GOD’S RESPONSE TO CONSPIRATORS

 

Previous postings have cautiously asserted that a conspiracy may exist, one with the intent to replace national governments with a multi-region, tightly-interconnected, essentially totalitarian governmental system.

Scripture asserts more boldly that such a conspiracy will certainly exist. God, however, has other plans. These plans involve His own conspiracy. One might be attempted to argue with the term “conspiracy” as it would apply to God, as with God no secrecy is involved. He has laid His plans out quite clearly in Scripture. That open depiction of our future would seem not to qualify as a conspiracy, as the meaning of a conspiracy involves secret knowledge that only the elect are privy to.

But the Bible has been so maligned and generally avoided in our society that it might as well contain secrets to which only an ever-smaller minority has access to. In brief, society shot itself in the foot by making information in the Bible a de facto secret, and thus that information, to all intents and purposes, describes a conspiracy to which only committed Christians have access.

God’s response is previewed in Daniel 2, which is summarized in Daniel 2:44:

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”

The Book of Revelation gets into details. After a series of awesome judgments of God in which a large percentage of the world’s population is killed through disease and warfare, in Chapter 17 a specific prophecy is pronounced against a harlot, taken by many to be the end-time apostate Church of Laodicea, of which Jesus spoke against in Chapter 3.

“And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come here; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters; with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication; and upon her forehead was a name written Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I wondered with great awe.

“And the angel said unto me, Why didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, whichhath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition; and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in gthe book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet, but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naket, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the women whom thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

Given the use of purple garments by Catholic bishops and of scarlet ones by cardinals, many people place this melancholy pronouncement onto the Catholic Church. It need not be the present one, but a future one that may be a chrislam conglomeration consisting of the most watered-down elements of Islam and Christianity. This association might seemingly be strengthened by the identification of seven heads with seven mountains, Rome being called the City of Seven Hills, but note that heads in Scriptural prophecy usually depict rulers rather than geographical features.

Revelation Chapter 18 addresses next the judgment upon and demise of a mysterious Babylon:

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 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. 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 God hath remembered her iniquities. 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. 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. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

“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 shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more. The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and al thyine wood, and all manner of vessels of ivory, and all manner of vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thoushalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, who 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 are 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, in which were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.

“Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus wil violence shall that great city, Babylon, be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 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 whatever 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 lamp 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. And in her was found the blook of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

Some eschatologists claim that Babylon is indeed the Babylon of old, situated in Iraq. That association was most popular under the regime of Saddam Hussein, who had reconstructed that city and vowed to restore it to its former greatness. But the Babylon of Revelation 18 also can be a suggestive reference, the name of some other great community whose characteristics followed those of the original Babylon.

Note the suggestion in Revelation 18:17 that it is a seaport. Mighty as is the River Euphrates, I doubt that it properly meets the description of Babylon as a seaport in Revelation 18. Note also that every time the word fallen is used, it is used twice, and that its destruction occurs in an hour. These items mesh disturbingly well with the events of 911, in which Manhattan’s twin towers, representing the ultimate in commerce, were destroyed, virtually within an hour. Equally disturbing is Manhattan’s long-standing nickname, “Babylon by the sea”. Regardless of its identification, this great center of commerce and corruption is destroyed.

In the very next chapter of Revelation there is rejoicing in heaven over the judgments that have destroyed the kingdoms of mankind, and the war of Armageddon, and the return of Jesus Christ to reign on earth and to marry His wife, the Church.

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