Today, March 3, my friends at FQSH uploaded our recent discussion on the end-times system of Babylon the Great. It is show number 53 introduced here: http://www.fqsouthafrica.co.za/blog.html, which can be directly downloaded here: http://www.fqsouthafrica.co.za/fqshShow53.mp3
You can also find links to the show notes in pdf or powerpoint on the front page at www.redmoonrising.com
A popular view on Mystery Babylon that is promoted by many prophecy teachers is that Babylon is in fact a three-part system: Political Babylon, Ecclesiastical Babylon, and Commercial Babylon. In other words, it has a religious aspect (Rome/Jerusalem), a political aspect (re-built Babylon in Iraq), and a commercial aspect (New York City?).
My view is that the commercial aspect of Babylon engulfs all of the other aspects. Commerce IS Babylon’s religion, and her quest for worldly comfort, luxury and prestige is what drives her political agenda as well. When she falls she will be mourned by the kings (politicians) that were in bed with her enjoying her wealth, by the merchants (global corporations) that profited from her pathological consumerism, and by the shipping industry that today delivers 90% of the world’s commodities to every corner of the globe. Commerce is Babylon’s religion, and Global Capitalism is the primary enemy of the Kingdom of Heaven on the earth in these end times today.
Does that sound hard to believe? I’m sure it does to many, and all I can do is remind people that the greatest enemies of our Faith are not obvious (like Islam or atheistic Communism), but are subtle, seductive, and deceptive.
“For when they speak great swelling words of
vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh…
While they promise them liberty, they
themselves are the servants of corruption:
for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he
brought in bondage.” (2 Peter 2:18-19)
“That interdependence of all men, which is now in everybody’s mouth and which tends to make all mankind One World, not only is the effect of the market order but could not have been brought about by any other means.” – Friedrich Hayek in Law, Legislation and Liberty (1973)
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and
bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or
the name of the beast, or the number of his name… six hundred
and sixty-six. (Rev 13:16-17)