I don't know about you but I love to visit malls. Especially when visiting new cities, I love to see what their malls have inside, and for me the best ones are the all inclusive malls or one stop shopping malls, like the Mall of America. You have everything inside one location, food courts, banks, shops, entertainment venues of all kinds, you name it, you can pretty much find it here. One day in New Babylon, in Iraq, this will make all those malls pale by comparison.
In fact, rebuilding efforts are already underway to rebuild Iraq from the war, so this alone makes the Book of Revelation, as not being fulfilled as some have suggested. There are some who have been taught that this book of prophecy from the Bible has been fulfilled already and we are living in the Millennium right now. As you will hopefull see by the conclusion of this study, this is not true. This is a future event.
We need to realize that catastrophic things can happen at any time in a single hour, like they did on 9/11 when the World Trade Centers fell. People left for work, thinking it would be like any other day and they would be coming home. That would not be the case for some. This is why our choices we make in the next hour are not guaranteed that we will have any future in our day. Today in the weather, we have extremes like never before, super cells, super storms, super quakes and things are changing rapidly. Nothing in this world is permanent. Our soul and spirit operates our physical body but it will live on in eternity when we die. The choice of where we spend that eternity is up to us alone. No one else can make that choice for us.
Revelation 18:9-11 ~ "And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment and say, 'Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come.' And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her since no one buys their cargo anymore,"
This will be the destruction of New Babylon as the new global commercial trade organization of economic commerce. These kings of the earth will in love with what they got from her. This will be the global center of commerce based on the reviling of the people for the antichrist, claiming to be god. They will absolutely love and adore him and fall for this hook, line and sinker. This will be the world's largest city of import and export trade in the globe. Not even New York or Hong Kong will be able to compete, and ships will be responsible for this from all over the world to make this possible.
So now lets take a look at the one stop shopping in the future Mall of the world! Climb aboard our elevator!
First floor is the jewelry department!
Revelation 18:12a ~ "cargo of gold, silver, jewels and pearls,"
Second floor is linens and things! Revelation 18:12a ~ "fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth,"
Third floor is home furnishings!
Revelation 18:12b ~ "all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble,"
Fourth Floor is Gourmet and Health Foods!
Revelation 18:13a ~ "cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep,"
Fifth Floor is the Automotive section!
Revelation 18:13b ~ "horses and chariots,"
Sixth and final floor is the trafficking in the bodies and souls of men.
Revelation 18:13b ~ "and slaves, that is, human souls."
Slavery will ravage the world in the future. Marketing and selling will be based on desire and the black market trade will have nothing on this commodity in the future. Prices will be based on shape and ages, and will lead the world in a pornographic lifestyle and trade. Nothing will be off limits for the right price. Even in Los Angeles, in Northridge, is the largest pornographic studios in the world today. Revelation 18:14-19 ~ "The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again! The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud. Alas, alas for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and with jewels and with pearls! For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste. And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning. What city was like the great city? And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out, 'Alas, alas for the great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! For in a single hour she has been laid waste."
Notice the shift now to heaven. This single city of Babylon, located in Iraq will NEVER be inhabited again, by humans. That is not the case now. People are rebuilding and living in Iraq today. This is why the Book of Revelation, can not be fulfilled today. It is a future event yet to come, not one that has come and gone.
Revelation 18:20-24 ~ "Rejoice over her O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her! Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be hard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints, and of all who have been slain on earth."
As believers, we will never see these things come to pass, this is what awaits those who remain left behind throughout the Tribulation Period. Evil and darkness are coming. You might still think you have time, but how do you know you'll go home today to heaven? Don't you want that assurance that we as believers in Jesus have? Which road are you on today?
Matthew 7:13-14 ~ "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
Luke 6:39 ~ "He also told them a parable, "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?"
That's exactly what you're doing if you're not listening to the Lord today.
John 14:6 ~ "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 3:3,5 ~ "Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."
One thing we are guaranteed in this world, beside taxes, is that we all will die one day. Unless Jesus comes back and takes his believers, those will escape death who put their faith and trust in Him. Are you ready to face eternity? You can know with 100% certainty that you will go to heaven when you die.
1 John 5:13 ~ "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life."
Our assurance of heaven is not based on works we do but in putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and what He did by His death on the cross. We must be born again to enter heaven. If you pray to Him, He has promised to listen to you! Won't you take the time to make that guarantee today?
Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.
I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!
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