One of the remaining things I need to do before I can start to compose articles about my thoughts on Ezekiel 38, Ezekiel 39, and other related prophecies is to reexamine the identity of Babylon the Great City mentioned in Revelation 17 and Revelation 18 and see how its identity fits in the view of Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 that I am strongly considering.
I was recently asked for my thoughts on the potential for New York City to be Babylon the Great City. Since I’m currently taking some time to reevaluate my stance on the location of Babylon the Great City I think it is a good time to share my current thoughts on whether New York City has potential to be Babylon the Great City.
New York City is a possibility that has some potential. Here are some of the reasons why New York City has some potential to be Babylon the Great City:
- The city is major global, economic and financial center. Arguably, it is the most important economic and financial center in the world.
- The city is located on the coastline, which would enable merchants to see its smoke if something were to happen to the city (Revelation 18:17-18).
- The United Nations is currently headquartered in the city.
I think the most compelling item that New York City has in its favor is the fact that the United Nations is currently headquartered in the city. The reason I think the United Nations is a compelling item is that I see potential for the United Nations to play an End Times role as a governing organization that the Antichrist controls.
Revelation 17:12-13 suggests that the kings of the earth will voluntarily surrender their power and authority to Antichrist.
(12) And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. (13) These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Rev 17:12-13)
The fact that there will be ten rulers who will work with Antichrist suggests that Antichrist may not directly oversee the activities of each kingdom in his empire. Instead, each ruler may directly control their respective kingdom while being subject to Antichrist. The voluntarily transference of powers by these ten rulers suggest that Antichrist’s power is based on some consensus agreement between him and the rulers of these kingdoms.
- The United Nations could potentially serve as the primary international organization where this consensus is reached since it is a place where world leaders and represents from virtually every country on Earth convene.
Although I would not completely dismiss New York City as a potential candidate to be Babylon the Great at the moment, there are some important issues that I think proponents of New York City need to consider. Here are a few of the important issues that come to mind immediately:
- The United States is facing a fiscal disaster, which is arguably much worse than what Greece and other heavily-indebted European countries are facing at the moment since its debt and unfunded liabilities are in the tens of trillions of dollars. The consequences of this fiscal disaster have serious economic, financial, and political implications which I believe could significantly weaken the United States’ standing in the world. I wonder whether New York City can maintain its status as a leading economic and financial center if/when the United States’ power declines significantly.
- New York City’s most compelling item to me is the fact that the United Nations is currently located in the city. However, will the United Nations remain in New York City in the future or will it move to another location if/when there is instability in the U.S. or if/when the U.S. decides to no longer fund the United Nations? Interestingly, a 2007 article in the Washington Post suggested that the ideal place for the U.N.’s headquarters to relocate is a 600-room palace in… the ancient city of Babylon which was built during Saddam Hussein’s rule of Iraq…
- Jeremiah 50, Jeremiah 51, and Isaiah 13 each reference the Babylon located in the land of Chaldea while Revelation 17 and Revelation 18 make no mention of the land of Chaldea. Why does this discrepancy exist?
In sum, I currently think New York City has some potential to be Babylon the Great City mentioned in Revelation 17 and Revelation 18. In fact, it’s one of the cities I am considering as I reevaluate my stance on the location of Babylon the Great City. However, I think the top candidates to be Babylon the Great City are cities whose name is mentioned directly in the Bible like Jerusalem, Babylon, etc. New York City is probably on the top of my list of candidate cities whose name is not mentioned in the Bible directly.