Jan 13 2020

Mystery Babylon: Party till you Perish

Dubai Mystery Babylon prophecyRembrandt, The Feast of Belshazzar: The Writing on the Wall c. 1635

Mystery Babylon: Party till you Perish

A tale of two cities

Isaiah 21:4

By Craig C. White

It is my contention that “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” in Revelation 17:5 is a prominent city in Arabia. The city called Mystery Babylon is described as a city in the desert by the sea (Isa 21:1) . It is also described as “the mother of harlots (Rev 17:5)“. In the Bible harlots typically represent false religions. The strongest argument for Mecca as being Mystery Babylon is that Mecca is the world seat of Islam. Mecca also has the largest building in the world and almost the tallest. Mecca itself isn’t a port city. Mecca is about 45 miles east of the Red Sea port city of Jedda. The name Mecca actually means Mother so maybe we should just stop looking elsewhere for the Mother of Harlots. Dubai is another city of interest because it is located on the Persian Gulf and has one of the worlds wealthiest seaports. Also Dubai has the worlds tallest building. You may read my treatise titled “Dubai: a Case for Mystery Babylon”.

This commentary looks at the very day and very way of the destruction of “that great city” described in Revelation 17:18. Just like ancient Babylon, the modern city called Mystery Babylon will be in the midst of a drunken party when its destruction comes suddenly!

You are probably familiar with the story of the fall of the ancient city of Babylon (Dan 5:1-6). The once powerful Babylonian empire was on the brink of failing. The king in Babylon was bunkered within the city gates with his princes. The princes were gathered to the city of Babylon because their regions were already overthrown by the Medes and the Persians. The city was the last stronghold of the Babylonian Empire. The Medes had besieged the city for months, and were about to break through its walls. Belshazzar, king in Babylon was yet prideful. He thought that nobody would conquer the walled city. In an effort to demonstrate his self-confident supremacy he decided to host a party. At that time the people of Israel (that is Judah) were captives in Babylon. Belshazzar further demonstrated his preeminence by drinking from the holy vessels taken from the Jerusalem temple. During the drunken party Belshazzar noticed a disembodied hand over by the punch bowl, writing a salutation on the wall.

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN (Dan 5:25).

God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians (Dan 5:26-28).

That very night the Medes and Persians overran the city of Babylon and King Belshazzar was killed. That night the Mede and Persian Empire conquered the Babylonian Empire (Dan 5:30-31). In much the same way Mystery Babylon will fall in the future.

There is a principle in Bible prophecy; that some prophecies have two distinct applications. They apply to two separate events usually separated by time. This is the case with several prophecies regarding the demise of ancient Babylon. They also apply to MYSTERY BABYLON. Mystery Babylon is a city that exists during the Great Tribulation. We are going to look at a section of scripture in Isaiah that pertains to the fall of ancient Babylon, and then a section in Jeremiah. Let’s start by looking at Isaiah.

Isa 13:6-11 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: 8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. 9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Remember that these verses pertain to the judgment of Babylon. The above verses describe “the day of the LORD” (Joel 2:31). “The day of the LORD” occurs during, and at the end of the Great Tribulation period in the future. So evidently this verse also applies to future events.

Isa 13:17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

As we saw earlier, the Medes did overthrow the city of ancient Babylon. It occurs to me that they might also overthrow Mystery Babylon in the future. The Medes are today’s Kurds!

Isa 21:1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

The verse above applies much better to Dubai than it does to Babylon in Iraq. The original city of Babylon is nowhere near a sea. Dubai is on the Persian Gulf in the Saudi desert. Also notice that the whirlwinds come from the desert in the south. That is true for Dubai. In Iraq the desert is on the west.

Isa 21:2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

Elam is ancient Persia or modern Iran. Media refers to the Medes or roughly the area of Northern Iraq, and Eastern Turkey. Today the Kurds represent the ancient Medes. Just as they destroyed Babylon in the past, they may destroy Mystery Babylon in the future.

Dubai Mystery Babylon prophecyModern Kurdish inhabited area. map credit www.cia.gov

The Kurds live in northern Iraq, eastern Syria, and eastern Turkey. They have separate status from the rest of Iraq. The Kurds have their own government and military. The Kurds are the ancient Medes. Isaiah 21:2 above describes the past destruction of Babylon and also the future destruction of Mystery Babylon. I think that Mystery Babylon is most likely Mecca. The Kurds and the Iranians will destroy Mecca!

Isa 21:3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

This describes Belshazzar’s reaction to the writing on the wall. This same language is used to describe the fear of the nations in “the day of the LORD” (1Th 5:3, Jer 49:22).

Isa 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me. 5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

Above describes the banqueting of the princes of Babylon. Their party was interrupted by an invasion. I suspect that like ancient Babylon, Mystery Babylon may be in the midst of a drunken party at the moment of their sudden demise.

Isa 21:9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

This same language that describes the fall of Babylon here also describes the fall of “Mystery Babylon” in Revelation 14:8.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Now let’s look at Jeremiah.

Jer 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.

People are warned to come out of ancient Babylon above. They are also warned to come out of Mystery Babylon during the Great Tribulation in Revelation below.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Jer 51:7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.

Belshazzar’s party guests drank from the holy vessels taken from the temple in Jerusalem. Likewise God has used Babylon and its philosophy of idolatry and world conquest to pollute the nations since. Any party that is pressing toward “the New World Order” or “One World Government” or “world dominance by religion” or “any world empire, or Caliphate” is drunk with Babylonian wine.

Jer 51:8-9 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. 9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.

Babylon is best known for its high tower. It represented world unity without obligation to God. This is the kingdom that Satan longs for. Today, Mecca and Dubai stand for the same thing. They have built their towers to heaven. Their judgment will match.

Jer 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

In Bible prophecy “many waters” often pertains to “many nations”. This can describe the nations of the world today that are imbibed with Babylonian ideals. It is also appropriate to describe Dubai’s situation as it is built on the Arabian Sea with many man-made islands. One could easily describe Mecca or Dubai as “abundant in treasures”.

Jer 51:53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.

As it was in Babylon it will be in Mystery Babylon. The Dubai Tower (Burj Khalifa) is the tallest in the world at 2,684 feet. The Abraj Al Bait Tower (or the Mecca Clock Tower) is a building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the worlds second tallest building at 1,972 feet. It has the largest floor area of any structure in the world.

Jer 51:57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

The princes of Babylon got drunk out of Israel’s holy vessels. God will give them their desires. They will drink and never awake from their stupor. As it was in Babylon it will be in Mystery Babylon.

Mystery Babylon

For more about Mystery Babylon read Dubai: a Case for Mystery Babylon in my book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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Jan 11 2020

Iran threatened to level Dubai

Iran threatened to level Dubai

Mystery Babylon alert!

By Craig C. White

After the recent row with the US, the first city that Iran threatened to bomb was Dubai. This is prophetically instructive. Years ago I wrote my commentary titled Dubai a case for Mystery Babylon.

Iran is ancient Persia. The Persians and Medes overthrew ancient Babylon. I think that the Bible tells us that Iran will also destroy Mystery Babylon. Iran or Persia is called Elam in the next verses. They describe the fall of Babylon and I think that they also describe the fall of Mystery Babylon. Arabia is much more appropriately described as the desert of the sea than is ancient Babylon. Ancient Babylon is nowhere near the sea.

Isaiah 21:1-2 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. 2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

Dubai fits the description of the end time city called Mystery Babylon although I think that Mecca fits the bill even better. Either way Mystery Babylon is an opulent Arabian city in the desert by the Sea.

Dubai is very close to Iran and would be easy to bomb. Dubai is also allied with Saudi Arabia and with the US. So if Iran threatens Dubai they incite American allies to put pressure on the US to stop bullying Iran.

I find it very instructive that the first city that Iran threatens is Dubai. If you understand Middle East geopolitics and geography then Dubai is the practical choice. The Bible says that much of Arabia will burn with rivers of fire during the Tribulation. So perhaps the destruction of Dubai will only be the prelude to the destruction of Mecca. Either way it is important for Christians to understand the broad concepts of Bible prophecy. They are practical and follow the patterns of ancient world history. We are living in the end time. If we are wise then we can see the edges of end time events appear; like the Iranian destruction of Mystery Babylon.

Mystery Babylon will be rejected and destroyed by the next world empire. Remember that the next world empire will be revived from the last world empire. The Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire was the last world empire. Turkish President Erdogan is busy rounding up the nations that once belonged to the Ottoman Empire. Iran is allied with Turkey today. Saudi Arabia is despised by Turkey and especially hated by Iran. Iran is engaged in a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Iran’s proxy forces have already launched Iranian missiles at Mecca.

The Ottoman Empire ruled eastern Europe, northern Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East all the way to Iran including Israel. It is apparent that the next world empire will be a renewed Islamic Caliphate. Mecca in Saudi Arabia is the spiritual seat of Islam so one would expect it to be part of an Islamic Empire.

The Bible describes Mystery Babylon as a harlot that rides a beast. In the Bible a harlot describes a false religious system and a beast typically describes a world empire. This harlot will coexist with the next world empire but will be despised and eventually destroyed by it.

Rev 17:3-5 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Mystery Babylon is a city. Mystery Babylon is the Mother of false religion during the end time. The same people who conquered ancient Babylon will destroy Mystery Babylon. Mecca seems like the obvious choice. Dubai is a close second.

Iran threatened to level Dubai

Read my commentary titled Dubai a case for Mystery Babylon

Read this article on TRT World: Amid Soleimani crisis, Iran threatens to level Dubai and Israel. But why?

Read my first book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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Jan 08 2020

Are US and Iran tensions in the Bible?

Are US and Iran tensions in the Bible?

wars and rumors of wars

By Craig C. White

January 7, 2020: Iran retaliates for the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran fires ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. Both Iran and the US have threatened further retribution.

June 22, 2019: Over the past couple of weeks several oil tanker ships have been attacked in the straights of Hormuz near Iran. The US has blamed Iran for the attacks although the evidence is a bit unclear. Iran also shot down a US spy drone investigating the incidents. This week US President Trump called off an airstrike on Iran at the last moment.

My question is does the Bible predict a conflict between the US and Iran? Are these latest events fulfilling Bible prophecy? The answer is mostly no. First of all, the US is not clearly identified anywhere in the Bible. Secondly Iran is identified in the Bible as jointly attacking Israel along with Turkey (Eze 38:5). Iran is also identified as the destroyer of Saudi Arabia and Mecca (Mystery Babylon) (Dan 5:26-28). This happens just before Jesus Christ’s second coming at the end of the Tribulation period. So it’s clear that Iran will continue to exist and to cause trouble throughout the end times.

I don’t think that the squabbles between the US and Iran are specifically identified in the Bible, but they may be mentioned. Matthew 24:6-7 describes the events that happen during the first half of Jerusalem’s seven year long Tribulation period.

Mat 24:6-7 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

I think that the US and Iran tensions could be the beginning of the wars and rumors of wars mentioned in Matthew 24:6. We aren’t in the Tribulation period yet but I think that we are close enough to be able to peer into the events that are looming.

What Bible prophecy is happening now? The Turkish Army is ready to attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northern Syria (Jeremiah 49:23-27). Jeremiah says that after Turkey attacks Hamah and Tell Rifaat then Turkey will destroy Damascus. Afterwards Turkey will lead Iran and the forces that are now fighting in Syria into the Golan Heights of northern Israel. When the Turkish Army enters northern Israel then Jesus will return to stop them. The Resurrection and Rapture will happen at that time and the Tribulation will begin shortly thereafter. It is High Time to Awake!

Are US and Iran tensions in the Bible?

 

Read my commentary titled Mystery Babylon: Party till you Perish

Read my commentary titled Elam does not always refer to Iran in the Bible

Read my new book Jesus will fight on the Golan Heights

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Jan 05 2020

Turkey is sending troops to Libya

Turkey is sending troops to Libya

Turkey is taking over the Mediterranean

By Craig C. White

The Libyan government is weak. Libyan leaders are living lavish lifestyles while the Muslim Brotherhood takes over their nation. Turkish President Erdogan has offered military support in exchange for Libya’s subjugation. This week the Libyan government has agreed to Erdogan’s terms.

Turkey has also teamed up with Libya to rewrite the rules of who owns oil drilling rights on the Mediterranean. Turkish President Erdogan has divided the Mediterranean between Turkey and Libya encroaching on Greek, Cyprus, and Egyptian waters. Turkish President Erdogan is taking over the Mediterranean Sea but also intends to take over the Mediterranean nations. Erdogan already has Libya in his grip but he also intends to reinstate Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Egypt. Daniel chapter 11 says that the Antichrist will invade Egypt from the land and the Sea. Every Bible teacher agrees that the King of the South refers to Egypt.

Dan 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

Dan 11:42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

Notice that Libya and Sudan will join Turkey to pilfer Egypt. Folks we are seeing these nations align today. Please be warned that this Turkish led invasion of Egypt is likely to happen during the first half of the Tribulation. Turkish President Erdogan intends to reestablish the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire. This is the beast (or world empire) that will be healed during the end time (Revelation 13:3). This ought to alert Christians that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist and that we don’t have much time before Christ’s return for the Rapture and the following Tribulation period.

Turkey has been teaming up with Libya for many years now. The Turkish led Free Syrian Army is from Libya. The Free Syrian Army is fighting alongside Turkey in Syria. This is where the Libyan soldiers that Turkey will lead into Israel will come from according to Ezekiel 38:5. After Turkey destroys Damascus they will lead the Libyan Free Syrian Army into northern Israel.

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

When you read the name Ethiopia in the Bible it always refers to today’s nation of Sudan. Turkey also has influence in Sudan. Turkey is rebuilding an Ottoman Empire era naval base in Suakin, Sudan. Remember that the Antichrist will attack Egypt by many ships. By the way, this week Turkey announced plans to also build a naval base in Libya. If you look on a map, Sudan and Libya neighbor Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea so these are the logical nations from which to launch a naval attack on Egypt. Annalists can’t believe that Erdogan could be successful in taking over the Mediterranean and rebuilding his Neo-Ottoman Empire. They say that Turkey doesn’t have a big enough Army but the Turkish Army is not alone. Turkey now has the allegiance of Libya, Sudan, Iran, Qatar, and other Islamic nations.

Turkey also has allies in the West. Former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton ran guns and jihadis from Benghazi, Libya into Syria in order to topple Syrian President Assad and to make way for Muslim Brotherhood rule over Syria. Turkey and the Libyan Al-Qaeda soldiers are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The UN and some in the US and the West is supporting a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Libya. Even US President Trump prefers to see Turkey topple Syrian President Assad rather than to see Russia and Iran gain influence in Syria.

Jeremiah 49:23 says that there will be sorrow on the sea just before the destruction of Damascus. In Bible prophecy the sea can refer to the Mediterranean Sea since it is the center of the old world and of every past world empire.

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

Turkey, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Greece, Cypress, Syria and let’s not forget Israel: All of these nations are on the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey is taking over the Mediterranean. Turkey is reestablishing the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire. This is the beast whose head was wounded and then healed during the end time.

We are witnessing end time events. It is High Time to Awake.

Turkey is sending troops to Libya

Read my commentary titled Revelation 13 Wounded

Watch this video by The Duran: Dangerous Turkish military escalation in Libya

To get the BIG picture read my BIG Book of Bile Prophecy

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Dec 26 2019

2020 Bible Prophecy Timeline

2020 Bible Prophecy Timeline

2020 Bible Prophecy Timeline

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Satan’s fall may initiate end time prophecy

By Craig C. White

Unfortunately many popular Bible teachers have massacred Revelation chapter 12 lately. Among other things Revelation chapter 12 describes one particular moment in time. This moment divides rejoicing in heaven from damnation on earth. I think that we may be waiting for this moment to happen before end time prophetic events can proceed. Events like the Turkish attack on Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria as described in Jeremiah 49:23. Since Turkey is threatening to attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat right now I have growing suspicions that this moment is near.

What is this moment in time? It is the casting out of Satan from heaven to earth. I think that the fall of Satan could hasten the destruction of Damascus and the subsequent Turkish led invasion into Israel. You may already know that I think that Jesus will return to stop the Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights. Jesus will also gather Christians when he comes. Therefore the fall of Satan will also hasten the Rapture.

Revelation chapter 12 tells us that Satan will be cast out of heaven.

Revelation 12:7-9 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

You may be wondering “Hasn’t Satan already been cast out of heaven?” The short answer is, no he hasn’t. In the next verse; after Satan is cast out of heaven he loses his opportunity to approach God’s thrown in order to accuse believers in Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Folks, I think that these verses are written about you and me, as well as all Church age Christians.

Revelation 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

In the next verse we see that there are people living in heaven. It seems that the casting out of Satan triggers the resurrection and rapture of Christians.

Revelation 12:12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 

This short time undoubtedly describes the terrible seven year long time of trouble that God has promised for Jerusalem and for all of the earth. Satan will be allowed to form a final world empire and be allowed to oppress Israel. Christians have been promised that they will escape this time of tribulation.

While Christians rejoice in heaven, the people on earth will be subject to Satan’s rage as well as to God’s judgment.

My point is that we may be waiting for Satan to be cast out of heaven before major end time events can progress. Also that we may want to prepare ourselves to expect to see Satan falling like lightning from heaven to earth.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

2020 Bible Prophecy Timeline

Read my commentary titled We should expect to see a bright shining light in the heavens as Satan hurtles though space towards earth!

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