WORLD'S REACTION TO THE FALL OF BABYLON


From  the  book  "The Coming Economic Armageddon" by Dr. David Jeremiah (2010)


World Reactions to the Destruction of Babylon



How will the world react to Babylon's fall? The apostle John gives us the reactions of three groups, each expressing cataclysmic shock by using the same woeful expression, "Alas, alas." That archaic word is seldom used today, but everyone understands it as an expression of calamity and grief. Let's explore why these three groups will utter that word.


The Kings of the Earth Will Mourn


The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with [Babylon] will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, "Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come." (Revelation 18:9-10) The kings who thought all power was theirs are going to mourn because the great capital city of the Beast's financial empire has been destroyed. As prophetic author Walter K. Price explains, "These kings who wail at the fall of Babylon are the provincial rulers who administrate the world empire of the Antichrist, and whose domains are affected most by the sudden disruption of commerce."28 Apparently Babylon was the final hope of these kings. When Babylon is destroyed, they are utterly devastated and can do nothing but mourn their enormous financial loss.


(TO  SAY  THIS  IS  THE  ANCIENT  CITY  BABYLON  RE-BUILT  IS  WAY  OVER  THE  TOP.  ONE  CITY  FALLING  COULD  NOT  POSSIBLY  DESTROY  THE  WEALTH  AND  POWER  OF  THE  BEAST  EMPIRE  OF  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION.  IT  WOULD  BE  LIKE  SAYING  IF  NEW  YORK  OR  LONDON  WAS  DESTROYED,  ALL  THE  WEALTH  OF  THE  WESTERN  WORLD  WOULD  DISAPPEAR  AND  VANISH  AWAY.  BUT  IF  THE  END  TIME  BABYLON  IS  THE  7TH  RESURRECTION  OF  THE  HOLY  ROMAN  EMPIRE  IN  EUROPE,  WITH  ALL  ITS  GLORY  AND  POWER,  WITH  A  FALSE  PROPHET  WORKING  MIRACLES,  AND  THAT  EUROPE  POWER  IS  DESTROYED  BY AN  ENEMY;  SO  WHOLE  NATIONS  OF  EUROPE  LAY  IN  DUST  AND  ASHES,  THEN  YOU  CAN  SEE  PARTS  OF  THE  WORLD  MOURNING  HER  DESTRUCTION.  I  SUBMIT  THAT  IS  MORE  REALITY  THAN  SOME  CITY  IN  IRAQ  BEING  DESTROYED  -  Keith Hunt)


The Merchants of the Earth Will Mourn


And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore….The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, "Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned, with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great riches came to nothing." (Revelation 18:11,14-17)


The word here translated as "merchants" is the Greek word emporoi. It refers particularly to wholesalers, or those who deal in large quantities of trade items. These merchants will be instantly ruined. They will lament because their commercial power base— the economic hub of the world-—-will be gone. The stock exchanges will crash and the banks will close their doors. Bankruptcy will permeate world economies. In that day the god of mammon will prove to be worthless. In one hour all economic well-being will vanish!


(THEY  WILL  BE  SHOCKED  THAT  A  LARGE  EMPIRE,  WITH  WEALTH  AND  SPIRITUALNESS [FROM  THE  MIRACLE  WORKING FALSE  PROPHET]  IS  BROUGHT  TO  LITERAL  ASHES  OF  RUBBLE.  THOSE  WHO  HAVE  BECOME  RICH  WITH  TRADING  WITH  THIS  HOLY  ROMAN  EMPIRE  OF  EUROPE  WILL  BE  AGHAST  AT  HER  QUICK  DESTRUCTION  BY  AN  ENEMY.  SUCH  WOULD  HARDLY  BE  THE  CASE  OVER  JUST  ONE  CITY  WAY  OFF  IN  IRAQ  -  Keith Hunt)


The Shipmasters of the Earth Will Mourn


The shipping magnates of the world and their employees will mourn along with the rulers and merchants.

Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, "What is like this great city?" They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, "Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate." (Revelation 18:17-19)

I doubt that most Americans think much about the importance of overseas shipping today, but a casual glance at the country of origin for many of the products we buy shows that they arrived via ship. Shipping is more important to us than we think, and many economists watch it carefully. The Baltic Dry Index is an economic measurement used to gauge the direction of the global economy. The BDI measures shipping of raw materials in twenty of the world's busiest trade routes by assessing daily what shippers are charging to ship various lots of goods in oceangoing vessels. If prices are rising, that means the demand for shipping space is increasing, which is a signal for a strong economy. If prices are falling, it means there is an excess of shipping capacity, indicating that world economies are in recession. So, a BDI going up is good for the economy, and a BDI going down is bad. The BDI is considered a "leading economic indicator" because it predicts future economic strength or weakness. Although the BDI is still below its February 2008 high, it has increased dramatically since January 2009.29


Despite current global economic conditions, in November 2009 the Persian Gulf States announced their plan for a $40 billion expansion that will "triple port capacity across the oil-rich region...to keep pace with rapid economic growth in the Gulf."30  We can expect this increase to continue. During the Tribulation, the Persian Gulf will be flooded with merchant ships coming from Babylon, the great center of world commerce. But one day as these ships enter the Gulf, the shipmasters will stare gaping and in shock at the enormous columns of smoke billowing from the inland city where their goods are going up in a blaze of fire. At that moment their ships' cargoes will be utterly worthless. The entire system upon which they had built their lives and their hopes will be gone, and they will cry out, "Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate" (Revelation 18:19).


(ALL  DYNAMICS  HAVE  CHANGED  IN  THAT  PART  OF  THE  WORLD  SINCE  JEREMIAH  WROTE  HIS  BOOK.  FOUR - NEARLY FIVE YEARS  NOW  HAVE  ALTERED  MANY  THINGS.  THAT  PART  OF  THE  WORLD  IS  NOT  THAT  IMPORTANT  ANY  MORE;  OIL  FOR  THE  WEST  IS  NOT  NEEDED  ANYWHERE  CLOSE  AS  IT  ONCE  WAS.  THAT  WOLRD  IS  IN  SECTARIAN  VIOLENCE;  IRAQ  IS  FAR  FROM  SETTLED  IN  PEACE,  AND  WITH  DIFFERENT  SECTS  OF  RELIGIONS  THERE,  IT  NEVER  WILL  BE.  ONE  INLAND  CITY  IN  IRAQ  WILL  NEVER  BE  THE  HUB  OF  THE  WORLD;  IT  IS  MORE  THAN  RIDICULOUS  TO  THINK  SO;  BUT  AN  EMPIRE  OF  NATIONS  OF  EUROPE  -  A  HOLY  ROMAN  EMPIRE  -  WITH  ALL  KINDS  OF  SEA  WATER  TO  ITS  VARIOUS  NATIONS;  NOW  THAT  MAKES  A  WHOLE  LOT  MORE  SENSE  I  SUBMIT;  MERCHANTS  TRADING  WITH  A  EUROPE  POWER  CALLED  IN  REVELATION  "BABYLON  THE  GREAT"  "THE  MOTHER  OF  HARLOTS"  "DRUNKEN  WITH  THE  BLOOD  OF  THE  SAINTS"  "MAKING  ALL  NATION  DRUNK  ON  THE  WINE  OF  HER  FORNICATION"  -  AND  HAVING  A  CITY  BUILT  ON  SEVEN  HILLS [ROME]  -  NOW  THAT  TO  ME  MAKES  MUCH  MORE  COMMON  SENSE.  AND  IT  DID  TO  THE  OLD  PROTESTANT  BIBLE  COMMENTATORS  LIKE  ALBERT  BARNES;  ADAM  CLARKE;  MATTHEW  HENRY.  OUT  ON  THE  FAR  SEAS  THEY  WILL  SEE  THE  SMOKE  OF  DESTRUCTION  RISING  FROM  A  DESTROYED  ATOMIC  ATTACK,  ON  EUROPE,  AND  THEIR  WEALTH  IS  GONE.  NOW  THAT  IS  MORE  IN  LINE  WITH  WHY  THEY  ARE  MOURNING  HER  DESTRUCTION  -  Keith Hunt)


The Rejoicing in Heaven over the Destruction of Babylon


When Babylon is destroyed, the kings, the merchants, and the mariners of the earth will mourn. But in heaven the apostles and the prophets will rejoice. "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!" (Revelation 18:20). The apostles and prophets are urged to rejoice at Babylon's destruction because it was the system of that city that had martyred all of the apostles except John. It was that system that demanded, "Take the mark of the Beast, or starve." It was that system that had persecuted them, cut them to ribbons, boiled them in oil, hung them up to die, and sent them to the lions' den. It was that system that stood for everything that was against the God of heaven. One by one, they died, and it seemed as if nobody knew or cared.


(NOW  THAT  SYSTEM  WAS  NOT  ANCIENT  BABYLON  IN  IRAQ;  THAT  SYSTEM  WAS  A  ROMAN  EMPIRE,  THEN  A  HOLY  ROMAN  EMPIRE  IN  EUROPE.  IT  WAS  TO  HAVE  7  HOLY  RESURRECTIONS;  SIX  HAVE  COME  AND  GONE;  THE  SEVENTH  IS  YET  TO  ARISE.  THAT  SYSTEM  WAS  FULL  AND  DRUNKEN  WITH  THE  BLOOD  OF  THE  SAINTS.  HISTORY  CLEARLY  TELLS  YOU  WHO  AND  WHERE  ALL  THAT  TOOK  PLACE;  IT  WAS  NOT  IN  BABYLON  IN  IRAQ  -  Keith Hunt)


But the God of heaven does not forget His own. "Vengeance is Mine," He promised (Romans 12:19). This is an echo of many such promises to His people: "Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them" (Deuteronomy 32:35). "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord." And again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a "fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:30-31). The manner and timing of the repayment for man's wickedness is God's prerogative. The apostles and prophets rejoice, not over the deaths of those doomed to eternal hell, but because God's righteousness and justice have prevailed. 


(ALL  IN  HEAVEN  AND  ON  EARTH  WILL  REJOICE,  BECAUSE  THIS  HORRIFIC  SYSTEM,  WITH  ITS  HORRIFIC  KILLINGS  OF  THOSE  WHO  WILL  NOT  AGREE  WITH  ITS  THEOLOGY;  THIS  SYSTEM  WITH  ITS  SO-CALLED  WEALTH  PHYSICALLY  AND  SPIRITUALLY,  A  DECEIVING  "CHRISTIAN"  THEOLOGY,  WILL  FINALLY  BE  DESTROYED,  AND  NEVER  RISE  AGAIN.  TWO  THOUSAND  YEARS  AND  NOW  IT'S  GONE  FOREVER…..YES  REJOICE  INDEED  -  Keith Hunt)


John records something startling: "Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, 'Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore'" (Revelation 18:21). In ancient times the millstone symbolized commerce because the grinding of wheat exemplified the economic stability of the culture. The millstone sinking into the sea signaled the final end to life in Babylon and to the economy of the world.


(YES  THIS  WEALTHY  DECEPTIVE  CHURCH  STATE  WILL  FINALLY  BE  ASHES  UNDER  THE  FEET  OF  THE  RIGHTEOUS,  AND  A  FALSE  WEALTHY  PHYSICAL  AND  SPIRITUAL  SYSTEM  WILL  BE  DESTROYED  -  Keith Hunt)


But there is another possible application. Do you remember reading what the Lord said about those who offend little children? "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:6). The annihilation of this godless power, gorged with the blood of the prophets, the apostles, and the saints of God, is pictured as a great millstone thrown with violence into the sea, sinking into eternal oblivion. Do you ever find yourself wondering if God has forgotten you? When you experience unfair treatment? When your evil adversaries seem to get the upper hand? When those who abuse the system advance while you miss yet another promotion? Do you ever say, as David did, "How long will the wicked triumph?" (Psalm 94:3). This is one of the questions most often leveled at Christians. "If you have such a great God, why does He allow evil?" The Bible does provide answers to that question (see Job, Habakkuk, and Psalm 73). But the ultimate answer is this: God does not ignore iniquity. He does not trivialize transgressions or wink at wickedness. While we are not always able to trace the judgment of God in our immediate circumstances, He is faithful, and in His own time He will avenge all evil that has been done. The destruction of Babylon will be one of His loudest statements affirming that fact!


(AND  IT  WILL  NOT  MEAN  JUST  THE  DESTRUCTION  OF  ONE  CITY  IN  IRAQ;  IT  MEANS  A  WHOLE  LOT  MORE,  A  WHOLE  LOT  MORE.  IT  WILL  SHOCK  ALL  THE  WORLD  TO  SEE  A  MIGHTY  FALSELY  HOLY  SYSTEM  BLOWN  TO  BITS,  WITHIN  AN  HOUR.  WHEN  THE  ATOMIC  BOMBS  FROM  THE  KINGS  OF  THE  EAST  COME  CRASHING  DOWN  ON  THIS  HOLY  ROMAN/BABYLON  EUROPE  IT  WILL  SHOCK  AND  DUMFOUND  ALL  THAT  GOT  PHYSICALLY  RICH  BY  HER.  GOD  WILL  ALSO  BE  SHOWING  THAT  HER  CHRISTIAN  THEOLOGY  WAS  ANYTHING  BUT  TRUE  AND  BIBLICAL  -  Keith Hunt)


Our Response to the Destruction of Babylon


While kings, merchants, shipmasters, apostles, and prophets all react to the ultimate destruction of Babylon, there is one more entity that is called upon to respond. The literal Babylon historically and prophetically so exemplifies man-centered pride and depravity that it has become a lasting metaphor for evil and rebellion against God. The people of God in every generation are instructed to separate themselves from the sins and mind-set of godless Babylon. "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people'" (Revelation 18:4). The prophet Jeremiah warned: "Flee from the midst of Babylon, and every one save his life! Do not be cut off in her iniquity, for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance" (Jeremiah 51:6). These passages make us realize that in this wicked, foul city, there will be Christians living. One author explains: "The appeal of salary and prestige will entice many capable Christian business and professional men...to participate in the planning and activation of this exciting and dynamic new metropolis... .No doubt many of these Christians will rationalize their move to Babylon by the opportunity thus afforded to 'have a witness' in the world's most important city."31


(IF  MEANING,  AS  THEY  DO,  THE  LITERAL  CITY  IN  IRAQ,  THEY  COULD  NOT  BE  FURTHER  FROM  THE  TRUTH  OF  THE  MATTER - Keith Hunt)


What such Christians fail to recognize is that effective witness is never mediated through compromise. God's message is not "Be like her, My people, thereby to appease and attract her," but rather "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins" (Revelation 18:4 KJV). There can be no dual citizenship in the polar opposite cities of Jerusalem and Babylon. Paul wrote, "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God" (2 Corinthians 6:14-16). I believe this is God's present-day call to separate ourselves from the world and especially the world as it is increasingly exhibited in the churches. 


(WOW  HE  DOES  NOT  KNOW   HOW  RIGHT  HE  IS;  BUT  THEN  HE  ALSO  DOES  NOT  KNOW,  OR  REFUSES  TO  KNOW,  WHERE  THE  PROTESTANT  CHURCHES  COME  FROM;  HE  WILL  NOT  ACCEPT  THE  FACT  THAT  THEY  ARE  ALL  FROM  THE  MOTHER  CHURCH  OF  ROME,  SOME  MORE  SOME  LESS.  THEY  ARE  ALL  TO  SOME  EXTENT  FILLED  WITH  HER  WRONG  THEOLOGY,  CUSTOMS,  AND  PRACTICES.  INDEED  IT  IS  FOR  THOSE  WHO  LOVE  THE  TRUTH  TO  SEARCH  FOR  IT  DILIGENTLY,  AND  THEN  COME  OUT  OF  THE  FALSENESS  THAT  PORTRAYS  ITSELF  TO  BE  CHRISTIAN  -  Keith Hunt)


John calls us to separate from Babylon, "lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4). This warning tells us that indulging in the practices of Babylon has consequences, for these practices and the plagues that accompany them are inevitably paired.


(YOU  BET;  AND  DAVID  JEREMIAH  DOES  NOT  KNOW  HOW  TRUE  IT  REALLY  IS  TO  COME  OUT  OF  THE  DECEPTIVE  RELIGION  OF  MODERN  BABYLON.  ONE  DAY  HE  WILL  KNOW  AND  HE  WILL  BE  SHOCKED  TO  THE  CORE.  BUT  YOU  CAN  KNOW  NOW!!  YOU  HAVE  MY  WEBSITE  THAT  EXPOUNDS  THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD  FROM  THE  LIES  AND  FALSE  CHRISTIAN  RELIGION  OF  BABYLON  THE  GREAT,  THE  MOTHER  OF  HARLOTS  -  Keith Hunt)

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