Next Article in Journal
The Evolution of Chinese Shamanism: A Case Study from Northwest China
Previous Article in Journal
When History Substitutes for Theology: The Impact of Quaker Scholars’ Religious Affiliations on the Study of Nineteenth Century American Quakerism
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Religions 2018, 9(12), 396; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9120396

Brexit, Babylon and Prophecy: Semiotics of the End Times

Theology and Religious Studies Department, University of Chester, Chester CH1 4BJ, UK
Received: 29 October 2018 / Revised: 16 November 2018 / Accepted: 28 November 2018 / Published: 3 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Apocalypticism in the 21st Century)
Full-Text   |   PDF [194 KB, uploaded 3 December 2018]

Abstract

This article examines the predilection some Christian premillennialist preachers and teachers have with the semiotic association of geopolitics and biblical prophecy concerning the end times. This was epitomised in the run up to the United Kingdom’s referendum on continued membership of the European Union in June 2016. Since its inception, many premillennialists have interpreted the European Union as the place where the Antichrist emerges. Material objects associated with the European Union such as architecture, sculptures, currency and even posters, have been routinely highlighted as providing clear signs of the coming eschaton. Prophetic links between the European Union and satanic agencies, purported to be behind the ambition for an expanding European confederacy, ensured that many premillennialists voted to leave the European Union or were advised to do so in light of such prophetic signifiers. Utilising Webb Keane’s notion of representational economies, I argue that a premillennialist representational economy drives the search for signs in the everyday, and specifically those associated with the European Union. In this case, such semiotic promiscuity ratified the need to leave the European Union. View Full-Text
Keywords: Brexit; prophecy; premillennialism; European Union; semiotics; Webb Keane Brexit; prophecy; premillennialism; European Union; semiotics; Webb Keane
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Knowles, S. Brexit, Babylon and Prophecy: Semiotics of the End Times. Religions 2018, 9, 396.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top