|Vol. V Number 26||September 16, 2001|
On Tuesday September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked with a four point attack against New York City and Washington D.C. We have all seen the television coverage, the pictures, and the headlines. Could this be the start of the reign of Satan and the Antichrist as described in the Bible?
The first image is supposed to be an untouched AP photo, while the second is a close up of the area that shows the face. The pictures raise doubts and questions about who really is behind the attack.
As many of you know, I believe that the United States is the end time Babylonian nation which is eventually destroyed in a day. Also I am reminded by the smoke of a verse in the Bible about the smoke as perceived by the merchants of the world.
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
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.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
When I first heard of the attack on Tuesday I thought of the portion of the above scripture where the merchants view the smoke rising from the sea. I find it interesting that the smoke did not dissipate for days after the attack. Also I have read read that Tony Blair, Prime Minister of England, is warning of rogue nuclear attacks in The Times article, http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,3-2001321452,00.html. With what is going on in the world, and what the political leaders of the world are cautioning and predicting it certainly sounds like the fulfillment of Revelation 18. There is another consideration with the geography of Afghanistan. The country is surrounded by independent states that used to make up the Soviet Union and also by nations which are ruled by fundamentalists Muslims.
If you look at the neighbors of Afghanistan you see:
As you know most of these nations are not friendly to the United States and some of them are are ruled by Muslim fundamentalists like Iran and Pakistan. Also the former Soviet States are very friendly to the cause of the fundamentalists. Finally, we see China which only touches a very small portion, but we are not on the best of terms with them either. I feel that with all of the rhetoric that is going on, that declaration of war might launch us into WW3 in a real hurry. That will definitely bring on the above prophecy.
At the present time it is not too late to repent of your sin and ask the Lord to come in to your heart. With all that is rapidly happening, can you put off the day of repentance until tomorrow? Did the ones have another day to repent in the World Trade Center? The day of the Lord is at hand, and the hour of repentance is now. Won't you give your heart and life to Jesus Christ while there is time? Jesus is calling you to join him in these last days.
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