Sep 26, 2012

Is America the Babylon of the Last Days?

Some say the USA is not found in Bible Prophecy. Yet there may be no better literal explanation for Mystery Babylon than modern America.

Some people have been writing in the days after the September 11th event about the question of whether the event fulfills Revelation 18's pronouncement of judgment on Mystery Babylon. Others deny that the Mystery Babylon of Revelation 18 is even speaking about America (and some inexplicably deny that the USA, the greatest nation in history, is even mentioned in prophecy). While it is true that Revelation 18 is not referring merely to the destruction of the World Trade Center, it is clear to me that the final destruction of the United States of America is mainly what Revelation 18 is about.

Revelation Tells Us Exactly When Mystery Babylon America Falls

I say mainly because it is true that Babylon is a ruling system that has been with us since Nimrod. It is the system behind every gentile empire through history. But it also must be a nation, otherwise how can it fall before the Great Tribulation comes? Rev 14 tells us it will:
Rev 14:6-9 6 And I saw another angel [1] fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters [this message is out now, the same I share with people, for which they label me a nut, out of touch with reality]
8 And there followed another angel(2), saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. [this message is clearly about America and her sensual culture which you find exported in every country you visit.]
9 And the third angel (3) followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
From this sequence of three angels delivering three different messages at the appropriate time we can learn the timing of the fall of Mystery Babylon. Since the second angel announces Mystery Babylon's fall before the third angel warns everyone not to take the mark of the Beast, then logically the Babylon that the Beast represents according to Isaiah 13=Revelation 18 is not the same Babylon that falls before the mark is decreed. 

Mystery Babylon: 'Religious System' or Actual Nation?

Notice that before the final Beast system rises and puts its mark on everyone (which is easily provable to happen at the start of the Great Tribulation, or 3½ years into the last 7 years), a nation called Babylon falls first. This can only be the USA as Jeremiah 50, 51 and Isaiah 47, 48 and Rev 17, 18 point to as the only candidate that fits all the Scripture on Mystery Babylon. Now Revelation 17 and 18 specifically then must be dual, they speak of America and the entire later Mother Babylonian system. This is why Rev 18 and 14 say "Babylon has fallen (1), has fallen (2)". It's dual, and not limited to one fulfillment. American, called technically a daughter of Babylon by Jeremiah and Isaiah, can only fall once. Then the full and final embodiment of Babylon, The Beast, will fall 3½ years later when Messiah vaporizes its armies.

This negates the idea that we do not have to leave a physical location to come out of Babylon. Jeremiah 50-51 says 5 times to leave Babylon and go to Jerusalem/Zion.
Jer 50:5 — They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to God in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
Jer 50:28 — The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of God our God, the vengeance of his temple.
Jer 51:6 — Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of God's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
Jer 51:10 — God hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of God our God.
Jer 51:49-5049 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth. 50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember God afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
Revelation 18 also tells people to leave America before she falls so to not take part in her sins and the judgment on them.
Rev 18:4-54 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
While these certainly work on a spiritual level (stop sinning), this does not negate plain sense literal interpretation (physical travel). When nuclear bombs are going off, spiritually leaving Babylon is not going to be enough. Especially when we've already been told what to do. Lot, too, had to physically leave Sodom before her judgment. Did not Jesus say the last days would be like the days of Lot (and Noah) again? If Lot had stayed in Sodom to witness to the Sodomites, we might instead be told, "Remember Lot", instead of "Remember Lot's wife" in our instructions for these last days (Lk 17:32). If Noah had not obeyed and built an ark so he could leave the land soon to be judged by being under water, he would have died prematurely and ended his testimony as a different kind of example for our admonishment. However, Lot's wife's testimony teaches us its not enough to just physically leave, but we must really get the love for the world and its ways out of us as well. We need to leave Babylon and get Babylon out of us. Israel, too, had to leave Egypt and get Egypt out of them. On top of all this, Jeremiah 50 and Isaiah 13 speak of America the Babylon's downfall as exactly like Sodom's. The righteous will be fleeing America in the future, just as Lot fled then.

Is America really worse than other nations?

Before that can be answered, two principles of judgment that God uses must be understood.
Luke 12:47-4847 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
1 Peter 4:1717 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 gospel of God?
If we put In God we Trust on our money, have religious freedom to publish the message of the Messiah to the world for 200 years, and we are the richest country in history we better make good on it. But instead we spew our self-glorifying filth into the world and abort babies by the millions.Other nations do this as well, but just do not know better or could not be expected to do better nationally. This is why ancient Israel was judged and virtually eradicated from remembrance until 1948, and say, ancient Egypt was not and is here intact to this day. Israel was accountable for receiving God's instructions, knowing them and doing them. Egypt was a nation of December 25th Ra sun-god worshipers, but nothing more was expected from pagans who never received the Torah, or "instructions" of God. The fact that most American homes have a copy of the Bible carries a responsibility. Russia, China and every other communist or Islamic nations keep out the Bible and persecute all Christians that try to proselytize. Americans alone have the full scriptures and the free time and prosperity to study them and do them yet do not, and instead do heinous things and teach other nations to do the same. Down here in Costa Rica, they have the Bible, too (although very few decent Bible teachers), but you know what? Abortions are illegal! America is unique in her corruption compared to the good she should be doing and teaching the world. Yes, America is worse than the rest of the world by how God judges, and must be judged before all other nations whose time comes later at the end of the Great Tribulation. Therefore, according to the Bible the righteous will be leaving Babylon one day. These instructions for our generation have already been written by the holy prophets. We do not have to wait for an angel visit to know this, but we will need faith. We need to study diligently like never before to find out what to do, and then do it if we do not want to be caught up with this (last) evil generation and stand to see Messiah return with our crown.

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