As I studied Revelation 17 and 18 this week, I could not help but think of the United States when I read about “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and of the vile thing of the Earth.” (Rev. 17:5) The similarities are overwhelming.
He also said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages (Rev. 17:15). This nation prides itself in being a melting pot.
For all the nations have drunk the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from her excessive luxury. (Rev. 18:3) This nation has been the world leader in most everything for centuries. The nation who comes to the aid of all and buys from all over creating wealth for other nations as we live in access, having more than we would ever need.
As much as she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, give her that much torment and grief, for she says in her heart, “I sit as a queen; I am not a widow, and I will never see grief.” (v. 7) We live luxuriously and are accused of having a great arrogance about our power, safety, influence and importance.
I urge you to read these chapters and see what you think. I’m no theologian, but that shouldn’t keep any of us from picking up God’s word and asking questions, researching and discussing. Because, no matter what other great theologians may say, only God truly knows the message behind the mysterious verses of Revelation. As we continue through Revelation 18, we see the great destruction that comes to the prostitute as God judges her with His mighty wrath for all her evil ways.
For this reason, her plagues will come in one day— death and grief and famine. She will be burned up with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is mighty. (v. 8) All the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her loss, because no one will be able to buy merchandise any longer— (v.11), all her cravings, splendid and glamorous things will be destroyed, never to be had again. (v. 14)
And every ship master, seafarer, the sailors, and all who do business by sea, stood far off 18 as they watched the smoke from her burning and kept crying out: “Who is like the great city?” 19 They threw dust on their heads and kept crying out, weeping, and mourning:
Woe, woe, the great city,
where all those who have ships on the sea
became rich from her wealth,
for in a single hour she was destroyed.
20 Rejoice over her, heaven,
and you saints, apostles, and prophets,
because God has executed your judgment on her! (17-20)
Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying: In this way, Babylon the great city will be thrown down violently and never be found again. Revelation 18:21
I’m no end times scholar, but I have lived in the United States all my life. I know the history and faith in which the country was founded and I know the ways and laws of our Heavenly Father and Creator. I can see how this country has fallen away from the ways and laws of God. I see hate, greed, lust, jealousy, rage, deception, sexual immorality, false teachings and selfish pride that seem to be seeping into every pore of this nation.
Are we the prostitute? If we are not, we certainly could be. The hope I have is that, just like the prostitute by the well that Jesus gave His forgiveness and Living Water to, we as a nation may still have the chance to acknowledge Christ and turn back to Him for that same grace and redemption.