I am a proud American and a devout Roman Catholic.
Many bible scholars see very little if any mention of the United States of America in Bible prophecy. This article, based on historical and Biblical evidence plus current events, aims to prove that New York City is the “great city” of Revelation 18.
Then, why do very few Americans acknowledge that Babylon is in the United States of America? Citizens of other nations do not seem so blinded to that reality. I think it is because it is just very difficult for us to be objective about something in which we have a very high personal interest. Modern Babylon the Great is disguised as a “Christian” nation, the United States of America.
There are over 250 verses of Scripture that identify modern, prophesied Babylon. When all of those Scriptures are studied, it is astonishingly clear who modern, prophesied Babylon is. The following quiz is borrowed and slightly modified from the work on CD ROM, America the Babylon – America’s Destiny Foretold in Biblical Prophecy, by R. A. Coombes.
The Babylon Quiz – Name that City-State/Nation/Empire
The following concerns the identifying characteristics of modern, prophesied Babylon. Each question refers to an identification characteristic of “mystery Babylon.”
What City-State/Nation/Empire . . .
Q: Is the location where all the world’s leaders come to meet – the headquarters of world government (Revelation 17:18; Jeremiah 51:44)?
A: New York City, USA, is the location for the only world-governing body, i.e., the United Nations.
Q: Is called the “Queen of Kingdoms” – controls the other kingdoms/nations of the world (Revelation 17:2; Isaiah 47:5)?
A: The USA rules the nations of the world through her trade with them in sensual and material goods and services. And, for a short time, in 2015, America was the number one oil exporter in the world, making the nations of the world “drunk with the wine of her fornication.” One of President Trump’s goals is to make the US permanently the world leader in oil production and exports.
Q: Is the leading center of world commerce – the “engine of wealth” of the world’s economy (Revelation 18:11, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23; Isaiah 47:15)?
A: NYC, the home of the World Trade Center, the NY Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the New York Commodities and Mercantile Exchanges, the Federal Reserve Bank – the largest bank in the world—as well as the most powerful concentration of American banks. The United States of America has also numerous great cities of international commerce, such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, New York. If the economy of the U.S. collapses, virtually all the economies of the world will collapse.
Q: Is the leading center of imports and exports (Revelation 18:11-13?
A: The ports of New York/Jersey make NYC the leading deep water port city in the Western Hemisphere, especially as the marketplace center and gateway to America, where world prices are most often correlated to NYC/USA prices. The NYC and other deep water national ports make the USA by far the leading import/export nation of the world.
Q: Is a leading center of manufacturing (Revelation 18:22)?
A: NYC has been the leading center of corporate headquarters for manufacturing in the world. Certainly, the USA is the world’s industrial giant.
Q: Is the center for world trade in gold, silver, copper, oil, precious gems, cloth/clothing/fashions, lumber, containers, household items, furniture, iron, marble, ivory, spices, cosmetics, health products, wine, grains/foods, livestock, transportation, and services (Revelation 18:11-13)?
A: NYC is the world’s foremost city of commodities trading, with these commodities exchanges trading daily: Coffee, Sugar, Tea & Cocoa Exchange; New York Cotton Exchange (also trades orange juice); New York Mercantile Exchange: crude oil, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil, platinum, palladium; New York Mercantile Comex Division: gold, silver, copper. Chicago is also a world leader in commodities trading with the following exchanges: Chicago Board of Trade: wheat, corn, oats, soybeans, soybean oil, soybean meal, also U. S. Treasury notes, and stock indexes; Chicago Mercantile Exchange: cattle, hogs, bacon, wood-lumber, and all major world currencies. World prices for the following “cash” commodities are also set or keyed from the USA. (Source: Wall Street Journal): barley, bran, burlap, butter, broiler chickens, eggs, coconut oil, cottonseed oil, palm oil, lard, tallow, wool, aluminum, lead, mercury, steel, tin, zinc, rubber. Also, Chicago is where the world’s currencies are traded and is the location for trading all U. S. Federal Treasury Securities on a ‘futures’ basis, though initial offerings are derived from the NYC Fed Reserve. Also, Chicago holds futures trading on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the Major Market Index, plus stock options trading as well as commodity options trading. New York City is also a leader in the marketing of: diamonds, precious gems, iron, ivory, marble, spices, cosmetics, legal pharmaceutical drugs, professional services especially related to media and the arts. NYC is also the main import city for fine foreign wines from around the world.
Q: Is the center for expertise in marketing, merchandising, public relations, advertising and sales (Revelation 17:2; 18:3, 23; 19:2)?
A: New York’s Madison Avenue is the ‘nerve center’ and informal world headquarters for the world’s best and most prestigious advertising, marketing and merchandising companies. Madison Ave. is home to the world’s best salesmen those from advertising and the public relations fields, where the whole world learns and follows the latest techniques of how to ‘move’ or sell goods and services. It is the largest marketing center in the U. S. and the world.
Q: Is noted for its culture and aesthetics (music, art, dance, theater, etc.) (Revelation 18:22)?
A: New York is the key cultural city of the world: Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway theaters, Greenwich Village, Manhattan’s world class restaurants, TV networks, newspapers (NY Times, etc.), magazine and book publishers, Rockefeller Center, world-famous museums & art galleries, Times Square, Manhattan, and the whole City of New York, immortalized in songs and movies. It is also the location of more book publishers, plays, and movies than any other city in the world.
Q: Is noted for its intoxicating High Society, elegant, and sumptuous lifestyle (Revelation 17:2; 18:3, 14; Isaiah 47:1, 8; Jeremiah 51:13)?
A: Park Avenue, penthouse lifestyles of the rich and famous, Trump Towers, the noted lifestyle of New York is glamorous, glitzy, and sumptuous.
Q: Is noted for its bright, gaudy, colored lights and nightlife (Revelation 18:14)?
A: NYC is called the “city that never sleeps.” New York offers the glitter of Manhattan, Broadway’s lights, and the lights of Times Square, plus the entire nighttime skyline of NYC. Another U. S. city world-famous for its lights and nightlife is Las Vegas, Nevada.
Q: Is noted for its drug consumption and importation (especially illegal) (Revelation 18:23)?
A: NYC is the largest center of legal and illicit drug consumption in the world, especially hard-core drugs, like heroin and cocaine. The USA’s lengthy sea coast borders and borders with Canada and Mexico make it especially vulnerable to illicit drug traffic.
Q: Is noted for its architecture, buildings and skyline (Isaiah 13:22)?
A: New York’s architecture – its super-tall or mega-story skyscrapers like the World Trade Center (the world’s tallest building before it was destroyed), the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the UN building, reach into the sky, similar to the Tower of Babel and the ziggurats of ancient Babylon.
Q: Is noted for being a city/nation of immigrants from all over the world – an international city (Jeremiah 50:37; 51:44)?
A: NYC has always been a city of immigrants. It has been the historic point-of-entry for immigrants. NYC is host to the UN. It has “China Town”, “Little Italy”, “Little Moscow”, “Little Bombay”, “Little Tokyo”, “Little Mexico”, “Little Havana”, etc. Unlike any other city in the world, every single ethnic group has its own little community in NYC. The USA in general is known as the “melting pot of the world.”
Q: Is a cosmopolitan and urban nation (Jeremiah 50:32)?
A: America started as a rural, agricultural nation, but the life of the nation revolves around the cities now.
Q: Is noted for being both hated and envied by the world (Revelation 17:16; 18:9, 11, 15, 17, 19)?
A: The city that seems to inspire the most animosity, disgust, and even hatred is New York City. The most denounced country in the world is the United States. “Yankee go Home” has been a popular slogan in many countries around the world for the last generation. Yet, at the same time, the US is the most admired nation for its accomplishments and affluent lifestyle. And now that Donald Trump is president, with his “America first” motto and his determination to make America “greater than ever,” the USA is both more envied and hated than ever around the world.
Q: Is noted for its waste and wasteful extravagance – overconsumption (Revelation 18:3, 7, 9, 16)?
A: NYC is like no other in consumption – noted for its extravagance. The waste by product volume is so enormous as to be mind-boggling, practically bringing the city to a standstill at times. One of the first impressions a visitor gets is the dirtiness of the streets and the city as a whole.
Q: Is noted for spiritual and moral ‘dirtiness’ and impurity (Revelation 17:1-6; 18:2, 4-9, 23; Isaiah 47:8, 9, 12)?
A: NYC is morally and spiritually corrupt in its sensual, hedonistic lifestyle, pandering to sexual interests – prostitution, pornography, and so forth – drug use, wild “partying,” and its occult connections. NYC is the largest occult merchandising center in the world. Besides the immense number of fortune tellers, psychics, and occult shops, there are mail order houses for occult items.
Q: Could be said to worship materialism (Revelation 18:6-7)?
A: NYC, like no other city on the earth, epitomizes the worship of materialism. NYC newspapers abound with gossip and news about the wealthy, like the Trump, Rockefeller and Kennedy families, the magnates of Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and Broadway, along with movie stars and other famous celebrities and artists. Wall Street is where some of the temples of materialism (called “capitalism”) abound. Manhattan is crammed with temples to capitalism of every kind.
Q: Reflects the image of hyper-selfishness and pride (Revelation 18:7)?
A: NYC carries an image of hyper-selfishness and rudeness, not only the rich with their extravagant lifestyles, but the common people convey it through everyday rudeness, as exemplified by cab drivers and subway passengers.
Q: Promotes itself – is extremely proud and arrogant—to the point of “self-deification” (Revelation 18:7; Isaiah 47:8, 10; Jeremiah 50:31, 32)?
A: NYC – “the Big Apple”. Its leaders worship their own accomplishments in the city, and the city itself, especially the Statue of Liberty, giving a religious-like homage to the statue, to capitalism, and to liberty that the city “gave birth to.”
Q: Promulgates and exports Idolatries – is “insanely idolatrous” (Revelation 18:3-7; Isaiah 21:9; Jeremiah 50:38)?
A: The leaders of NYC and the U.S.A., through the media – the networks, newspapers, and magazines – and through Madison Avenue and Wall Street, promulgate the religion of capitalism and materialism (i.e., worship of material riches) more blatantly than does any other city/nation on the earth. Worship of sports heroes and celebrities is also pure idolatry.
Q: Shares a similar distinction with ancient Babylon as being the host country for the majority of the world’s Jewish population (from about 600 BCE, when Israel was taken into captivity, until 400 CE, Babylon had the world’s largest Jewish population) (Revelation 18:4; also Jeremiah 50:8, 28; 51: 6, 45; Isaiah 48:20)?
A: NYC has the largest population of Jews in America, and the U. S. is home to more Jewish people than anywhere in the world, except perhaps Israel, most of whose ancestors came to America between 1821 and 1905.
Q: Is the “daughter” of another great superpower nation (Jeremiah 50:12)?
A: The USA was founded by citizens of England, the world’s greatest superpower nation at the time – until the 1920s. America is the only superpower nation in history that has been “mothered” by another superpower nation.
Q: Is considered to be the “world’s policeman” – the “hammer of the world” (Jeremiah 50:23)?
A: The USA has over 7,000 military installations and/or bases all over the world, in 63 nations, especially in the world’s “hotspots.” For example, Iran is completely surrounded by ten U. S. air bases, located in countries bordering Iran. Just stop and consider all the incidents in which the U. S. has used military power to intervene and stop conflict: Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Kuwait, Panama, Grenada, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq come to mind.
Q: Has no fear and little reason to fear invasion of its home soil by foreign armies (Isaiah 18:1-2; 47:7-8)?
A: The USA has, including its Star Wars technology and massive air defense, its “stealth technology” and “black ops” project, by far the most powerful, seemingly impenetrable national defense in the world. Protected by two oceans and a gulf, America is isolated geographically from the turmoil of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It would be seemingly impossible to launch a naval/amphibious invasion against America by any or all nations combined. The world’s combined naval strength could not transport enough armed units to successfully invade America. With the demise of the Soviet Union, the main concern at the present time is the possibility of terrorist action.
Q: Is noted for the natural created beauty of its land (Isaiah 13:19)?
A: “America the Beautiful” … for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesty, from sea to shining sea …The Shenandoah Valley, The Mississippi River, the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful, Redwood Forests, the Great Lakes, etc.
Q: Is noted for being highly and overly optimistic, confident of its success, with a “can-do” attitude, especially about its future (Isaiah 47:7-10)?
A: America has always been the nation of optimism – a John Wayne type of “can-do” attitude.
Q: Is considered by the world to have had a unique and remarkable beginning, different from all the other nations before it, has been awe-inspiring since its birth with regards to its ingenuity, resourcefulness, and power, and is still awe-inspiring – considered powerful and oppressive – to the world today (Isaiah 18:2)?
A: No nation other than America has had such a unique beginning, overcoming, against all odds her own parent nation, Great Britain, the most powerful nation on the earth at the time; then quickly establishing herself as a mighty nation with a unique, representative form of government.
Q: Is noted for its cultural insanity (Jeremiah 50:38)?
A: The U. S. and NYC, Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and much more. You pick the topic: abortion, movies, TV, music, pornography, child abuse, cloning, drugs, murders, gangs, divorce, celebrity and hero worship . . . ad infinitum – a culture gone crazy.
Q: Is noted for its being a land of many fresh waters, with a broad river in its middle and divided by many rivers (i.e., abundant, clean, fresh water for drinking, which is unique in that most nations have poor water supplies) (Jeremiah 51:13, 36)?
A: The USA is blessed with the far more fresh water sources than any other nation on the earth – tremendous numbers of rivers, including the Mississippi, which divides the country as did the Euphrates in Babylon, and other large rivers, which divide the rest of the country; hundreds of fresh water lakes, including the Great Lakes, plus abundant underground aquifers for most of the nation.
There are numerous other identification characteristics of modern Babylon listed in Scripture. When the time arrives for modern, prophesied Babylon to play her part on the world stage, Yahuah does not want anyone who studies and believes His Word to have any doubt about modern Babylon; Scripture is crystal clear about that. And can there be any doubt at all in anyone’s mind who has even a tenuous grip on reality that modern Babylon is indeed the United States of America, with her ”great city,” New York City?