The Biblical Prophecies about
The Catastrophic Fall of New York City
4. The Great City of New York and the Statue of Liberty
Out of all the great cities in the world, no other city has a better match of all the characteristics of “the Great City of Babylon” than New York City.
1) A City of World Political Power
New York City is the city of world political power where the United Nations is located. Since its inauguration in 1945, the United Nations has grown more and more important and influential in international affairs. It’s truly the center of world political power “that rules over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:18)
However, due to the various ideological or religious backgrounds of its member nations, especially with some of them as Godless countries, the United Nations often compromises on religious issues to avoid conflicts. It may be good in the eyes of people but it is not good in the eyes of God. That’s why God criticized it as the “Spiritual Adultery” in the Bible as “the kings of the earth committed adultery with her and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries. (Revelation 17:2)
Currently, the world is experiencing many crises from the Pandemic of Coronavirus to the natural disasters and social unrest all around the world. Human beings are weak and vulnerable in the face of natural disasters and unprecedented viruses. It’s time for people to re-establish their faith in God for the blessing of God to help people go through this tough time.
As the United Nations is a coordinator for international cooperation and disaster relief, the United Nations should do more on bringing the blessing of God, besides material assistance, to the people in suffering by promoting faith through missionary works. Without the blessing of God, those material help are often wasted in corruption and environment is continuously deteriorating.
As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he feeds for a lifetime.” The Blessing of God is the ultimate cause to make people’s lives better and make the earth a better place for all humanity. Once people learn the Word of God with open heart and open mind, their lives will turn better with the blessing of God. That should be one of the key missions for the United Nations so that the kings of the earth will not commit "spiritual adultery" with "Babylon the Great".
Nowadays, most wars and conflicts in the world, especially in the Middle East and future in Europe, come from the religious conflicts. The leaders in the United Nations should learn the Word of God, especially this New Millennium Testament, to see the Big Picture of God’s Revelation to both the East and the West in the past four thousand years. Once people see the Big Picture of the Word of God, they will understand the religious root and spiritual cause of those conflicts in the world and find a better solution to resolve it.
2) A City of World Economic Power
New York City is also a major financial and trade center in the world. More than half of the wealth in the world is in the hands of the financial institutions in New York City. Wall Street stock exchanges, international banks, big insurance companies, Federal Reserve Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and all kinds of financial institutions are located in the center of New York City. Anything that happens on Wall Street could cause big effects in the world market. There is no other place in the world that has more economic influence than New York City. New York City is truly the great city of World Economic Power.
In the Book of Revelation, John kept telling us the relationship between the Great City of Babylon and merchants.
Why are all the merchants in the world mourning about the Fall of Babylon and what do all these scriptures really mean? They all indicated three words: World Trade Center. Yes, the “Great City of Babylon” is the center of worldwide trading and the World Trade Center was the symbol of the “Great City of Babylon”.
One thing mentioned in this prophecy is particularly alarming. It is said that “Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.” (Revelation 18:23) That indicates these “merchants” or big financial institutes in the “Great City of Babylon” are the “world’s great men” with powerful influence over the world, and currently, they are under the “magic spell” of Babylon the Great and leading all the nations astray from the Way of God. That’s exactly what happens on the Wall Street and in the financial district of New York City.
3) A City of Great Wealth, Luxury & Fashion
New York City is not only the wealthiest city in the world, but it is also one of the fashion centers in the world “dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls” (Revelation 18:16). New York City is one of the largest markets for luxury items, from expensive jewelries to luxury real estate. It leads the vogue in the luxury market, and “the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:3). How accurately did the Word of God prophesy it almost 2000 years ago!
4) A Port City by the Sea
New York City is one of the biggest port cities in the world. It has a safe, natural harbor in the mouth of the Hudson River, protected from the ocean storms by Staten Island and Long Island. With year-round non-freezing deep water, no wonder it was once claimed as “the Port of the New World”. It provides great access for international trading through ocean freight and “all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth.” (Revelation 18:19).
5) A City of Multiple Nations and Ethnic Diversification
New York City is the biggest city in the United States. It not only has the United Nations headquartered in its city, which represents all the nations in the world, but also has a large diversified ethnic representation of the world. Caucasians, Africans, Jews, Central and South Americans and Asian all live together in this city. They provide great cultural and ethnic diversification for the city. As the Bible said, “the waters you saw are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” (Revelation 17:15)
6) A City of Art & Music
New York City is also famous for its art and music excellence. It has about 150 museums, 400 art galleries, 38 Broadway theaters, and scores of concert halls, clubs, and dance halls. Broadway Music theaters and great art museums are the great attractions and spotlights for millions of visitors to New York City every year. New York City even claimed as the Capital of Music in the world. That’s right. New York City is indeed the City of Art and Music as prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
7) A City of Arrogance & Pride
As a cosmopolitan metropolis and major commercial center in the world, New York City has also become a city of arrogance. People think that they can achieve anything by themselves without the blessing of God. Like what Christ said in the letter to Laodicea, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” (Revelation 4:17) In this letter, Jesus Christ precisely prophesied the mentality of the people at this age after they made money and acquired wealth. However, most people do not realize that without the blessing from God, the wealth that people acquired can be lost quickly, like the bursting bubble of the stock market from the year 2000 to 2002 and the collapse of the financial and real estate market in 2007-2008.
Due to its success as a major metropolitan city in the world, New Yorkers were famous for their arrogant attitude and rude manners before the “September 11”. That had caused a great amount of bad Karma for the city. Fortunately, this has been changed since “September 11”. I hope the people of New York City can keep the good change and don’t fall back to the old habits, for “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18).
8) A City of Sexual Immorality
Sexual immorality is one of the main characteristics of Babylon the Great. In the ancient time of old Babylon, prostitution was even a part of their religious services. Unfortunately, sexual immorality is also closely associated with the city of New York. In the 1960s and 1970s, New York City was the pioneer and the capital of “Sexual Liberation”, which caused a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancies and abortions.
At the beginning of the New Millennium, “Sex and the City” became the popular topic of New York City, and there was also a new “Museum of Sex” opened in New York City, which claimed that New York City is the pioneer of “Sexual Liberation” in the Western World. Isn’t that another confirmation for the title of Babylon as “the Mother of Harlots” prophesied in Revelation 17:5?
With the huge influence of New York City, the Sexual Liberation has been spread to the world. Just as prophesied in the Book of Revelation, “With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” (Revelation 17:2)
9) A City ofBlasphemy
Because of the high commercialization of New York City, many people in New York City don’t have faith in God. They pay too much attention to material gains or sensual desire and don’t appreciate the blessing of God. Some people curse God for the misfortune caused by their own misbehavior. Some people protested against the teachings of the Word of God in public schools. A person even used elephant’s dung to depict Mary and a museum in New York City still exhibited it to the public in the name of “art” or “freedom of expression”. How could these sins of blasphemy escape the judgment from God without causing the misfortune to the city?
These were all the results of the influence from the spirit of Babylon and its beast, which in the past had persecuted the people of God in Israel, as well as in Rome during the Dark Age. Now that evil spirit already came to New York City and made New York City the central hub of many Anti-God media and organizations.
In Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation, it was prophesied that the beast of Anti-Christ spirit would be “given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them, and he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (Revelation 13:7) In New York City, this beast not only can wage wars against the people of faith through its controlled Anti-God and Anti-Christ media outlets, but also have influence over the United Nations to insert its “authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (Revelation 13:7) From nowhere else but New York City could the beast have such a strong influence on this nation of God and over the world.
10) A City Symbolized by a Woman
When people talk about New York City, most people will think of the famous landmark of the city, the Statue of Liberty. The New York City is indeed symbolized by a woman, Libertas, the goddess of liberty worshipped in ancient Rome. Is that just a coincident? Not really.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from French people to the United States of America to commemorate the alliance of France and the United States during the American Independence and the perseverance of freedom and democracy in the United States. The initial concept was proposed by Edouard Rene de Laboulaye, a French law professor and politician in a small group meeting in France. And then a sculptor named Frederic Bartholdi took the task to design the statue and he also came to the United States to seek the support of building a colossal statue in New York City. Eventually, an agreement was reached that the French group would pay for the cost of the Statue and Americans would be responsible for the cost and construction of the foundation and pedestal of the statue. The official title of the statue is “Liberty Enlightening the World”, which followed the mottoes of both the American Revolution and the French Revolution in the eighteenth century. It represents the symbol of both French and American people looking forward to liberty after a long repressive Dark Age in Europe. It also showed the friendship between the two nations. So the initial goodwill of this Statue of Liberty as a gift from French people to the United States was all good.
However, as prophesied in the Revelation Chapter 9, the French Revolution was inspired and influenced by the fallen star from the heaven – the Antichrist Spirit of Lucifer. It initially inspired people with the good motto of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”, and then it turned people against the church and Christianity. After people abandoned the faith in God and Christ, the Spirit of Antichrist turned the dream of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity” into the nightmare of the “Reign of Terror”. And after the French Revolution and Napoleon Wars, France was ruined and turned into a godless country.
When a group of French people decided to send a statue as a gift to American people, the same spirit of Antichrist also cast its influence on the design of the Statue of Liberty and its base. Although these two designers from France and American designed the Statue of Liberty and its base separately, even apart by the Atlantic Ocean, they were unconsciously under the influence of Lucifer to complete the prophecy of the “Woman on the Beast with Seven Heads and Ten Horns” in the Book of Revelation.
i. The Statue of Liberty
Statue of Ishtar/Inanna
The Statue of Liberty is originated from the Greek/Roman Goddess Libertas, which can be traced to the root of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar or Inanna. One of the sexual rites in Ishtar worshipping is for women to provide sexual service, or temple prostitution, as part of their religious service. The following two images are of Ishtar and the Statue of Liberty. They both held the torch in their hands, just like Lucifer once was the “Light Bearer” before he fell from Heaven. Do these two images look similar to each other?
Although the current Statue of Liberty has a whole new meaning, due to its similarity and historical connection to its original Babylonian goddess, the Statue of Liberty became vulnerable to the attachment and occupation of the spirit of Babylon. A statue itself may not be a big threat, but what is dangerous is the spirit that occupies it and works behind its positive image. When it was combined with the odd shape of its base, the meaning of this statue was totally changed.
ii. The Base of the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty and Its Base
Most people who visited the Statue of Liberty may not pay attention to the odd shape of the base of the Statue of Liberty. Why would someone design such an odd-shaped structure for the base of the Statue of Liberty and what's the real meaning behind such a bizarre design?
Actually, this special shape does have a special meaning. It is a variation of eight-pointed Star of Ishtar.
The Star of Ishtar and Its Variation
Instead of eight points in the original Star of Ishtar, the base of the Statue of Liberty bent the three major points on the three sides inward to create two small points on each of these three sides. It seemed that the designer of the base tried to hide its relationship with the Star of Ishtar, but he did not realize that his intentional change of the design of the base actually completed the prophecy of Babylon the Great and the Beast in the Book of Revelation. Here is how it looks like now!
The Star of Ishtar with
The Seven Heads (A-G) and
It has SEVEN triangles (A-G) sticking out of a square formed by the corner 1, 4, 7, and10 with a little bent inward in the front. The triangle A in the front is bigger than the other six triangles (B-G). If you add the four corners of the square to the six small triangles, there are TEN small corners (1-10) in total.
That’s Seven Heads (A-G) and Ten Horns (1-10)! The Statue of Ishtar, the Babylonian Goddess of Sex and Fertility, is sitting on the modified Star of Ishtar! What a perfect match to the prophecy of the Babylon the Great - “the woman on the beast with seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:7)!
In the past two thousand years, most people had a hard time to imagine what kind of figure with seven heads and ten horns should look like. Now the answer is here. The designer of the base might not have had any malicious intent while designing the base for the statue, but the evil spirit of the beast always tried to influence people behind their mind and take advantage of their lack of awareness of the warnings in the Bible.
When people abandoned the faith in Christ, they could easily be deceived and led astray by the Spirit of Lucifer, the Antichrist. That’s how this statue and its base were designed under the spiritual influence of Lucifer to create a matching design of the Statue of Ishtar and the Star of Ishtar from the same spiritual root of Babylon and complete the prophecy of "Babylon the Great and the Beast" in the Bible's Book of Revelation.
11) Additional Implications from God - “Babylon”, “Queens” and the “Big Apple”
To make this prophecy more clearly to people, God even inspired the local authority to name a small community to the east of New York City as “Babylon”, where all the ships coming from the south to New York City can clearly see the big name of “Babylon” on the water tower in the city. Inside New York City, it also has a district named Queens as “In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen...'” (Revelation 18:7)
In the early twentieth century, God inspired a writer to give New York City a nickname as the “Big Apple”. Anyone who heard of the story of Adam and Eve knows that they were driven out of the paradise because of the “Apple”. As apple is the fruit that caused Adam and Eve to fall, God just used the “Big Apple” as a hint for the origin of sin to indicate that the spirit of Babylon, the “Mother of the Abominations of the earth” (Revelation 17:5), already came to the New York City in the early twentieth century.
Shortly after that, the misfortune happened. The Wall Street collapsed and the stock market had the biggest crash in history followed by the “Great Depression” from 1929 to 1933. God always gave people some signs before the major disasters happened. Unfortunately, most people just didn’t pay attention to them until it's too late or after it happened.
With all these matching characteristics, hints and special design of the Statue of Liberty and its base, it is indisputable that the modern-day "Great City of Babylon" prophesied in the Book of Revelation is the Great City of New York.
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