The “Merchant Empire” of the Last Days

Recently I have been receiving numerous emails worried that I am promoting communism and pushing an anti-American agenda. All I can say is, please don’t misunderstand me, I am simply trying to get people to see things from a perspective outside of the blanket of propaganda that we have all been born into as Americans.

We here in the USA are the wealthiest, most powerful nation in the history of the world, and this should raise red flags for us if we are serious about following the way of Jesus. Throughout the Gospels we can find at least six specific dangers that Jesus warned us about when it comes to the accumulation and desire for worldly wealth. He also promised that when the judgment comes the rich, the proud, and the powerful will be brought low, and the poor and the humble will be exalted. This should concern us as citizens of the world’s last independent superpower.

Wealth itself is not evil, but with great wealth comes great responsibility. The book of James talks about wealth and says that the wealthy will be judged on the basis of what they DID NOT DO with their resources, “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17). In fact, the entire book of James can be read as a warning against the rich and as a warning against churches that blindly applaud and support the rich in everything they do (like American Evangelicalism today).

So how does this play out in the years to come? The Bible describes a great power that rises over the earth in the years just before the kingdom of the Antichrist. In fact, the Antichrist must defeat this power before he can rule. This power is known as Babylon, and is ruled by a Queen, a feminine figure who gains power primarily through deception and seduction. She is not an overt “in your face” enemy of the Gospel, but a subtle and deceptive enemy of the Gospel along the lines of 2 Corinthians 11:2-3.

When the Queen of Babylon falls there are three specific groups that will weep and mourn over her: the Kings of the nations, the Merchants of the earth, and the Global Shipping Industry. Note that her PRIMARY realm of influence is in the realm of GLOBAL COMMERCE:

“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.” Revelation 18:17-19

Now please take a moment to watch the 47-second video below, which is from the movie HOME:


Hopefully you get the point. To learn more about my perspective on all of this you can click over to my new essay,

“The Biblical and Historical Connection Between Merchants, Markets, and Violence.”

Peter Goodgame
November 18, 2012


4 thoughts on “The “Merchant Empire” of the Last Days

  1. Concerning being the wealthiest nation in history: Peter, my Dad had a heavy equipment construction company during the 60’s and 70’s. We used several pieces of LeTourneau earth-moving equipment. I read the biography of R.G. Letourneau when I was a young man. He held several design patents for earth-moving equipment and became very wealthy. He also was a real born again Christian. Mr. Letourneau ended up living on 10% of his income and gave 90% to mission work and the work of the Lord. How different from the CEO’s of today!

    My Dad always told me that if the Lord ever did give me a million dollars that He would expect me to give $900,000 of it to the work of the Lord.


  2. Very good….we need the warning, we are so “rich” we can not see how poor blind & naked we really are. We need our saviour desperatly as HE invites one on one Mike Bickel @IHOP has been saying much the same thing religion of “Oprah” …….blessings


  3. I love your insight Peter into ancient history etc but I’m afraid I have to agree I’m worried by your anti-capitalist stance…I’m certainly not a capitalist, but let us not in any way lean towards marxism which is a doctrine of demons. Both are the twin evils which the god of this world seeks to use for his benefit.


  4. Peter – I found myself reading Nahum 3 . It describes the fall of Ninevah of the Assyrians, but it echoes another great city of worldwide trade. Here are some excerpts:

    Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder– no end to the prey!…

    And all for the countless whorings of the prostitute, graceful and of deadly charms, who betrays nations with her whorings, and peoples with her charms. I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will make nations look at your nakedness and kingdoms at your shame. I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle.

    And all who look at you will shrink from you and say, “Wasted is Nineveh; who will grieve for her?” Where shall I seek comforters for you? Are you better than Thebes that sat by the Nile, with water around her, her rampart a sea, and water her wall? Cush was her strength; Egypt too, and that without limit; Put and the Libyans were her helpers…

    You also will be drunken; you will go into hiding; you will seek a refuge from the enemy. All your fortresses are like fig trees with first-ripe figs– if shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater…

    You increased your merchants more than the stars of the heavens. The locust spreads its wings and flies away…

    There is no easing your hurt; your wound is grievous. All who hear the news about you clap their hands over you. For upon whom has not come your unceasing evil?


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