Originally posted by Shieldmaker
It dosen't take a genius to realize that Revelations Chapter 18, is referring to the United States in some form.
That is, unless you disregard the prophecy of John. Which i don't.
This thread attests that the whole of mankind's beleif structure outside the Biblical teaching of a mono theistic deity - The Creator - can ALL be
traced back to ancient Babylon.
Professor Morris Jastrow, Jr., in his work The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria (1898, pp. 699-701), says regarding this: “In the ancient world,
prior to the rise of Christianity, Egypt, Persia, and Greece felt the influence of the Babylonian religion. . . . In Persia, the Mithra cult
reveals the unmistakable influence of Babylonian conceptions; and if it be recalled what a degree of importance the mysteries connected with this cult
acquired among the Romans, another link will be added connecting the ramifications of ancient culture with the civilization of the Euphrates
Valley.” In conclusion he refers to “the profound impression made upon the ancient world by the remarkable manifestations of religious thought in
Babylonia and by the religious activity that prevailed in that region.”
Babylon’s religious influence is traced eastward to India in the book New Light on the Most Ancient East, by archaeologist V. Childe (1957, p.
185). Among other points he states: “The swastika and the cross, common on stamps and plaques, were religious or magical symbols as in Babylonia and
Elam in the earliest prehistoric period, but preserve that character also in modern India as elsewhere.” Thus, ancient Babylon’s religious
influence spread out to many peoples and nations, much farther and with greater potency and endurance than did her political strength.
Therefore when the book of Revelation refers to "Babylon the Great" it is surely referring to the World Empire of False Religion.
1. Babylon the Great is described as a woman and a harlot arrayed in purple and scarlet, richly adorned, and sitting upon a scarlet-colored wild beast
having seven heads and ten horns. Upon her forehead a name is written, “a mystery: ‘Babylon the Great, the mother of the harlots and of the
disgusting things of the earth.’” She is also depicted as sitting on “many waters” representing “peoples and crowds and nations and
Those "beasts" are identified as political kingdoms and in the book of Daniel it's easy to identify the Anglo Americal World power as the two
horned beast as the modern day King of the South.
The beasts of the earth or governments are prophesised to turn on this world empire of false religion as we've been discussing in another thread on
The UN & World Governments to turn on False Religion
2. The symbol of a harlot or a fornicatrix is used frequently in the Hebrew Scriptures. The nation of Israel was warned against entering into covenant
relations with the nations of Canaan because this would lead them to commit “immoral intercourse or “play the harlot,” with their gods.” (Ex
34:12-16) Both Israel and Judah apostatized from the true worship of Jehovah God and were condemned by him as having engaged in harlotry, prostituting
themselves to the political nations and their gods. (Isa 1:21; Jer 3:6-10, 13; Eze 16:15-17, 28, 29, 38; Ho 6:10; 7:11; 8:9, 10)
3. An additional significant factor is that when Babylon the Great goes down under the devastating attack of the ten horns of the symbolic wild beast,
her fall is mourned by her companions in fornication, the kings of the earth, and also by the merchants and shippers who dealt with her in supplying
luxurious commodities and gorgeous fineries
4. A further distinguishing characteristic of Babylon the Great is her drunkenness, she being pictured as “drunk with the blood of the holy ones and
with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.” (Re 17:4, 6; 18:24; 19:1, 2) She thus is the spiritual counterpart of the ancient city of Babylon,
expressing the same enmity toward the true people of God. How many wars throughout mankind's history can be attributed to "religion"?
5. Mourning her downfall we read "and no light of a lamp will ever shine in you again, and no voice of a bridegroom and of a bride will ever be
heard in you again; because your traveling merchants were the top-ranking men of the earth, for by your spiritistic practice all the nations were
misled.”—Revelation 18:22, 23. - Marriages have tended to held in places of worship across the globe. Top ranking men of the Earth have also
indeed used religion for their own ends.
After the destruction of Babylon the Great, the kings of the earth evidently come to realize how useful she was to them. She provided a religious
front for their oppressive deeds. Babylon the Great also helped them in recruiting youths for the battlefields. Moreover, she played an important part
in keeping people in subjection.