Today on 9-28-2012 at the end of after-hours trading Apple stock ended the quarter at a price of $666.66. They’re talking about it over at ZeroHedge. Coincidentally, the very first Apple computer entered the marketplace back in 1976 with a retail price of $666.66. See here.
In my post of July 4 I explained how disobedient Eve shows up in Revelation as the Great Prostitute. I also showed how the forbidden fruit becomes transformed in Revelation 18:14 into the great mass of commodities consumed by Babylon, whereas the role of the tempting serpent becomes taken up by the “great merchants” of the earth.
It is no coincidence that today in the last days of Babylon the Apple corporation, with its logo of an apple with a bite out of it, is the wealthiest company in the history of the world, with a market cap of over $600 Billion, with analysts expecting it to top $1 Trillion in the years ahead. Recently one JPMorgan economist explained that in the months ahead sales of the iPhone 5 could provide a significant boost to GDP growth! That’s how they calculate “quality of life” these days, if you haven’t noticed. On a contrary note, Jesus, in the parable centering around Luke 12:15, seems to argue against GDP accounting as a true measure of the good life.
There is nothing inherently wrong with an iPhone or iPad. However, when acquiring things becomes our focus, rather than loving God and loving our neighbor, then we become idolators.
In the Garden of Eden there was only one potential temptation, while today we are surrounded by forbidden fruit. Worldly temptations are everywhere, aggressively marketed by the capitalist system that we have become so proud of. Yet it had to be this way. Jesus is the New Adam and the Church is the New Eve. The true Bride will say “No!” to the world’s forbidden fruit and turn to her Husband who already paid the price for our sins and say,
“Yes! I choose you Jesus!
The world has absolutely nothing to offer me!
I lay my desires and my agendas down for you!
You alone have everything I need!”
This is the end-times revival of the Church.