Is it possible that the Statue of Liberty is the Whore of Babylon mentioned in Revelation chapters 17-18, and could New York City and its port be the new Babylon as described in Revelation chapter 18? The Statue of Liberty has seven spikes on her crown, and the star-shaped Fort Wood, on which the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is built upon, has eleven points. The Whore of Babylon sits on a scarlet beast which has seven heads and ten horns according to Revelation 17:3. According to Revelation 17:12-13 the ten horns are ten kings who have no kingdom as yet, but when they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast, they will give their power and authority to the beast. Revelation 17:13 says that the ten kings are of one mind. The ten kings and the beast might be represented by the eleven pointed, star-shaped Fort Wood. The beast is the Antichrist according to Revelation chapter 13. The United States of America was once part of the thirteen British Atlantic seaboard colonies of North America from 1607-1783, excluding those former British colonies in what is now a part of Canada.
The ancient city of Babylon, which lay alongside the banks of the Euphrates River, far inland in what is today Iraq, is now in ruins. The author of the Book of Revelation likened the once pagan city of Rome, and its port at Ostia, to Babylon, and the number of the beast, 666, was a code reference to the pagan Roman Emperor Nero (reign 54-68 A.D.), who was the first Roman Emperor to persecute Jewish and Gentile converts to Christianity. Rome's port of Ostia on the Mediterranean Sea, located at the mouth of the Tiber River, cannot compete with the amount of trade which the port of New York City handles in a year. New York City is located where the mouth of the Hudson River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union, located in the nation of Belgium, is located far inland, and is connected by a network of canals and rivers to the North Sea via the nation of The Netherlands. In Revelation 18:17-19 the following is written:
17 'For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.' Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 "And cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What is like this great city?' 19 "They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.'Could this be a reference to a strike on New York City by a nuclear armed warhead delivered by an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM, with captains far out at sea watching the nuclear mushroom cloud over that city? Could the stone likened to a great millstone thrown down by a mighty angel into the sea to destroy Babylon, mentioned in Revelation 18:21, be a codified reference to a nuclear war head (1). New York City is in some ways the world's capital, where the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE American, NASDAQ, New York Mercantile Exchange, New York Board of Trade, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, One World Trade Center, Wall Street, and The United Nations Organization have their headquarters. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Finance Corporation, the International Development Association, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, along with the Security Council and General Assembly, are United Nations organizations. Revelation 18:17-19 describes the new Babylon as a great world sea port and center of trade, and New York City is this (2). See Financial District, Manhattan. Currently, The United States is the world's sole superpower both economically and militarily, although The Russian Federation has a nuclear arsenal close to that of America's in size, and Russia is also an energy supply superpower in terms of the vast petroleum and natural gas fields on its soil. After The United States, Russia is the second largest arms exporter in the world. Other nations with nuclear arsenals which are much smaller than that possessed by The United States and Russia are to be found with the nations of France, The United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan, India, China, and North Korea. Although the economies of India and China are growing fast, it will be many generations yet before their per capita or per head Gross National Product or GNP is equal to that of The United States. In Jeremiah 51:42, it is written that the sea has rolled over Babylon and covered it with roaring waves. In March 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced that it had created a nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed unmanned underwater vehicle or torpedo code named Kanyon by Nato, and Poseidon by Russia (i.e. the Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System). According to Russian state TV, it may be able to deliver a strategic thermonuclear or hydrogen cobalt bomb of up to 200 megatons against an enemy's naval ports and coastal cities. Cobalt hydrogen bombs are the most radioactively deadly dirty bombs among the different types of nuclear weapons. The Poseidon weapon is designed to create a tsunami wave up to 500 meters (1,600 feet) tall, which would contaminate a wide area on an enemy's coast with radioactive isotopes. However, Jeremiah 51:42 seems to rule out what is written in Revelation 18:17-19, the latter of which describes the long, tall clouds of smoke from a burning Babylon, which would be extinguised by a 500 meter tall tsunami, unless the port of Babylon city is first struck by a hydrogen bomb delivered by an intercontinental ballistic missile, only to be struck some time later again by a hydrogen cobalt nuclear torpedo as a follow up attack aimed at wider destruction. Russian Oscar-class submarines can carry up to four Poseidon torpedoes at the same time for the total yield of 800 megatons. Poseidon appears to be a deterrent weapon of last resort, and appears to be a torpedo-shaped robotic submarine which can travel at speeds of up to 185 kilometers per hour, or 100 knots per hour. Other sources say that it has a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour (i.e. 54 knots per hour), with a range of 10,000 kilometers (5,400 nautical miles or 6,200 miles) and a depth maximum of 1,000 meters or 3,300 feet. See Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System. A 1 kiloton atomic or nuclear fission bomb is equal to 1000 short tons of TNT explosives, or 910 metric tons of TNT. A 1 megaton hydrogen or nuclear fusion bomb is equal to an atomic bomb with an explosive force of 1000 kilotons. The nuclear bomb which destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, during World War Two, had an explosive force of 15 kilotons, while the nuclear bomb which destroyed the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 had an explosive force of 21 kilotons. Today, battle field or atomic tactical nuclear bombs usually have a strength of 300 kilotons, while urban, strategic hydrogen bombs usually have an explosive force of 10 megatons.
The name Manhattan comes from the Amerindian Lenape tribe's name for the island, Mann-a-hat-ta, which means the "the island of many hills." The Lenape tribe which used to inhabit the area of New York City in pre-colonial times belonged to the Algonquian language family. Ancient pagan Rome originally grew out of shepherds' village hill forts located on seven hills which were located in close proximity to one another during the 700's B.C. See Revelation 17:9, which according to the New King James Version of the Bible is seven mountains, although other Bible versions says seven hills. Many of the hills of Manhattan island have been levelled out, and there has been much land reclamation along the island's waterfronts since Dutch colonial times, although the West Side of Manhattan still has some hilliness, especially in Upper Manhattan, while the East Side has been largely levelled out, with Duffy's Hill in East Harlem being the one notable exception to the East Side's flatness. See Geography of New York City. The area of Upper Manhattan has such hills as Marble Hill, Inwood Hill, Washington Heights, Hudson Heights, Sugar Hill, Hamilton Heights, Morningside Heights, Rose Hill, and Manhattan Valley. Other hills on Manhattan Island are Harlem Heights, Carnegie Hill, Lenox Hill, Hudson Heights (once known as Long Hill), and Sugar Hill. Marble Hill, now physically connected to the Bronx borough, was once a part of Manhattan Island. In 1895, the path of the Harlem River was changed when the Harlem River Ship Canal was dug. Marble Hill became an artificial island until 1914, when the old path of the Harlem River was filled in, physically connecting Marble Hill with the Bronx borough. A judge declared in 1939 that Marble Hill still belonged by law to the Manhattan borough. See Upper Manhattan. Manhattan Island is 13.4 miles (21.6 kilometers) long and 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) at its widest near 14th Street. See Manhattan. Before the Dutch began the European urbanization of Manhattan Island in 1625 with the founding of the fortified settlement of New Amsterdam on the island's southern tip, renamed New York after its conquest by the British in 1664, the island of Manhattan had around 570 hills. See The Welikia Project-Recreating Mannahatta. A website by the name of Incredible Photos of New York City When it Was Covered in Farmland, published by Leanna Garfield on the Internet on January 18, 2018, 9:20 AM, which can be found in Google Search, shows black-and-white photographs dating from the 1800's and early 1900's which records the leveling and excavations of Manhattan island's rolling hills as its farmlands became subjected to urban development. The grid-like roads of Manhattan island began to be formed from 1811 onwards. A British Military Headquarters Map of Manhattan Island produced in 1782 or 1783 during The American War of Independence (1775-1783), shows the many rolling hills which once existed on Manhattan Island. See Before the New York Grid of 1811 Onwards: Ground Conditions: British Military Headquarters Map of Manhattan Island Circa 1782 and Building the Manhattan Grid: Outcroppings, by The Museum of the City of New York. Clement Clarke Moore, (July 15, 1779, New York City, to July 10, 1863, Newport, Rhode Island, United States), who was a writer and American Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, as well as of Divinity and Biblical Learning at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City, commented in 1818 on the building of the Manhattan Island Grid Master Plan from 1811 onwards as follows:
Nothing is to be left unmolested which does not coincide with the street-commissioner's plummet and level. These are men who would have cut down the seven hills of Rome. See Building the Manhattan Grid from 1811 Onwards: From Paper to Street, Block and Lot by The Museum of the City of New York.Clement Clarke Moore was a slave owner, who was against the abolition of slavery by the State of New York in 1827. He became rich by subdividing and selling the large farm estate which he owned on Manhattan Island to New York City's wealthy elite. Passages from the Bible which imply that slavery, slave trading, and racism is morally wrong are as follows: Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31, Luke 10:25-28, Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18, Galatians 5:14, John 13:34-35, John 15:12-15, Romans 13:8-10, Matthew 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45, Mark 9:35, the Apostle Saint Paul's Epistle to Philemon, The Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40, The Acts of the Apostles 17:16-34, I Timothy 1:9-11, Revelation 18:11-13, and The Acts of the Apostles 5:29. Passages in the Bible which support slavery are Genesis 9:18-29, Genesis 10, Galatians 4, I Corinthians 7:18-24, I Peter 2:18-25, Ephesians 6:5-9, Proverbs 19:10, and Ecclesiastes 10:5-7. Passages in the Bible which call for obedience to those in authority who enforce law and order, defend justice, collect taxes, and protect the nation from foreign invasion are Romans 13:1-7, I Peter 2:13-20, Matthew 5:38-48, John 19:10-11, Luke 3:12-14, I Timothy 2:1-4, I Timothy 1:1-11, Hebrews 13:17, Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:19-26, I Corinthians 6:1-8, The Acts of the Apostles chapters 21 to 28, Proverbs 8:15-16, Isaiah 3:4-5, II Kings chapters 9 to 10, Hosea 1:4-5, Psalm 105:15, I Chronicles 16:22, The Acts of the Apostles 23:5, Exodus 22:28, I Samuel 24:1-15, I Samuel 26:1-11, I Samuel 28:15-25, and I Timothy 5:17-20. Between August 1991 to July 1992, while construction of a government office complex was going on in the crowded governmental center of downtown or Lower Manhattan, an old cemetery known as the Negro Burial Ground, since renamed the African Burial Ground, was excavated by archaeologists. The cemetery was used from 1712 to 1790 to bury mostly black or very dark brown sub-Saharan African slaves and their immediate descendants, as well as some poor European-American immigrants who lived with the freed descendants of African slaves in a nearby neighborhood known as Five Points. The cemetery was 2.4 hectares or 6 acres in size and had approximately 10,400 persons buried in it. In the early 1800's, after the cemetery was closed, the city of New York expanded northward into the cemetery and the surrounding area. To make construction easier on the cemetery - 2.4 hectares (6 acres) of ground sloping down to a pond was leveled with huge amounts of dirt, and eventually the graves as a result lay from 4.8 to 5.5 meters (16 to 18 feet) below the surface (3). Slavery was introduced to Manhattan in 1626, but it was not until December 13, 1711, that the New York City Common Council made Wall Street the city's first official slave market for the sale and rental of enslaved sub-Saharan Africans and American Indians. The slave market operated from 1711 to 1762 at the corner of Wall and Pearl Streets. It was a wooden structure with a roof and open sides, although walls may have been added over the years and could hold approximately 50 men. The city directly benefited from the sale of slaves by implementing taxes on every person who was bought and sold there. Revelation 18:13 condemns the merchants of Babylon for selling slaves. Today, many Third World nations are in a state of debt slavery or peonage to Manhattan based banks. See Wall Street. Another alternative etymology for Manhattan is "the place where we get bows" or "place for gathering the (wood to make bows)," derived from the word Manahátaan, which came from the Munsee dialect of the Amerindian Lenape tribal language. The island was named so for a grove of hickory trees at the lower end that was considered ideal for the making of bows. See Manhattan and the PDF document called The Origin and Meaning of the Name "Manhattan" by Ives Goddard, New York History Fall 2010, by The New York State Historical Association. Ironically, the United States government project which produced the first atomic bomb in 1945 was called the Manhattan Project after the name of the official agency responsible for it, i.e. the Corps of Engineers' Manhattan Engineer District, which started research on the project in 1942. Manhattan Island is divided from south to north into three regions known as Lower Manhattan or Downtown, Midtown, and Upper Manhattan or Uptown.
The Whore of Babylon is described as a harlot who sits on many waters in Revelation 17:1 according to The New King James Version of the Bible, although other versions of the Bible say many rivers rather than many waters. The Hudson, Harlem, East, and Hackensack Rivers empty into New York Harbor, and many rivers in Connecticut also empty into Long Island Sound. The place where the East River meets Long Island Sound is called Hell Gate. On Long Island, there are suburbs of New York City called North Babylon, West Babylon, and Babylon. The Whore of Babylon was the Babylonian goddess of war and sexual lust known as Ishtar or Inanna, whom other Semitic peoples of the ancient Middle East knew as Astarte, Ashtoreth, or Asherah, and who was called Aphrodite by the ancient Greeks and Venus by the Romans. The Statue of Liberty itself was modeled on the ancient Roman goddess of Libertas. The web site called Mystery Babylon, authored by Peter D. Goodgame, has written "that when a ship approaches the New York City harbor from the south, in order to properly conform with the shipping lanes it must aim due north straight for a municipality on Long Island named Babylon. A tall water tower on its shoreline is used as a reference point for navigation and when a ship reaches closest to shore before turning west to enter the harbor, the name "Babylon," written on the tower in big bold letters can be easily read." Mr. Goodgame further writes that the Long Island "community of Babylon is a predominantly Jewish community of over 200,000 people. It has an airport and two universities. According to researcher Richard Coombes, author of America, the Babylon, Babylon was so named by early Jewish immigrants because of their study of the scriptures and their belief that Ancient Babylon would be relocated west of the Nile River in Egypt. According to my research this community is the only inhabited and functioning community in the world that is known as "Babylon." Mr. Goodgame goes on to write that "there are more Jews living in New York City than in any other city on Earth, and there are more Jews living in America than in Israel and Russia combined." Goodgame also quotes Jeremiah 51:45, Zechariah 2:7, and Revelation 18:4, where the Bible urges the Jews living in Babylon to flee for their lives before the wicked city is destroyed. This warning in the last days might also refer to Christian true believers, who are the members of the New Israel of the New Testament according to Matthew 21:42-46, Mark 16:15-16, and Romans 9:6-7. Both the Apostle Saint Paul and Jesus Christ said that in the last days before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the Parousia, the Jews would convert to Christianity en masse, according to Matthew 23:37-39, Luke 13:34-35, and Romans 9-11 of the New Testament. There is another account of how the community of Babylon on Long Island acquired its name. What is now Babylon Town and Village was originally part of the sea side community of Huntington Town and known as Huntington South, whose foundation began with a British settlement in 1689. When a coherent community grew up in the area by 1803, prominent local citizens sought to adopt a new name. An influential local lady, called Mrs. Conklin, was used to living inland on Long Island in what is now considered Dix Hills and was at unease with the new home site that her grandchildren would be raised in. The bible-reading Mrs. Conklin compared the new hamlet to the biblical city of Babylon and proposed that name in apparent defiance of the area's rather bawdy reputation as a stop-over place for travelers on Long Island's south shore. Her son Nathaniel was appalled by the use of an "unholy" name. The family legend states she replied: "But it will be a new Babylon." The name stuck, despite some effort to change it. The adjacent part of Islip town, an effective extension of Babylon, was originally considered as part of Babylon, or as East Babylon, but today is the hamlet of West Islip. The town of Babylon was officially formed in 1872 by a partition of the Town of Huntington. See Babylon, New York, Babylon (village), New York, North Babylon, New York, and West Babylon, New York.
The Whore of Babylon has a golden cup according to Revelation 17:4. The Statue of Liberty's torch is covered with gold. Revelation 17:5 says the following:
"5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."The bronze plaque with the poem entitled The New Colossus, which was placed in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903, has this phrase: "and her name Mother of Exiles." The lines in the poem, which says "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore", seem to me to echo and compete with Jesus Christ's words in Matthew 11: 28-30, which says the following:
28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My Yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
New York State is sometimes called The Empire State, because when George Washington visited the state in 1783 he said that it could one day become the capital of a new empire, and the U.S.A. is today a superpower, with military bases in Europe, The Middle East, East Asia, Australia, and islands in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. The United States of America has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, with that possessed by The Russian Federation coming in a close second. New York State's motto is "Excelsior", which is a Latin word meaning "ever upward". This reminds me of what is written in Revelation 19:1-3:
1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 "For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her." 3 Again they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!"Perhaps New York City and The United States of America as a superpower is the new city of Rome and Roman Empire, as old pagan Rome was the then new Babylon, a city now in ruins in Iraq. Christianity gained toleration in the Roman Empire in 313 A.D., and became the state religion of the Roman Empire in 392 A.D.
Revelation 18:3 says that the kings of the earth have committed fornication with Babylon, and that the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury. The leaders of the world, especially those of the undeveloped or developing Third World, are heavily in debt to the multinational corporations and conglomerates with headquarters in Wall Street, as well as the United Nations agencies of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Finance Corporation, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and International Development Association. The merchants of Babylon were the great men of the earth, whom by the sorcery of Babylon all the nations were deceived according to Revelation 18:23. The great influence over the mass media and popular entertainment which The United States has over the world should not be underestimated. According to the author of the book titled The Founding Fathers of Hollywood: AN EMPIRE OF THEIR OWN: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler, originally published in The United States in 1988, there are several reasons why second generation American Jews of Eastern European ancestry came to found and dominate the American motion picture or film industry for more than thirty years. Charles Champlin, the arts editor of the Los Angeles Times, wrote the following in reviewing Gabler's book:
'The extraordinary paradox, Gabler points out, is that through their movies, the Jewish patriarchs painted an idealized portrait of an American society to which they were denied access. For Jews, one of the lures of the industry was simply that it let them in. "There were no social barriers in a business as new and faintly disreputable as the movies were in the early years of the Twentieth Century," Gabler says. "There were none of the impediments imposed by loftier professions and more firmly entrenched businesses to keep Jews and other undesirables out."'See The Founding Fathers of Hollywood: AN EMPIRE OF THEIR OWN: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler, September 25, 1988, Charles Champlin, the Los Angeles Times' Arts Editor and An Empire of Their Own. When the Stock Market crash hit The New York Stock Exchange in 1929, it led to the global economic Great Depression, which did not really end until the mass spending of World War Two and the following Cold War. The city of Babylon is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth according to Revelation 17:18. The five permanent members of the Manhattan headquartered United Nations Security Council, all of whom wield veto powers and nuclear weapons, and all of whom were among the victorious nations of The Second World War (1939-1945), are The United States of America, The Russian Federation, The United Kingdom, France, and China. The United Nations General Assembly represents the independent nations of the world, and each of its ambassadors has one vote, but no veto power. Revelation 17:2 says that the kings of the earth, i.e. the world's leaders, have committed fornication with Babylon, and have become drunk with the wine of her fornication. Ephesians 5:5 says that "no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolator, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God." The merchants of Wall Street have a reputation, often deserved, of worshipping Mammon or greed, sexual lust, prostitution and pornography, adultery, alcohol, gambling, and drugs, as graphically satirized in Martin Scorsese's 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street. It is ironic that New York was once named New Amsterdam, because both New York City in The United States of America and Amsterdam in The Netherlands have a reputation for sexual promiscuity and loose living. Revelation 18:24 says that in fallen, destroyed Babylon was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on earth. There were many pagan Roman Emperors who executed early Christians for failing to worship them publicly as the sons of the god Jupiter. The United States is the largest arms exporter in the world, and during the Cold War (1945-1991) the United States, especially under Republican presidents, often supported authoritarian, far-right wing dictatorships in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, although to be fair they were battling Soviet and Chinese supported Communist terrorists, guerrillas, and military personnel who were also dictatorial in nature, and sometimes also anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish. At least the far-right wing dictatorships supported free enterprise, however heavily regulated by their fascist or national socialist/nazi governments, some of which were also anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish, whereas the far-left wing dictatorships allowed no or very little free enterprise, which led to the economic bankruptcy and eventual downfall of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact of Eastern Europe. Today, the United States support Sharia-ruled, Sunni Muslim, Arab, absolutist monarchies and aristocratic oligarchies in the petroleum and natural gas-rich Arabian Peninsula, and oil and gas is so vital for the current world economy and standard of living. According to Revelation chapters 12 to 13, the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet are the fallen archangel Satan, the Antichrist, and the propagandist for the Antichrist. They are the unholy Trinity which in the future will come to compete with the Holy Trinity of the God Yahweh, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. II Thessalonians 2:3 says that the Antichrist will arrive when faith in Christianity is at its weakest. Today, in the developed nations of the Western World, the number of atheists, agnostics, and nominal, indifferent, lukewarm Christians as a percentage of a nation's population is increasing with each census. Islam is catching up with Christianity as the largest religion in the world, mainly because of a population explosion in the Muslim world, and including Muslim minorities and immigrants living in secular nations of the Western World. Jesus said according to Luke 18:7-8 that He will speedily avenge the wrongs done to His saints at His Second Coming as the Parousia or Son of Man, but that when He returns to Earth for the second time, He will find faith in Christianity greatly reduced. The souls of the saints in Heaven who were martyred for their faith in Christ will have to be patient in waiting for the justice which will come with the Second Coming of Christ according to Revelation 6:9-11. According to the Apostle Saint Paul in his epistles to the Galatians 1:6-9 and II Corinthians 11:1-4, those who preach that Jesus is not the Son of God, and is not the God Yahweh Himself in the body of a man as taught in the Gospel of John 1:1-5, are accursed, and as written by Saint Paul in II Corinthians 11:13-15, are false apostles in the service of Satan. According to the Muslims, Jesus is the Word of God as taught in the Gospel of John 1:1-5, but is not the Son of God, and is not God Himself in the body of a man. In Islam, Jesus is the second most important prophet of God or Allah in Arabic, after the Prophet Muhammad. For the Jews Jesus and Muhammad are false prophets who failed to fulfill the prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah in the Old Testament of the Bible, and for the Christians the Jews are antichrists and a synagogue of Satan because they reject Jesus as the Messiah according to I John 2:22-23, I John 4:1-6, Revelation 2:9, Revelation 3:9, Mark 16:15-16, Romans 9:6-7, and Romans 11:22-29. For the Muslims, the Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians (i.e. Palestine was a province of the Ancient Persian Empire from 539-332 B.C.), pagans or polytheists, Gnostics, Deists, atheists, agnostics, Muslim heretics, and secular, libertine Muslims, are destined to go to Hell because they do not believe that Muhammad is the greatest prophet of Allah, as taught in the Quran or Koran, the Sunna or Hadith, and the Sira. Jesus told us that the time of His Second Coming as the Parousia and Son of Man is only known by His Father Yahweh (Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32). The last days could be many more generations yet into the future. The end of the world might not be nigh, and may be a long way off into the future, maybe even centuries away. I Thessalonians 5:1-5 says the end of the world will come when people least expect it. The people on Earth who belong to the generation that sees the end of the world will envy those souls who see it from heaven. Revelation 13:7 says that the Antichrist will make war with the saints, and that he will defeat them, after which he will rule over every tribe, tongue, and nation. The false prophet will execute all those who refuse to worship the image of the beast according to Revelation 13:15. Presumably the rapture of the saints into heaven, as prophesied by Jesus Christ, will take place after the great tribulation. Jesus spoke of the great tribulation in Matthew 24:21-22 and Mark 13:19-20, saying that it will be a great time of distress such as the world has never seen, and that if God did not shorten the time for the sake of the saints, no human living on Earth would survive. This might be a reference to a full scale, global nuclear war. When Revelation 8:7 says that all green grass, a third of the trees, and a third of the earth was burned up after the first angel sounded the trumpet, this might mean that the grass became contaminated with nuclear fallout. According to the now deceased physicist, engineer, philosopher, and Roman Catholic priest Bernhard Philberth (1927-2010), "These radiating isotopes (i.e. nuclear fallout) are propagated in the atmosphere and in bodies of water all over the world. Only gradually do they fall down with rain and exchange natural stable atoms in the topmost 10 centimeters of the soil. From there they are absorbed by living green plants through their metabolism. This applies much more to grass, whose roots spread out at a depth of about 10 centimeters, than to trees whose roots penetrate deeper into the soil. Grass is therefore much more subject to the world-wide internal burning by absorbed radioisotopes than the foliage of trees."(4) The future is unfixed and changeable according to Jeremiah 18:7-10. God, who exists in an eternal present outside of time, knows what all the possibilities of the ever changing future will be. Time began with the Big Bang explosion which led to the beginning of the universe. See The Future and the Near-Death Experience and Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife in Google Search.
Revelation 11:8 says that Jerusalem, where Jesus Christ was crucified, is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt. Israel in the Middle East often acts as America's deputy sheriff, weapons and ammunition storage base, intelligence gathering center, and aircraft carrier in the Middle East. Other nations in the Middle East which host American military bases are Turkey, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and The United Arab Emirates. During the Cold War, Israel along with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran before the Iranian Islamist Revolution of 1979, were important bulwarks against the pro-Soviet nations of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Southern Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Libya, and Algeria. Today, the Sunni Muslim, Arab, and absolutist monarchies and aristocratic oligarchies of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf Arabian states, need American military protection from the Persian, Shiite Muslim, Islamist theocracy which has ruled Iran since 1979, as well as from ultra-fundamentalist, Sunni Muslim terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda who desire to overthrow the Arab emirs and kings and replace them with a pan-Muslim Caliphate or empire and an Islamist theocracy. When the Americans supplied Israel with arms during the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, after Israel had been attacked by surprise by a Soviet-backed Egyptian and Syrian military alliance, the Arab members of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), placed an oil embargo on the United States which lasted from October 1973-March 1974. The Arabs eventually ended the embargo because they needed American military protection from the pro-Soviet Syrians, Iraqis, Southern Yemenis, and Libyans, and because of the loss of revenue from suspended oil sales to the United States. In 1973 about 12% of the petroleum used in the United States came from the Middle East, and about 10% in 2008. The creation of the modern state of Israel was in part the result of British imperial concerns during the First World War, when Britain was still largely dependent on Middle Eastern petroleum imports, a dependence which would last until 1975 when a pipeline linking the United Kingdom to its North Sea oil reserves was completed. The long term motives behind the British policy under the Balfour Declaration of 1917 of allowing Jewish immigration into the League of Nations Mandate of Palestine, were to protect the nearby Suez Canal which formed part of the sea lane to the British colony of India, and the use of Palestine as a terminus for the flow of petroleum from Iraq via Jordan, three former Ottoman Turkish provinces which became British League of Nations mandates in the aftermath of The First World War (1914-1918). The oil flowed along a pipeline which ran from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, through Jordan, and then onto the Palestinian city of Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea. The Mosul (Iraq) to Haifa (Palestine) oil pipeline operated from 1935 to 1948, and unofficially up until 1954. This pipeline supplied much of the petroleum needs for the Allied forces operating in the Middle East, Greece, North Africa, Italy, and southern France during The Second World War (1939-1945). Prime Minister David Lloyd George of the United Kingdom supported the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine in 1917 because "it would secure post-war British control of Palestine, which was strategically important as a buffer to Egypt and the Suez Canal" (The Balfour Declaration: its origins and consequences, James Renton, Jewish Quarterly, Spring 2008, Number 209). Palestine would act as a buffer to British controlled Egypt, separating it from the French League of Nations mandates of Lebanon and Syria, territory formerly ruled by the Ottoman Turkish empire. Palestine also connected Egypt with British controlled Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait. When the Turkish Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria on October 31, 1914 during the First World War, Great Britain viewed the Turks as a threat towards Britain's line of communications with India via the Suez Canal. The British strategy then aimed at forming a land bridge between the British protectorate of Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea and the British protectorates of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates, southern Iran, and Oman in the Persian Gulf region. In order to create this Middle Eastern land bridge, the Ottoman Turkish provinces of Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq would have to be conquered. These Turkish imperial Arab provinces would enable the rapid deployment of British colonial troops to the Persian Gulf, which at the time were the forward line of defence for British interests in India, and which would also serve as protection from an invasion from the north by Russia. This Middle Eastern land bridge would also serve as an alternative to the Suez Canal, by being able to transport British troops by land from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf, and from the Persian Gulf by ship to India. After David Lloyd George became Prime Minister of Great Bitain in 1916, the British Jewish Legion was formed to assist Field Marshal Edmund Allenby in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of 1915-1918 waged against the Turks. Russian Jews had come to regard the German army as a liberator from the rule of Tsarist and pre-Communist Russia, and the formation of the Jewish Legion was intended to encourage the Jews of the world to participate in The First World War on Britain's side. Before the Cold War of 1945-1991, the Soviet Communists occasionally made alliances of temporary mutual convenience with Eastern European Jewry in their struggle against persecution from at first Tsarist Russia and then Nazi Germany. During the Cold War itself, the Soviets allied with the Arabs against the pro-American Jewish state of Israel. From 1968 until the Iranian Islamist revolution of 1979, Europe obtained a large part of its petroleum supply from the Shahs Iran, and part of the route of transportation between Iran and Europe ran along the Trans-Israel pipeline, which is also known as the Tipline. The Tipline connects the Israeli Mediterranean ports of Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Haifa with the Israeli port of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, an inlet of the Red Sea. In 2003, the Russians reached a deal with the Israelis whereby they would supply East Asia with Russian petroleum shipped from the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk via the Tipline. See Why Does the United Sates Support Israel? The Jews form a large minority of New York City's population, and many of them are prominent in Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ. The reason why a disproportionate minority of Jews were moneylenders and merchants in past times was because they were forbidden from most professions, trades, and landlorships in the Middle Ages, for a Jew was never allowed to be the master of a Christian, or a Muslim (Christianity and antisemitism and see References to Jews in the Koran in Jewish Virtual Library, Treatment of Jews in Arab/Islamic Countries, in Jewish Virtual Library, Updated September 2011, and Economic Antisemitism) (5). Palestine or Canaan in the ancient world lay on an important intersection of trade or caravan routes of the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East, linking the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Kush with Phoenicia, Assyria, Babylonia, Sumeria, and Persia. The Fertile Crescent of the Middle East comprised the valleys of the Nile, Jordan, Litani, Orontes, Euphrates, and Tigris rivers, as well as the originally forested mountains, hills, and coastal plains of the Levant. The Levant today consists of the modern nations of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and the parts of these nations which face the Mediterranean Sea have subtropical dry climates with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, and are covered with such trees as Cedars of Lebanon and Cypresses on the uncleared parts of hills and mountains. See Via Maris (The Way of the Sea), The Ancient King's Highway, and The Fertile Crescent. The reason why the Jews formed such a disproportionate minority of Russian Communists was because they had been persecuted by the Russian Emperors or Tsars, and occasionally massacred under their rule in campaigns known as pogroms. Communism, at least officially, preached ethnic tolerance and the international solidarity of all workers, even if it did not always follow this in practice. See Jewish Bolshevism. During the Russian Civil War of 1918-1920, the non-Communist White faction often carried out massacres against the Russian Jews, and as a result they drove many of the Jews into the arms of the Russian Red, Bolshevik, or Communist faction. See Why Did Russian Jews Support the Bolshevik Revolution? by Michael Stanislawski, Nathan J. Miller Profesor of Jewish History at Columbia University, posted on October 24, 2017, 9.30 P.M. The atheistic and anti-capitalist Soviet and Russian Communists however disliked religious and capitalistic Jews. The atheist Karl Marx himself strongly wrote against capitalistic Jews. Karl Marx's father Herschel or Heinrich Marx was a German Jew who converted to the Prussian State Evangelical Lutheran Church, although Heinrich was largely a non-religious man of the Age of Reason or the Enlightenment, who was interested in the philosophers Immanuel Kant and Voltaire, while Marx himself was interested in the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. See Economic Antisemitism and Karl Marx. There are several reasons why Jews are overrepresented in Nobel Prize Awards. According to Noah Efron, "Jewish excellence in science is a phenomenon that flowered in the decades before and, especially, after the Second World War. The 20th century began with massive migrations of Jews, to the United States, to the cities of Russia (and then the Soviet Union), and to Palestine. In each of these new lands, Jews turned to science in great numbers because it promised a way to transcend the old world orders that had for so long exluded most Jews from power, wealth and society. Science, based as it is on values of universality, impartiality and meritocracy, appealed powerfully for Jews seeking to succeed in their new homes. It is not so much that Jews were (smart, bookish) that explains their success in science, as that we wanted to be (equal, accepted, esteemed), and in what sorts of places we wanted to live (liberal and meritocratic societies)." See The Real Reason Why Jews Win So Many Nobel Prizes by Noah Efron, October 21, 2013, 4:32 AM, in Haaretz.com.
The Evangelical branch of the Protestants in the United States, who in 2015 made up about 25% of the American population, support the doctrine of Christian Zionism, which states that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the Parousia cannot happen until the Jews are restored to the land of Israel in Palestine from their exile in the Diaspora, and when they convert to Christianity en masse, in order to fulfill Biblical prophecy (Matthew 23:37-39, Luke 13:34-35, Matthew 21:42-46, Romans 9-11, Zechariah 12:10, John 19:37, Revelation 1:7, Zechariah 12-14, Ezekiel 38-39, Ezekiel 47-48, Revelation 22, Revelation 4:6, and The Acts of the Apostles 1:6-8). However, Mark 16:15-16 implies that those generations of Jews who died before the Second Coming of Christ without having converted to Christianity will go to hell. The American Evangelicals tend to vote more for the Republican Party, and less so for the Democrats. They tend to be concentrated in the Bible Belt of the South Eastern United States, which is where the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi or National Socialist Party has its greatest support. The Ku Klux Klan and their Nazi allies are anti-Black African American, anti-Jewish, anti-Roman Catholic, anti-Communist, and anti-homosexual. They base their beliefs on such biblical passages as I John 2:22-23, I John 4:1-3, The Gospel of John 14:6, Mark 16:15-16, II Thessalonians 2, Revelation 12-13, Revelation 17-18, Galatians 4, Revelation 11:8, Revelation 2:9, Revelation 3:9, Romans 9:6-7, Galatians 3, I Thessalonians 2:14-16, Matthew 27:15-26 (n.b. Luke 23:34), Mark 10:27, Ephesians 2:8-10, Genesis 9:18-29, Genesis 10, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Matthew 10:1-33, Luke 10:1-20, John 19:1-16, Matthew 3:7-9, and John 8:42-45. Although it is true that the the Romans actually crucified Jesus Christ, they were pagans or polytheists at the time, and they eventually converted to Christianity, unlike the large minority of Jews. It was the unbelieving Jews who chose to set Barabbas rather than Jesus free from crucifixion when given the choice by Pontius Pilate, because they were not convinced that Jesus was the messiah whose coming had been prophesied on a number of occasions in the Old Testament. Matthew 27:24 says that Pontius Pilate agreed to Christ's crucifixion when the Jewish mob who called for it started to riot. John 19:1-16 says that Pilate agreed to Christ's crucifixion after the Jewish mob accused Pilate of committing treason towards the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar (reign 14-37 A.D.), because Jesus had proclaimed Himself to be the spiritual King of the Jews and therefore above Caesar in authority over the Roman province of Judea. If Jesus was crucified on April 3, 33 A.D., when a solar eclipse could be observed from Jerusalem, it might be because Pontius Pilate was afraid of Tiberius Caesar, since Pilate had been appointed from 26-36 A.D. the Procurator of Judea, Samaria, and part of Idumea by Tiberius' Prime Minister and Commander or Prefect of the Praetorian Guard, Lucius Aelius Sejanus, who had been executed in 31 A.D. on the orders of Tiberius for trying to overthrow him as Roman Emperor in a failed attempt at a palace revolt. See Sejanus and the Chronology of Christ's Death by Gary De Lashmutt. Christopher J. Probst, author of Demonizing the Jews: Luther and the Protestant Church in Nazi Germany, (Published by Indiana Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2012), a visiting professor of modern European history at Saint Louis University, and a former Charles H. Revson Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has shown in his book that "a significant number of German theologians and clergy made use of the 1500's writings by Martin Luther on Jews and Judaism to strengthen the racial antisemitism and religious anti-Judaism already present among German Protestants. Drawing attention on major persons, Probst's study shows that a large number of pastors, bishops, and theologians of varying theological and political persuasions used Luther's texts with significant effectiveness in agitating for the creation of a "de-Judaized" version of Christianity. Probst shows that even that part of the Protestant church most critical of Luther's anti-Jewish writings agreed with the antisemitic stereotyping that assisted in justifying early Nazi measures against the Jews." See Demonizing the Jews: Luther and the Protestant Church in Nazi Germany. Martin Luther in 1543 published a rabidly anti-Jewish, even anti-Semitic theological treatise called On the Jews and Their Lies, some 65,000 words long, in which Luther in a fit of anger even wrote that Christians were at fault for not slaying the Jews. This is part of what Martin Luther wrote in the conclusion to his treatise On the Jews and Their Lies (1543):
There is no other explanation for this than the one cited earlier from Moses - namely, that God has struck [the Jews] with madness and blindness and confusion of mind. (Deuteronomy 28:28) So we are even at fault in not avenging all this innocent blood of our Lord and of the Christians which they shed for three hundred years after the destruction of Jerusalem, and the blood of the children they have shed since then (which still shines forth from their eyes and their skin). We are at fault in not slaying them. (6)Luther is recorded for having said on other occasions that the Jews should be slain. When Luther was asked whether it would be justifiable to box the ears of a Jew, he said "Certainly. I for one would smack him on the jaw. Were I able, I would knock him down and stab him in my anger. It is lawful, according to both the human and the divine law, to kill a robber; then it is even more permissible to slay a blasphemer." Luther went on to say that "if I had to baptise a Jew, I would take him to the bridge of the Elbe (river), hang a stone round his neck and push him over with the words 'I baptise thee in the name of Abraham.'" Luther even declared that "the Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows seven times higher than ordinary thieves." See Peter F. Wiener, Martin Luther: Hitler's Spiritual Ancestor, Part 3: Luther's Political Doctrines - Luther and the Jews, Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, published online by Patsy Jackson for Tentmaker Ministries, Hermann, Missouri, U.S.A. Professor Richard (Dick) Geary, former Professor of Modern History at the University of Nottingham, England, and author of Hitler and Nazism (Routledge 1993), published in the journal History Today (October 1, 1998, vol.48, Issue 10, pages 8-14), an article titled Who voted for the Nazis? (electoral history of the National Socialist German Workers' Party), in which he has shown that the Nazis or National Socialists gained disproportionately more votes from the Protestant than Catholic regions of Germany, in elections held from 1928 to 1932. The Protestants are found mainly in northern and eastern Germany while the Catholics tend to be located in southern and western Germany. Jörg L. Spenkuch and Philipp Tillman in a statistical study called Elite Influence? Religion and the Electoral Success of the Nazis show that after the Catholic bishops of Germany gave up their opposition to Adolf Hitler following the passage of the Enabling Act on March 23, 1933, and the signing of a concordat between Nazi Germany and the Roman Catholic Church on July 20, 1933, the Nazis saw a huge increase in votes from the Catholic regions of Germany in elections, plebiscites, and referendums held under the Third Reich. After the Reichskonkordat of July 20, 1933, German cities with larger Catholic populations tended to see more attacks on synagogues, more deportations of Jews, and more letters to the official Nazi newspaper known as Der Stürmer. Before the passage of the Enabling Act, which gave Hitler dictatorial powers, and before the signing of the concordat, the Catholic ecclesiastical hierarchy in Germany was strongly opposed to both the Nazis and the Communists, while the German Protestant ministry was officially neutral towards the Nazis, although it too was opposed to the Communists. After the German federal election of March 5, 1933, in which the National Socialist German Workers' Party or Nazi Party gained 43.9% of the popular vote, the predominantly Protestant German National People's Party and German Catholic Centre Party formed an anti-Communist, anti-Social Democratic coalition government with the Nazis which lasted until 14 July 1933, when all political parties except the Nazi Party were banned in Germany. Jesus said that nothing is impossible with God, and that God can save a rich man who follows the Ten Commandments, according to Matthew 19:16-26, Mark 10:17-27 and Luke 18:18-27. God's grace can save the rich who do not evade their taxes, earn their money legally, invest their money legally, and give generously to charitable causes. With taxation, the rich as well as middle class and working class taxpayers fund government provided social welfare benefits to the needy, as well as government provided foreign aid. The failure of Communism proves that God would not endorse such a politico-economic system, because God is all-wise or omniscient and is not the God of stupidity. The inefficient communist system, which ignored the free enterprise laws of supply and demand, meant that the Soviet Union until its demise in 1991 was seldom if ever self-sufficient in food production, and was dependent on imported wheat from such countries as The United States, Canada, Argentina, and Australia (7). The Communist system, because it ignored the free market laws of supply and demand, meant that Soviet industry regularly produced shortages and surpluses. The shortages led to inflation in real terms via a black market, and the surpluses led to Soviet factories running at a loss and having to be ultimately subsidized by taxpayers (8). Usury in Old Testament times was the sin of a Jew lending money on interest to a fellow Jew who lived in poverty (Proverbs 28:8, Proverbs 22:26-27, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 22:7, Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:35-37, and Ezekiel 18:16-17). A Jew was allowed to lend money on interest to a non-Jew according to Deuteronomy 23:20-21. The Eye of the Needle was an ancient Jewish aphorism. A Midrash (Hebrew Bible commentary) on the Song of Songs uses the phrase to speak of God's willingness and ability beyond comparison, to accomplish the salvation of a sinner:
The Holy One said, open for me a door as big as a needle's eye and I will open for you a door through which may enter tents and [camels?].See Eye of a Needle in Wikipedia. See Christian Communism and Christian Socialism.
(1). Bernhard Philberth, Christian Prophecy and Nuclear Power, 28th Edition. First English Translation. Translated from the German by Werner Haarburger, Christian Catholic Bookshop. Melbourne, Australia, 1994, page 145.
(2). Bernhard Philberth, pages 128 and 145-146.
(3). The World Book Annual Science Supplement 1994: A Review of Science and Technology During the 1993 School Year. "Uncovering African Americans' Buried Past." by Lesley M. Rankin Hill, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A, pages 118-120 and 130-131. World Book, Inc. A Scott Fetzer Company. Chicago, London, Sydney, Toronto.
(4). Bernhard Philberth, pages 101-102.
(5). Joe R. Feagin, Segregation, The World Book Encyclopedia, Volume S-Sn, No.17, 1987, page 228b, Chicago, U.S.A.
(6). Luther, Martin. On the Jews and Their Lies, Translated Martin H. Bertram, in Luthers Works (Philadelphia: Fortess Press, 1971), 47:267.
(7). Robert O. Paxton, Europe in the Twentieth Century, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., Second Edition, Updated Printing, 1991, pages 599 and 642.
(8). William G. Dewald, Capitalism, in The World Book Encyclopedia, Volume C-ch, No.3, 1987, page 157, Chicago, U.S.A.
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Bible references from The New King James Version of the Bible. See also Bernhard Philberth, Christian Prophecy and Nuclear Power, 28th Edition. First English Translation. Translated from the German by Werner Haarburger. Christian Catholic Bookshop. Melbourne, Australia, 1994.