In the April, May, and June 2001 issues of the Free Presbyterian Magazine a series of articles ran on The Establishment Principle written by Rev. John Macleod of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. . This insightful comment about the USA appeared in the articles:
"Across the Atlantic, the Presbyterian Church of America in 1788 saw fit to alter The Westminster Confession of Faith , her subordinate standard, in order that its terms might be in conformity with the false view that Church and state are totally separate and that all religions are to be regarded as equal before the law. Little wonder that most of the cults which have spread plague-like throughout the nations originated in that land which by the First Amendment to its Constitution repudiated the Establishment Principle and laid down that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". How far removed is the oath of office which the President of the United States takes on his inauguration from that which the framers of our National Covenant required of such as aspired to sit on the Scottish throne."
That description of the USA is strikingly similar to the way the mysterious Babylonian whore in Revelation 17:5 is portrayed: "… MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
Of course, the USA is symbolized by Lady Liberty in the Statue of Liberty, entitled “Liberty Enlightening the World”. This pseudo-Liberty is really wicked rebellion against God and the casting off of the true religion of its past, and this pseudo-Liberty has indeed been propagated throughout the world, with the USA as its model. It has been formalized in the constitution of the United Nations, created by Lady Liberty. Lady Liberty refers back to Libertas, the Roman goddess of “freedom”. And we seem to find an image of Lady Liberty in Zechariah 5: 7-8, 11: a woman representing wickedness standing upon a pedestal in "the land of Shinar", a synonym for Babylon. Her appearance in Revelation 17 was thus foreshadowed in Zechariah.
When we think of the ancient Babel/Babylon, these
things come to mind:
- Heightened communication among the peoples of the world, including a "universal language" of the empire (An interesting insight into this was provided in an article at http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/09/asia/englede.php : “Experts on the English language like David Crystal, author of "English as a Global Language," say the world has changed so drastically that history is no longer a guide. "This is the first time we actually have a language spoken genuinely globally by every country in the world," he said. "There are no precedents to help us see what will happen." John McWhorter, a linguist at the Manhattan Institute, a research group in New York, and the author of a history of language called "The Power of Babel," was more unequivocal. “English is dominant in a way that no language has ever been before," he said.”)
- E pluribus unum (Translated
from Latin, it means "One from Many" or "One out of many":
'E' = out of, from; pluribus = many; unum = one, and it appears
on the Great Seal of the USA of 1782.
The phrase originally came from Moretum, a poem
attributed to Virgil. Moretum is a
type of salad; the poem contains a description of the ingredients being ground
in a pestle which includes the phrase, color est e pluribus unus (the
color is, from many, one) which refers to the combining of the different
colored ingredients combining into a harmonious mixture. It suggests an empire of different ethnic
- Heightened commerce among the peoples, and with it greater wealth
- "Freedom of religion and speech"
- Widespread humanism
- Widespread materialism
- Effort to reach the stars
- Heightened technological advances
These attributes strikingly describe the USA. Indeed, my guess is that the USA is the end-time “Babylon” described in Revelation 17-18. While I believe the Papacy is the Man of Sin described in II Thessalonians 2, and the Papal kingdom (i.e., the Roman Catholic Church) is the beast “of 7 hills” described in Revelation 13 and Revelation 17:8-9, just as the Westminster Standards attest, I think in the context of Revelation 17-18 that the mysterious Babylonian whore is most likely the USA. (It should be noted that the Westminster Standards never state a position as to the identity of the end time mysterious Babylonian whore described in Revelation 17-18, though the vast majority of reformed people in history have believed it was the Roman Catholic Church.) I think my guess better explains why we read that the Romish beast “of 7 hills” helps destroy the end time mysterious Babylonian whore, and then rule in its place for a time (Revelation 17:16-17), having pre-dated the Babylonian whore in its existence (Rev 17:8). I am not satisfied with explanations having Rome somehow destroy Rome, having pre-existed Rome, and then Rome rule subsequently. Furthermore, I think the USA better fits how this end time mysterious Babylonian whore is described in Revelation 17-18. For example: “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” (Rev 18:3). Many nations have grown rich through the USA, but the Romish Church has tended to impoverish people economically.
But, alas, if my guess is right, and the USA is the end-time ‘Babylon’ of Revelation 17-18, what an ending she will have. We read in Revelation 17:16 that the Romish Beast “of 7 Hills”, in alliance with “ten nations”, will eventually destroy the mysterious Babylonian whore: “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”