Who is “Mystery” Babylon?

America Will Burn: The United States in Bible Prophecy

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America Will Burn – The United States in Bible Prophecy

 

Babylon the Great is mentioned frequently in the Bible, more than any other nation except Israel itself. Four chapters are devoted entirely to the subject with frequent references in many others. Revelations 17 and 18 as well as Jeremiah 50 and 51, and Isaiah 13, 14, and 47 all discuss it in detail. It is important to note that Jeremiah and Isaiah are talking about a future Babylon in those chapters. This is made clear as they reference her as the “Daughter of Babylon” as well as other descriptions that would not be accurate when referring to ancient Babylon. This extensive coverage through scripture provides us with a detailed description of Babylon the Great that we can analyze for clues to its identity. Note the similarity of the United States as recorded in the following prophecies:

 

1: The chief city of “Mystery” Babylon is a deep water port city

For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. 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. (Revelations 18:17-19)

This text shows that the main city of Babylon (as it exists in the latter days) is a major port city. Today that means it must have a deep-water port to accommodate the common size transports of modern times.  This fact blows away any logic to the theory that this scripture could be referring to the site of ancient Babylon, as it is several hundreds of miles away from the sea, and much too far away for its destruction to be witnessed by any ships.  Note that the city of Rome also does not fit this criteria either, as it is an inland city.

 

2: Babylon is the leading importer in the world.

And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing. (Revelations 18:11-15)

As we can see in these verses, Babylon is a tremendous importer of all manner of luxuries. It also seems to imply that she may be the largest in the world, as the merchants of the earth seemed devastated that “no man buyeth their merchandise anymore.” They have become rich off the Americans buying their products, such as computers, cell phones, and televisions, and now they have just lost their buyers. Next time you’re in Walmart (America’s largest retailer) do a comparison of how many goods were made in the United States versus those that were imported, and one can begin to grasp how devastated these merchants will be. No one else in the world has as much disposable income as Americans, nor has anyone enriched the world’s merchants as we have. Merchants from all over the earth will be wailing “Who will buy our goods now that she is gone?” What does this tell us? This tells us that whoever Babylon is, the rest of the world greatly depends on her for buying their merchandise. Also, this verse leaves the reader a clue as to the severe economic impact Babylon’s destruction will have on the world’s economy.

 

3: Babylon would “sit upon many waters” and is very wealthy.

O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness. (Jeramiah 51:13)

What a great description this is of the United States, with our tremendous amount of coast, lakes, and rivers. In fact, the Great Lakes alone contain about 20% of the world’s fresh water. Note also, that this description could not possibly match ancient Babylon, nor could it be describing Rome, since both are inland cities and only have a single river running through them.

 

4: Babylon had a “mother” who still exists at the time of her demise

Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert. (Jeramiah 50:12)

This is a very revealing bit of prophecy that seems to describe the relationship of England to America perfectly. The nation called Babylon will have a “mother” that gave birth to it AND that still exists at the same time Babylon does. This mother will be completely shocked and appalled at Babylon’s destruction. How many nations can point to a mother country that bore them? How many can point to a mother country that still exists? Certainly, neither ancient Babylon nor Rome can be said to have had a “mother” that bore them.

 

5: Babylon is noted for its culture and the arts

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. (Revelations 18:22)

From jazz to rock, the United States was the birthplace to some of the most influential music the world had seen and has produced most of the world’s best-selling albums. Hollywood continues to lead the world in cinema culture. In fact, according to recent figures from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), almost 70 percent box office revenue now comes from international markets.

 

6: Babylon is a nation of immigrants

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore Babylon sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. (Revelations 17:15)

A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed. (Jeramiah 50:37)

The story of the United States has been a story of immigration and diversity since its founding and it has welcomed more immigrants than any other country (more than 50 million in all), and still admits approximately 700,000 people a year.

 

7: Babylon has a space program and air power

Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD. (Jeramiah 51:53)

This verse was written thousands of years before mankind mastered flight and could have possibly been described as “mounting” up to heaven. Not only was the United States first to develop a controllable airplane (thanks to the Wright brothers), but it was also the first country to successfully land men on the moon. No other country has duplicated the feat.

 

8: Babylon rules and directs the world

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. (Revelations 17:18)

How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! (Jeramiah 50:23)

Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The Lady of Kingdoms. (Isaiah 47:5)

Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. (Isaiah 47:8)

In addition to being the world’s lone remaining superpower, the United States has often been referred to as the world’s policeman by the media.

 

9: Babylon is home to many Jews

In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, we offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks. (Jeramiah 50:4-8)

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. (Revelations 18:8)

Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind. (Jeremiah 51:50)

These verses also point towards America being “Mystery” Babylon, as it has the largest Jewish population in the world, more so than even Israel.

 

10: Babylon is where the nations gather

And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall. (Jeramiah 51:44)

Is it just a coincidence that the world headquarters for the United Nations is located in the United States, much less in New York City?

 

11: Babylon is confident and fears no attack

And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. (Isaiah 47:7-10)

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. (Revelations 18:7)

Other than Japan capturing some of the Aleutian Islands in WWII, the United States has not been invaded since the war of 1812. There has not been a major terrorist attack since 9/11. And many of the small attacks have been classified as “workplace violence”, including the beheading of a woman by her Islamic coworker in Oklahoma. So the United States has grown complacent. In fact, in a speech to the United Nations in 2014, President Obama said that he feels climate change is a more serious threat than terrorism.

 

12: Babylon is the leading center for commodities trading

And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. (Revelations 18:11-13)

In fact, the New York commodities exchange is the largest trading center for silver and gold in the world. Every day more silver and gold is traded on the New York commodities exchange than in the rest of the world combined. By giving such a detailed list of the luxuries and commodities this “Mystery” Babylon deals in, the scriptures are certainly conveying the idea of many of the luxuries and goods a person could desire.

 

13: Babylon is arrogant before the Lord

Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel. (Jeremiah 50:29)

Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. (Jeremiah 50:31)

And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him. (Jeremiah 50:33)

Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel. (Jeremiah 50:33)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how much the culture of the United States has shifted against God in recent years; 55 million innocent babies murdered, rampant homosexuality and fornication, new levels of filth being unveiled on television with every new season, widespread discrimination against Christians who speak out against abortion or homosexuality, continuous pressure on Israel to give up its God-given land.  To put it simply, America turns more against God every year. Just in the last 10 years alone, we have seen a tremendous shift in the nation’s values, and this will only continue to accelerate as we get closer to the tribulation period.

 

14: Babylon had been used by the Lord in the past

Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.  (Jeremiah 51:7)

The United States sends out more Christian missionaries across the world than any other country. According to Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, in 2010 the United States sent out 127,000 of the world’s estimated 400,000 missionaries. To put this in perspective, second-place Brazil sent 34,000. It also supports more Christian broadcasting organizations and more Christian publishers than any other country.

 

15: Babylon is noted for its drug use

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. (Revelations 18:23)

Note also that the word “sorceries” referred to here is the Greek word “pharmakeia” (Strong’s #G5331) from which the words “pharmacy” and “pharmaceutical” are derived. Throughout history people have taken drugs to cause a passive state of the mind to induce a connection to the spirit world. And, according to the World Health Organization, the U.S. has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world.

 

16: There is actually a town in New York called Babylon

Babylon, NY is located along the shore of Long Island and only a few dozen miles away from New York Harbor, Manhattan, and The Statue of Liberty.  What are the odds of a city by the name of Babylon being next to the largest city in the United States and one of its busiest seaports?

 

17: The Statue of Liberty

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. (Revelations 17:4)

It is very interesting that the great symbol that is situated in the harbor of New York City, the Statue of Liberty, is a woman carrying a torch. The world at large is totally ignorant of the occult symbolism which lies behind the famed statue. A Freemason by the name of Edward Laboulaye, proposed the idea of a giant statue replicating a goddess that the Masonic movement idolized. Laboulaye proceeded to raise the financial support and commissioned a sculptor named Auguste Bertholdi, a fellow Freemason, to design the sculpture of this goddess of illumination from ancient times. What deity was this? It was the goddess known by various names. Laboulaye and Bartholdi referred to her publicly as “Libertas”, but she was also an early adoption by Romans of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, who was the chief goddess of Babylon. Ishtar symbolized personal freedom, particularly sexual freedom. And in the original plans, the Statue of Liberty was designed to have color. She was to be wearing robes of scarlet and purple. However, it became obvious that for monetary reasons, the statue must be made from copper, and the original plans for scarlet and purple robes were abandoned. She was at first designed to be holding a golden cup, just like she did on her ancient statues. However, before completion, the New York Port authorities asked if there could be some sort a night time navigational aid on her to guide ships entering the harbor. So, instead of a cup, she was made to hold a torch, that burns natural gas. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word for the “abominations” (#G948) used in Revelations 17:4 that were in her cup is from the root word “bdeo” which literally means “to stink” (which natural gas certainly does).

 

18: It will be the last of the great nations

Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert. (Jeramiah 50:12)

It is important to note that the word “hindermost” is not demeaning. In fact, it means last, end, end time, or even uttermost (Strong’s #H319). Also note that “Mystery” Babylon is referred to here as a “nation” and not just a single city. And since we have so many other verses that describe her power and her wealth, it is safe to say that she is described as a great nation. So in essence, we have a verse here identifying “Mystery” Babylon as the last of the great nations. This would line up perfectly with the United States, given the relatively short time it has existed. Certainly, other nations have been founded after it, but none that could be described as the world’s leading importer, or the hammer of the whole earth, the place where all the nations flow, or any other of the descriptions of “Mystery” Babylon.

 

So here we see some, but by no means all, of the reasons I feel that the United States is identified as the end time nation referred to in the bible as Babylon the great, the Daughter of Babylon, and “Mystery” Babylon. It is identified both as a city and as a nation, a tremendous importer and trading center with deep water ports, that sits upon many waters, is very wealthy, has a mother who still exist at the time of her demise, is noted for its culture and arts, is a nation of immigrants, has a space program, rules and directs the world, is home to many Jews, is identified as the location of where the nations gather, is confident and powerful, has arrogance before the Lord, and is the newest of the great nations on the earth. As you can see the similarities are astounding.

It is very important to note that the verses referenced above are clearly not referring to ancient Babylon. Obviously, all references to Babylon in the book of Revelations are of the “Mystery” Babylon. And in the books of Isaiah 13 and 47, as well as Jeremiah 50 and 51, we can clearly see they are referring to a future Babylon (and not the one present in their time) by many keywords contained within the text. For example, Isaiah 13 states that Babylon shall be overthrown as Sodom and Gomorrah, and never be inhabited again (which never happened to ancient Babylon). Isaiah 47 refers to it as the Daughter of Babylon (which would have to be a descendant of the mother), as well as prophesying its destruction in a single moment, in a single day, (which never happened to ancient Babylon). In Jeremiah 50, we have the reference to the mother country (which ancient Babylon did not have), statements that it shall be overthrown as Sodom and Gomorrah and rendered completely desolate and uninhabited, and that people would hiss at all her plagues (none of which happened to ancient Babylon). In Jeremiah 51, Babylon is described as sitting upon many waters (which ancient Babylon did not), as well as references to it being the Daughter of Babylon, the Lord saying he will make it a burnt mountain, that it shall be desolate forever, as well as being burned with fire . Also, in verse 26 it states; “And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD“. In fact, ancient Babylon was extensively looted of its stones and brick for nearby building projects. This was obviously intended to let the reader know that Jeremiah was not, in fact, referring to ancient Babylon.

Also, the identical descriptions given of “Mystery” Babylon in Revelations, as well as in these Old Testament verses, indicates they are referring to the same Babylon. They both describe how Babylon will be destroyed in a single moment. They both describe how she will be burned with fire. They both describe how she will be desolate. These verses from Isaiah and Jeremiah match up perfectly with Revelations, and therefore, clearly show they are all referencing the same “Mystery” Babylon.