Feb 072013
 

The Harlot’s Connection To Arabia

For many years, the teaching that the Harlot of Revelation is Rome or the Catholic Church has reigned within many Protestant circles. Today, most Western Analysts have diverged from this theory, and rightly so. Yet the problem of searching for alternatives leaves many in the dark – most Western Analysts are looking for a global Harlot that combines all religious systems and is political in nature, like Rome was. Yet neither Rome nor this “combination universal religion” Harlot conforms to many of the basic Scriptural descriptions of the Harlot. I have compiled seven reasons to prove this point. The Harlot described in the Bible must be in Arabia.

ISAIAH’S ORACLE AGAINST BABYLON

The Harlot must be connected to Arabia, not Rome or New York or any other nation or city. In Isaiah 21:9, Isaiah levels a prophetic oracle against Babylon: “Babylon is fallen, is fallen,” is the same announcement used in Revelation 18:1-2. Yet this prophecy is not ultimately about ancient Babylon (Iraq), but the Mystery Babylon of Revelation. Ancient Babylon was simply a type of the Last-Days Babylon. The names in this prophecy are all areas in Arabia:

  • “The burden against Dumah” (v. 11)
  • “The burden against Arabia” (v. 13)
  • “All the glory of Kedar will fail” (v. 16)

Dumah and Kedar are in Arabia as the text shows: “All the glory of Kedar will fail” (v. 16). All of the locations mentioned in Isaiah 21 are in the desert of Arabia, the region of Revelation 17 which is surrounded by many waters (seas)! Arabia in fact, is referred to by all Muslims as Al-Jazeere Al-Arabia, literally the Arab Island or the Arab Peninsula or “Desert of the Sea” (v. 1). {Even National Geographic and Bernard Lewis recognize it as such}.

Isaiah 21 also agrees with several passages in Jeremiah and Revelation that refer to Babylon. Contenders to this interpretation would have a difficult time refuting the very direct Biblical references. The names used in these passages make it clear that the reference is not to Rome or literal Babylon on the Euphrates river. Not once do they speak of Rome, Nineveh, Ur, Babel, Erech, Accad, Sumer, Assur, Calneh, Mari, Karana, Ellpi, Eridu, Kish, or Tikrit. All of these literal locations are in Arabia, which was part of the ancient Babylonian Empire.

There are many conjectures concerning Mystery Babylon. Some say that Babylon is the United States of America or the Vatican. However, none of these therories are supported by the text. Either students of the Bible build a mold from Scripture or they make the Scriptures fit their theories. There all really only these two choices. Once we read the text of Isaiah 21, it becomes quite clear: “An oracle concerning the Desert by the Sea (Isaiah 21:1). This is not the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq, but on a literal sea surrounding by the mass of waters in the Persian-Arab sea, Indian Ocean, and the Red Sea. It is also thought that “the sea” may be a reference to the Nufud desert, a virtual ocean of enormous sand dunes. The camel was called the ship of the desert, the only formidable vehicle to transport through the sea of sand.

ISAIAH 21

  • ‘The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the South pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease. Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travails: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me. Prepare the table, wath in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees. And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed: And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights: And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground. O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you. The burden of Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come. The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye traveling companies of Dedanim. The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty; they prevented with their bread him that fled. For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war. For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail: And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.’

Some might argue that the context of Isaiah 21 is only historical. But it is difficult to ignore the multiple references throughout the Book of Isaiah to Kedar, Tema, Dedan and Dumah. Dumah is in Saudi Arabia near Yathrib (Medina), and today is known as “Dumat el-Jandal.” Dumah, one of the sons of Ishmael, is also associated with Edom and Seir in Isaiah 21:11. It is believed by many that Kedar, another of Ishmael’s sons, is the line from which Muhammad descended. It is likely that Mecca is the “glory of Kedar” mentioned in verse 16. Historians generally identify Dumah with the Addyrian Adummatu people. By these and other references, we can conclude that Dumah stands for Arabia.

We will also examine the crucial text of Isaiah 34 with the destruction of Edom, including its oil. It would be impossible to allude to Isaiah 34 as a historic reference because the purpose of the destruction against Edom there is over the final Battle of Jerusalem, in which the Lord Himself will be present and fighting. In Habakuk 3 this takes place in “Median” which is in Arabia. The Psalms even give us a literal reference to Edom being the daughter of Babylon (born of Babylon): “Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, ‘Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation! O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed'” (Psalm 137:7-8).

Arabia is definitely the daughter of Babylon since it was made so by Nabonidus, who extended Babylon to Yathrib (Medina). This is a well-documented historic fact in which the Babylonian worship of the Moon-god was introduced to Arabia by Nabonidus.

In all of these Old Testament prophecies concerning the utter destruction of Babylon, they cannot be speaking of the ancient city of Babylon because it was inhabited for roughly five hundred years after these prophecies were given until around 141 B.C. when the Parthian Empire took over the region and the city was emptied of inhabitants. After this, the city slowly decayed. But it never suffered a fate anywhere near the utter destruction that was suffered by Sodom and Gomorrah – with fire raining down from heaven as many of these prophecies describe.

THE GEOGRAPHIC LOCATOR

Speaking of the destruction of Mystery Babylon, we read: “No Arab will pitch this tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there” (Isaiah 13:20). This cannot be attributed to Rome as some teach. Arabs never pitch their tents there. The ultimate fulfillment of this verse is the destruction of the Last-Days Babylon. We know this because the passage speaks about: “the day of the Lord” (v. 9) with the “heavens not giving light” (v. 10). This is not historical, but End-Times related.

When the Harlot is destroyed, the smoke from her judgment will be seen from afar. One is immediately reminded of the scence from Manhattan on 9/11 when news cameras relayed images of the World Trade Center from across the harbor. One could see smoke and debris from the decimation of the Towers trailing off into the sky and over the ocean. Likewise, based on all that we read about the Harlot, she will also possess a long and visible shorline that may be observed from opposing lands and by ships at sea. Where are these sea captains when they hear and view this destruction? Jeremiah tells us they will be in the Red Sea: “The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red sea” (Jeremiah 49:21).

Is Rome, literal Babylon, or America situated on the Red Sea? The Red Sea is geographic indicator as to where the Last-Days Babylon will be located. Look at Mecca on any map and you will see that it sits near the Red Sea. Some may object that Jeremiah 49 is speaking about Edom, which was primarily located in modern day Jordan. Yet in Ezekiel 25 “Edom”, stretches from Teman (Yemen) to Dedan (Saudi Arabia)” (v. 13). Greater Edom included all of the west coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Notice the description of her destruction: “‘As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns,’ says the LORD, ‘so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it,'” (Jeremiah 49:18). How was Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed? Was it not fire that rained down from heaven? Was ancient Edom ever completely destroyed like this in histroy? Jeremiah 49 is ultimately speaking of the Last-Day’s judgment of Mystery Babylon that is associated with Edom. Throughout the Bible, only Mystery Babylon is also described as being completely and utterly destroyed in this same way. Beyond this, the passage specifies that the region we are dealing with contains the cities of Teman an Dedan which are nowhere near Iraq, or ancient Babylon.

The Bible also tells us that the Kurds (Medes) will be against Babylon. This is likely a dual fulfillment since today, the Kurds are hated by all of their neighbors: “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not regard silver; and as for gold, they will not delight in it; Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces, and they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye will not spare children” (Isaiah 13:17-18).

The Harlot’s Connection To A Desert

The Harlot of Babylon is described as being in a literal desert location: “Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman (a prostitute) sitting on a scarlet beast” (Revelation 17:3). It then should be of no surprise that Jesus warned us that before He comes, religious imposters will come out of the desert: “So if anyone tells you, There he is, ‘out in the desert,’ do not go out” (Matthew 24:26). Many commentators overlook this literal description of the Harlot.

It is largely agreed to by most that the Beast is the govermental aspect of the Antichrist empire, and that the Harlot woman city is the spiritual driver of the Beast mechanism. So the angel takes John into a desert to observe the Harlot. There, in the desert, she is also seen “sitting on many waters (peoples).” She is the spiritual source that influences these different ethnic peoples. However, later in verse 17, the angel explains to John that “the waters” which the Harlot sits upon should be understood allegorically as representing “peoples, multitudes, nations and language”. The woman exerts a strong measure of spiritual influence over a great mixture of multitudes of different ethnicities and languages.

The combination of these three descriptions (city, desert, sitting on many waters) also matches Isaiah 21, where Babylon is described as “the Desert by the Sea.”

While some insist that some of the Biblical description of the Last-Days Harlot may bear some similarities to Rome, New York, or America when read by Western minds, the point is that all of the Biblical descriptions must be met, not just a few. Whatever solution to this puzzle one ultimately accepts, it must be both reasonable, and it must conform to all the relevant Scriptures. Does Rome, The United States, or New York City sit in a literal desert? If not, then these entities cannot be the fulfillment of these Biblical prophecies. Yet Saudi Arabia fulfills this description exactly.

The Harlot’s Connetion To Oil

Once we have established the connection of Mystery Babylon to Arabia and the desert, we can apply our literal findings to the allegoric references. The Bible gives us some allegoric clues about this Harlot as a provider of wine that intoxicates the nations (Revelation 17:2). Many Western Bible teachers associated the wine held in a chalice by the prostitute with the Catholic Church and the golden chalice used during communion. This conclusion is hardly hermeneutically responsible or Berean. While many of the Old Testament prophets spoke regarding Mystery Babylon, no passage in the Bible directly addresses the Harlot as does Revelation 17 and 18. As Revelation 17 begins, the Apostle John is introduced to the Harlot.

  • “One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth commited adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.’ Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with the abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: ‘Mystery Babylon The Great – The Mother of Prostitutes and of the Abominations of the earth.’ I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus … The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:1-6, 18).

There are two very important descriptions of the Harlot that stands out: First, she exists geographically in a desert region. And secondly, we see that the “kings of the earth” figuratively commit adultery with her in order to obtain her “wine” in exchange for betraying God’s people. What desert “wine” intoxicates the earth, and causes this desert region to grow rich? What false religion teaches that the blood of Christians and Jews should be shed? What desert nation today is the geographical womb from which this false harlot religion was birthed?

THE WINE IN JOEL 3

Amazingly, in Joel 3, the Bible talks about both this wine as well as the harlot, including the reason for God’s judgement against the nations:

  • “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then will I enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scatterd among the nations; And they have divided up My land. They have also cast lots for My people, traded a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine that they may drink” (Joel 3:1-3).

It is sad that most claiming Christians do not know that the division of Israel and the treatment of the Jews is the main basis by which Jesus will judge the nations. Yet, many will bare the shame of ignoring one of the most important texts in Scripture. It is both fascinating and frightening to see such familiar elements of modern-day Middle Eastern politics portrayed in this ancient End-Time prophecy. Among the various crimes that the nations commit against God and His people, they are guilty of “dividing up My (God’s) land.” This is exactly what we see today as Israel is continually pressured to carve out Judea, the very heart of Israel, in order to create a Palestinian state and ultimately attempt to destroy Israel.

In typical Hebrew prose, we see the price paid for this sale of Israel whom God calls “My people”: “They have also cast lots for My people, traded a boy for a harlot and sold a girl for wine that they may drink” (Joel 3:3). We see that the nations will sell out Israel in order to coddle the Harlot and obtain her wine. The timing context of this passage is the End-Times: “at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem” (Joel 3:1).

I propose to you that the Harlot uses both Islam and oil as her “wine,” through which she seduces the nations of the world into committing spiritual adultery with her and compromising Israel. Of course, this is probably quite a new paradigm for many Western students of the Bible, but in the East, the new converts from Islam get it – quickly. This wine cannot be a simple issue, “For all the nations have drunk the maddening wines of her adulteries” (Revelation 18:3).

Babylon is judged because of her “maddening” influence that has used oil to turn many nations against Israel. By “maddening”, the text means an irrational hatred that fills the hearts of those who partake of her idolatrous doctrines. Even as the spirit of Islam today causes men to become mad with hate and rage, so also we see that the religion of the Harlot has the same effect. In the New Testament, when one becomes a follower of Jesus, they are filled with the Holy Spirit and bear the corresponding fruit in their lives: love, joy, patience, kindness and peace, etc. Islam produces the opposite.

Besides the spiritual aspect of the Harlot’s influence (Islam), we also see a financial dimension: The oil is used as a means to pressure and even blackmail nations. Today we live in a world that is addicted to oil. In the days to come, we will see the truly maddening effects of the Harlot’s influence when her “wine” is held as a carrot at the end of a stick from her oil-addicted clients. OPEC very recently announced that is has decided not to increase oil production in Saudi Arabia. The purpose of this is clearly to hurt the United States. In the 1970s, we saw the effects of the OPEC embargo when Saudi Arabia first woke up to her power. Should we be surprised that immediately after the formation of OPEC, the next organization to be formed was OAPEC (the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries), whose purpose was to exert pressure on the West specifically over its support of Israel?

In the years to come, we will see how desperate the addicts can become when Saudi once again uses her “wine” to affect the policies of foreign nations. In summary, one needs to ask, what Arab, Islamic, desert nation today both ideologically and financially supports the export of Fundamental Islam (the Antichrist religion) to the world? What Arab nation is the most likely to use oil-influence to affect the policies of foreign nations? What Arab nation’s oil net exports and production are more than three times higher then any other Arab member of OPEC?

Remember, the Bible says that, “… the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:3). The merchants of the earth have grown rich due to the abundance of this delicacy she offers: “O you who dwell by many waters, abundant in treasures, your end has come” (Jeremiah 51:13).

LITERAL OIL – ISAIAH 34

Many may still argue that the oil in Revelation 17 is an allegory of something spiritual. Once we study Isaiah 34, however, you will no longer have any doubts. In nearly identical language to what we have already read concerning Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17, 18, we read:

  • “For it is the day of Jehovah’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion. Its streams shall be turned into pitch and its dust into brimstone; its land shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall ascend forever” (Isaiah 34:8-10).

Incredibly, almost three millennia before the discovery of fuel oil, Isaiah predicted the burning of the very thing that was used in Babel to build a name for the rebellious ones – the pitch. Pitch is bitumen and tar, which technically is simply crude oil. Have you ever wondered why God calls the Antichrist “Nimrod” in Micha 5? His roots go back to Babel.

Notice that the land shall not be “like” burning pitch but shall actually become burning pitch – there is no simile here. This prophecy could only be fulfilled in an oil rich land. The words for “streams” (nachal) is not water streams but “torrent”, “torrent-valley”, “wadi/valley,” “mine,” or “tunnels,” and thus need not be understood strictly as streams of water. Obviously water could never burn like pitch as the verse mandates. The picture painted is literally of a land that turns into a river of burning wells (tunnels) of petroleum. This is also confirmed in Revelation 18 regarding the harlot city:

  • “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” (Revelation 18:9). “And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What [city is] like unto this great city!” (Revelation 18:18).

Remember the oil fields during Gulf War I, when Saddam Hussein set the oil wells on fire? Even during the day, the skies were black with smoke. This is precisely how Isaiah the prophet portrays Babylon’s End-Time judgment. In Revelation, we read that God will, “Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself” (Revelation 18:4-7). This chalice of Mystery Babylon is the same as in Jeremiah 51: “He shall recompense her. Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord’s hand that made all the earth drunk. The nations drunk her wine; Therefore the nations are deranged” (Jeremiah 51:7) When God issues a judgment, he hands over this cup to the Harlot and makes her drink. From the very cup that she used to establish her influence, from the abundance of her oil wealth, she will be fed a double portion of punishment by the very product that she used to establish herself and her power by her own burning with it. Though she has funded the export of this Abaddon destroyer called by the West “radical Islam”and the terrorists who have turned the world upside down, so also will the radical Islamists eventually turn on Saudi Arabia and give her something twice as bad as anything that any other nation has seen. She will be burned – in one hour, she will fall. Therefore the kings of the earth shall weep and mourn for their oil, but their oil will go up in flames. All this is what the Bible declares to be, “Jehovah’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the [legal] controversy of Zion.” This cannot be the ancient Babylon. God Himself finally executes judgment on Israel’s behalf with a great destruction. The same rendering is in Jeremiah 51:11 “the vengeance for His Temple.” Again, this judgment against “Edom” extends from Teman to Dedan:

  • “Thus Says the Lord GOD; ‘Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them. ‘Therefore thus Says the Lord GOD; ‘I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cutt off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword'” (Ezekiel 25:12-13).

Teman is a place name meaning “right side” that is “southern.” The Edomites were a clan descended from Esau (Genesis 36:11, Genesis 36:15; 1 Chronicles 1:36). Teman was a city that was associated with the Edomites (Jeremiah 49:7, Jeremiah 49:20; Ezekiel 25:13; Amos 1:12; Obadiah 1:9; Habakkuk 3:3). Teman has often been identified with Tawilan, fifty miles south of the Dead Sea, just east of Petra, though archaeological evidence does not confirm the site as the principal city of southern Edom. Others understand Teman to designate southern Edom in general. To others still, the link with Dedan (Jeremiah 49:7; Ezekiel 25:13) suggests Teman on the Arabian Peninsula. Because the Bible chose to identify Teman with Dedan, we need to accept that Teman is in South Central Arabia in Yemen. Dedan is well defined and was an ancient city in central Saudi Arabia that is known as Al-Ula. The Lord made the geographical location of Mystery Babylon quite clear for anyone who would seek it out.

THE EXTENT OF ARABIA’S DESTRUCTION

This destruction of Arabia is complete and fits the description made by several prophets whose prophecies correlate with Isaiah 34:

  • 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. 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. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come! … Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?'” (Revelation 18:8-10, 17-18).

Ships on the Red Sea easily see Arabia’s destruction. The Harlot will be destroyed violently and swiftly “and in one day,” “with such violence,” she will be “consumed with fire.” The judgment on the Harlot is permanent. There will never be heard in this city the sound of music or musicians. Workers will never rebuild the city. The sound of tradesman will never be heard or seen in her again. All agriculture will cease. There will be no weddings. All signs of human habitation will be permanently eliminated. Apart from Sodom and Gomarrah, this type of utter destruction has never been seen in any other city, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “After her destruction, Babylon will merely be a home for demons, evil spirits, and scavening desert creatures” (Revelation 18:1-2).

This is in line with the ancient Eastern perception that desolate desert wastelands were the dwelling place of demons and unclean spirits. The point being emphasized is that after Babylon is destroyed, there will be absolutely no human life ever found there again. Jeremiah agrees; he describes this: “So desert creatures and hyenas will live there, and there the owl will dwell. It will never again be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation” (Jeremiah 50:39). Isaiah confirms a similar fate: “It shall be a habitation of jackals” (Isaiah 34:14). And again later, the destruction of Babylon is described as being absolute. Isaiah speaks of this event: “For I will rise  
up against them, says the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon its name and remnant, and offspring and prosperity, says the Lord … I will sweep it with the broom of destruction” (Isaiah 12:15). The broom of destruction? Anyone who has seen footage of a nuclear explosion has seen the fury and the power of the ominous cloud that sweeps up everthing in its path. Could this verse be describing a nuclear explosion? “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth; Blood and fire and pillars of smoke” (Joel 2:30). Could the pillars of smoke be the scene of mushroom clouds from a nuclear explosion?

HOW COULD THE BEAST DESTROY THE HARLOT

Revelation 17 tells us that the Beast hates the Harlot. He will ultimately turn on her, killing her, devouring her, and burning her body with fire:

  • ‘The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s word are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth’ (Revelation 17:16-18).

How can this be? Some may argue that Muslims would never attack such Islamic “holy” sites as Mecca and Medina. If we take the Western view of Rome being the Harlot, one could argue the same, how could Europe burn and destroy Rome?

Yet when it comes to Mecca, plenty of Muslims have attacked the city before. In the late 7th Century, Al-Hajjaj bin Yousef Al-Thaqafi (a Muslim) laid siege to Mecca and destroyed much of the Ka’ba with stones launched from catapults. During the First World War, Saudi Arabia was actually occupied by the Turkish Ottomans. The Turks deeply resented Arab imperialism that had spread through the vast Islamic empire and made strong attemps to restrict Arab culture and language throughout their empire. This enmity and resistance was so severe that the Arabs were persuaded by the British through their envoy, T.E. Lawrence (also known as “Lawrence of Arabia”), to revolt against the Ottoman occupation and help the allies. The Turks bombarded the mosque of the Ka’ba, the most sacred shrine of all Islam. One shell actually hit the Ka’ba, burning a hole in the “holy carpet” and killing nine Arabs who were kneeling in prayer. In modern times, the same disregard for Mecca by Muslims has been seen. On November 20, 1979, over 500 militants and their leader attacked the false Islamic Mahdi, Jumaiman ibn Muhammad ibn Saif al Utaiba. In the 1980s, on several occasions, followers of Ayatollah Khomeini disrupted the annual hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Most of this was quelled by heavy security controls, but in July 1987, over 400 people died as a result of a serious riot instigated by thousands of Iranian pilgrims. Three year later, during the Gulf War I, Saddam Hussein sent numerous scuds flying over Saudi Arabia, disregarding the high risk they would pose to the Islamic “holy land.”

There were no protests from Muslim nations. And as recent as 2003, three al-Qaeda militants blew themselves up during an attack in Mecca. The idea of Muslims attacking Mecca or Saudi Arabia is far from impossible. The day is drawing near when the emerging Beast Empire led by Turkey and Iran will attack Mecca and destroy the Arabian Harlot.

THE DESTRUCTION OF MECCA AND MEDINA IN ISLAMIC PROPHECY

Confirming what the Bible which predicts as the destruction of this Harlot by the Beast that she rides is an Islamic prophecy that predicts the destruction of it’s bride Mecca by Muslims nations: “The final battle will be waged by Muslim faithful coming on the backs of horses … carrying black banners. They will stand on the east side of the Jordan river and will wage war that the earth never seen before. The true Messiah who is the Islamic Mahdi … will defeat Europe … will lead this army of Seljuks, He will preside over the world from Jerusalem because Mecca would have been destroyed …” (Yawn Al-Ghadab, Safar Alhwaly).

Medina is not immune of this destruction: “The flourishing state of Jerusalem will be when Yathrib (Medina) is in ruins, the ruined state of Yathrib will be when the Great War comes, and the outbreak of the Great War will be at the conquest of Constantinople and the conquest of Contantinople when the Dajjal (the Antichrist) comes forth. He (the Prophet) struck his thigh or his shoulder with his hand and said: This is as true as you are here or as you are sitting.” Yathrib is another name for Medina, the city of the Prophet Muhammed, the second holiest city to Islam. Constantinople is Istanbul in Turkey. Many radical Muslims perceive that Istanbul has been under the control of secular hypocritical Muslims until its recent restoration to the Islamists. So according to this prophesy, after the fall of Istanbul to the true Muslims, (which, through recent elections 2007, has just occured) Medina will be destroyed.

In the Last-Days, a coalition of radical Islamic nations will turn on and destroy Saudi Arabia. The prophecies by which radical Muslims live dictate just such an event. Thus, if the day comes that radical Muslims actually destroy Saudi Arabia, it is also very likely that this prophecy will embolden and empower them to image that they very are acting according to Allah’s plan.

The Harlot’s Connection To A False Religion

The harlot, in many ways, might be likened to Dr. Frankestein. The Beast is the monster that the Harlot has created.

The Beast is a coalition of ten kings representing the seven kingdoms in the past, under the authority of the Antchrist. The Harlot is a distinct and seperate geographically definable entity that represents the primary religious source of the Antichrist’s religion The Harlot is sitting atop a scarlet Beast. This beast is the final Islamic Empire of the Antichrist. This close, seemingly symbiotic relationship of rider and steed should not be dismissed as an irrelevant component of this picture. The Lone Ranger had Silver and the Harlot has the Beast. This is a very close relationship that is evident between the two. Beyond the fact that he Harlot is riding the Beast, there are other noteworthy similarities that the two share. First, the woman is dressed in scarlet; the Beast likewise is portrayed as a scarlet Beast – the two match. Secondly, even as the Beast Empire will behead God’s people, so the Harlot is drunk on the blood of the saints. They both share in the bloodguilt of God’s people.

We have examined what “Mystery Babylon” means, but we also need to understand the meaning of the rest of her title: “The Mother of all Prostitutes and Abominations of the earth” (Revelation 17:5). The first thing that we need to understand is that this title is a typical Eastern sort of phrase – the kind of phrase Ahmadenijad uses when he says that Islam will be on top of all the mountains. Remember Saddam Hussein’s comments in the days leading up to the first Gulf War? He declared that the U.S. and Iraq were about to engage in “the mother of all battles.” Of course, in typical megalomaniacal game-talk, he also declared that America was about to experience “the mother of all defeats.” The term “Mother of” is simply an Eastern way of expressing a superlative; it is the biggest, the worst, the unmatched, and most significant of all.

I point this out because many mistakenly interpret “Mother of” here to mean the source of all other forms of idolatry. The Eastern-minded reader; however, immediately recognizes that the purpose of this phrase is to portray the Great Harlot as the greatest manifestation of spiritual infidelity against the God of the Bible that has ever existed throughout the history of the world. So the Harlot is the greatest of all spiritual prostitutes, but she is not necessarily the source of all other false religions. Throughout history, many “protitutes” or false religions exist and have existed, but the Great Harlot is portrayed here as being by far the most significant of them all. The Harlot’s false religion is also a mystery in that like no other pagan religion, it sprouts from a mixture of a heretical Christian cult and a pagan Moon-god religion that has attempted to cloak itself with certain Jewish and Christian elements in order to appear as a Biblical faith and the rightful successor of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

When the veil is pulled back, Islam’s true nature and pagan source becomes apparent: It is a religion that denies the essence of God, contradicts His character and blasphemes His attributes.

GALATIANS 4 – THE TWO COVENANTS

Galatians 4 speaks of two covenants; one is true and the other is false: “for these are two covenants.” The first is crucial for our study; “the one from mount Sinai, which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia” (Galatians 4:24-25).

The covenant of bondage is allegorized by mount Sinai, yet the literal definition for this reference is ArabiaThe spiritual battle, according to Galatians 4, is between Arabia (Hagar) and Jerusalem (Sarah):

  • ‘For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he [who was] of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman [was] by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is Mount Sinai, in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, [thou] barren that bears not; break forth and cry, thou that travail not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him [that was born] after the Spirit, even s0 [it is] now. Nevertheless what Says the Scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but the free” (Galatians 4:21-31).

Most historians agree that Sinai is in Egypt, so why is this text insisting on an Arabian location? The Bible states that a religion of bondage – Islam literally means submission – came out of the desert of Arabia through Hagar (Ishmael’s lineage). Even the name Sinai comes from the Moon-god’s name Sin.” The desert is the “Wilderness of Sin” or the “Desert of the Moon-god.” In the Old Testament times, Nabonidus (555-539 B.C.), the last king of Babylon, built Tayma, Arabia as center of Moon-god worship. As Segel, a historian of the ancient Middle East has stated, “South Arabia’s stellar religion has always been dominated by the Moon-god in various variations.

THE RICH ROYAL PROSTITUTE

The Prostitute is dressed in scarlet and crimson garments that glitter with jewels, pearls, and gold. Scarlet is the color of royalty. When Jesus was taken prisoner, the Roman centurions dressed Him a scarlet robe (Matthew 27:28) to mock His “royalty.” The scarlet and crimson clothes of the Harlot also connote royalty. Because they literally glitter with gold, jewels, and pearls, she is also considered rich beyond measure.

But there is also another meaning to the color crimson. Crimson represents sinfulness. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Of course, this also perfectly matches the nature of this corrupt and murderous prostitute.

What Islamic desert nation is governed by a Royal Monarchy that is known throughout the earth as being fabulously wealthy and utterly corrupt? What place is decked with gold, silver, and precious stones?

WHAT IS INTENDED BY “THE GREAT CITY”

The Harlot is described as a great city that rules over the kings of the earth. From this, we know that she is a politically and geographically definable entity that exerts a significant measure of influence throughout the world. The primary purpose however is not so much to restrict the Harlot as being a mere literal city, but rather to contrast her to the other prominent city of Revelation – the “Holy City” of New Jerusalem. One city is described as “Great” and is pictured as a foul prostitute, while the other city is “Holy” and is pictured as a pure bride, adorned for her wedding day. The intended contrast is clear: “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:10). “Come I will show you … the Great Prostitute … Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast … The woman you saw is the Great City that rules over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:1, 3, 18).

As discussed, Galatians 4 addresses both cities – Jerusalem from above (Revelation 21:10), and the bondage from a literal Arabia, which we see symbolically in Revelation 17:1, 3, 18. Mystery Babylon is both the antithesis and the premiere antagonist of all that Jerusalem is called to be – and will become.

What city in the earth could be viewed as the most significant religious and ideological antagonist to an idealized Jerusalem? What desert city has attempted to usurp the position of Jerusalem as the capital of the world? While exiled in Babylon, the prophet Daniel bowed in prayer several times a day toward Jerusalem. Toward what other city do a large proportion of the people of the earth bow each day? The Qur’an literally switched the direction from Jerusalem to Mecca, and abrogated Jerusalem as a direction of worship.

“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!”

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave her” (Revelation 18:4-7).

God warns his people who are living in Babylon to “come out of her” – to flee, for she is about to be judge severely. Here, we find a direct allusion to another Old Testament prophecy concerning Babylon. Jeremiah 50 and 51 repeatedly reference the need to flee Babylon with the same rendering as in Revelation. “My people, go out of the midst of her” (Jeremiah 51:45). “Flee out of Babylon and leave the land of the Babylonians. Be like the goats that lead the flock” (Jeremiah 50:8). “Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for Jehovah’s vengeance; he will pay her what she deserves” (Jeremiah 51:6). “We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for judgment reached unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies” (Jeremiah 51:9).

Notice that those who are warned are told to flee, “every one into his own country.” This is important. Like the ancient Babylon, so also is the Last-Days Babylon filled with foreigners and expatriates. What Arab, Islamic, desert nation is filled with a massive foreign labor-force that is only used for labor and never offered citizenship?

The Harlot’s Connection to Slavery, Lavish Imports And Secret Sin 

“Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!” (Revelation 18:16). God speaks to the heathen: “To whom will you liken Me, that we should be alike? They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god; they prostrate themselves, yes, they worship” (Isaiah 46:5-6).

Muslims decked the black stone idol that they likened to God with gold and silver and prostrated themselves to it as Isaiah predicted. Mecca and Medina are decked with much gold, gems and pearls. Arabia is also famous for its gold markets or souqs. The Mall of Arabia is the home of the Gold Souq, with has over 450 jewelry & gold shops in one location. Mystery Babylon prides itself on such imports: “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more – cargoes of gold, silver, previous stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 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 bodies and souls of men” (Revelation 18:11-13).

Remarkably, these are the very imports of Saudi Arabia today. The items may be divided into three categories – but they all things that she cannot produce herself. The three categories are luxury items, food items – both livestock and produce – and human slaves. Saudi Arabia imports humans for various reasons; some may be legitimate, but others clearly are not. Above, we saw that there will be many foreign workers living in Mystery Babylon who will have the freedom to flee.

However, we are also told that there are many slaves in Mystery Babylon. Obviously, they will not have the freedom to flee. While most would like to imagine that slavery is a thing of the past, slavery thrives in various forms in many parts of the world today. Mystery Babylon imports men, women, and children, no doubt to maintain and bolster her excessively luxurious and sinful lifestyle. Saudi Arabia has been repeatedly condemned by numerous human-rights watch groups for its horrific treatment of its vast foreign labor-force. They have been repeatedly reported to have a serious problem with importing young women and children as sex-slaves. How in the world could this description be made to conform to the city of Rome?

SECRET SIN AND THE ARROGANT QUEEN

In Isaiah’s prophecy, and confirming Revelation 18 regarding the Harlot of Babylon, we see that in the midst of all of the Harlot’s sin and wickedness, she believes that no one sees her: “You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me'” (Isaiah 47:10). Revelation 18 also describes the Harlot as being utterly arrogant. In her heart she boasts, “I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn” (Revelation 18:7). This is also confirmed in Isaiah 47: “I will  continue forever – the eternal queen! … I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.” Its destruction, “will overtake you in a moment, on a single day.” This never happened to the ancient Babylon. Its decay and eventual destruction was very slow and gradual over hundreds of years.

The Last-Day Babylon’s excessive luxury and debauchery which the Harlot expresses that no one is aware of, is typical of the Saudi Monarchy that is known for its hypocritical outward life of public piousness and secret debauchery.

Objection, Your Honor

I always get an array of objections from authors who don’t want to recant their previous teachings. Some of them have written several books claiming that Rome or Europe is the focus of End-Time Bible prophecy. In their view, Rome is most fitting fulfillment of the Mystery Babylon prophecies because it sits on seven hills. But the truth is, even if we take the seven hills in Revelation 17 to be literal hills, modern Rome actually encompasses more than seven hills. And Vatican Hill was not counted as one of the original seven. But why restrict this definition to Rome? Ancient Babylon did have seven artificial hills within its walls? Constantinopal is often called the “Second Rome,” and also has seven hills within its boundaries.

But these hills are not to be taken literally. The context of the passage clearly shows that these “hills” (a better translation is “mounts” or “mountains”) are kingdoms. “The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings” (Revelation 17:9). Kings rule kingdoms and not mountains. A mountain is a kingdom and not a hill.

Another objection I often heard is that the Greek word used for the place that John was taken is Eremon, and does not mean a literal desert. John was taken in the spirit to this place simply to see a vision; it was simply the theatre for this vision. But “Eremon”, according to Strong’s, does mean: “desert, wilderness, deserted places, lonely regions, an uncultivated region fit for pasturage.” Those who try to claim that the desert was simply the theatre for John to see the vision have rendered this portion of God’s Word completely irrelevant. According to this interpretation, John could have been taken to Mars or the Moon to see the vision and it wouldn’t have made any difference in terms of the meaning of the passage. This is just plain silly. The desert location that John was taken is not irrelevant. In fact, it is a crucial aspect of the vision. The desert is an important description of where the WomenMystery Babylon can be found.

Mecca sits on a barren valley surrounded by mountains. Eremon is the best fitting term to describe Mecca and is used throughout Scripture to describe deserts: “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; (eremon) go not forth behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not” (Matthew 24:26). This, by itself, hints that trouble  and false messiahs will come from a desert. Also, John wasn’t taken to the desert to see a movie (vision), but to see a woman/city. He would not have been taken to a place unassociated with the event.

This is true in other similar usages in Scripture: “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones” (Ezekiel 37:1). The valley was not the theatre, but where the actual event took place – in a large pit valley filled with dead dry bones of Jews. The vision of the future Temple also has the scene associated with the event: “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God (Revelation 21:10). The mountain was not the theatre, but where the new city was located, on a mountain. The same is true in Ezekiel 40: “In the visions of God, He brought me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south” (Ezekiel 40:2). The Lord took Ezekiel to Israel’s most important mountain, the Tempel Mount. He didn’t take him to a place unassociated with the event.

Finally, perhaps the best argument against Rome being this harlot city, is the fact that certain European countries (Rome, Spain) are specifically mentioned in the Bible, yet none with a single reference to destruction. Why?

Spain is mentioned in Romans 15:24,28 and Rome in Acts 2:10, 18:2, 19:21, 23:11, 28:14, 28:16; Romans 1:7, 1:15; Galatians 6:18; Ephesians 6:24; Philippians 4:23, 1:25; Colossians 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:17, 4:22. The prophets never mentioned the destruction of Rome by name. Has the Almighty forgotten to literally mention it? Yet, He never forgot Arabia by name, she is mentioned in numerous passages. Are we to simply forget all of these because we don’t want to contradict the teachings in so many prophecy books?

Arabia does have great influence over the kings of the earth, and offers an addictive intoxicating commodity – oil. Rome has no such addictive substance, which the Harlot city needs in order to burn forever.

The other argument that some make for Rome is that the products mentioned in Revelation are what Rome exports. Rome produces marble, gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linnen etc. Many think that the list of goods is what the harlot city produces: marble gemstones, fine clothes. Yet a closer look at the text reveals that the Harlot city does not produce any of these items. In fact, she is an importer of these good and not a producer: ‘And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore …” (Revelation 18:11). These are the products that the Harlot city buys from the merchants of the sea who watch her destruction from the Red sea.

This is crucial for it nullifies the Rome argument. Why would Rome import the very items that she already manufactures? In fact, all Saudi goods are important via the Red Sea, and the lists of goods match Saudi imports perfectly – gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, vessels of ivory, fine wood and copper ware, iron, marble, spices, perfumes, liquor, sheep, horses, slaves, and the souls of men.

The Harlot city also imports slaves, horses and even ivory. Arabia imports all of these, yet Rome doesn’t. By the way, if you think that Saudi Arabia does not import wine because of the Islamic prohibition, guess again. Just because its done in secret doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take place.

So what will the supporters of the Rome theory do once they examine Revelation 18:11? Will they recant their theory? I sure hope so.

ARABIA DOES WHILE ROME DOESN’T

Arabia has a tremendous foreign work force Rome doesn’t.

Arabia does not allow citizenship for immigrants, Rome does. Arabia persecutes the saints, Rome doesn’t. Arabia promotes beheading, Rome doesn’t: “and I saw the souls of the martyrs who were beheaded.” Historically, Rome mainly practiced burning, drowning, or crucifixion while Arabia has always beheaded believers. There are many parallels in Scripture: John the Baptist, crying out in the wilderness was beheaded for exposing the truth. So it will be before Christ comes again. The John the Baptists of this world (Christians) will be sacrificed, and very few will mourn them. Who desires to behead us today? Who are these Last-Days Edomite Herods? Where are they doing their killings? Who represents Salomo that Harlot, the daughter of the Edomite? Where is biblical Edom? Mecca exerts more spiritual influence of false theology on more people than any other city on earth. Today major Universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, Georgetown and many others have been bought by the Saudis to create Islamist friendly indoctrination programs. Saudi  Arabia exports radical Islam to every nation in the world. Why are we having so much trouble today with the radical Islam? It’s because Saudi Arabia has exported Wahabbism throughout the world. Today, we have over a billion people who bow down daily towards an image in Arabia while no one bows towards Rome or even Jerusalem.

Arabia is on a desert, Rome isn’t. Arabia has oil, Rome doesn’t. Arabia imports slaves, Rome doesn’t. Arabia imports all of specific merchandise in Revelation 18, Rome doesn’t.

And so we have come full circle. On all counts, our search until this point has led us in one direction. The only nation on earth that precisly matches all of the descriptions necessary to qualify as Mystery Babylon is most clearly the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

[God’s War On Terror/Islam, Prophecy and the Bible/Walid Shoebat with Joel Richardson]

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R e s u m e r e n d . . .

De proclamatie van de val van satans hoofdstad op aarde is tevens een uiting van grote vreugde. Deze vreugde klinkt door in het dubbele “gevallen, gevallen . . .” een stijl van spreken die we zowel in Tenach (Jes. 21:9) -zoals we in bovenstaand artikel gelezen hebben-, als in de Apocalyps opvalt! (Openb. 14:8) . . .

  • Babel is gevallen; zij is gevallen . . . (verg. Openb. 14:8).

Weer moeten wij ons voorstellen dat met Babel het grootste en laatste bolwerk van de ‘anti-christelijke’ (lees: islamitische) heerschappij valt en dat daarom de vreugde in de hemel onuitsprekelijk is.

  • ‘Wie is de leugenaar anders dan hij die loochent dat Jezus de Messias is? Dat is de antichrist, die de Vader en de Zoon loochent’ (1 Joh. 2:22).

Of wij nu Babel als de eindtijdelijke antichristelijke metropool zien, of als satanische structuur van de maatschappij, of als beide, “Babylon” is de belichaming van de eigengerechtigde, ongerechtige, godslasterlijke en goddeloze wreede mens, zoals het beest de belichaming is van de satan.

Het einde van Babylon betekent dus het einde van het rijk van de mens zonder God, dat hoofdzakelijke gericht is tégen de God van Israel, en markeert hiermede tevens het einde van de draak, de antichrist, en de valse profeet; omdat de vastgestelde tijd is gekomen Zich over Sion te ontfermen en om haar genadig te zijn (Ps. 102:14; Dan. 9:24-27).

De val van Babel in de Oudheid, betekende geen definitief einde van het Babelse beginsel; het werd voortgezet in de grote wereldrijken na Babel en met name in het Romeinse Rijk met in het verlengde daarvan het Ottomaanse Rijk; en denk aan het duizendjarig rijk van Hitler met zijn duivelse trekken in de vorige eeuw. Ook die lange “tussentijd” van 2000 jaar na de verwoesting van de Tempel en Jeruzalem tot aan de wederopbouw van Israel is “Babel” nooit helemaal verdwenen.

Denk hierbij aan de Middeleeuwen, Renaissance, Verlichting, Franse Revolutie, Napoleontische tijd, Victoriaanse tijdperk en de industriele revolutie, toonden vooral in de aspecten van ongebreidelde machtswellust, gewetenloos “zakendoen”, vele trekken van Babel. Zelfs mensenzielen werden verhandeld (denk alleen maar aan de slavenhandel, waarin ook het “beschaafde” Europa deel had en de uitbuiting van miljoenen armen in de droevige beginfase van het industriele-proletariaat. In de eerste- en nog veel meer in de tweede Wereldoorlog werd het beestachtige karakter van een schijnchristelijke maatschappij ontmaskerd en wat wij na de tweede Wereldoorlog zien ontwikkelen anno 2013 is de bewuste, goddeloze en godslasterijke opbouw van een “Nieuw Babylon”.

De val van het oude Babel is typologisch voor de val van het eindtijdelijke Babylon en aan de hand van de oudtestamentische profetie over de ondergang van Babel zijn er méér dan opvallende overeenkomsten zoals we reeds zagen.

Jeremia 50 en 51 en Jesaja 47 hebben niet minder dan veertig verzen die parallel zijn aan Openbaring 18.

  • Jer. 50: 2   (Babel is veroverd) verg. Openb. 18:2a, 21
  •                  3   (wildernis zonder mensen en dieren) verg. 18:2,23
  •                  8   (vlucht uit Babel) verg. 18:4)
  •          12,  13  (Babel verwoest) verg. 18:8, 17, 18
  •                  14  (Babels zonde) verg. 18:3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13b, 23b, 24
  •                  15  (vergelding) verg. 18:6, 7, 8, 17, 20
  •                  29 (idem)
  •                  23 (ontzetting) verg. 18:10, 16, 19
  •                  32 (vuur) verg. 18:8, 9b, 18)
  •         39,   40 (onbewoonbaarheid) verg. 18: 2b, 21, 22, 23
  •                  46  zie vers 2                       
  •  Jer. 51:  6 (vlucht uit Babel) verg. Openb. 18:4
  •                   8 (plotselinge ondergang) verg. 18:10, 17, 19b
  •                   9 (schuld tot aan de hemel) verg. 18:5
  •                   11 (vergelding) verg. 18:6, 7, 8, 17, 20 
  •                   13 (grote schatten) verg. 18:3b, 7a, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19
  •                   25 (verbanding) verg. 18:8b, 9, 18b
  •           26,  29 (woestijn) verg. 18:2 ,23
  •                   35 (martelarenbloed) verg. 18:20, 24
  •                   37 (oord van onreine dieren) verg. 18:2b
  •                   41 (ontzetting) verg. 18:8, 10, 16, 19
  •     43,  53-55 (verwoesting) verg. 18:8, 17, 19b, 21, 22, 23a

Een deel van deze vrijwel letterlijke overeenkomsten tussen Openbaring 18 en hoofdstukken van 50 en 51 Jeremia over de val van Babel is hierboven genoteerd. De profetieen van Jeremia handelen duidelijk over het Babel van Nebukadnezar en de verovering daarvan door de Meden en Perzen, maar in de profetie schuilen dikwijls voorzeggende elementen die ook naar een verdere toekomst kunnen heenwijzen, zoals de overeenkomsten met Openbaring 18 zo treffend aantonen.

Zo komt dat heel sterk uit bij de profeet Jesaja, die de ondergang van Babel zelfs verbindt aan de Dag des HEREN, dit is de periode van de eindgerichten van “Openbaring” en de bevrijding van Israel. In de profetie over Babel (Jes. 13) zijn telkens eindtijdelijke elementen aanwijsbaar.

  • Verzamelde heidenen” (Jes. 13:4)
  • De verduistering der sterren” (Jes. 13:10)
  • Beroering van de hemel” (Jes. 13:13)
  • De aarde bewogen van haar plaats” (Jes. 13:13)

Deze tekst plaatsen verwijzen naar de Dag des HEREN, naar het eindgebeuren in Openbaring en in hoofdstuk 14 wordt daar ook het herstelde Israel aan verbonden (14:1-5) en de val van satan (14:12-15 e.v.).

Na de geweldige, triomfantelijke roep van de majesteitelijke engel die aan Messias Jezus doet denken: “Gevallen, gevallen is Babylon, de grote!” . . . volgt de constatering, dat waar eens Babylon lag, dit nu in de actie radius van het gehele [Islamitische] MiddenOosten een woonplaats is geworden (ook: “huis van bewaring” of “wachtruimte”) van demonen en allerlei onreine geesten en allerlei onreine en afschuwelijke vogels is (Jes. 13:21-22; Jes. 34:14, Zef. 2:14).

Het “is geworden tot een oord van duivels en demonen, etc.”, wijst op de ontbinding van de grote hoer in haar elementen. Babylon is verbrand, totaal verdwenen, al haar pronk en pracht is haar afgerukt, naakt is zij verbrand, maar de as is als het ware niet “niets” maar wordt uitgedrukt in de helse wezens die nu in de plaats van het ene, grote helse wezen, de grote hoer, vertegenwoordigen.

Tevens wijst de ontvolking van Babylon op de ontvolking van de Babelse wereld van de eindtijd als een gericht en niet in het minst voor wat betreft hun houding t.o.v. het Sieraad land Israel!

[Een sprekend voorbeeld in onze tijd is de onbeschaamdheid waarmede de Europese Unie het voortbestaan van Israel in de waagschaal stelt, door bijvoorbeeld Israel te pressen om de Israelische-Palestijnse vredesbesprekingen vlot te trekken waarbij landen van de EU, zoals Engeland en Frankrijk de grote instigators achter een nieuw plan zijn, ondersteund door Duitsland. Het plan krijgt mogelijk de steun van de gehele EU en stelt een duidelijk tijdschema voor om de kernproblemen tussen de partijen op te lossen in de loop van 2013. Het plan zou een bevriezing van de nederzettingenbouw op de Westelijke Jordaanoever (Judea en Samaria) voorstaan en een Palestijnse staat op basis van de grenzen van 1967 met als hoofdstad Oost-Jeruzalem . . .

Er is een mentaliteit, ook in ons land, aanwijsbaar die Israel innerlijk al afgeschreven heeft, terwille van de handhaving van de welvaartseconomie. Vrij vertaald denkt men in het kabinet Rutte II in ons ministerie van buitenlandse zaken niet anders dan: het spijt ons voor Israel, maar wat wilt u: zaken zijn zaken!]

“Want alle volken hebben gedronken van de wijn (olie) van de toorn van haar hoererij en de koningen der aarde hebben met haar ontucht bedreven” (18:3a). 

Deze tekst verklaart de oorzaak van het harde oordeel over Babylon, de grote hoer. Want alle volken, alle natien hebben gedronken van de hoerenwijn (olie) en de koningen der aarde, de politieke leiders, hebben ontucht met haar bedreven.

“De kooplieden der aarde werden rijk van de macht van haar (mateloze) weelde” (18:3b).

Uit het Grieks moet hier gdacht worden aan bepaalde multinationals, groothandelaren, internationale groothandel; niet aan kleinhandelaren en marktkooplieden, winkeliers, etc. In 18:23 heten zij “de groten”, de vorsten van deze aarde, verg. Jes. 23:8 en de “groten” of “edelen” Openb. 6:15. Zij behoren tot de burgelijke “top” van de maatschappij, de koningen van geld en goed!

Met deze economische elite, die zich verzadigt aan mateloze luxe en weelde van het thans zichtbaar wordende antichristelijke Romeins-Islamitische rijk, wat zich verrijkt met een waanzinnige hebzucht, die rijk worden van haar hoerenloon, wordt natuurlijk niet het bonafide economische bestel aangeduid.

Het is die vorm van bedrijf en handel die de eenvoud van lonende dienstverrichtingen verlaten heeft en in mateloos materialisme en hebzucht de Mammon aanbidt en zichzelf verrijkt ten koste van de ontelbare anderen. Het is de vorm die “over lijken gaat” en die tenslotte ook het merkteken van het beest aanneemt om maar te kunnen kopen en verkopen en dus niet rekent met God en gebod, maar geheel en al voldoet aan het normloze “zaken zijn zaken”.

Het is dus die wereldomvattende groothandel en bedrijvigheid, die gerelateerd is aan “Babylon”, dat één opstapeling is (een toren) van onzinnige weelde en luxe die alle pogingen tot een rechtvaardiger beheer van de rijkdommen der aarde verijdelt.

Niet de rijkdom als zodanig wordt veroordeeld, maar een mate van weelde en luxe en een mate van economische macht die de grenzen van sociale gerechtigheid verre overschrijdt en die zelfs het nastreven van deze gerechtigheid bij voorbaat onmogelijk maakt. Het gaat om een zodanige concentratie van niets ontziende economische macht en rijkdom die noodzakelijkerwijs ten koste van andere mensen en volken gaat.

Dit handels- en bedrijfsleven draagt het stempel van de goddeloosheid van het grote Babylon, van Godverwerping, verwerping van de God der goden, de God van Israel, die in de Mozaische wetgeving het verlossingsproces aangaande mens en wereld proclameerde.

De leiders van dit bestel worden “koningen” genoemd, zoals er ook in het krantenjargon van “olie-baronnen”, “goud-koningen”, “krantenkoningen” en zelfs “heroine-koningen” geschreven wordt! Zo zijn er ook “seks-koningen” die schatrijk worden aan de verspreiding van pornografie, “bont-koningen”, “diamanten-koningen”, “geldvorsten”, “gok-koningen” (Las Vegas) en “peetvaders”, de over dood en leven beschikkende super-gangsters van moordsyndicaten als bijvoorbeeld de Maffia; “wapen-koningen” en nog talrijke andere “majesteiten” die rijk worden aan de godslasterlijke en goddeloze weelde van het Babelse hoerenstelsel.

Ook voor déze aspecten van Babylon geldt: . . .

  • ‘gaat uit van haar, mijn volk (Israel en de goyim/volkeren), opdat gij geen gemeenschap hebt aan haar zonden en niet ontvangt van haar plagen (Openb. 18:4)

Nogmaals wordthet gericht over Babel gemotiveerd. Het “ophopen” of “samenballen” van de zonden, en heeft als grondwoord “samenkleven”. Dus met andere woorden gezegd, Babel is een zondenberg, waarbij de ene zonde aan de andere kleeft, reikend tot aan de hemel toe. En hier zegt God het genoeg, ‘de hemel is een aan de mens gestelde grens’ . . . geen uitstel meer!!

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Het is anno 2013 de olie uit de Arabische oliestaten die de geindustrialeerde wereld economieen van oost en west in stand houden; vandaar de vrees die met name bij de Westerse mogendheden leeft, om bij het uitbreken van een oorlog in het Arabisch-Israelische conflict in een thans zeer onrustig Midden-Oosten een hernieuwd olie-embargo of het drastisch opschroeven van de olieprijzen tegemoet te zien, en daar bijkomend de angst voor hervatting van terroristische aanslagen in de metropolen van Europa en de Verenigde staten.

Het olie-embargo was het druk of chantage-middel dat de ‘Jom Kippur’ oorlog zo’n machtig wapen in de handen van de Arabieren bleek te zijn . . .

Precies 40 jaar na het verstrijken van de ‘Jom Kippur’ oorlog van 1973 waarbij Egypte en Syrie op Israels allerheiligste dag ‘de grote Verzoendag’ op 6 oktober het Sieraad land Israel binnen vielen en men in Israel dacht dat de Gog-Magog oorlog begonnen was, zijn de gevolgen van die laffe aanval waarbij het de opzet was elke Israeli de zee in te drijven, en zijn veertig jaar na dato nu in 2013 de perceptie duidelijk en desastreus aan het worden in zowel Syrie als in Egypte.

Juist ook de profeten van Israel zijn klip en klaar in hun aanzeggingen als oordeel als het gaat over de grote eind-gerichten die ten deel zullen vallen aan de volkeren rondom Israel die willens en wetens uit zijn op de vernietiging van dat volk.

Zo vindt men in Tenach een aantal schriftplaatsen die expliciet een eindtijd oordeel aanzeggen over volkeren die hoofdzakelijk gelegen zijn in het Midden-Oosten als het gaat om hun handelen t.o.v. Israel met haar hoofdstad Jeruzalem, dus hier in dit geval betreft het Egypte en de hoofdstad van Syrie, Damaskus.

Als volgt: uit de profeten Jesaja, Jeremia en Ezechiel.

Profetie over Egypte – Jesaja 19:1-25.

  • ‘Dan zal Ik Egyptenaren tegen Egyptenaren ophitsen, zodat ieder van hen strijdt tegen zijn broeder en ieder tegen zijn naaste, stad tegen stad, koninkrijk tegen koninkrijk; en Egypte zal zijn bezinning verliezen en Ik zal zijn voornemen verijdelen . . . En Ik zal Egypte overgeven in de macht van een hardvochtig heer, en een gestreng koning zal daarover heersen, luidt het woord van de Here, de HERE der heerscharen’ (Jes. 19:2,4).

De verovering van Egypte voorspeld – Jeremia 43:8-13.

  • ‘Hij zal komen en het land Egypte slaan: wie bestemd is ten dode, ten dode, en wie bestemd is ter gevangenschap, ter gevangenschap, en wie bestemd is ten zwaarde, ten zwaarde’ (Jer. 43:11).

Over Egypte – Jeremia 46:1-28.

  • ‘Oprukken zal ik, ik zal de aarde overdekken, ik zal verdelgen steden met inwoners en al! … Dit toch is de dag van de HERE der heerscharen, de dag der wrake om wraak te nemen op zijn tegenstanders; ja, het zwaard verslindt en wordt verzadigd en dronken van bloed … dochter van Egypte; tevergeefs neemt gij veel geneesmiddelen, voor u is er geen genezing'(Jer. 46:8-11). [zie ook: Ezechiel 29:6-8; Ezechiel 30-31 en 32:1-21].

Profetie over Damaskus – Jesaja 17:1-14.

  • ‘Zie Damaskus wordt weggenomen, zodat het geen stad meer is: het wordt een puinhoop, een bouwval. Verlaten liggen de steden van Aoer, zij zijn voor de kudden, die er legeren zonder dat iemand ze opschrikt … Ten tijde des avonds, zie, daar is verschrikking; voordat het morgen wordt, zijn zij er niet meer. Dit is het deel van hen die ons plunderen, en het lot van hen die ons beroven’ (Jes.17:1,2,14).

Gericht over Damaskus – Amos 1:2-5.

  • Hij zeide: De HERE brult uit Sion en uit Jeruzalem verheft Hij zijn stem, zodat de weiden der herders treuren en de top van de Karmel verdort. Zo zegt de HERE: Om drie overtredingen van Damaskus, ja om vier, zal Ik het niet herroepen. Omdat zij Gilead met ijzeren dorssleden gedorst hebben, zal Ik vuur werpen in Hazaels huis, zodat het Benhadads burchten verteert, en Ik zal de grendel van Damaskus verbreken, …’ (Amos 1:2-4).  

Het getal veertig (jaren) is in de Bijbel in verreweg de meeste gevallen een kwalificatie van tijd; het is een bepaalde afgesloten periode waarna er iets nieuws gaat gebeuren. Zo luiden de 40 jaren na de ‘Jom Kippur’ oorlog van 1973 waarin Israel op het randje van de afgrond verkeerde door het toedoen van Egypte en Syrie (Damaskus) thans een periode in van oordeel, … maar altijd gericht met het visoen voor ogen op  dagen van herstel, althans, zo werkt de God van Israel en in opdracht van Hem geprofeteerd door  Jesaja (Jes. 19:19-25).

  • ‘Op die dag zal er een gebaande weg zijn van Egypte naar [door de landstreken heen van Syrie] Assyrie.  De Assyriers zullen in Egypte komen en de Egyptenaren in Assyrie. De Egyptenaren zullen samen met de Assyriers de HEERE dienen. Op die dag zal Israel de derde zijn naast Egypte en Assyrie, een zegen in het midden der aarde. Want de HEERE van de legermachten zal hen zegenen met de woorden: Gezegend zij Mijn volk Egypte, het werk van Mijn handen Assyrie, en Mijn eigendom Israel! (Jes. 19:23-25). 

Gerard J.C. Plas

 

 

 

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  29 Responses to “Unlocking Mystery Babylon The Mother Of Harlots – editorial”

  1. All I can say is, WOW! This is a thorough, concise and convincing essay. I was reading from Revelations earlier this evening and found your article because I kept getting hung up on the fact that Rome just didn’t add up as the location of Mystery Babylon. I was having trouble reconciling for the same reasons you listed, primarily, locations, being witnessed by seafarers and the sorrow of losing a great customer, as well as the goods being imported- not exported. What are your opinions then on who the false prophet will be? I always assumed it would be the pope, and am still inclined to think that way given the radical beliefs and statements of Pope Francis.

    Thank you once again for a very well written, documented (Biblical) and informative article. It certainly cleared up questions I’ve had for a long time.

    Sincerely,
    Stephen Brand

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  4. Great article and research…I have come to these EXACT conclusions….and would add that there are many more proofs that it is ARabia and Islam that is clearly depicted in the Scriptures! Blessings for such clear Bible teaching. Cathy http://www.connectedtotheword.com

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  6. thank you so much for this article. I have been reading some of Walid Shoebat’s writings also on this topic. You are so thorough and I can’t thank you enough.
    There are those who say America is Babylon. It never made sense to me. These same people say we need to flee the U.S. And relocate. I just haven’t felt any leading by the Holy Spirit to do that.
    Again. Thank you so much for all your work! God is good!

  7. God show me two identical image of Jesus Christ. the devil appearing as Christ in worship buildings 2thess2:4!
    Holy Bible has mixtures of original and changed scriptures
    Hello, my name is Deborah and I have testimony on video called “Christ testimony of the churches around the world”.
    Many Christ believers in worship buildings known as “Churches” around the world do not know original scriptures of prophecy were changed during the end of the First Century AD by certain men who first establish the Roman Catholic Church. These certain men were of the circumcision and un-circumcision, who added and took away words of prophecy in original scriptures and then put them in a book they called the “Holy Bible”. They called Hebrew bible scriptures “Old Testament” and testimonies of Christ “New Testament”. The Hebrew bible on chabad.org has the original scriptures of prophecy.
    Before disciple Paul’s departure, he spoke and wrote about certain men, who would change the truth of God into a lie and draw disciples after them.
    Acts 20:28-31,Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which Jesus, the Christ has made you overseers, to feed his sheep, which he has purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock and also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
    Romans 1:23,25 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever Amen.
    Also in 2Timothy 4:3-4; 2 Thess 2:4; Gal 1:6-7;Gal 2:4; 2 Cor 4:2 and many more!
    Disciple John and Peter knew about these men as well.
    1John 2:18-19, Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that anti christ shall come, even now are there many anti christs; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
    2John 1:7, For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti christ.
    1Peter 2: 7-8, to you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: where to also they were appointed.
    2Peter 1:16, For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
    In Romans 1:25, disciple Paul is referring to the original scripture Isaiah 9:5 which is found in the Hebrew Bible on chabad.org.
    Here is original scripture Isaiah 9:5, For a child has been born to us, a son given to us, and the authority is upon his shoulder, and the wondrous adviser, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, called his name, “the prince of peace.”
    Here is the scripture after the change during the end of the first century AD in Roman times.
    King James Version Isaiah 9:6, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
    The one true living God is a spirit!
    Numbers 23:19, God is not a man that He should lie, nor is He a mortal that He should relent. Would He say and not do, speak and not fulfill?
    Isaiah 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts [higher] than your thoughts.
    Genesis 1:2, Now the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water.
    The true Messiah, Jesus Christ declared God is a spirit.
    John 4:23-24, But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
    Mark 10:18, And Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.
    Original prophecies and testimonies of the man Jesus Christ were changed to make him into a God!
    The Roman Catholic “Mother” church created December 25th to worship the creature more than the Creator!
    Revelation 13:18, Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
    Revelation 13:8, And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    The man Jesus Christ spoke of what he saw in Luke chapter 4 in Matthew 24 and Luke 21! He saw our generation and the spreading of “Churches” worshiping the image!
    There are two identical images of Jesus Christ.

    One “Image” of Jesus Christ is the devil appearing to people in churches with all kinds of lying signs and wonders! 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10, Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders and with all deceptions of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    This identical image of Jesus Christ is Matthew 24:15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso reads, let him understand.

    Revelation 17:8, The beast that you saw 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 from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

    Daniel 8:9, And from one of them emerged a small horn, and it became very great to the south and to the east and to the coveted land.
    Daniel 7:8, I looked at these horns and behold another small horn came up among them, and three of the first horns were plucked out before it, and behold eyes like human eyes were on this horn, and a mouth speaking arrogantly.
    Where is the holy place?
    In the heavenly realm where Christ is seated at the right hand of the one true living God.
    Daniel 8:10-11, And it grew until the host of heaven, and it cast down to the ground some of the host and of the stars and trampled them and until the Prince of the host it grew, and through him the daily sacrifice was removed, and the base of His Sanctuary was cast down.

    This abomination of desolation is Revelation 17:5, And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
    Abominations are found in the house of God that represent his name.
    Ezekiel 8:6, And He said to me, “Do you see what they are doing? The great abominations that the house of Israel is doing here are to cause Me to distance Myself from upon My sanctuary; and you will yet return and see great abominations.”
    Ezekiel 8:16-17, And He brought me to the inner court of the house of the Lord, and behold, at the entrance of the Temple of the Lord between the porch and the altar, about twenty- five men, their backs to the Temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were prostrating themselves eastward to the sun and He said to me, “Have you seen, son of man? Was it [too] trivial to the house of Judah to prevent them from performing the abominations that they have done here? For they have [already] filled the land with violence, and repeatedly provoked Me, and behold they send disgrace into their nose.
    Revelation 11:2, But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given to the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
    Who is treading underfoot the son of God?
    2 Corinthians 11:13, For such are false teachers, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the disciples of Christ. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
    Hebrews 10:29, Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the everlasting covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite to the Spirit of grace?
    Matthew 24:24-25, For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.
    Luke 21:8, And he said, Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draws near: go you not therefore after them.

    Luke 21:24, And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

    Where are the people that believe being led away and held captive?

    Matthew 24:26, Wherefore if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
    What secret chambers?
    2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

    The man Jesus Christ came in the flesh!
    The true Messiah, Jesus Christ was conceived through procreation of a man and a woman Genesis 1:28, And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
    Galatians 4:4-5, But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a man and a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
    Both man and woman were under the law!
    Romans 1:3, Concerning his Son Jesus, Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
    Romans 8:3, For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
    Hebrews 2:14, Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
    Hebrews 5:7, Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared God.
    1 Peter 3:18, For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the sinful flesh, but quickened by the Spirit of God:
    1 Peter 4:1-2, Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the sinful flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the sinful flesh has ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the will of men, but to the will of God.
    1 John 4:2-3, Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the sinful flesh is of God and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the sinful flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
    The testimony of the Jewish couple Joseph and Mary
    Joseph and Mary were married at the age of puberty or 12 years plus one day according to Ancient Judaism.
    Mary, a young woman was found without child after 10 years of marriage. Joseph was thinking of divorce because his wife bare no children, But God sent his angel informing both Joseph and Mary that they shall have a son. God open the womb of Mary to conceive a bare a son which came from the seed of David through Joseph the son of David!
    It was common for a Jewish husband to put away his wife if after 10 years she bears no children.
    Please look up article called, “For She Was Barren”: Infertility as Grounds for Divorce by Dr. Yoel Shiloh Ashkelon College.
    The Hebrew Bible has many testimonies of woman who were barren and God made announcement and opened their womb to conceive. There is Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Manoah’s wife, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary.
    True testimony of Mary’s conception of Christ
    By the grace and mercies of God, he reveals the truth to his people.
    Here is Matthew and Luke’s testimony of the Jewish couple God chose to bring forth the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
    Matthew’s testimony:
    Matthew 1:18-25, Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was married to Joseph she was found without child. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately, But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for she shall conceived and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
    Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a young woman shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name,
    *Emmanuel, which being interpreted, “God is with us” > Luke 1:68-69, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up an Horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
    *Isaiah 7:14, Therefore, the Lord, of His own, shall give you a sign; behold, the young woman is with child, and she shall bear a son, and she shall call his name Immanuel.
    The rabbis say the child was called Maher-shalal-hash-baz, and the salvation of the House of David, as the child was called Immanuel.
    Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife and knew her till she had conceive and brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
    Luke’s testimony:
    Luke 1:26-37, And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a young woman married to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the young woman’s name was Mary. The angel said to her, Mazel tov, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women and when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of greeting this should be and the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God and behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David and he shall rule over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
    Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I am without child? And the angel answered and said to her, *the Spirit of God shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also the holy child which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
    “The Spirit of God shall come upon you” The Spirit of God rested on Mary. Mary greets Elizabeth, who is six months pregnant and the Spirit of God comes on the baby in her womb! Mary prophesy for the first time!
    “The power of the Highest shall overshadow you:” This refers to Psalm 91:1, He who dwells in the covert of the Most High will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty. Mary was protected to bring forth the Messiah. As you read the testimonies of God warning Joseph many times.
    The rabbis say, He who dwells in the covert of the Most High: He who takes shelter in the covert of the wings of the Shechinah he will lodge in His shadow, for the Holy One, blessed be He, protects him. Moses, our teacher, hereby persuades people to take shelter in the wings of the Shechinah.

    God calling his people to come out of these churches and get into prayer.

    The ten virgins Matthew 25:6. Your body is the temple made without hands. Christ’s body died on the tree and was raised by the spirit of God on the third day. True worship is by the spirit of God Revelation 11:1, And there was given me a reed like to a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. Revelation 7:15, Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sits on the throne shall dwell among them.
    Hebrews 8:1-2, Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true temple of God, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
    Hebrews 9:11, But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect temple not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building made with hands;
    God’s people turn and come into prayer for the coming prophesy of Joel Acts 2:16-18!
    Then immediately comes Great Tribulation. The people get sealed by the spirit of God to prepare and be ready Daniel 12:10, Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Revelation 16:15, Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, less he walk naked, and they see his shame.
    2 Chronicles 7:14, And My people, upon whom My name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My presence and repent of their evil ways, I shall hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.
    Revelation 18:4, And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.
    What plagues is God talking about?
    Revelation 22:18-19, For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things,
    God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    1Peter 4:17-18, For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the word of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
    Judgment coming in the house of God? How can this be? The Hebrew Bible shows the purpose and deceptions of the devil. Isaiah 14: 12-14, How have you fallen from heaven, the morning star? You have been cut down to earth, You who cast lots on nations Rev 12:8-9!
    And you said to yourself, ‘To the heavens will I ascend, above God’s stars will I raise my throne, and I will sit on the (mount of the assembly Rev 11:2), in the farthest end of the north.
    I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will liken myself to the Most High.’
    Daniel 8:9-11, And from one of them emerged a small “horn”, and it became very great to the south and to the east and to the coveted land and it grew until the host of heaven, and it cast down to the ground some of the host and of the stars and trampled them. And until the Prince of the host it grew, and through him the daily sacrifice was removed, and the base of His Sanctuary was cast down.
    Luke 4:6-7, And the devil said to him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours.
    Ezekiel 28:2 “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre: So said the Lord God: Because your heart is proud, and you said, ‘I am a god, I have sat in a seat of God, in the heart of the seas,’ but you are a man and not a god, yet you have made your heart like the heart of God. Daniel 7:4>Revelation 13:2; Ezekiel 28:13-19.

    Luke 4:9, And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, If YOU be the Son of God, throw yourself down from here: 2 Corinthians 11:14, And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
    Matthew 7:22-23, Many will say to me in that “day”, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
    Matthew 24:12, And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    2 Thessalonians 2:7, For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.
    Revelation 18:22-24, And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you: for your ministers were the great men of the earth; for by your sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of the holy ones, and of all that were killed upon the earth.

    God calling his people to truth and come out of these worship buildings and their teachings from the Roman Catholic “Mother” church. Revelation 17:4, And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

    Jeremiah 51:7, Babylon is a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, it intoxicates all the earth; nations have drunk of her wine, therefore, nations are mad.
    1 Corinthians 10:21, You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
    1 Corinthians 11:27, Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
    Luke 11:39, And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening wolves and wickedness.

    Romans 10:2-4, For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.
    2 Timothy 3:5, Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
    This message is for real. I am a witness to seeing two identical image of Jesus Christ and the devil is appearing as the image of Jesus Christ to people in churches around the world!
    I am the woman in Revelation 12: verse 6 and 14. I am also one of the witnesses of Revelation 11: verse 3 and 7! I am witness to seeing beast ascend out of bottomless pit and in spiritual perdition as I send my testimony to churches. In my testimony the one true living God of heaven and earth brought me out of the churches and their false teachings. Then God anointed me and spiritually sent me into this “Great City”Revelation 11:8. I saw my spiritual body go down into the earth! As I send my testimony and biblical prophecies to churches I see church people spirits in this “Great City” that is about to receive the judgment of God. Many of God’s people are coming out and getting into prayer for the coming prophesy of Joel 2:28-29 which Hebrew bible Joel 3:1-2!
    This outpouring of God’s spirit (Acts 2:2-3; Hebrews 8:10) coming quickly then immediately following the “Last Days” of Great Tribulation upon the earth. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

    And take heed to yourselves, less at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
    For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
    Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of God.

    Matthew 24:29, Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken and then shall appear the sign of the Son of God in heaven: (Revelation 8:12>Joel 2:10 and Joel 3:15)
    and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of God coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other Joel 2:31-32;Revelation 6:12.
    Time is running out and the spiritual perdition of 42 months is almost completed. Be a wise virgin and seek God in prayer for the truth!

  8. Greetings! Very useful advice within this article!
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  9. Thank you for this superb article with so much detail and supporting information. You have explained and clarified scriptures regarding Mystery Babylon that I have found very confusing. I thank God for leading me to read your article. May God bless you. Again – thank you, thank you, thank you.

  10. This is a great read. I believe this is true. I see Islam coming as a revived world power, and the AntiChrist hailing from Islam just as the False Prophet is.
    However, many still in the West hold dearly onto the Pope being the Anti Chirst with no intention of looking the other way if you will to discern between the two. It’s sad really, because the Pope, although I don’t agree with him is NOT the AC, and Islam is right at their door knocking—-Wake up people! Wake up!

  11. I only thought New York was Mystery Babylon,due to it’s seaport and international trade,as well as the headquarters for the U.N.,not to mention Babylon,New York,but when you mention the desert by the sea and the Arabian pitchin’ it’s tent there,then it all makes sense!! I DO believe America to be Manasseh in Genesis;48:16-19,;49:22-26 and Deuteronomy;33:13-17!!

  12. I have received the same message as you (shoebat) have written, through the Holy Spirit after many studies. As i studied the Bible, all description and attributes of the little horn points towards muhammad and his era. So the first beast spoken of in Rev13:1-7 is muhammad while the second beast in same passage is yet to come. Pls shoebat i want you to look into it. I enjoyed your elaborate teaching and exposition on this topic. May God continue to inspire you with the kingdom knowlege.

  13. UN the last Babylonian Empire ?

    Jeremiah’s dual prophecy in Chapter 25:8-12 depicts the downfall of the Babylonian world power and foreshadows the last 70 years of obscured Counsel Government.

    Jeremiah 25:8-12
    Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts (YHVH of armies); Because ye have not heard my words (rebellion, disobedience, corruption, idol worship), Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadnezzar (personified Antichrist ) the king of Babylon (economic and military world powers), my servant (instrument of GOD’s wrath), and will bring them against this land , and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them (in 1945 CE ), and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
    Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
    And this whole land shall be desolation and astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years (1945 CE – 2015/2016 CE).

    And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished (2015/2016 CE), that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity (corruption, tyranny), and the land of the Chaldeans , and will make it perpetual desolations.

    For further information regarding ‘THE LAST DAYS’: please go to e.g. http://issuu.com/eli.yah/docs/armageddon_2017.docx

  14. Yes, I agree, it is Saudi Arabia! Iran is about ready to nuke her out of existence!

  15. Mecca /Saudi Arabia just doesn’t add up. You glossed over several key issues and completely mis-applied Isaiah 13 to Mystery Babylon

    Saudi arabia is not “the hammer of the whole earth”. Seriously?. There is only one country in the world that could ever be considered the hammer of the whole earth. The USA’s military far outstrips any other country on the planet and the USA has a reputation for being the police of the world

    You say Saudi Arabia has oil so that is why the “whole world” has “drunk of her wine”, but cmon…lots and lots of countries have oil. In fact there are several countries that have FAR more oil than Saudi Arabia. Saying that Saudia Arabia is the richest and most powerful nation in the WHOLE WORLD is just not plausible on it’s face.
    The “wine” that the world has drunk of is the unprecedented immoralty that the USA has exported to ALL nations of the world. You see refugees fleeing in Somalia and they are wearing Motley Crue teeshirts from second hand stars. Think about it

    You say that the “Arab will not pitch his tent there again”, but this is not even relevant to Mystery Babylon. That is from Isaiah 13 and that was COMPLETELY FULFILLED in ancient babylon. To this day it is still a wasteland. Saddam Hussein thought he would rebuilt it, and guess what…the hammer of the earth (USA) took him out before he could.

    Scripture also says that Mystery Babylon is the hindermost of the nations. USA again. Saudi Arabia is once again a fail, because it is as old as dirt (Like the Book of Chronicles old…) and in no way could be the hindermost of nations

    So this whole Saudi Arabia/Mecca is Mystery Babylon has more holes than swiss cheese…

    There are simply no serious candidates for Mystery Babylon other than the USA. All others fall short in major ways…assuming that one does not resort to mis-applying already fulfilled scriptures about ancient Babylon to end times Mystery Babylon

    • “Saudi Arabia is not the hammer of the howl earth” you have never heard of the Islamic state, never heard of 9/11, never heard of the Paris terrorist attacks, and never heard of any Islamic corruption

      “Isaiah 13 was completely fulfilled” it says in verse 9 the day of the lord and it says in verse 10 the heavens shall not give it’s light. is that not end times related?

  16. Umm, Mem, you have a couple good points, but saying that the wine of Mystery Babylon is merely immorality is speculation. The USA is perhaps a recent modern nation, but to say it is the hindermost requires filtering out a lot of countries that formed just in the 1900’s, granted those are not super-powers, so you have to apply the super-power filter

    The thing you did get right that unravels this article are that Isaiah 13 and 21 are clearly about ancient babylon not end times babylon and were fulfilled

    Isaiah 13-23 were all pronounced by the prophet in 713 BC. Sennacherib completed the desctruction of Ancient Babylon in 689BC and he destroyed it utterly, like a madman bent on its total and epic destruction. He even built waterworks to pipe water in just to flood the foundations of the city and quite literally turned it into a marshland. In the Bivian description, Sennacherib records his destruction of Babylon…
    “In a second campaign of mine I advanced swiftly against Babylon, upon whose conquest I had determined…I left none. With their corpses I filled the city squares….The wealth of that city, – silver, gold, precious stones, property and goods, I doled out to my people and they made it their own. The gods dwelling therein, – the hands of my people took them, and they smashed them…The city and houses, from the foundation to its top, I destroyed, I devastated, I burned with fire. The wall and outer wall, temples and gods, temple towers of bricks and earth, as many as there were, I razed and dumped them into the Arahtu Canal. Through the midst of that city I dug canals, I flooded its grounds with water, and the very foundations thereof I destroyed. I made its destruction more complete than that by a flood. That in days to come the site of that city, and temples and gods, might not be remembered, I completely blotted it out with floods of water and made it like a meadow”
    That is exactly what Isaiah “saw” in verse 9. In fact, the Assyrian word used for ‘broke them in pieces’ (ushabbiruma) is ‘radically identical to the shbr of verse 9. It was as if Isaiah “saw” (prophetically) and placed the description in his book and it has been fulfilled to the letter.

    “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation …” (13: 19-20a). He later wrote, “’for I will rise up against them,’ says the LORD of Hosts, ‘and cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and offspring and posterity,’ says the LORD. ‘I will also make it a possession for porcupine, and marshes of muddy water; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,’ says the LORD of Host” (14: 22-23). That is exactly what happened in 689 BC.

    The destruction of Great Ancient Babylon was so great that it itself was truly never inhabited again. In the ancient world when they tried to rebuild it, they couldn’t even use an of the ruins, because it was all a marsh. All they could do was build a new city completely on top of the ruins and slap the name Babylon on it, but it never was the “real” great ancient babylon that received the prophecy of destruction and so in true fact that actual great ancient babylon was never inhabited again at all

    Once the ancient babylon and Edom prophetic passages are eliminated from the conversation, you also find that all the references to “arabs” and “arabian” locations are absent as well (Isaiah 13-23, Jer 49, etc). The passages that actually, definitely talk about end times Babylon have no such references. In fact, those have references that give clues that rule out Arabia or Rome.

    • According to the prophecies of Revelation, God is not done with Babylon the great…The reason why God calls her mystery Babylon is because she changed her identity, when she moved from the middle east, to Europe, and North America…Ancient Babylon the great, changed her identity, to Britain the great, and to America the great, otherwise God would not call her mystery Babylon, if she was not a mystery…The U.S. is a direct descendant of Britain, and Britain is well known as Britain the great, or great Britain, and the titles of Babylon the great, and Britain the great match, and is not a coincidence that they call themselves GREAT…And if you study history, God was using ancient Babylonian, to punish Israel, or any nation…Today, God is using the U.S. to keep the nations in check until the appointed time…When God pronounces judgment on the U.S. God is actually pronouncing judgment on the descendants of ancient Babylon the great…And according to the Scriptures, ancient Babylon was a mighty nation…And according to history, Britain was a mighty nation…And according to history, the U.S. is a mighty nation…The U.S. is reigning over the kings of the earth…If the descendants of ancient Babylon, did not exist, there wouldn’t be any need for Revelation.

    • Babylon was re built. Gulf war.

  17. Nice article.thanks for sharing

  18. Other points to consider:
    “The seven heads are seven hills and seven kings”.
    “The eighth [hill/king] is one of the seven”.
    Mecca is of seven plus one [manmade] hills; being seven principal buildings with high clocktower as foremost; and Meccan Temple being the eighth.Such descriptions also fitting of Rome+VaticanHill and also Jerusalem+Temple.
    7+1 kings can also be made to fit either historically, or foreseeably near-futuristically-attainable, of each state-religion of all three cities [Herod kings; historical Caesarial or modern Papacy lineages; modern Saudi kings past, present, and near-future].

    However, yes, I agree: The Scarlet [?Color of Lies?] Beast is in the desert, as basically a 30-km-distant suburb of Jiddah/Jeddah [notably, a woman].

    Further biblical prophecy states that a city in The Red Sea shall be destroyed, as sea-captains stand-off in the [Red] Sea, and throw dust over their heads in mourning [an Arab and Hebrew, but not Roman custom]. To consider that said sea-captains shall be assembled off the port’s coast, would imply that sudden [one-hour] destruction shall likely prophetically come upon the port city of importation of all manner of great riches of trade. Tho, taking a divine year as being of one prophetical day, one hour would equal approximately two weeks. A two-week lead-up of animosities to eventual sudden destruction of the city indicated could however also be good reason for ships to be nervously standing-off to sea, away from the port.

  19. Further consider:
    “His [The Beast’s] number is the number of a [?type of?] man; and his number is 666.”
    Old Greek for China [The Great Red Dragon] = Chinae = Greek Gematria 666.
    Communist “Red” China formed one year after the birth of Israel.
    [The Celestial Dragon wished to eat the child of The Celestial Woman . . . A war in Heaven . . . The Dragon falls to Earth. Communist China is formed in 1949, after Israel Reformation in 1948.
    Notable Israelis of communal Israel gave much assistance to China in setting-up Communist systems ~ members of The Synagogue of Satan, perhaps?
    The Dragon gives power to The Leopard Beast, rising and standing as a man, from the sea [gentiles].
    The First Beast in turn gives power to The Lamb Beast, rising out of the earth [peoples of the book] which speaks as a Dragon.

    Now look to a global map of Middle East plus China.
    A dragon shape with snout of Korean Peninsula, and tail into Phillippines and Indonesia, with discernible ?plucked? wings may be made of China. A dappled Leopard Beast with a mouth of a lion, standing out of the sea may be made of Pakistan, India, up into Syria and the former Islamic Stan [many-headed] republics of USSR. Iran is the foreshoulder, with Turkey the bear-paw. The bear paw seems to be thumping the arse of the Lamb Beast of Saudi Arabia, whilst that “lamb of two horns” is attempting to gore the Leopard Beast in the region of Iran. Consider then, current Shiite-Sunni animosities. Perhaps The Lamb Beast is to be brought under control before receiving power from the Leopard Beast which is of countries which are all of both historical Roman and Persian influences, and also of much Islamist religion and culture?
    A war between the “kings” of the north and south [Pakistan and India; AND/OR Shiite-Sunni lands} may also be required to fulfil formation of such proposed prophetically-fittable beasts?].

    The “circumstantial appropriations” herein, are outstandingly obvious and seemingly oh-so-appropriate to currency of religious and cultural wars, and other events of import of prophecy and scripture ~ and I merely intend that all who read of my post here are thereby alerted to possibilities of biblical prophecy considerations.

  20. Daniel’s composite warrior?

    Of TWO legs, with feet of ill-mix of iron and miry clay [and of inheritence of Roman Empire].
    Rome historically divided East & West . . . two legs, today mainly Christian and Islamist.
    We’ve had the Christian European-leg war, spilling into the Islamist Middle East.
    Perhaps now, it is time for the ill-mixed eastern Islamist leg to be at war with itself, and to spill, as appears most likely, into the European leg.

  21. 2017 – 500th ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER’S PROTEST – Is the Protest over?

    2017 – 500th ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER’S PROTEST AGAINST THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

    THIS YEAR MARKS THE 500 ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER’S PROTEST AGAINST THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.(Mystery Babylon? Zech 5 ,Rev 17 & 18)

    Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg making a stand against the Pope and the preaching of the Roman Catholic Church. This eventually gave birth to various movements of exit out of the church e.g Lutheranism Calvinism etc even our own Protestant Anglican Church being further established breaking away from Rome.

    500 years on IS THE PROTEST OVER?

    Sword of the Spirit Film & T.v production company are proud to screen their lowbudget short film – It Was Further Enacted©Who would want to protest thePope? – stars Jeremy Brooks, dir Elizabeth Obisanya, Camera , Prince Okoye.

    Trailer: https://vimeo.com/113538487

    Tickets via Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/it-was-further-enacted-short-film-screening-discussion-2017-500-years-after-luther-is-the-protest-tickets-31149355561

    A discussion titled : Is the Protest over? follows the Screening

    (Is Re-unification as suggested by Archbishop of Canterbury – of The Lord Jesus or disobedience unto Him given Rev 18: 4?Is it even legal?)

    Film website : http://swordofthespiritfilm.wixsite.com/itwasfurtherenacted

    For more on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation visit main (German) website: http://www.germany.travel/en/specials/luther/luther.html

    Events in the UK :http://www.reformation500.uk/

    • For true believers the protest is NOT over. The catholic church is busy enticing protestant churches around the world to join it . Yes many sections of mainstream protestant churches will go whoring after Rome the Mother of harlots. Sections of the Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists etc.. will join hands with Rome loving the pleasures and esteem of this world their love of YHVH and His Messiah Jesus Christ having died.
      As for the location of mystery Babylon have you considered that after forming this one world religion together with sections of muslims, hindus, kabbalistic jews, etc ( like the COEXIST movement) they will build a new City ( probably on the ruins of ancient Babylon) and have that as their capital? This is very possible. So you still have the same players.

  22. Thank you, for that understanding, Just read the Revelation, 1-19 chapters.

  23. The Russian Bear
    is injured on one side [they lost the Soviet union.
    It had three ribs in its mouth as it try’s to get its empire back
    1. Crimea one rib

    2. Russian Ukraine

    3. Yet to come European Turkey, Istanbul, formerly Constantinople

    The bible says the anti Christ while getting its ottoman empire back goes into a rage

    problems in the North and east,

    It loses Istanbul to the Russians who double cross them. and Kurdistan with UN and USA help

    The bible says all nations are at har-madeggenon.

    The Turks attack the bases in Syria in a vengeance attack. [rage]

    We have now have Christ’s return

  24. Thank you for your interpretation, which is one that I share after studying this area in depth. No matter how hard you try to interpret Revelation and Isaiah in any other way, it just won’t fit.

    Sadly wisdom is lacking in the Vatican and in modern Christian circles. The pope in his eagerness for peace has kissed the quran and welcomed muslim prayer in the Vatican buildings.

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