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1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We are going to move to Revelations chapter 18, where the angel tells John about Babylon's destruction, and the results it has on the world. So here we go.
Rev 18:2 ... 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 (spirit).
This is most interesting, devils or spirits prefer a host, be it human or animal. Once they find one, they sometimes share their host with other devils. Such as, the man who lived at the tombs. He had a legion of devils. When Jesus cast them out, they begged to go into the nearby pigs. Mark 5:1-17
Babylon has become the habitation of every kind of devil mentioned, because every host, human and animal is dead. All that is left is the multitude of evil demonic spirits that once lived in the inhabitants of Babylon. That tells you that this is not a Godly place, or even a moral place. The verse mentions "every unclean spirit". These are spirits that are involved with gross sexual sins, which they enjoy through their host. We have 4 classes of demonic spirits named here, devils, foul, unclean, and hateful. These were not, nice people. So we are looking for a place you wouldn't want to go to, nor would you be welcome there.
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath,... and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Wine of the wrath = along with her religion she has served up wrath to the nations. Think about it, what is the WRATH of Islam? It is terror, and she is making sure as many nations as possible get a good taste of her wine of wrath!
Merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies = The harlot's trade with the nations makes everyone wealthy.
Rev 18:4... Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Come out of her, my people, = This statement is a Jewish reference to intimacy—the Lord is saying to get OUT of bed with the Harlot. This statement is about choice! Her own people have no real choice, they can't just choose to not participate. Those nations who are in bed with her do have a choice! They can break off ties, or "come out of her my people." And the next part is directed at those in bed with her.
Be not partakers of her sins, and receive not of her plagues = Again, this implies choice in being judged with her or not. If those nations would break ties, and support Godly people and just causes instead of the terrorists, they could be spared receiving of her judgment. But, those in bed with her are participating in her sins! God is saying that those nations are as guilty as Babylon. God is also saying that those in bed with her will receive judgment from Him for that act, just as she is going to receive judgment.
Our president is doing everything in his power and beyond his legal power to help these people establish more power in the Middle East and right here at home. Not only that, WE ARE IN BED WITH BABYLON, IN A BIG WAY!
Rev 18:5 her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. = Like I said, her cup is full, and God is keeping tract.
I used a modern version for these statements because it says it so plain. Here the angel is telling John the extent of her judgment from God and how the world views it.
Rev 18:6 Do to her what she has done. Give her twice as much as she gave. Serve her a drink in her own cup twice as large as the drink she served others. God repays her double!
Rev 18:7 She gave herself glory and luxury. Now give her just as much torture and misery.
Rev 18:8 in one day her plagues shall come ... and she will be consumed with fire
Rev 18:9 kings of the earth will weep and wail over her, when they see the smoke of her burning;
Rev 18:10 standing from afar because of the fear of her torment, saying, Woe! Woe Babylon,
Rev 18:11 merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo any more,
Rev 18:12 cargo of gold, and silver, and of precious stone, and of pearls, and of fine linen, and of purple, and of silk, and of scarlet, and all thyine wood, and every ivory vessel, and every vessel of very precious wood, and of bronze, and of iron, and of marble,
Rev 18:13 and cinnamon, and incenses, and ointment, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine meal, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and souls of men. It looks like she buys everything and produces nothing for herself!
And souls of men = men's souls, a merchandise she purchased and sold.
How did she buy and sell men's souls?
Rev 18:15 "Frightened by her torture, the merchants... will stand far away. They will cry and mourn,
Rev 18:16 saying, 'How horrible, how horrible .....
Rev 18:17 In one moment all this wealth has been destroyed!' Every ship's captain, everyone who traveled by ship, sailors, and everyone who made their living from the sea stood far away.
Rev 18:18 When they saw the smoke rise from her raging fire, they repeatedly cried out,....
Rev 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out, "Alas, alas, that great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! For in a single hour she has been laid waste.
Sea Merchants: I find it interesting that the sea merchants are particularly singled out. We have been told how badly all merchants were hurt financially by her destruction, and a list of all their goods. What is so important about the sea merchants? Could it be oil? Just how does any nation over there in the desert become this rich? OIL. That oil made her billions and trillions, but it also made the tankers wealthy, very wealthy! And, that oil also made the nations in bed with her very rich.
Rev 18:21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more;
She will not rebound and rise again!
Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth."
Blood of prophets and of saints = This is not speaking of prophets of old, or even the saints of Jesus' day. This harlot is Islamic, she began in the 7th century. This is limited to the time the Harlot has been operating. She is a religion with a base of operations that rides the Islamic Beast (empire of followers, nations, lands, peoples etc.). This is talking about Christian and Jewish people killed from the time of Mohammad until Jesus returns.
And of all who have been slain on earth = Here again is that time factor, she is responsible for the slaughter of the greatest number of people from the 7th century until Jesus returns?
Remember, what John is seeing is in our future, the Harlot and her followers aren't finished killing yet.
Also, Islam will be the killer behind the 4 horses of the apocalypse, which kills 1/4 of the earth's population, and that is before the Beast/ Antichrist begins his rampage. As I watch what is happening on the ground, it seems to me that the 4 horses of the apocalypse up to seal #6 is a world war that takes place in the Middle East, and it will drag the other nations into it because of oil and other interests. In fact, now that Russia is for Syria, and we are for the rebels of Syria, I would say it is very close. The 1/4 of the earth's population will come from among every nation in this fight, and it probably won't stop at Syria. It will go on in some form or fashion until Jesus returns.
What does the second horse do? Rev 6:4:
*A second horse went out. It was fiery red. Its rider was given the power to take peace away from the earth and to make people slaughter one another. So he was given a large sword. (GW)
*Another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given the power to bring war on the earth, so that people should kill each other. He was given a large sword. (GNB)
The large sword means: Great influence and success, producing terrible carnage. (Clarke)
I don't see that leader yet, with a great sword, but he is coming! He is the one who rides the first horse and is given a crown.
What do we know about the Harlot:
I believe, the nation that seems to meet all of the prophetic requirements of the Harlot of Babylon is Saudi Arabia and her cohorts on the Arabian Peninsula. The names God refers to them by in Scripture is Sheba and Dedan.
Headline from Wednesday June 12, 2013:
Gulf begins mass expulsion of Lebanese Shiites over Hizballah’s role in Syria.
Kuwait is the first Gulf emirate ready to act on the resolution of the recent Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Jeddah to punish Hizballah for its “flagrant intervention in Syria” against “freedom fighters.”
The Sunni states are beginning to round up the Shiite's and deport them in protest for Iran helping over-through Muslim Brotherhood, who is trying to take over Syria. The so-called "freedom fighters" are the Muslim Brotherhood, Sunni group, working with Al Qaeda in Syria. They hope to take over Syria as they did in Egypt.
Remember I told you the Sunnis and Shiites are battling for power of the Middle East? That is what ultimately took place during the so-called Arab spring. That is what is taking place right now in Syria. In Turkey, the secularists are protesting the Islamists. Guess who will loose? Very soon, all signs of Turkey's moderate blend of Islam and secularists will be completely gone. She will roar as she did during the Ottoman's.
There are two power blocs in the Middle East: the Sunni and the Shiite. Saudi Arabia is the head of the Sunni power bloc and Iran is the head of the Shiite bloc.
Iran and its allies want war with Israel and the West, Saudi Arabia is “in bed” with the West as well as China and other nations because they are oil customers! As a result, Iran and its allies see Saudi Arabia as “prostituting” itself and Islam with the West. As of right now the Saudi bloc in the Middle East is stronger than the Iranian bloc.
What I think may take place!
I suspect that the Beast/ Antichrist will be a Shiite, a 12er, their Mahdi. It says the "little horn" rises with a few. The Shia are less in number than Sunnis. The animosity between the two blocs will make it easier for the Beast to convince the 10 Islamic kings, Shia leaning, to destroy Babylon, Saudi Arabia. The destruction of Saudi Arabia would also be a major victory against the West because of the oil.
I suspect that the Beast and his 10 kings will use nukes. If nukes are used, no one can redeem any of the oil, the wealth is worthless and destroyed which fits what is said about Babylon's wealth. The destruction of the Saudi oil will cripple the West and the Shiite's nations that have oil, such as Iran, will rule the wealth of the world. They will demand a fortune per gallon, as pay back. Many leaders will look to make friends with the Beast for cheaper oil. Those who make friends with Beast/ Antichrist will be obligated to comply with all he wants unless they are willing to give up his oil! The Shiites will have the world on its knees because of the oil. Now the Beast can demand almost anything.
The Beast will also promise Jerusalem to the 10 kings as their new capitol which they get, mid-way. Jerusalem is a precious prize to the Muslims, it will show victory over Israel. Just what Shia wants, and a major defeat over the Sunnis, because with Saudi Arabia gone at their hand, and Jerusalem as their capitol, the Shiites will be The Islamic Power Bloc. A win, win, but not for those like America who have cut off the drilling of their own oil and have even given their oil prospects on land and in seas to other nations. Look what we are doing to ourselves!