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,
November 18, 2012