-Rise and Fall-
Part 7: New York City and the Apocalypse
Setting the Stage for the Apocalypse
The Kings of the Earth
The Merchants of the Earth
Today New York City is the financial capital of the world and home to the world's wealthiest and most influential banks. These banks control the Federal Reserve and the United States Treasury, and they also dominate international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
New York City is also the commercial capital of the world, the home of Wall Street and the biggest multinational corporations, and the home of the world's largest stock exchange, the NYSE, as well as the NASDAQ and the AMEX. New York City is the market that serves the world's greatest consumer nation, the USA, and its massive port facilities are the world's busiest and wealthiest. Until September 11, 2001, New York City was also the home of the World Trade Center complex, and even though this complex was destroyed the city remains the undisputed capital of world trade.
New York City is also the political capital of the world by the fact that it is the home of the United Nations, which possesses a headquarters in Manhattan that enjoys an independent and sovereign status. New York City should also be noted as the headquarters of the world's most influential foreign policy think-tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, which has had more input in charting the course of American foreign policy and global political and economic affairs than any other organization on earth since World War II (See Part 4).
For these reasons, and for many more that could be listed ad nauseum, New York City exists as the undisputed wealthiest and most powerful city on the earth today, and the greatest that has ever existed in human history. New York City is Babylon the Great, that final world power that will exist before the appearance of the Antichrist at the end of the age.
Setting the Stage for the Apocalypse
Before we begin to focus on Babylon itself we must first examine the Scriptures that describe the situation on the earth during the rise of Babylon, prior to the Antichrist and the end-times Tribulation. Within the Gospel of Matthew, in a talk given by Jesus known as the Little Apocalypse, Jesus described the events that precede the Tribulation:
Matthew 24 KJV
3. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
The disciples asked Jesus for the sign of His coming and of the end of the age, and in the above passage Jesus gave them three types of signs:
1. Signs that do not relate to the time of the end.
According to Jesus, the appearance of false Christs (plural) and deceivers, and of scattered wars and rumors of wars, do not relate to the end-times.
2. Signs that are classified as "the beginning of sorrows."
The Greek word for sorrows used here can also refer to the pain of a woman giving birth. The Apostle Paul used the same word in 1 Thessalonians 5:3 to describe the period prior to the Tribulation, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." According to Jesus, the signs which are the birth pangs of the end-times Tribulation include the sign of "nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom," and the signs of increasing famines, pestilences and earthquakes.
3. Signs that relate to the time of the end.
According to Jesus, the end has come when all the nations of the world persecute those who believe in Jesus. This is the first sign that the birth pangs are over and the time of the end has arrived.
Turning back to the birth pangs, here is what I write in my article Entering the Apocalypse,
According to Jesus, the very first birthpang that believers are supposed to recognize as a visible sign of the approaching end-times is the sign of a global military conflict. When Jesus mentioned this sign He was describing something that is very well known within Judaism. In an ancient Jewish commentary, the Bereshit Rabbah, section XLII:4, it is stated, "If you shall see kingdoms rising against each other in turn, then give heed and note the footsteps of the Messiah."
In another Jewish commentary, the Zohar Chadesh, it is written, "At that time wars shall be stirred up in the world. Nation shall rise against nation and city against city; much distress shall be renewed against the enemies of the Israelites."
Jews and Christians should both understand that a massive World War is a sign of the approaching end-times. If we were to look back in history and try to identify a conflict that might possibly fulfill Jesus' prediction we need look no further than the Second World War. It encompassed eastern and western Europe, as well as a significant part of Asia and Polynesia, parts of Africa, and it was fought throughout the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. It was also fought, as the Jewish source the Zohar Chadesh appears to have predicted, against the "enemies of the Israelites," who were the German Nazi's who exterminated up to six million Jews.
World War II ended with the use of atomic energy, a terrible power never used in warfare since, and it dwarfed World War I, which was fought mainly in Europe and the Middle East, which was more comparable in size to the Napoleonic Wars than to World War II. Truly the Second World War stands out as the most significant global conflict of the past two millennia, and it had a huge impact on the global Jewish community, leading to the creation of the modern nation of Israel. When Jesus predicted a worldwide conflict as the first birthpang of the end-times it is highly likely that He was referring directly to World War II.
The birth pangs of the Tribulation that are referred to by Jesus are also very helpful in interpreting the meaning of the first four Seals of Revelation that introduce the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The reader should understand that I have developed a prophetic model that places the starting point of the seven year Tribulation (the 70th Week of Daniel 9:24-27) after the first Trumpet judgment of Revelation, which is a view that can be analyzed in the article Entering the Apocalypse. For this reason the seven Seal judgments of Revelation precede the 70th Week of Daniel, and my conclusion is that the Four Horsemen of the first four Seals relate directly to the birth pangs of the Tribulation. The first Horseman will be identified later in Part 8 and appears to be unmentioned by Jesus, but the other three appear to parallel the words of Jesus quite closely. The chart below explains:
Jesus in Matthew 24:7 Revelation "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom..." 2nd Seal - "When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. " "...and there shall be famines..." 3rd Seal - "When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" "...and pestilences..." 4th Seal - "When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."
If the words of Jesus are used to help interpret the meaning of the Seals of Revelation, then the second Seal which brings forth the rider of the red horse, who is given a sword and the power to "take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other," is symbolic of the great conflict of World War II.
As the preceding six Parts of this study have shown, after World War II New York City emerged as the greatest power in the world, and its economic policies were enacted on behalf of the Anglo-American Establishment to pursue the long-term goal of "gradually absorbing the wealth of the world." In the decades after World War II this Establishment, using the economic and military might of the USA, has succeeded in this quest and overseen the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich that the world has ever seen. As we have shown, Oil has been a primary weapon in this assault, and Labor, the working man, has been a primary victim (see Part 6 for confirmation of both of these statements). At the same time Western culture has experienced almost a wholesale abandonment of the Judeo-Christian ethic, and has embraced materialism and the "If it feels good, do it!" hedonistic lifestyle pushed by the Western media and culture that includes MTV, Hollywood, and the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll counter-culture. "Let's party!" is the slogan of the apathetic, self-absorbed and inebriated minds of the comfortable masses in the West, while living conditions in the rest of the world continue to degrade at a rapid pace.
The third Seal which brings forth the rider of the black horse seems to explain the global situation very precisely. When the rider is introduced he is shown "holding a pair of scales in his hand." The scales have always been understood as the traditional symbol of Justice, and it traces back to Roman times when Themis, the goddess of Justice and Law, was always portrayed with a pair of scales in her hand. By this symbol the reader is then directed to apply the theme of Justice to the statement that is heard from the four living creatures in heaven,
"A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"
A quart of wheat or three quarts of barley for an entire day's wages is a wage that is below a subsistence level. We are talking much less than a dollar a day here, and that is exactly the kind of wage that too many of the world's workers earn today. As explained in Part 6 of this study the sad fate of Labor in the world today is a direct result of corporate-dominated capitalism and the policies of the IMF, WTO and World Bank that have been directed through New York.
On the other hand, the last words that come from the living creatures in heaven, words that make the theme of Justice quite clear, are "do not damage the oil and the wine." Oil is the foundational resource of Western consumer-oriented economies, and wine is the commodity that Western culture seems to enjoy the most. We let the poverty-stricken working man that is representative of a large segment of humanity waste his life away working to simply feed his stomach, while we in the West enjoy our high standard of living and party the nights away. That seems to be the situation that the imagery and statements of the third Seal seem to be indicating. It very simply presents a stark picture of economic inequality and injustice.
The subject of "wine" and the related vice of "drunkenness" is a theme that can be found throughout the prophetic scriptures relating to the end-times. According to Jesus drunkenness is to be avoided as a vice that might potentially distract believers from their watch, leaving them forced to endure the Day of the Lord on the earth,
Luke 21 NIV
34. Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.
35. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.
36. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.
The prophet Isaiah describes the people of the earth crying out for wine after the catastrophes of the Day of the Lord begin,
Isaiah 24 NIV
6. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
7. The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan.
8. The gaiety of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent.
9. No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
10. The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred.
11. In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all gaiety is banished from the earth.
Where will our celebrated rock stars, our pop singers, and our actors and actresses be when the entertainment industry ceases to be so entertaining after the catastrophes of the Day of the Lord begin? Verses 7-9 above seem to predict the death of MTV and all it stands for.
In Isaiah 28 many scholars believe the prophet refers to the 70th Week covenant as the "covenant with death" in verse 15. Prior to that reference he describes Israel as "befuddled with wine," staggering and vomiting in drunkenness and oblivious to God's instructions. Drunkenness is a vice that is definitely to be avoided as the Tribulation approaches, and as this study continues we will see that it is very closely associated, symbolically and perhaps also literally, with Babylon the Great, the seductive purveyor of a "wine" that creates a maddening "drunkenness" throughout the world.
The fourth Seal continues with the theme of the degradation of civilization that is a result of the policies of the Anglo-American Establishment. With this Seal a pale horse is introduced with Death as its rider, and with Hades, a figure known in Greek mythology as the god of the underworld, following close behind. They are "given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth." This statement does not mean that one fourth of the earth's population is to perish, it simply means that one fourth of the land area of the earth is given over to these dangers, the mortal threats of war, famine, disease and wild animals.
As a result of the policies of the iron triangle (the IMF, World Bank, and WTO) as explained in Part 6, economies have been destroyed and infrastructure has been dismantled in the poorest and most powerless nations of the earth. The extent of the disintegration of civilization in these areas is highlighted in the article "A Needless Decade of Despair: Developing Nations Are Dying," by EIR reporter Mary Jane Freeman. The article quotes from a UN development report that reveals the economic collapse of Eastern Europe and South America, and highlights the extent of poverty in other areas of the world including Southeast Asia and Africa. Freeman writes,
Other key markers of economic collapse detailed in the report include the fact that by the close of the decade, 2.4 billion people still did not have access to adequate sanitation; 1.2 billion people were living on less than $1 equivalent per day; 1.0 billion people lacked access to improved water sources; and 10.7 million children age five or younger in 2000 died of preventable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and cholera.
Professor Sam Aluko used to be an economic advisor to the Nigerian government, and he unsuccessfully fought the policies of the iron triangle for thirty years. In a ten-page article he summarizes the terrible shape that Africa is in today, and explains how these circumstances have come about:
And because people are getting poorer and poorer, there is increased crime, and violence, and conflicts. So very many countries in Africa, you have like Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, name it, every country, every country in Africa—even South Africa, which is one of the most developed, the crime there is terrible—in Nigeria the crime rate has increased abundantly. And there is no country in Africa, where there is no increase in crime. They steal cars; you cannot go out, you cannot walk. About four or five politicians had been killed before I left home.
So when you have violence and you have conflicts, you have ethnic quarrels, there cannot be peace; and when there is no peace, there cannot be economic progress. And you find that the budget which was spent on production, is now spent on the prevention of crime, which is very ineffective.
And this is because, also, of the diminishing role of government: Because the World Bank and the IMF have come and said: "You are inefficient, and you are not making progress, because the government is corrupt. And therefore, even remove government, and allow the private sector in the economy; then the economy will move." But there is no private sector in Africa. I want to assure you, that there is no private sector in Africa. The only sector in Africa that is viable is the government sector.
There is no private sector, because there are no infrastructures, there is no electricity. In my house, the last water I had was in 1980, public water supply; so I had to dig my own well and put a pump and pump to the roof, to have water in my house. No electricity! I had to buy a generator and to buy fuel to fuel it, to get light. Telephone: I called my wife this morning; we have three telephones, two at home and one in the office: All the three are turned off. I said, "Why?" "Because there was heavy rain last night and everything broke down." And I am still one of the elite. So, you can know what the ordinary person is suffering. So there is no private sector, because the private sector cannot function, because there are no infrastructures, no good roads, no water, and no electricity.
Then of course, because we are following liberalization, globalization, privatization and every shibboleth that comes from abroad, government is virtually doing nothing to arrest the situation.
The destruction of once-viable governments in Africa has led to increasing violence and warfare, and as a result Africa must deal with a massive refugee problem. Africa is the home to only one tenth of the world's population, but the home to fully one half of the world's refugees who have been forced to flee their homes to avoid tribal conflicts, border and civil wars and sectarian violence.
As Professor Aluko explains, the rise in violence and breakdown in the economy coincides with the degradation of the foundational infrastructure, the roads, water systems and electricity. This degradation allows disease to flourish, and plagues that were once neutralized, such as malaria, tuberculosis and cholera, are making a comeback, not to mention the scourge of AIDS. Throughout the world 34 million people have AIDS, and 24 million of these live in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa one out of every ten people has AIDS, and every day about 1500 more people in the country become infected with HIV.
These facts bring to mind the views of the influential Lord Bertrand Russell, the British advocate of a world government founded on totalitarian socialism. In Prospects For Industrial Civilization he wrote,
Socialism is only possible as a stable system if the population is stationary or nearly so ...The White population of the world will soon cease to increase. The Asiatic races will be longer, and the Negroes still longer, before their birth rate falls sufficiently to make their numbers stable without the help of war and pestilence. Until that happens, the benefits aimed at by socialism can only be partially realized, and the less prolific races will have to defend themselves against the more prolific by methods which are disgusting even if they are necessary.
In the Impact of Science on Society, Russell went on to elaborate his genocidal views,
At present the population of the world is increasing at about 58,000 per diem. War, so far, has had no great effect on this increase, which continued throughout each of the world wars. War has hitherto been disappointing in this respect but perhaps a bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation, survivors would be free to procreate freely without making the world too full...
...This state of affairs may be somewhat unpleasant, but what of it? Really high minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's.
Russell's elitist views may be seen as extreme, but he was simply articulating the commonly understood problems that consumed the Anglo-American Establishment. A strategy to address the "population threat" was drawn up by Henry Kissinger in 1974, and it was adopted by the US Government as policy paper NSSM 200. Within it the World Bank was highlighted as a key partner in the Anglo-American goal to depopulate the earth. NSSM 200 is required reading for anyone genuinely interested in the real history of the United States and of the Establishment that controls it.
Regarding AIDS, Africa continues to be shackled in its fight against the disease because of the multinational pharmaceutical companies' unwillingness to provide cheap or generic drugs. Their reasoning goes that if you only earn a dollar a day and cannot afford the drugs, then you deserve to die. It is also noteworthy that AIDS was first identified as a newly emergent disease in the Belgian Congo in 1959. This was at a time when the European colonial powers were being kicked out of Africa, and when Belgium had already agreed to give the Congo independence. (Part 3 of this study covers the early years of the independent Congo, and the courageous but brief career of Prime Minister Lumumba as he fought the CIA and Rockefeller's mining outfits that sought to dominate his country's natural resources.)
Another result of the iron triangle domination of African economies, a result that can be seen wherever their policies are followed, is explained by Professor Aluko of Nigeria in the article linked to above,
And because of the diminishing role of government, you find that Africans are increasingly unable to feed themselves! Even food! When I was young, we used to access food; we used to export cotton, groundnut, palm oil—name it. Today we import all those—including toothpicks! Our government has just, because of pressure, banned about 30 items, including toothpicks and so on. So, we even import petrol, kerosene, diesel, and we are the sixth-largest producer of crude oil in the world. We built an export terminal to export excess refined products. We have now turned that port to the importation of the fuel; so when you get to Nigeria today, you find long queues of people struggling to buy refined petrol.
The same thing in Africa.
Zimbabwe: When I was studying in London, I was studying the economies of Africa, the major export of Zimbabwe, at that time—which was then southern Rhodesia—was maize; today Zimbabwe imports maize to feed its cattle. The main export of Tanzania was groundnut. Today, they import groundnut-oil to feed themselves. Cameroon: They export bananas, but today they cannot even get banana or plantain to eat. And that goes along throughout Africa. They have turned into becoming the bottom of the world.
The global economic policies of the Anglo-American Establishment as they are enforced through the IMF, World Bank and WTO, have much in common with the policies that led to the Irish Holocaust of 1845-1850, that resulted in the deaths of more than 5 million people. The famine that occurred during this period was not a result of the failure of the potato crop. Potatoes were only one crop, and Ireland has always been able to feed itself many times over from its agricultural base that has always included hundreds of commodities. As the website www.irishholocaust.org explains, Ireland didn't starve because of a lack of potatoes...
Ireland starved because its food, from 40 to 70 shiploads per day, was removed at gunpoint by 12,000 British constables reinforced by the British militia, battleships, excise vessels, Coast Guard and by 200,000 British soldiers (100,000 at any given moment)...
Thus, Britain seized from Ireland's producers tens of millions of head of livestock; tens of millions of tons of flour, grains, meat, poultry & dairy products; enough to sustain 18 million persons.
This forced exportation of food continued unabated throughout the so-called "famine" which never even occurred. Ireland never lacked for food; Ireland starved because the food it produced was forcefully taken away. The same thing is happening in the poorest and most indebted parts of the earth where governments have been made ineffective as a result of globalization. Food is exported to service their debts, while the poor go hungry, die of disease, or turn to violence and warfare to force change or as an outlet for their frustration. In addition, these are also the areas of the earth where the poor are often forced to compete with wild animals to provide for their basic livelihood. In a sense these poor people have become wild animals. They gather food from the forests and fields, they bathe and drink from polluted unprotected streams, and they live in structures that hardly even keep the rain out, much less offering protection from wild animals.
Yes, the fourth Seal does provide a realistic portrayal of what life is like in the poorest quarter of the earth. It is a far cry from what we experience in the West, and we only get scattered glimpses of it through National Geographic, and only relate to it when reality TV shows such as Survivor pay people to endure that type of lifestyle. Nonetheless it is an existence that is lived by billions of people around the world today.
"I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."
Taken together, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse symbolize the birth pangs of the Tribulation period:
-The first Horseman
symbolizes a powerful figure that carries out a short career of conquest, and we
will identify him in Part 8.
-The second Horseman symbolizes World War II.
-The third Horseman symbolizes the unfair economic order that was begun after World War II, that was created to achieve the Anglo-American goal of "absorbing the wealth of the world" as a step towards world government.
-The fourth Horseman symbolizes some of the effects of that unfair economic system, and the plight of the poorest quarter of the world, a pathetic situation that has become steadily worse in the last two to three decades.
With these symbols understood and the stage set for the beginning of the Tribulation, we now turn back to our study of Babylon the Great.
Here is how Babylon the Great is first introduced in Revelation:
"Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries." 14:8, NIV
Wine, drunkenness and adultery are themes that are found throughout the descriptions of Babylon the Great. The passage above makes it clear that Babylon is a power that forcefully pushes its wine on the nations of the earth. She made the nations of the earth drink her wine, and the wine is described as maddening, or leading to madness and insanity. The wine of Babylon is not good for the nations that are forced to drink it. In the seventeenth chapter of Revelation an angel introduces Babylon using the same themes as before,
"Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries." 17:1-2, NIV
The angel introduces Babylon as a Great Prostitute, and her clients are the kings of the earth who turn away from their true responsibilities and are seduced by Babylon into committing adultery. This relationship involves a wine, a maddening wine, which intoxicates the inhabitants of the earth. Intoxication is a state of mind that erodes moral inhibitions and creates a false sense of reality, and Babylon is the source of this "intoxication." The angel then shows John a vision of the Great Prostitute riding the Beast of Revelation,
"Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead:
MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished." 17:3-6, NIV
Babylon is dressed seductively and luxuriously, but she holds a cup full of filth and "abominable things." She is also drunk with the blood of the saints, which implies that she should be viewed as responsible for the end-times persecution of Christians that will take place around the world.
After John is shown the vision of the Great Prostitute riding the Beast, the angel then offers an explanation of both. In this section we will focus on the explanations regarding Babylon, and then later we will examine the meaning of the Beast.
In 17:9 the angel explains that the seven heads of the Beast have two different meanings, but in relation to the Great Prostitute the seven heads are "seven hills on which the woman sits" (NIV). In 17:1 the Great Prostitute is introduced as sitting "on many waters," and in verse 15 the angel explains that the waters are "peoples, multitudes, nations and languages." Finally in verse 18 the woman herself is explained as "the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."
New York City is the greatest city in the world, the most wealthy, and the most powerful. It is the home of the United Nations which is the representative body of the "kings of the earth," but more importantly New York City is the financial capital of the world. New York's entrenched banking and commercial interests exercise their power to such a great degree that their power, and their bank accounts, dwarf that of individual nations, and they have even succeeded in purchasing for themselves effective control over the resources of the United States Government, including its politicians, its treasury, and its powerful military. The "King" or President of the USA, since the end of World War II, has usually been just a puppet serving the interests of the New York corporate and financial oligarchy, and as such has only been one of the many "kings of the earth" over which Babylon has ruled.
The city of Babylon is represented as a woman, and she sits on seven "hills," or "mountains," and on "peoples, multitudes, nations and languages." The plural form of the Greek word hora, mis-translated as "hills" by the NIV and translated as "mountains" in the KJV, is a word never used to refer to the hills of Rome (which are always described as seven bounos), but refer instead to mountains, sometimes to deserts, and even to large land masses or continents. The symbol of New York City is the Statue of Liberty, which wears a crown of seven spikes or rays, and at the official web site of the Statue of Liberty it is explained that "The seven rays of the Statue's crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world." [http://www.nps.gov/stli/prod02.htm]
It cannot be argued that the power of New
York City is unparalleled, and that it exists on many levels, including the
financial and corporate levels through the big banks and multinational
corporations, the diplomatic level through the UN, and politically and
militarily through New York's domination of the United States Government. All of
this power combines to make New York City the world's only city that can claim
to dominate the kings of the earth and the continents of the earth, while
enjoying unsurpassed influence over the
"peoples, multitudes, nations and languages of the earth." Against these plain
facts no other interpretation for the identity of Babylon the Great makes sense.
This will become even more clear as we continue to examine the crimes of Babylon
the Great and the indictments that God makes against her that lead to her
The Kings of the Earth
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:
"Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries." 18:1-3, NIV
In this passage the nations and the kings of the earth are again mentioned, and the economic theme that is the key to properly understanding Babylon is introduced with the "merchants of the earth," who have grown rich from Babylon's "excessive luxuries." The American Standard Version (ASV) translation of this verse offers even more insight into the crimes of Babylon,
"For by the wine of the wrath of her fornication all the nations are fallen; and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth waxed rich by the power of her wantonness."
This translation states that Babylon's fornication with the "kings of the earth" brought about the fall of "all the nations," and at the same time Babylon's actions allowed the merchants of the earth to grow rich. In this passage the Bible is very plainly describing the situation that has occurred to the nations of the earth after fifty years of Anglo-American planned, New York-based, economic domination. From this passage which connects the downfall of nations with the enrichment of kings and merchants a strong case can be made that the maddening wine that is forced on the peoples and nations of the earth refers to corporate globalization and the hedonistic, materialistic, and immoral philosophy that comes with it. The passage speaks of the rise of corporate influence and enrichment, the subsequent destruction of the sovereignty of individual nations, and the role played by the leaders of the nations who should have fought the corporate powers to protect the best interests of their people. Instead these "kings of the earth" committed fornication with the New York corporate juggernaut and accepted the lies, promises, and massive bribes that New York was able to offer these leaders as payment for the betrayal of their own people.
Let's examine a few of the nations that have been economically destroyed and politically neutralized as a result of the IMF/World Bank/WTO policy that has been masterminded from the corporate and financial capital of New York. We will see how Babylon, allied with the traitorous rulers, or kings, of the nations, is spearheading the downfall of those same nations, while the merchants of the earth reap the rewards.
In Part 3 we examined New York's role, acting through the US Government, in crushing democracy in Iran, Guatemala, Zaire, Brazil, Indonesia, Chile and other nations, and we were able to reveal that the hand of New York through the CFR and through the corporate interests that it represented was the key factor.
In Iran, Mohammed Mossadeq was trying to help his own people by taking back Iranian oil resources for Iranians. He was kicked out of power, and the Shah was installed as the Anglo-American puppet. He then ruled for over 25 years and was handsomely rewarded for always doing as he was told, until finally he met his end when the Anglo-American strategy for the region evolved to a point where he was no longer wanted. The Shah of Iran was a king that fornicated with Babylon, and he allowed Babylon's merchants to use his nation's resources to get rich.
In Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and indeed throughout Central America for that matter, the rulers have existed only as American puppets, eagerly facilitating the looting of their country's natural resources by Western corporations, and also watching as their citizens are exploited through the creation of corporate labor camps (see Part 6). Author Walter LaFeber chronicles the United States' historical involvement in Central America in his book Inevitable Revolutions, and although he is typical of many leftists in that he prefers to blame the US Government rather than the corporate interests that dominate it, his book lays bare the proof that the rulers of these nations exist only as puppets of the US, to the great detriment of the general welfare of their people. The rulers of these nations, aside from the rare case of Guatemala in the early '50s and Nicaragua in the early '80s, can also be viewed as satisfied and greatly enriched customers of the Great Prostitute, and their power lasts only as long as they cater to the wishes of Babylon's merchants.
In the Congo, during a few months in the summer of 1960 after becoming independent from Belgium, the people were offered a brief window of hope through the leadership of Patrice Lumumba. However, Babylon's merchants had no desire to allow the Congo's wealth to actually help the Congolese, and so Lumumba was murdered and General Joseph Mobutu was installed as a dictator. He renamed the Congo as Zaire, and became one of the most notorious strongmen in all of Africa. He ruled for over thirty years in splendor and opulence, while his people lived in poverty and were never raised up from their existence beset with ignorance, filth, hunger, violence and disease. He was one of Babylon's most favored kings, because under him corporate mining interests were allowed to extract from his country untold billions in dollars worth of gold, diamonds, cobalt, copper, and most importantly, uranium.
In Nigeria Babylon's merchants (Chevron and Mobil) plunder petroleum, and Nigeria's leaders only exist because they allow it. The same is true for poor Ghana and the Ivory Coast and their cocoa crop, or of Cameroon and its coffee, cocoa, rubber, and sugar cane, all controlled by Western corporations. Mozambique and Tanzania also export their agricultural products for the profit of Western cartels, and indeed the same can be said for virtually all of Africa. And if any African leader tries to change the situation there is always a General that can be feted and bribed, to carry out a coup and return the situation to the status quo so favorable to Babylon.
In Indonesia the Babylonian agenda was carried out with textbook execution and with results that made the merchants and financiers of Babylon pleased beyond their wildest dreams. In 1965 Indonesian president Achmad Sukarno was overthrown by General Suharto, and Suharto stood by as Chase Manhattan Bank, Babylon's Bank, presided over a three day "yard sale" of Indonesia's services, assets, and natural resources in November of 1967. Henry Kissinger's Freeport Copper was given a 'mountain of copper' in West Papua, Alcoa was given a huge chunk of Indonesia's bauxite, and other Western merchants were given Indonesia's nickel, tropical forests, and other resources. Sukarno had used the profits from these resources to help the Indonesian people, but Suharto allowed the profits to go to Babylon's merchants. General Suharto retired as one of the Great Prostitute's best customers after thirty years as Indonesia's dictator, and he took with him a personal bonus valued at $17 billion. To add insult and injury to insult and injury, Suharto left the Indonesian people with a debt to the World Bank and IMF of $262 billion, which will continue to be paid down with the blood, sweat and tears of Indonesians, but never paid off.
This is the type of "adultery" that the kings of the earth commit with the Great Whore of Babylon. It may be a situation that remains unknown or at least uninteresting to the many misguided American Christians who align themselves with Wall Street, the Pentagon and the Republican Party, but Jesus Christ is a different type of Christian, and the injustice and oppression carried out by Babylon is certainly noticed by Him. The Book of Revelation continues, and God's wrath against Babylon is made clear,
Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
"Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts,
'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'
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.
When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!' 18:4-10, NIV
The attitude of Babylon is characterized by extreme arrogance and pride, extreme selfishness, and overwhelming greed. She gives herself glory and luxury, and believes that her power will never be lost. She calls herself a queen, and predicts that she will never mourn.
The nature and timing of the destruction
of the great city of Babylon will be covered in detail in a further section, but
the text is clear that it will initially come in the space of a single hour,
resulting in a great deal of death, and leading to mourning and famine. It will
come as a divine judgment from God, and not from the Antichrist or any other
country or power. It will be a judgment of fire, and the first people who mourn
at the loss of Babylon will be the adulterous kings of the earth, who gained
their positions, their power, and their great wealth through their careers spent
as clients and servants of the Great Whore. The following table lists only a
few of the more notable kings who have served Babylon over the years:
Country - time of reign
Nature of service to Babylon
|The House of Saud
Saudi Arabia, 1925-present
The House of Saud is the dynasty that has ruled Saudi Arabia since 1925. Their corruption and taste for luxury is well known, and their totalitarian regime is propped up by the US because of its role as a major supplier of oil. The current ruler is King Fahd, and his regime is notorious for its persecution of Christians, for its support for Wahhabi Islam, and for its intolerance of political dissidents. Many political commentators believe that without US support the House of Saud would fall like a house of cards.
|Shah Reza Pahlavi
The Shah of Iran was put in power by the US after the CIA overthrew Mohammed Mossadeq, Iran's democratically elected leader, who threatened Anglo-American control of Iran's oil. The Shah ensured such control and also developed a close relationship with David Rockefeller until the Shah's betrayal in 1979. See my article "The Globalists and the Islamists" (the G-I article), and also Part 3 of this study.
|General Joseph Mobutu
General Mobutu rose to power on the back of the CIA, and his rule over Africa's third largest country ensured that the interests of Babylon would supercede the interests of the people of Zaire. When his fall became inevitable the US turned to Laurent Kabila to replace it, and to ensure that economic relations remained profitable for Western merchants. See also Part 3.
Ferdinand Marcos was elected President in 1965. In 1972, with US support, he declared martial law and made himself dictator for life. When he was finally chased out of the country he was welcomed in the US. His Swiss bank accounts at the time of his downfall held up to $35 billion, while the entire national debt of the Philippines stood at $28 billion. He was a favored client of Babylon, who gained great luxury through his corruption.
|General Mohamed Suharto
In the early 1960s under the socialist Sukarno CFR analysts described Indonesia as "the greatest prize." General Suharto's services were purchased by Babylon in 1965 and he overthrew Sukarno. His subsequent policies allowed the natural wealth of Indonesia, the world's third most populous nation, to be exploited by Babylonian merchants, with the profits flowing into Babylonian banks. Suharto was paid well and he became very rich, while Indonesians became extremely poor. See Part 3.
|General Augusto Pinochet
In 1973 the policies of Chile's democratically elected leader Salvador Allende threatened Babylon's economic control of Chile's industry and natural wealth. To remedy this situation the CIA purchased the services of General Pinochet, who carried out a coup on September 11, 1973. Afterwards Pinochet ensured that Babylon would dictate Chile's future, and he allowed the Rockefeller's University of Chicago (see Part 5) to plan Chile's economy. Pinochet was a Rockefeller stooge and a devoted client of Babylon. See also Part 3.
|General Zia ul-Haq
In the 1970's Pakistan was led by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who did much to help his people, while at the same time scorning the wishes of Babylon (see G-I article). Henry Kissinger threatened Bhutto often, but to no avail, and so Babylon purchased General Zia's services and a coup took place in 1978. Pakistan subsequently became a base for Babylon's "Arc of Crisis" policy, articulated by David Rockefeller's strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski, to undermine the progress and growing independence of Arab nations in the region.
When Babylon conspired to hand the nation of Iran over to the Ayatollah Khomeini and his cabal of fundamentalist psychopaths as part of the "Arc of Crisis" policy, the services of Saddam Hussein were acquired to keep the new Iranian regime contained. The result was the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980's. After Iran was neutralized and peace was declared Saddam Hussein became unnecessary and he was lured into attacking Kuwait. His career was finally finished in 2003, when the long-standing plan to take over Iraq and its huge oil reserves was finally implemented. Currently Babylon plots to corporatize the Iraqi economy, and to make the American people pay for reconstruction. Profits will enrich Babylon's merchants, while the Iraqi people will suffer and the American people will pay the bill. With the occupation of Iraq, planned by the neo-cons, Wall Street and the CFR, New Babylon comes full circle as the true power over Old Babylon.
|General Hosni Mubarak
General Mubarak took over as Egypt's leader after Anwar Sadat perished as a casualty of the "Arc of Crisis" policy (See G-I article). Mubarak soon became a favorite of Babylon because his authoritarian regime controlled Egypt's Muslim population and helped to protect Israel. Currently Mubarak receives over $2 billion a year from the US in foreign aid, which is second only to Israel. When Babylon falls, Mubarak's regime will come under immense pressure and Egypt could face the situation predicted in Isaiah 19.
|General Manuel Noriega
In 1986, according to the in-depth EIR exposé Dope Inc., the long-time favored US ally Manuel Noriega made a major blunder when he closed down Panama's First Interamericas Bank after it was proven that it was owned by the powerful Cali cocaine cartel. What Noriega failed to understand was that the Cali cartel was a trading partner of powerful American interests associated with the New York banks and Wall Street. Noriega learned that when you mess with the Babylonian cartel you don't get visited by mafia thugs or anonymous hitmen, but by the US Military. After Panama was "liberated" of Noriega in 1989 the US installed a new government whose President, Attorney General, head of the Supreme Court, and Minister of the Treasury were all members of the board of First Interamericas Bank. The cocaine trade so profitable for Babylon then continued at a greater pace than before. Also see The Real Drug Lords by William Blum and The CIA's Greatest Hits by Mark Zepezauer.
When Ibrahim Babangida seized power in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, in 1985, it was called "The IMF Coup," because he was backed by the US to remove a leader that was unwilling to accept all of the reforms that the IMF was demanding of Nigeria in return for massive loans. After Babangida took over he imposed those so-called "free market" economic reforms that were so helpful to the international merchants and so hurtful to the Nigerian people, and massive riots and street protests ensued, followed by the arrests of political dissidents and a military crackdown. When Babangida finally stepped down in 1993 the economy of Nigeria was ruined, but his Swiss bank account was full and his Babylonian masters were pleased.
When Carlos Menem was elected president of Argentina in 1989 he was already a close friend of the Bush and Rockefeller families, and so when the IMF offered to "help" his country he led the campaign for "free market" reforms. After serving two terms Argentina's economy was in a predictable shambles: over half of the population was pushed over the poverty line, and one in five were unemployed. Today Argentina owes $14.3 billion to the IMF, $8.5 billion to the World Bank, and $8 billion to the IADB regional development bank. Carlos Menem, on the other hand, is very rich and trying to get back into politics to continue his adulterous services for the Whore that made him rich.
When the Soviet Union broke up in 1991 Boris Yeltsin presided over economic reforms in Russia that were disastrous to the Russian people. In just four years the life expectancy of Russian men dropped from 63.4 years to 58.2 years which was, according to one commentator, a situation "without precedent in modern history. Nowhere else has health worsened so seriously in peace-time among industrialized nations." The Russian reforms were designed by the IMF, and Yeltsin was their client who pushed them through, and when the Russian economy was finally bled dry in 1998 the Clinton Administration pushed through another IMF deal that kept Yeltsin and his partners in business for two more years. Yeltsin was the king of the largest country in the world, and he sold his people down the river as Babylon's servant.
In 1998 the US and the IMF gave Brazil a "rescue package" of $41.2 billion. This rescue was necessary because of the terrible state of the Brazilian economy after three years under President Fernando Cardoso. Government jobs had been cut, industries and services had been privatized, and taxes had been raised, but still Brazil could not service its $90 billion debt, one third of which was owed to American banks. In 2002 the IMF gave Cardoso's Brazil another $30 billion loan, but by the end of the year Cardoso had been voted out in favor of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has since then failed to deliver on his promises to rebuke Babylon and save the people and economy of Brazil.
|General Pervez Musharraf
General Musharraf became Pakistan's most powerful leader when he took over the Army in 1998, and his power was cemented in a bloodless coup against the civilian government in 1999. Musharraf's importance to Babylon has become critical since the events of 9-11-01, and he has performed his duties well as the leader of a country at the heart of the USA's "War on Terror." On the economic front Musharraf has consistently backed pro-Babylonian economic reform, and the IMF has praised him and kept the loans coming in.
Mexico became entrapped by the Babylonian financier/merchant system after President Lopez Portillo left office in 1982 (See Part 6). His successors of the dominant PRI party capitulated to the IMF and watched as policies were instituted that further accelerated the free-fall of the economy. In the early 1990's NAFTA was introduced as a remedy to the situation, but by the year 2000 things had gotten even worse. This was when the PRI fell out of power for the first time in 71 years, and Vicente Fox of the PAN was elected in what was billed a "revolution." It was no such thing. Today Fox continues the Babylonian agenda of "free trade," tax increases, privatization, and the cutback of government services. The people of Mexico are growing justifiably disenchanted with Fox's adulterous relationship with his Prostitute mistress, and they are voicing their will through the ballot box. Soon the Whore will have to seduce another puppet into doing her dirty work in Mexico.
The Merchants of the Earth
The second group that will mourn over the punishment and fall of Babylon is the merchants of the earth. Revelation describes their dismay after the great city is torched by the fire of God,
The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more-- cargoes 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; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; 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.'
The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:
'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!' 18:11-17
Babylon is the key city for the merchants of the earth, not only because it is the financial and stock market capital of the world, but also because it is the gateway to the United States which is the world's greatest consumer economy. At the end of Part 6 of this study we explained how this situation has come about, and how the primacy of the US Dollar has allowed the US to steadily change from being an economic producer and net exporter, to being predominantly a consumer and a net importer, with our multi-trillion dollar trade deficit reflecting that change. In Revelation, two whole verses list the various goods that Babylon brokers in, through which the merchants of the earth have become rich. Babylon is clearly a secular and materialistic world power, and the "fruit she longs for" is the material goods, riches and success that comes from being the center of world trade.
In the year 2000 the Institute for Policy Studies published a report (.pdf) on the top 200 global corporations. The list of "key findings" at the beginning of the study is an eye-opener and reveals much about the corruption and power of these corporations. The study also shows that 82 of these top 200 corporations are based in the United States (41%). To further demonstrate the power of the New York merchants the 2003 Fortune magazine list of the top 500 US corporations reveals that New York City has more FORTUNE 500 headquarters than any other city, and indeed all major corporations are automatically tied to New York City because of Wall Street's role as the home of the major stock markets of the United States. In world trade, all eyes look to Babylon.
The third group that will mourn over the downfall of Babylon is the shipping industry, which further enforces the fact that Babylon is a secular power based on world trade. International shipping is the backbone of the global economy, and because the USA is the world's greatest importer, and New York is the corporate capital of the world, it goes without saying that New York harbor is the most important commercial port in the world. Revelation predicts the dismay of the people associated with the shipping industry when Babylon falls,
"Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim,
'Was there ever a city like this great city?'
They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: 'Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!'
Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you." 18:17-20, NIV
Revelation concludes its description of end-times Babylon with the following words,
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. The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again.
Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth." 18:21-24, NIV
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The Prophetic Vision of A. A. Allen
Received July 4, 1954, on the top of the Empire State Building in New York City