Mystery Babylon—God’s Judgment on America Forthcoming?
There is an apocalyptic day of reckoning coming for America. Preppers have felt the feeling deep in their souls for quite some time. However, I don’t believe most Americans—including many such preppers—truly understand the level of destruction that is about to befall the country. We are on the doorstep of the Apocalypse—a swift, unexpected, and massively destructive event that will forever alter the very nature of Lady Liberty. She is the economic Babylon of Revelation. She—like her Mother—has been weighed on the scales and found wanting, the writing is on the wall, and her days have been numbered (cf. Daniel 5)—God’s mighty judgment is now forthcoming.
If you’re not spiritually prepared for the events that are fixing to transpire in our country and around the world, you had better be massively prepared from a physical standpoint… and, unfortunately, that likely won’t be enough to see you through to the other side alive!
I write quite extensively—and have done so for most of my life. However, I believe this article is one of the most important warnings I’ve ever penned. I know this will be lengthy and heavy on the Scripture… but I implore you to take the time to at least read it. It may just open your eyes (at a time you most need to do so).
We will see that America is the only nation that can fit the parameters for the economic Babylon revealed by the Apostle John in Revelation and the Daughter of Babylon (the Lady or Queen of Kingdoms) revealed to us by the Prophet Isaiah. Furthermore, we will see that God’s divine judgement on her will be unexpected, swift, and apocalyptic in both its intensity and outcome.
Full disclosure: This article involves my opinions—shaped by my faith and guided by the illumination of the Spirit. As opinions (commentary on and interpretations of Scripture), they are neither inerrant nor infallible, and they may change in the future if material information should be revealed.
However, even if every detail and brushstroke is not perfect, I believe this article paints a reliable picture of our future in America—one that can be effectively understand from a broad perspective, despite any imperfections that may exist in the details on my part.
While the details do matter, don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. Time is of the essence—it is greatly limited for us and we must use whatever remains of it to prepare ourselves—physically and, more importantly, spiritually.
Furthermore, while my opinions are obviously not inerrant or infallible, God’s Word is. I have included all Scripture I’m referencing so you can study His Word and seek illumination from the Holy Spirit. Always do your own homework (Bible study) and perform your own due diligence.
I am going to make the case that America is the Daughter of Babylon spoken of by God in Revelation (chapter 18) and Isaiah (47:1-15). The very kingdom (or nation) He declared would be utterly destroyed within a single day—in the span of an hour.
I know you may be skeptical (and understandably so); but, again, I implore you to at least read my case and thoughtfully reflect and pray on it.
Let’s get started…
The United States—An Economic Power Unlike the World Has Ever Known
Before we get into the meat of the case, it is necessary to establish that America is the undisputed economic heavyweight champion of the world—an unparalleled economic juggernaut.
America has been the world’s greatest economic machine since the mid- to late-1800s, when she took over leadership of the gross domestic product (GDP) rankings.
Today, our economy is forecast to produce $22.3 trillion in goods and services for 2020—representing nearly a quarter of the entire world’s GDP (23.6%) and still ranking number one in the world.
In fact, the US economy is larger than the bottom 87% (150 out of 173) of all countries in the world… combined.
Furthermore, each of our states is like an entire country in and of themselves. California, if a country, would rank as the fifth largest economy in the world. Here are some state comparisons using 2017 data:
- Arizona is comparable to Israel
- California is comparable to India
- Colorado is comparable to Singapore
- Connecticut is comparable to Portugal
- Florida is comparable to Netherlands
- Georgia is comparable to Belgium
- Illinois is comparable to Saudi Arabia
- Kentucky is comparable to New Zealand
- Massachusetts is comparable to Norway
- Michigan is comparable to Argentina
- Missouri is comparable to Chile
- New Jersey is comparable to Iran
- New York is comparable to Australia
- Texas is comparable to Russia
Additionally, as of 2017, America’s imports ($2.4 trillion) and exports ($1.6 trillion) represented a combined $4 trillion in total trade with the rest of the world.
Other than China ($3.2 trillion total) and Germany ($2.5 trillion total), no other country has more than $1 trillion in exports and/or imports.
And then there are our financial markets—no other financial markets in the world come even close to rivaling the size, scope, and importance of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. We are the financial hub of the world.
Finally, there is the fact that the dollar is the world’s reserve currency. Everything is measured and tied to our currency. Why? Because the rest of the world has understood that America is not only the undisputed economic leader, but she has also been the most stable country over the past two centuries.
Our economy has been the gold standard by which all others are measured, and it has shaped and driven the world.
America, unlike any other country on the face of the planet today, has made the rest of the world—including its global network of merchants—very, very wealthy.
Mystery Babylon—The Fall of the World’s Economic Juggernaut (America)
Having recognized that America is the greatest economy in the history of the world, let’s turn our attention to how this relates to a coming and catastrophic judgment from God.
We will begin our journey in the Book of Revelation. While a lot of this prophetic book is written chronologically, there are several sections that step outside of that flow to present a special focus on key players and events that will take place during the Tribulation period.
Two such sections are chapters 17 and 18, which deal with God’s judgment against “Mystery Babylon.” What is critical to understand is that there are two faces, sides, or dimensions to this concept: a spiritual Babylon (a one-world false religious system—led by the false prophet) and an economic Babylon (a nation).
Chapter 17 deals with the former and chapter 18 deals with the latter.
For this discussion, we are focused on Chapter 18—the economic Babylon.
Identification of the Economic Babylon in Revelation
Revelation chapter 18 opens with a mighty angel announcing:
“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!” (v. 2)
Again, this is the economic Babylon—not the spiritual Babylon (false religious system) of the previous chapter. They represent two entirely separate and distinct things which God is judging.
So, how does God identify (or characterize) this Babylon?
Here is how she is described:
- “the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries” (v. 3)
- “the kings of the earth who… shared her luxury” (v. 9)
- “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore” (v. 11)
- “All your luxury and splendor” (v. 14)
- “The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her” (v. 15)
- “such great wealth” (v. 17)
- “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea… will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?‘” (vs. 17-18)
- “great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!” (v. 18)
- “Your merchants were the world’s important people” (v. 23)
This Babylon is identified and described as one thing—an economic powerhouse.
Who could this be if not the United States of America? There is no other country in existence that even comes close to fitting this description.
Judgment on the Economic Babylon in Revelation
The Apostle John also clearly characterizes the judgment from God that will befall this Babylon, writing:
- “Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” (v. 8)
- “When the kings of the earth… see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.” (v. 9)
- “Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!” (v. 10)
- “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her” (v. 11)
- “The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.” (v. 14)
- “In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!” (v. 17)
- “When they see the smoke of her burning” (v. 18)
- “In one hour she has been brought to ruin!” (v. 19)
- “Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: ‘With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.’” (v. 21)
God makes three truths painfully evident regarding the judgment coming for America.
First, it will be immediate. I don’t think God could have emphasized “one hour” any more than He did. We are not looking at a slow collapse. Rather, we are looking at a catastrophic disaster that strikes the country in one hour.
Second, it will involve great fire. God stresses that the country will be consumed by fire and the smoke will rise for the world to see.
Third, it will be absolute. This judgement will wipe the country off the face of the earth. All wealth, luxury, and splendor will be gone forever. This is not something the country will overcome or rebuild from.
Mystery Babylon—The Fall of the Proud & Sinful (America)
But wait, there’s more. Let’s switch our focus to a bit of prophecy from the Old Testament. In Isaiah 47, we find that God also declared His judgement on the future economic Babylon through the prophet Isaiah.
It is important to understand that this—as is frequently the case with Bible prophecy—is a dual prophecy. In the midst of Isaiah speaking about the historical Babylon, God includes references to a future (final) fulfillment of the prophecy.
Specifically, we want to look at verses 1 through 15, which pertain to this future judgment. I’m going to walk through each one—rather than simply list them—because I want to add specific commentary as we examine the passage.
The Babylon of Revelation 18 (America) was identified as an economic juggernaut; however, that is not why she will be judged. She will not be judged for her wealth but, rather, for what that wealth produced within her—pride and unimaginable sin (sin she has spread throughout the world).
Let’s see how Isaiah’s Babylon relates to America…
Isaiah Identifies America as Babylon of the Last Days
Let’s begin our look at Isaiah 47 with verse one…
“Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne… For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.” (v. 1)
First, you will notice that this part of the prophecy is not directed at Babylon (the physical and historical city). Rather, it is directed at the daughter of Babylon. This is important because, as I noted above, this is a parenthetical break from the broader prophecy. Here, God is specifically referring to the offspring or future generation of Babylon—the same as that of Revelation.
Second, the passage begins with a stern rebuke of pride—“come down and sit in the dust.” This message is almost immediately repeated by God for emphasis—“sit on the ground without a throne.”
This kingdom (nation) is prideful—she is “puffed-up” and consumed with herself. She views herself as being better than everyone else—as one sitting on a throne and lording over the rest of the world. She has become drunk on her own conceit and narcissistic vanity.
She believes it her self-endowed right to sit upon that throne, but God declares that this is over… no more throne. Like King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon, whom God made to eat grass on all fours like an ox (Daniel 4:33), God has declared that she has been dethroned—she will now be taken down from her lofty perch to the lowest of levels.
This is a direct parallel to John’s prophecy in Revelation 18, where God declares: “In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen’” (v. 7).
Third, she was once very special to God. She was a “tender and delicate” queen on a throne, but God no longer views her as such.
Finally, she is referred to as a virgin—meaning, in the context of a kingdom or nation, that she has never been conquered.
All of this speaks to America. We began as a group of colonies predicated on the idea of creating a new Jerusalem—a place to escape from religious persecution and practice the Christian faith. God delivered the nation through the Revolution and blessed it abundantly in the years to follow—allowing it to develop into the economic powerhouse it has become. And, we are unique among nations in that we have never been conquered by a foreign power—almost none exist for which that holds true (and none that are of any consequence).
Now, when this judgment is delivered, God will say no more to the throne for the nation that was once “tender and delicate” in the eyes of the Lord.
“Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame will be seen; I will take vengeance, and I will not arbitrate with a man.” (v. 3)
Next, God declares that the same sinfulness that He has seen—but has been hidden in secret—will be laid bare for all the world to see by his judgment. Economic Babylon (America) has hidden its true sinful nature behind a public cloak of godliness and goodness.
He will now deal with that sin and this nation will not be able to weasel (talk) their way out of it like she has done so many times with other nations. His word is absolute and final—it is not open for discussion or pleadings.
“Sit in silence, and go into darkness… For you shall no longer be called The Lady of Kingdoms.” (v. 5)
First, God reiterates that the time for talk is over. He will basically tell this nation to sit down and shut up—stop bloviating, blowing hot air, and trying to justify your sin.
Second, he commands her to go into darkness. This implies, as we saw above, that she was at some point walking in the light… but she is now fallen.
Third, God refers to her as “The Lady of Kingdoms” (also translated as “The Queen of Kingdoms”). This confirms that this Babylon is not a system (whether economic or religious) but, rather, is a physical nation. Furthermore, she has not just been a nation, but she has held the highest position among nations—the “lady” or “queen” of them. However, this too is over—her title and position are now gone.
All of this again speaks directly to America. We once walked in the light, blessed by God. We held the highest position among nations. We were “Lady Liberty”—a beacon of light and hope to the world.
Interestingly, God uses this very same imagery when He declares in Revelation 18: “The light of a lamp will never shine in you again” (v. 23). At the time of His judgment, America will forever cease to be the light to the world God intended for her to be—the light she rejected, rebelled against, and refused to share.
Alas, America let it go to her head. We became prideful, arrogant and ungracious. We began to believe it was all because of who we were—not who God was. We fell away and then outright rebelled against God (the Great “I Am”)—deceiving ourselves into believing we are “I am,” that we are gods of this world.
We bought into the process philosophy flowing out of Europe. We abandoned God’s plan and embraced Satan’s counterfeit system of naturalism, materialism, humanism and relativism. To learn more about this devolution from a Christian worldview, I encourage you to read our article The Endgame: Woldview Evolution & Why It Matters for Preppers.
“And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever,’ so that you did not take these things to heart, nor remember the latter end of them.” (v. 7)
.Again, Babylon (America) began to take her position for granted—that her reign as queen of nations and the world would last forever. She felt no need to heed God’s warnings or keep to His Word… she simply pushed any knowledge of Him out of her collective mind.
“Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of children’” (v. 8)
Again, this verse ties back (or forward) to Revelation 18, where John writes: “In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn’” (v. 7). This again confirms that this passage is indeed parenthetical and points to an ultimate fulfillment beyond the immediate judgment on ancient Babylon.
We find that modern Babylon (America) took the wealth that God had blessed her with and gave herself over to pleasure—she became a hedonistic and materialistic country in her heart and at her core. We are a consumer-driven, debt-leveraged society that is predicated on borrowing from our future to enjoy whatever we desire today.
She usurped God by claiming in her heart “I am.” God was removed, and all others were below her. She believed nothing could change that—she was safe in her own security. She was atop all nations, with no other to equal or challenge her. She would always prevail and never suffer defeat—never have need to rely on any other.
“For you have trusted in your wickedness; You have said, ‘No one sees me’; Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; And you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’” (v. 10)
I skipped one verse ahead for flow, but we will return to verse nine momentarily.
When God repeats something, it means it is really important and we should listen—akin to typing in ALL CAPS AND BOLD FONT. Here, He repeats that Babylon (America) has said in her heart “I am, and there is no one else besides me.” It is Satan’s sin of pride and it manifests itself in her complete and utter abandonment of God.
America is no long a nation of “in God we trust.” Rather, we have turned from God to decry that “in ourselves we trust.” We trust in our wickedness, craftiness, intellect, and technology. She has blasphemed God (and deceived herself) by pridefully and boastfully asserting in her heart “I am.”
Look around you… the proof is literally everywhere and cannot be denied—it permeates every aspect of who we are as a nation.
It is worth asking the question: Why was the former Babylon (the mother of the daughter) destroyed? What was her nature and spirit? It is a story of like father, like son.
First, Daniel paints the picture of the father (King Nebuchadnezzar):
“Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.” (Daniel 5:18-21)
Does this spirit not perfectly reflect the spirit manifested again today in America?
God granted her sovereignty, greatness, glory, and splendor. All nations trembled at her feet. But she too become arrogant and hardened with pride—rebellious against the Most High God that is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth… including her.
Then, Daniel addresses his son (King Belshazzar):
“But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.” (Daniel 5:22-23)
Again, we see pride rear its ugly head. Like Belshazzar, America has set herself up against the Lord of heaven. She has praised the gods of her wealth and opulence. She has not honored the God that is sovereign over her and blessed her with those things. In fact, she has misused those divine blessing to serve her own hedonistic passions.
What was God’s response?
“Therefore… God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end… You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting… Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 5:24, 26-28)
That very night, quickly and without warning, Belshazzar was slain, and the kingdom taken by King Darius and the Medes (Daniel 5:30)—within one day, and in the space of roughly an hour.
Just as we see “like father, like son” in the spirit of the former Babylon that lead to its fall, we see “like mother, like daughter” in the spirit—and ultimate destruction—of the present Babylon (America). As we will see next, Isaiah mirrors Revelation in declaring that America’s destruction will likewise occur within one day—which Revelation further defined as in the span of an hour.
Isaiah Describes the Judgment of God to Befall America (Babylon)
What’s the price the Daughter of Babylon (America) will pay?
Well God, through the prophet Isaiah, declares the consequence (judgment). Let’s go back to verse nine…
“But these two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day: The loss of children, and widowhood. They shall come upon you in their fullness because of the multitude of your sorceries, for the great abundance of your enchantments.” (v. 9)
In response to verse eight, God declares that, because of her great sinfulness, she will become widowed (helpless) and lose her children—all within one day. Furthermore, it won’t be just a little crisis… it will come in full force—and produce total devastation.
The utter depth and depravity of her sorceries ties to Revelation 18 as well, where God declares: “She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit… For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries… for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes” (vs. 2-3, 5).
Furthermore, Revelation 18 echoes the judgment: “Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her” (v. 8).
“Therefore evil shall come upon you; You shall not know from where it arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; You will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know.” (v. 11)
God declares that this judgment will come upon her suddenly and out of nowhere—it will blindside her and it will be immediate. Furthermore, she will be impotent to respond to it. All our wickedness, craftiness, intellectual knowledge, and technology will not protect us or provide the security we have taken for granted.
I hear folks say all the time that there’s nothing to worry about—we have the greatest military in the world.
We absolutely do. In fact, America spends more on our national defense ($610 billion a year) than the next seven nations combined—China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan.
However, this is a divine, supernatural judgment and our military strength won’t matter.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Oh, how the mighty have fallen” (in a sarcastic, judgmental sense)?
Well, that’s the response we will get from our friends and allies. No, they won’t save us either.
In verses 12-15, God declares that fire will consume her and neither her wickedness nor all the merchants (trade partners or allies) she has labored with all these years will save the fallen Lady. They will all hunker down and look the other way—they will not come to her defense.
“Stand now with your enchantments and the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth. The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame. Thus shall they be to you with whom you have labored, your merchants from your youth; They shall wander each one to his quarter. No one shall save you.” (vs. 12-15)
Again, the tool or mode of God’s judgment will be fire—confirmed by Revelation 18: “She will be consumed by fire” (v. 8).
It is interesting to note God’s frequent references to the occult (e.g., enchantments and sorceries) when he describes this nation—even from its youth. America was founded and subsequently shaped to a large degree under the occultic influences of Freemasonry. It is worth noting that Freemasonry traces its own classical origin back to the former Babylon—a haven for occultic knowledge and practice. Again, like mother, like daughter.
However, unlike the ancient Babylon that touted the occult—America has hidden its perverse activity behind a mask of pretentious godliness. She has practiced the occult behind closed doors, in the shadows, in the hidden rooms of her heart. But God is not fooled, He has seen it all. And He has declared that her elites who practice the occult, those men and women who believe themselves to be gods who can build and shape kingdoms, will not be able to save her when the true God unleashes His judgment upon her.
Ultimately, America’s spirit of pride can not only be traced back to her mother but all the way back to her mother’s origin—to Nimrod and his city of Babel (Genesis 10:8). Its people said:
“Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves” (Genesis 11:4).
They said in their hearts we can be like God; we can make a name for ourselves. We have no need for God; we are gods in our own right. That spirit of pride and rebellion that was born on the plains of Shinar in ancient times (birthed through the deceptive lies of Satan himself) lives on, passed down through the ages to America today. And it is that spirit that God will soon judge and utterly destroy.
Will Christians Be Included In or Rescued From the Judgment on America?
It is not my goal in this article to lay out a comprehensive case for the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial rapture of the Church. However, the pieces of Scripture that we have examined above also specifically point to this imminent rescue.
At the moment of the destruction, an angel declares:
“The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again” (Revelation 18:23).
Immediately after, John writes:
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’” (Revelation 19:6-8)
Then an angel tells John:
“Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 19:9)
This is all before John goes into his description of the return of Christ (His Second Coming at the end of the 7-year Tribulation period), at which time His Church will return with Him:
“The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Revelation 19:14)
When you put this all together, it indicates that the Church will be rescued (raptured) at the same time as this divine judgment falls.
First, as I’ve noted before, there is no mention of the Church following chapter three in the Book of Revelation. In other words, the church is not seen on earth by John during his divine vision of the Tribulation period.
Second, the Tribulation is the completion of Daniel’s 70th week. As such God’s focus is Israel again—not the church.
Third, God makes it clear that this Tribulation period represents His wrath and judgment being poured out on a wicked world. However, Romans 8:1 makes it clear that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Ask yourself this: Why can’t a Christian be possessed by a demon? Because he or she is already possessed by Christ. For this same reason, a Christian cannot and will not face the wrath or judgement of God. Because Christ lives in the believer, God would be—in essence—pouring out His wrath and judgment on Himself.
When God sees a believer, He sees them positionally as perfected—He sees them through Christ’s shed blood on the cross. Got Questions actually does an excellent job of explaining positional sanctification for the beginner, including aptly noting:
“Positional sanctification also changes our position as sinners deserving of God’s wrath to the position of beloved children of the Father and perfect in His eyes… [it] is the work of God whereby He sets us apart and considers us holy in His eyes: ‘God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus’ (Ephesians 2:6).”
Every human being must face a final judgment… but, for the Christian, it has already taken place. We were judged in Christ on the Cross—He has already paid our required sin debt to a righteous and just God. There is no judgment left to be delivered. Again, because Christ lives in the believer (and, as Paul noted above, we are also seated with Him in heaven), God would—in essence—be pouring out His wrath and judgment on Himself.
Christians do face persecution in this world. However, that persecution comes from Satan—never from God’s wrath or judgment.
Fourth, the statement that the voice of the bridegroom and bride will never be heard again is an allusion to The Bridegroom (Jesus) and His bride (the Church). I believe it has a double meaning in this case, both literally (there will be no more weddings) and spiritually (the body of Christ will no longer be there to bear witness of Christ and preach His gospel).
Fifth, immediately following the declaration of the judgment on economic Babylon, we are told the wedding of the Lamb has occurred—meaning the church has been reunited with Christ in heaven.
Sixth, the angel refers to the wedding supper of the Lamb—which occurs after the wedding and during the 7 years of Tribulation.
Seventh, all of this occurs before Christ’s triumphant Second Coming—with His Church—at the end of the 7-year Tribulation. If the church returns with Him… then it has to first join Him in heaven.
Again, these reasons (by no stretch of the imagination an exhaustive collection) clearly support that the rapture of the church (the “blessed hope” of all believers that Paul spoke of in Titus 2:13) will either occur at the same time this judgment falls—a “fire comes down, church goes up” scenario—or just prior to it. But what is clear is that Scripture does not support it occurring afterwards.
In this article, we have laid out the case that America is the economic Babylon of Revelation—a nation destined for an apocalyptic destruction.
We’ve noted the characteristics of this nation:
- She Is an Economic Powerhouse—Unrivaled among the Nations of the World
- She Is Wealthy Beyond Measure
- She Is a Titan of Trade
- She Is a Physical Nation—Not a System
- She Is Prideful
- She Has Led the World as the Lady or Queen of Kingdoms
- She Is a Virgin—a Country that Has Never been Conquered
- She Was Special to God in Her Youth
- She Once Walked in the Light
- She Is Profusely Sinful
- She Hides Her Sin Behind a Cloak of Godliness and Goodness
- She Loves to Bloviate, Pontificate & Rattle Her Swords
- She Believes She Can Justify Her Sinfulness
- She Is Confident in Her Own Security
- She Is Ungrateful
- She Is Boastful & Arrogant
- She Has Rejected God & Removed Him from Her Consciousness
- She Has Usurped God & Proclaimed Herself in Her Heart to Be “I am”
Together, these identifiers only fit one nation on earth… America.
We’ve also laid out the characteristics of the judgement:
- She Will Be Consumed by Fire
- She Will Be Consumed Within One Day & In the Span of One Hour
- She Will Be Consumed Utterly & Completely
- She Will Never Be Restored or Rebuilt
- Her Destruction Will Be Unexpected
- Her Destruction Will Be Sudden & Immediate
- She Will Not Be Able to Stop It (Save Herself)
- No One Else Will Save Her (She Will Be Abandoned)
Finally, we’ve shown that Revelation supports the doctrine that the church (believers in Christ) will be rescued (or raptured) simultaneously with or just prior to God unleashing this judgment.
My friends, the time to prepare like you have never prepared before is at hand.
I—as do so many in the body of Christ—believe we are in the last of the last days. We are on the very doorstep of this judgment unfolding, the Rapture occurring, and the Tribulation beginning. The signs are overwhelming in their number, frequency, and intensity.
The Spirit is moving, warning, and stirring the church… please listen and consider these things.
While we are steadfast advocates for prepping (for a host of reasons), it is critical that this includes spiritual preparation. You do NOT want to go through the Tribulation period—no matter how well you think you are physically prepared.
There is a divine judgment coming down the pipe for America—one our nation cannot avert or overcome. It will result in total devastation—on a biblical scale not seen since Sodom and Gomorrah… but many orders of magnitude larger (they were small cities… we’re talking about a large country).
Please check your heart and ensure that you (1) are eternally secure and (2) will be a participant in the Rapture. It’s doesn’t require a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics. It’s so easy a child can understand it. Eternal life is a gift from God—received through faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:4-9)
Time is short—repent in your heart and tell God (just a simple, heartfelt prayer will suffice) that you are asking for His forgiveness and placing your faith in His Son Jesus Christ, Who died on the Cross to pay for your sins (past, present, and future) and secure your eternal life and relationship with Him!
Once you’ve taken care of the spiritual side… don’t procrastinate on the physical preps either!
We don’t know how bad things could get in the days leading up to the rapture. As such, we all need to be prepared for whatever may come our way—and it is highly likely that a lot will be!
As always, hope for the best, plan for the worst, and—in all things—pray!