Woman riding a beast. This statue depicted at left is in front of the Louise Weiss Building in Strasbourg, home of the EU Parliament.
a false religion, a lying replication of the Redeemer story that would come to glorious fruition in Truth centuries later. Thus Babylon became the seat from which much evil emanates.
"Bruegel's depiction of the architecture of the tower, with its numerous arches and other examples of Roman engineering, is deliberately reminiscent of the Roman Colosseum which Christians of the time saw as both a symbol of hubris and of persecution." (source). In an elliptical design moment, the Tower of the European Parliament Building was allegedly designed purposely to evoke the Roman Colosseum. It was in fact designed to look unfinished. "The voluntarily unfinished aspect of the 60m high tower carries heavy symbolism, as it is oriented eastwards, i.e. towards eastern Europe, of which by the time of the completion of the building no country had yet entered the EU."
I find it interesting that the designers chose to design a building that was intended to last for the ages but with its major aspect indicating an issue that was already resolved. In 1990, East Germany joined the EU. And in 1997, EU leaders agree to start the process of membership negotiations with 10 countries of central and eastern Europe: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The Weiss building was inaugurated in 1999. The unfinished aspect of the tower to me seems more consistent with the unfinished Tower of Babel, especially given that the EU poster almost exactly replicates Bruegel's Tower of Babel, right down to its purpose in united "voice".
Below on the right is a poster produced by the European Union symbolically depicting their mission. It combines the 12 stars of the EU flag with the rebuilding of the tower of Babel with the motto Europe: Many Tongues One Voice." (source) "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.' So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.' Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth." (source-Genesis 11:1-9)
Are the slogan and symbolism of the EU satan's way of spitting in God's eye once again? The Tower of Babel was one of the bible's most egregious examples of man's rebellion against God. The antichrist rises from the revived Roman Empire (EU) and is the most egregious example of leading men to rebel against God. The symbolism between the two affairs cannot be mistaken for anything other than what it is: deliberate on satan's part. Is this conclusion too "woo-woo" for 'rational minded' folks? Yes, I am sure. Perhaps it is even too 'out there' for many Christians. However, one thing is sure: God's Word. And He told us that the Antichrist will arise from a revived, united Roman Empire. The united Europe is arising now, and even as we speak, the antichrist stalks the hallways of some official building, somewhere, looking for whom he may devour.