57 Reasons Why Iraq Can Not Be Mystery Babylon–11/30/03

57 Reasons Why Iraq Can’t Be Mystery Babylon

by R.A. Coombes

An Excerpt From Volume 2 of “America, The Babylon” adopted for The A-O Report

http://www.americathebabylon.com

There are some prophecy “experts” who have proposed the theory that Iraq and the ancient archaeological site of Babylon is the location for the “Mystery Babylon” of Prophecy. That theory considers the ancient prophecies of Revelation chapters 17 and 18 primarily. Some of those experts also refer to other prophecies of Isaiah 13, 14, 18, 47, and Jeremiah 50 and 51. The theoretical lines of reasoning revolve around the central notion that the prophecies must be literal and applicable only to the ancient location site of Babylon with its current nationality being Iraq. That is the main line of proof for such a view. 

The site of ancient Babylon can be the only literal rendering of this prophecy according to those theorists. They proudly claim that they are the only, holy LITERAL interpreters of the text.  To take the text LITERALLY one must assume then, that ancient Babylon is the LITERAL Babylon of the prophecies written by the Old and New Testament authors.  Such a view assumes way too much, particularly in the translation work.  Is it possible that there could be a different and more literal view based on a sharper rendering of the original Hebrew and Greek texts?  Yes.  Why? 

This researcher has done 16 years of extensive research into such theories. The results of my research indicate that the “Iraq is Mystery Babylon” theory is incorrect and invalid. Why? It is really very simple.  Follow the exact rendering of the original Hebrew and Greek texts for themselves and you will find numerous character traits for the future nation of Mystery Babylon. Yes, I did use the term “nation” because again, what seems to be merely a city being described is not just a city. Most literally, the prophecies not only refer to a city but to cities, PLURAL.  Also the prophecies refer to farming and the farmers of Babylon.  There are no farms in a city. There are numerous character traits listed for this city/state/nation that is referred to as either “Babylon” or “Mystery Babylon”. These character traits serve as identifying markers that give us the clues as to the identity of such a city/nation. Those traits must all match perfectly to one identity. We cannot ignore some and select others. These traits are numerous and 57 of those traits clearly can not be identified with Iraq. The following list shows what traits do NOT match up with Iraq.

#1. The Jewish Population Issue: Jeremiah 50:8, 25; Jeremiah 51: 6, 45; Isaiah 48:20 and also Revelation 18:4. These are all references to Jewish people living in this future “Mystery Babylon” in the ancient Babylon, from the 6th Century BC till well into the early Church Age, the majority of the Jewish population lived in ancient Babylon. It was the home to most of the world’s Jews even in the time of Christ. Today, the largest population of Jewish people is found in the United States. The next two nations combined, Israel (home to the 2nd largest Jewish population) and Russia (home to the 3rd largest Jewish population) do not equal the population of Jewish people living in America. Iraq on the other hand has only a relative handful of Jews living within its borders. Some estimate the Jewish population in Iraq at perhaps 10,000.  That is not very many peopl e, particularly in regards to the population of most other nations hosting the Jewish remnant.  This character trait of being the lead host for Jewry is not indicative that Iraq today fulfill’s the prophecies of “mystery Babylon.” Therefore, this trait alone disqualifies the theory of “Iraq = Mystery” Babylon.

But, for those who are hard-headed, let us press on with the other 56 reasons why Iraq can NOT be Mystery Babylon based upon a literal rendering of the texts.

#2. The chief city of Mystery Babylon is a “DEEP WATER PORT CITY”!!! Revelation 18: 17-19. This passage tells us that merchant ships are standing off the shoreline of Babylon. These ships have either just unloaded in the port city of Mystery Babylon, or are waiting to dock when the fiery judgment hits. These ship captains, crew and passengers are witnesses to the destruction. Question: Why would these folks be standing on deck of merchant ships unless there were port facilities in this city? Answer: The city is a port city. In this day and age, especially by virtue of the list of commodities that are traded in “Mystery Babylon,” (see Revelation 18:11-13) there must be at least one deepwater port in the nation of Mystery Babylon. One thing can be noted regard to modern day port facitilites. In order for Babylon to have the kind of merchandise (described in Revelation 18:11-13) coming by ships then those ships must be going to and from a  DEEP WATER SEA- PORT CITY. Why? For today’s ships to bring such merchandise requires them to be large commercial freighters with DEEP drawing drafts.  These ships require deep-water port facilities to dock and load/unload because their hulls are so deep. They are BIG ships.  [Note Reason #2 seems to be like our #57 reason, but there are significant differences between them.]

Now here is the problem for the Iraq=Babylon theorists: Iraq has no deepwater seaport!!! That’s right, there is no DEEP Water port facility in all of Iraq. During GulfWar2, there were and still are small freighters coming into the little town harbor of Basra.  In a recent United States CIA publication on Iraq, the CIA noted that a significant problem with sea transport was the lack of deepwater shipping facilities.  Harbor draft measurements up the mouth of the Euphrates river to Basra are around the eight foot (that’s 8 feet) level.  That makes it hard to even get big fishing boats into the harbor. At best, draft levels further out only range to less than 20 feet. 

There is no way that the typical international commercial freighters could dock in Basra or anywhere else in Iraq’s very short shoreline because they would easily run aground and become stuck in the shallow, muddy waters. Only small ships carrying small quantities of goods can dock in Basra.  Those large ore-carrying freighters,  or big cargo container ships carrying cars or trucks are simply too big to be able to dock at the shallow harbor of Basra or any other little harbor on Iraq’s shoreline. Those super-large oil tankers can not get near to the small snippet of coastline that Iraq has because it is so shallow. The oil from Iraq is therefore either piped to Jordan, or is piped out for miles into the Persian Gulf into the deeper waters where these oil tankers won’t run aground.

But that is not all that shoots the Literalists balloon out from underneath them on this issue of deepwater port facilities.

According to the “Literalists,” Ancient Babylon, we are told must be the only literal interpretation. However, ancient Babylon is 400+ miles from the Persian Gulf and over 350 miles from Basra. The LITERAL description found in Revelation 18: 17-19 shows these huge ships will be within visual distance of the city skyline and will witness her destruction up close and personal. Being 400 miles away is just a bit too far to be able to see any kind of destruction of a city, even if it were from nuclear bombs. The curvature of the earth is just a bit too much at 400 miles even with flat terrain to be able to see what has transpired that far away.  Now although this is in itself a fatal flaw exposed in the “Iraq =  Mystery Babylon” theory it is just one of many theoretical flaws.  One thing it really points to though is how NOT Literal is the concept that Iraq is Mystery Babylon.

#3. It is the KEY Commercial Nation and Engine of Wealth for the World’s Economy: Isaiah 47:15. Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18: 3, 9, 11-13, 15, 16, 17-19, 22, 23, & 19:2. In these passages we see just what relationship Babylon enjoys with the rest of the world. Here she is clearly the critical factor in the world economy. When she goes down in flames…what is the lament? “What was like unto this mega city? Who will buy our goods now that she is gone”? The answer is that no one will be able to buy the products of the world’s merchants. What does this tell us??? It should be a clear warning indicator that whoever this nation is… the rest of the world depends on her for buying their merchandise. With her destruction, there is no one left to buy these goods. That tells us just how vital this nation is and it means this nation is the engine of wealth for the world. Now, Iraq does NOT now nor can it fit that role…at least in the next 30 years, unless the rest of the world is wiped out first. Once again, we see a character trait that Iraq does not exemplify in anyway, shape or form.

#4-#21. It is the principal Commodities Trading Center: These are all commodities in a list that are the chief trading products as cited in Rev 18:11-13, for which the merchants and sailors later lament that no one will buy these products anymore. This includes Gold, Silver and Copper. Now on these items alone… there is more Gold traded in New York City on the COMEX in one day than in all the rest of the world combined !!! The same is true for Silver and Copper and Crude Oil. In fact, the volume of trade is so heavy that in one day alone there is more gold traded than had been traded in all of human history up until 1974 when gold trading was allowed on a futures contractual basis. That is how massive and dominant the USA and NYC are in the commodities trading markets. Revelation 18: 12 & 13, lists many other commodities as well, including grains and livestock. Now, Chicago is the Host City for such record trading in that arena. It too is a port city on as it sits on Lake Michigan. The fact of the matter: Iraq has no economic power… it has no ability to be the economic engine of wealth for the whole world. If Iraq vanished from the face of the earth today it would not even cause a ripple in the world’s economy.However, if the USA vanished today it would decimate the world’s economy and bankrupt every nation on earth, instantly. In essence, there would be no one left to buy the foreigner’s goods. That’s because no one else wants to import goods. They only want to export not import. The USA is the big promoter of international trade and promotes imports plus free trade. Iraq plays no such role in the world economy. As a nation, Iraq is simply too poor.

#22. A Leading center of imports and consumption: Revelation 18: 11, 17-19. These passages tell us the economic picture of this nation. Note that this nation is not only involved in the trade of these products, but that she is also the leading importer… because when she is destroyed…”no one buys”… their merchandise anymore. The folks doing the lamenting are the international merchants who export goods to this mystery Babylon. Therefore, she is the leading import nation. She is therefore, by virtue of her importer status, the chief consuming nation. This also is not a description of Iraq. Iraq has no such status in the world today, tomorrow or the foreseeable future! It is this aspect which negates the Iraq theory…because the contention is that we are living in the “last days” and the fulfillment of the end-times prophecies are at hand. IF this is true, and I assert that it indeed is true, then how can Iraq match these character traits in so short a span of time??? Answer: she can’t. Iraq is not the nation being described. There is only one nation that fits these traits, and more. That nation is the United States of America.

#23. She is also a manufacturing nation: Revelation 18: 22. This passage tells us manufacturing is no longer found in her after the judgment. This tells us that she was a manufacturing nation prior to her destruction. Iraq is not a nation noted for manufacturing.

#24. Center for Merchandising and Marketing. Revelation 18: 3, 23; 19:2. Her merchants were the mega-merchants of the earth. This again does not fit the character traits of Iraq. It does, however, fit the picture of America.

#25. Known as the World’s “policeman”: Jeremiah 50:23 gives us a Hebrew idiom, “hammer of the whole earth.” It had been used at one time to describe the way the empires of Persia, Greece and Rome had applied their power to keep the world at peace. Today, after the decline and fall of the Iron Curtain, major news media refer to America as the world’s policeman, in the same kind of role that the Hebrew idiom references. Iraq does not fit this role.

#26. Known for “showing the flag” or “gunboat diplomacy”. Isaiah 18:1-2 Here we have two Hebrew idioms for the idea of a nation’s navy showing its power. The phrase in verse 1 relates to the idea of “air travel.” The first phrase of verse 2…”that sends ambassadors by the sea,” another Hebrew idiom for when ancient naval powers would send warships to “show the flag” of friendship or threaten war to unfriendly nations or cities. Today, one nation engages in such actions: The USA sends out naval units usually as aircraft carrier battle groups. The notion of verse 1 with air travel, combined with verse 2 and the naval aspect, thus combines to send a notion of naval and air power… or suggesting aircraft carriers!!!

#27. Noted for its elegant, luxurious, refined and rich lifestyles: Isaiah 47: 1-8; Revelation 17: 4-5; 18: 2 –24. This does not match up with Iraq, as it is not capable of reaching such levels of wealthy living standards in our lifetime.

#28. Extremely Wealthy: Jeremiah 51:13… Revelation 18: 2-19

#29. Sensual, Materialistic lifestyle: Isaiah 47: 8; Revelation 18:14

#30. The Highest Living Standards: Isaiah 47:1 Revelation 18: 14

#31. Intoxicating high-society lifestyle as a world example to emulate: Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18: 3, 14, 23.

#32. Elegant, Sumptuous lifestyle. Revelation 18: 14, 23.

#33. Noted for its bright gaudy-colored lights and nightlife with round the-clock partying. Revelation 18:14.
Note the words “dainty” and “goodly.” Dainty is a word in Greek that connotes to 24-hour parties, and is connoted with orgies and debauchery. The word for “goodly” is the Greek word “lampra” from which we get the English word for lamp. In this case it carries the idea of bright, gaudy-colored lights, with idea of “glitzy” lights. Could it be the bright lights of Broadway, Times Square or perhaps even Las Vegas???

#34. Noted for its Drugs and Drug use: Isaiah 47: 9, 12. Revelation 18:23 Do we even need to comment on this one??? I think not…the text clearly speaks for itself on this one.

#35. Noted for exporting its culture abroad: Revelation 18:14, 22

#36. Noted for being Wasteful and Extravagant: Rev 18: 3, 7, 9, 14, 15; implied in Rev 17: 2.

#37. Massive Population: Rev. 18:15. And Revelation 17: 1, 15.

#38. A land of immigrants: Jeremiah 50:16; 51:13; Rev. 17:1, 15.

#39. Unique and awe-inspiring from its birth right up to its demise: Isa. 18: 2

#40. A remarkably different heritage. Isaiah 18:2

#41. Respected-envied and yet HATED by the whole world also. Isa. 18:2

#43. Powerful and Oppressive. Isaiah 18:2

#44. Land of Rebels in its birth. Jeremiah 51: 1; Isaiah 47: 9.

#45. Cosmopolitan and Urban. Jeremiah 50:32

#46. A Land of Agriculture. Jeremiah 50: 16

#47. An International City. Revelation 17: 18; 18:15

#48. Architecture, Buildings and Skyline. Isaiah 13:22

#49. Land of Many Waters (fresh waters)> Jeremiah 51:13, 36, 42; Isa 18:1,2

#50. Where the world’s leaders “stream” to meet. Jer. 51:44; Rev. 17:18

#51. Last of the Super Powers. Jeremiah 50:12; Rev 17:18, 19; and in the Revelation 18:18 passage “what city is like the ‘mega’ city”…

#52. No Fear of Invasion. Isaiah 47:5, 8; Revelation 18: 7

#53. Defenses reach up to Outer Space Jeremiah 51:53

#54. Occult aspects Isaiah 47: 9, 12,13.

#55. Alliances/Treaties allowing physical military bases of operation for the Satanic forces. Revelation 18: 2.

#56. Its national symbol: Rev 17. Robed woman with a cup-like container in one hand that smells like natural gas odors inside the container…and the woman is connected to water and immigration…and is considered to be a mother-figure of spiritual prostitution…a.k.a. Ishtar, the mother of ‘literal’ and ‘physical’ prostitutes within religious worship centers. [That is what the Babylonian goddess Ishtar was–the promoter of physical prostitution… salvation by sex… have sex with a temple priest or priestess and you are purified from sin. And of course you pay a ‘gift offering’ for this salvation activity. Ishtar was never a physical ‘mother’… but rather a ‘madam’ over the priestesses. Ishtar was never married and never had a child but she was called “mother” of the temple priestesses. Now having said all of this… I am referring to the Statue of Liberty.

In my book, “America, The Babylon” Vol. 1, I explain the meticulous research involved that shows that the Statue of Liberty is in fact the brainchild of the sculptor Bartholdi. Later in Volume 2,  you will find even more data on this subject. I would like to note at this point that it was Bartholdi’s   idea to create the image of the goddess Liberty of Rome. You  will see later on in Volume 2 just how the Romans had in fact borrowed the Babylonian goddess.

Babylonians first worshipped Ishtar the goddess of Babylon and the Romans also adopted her but they changed the name to Libertas in Latin, (Liberty, in English). So that, the Statue of Liberty is actually a pagan idol image of Ishtar–the woman pictured in Revelation 17. If you don’t believe it…look at Revelation 17: 4 & 5. Note the word for abomination. The word used here is “bdelugma” and its root word is “bdeoh.” Strong’s Code # 946 … ” A foul thing, detestable, usually of idols … the root word means to “break wind”, or to “pass gas”… indicating the odor smells like natural gas.

Speaking of natural gas …did you know that the torch-cup of the Statue of Liberty burns an eternal flame…fueled by smelly natural gas? Also of course, the Statue is referred to as the Mother of Exiles … an immigrant connection…just as the woman of Rev. 17: 1, 15 is also connected to immigrants. So too was Ishtar. She was the goddess of personal freedom … and an encouragement to immigrants.

AND LAST BUT BY NO MEANS THE LEAST… THE MOST LITERAL OF ALL

#57. A Populated city named Babylon with a Deepwater Port.
Revelation 17:18; & 18: 11-19… Did you know that when ships coming in to the harbor facilities of New
York City make their final approach to the Harbor channel shipping lanes…they have to come in from the south… heading due North straight for a spot on Long Island called … BABYLON !!! That is right. The city of Babylon, New York features a tall water tower that ship captains use to navigate directly into the harbor channel. They come within 200 to 300 yards of the shore before turning west to head into the port. It is from this vantage point that I believe Revelation 18: 17-19 takes place.

From this vantage point…on the deck of a ship…one could quite easily read the letters of the name Babylon on the city water tower!!! Talk about literal?? Now that is indeed literal. This is something that theorists who promote the Iraq = Babylon idea can’t match, because ancient Babylon is not a deepwater seaport. It’s so far away from the ocean that it can not possibly fit the description of Revelation 18: 17-19… in no way. But the USA can… and especially its chief city… a seaport named NYC/Babylon. Also, Babylon on Long Island derived its name because immigrant Jews founded it in 1872. The group’s rabbis chose the name almost prophetically, because they believed it would be home to a new diaspora.

Why would they think this? Because rabbinical opinions had held that ancient Babylon’s power would be moved… Zechariah 5: 5-11… and Isaiah 18:1 tells us what direction it would be moving. Isaiah 18:1 says that the spirit of Babylon would move west of the most outermost boundaries of ancient Babylon’s western-most border, beyond the rivers of Ethiopia and Egypt. [That is what is meant by the KJV term “Ethiopia”] By virtue of Isaiah’s point of observation being from Jerusalem…then the direction of movement was westward from Jerusalem…beyond the most outer of Babylon’s oldest boundaries… meaning… the occultic power that fueled Babylon would move and take up residenceelsewhere in the end times.

Thus, scripture itself negates the “Iraq = Babylon” theory. Why will our “expert” scholars not accept the scriptural passages on this? Is it due to Pride? Is it due to ignorance? However, it seems to me that their hypocrisy shows. Clearly, the only logical interpretation from scripture is that it literally cannot be Iraq because the text tells us it moved. Isaiah 18:1-7 and Zechariah 5:5-11.

Early rabbinical writers commented on this well before the time of Christ. They made note that the “mystical woman of Babylon” had moved out of the Babylonian Empire and had been taken westward beyond the ancient boundaries of Babylonia. Those most westward boundaries were considered to be Egypt and Ethiopia. The woman was taken west of those two countries. They noted that the woman would not be found in its old location of Mesopotamia for the fulfillment of the final prophecies, which would be fulfilled at the coming of Messiah.

These rabbinical commentators believed that a future Babylon that was prophesied by Isaiah and Jeremiah would be located west of Egypt and Ethiopia. They believed the woman of Zechariah 5 was headed west of those boundaries and hence out of uttermost regions of Babylonia/Shinar/Chaldea. Yes, they believed she was being taken west of Egypt and Ethiopia in that basket. Why? Note that the observer’s vantage point was already in the land of Shinar.

Shinar is yet another term for the ancient nation of Babylonia or Chaldea. Therefore we must pay attention to that scriptural direction and realize that it must be a new nation that carries the old Babylonian character traits. You’ll note that the verse is indicating it is a different Shinar than the Chaldean or Babylonian land called Shinar. How do we know that? Isaiah 18:1-2 tells us from the observer’s vantage point of Jerusalem that the phrase beyond the rivers of Ethiopia is an ancient idiomatic reference to the farthest borders of Babylon at the time of Cush, father of Nimrod. Nimrod inherited that land from his father and so that Egypt and Ethiopia were the extreme western borderof Babylonia or Shinar or Chaldea.

Now, Isaiah is telling us that a future Babylon would exist at the time of the coming of Messiah and it would be located beyond the old Babylonian Empirical boundaries of Egypt and Ethiopia, which was the Cush empire that Nimrod inherited. It too was Shinar. Zechariah is then referencing that the woman is being flown out of Babylonia/Chaldea/Shinar to a new land of Shinar. This confirms what the prophet Isaiah had written earlier concerning a future Babylon being located west of the old Babylon.

There is reportedly a team of archaeological experts preparing to publish the results of many years of work in which they claim to have documentation that the Babylonians occupied North America and Mexico as colonies as early as around 3,000 BC. If this were true then it may further highlight and underscore the reason for these statements made by the prophets and the rabbinical commentaries.
We do know this…that the nation being referred to is none other than … …

Ancient Babylon Or Iraq Can Not Be Mystery Babylon–12/19/04

Ancient Babylon or Iraq Can NOT Be Mystery Babylon

Two More Reasons Why

by R.A. Coombes Author of: “America, The Babylon” Volumes 1 and 2

Updated 12-19-04

In “America, The Babylon” chapter 4 of Volume 2 you will find a chapter entitled: “57 Reasons Why Mystery Babylon Can NOT be Iraq.” Volume 2 was published in 2002 and since its release, a popular wave of interest has developed in the Christian Prophecy publishing world for the theory that Iraq or more narrowly defined by some, “ancient Babylon” is the Mystery Babylon.

One author has published a book on that subject who is familiar at least with Volume 1 of America, The Babylon because he criticized it in an earlier book, but oddly, he couldn’t refute its claims. He tried to make the argument that taking the scriptures literally about Mystery Babylon means that Mystery Babylon’s identity has to be that of ancient Babylon. He admits that Revelation may indeed by using symbolism. We disagree with his literalness notions.

We think Revelation 17 is literally describing America. We think Revelation is referring to the most extended city on an island, which is the farthest out to sea on the approach to its chief city’s harbor. We refer to the city of Babylon, Long Island. No other location in the world has that name. Is it ironic or prophetic that the first inhabited city to come into view from ocean freighters and cruise ships is Babylon?  Of course, this article isn’t about debating that issue but it is one of the minor yet interesting points.

We mentioned one author and note that other authors out there publishing books or articles in the past 2 years apparently are unfamiliar with our books or articles on AO – OR – they’re afraid to respond to it and ignore it, hoping it will go away.

The Volume 2, Chapter 4 article entitled: “57 Reasons” really needs updating because we overlooked one reason. It is arguably the most critically important of all the reasons. It is the most compelling reason of all and it literally kills the debate on the theory regarding Iraq or Babylon as being Mystery Babylon.

There is also another reason why Iraq or ancient Babylon cannot be Mystery Babylon. This last reason is due to developments that have occurred since the publication of Volume 2.

These two reasons actually make the original debate argument add up now to 59 Reasons Why Iraq and Ancient Babylon Can NOT Be Mystery Babylon.

So what are these two reasons and why are they so important? Let’s explore the answer to those questions further.

 

Reason # 58 Why Iraq Can Not Be Mystery Babylon

The first reason has to do with other prophetic passages. The promises made to Abraham regarding a Promised Land were for Abraham and his descendants and the lands were far more extensive than ever used by Israel up until this point in time.

Often overlooked by many Bible Prophecy “experts” are the prophecies concerning the future borders of Israel when Jesus Christ returns and establishes new borders for Israel’s Millennial Kingdom that will finally fulfill the promises made to Abraham and his descendants.

Israel’s future borders will be extended eastward to encompass much of what today is called Iraq. The area will include all of the old Hittite and Chaldean Empire. Joshua 1:4 notes that it will include “ALL” of the land, which means the ancient site of Babylon and all of Babylonia are to be part of the new Messianic Israel. Scholars now believe that the Chaldeans originally were the Hittites. Not only is the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 15:18-20 [and the Hittite empire is mentioned (which included Babylon) ] but again in Deuteronomy 1:7 to Moses and again to Joshua in Deuteronomy 11:24.

These Messianic prophecies come into direct conflict with the identity theory, which proposes that Iraq or ancient Babylon is the Mystery Babylon of Bible Prophecy. The conflict arises because the Babylon prophecies indicate that the land of Babylon and all of her cities and the land will remain uninhabited forever.

On the other hand, the millennial kingdom land will be inhabited and prosperous. Clearly, we have a problem in linking the two together.

If Mystery Babylon is Iraq and ancient Babylon then it cannot be part of the Messianic Kingdom of Jesus Christ because it cannot be both occupied and unoccupied at the same time. We have a clear-cut contradiction for which the Bible never contradicts itself. The contradiction is a result of misunderstandings, misapplications, and misinterpretations of the scriptural passages.

Were this the only problem, there might be some way of seeing some sort of work-around resolution, theoretically, but in our earlier cited article and chapter there were 57 other reasons listed besides this present one we are discussing and a another equally problematic issue we’ll raise next in this article.
Reason #59 Why Iraq Can Not Be Mystery Babylon

The second of these two reasons we’ve mentioned is one that developed as a result of Gulf War 2, otherwise known as “Operation Iraqi Freedom” in which the USA invaded Iraq in March of 2003 and has maintained empirical control over that conquered nation ever since. Of course, America’s reason was benign. It was only in the name of “nation-building” Iraq into a “democracy” and removing a despot who threatened the world. It had nothing to do with the US wanting to get its hands on the oil. Of course, not, but just remember, pigs can fly, too.

In the American campaign that conquered the land of ancient Babylon, U.S. forces used a radioactive material in its artillery and anti-tank ammunition that has now contaminated large swaths of land in Iraq including the land area of and around the ancient archaeological site of Babylon. The radioactivity is due to US Army special ammunition called “depleted uranium” ammo. The contamination is so serious that it will remain a problem and a serious obstacle to rebuilding that nation for years to come. For more on this issue we have written a special article covering this serious issue. Just click here to read it.

Because of depleted uranium contamination as well as the current turmoil and ethnic splintering, it is not practicable to expect Iraq or ancient Babylon to be rebuilt into the world’s number one super power or world capital for many generations to come. If we indeed are in the “end-times” it is not feasible for the sudden development from scratch of Iraq becoming a world super-power, militarily or economically. Of course, ancient Babylon would have to move south 300 miles and dig a deep harbor in the Persian Gulf to accommodate the big ocean freighters in order to match the description of Revelation 18:9-19. Of course, Iraq has no deep-water ports to accommodate any large ocean freighter or tanker. Oil tankers have to dock at special pipeline facilities about 20 miles from shore because the shoreline areas are just too shallow to accommodate normal commercial ocean vessels (with the exception of fishing boats).

As it now stands, Iraq is on the verge of splintering into perhaps three different states as we enter the year 2005. Again, ethnically speaking, Iraq and its people are not in a position to rapidly, build an entity that meets the prophetic criteria for a future, Mystery Babylon.

Therefore, we find scriptural contradictions to the theory that Mystery Babylon is Iraq or ancient Babylon. We also find extreme contra-indications that Iraq or ancient Babylon could be built into the defined requirements within a few generations.

We also see no practical way for ancient Babylon to become a deep-water ocean port (as per Revelation 18:11-19) when it is 300 miles from the still-shallow shores of the Persian Gulf. Also, remember that Iraq has no deep-water port facilities. Iraq is primarily, and for all practical purposes, a land-locked nation.

The theory that Iraq or ancient Babylon is the future, Mystery Babylon is just that, a theory that contradicts scripture and overwhelmingly fails to meet the 59 points of criteria.

Zechariah’s Ephah Vision–12/4/05

Zechariah’s Ephah Vision

A Short Study
By R.A. Coombes, Author of: “America, The Babylon”

Editor’s Note: This study was initially posted in 2003, but was updated in December of 2005 by adding empirical content and images which helps the reader visualize the matchups between the woman of Zechariah 5 and of a nation in existence in 2005. If you know of someone who has always thought America was founded as a Christian nation then email them this article or link to this webpage and prepare them in advance with a warning that what they are about to read is unbelievable – but the documentation is without question. It comes straight from the US Government archives of the US Library of Congress and the office of The Architect of the Capitol. It doesn’t get anymore authoritative than that. We expect those who are unfamiliar with this information who are patriotic American Christians are going to squirm in their seats as they read this and check out the weblinks that thoroughly document every claim made. Keep in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg of information about America’s Satanic birth. There is a lot more proof that America was born to Satan’s cause and her founding fathers were primarily Satanists masquerading as pretend “Christians” called “Deists.” Perhaps we’ll have a separate article posted someday on the shocking secret writings of the key founding fathers of America. For more information though on how America is the Mystery Babylon of Bible Prophecy, read the book: “America, The Babylon: Volumes 1 and 2” with more than 600+ pages that prove America is the mysterious Babylon of the prophetic future. Visit the website by clicking here.

There is one interesting vision of Zechariah that some believe sheds light on the issue of a future Babylon in Biblical prophecy. This researcher has considered it for many years in pursuit of research into the Mystery Babylon subject. It has been considered by this researcher to be less relevant to the prophetic issue regarding the identity of Mystery Babylon because it simply lacks significant, direct details to the subject. It does however, perhaps help us realize that ancient Babylon’s role in prophecy had itself ended. Of course such notions are subject to debate depending upon one’s viewpoint on the issue itself of Mystery Babylon identity.

Zechariah 5: 5-11 has been a cornerstone of the theory by proposed by some that ancient Babylon must be restored to role of world leadership and thus become the Mystery Babylon. Zechariah 5: 5-11 is claimed by some to underscore their proof to such a theory. We would beg to disagree. Instead, we believe this passage points to the notion that the “mystery religion” of ancient Babylon abandoned that city for a future prophetic role in another geographical location in the “end times.” We will prove this point during the course of this analysis.

Before we begin to take an in-depth look at the passage, it would serve us all to the best to take a broad overview of the context that the vision is set within. Once we have noted the context we can then proceed to examine the specific contents of the vision itself in detail.

Context of Zechariah’s vision of 5:5-11
Zechariah most likely wrote this and the first chapters of the book in approximately 520 B.C. It is unclear as to where he was geographically when he wrote this book. We believe that he was in Jerusalem at the time of the writing of the book. The real question here though is this: Where was Zechariah physically when he beheld this vision found in chapter 5 verses 5-11? Was he located geographically in Jerusalem when he witnessed this vision or was he transported somewhere else like with the Apostle John in his visions of Revelation? We do not know conclusively. The text does not clearly tell us. It does however seem likely to us that the prophet was taken supernaturally into a special dimension of sorts to observe the event he would later write about. This seems to have happened with all the prophets and indeed, just two chapters earlier we see this when Zechariah sees Joshua and Satan standing before God. Indeed, in chapter 4 we note similar circumstances to that of Daniel in which Zechariah is seemingly aroused from a deep slumber. It is as if he’s being hypnotized and then awakened to see the vision then put back to sleep with an ability to later remember all that he had seen. This seems to have carried forth into the next vision of the flying scroll and then again with the vision of the flying “ephah.”

So that we should note again, where is Zechariah’s vantage point when he observes this “flying ephah?” Is it from the vantage point of Jerusalem? Is it the vantage point of Babylon? Or is it the vantage point of an intermediate heavenly realm, not the the third heaven perhaps but the second heaven? We cannot be sure on any point but we do think that the ephah, which he saw had left the ancient Babylonian site. We think it was headed to a new Babylon, a new land of Shinar, a new Babylonia of the future — at the time of the “end of the age” at the time of the coming of Messiah.

Before we begin our analysis, let’s look at the actual text in question from the KJV.

Zechariah 5:5
Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what [is] this that goeth forth.

Verse 6
And I said, What [is] it? And he said, This [is] an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This [is] their resemblance through all the earth.

Verse 7
And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this [is] a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

Verse 8
And he said, This [is] wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

Verse 9
Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind [was] in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

Verse 10
Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?

Verse 11
And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

Textual Analysis Verse by Verse

Verse 5
Note that we have the angel directing Zechariah to “look up” and observe something “flying” through the air. We note that whatever it was, it must have been at some distance because it was hard for Zechariah to recognize it. Why do we say that? Look at verse 6.

Verse 6
Now apparently what transpires occurs after the object is brought down to ground level. Zechariah asks “what is it?” He wouldn’t have asked if he’d known the answer. Note that the angel tells him it is an “ephah.” An ephah was a basic unit of measurement linked to agriculture primarily. It was like our English equivalent of a ‘bushel basket.’ In fact it is reported that an ephah is equal to 1 and 1/12th of an English bushel basket in content. That means the object itself was not very big, at least on the outside. Now in noting this word’s meaning we would be remiss if we did not also note that the word can be used for an object or vessel that contains something and it doesn’t have to specifically refer to a measurement or specific size. To simplify our understanding here, the verse may be attempting to use the word at its most basic level of meaning, that of a container of an unknown size. We note that while Zechariah would be familiar with an ordinary “ephah” – he was unable to recognize the object as an ordinary unit of measurement. We can conclude that this object was not an ordinary unit of measurement type of container. It might have been smaller than the traditional “ephah” of measurement or it might have been larger, even substantially larger. We simply do not even know for sure the general size of the object that Zechariah saw.

Now, let us note something else. Ephahs are not flying objects in and of themselves. This helps us explain why Zechariah could not identify it. Zechariah was not used to seeing a flying bushel basket. If it were the traditional flying basket he still would likely have been able to identify it as such, but the text indicates that he had no clue as to what the object was and therefore he had to ask. Now, also note that he was asked to explain what it was by the angel. Why? I suspect the angel wanted to know if he could guess as to what it was. Apparently it was an object that truly did NOT look like the ordinary “ephah.” (basket of measurement). So what was the object?

We would speculate that perhaps it was some sort of an unidentified flying object. Perhaps it was a space satellite or space capsule?

Now we should note something very curious in the second part of the verse.

Zechariah 5:6b
This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

Now in doing extensive research on this passage, I happened to come upon a comment by the Protestant reformer, John Calvin. He noted in his commentary on the book that the term found in the KJV as “resemblance” is better translated as “eye.” It is Strong’s

Code # 5869 = “ah-yin”- Dr. Strong and Gesenius both point out its most literal meaning is “eye.” So Calvin also agrees with two key lexographers on this point.

John Calvin’s translation changes “resemblance” to “eye” because it is the more ancient in meaning.

This is the measure that goes forth, and this is their eye in all the earth.

Now we should ask a very important question. Who is “their” referring to? Note that it is a plural. Then we raise a second question. To whom does “eye” refer? Still a third question to be raised: Why is “eye” singular when the pronoun “their” is plural?

Below: Could it be referring to the ‘eye’ as shown below?

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 or the eye of the Illuminati? as seen below:

or the eye of the Illuminati? as seen below:

eye of the Illuminati

Could it be the “eye in the sky?” A satellite system. Here’s the US NRO logo. Notice the dot on the ring around Earth. This represents the NRO as the “eye” in the sky or “satellite” as the NRO primarily is linked with satellite monitoring of Earth.

Could it be the “eye in the sky?” A satellite system. Here’s the US NRO logo. Notice the dot on the ring around Earth. This represents the NRO as the “eye” in the sky or “satellite” as the NRO primarily is linked with satellite monitoring of Earth.

NRO Logo 

Question: “Eye” refers to who? – whose eye? And why is it SINGULAR?

Who is “their”? Why is it in a plural form and parked next to a singular noun? Why? Why? Why? To find the answer let us look again at the text for just the exact word utterance by the angel.

“This is the vessel that goes forth. This is their eye through all the earth”

Note the linkage between the noun (direct object) “vessel” (ephah) and the word “eye.” The vessel is an “eye” and it belongs to “their.” Who is “their?” “Their” apparently owns the “vessel” and it has an “eye” ability. The vessel is like an eye — it can “see.” Note that it can see “through” or “throughout” or all around the earth.

Now if this “vessel” can see all around the earth, and it can fly, can we get an idea of what it might actually be? I submit to you that it is at the most likely some sort of flying craft.

So again, who is “their?” It is some people that own a flying object that is able to see all around the planet earth. This at the minimum, would then imply the ability to be at a fair altitude. We suspect that it is at the least something able to climb to a fairly high altitude as with a helicopter or jet plane or a spacecraft of some sort. Now, whether that object is an actual manned craft or an unmanned satellite is not clear. We say this with the idea that the woman is the symbol of a nation but more on that idea at a later point.

We could also note that perhaps there is a linkage between the object and the idea that the object is a spy satellite. Spy satellites have been euphemistically referred to as an “eye” in the sky. Could this be what the text is referring to? We happen to think this is most likely the case.

We do note that the object must have been of some solid construction because it was able to support a lead talent of about 94 pounds in weight. We would guess that the actual object itself was constructed of some sort of durable but unidentified metal. Perhaps the object in question is a shipping crate of some unspecified size. It is apparently big enough to contain an adult female in a sitting position inside the object. The object is big enough to support a sizable lead talent that functions much like a lid or a ‘hatch.’ We suspect though that there is dual symbolism in the term “talent.” We suspect that it also may refer to the coin called a “talent.” If so, then the woman herself we suspect would have a likeness engraved on that talent-coin.

Below is a coin mold of an Ishtar coin – thought by experts to date to about or around 200 B.C. (but it could be later or earlier).Note that there are two tall females depicted as well as  two small beings one above the other. It also appears that some smaller entity is hovering or flying in front of one of the females. In the background left appears to be some sort of entity with a tail. We find it interesting that this picture displays a similar character to the Zechariah passage. Please note: The very first coin ever minted was from Ishtar’s Temple in Babylonia. The Ishtar/Inanna religion invented the very concept of money and called “the shekel.” Archaeologists date their finding to at least the 3rd Millennia B.C. if not earlier.  (Note: Inanna was an earlier dialect name for Ishtar.)

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Above: Several surviving relics depicting Ishtar

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Above: Ishtar of Power – holding a torch and headdress

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Above: Ishtar again with sheafs of wheat – connecting again to the Zech 5 grain connection of scales

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Above: Ishtar with the torch of Liberty, Enlightening the World

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Above: Ishtar with a cup – see Revelation 17:4-5

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Above is a Roman coin of the Roman Goddess Libertas – the first version of Ishtar of Babylon being worshipped by the Romans beginning about 600 B.C. Below: is another version of the Roman goddess Libertas/Ishtar. By 400 B.C. the limited Ishtar doctrines were merged with the rest of Ishtar’s dogma and Libertas began to be worshipped primarily as Venus, although the Libertas cult remained through the first century A.D.  according to these coins. However, her origins were from Babylon’s Ishtar, the goddess of Liberty and Freedom of Babylon and also known as “The MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS.” Roman senator Cicero notes that the Libertas cult was devoted to religious prostitution and was the original goddess of Prostitutes. (see more details in “America, The Babylon: Volume 2”)

Below: An American Coin of Ishtar of Babylon but called by her Roman goddess name of Libertas. This coin was struck by the founding fathers at the birth of the nation. Notice how on the reverse side, the goddess is dressed similarly to the Roman version and some Babylon versions with the headdress, spear, etc.

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Below: The more famous version of the Goddess Libertas known as The Goddess of Liberty or the Statue of Liberty designed by Freemason Frederic Bartholdi who sculpted the statue to be his artistic interpretation of the Roman Goddess Libertas – who was the early Roman version of the Babylonian chief goddess Ishtar. For more on the Statue of Liberty connection to Ishtar-Mother of the Harlots – click here for Idols of America

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It is now appropriate to consider the identity of this woman. We find that in verse 8 she is referred to as “wickedness.” She is treated with disdain and appropriately so under the circumstance. But verse 8 does not really give us a clue as to her identity. In fact the only clue to her identity comes in verse 11, but let’s not get ahead of our analysis.

Verses 9 tells us about two women who have the ability to fly in the atmosphere and are able to pick up and carry the “ephah” which contains the wicked woman. The women are described as having wings like that of a stork.

Verse 10 Zechariah asking where the women are taking the ephah. Verse 11 concludes the vision with the angel’s answer. They are taking the woman in the ephah to the land of Shinar to build her a temple. When it is finished they will set the ephah on a “pedestal” or base. The implication here is that the woman is a goddess or statue of a goddess who will have a pedestal for her statue to stand upon. The building of a temple indicates that the land she is going to does not already have any temples for her.

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ABOVE: Statue of Liberty and her “temple” or “base” Please note that the base of the statue is huge and houses the museum and tourist center for visitors. BELOW: An aerial view better showing the occult star symbolism of the pedestal of the statue of Liberty. The pedestal was also a Masonic design linking it with secret Babylonian occult symbolism in its layout. The base is a “temple” of its own to the statue – Ishtar, chief goddess of Babylon – also known by her worshippers as “THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS” – a holy term of great reverence for Ishtar worshippers in Babylon.

Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is not the only statue likeness of Ishtar in America today. In fact, the Statue of Liberty is not the first sculptored impression of Ishtar in America. That distinction falls to what is known as the Statue of the goddess of Freedom/Liberty also known as more succintly as The Statud of Freedom which stands atop the US Capitol Dome. It was posted to the dome top of the Capitol in November of 1863 during the American Civil War. It was the work of another Freemason sculptor, Thomas Crawford.

Goddess Of Freedom
Above: The goddess of Freedom or goddess of Liberty in close-up. She stands atop US Capitol Dome

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Above: The original Statue of Freedom design – It was modified after Jefferson Davis complained the “liberty” hat might trigger an uprising of black slaves. So the entire sculpture was redesigned so as not to offend those who later became Confederates in the Civil War. Note how the original look is much like that of ancient renderings of Ishtar of Babylon. The sculptor, Thomas Crawford went back to the drawing board and envisioned how the goddess Libertas (Ishtar) might dress if in primitive, or colonial America.

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Above: Broad view of US Capitol building and dome with goddess of freedom atop dome

Note that the US Capitol was called originally “The Temple of Justice and Faith” of which the goddess of Freedom/Liberty (also known as the goddess Libertas and Ishtar – MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS and chief goddess of Babylon ) stands ‘guard’ over her temple below.

Could it be that Zechariah 5: 11 is referring to the US Capitol Building and the Goddess of Freedom aka Ishtar atop the dome and her “Temple” below? If you think we’re making this up, visit the US Library of Congress webpage link below and take a look for yourself at the “temple” terminlogy.”

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/s3.html+US+Capitol+Mars&hl=en

Note the title of the page is “Temple of Justice and Faith” Later reference as Temple of Liberty

Thornton Sketches Free-Standing Temple Design William Thornton

Comparison Between Temple of Liberty and Nearby Log Cabins

 

FURTHER PROOF NEEDED????

Still stunned by this information coming directly from US Government official records? Don’t feel bad. We were too, the first time we were exposed to it. BUT THERE’S MORE !

Check out this linked page below:
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/s0.html

“Temple of Liberty – Building a Capitol for a New Nation”
Yes, the secret name – or the “Mystery Doctrine” name of the US Capitol Building is “Temple of Liberty” – which is the same as saying “The Temple of Ishtar” or “The Temple of the MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS.”

But Wait – It gets Worse
The next link tells us that the building itself was designed to be a version of the pagan temple dedicated to all the gods of Rome – (Rome copied the idea from Babylon) So we really have a building called that is the combination of the Temple of Ishtar-Liberty and the temple dedicated to all of the ancient gods of Rome/Babylon. AND

WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS???

George Washington & Thomas Jefferson – see the link below:

“The Most Approved Plan”

“The entries were disappointing to the judges — Washington, Jefferson, and the Commissioners of the District of Colombia.”

“The Roman Pantheon — the circular domed rotunda dedicated to all pagan gods — was suggested by Jefferson, who later shepherded it through several transformations.”

There is more than that quote-but that alone should be enough.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/s2.html

Ancient Roman Pantheon Inspires Jefferson’s Capitol Design Antoine Desgodetz “Elevation de la face du Pantheon, a Rome,” in Les edifices antiques de Rome. Paris: Claude-Antoine Jombert, 1779 Engraving in book Rare Book and Special Collections Division Library of Congress (33)

Washington Advises on Capitol Design Stephen Hallet [Elevation of Fourth Design for Capitol], 1793 Ink and Water color on paper Prints and Photographs Division Library of Congress (58)

Here below is another quote and link to a separate webpage from the official website of the office of The Architect of the Capitol. Here you’ll find one short sentence admitting the design of the Capitol was made in mind of the Roman Pantheon.

“Conceived in the age of neoclassicism, the Rotunda was intended to recall the Pantheon, the ancient Roman temple.”

http://www.aoc.gov/cc/capitol/rotunda.cfm

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Above: The Roman Pantheon still stands today in Rome

And before construction was started, the cornerstone of the Capitol was laid in a special Occult-Masonic ceremony presided over by George Washington in his masonic apron. Below is a later engraving of that ceremony.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/seventy.jpg

BUT WAIT! There’s MORE!

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Above: Entrance to the US Capitol Bldg. To the right of the door is an inset of a statue of Baal one of the chief gods of Babylon. Below: A clearer picture of Baal who was known also as Mardok/Marduk/Merodach in Babylon. The Greeks borrowed the religion from the Babylonians and called him Mars as did the Romans. The scultpor of this work envisioned Baal/Mars/Ares dressed in Greek military attire.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/ksixteen.jpg

baal-stands-guard 

Oh by the way, the first American symbol – even before the Revolution started was “the snake”

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/one.jpg

Okay, Now Back To Our Textual Study of Zechariah 5
Now many commentators and prophecy experts have concluded that this passage is referring to the land of Shinar as being ancient Babylon. The woman of wickedness is also identified by most of these same experts as being the same woman found in Revelation chapter 17 and 18. We would agree with such a conclusion but would go further. We would identify the woman as being the original chief goddess of ancient Babylon called Ishtar (a.k.a. Inanna). She was also adopted later by the Greeks, Assyrians, Egyptians and Romans as their chief goddess. She went by the names of: Ashtoreth, Astarte, Aphrodite, Isis, Libertas, and eventually Venus. She held many titles in Babylon such as:

Mother of Harlots, Queen of Heaven, Goddess of Liberty/Freedom, Goddess of Love, Goddess of War, and many other titles too numerous to mention here.

Most significantly was her title as “Mother of Harlots” and also the goddess of Liberty and Freedom. She promoted the doctrine of salvation by holy sex. Yes, your sins would be forgiven by engaging in religious sexual relations with a surrogate for the goddess, a priestess (or priest). During such an activity, the worshipper became “one with the goddess” or united with the goddess and one’s sins were ‘washed away.” As a result, the worshipper would provide a monetary donation into an offering box and thus was born the concept of prostitution. In its creation, prostitution was regarded as holy and a sinless activity. Only later in history when such activity was devoid of religious context connotation was it regarded as sinful in the eyes of the Babylonians. The Ishtar concept was a Satanic attempt to pervert the true gospel of salvation. Perhaps now you can see why it was considered so wicked and evil. It was an attack on God’s plan of salvation.

Now as we consider the last verse more carefully we should note the following.

The two women were going to fly the goddess to a place that did not already have a temple or a pedestal/base for her. If this were ancient Babylon, then such facilities already existed. In fact, her temples still exist in parts of Iraq and Syria.

It may also be possible that the “eye” reference of verse 6 is referring to another doctrinal aspect of Ishtar that is found more prevalently today in the Egyptian aspects of her doctrine. As Isis (or Aphrodite/Astarte in Greek) she is connected to the “Eye of Horus/Baal in connection with the pyramid/ziggurat bearer of enlightenment of the sungod Utu/Shamesh. The seeing ‘eye’ of Horus is found in many United States of America symbols including the governmental seals and paper money. Take a look at your one dollar bill and on the back you will find a pyramid with the seeing ‘eye’ of Horus at the top. It is a Freemasonry symbol. It is even found on the new The Office of Information Awareness seal. (OIA).

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Above: You can readily notice the “seeing eye” concept in official American government symbolism. The latest example is the new Office of Information Awareness – an agency spawned in the wake of 9-11 to assist in fighting terrorism within the Homeland Security program.

Now having shown you all of the visuals relating the “woman” also known as Ishtar, chief goddess of Babylon and how America has picked up on her icons let’s return and conclude our study..

Now why is it that this woman cannot be Ishtar going back to Iraq? In part because in Iraq, there are already temples for her and always have been. It doesn’t make sense for the woman to be flown away to a place where she already lived.

After all if she represents Babylon, the temples are already there. Also, if Babylon were to stay in the same place she would have been placed in a pit to be uncovered at a later time during the rebuilding phase. There is no indication in the text of rebuilding. It only indicates NEW construction, and implies to a place previously unknown or unaware of her doctrines. The text implies she is going to a new residence in a new land of Babylon moving west of the old Babylon empire, which stretched out west of Egypt through portions of Libya to the northwest coast of Africa.

Isaiah 18:1 & 2 and Zechariah 5 had been referred to by some American Jewish rabbis [who helped found the city of Babylon, New York (on Long Island) in the 19th century as the “new Babylon” for Jewry] as a proof text. They interpreted the text to be indicating that a future Babylon would be built west of and far beyond the old outer empire boundaries of ancient Babylon. This is why the Isaiah 18:2 text references “beyond the rivers of Cush.” The direction of reference is that of looking westward from Jerusalem and towards Egypt and Libya which were the westernmost boundaries of Babylon in its ultimate heyday when Nimrod took over the empire from his father Cush. Not that Cush made his home in Egypt and ran the original Babylonian empire from Egypt. Nimrod moved east and established the actual “Babel” city itself and incorporated his father’s Egyptian portions upon inheritance. It was at this time that Babylon’s westernmost border ran nearly to the western coasts of Africa and the Atlantic ocean.

Note that Isaiah18, verse 2 describes a future Babylon that is BEYOND the rivers of Cush or westwards from Jerusalem. It means that whatever is being referenced does lie westward beyond the outermost boundaries of Egypt/Libya and out of the old original borders of Babylon.

Two Bible Prophecy Theories Going Down In Flames–4/3/06

Two Bible Prophecy Theories Are Going Down In Flames

Two prominent Bible Prophecy identity theories are going down in flames these days and recent events are underscoring the facts that Iraq cannot be Mystery Babylon and Russia can not be Magog of the Ezekiel 38/39 prophecies. How so? Let’s look at the latest developments of each separately.

Civil War In Iraq
But Its Unofficial

The first theory we’ll look at is the idea identity theory of Mystery Babylon being rebuilt in Iraq or that Iraq is Mystery Babylon. The newly developing sectarian violence in Iraq is showing us that such developments mean that there can be no such super-power arising from that land for many generations to come at best.

If we assume that Bible Prophecy is near fulfillment, then we have to rule out Iraq or its land as being the place for a rebuilt Babylon of Bible Prophecy. We are basing this argument on empir-ical grounds alone. However, we’ve noted  in previous articles that textually, it is impossible for a Mystery Babylon to be located in Iraq due to 59 textual reasons within the written text which tell us otherwise. Most notably is the Messianic prophecies that contradict the theory that Iraq is Babylon.

Messianic prophecies indicate that much of Iraq including the ancient site of Babylon will be part of Christ’s millennial kingdom. The Babylon prophecies however state that Babylon the nation and not just the city (meaning Iraq) will be destroyed and never inhabited. Indeed, it will fall under the waves of the sea/ocean. That can’t happen for Iraq because it is to be populated by Jews and lived in because of the Messianic Prophecies stating it will be part of Christ’s kingdom fulfilling the prophecies given to Abraham, Moses and Joshua. But we digress.

Our point is to note that events in Iraq now underscore the utter foolishness of the theory that Iraq is the future Super-Babylon of Prophecy. Why? Because Iraq is really in civil war now and some experts are beginning to openly admit it, despite protests from the Bush administration to the contrary.

So we ask: When is a civil war a civil war?

Technically, an internal conflict within a nation is only called a civil war when governments recognize it as a civil war. In the case of Iraq, there is no real government and the real authority is an outside nation (America) whose leadership has a desperate political need not to admit that astate of civil war now exists inside Iraq.

SpaceWar.com is a website of military and intelligence analysts who, like a baseball umpire, call events as they see them. That website is now admitting and proving that what is now happenning in Iraq really constitutes a civil war.

Space.com notes that many other conflicts in history, including recent history have been
labelled civil war with far few casualties and violence than Iraq has experienced.

Yes, Iraq is indeed in civil war and the entity we’ve known as Iraq is about to shatter into
pieces, leaving the area to fester much like central Africa without the ability to become a
Super-Babylon of Bible Prophecy. But we already knew that anyway. The question is when will
the Charles Dyers and Tim LaHaye’s of the Christian world of Bible Prophecy finally realize
this? Probably not until its too late.

For Space.com’s article proving the point that Iraq, for all practical purposes is now experiencing civil war – click here.

Now let’s examine the second theory that is going down in flames.
That would be the theory that Russia is Magog.

Is Russia Magog?
News Headline:

Russia Abandons Military Parity With America

Here’s the story: [Corroborating link]

Russia’s top military leaders admitted on Monday that Russia can no longer remain equal with the USA. Russia is (and has been for some time) abandoning its military role as a force to be reckoned with, and is apparently attempting to shift focus on becoming an economic power through its vast natural resources, especially energy. Monday’s announcement merely confirms the reality many of us have known for some time now.

Russian leaders noted that NATO outnumbers Russia, 4 to 1, in number of soldiers in uniform. Russia’s top general says that Russia’s only ability is to defend itself from invasion and has no desire to seek adventure outside its borders. The reality is that it couldn’t do so anyway, even if it wanted to.

Please note that there are MORONS out there in the world who are most likely Illuminists or are shills for the Illuminists that are spreading fears that Russia and China are on the verge of attacking the United States and destroying America. Is J.R. Nyquist and Illuminist or an unknowing shill for the Illuminist agenda? Has Nyquist been fed disinformation and repeating it or is he following instructions as an agent of the New World Order? One thing we know, that he and others like himself are only promoting the NWO agenda whether they realize it or not.

Nyquist and others still beat the drum promoting a Red Menace from Russia and China threat-ens America.

The China Threat?
This is complete and utter nonsense. Neither nation has any such capabilities at this time or any time soon. Perhaps China will have such a capability in the next 20 years, but not now. They have a hard time creating anything new that has any quality or reliability to it. They are good however at copying things. Sometimes of good quality and sometimes of inferior quality.

The Russian Threat?
Russia’s military has rusted out due to a lack of money and spirit. The Russian people  have discovered capitalism and materialism. They like those ideas far better than militarism, which in itself was primarily a concept of Russian leadership not the ordinary Russian citizen.

How Does This Affect Bible Prophecy Interpretation?

At this point in time, Russia does not have the ability to realistically launch an invasion of Israel with the hope that it could accomplish anything except disaster. We don’t see Russia as being Magog of Ezekiel 38, 39. We dropped the identity theory that Russia was Magog about 20 years ago when our deeper research showed that Hal Lindsey and others dogmatically claimed Russia was Magog.

The facts simply do not support such a conclusion. AO featured a 2-part article on this subject a year or two ago. You may want to read or re-read it again for why we come to such a conclu-sion, from strictly a textual standpoint.

What we are witnessing now is empirical evidence that merely confirms our own thinking and disavows the theory dogmatically asserted by Lindsey and others that Russia is absolutely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, Russia.

If we didn’t know better, and maybe we don’t, we’d wonder if Hal Lindsey was merely a shill for the Illuminists and their NWO agenda. The last thing the Illuminists want is for a vast majority of true Christians to recognize in advance who the key players are in their vast conspiracy to bring the Antichrist to power. This would include the Illuminists desire for Christians to be misinformed about the true identity of Magog and Gog – its leader. They also apparently don’t want Christians to realize who is Mystery Babylon. Again, they don’t want American Christians to wake up and try to stop their plans. They also don’t want Christians to know about them-selves either.

As long as Christians remain ignorant of Satan’s truly key players Christianity can only be tossed too and fro by the whims of Satanic forces. That is what is happening now particularly with Christians in America. Many of our readers from around the world contact us asking
why it is so apparent to belivers outside the United States that America is Babylon, yet most American Christians can’t seem to see it.

We guess the old saying is correct about not seeing the forest for the trees.

We, at AO see the Mystery Babylon identity all the time as being America.

We have also been made aware by some of our readers that the prophetic spiritual blindness is intensifying among the online Bible Prophecy Discussion Boards/Forums. This is sad. Some forums, such as Rapture Ready have become heretical in their attempts to bannish anyone who proposes alternate theories on Mystery Babylon and other identity theories in Bible Prophecy. We don’t really pay any attention to such boards per se, but we are disturbed to hear
of such things.

One thing we need to remember is this. Theories are theories but there are times when develop-ing events show that a given theory is absolutely invalid. Such is and has been the case all along with regards to the theory that Iraq is Mystery Babylon. It is a theory that Satan wants everyone to swallow, while the real Babylon remains unrecognized by most of God’s people. We think and theorize that America is Mystery Babylon, but we do caveat that statement by noting that we could be wrong. We don’t think so, but its possible. There is no absolute proof in scripture for explicitly identifying who is this Mystery Babylon nation, and it is a nation not a city and not a religion per se. Some say its an organization, we’d give that notion a greater likelihood than that its merely a city or a relgious denomination. But we digress.
The idea that Russia is Magog is simply a theory. The text is not explicit. It could be a different nation, such as Turkey that is Magog. We tend to hold to such a view. This researcher has not ruled out the Russia = Magog theory, it is becoming more obvious with each passing year that Russia simply doesn’t fit the description and the alleged linguistic evidence linking Meshech with Moscow is an absolute joke and fails the scholarship test dramatically in light of actual
empirical evidence to the contrary. Again, we won’t rule out completely the idea that Russia is Magog, but for all practical purposes, that theory has been going down in flames for a decade or more and Monday’s statement only underscores that fact. See our articles on the Gog-Magog subject here – Part 1,  Part 2.

One final thought on these develoments. We have noted in the past that many people claiming to be “prophets” have predicted that Russia and China would attack destroy the United States. In fact, one of them, Dumitru Duduman false predicted the attack would come at different times in the 1990s and certainly before the year 2000

That wasn’t the only false prophecy subject Duduman was wrong about. He also falsely prophesied his wife’s taking over his ministry. She died weeks after the prophecy. He also falsely prophesied that he would die before she would. She died first. Combine these false prophecies with the numerous false prophecies about America’s destruction and we can conclude Duduman was a false prophet. Of course we knew that even before hand because Duduman proclaimed a False Gospel. His gospel message was a “works plus faith” message – much like the message
proclaimed by Judaizers to the churches in Galatia which prompted the Apostle Paul to write his Epistle to the Galatians. In chapter one verses six through nine,
The Apostle Paul makes it quite clear that Duduman’s gospel is not only false but damnable and those who think it or proclaim it – “let them go to hell” is the most literal translation from the Greek text itself. It’s original text force of the words is weakend in the KJV by the less emphatic “let them be accursed.”

Duduman was not alone. He had other false prophets also making similar claims. Some alleged “prophets” saw missiles launched from submerged submarines off the coasts of America, destroying America. They were Russian submarines. These “prophets” again have been proven false on a variety of other prophecies for the most part.

So, the news on Monday from Russia’s generals again underscores another aspect of Bible Prophecy and False Prophecies for that matter. What more can develop in 2006?

Let’s see what else 2006 brings us. So far, the year seems to be shaping up to be a critical, turning-point year in Bible Prophecy if event trends continue.

 

The Idols Of America–4/25/06

The Idols Of America

The Statue of Liberty and Statue of Freedom
Plus Other Icons that are actually “American Babylonianism”

By R.A. Coombes, the author of the most authoritative and exhaustive published works on Mystery Babylon: “America, The Babylon: America’s Destiny Foretold In Biblical Prophecy” Volume 1 and Volume 2
“The Alpha-Omega Report” Editor’s Note: The information in this article will come as a shock to many readers. It came as a shock to the author while doing 10 years of research for “America, The Babylon.” Therefore this warning to those who are convinced that anything but America is Babylon…

Read at your own peril. This information may cause severe disorientation and disillusionment among some diehard American Christians who are convinced that America is God’s Chosen Nation. This material below should help to dispel such myths.

Introduction:
The Statue of Liberty has become the most cherished symbol of the United States of America. What we were NOT taught in school were the truly significant facts regarding the true nature of the Statue. Those pertinent facts that remain largely unknown revolve around the true history of the Statue’s inception as well as the meaning and significance behind the statue.

French sculptor, Frederic Bartholdi, designed the Statue of Liberty. Bartholdi did not originate the concept of the statue. The idea for creating a statue of liberty and freedom was first proposed by another Frenchman by the name of Edward Laboulaye. It was Laboulaye’s idea and determination during the American Civil War that carried the idea from a simple notion to an actual project. Laboulaye, a French Freemason proposed the idea of a giant statue replicating a goddess that the Masonic movement idolized. Laboulaye proceeded to raise the financial support and commission Bartholdi to provide the sculpture of this goddess of illumination from ancient times.

What deity was this? It was the goddess known by various names. Laboulaye and his fellow Freemason, sculptor Bartholdi referred to her as “Libertas” but she was also an early adoption by Romans of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. We’ll need to follow the research on the goddess connections to fully understand this statue’s meaning.

Roman goddess Libertas:
Libertas was the name of an ancient Roman goddess adopted by the Romans perhaps as early as the 5th century BC and certainly by the 4th Century BC. She was referred to as the goddess of personal freedom and liberty. In fact Libertas meant freedom. So liberty means freedom. The 2 names describe the one concept we call freedom. Liberty = Freedom and Freedom = Liberty. This goddess was the goddess of freedom because she promoted the ideals for the personal freedom to do anything that felt good. She was called the matron goddess of prostitution because she promoted sexual freedom. Indeed, she had invented the concept. Slaves considered her their goddess in the hopes of winning their freedom. Many women who gained freedom later turned to prostitution to survive and thereby retained Libertas as their goddess, especially if they became priestesses in the Libertas cult. Libertas was also a goddess of war in order to fight for freedom. She was also referred at times as the goddess of victory because freedom must have victory in order to survive. This goddess was also the goddess of immigrants. The whole idea of immigration connoted the idea of freedom. Her popularity was also unique because of her unique doctrine of hearing personal prayers. This unique doctrine was something that most of the pagan deity doctrines were not disposed towards.

We know that this goddess existed because of the records left behind to us. We have the ancient writings of Cicero who writes of this goddess and her Temple on the Aventine Way in Rome. She was depicted on some Roman coins as wearing a freedom cap and having a wreath along with a spear or sometimes a sword. Such coin images were not the only depictions. Sometimes she was well robed and at other times seductively unclothed in both sculptures and paintings. We know of Libertas being referred to as the Mother of Harlots by the famous Roman historian (and senator) Cicero’s writings. Cicero indicates that she was also a very early goddess of the Greeks even before early Roman civilization developed.

Upon further investigation we find that the Greeks had acquired knowledge of this being from previous empires in the Middle East and Egypt. This goddess was called Ashtoreth in Hebrew and in the Old Testament’s Greek version (the Septuagint). Ashtoreth becomes transliterated into the Greek as Astarte, which became the early Greek name for the goddess until it was later changed to Aphrodite. The Hebrew term Ashtoreth was itself a transliteration from the Babylonian dialect (Akkadian) term of Ishtar.

Ishtar in the most ancient of times was also referred to by the Sumerian dialect as Inanna or Ninanna meaning the Queen of Heaven or Lady of Heaven. In Canaan this deity was called Ashtaroth. The Hittites called her Shaushka. The Phoenicians on Cypress initially referred to her as Astarte. Isis was the name the Egyptians gave to her. This is how the goddess became introduced to the earliest Greeks. We know this transformation in part due to the written texts found by archaeologists plus from studying the character traits and descriptions. For instance all these deities were actually just one goddess and she was associated with the planet Venus. Most had phonetic language roots in the transliterating aspects of the name Ishtar and this remained so until the Greeks changed the name to Aphrodite. Later the Romans referred to her in the Latin, initially as Libertas and later as Venus when they accepted more than just the Liberty doctrines.

ISHTAR: Goddess of Liberty and Personal Freedom
Ishtar was introduced to the Greeks as Astarte through the Phoenicians. We can see that the lineage of the Greek and Roman goddess of the planet Venus goes all the way back to ancient Babylon of around 3,000 BC. Apparently the Greeks (and later the Romans) chose to initially honor only one portion of Ishtar’s character and doctrines that appealed to them in those very early years before they established empires. Ishtar’s doctrine of personal freedom was what really impressed both the Greeks and the Romans. They therefore chose to worship just that aspect of her character. As time passed, the succeeding generations of Greeks found the other Ishtar doctrines to be appealing and incorporated her into their pantheon of deities as Astarte or Aphrodite. Later still, the Romans did the same and referred to her as Venus.

It seems that the allure of Ishtar was her doctrine of holy sex or salvation by holy sexual relations with a temple priestess or priest as a means of purification and holiness. Of course, this entailed paying the priestess or priest and thus it was officially sanctioned and therefore “holy” prostitution. Ishtar introduced that whole concept to the human race. This is why she was referred to as the Mother of Harlots. Harlots had been deemed to be social outcasts so she was also referred to as the Mother of exiles. This was later equated with the idea of immigration. Naturally then Ishtar (a.k.a.– Libertas) was known as the Mother of Harlots, the Mother of Exiles and the Mother of immigrants throughout not only Babylon and Babylonia but also later Assyria, Egypt, Greece and Rome.

What was Ishtar’s legacy in Babylon? She was the chief goddess of Babylon and all of Babylonia. There was no other goddess more honored than she. She was equated to have nearly the same power as the chief god of Babylon, the sun god Utu, also known as Shamesh. In later years, the chief male deities would flip-flop in popularity. The most famous and prominent during the times of Israel’s nationhood was “Baal.” [Baal was also called Marduk/Mardok/Merodach/Bel] Baal was identified with the planet Mars and was called the god of War. His name meant “Lord of the air” for his superior powers and the supremacy of the air. It was claimed that he as well as Ishtar and all the
other deities “flew” among and from the “stars in heaven.”

Ishtar was a multi-faceted deity. She was first and foremost endeared to the hearts and minds of Babylonians because of her primary dedication to Freedom and Liberty. She was also considered the Mother of Prostitution or Harlotry…and it was considered “holy.” Why? Ishtar introduced the concept of removal of sins by the practice of the sinner engaging in a “holy” rite of sexual relations with a priestess or priest. This action would involve the payment of money to the priestess or priest as part of the cleansing process. It was an offering of thanksgiving for the purification. This is the very first instance of Prostitution in human history.

Ishtar was also known as the goddess of war because she fights for freedom and liberty. She was also known as the goddess of victory because there is no freedom without victory. She was also known as the goddess of love because of her sexuality and her promotion of all types of sexual perversion in the name of freedom. Her motto was “if it feels good, do it.” Didn’t we hear that same idea as a theme song during the 1960s? She was also the goddess of the planet Venus. She was a goddess who “flew among the stars” and so therefore was called the Queen of Heaven or Lady of Heaven.

Zecharia Sitchin, in his book “Divine Encounters” describes another significant role for Ishtar in Babylonia/Sumer. [Note: the earliest Babylonians did not call themselves Babylonians nor their land Babylon. They called their land Sumer and they are referred to as Sumerians.] Now, Sitchin is one of only a handful of scholars who has been able to learn and translate the cuneiform tablet writings of the Sumerians/Babylonians. He has written numerous books detailing various aspects of the culture and writings of Sumer.

In his book “Divine Encounters” he describes a significant role that Ishtar held for the Sumerians. On pages 174 through 176 he describes the annual ritual in which the King of Sumer must come to the special chamber temple of Ishtar to engage in sexual relations with her for one night of passion. If during the night she is displeased with the King in anyway she kills him and a new candidate is selected to undergo another ritual initiation of one night passion. He must perform satisfactorily. This process was to continue until Ishtar accepted a candidate who met with her satisfaction. If the king or candidate found acceptance he would appear the following morning to the expectant crowds outside the temple palace to show that he had gained the favor of the goddess to rule for one more year. Such acceptance also meant that the nation would have a good year of agricultural harvests.

Sitchin also notes that the Biblical references to “daughter of Babylon” always refers to Ishtar of Babylon. She was a Mother of Harlots and also a daughter of Babylon. This seems like a dichotomy of sorts but Ishtar was a daughter of the original founding god of Babylon known as “Anu” who was the ruler of the planet called “Nibiru.” Nibiru was an additional planet in our solar system that circled the earth every 3,600 years, according to the royal records of Babylon.

Sitchin has been roundly ridiculed by scientists for proposing that this notion of Nibiru could actually exist. However on June 30, 1999 a scientist, David Stevenson from California Institute of Technology published a paper stating that “interstellar planets” (which is what a “Nibiru” would be called) is certainly a theoretical possibility and should not be dismissed. In the CNN/Reuters News story the text mentions that Stevenson is not alone and that others have theorized that there may be others planets roaming interstellar space that came from our solar system.

Sitchin is also a noted Dead Sea Scrolls scholar. He served in the original investigative group attempting to repair the damaged scrolls. He is an extraordinarily gifted scholar. [See Divine Encounters, Published by Avon Books, NY. NY., 1995; ISBN: 0-380-78076-3]

Now this ritual between Ishtar and the king or king candidate is what the Biblical prophecies are referring to when it talks about the Harlot having relations with the “kings of the earth.” In other words, in the prophecies, it is referring to Ishtar approving the rule of the kings because they have pleased her and did as she commanded. See Revelation 17:1-2, 4-5 and also 18: 3, 9 and 19:2. See also: Isaiah 47:1-15; Jeremiah 51:7. It also means that the relationship is a two-way street. Ishtar gives to the kings the necessities to maintain authority and control. In return, the kings of
course swear allegiance to Ishtar and provide sacrifices for her. Revelation provides a symbolic similarity between the ancient historical aspect and a future relationship between a future Babylon and the rest of the nations. Super-power Babylon acts just like an Ishtar and engages in prostitution with the rest of the nations. The context is all with regards to money and materialism. See Revelation 18:1-24 and note how the overall theme revolves around money and material things.

For further verification and follow up research, the reader is encouraged to visit the following sources:

Crane, Gregory R. (ed.) The Perseus Project May, 1999. See also specific page:
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/lexindex?lookup=libertas&lang=Latin&author=*Roman&corpus=Roman

Also see this link and scroll down to the letter “L” section and then click on the term Libertas:
http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/areas/roman/

Here are links to more information on Ishtar:
http://home.fireplug.net/~rshand/streams/scripts/ishtar.html

Connecting Ishtar to the Statue of Liberty:
The Statue of Liberty was a Masonic concept conceived from within Freemasonry. The chief promoter and fundraiser for the project was Edward Laboulaye and he collaborated with the sculptor Frederic Bartholdi to develop a statue of Masonic enlightenment. The statue was developed from within the highest doctrines of Freemasonry. This “enlightenment” took its form in various symbols found in the sculpture itself.

#1. The Crown of 7 Spikes: This symbol was to represent the enlightenment of the Babylonian sun god Shamesh/Utu. The idea was that this sun god’s occultic illumination could be focused by each of the 7 spikes of the crown. Each spike would flash this occultic enlightenment to each of the 7 “horas” or large landmasses of the world. In other words, the each spike would flash occultic enlightenment to a continent on planet earth. Each of the 7 spikes would then be representative of one of the 7 large landmasses or continents of the world.

#2. The Tablets: A common misconception is that the tablets represent the 10 Commandments that God gave to Moses. This is not true. The tablets are engraved only with the Roman numerals standing for July 4th, 1776. According to the preeminent Statue Historian, Marvin Trachtenberg in his book “The Statue of Liberty” the tablets represented a generic notion of the concept of law. This should not be confused with the Laws of Moses. Freemasonry gives lip service to Judaism, Christianity and Islam as law-giving religions but Freemasonry tries to synthesize all religions into one central focus…the idea of “law” in general. Hence the tablets being held by the Statue of Liberty carry that general meaning.

#3. The Robe: In the original planning, the Statue of Liberty was designed in the initial stages to be in color. She was to be wearing the royal robes of scarlet and purple. It became obvious that for reasons of monetary purposes the statue must be made from copper. The use of copper precluded the use of any color schemes. Thus the original plans for scarlet and purple robes were abandoned.

#4. The Torch: This item was originally designed to be a golden cup filled with the wine of freedom. This golden cup remained in the planning and was actually made. However, before completion and shipping of the entire statue, the New York Port authorities asked if there could be some sort of modification to allow for an eternal flame or light to be designed into the statue so that ships could use her as a night time navigational aid. Bartholdi consented to make modifications to the basic cup design to allow for a natural gas flame to be utilized. The torch we see today is actually the same type of cup design used in ancient times for drinking wine. It featured a handle for the cup at the bottom and the handle looked much like a stick. The golden aspect itself was altered again to conform to the needs of the natural gas flame. The actual, original golden cup was later sold by the project to the Czar of Russia, Czar Nicholas. In 1917 during the Russian revolution the Communist government took possession of it. The cup has remained in Russian hands but in 1997 was reportedly offered for sale by the Russian government to help pay off Russia’s foreign debts. This author has not been able to determine whether or not the cup was actually sold or not. It is only known that the cup is still in existence.

#5. “Mother of Exiles” is a key term in the poem by Emma Lazarus. In her famous poem about the statue, (now etched into the base of the statue) Lazarus refers to the woman as “The Mother of Exiles”. The poem has forever indelibly linked the statue to immigrants from around the world. The statue is the patron “saint” of immigrants everywhere. Oddly enough, the Babylonian goddess Ishtar was also the patron goddess of immigrants in Babylon because as a goddess of personal freedom, she brought hope to immigrants seeking to make a better life for themselves in Babylon. So too for this “Mother of Exiles”. In fact, if we try to transliterate the English term “Mother of Exiles” into the Greek… Mother as a word has similar phonetic sounds. Doing the same with “exiles” from English into Koine-Greek, the Koine-Greek listener would link it to a similar Greek word that connoted deep inhalation of air or “heavy breathing.” This is tied into the Greek word “epithumia” which in English is normally translated as “lust” but the literal meaning in Koine-Greek meant literally “heavy breathing” and was connoted with desire. Now this terminology is then linked to the word “Porneoh” from which we get the word Pornography. Porneoh=lust fulfillment by sexual relations in exchange for money…which again was the main claim to fame for Ishtar… holy sexual prostitution. Ishtar worship is the very first instance of prostitution in human history and it was deemed “holy!” Now, this may indeed just be an interesting coincidence but remember Revelation 17:5 where the woman called Mystery Babylon is referred to as the “Mother of Harlots.”

Scriptural traits of the woman of Revelation chapter 17:4.
The woman is described in Revelation 17:4 as having a golden cup in her hand. This fits in with the Statue of Liberty, who has indeed a golden cup in her outstretched hand. (See the Statue of Liberty Website Link to see a picture of the original golden globe flame, which replaced the original cup when NYC authorities asked to modify the cup to a light source for shipping. The original golden cup was then sold to the Czar of Russia, where it remains today. Here’s the link:
http://www.nps.gov/stli/prod02.htm#Statue

This cup is described as having “bdelugma” in the Greek text. You will see it in the KJV word “abominations.” Now this word is Strong’s Code #946. It means a foul thing, detestable, usually of idols…it comes from the root word bdeoh= “to break wind” or “pass gas”…it is something that is very smelly and extremely offensive. Now, the Statue of Liberty has inside the torch the fuel for its flame… “natural gas” or bdelugma. Is this a coincidence between scripture and the Statue of Liberty? I suggest strongly that this is no coincidence. The torch is actually being described in Revelation 17:4 as is the woman. The woman in Chapter 17 is the symbol for the super-nation that is code-named “Mystery Babylon.” But this is not the only connection between the Statue and the woman of Revelation 17:4.

The crown of 7 spikes is also being described in Revelation 17:9. Here we see the woman referred to as sitting on 7 “horas”. This is the same word that the mystical religion of Freemasonry doctrines uses from the Greek mystics who kept the doctrine alive from Ishtar worship. The idea of the enlightenment of the sun god Shamesh-Utu…or Rah in the Egyptian language was that it would be shined to all of the 7 “horas” or continents of the world. These Greek mystics used that Greek term “horas”. Marvin Trachtenberg in his book on the Statue of Liberty

(Viking Press, 1977) refers to the crown’s 7 spikes as doing just that. It was to enlighten the 7 continents with Shamesh’s occultic wisdom. Revelation 17:9 uses that same terminology.

Now, the KJV and the NASB English versions translate “horas” as meaning “mountain.” Mountain is indeed the normal meaning of the word in Greek. But the Greeks general and overall root word basis was “large land mass” for which mountain usually fit the definition. Unfortunately some new translations miss this point entirely and have translated the word “horas” as meaning hill. This comes from the erroneous assumption that the verse is referring to the 7 hills of Rome and that the woman is Rome. This is a wrong assumption. Moulton & Milligan’s Greek Vocabulary cites that the correct word for “hill” in Koine-Greek (and in other Greek dialects) was the Roman word “bounos” and this was always the word that was to be used when referring to the 7 hills of Rome. After all, this was the Greek word that was borrowed from the Romans. Everyone referred to Rome’s 7 hills as “bounos” …and not “horas”. Therefore, the assumption that Revelation 17:9 refers to the 7 hills of Rome is complete error. The verse then must be referring to the continents where the Woman’s enlightenment rays are flashed from her 7 spikes in her crown.

Now some skeptics will point out that no crown is mentioned in Revelation 17:4. However, Revelation 18:7 calls her Queen and what do all Queens wear to prove their position as a Queen? A crown. This is also substantiated by Isaiah 47: 1-9… where in the KJV she is referred to as a Lady…but in the original Hebrew the word designates female royalty as either Queen or Princess. So here again we have a connection between the woman and another scriptural passage that is very subtle in its attempt to signal to us the identity of this woman. It is a signal that couldn’t have been known nor comprehended for 1800 years.

The Statue of Liberty — The Largest Idol Ever Made By Human Hands.
In doing the research into the statue, I discovered that no statue has ever been made that was as big as the Statue of Liberty. The previous record holder was the Colossus of Rhodes.

We can recognize the match-up between the Woman of Revelation 17:4-5 and America when we realize that the Statue of Liberty is actually the goddess Ishtar of Babylon…the mystery goddess of Babylon who was the goddess of personal freedom and liberty. Ishtar was called the goddess of love and sexual freedom, the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of Babylon. Most importantly, Ishtar was called The Mother of Immigrants, AND she was called THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES… Then of course, if we throw in the facts that we know about the Babylonian symbolism of the Statue and relate it back to Revelation 17:4, 9… we then have the link between the Statue of Liberty and Revelation 17 and 18.

Understanding the phrase “Mother of Harlots.”
Let’s examine what the term “mother” means. The term refers to the act of giving Birth or of bearing to fruition of something in its most generic form. In this case, the reference is obvious in that the woman is bearing forth or starting something. In regards to apocalyptic symbolism the connotation is that of a “starting point.” The term “Harlot” of course means prostitute. The term in Koine-Greek is “porneoh” and refers to sexual relations in exchange for money.

Now, those who wish to claim that Revelation 17:1-9 is all-symbolic of a false church fails to understand the basic terms here. They make the mistake of separating chapter 17 from chapter 18. Then they fail to understand that the terms are clearly referencing the goddess Ishtar and her doctrine of holy prostitution. Salvation by sexual prostitution is the key doctrine of the mystery religion of Ishtar. Indeed Ishtar’s religion was always called a “mystery.” In Revelation the key aspect of the mentioned prostitution is money and power. This is the whole ongoing theme of chapter 18, especially verses 3, and then 9-19 and 22-23. Then again in Revelation 19:2. So, Revelation 17 has nothing to do with spiritual harlotry as one thinks of the metaphors for Israel. In Revelation 17 and 18 this Mystery Babylon plays spiritual harlotry primarily in the aspect of money and power. Of all the reasons in scripture given for her divine destruction all the reasons reference back to the abuse of power and money and her rejection of God’s sovereignty. See chapter 9 of my book: “America, The Babylon.”

Now, let’s see if we can organize this material into an easy to see chart to compare the scriptural description and put it side by side with what we know about the Statue of Liberty.

Below is a link to the official US government website for the Statue of Liberty.
http://www.nps.gov/stli/prod02.htm#Statue

See also the book: “The Statue of Liberty Revisited — Essays” and this book was edited by Wilton S. Dalton and Neil G. Kotler, Published by
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.

 Statue of Liberty Traits  Description Woman of Rev 17/18
 Clothing: Originally designed w Purple Robe & Jewels gold edging by scuptor but due to budget and wear constraints was dropped. Clothing: The woman is Robed in Rev 17:4 with a scarlet and purple robe with gold edging and bejeweled.
Golden Cup: modified into natural gas torch Golden Cup: with gaseous smell like flatulence
 Cup/Torch Contents: Smelly Natural Gas initially  Cup Contents:”Bdelugma” in Greek as in “breaking wind”
 Name: “Mother of Exiles” a term of reverence linked to the immigrants coming to USA and being saved from a bad future to a future of life and hope.
Name originally: Goddess Libertas – A Roman goddess of 600 to 400 B.C. later Venus. Romans borrowed her from Babylon initially just for her Liberty doctrine but later absorbed the other doctrines of Ishtar.
 Name: “Mother of Harlots” — A title of holiness, or sinlessness referring to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar who held that title and who by her mystery doctrines did inhabit a priestesses body during ritual sexual relations for the removal of sins and spiritual life. Afterwards a coin-offering is given. Ishtar also called the Goddess of Freedom/Liberty and was matron goddess of slaves and immigrants.
Crown of 7 Spikes: To reflect the light of the sun-god Utu a.k.a. Shamesh to each of the 7 continents of the world according to diary of Freemason-sculptor Bartholdi. Bartholdi’s Freemason influence comes from Masonic doctrines that match the Mystery Doctrines of Ishtar/Inanna/Aphrodite/Libertas. This is referred to as the “Crown-Enlightenment” doctrine that was such a key part of the Mystery Doctrines of Ishtar Worship. Crown — Rev 18: 7 Sits a Queen and Queens wear a crown. Each of Ishtar’s 7 spikes Crown were to reflect the enlightenment of the Sun-god Utu/Shamash to each of the 7 HORA (continents) of the world. This is the same Greek word as found in Revelation 17:9. Hora means large land mass as in continents or mountains or deserts but NOT a hill The Romans & Greeks never used “hora” for 7 hills of Rome, they used the term bouno, the correct term for 7 hills of Rome. Therefore Revelation 17:9 cannot refer to Rome…thus that verse refers to the Ishtar/Libertas — Statue of Liberty “crown-enlightenment” doctrine.
 Goddess of Liberty/Freedom: God- dess Libertas – A Roman goddess of 600 to 400 B.C. later Venus. Borrowed from Baby- lon initially just for her Liberty doctrine but later absorbed the other doctrines of Ishtar and became Venus, Goddess of Love.  Goddess of Liberty/Freedom: Goddess Ishtar was also called the Goddess of Freedom or Liberty and was matron goddess of slaves and immigrants. Just one of her many “mystery” doctrines. She was also called “goddess of Love” and many other titles.
 Looks East Towards Babylon, Long Island and much of the entire NYC metro.  Woman is the “mega-city” called “Babylon-the mega” or Babylon the “super”.
 Overlooks the waterway approach to the UN where the leaders of the world come to meet at least once a year.  Woman/City has “supervening authority around or over (the place or location) where the Kings of the Earth meet. Rev 17:18 and also Jeremiah 51:44
  Statue of Liberty & the Jews: Gazes out over the location of the largest concentration of Jewish people in the world, even more so than in all of Israel.  The Woman & the Jews: Revelation 17:5  The Harlot of Babylon hosts the largest population of Jews just as in ancient Babylon.
America’s goddess Libertas: Goddess of Freedom Babylon’s chief Goddess Ishtar: “Mother of Harlots

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Goddess Libertas of America on Coin

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Goddess Libertas of Rome on Coin circa 200 B.C.

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 The Statue of Freedom

This statue stands atop the United States Capitol building on top of the dome. This building is of course the location where both houses of Congress meet to conduct the business of the nation and pass laws. The Statue of Freedom was designed by another Mason, Thomas Crawford. He too designed the statue to be his rendition of the Roman goddess “Libertas.” We have already covered the connection between Libertas and Ishtar, so we won’t restate the facts on this issue. Suffice it to say that this statue shows the goddess in the garb of a warrioress… another character trait of
Ishtar. She was also called the warrior goddess because she would fight for personal freedom and liberty. So, we have the second largest idol made by humans hands and it stands atop the location where our lawmakers meet. We again have another occultic symbol over the heads of lawmakers of the USA. Is it any wonder the nation is in the shape it is in?

See the links to the US Library of Congress website:
http://ttp.senate.gov/capitol/freedom.html

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See also the government publication:
“We, the People: The Story of the United States CAPITOL” published by The United States Capitol Historical Society, in cooperation with the National Geographic Society, Washington D.C. The 1964 edition. This references the Statue of Freedom as being the “goddess Freedom” of Rome… i.e. “Libertas”.

 

Other Idols of the US Capitol building:

There are numerous statues and paintings of some of the classical gods of Greece and Rome. One thing government tourism booklets don’t tell you is that these deities were borrowed …from Babylon herself.

Here is a picture of the god “Mars” which the Babylonians/Sumerians referred to as Mardok/Marduk/ and or Baal/Bel. Baal is the infamous name which the Old Testament prophets were constantly battling to keep the Israelites from worshipping after the glory days of Solomon. So, here again is another large idol located where our lawmakers meet.

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The Greek god “Mars” Stands Guard at the main entrance to the US Capitol Building
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Keep in mind that the Greeks borrowed their “Mars” from the Babylonian deity “Baal” a.k.a. Bel or Marduk/ Mardok/Merodach. Yes, this is the same deity that the Old Testament prophets fought against in the generations after David and Solomon. http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/ksixteen.jpg

There are other lesser known deity statues and paintings in and on or around the US Capitol building. Search the US Library of Congress website for various statues of the Capitol building. You’ll find statues of “Athena, Minerva” and many more. You’ll also see numerous paintings in the earliest years referring to the Capitol as the “Temple of Justice.”

Conclusions:
The are just too many coincidences when we compare the characteristics in the scriptures relating to the woman called “Mystery Babylon — “Mother of Harlots” with that of Ishtar of Babylon and the Statue of Liberty and the Statue of Freedom. What we conclude:

The Statue of Liberty is the woman being described in Revelation 17/18 and especially 17:4-5, 9 and 18:7 along with Isaiah 47:1-15. We say this because we know that the Statue of Liberty is actually the artist/sculpture’s vision of Ishtar, the goddess of Babylon!!! This makes the Statue of Liberty the largest Idol ever made by human hands, and the Statue of Freedom being the second largest idol and it stands atop the building where our lawmakers meet.

Is it any wonder that our Congressional lawmakers seem to be so perpetually “screwed up?”

The reference to “Mystery Babylon — Mother of Harlots” is referencing Ishtar, the Mother of Harlots of Babylon…and her “mystery doctrines” such as salvation by sex for money. There are numerous other statue of other pagan deities in the US Capitol building and around the nation’s capitol city. America is indeed the Mystery Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18.

60 Reasons Why Iraq Can Not Be MB–5/2/06

60 Reasons Why Iraq Can Not Be MB

60 Reasons Why Iraq Can Not Be Mystery Babylon

by R.A. Coombes

 [Much of this article’s material has been adapted from chapter 4 of Volume 2 of “America, The Babylon” but since publication of the book in 2002 which featured 57 reasons, this article provdes an added 3 new reasons and composed in May of 2006. For more information on the 2-Volume work – “America, The Babylon” see this link below:

http://www.americathebabylon.com

There are some prophecy “experts” who have proposed the theory that Iraq and the ancient archaeological site of Babylon is the location for the “Mystery Babylon” of Prophecy. That theory considers the ancient prophecies of Revelation chapters 17 and 18 primarily. Some of those experts also refer to other prophecies of Isaiah 13, 14, 18, 47, and Jeremiah 50 and 51. The theoretical lines of reasoning revolve around the central notion that the prophecies must be literal and applicable only to the ancient location site of Babylon with its current nationality being Iraq. That is the main line of proof for such a view.

The site of ancient Babylon can be the only literal rendering of this prophecy according to those theorists. They proudly claim that they are the only, holy LITERAL interpreters of the text.  To take the text LITERALLY one must assume then, that ancient Babylon is the LITERAL Babylon of the prophecies written by the Old and New Testament authors.  Such a view assumes way too much, particularly in the translation work.  Is it possible that there could be a different and more literal view based on a sharper rendering of the original Hebrew and Greek texts?  Yes.  Why?

This researcher has done 16 years of extensive research into such theories. The results of my research indicate that the “Iraq is Mystery Babylon” theory is incorrect and invalid. Why? It is really very simple.  Follow the exact rendering of the original Hebrew and Greek texts for themselves and you will find numerous character traits for the future nation of Mystery Babylon. Yes, I did use the term “nation” because again, what seems to be merely a city being described is not just a city. Most literally, the prophecies not only refer to a city but to cities, PLURAL.  Also the prophecies refer to farming and the farmers of Babylon.  There are no farms in a city.

There are numerous character traits listed for this city/state/nation that is referred to as either “Babylon” or “Mystery Babylon”. These character traits serve as identifying markers that give us the clues as to the identity of such a city/nation. Those traits must all match perfectly to one identity. We cannot ignore some and select others. These traits are numerous and 60 of those traits clearly can not be identified with Iraq. The following list shows what traits do NOT match up with Iraq.

#1. The Jewish Population Issue: Jeremiah 50:8, 25; Jeremiah 51: 6, 45; Isaiah 48:20 and also Revelation 18:4. These are all references to Jewish people living in this future “Mystery Babylon” in the ancient Babylon, from the 6th Century BC till well into the early Church Age, the majority of the Jewish population lived in ancient Babylon. It was the home to most of the world’s Jews even in the time of Christ. Today, the largest population of Jewish people is found in the United States. The next two nations combined, Israel (home to the 2nd largest Jewish population) and Russia (home to the 3rd largest Jewish population) do not equal the population of Jewish people living in America. Iraq on the other hand has only a relative handful of Jews living within its borders. Some estimate the Jewish population in Iraq at perhaps 10,000.  That is not very many peopl e, particularly in regards to the population of most other nations hosting the Jewish remnant.  This character trait of being the lead host for Jewry is not indicative that Iraq today fulfill’s the prophecies of “mystery Babylon.” Therefore, this trait alone disqualifies the theory of “Iraq = Mystery” Babylon.

But, for those who are hard-headed, let us press on with the other 56 reasons why Iraq can NOT be Mystery Babylon based upon a literal rendering of the texts.

#2. The chief city of Mystery Babylon is a “DEEP WATER PORT CITY”!!! Revelation 18: 17-19. This passage tells us that merchant ships are standing off the shoreline of Babylon. These ships have either just unloaded in the port city of Mystery Babylon, or are waiting to dock when the fiery judgment hits. These ship captains, crew and passengers are witnesses to the destruction. Question: Why would these folks be standing on deck of merchant ships unless there were port facilities in this city? Answer: The city is a port city. In this day and age, especially by virtue of the list of commodities that are traded in “Mystery Babylon,” (see Revelation 18:11-13) there must be at least one deepwater port in the nation of Mystery Babylon. One thing can be noted regard to modern day port facitilites. In order for Babylon to have the kind of merchandise (described in Revelation 18:11-13) coming by ships then those ships must be going to and from a  DEEP WATER SEA- PORT CITY. Why? For today’s ships to bring such merchandise requires them to be large commercial freighters with DEEP drawing drafts.  These ships require deep-water port facilities to dock and load/unload because their hulls are so deep. They are BIG ships.  [Note Reason #2 seems to be like our #57 reason, but there are significant differences between them.]

Now here is the problem for the Iraq=Babylon theorists: Iraq has no deepwater seaport!!! That’s right, there is no DEEP Water port facility in all of Iraq. During GulfWar2, there were and still are small freighters coming into the little town harbor of Basra.  In a recent United States CIA publication on Iraq, the CIA noted that a significant problem with sea transport was the lack of deepwater shipping facilities.  Harbor draft measurements up the mouth of the Euphrates river to Basra are around the eight foot (that’s 8 feet) level.  That makes it hard to even get big fishing boats into the harbor. At best, draft levels further out only range to less than 20 feet.

There is no way that the typical international commercial freighters could dock in Basra or anywhere else in Iraq’s very short shoreline because they would easily run aground and become stuck in the shallow, muddy waters. Only small ships carrying small quantities of goods can dock in Basra.  Those large ore-carrying freighters,  or big cargo container ships carrying cars or trucks are simply too big to be able to dock at the shallow harbor of Basra or any other little harbor on Iraq’s shoreline. Those super-large oil tankers can not get near to the small snippet of coastline that Iraq has because it is so shallow. The oil from Iraq is therefore either piped to Jordan, or is piped out for miles into the Persian Gulf into the deeper waters where these oil tankers won’t run aground.

But that is not all that shoots the Literalists balloon out from underneath them on this issue of deepwater port facilities.

According to the “Literalists,” Ancient Babylon, we are told must be the only literal interpretation. However, ancient Babylon is 400+ miles from the Persian Gulf and over 350 miles from Basra. The LITERAL description found in Revelation 18: 17-19 shows these huge ships will be within visual distance of the city skyline and will witness her destruction up close and personal. Being 400 miles away is just a bit too far to be able to see any kind of destruction of a city, even if it were from nuclear bombs. The curvature of the earth is just a bit too much at 400 miles even with flat terrain to be able to see what has transpired that far away.  Now although this is in itself a fatal flaw exposed in the “Iraq =  Mystery Babylon” theory it is just one of many theoretical flaws.  One thing it really points to though is how NOT Literal is the concept that Iraq is Mystery Babylon.

#3. It is the KEY Commercial Nation and Engine of Wealth for the World’s Economy: Isaiah 47:15. Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18: 3, 9, 11-13, 15, 16, 17-19, 22, 23, & 19:2. In these passages we see just what relationship Babylon enjoys with the rest of the world. Here she is clearly the critical factor in the world economy. When she goes down in flames…what is the lament? “What was like unto this mega city? Who will buy our goods now that she is gone”? The answer is that no one will be able to buy the products of the world’s merchants. What does this tell us??? It should be a clear warning indicator that whoever this nation is… the rest of the world depends on her for buying their merchandise. With her destruction, there is no one left to buy these goods. That tells us just how vital this nation is and it means this nation is the engine of wealth for the world. Now, Iraq does NOT now nor can it fit that role…at least in the next 30 years, unless the rest of the world is wiped out first. Once again, we see a character trait that Iraq does not exemplify in anyway, shape or form.

#4-#21. It is the principal Commodities Trading Center: These are all commodities in a list that are the chief trading products as cited in Rev 18:11-13, for which the merchants and sailors later lament that no one will buy these products anymore. This includes Gold, Silver and Copper. Now on these items alone… there is more Gold traded in New York City on the COMEX in one day than in all the rest of the world combined !!! The same is true for Silver and Copper and Crude Oil. In fact, the volume of trade is so heavy that in one day alone there is more gold traded than had been traded in all of human history up until 1974 when gold trading was allowed on a futures contractual basis. That is how massive and dominant the USA and NYC are in the commodities trading markets. Revelation 18: 12 & 13, lists many other commodities as well, including grains and livestock. Now, Chicago is the Host City for such record trading in that arena. It too is a port city on as it sits on Lake Michigan. The fact of the matter: Iraq has no economic power… it has no ability to be the economic engine of wealth for the whole world. If Iraq vanished from the face of the earth today it would not even cause a ripple in the world’s economy.

However, if the USA vanished today it would decimate the world’s economy and bankrupt every nation on earth, instantly. In essence, there would be no one left to buy the foreigner’s goods. That’s because no one else wants to import goods. They only want to export not import. The USA is the big promoter of international trade and promotes imports plus free trade. Iraq plays no such role in the world economy. As a nation, Iraq is simply too poor.

#22. A Leading center of imports and consumption: Revelation 18: 11, 17-19. These passages tell us the economic picture of this nation. Note that this nation is not only involved in the trade of these products, but that she is also the leading importer… because when she is destroyed…”no one buys”… their merchandise anymore. The folks doing the lamenting are the international merchants who export goods to this mystery Babylon. Therefore, she is the leading import nation. She is therefore, by virtue of her importer status, the chief consuming nation. This also is not a description of Iraq. Iraq has no such status in the world today, tomorrow or the foreseeable future! It is this aspect which negates the Iraq theory…because the contention is that we are living in the “last days” and the fulfillment of the end-times prophecies are at hand. IF this is true, and I assert that it indeed is true, then how can Iraq match these character traits in so short a span of time??? Answer: she can’t. Iraq is not the nation being described. There is only one nation that fits these traits, and more. That nation is the United States of America.

#23. She is also a manufacturing nation: Revelation 18: 22. This passage tells us manufacturing is no longer found in her after the judgment. This tells us that she was a manufacturing nation prior to her destruction. Iraq is not a nation noted for manufacturing.

#24. Center for Merchandising and Marketing. Revelation 18: 3, 23; 19:2. Her merchants were the mega-merchants of the earth. This again does not fit the character traits of Iraq. It does, however, fit the picture of America.

#25. Known as the World’s “policeman”: Jeremiah 50:23 gives us a Hebrew idiom, “hammer of the whole earth.” It had been used at one time to describe the way the empires of Persia, Greece and Rome had applied their power to keep the world at peace. Today, after the decline and fall of the Iron Curtain, major news media refer to America as the world’s policeman, in the same kind of role that the Hebrew idiom references. Iraq does not fit this role.

#26. Known for “showing the flag” or “gunboat diplomacy”. Isaiah 18:1-2 Here we have two Hebrew idioms for the idea of a nation’s navy showing its power. The phrase in verse 1 relates to the idea of “air travel.” The first phrase of verse 2…”that sends ambassadors by the sea,” another Hebrew idiom for when ancient naval powers would send warships to “show the flag” of friendship or threaten war to unfriendly nations or cities. Today, one nation engages in such actions: The USA sends out naval units usually as aircraft carrier battle groups. The notion of verse 1 with air travel, combined with verse 2 and the naval aspect, thus combines to send a notion of naval and air power… or suggesting aircraft carriers!!!

#27. Noted for its elegant, luxurious, refined and rich lifestyles: Isaiah 47: 1-8; Revelation 17: 4-5; 18: 2 –24. This does not match up with Iraq, as it is not capable of reaching such levels of wealthy living standards in our lifetime.

#28. Extremely Wealthy: Jeremiah 51:13… Revelation 18: 2-19

#29. Sensual, Materialistic lifestyle: Isaiah 47: 8; Revelation 18:14

#30. The Highest Living Standards: Isaiah 47:1 Revelation 18: 14

#31. Intoxicating high-society lifestyle as a world example to emulate: Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18: 3, 14, 23.

#32. Elegant, Sumptuous lifestyle. Revelation 18: 14, 23.

#33. Noted for its bright gaudy-colored lights and nightlife with round the-clock partying. Revelation 18:14. Note the words “dainty” and “goodly.” Dainty is a word in Greek that connotes to 24-hour parties, and is connoted with orgies and debauchery. The word for “goodly” is the Greek word “lampra” from which we get the English word for lamp. In this case it carries the idea of bright, gaudy-colored lights, with idea of “glitzy” lights. Could it be the bright lights of Broadway, Times Square or perhaps even Las Vegas???

#34. Noted for its Drugs and Drug use: Isaiah 47: 9, 12. Revelation 18:23 Do we even need to comment on this one??? I think not…the text clearly speaks for itself on this one.

#35. Noted for exporting its culture abroad: Revelation 18:14, 22

#36. Noted for being Wasteful and Extravagant: Rev 18: 3, 7, 9, 14, 15; implied in Rev 17: 2.

#37. Massive Population: Rev. 18:15. And Revelation 17: 1, 15.

#38. A land of immigrants: Jeremiah 50:16; 51:13; Rev. 17:1, 15.

#39. Unique and awe-inspiring from its birth right up to its demise: Isa. 18: 2

#40. A remarkably different heritage. Isaiah 18:2

#41. Respected-envied and yet HATED by the whole world also. Isa. 18:2

#43. Powerful and Oppressive. Isaiah 18:2

#44. Land of Rebels in its birth. Jeremiah 51: 1; Isaiah 47: 9.

#45. Cosmopolitan and Urban. Jeremiah 50:32

#46. A Land of Agriculture. Jeremiah 50: 16

#47. An International City. Revelation 17: 18; 18:15

#48. Architecture, Buildings and Skyline. Isaiah 13:22

#49. Land of Many Waters (fresh waters)> Jeremiah 51:13, 36, 42; Isa 18:1,2

#50. Where the world’s leaders “stream” to meet. Jer. 51:44; Rev. 17:18

#51. Last of the Super Powers. Jeremiah 50:12; Rev 17:18, 19; and in the Revelation 18:18 passage “what city is like the ‘mega’ city”…

#52. No Fear of Invasion. Isaiah 47:5, 8; Revelation 18: 7

#53. Defenses reach up to Outer Space Jeremiah 51:53

#54. Occult aspects, especially within the governmental leadership.  Isaiah 47: 9, 12,13.

#55. Alliances/Treaties allowing physical military bases of operation for the Satanic forces. Revelation 18: 2.

#56. Its national symbol: Rev 17. Robed woman with a cup-like container in one hand that smells like natural gas odors inside the container…and the woman is connected to water and immigration…and is considered to be a mother-figure of spiritual prostitution…a.k.a. Ishtar, the mother of ‘literal’ and ‘physical’ prostitutes within religious worship centers. [That is what the Babylonian goddess Ishtar was–the promoter of physical prostitution… salvation by sex… have sex with a temple priest or priestess and you are purified from sin. And of course you pay a ‘gift offering’ for this salvation activity. Ishtar was never a physical ‘mother’… but rather a ‘madam’ over the priestesses. Ishtar was never married and never had a child but she was called “mother” of the temple priestesses. Now having said all of this… I am referring to the Statue of Liberty.

In my book, “America, The Babylon” Vol. 1, I explain the meticulous research involved that shows that the Statue of Liberty is in fact the brainchild of the sculptor Bartholdi. Later in Volume 2,  you will find even more data on this subject. I would like to note at this point that it was Bartholdi’s   idea to create the image of the goddess Liberty of Rome. You  will see later on in Volume 2 just how the Romans had in fact borrowed the Babylonian goddess.

Babylonians first worshipped Ishtar the goddess of Babylon and the Romans also adopted her but they changed the name to Libertas in Latin, (Liberty, in English). So that, the Statue of Liberty is actually a pagan idol image of Ishtar–the woman pictured in Revelation 17. If you don’t believe it…look at Revelation 17: 4 & 5. Note the word for abomination. The word used here is “bdelugma” and its root word is “bdeoh.” Strong’s Code # 946 … ” A foul thing, detestable, usually of idols … the root word means to “break wind”, or to “pass gas”… indicating the odor smells like natural gas.

Speaking of natural gas …did you know that the torch-cup of the Statue of Liberty burns an eternal flame…fueled by smelly natural gas? Also of course, the Statue is referred to as the Mother of Exiles … an immigrant connection…just as the woman of Rev. 17: 1, 15 is also connected to immigrants. So too was Ishtar. She was the goddess of personal freedom … and an encouragement to immigrants.

#57  Iraq is radioactive

Iraq is now extremely “radioactive” because of America’s use of ammunition that uses depleted uranium, the same basic component used for nuclear weapons, only in lesser strength in and of itself. Rifle bullets and artillery shells were packed with small amounts of radioactive, depleted uranium. Once fired, the shells and bullets spread small doses of radio-activity throughout much of Iraq and especially in hot spots like ancient Babylon. Each bullet or shell, was thought to be seemingly harmless in terms of radioactivity. What was not anticipated was the voluminous use of such radioactive materials scattered across the battlefields of Iraq. Such voluminous use has created large quantities of low-level radioactivity that in volume has created a dangerous atmosphere and environment for virtually all of Iraq.

The radioactive dust has found its way into the soil and water supplies, contaminating every-thing it comes into contact with. The radioactivity levels are high enough that Iraq is experiencing contamination levels much like that of a “nuclear dirty-bomb” in terms of the after-effects. Not only are Iraqi’s dying from exposure but so are US and allied soldiers.

Uranium is a very reactive metal, easily oxidising to U3O8 and UO2.

A single 120mm Abrams tank DU shell contains 3kg of U-238 (111MBq of activity) and there is 275g (10.1MBq) in a 30mm GAU-8A A-10 Thunderbolt cannon shell. These ‘penetrators’ explode on impact, with up to 80% conversion to tiny long-lived glassy beads of Uranium Oxide from <1 micron to 5 microns diameter.

These ‘hot particles’ can travel for very large distances, even hundreds of miles, under the influence of wind, fire and are easily resuspended. The smaller particles can easily pass through the lung into the blood and lymphatic system.

Depleted Uranium has a half-life of 4.5 BILLION YEARS! Radiation levels in Iraq are between 1,000 and 1,900 times above normal. That’s 1,000x to 1,900x more than normal.

Would you want to build the world’s capital city on top of that kind of radiation rating with a half life of 4.5 Billion years of radioactivity??? We think not. So does the Illuminati. Here’s further technical information on depleted uranium.

“On impact, uranium penetrators burn fiercely to give an aerosol of sub micron diameter oxide particles which are largely insoluble and remain in the environment for many years. There is considerable public and scientific concern that these radioactive particles may remain suspended for long periods, or may become resuspended and are therefore available for inhalation by non combatants at some distance from the point of impact. Little research seems to have been carried out on the distance travelled by the uranium aerosols. The military maintain that the uranium remains near the point of impact, and the Royal Society report (2002) also states that the material does not travel more than some tens of metres. On the other hand, measurements of uranium in local populations in Kosovo some nine months after the use of uranium weapons all tested positive for depleted uranium in urine (Priest 2004) and The United Nations (UNEP) found uranium particles in air filters in Bosnia some years after its use. The question of the dispersion of uranium aerosols from the battlefield is of significant legal interest, since if a radioactive weapon resulted in the general contamination of the public in the country of deployment or elsewhere, the weapon would be classifiable as one of indiscriminate effect. There is now conceded to be no safe level of exposure to radiation. Further, there are major scientific questions over the risk models used to assess the health effects of uranium particle exposure from weapons use. In addition there is evidence of ill health in many of those exposed to uranium particles from Gulf veterans to the population of Iraq.”

“Terry Jemison at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stated in August 2004 that over 518,000 Gulf-era veterans (14-year period) are now on medical disability, and that 7,039 were wounded on the battlefield in that same period. Over 500,000 U.S. veterans are homeless.”

* In some studies of soldiers who had normal babies before the war, 67 percent of the post-war babies are born with severe birth defects – missing brains, eyes, organs, legs and arms, and blood diseases.

* In southern Iraq, scientists are reporting five times higher levels of gamma radiation in the air, which increases the radioactive body burden daily of inhabitants. In fact, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan are uninhabitable.

* Cancer starts with one alpha particle under the right conditions. One gram of DU is the size of a period in this sentence and releases 12,000 alpha particles per second.

The above depleted uranium information can be found at the links below.

http://www.llrc.org/du/duframes.htm

http://pages.zdnet.com/trimb/id321.html

From Gulf War 1 usage of depleted uranium, the Babylon region had one of the highest ratings of radioactivity levels as late as 1997.

Here’s a link to a film on DU in Iraq.

http://www.ericblumrich.com/pl_lo.html

http://rense.com/general70/deathmde.htm

#58 The Messianic Covenant To Abraham Included Babylonia and Babylon

The promises made to Abraham regarding a Promised Land were for Abraham and his descendants and the lands were far more extensive than ever used by Israel up until this point in time.

Often overlooked by many Bible Prophecy “experts” are the prophecies concerning the future borders of Israel when Jesus Christ returns and establishes new borders for Israel’s Millennial Kingdom that will finally fulfill the promises made to Abraham and his descendants.

Israel’s future borders will be extended eastward to encompass much of what today is called Iraq. The area will include all of the old Hittite and Chaldean Empire. Joshua 1:4 notes that it will include “ALL” of the land, which means the ancient site of Babylon and all of Babylonia are to be part of the new Messianic Israel. Scholars now believe that the Chaldeans originally were the Hittites. Not only is the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 15:18-20 [and the Hittite empire is mentioned (which included Babylon) ] but again in Deuteronomy 1:7 to Moses and again to Joshua in Deuteronomy 11:24.

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Above: Map showing Hittite Empire. Green is the main empire – Pink shading along Euphrates shows conquest of Babylonian and Babylon itself by the Hittite (a.k.a Khaldee or Chaldean)  Empire. 

These Messianic prophecies come into direct conflict with the identity theory, which proposes that Iraq or ancient Babylon is the Mystery Babylon of Bible Prophecy. The conflict arises because the Babylon prophecies indicate that the land of Babylon and all of her cities and the land will remain uninhabited forever.

It should also be noted that there are some anthropologists who have strong linguistic and archaeological evidence to support their claims that the Hittites were in fact the Chaldeans with Hititites begin just a different linguistic name for the same people. Such information again, only underscores the assertion that Babylon and Babylonia of Mesopotamia are to be a part of Jesus Christ’s Messianic Kingdom and not buried underwater forever as the Mystery Babylon prophecies of Jeremiah and Revelation 18 indicate because those prophecies refer to a different, end-time super-power that exists outside of the Middle East.

We simply can’t have the Millenial Kingdom of Christ and the Israeli boundaries including the lands of Mystery Babylon which are to remain uninhabited forever and under water. Keep in mind that all of the millennial kingdom will be inhabited and prosperous. Clearly, we can not have a destroyed Mystery Babylon being part of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom.

If Mystery Babylon is Iraq and ancient Babylon then it cannot be part of the Messianic Kingdom of Jesus Christ because it cannot be both occupied and unoccupied at the same time. The prophecies dealing with Babylon’s judgment tell us that this future Babylon will never be inhabited again and will be under water. If, Babylon of Iraq is the “Mystery Babylon” then we have a clear-cut contradiction for which the Bible never contradicts itself. The contradiction is a result of misunderstandings, misapplications, and misinterpretations of the scriptural passages to Iraq as Mystery Babylon when clearly, there are 60 reasons – why Iraq can NOT be Mystery Babylon. Thus, we have no contradiction once we rule out Iraq and ancient Babylon as the future Babylon of prophecy.

#59  America Conquered Iraq and Babylon in 2003 and retains strategic control of that land and will retain that control most likely until America, the Babylon is destroyed in Divine Judgment as the Mystery Babylon.

In March of 2003, The United States of America launched an invasion and military conquest of Iraq. America captured the ancient archaeological site of Babylon. America retains strategic control of that region as well as the actual nation of Iraq which was the originally Babylonia of Nebuchadnezzar’s day. Iraq and the ancient ruins of Babylon are under the strategic control of American military forces with a puppet government that appears to be splitting Iraq into three separate regions. There is now talk of being forced to realize three separate regional entities that will no doubt become “protectorates” of the United States, much like Guam became a protectorate after World War 2 or Puerto Rico after the Spanish American War. During the war, America trashed the ancient archaeological site when it established “Camp Babylon.” There have been reports that the United States military spirited away from Babylon and Iraq’s Museum of Antiquities, key occult artifacts that may well be the fulfillment of the Isaiah 47: 12-13:

12. – Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

13. – Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

Let’s not forget also Zechariah 5: 5-11, as we hear of stories in which the US Military and Black Operations Intelligence Groups such as the CIA, DIA and other covert intelligence units may have spirited away certain occult artifacts and put them aboard giant cargo planes and air-shipped them to the United States to join other occult symbols such as The Statue of Liberty and the Goddess of Freedom atop the US Capitol Dome. Do you recall that just after the US took Baghdad, the Iraqi Museum of ancient artifacts was vandalized by thieves shortly after US soldiers on guard were pulled out? Reports indicated that before the general public began looting the museum, special ops forces dressed in black with ski masks entered the building and raided the locked vaults containing secret occult artifacts of ancient Babylon. These have never been returned but most of the remaining looted items have been located and either returned or in the process of return.

We also understand that on Easter Sunday of 2006, an occult ceremony was conducted in secret by US intelligence agents in conjunction with a US military guard and waiting nearby giant air cargo transport planes. This secret operation reportedly involved occult ceremonialism and the removal of key on-site artifacts. Let’s see if the Zechariah passage might just fit with such stories.

Zechariah 5: 5-11:

5 – Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.

6 – And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

7 – And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8 – And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

9 – Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

10 – Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?

11 – And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

Regardless of such stories, the fact that America retains strategic control of the land means that from a prophetic standpoint, America IS Babylon. But if you don’t wish to believe even this, consider …

… THE MOST LITERAL OF ALL

#60. A Populated city named Babylon on a Deepwater Port entryway to New York City

Revelation 17:18; & 18: 11-19… Did you know that when ships coming in to the harbor facilities of New York City make their final approach to the Harbor channel shipping lanes…they have to come in from the south… heading due North straight for a spot on Long Island called … BABYLON !!! That is right. The city of Babylon, New York features a tall water tower that ship captains use to navigate directly into the harbor channel. They come within view of Babylon before turning west to head into the ports of New York City.  It is from this vantage point that I believe Revelation 18: 17-19 takes place.

From this vantage point…on the deck of a ship…one could quite easily read the letters of the name Babylon on the city water tower!!! Talk about literal?? Now that is indeed literal. This is something that theorists who promote the Iraq = Babylon idea can’t match, because ancient Babylon is not a deepwater seaport. It’s so far away from the ocean that it can not possibly fit the description of Revelation 18: 17-19… in no way. But the USA can… and especially its chief city… a seaport named NYC/Babylon. Also, Babylon on Long Island derived its name because immigrant Jews founded it in 1872. The group’s rabbis chose the name almost prophetically, because they believed it would be home to a new diaspora.

Why would they think this? Because rabbinical opinions had held that ancient Babylon’s power would be moved… Zechariah 5: 5-11… and Isaiah 18:1 tells us what direction it would be moving. Isaiah 18:1 says that the spirit of Babylon would move west of the most outermost boundaries of ancient Babylon’s western-most border, beyond the rivers of Ethiopia and Egypt. [That is what is meant by the KJV term “Ethiopia”] By virtue of Isaiah’s point of observation being from Jerusalem…then the direction of movement was westward from Jerusalem…beyond the most outer of Babylon’s oldest boundaries… meaning… the occultic power that fueled Babylon would move and take up residence elsewhere in the end times.

Thus, scripture itself negates the “Iraq = Babylon” theory. Why will our “expert” scholars not accept the scriptural passages on this? Is it due to Pride? Is it due to ignorance? However, it seems to me that their hypocrisy shows. Clearly, the only logical interpretation from scripture is that it literally cannot be Iraq because the text tells us it moved. Isaiah 18:1-7 and Zechariah 5:5-11.

Early rabbinical writers commented on this well before the time of Christ. They made note that the “mystical woman of Babylon” had moved out of the Babylonian Empire and had been taken westward beyond the ancient boundaries of Babylonia. Those most westward boundaries were considered to be Egypt and Ethiopia. The woman was taken west of those two countries. They noted that the woman would not be found in its old location of Mesopotamia for the fulfillment of the final prophecies, which would be fulfilled at the coming of Messiah.

These rabbinical commentators believed that a future Babylon that was prophesied by Isaiah and Jeremiah would be located west of Egypt and Ethiopia. They believed the woman of Zechariah 5 was headed west of those boundaries and hence out of uttermost regions of Babylonia/Shinar/Chaldea. Yes, they believed she was being taken west of Egypt and Ethiopia in that basket. Why? Note that the observer’s vantage point was already in the land of Shinar.

Shinar is yet another term for the ancient nation of Babylonia or Chaldea. Therefore we must pay attention to that scriptural direction and realize that it must be a new nation that carries the old Babylonian character traits. You’ll note that the verse is indicating it is a different Shinar than the Chaldean or Babylonian land called Shinar. How do we know that? Isaiah 18:1-2 tells us from the observer’s vantage point of Jerusalem that the phrase beyond the rivers of Ethiopia is an ancient idiomatic reference to the farthest borders of Babylon at the time of Cush, father of Nimrod. Nimrod inherited that land from his father and so that Egypt and Ethiopia were the extreme western border of Babylonia or Shinar or Chaldea.

Now, Isaiah is telling us that a future Babylon would exist at the time of the coming of Messiah and it would be located beyond the old Babylonian Empirical boundaries of Egypt and Ethiopia, which was the Cush empire that Nimrod inherited. It too was Shinar. Zechariah is then referencing that the woman is being flown out of Babylonia/Chaldea/Shinar to a new land of Shinar. This confirms what the prophet Isaiah had written earlier concerning a future Babylon being located west of the old Babylon.

There is reportedly a team of archaeological experts preparing to publish the results of many years of work in which they claim to have documentation that the Babylonians occupied North America and Mexico as colonies as early as around 3,000 BC. If this were true then it may further highlight and underscore the reason for these statements made by the prophets and the rabbinical commentaries.

We do know this…that the nation being referred to is none other than … …

60th Reason Why Iraq Can Not Be MB–5/2/06

60th Reason Why Iraq Can Not Be MB

 

 

A 60th Reason Why Iraq Can’t Be Mystery Babylon
 by R.A. Coombes

 

There are some Bible Prophecy “experts” that would lead us to believe that Iraq is the Mystery Babylon of prophcy. They confidently tell us that Babylon will be rebuilt soon into the “super-power” c-i-t-y of prophecy that will be the world’s capital city. Scripturally, they are dead wrong. We’ve proven that in volume 2 and chapter 4 of a book entitled: “America, The Babylon.” That chapter is entitled: “57 Reasons Why Iraq Can Not Be Mystery Babylon.”

Since the publication of that book in 2002, America conquered “Babylon” and is now in control of Babylon. In December of 2004, we wrote an updated article (link) sharing 2 new critical and very essential reasons why Iraq can not be Mystery Babylon. Now we have a 60th reason why Iraq can not be “Mystery Babylon” and that reason is something called “radioactivity.”

Iraq is now extremely “radioactive” because of America’s use of ammunition that uses depleted uranium, the same basic component used for nuclear weapons, only in lesser strength in and of itself. Rifle bullets and artillery shells were packed with small amounts of radioactive, depleted uranium. Once fired, the shells and bullets spread small doses of radio-activity throughout much of Iraq and especially in hot spots like ancient Babylon. Each bullet or shell, was thought to be seemingly harmless in terms of radioactivity. What was not anticipated was the voluminous use of such radioactive materials scattered across the battlefields of Iraq. Such voluminous use has created large quantities of low-level radioactivity that in volume has created a dangerous atmosphere and environment for virtually all of Iraq.

The radioactive dust has found its way into the soil and water supplies, contaminating every-thing it comes into contact with. The radioactivity levels are high enough that Iraq is experiencing contamination levels much like that of a “nuclear dirty-bomb” in terms of the after-effects. Not only are Iraqi’s dying from exposure but so are US and allied soldiers.

Uranium is a very reactive metal, easily oxidising to U3O8 and UO2.

A single 120mm Abrams tank DU shell contains 3kg of U-238 (111MBq of activity) and there is 275g (10.1MBq) in a 30mm GAU-8A A-10 Thunderbolt cannon shell. These ‘penetrators’ explode on impact, with up to 80% conversion to tiny long-lived glassy beads of Uranium Oxide from <1 micron to 5 microns diameter.

These ‘hot particles’ can travel for very large distances, even hundreds of miles, under the influence of wind, fire and are easily resuspended. The smaller particles can easily pass through the lung into the blood and lymphatic system.

Depleted Uranium has a half-life of 4.5 BILLION YEARS! Radiation levels in Iraq are between 1,000 and 1,900 times above normal. That’s 1,000x to 1,900x more than normal.

Would you want to build the world’s capital city on top of that kind of radiation rating with a half life of 4.5 Billion years of radioactivity??? We think not. So does the Illuminati.

“On impact, uranium penetrators burn fiercely to give an aerosol of sub micron diameter oxide particles which are largely insoluble and remain in the environment for many years. There is considerable public and scientific concern that these radioactive particles may remain suspended for long periods, or may become resuspended and are therefore available for inhalation by non combatants at some distance from the point of impact. Little research seems to have been carried out on the distance travelled by the uranium aerosols. The military maintain that the uranium remains near the point of impact, and the Royal Society report (2002) also states that the material does not travel more than some tens of metres. On the other hand, measurements of uranium in local populations in Kosovo some nine months after the use of uranium weapons all tested positive for depleted uranium in urine (Priest 2004) and The United Nations (UNEP) found uranium particles in air filters in Bosnia some years after its use. The question of the dispersion of uranium aerosols from the battlefield is of significant legal interest, since if a radioactive weapon resulted in the general contamination of the public in the country of deployment or elsewhere, the weapon would be classifiable as one of indiscriminate effect. There is now conceded to be no safe level of exposure to radiation. Further, there are major scientific questions over the risk models used to assess the health effects of uranium particle exposure from weapons use. In addition there is evidence of ill health in many of those exposed to uranium particles from Gulf veterans to the population of Iraq. Terry Jemison at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stated in August 2004 that over 518,000 Gulf-era veterans (14-year period) are now on medical disability, and that 7,039 were wounded on the battlefield in that same period. Over 500,000 U.S. veterans are homeless. * In some studies of soldiers who had normal babies before the war, 67 percent of the post-war babies are born with severe birth defects – missing brains, eyes, organs, legs and arms, and blood diseases. * In southern Iraq, scientists are reporting five times higher levels of gamma radiation in the air, which increases the radioactive body burden daily of inhabitants. In fact, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan are uninhabitable.”

* Cancer starts with one alpha particle under the right conditions. One gram of DU is the size of a period in this sentence and releases 12,000 alpha particles per second.”

The Sin of Dogmatism On The Timing Of The Rapture–9/25/06

The Sin of Dogmatism on the Timing of the Rapture

The Sin of Dogmatism

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The Timing of the Rapture

By

 R.A. Coombes

Another Rapture-alert has come and gone again, as have so many over the years. Rapture alerts, of course, are an activity limited primarily to those who hold to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture-timing position and refer to points in time where believers speculate their particular Rapture timing theory might occur and eagerly expect the Rapture to transpire.

We’ve just passed another one of those times, with the ending of this year’s Rosh Hashanah festivals. There are many who think that the Rapture will occur during this Jewish festival time of 2 days. The theory itself, is intriguing and features some very compelling points. This year, was especially of interest because Rosh Hashanah parallels the Crucifixion-Resurrection which doesn’t happen too often.

This year also coincided with the theory that a “generation” is 40 years
and is the length of a generation referred to by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:34 when He said that “this generation will not pass away til all these things be fulfilled.”  The “these things” refers to descriptions of prophetic events that will occur at the time of His Return. The theory then takes the 40 years and tacks that to a key event that starts the clock countdown.

Years ago, many thought that clock started ticking with the rebirth of Israel. After the 1967 “6-Day” war, others speculated that this event would start that 40 year clock to ticking. Now we find that the end of 40 years is up next June. This means that IF this theory is correct and IF the Rosh Hashanah theory is correct, then the Rosh Hashanah should be the festival in which He Returns. Now that Rosh Hashanah has ended, we can rule out that particular theory regarding Rosh Hashanah during the 40 year period beginning in 1967,

Now because nothing happened at Rosh Hashanah, 2006, does not mean the Rapture will not occur on a future Rosh Hashanah, nor does it mean that the Lord can not rapture the church, in our opinion between now and next June 6.  However, the passage of another failed anticipation date does cause us to pause and consider again, this whole notion of “date-setting.”

We’ve always cautioned against the general idea of specific date-setting, as well as trying to be dogmatic on where the Rapture occurs on the prophetic time-lines, i.e. Pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib or pre-wrath, etc etc.

No one, has the right, to be dogmatic on affixing the Rapture to any point on the prophetic time-line. The idea of a Pre-trib rapture is nothing more or less than theoretical. The idea of a Pre-wrath or Mid-trib or a Post-Trib rapture, all are nothing more or less than purely theoretical and none deserve any hint of dogmatism. To dogmatically assert any timing position on the rapture is intellectual dishonesty and a disservice to the cause of Christ. None of these theories can be dogmatically proven from the texts of scripture. NONE, not one.

The arrogance, the wicked, sinful pride of some people who make such dogmatic assertions is an absolute SIN that I believe becomes an Abomination before God. YOU DON”T KNOW!  I DO NOT KNOW! NO ONE but the Father KNOWS when its going to happen on the timelines, let alone the actual year or day or hour. Yet, Satan has craftily deceived many, including many A-O readers, many preachers, many seminary professors and many theologians and prophecy experts of all persuasions into thinking that their pet theory is and can be dogmatically asserted as absolute truth. Those who do so are an abomination and a disgrace before God and disgrace the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If, you have ever made such dogmatic assertions, I hope that the Holy Spirit will convict you of this wickedness, because it creates a false perception within yourself and others in regards to something that simply cannot and was not to be theorized dogmatically. In reality such attitudes are stimulated and propelled by extreme pride and arrogance on the part of the person making such dogmatic assertions.

It should be noted that pride and arrogance are among the “greatest” or most “problematic” of sins, because they are some of the hardest ones for the perpetrator to even realize and recognize that such an attitude he’s holding is an abomination before God. Where is the humility? Where is the humility, today, among the Prophecy watchers when it seems so many, become so dogmatic, on their own pet little timing theories?

The next time, someone comes up to you, or emails you, or their writings cross your path in a book or article and makes a dogmatic assertion about when the Rapture will occur on God’s prophetic timeline, just realize that you are being confronted by someone who is in the process of committing the sin of pride and arrogance and who, in reality is a spiritually immature believer at best.

 

Overthrowing God Part 2–1/14/07

Overthrowing God Part Two

IRAN TO BE NUKED
Rumbling Rumors Flying Again
Is Bush’s Foreign Policy About Controlling Oil – Or Is It A Tool Of
Satan To Overthrow God?
 Click here for Part 1


In Part-One of this article, we dealt with the late-breaking news and rumbling rumors surrounding United States foreign policy issues and the ongoing military planning for military action to be taken against Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

In Part-Two we are going to examine again Iran’s prophetic role in the end-times scenarios described in Biblical Prophecy plus how current events may be signaling a subtle attempt by Satan to overthrow God even before the Tribulation begins.

We will first examine Iran’s role in the Biblical Prophecies and then we’ll examine the implications of America destroying Iran before Iran can fulfill the Biblical Prophetic role that is prophesied for Iran. We’ll examine the implications and what is really going on in the spiritual world behind the scenes and we’ll examine Satan’s strategy in this tug-of-war on planet earth in the geo-political realm.

The answers may shock and suprise you, but one thing is for certain, we’re at a very important cross-roads in spiritual, cosmic history and sad to say, but the church and Evangelical and Fundamentalist leaders have NO CLUE whatsoever as to what is going on right now, this minute and the ramifications of this current Iranian nuclear crisis. We assert that it is an early attempt by Satan to overthrow God, right now, not at the battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming.

YES, that’s right. You have read the above correctly. God is being attacked right now by Satan through George Bush and the neocons in a Satanic bid to make God a liar in His predictions. Sound wild? We’ll explain, but first, most, if not all of you who read this will need some extensive background in order to understand the point we’re trying to make.

Iran in Bible Prophecy
Iran is known in Bible Prophecy under different names including the name of Persia and Media. Elam also was a part of what is now present-day Iran.

 

 

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Above: In yellow, the extent of the Median Empire – (the Medes)

These references are found only in the Old Testament prophecies as no nations are specifically mentioned by name in the book of Revelation except for the code-named symbolism of Babylon in Revelation. Let’s look at all relevant prophetic passages in the Old Testament that pertain directly to the areas now found in the borders of Iran.

#1. = Media (aka: “the Medes” & “Madai” [Strong’s Code: #4074] Chaldean term – A country in Central Asia, a segment of what is now called Iran – located in the northwestern quadrant on the border with Iraq and at one time covered part of present day Iraq.


Terms are found in the following passage pertaining to future Biblical Prophecy:


Isaiah 13:17 – Medes

“Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

”Isaiah 21:2 – Media

“A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.”

Jermmiah 51: 11 & 28 – Medes


11Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

28Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.

#2. = Persia [Strong’s Code: #6539] Present-day as Iran

Ezekiel 27:10 – Persia

10They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in thine army, thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness.


Ezekiel 38:  5 — Persia


 5Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

Background on the Mede Empire:

Little is known about the Medes, they are believed to be an Aryan (Indo-European) people like the Persians. They entered the Iranian plateau around 1800 BC and settled over a huge area in north-western Iran some time earlier than the Persians. The Medes were divided into six tribes (the Busae, the Paretaceni, the Struchates, the Arizanti, the Budii and the Magi). Their first mention is in the Assyrian records of Shalmeneser III in about 836 BC who referred to them the “Madai”. About 625 BC, Cyaxares reorganised the Median army into a effective fighting force. He organised it into distinct units of spearmen, archers and cavalry which up till that time had fought as a intermingled mass. Initially, subject to Assyria, to which they paid an annual tribute and controlled by the Scythians, Cyaxares was able to defeat first the Scythians, then in alliance with the Babylonians and Scythians, destroyed the Assyrian capital of Nineveh in 612 BC. The Median empire with its capital at Ecbatana (present-day Hamadan) was to last until 549 BC, when the last Median king, Astyages (584-549), was defeated by Cyrus The Great.

Background of Elam and its empire:

Elam’s political and military power came to an end in 646 BC, when Ashurbanipal’s Assyrian army marched into the eastern districts of Elam and sacked the city of Susa. The Persians then overran what was left of the Elamite empire and incorporated much of the Elamite traditions, culture, dress and knowledge into their own. The Elamite language was adopted and became an official langauage of the Achaemenids and was used for records and inscriptions. Susa, one of the main Elamite cities became the Achaemenid capital.http://members.ozemail.com.au/~ancientpersia/people.html#parthia  


Background on Persia


When Cyrus the great (reigned 550 to 529 BCE.) created the throne of Persia, the Near East was divided between the Medes, Babylonians, Lydians, and Cilician kingdoms. Cyrus was an able soldier and a great statesman and he was also a merciful king, one of his deeds was to grant the Jews to return from their exile in Babylon to their homeland in Israel and rebuild the temple of Solomon. Cyrus then conquered the Medes and then the Babylonian empire before moving on to later conquering much of the known world except for Egypt, which later fell to his son Cambyses II. The son reigned only 7 years before he also died. The empire’s leadership then was led by Darius who solidified the power of the empire, which remained solid until the time of Alexander, the Great.

 

Iran’s Role In Prophecy


Iran in the Babylon Prophecies


Iran’s role in Biblical prophecy is two-fold. She is mentioned in the destruction of a future Babylon super-power, known in Revelation as “mystery Babylon” or “Babylon, the Megala.” She is also found in the prophecies concerning the invasion of Israel by Magog and Magog’s allies. We find her mentioned in the Babylon prophecies in the following passages:


Isaiah 13:17

“Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.”


Jeremiah 51: 11 & 28

11Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

28Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion. 

The passage of verse 28 comes in conjunction with verse 27 which indicates she has allies. Those allies are:


27Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers.


So who are the three allies of Iran?


#1. Ararat

The kingdom of Ararat is a bit difficult to know for certain. The obvious location for Ararat would seem to be present-day Turkey, but that is not necessarily the case. There is actually another mountain in northern Iran that is also referred to as Ararat. It exists in the same mountain range as the Ararat of Turkey.


#2. Minni

Minni is believed to be by most scholars, the area we know today as Armenia in what was once the old Yugoslavia. However, in ancient times, Armenia covered much more than Yugoslavia. It covered portions of the old Soviet Republics around the Caspian Sea region. It is thought that the Chechnyan region was also part of the Armenian kingdom.


#3, Ashchenaz
There are many Bible scholars who follow the Hebrew Lexographer, Gesenius, into thinking that Ashchenaz is a reference to Germany. Gesenius was a scholar who lived more than two centuries ago. While most of his dictionary definitions are solid in every way, Gesenius was not perfect. He was not very good when it came to anthropoligical geography.  To put it another way, he wasn’t perfect in determining where some of the ancient nations/tribes really lived.

Gesenius ascribes the Ashchenaz term to mean “Germany” because there is where many “Ashchenazi Jews” resided for several centuries. However, closer inspection of the term, bolstered by modern archaeology and anthropology strongly suggests that the term “Ashchenaz” was originally applied to a region of Turkey, closer to the Caspian Sea.

The idea that the Ashchenaz is a region around the Caspian Sea makes more sense because that is where the other two named “tribes” or “kingdoms” were located as well as the “Medes” or shall we say, the Iranians.

It makes no sense that the prophecies would put 3 of 4 named national entities around the Caspian Sea region and then include an isolated entity clear up in northern Europe. This is especially so, when we realize that there is an alternate Ashchenaz located in that same Caspian region adjacent to the other three kingdoms. To hold to the theory that Ashchenaz means Germany is, we think, not only silly, but illogical.
We understand that this is not the only error Gesenius made in trying to place a name to a geographical location. His more famous error in our opinion is in regards to the Gog-Magog identity issue of where Magog was located at the time of Ezekiel and also of the location of Meshech and Tubal, which Gesenius believed were references for Moscow and Tobalsk of Russia as well as Magog being of Russia.
Better anthropologists note that Magog was located in Turkey, so was Gomer. Some more renowned Bible Prophecy “experts” claim Gomer is Germany. Again, this goes against more solid scientific research that notes ancient evidence points to Turkey, not Russia nor Germany, but alas, we digress.

RECAP:
Iran and three allies are prophesied to have a role in the destruction of “Babylon, the Megala” or “mystery Babylon.” Please note however that there is more than one judgment of Babylon. In fact there are two different judgments. There apparently is more than one entity involed in carrying out the judgments. We’ll look at both of these aspects next before we further explore the role of Iran and her allies in Babylon’s demise.

 

Two Judgment Destructions for “Babylon, the Megala:”

 

There are 2, count them – 2 different and distinct judgments of “mystery Babylon.” The first is a fiery judgment as found in Isaiah 13 and Jeremiah 50-51 plus Revelation 17 and 18.


Fire Judgment

Isaiah 13:19 – implied

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Isaiah 47: 14

Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

Jeremiah 50: 32

And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him. [Note: cities is plural – meaning a whole nation and not just a city.]

Jeremiah 51: 30 & 58

30–“The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.

58–“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.

Revelation 17:16

16–“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. [ This passage is badly mangled by translators. The FIRE does the burning, eating and making her desolate, etc. The beast and 10 horns are passively standing by watching per the Greek rules of grammar.]

Revelation 18: 9

9–“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,

Revelation 18:18

18–“And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! “


The aftermath of that judgment is a period of time in which Babylon is a desert.


Isaiah 13: 19-22

19 — “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

 20 –” It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. 

21– “But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.  

22– “And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.”

 

Note that Revelation 18: 6 tips us off to the fact that there are 2 distinct and different judgments. “Double unto her double…” and … “fill to her double.”

Revelation 18:6 

6 — “Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.”

We note that Jeremiah describes two distinctly different destructions of Babylon. The first was the fire judgment followed by an indeterminate period of time when the vacant land is a desert-like environment and uninhabited. Later we find references to a judgment that is totally at odds with a fire judgment because it involves not only water, but the land sinking beneath the waves. It’s a little hard to have a fire judgment and desert-like conditions if the land is underwater. Thus, we find that Revelation 18:6 must be refering to two distinctly different judgments in time with two different, antithetical descriptions, fire versus water.

Note also that the sequence is fire first followed by water judgment. This sequence of events is directly the reverse of the global judgments against the planet. How so? The flood of Noah was the first Divine, global judgment. The second, Divine, global judgment is fire at the end of the age. Thus, the divine global judgments are the exact opposite in sequence as to the judgments on “mystery Babylon.” Why? You’ll have to ask God, Himself. There is no indication in the texts as to why this dichotomy, but we suspect there is a reason, we’re just not able to see it at the moment.


Water Judgment

Jeremiah 51: 42

42 — “The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.”

Jeremiah 51: 55

55 — “Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered.”

Jermiah 51:64

64 — “And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.”

Revelation 18:21

21 — “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”  

Who Attacks Babylon?

 

We’ve established now that there are two different, unique judgments and they occur at two different points of time. The question now becomes: who does what and when? The question is easier to ask than to answer.

We will establish that there is more than one group of attackers in the judgments of Babylon, the Megala, or “mystery Babylon.” Keep in mind though, that throughout the prophetic passages there are numerous references where God says that He, Himself conducts the judgment, yet we know that God does work through other entities to carry out His judgment so we can’t stand on those passages alone. They are however, found mostly in Jeremiah 50 and 51.


#1. Sinless ones, aka “Angelic, Heavenly forces. see Isaiah 13: 1-6, implied in v.19. Also in the book of Revelation 16:17-21 and in Revelation 18:21.


Isaiah 13: 1-6

1 — “The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

2 — “Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.  

3 — ” I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.  

4 — ” The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.

 5 — ” They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. 

6 — ” Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.” 

 

Note that this passage begins with abbreviated Hebrew idioms in verse 2, “a banner” is an abbreviated Hebrew idiom of Messianic reference. The Hebrew abbreviation here is for “gevlai she’l Meschiach or “the banner of the Messiah.” This idiom refers to the Messianic requirement that the Messiah must be met at the gates of Jerusalem by dignitaries from each of the 12 tribes of Israel and then ushered through the gates into Jerusalem to be proclaimed King of the Jews. 


This notion of meeting the Messiah at the gates comes from the Messianic tradition that the Messiah comes from outside of Israel’s borders. Thus, to fulfill the Messianic prophecies, and make sure that the “nobles” of the 12 tribes are present at Jerusalem to greet the Messiah, an elaborate flag-signal corps system was created using flagmen on various hills that would wave a special “Messiah’s flag” to the watchman on the next hill who when he saw the Messiah’s flag waved, would in turn grab his Messiah flag and wave it to the surrounding watchmen on other nearby hills, Thus, an alert could be flashed throughout the nation, quickly in order to get the news to the “Nobles” so that they might arrive at the gates of Jerusalem in time to greet the Messiah and not keep the Messiah waiting.


This elaborate process was idiomized by the phrase: “Banner of the Messiah.” There were other Hebrew Messianic idioms as well, but the “Banner” idiom was used most frequently in the Babylon prophecies of the Old Testament. Another such term was ‘annointing the shields’ (shield meaning a military defensive tool) in which the term ‘annointing’ was actually the same term as “Messiah” which means “annointed one.” So “annointing” the shields meant, “Messiahing, the shields.” We see this in Isaiah 21:5 “annoint the shield.”
It should also be noted that the term for “banner” has been translated differently by different translators but yet the original Hebrew is still referring to the “banner” of the Messiah. You’ll find the next most translated variation to be “standard” which also means banner or flag.


When Isaiah or Jeremiah used such Messianic idioms it was an abbreviated way of indicating that the text that followed was to be interpreted as indicating the descriptions that followed were for the time period of the “coming of Messiah.”
We can therefore understand that Isaiah 13 and 14 as well as Jeremiah 50 and 51 are referring to a future Babylon at the time of the coming of Messiah, and not to the Babylon of the Captivity period.


We see this first Messianic idiom in verse 2 of Isaiah 13 which tells us that everything else that follows is a description of events at the time of the coming of Messiah. Note that the verse actually offers a shortened explanation of what we just gave you. The tip-offs besides the use of the term ‘banner’ are “high mountain” and “gates of the nobles.”
Now, in verse 3 we get some equally vague and even more obscure Hebrew idioms which are describing those who will carry out God’s wrath and judgment upon Babylon. These terms are “sanctified ones” = which actually is in some ways poorly translated and yet accurate.


The term itself literally is:  “those who are called to my nose.” It is an idiom referring to the Passover custom of bringing pleasant smelling herbs to the nose to sniff and be pleased with. In the Passover connection, it is a way of teaching the Jews that just as the herbs are pleasant to inhale, so too are God’s sinless ones, the ones whom God has cleansed from sin and are now sweet-smelling and pleasant to God’s nose. So in one short phrase, the text in verse 3 is indicating that God has commanded – sinless ones — but what are they commanded to do?

 

The next phrase simply amplifies and further describes the sinless ones – as being His “mighty ones” for executing His anger/wrath. In other words, God has commanded certain, sinless beings who are exceedingly powerful warriors to execute His judgment.
The end of the verse further describes these sinless, super-powerful warriors as being the ones who “rejoice” in God’s highness. This means, they give Him full worship and respect His high office. In other words, we’re reading a description of key angelic, celestial beings of great power and rank in God’s heavenly realm who have been commanded to execute judgment upon Babylon and the Earth.


Verse 4 further describes this Angelic host as making a lot of noise, like a large group of people on a mountain top that echoes through the valley in a way that indicates a great quantity of people. They’re as noisy as all the nations of the earth on a mountain top making noise. This is a metaphorical way of saying that they have as much or more power as all of humanity combined. The latter part of the phrase indicates that God is calling His angelic army together for war on Planet Earth.


Verse 5 indicates that these Heavenly forces come from beyond Planet Earth, but unfortunately the English translators of every version miss this key point as they put the translation together. Note that the phrase “from the end of heaven” really means from the abode of God’s throne, or Heaven. The early phrase – “from a far country” in the Hebrew does not mean “country” as a country on Planet Earth. We go into great detail on this passage, in fact the entire Isaiah passages in Volume 1 of “America, The Babylon.” In Volume 1 we analyze in greater detail the Hebrew terms and how the passages are put together. If you’ve not obtained a copy or read “America, The Babylon: Volumes 1 and 2” you owe it to yourself to get a copy, read it and then follow up with your own, extended study.


The translator’s assumptions are that the passage is referring to human beings and not angelic ones. Why would they make such a mistaken conclusion? We’re not sure, but any time you get a project done by committee, you’ve got problems. Committees argue. Committees are good for compromises. No doubt, this passage was put together on compromises, first by the KJV translators.
The KJV translators “set the bar” by which all other translating committees look to for guidance. Keep in mind that many of the KJV translators were either Roman Catholic, atheists, or Freemasons. King James was the leader of British Freemasonry and doing the bidding of Satan, early on. Yet, today, many swear that the KJV is sinless, without error and the verbal, plennary inspired translation by God, not by men. We think such views are signs of total mental capitulation to insanity and total ignorance of the facts. But again, we digress.


Verse 6 tells us further that the timing of the chapter is at the beginning of “The Day of the Lord” or- to put it another way, the beginning of  the Tribulation period, which is the same as the “Day of the Lord.”


So, Isaiah 13:1-6 is describing the destroyers of a future Babylon-super-power as being angelic beings who come from the throne room of God with explicit instructions to destroy Babylon just as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. (See Isaiah 13:19).


In Revelation 16:17-21 we find the angel with the 7th vial (or bowl) judgment on Earth. This occurs just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Verse 19 then describes what ensues after the the vial (bowl) is poured out onto Earth. Verse 19 indicates a global judgment and Babylon is remembered again and refers again to that cup that was doubled (see Rev 18:6). Whatever this global event is, the result is that the mountains of the world collapse, the islands in the seas vanish beneath the waves. “Babylon” the “great city” = “megala-polis” = super-power city/state/nation … in verse 19 we see Babylon, the “megala-polis or Babylon, the super-power city/state/nation is divided into 3 parts and as this happens, the cities of the nations of the Earth also fall.

I take it that verse 19 is describing some sort of super-earthquake that really shakes the entire Planet to its very core. Babylon splits into thirds and Revelation 18:21 may be describing why or what triggers this further

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21 — “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”


Activity by an angelic being again is the source of the activity. Notice that the sea is involved and an object plunges into it, creating some sort of massive tsunami, no doubt, particularly from the point of an orbital position as is being described in the verse.

This verse combined with the previous passage of the 7th vial along with the Jeremiah 51 passages about water coming up over Babylon, really lets us know that Angelic activity is definitely involved in the judgment on Babylon.

The question becomes which judgment? Is it for both judgments or only one judgment and if only one judgment, which one?

We think for certain, the angelic activity is certainly described for Judgment #2, the water judgment at the Second Coming of Christ. But what about the first judgment? This researcher has thought all along that the first judgment was also executed solely by angelic forces.

However, that is in total conflict with the passages about the Medes and its allies in the Jeremiah 51 passage as well as Isaiah 13:17.

The Jeremiah passage is a bit more explicit, and indicates that the Medes/Iranians are involved in some sort of attack against the military forces of Babylon. For years, it was this researchers contention that the Jeremiah and Isaiah references to Iran simply indicated that Iran and her regional allies would simply attack the “super-Babylon” military forces stationed in the Persian Gulf region. In other words, Iran and her allies would be attacking American forces in the Persian Gulf region, most likely at the same time or shortly after the continental United States is attacked and destroyed by Angelic forces coming out of the heavens in a scene reminescent of the Hollywood movie, “Independence Day.” 

Such conclusions were drawn in part because, at that time, years ago, it was ludicrous to think Iran might obtain an arsenal of nuclear weapons and the means to get them to the continental United States. Howver, with the rise of the Iranian nuclear crisis, it is now becoming clear that Iran may now or in the near future, have the capability of nuclear weapons that could be delivered onto the continental United States and thus Iran has the capability now perhaps or soon to have the capacity for destroying America, the Babylon just as the prophecies describe.

In the past week before this article was written, Iran revealed to the world that it has missiles capable of holding multiple nuclear warheads. Iran also has at least 12 nuclear cruise missiles that it bought on the “Black Market” a few years ago from the Ukrainian stockpiles left over after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its arsenal of nuclear weapons. This means that now, Iran may well be capable of inflicting the kind of damage described in the Biblical Prophecies for Babylon-America and we assert that America is the future Babylon as prophesied in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah 5 and Revelation 16:17-21 and Revelation chapters 17 and 18.


So, if Iran is capable of fulfilling the judgment descriptions of Isaiah and Jeremiah and Revelation 17 then what about the other possible attackers? We’re not referring to the angelic option either. We are talking about one other entity as described in Jeremiah 51: 2, the “fanners” of Babylon. This researcher believes and has for some time now, that the term is a reference to terrorists of Al Qaeda or Iran or the New World Order. But alas, we’re now pushing into a subject that is beyond the scope of this article and requires a separate study, which we are also working on getting finished and published in the near future.


So, we’ve now established that the Babylon prophecies do indicate some sort of role to be performed by Iran in the prophecies that describe the destruction of America, The Babylon.


I want you to hold that thought for now, while we examine the Ezekiel role that Iran must play in the Gog-Magog invasion attempt against Israel.

 

Iran in the Gog-Magog Prophecy

 

Ezekiel chapter 38:5 indicates that the nation of Magog attempts to invade Israel and brings allied nations along in the invasion attempt. We’ll start this short explanation with a look at verses 2 through 6


2 — ” Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

3 — ” And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

4 — ” And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

5 — ” Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

6 — ” Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

It is not our purpose here to examine the prophecy itself, other than to note that Persia, also known as Iran is mentioned as being one of the nations allied with Magog in the invasion attempt against Israel.


Now, there is some debate as to when this invasion takes place. Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost in his book: “Things To Come” notes several timing theories but takes the conclusion that it occurs at the midway point in the Tribulation period. We tend to agree with him, that such a view makes the most common sense in light of other timing elements found in the prophecies, but I wouldn’t be quite so dogmatic on the point as are many others. It is possible that the Magog invasion comes earlier, perhaps even before the start of the Tribulation period but this researcher has a hard time accepting that timing possibility, but I wouldn’t rule it completely out of bounds.

I do think, however, that the Magog invasion comes after the first judgment of “mystery Babylon” or I should say after the first judgment of “America, The Babylon.” Now, with that being the case, that the Magog invasion comes after America’s demise, then Iran has a role to play not only in America’s destruction but also plays a role in Magog’s invasion attempt of Israel.


Prophetic and Theological Implications of the USA Nuking Iran

Now we’re getting to the main point of this article and the new revelations about American Foreign Policy regarding Iran and a military solution to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
IF, President Bush orders a nuclear strike (or as Seymour Hersh indicates, a bombing campaign made up of hundreds of air sorties over an extended period of time,) and Iran is bombed back into the stone age and this is done prior to the prophetic fulfillments, and IF America really is Babylon, then how can Iran fulfill its role in such prophecies if Iran is thoroughly destroyed first? What are the prophetic and theological implications of such an event?

Prophetically, if America destroys Iran before Iran can destroy America or chip in to help destroy America’s Persian Gulf forces, then God’s Word in regards to the Babylon prophecies are in error. Thus God has prophesied an event that didn’t or won’t happen.
Furthermore, the Magog prophecies will have become null and void and also unfulfilled and therefore also in error. In other words, GOD SINS and will be proven by Satan to be a sinner just like everyone else! What are the implications of this?

 

Theologically Speaking:


The theological implications of God false predicting an event means that God is no longer perfect but has become a sinner just as humanity and the angelic realm that is and has been working to overthrow God. The implications are profound. It means then also that Jesus Christ might not be returning for His own. It also may well mean that Satan defeats God and removes God from His throne and is replaced by Satan, himself.


I know most of you are reading this and going into shock, wondering if we’ve flipped out. Please just hold your horses. Don’t jump to any false conclusions just yet. I know its tempting, but just bite your keyboard and monitor while you continue to read further.


What we’ve concluded is not what will happen, but rather what would likely be the case should President Bush order the nuclear destruction of Iran. Such an order, in reality, would not be Bush’s order, but rather an order initiated by Satan Himself and passed down through channels, probably throught the Illuminati controllers of Bush, perhaps the neocon Illumnists who surround the Bush White House as advisors.


Really, if you stop and think about it, the idea is ingenious and is as bold a move as Satan has made to thwart God since Satan had Jesus crucified on the cross, thinking to himself that victory was finally his at last. I’ll bet that as Jesus hung on the cross, Satan was thinking to himself how good it would soon feel to be sitting on the cosmic throne that God had once sat on since eternity began.

Satan has made numerous attempts to overthrow God via humanity. The first time was in the Garden of Eden when man fell. No doubt, Satan thought he’d won the war then too. Later, Satan thought he’d outsmart God by sending his angelic forces to earth to start a hybrid species of part-fallen angel and part-human. That little strategem didn’t work to well either thanks to the global flood.

Satan’s attempt to wipe out Israel and the Jews hasn’t worked out too well either over the centuries, but you certainly have to understand that if there is one thing that Satan is – he’s persistent, and this is underscored by Satan’s ongoing desire to wipe the Jews from the face of the earth. Of course, the ultimate coup attempt by Satan was to have Jesus Christ crucified and killed. Satan really thought he had it all won by that point, only to find out that his little strategem had so backfired as to seal Satan’s fate.

Of course, Satan’s persistence won’t let him give up. So he perseveres with another little strategem to destroy God by preventing a prophecy from coming to fulfillment. In this case, the destruction of Iran before Iran can fulfill its role in prophetic events.


Perhaps, President Bush will only order tactical nuclear weapons or merely conventional weapons because God will put it into his mind not to try to annihilate Iran.

It also may well be the case that God intends to destroy America, first, before Bush can destroy Iran!

We’re more inclined to think the latter rather than the former, but hey, you never can really know for sure on something like this. We can only say that God has his options open. We can also say that we are in an historic moment in the Cosmos like no other time perhaps because of this developing Satanic challenge to God’s Sovereignty and Sinless Nature.

We have no doubt that God will once again “whip” Satan and thoroughly make Satan look like the idiot that he really is, but alas, an intelligent idiot, who is still a grave threat to human beings. Our biggest concern though is that amidst all of this, the first judgment of America may unfold and the fire judgment may destroy America.

The question for us is:

Does Jesus Return First to Remove Believers To Safety including American Believers?

Or does the Babylon judgment occur before He Returns?

We think, based especially but not solely on Revelation 18:4 that Jesus Christ will return first and call up His Church and ressurect the Saints who have died first and do so before the judgment on America, The Babylon begins.

This all means folks, that we could be very, very, very close to His Return For His Church. We would encourage each of you who are fellow believers to keep looking up because our redemption may be drawing nigh sooner than we realize. Click here for Part 1

Overthrowing God Part 1–1/14/07

Overthrowing God Part One

Overthrowing God? 
Part One
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Originalliy posted April 4-10-06

 

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IRAN TO BE NUKED
Rumbling Rumors Flying Again

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Above: Bush Sr & Jr at Satanic Ritual Summer Camp: Bohemian Grove before Jr became president. Both Bush’s also belong to Satanic “Skull and Bones” club. Is Satan using Bush to overthrow God using the Iranian crisis as a tool to defeat God?

Is Bush’s Foreign Policy About Controlling Oil – Or Is It A Tool Of
Satan To Overthrow God?


At A-O, our souces within the GOP have been rumbling their rumors for months now, that advisors close to Bush (read “neo-cons”) had been hinting strongly that the only way to deal with Iran’s nuclear program effectively was to use nuclear weapons on Iran’s key underground installations. Why?

 

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Above: Isfahan facility. In background, mountains contain deep underground facilities that conventional bombs won’t phase, nor likey tactical nuclear weapons either.
Iran’s key nuclear facilities are buried deep within the mountains of Iran and those facilities are deemed to be nearly impenetrable by conventional bombs including the “bunker-busters” and “daisy-cutters.” The only thing that can take out such facilities are nuclear bombs.

 

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Above: Map of Iran’s main nuclear facility locations.

From the rumors that we’ve picked up from the cocktail circuits both inside and outside the DC Beltway, we understand that tactical nuclear weapons are not favored by some neo-con strike planners because there is no guarantee that tactical weapons will knock out the underground mountain bases either. They may work well in urban locations where the facilities are underground but they’re not likely to destroy the mountain facilities. Keep in mind though, that some conventional bombs will work against facilities located underground in urban settings.

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  Above: Iran’s Nuclear facility at Natanz. Perhaps the #1 target on the list of air strike targets.  

 

The only real weapons guaranteed to do the job are the big, masive nuclear warheads on ICBMs cuuise missiles and/or the B-52 bombers.

 

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Above:The old, but mighty B-52 bomber. These bombers, ICBMs and Cruise Missiles may be the only tools that can deliver the big nuclear weapons that might be needed to completely destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities that have been built deep into the mountains of Iran and untouchable by conventional weapons or even tactical nuclear weapons.   

 

We’ve heard all of this before here at AO so why do we bother mentioning this again?   We bring this up because you’re going to begin hearing more talk in the next few days from the news. We suspect its a subject that won’t go away anytime soon, either. Why?

The thrust that the Bush administration now wants to pursue is to get the public ready for mili-tary strikes on Iran and not just the idea of strikes but the use of nuclear weapons. The mantra from the Administration, eventually will be that he US must strike Iran militarily before Iran can make nuclear weapons and give them to terrorists to use on American soil and in Israel.

Furthermore, you will begin to here the “N” word used on the TV talking heads shows partic-ularly the Sunday morning shows. Some shows Sunday touched on the issue.

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CNN interviewed Seymour Hersh who has written an article for New Yorker magazine that is full of the same Rumbling Rumors that we’ve reported on.

 

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Above: Pulitzer-prize journalist, Seymour Hersh has started a firestorm over US planning for military action against Iran and Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

We are convinced that in the near future, as the Iranian Nuclear crisis builds the media talk will build to a crescendo in a cacaphony of debate on the use of nuclear weapons for such a strike.

How do we know that? Technically we don’t, we’re assuming such conclusions with great confi-dence, because we know how the geo-political “system” works because this writer was once a part of it and because this writer knows the news media because again this writer was once a member of the broadcast news media. It does not take an understanding of rocket science to extrapolate where this whole mess is headed. It does  help though, to have sources within the Washington, D.C. beltway that can be relied upon to be accurate.

This writer began working on this article late Saturday night because of a brand new story just coming onto the news cycle because of an article to be published in the April 17th edition of The New Yorker Magazine (due out tomorrow) by one of the world’s most respected investigative journalist reporter’s and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Seymore Hersh.

The London Telegraph jumped the gun early with reports in advance of Hersh’s article appear-ance with snippets of information from Hersh’s impending article. The AFP Newswire as well as the Houston Chronicle and Al Jazeera TV News also reported on the Hersh story. This means that you will likely see and hear more on this in the coming days across a wide array of Main-stream News Media sources. Later on Sunday, all the news talk shows featured the Hersh story.

Concerning Mr. Hersh’s claims?

We’ve hear that same thing in the past from our sources who’ve picked it up from the neocons close to Bush. We’ve also monitored some of these neo-cons public statements and interviews for the past three years concerning Iran and have noted that they too think the only solution is a nuclear solution. We’ve also heard that some neocons believe that Iran needs to be nuked from the face of the earth and have so stated to Bush and that Bush is inclined to agree with them.

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Above: Bush thinks this man, Iranian President Ahmadinejad is the next Hitler in human history.

Hersh reports that Bush believes Iran’s president will be the next “Hitler” unless he is stopped and stopped sooner, rather than later. Bush believes he is the only president who will be in such a position to stop Iran’s president. Bush is also convinced that a nuclear Iran will launch a nuclear war with America, probably through terrorist channels. There is also a counterbalance to all of this yearning by the politicians for nuclear strikes on Iran. How so? 

We also know for a fact, that some military strategists are horrified at the thought of using nuclear weapons in such a manner for such a purpose. We understand that some officers have already resigned in advance to protest such thinking while more are cosidering that option. Obviously, they believe that theimplementation of nuclear weapons could trigger future war-crimes prosecution in international courts at sometime in the future.

Below is a key excerpt from Hersh’s New Yorker Magazine article: 

The Pentagon adviser on the war on terror confirmed that some in the Administration were looking seriously at this option, which he linked to a resurgence of interest in tactical nuclear weapons among Pentagon civilians and in policy circles. He called it “a juggernaut that has to be stopped.” He also confirmed that some senior officers and officials were considering resigning over the issue. “There are very strong sentiments within the military against brandishing nuclear weapons against other countries,” the adviser told me. “This goes to high levels.” The matter may soon reach a decisive point, he said, because the Joint Chiefs had agreed to give President Bush a formal recommendation stating that they are strongly opposed to considering the nuclear option for Iran. “The internal debate on this has hardened in recent weeks,” the adviser said. “And, if senior Pentagon officers express their opposition to the use of offensive nuclear weapons, then it will never happen.” 

So which course of action will be taken? I am not so sure that anyone knows for sure. I suspect that the situation is still “fluid” and no concrete decisions have yet been made. I do suspect, however, that military action will come sooner than most commentators now think, but again, the situation is fluid and military options may be delayed indefinitely by diplomatic progress or military action may be advanced much sooner, should diplomacy totally collapse in the next 30 days.  Our concern in all of these developments however, is the Prophetic ramifications that ensue should America move to try to destroy Iran totally with nuclear weapons. Why is this such an issue? The Biblical Prophecy predicts a prominent role that Iran will play in the Magog War of Exekiel 38/39 plus the Babylon prophecies. A thoroughly “nuked” Iran would pose serious theological issues and make God’s predictions to no effect. It also has serious implications in the Satanic attempt to overthrow and defeat God. We’ll look at this aspect in Part 2 of this featured article – a study on Iran in Bible Prophecy and the theological implications of Satan’s war against God.