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Pagan Origins Of Israel, Ishtar, The Mother Of Harlots And Her Evil Spawn, Spiritual Virgins, More On Rome, Babylon And Baghdad, New York City, The Heavenly New Jerusalem
It is naive to think that God's people of the Endtime will somehow escape the wrath of the Beast. The above verses clearly contradict such a false notion. As in times past, this persecution may begin in Jerusalem where the Beast will set up his power base. As he extends his influence through successful military maneuvers, the persecution will spread. As we saw in part one, ancient Israel forsook her True Husband and married the false gods of the heathen people and nations around her. When the Lord's Prophets tried to warn her of her wickedness, they were persecuted; and some of them were killed. Babylon the Great Whore is also married to the Beast. In the Book of Revelation, John tells us that she will ride the Beast which rises up out of the sea of the world's people, and that she will commit spiritual fornication with it, just as the whores of old had sexual intercourse with wild beasts:
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy."
Revelation 13:1, KJV
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters . . . So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication . . . And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
Revelation 17:1, 3-4, 15, KJV
Because Babylon is married to the Beast, she will also participate in the persecution against God's true Endtime children. The Jewish leadership of the New Testament did the very same thing when they courted the rulers of the Roman Empire and began persecuting the Early Church. Only a few centuries later, the early Christian Church also compromised with the Roman government; and it is estimated that millions have been slain by her since that time. The Inquisition is one good example of this. Thus we see that throughout history, the Lord's children have been persecuted by this unholy union of the religious Whore and the political Beast.
Towards the beginning of this article, I shared a variety of verses which showed a Scriptural link between the bloody sins of Jerusalem, and Babylon the Great Whore. In the following paragraphs I am going to share additional Scriptures, and show even more similarities between the two. As we have already seen, long ago Jerusalem rejected her true God and Saviour; yet even today, Judaism still claims to worship the one true God. This, of course, is in direct contradiction to Jesus' own words in such verses as the following:
"Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also."
John 8:19, KJV
"Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
John 8:41-44, KJV
"Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me."
John 12:44, KJV
It is common sense that if a woman leaves her husband and has sexual intercourse with other lovers, then she cannot possibly say that she still loves or respects her husband. Such a claim would not hold up very well in a court of law. Therefore, if Jerusalem has forsaken the one true God, despite her claims, then she must be worshipping some other god or gods. One point I brought out in "The Children of God and Politics", is that the children of Israel did not always worship the one true God. Abram, or Abraham, the father of the Hebrew children, may have been of Babylonian descent. The Biblical record is not very clear on this. While his father, Terah, and his father's family dwelt in Ur of the Chaldees, this does not necessarily mean that they were of Chaldean blood:
"And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees . . . And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there."
Genesis 11:28, 31, KJV
Thus we see that the ancestors of the Hebrews were from the land of the Chaldees. This land area was located on the Persian Gulf just below ancient Babylonia, or what is today known as Iraq. The Chaldees, or Chaldeans, actually became the rulers of Babylonia. They worshipped other gods, and not the God which later became known as YHWH, Yahweh, Jehovah, or the God of Israel. They were adherents of astrology, witchcraft, and other occult practices. Some people have referred to this as the mystery religion. According to the Book of Genesis, it was after Terah had left Ur and taken his family to Haran, that the Lord first called Abram to forsake his father's house, to forsake his father's religion, and to accept Jehovah as the one true God:
"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran."
Genesis 12:1-4, KJV
Even after Abraham had left his father's house, he, his son Isaac, and his grandson Jacob still had problems with their families embracing the pagan gods and idols of the past. I discuss this in more detail in "The Children of God and Politics".
If we can prove that Jerusalem, and the Jews in general, remained in this backslidden state by continuing to worship the false gods of their Babylonian forefathers, then we will have an even stronger case to show why the Lord may refer to Jerusalem as spiritual Babylon in the Book of Revelation. Such a connection can indeed be made by studying the writings of the Prophet Jeremiah who prophesied for forty years until the day that Jerusalem was destroyed by the forces of King Nebuchadnezzar. In four different places, the Lord used Jeremiah to rebuke the Israelites for their sin of worshipping the Queen of Heaven. The very first place is in the following verse:
"The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger."
Jeremiah 7:18, KJV
Exactly who is this Queen of Heaven that the children of Israel were worshipping? As I explain in "The Fruits of Disobedience", as well as in my series concerning Easter, the Queen of Heaven is none other than the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. She was the goddess of love, fertility, and war; and also the consort of Baal. She was also known by other cultures as Astarte, Ashtoreth, and Isis. This fact is confirmed by reading some of the apocryphal writings where the Queen of Heaven is also mentioned. Now, here is an astounding connection with the Book of Revelation. Notice the interesting numerology here. We just read Jeremiah 7:18. We will now read Revelation 18:7 in which Babylon the Whore gloats about herself:
"How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a QUEEN, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow."
Revelation 18:7, KJV
This Babylon the Whore is the very same Queen of Heaven mentioned in the previous verse from the Book of Jeremiah! Another interesting point worth noting is that according to one source I read quite some time ago, eighteen is the numerical value assigned to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. Is it a coincidence that 6 X 3 or 6 + 6 + 6 = 18, and that the destruction of this spiritual whore occurs in Revelation chapter eighteen? Is it even possible that there might be a connection with the 666 of the Beast? The fact that they are married to each other seems very likely. Another startling similarity can be found in the way Jeremiah describes the destruction of Jerusalem. The following verse is repeated over and over again throughout his book of prophecy:
"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."
Jeremiah 25:10, KJV
Over six hundred years later, the Apostle John described the destruction of Babylon the Great in very much the same manner. Consider the following verses:
"And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived."
Revelation 18:22-23, KJV
In my view, there is simply no way to dismiss the fact that these two Prophets, who lived hundreds of years apart, used almost the same exact words to describe the destruction of Jerusalem, and the fall of Babylon the Great. Clearly, this was no accident. These prophecies were inspired by one and the same Spirit. As the Apostle Peter wrote:
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
2 Peter 1:21, KJV
The whoredoms and detailed descriptions of wayward Jerusalem in the books of the Old Testament are identical to those found in the seventeenth and the eighteenth chapters of the Book of Revelation. Considering then that much of the Book of Revelation is shrouded in heavy symbolism, we should not ignore the possibility that Babylon the Great Whore is merely a picture of the spiritual condition of Jerusalem in the Endtime. The descriptive similarities and the Scriptural connections between the writings of these ancient sages is something which I personally cannot dismiss as being a mere coincidence. In chapter sixteen of the Book of Ezekiel, the Prophet described the soon-coming destruction of Jerusalem at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar in the following manner:
"Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy, And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords, And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more."
Ezekiel 16:35-41, KJV
As I stated earlier, the spilled blood of which Jerusalem was guilty, was not only that of her own Prophets which the Lord had sent to her, but it was also the blood of her own children which were sacrificed in the fires of Molech, as well as to other pagan gods on the high hills of Jerusalem, and throughout Israel. If we turn again to the Book of Revelation, we find similar pronouncements being made against Babylon the Great Whore. As with Jerusalem, she is likewise burned with fire and made desolate and naked:
"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast . . . And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
Revelation 17:12, 16-18, KJV
"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her."
Revelation 18:8, KJV
"For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand."
Revelation 19:2, KJV
In the above verses we witness the ten nations who will join forces with the Beast to destroy Babylon the Great Whore with fire. As I state in "The Seven Heads" and other Endtime articles, given the current developments in the Middle East, I believe that this burning with fire may possibly symbolize a one-hour pre-emptive nuclear strike against Jerusalem by ten Islamic nations led by the Beast towards the end of the Great Tribulation. Contrary to my own beliefs, one school of thought suggests that the burning of Babylon the Great Whore was fulfilled during the latter half of the First Century when the crazed Emperor Nero burned the city of Rome. As I mention in "The Kings of the North and the South", in my view, this is a faulty interpretation. My reason for stating this is quite simple: John was clearly writing of a future event at the end of the world, and not of something which had already occurred. The verb tense of the previous verses make that quite evident in my view.
I would also like to call your attention to the reason we are given for why the Lord is going to judge Jerusalem: to avenge "the blood of his servants at her hand". This phrase reflects back on everything I said earlier. Jerusalem was not only filled with the innocent blood of her own children who were cold-bloodedly given to the sacrificial fires of Molech and other false gods of the heathen nations, but she was also guilty of slaying the many Prophets the Lord had sent to her in His effort to get her to turn away from her spiritual whoredoms.
Another point of interest concerning John's writings in the Book of Revelation is that he does not refer to Jerusalem as being the only harlot, but rather he calls her the Mother of Harlots. This of course implies that there are others as well, but that she is the worst of the lot. Considering that Jerusalem is not only guilty of killing the Prophets which were sent to her, but also the very Son of God, and His Disciples which followed in His footsteps, Mother of Harlots seems like an appropriate title for her. However, there is another interesting point regarding the fact that she is called by this name; and that is the implication that the other harlots are her evil spawn. How can this be? If we take a brief look at Jewish history, the connection becomes easy to understand. The Diaspora refers to the Jews who were dispersed following the invasion and occupation of Israel by King Nebuchadnezzar; although in reality, the dispersion actually began several hundred years before with the Assyrian invasions. Consider the words of the Prophet Ezekiel:
"And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations."
Ezekiel 6:9, KJV
With the Assyrian, and then the Babylonian invasions which began over seven hundred years before the time of Christ, the Jews began to spread out into other parts of the world. Initially, this included the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Europe. However, today they are also found in Russia, North and South America, and many other parts of the globe. As they dispersed, they took their religion and their culture with them, including their talent for making vast sums of money. Some suggest that they also exported their worship of the Babylonian mystery religion. In our modern day, no one can deny that the Jews have become very powerful in both a financial and a political sense. Depending on what you read and who you talk to, it is basically said that they control the world. While the Protocols of the Wise Elders of Zion have been dismissed as an anti-semitic fabrication, there are those who firmly believe that the Jews have just about accomplished exactly what was put forth in the controversial documents.
Within conspiracy circles, one hears and reads of heavy Jewish involvement in such organizations as the Fortune 500, the Illuminati, the Knights Templar, the Bilderberger Group, the Jesuits, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Freemasons, Skull and Bones, the Jason Society -- or Jason Scholars -- and other secretive societies. All of these organizations are said to be bent on creating a One World Government, or a New World Order. If these things are true, then the major cities of the world which they control, could in fact be considered offspring of Babylon the Great Whore; thus truly making Jerusalem the Mother of Harlots. Notice that in one of the previous verses I quoted from the prophecies of Ezekiel, it says:
"And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more."
Ezekiel 16:41, KJV
This phrase "many women" is apparently speaking in a symbolic context. Just as Jerusalem/Babylon is referred to as a harlot or whore, "many women" may be referring to other cities and nations which have also polluted themselves with the idolatrous worship of false gods. This also helps to better explain a verse I shared earlier regarding the Lord's multiple virgin bride:
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb."
Revelation 14:4, KJV
The implication here is that the one hundred and forty-four thousands servants of the Lord are spiritual virgins who have not been defiled by the things of the world; that is, by the ungodly worship of wealth and the materialistic living offered by the cities, or harlots, of the Earth who have fallen under the evil influence of Babylon the Great Whore. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul in several of his Epistles:
"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
2 Corinthians 6:16-18, KJV
"No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
2 Timothy 2:4, KJV
The Apostle James was quite clear in his condemnation of those who try to maintain a friendship with the world while at the same time claiming to serve the Lord. In the fourth chapter of his Epistle he wrote:
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
James 4:4, KJV
Here again is another clear example of the symbolism of marital unfaithfulness as it is used throughout the Bible. The people James is addressing are obviously not the spiritual virgins mentioned by John, but rather those who have succumbed to the ways of the world. At the conclusion of his short Epistle, Jude also spoke of remaining undefiled by the things of the world and the sins of the flesh when he wrote:
"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."
Jude 1:20-25, KJV
Earlier in this series, I presented four different perspectives concerning the possible identity of Babylon the Great Whore. In light of the wealth of Scriptural evidence I have presented, I am of the view that the city of Jerusalem best qualifies for fulfilling the description and prophecies concerning this Endtime metropolis. If this is indeed the case, then the other cities of the world which she controls through religious, financial and political manipulation, would be considered her offspring; thus truly making her the Mother of Harlots. While this interpretation does seem to be the most plausible to me, before concluding this article, I would like to add a few additional comments regarding the other three perspectives.
Concerning the city of Rome, we know that she was indeed responsible for the martyrdom of literally thousands of the Lord's children during the First Century. As I stated in part one of "The Kings of the North and the South", to this day, beneath the streets of modern Rome can be found rows upon rows of the sepulchres of the Saints. While this is indeed compelling evidence, I have already shown through the Scriptures that both Jesus and John were referring to the Old Testament Prophets who were murdered by their Jewish brethren, and not to those killed due to the Jewish-Roman compromise of the First Century or later. Remember, Jesus very pointedly referred to the Scribes and the Pharisees as the children of those who had slain the Prophets. He was very clear in identifying the guilty party. At the time the Old Testament Prophets were killed, Rome had not even become a dominant power yet.
In like manner, while some eschatologists are quick to recognize the blatant sins and shortcomings of the Roman Catholic church, they fail to recognize that Judaism is even more of a false religion because, while the Jews have openly rejected the Saviour, they still have the audacity to claim that they are the chosen people of God. This is an even greater deception than Roman Catholicism. Tragically, even some Christians have fallen for this evil lie. Despite her many sins, distorted doctrines and compromises with the world, at least the Roman Catholic hierarchy does confess faith in Jesus Christ. This is confirmed when I speak with Catholics. On the other hand, show me one devout Jew who accepts Jesus Christ. There is no such thing. The minute they accept Jesus Christ, in a technical sense, they are no longer of the Jewish faith. They are Christian. Thus, while I have also written of the many shortcomings of Roman Catholicism, I consider it the lesser of two evils when compared to Judaism. If I were to rank Rome among the four perspectives I have mentioned in this article, I would say that it falls in second place after Jerusalem.
For those who suggest that the ancient city of Babylon may be the Great Whore referred to by John, I believe that this is also inaccurate. As I pointed out earlier, John was writing primarily about future events, and NOT about the past. The burning of Babylon is an Endtime event; and thus cannot be referring to the burning of Rome by Nero. In addition, the Babylonians did not kill the Prophets of old as is ascribed to Babylon the Great Whore. Based upon the example of Jeremiah, the Prophets were treated with honor and favor by the Babylonians due to the fact that not only did they not resist the occupation, but they also warned the Jewish leadership and people to humbly surrender to King Nebuchadnezzar. The Prophets told them to accept it as a chastisement from the Lord. It was because of this unpopular message that Jeremiah was thrown in prison on more than one occasion by his own Jewish brethren after being accused of being a traitor and a spy. I discuss this in more detail in other articles.
As I stated towards the beginning of this article, Saddam Hussein of Iraq is currently reconstructing the ruins of ancient Babylon. However, what he has done thus far is a far cry from the ancient glories of this once-proud city. Unless my understanding of Endtime events is seriously flawed, I honestly don't believe that there is enough time for Babylon to develop into a "magnificent" and powerful city of world importance as is described in the Book of Revelation. In fact, unless Iraq is able to pull itself out from under the United Nations sanctions leveled against it for the past seven years; as well as free itself from the belligerent threat of the American war machine, it is very unlikely that we will see much serious development there any time soon. On the other hand, if events do take a turn for the better, the government of Iraq has already taken steps to increase its sources of revenue following the lifting of the sanctions. Thus, it may yet enjoy prosperity in the years to come.
There is only one other possibility that I see which might connect Babylon the Great Whore to Iraq; and it is indeed a remote one. Just as Babylon was the power base of the ancient Babylonian Empire, today that same power rests in the city of Baghdad. This modern city is located on the Tigris River about an hour's drive northeast of the ruins of Babylon. The Tigris River continues on its southerly course where it joins with the Euphrates River to form the Shatt-al-Arab waterway which flows into the Persian Gulf. This waterway and the Persian Gulf are extremely important as through them flows a major portion of the world's oil supply. Exactly how does all of this relate to Babylon the Great Whore? In reading of the destruction of Babylon, we find the following descriptive verses:
". . . And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate."
Revelation 18:17b-19, KJV
Here we are given another possible clue to help us to try to identify Babylon the Great Whore. It appears that she is a city which is accessible by ships. In other words, she may be either a river port, or else a seaport. If there is one thing we know about Arab oil, it is that it has been the black genie of wealth for quite a few Arab nations and sheikdoms. Could it be then that these shipmasters are actually the captains of oil tankers which witness the destruction of Baghdad from afar? To add to the possibility of such a scenario, consider the fact that Baghdad was indeed burned with fire during the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War by the government of the United States of America and her allies; and there is a very strong possibility that it will happen again in an even more destructive way in the near future; despite current United Nations attempts to prevent another American military strike.
As I said earlier, I personally view this interpretation as being very weak because Baghdad certainly does not fulfill the primary requirement of being filled with the blood of the ancient Prophets. At the same time, you will probably notice that this interpretation also creates a problem for accepting Jerusalem as the fulfillment of Babylon the Great Whore. After all, Jerusalem is a mountainous city. It is by no means accessible by river-going or seafaring vessels. In light of this fact, the only way I can currently justify my position of accepting Jerusalem as Babylon the Whore, is by stating that, while she is not directly accessible by the captains of ships, through worldwide Jewish financial and political influences, many shipping companies are indeed controlled by her. It is also worth considering the possibility that boat captains in the Mediterranean Sea might indeed stand afar off and witness the destruction of Jerusalem by nuclear fire. Time will certainly tell.
We are now left with one final possible interpretation of Babylon the Great Whore; and that is that it is represented by New York City. In some respects, this dirty sprawling metropolis is the perfect candidate; while in others it fails miserably. No one can doubt that it is indeed Jewish controlled. Neither can anyone deny that it ranks among the other financial capitals of the world such as Jerusalem, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. This would definitely fulfill the requirement of the following verse:
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
Revelation 17:18, KJV
Another point in her favor is that New York Harbor certainly makes her accessible by ship captains from all over the world. Millions of dollars worth of merchandise flow into and out of New York City every single day! However, beyond these points, according to my understanding, New York City falls flat on her pollution-smeared face as a candidate for Babylon the Great Whore. Again we must consider the primary requisite as described by both Jesus and the Apostle John. New York City did not even exist twenty-five hundred years ago; thus, she cannot possibly be responsible for the death of the Old Testament Prophets, or for the death of the First Century Christians. Furthermore, geographically-speaking, it is my view that New York is completely in the wrong part of the world. As my other Endtime articles make clear, I believe that Babylon the Great Whore may suffer a pre-emptive nuclear strike by ten Arab nations led by the Beast. Unless those Arab nations dramatically increase their current fire power, I don't see New York City being a likely target; unless of course, it is by locally-assembled miniature bombs as in the case of the World Trade Center incident of several years ago.
This article has indeed been long; and we have covered a lot of important areas; however, before bringing it to a close, I think it is important that we "switch gears" so-to-speak, and briefly discuss the positive future for those who do follow the Lord Jesus Christ. While physical Jerusalem, the symbol of false religion, is going to be destroyed by the Lord's future judgments, this should by no means be viewed as a defeat for the Lord. While this is difficult for even some Christians to understand, particularly those who sympathize with Israel, the truth of the matter is that the Lord is no longer concerned with physical Earthly Jerusalem. Allow me to clarify for those who may jump to erroneous conclusions or misinterpret my words. Jesus is concerned for the souls of the Jews, just as He is concerned for the souls of all men. Peter made this very clear when he wrote the following:
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9, KJV
However, inasmuch as Earthly cities and worldly powers are concerned, they mean very little to the Lord. Consider what Jesus said when He was questioned by Pontius Pilate in the Gospel of John:
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."
John 18:36, KJV
In fact, as I have pointed out in other articles, when the Lord returns to set up His Father's Kingdom on Earth, exactly as He taught us to pray, He is going to crush all of these other Earthly kingdoms and powers, including the false kingdom of the Jews and their worldwide financial/political empire. This is precisely what King Nebuchadnezzar and the Prophet Daniel saw in a vision:
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."
Daniel 2:44, KJV
Because the Jews rejected the Lord long ago, by their own choice, He has left them to their fate. In fact, He very pointedly told them that the Kingdom would be taken from them, the supposed Children of the Kingdom, and given to those who truly deserved it because of their faith in Him:
"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 8:11-12, KJV
"Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them."
Matthew 21:42-45, KJV
Thus we see that the Lord has much greater things prepared for those who love Him. Exactly what might those things be? I believe the following thrilling verses make it quite evident:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9, KJV
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
John 14:1-3, KJV
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."
Hebrews 11:13-16, KJV
"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband . . . And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,"
Revelation 21:2, 9-10, KJV
Thus we read the beginning of the description of the beautiful city of New Jerusalem descending from Heaven in the final chapters of the Book of Revelation. It will make Emerald City of the Wizard of Oz look like a second-rate imitation. This is what the future holds for those who truly trust in Jesus as their only Lord and Saviour. For a complete picture of this wonderful Heavenly City, please read the final two chapters of the Book of Revelation. It will truly thrill your heart! With these verses I am going to bring this article to a close. As always, I trust that it has been informative, and an inspiration and a blessing in your life. Please keep your eyes on Jesus! It won't be long!
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For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which contain topics which are related to this article. All of these articles are likewise located on the Bill's Bible Basics website:
Abomination of Desolation: Explained!
Greater Works Than These Shall He Do . . . and Satan Too
In the Ages to Come
Jesus Christ's Return: Have We Been Deceived?
Leviathan: An Ancient Dragon of the Sea?
Satan: His Origin, Purpose And Future
Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires
The Fruits of Disobedience
The Great Tribulation and the Rapture
Tradition or Truth? Old Wine or New Wine?
When Was Satan Cast Out of Heaven?
Who Hindered the Antichrist?