I have not sought to push America as Babylon. My number one calling, being a Watchman is to warn of those things I see coming. This is taken from Isaiah 21:6, “let the Watchman declare what he sees”, I have done just that. From the start, I have had dreams, visions, and have seen in scripture what I believe is coming. This is detailed in my book, D-Day for America.
The question is asked though, Is America Babylon. I have called her Babylon myself on occasion. When looking at Revelation, John spoke of two great cities. The difference in these two great cities is found in the context. Many however try to find and place Jerusalem as Babylon. Spiritually, Jerusalem is known as “the great city”, called Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord was crucified. This definitely places it as Jerusalem with a spiritual title of Sodom and Egypt. Sodom spiritually is known for rebellion against God, and Egypt spiritually is known for bondage and political systems that enslave people. In both cases, these two, Sodom and Egypt rise against the Lord.
Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth
In the second case, the woman known as ‘Mystery Babylon’ is known as “that great city”, which reigns over the kings of the earth. This city in John’s time could have been none other than Rome. Rome being Babylon was first held by Tertulian, and then adopted by Jerome and Augustine. This view was commonly accepted by the church until dispensationalist teachings took hold.
There is no doubt, today, we face Babylon’s Whore as no other generation has. For America to be Babylon, more specifically New York, it would have to fulfill all the criteria. For instance, New York would have to sit on 7 hills (Rev 17:9); have to be the center of the worlds merchandise (18:3; 11-13); the corrupter of the nations (17:2; 18:3; 19:2); and lastly to be a persecutor of the saints (17:6). New York could qualify with Wall Street, the U.N., and most world banks headquartered there for the center of the world’s merchandise. It also could qualify as a corrupter of nations with the movies, pictures, videos, magazines, and other filth pouring out of it. It has not, as of yet, been the persecutor of saints. Finally New York doesn’t sit on 7 hills, as does both Jerusalem and Rome.
Yet in spite of all this, a close review of Revelation and the attributes of Babylon would resemble New York as no other city. I mention also here that many generations have thought other places to be this Babylon Whore. For example, my Pulpit commentary mentions that Great Britain is the Whore of Babylon as well. In the days of writing this commentary, this nation was indeed powerful. The common factor of all Babylon is the spiritual rebellion involved.
Babylon represents idolatry at the peak level of its rebellion against God. It embraces many faiths, Gods, and beliefs. This city state also embraces culture, the sciences, and the true Gnostic belief of learning and knowledge. Add to this the mysticism and magic that was found here, and you have the full scope of this spiritual idolatry.
While America has been filled with revivals during her history, there always has been a piece of rebellion against the Lord here. We can trace bloodshed all the way back to the Revolutionary War then up to the time we invaded Iraq. Add to this the many churches here; beliefs, and idols, then an image of Babylon begins to take shape. While we are viewing this, we cannot ignore the riches, wealth, and lifestyle we all enjoy. We see witchcraft, black magic, kabalistic teachings, and the Omega point all riding high in this country. Traditional beliefs in the bible, Jesus Christ, and even Salvation are being diluted by man made teachings and heresies. There is no doubt today that “the great city” which embodies Babylon is indeed New York and America itself.
Babylon itself was a city state. A powerful structure of political and military might which controlled vast land and peoples. So too, we see in New York. From this location wealth and power pour out. For the people in America, the land itself is filled with the idolatry and filth of Babylon.
The rising of Babylon is not yet complete. The year 2007 will see the Harlot rise to more prominence. This is the infectious disease of ‘spiritual rebellion’ that is swallowing America and the world. This has already spread into churches, pulpits, families, and the government. It will hold more sway than ever in this coming year. We will see more of the “spiritual bondage” to this Whore gain ground. As she does, the verses next will truly come to pass.
Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
While the actual fall of Babylon is yet to happen, I don’t see America falling next year. In fact, she will either rise to more prominence in power or will be swallowed up in the ‘son of perditions’ empire we call the New World Order. The road will be paved with the following. America, New York City, and all its lands will become the habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird. This metaphor describes how the no holds barred idolatry and filthiness will get. Under American law it has become lawful to be a sodomite, to engage in lewd practices. This behavior is now accepted by the church and found in the pulpits, contrary to scripture. Add to this the pornography and related filth we find. Then stir in all the faiths, beliefs, and idols Americans keep. In the truth of the matter, all this unclean, foul rebellion has found a haven in America.
This coming year will find the ‘rising of Babylon’ and its related stench. It will become more filthy, rebellious, and prominent. It will become more politically savvy and take its place in Prophecy. This rise will find more battle grounds for those who oppose this beast and its harlot. As the true believers rise to face this Whore down, opposition will become fierce. Sooner rather than later, there will be wholesale slaughter and destruction of the true believer in the midst of this. Scripture commands the true believer to come out of her, meaning out of Babylon. For the Christian, this means don’t allow any of this filth and idolatry to fill your heart. Also for those who want to escape, where will you go? This empire will reach world wide. It’s power will be seen in totally as the ‘son of perdition’ ( 2 Thess 2) rises to deceive the world. This culminates as he convinces the world to fight against God himself (The Lamb).
Revelation 17:14 ¶These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
The coming year will be one of victory for many. The trouble is, the rising of Babylon will continue. As Americans prosper, marry, bury, and live their life, prophecy will continue to be fulfilled. We ignore what is coming to our own peril. Many in the church listen to sugar coated sermons and phrases of ‘peace-peace’, when there will be no peace. The only true peace will be found by believers who know the Lord and follow him with all their heart. The Lord will give them peace amidst the storm that is coming.
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What about the possibility that Babylon is really Babylon? On a map, Babylon is very near present day Baghdad, Iraq.