BABYLON THE GREAT
REVELATION 16:19 This Seventh Vial is it! The angel says "It is done" when he pours it out. It's finished; this is the end for the wicked, that is. "AND THERE WERE VOICES, AND THUNDERS, AND LIGHTNINGS; AND THERE WAS A GREAT EARTHQUAKE, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nation fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God." ( 16:18,19 )
BABYLON THAT GREAT CITY has already been mentioned a time or two, and we have discovered that it IS THE GREAT FALSE CHURCH, BOTH RELIGIOUS AND COMMERCIAL. We know that the destruction of Babylon has to begin in the period of Tribulation because of some other things which are said in prophecy about how the false prophet exhorts the whole world to worship only the Antichrist and only his religion, and he will cause all other religions to be stamped out, including the False Church System and the capitalistic money-worship System.
BUT THE WHORE BABYLON WILL STILL BE HERE, ONLY IN ANOTHER FORM: that of the Antichrist's worldwide socialist/Communist empire. Many of the cities will still be here, and whether they use money or not, they will still be worshipping materialism and idols such as the Antichrist's Image of the Beast. But here, UNDER THE SEVENTH VIAL, BABYLON FINALLY GETS IT FOR THE LAST TIME, "the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath."
WHEN THE CITIES OF THE NATIONS FALL AT THE SEVENTH VIAL, GOD IS COMPLETING THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON: destroying the great towers of mammon worship, the cities of man, which are the centers for all of man's materialistic idols, "For according to the number of thy cities are thy gods.... And the idols He shall utterly abolish...in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall." ( Jer.2:2 ; Isa.2:18 ; 30:25 )
CHAPTER 17 BABYLON:
THE FALSE CHURCH SYSTEM
This is one of the most important chapters in Revelation, exposing and analyzing for us the relationship between the religious/commercial System and the government, or, as John so aptly describes it, the "fornication" between the "Whore" and the "kings of the Earth." THIS CHAPTER IS MAINLY `BACKGROUND", GIVING US AN HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SYSTEM so we can understand how God sees it and why He so utterly destroys it in the 16th, 18th and 19th Chapters.
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I WILL SHEW UNTO THEE THE JUDGMENT OF THE GREAT WHORE that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the KINGS OF THE EARTH have committed FORNICATION, and the inhabitants of the Earth have been made DRUNK with the wine of her fornication." ( 17:1,2 )
"So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness: and I SAW A WOMAN SIT UPON A SCARLET COLOURED BEAST (the same beast described in Chapter 13 ), full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." ( 17:3 ) The Lord is showing us here that YOU HAVE TO DROP OUT SPIRITUALLY "INTO THE WILDERNESS" IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHERE THE WHORE, THE SYSTEM, IS REALLY AT.
And John saw this "woman...arrayed in purple and scarlet colour (royal colours), and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls (precious stones have always represented the power of every economic system from the ancients' "idols of gold and silver" to today's currencies backed by gold and silver), having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And UPON HER FOREHEAD WAS A NAME WRITTEN, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." ( 17:4,5 )
In case you don't know what "to fornicate" means, it means to unlawfully F--K, and here it means spiritual fornication with the Devil; putting his kingdom (Babylon, the System) first in your life and serving it instead of dropping out of it to serve in God's Kingdom. (New Jerusalem--the Children of God). As James said, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD THE SYSTEM, BABYLON) IS ENMITY WITH GOD? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world (the system) is the enemy of God." ( Jm.4:4 )
Babel (or Babylon) was the first city man built after the Flood and later in this same chapter it says this woman, Babylon, "is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the Earth." ( 17:18 ) So BABYLON REPRESENTS THE GREAT WORLDWIDE, AGE-OLD, CAPITALISTIC COMMERCIAL CENTERS OF MATERIALISM: THE CITIES OF MAN!
THERE ARE TWO WOMEN IN REVELATION REPRESENTING TWO KINGDOMS:
(1) New Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Christ, the Church ( Chap.12 ),
(2) Babylon, the Whore, the System, the kingdom of the Devil. People are working for and building in one or the other.
NEW JERUSALEM IS THE "GLORY OF GOD" ( 21:11 ) BUT BABYLON IS THE GLORY OF MAN--man's greatest achievements are his cities. That's what he brags about more than anything else, his big buildings and his big cities.
But we agree with Toynbee, the historian who said, "Cities are man's festering sores on the body politic! The curse of civilization is its cities." They have always been the mother of all abominations of the Earth. And IT IS THESE CENTERS OF COMMERCIALISM THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MAN'S WARS which are always fought for the "love of money" or economic purposes and power, the power of possession of other cities. "From whence come wars and fightings...Come they not hence, even of your lusts?" ( Jam.4:1 )
It is these centers of Industrialization based on the production of war goods and idols that have polluted not only the entire Earth, air and sea, but also the hearts, minds and souls of all the inhabitants of the Earth with the "filthiness of her fornication." MAN'S IDOLATRY POLLUTES EVERYTHING "for the LOVE OF MONEY (material things) is the root of ALL EVIL. ( 1Tim.6:10 )
"AND I SAW THE WOMAN DRUNKEN WITH THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." ( 17:6 )
THE WHORE HAS TWO FORMS, RELIGIOUS AND COMMERCIAL, BUT REALLY IT'S ALL THE SAME as they both "go down," "for the love of money." In her religious form she's been responsible for all the martyrs of history, and in her commercial form for all the millions slain in war, as it says in Chapter 18:24, "In her was found the blood of martyrs, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the Earth."
When John "wondered" at her, it means he was astonished--the picture really flipped him out. So the angel said, "Wherefore didst thou marvel? I WILL TELL THEE THE MYSTERY OF THE WOMAN, AND OF THE BEAST THAT CARRIETH HER, which hath the seven heads and ten horns." ( 17:7 )
First, an explanation of the Beast: "THE BEAST THAT THOU SAWEST WAS, AND IS NOT; AND SHALL ASCEND OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND GO INTO PERDITION: And they that dwell on the Earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life...when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." ( 17:8 )
"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." ( 17:9 ) A BEAST IN PROPHETIC SYMBOLISM REPRESENTS EARTHLY GOVERNMENT. Daniel's vision of the four great beasts arising from the sea in Daniel Chapter 7 represented four kings and four kingdoms. ( Dan.7:17,23 ) "Was, and is not, and yet is" means the Beast is past (was), future (is not, in other words the Beast is not yet complete but will be in the future), and present (yet is).
"The seven heads (of the Beast) are seven mountains." MOUNTAINS REPRESENT GREAT WORLD KINGDOMS. The ancient kingdom of Babylon during her world reign was called "the destroying mountain" ( Jer.51:24,25 ) and prophecy referring to Christ's earthly kingdom during the Millennium calls it "the mountain of the Lord's house." ( Isa.2:2 )
THESE SEVEN MOUNTAINS, THEN, ARE THE SEVEN MAJOR WORLD POWERS THROUGH WHICH THE BEAST HAS MANIFESTED HIMSELF and through which the Whore, by sitting on top, a ruling position, has controlled the world.
"And there are seven kings: five are fallen." AT THE TIME WHEN THIS PROPHECY WAS GIVEN, 90 A.D., FIVE OF THE SEVEN MAJOR WORLD POWERS HAD FALLEN:
4) Medo-Persia, and
"And one is": Rome was in power at the time of the prophecy and was the sixth. "And the other is not yet come": This is the final government of the Antichrist, the seventh. "And when he cometh, he must continue a short space." ( 17:10 ) This is the short reign of the Antichrist world government, only seven years according to Daniel 9:27 . (See our class "Daniel 9")
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." ( 17:11 ) The Beast himself is of all seven empires since he bears them up. But what it means by saying the Beast is the eighth is a bit difficult to understand. It seems to indicate that ALL SEVEN EMPIRES WILL COME AND GO AND THE BEAST WILL BE THE EIGHTH EMPIRE just before its `perdition', or destruction.
The only thing I can think that this could possibly mean is that maybe before the Great Tribulation, before the Abomination of Desolation, the seventh empire is not yet really the Antichrist empire because its leader hasn't been fully possessed by the Devil. Though he is the head, or `king', of the seventh world government, he hasn't become the Antichrist. But AT THE POINT OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (in the very middle of the last seven years, leaving 3-1/2 years to go) HE IS FULLY POSSESSED OF THE DEVIL and he becomes a new man, the Antichrist, with a new government, totally of the Devil. ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE THE VERY SAME HEAD, SEVENTH HEAD, IT WOULD NOW ALSO BECOME THE EIGHTH, AND A NEW GOVERNMENT.
The seventh head, however, is already here (though not yet in full power), and it is WORLD COMMUNISM which is already on the march and is already conquering the world. AS THE SEVENTH HEAD, IT WILL BE THE BASIS OF THE ANTICHRIST GOVERNMENT, 'cause it has ALL the attributes of that government which are described in both Revelation and Daniel; no other government ever has.
The Beast is RED, so is Communism (the Red Flag, Red Army, the Reds, Red Square, etc.). The MOST POWERFUL AND THOROUGH DICTATORS the world has ever seen have been Communists (Stalin, Mao), and the Beast is going to be headed up by the greatest dictator of all history. The Antichrist will COMPLETELY ABOLISH EVERY AND ALL FORMS OF TRADITIONAL WORSHIP--only Communism has tried to do this. The Beast will DESTROY THE WHORE--the false religions of man including Capitalism, which Communism is now working at. It is going to RULE THE "ENTIRE EARTH": the goal of Communism which they are fast accomplishing.
Finally, in its pursuit of destroying all false religions, the prophecies predict that THE BEAST WILL ALSO TRY TO STAMP OUT THE TRUE CHURCH, which the Reds have tried to do in countries they have conquered. So if Communism is not the seventh head, then we will have to wait till it passes and another government with exactly the same attributes arises to take its place--which I doubt will happen since there's not enough time!
"AND THE TEN HORNS WHICH THOU SAWEST ARE TEN KINGS, WHICH HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET; BUT RECEIVE POWER AS KINGS ONE HOUR WITH THE BEAST." ( 17:12 ) Since they had received "no kingdom as yet" in 90 A.D., they couldn't have been on any of the first six heads. So they must be on the seventh, and if they are, then these ten kingdoms must definitely be here today.
In his predictions of these ten Endtime kingdoms, the Prophet Daniel said A LITTLE HORN, OR ELEVENTH HORN, RISING AFTER THE TEN HORNS, WILL PLUCK UP THREE OF THEM BY THE ROOTS, THUS TAKING ALL OF THEM OVER. (See class "Daniel 7")
THE CONQUEST OF THE THREE HORNS OR KINGDOMS DOESN'T MEAN THEY NO LONGER EXIST AS SEPARATE KINGDOMS, THOUGH. The Communists have been very good at letting conquered countries retain quite a bit of autonomy--so one of these three horns could be the U.S.A., as it is the chief resister to the Red Beast and the Communist world domination. The other two may be Britain and West Germany.
After the conquest of these three horns and the establishing of Communist governments within their countries, they could indeed, as it says here in the next verse, "GIVE their power and strength unto the Beast" ( 17:13 ), UNITING WITH THE BEAST TO FORM THE NUCLEUS OF THE ANTICHRIST KINGDOM. Who ever these ten kingdoms are, though, will become clearer within the next few years.
"These (ten horns) shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful." ( 17:14 ) WHEN THEY TRY TO WIPE US OUT IS WHEN GOD IS GOING TO WIPE THEM OUT!
The whore in verse 2 sits "upon many waters," which is interpreted in verse 15 : "THE WATERS...WHERE THE WHORE SITTETH, ARE PEOPLES, AND MULTITUDES, AND NATIONS AND TONGUES"--showing the oppressive weight of the System on its miserable masses.
"AND THE TEN HORNS WHICH THOU SAWEST UPON THE BEAST, THESE SHALL HATE THE WHORE, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire...AND THE WOMAN (WHORE) WHICH THOU SAWEST IS THAT GREAT CITY, which reigneth over the kings of the Earth." ( 17:16,18 )
Now we have said that the Whore is the religious/commercial System. WE COULD JUST AS WELL HAVE SAID SHE REPRESENTED THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM--because they are both worshipping the gods of Mammon, Money and Materialism. Jesus Himself said "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve
1) God and
2) Mammon (worldly riches)." ( Mt.6:24 )
Let's face it, ORGANIZED RELIGION WITH ALL ITS MONEY, BUILDINGS AND PROPERTY IS PRETTY WELL SOLD OUT TO MAMMON WORSHIP. In fact, it plays quite a big role in the economic systems of all Western countries. For instance in the U.S., one-quarter of all privately owned land is reported to be owned by the churchianity system! And the Catholic Church is reputed to have a greater income than all top six multinational corporations put together!
THE REAL RELIGION OF MAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN "THE LOVE OF MONEY" and "worship of the works of his own hands." But in the ancient kingdoms it was cleverly disguised in the form of supernatural religion. Even back then materialism was the real god and so-called religion was only the way the rich controlled the masses. In fact, the temple of the god was often the place where they regulated all trade and commerce.
TODAY THE GOD IS STILL MONEY, BUT "EDUCATION" AND "SCIENCE" HAVE REPLACED SPIRITUAL RELIGION WITH INTELLECTUAL RELIGION. Together, the god of finance and the religion of education and science make up the modern whore of Capitalism the false worship system. And it is this whore of Capitalism, religious and commercial, that really runs things, not the kings or government!
For instance, in ancient Egypt, which though a dictatorship still allowed property to be privately owned (Capitalism), Pharaoh appeared to be the Foundation and Fountainhead of all authority and power, but in actuality, authority rested somewhere else. PHARAOH CLAIMED HIS AUTHORITY FROM HIS RELIGION, his whore, for the religion taught that Pharaoh was the living offspring of the sun god, RA, who also happened to be the `national god' of Egypt and as such deserving of all Egyptians' allegiance under penalty of law.
THE RELIGION TAUGHT PATRIOTISM AND NATIONALISM, which is what kept Pharaoh in power, so actually the religion was in control of the land, not Pharaoh, just as the multinational and international bankers, the high priests of today's whore of Capitalism, control the government of today!
EVERY GREAT EMPIRE HAS USED RELIGION TO CONTROL THEIR MASSES. They all had compulsory state religions which taught obedience to the state and were enforced by law! In the ancient kingdoms it was compulsory worship of a national god; today it is compulsory education which teaches you nationalism, patriotism, and how to fit into your slot in the great national worship of the paper pigs of paper money!
So apparent has this religious influence and control been, that in his study of the same the historian Toynbee said, "IF THERE IS EVER GOING TO BE A WORLD EMPIRE IT WILL NEED A COMPULSORY WORLD RELIGION TO KEEP IT IN POWER." Why? Because brute force doesn't make man a willing slave. He has to have something that captures his heart and mind, plays on his fears, self-preservation instincts, etc., and instills a deep-seated patriotism in him so that he is willing to live, fight and die for the state, the Whore's Beast--hence religion, or today, EDUCATION. So as the prophecy says, the Whore "ruleth over kings"--for they too have to submit to her if they want to keep their people in subjection.
"And the ten horns" shall destroy the Whore! If the U.S. and other western powers are represented by some of these ten horns, why would they want to destroy their whore? To destroy Capitalism? Well, both Marx and Lenin taught that IF YOU LEAVE CAPITALISM ALONE LONG ENOUGH, IT'LL DESTROY ITSELF! It'll collapse of its own weight, because of its built-in self-destructiveness resulting from its selfishness.
Take America for example, since she is the epitome of the Whore: Right now America is bankrupt and is only kept going by the power of her government, but sooner or later the Crash is going to come, the economic crash and bankruptcy, and it will be brought about by her own selfish, exploitive, wasteful, warmongering economy that has overextended itself in order to keep the rich rich. Once the Crash comes, though, you know what's going to happen? All those minorities and exploited poor within America that are kept down by her economic system, they're going to go out with their guns and knives and destroy their own rich rulers and their religion, as has already happened in Russia, China and other Communist countries. So America and Western Capitalism are bringing about their own downfall!
Will this destruction of America and the West finally bring an end to the false, exploitive, capitalistic religions of man? Well, almost but not quite! In Daniel it says THE ANTICHRIST GOVERNMENT WILL DESTROY ALL FORMS OF IDOLATRY EXCEPT FOR ONE: THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION or Image of the Beast.
What the Communists will eventually do is merely replace many forms of false religion with the worship of one false religion, the worship of this Abomination of Desolation or Image of the Beast. THE WHORE WILL STILL BE HERE, ONLY IN ANOTHER FORM, and it will so completely control the lives of people that Revelation 13 says no one will be able to buy or sell unless they have been branded with a number in their forehead or hand which will link them up with a worldwide credit system controlled by this Image of the Beast. They will be literally "joined to idols" ( Ho.4:17 ), committing physical as well as spiritual fornication with the Whore and in total bondage to the System!
YES, THE COMMUNISTS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY THE WHORE OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM, BUT THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT. They think if they just burn down its buildings and execute its evil leaders and replace its false teachings with the "correct", "scientific" teaching of Marxism, everything will work out all right. But they're gonna end up right back where they started, only a hell of a lot worse!
What they don't realize is that THE SYSTEM IS SPIRITUAL, it's based on the big lie of selfishness, pride and rebellion against God, AND THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT IT IS WITH THE SPIRITUAL WEAPONS OF GOD'S TRUTH, hitting 'em where it really hurts--in their hearts--really changing people's spirits, bringing them out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light--as we are now doing!
Many of the prophecies of God have intermediate and final fulfillments. AMERICA AS THE HEAD AND LEADER OF WORLD CAPITALISM CERTAINLY EPITOMIZES BABYLON THE WHORE OF REVELATION, and her coming destruction at the hands of the Red Beast can certainly be seen as an intermediate fulfillment of this prophecy about the fall of Babylon the Great.
As we explained before, America will probably still be around even after its conquest by the Communists when much of it will be destroyed. And after the establishment of a Communist Government within the nation, AMERICA MAY YET HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FINAL MANIFESTATION OF BABYLON AS FULFILLED IN THE ANTICHRIST WORLD EMPIRE!
However it works out, one thing is certain: Babylon's final complete destruction occurs at the Coming of Christ. So, it seems that this chapter will have two fulfillments:
1) An intermediate fulfillment in the destruction of America by Communism, and
2) A final fulfillment in the destruction of the Antichrist System at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
First an angel comes down from Heaven crying with a loud voice, "BABYLON THE GREAT IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." ( 18:2 ) This shows THE SYSTEM'S COMPLETE SPIRITUAL FALL TO TOTAL DEPRAVITY AND PERVERSION much like America today, a small foreshadowing of what the A.C.'s System will be like.
"For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (the System's wars for commerce, trade wars for the intercourse of Capitalism, over which every war is fought because of the love of money and the lust for power!), and the kings of the Earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the Earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." ( 18:3 ) EVERY CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM HAS MADE RICH MEN OF ITS MERCHANTS, BUT AMERICA HAS ENRICHED THE MERCHANTS OF THE WHOLE EARTH!
"...Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." ( 18:4,5 ) GOD HAS ALWAYS COMMANDED HIS PEOPLE TO "DROP OUT", TO COME OUT OF THE WHORE, AND THIS IS STILL HIS MESSAGE TO HIS CHILDREN caught in the greatest Whore of all time, America, and it is going to be the final message to the Antichrist world empire.
America's "sins" or idols ("idols... which your own hands have made unto you for a sin"-- Isa.31:7 ), HAVE NOT ONLY BY THEIR SPIRITUAL STENCH REACHED UNTO THE SPIRITUAL HEAVENS, BUT SHE HAS POLLUTED THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS AS WELL with her Gemini, Apollo and Mariner space idols.
This is certainly a fulfillment of another ancient prophecy," THOUGH THOU EXALT THYSELF AS THE EAGLE, AND THOUGH THOU SET THY NEST AMONG THE STARS, THENCE WILL I BRING THEE DOWN, SAITH THE LORD." ( Obah.4 )
America is not only represented by an eagle, but her manned Apollo space capsule that landed on the moon was called the "EAGLE"--and "Viking I's" landing on Mars (considered a star by the ancients) has given America a "nest among the stars."
The Lord says from "THENCE will I bring thee down." In other words, once man has reached this point in his idolatry, THEN God will bring them down. HE IS ONLY ALLOWING MAN TO GO SO FAR THEN WHAMMY! Jesus said in the last days there shall be "signs IN the sun and in the moon and IN the stars; and upon the Earth distress of nation." ( Lk.21:25 )
Mars was considered the STAR of the war god by both the Greeks and Romans. Could "Viking I's" landing "IN" Mars be one of those "SIGNS IN THE STARS" SIGNALLING GREAT WAR UPON EARTH, specifically the destruction of America, which will bring Great Confusion and "distress of nations"? ("THE 'EAGLE' HAS LANDED," the first words radioed from the moon, portended the soon-coming destruction of the U.S.)
Also since Russia (the head of world Communism, the seventh head of the A.C. Empire) did launch the first satellite into the heavens and was first in landing on the Moon, it may be that THIS PARTICULAR PROPHECY MAY YET BE FINALLY FULFILLED IN THE DESTRUCTION OF THE A.C. EMPIRE (SEVENTH HEAD) AT THE COMING OF CHRIST.
"REWARD HER EVEN AS SHE REWARDED YOU (with the same cruelties of war and desolation with which she has afflicted the rest of the world), and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double." ( 18:6 ) Just as Jeremiah's Message had a hand in helping ancient Israel fall to her enemies, so OUR MESSAGE IS ALSO HELPING AMERICA ALONG THE ROAD TO GOD'S JUDGMENTS.
In the final fulfillment of this prophecy, AS WE RETURN TO EARTH WITH JESUS AT ARMAGEDDON, WE WILL LITERALLY, PHYSICALLY DESTROY THE ANTICHRIST FORCES who had been our tormentors and persecutors during the Great Tribulation. "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all His SAINTS (the Children of God!) Praise ye the Lord!" ( Ps.149:6.9 )
"HOW MUCH SHE HATH GLORIFIED HERSELF, AND LIVED DELICIOUSLY, SO MUCH TORMENT AND SORROW GIVE HER: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." ( 18:7 ) That's what America thinks--ask almost any American who voted for Nitler (Nixon). They loved his murders in Southeast Asia; they just didn't like it when he got `caught' in some moral sins and their hypocrisy was revealed! After only two hundred years, America thinks she's going to rule the world forever--she has a big surprise coming!
"THEREFORE SHALL HER PLAGUES COME IN ONE DAY, DEATH, AND MOURNING, AND FAMINE; AND SHE SHALL BE UTTERLY BURNED WITH FIRE.… And the kings of the Earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come." ( 18:8-10 )
SOUNDS LIKE GOD IS GOING TO MAKE SHORT SHRIFT OF AMERICA IN SOME SUDDEN DEADLY BLOW THAT WILL ALMOST TOTALLY DESTROY HER WITH FIRE! Could this be an atomic strike or sudden sabotage and revolution? Or all three simultaneously? This FIERY DESTRUCTION is a perfect prototype of how Jesus will destroy the A.C. System, "When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven...In FLAMING FIRE taking vengeance on them that know not God." ( 2Thes.1:7,8 )
"AND THE MERCHANTS OF THE EARTH SHALL WEEP AND MOURN OVER HER; FOR NO MAN BUYETH THEIR MERCHANDISE ANY MORE (rich America is the world's biggest market and customer to whom nearly every merchant in the world dreams of selling his goods at the high prices she can afford).… The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her (most of Europe and the rest of the world count their wealth in dollars and American customers!), shall stand afar off for the fear of the torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas,...For in one hour so great riches is come to nought." ( 18:11,15-17 ) (Sounds like sudden destruction and the end of the American dollar!)
"And every ship master, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning. (SOUNDS LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD IS GOING TO WITNESS HER DESTRUCTION FROM A DISTANCE, AS THOUGH IT WOULD BE TOO DANGEROUS TO EVEN GET CLOSE TO HER!)...Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate." (Suddenly!) ( 18:17-19 )
"Rejoice over her, thou Heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets (The Children of God!); for GOD HATH AVENGED YOU ON HER...for thy (her) merchants were the great men of the Earth; for by thy sorceries (the deceitfulness of riches and the witchcraft of wealth!) were all nations deceived." ( 18:20,23 ) American affluence is the dream of every country the world over, and her luxuries, sins and violence, from her music to her crimes, are imitated by nations around the world!
"And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints (the future of some Children of God in America?), and of all that were slain upon the Earth." ( 18:24 ) THIS FALSE WORSHIP SYSTEM IN HER RELIGIOUS FORM HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE MARTYRS OF THE TRUE CHURCH, AND IN HER COMMERCIAL FORM HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MILLIONS OF OTHERS SLAIN IN WARS.
AMERICA, THE EPITOME OF THE WHORE, HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN AND TO BLAME FOR NEARLY EVERY MAJOR WAR OF THIS CENTURY, as well as a good many of the past, and has wrought more destruction of war on the world than any other nation in history, nay more than all other nations combined in all the wars throughout all history! She is the greatest warmonger the world has ever known, and the greatest destroyer they will ever see--and even so shall be her own destruction!
"And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea (the nations of the world, see 17:15 ), saying, THUS WITH VIOLENCE SHALL THAT GREAT CITY BABYLON BE THROWN DOWN, and shall be found no more at all." ( 18:21 )
THIS IS THE FINAL DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON, "found no more at all", which happens at the Coming of Christ, and Jesus is that millstone, "the Lord...a Living Stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious.… And whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever It shall fall, It will grind him to powder." ( 1Pet.2:3,4 & Mt.21:44 )
Edited and compiled 16/09/17 by S.N.Strutt from original writings by D.B.Berg 1975