Is it true that the design of the European flag has been adopted from a picture of the "Virgin Mary"?


This is apparently correct. The historical background of the design
of the European flag, and its biblical significance, is quite
interesting. The Catholic News Agency, Zenit, wrote the following on
December 7, 1999:

“December 8 is a very special day for Europe:
in 1955, on that day, the European Ministers’ delegates officially
adopted the European flag designed by Arsene Heitz… The decision was
taken following the 1950 European Council’s… convocation of a
competition to design the flag of the newborn European Community…: 12
stars on a blue background.

“Recently Heitz revealed to a French
magazine the reason for his inspiration. At that time he was reading
the history of the Blessed Virgin’s apparitions in Paris’ Rue du Bac,
known today as the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal. According to the
artist, he thought of the 12 stars in a circle on a blue background,
exactly the way it is represented in traditional iconography of this
image of the Immaculate Conception…

“According to Javier
Paredes, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Alcala
in Spain, in statements sent to ZENIT, ‘Heitz listens to God in his
interior; in other words, he prays with his heart and his head. He says
he is profoundly religious and devoted to the Virgin, to whom he never
misses praying a daily Rosary, together with his wife. Because of this,
he believes the inspiration not only from his artistic talents, but
from the silent voices that Heaven always speaks to men of good will,
among whom Heitz can undoubtedly be numbered. He is an artist who,
virtually at the end of his life and at the zenith of his career, can
proclaim with the guarantee of authenticity that he recalls that
moment… that he regards himself as a man who loves the whole world,
but especially the Blessed Virgin, who is OUR MOTHER.’

“‘… And,
perhaps without realizing it, the delegates of the European Ministers
officially adopted the design proposed by Heitz on the FEAST OF OUR
LADY: December 8, 1955,’ explained Prof. Paredes. ‘That’s a lot of
coincidences, so henceforth it should not be difficult for us to
discover in the folds of the Europeans’ flag the smile and affection of
Our Mother, the QUEEN OF EUROPE, ready to lend a hand in that great
challenge that St. Peter’s successor has proposed to us: to
re-Christianize the Old Continent with the example of our lives and the
testimony of our words.”

According to further information
gathered from the Internet, Paul G.M. Levi, member of the European
Council who explained the meaning of the design of the European flag to
the members of the Economic Community, was a Jew but became a Roman
Catholic. He proposed to the Secretary General of the Board of Europe,
Earl Benvenuti, to choose the symbol of Mary. When the members of
parliament agreed, Levi said: “How on earth is it possible. We just
rediscovered the introit of the new Mass of Mary’s Assumption!” The EU
has allegedly expressed that the number of stars will always stay at
12, which would indicate that the stars do not represent countries. A
leaflet, “Building Europe Together,” which was given to visitors to the
EU headquarters in Brussels, stated: “The European flag [is] a shared
flag, blue with 12 gold stars symbolizing completeness. The number will
remain 12 no matter how many countries there are in the European Union.”

are startling and widely unknown revelations, which receive added
significance in light of history and Biblical prophecy. As we fully
explain in our booklet, “Europe in Prophecy,” the ancient Roman Empire
was destined to be revived ten times after the fall of Rome. It has
already experienced nine resurrections or revivals–the last six of
which occurred under the lead of or cooperation with the Roman Catholic
Church. These past six “religiously motivated” European revivals,
including those under Charles the Great and Otto the Great, have become
known in history as the “Holy Roman Empire,” or “the Holy Roman Empire
of the German Nation.” We are told in the book of Revelation that a
final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is to occur very soon.

of the resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire are pictured in the 17th
chapter of the book of Revelation as a woman riding a beast with seven
heads and ten horns. The seven heads of the beast signify seven
resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire–six of which have already
occurred–and the ten horns point at a still future event: the rule of
ten end-time European nations or groups of nations. These united ten
European nations or groups of nations will give their authority to “the
beast”–a powerful end-time political leader (Revelation 17:13). The
woman which is sitting on the beast is also called Babylon the Great.
It is identified in the 17th chapter of the book of Revelation as a
religious entity–“that great city which REIGNS OVER the kings of the
earth” (Revelation 17:18). It is sitting on seven mountains or hills
(verse 9).

Most Biblical commentaries clearly identify the
“woman” as papal Rome. For instance, the Ryrie Study Bible states: “In
chapter 17 Babylon represents the … religious system that will center
in Rome…” The Nelson Study Bible writes: “Since the word ‘mountains’
also means, ‘hills,’ in Revelation…, most interpreters understand
this as referring to the seven hills along the Tiber River, a
well-known designation of the city of Rome.” Halley’s Bible Handbook
states: “The description of Babylon the Great… [s]eated on the
Seven-Headed Ten-Horned Beast… [e]xactly fits Papal Rome. Nothing
else in World History does fit.” The Broadman Bible Commentary adds:
“Any schoolboy would have identified Rome by the seven hills. Latin
literature abounds with references to the city on seven hills.”

the Bible does reveal that the final revival of the ancient Holy Roman
Empire in Europe will again be guided by the Church of Rome. In
addition, the Bible speaks in several places of a “heavenly queen,”
which is being worshipped (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19, 25). However,
Scripture condemns such practice. In fact, modern Babylon identifies
herself as a “queen” (Revelation 18:7; compare Isaiah 47:1, 5, 7,
referring to the “daughter of Babylon” as the “Lady of Kingdoms,” verse
5). It is therefore no coincidence that the design of the European flag
was “inspired” by an image associated with the “Virgin Mary,” who is
described by Catholics, directly or indirectly, as “our Mother,” the
“queen of heaven,” our Lady” and “the queen of Europe.” We are also
told that when the final configuration of this last European revival
has manifested itself on the world scene, the time of Christ’s return
will be “very near.” The Bible speaks of “one hour” (Revelation
17:12)–that is, a VERY short time.

Lead Writer: Norbert Link

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