America as Babylon?
During the past week, I’ve had the privilege to be interviewed by Dr. Stanley Montieth on his radio show at RadioLiberty.com. Our topic centered on a key matter taken up in the Prologue and Epilogue of Power Quest, Book Two: The Ascendancy of Antichrist in America. Where is America in Bible Prophecy? The usual answer is, “It really isn’t covered anywhere at all.”
Since the purpose of both of my books entitled Power Quest is to document how America appears to fulfill the designs of Francis Bacon and the Rosicrucians, a strategy called The Great Plan by Manly P. Hall (the most noteworthy of historians promulgating the doctrines of Freemasonry), it isn’t surprising that Dr. Stan wanted to zero in on the issue of whether America indeed is the so-called Daughter of Babylon talked about in the prophecies of Jeremiah (chapters 50 and 51), Zechariah (chapter 5), Isaiah (chapter 47 and elsewhere), and of course John the Revelator (chapters 17 and 18 in his Apocalypse). A sampling of these verses:
- Daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy [shall he be], that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. (Psalm 137:8)
- Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: [there is] no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. (Isaiah 47:1)
- They shall hold the bow and the lance: they [are] cruel, and will not shew mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, [every one] put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon. (Jeremiah 50:42)
- For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon [is] like a threshingfloor, [it is] time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come. (Jeremiah 51:33).
- Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest [with] the daughter of Babylon. (Zechariah 2:7)
In this week’s post, I cover the first three of these ‘top ten’ arguments America fulfills these prophecies (not in the spirit of David Letterman, mind you). Next week, I will complete the top ten arguments for why America personifies The Daughter of Babylon.
The Contrary Prophetic Scenario
There are a number of scholars over the past few decades that have taken exception to the ‘standard scenario’ of Bible prophecy put forth by the popular writers Hal Lindsey and Tim LaHaye. That prophetic interpretation builds on the view that America must decline and a united Europe must come to the foreground. The argument stems from the interpretation of Daniel 9:24-27—Daniel predicts the Prince of the People to come will ‘cut off’ (put to death) the Messiah Prince. This same evil figure is also known as the king of ‘fierce countenance’ (Daniel 8:23)  and the ‘Little Horn’ of Daniel 7:8 and 8:9. According to scholar Chuck Missler he has over 30 names in the Old Testament. In short, this personage we know primarily as the Antichrist must lead a ‘revived Roman empire’ (since the Romans crucified Jesus Christ) and geography and logic suggests this empire would be composed of European nations (LaHaye actually places the United Nations at the center of the action which may in fact be part of the ‘contrary scenario’).
However, there are a number of authorities who question the absence of America in end times prophecy from the perspective “because America isn’t mentioned, it must decline and cease being a world power.” Today’s contrarians disagree with this summary assessment based upon two primary premises with which they take exception: First, they distrust that America declines because Antichrist is assumed to be a European ‘prince’; secondly, they have qualms about the traditional scenario simply because it presupposes America isn’t mentioned in the Bible. Scholars such as the late J.R. Church, Rev. R.A. Coombs, Noah Hutchings, authors John Price, Patrick Heron, Stewart Best, Rob Skiba, and this author take exception to the Lindsey/LaHaye view. We argue the Bible does prophesy very specifically about America. She is disclosed in the many attributes associated with the notorious entity called The Daughter of Babylon. As to whether or not the Antichrist is in fact an American (or is a Muslim from Europe of the Middle East)—that is a separate topic. Nonetheless, that America plays a crucial role in Antichrist’s appearance remains as an ominous if not obvious theme of the Scriptures when the ‘blinders’ are removed.
Ten Major Reasons Why America Could Be the Daughter of Babylon
The various authors listed above identify scores of qualities of the Daughter of Babylon by inspecting the verses, particularly in the books of Jeremiah and Revelation. Anywhere from 30 to 100 citations are cited by these authors in providing detailed characteristics of the villain of the last days. In this article, my intention isn’t to repeat that study (to which I would refer the reader, especially to obtain the works by R.A. Coombs, (see this link for some of Coombs insights); but rather, to focus on what amount from my perspective to be the most compelling arguments that America is the villain of the last days, paving the way for Antichrist to appear.
1. America’s Historical Religious Aspirations Reflect Babylonian Religion
In Power Quest, Book One: America’s Obsession with the Paranormal, I lay the groundwork for the identification of America with the Daughter of Babylon by tracing how America’s ‘natural’ spiritual inclinations have influenced the world toward paganism. The influences of ‘Anglo-American’ authors were enormously influential in the formation of Adolf Hitler’s occult worldview which grounded the Vril, the Thule Society, the return to Germany’s ‘Hyperborean’ and Teutonic myths, and even the Atlantean cult of racial theory contributing to Anti-Semitism.
America’s spiritualism was rampant throughout the nineteenth century from the ‘burned out district’ in rural New York (a region constantly ‘burned with the fire of religious revivals’); to the pietism of the German Johan Kelpius predicting Pennsylvania to be the locus of Christ’s Return in 1694; to the Transcendentalism of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Alcott in mid-nineteenth century Concord, Massachusetts; to the hundreds of mediums and channelers which became a national obsession of ‘parlor tricks’ and crystal ball gazing all across New York and New England; to the high-water mark of the 1880’s founding of the Theosophical Society by Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and her charmed companion, Henry Steel Olcott at their ‘Lamasery’ at 47th and 8th in Manhattan. 
But the biggest factor was the growth and development of the Freemasons in America. Freemasonry grew from the very beginning with the Founding of Jamestown. The Founders of our country, particularly Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, were at the center of Masonic beliefs and influence. Some scholars even believe the English lost the Revolutionary War with America because, in part at least, they couldn’t put their heart into fighting fellow Masons.
At the heart of these religious affirmations was the primacy of personhood. Unlike eastern Buddhism which denied the importance of the individual, Theosophy and Freemasonry both emphasized personal power quests achieved through occultic rituals and beliefs. Combined with a penchant for scientific understanding, America blended these and concocted a perfect ‘religion’ for the last days—the philosophy which interpreted the miraculous in light of modern physics’ theories along with occultic teaching (minus the devil’s horns and hoofs of course). It is my argument that this pagan-oriented philosophy is well-reflected in so-called New Age Movement of the twentieth century and the 2012 ‘movement’ of today. Furthermore, it is my considered opinion that it is this ‘religion’ (and not Islam) that is the one-world religion of the last days.
2. America’s National Symbols Reflect Egyptian Paganism
Tom Horn, Rob Skiba, and many other contemporary authors have pointed out the many and amazing references built into our Nation’s Capital City. Dan Brown makes his fictional Symbologist Robert Langdon take a guided tour of many buildings in Washington D.C (albeit ‘with a gun to his head’ so to speak) in his book, The Lost Symbol. This ‘tour by force’ (forgive the pun) educates the reader on the many aspects of how the Nation’s seat of power was conceived by George Washington and Charles L’Enfant to reflect the great capitals of Europe, particularly, Rome and Athens, connecting America’s ideals with the ‘Great Work’ of Freemasonry and the symbols of Egypt. The Capitol Building mirrors Rome’s Pantheon while the world’s largest obelisk, The Washington Monument, reflects Egypt’s Heliopolis (the City of the Sun) with its temples and monuments to the sun god, Ra or Atum (the single creator god at the helm of the nine gods of the Ennead). That its height is 6,660 inches and its width 666.0 (555’ x 55’) inches hardly seems coincidental. The phalanx (and phallus) of the obelisk adjacent to the Capitol dome (the not-so-divine feminine counterpart) isn’t missed on Horn who recognizes the distinctly ‘sexual’ symbolism intrinsic in this architecture. It reflects ancient religions which believed our connection to the divine was best achieved through sexual rituals. Specifically, ‘hooking up’ sexually put us in touch with the supposed divinity ‘natural religions’ believed was intrinsic to ‘humankind’. By engaging in ritual sex, humans would encounter the divine. David Ovason, a Freemason, has written the definitive work on this topic (The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital).
There are those who dispute these arguments and believe we are ‘reading too much into’ the lay-out of the streets with the implied ‘compass and square’ and various other features seen in the city street map. Then again, if you ask the leaders of the Freemason’s national ‘House of the Temple’ exactly 13 blocks north of the White House (often featured on Discovery and History Channels discussing Freemasonry and the ‘conspiracy’ behind this secret society), they ignore the testimony of their greatest teachers and philosophers, Albert Pike and Manly Hall. In their writings it is clear these designs were intentional. They were certainly symbols to provoke the imagination. They might have even been talismans, providing triggers for the invoking of a divine presence in Washington D.C. Without question, Pike and Hall ‘made no bones about it’ (there is a pun in there somewhere): Freemasonry was on a mission to liberate humankind from religion and dogma; to establish a nation governed by ‘men of reason’ with democratic ideals; and to implement The Great Plan—as alluded to at the outset.
Tom Horn, in his landmark book, Apollyon Rising: 2012, addresses the meaning behind the Great Seal of the United States, featured on the back of the one-dollar bill. Complete with the many ‘thirteens’ populating The Great Seal is the ‘eye of Horus’—a long-standing symbol of secret societies and Egyptian mysticism—as well as the Great pyramid itself, a not so-subtle reminder of the land of Egypt and its religion from which the cult of Freemasonry is derived.
If America isn’t the Daughter of Babylon, it is the daughter of Egypt. However, as any good mythologist knows, when you work your way back from Roman and Greek mythology, you stop in Egypt only briefly; eventually you wind your way back to the land of the Chaldeans. All mythology has Babylon as it singular parent. Babylon stands as the ‘Mother of all Mythology’. Rob Skiba’s new book, Babylon Rising (2012), provides substantial support to this thesis. Skiba provides a solid (but conversational) study on the development of ancient mythology into its modern forms.
3. America’s Inclusion of Nazi Socialism Corrupted Our Government
Power Quest, Book Two: The Ascendancy of the Antichrist in America, centers on the incursion of German national socialists (Nazis) into the United States (and more broadly, the entire Western hemisphere) after World War II. The thesis stated succinctly: America knowingly and intentionally invited the spirit of Antichrist into our land. Out of fear, we were motivated to fight Soviet Communism and stave off atheistic Marxism. However, in our drive to safeguard our society we enabled the occultic (even satanic) powers of the Nazis to infest many of our most vital governmental institutions. Our leaders determined that we could not afford to allow Nazi technology to be superintended by the Soviets. Consequently, as the war ended not only were the allies racing to Berlin to conclude the colossal world-wide fight, they were racing to specific outposts of vaunted German technologies to grab this ‘know how’ and the great minds of Nazi science before ‘the other guy’ got them. The American population today has little idea how much was at stake. Technologies exceeding our wildest imagination (at least for the average citizen, not for most of our military intelligence apparatus) were available for the plunder.
Additionally, Power Quest, Book Two, documents how deals were cut with noted war criminals to obtain select intelligence and science assets. Reinhard Gehlen, the head of the ‘Soviet desk’ for Nazi intelligence, made a pact with Allen Dulles (the future head of the CIA) bringing his entire eastern front intelligence operation into America’s OSS (the forerunner of the CIA). Likewise, Werner von Braun, along with other notable German rocket scientists, brought their entire 100-man plus rocket science team to the U.S. to lead the way in our race into space. This illegal immigration process was the major coops of Project Paperclip. It just so happens that this deal may have involved Clay Shaw, the indicted subject of Jim Garrison (the New Orleans Prosecutor) who brought Shaw to trial in the purported conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy. This intriguing link was only a foreshadowing of many more associations between the Nazis, the CIA, and the plot to kill the President as documented in my book.
Covered also in Power Quest, Book Two, were the many intelligence operations employed by our government to exploit Nazi science. These ‘ops’ ranged from controlling the minds of ‘Manchurian Candidates’ to controlling the mind of the population at large by manipulating the media (if not outright purchasing it). Many other diabolical tasks are laid out in detail—actions that are as dastardly as they are disturbing.
The bottom line is that America leadership aided and abetted the Nazi goal of establishing ‘the Fourth Reich’ by infiltrating the nations of Europe and the Americas. The story of the ‘ratlines’ is another highlight of the book, a path to freedom developed at War’s end by the Catholic Church enabling the escape of Nazi war criminals. Like the United States, the Catholic Church was apparently motivated by its fear of atheistic communism and found in the Nazis a suitable partner to fight Marxism; although author Dave Hunt in his classic The Woman Rides the Beast (1994) argues that other motivations were in play.
In the final analysis, America demonstrated a horrific shortfall in morality. We put war criminals into major leadership roles. We utilized occult practices to fight the communists (namely the esoteric technique known as remote viewing). We employed torture on our own citizens to gain leverage in the intelligence ‘war’. And we facilitated the murder of our own President (Kennedy) to ensure that our military-industrial complex would flourish—all in the name of fighting ‘godless communism’. In so doing, we grew as evil as the enemy we feared. In this fiendish pursuit, America lost its way and sold its soul.
So it is that the United States of America chose, on its own accord, to become the Bible’s Daughter of Babylon.
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Next week’s blog will continue the exploration of the most significant reasons
why America may be the Babylon of Jeremiah and John the Revelator.
 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” (Daniel 8:23)
 Together, they led the effort to give an Americanized version of Buddhism as a gift back to the Asians (India) and Africans (Sri Lanka) where it was actually ‘on the way out’.
 This religion places humankind at the center of things, but calls upon the individual to learn how to interact with spiritual forces ‘on the other side’—often through the exploitation of drugs, tantric sex, and physical means to put oneself into a trance where the spiritual encounter can take place. The core element is the seeking of ‘transcendence’—the hope to prove the validity of spiritual experience at the risk of doing battle with superhuman beings who seek our destruction, not our benefit despite what many proponents argue (see Graham Hancock’s book Supernatural (2007) to explore this dangerous agenda).
 Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock in their recent book, The Master Game (2011), document how Paris was also a modern day ‘City of the Sun’ in its street structure , reflecting Heliopolis in many details. Washington D.C. is not alone in ‘standing for’ the cult of Rosicrucians and Freemasons.
 Of course, the Washington Monument wasn’t completed until after the Civil War (built between 1848 and 1884) and its original design was necessarily to be a ‘free standing’ obelisk. However, it is significant that in the end, this is exactly what was constructed. The ‘Powers that Be’ seemed to arrange this—it seems unlikely it was accidental.
 It is indeed the pinnacle of misinterpretation (if not blasphemy) that the physical encounter and intimacy between man and woman should be seen as a substitute for the relationship between God and the singular human being. No doubt, it is the exhilaration of the sexual experience that causes the ‘natural man’ (as Paul depicts humans apart of God) to sense an ‘out of the ordinary’ event mistaken for divine ecstasy (as the mystics would characterize the interaction). But it is also the false assumption that a spiritual union between the divine and human simply implies ecstasy as is typified in sexual experience. Others (Martin Buber, the Jewish Philosopher), discuss the ‘I-Thou experience’ and (Schleiermacher) the ‘feeling of absolute dependence’. Likewise, there is ‘dread’ that comes from encountering the ‘holiness’ of God—God as absolutely distinct and different from human beings; another sentient experience more appropriate and fitting for the Judeo-Christian encounter with God. The whole subject of mysticism (the confrontation between human and the divine) is not really well expressed in the evangelical’s standard phraseology of ‘having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ’. And yet, it is somewhat contained within the Psalmist expression of the ‘soul which yearns for God as a deer pants for the water brook’. But I’m afraid I have wandered too far afield from the topic!
 So named because false dossiers were paper-clipped over the true biographical records of the Nazis we brought into our country—breaking the rule President Harry Truman demanded—that no Nazi with a criminal record be allowed in.