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)