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. 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. New York City is in some ways the world's capital, where the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, Wall Street, and The United Nations Organization have their headquarters. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, 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. 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 arsenal's 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.
The name Manhattan comes from the Amerindian Lenape tribe's name for the island, Man-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. See Manhattan. 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, 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.
The Whore of Babylon is described as a harlot who sits on many waters in Revelation 17:1. 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, 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 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 and International Monetary Fund. 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. 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 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, alcohol, gambling, and drugs. 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 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 was burned up after the first angel sounded the trumpet, this might mean that the grass became contaminated with nuclear fallout. 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 absolute 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. 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, and Treatment of Jews in Arab/Islamic Countries, in Jewish Virtual Library, Updated September 2011). 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 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). 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. 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. 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 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 (1). 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 (2). 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 and Ezekiel 18:16-17). A Jew was allowed to lend money on interest to a non-Jew according to Deuteronomy 23:20-21.
(1). 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.
(2). 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.