4 days left (Day 361)

He gave a mighty shout: “Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal. (‭Revelation‬ ‭18‬:‭2‬ NLT)

“Babylon” was a real place. Perhaps it still is. But the one referred to here is symbolic. It’s a metaphor for a place of luxury and opulence.

Only a tiny percentage of the population of the earth hold the majority of its wealth. Most of the humans on this planet are poor. Some are starving to death or decease ridden.

While the rich sit in their palaces and ivory towers, bought through their own shady deals and criminal acts, the poor eek out a meagre existence.

That’s not right. It’s not fair.

Communism has come and gone. It failed because humans are, at heart, self centred.

We need something new if we are, as a species, to survive.

If things do not change, we will become a minor footnote in the earth’s history. All our achievements will count to nothing unless we start taking better care of the weak and vulnerable.


2 thoughts on “4 days left (Day 361)

  1. How strange you believe that Babylon is a metaphor for luxury and opulence.To me the Bible makes it obvious that it is a great empire which consists of all false religions.In Rev.c17 and c18 it talks about Babylon being a kingdom that rules over kings and that it has relations with political rulers and contributing much to the wealth of men in commerce.Therefore it’s not talking about wealthy men and it’s only religious organisatins that have any power over the kings of the earth.Anyway wouldn’t it be true to say that many of the higher clergy live in luxury.

    • Thanks for your comment. I’ve been a little bit more “edgy” as we approach the end of the year. Deliberately “pushing people’s buttons” as it were.
      I do believe that the Babylon mentioned in Revelation is not specifically the Biblical city of that name – although it might well have been. It was certainly as place of great evil. I chose to focus on the mentions of wealth and the power which that brings.
      As for your closing remark in the present tense, there I have to disagree. Most clergy (speaking numerically) are average people living average lives. It would be true to say that SOME modern-day clergy live in luxury. How they use the financial gifts they have been given (or acquired) is between them and the Lord. One would hope that they would use their money for charitable purposes and have a clear conscience when Judgement Day comes.
      Bless you for your comment and I wish you all the best for 2015.

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