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Wednesday, May 10, 2006 

The New Babylon?

While I normally don’t post things related to the apocalyptic prophecy, or get into other expressly religious opinions on my site, I decided to post something about this.

(AP) BAGHDAD, Iraq - The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq’s turbulent future.

The new U.S. Embassy also seems as cloaked in secrecy as the ministate in Rome.

“We can’t talk about it. Security reasons,” Roberta Rossi, a spokeswoman at the current embassy, said when asked for information about the project.

The story came out about three weeks ago, but I noted the many references back to the Vatican, and the fact that per prophecy, there is supposed to be a new Babylon built for antichrist. I would imagine, that per prophecy, the antichrist’s reign on the earth will be a pretty violent time, and such things like self contained power and water would be useful.

Also, with note that it is currently a US building, and the antichrist is supposed to be a ruler over all nations as is this “New Babylon” or “Mystery Babylon”, I think that the article has another point worth noting:

This huge American contingent at the center of power has drawn criticism.

“The presence of a massive U.S. embassy — by far the largest in the world — co-located in the Green Zone with the Iraqi government is seen by Iraqis as an indication of who actually exercises power in their country,” the International Crisis Group, a European-based research group, said in one of its periodic reports on Iraq.

So it wouldn’t be too far fetched to imagine that a couple of events could take place within the next 5 years:

-Embassy complex is completed

-Self sustaining Iraqi government in place asks US to remove large scale presence

-US turns over compound to UN to replace New York as it’s headquarters.

Suddenly, many pieces fall into place right from the Scripture. I’m not trying to be a nut here, but I thought it was something worth thinking about.

Bible reference: Revelations 17

(3)Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. (4)The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. (5)A mystery was written on her forhead:
(6)I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.


(18)And this woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."