FINANCIAL SIGNS OF THE END OF THIS AGE #3
From the book "The Coming Economic Armageddon" by Dr. David Jeremiah
GLOBAL FINANCIAL COLLAPSE AND ANCIENT BABYLON
.......Babylon no longer exists as a significant world city, but we know it will rise to power again because the Bible assumes it as fact.
(NO THE BILE DOES NOT ASSUME ANYTHING OF THE KIND; IT IS JEREMIAH THAT ASSUMES IT IN HIS [AND OTHERS] THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt)
The eighteenth chapter of Revelation gives us some very specific information about Babylon as the rebuilt commercial capital of the world during the Tribulation period. Why Babylon? Why would this ancient, once-powerful city, now obscure and gathering dust, rise again? Scientist and Bible scholar Dr. Henry Morris suggests some answers:
Babylon is indeed a prime prospect for rebuilding, entirely apart from any prophetic intimation. Its location is the most ideal in the world for any kind of international center. Not only is it in the beautiful and fertile Tigris-Euphrates plain, but it is near some of the world's richest oil reserves near the geographical center of all of the earth's land masses. It is within navigable distances to the Persian Gulf and it is at the crossroads of the three great continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Thus there is no more ideal location anywhere for a world trade center, a world communication center, a world banking center... or especially a world capital! With all these natural advantages, it is not farfetched at all to suggest that the future financial capital of the ten-nation federation established at the beginning of the Tribulation should be built here. Arnold Toynbee, the greatest historian of modern time's, used to stress that Babylon would be the best place to build a future world cultural metropolis.5
(ALL THIS IS SILLY, DAFT, CRAZY THEOLOGY THAT IS FROM THE MIND OF MEN AND NOT FROM THE BIBLE - Keith Hunt)
The rebuilding of Babylon is not just the idle topic of scholarly books. When Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq, he conceived a grandiose scheme for the rebuilding of that ancient city. He promised that Babylon's grand palaces and legendary hanging gardens (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) would rise from the dust. Believing himself to be the reincarnation of King Nebuchadnezzar II, who had conquered Jerusalem 2,500 years earlier, Hussein invested more than $500 million toward his goal of restoring the ancient city of Babylon. In 1987, while on a site visit to the ruins of Nebuchadnezzar's palace, Hussein asked how his guides were so certain of the date of its construction. The curator showed Hussein some of the original bricks, stamped with the name of Nebuchadnezzar II and the date that; we now refer to as 605 BC. Hussein, not to be outdone, had bricks laid in his palace wall that read: "In the reign of the victorious Saddam Hussein, the president of the Republic....the guardian of the great Iraq and the renovator of its renaissance and the builder of its great civilization, the rebuilding of the great city of Babylon was done in 1987."6
(SO WHAT.....HUSSEIN WAS A MAD MAN, WITH IDEAS THAT FINALLY LED TO HIS OPEN DEATH BY HANGING.... HE DID NOT KNOW BIBLE PROPHECY EITHER - Keith Hunt)
To further cement the implication of a relationship between himself and Nebuchadnezzar, Hussein had a seal struck depicting parallel images of both himself and the ancient ruler. The inscription was written in the wedge shapes of ancient cuneiform script as well as, strangely enough, English.
Hussein was consumed with reviving the glory days of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar. He made Babylon "the focal point of Iraqi nationalism," and on September 22, 1987, he inaugurated the musical event known as the Babylon Festival. Saddam seemed determined to echo Nebuchadnezzar's bold proclamation: "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?" (Daniel 4:30). Saddam's extravagant plans were interrupted by the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Despite his removal from power and subsequent execution, the work to rebuild Babylon continues.
(IT DOES? HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT IT LATELY? THE NATION CAN HARDLY STAY IN ONE PIECE, LET ALONE TRY RE-BUILDING BABYLON. EVEN IF IT IS RE-BUITL TO SOME EXTENT, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BIBLE PROPHECY. NOW THAT COMES FROM ME; TIME WILL TELL WHO IS RIGHT. THE PROTESTANT PROPHETS OR ME; AND IT WILL NOT BE THE FIRST - Keith Hunt)
How does a war-torn nation like Iraq come up with the funds to rebuild an ancient site? Obviously, some of the resources come from the exportation of oil. In early 2010, Iraqi oil exports were at the highest level in more than a decade. The government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced plans to quadruple oil production to 2.15 million barrels per day by the end of 2010. The Iraqi government has issued long-term contracts with foreign oil companies to manage ten of Iraq's major oil fields. Al-Maliki aims to make Iraq a "preeminent producer that will rival, if not eclipse, Saudi Arabia and Russia" as the predominant world oil producers.7
(WELL IT DID NOT HAPPEN!! FOUR YEARS AFTER THE PUBLISHING OF THIS BOOK OF JEREMIAH'S IN 2010, IRAQ OIL IS AS NOTHING! MIDDLE-EAST OIL IS NOT IMPORTANT TODAY; USA IS OIL SUFFICIENT; EUROPE GETS MOST OF ITS OIL FROM RUSSIA; CANADA HAS ENOUGH OIL FOR NORTH AMERICA FOR 100 YEARS. THIS OIL TALK BY PEOPLE LIKE JEREMIAH HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE 1980s - HEARD IT ALL BACK THEN ALSO. TIME TO WAKE UP TO THIS OIL THEOLOGY - IT'S BUST, IT'S DAFT AND NOW LAUGHABLE - Keith Hunt)
Oil is not Iraq's only source of funds. Despite its own enormous budget deficit, the United States continues to pump reconstruction money into Iraq. This in spite of Iraq's estimated budget surplus in excess of $60 billion, little of which is being invested in rebuilding the nation.8 Today the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is also pumping millions of dollars into Babylon. With the help of private donors, the UN hopes to turn Babylon into a thriving center of tourism and commerce. If everything goes according to plan, Babylon will be a cultural center complete with shopping malls, hotels, and maybe even a theme park.
(SO WHAT? THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF CITIES IN THE WORLD WITH SUCH THINGS - Keith Hunt)
In 2009 the U.S. State Department issued a media note announcing a $700,000 pledge to The Future of Babylon Project, explaining that "Babylon stands out among Iraq's rich contributions to humanity." The note went on to say that this project "exemplifies the American people's commitment to the preservation of human heritage and their respect for the cultural heritage of Iraq."9
(SO WHAT? ALL KINDS OF THINGS HAVE BEEN MADE INTO "HISTORICAL SITES" AROUND THE WORLD - Keith Hunt)
An article in the British newspaper the Independent was titled; "Iraq's New Venture: Holidays in the Garden of Eden," and subtitled, "Iraq is trying to lure visitors to the land of Babylon with the slogan 'tourism not terrorism.'" The article goes on to say, "The cradle of civilization, the land of Babylon and the Garden of Eden, will become a paradise for foreign tourists."10
(YA, FOUR YEARS LATER, THE ISIS GROUIP DECIDED DIFFERENTLY; IRAQ IS BACK IN TURMOIL AND SECTARIANISM - Keith Hunt)
The United States government is taking seriously the rise of the city of Babylon and the central place of Iraq in the future of the world. On January 5, 2009, the largest and, at $474 million, the most expensive U.S. Embassy in the world opened in Baghdad, not far from Babylon. The 104-acre, twenty-seven-building complex is situated on the banks of the Tigris River.11 It includes 619 apartments for staff, restaurants, basketball and volleyball courts, and an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool.12
This embassy, known as "Embassy Baghdad," is the largest of its kind in the world. It is the size of eighty football fields—as large as Vatican City—with a population of 5,500. It dwarfs US. embassies elsewhere that typically cover about ten acres. The Baghdad embassy has its own defense force and is designed to be entirely self-sufficient.
(WELL IT AIN'T DOING MUCH GOOD; ISIS WILL SEE THAT THE USA HAS NO PRESENCE IN IRAQ; THE WHOLE TALK ABOUT IRAQ AND ANCIENT BABYLON IS A PIPE DREAM, GOING DOWN THE DRAIN OF IRAQ SECULARISM, IRAQ AND THE ANCIENT CITY OF BABYLON HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH END TIME BIBLE PROPHECY, IT'S ALL IN THE FALSE THEOLOGY OF MINDS LIKE DAVID JEREMIAH - Keith Hunt)
We can see by these moves toward rebuilding Babylon that the city has a special interest in the eyes of the powers of the world. I believe these steps signal the beginning of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Henry Morris explains:
Never has a great world city had such a meteoric rise as New Babylon, and never will one experience such a cataclysmic and total fall— Babylon on the Euphrates has lain dormant and foreboding for centuries....But mighty Babylon is not really dead— Suddenly it will rise once again. Under the impact of overwhelming geopolitical needs, it will be authorized and implemented by the unprecedented building program undertaken by the federal ten-kingdom empire of the West, then pushed to dynamic completion by the Beast. Finally it will be inaugurated as the great world capital of the Beast, who will have become king of all the kingdoms of the globe.13
(UTTER PIG-SWILL AND FALSE THEOLOGY. I'LL GIVE YOU A PROPHECY: ALL THAT THESE PROTESTANT PROPHET TEACH WILL NEVER COME TO PASS, CERTAINLY NOT FOR IRAQ OR ANCIENT BABYLON; FURTHER THE "BEAST" WILL NEVER BE KING OF ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE GLOBE. CAN YOU SEE RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, BRAZIL, CANADA, BRITAIN, THE USA, LETTING SOME "BEAST" KING RULE THEM FROM IRAQ. THE IDEA IS CLOSE TO BE LUNATIC, NEVER MIND JUST BAD THEOLOGY ALSO - Keith Hunt)
Babylon's Rebirth as the World Financial Center
This rebuilding of modern Babylon is of special interest to our present study because of the city's historic past and prophetic future. Nimrod, the first world dictator, tried to make Babylon the first world capital. And biblical prophecy tells us that the revived city is destined to be one of the three capitals of the Antichrist, the final world dictator.
(BIBLE PROPHECY SAYS NO SUCH THING; IT'S ALL IN THE MIND OF JEREMIAH AND KIND, WITH THEIR BAD AND TWISTED PROPHETIC THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt)
According to the prophetic scheme outlined in Revelation, when the Antichrist takes control of the world, his government will function out of three major cities. From Rome he will rule the political world (see Revelation 17). From Jerusalem he will control the religious world after making a covenant with the Jews (see 2 Thessalonians 2:4). From Babylon he will direct his worldwide empire of economic and financial concerns (see Revelation 18).
(NOW THE BABYLON WHORE BEAST WILL RULE FROM ROME AND JERUSALEM, BUT THAT IS IT. THE BABYLON OF REVELATION 18 IS NO WHERE CLOSE TO BEING THE ANCIENT CITY OF BABYLON IN IRAQ....JUST REAL BAS THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt)
Revelation 18:12-13 catalogs twenty-eight items that form the basis for end-time economic commerce. This list includes the various material possessions for which men and women have labored, schemed, and become enslaved throughout history, which makes the list symbolic of man's perennial pursuit of wealth. While John lists commodities that were significant to his day, it is amazing to see how timeless they still are today and obviously will be in that final day:
Merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. (Revelation 18:12-13)
(AND THIS WILL NOT BE FROM ANCIENT BABYLON. REVELATION 18 IS THE CONTINUING STORY OF THE END TIME HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE; THE 7TH AND LAST RESURRECTION [6 HAVE ALREADY COME AND GONE]. THE OLD PROTESTANT BIBLE COMMENTARIES [ALBERT BARNES, ADAM CLARKE, MATTHEW HENRY] THAT OBVIOUSLY DAVID JEREMIAH DOES NOT READ OR BELIEVE, HAVE IT CORRECT...... THIS BABYLON, WOMAN WHORE, DRUNK WITH THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS, MAKING ALL NATIONS DRUNK ON THE WINE OF HER SPIRITUAL FORNICATION, BUILT LITERALLY ON SEVEN HILLS, IS ROME AND CATHOLICISM. YET TO COME IS A HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE IN EUROPE THAT WILL BE THE TRADING CENTER OF THE WORLD, AND WHO WILL PRODUCE THE FALSE PROPHET AND "BEAST" MAN, WHO WILL FOR A SHORT TIME RULE THE WESTERN WORLD, UNTIL THE ARMY FROM THE "EAST" WILL OBLITERATE IT [REV. 9] ..... YES THEN WE WILL SEE THE LAND OF GOG AND MAGOG [RUSSIA/CHINA AND OTHERS] BLOW THIS EUROPE BABYLON TO ASHES - Keith Hunt)
As world currencies (like the dollar) fall apart and continue to lose value, it may be that the entire world will revert to a gold/silver/ hard currency standard. The Arab gold dinar is currently being used as currency in nine countries, so there is definitely a pattern in place for trade in gold/silver. If Iraq suddenly began demanding payment for its oil in dinars, the influx of gold into that country would be huge. That probably won't happen, but as international debt continues to spur inflation, we can be sure that gold will play an increasingly important role in the world economy.
(HOPE GOLD AND OIL WILL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.... NOTHING TO DO WITH END TIME PROPHECY - Keith Hunt)
The prosperity of Babylon will attract merchants from all over the globe, people whose wealth will classify them as the great men of the world. As Henry Morris explains:
The international bankers and the corporation directors and the mercantile barons and the shipping magnates and all their host of money-worshiping, power-seeking underlings, who once traversed their orbits around New York and Geneva, London and Paris, Moscow and Berlin, Johannesburg and Tokyo, now find it gloriously profitable to center it all in Great Babylon.15
(PIPE DREAM OF MEN'S MIND, WILL NEVER HAPPEN; REAL BAD THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt)
In other words, Babylon is destined to rise again as the greatest center of financial power yet known to the world. But as we are about to see, it will not last.
(PIPE DREAM: JUST LOUSY THEOLOGY FROM THE PHD PEOPLE - PROTESTANT HYPE DUNCES - WILL NEVER HAPPEN! TIME WILL TELL WHO IS CORRECT, AND IT WILL NOT BE THE PHD GUYS OF PROTESTANTISM - Keith Hunt)
The Destruction of Babylon
Just as the evil and rebellion that began in Babylon has characterized the city throughout the ages, it will continue to characterize it in the future. It was Babylon that ended Judah's existence as an independent nation, and it will continue to plague God's people even in times to come. Educator and prophetic scholar Dr. Ed Hindson writes, "End-time Babylon is symbolic of all evil, pride, oppression, and power which exalts itself against God. It will combine the best efforts of a collective humanity to rule itself without God. And it will fail!"17
(TRUE, THE BABYLON OF REVELATION 18; THE LAST RESURRECTION OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE IN EUROPE, NOT IRAQ, WILL BE LOOKING RIGHTEOUS, SPEAKING LIKE IT IS DOING GOD'S WORK AND WILL, BUT IT WILL BE THE KINGDOM OF ANTI-CHRIST, DOING SATAN'S WILL - Keith Hunt)
The Bible is not squeamish about calling Babylon exactly, what it is:
And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:5)
(OH THAT IS INDEED SO TRUE; SHE HAS A MYSTERY "CHRISTIAN" THEOLOGY, THAT IS MOSTLY FALSE THEOLOGY, CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES. SHE IS THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS - SHE GAVE BIRTH TO BABYLON CHILDREN - THE PROTESTANT CHURCHES, WHO STILL RETAIN MANY OF HER FALSE THEOLOGY AND CUSTOMS - Keith Hunt)
In his prophecy against Babylon, Jeremiah describes it as a place that will be desolate forever, a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, an object of horror and scorn, a desert and dry land, a place where no man lives and through which no man travels (see Jeremiah 51:26, 37, 43). Isaiah tells us that Babylon will be a desolate land that will never again be inhabited through all generations—a place where no Arab will pitch his tent and no shepherd will rest his flocks (see Isaiah 13:19-20). Since some teach that the prophecies concerning Babylon's destruction have already been fulfilled, it is important to separate the fall of Babylon in history from the destruction of Babylon in the future. Persia did not destroy Babylon in 539 BC as some have taught. When Cyrus captured Babylon, he did it by subterfuge, not by military destruction (see Daniel 5). On the evening of Belshaz-zar's garish banquet, suddenly the hand of God appeared, writing on the wall. The message read: "God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it "Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians" (Daniel 5:26-28). That prophecy came true on that very night as the Medo-Persian army took over the city.
These conquerors did not destroy the city; they made it the secondary capital of the Persian Empire. When the Greeks conquered the Persians in 331 BC, Alexander the Great made Babylon his capital and died there.
Neither has Babylon ever been desolate, as Isaiah prophesied it would be in chapter 13 of his prophecy. In fact, Babylon exists today in central Iraq as the province of Babil, an area of 5,603 square kilometers containing eight cities with a combined population of 1,651,600.18 While her population has vacillated over the centuries, it has nearly tripled since 1977 when its citizenry numbered 592,000.19 As we can see, in the centuries since the ancient empires, Babylon has faded into obscurity but not into oblivion. It has degenerated from a great city to its present status as an Iraqi province.
But if we take the Bible seriously, we understand that Babylon must again rise to power in order to receive the judgment that Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the apostle John have prophesied.
(THE PROPHETIC BABYLON OF END TIME PROPHECY IS ROME NOT THE ANCIENT CITY OF BABYLON. THE PROPHECY OF COMPLETE DESOLATION FOREVER, WILL HAPPEN WHEN ROME AND THE BEAST EUROPE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE IS DESTROYED BY THE KINGS OF THE EAST [REV. 9] AND IT WILL THEN, DURING THE AGE TO COME NEVER BE RE-BUILT, BUT WILL STAND AS AN EXAMPLE OF EVIL'S ULTIMATE END - DESOLATION AND DESTRUCTION - IT WILL EVER BE IN HISTORY AS THE DESTRUCTION FOREVER OF EVIL, SIN, AND ALL FALSEHOOD - Keith Hunt)
Babylon was likely the largest city in the world at the time of Jeremiah. By the time of the apostle John, however, it was no longer a large city. So, in the book of Revelation when John describes the vision he receives from God concerning the destruction of a prosperous mega-Babylon, he obviously speaks of a future event in a future city.
This future Babylon is described in Isaiah 13:19 as "Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans' [Iraqi's] pride." Such will be Babylon's status just before it is annihilated by a destruction so complete that it will never be inhabited again.
(AND THIS IS THE PROPHETIC END TIME BABYLON - ROME AND ROMANISM THEOLOGY OF A FALSE CHRISTIANITY. IT WILL NEVER BE AGAIN, NEVER BE INHABITED PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY - Keith Hunt)
Is Babylon's Destruction Literal or Metaphoric?
One aspect of the prophecies concerning Babylon's destruction has generated a great deal of controversy among Bible scholars. Should we take these references literally or metaphorically? Is the Bible really referring to the destruction of the actual city? Or to the world economic system and humanistic philosophy that city epitomizes? Author and educator Dr. Mai Couch affirms the latter without dismissing the former. "In either case," he says, "the Scripture makes it clear that Babylon represents the worldwide, global, political and ecclesiastical world system of the end times."20
Some scholars see in Revelation 18:1-2 an indication of a dual metaphoric meaning: "After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, 'Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen.' Author editor Dr. J. A. Seiss believed that the repetition of the phrase indicates two separate parts or stages of the fall—the undoing of Babylon as a religious entity and also as an economic entity.21
In the above passage from Revelation 18, John tells us that the prophecy concerning Babylon's destruction is delivered by an angel so powerful that he lights up the entire world. When this angel says, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen," he uses a phrase that describes an instantaneous action. This tells us that the destruction of the city or the system of Babylon will hot be gradual, but instantaneous. Revelation 18 notes over and over the suddenness of the destruction that will come at the close of the Tribulation period:
"Therefore her plagues will come in one day" (v. 8). "For in one hour your judgment has come" (v. 10). "For in one hour such great riches came to nothing" (v. 17). "For in one hour she is made desolate" (v. 19).
When God comes against Babylon, it will be with the suddenness and effectiveness of a spring trap. Note particularly verse 17, which tells us that whatever else Babylon's destruction means, it will certainly include an economic crash.
(IT IS TRUE WHEN BABYLON EUROPE IS DESTROYED - THE RICHNESS OF THE EUROPE BABYLON EMPIRE WILL CRASH; ALSO THE MODERN BABYLON CITY OF ROME WILL BE DESOLATED, AND SO WILL HER THEOLOGY RELIGION. IT WILL HAPPEN SUDDENLY - THE KINGS OF THE EAST WILL STRIKE AND IN AN HOUR [SUDDEN AND SHORT] SHE WILL BE DESTROYED [REV. 9: 13-21]. THE MIGHTY NATIONS EAST OF THE EUPHRATES [RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, KOREA, JAPAN] WILL STRIKE AS THE 6TH TRUMPET DESTROYING THE 5TH TRUMPET THAT IS THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE OF EUROPE - Keith Hunt)
Why Will Babylon Be Destroyed?
Why is God determined to pour out His judgment upon the city of Babylon? In general, we have already seen ample reason. From the beginning, Babylon's philosophy and religion have been in diametric opposition to God, making it the exemplar of a worldview that has corrupted mankind throughout all ages.......
THE OLD FUNDAMENTAL PROTESTANT IN THEIR BIBLE COMMENTARIES PULLED NO PUNCHES; THEY WERE OPEN AND CORRECT; THEY SAID THE 17 AND 18 CHAPTERS OF REVELATION WAS DIRECTED AT THE PAPACY, AT ROME, AS THE MODERN BABYLON OF END TIME PROPHECY. THEY WERE CORRECT! ANYTHING OTHER THAN THAT SIMPLE TRUTH [WHO HAS BEEN DRUNK WITH THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS DOWN THROUGH THE LAST 2,000 YEARS? WHO HAS MADE ALL NATIONS DRUNK ON THE WINE OF HER SPIRITUAL FORNICATION? THE WHOLE WORLD IN SOME FORM OBSERVES "CHRIST-MASS" AND "JANUARY 1ST" AS NEW YEARS DAY, WHICH CAME VIA ROMAN THEOLOGY]. ROME HAS SANCTIONED DOWN THROUGH TIME, THE KILLING OF THOSE WHO DISAGREED WITH HER THEOLOGY; SHE WILL DO IT YET ONE MORE TIME, AT THE END OF THIS AGE; THEN WILL COME HER QUICK DESTRUCTION; THE CITY OF ROME WILL REMAIN DESOLATE IN THE AGE TO COME, FOR AN EXAMPLE OF THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL THAT IS FALSE AND AGAINST THE TRUTHS OF GOD.