The Fall of Babylon
in the Book of Revelation
I. The Ten Characteristics of “The Great City of Babylon”
According to the Bible Revelation Chapter 18, “The Great City of Babylon” has the following ten characteristics:
1) A City of World Political Power
“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will stand far off and cry: 'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!” (
2) A City of World Economic Power
3) A City of Wealth, Luxury & Fashion
“The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargo anymore – cargos of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargos of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriage; and bodies and souls of men. They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’”
“Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!” (
4) A Port City by the Sea
5) A City of Multiple Nations and Ethnic Diversification
6) A City of Art & Music
7) A City of Arrogance & Pride
8) A City of Adultery and Sexual Immorality
9) A City of Blasphemy
10) A City Symbolized by a Woman
“There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3)
In the Old Testament of the Bible, the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the Solomon's Temple of God in the Kingdom of Judah in 587 BCE. They captured Israelites and sent them to the City of Babylon as slaves. But forty-eight years later, it was conquered by the Persian King Cyrus the Great in 539 BCE, and eventually, the City of Babylon was desolated. Now, where is “the Great City of Babylon” today that can match the Ten Characteristics of Babylon the Great prophesied in the Book of Revelation?
The answer is: The Great City of New York.
II. The Great City of New York and the Statue of Liberty in the Prophecy
Out of all the big cities in the world, no other city than New York City can have a better match of all these characteristics of “the Great City of Babylon”.
1) A City of World Political Power
New York City is the city of world political power where the United Nations is located. Since its inauguration in 1945, the United Nations has grown more and more important and influential in international affairs. It’s truly the center of world political power “that rules over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:18)
However, due to the fact that many nations in the United Nations have different religions, the United Nations usually stays away from religious issues and sometimes has to cooperate with those anti-God atheist countries. That’s why it is stated that “For all nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her.” (Revelation 18:3) That refers to the spiritual adultery on the faith of God.
Although the United Nations has done a good job providing humanitarian aids to the people in need, it could not solve the problem without the blessing of God. Only when the nations turn their heart to God will they receive the blessing of God for peace and prosperity. That’s how “the kings on the earth” could break away from the sin of adultery with Babylon the Great.
2) A City of World Economic Power
New York City is also a major financial and trade center in the world. Nowadays, more than half of the wealth in the world is in the hands of financial institutions in New York City. Three major stock exchanges, international banks, big insurance companies, the Federal Reserve Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and all kinds of financial institutions are located in the center of New York City. Anything that happens on Wall Street could cause big effects in the world market. There is no other place in the world that has more economic influence than New York City has. New York City is truly the great city of World Economic Power.
New York is also a world trade center where "the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries" and "sold these things and gained their wealth from her.” (Revelation 18:3-15) The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed during the "September 11" terrorist attacks were actually the landmark of New York City, which is also the symbol of the "Great City of Babylon" prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
One thing mentioned in this prophecy is particularly alarming. It is said that “Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.” (Revelation 18:23) That indicates these “merchants” or big financial institutes in the “Great City of Babylon” are the “world’s great men” with powerful influence over the world, and currently, they are under the “magic spell” of Babylon the Great and leading all the nations astray from the Way of God. That’s exactly what happens on the Wall Street and in the financial district of New York City.
3) A City of Great Wealth, Luxury & Fashion
New York City is not only the wealthiest city in the world, but it is also one of the fashion centers in the world “dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.” (Revelation 18:16) New York City is one of the largest markets for luxury items, from expensive jewelry to luxury real estate. It leads the vogue in the luxury market, and “the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:3).
4) A Port City by the Sea
New York City is one of the biggest port cities in the world. It has a safe, natural harbor in the mouth of the Hudson River, protected from the ocean storms by Staten Island and Long Island. With year-round non-freezing deep water, no wonder it was once claimed as “the Port of the New World”. It provides great access for international trading through ocean freight and “all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth.” (Revelation 18:19).
5) A City of Multiple Nations and Ethnic Diversification
New York City is the biggest city in the United States. It not only has the United Nations headquartered in the city, which represents all the nations in the world but also has a large diversified ethnic representation of the world. Caucasians, Africans, Jews, Central and South Americans and Asians all live together in this city. They provide great cultural and ethnic diversification for the city. As the prophecy said, “the waters you saw are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” (Revelation 17:15)
6) A City of Art & Music
New York City is also famous for its art and music excellence. It has about 150 museums, 400 art galleries, 38 Broadway theaters, and scores of concert halls, clubs, and dance halls. Broadway Music theaters and great art museums are the great attractions and spotlights for millions of visitors to New York City every year. New York City even claimed as the capital of Music in the world. That’s also the major characteristic of the "Great City of Babylon" prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
7) A City of Arrogance & Pride
As a cosmopolitan metropolis and major commercial center in the world, New York City has also become a city of arrogance and pride. People think that they can achieve anything by themselves without the blessing of God. Like what Christ wrote in the letter to the Church in Laodicea, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” (Revelation 4:17) In this letter, Jesus Christ precisely prophesied the mentality of the people at this age after they made money and acquired wealth.
However, most people do not realize that without the blessing from God, the wealth that people acquired can be lost quickly, like the bursting bubble of the stock market from the year 2000 to 2002 and the collapse of the financial and real estate market in 2007-2008.
Due to its success as a major metropolitan city in the world, New Yorkers were well-known for their arrogant attitude and rude manners in the past, just as prophesied in the Book of Revelation, “In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'” (Revelation 18:7) That had caused a great amount of negative Fortune Credit or bad Karma for the city. Hopefully, people can remember the Word of God - “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18).
8) A City of Sexual Immorality
Sexual immorality is one of the main characteristics of Babylon the Great. In the ancient time of old Babylon, prostitution was even a part of their religious services. Unfortunately, sexual immorality is also closely associated with the city of New York. In the 1960s and 1970s, New York City was the origin and the capital of “Sexual Liberation”, which caused a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancies and abortions.
At the beginning of the New Millennium, “Sex and the City” became the popular topic of New York City, and there was also a new “Museum of Sex” opened in New York City, which claimed that New York City is the pioneer of “Sexual Liberation” in the Western World. Isn’t that another confirmation for the title of Babylon as “the Mother of Harlots” prophesied in Revelation 17:5?
With the huge influence of New York City, the Sexual Liberation has been spread to the world. Just as prophesied in the Book of Revelation, “With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” (Revelation 17:2)
9) A City of Blasphemy
Because of the high commercialization of New York City, many people in New York City lost their faith in God. They pay too much attention to material gains or sensual desire and don’t appreciate the blessing of God. Some people cursed God for the misfortune caused by their own misbehaviors. Some people rallied against the teachings of the Word of God in public schools. A person even used an elephant’s dung to depict the Virgin Mary and a museum in New York City still exhibited it to the public in the name of “art” or “freedom of expression”. How could these sins of blasphemy escape the judgment from God without causing the misfortune to the city?
These were all the results of the influence from the spirit of Babylon the Great and its beast, which in the past had persecuted the people of God in Israel, and later in Rome. Now that evil spirit already came to New York City and made New York City the central hub of many Anti-God media and organizations.
In Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation, it was prophesied that the beast of Anti-Christ spirit would be “given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them, and he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (Revelation 13:7)
In New York City, this beast not only waged wars against the people of faith through its controlled Anti-God and Anti-Christ media outlets, but also have influence over the United Nation to insert its “authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (Revelation 13:7) From nowhere else but New York City could the beast have such a strong influence on this nation of God and over the world as well.
10) A City Symbolized by a Woman
When people talk about New York City, most people will think of the famous landmark of the city, the Statue of Liberty. The New York City is indeed symbolized by a woman, Libertas, the goddess of liberty worshipped in ancient Rome. Is that just a coincident? Not really.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from French people to the United States of America to commemorate the alliance of France and the United States during the American Independence and the perseverance of freedom and democracy in the United States. The initial concept was proposed by Edouard Rene de Laboulaye, a French law professor and politician in a small group meeting in France. And then a sculptor named Frederic Bartholdi took the task to design the statue and he also came to the United States to seek the support of building a colossal statue in New York City. Eventually, an agreement was reached that the French group would pay for the cost of the Statue and Americans would be responsible for the cost and construction of the pedestal of the statue. The designer of the pedestal was also a freemason in the United States.
The official title of the statue is “Liberty Enlightening the World”, which followed the motto of the French Revolution, “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”. It represents the people of both French and American looking forward to liberty after a long repressive Dark Age in Europe. It also showed the friendship between the two nations. So the initial goodwill of this Statue of Liberty as a gift from French people to the United States was all good.
However, as prophesied in Chapter 9 of the Book of Revelation, the French Revolution was inspired and influenced by the fallen star from the heaven – the AntiChrist Spirit of Lucifer. It initially inspired people with the good motto of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”, then it turned people against the church and Christianity. After people abandoned the faith in God and Christ, the Antichrist spirit turned the dream of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity” into the nightmare of the “Reign of Terror”. And after the French Revolution and Napoleon Wars, the country was ruined and France was eventually turned into a godless country.
At the same time, the Freemason in the United States of America also gradually abandoned the faith in Christ in the name of religious tolerance. Eventually, it also fell into the hand of Lucifer in the nineteenth century when its Sovereign Grand Commander in America announced the faith to Lucifer to the top three levels of the Freemasons. Although these two designers from France and America designed the Statue of Liberty and its pedestal separately, even far apart by the Atlantic Ocean, they were under the same influence of Lucifer to complete the prophecy of the “Woman on the Beast with Seven Heads and Ten Horns” in the Book of Revelation.
i) The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is originated from the Greek/Roman Goddess Libertas, which can be traced to the root of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar or Inanna. One of the sexual rites in Ishtar worshipping is for women to provide sexual service, or temple prostitution, as part of their religious service. The following two images are of Ishtar and the Statue of Liberty. They both held the torch in their hands, just like Lucifer once was the “Light Bearer” before he fell from the Heaven. Do these two images look similar to each other?
Although the current Statue of Liberty has a whole new meaning, because of this similarity and historical connection to its origin, the Statue of Liberty became vulnerable to the attachment and occupation of the evil spirit of Babylon. A statue itself may not be a big threat, but what is dangerous is the spirit that occupies it and works behind its positive image. When it is combined with the odd shape of its pedestal, the meaning of this statue is totally changed.
ii) The Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty
Most people who visited the Statue of Liberty may not pay attention to the odd shape of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Why would someone design such an odd-shaped structure for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and what's the real meaning behind such a bizarre design?
Actually, this special shape does have a special meaning. It is a kind of variation of eight-pointed Star of Ishtar.
Instead of eight points in the original Star of Ishtar, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty bent the three major points on the three sides inward to create two small points on each of these three sides. It seemed that the designer of the pedestal tried to hide its relationship with the Star of Ishtar, but he did not realize that his intentional change of the design of the pedestal actually completed the prophecy of Babylon the Great and the Beast in the Book of Revelation. Here is how it looks like now!
It has SEVEN triangles (A-G) sticking out of a square formed by the corner 1, 4, 7, and10 with a little bent inward in the front. The triangle A in the front is bigger than the other six triangles (B-G). If you add the four corners of the square to the six small triangles, there are TEN small corners (1-10) in total.
That’s Seven Heads (A-G) and Ten Horns (1-10)! The Statue of Ishtar, the Babylonian Goddess of Sex and Fertility, is sitting on the modified Star of Ishtar! What a perfect match to the prophecy of the Babylon the Great - “the woman on the beast with seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:7)!
In the past two thousand years, most people had a hard time to imagine what kind of figure with seven heads and ten horns should look like. Now the answer is here. The designer of the pedestal might not have had any malicious intent while designing the pedestal for the statue, but the evil spirit of the beast always tried to influence people behind their mind and take advantage of their lack of awareness of the warnings in the Bible.
When people abandoned the faith in Christ, they could easily be deceived and led astray by the Spirit of Lucifer, the Antichrist. That’s how this statue and its pedestal were designed under the spiritual influence of Lucifer to create a matching design of the Statue of Ishtar and the Star of Ishtar from the same spiritual root of Babylon and complete the prophecy of "Babylon the Great" in the Bible's Book of Revelation.
11) Additional Implications from God - “Babylon”, “Queens” and the “Big Apple”
To make this prophecy more clearly to people, God even inspired the local authority to name a small community to the east of New York City as “Babylon”, where all the ships coming from the south to New York City can clearly see the big name of “Babylon” on the water tower in the city. Inside New York City, it also has a district named Queens as “In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen...'” (Revelation 18:7)
In the early twentieth century, God inspired a writer to give New York City a nickname as the “Big Apple”. Anyone who heard the story of Adam and Eve knows that they were driven out of the paradise because of the “Apple”. Although in the English Bible there is no name for the fruit they ate in the Garden of Eden, one of the main reasons for people to believe it was apple is that the Latin word for evil is “malum” and the Latin word for apple is also “malum”.
As apple is the fruit that caused Adam and Eve to fall, God just used the “Big Apple” as a hint for the origin of sin to indicate that the spirit of Babylon, the mother of the abominations of the earth (Revelation 17:5), already came to the New York City in the early twentieth century. Shortly after that, the misfortune happened. The Wall Street collapsed and the stock market had the biggest crash in history followed by the “Great Depression”. God always gave people some signs before the major disasters happened. Unfortunately, most people just didn’t pay attention to them until it's too late or after it happened.
With all these matching characteristics, hints and special design of the Statue of Liberty and its pedestal, it is indisputable that modern-day Babylon the Great prophesied in the Book of Revelation is the Great City of New York.
III. The Spiritual Movement of "Babylon the Great" in the History
Some scholars pointed out that the prophecy of the “Babylon the Great” was fulfilled by Rome because Rome has seven hills around it and the beast in the vision also has seven heads which are "the seven hills on which the woman sits." (Revelation 17:9) This interpretation is correct for the first century and the Dark Age, but not for now because Babylon the Great had been moved several times in the history.
In the Book of Zechariah, Zechariah saw the vision of a woman sitting in a basket which represents "the iniquity and wickedness of the people throughout the land." (Zechariah 5:6-8) Zechariah asked the angels who carried the basket where they were taking the basket to. The angel told Zechariah that they were taking it to the country of Babylon. It confirmed the prophecy that Babylon the Great is "the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth" (Revelation 17:5) and it had been transported to different destinations at different time in history.
1) Babylon the Great Started from Ancient Babylon
The Empire of Babylon had a long history in the Middle East. It was a major kingdom in ancient Mesopotamia from 18th to 6th century BC. In the early age, Babylon was just a part of loosely connected city-states. The city of Babylon was first created into a major city by Amorite king Hammurabi of the First Babylonian Dynasty in the 18th century BC, who is best known for having issued the Code of Laws of Hammurabi. During the time around 2000 BC to 1800 BC, Babylon was the largest city in the world.
In the ancient Babylon period, Ishtar was worshipped as the goddess of sex and fertility in the Mesopotamia region. Therefore, people performed Sexual Rites or Temple Prostitute in their worship to Goddess Ishtar. That’s the origin of Babylon the Great as the “Mother of Harlots” prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
After the death of Hammurabi, the First Babylonian Dynasty fell apart under his son's reign, and Babylon had spent a long period as part of other ancient empires like Assyria, Kassite and Elamite until the rising of Neo-Babylon Empire in 626 BC.
2) Babylon the Great Moved to Jerusalem
At around 1000 BC, King David united the 12 tribes of Israelites and established the Kingdom of Israel, which became the strongest kingdom in the region. After King David passed away around 970 BC, his son King Solomon was blessed to the most intelligent and wealthiest king on the earth.
After Jerusalem became the capital of the richest kingdom in the world under the reign of King Solomon, the spirit of Babylon the Great also came to Jerusalem and seduced King Solomon with seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. (1 Kings 11:3-4) After King Solomon drank the “Maddening Wine of her adulteries”, he was led astray from the faith of God and fell into the sin of idol worshipping. Therefore, God took His blessing away from Solomon’s Kingdom.
However, due to the great faith and works of Solomon’s father, King David, God did not punish King Solomon while he was led astray from the Word of God, only took ten out of twelve tribes from Solomon’s son after King Solomon passed away. After generations of wicked kings, God eventually gave up on Israelis and let Babylonians invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple of Solomon in 586 BC.
After the destruction of Jerusalem and Israelites were captured as slaves by Babylonians, the Spirit of Babylon the Great, the “woman sitting in the basket” who represents "the iniquity and wickedness of the people throughout the land," (Zechariah 5:6-8) was carried back to Babylon (Shinar in Hebrew).
3) Babylon the Great Moved Back in Babylon
After over a thousand years of being occupied by other nations, King Nabopolassarre-established the new Neo-Babylon Empire in 626 BC. Under his ruling and the succeeding governing of his son King Nebuchadnezzar, the new Empire of Babylon gradually became the strongest kingdom in the Middle East, and its capital, the City of Babylon, became the biggest city in the world again. In 586 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar led his Babylonian armies invaded Judah and destroyed Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem and took all the treasure in the Solomon’s Temple back to Babylon, which made Babylon the wealthiest city in the world at that time.
In the next several hundred years, although the Empire of Babylon was defeated and conquered by the Persian King Cyrus the Great in 539 BC, and later the Persian Empire was defeated and conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 BC, the City of Babylon still remained the capital for both the Persian Empire and Alexander’s Greek Empire until Alexander died suddenly in 323 BC. That’s why the spirit of Babylon the Great moved back to Babylon in the 6th century BC as the “woman carried in the basket” Zechariah saw in the vision in Zechariah 5:5-11.
There have many speculations on the cause of Alexander’s death, but there was an undeniable fact that after Alexander conquered India and came back to the city of Babylon, he enjoyed the unhealthy habit of heavy drinking, often drank all night with his friends, guests, or generals, which weakened his body’s immune system. After one night of heavy drinking, Alexander finally fell sick, either caused by disease or poison, and twelve days later he passed away on June 11, 323 BC in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon.
Another cause of his death is that Alexander began to require people to worship him as the “invincible God” across his large empire in 324 BC. That’s the sin of blasphemy, which is also one of the main characteristics of Babylon the Great. Shortly after Alexander exalted himself as the “Invincible God”, he died suddenly at age 32 in 323 BC. That’s another case of a mighty king falling into the “Maddening Wine of Babylon the Great”.
After the death of Alexander the Great, his generals split up the empire and the Roman Empire began to rise to the power. The City of Babylon gradually lost its significance as the capital of a great Empire. Therefore, after the rising of the Roman Empire, the Spirit of Babylon the Great moved again to the capital of the new empire, Rome.
4) Babylon the Great Moved to Rome
After Babylon the Great moved to Rome, the Roman Empire began to drink the “maddening wine of her adulteries” (Revelation 18:3) and also the “the blood of prophets and of the saints” (Revelation 17:5 &18:24). The Roman Empire fell into the sin of adulteries and promiscuity and also shed "the blood of Saints" as the persecution of Christians intensified in the first three centuries. This period of history fully reflected the two major sins and characteristics of Babylon the Great: Adultery and Blasphemy/Persecution of Saints.
After the three centuries of persecution, Roman Emperor Constantine the Great finally liberated Christians from persecution in 313 AD and formalized Christianity in the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. In 380 AD, Christianity was officially established as the state religion of the Roman Empire by Emperor Theodosius. Since then, Babylon the Great, the persecutor of Christians and the "Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth", had been locked up for a thousand years.
After a thousand years of lock-up time expired, the Woman on the Beast, Babylon the Great, came out again in the 14th century and seduced the Roman Catholic Church into the sins of sexual immorality and persecution of Christians with different opinions during the Dark Age. Many priests, bishops, and even some cardinals and Popes committed the sin of adultery, and the Church also began to persecute and kill those Christians who had different views with the Church through the Inquisition. Even printing the Bible or acknowledging the earth moving around the sun would be sentenced to death by burning at the stake. Again, these sins of adultery and persecution of saints were all the results of the spiritual influence of “Babylon the Great” and the beast of Antichrist prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
After the Catholic Church fell into the corruption during the Dark Age, God sent Martin Luther to start the Protestant Reformation in 1517 AD and lead people of faith break away from the corrupted Catholic Church. In the next hundred years, many nations embraced the Reformation movement, like Germany and England, and cut their ties with the Roman Catholic Church. Some faithful people of God even left Europe and came to the New Continent of America to start a New Nation of God with the new Reformed faith and religious freedom.
After the First Great Awakening in the first half of the 18th century, the New Nation of God, the United States of America, was born in 1776. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the Roman Catholic Church suffered a fatal blow during the French Revolution as Church properties were confiscated by the Revolution Government and Pope Pius VI was arrested till his death by Napoleon's army.
After the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century, the Roman Catholic Church lost its control and influence over the majority of European nations. Babylon the Great with the beast of Antichrist successfully turned the once 98% Catholic France into a Godless nation. That's the time Babylon the Great was ready to move again to the next target, the United States of America, the future Superpower of the World for the next century.
5) Babylon the Great Moved to New York
After the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865, Americans were ready to celebrate the first centennial birth of the United States in 1876. Some French people wanted to give a colossal statue to Americans as a gift of friendship. Their intention was good, but because French people lost their faith in Christ after the French Revolution, they were deceived and utilized by Babylon the Great as the instrument to transport it to the United States of America.
First, the Spirit of Babylon the Great inspired the statue designer, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, to choose the Roman goddess Libertas as the model for the statue. The Roman goddess Libertas is the female version of god of wine, fertility and freedom in ancient Roman mythology. When people combined wine, freedom with fertility, you can imagine where it would lead to - Freedom of Sex. It has the same spiritual root of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar.
Then, the Spirit of Babylon the Great inspired the designer of the pedestal to choose the Star of Ishtar as the model for the pedestal. When the Statue of Liberty and its pedestal were installed and dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Ishtar and the Star of Ishtar came together and the "Woman on the Beast with Seven Heads and Ten Horns" was completed. It became the perfect host for the Spirit of Babylon the Great to transfer from Europe to America.
However, at that time, American people still had a fresh memory of the huge casualties and damages from the American Civil War. They often prayed to God to avoid another tragedy like the Civil War happening on the American soil again. So, as prophesied in Revelation 11, “they were terrified (by the damage of the Civil War) and gave glory to the God of heaven” (Revelation 11:13) by putting "In God We Trust" on the US currencies starting in 1864 to remind people of the importance of the faith in God. These four words "In God We Trust " have a very strong spiritual power to fend off the evil spirit. Therefore, the Spirit of Babylon the Great had been suppressed and hadn't shown much influence for the next one hundred years.
Then, in 1963, everything changed. The US Supreme Court made the stupid decisions to prohibit the prayer to God and Bible study in public schools. All the hells broke loose and Babylon the Great was released. What would the "Mother of Harlots" do after she was released? Sexual liberation first. That's why the "Sexual Revolution" started in the late 1960s right from New York where Babylon the Great was located. The consequence of people drinking the "maddening wine of her adulteries" was the dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancies and abortions.
At the same time, the beast with "seven heads and ten horns" and “covered withblasphemous names" was also released to attack the saints "who bore testimony to Jesus." (Revelation 17:6) It confirmed the prophecy in Revelation 13 that the beast of Antichrist "was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation." (Revelation 13:7)
Since the second part of the last century, there have been many attacks on Christian faith in the United States under the influence of this Beast of Antichrist. There were many lawsuits to remove anything related to Christianity from public places, even including those historic monuments with cherished American heritage. New York also became the headquarters of all those Anti-God Anti-Christianity media and organizations in the name of "liberty" and "Separate Church and State". Christian faith has been overpowered and in retreat just as prophesied in Revelation 13:7.
These things happened because the Beast of Antichrist used the "Separation of Church and State" as the cover to deceive those unsuspected and foolish government officials, legislators and judges to take down anything related to Christianity. It's the same thing happened during the "French Revolution". In some places, government officials don't even allow people to say "Merry Christmas" during the Christmas season. They are deceived and under the influence of this blasphemous Beast of Antichrist. These things happened because they are just part of the prophecies that need to be fulfilled before the "Second Coming" comes.
From the Spiritual Movement of Babylon the Great in history, people can clearly see the Spiritual Path of Babylon the Great moving from Babylon to Jerusalem to Babylon again and then to Rome and to New York in the last four thousand years. In the past, many scholars thought Babylon the Great was referred to Rome. In fact, Rome did reflect the two major characters of Babylon the Great - Adultery and Blasphemy/Persecution of the Saints - during the first three centuries of the Persecution Period and in the late stage of the Dark Age.
However, Rome is not a seaport, nor a world trade center or a metropolitan center of fashion, art and music. And Rome is not the capital of sexual immorality and blasphemy in the world either. Only New York City fits all these characteristics of Babylon the Great at this moment.
Thirty-eight hundred years ago, Babylon was the largest city in the world during the First Babylonian Dynasty in the 18th century BC. Then, eight hundred years later, Jerusalem became the wealthiest city in the world during the reign of King Solomon around 1000 BC. Four hundred years later, the City of Babylon rose to power again as the capital of the Babylonian Empire and the subsequently Persian Empire and Greek Empire. It was the largest and most powerful city in the world at that time. But after the kings drank the “Maddening Wine of Babylon the Great”, they all fell into destruction and/or desolation eventually.
At the beginning of the first century, Rome was the capital of one of the largest empires in the world history, the Roman Empire, and later became the Holy See for the Christendom in the world for over a thousand years until the Protestant Reformation started five hundred years ago. Now, it also fell from the past glory to the city of mediocre after the Vatican City-State was established and separated from Rome, Italy in 1929.
The Spiritual Path of Babylon the Great
From the historical and spiritual path of Babylon the Great, people can easily find out that Babylon the Great, “the Mother of Harlots and Abomination of the Earth”, always followed the money and went to the largest and wealthiest city in the world at that time. Then, after the kings or religious leaders drank the “Maddening Wine of Babylon the Great”, they all fell into the destruction as the result of their sins of adulteries and blasphemy.
Now, New York is the largest city of the United States and the wealthiest city in the world. It is also the world political center for the United Nations as well as the financial center and trade center of the world. Therefore, the Spirit of Babylon the Great is in New York right now and the prophecy of the “Fall of Babylon” will be fulfilled in New York City if people don’t pay attention to the Word of God.
In fact, God always gives people a warning before the major disaster happens. The warning of the “Fall of Babylon” was also given as prophesied in Revelation 14:8. That’s the “Sept. 11” happened eighteen years ago in 2001.
IV. "September 11" and the "Fall of Babylon"
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, many Christians and scholars have recognized the event related to the prophecy of the Fall of Babylon in the Book of Revelation, but that's only half the story.
The "September 11" is not the full course of the Fall of Babylon prophesied in Chapter 17 and 18 of the Book of Revelation, but only the warning of the Fall of Babylon in Revelation 14:8.
In Chapter 14 of the Book of Revelation, John saw three angels flying in the midair.
This indicated that the warning of the Fall of Babylon would come at the same time the New Revelation of the Word of God, the "Eternal Gospel" for "every nation, tribe, language and people" (Revelation 14:6), will be revealed.
Although the "September 11" was not the Full fulfillment of the prophecy of the "Fall of Babylon", it did fulfill some prophecies regarding the Fall of Babylon:
These were the exact responses from the world when people saw this disaster broadcasted on TV or looked at it from far off the site. In a little over one hour after the terrorist attack, the twin towers collapsed with huge smoke rising to the sky, and all the leaders in the world saw it instantly through satellite broadcasting, just like what was prophesied in the Bible nineteen hundred years ago.
There is also a prophecy of the timing of the disaster in the Bible that was fulfilled by the "September 11". September 11, 2001, was originally set by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace. Before the disaster happened in that morning, the Secretary-General of the United Nations issued a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Unfortunately, this message for peace never mentioned the blessing of God, not even once. How could people expect peace without the blessing of God?
Apostle Paul once warned about the timing of the disaster in his letter to the Thessalonians, “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3) That prophecy was fulfilled by the "Sept 11" on this International Day of Peace when people were saying "Peace and Safety".
I wish the "September 11" was the last disaster for the City of New York, but, unfortunately, it was only the warning of the "Fall of Babylon" given by the second angel in Chapter 14 of the Book of Revelation. After the warning of the angels in Revelation 14, there would be the "Seven Bowls of God's Wrath" in Revelation 16. Among these "Seven Bowls of God's Wrath", the Sixth Bowl of God's Wrath is about the War in Iraq and the rising of ISIS, which has been fulfilled right now. Then the Final full fulfillment of the prophecy of the "Fall of Babylon" will come, which will be much greater than the "September 11".
No one knows how this disaster will be fulfilled in the near future, except the Father in Heaven, but there is a way to revert the prophecy and avoid this disaster from happening. That's why the Son of Man is here to give the warning on the Full Fulfillment of the "Fall of Babylon" prophesied in Revelation 17 and 18, and hopefully, people can listen to the Word of God and avoid such catastrophe happening in the USA.
V. How to Save New York and Avoid the Catastrophe of the "Fall of Babylon"
Although the Fall of Babylon is the largest disaster prophesied in the Book of Revelation, out of His mercy and compassion, God still wants to give His children the opportunity to repent and avoid the destruction prophesied almost two thousand years ago.
1. The Miracles in the Book of Jonah
In the Book of Jonah of the Old Testament, people in the Great City of Nineveh became wicked and sinful. God sent Jonah to Nineveh to give a warning prophecy on the judgment of God. Jonah initial dare not to go to Nineveh and tried to board a ship to Tarshish to flee from God, but God did not let him escape the mission to Nineveh. God raised a violent storm and all the sailors were afraid the ship would sink and eventually they threw Jonah out of the ship. Then God "provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights." (Jonah 1:17)
After Jonah prayed inside the fish for God's help, God let him out and sent him to the Great City of Nineveh. After Jonah proclaimed the warning prophecy to the people in Nineveh that the Great City of Nineveh would be overturned in forty days, the king of Nineveh and the people in Nineveh all repent, fast and prayed to God for His forgiveness. "When God saw what they did and how they turned away from their evil ways, He had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction He had threatened." (Jonah 3:10)
However, when Jonah saw God did not carry out the judgment on the City of Nineveh as he prophesied, Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry at God because that made Jonah lost his credibility as a prophet. God told Jonah, "Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?" (Jonah 4:11)
God always has mercy and compassion for His children on the earth. He'd rather let His children repent and be saved than perished. That's why five hundred years later, God sent His beloved son Jesus Christ to this world as the redemption for the sins of all people on the earth. Whoever has faith in Jesus Christ's salvation will not perish but rather have the Eternal Life.
In the Book of Jonah, there were two miracles. The First Miracle was that Jonah was swallowed by the great fish and had stayed in the belly of fish for three days before he came back to the earth again. The Second Miracle was that after people of Nineveh listened to the warning prophecy of Jonah and repent, God voided His prophecy and spared the City of Nineveh from the destruction He had threatened.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus came to perform the First Miracle in the Book of Jonah by rising from the death of crucifixion. Now, the Son of Man is here to perform the Second Miracle in the Book of Jonah by helping people understand the prophecy of God and repent so that the largest disaster prophesied in the Book of Revelation could be avoided.
2. The “Seven Changes” to Save New York City from the Disaster of the “Fall of Babylon”
To revert the prophecy of God is not an easy task. It requires the people of New York to make some changes, just like the people of Nineveh did, to save the city. Here are the SEVEN CHANGES that people of New York need to do to revert the prophecy of God and avoid this catastrophe of the Fall of Babylon prophesied in the Book of Revelation:
1) Re-establish Your Faith in God and Stop the Sin of Blasphemy
In the history of Israel, God once blessed King Solomon to be the smartest and wealthiest king on the earth. But after Solomon became wealthy and turned his back to God, God also took away His blessing from Israel, and Solomon's kingdom fell apart after he died. Eventually, God let gentile Babylonians invade His beloved city of Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple He once blessed greatly through King David and King Solomon.
In the last two hundred years, God blessed America from desert land to become the Superpower of the world, and also blessed New York City to become the wealthiest city of the world. But now, people of New York turned their back to God after they made money and became wealthy on average, just like King Solomon and Israelites did twenty-five hundred years ago. This was exactly prophesied by Christ in His letter to the Church in Laodicea: "You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked." (Revelation 3:17)
In the last several decades, when the United States became prosperous through the Internet and Information Revolution, people began to lost their faith in God just as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. That's when the Beast of Antichrist inspired some anti-God people to wage wars against the Faith of God. The First Amendment of the Constitution that was initially designed to protect people's religious freedom now was used as Antichrist's weapon to attack the Christian Faith under the name of "Separation of Church and State".
In fact, here is the exact text of the First Amendment of the US Constitution:
According to the First Amendment of the US Constitution, government has no right to remove any historical monument just because of its historical origin from certain religions. That’s the religious discrimination and humiliation against the traditional religions of America.The current misinterpretation of "Separation of Church and State" becomes a special favor for atheism over all other religions of God, which is the direct violation of the First Amendment.
God is not a religion; God is a Reality! Long before there was a religion on the earth, God existed already. To separate Church and State does not mean to separate God from this nation built upon the faith of God.
In the eighteenth century, there were two great revolutions in the world, the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The American Revolution was carried out by the faithful people of God and became the greatest success in human history, and the French Revolution was inspired by the Antichrist and Godless people and eventually failed. Now, the United States of America was blessed to become the Superpower of the World and France fell into a chaotic Godless nation. That’s the difference between a nation blessed by God and a nation abandoned by God. If people of America want to remove God from this new nation of God, God will also remove His blessing from this nation just like what He did to France two hundred years ago.
In 2007 and 2008, when some stupid government officials decided to remove "In God We Trust" from the new Presidential Dollar Coin and replace the Great Eagle with the Lady Liberty, God also removed His blessing on this nation. Then the small sub-prime mortgage default problem snowballed into the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression. After the "In God We Trust" was returned to the 2009 Presidential Dollar Coin, the financial crisis finally ended.
In January 2019, some Congressmen/Congresswomen proposed a new bill to remove "So Help Me God" from the oath before the Congressional hearing. They don't know what they are doing as they are accelerating the fulfillment of the Fall of Babylon. If Americans want to remove God from this nation, God will also take away His Blessing for this nation, and then the United States of America will fall into the same mediocre status just like its neighbors in Mexico, Honduras or Venezuela. Remember, the higher you were lifted by God, the harder you will fall when God drops you from His Blessing. That's how the City of Jerusalem and Solomon's Temple were destroyed by its enemy twenty-five hundred years ago.
Therefore, to keep the continuous blessing of God and avoid the disaster of the Fall of Babylon, the people of America, especially the people of New York, need to re-establish their faith in God and stop the sin of blasphemy in the past due to the spiritual deception and influence by the Beast of Antichrist associated with Babylon the Great.
2) Stop the Sin of Sexual Immorality and Stop the Killing of Babies through Abortion
The main character of Babylon the Great is adultery and sexual immorality as the title of Babylon the Great is "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Revelation 17:5). Many people thought that Sexual Liberation was the symbol of social progressivism, but actually, it is the exact opposite of social progress.
“Sexual Liberation” is nothing new. In world history, there have been numerous cities and nations falling into the sins of sexual immorality and promiscuity, and they all ended in the same result of fatal disasters and destruction, either in the form of natural catastrophes, like huge flood, great earthquake or volcano, or the defeat and conquered by the enemies. There is nothing wrong to have a healthy relationship with love, but the irresponsible sexual behaviors, promiscuity and adultery are the sins that will provoke the judgment of God and cause misfortunes and epic disasters for the general public.
For God will judge the sins of sexual immorality and promiscuity, any person, city or nation falling into the sins of sexual immorality and promiscuity will suffer the consequence of their irresponsible behaviors. The ancient cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Babylon, and Pompeii were good examples of God’s judgment on the cities that fell into the sins of sexual immorality and promiscuity.
In the 1960s, after the Supreme Court of the United States banned the prayer and Bible study in the public schools, God also took away His blessing on this nation. Then Babylon the Great and her beast were released and led the nation into the so-called Sexual Revolution. The result of that is the dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases, especially the epic disaster of AIDS, and abortions. New York as the home base of Babylon the Great was the biggest victims of this movement as it has the highest AIDS rate in the nation as well as the highest abortion rate in the nation.
Many women who were deceived by Babylon the Great often claimed "My Body My Choice", but they don't know when a baby was pregnant in the mother's womb, he/she was already considered as a life in the eye of God, as the Lord "knit me together in my mother's womb." (Psalm 139:13)
In the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament, when Mary came to visit Elizabeth, Elizabeth was pregnant in her sixth month. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!... As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy." (Luke 1:41-44) This proves that the baby in mother's womb also has the feeling like normal person, even at only 6 months or 24 weeks old.
Therefore, no one, not even the mother, has the right to end a baby's life, especially after the baby entered the third trimester of the pregnancy, unless the baby endangers the mother's life, like the pregnant woman with a life-threatening health condition.
Currently, over 90 percent of abortion occurred due to the economic or inconvenient reason. If someone gets pregnant by accident due to the adulterous behavior and then decides to kill the baby through abortion, that's the Double Abomination, which could provoke the judgment of God for severe disasters. Please be responsible for your sexual behavior and stop killing the babies through abortion, especially the late-term abortion in the third trimester of the pregnancy.
3) Love Your Neighbors as Yourself and Be Nice to Each Other
New York people are known for their rude attitude and language. It would add more bad karma to the city. When more people cause bad karma for the city, it will lead to the collateral damage to the city.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus gave the two greatest commandments. The first and greatest commandment is "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." And the second is: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-40) And these two greatest commandments are still valid today.
Being nice to others and cutting off the profanity from your language will improve your Fortune Credit or Treasure in heaven and help you avoid the disasters on the earth.
These First Three Changes above are for the people of New York to make the change from within. The Next Four Changes need government help and approval to revert the prophecy of the Fall of Babylon and save the City of New York.
4) Cut Off the "Seven Heads and Ten Horns of the Beast" from the Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty
The reason Babylon the Great could cause such great consequence and damage to the city of New York is that matching Statue of Liberty and its pedestal makes the perfect host place for the evil spirit of Babylon the Great and the Beast of Antichrist. To revert the prophecy and avoid the disaster of the Full Fulfillment of the Fall of Babylon, New York City needs to cut the spiritual tie to the Spirit of Babylon the Great and the Beast of Antichrist.
Since we cannot remove the Statue of Liberty, the simplest way to begin with is to cut off the "Seven Heads and Ten Horns of the Beast" by remodeling the pedestal from the variation of the Star of Ishtar to a round pedestal as shown below.
The round-shaped pedestal represents the unity of all the people in New York as one big family. It will cut off the sharp edges of the “Seven Heads and Ten Horns” that causes the confrontational and quarrelsome mood of the people in New York City.
5) Inscribe the Motto of "In God We Trust" on the Tablet at the Left Hand of Lady Liberty
Because the Lady Libertas for the Statue of Liberty has the spiritual root to the ancient Babylonian Goddess of Sex and Fertility, Ishtar, it made the Statue of Liberty the perfect host place for the Spirit of Babylon the Great and caused the serious consequence for the City of New York. The only way to eliminate the evil influence of Babylon the Great is to put a seal of God on the Statue of Liberty and prevent any evil spirit trying to occupy it in the future.
The best approach on this subject is to inscribe the American Motto "In God We Trust" on the tablet held by the left hand Lady Liberty. That will stop the evil spirit of Babylon the Great to continuously influence the people and lead the city to the total destruction as prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
6) Inscribe the Quote of President Lincoln on the Stand of Lady Liberty
The former president of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln, once gave a well-known speech at Gettysburg. And the most memorable quote of his Gettysburg address is: “This nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
The current Statue of Liberty only represents the second half of President Lincoln’s dream, the freedom for people, but not the first half of his quote, the “Nation under God”. Only after the “In God We Trust” is put on the tablet will the Statue of Liberty represent President Lincoln’s complete dream of the “Nation under God” with liberty for all people.
This last sentence in President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address represents the two most important factors for a nation to get blessings from God - The Faith in God and Liberty for People. The reason the French Revolution failed is that it only emphasized on Liberty for people but without the faith in God. That's why France fell into a mediocre country since the defeat in Napoleonic Wars. I highly recommend adding a plate of President Lincoln’s message to the stand of the statue so that people can remember both the “Nation under God” and “Freedom for People” as the key foundation this nation is built upon.
7) Dedicate "September 11" as the "National Day of Prayer, Charity and Volunteer"
The "September 11" is a painful memory in American history, but if we can turn it into the "National Day of Prayer, Charity and Volunteer", then it could be an important memorial day that saves America in the future.
Currently on every anniversary of “September 11”, there is a group of religious leaders held an interfaith prayer for peace at the “Ground Zero”. This is a very good thing done by these religious leaders, but that is not enough. “The faith without deed is dead, just like the body without the spirit is dead.” (James 2:26). It’s more important to put the faith into action and get more people involved in this kind of activity.
I highly recommend the New York City to make “September 11” a city holiday, or even a national holiday, as a “Day of Prayer, Charity and Volunteer” to get more people to involve in the activities of prayer, meditation, charity and volunteer.
Through prayer and meditation, people can awaken their spirituality within so they will realize that they are spiritually connected to their Father in Heaven and God the Heavenly Father is also watching and caring about them from above. And through the acts of Charity and Volunteer, people will notice that helping others is actually helping themselves too. It will help them improve their Fortune Credit or Treasure in Heaven so that their family and the whole city will receive the great blessing of God.
Founding Father and the First President of the United States George Washington once stated in his Thanksgiving Proclamation given in 1789 at New York City, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” George Washington was the King David for this New Nation of God. His statement is still a great advice for American people, especially the people of New York, today.
I hope through the “Day of Prayer, Charity and Volunteer” it will cultivate the faith and love in people’s heart. That will fulfill the two greatest commandments Jesus taught, “Love the Lord your God with all your hearts and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) That’s the key to keep the blessing of God for the nation, for the city and for the family of each American people.
If American people, especially the people in New York City, can make the "Seven Changes" suggested above and turn their hearts to God, then the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed in the "Sept. 11" terrorist attacks will be the sacrifice for the City and the major disaster of the "Fall of Babylon" prophesied in the Book of Revelation can be avoided.
The United States of America was specially chosen and blessed by God to be the future land of New Jerusalem for the New Millennium Kingdom. That's the reason behind the rising of the United States of America from the desert land to the Super Power of the world in merely two hundred years. But for the last several decades, American people have been drinking the "Maddening Wine of Babylon the Great" on sexual immorality and blasphemy. That's why God took His protection away and allowed all these disasters and wars happened to Americans. If Americans decide to turn their back to God or want to remove God from this nation, God will also take away His blessing from this nation. Otherwise, God will keep blessing this One Nation Under God if American people can remember the Motto in their wallet and on all the US currencies,
"IN GOD WE TRUST"!
May the mercy and blessing of God re-shine on the great city of New York and may those victims who passed away in “September 11” rest in peace. Amen.
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