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Mystery Babylon the Great  

 

One chapter in the book of Revelation (the last book of the Bible) describes a future superpower 'city' named “Mystery Babylon”. Why is it a “mystery”? Because the identity wasn't revealed at the time the prophecy was given. Obviously it would become known at some future date when this country/city comes into existence.  If this country exists today, let's see if you can guess which it is based on descriptions in the Bible.

  • This city/country is described as being powerful

  • Sits on many waters (or surrounded by water)

  • Has many peoples and languages

  • Sexual immorality and false religions are rampant

That's a good start. You might be getting some idea, but there's more.

  • The city is described as being rich, proud, and even arrogant

  • Indulges in “excessive luxury”

  • Thinks it will endure forever

Sound familiar yet? But wait, here's more:

  • The merchants of the earth grew rich off selling their goods to her

  • All merchandise is delivered by cargo ship

I submit to you there is only one country in the world today which fits this description – the United States of America. Many Bible scholars (and just ordinary, Spirit-filled Christians) believe this chapter to be a direct analogy to the United States, or what may be New York City, or what may be multiple U.S. Cities.  Consider that 99% of imported goods are brought by container ship.

In 'one day and one hour' it is destroyed by its enemies; the apostle John writes that God lets this destruction happen to bring about his wrath. The following description sounds just like a nuclear attack:

...her sins are piled up to heaven,
and God has remembered her crimes.
6 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.
7 Give her as much torture and grief
as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
In her heart she boasts,
'I sit as queen; I am not a widow,
and I will never mourn.'
8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,
for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

11 The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more ...

14"They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.' 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out:

" 'Woe! Woe, O great city,
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!'

"Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?' 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:


'Woe! Woe, O great city,
where all who had ships on the sea
became rich through her wealth!
In one hour she has been brought to ruin!”

It is 'consumed by fire' in 'one day and one hour'. This sounds a lot like a nuclear attack.  In fact, only a nuclear attack can destroy a city/country in one hour!

  Warning - America will be destroyed

  Sid Roth with guest Shane Warren - America's Future

 

Mystery Babylon and the Christian Rapture

This catastrophic attack on Mystery Babylon the Great appears to be the first event to start God's 'hour of judgement' on the nations of the world – also known as the Tribulation — also known as the Time of Wrath.

If there is a “Pre-Tribulation” Rapture of the Christian church, then it would appear to occur right before the 'hour of judgement'. Notice at the beginning of Revelation 18, God says, “Come out of her my People, lest should share in her sins”. Could this be the first Rapture? When God speaks, it happens! (See the Great Tribulation page for more).

This is why Christians around the world need to seriously consider what will happen on the day New York City/America is attacked with nuclear weapons.

So, if the USA proves to be Mystery Babylon the Great, and Mystery Babylon the Great is destroyed at the time of the Rapture, millions of Christians around the world – who are True to the teachings of the Bible and have sincerely given their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ – will likely VANISH (taken to Heaven) in the moments before the attack.

Hundreds of millions of other Christians will likely be LEFT BEHIND, as punishment for half-hearted, lukewarm faith and following the doctrines of false teachers that have corrupted much of the Christian church.

 

Al-Qaeda's U.S. Nuclear Targets

WorldNetDaily.com reports al-Qaeda has obtained at least 40 nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union – including suitcase nukes, nuclear mines, artillery shells and even some missile warheads; it's alleged that the attacks will take place in daylight, so that the whole world will be able to see the images of a mushroom cloud over an American city.

Now, whether they have 40 nuclear weapons -- or just one nuclear weapon -- if these attacks by Al-Qaeda are Biblical we're destined to lose.  And until you see Homeland Security reading from Bibles, you can assume that the U.S. government does not concern itself with Bible prophecy – if they did, right about now they would be sitting in a circle holding hands and praying, because the terror attacks that are about to hit America are supposed to be devastating.

 

Mystery Babylon the Great Theories

For decades there have been different theories as to who Mystery Babylon the Great is, as its destruction is prophesied about in great detail in Revelation (Chapters 17-19), and also appears to be prophesied in Jeremiah (Chapters 50, 51) and Isaiah (Chapters 13, 47). The prophet Dimitri Duduman was told by the Lord in may visions that it is the United States.

 

What Christians Need to Know

Right now it is very important that you become true to the Christian faith, REPENT of any sin still in your life, and become passionate about God's Greatest Commandment for our lives (Matthew 22:37). Once you are 'right' with God, prepare you and your family for a probable rapture (your family must be 'right' with God as well).

As talked about earlier in the 2 Raptures page, the rapture appears to occur right before the 'hour of judgement' – and I believe that the 'hour of judgement' will begin with a nuclear attack on New York City.
 

  Study Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation. Note that only the Philadelphia Church (and a number of believers of the churches in Sardis and Smyrna) are guaranteed to be spared the 'hour of trial' (hour of judgement). All the other churches are told to REPENT, or they will be left behind to go through the tribulation. We know that these promises apply to all Christians, because each letter ends with "Anyone with an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches."  The Bible says no man knows the day or the hour, but we are told to watch for the signs and "...when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:28).

 

  Please note that Revelation 18:4 appears to describe the rapture, and it occurs just before Mystery Babylon the Great is attacked.

 

  Read the Bible. As mentioned above, read Chapters 2 and 3 in Revelation. Note that God is not pleased with the majority of Christians, and requires repentance. One group of Christians really has God ticked off and he threatens to 'vomit' them from his mouth for being 'lukewarm'. What we learn from God's warning to these churches is that it is not enough to just call ourselves Christians. It needs to be in our hearts and reflect first in everything we do in our daily lives.
 

'Lukewarm' Christians are in the same boat as Satan worshippers - NEITHER GROUP IS SAVED. That is the harsh reality of what God warns all Christians in Revelation 3:16.

 

  Pray for sanctification by the Holy Spirit. Here is a web page I found at AllAboutFollowingJesus.org that explains this very well. Most new Christians are un-familiar with the Biblical teachings of sanctification, yet it is very important to know. Most people who fall away from the faith likely due so because they never make a sincere attempt to sanctify themselves with the Holy Spirit, which is a spiritual gift from God for believing in Jesus Christ and repenting of your sins.

 

Here is the complete text of Revelation chapter 18:

 

1 After these things, I saw another angel coming down out of the sky, having great authority. The earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 He cried with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and she has become a habitation of demons, a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her sexual immorality, the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from the abundance of her luxury." 4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, that you have no participation in her sins, and that you don't receive of her plagues, 5 for her sins have reached to the sky, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Return to her just as she returned, and repay her double as she did, and according to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix to her double. 7 However much she glorified herself, and grew wanton, so much give her of torment and mourning. For she says in her heart, 'I sit a queen, and am no widow, and will in no way see mourning.' 8 Therefore in one day her plagues will come: death, mourning, and famine; and she will be utterly burned with fire; for the Lord God who has judged her is strong. 9 The kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived wantonly with her, will weep and wail over her, when they look at the smoke of her burning, 10 standing far away for the fear of her torment, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For your judgment has come in one hour.' 11 The merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise any more; 12 merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple, silk, scarlet, all expensive wood, every vessel of ivory, every vessel made of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon, incense, perfume, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, sheep, horses, chariots, and people's bodies and souls. 14 The fruits which your soul lusted after have been lost to you, and all things that were dainty and sumptuous have perished from you, and you will find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, will stand far away for the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning; 16 saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, she who was dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in an hour such great riches are made desolate.' Every shipmaster, and everyone who sails anywhere, and mariners, and as many as gain their living by sea, stood far away, 18 and cried out as they looked at the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What is like the great city?' 19 They cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had their ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her great wealth!' For in one hour is she made desolate. 20 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, you saints, apostles, and prophets; for God has judged your judgment on her." 21 A mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down, and will be found no more at all. 22 The voice of harpists, minstrels, flute players, and trumpeters will be heard no more at all in you. No craftsman, of whatever craft, will be found any more at all in you. The sound of a mill will be heard no more at all in you. 23 The light of a lamp will shine no more at all in you. The voice of the bridegroom and of the bride will be heard no more at all in you; for your merchants were the princes of the earth; for with your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on the earth."