Part 2 (See Part 1 here.)
Revelation 18:9-13 – King James Version (KJV)
<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, <10> Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. <11> And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: <12> The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, <13> And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Who is this Mystery Babylon? Could it be Rome, London and Washington DC? Not one but three?
Revelation 18:14-19 – King James Version (KJV)
<14> And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. <15> The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, <16> And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! <17> For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, <18> And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! <19> And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
What of these merchants? Didn’t corporations start in Rome? Doesn’t London hold the keys to their wealth? Isn’t that wealth protected by the awesome military power of Washington DC? Has God’s word ever failed?
Revelation 18:20-24 – King James Version (KJV)
<20> Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. <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. <22> And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; <23> And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. <24> And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
She has an awful end, and just as she wants to erase the history of all that is holy and true, especially Christianity and its great heroes of the faith, she will be erased for all time.
Shortly after I discovered Q and the Soapbox, I prayed one night that the Lord would speak to me in a dream like he had many times in the past. I needed some reassurance that this was a true path. I woke up in the early hours with these words fresh on my mind.
To know the grace of God, is taken by seasons.
The scripture, Isaiah 28:10-13 KJV came to mind
<10> For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: <11> For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. <12> To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. <13> But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
That was followed by these words “And it is truly the only thing that separates or unites us,” knowing the grace of God.
God bless you all. Seek God and His righteousness.