The Last Church and State

Beyond The Economic Crisis


Revelation 2:21 - "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not."

In the 1950's and 60's a modest home could be built even under 20 thousand dollars. And then toward the end of the century began the acceleration of the housing industry for profit. And the bubble began to grow exponentially with more people falling into the temptation of unmanageable mortgages. They were looking for a large monetary gain within a short time. But the bubble-based economy of these years has popped, and now the pain is real, nothing comes from nothing.

The financial meltdown has spread out to the global community, and the turmoil menaces to frighten the world with massive unemployment, misery, hunger and the unthinkable. This problem didn't come alone, man created it with the flame of greed, extravagance and excess. And now what to hope for? The world is watching...

Meanwhile we can look to a picture in Revelation 18, which describes a time to come with an economic crisis, moral degradation, apostasy and rebellion against God, just before the Second Coming of Christ. No human being knows if we are about to land on that time or if still it is far ahead. The whole system, the political powers and the religious world fall into a state of confusion and apostasy when together they try to rule the world. That politico-religious power is called Babylon in Revelation.

In the past, Babylon was a rich and beautiful city which king Nebuchadnezzar embellished with hanging gardens and magnificent construction. But when pride and rebellion brought dishonor to the King of the Universe, Babylon fell down to the army of Cyrus de Persian on October 539 BC, and eventually it was destroyed.

Babylon today is a symbol of the religious and political powers ruling the world on the last days. "For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." (Rev. 18:3) Can we see the merchants of the earth on those who today are playing with millions of dollars mostly for their convenience?

There is a stopping point for Babylon. "For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Rev. 18:5) In Revelation 17 the Great Babylon is represented by a woman riding on a beast; meaning the church is dominating the state. Both are guilty of joint fornication before the King of the Universe. The church was established to convey the love of God to the people; and not to use the sword of the state to persecute unbelievers. "And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning. Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, Alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come..." (Rev. 18:9, 10)

"For in one hour so great riches is come to nought." (Rev. 18:17)

Don't be distracted by the economic woes, for Babylon is looking for obeisance and worship from the inhabitants of the earth. She won't hesitate to use the power of the sword to accomplish her objectives. "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads..." (Rev. 13:16, 17)

When the democratic nations succumb to the lure of the great religious powers by promising their effective means to apply restrain to the population, and accept their dominion, the cry will be heard around the globe: "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." (Rev. 14:8)

If we want to survive the coming ordeal, we have to make a definite choice. A choice to serve and obey Babylon, and perish; or a choice to serve and obey Almighty God-Creator of the Universe, whose grace and power will guide His children until they are rescued from the earth at The Second Coming of Christ. (Rev. 18:4)

A word for the last days...

The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living... They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element, and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place--that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis. Maranatha, p. 68.

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