Mystery Babylon: ‘Economic System’ or Actual Nation?
Babylon’s greatest sin was introducing into the world the Worship of Money.
Notice that before the final Beast system rises where everyone is required to its mark on their foreheads or right hands (which is easily provable to happen at the start of the Great Tribulation, or 3½ years into the 7 year period of trials for the nation of Israel), a nation called Babylon will have already fallen. This can only be the USA as Jeremiah 50, 51 and Isaiah 47, 48 and Revelation 17, 18 point to as the only candidate that fits all the Scripture on Mystery Babylon.
There are some interesting parallels between Ancient Babylon and the USA. For example, Ancient Babylon not only standardized commerce throughout the ancient world, but also exported its culture, rituals, designer clothes and fads of the time, and their pagan gods. They also were structured in a very similar manner.
Ancient Babylon was an Empire made up of many different countries it had conquered or made allegiances with. By some estimates there were as many as 127 of these “Provinces.” Contrast this with the United States of America, where originally 13 States or Countries, created a Federal Government for mutual self-interest, specifically to help govern trade between them and other outside governments, and for mutual protection.
Under the United States Constitution, the federal government was assigned specific limited powers and most government functions were left to the States. To ensure that people understood the limits on federal power, the Framers added the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The Tenth Amendment embodies federalism, the idea that federal and state governments have separate areas of activity and that federal responsibilities were “few and defined,” as James Madison noted. Historically, federalism acted as a safeguard of American freedoms. Indeed, President Ronald Reagan noted in a 1987 executive order:
“Federalism is rooted in the knowledge that our political liberties are best assured by limiting the size and scope of the national government.”
In other words, today the USA is a group of 50 separate countries that have covenanted together in order to form a super-government to oversee issues of mutual concern, specifically Commerce and Protection. In doing so, they became the greatest Economic Power the world had ever known, at least since the days of Ancient Babylon.
In addition to these Political States, the USA is also comprised of the following territories, protectorates and possessions:
· American Samoa – since 1878 (original purpose of acquisition: coaling station)
· Guam – since 1898 (original purpose of acquisition: military significance)
· Puerto Rico – under US control since 1900, became a commonwealth in 1902 (original purpose of acquisition: military significance)
· Northern Mariana Islands – under US control since 1947, became a commonwealth in 1978 (original purpose of acquisition: military significance)
· Navassa Island – since 1857 (original purpose of acquisition: guano production)
· Johnston Island – since 1858 (original purpose of acquisition: guano production)
· Midway Atolls – claimed in 1876, annexed in 1908 (original purpose of acquisition: military significance)
· Palmyra Atoll – since 1898 (original purpose of acquisition: was part of the Hawaii acquisition)
· Wake Islands – since 1898 (original purpose of acquisition: military significance)
· Guantanamo Bay – since 1898 (original purpose of acquisition: military significance)
· Kingman Reef – since 1922 (original purpose of acquisition: stopping point for air traffic)
Compacts of Free Association:
In addition to these places it is helpful to know which places have been possessions of the United States in the past as well. Previously occupied American territories include:
On a more subjective level there are also many countries whose leaders or political systems have been controlled or influenced by the United States in some way over the years. For the purpose of helping to understand American influence I will include some of these places here and the times in which it is generally accepted that their political systems were under significant influence of the United States.
- Nicaragua 1855 – 1860
- Liberia 1820 – 1865
- Cuba 1898 – 1952
- Germany 1945 – 1955
- Japan 1945 – 1955
- South Korea 1948 – 1960
- Congo 1960 – 1964
- Vietnam 1950 – 1973
- Chile 1964 – 1973
- Iran 1953 – 1979
- Guatemala 1953 – 1980s
- Indonesia/East Timor 1965 – 2002
- Iraq (aka: Babylon) 2003 – ?
In addition to the above, the United States also has relationships with the following 176 “Occupied Territories” which have some measure of autonomy. These areas were Judicially Established in 1978 and does not include dozens of others still attempting to gain recognition.
2. Delaware, Wyandot, Potawatomi, Ottawa, Chippewa
4. Delaware, Ottawa, Shawnee, Wyandot
7. Potawatomi, Ottawa, Chippewa
16. Sault Ste. Marie Band
17. Ottawa, Chippewa
18. Saginaw Chippewa
19. Saginaw Chippewa
20. Grand River Band
21. Miami, Potawatomi
22. Miami, Potawatomi
24. Miami, Eel River
25. Miami, Delaware
26. Miami, Wea
27. Potawatomi, Wea
28. Potawatomi, Wea, Kickapoo
29. Wea, Kickapoo
31. Delaware, Piankeshaw
32. Potawatomi, Kickapoo
34. Kaskaskia, Kickapoo
42. Lake Superior Bands, Mississippi Bands
43. Lake Superior Bands, Mississippi Bands
44. Lake Superior Bands
45. Bois Forte Band
46. Mississippi Bands
47. Lake Superior Bands, Mississippi Bands
48. Pillager & Lake Winnibigoshish Bands
49. Pillager Band
50. Red Lake Band
51. Red Lake Band, Pembina Band
52. Pembina Band
55. Sac & Fox
56. Sac & Fox
57. Sac & Fox
58. Sac & Fox
59. Sac & Fox
60. Iowa, Sac & Fox
61. Sac & Fox
64. Otoe & Missouria, Iowa, Omaha, Sac & Fox
67. Otoe & Missouria
74. Medawakanton Band
75. Eastern or Mississippi Sioux
77. Sisseton & Wahpeton
79. Teton & Yanktonai
81. Sioux (Dahcotah) Nation
82. Arikara, Mandan, Hidatsa
83. Arikara, Mandan, Hidatsa
86. Blackfeet & Gros Ventre
88. Upper Pend D’Oreille
90. Nez Perce
91. Coeur D’Alene
96. Walla Walla
100. Lake Tribe
104. Warm Springs
108. Coquille, Chetco, Too-too-to-ney
112. Cheyenne & Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapaho
115. Pitt River
116. Northern Paiute
118. Indians of California
119. Western Shoshone
121. Uintah Ute
122. Southern Paiute
127. Zia, Jemez, Santa Ana
128. Santo Domingo
129. San Ildefonso
131. Santa Clara
133. Kiowa, Comanche & Apache
134. Jicarilla Apache
135. Mescalero Apache
136. Mescalero Apache
137. Lipan Apache
138. Chiricahua Apache
139. Chiricahua Apache
140. Western Apache
141. Tonto Apache
153. Upper Skagit
155. Lower Skagit
173. Lower Chehalis
174. Upper Chehalis
Now Revelation 17 and 18 specifically then must be dual, they speak of America as the Center of World Trade and Commerce (aka: The World Trade Center), and the actual reborn Nation of Babylon in the Middle East. This is why Revelation 18 and 14 say “Babylon has fallen (1), has fallen (2)”. There is no reason any angel would need to declare the fall of Babylon twice unless it literally does fall twice. It’s dual, and not limited to one fulfillment. America, called technically a daughter of Babylon by Jeremiah and Isaiah, can only fall once. Then the full and final embodiment of the Nation of Babylon reborn will fall at a later date.
It is important to note that the Backup World Trade computer system had already been set up and came online exactly one hour after commerce ceased in New York City on September 11, 2001. This is in fulfillment of –Revelation 18:8-17.
8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,
for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour your doom has come!’
11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.
14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out:
“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’
Now you might wonder where this backup computer system is for World Commerce that came online exactly one hour after the Twin Towers fell.
Specifically in the city known today as Baghdad, but in ancient times was known as Babylon.
And people wonder why the USA immediately went to war with Iraq? The computer system and world commerce needed to by protected by a multi-national force to prevent it being monopolized by a dictatorial régime.
Jeremiah 50-51 says 5 times to leave Babylon and go to Jerusalem/Zion.
They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to God in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of God our God, the vengeance of his temple.
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of God’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.
God hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of God our God.
As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth. Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember God afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
Revelation 18 also tells people to flee so to not take part in her sins and her judgment on them. I am not convinced that this means to physically leave America, but I am convinced it does mean that we should remember that this world is not our ultimate home, and that we should be prepared for anything.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 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.
While these certainly work on a spiritual level (stop sinning), this does not negate plain sense literal interpretation (physical). How this will play out precisely is yet to be experienced.
Lot, too, had to physically leave Sodom before her judgment (Genesis 14). Did not Jesus say the last days would be like the days Noah (Genesis 6-9), all over again? Like Noah, if Lot had stayed in Sodom to witness to the Sodomites, we might instead be told, “Remember Lot”, instead of “Remember Lot’s wife” in our instructions for these last days (Luke 17:32). If Noah had not obeyed and built an ark so he could leave the land soon to be judged by being under water, he would have died prematurely and ended his testimony as a different kind of example for our admonishment.
However, Lot’s wife’s testimony teaches us it’s not enough to just physically leave, but we must really get the love for the world and its ways out of us as well. We need to leave Babylon and get Babylon out of us. Israel, too, had to leave Egypt and get Egypt out of them. On top of all this, Jeremiah 50 and Isaiah 13 speak of the downfall of the American Babylon as exactly like Sodom’s. Perhaps the righteous will be fleeing America in the future, just as Lot fled then, or at least fleeing certain more guilty regions of the Empire known currently as the USA.
This brings me to a criticism about the Church in America that continues to preach the “prosperity” of Christians, and socially relevant messages with more foundation in secular psychology and issues of today than Biblical foundation:
Why would God give this American Christian people more of their Idol?
If you can’t say Amen, say Ouch.