WHERE IS BABYLON THE GREAT?
Revelation 18:4 - 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."
This is so important, I hope that you will look up the Scriptures, and pray about it, before you disregard!!!!!
The 18th Chapter of Revelation talks about the Destruction of a City, Babylon the Great. The first thing we have to understand, is that it is talking not about the real city of Babylon, but a PLACE that is the End Time Spirit of Babylon the Great. It is not only a city, but it is also a nation, that has perfected the mystery religion of ancient Babylon, with all of its holy days under a Disguise. Also, we must look closely at the description of this place, to see if any place in the world today qualifies.
Another question that must be addressed: "What is the relationship between Revelation chapters 17 and 18?"...
1. Mystery Babylon the Great of (Revelation 17:5) is destroyed by the kings of the earth (Revelation 17:16). The Babylon of chapter 18 will be destroyed by cataclysmic judgments of YHWH (18:8). It seems that after the kings fulfill the will of YHWH (Revelation 17:16-17), they afterwards lament (Revelation 18:9).
2. Many believe that Revelation 17 is talking about the Roman Catholic Church. It is a fact, however, thatIshtaris the Queen of Heaven (Jer 7:18; 44:16-19). It is also a fact that the idol Ishtar is represented by the Statue of Liberty. If Revelation 17 is referring to Ishtar, it would not only be the sins of Christianity, as would be the case with the Roman Catholic Church, but it would include all other false religions on the face of the earth. This seems to be more consistent with the sins of Babylon.
The next question that needs answering ... is the destruction of Babylon in Revelation 18 the same event that is spoken of in Jeremiah and Isaiah? The following verses suggest that when Babylon is destroyed, it will be destroyed forever, never to rise again.
Isaiah 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when Elohim overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
Note: Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed forever!
Jeremaih 50:39-40 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. As Elohim overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith YHWH; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
It appears that the Babylon of Isaiah chapter 13 is the same as the Babylon of Jeremiah 50! Both will be destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, never to rise again.
Jeremiah 51:62 Then shalt thou say, O YHWH, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
Again, Jeremiah backs up the fact that Babylon will be desolate forever.
Now, it appears that what was true of the Babylon spoken of in Isaiah and the Babylon spoken of in Jeremiah, is also true of the Babylon spoken of in Revelation 18.
Revelation 18:22-23 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; 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.
This is the question: how many times will YHWH destroy Babylon forever, never to rise again?
The first thing Revelation 18 talks about, after telling of the fall of Babylon the Great, is her spiritual fornication and how she has been a world leader to bring other nations to worship strange mighty ones, and to promote natural and spiritual fornication.
Revelation 18:3... For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Jeremiah 51:7 - Babylon hath been a golden cup in YHWH's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
One thing that comes to mind, when reading this, is Hollywood and television. The United States has been, and still is, the leader in this area. Also, when speaking of spiritual fornication, consider deceptive televangelism and its overwhelming influence on millions worldwide!
The next thing it talks about is how rich she is, so rich that the merchants of the whole earth can be made rich with the abundance of her delicacies, and I can think of no other place that this can be talking about other than the United States!
YHWH's PEOPLE ARE WARNED TO FLEE BEFORE HIS WRATH IS POURED OUT BECAUSE OF HER SINS
Revelation 18:4-5 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." For her sins have reached unto heaven, and YHWH hath remembered her iniquities.
Jeremiah 51:6 - Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of YHWH's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.
Jeremiah 51:9 - We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
Apparently, the sins of Babylon are so numerous, that her sins are compared to reaching from earth to heaven!!
WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE SINS? CAN THEY BE CHRONICLED?
As was already mentioned, the idolatry of Hollywood and television and the wickedness they portray. This evil has been exported world wide!! Besides idolatry, there is arrogance; pride; greed; rebellion; witchcraft; legalized murder of unborn babies; acceptance of homosexuality as a normal alternative lifesyle; evil music with evil lyrics; pornography. Even though other nations of the world are also guilty of these sins, The United States is the world leader, it sets the trends of the world! It is commonly called the American Pop Culture, that is, the "American way of life" that is exported world wide.
YHWH doubles her punishment:
Revelation 18:6... Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
Jeremiah 50:15 - Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of YHWH: take vengeance upon her; as she hath done, do unto her.
Babylon is Guilty of Pride and Arrogance!!
Revelation 18:7...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.
Jeremiah 50:29 - 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 YHWH, against the Holy One of Israel.
Babylon is noted for her materialism, commonly referred to around the world as having "Streets Paved with Gold"
Revelation 18:9-11 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning , standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, "Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore
Revelation 18:12-14 gives a list of the merchandise found in Babylon the Great. Then verse 15 tells about how the merchants of these things weep and lament at the destruction of Babylon because they can no longer get rich by selling their merchandise to Babylon.
Revelation 18:15-19 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 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.
I can think of no other place in the world today that qualifies to be Babylon the Great other than the United States of America! YHWH's judgments are sure. They are not based on man's opinion polls! He has given us His word, which clearly states that Babylon is going to be destroyed forever. It has already been judged! It is my hope and prayers that YHWH reveals to his people those things that we must know to be in his will!
I will close with an admonition from the word of YHWH...
Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.