ASK Commentary
October 4, 2003 

Is America Babylon? No!

Commentary for October 4, 2003 — America is America Only

Question: America is Babylon, “New Babylon”, it is not in Iraq. Why do you follow the misdirected fundamental belief systems? They are wrong.

Answer: Ms. ____, I appreciate your email, but we must disagree. Please show me BIBLICAL evidence that specifically states that America is Babylon. You cannot. You can show me metaphors and symbolic language and supposed correlations, but no identification. Babylon is a “system” not a country. It is a system that was built, improved and sustained by some of God’s agents, particularly Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Mordechai and Nehemiah. The system is not “ruled” by any one group or country or person. This system will come to a pinnacle in Mystery Babylon (Revelation 17:5), but at the end the 10 kings will betray it,

“And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which ... receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. ... And the ten horns which you saw upon the beast, these shall hate the whore [Mystery Babylon], and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God has put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which you saw is that great city [Mystery Babylon] , which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

• Revelation 17:12-13, 16-18

To the extent America is currently the most powerful representative of that system, then America is “like” Babylon. However, geographical identifications whether they are Babylon, Jerusalem, Assyria or Damascus, can never be taken outside of the biblical geography. To do so requires much proof, and there is no straightforward biblical evidence.
Babylon is in Iraq. Why? First, because it has not moved since biblical times. Second, because prophecies of Jeremiah regarding Babylon’s destruction have not been fulfilled, therefore they WILL be fulfilled with a physical Babylon. “Mystery Babylon” is covered in Dr. Martin’s article by that name. Also, type in “Babylon” in the ASK search engine and read the articles that result. You will get a full perspective of all aspects of Babylon and its identification.

While America has some aspects of each item on the list. This is because America is a greatest nation on earth in just about every possible category, even an empire (although more benevolent than any other such empire in history). To be sure all empires — and all nations — fulfill some evil aspects of those entities on the list.

Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Hitler and others have been called the antichrist, the Beast, and some other biblical identification, but each identification was wrong. It is a mistake to call America Babylon. Rome, Constantinople, London, Paris, Berlin, New York City have all been “identified” with being Babylon, the Great Whore. They were not.

By the way, ASK is anything but fundamentalist.

David Sielaff
david@askelm.com

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