PROPHECY COMES FULL CIRCLE:

Creating a breach through which evil
spirits can enter the world of man

By: SR Shearer
October 21, 2012

Old Babylon
New Babylon

PROPHECY COMES FULL CIRCLE

America - the New Babylon - seizes control of Old Babylon

INTRODUCTION

Though little noticed by the "wise men" of this world, something very horrific happened on 19 March, 2003 – something much more frightening than the mere invasion of one country by another: PROPHECY CAME FULL CIRCLE CONCERNING BABYLON THE GREAT - the ENEMY OF GOD, THE SEAT OF SATAN; on that date "Babylon on the Hudson" (America) seized control of the precincts of ancient Babylon ("Babylon on the Euphrates") and in doing so united in itself the dreadful prophecies of the Old Testament with the equally dreadful prophecies of the New Testament. [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 1; please also see "Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon."]

Past and present came together when - in a stunning and ferocious attack that dumbfounded the world - the American military seized control of Ancient Babylon and – as Robert Stewart, a former intelligence analyst writing for the Hartford Courant put it - "... by the thunder of American bombs, multiple rocket systems and volleys from the 120mm main guns of M-1 Abrams tanks" America silenced the skeptics of its military predominance.

By the thunder of American bombs, multiple rocket systems and volleys from the 120mm main guns of M-1 Abrams tanks" they silenced the skeptics of American military predominance.

Stewart continued:

"In less than 24 hours, two of the heretofore vaunted [Iraqi] Republican Guard divisions were rendered combat ineffective. So, too, were the critics."

The American military sliced through Iraq (ancient Babylon) like a knife through hot butter

Stewart went on to say:

"Until April 2nd [the date American forces entered Baghdad], the chorus of criticism [insofar as America's ability to quickly and decisively take apart Iraq's military machine] had been swelling in volume. Front-page stories in newspapers across the country [and in Europe] had doubted the efficacy of General Tommy Franks' [and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's] plan for the war. Many who were not in the theater and had no access to the actual war plans - or, in fact, any military experience at all - warned that American military planners should rethink their plan of attack; that the current plan wasn't working. Those critics were wrong.

"FRANKS AND HIS TROOPS ACHIEVED A MILITARY VICTORY OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS. The ... battle against the Medina Division of the 'elite' Republican Guard - the best-equipped and best-trained, the fiercest and most feared of Hussein's divisions - lasted a mere three hours before the Iraqi force was routed. Simultaneously, the Baghdad Division, according to Central Command's spokesman Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, was destroyed' ...

BABYLON: Satan's seat

"In less than two weeks, the military was able to move troops across hostile territory to the gates of Baghdad, achieve complete air superiority, seize the ports, secure nearly all the oilfields, prevent Saddam Hussein's thugs from setting them ablaze and capture thousands of prisoners ... THEIRS IS AN UNPARALLELED SUCCESS. NO SUCH FORCE HAS EVER MOVED SO MANY (TROOPS) SO FAR SO FAST."

THE IMPORTANCE OF ALL THIS LIES IN THE FACT THAT PROPHECY CAME FULL CIRCLE AT THAT MOMENT; "BABYLON-ON-THE-HUDSON" TOOK CONTROL OF "BABYLON-ON-THE-EURPHRATES," AND IN DOING SO UNITED THE "LONG-AGO" WITH THE "HERE-AND-NOW" – THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WITH THE PROPHECIES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

SATAN: Prince of this world

BABYLON: SATAN'S SEAT

To understand the significance of what happened, it's necessary that we understand the importance of Babylon in the Prophetic Scriptures: in both the Old and New Testaments Babylon is referred to as the "ENEMY OF GOD;" it represents the kingdom and glory of Satan (Rev. 17:1-8); [Again, we urge you to see APPENDIX I, "In Search of Babylon."]

Satan is called the "Prince of this World" (cf., John 12:31, John 14:30, John 16:11, Ephesians 2:2) AND BABYLON IS HIS CAPITAL CITY.

What is meant by the term "world?" The word "world" is the translation of the Greek word Kosmos, which means a harmonious order or arrangement, and it is used in three ways in the New Testament:

  • FIRST, it means the MATERIAL UNIVERSE (Acts 17:14; Matt. 13:35; John 1:10; Mark 16:15).
  • SECOND, it means –
    1. THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD as a whole (John 1:10; 3:16; 12:19; 17:21);
    2. THE WHOLE RACE OF MAN ALIENATED FROM GOD AND HOSTILE TO THE CAUSE OF CHRIST (Heb. 11:38; John 14:17; 14:27; 15:18); this is but an extension of (a) above and is the meaning we are most concerned with here.
  • THIRD, it means the whole circle of WORLDLY goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, which though hollow and fleeting, stir our desires and seduce us from God, so that they are obstacles to the cause of Christ (I John 3:17; Matt. 16:26; I Cor 2:12; 3:19, 7:31; Titus 2:12; II Peter 1:4; 2:20; I John 2:15-17; James 1:27). It is the world of our split level homes, two cars, good careers, good educations, bank accounts, vacations, etc. It is when these pleasures and even so-called necessities of life "possess our hearts" and crowd out our commitment to the Lord and to His people that they have in reality become part of the kosmos.

The world of our split level homes, two cars, good careers, good educations, bank accounts, vacations, etc. It is when these pleasures and even so-called necessities of life "possess our hearts" and crowd out our commitment to the Lord and to His people that they have in reality become part of the kosmos.

Moreover, the word Kosmos, taken in conjunction with the three meanings described above, implies that behind all this there is a mind - the Prince of this World - which gives order and arrangement to it

World-Rulers of this Darkness

all. John says:

"The whole KOSMOS [as described above] lieth in the evil one." (John 5:19)

He is the KOSMOKRATER or world-ruler - a word which, however, appears only once, and is used in the plural of his lieutenants: "the WORLD RULERS OF THIS DARKNESS" (Eph. 6:12).

Politics, education, literature, science, art, law, commerce, music, our homes, careers, etc. - together they constitute the "kosmos." Subtract them, and the world as a coherent system ceases to exist. It is the development of these things that constitutes history. The question is, which direction is history tending? What is its ultimate goal? - BABYLON THE GREAT!! That is the direction of the world's advance - the kingdom of Antichrist, and we are only seconds away as God's prophetic clock winds down.

Only minutes to midnight

BABYLON: THE PRISON
OF EVERY FOUL SPIRIT

Creating a WORMHOLE through which the malignant spirits of the Kingdom of Darkness can flow. That the human race has not heretofore been totally subjected and submerged by these evil dignities is only because of the gulf that God fixed between them and us after the Flood described in Genesis - for who could know the viciousness of their sin, the depths of their immorality, the vile power of their hateful lusts. And though they can appear as angles of light, they inhabit the halls of darkness, and their home is the blackness of night forever.

The Scriptures describe Babylon as –

"... the habitation of devils [demons], and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird [spirit]" (Revelation 18:2)

- and it is precisely this reality that began to manifest itself on 19 March, 2003, a time when prophecy wrapped itself in on itself, and in doing so opened up a WORMHOLE (as it were) through which the spirits of darkness described in Revelation 18:2 (above) started to transit the barrier that God had placed between their world and the world of man after the Flood.

These are the "EXTRATERRESTRIALS" that have taken "center stage" in the lingua franca of our era – a lingua franca that evidencs the growing belief, even in well educated circles, that our world has begun to receive communications from higher intelligences - intelligences which are readying mankind for an extraterrestrial visitation. Indeed, the emergence of hundreds of UFO cult groups within the last few years, all preaching a similar message, along with the appearance of such films as Close Encounters, Independence Day, The Arrival, Fire in the Sky and films of a similar nature are evidence of a growing belief, or at least interest, in the inevitability of a soon-to-come contact with beings not of this earth - of spiritual beings who are soon to descend on our world in great numbers.

These are the "EXTRATERRESTRIALS" - ALL OF THEM DENIZENS OF THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS - that have taken "center stage" in the lingua franca of our era - evidencing the growing belief, even in well educated circles, that our world is receiving communications from higher intelligences - intelligences which are readying mankind for an extraterrestrial visitation.

THE WORLD BEYOND OUR WORLD

We live today in a world dominated by science and technology. A skeptical attitude towards the supernatural seemingly predominates. What cannot be seen, touched, and scientifically verified is cast off as superstition and "old wives fables." The thought that there might exist principalities and powers greater than man is not entertained by today's science.

The mere mention of the supernatural is often received with a smile of incredulous contempt. And there are not a few professing Christians of the liberal persuasion who manifest a great anxiety to explain away the supernatural, though they do not totally deny its reality. But that Satan can work wonders, they will never allow, and in many cases they seek even to deny his existence.

But today's science is merely a flickering candle when compared to another reality - a reality, though obscured and half-hidden, is as true, nonetheless, as is the seen reality of science and technology. And when compared to this other reality, science is but the tip of an iceberg that shows above the water, while submerged down below is the great mass of that which is true and real.

Deny as we will the existence of this other reality, we are, nonetheless, reminded of it constantly. At night it comes to us when we are alone. Perhaps we are visited by its presence during the day in a solitary walk on the beach or in the forest. Sometimes it comes to us in day-dreams when at work; but, somehow, it is always there - and we know it! Hollywood knows it, too. Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas know it as well. Our young people know it. Movies such as The Shinning, E.T Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, The Arrival, Fire in the Sky and The Omen openly declare the reality of this other world.

It should be understood that those so-called "extraterrestrials" that are seeking today to breach the gap that God has established between us and them have NOTHING to do with the Kingdom of Heaven and everything to do with the Kingdom of Darkness (II Thess. 2:9) - and it is indeed an evil and somber empire! Whenever the Scriptures lift the veil, and allow us a momentary glimpse into the Kingdom of Darkness, we behold a malignant and evil community, but one perfect in order and government, and one that thirsts for the subjugation of the human race.

And despite all the protestations to the contrary, the so-called secular world is also deeply involved today with the supernatural. Even our institutions of higher learning acknowledge the presence of this other reality. Indeed, the psychology departments of many of our finest colleges and universities have, in recent years, become nothing more than "fronts" for the investigation of para-psychology - that is to say, clairvoyance, astrology, etc. - and scholastic credit is offered in these subjects. Our best police departments openly consult and even employ [often quite successfully] psychics in the investigation of crimes. [Please see our article, "Witchcraft and the Paranormal Unlawfully Bridging the Gap between the Spirit World and the World of Man."]

AN EVIL AND SOMBER WORLD

Moreover, the simple assertions of the Scriptures should suffice as to the reality of this other world (II Thess. 2:9) - and it is indeed an evil and somber empire!

Whenever the Scriptures lift the veil, and allow us a momentary glimpse into the Kingdom of Darkness, we behold a malignant and evil community, but one perfect in order and government, and one that thirsts for the subjugation of the human race - and if it could, it would doubtlessly annex all of our world to its own dominion.

The heaven which surrounds our world swarms with evil spirits.

Indeed, the heaven which surrounds our world swarms with evil spirits - and while God has forbidden these spirits to communicate with man and has placed a gulf between them and us, they, nonetheless, break through from time to time - defying God - since they are not at present restrained by force. And this is confirmed by the Scriptures, for we find countless allusions to unlawful dealings between men and these spirits in the Old Testament, while in the New Testament, witchcraft [which is the unlawful relationship between man and the kingdom of Darkness] is treated as one of the works of the flesh. (Gal. 5:20) [Again, please see our article, "Witchcraft and the Paranormal: Unlawfully Bridging the Gap between the Spirit World and the World of Man."]

AND SO NOW WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND ...

And so now we begin to understand the awful meaning behind the words, Babylon has become -

"... THE HABITATION OF DEVILS [DEMONS], AND THE HOLD OF EVERY FOULD SPIRIT, AND A CAGE OF EVERY UNCLEAN AND HATEFUL BIRD [SPIRIT]" (Revelation 18:2)

- and we begin also to grasp the terrible implications behind what happened on 19 March, 2003 – the day that, as we have described it, prophecy wrapped itself in on itself and began the process of opening up a WORMHOLE for the spirit beings of the Kingdom of Darkness to break into our world.

America troops at the gates of Babylon

OBSCURING WHAT HAS HAPPENED

It is, of course, not in the interest of the "WORLD RULERS OF THIS DARKNESS" and those human agencies in the United States and around the world that serve them to advertise what happened when the armies of modern Babylon took control of ancient Babylon - that prophecy has now come full circle; that the spirits of darkness are now beginning to inundate the world, and so it is that they have gone to great lengths to create the myth that the United States has exited Iraq; that no spiritual significance attaches itself any longer to 19 March, 2003.

But the fact is, the U.S. has NOT exited Iraq; the U.S. continues to dominate that country. It is now ruling Iraq in the manner that it rules all its client-states: through proxies and the BRUTAL use of CIA-sponsored death squads, and in doing so counting on the fact that most Americans will not delve too deeply into what is going on. [We URGE you to see our article, "Weep for the People of Iraq." Please also see our article, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order."]

SALVADOR OPTION

The BRUTAL and VICIOUS manner in which the U.S. is running its death squads in Iraq gives evidence to the fact that those responsible have by now surrendered themselves totally to the KINGDOM OF DARKNESS. These are those "... filled with all unrighteousness ... wickedness ... maliciousness; full of envy and MURDER, debate, deceit, malignity; haters of God ... implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (Romans 1:29-32) THEY HAVE BECOME MIRROR IMAGES OF THOSE WHO BEFORE THE FLOOD GAVE THEMSELVES OVER TO THE SPIRIT WORLD.

There are, however, some brave souls – people like Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, a Canadian economist at the University of Ottawa – who are doing everything in their power to expose America's mendacity in that unfortunate country, and they are doing so at great peril to themselves. [Please see APPENDIX 2, "U.S.-Sponsored Assassination;" please also see, "The Ghosts and Phantoms that Lurk behind the CIA;" also see "An Unyielding Theology of Hate."]

Chossudovsky explains what the United States has been doing in Iraq: it has been employing what is known in intelligence circles as the "SALVADOR OPTION" – the use of death squads in order to quell opposition. American-sponsored death squads are a brutal feature of Latin American politics. In Argentina in the 1970s and Guatemala in the 1980s, soldiers wore uniform by day but used unmarked cars by night to kidnap and kill those hostile to the regime or their suspected sympathizers. The cross border Contra attacks into Nicaragua claimed some 50,000 civilian lives. This kind of activity continues even today. [Please see our article, "The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of Heaven through Terror, Torture and Death."]

Chossudovsky writes:

"The thrust of ... what the Pentagon is doing in Iraq, according to Newsweek, is to follow that model [i.e. the "SALVADOR OPTION"] and direct US special forces teams to advise, support and train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shia militiamen to target leaders ... [opposed to American control in Iraq].

"Negroponte's mandate as US ambassador to Iraq was to coordinate out of the US embassy covert support to death squads and paramilitary groups in Iraq ..." [Again, we URGE you to see our article, "Weep for the People of Iraq."]

And these policies continue today.

Using the death squads that Negroponte and his cohorts set up in Iraq during his tenure there, the U.S. has organized them behind the façade of the U.S. embassy rather than the U.S. military. [Please see APPENDIX 3, "The American Embassy in Iraq."]

KILLING THE TRUTH-TELLERS

Yasser Salihee

The general outlines of what the U.S. has been up to in Iraq are not a secret; but the particulars are – and woe be to those who dare to uncover these particulars. Take what happened to Yasser Salihee; journalist James Cogan reports:

"On June 24, Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for the news agency Knight Ridder, was killed by a single bullet to the head as he approached a checkpoint that had been thrown up near his home in western Baghdad ... It is believed that the shot was fired by an American mercenary. According to eyewitnesses, no warning shots were fired.

"The US has announced it is conducting an investigation into Salihee's killing. Knight Ridder has already declared, however, that 'there's no reason to think that the shooting had anything to do with his reporting work'. In fact, his last assignment gives reason to suspect that it was."

U.S.-sponsored death squads in Iraq

Cogan continues:

"Over the past month, Salihee had been gathering evidence that US-backed Iraqi forces have been carrying out extra-judicial killings of Iraqi citizens opposed to the US-sponsored Iraqi government. His investigation followed a feature in the New York Times, detailing how the US had modeled the Iraqi interior ministry police commandos, known as the Wolf Brigade, on the death squads unleashed in the 1980s to crush the left-wing insurgency in El Salvador.

"The Wolf Brigade was recruited by US operatives ... A majority of its officers and personnel served in Saddam Hussein's special forces and Republican Guard—veterans of killings, torture and repression ..."

The Wolf Brigade at work; shortly after this picture (right) was taken, the prisoner was mutilated, killed and his body left to rot on the streets as a warning. This is the SALVADOR OPTION Negroponte and his cohorts have set up in Iraq.

"Knight Ridder published the results of its inquiry in an article jointly written by Salihee and correspondent Tom Lasseter. The journalists 'found more than 30 examples in less than a week' of corpses turning up in Baghdad morgues of people who were last seen being detained by the police commandos.

"The men, according to the central Baghdad morgue director Faik Baqr, had 'been killed in a methodical fashion'. The article reported: 'Their hands had been tied or handcuffed behind their backs, their eyes were blindfolded and they appeared to have been tortured. In most cases, the dead men looked as if they'd been whipped with a cord, subjected to electric shocks or beaten with a blunt object and shot to death, often with single bullets to their heads'."

The Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) directly accused the Wolf Brigade of having 'arrested imams and the guardians of some mosques, tortured and killed them, and then got rid of their bodies in a garbage dump in Shaab district' of Baghdad.

Cogan goes on to report:

"In addition, a terrifying new development in Iraq [was brought to light by Salihee]: the discovery of dozens of bodies dumped in rubbish heaps, rivers or abandoned buildings. In most cases, the people had suffered torture and mutilation before being killed by a single shot to the head ... Other killings have been discovered in Baquaba and the Syrian border town of Qaim in the aftermath of counter-insurgency operations by US mercenaries and their Iraqi allies.

"Then there is the assassination of well over 200 university academics, most of whom were opponents of US control of Iraq ... Recently, the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) directly accused the Wolf Brigade of having 'arrested imams and the guardians of some mosques, tortured and killed them, and then got rid of their bodies in a garbage dump in Shaab district' of Baghdad."

Cogan sums up:

"The killing of journalists seeking to document or expose allegations of state-organized murder has accompanied every dirty war against a civilian population [the U.S. has ever been involved in]. Dozens of reporters, cameramen and other media workers have been killed by American-led forces in suspicious circumstances that were never independently investigated.

"On June 26, Maha Ibrahim, a news editor with a television station operated by the Iraqi Islamic Party, was shot dead when US mercenaries opened fire on her car as she and her husband drove to work. Two days later, Ahmad Wail Bakri, a program director for Iraqi al-Sharqiya television was killed by American mercenaries as he reportedly tried to drive around a traffic accident in Baghdad."

IT'S NOT WITHOUT REASON ...

GET OUT!

Brothers and sisters, Listen to me here: It is not without reason that we in Antipas have over and over again "advertised" (so to speak) on the pages of this website the warning connected to Babylon in Revelation 18:4:

"... COME OUT OF HER , my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev. 18:4) [Please see our article, "Come out of Her."]

And why is it that the Bible is so adamant with regard to this matter? – the reason; Babylon has become -

"... THE HABITATION OF DEVILS [DEMONS], AND THE HOLD OF EVERY FOULD SPIRIT, AND A CAGE OF EVERY UNCLEAN AND HATEFUL BIRD [SPIRIT]" (Revelation 18:2)

THE SAME SIN ...

THE FLOOD: The same sin that caused God to destroy the earth in Genesis, is now being repeated in the precincts of Babylon - and the exact same destruction will be visited on Babylon that God visited on the earth before the Flood - only this time with fire.

The same sin that caused God to destroy man BEFORE the Flood is now being repeated; specifically -

"... that every imagination of the thoughts of his [man's] heart was only evil continually.

"And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

"And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth ... for it repenteth me that I have made them." (Genesis 6:5-7)

If you think – even for a moment – that you will be able to withstand this deluge of evil spirits that are even now flowing into Babylon, YOU ARE MAKING A GRAVE MISTAKE. And do not think that because you are a "child of God" you will be able to survive this onslaught.

The fact is, if you are truly a child of God, you will obey His commandment to GET OUT – and the words of this passage of Scripture make it very plain that this is NOT a suggestion; it's NOT a "clever" proposal that someone can take or reject at his convenience; it's NOT simply "good" advice; it's NOT just a recommendation; it is a COMMANDMENT; it is a holy DICTATE; it is a divine DECREE, and it must be treated as such. It MUST be obeyed!

WHEN PROPHECY IS A DREAM

When prophecy is a dream ...

When prophecy is a dream - when it is nothing more than a mental image, a kind of fantasy or "furtive meditation" - it's sort of fun; it's like a secret GAME we can play on a cold night in the safety and comfort of our own living rooms with good friends, good food, a warm cup of chocolate, and a crackling fire in the fireplace. It lifts us out of the "ordinary" and elevates us into a whimsical world where we are no longer nameless cogs in a giant, uncaring socio-economic machine that doesn't give a whit for us, but are instead heroes and heroines ("Knight-Templars") of our Lord and Savior immersed in great feats of "daring-do." And the wonder (indeed, the pleasure) of it all is that this GAME doesn't cost us much to play. Maybe a little, but not much. No real sacrifices are demanded of us; we don't have to "pay to play;" no relationships are threatened beyond those we don't care that much about anyway; no jobs are put at risk.

But when prophecy transmutes itself into reality, when it is no longer played as a game, when actual relationships are threatened, when money is really put at risk, when jobs are actually lost, and when lives are in fact jeopardized, then prophecy becomes something else altogether, AND NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT.

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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APPENDIX 1

IN SEARCH OF BABYLON

The ancient city of Babylon grew in size and importance from the days of Nimrod (Gen. 10:10) until it reached its greatest glory in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar (B.C. 604-562). As described by Herodotus, it was an exact square of some 15 miles on a side, or 60 miles around, and was surrounded by a brick wall 87 feet thick and 350 feet high, though probably that is a mistake, 100 feet being nearer the height. On the wall were 250 towers, and the top of the wall was wide enough to allow six chariots to drive abreast. Outside the wall was a vast moat surrounding the city, kept filled with water from the river Euphrates; and inside the wall, and not far from it, was another wall extending around the city.

Twenty-five magnificent avenues, 150 feet wide, ran across the city from north to south, and the same number crossed them at right angles from east to west, making 676 great squares, each nearly 3/5 of a mile on a side. The city was divided into two equal parts by the river Euphrates, that flowed diagonally through it, and whose banks within the city were walled up and pierced with brazen gates with steps leading down to the river. At the ends of the main avenues, on each side of the city, were gates, whose leaves of brass shone as they opened or closed in the rising or setting sun like "leaves of flame."

The Euphrates within the city was spanned by a bridge, at each side of which was a palace, and these palaces were connected by a subterranean passageway underneath the bed of the river, in which at different points were located sumptuous banqueting rooms constructed entirely of brass. Near one of these palaces stood the "Tower of Bel" or Babel, consisting of eight towers, each 75 feet high, rising one upon the other, with an outside winding stairway to its summit, which towers with the chapel on the top, made a height of 660 feet. The chapel itself, which was lavishly furnished, could be reckoned in today's dollars as approaching $1,000,000,000.00.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The "Hanging Gardens" of Babylon were renowned as one of the wonders of the Ancient World. These gardens were 400 feet square and were raised in terraces one above the other to a height of 350 feet. The topmost terrace was reached by staircases 19 feet wide. The top of each terrace was covered with large stones, on which was laid a bed of rushes, then a thick layer of asphalt, next, two courses of bricks cemented together, and finally, plates of lead to prevent leakage; it was then covered with earth and planted with shrubbery and large trees. The whole had the appearance from a distance of a forest covered mountain which was a very remarkable sight in the level plain of the Euphrates.

Babylon was probably the most magnificent city the world has ever seen; "poor" Jerusalem was but a small, provincial and tacky village in comparison! Babylon the Great - that "Great City" (Rev. 18:2); Jerusalem, the "Holy City," (Rev. 21:10) - "small and compact" (Psalm 122:3).

BABYLON: A MYSTERY WRAPPED IN AN ENIGMA

And what about Prophetic Babylon? It will, of course, be every bit as magnificent!

Before we set out on our hunt for this great city, however, let's deal with one of the biggest stumbling blocks to any search: the thought that "Prophetic Babylon" has anything at all to do with the ancient city, or that the verses which deal with this prophecy (i.e., Revelation 17 and 18; Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51) were fulfilled when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C. 541.

As strange as it might seem, there are some who insist that the prophecies concerning "Babylon" (again - Revelation 17 and 18, Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51) were fulfilled when the Medo-Persians captured Babylon in 541 B.C. - and that these verses have, therefore, nothing to do with events yet future. But there is too much in these chapters which were not accomplished when Cyrus took the ancient city of Babylon. For example, both the prophecies of Jeremiah and Isaiah, like those of the Revelation, indicate that Babylon [Prophetic Babylon] is to be destroyed suddenly and catastrophically - "in one short hour," NEVER TO BE INHABITED AGAIN!! But when Cyrus took the city in B.C. 541, he took it so quietly and with such little commotion that some of the inhabitants did not know until the third day that Belshazzar had been slain and the city taken.

Some years later, it revolted against Darius Hystaspis, and in B.C. 478 Xerxes took the city and plundered it. But he did not destroy it. In B.C. 331, Alexander the Great prepared to lay siege to the once again thriving and powerful city, but the citizens threw open the gates and received him with acclamation. During the subsequent wars of his generals, Babylon suffered much and was finally brought under the power of Seleucis. In B.C. 293 Seleucis founded Seleucia in the neighborhood of Babylon, and the rival city gradually drew off a large portion of Babylon's inhabitants so that by A.D. 15, Strabo spoke of the city as being largely deserted.

Nevertheless, there still existed within the city a large Jewish population left over from the "Captivity." Indeed, we find that the Apostle Peter wrote his First Epistle from Babylon in A.D. 60 (I Peter 5:13). About the middle of the Fifth Century, Theodoret spoke of Babylon as being inhabited only by Jews who still had three Jewish schools or "Yeshivas" there. In the last year of the same century, the Talmud was issued from Babylon and accepted as authoritative by Jews throughout the world.

In A.D. 917 Ibu Hankel mentioned Babylon as still being in existence, and by A.D. 1100 it had again grown into a city of some importance. Shortly afterwards, it was enlarged, fortified and renamed "Hillah." In 1898, Hillah contained about 10,000 inhabitants and was surrounded by fertile lands and beautiful groves which stretched along the Euphrates River.

During this entire period (B.C. 541 - A.D. 2011) it could never be said that "neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there, neither shall shepherds make their fold there" (Isa. 13:20). Nor could it be said of Babylon - "Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither doeth any son of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43). Nor could it be said, "... and they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the Lord" (Jer. 51:26), for many towns and cities have been built from the ruins of Babylon - Seleucia by the Greeks, Ctesiphone by the Parthians, Al Maiden by the Persians, and Kufa by the Caliphs. Indeed, in Baghdad today (the capital of modern Iraq) Babylonian stamped bricks may be frequently noticed.

But Isaiah is still more specific, for he locates the time when his prophecy will be fulfilled. He calls it the "DAY OF THE LORD" (Isa. 13:9) - that is to say, at the end of the "Great Tribulation." Moreover, he says that when Babylon is destroyed, "The stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine" (Isa. 13:19; see also Luke 21:25-27). Surely nothing like this happened when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C. 541.

In the description of the destruction of the city of Babylon given in Revelation 18, we are told that Babylon's destruction will be accomplished in "ONE HOUR" (verse 19). Again - this is certainly not the description of events which surrounded Cyrus's taking of the city. In addition, we are told in the same chapter that she is to be destroyed by fire (Rev. 18:8-9, 18) and this is in exact harmony with the words of Isaiah 13:19 and Jeremiah 50:40. Moreover, in Revelation 16:17-19, we are told that an earthquake will shake the city at the time of its destruction. No such earthquake ever shook the city when Cyrus took it in B.C. 541.

Obviously, then, the Babylon that is described in Isaiah 13 and 14, Jeremiah 50 and 51 and in the Revelation is not the ancient city of Babylon, but some great "latter-day" nation which by means of its enormous military and economic might will establish its ascendancy over the world.

THE DESCRIPTION OF
MODERN-DAY BABYLON
BABYLON AS THE "YOUNGER HORN"

Eighty years ago, the European nations controlled through their system of colonies almost one-half of the land surface of the globe! And while today they have lost their colonial empires, the civilization they introduced to these areas still survives and in many instances is thriving and prospering more than in the original "mother countries" (e.g., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.). The Beast of Daniel (Chapter 7) is thus represented by a body - which stands for the full extent of Western Civilization - and the head with ten horns - which stand for those countries of Europe chiefly responsible for carrying this civilization to the world – namely, Britain, France Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Now, something new is added to the picture of the Beast which represents the final form of the fourth great GENTILE world power - AN ELEVENTH HORN!!! Pentecost writes:

"From among these ten kingdoms there will arise ... [another which] will have control over the whole dominion ..."

In other words, there shall arise an eleventh nation out from the original ten (an offspring of the ten) which will grow up and eventually dominate the whole of Western Civilization. And it is out from this eleventh nation that the Antichrist shall come [please see Daniel 7]. This eleventh horn [nation] is described as little or younger. The Hebrew word translated here as little means hindermost or that which comes after and conveys the thought of youth or younger as in the term, little girl. (Daniel 7:8 and 24). It is thus to be understood that this eleventh horn is one of those nations colonized by the original ten. This horn is described as more stout or much stronger than the original [first] ten (Dan. 7:20).

S. Frank Logsdon (1907-1987) was a Baptist preacher, popular author and Bible conference speaker; Logsdon pastored Moody Memorial Church of Chicago.

We ask the reader now, which nation could this possibly be? Brazil? Argentina? Canada? Mexico? Australia? But, come now, let's reason further. Some years ago, S. Franklyn Logsdon wrote:

"Man seems to have a special delight and a strong aptitude for the use of nicknames and symbolical terms. The 'Bambino' would of course be the home run swatting Babe Ruth, with the 'Hammer,' Henry Aaron, the current champion in that category ... Everyone conversant with boxing would recognize the 'Brown Bomber' as Joe Lewis ... . So also with the Scripture. Prophetic entities, not specifically named in the Bible, may be identified by representations or by descriptions [such as the "Olive Tree" for Israel and the "Lampstand" for the Church] ... The chief reason why many nations of today are not mentioned by name in the Scripture is simply and obviously because ... [they] were not in existence in Bible days. The [human] writer did not know the ethnic names. We must, therefore, search for designations or names or both, which in a convincing manner are applicable [to the world situation of today]. By description, we can identify people, places, and things. Thus, it should not be impossible, or even difficult to identify nations in this manner."

DESCRIPTION OF CIVIL BABYLON

The Bible describes Prophetic Babylon - the eleventh horn (i.e., the "younger" horn) - as follows [and here we only use descriptions of Prophetic Babylon that are generally recognized as such by "mainline" evangelicals):

  • She dwells in the midst of many waters - she is protected by the waters [or oceans] which surround her [literally, she is said to dwell "in the heart of the seas" - Pember, Earth's Earliest Ages, pg. 46). Indeed, Antichrist is pictured by Ezekiel as exulting in the strength of his sea-girt nation, and likening himself, in proud reliance upon his inaccessible dwelling, to the God that sitteth above the heavens [Ezekiel 28:1-2; Jeremiah 51:13).
  • Her People are a mingled people - that is to say, a "melting pot." (Jeremiah 50:37).
  • She evidently has never known the heel of a conqueror and is exceedingly powerful militarily (Revelation 18:4-5 - implied, Jer. 50:23).
  • The nations of the earth are dominated by her (Rev. 18:9); she is an arrogant, proud, and haughty nation (Jer. 50:23).
  • She is the greatest economic power in the world, a power so great that the nations of the earth are able to grow rich if they can trade with her or are allowed access to her domestic markets in which to sell their goods (Revelation 18:3, 11, 12).
  • By means of her economic power [covetousness] she controls the world; gluttony reigns as the people (or the elites which control this nation) live sumptuously [but want more - their appetite never satisfied], while many in the world starve (Jeremiah 50:38; 51:12-13).
  • The nations of the earth must trade with her by sea (a confirmation of #1 above - Revelation 18:19, 23).
  • The people of Babylon are exceedingly materialistic and are madly in love with their worldly possessions which have become their idols (Jeremiah 50:38); her tastes are extravagant (Rev. 18:14); she is a nation of great material attainments; and her achievements in the "fine arts" [i.e., music, dance, literature, films, etc.] are renowned throughout the world and copied everywhere (implied - Rev. 18:22; Jer. 51:53).
  • Babylon is described as a vast latter-day nation, not as a single city (Jer. 50-51). In fact, she is a nation of MANY influential cities (Rev. 18:18). In this connection, it is necessary to note that we are here talking not of a mere city to be rebuilt on the site of Ancient Babylon; such a concept is in conflict with Isa. 13:19-22 - please see the note on page 1347 of the Scofield Reference Bible.
  • Babylon is described as a nation which at one time was a God-fearing nation [a "Golden Cup" in the Lord's hand], but a nation which left God and fell into degradation and then which intoxicated the rest of the world with her iniquity. (Jer. 51:7).
  • Finally, she is a nation that "has reached for the stars [heavens]" - i.e., space (Jer. 51:53).

Now, we ask the reader to put all emotion and feelings aside, and to decide the following question in light of the cold, hard, SCRIPTURAL facts: which nation are we talking about here? We want to emphasize that what has been presented is nothing new. It's just that evangelicals refuse to come to grips with the truth of the prophetic Scriptures.

One additional description should be noted: prophetic Babylon is also described as a nation which shall pose as Israel's chief ally and protector in the "latter days" [Please see Daniel and the Latter Days by Robert Duncan Culver, Chapter 4; please also see Daniel 7]. We ask the reader to name the nation today which is Israel's chief and only ally, that one nation more than any other nation which poses as Israel's defender - be honest, which nation is this?

BABYLON AND THE TEN
CONFEDERATED KINGDOMS

Evangelicals have in the past contended that Antichrist would secure world dominion as king of the Ten Confederated Kingdoms (evidently a group of Western European states - though it's anyone's guess as to which states these might be, and it's probably not all that important to single the specific states out - after all, what the Bible has in mind here is Western Europe taken as a whole).

But the Scripture in no place identifies the Antichrist as the king of these nations. While the Bible does indicate that he will dominate them, it does not say that he will rule directly over them, but that he will be an ELEVENTH KING OF AN ELEVENTH NATION (see Daniel 7:24). [In this connection it is interesting to note that the number "eleven" is the number of apostasy.]

Moreover, in Daniel chapter seven, concerning the Ten Confederated Kingdoms [the ten horns of the fourth wild beast - verses 7 and 8], the Antichrist is described not as one of the "ten kings," but as an eleventh king of an eleventh nation, a nation independent of, and different from the original ten, a nation, however, which evidently derives its heritage from the original ten nations.

Is there any doubt that the United States has derived its heritage, its culture, and over 80% of its people from Europe? Can there really be any doubt as to the identity of this great latter-day nation? - are we not speaking here of the United States of America?

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APPENDIX 2

VICTIMS TARGETED FOR ASSASSINATION OR ASSASSINATED BY THE CIA

AMERICANS

Political assassinations seem to be the "coin of the realm" insofar as America's right-wing is concerned, and we speak here of that portion of the right-wing we described in our articles, "The Evil in Our Midst," "The Men Who Gathered Themselves Together at Clint Murchison's Dallas Home" and "A Revolt Against Elite Power Is in the Air."

  • President John F. Kennedy (JFK)
  • Robert Kennedy (RFK)
  • Martin Luther King (MLK)
  • Senator Wellstone
  • Gary Webb
  • Mel Carnahan
  • Hale Boggs
  • Nick Begich
  • Mae Brussels
  • Judy Bari
  • Fred Hampton
  • Allard Lowenstein
  • and on and on and on.

FOREIGN NATIONALS

[The following list was compiled by William Blum of political leaders who over the years the U.S. has targeted for assassination (some successfully, some not successfully). This list does not include several assassinations in various parts of the world carried out by anti-Castro Cubans employed by the CIA and headquartered in the United States.]

  • Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader.
  • CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of numerous political figures in West Germany
  • Chou En-lai, Prime minister of China, several attempts on his life.
  • Sukarno, President of Indonesia.
  • Kim Il Sung, Premier of North Korea.
  • Claro M. Recto, Philippines opposition leader
  • Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India
  • Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of Egypt
  • Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
  • Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq
  • José Figueres, President of Costa Rica, two attempts on his life
  • Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, leader of Haiti
  • Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Congo (Zaire)
  • Gen. Rafael Trujillo, leader of Dominican Republic
  • Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam
  • Fidel Castro, President of Cuba, many attempts on his life
  • Raúl Castro, high official in government of Cuba
  • Francisco Caamaño, Dominican Republic opposition leader
  • Charles de Gaulle, President of France
  • Che Guevara, Cuban leader
  • Salvador Allende, President of Chile
  • Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile
  • General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama
  • General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Panama Intelligence
  • Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire
  • Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica
  • Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya, several attempts upon his life
  • Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran
  • Gen. Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander
  • Miguel d'Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua
  • The nine comandantes of the Sandinista National Directorate
  • Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite leader (80 people killed in the attempt)
  • Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq

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APPENDIX 3

THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN IRAQ

The U.S. Embassy in Iraq (today) & Krak des Chevaliers (yesterday)

For almost two hundred years (1098-1291) Christian Crusaders controlled the Middle East by building a system of fortresses that stretched from modern-day Turkey to Jerusalem and beyond. Using these massive fortresses, the Crusaders were able to dominate a hostile population that out-numbered them by thousands to one.

That seems to be precisely what the U.S. is now doing in the Middle East. The largest of these modern-day fortresses is the U.S. embassy in Iraq,

State is going to leave behind the largest embassy that it has on the planet. All told, there are going to be 18,000 people who work for this embassy. Very few of those will be diplomats. Others will be American civil service workers. A great number will be non-Iraqi contractors who do things like the laundry, mail services, cleaning, etc. Then there's going to be a substantial component of armed private security contractors. Depending on whose numbers you believe, there will be 3,500 to 5,500 of them.

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