“For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
-John refers to Babylon as the woman who rules over the kings of the earth. In Rev 17:5 he reveals that on the woman’s forehead it is written “Babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.” Her corrupt/ adulterous nature has seduced men & nations, & to some extent rules them politically & economically. This is a foresight of the sufferings of the Israelites through the Babylonian oppression under king Nebuchadnezzar who took them to captivity in Babylon & stole their treasures. Before these events God hardened the heart of Pharaoh & the same model of oppression was evidenced in Egypt. We also note that Babylonian systems apply in the world we live in stemming from the colonial era to neo-colonialism today. The majority of super-powers first; do not worship Christ & endeavour to oppress smaller economies through their autocratic ways of governance e.g. exploring & exploiting their natural resources, extending to them exploitative loans, directing their national budgets, corrupting governments with their policies & soft power influences etc. Such imperialism affects the majority of its citizens who suffer high inflation, high consumer price index, poverty etc. Such adverse effects on the citizens can be referenced from the book of Job 1:10-21, where Job suffered greatly in the hands of the devil who took away his children & his wealth. Though satan exercises authority on the earth, there are limitations prescribed by God for God controls the outcome of whatever decisions he may be allowed to make. The conclusion of this matter is therefore that God is Omnipresent, Omniscient & Omnipotent. He rules over everyone & everything according to His own will, to accomplish His own ultimate purpose & we are called to put all our trust in Him.
We thank You Lord our Father for You are good & Your mercy endures forever, we put all our trust in You. You have called us Your children to be holy because You are holy Lord, cleanse us, our leaders & our nation by Your precious blood & sanctify us for Your mercy & love endures forever. Cover us, our families & nation by Your hedge of fire always Lord & protect us from all evil. Direct our leaders in Your ways & bless the work of our hands that we may bear much fruit & prosper in all good works. All glory, honor, power, authority, riches & praise belong to You Lord now & forever. Amen
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