RASTAS, RAINBOWS, AND REVELATION:
The Twelve Tribe Rastafarians, of which famous Reggae artist Bob Marley was a follower of base their belief of “Babylon” from the book Revelation to describe to discribe everything in our society that is oppressive or unnatural, such as man-made governments, and corporations that destroy the natural world for mere profit and greed. In turn, the neo-hippies, who often refer to themselves as The Rainbow Family borrowed the term “Babylon” from the Rastas in an effort to describe “mainstream” society which, like the Rastas, they feel is materialistic and unnatural and destructive to the earth and all living things upon it.
Revelation 13 & Revelation 17-19). This “Mystery” Babylon is presented as a corrupt political, economic, and religious world power. Babylon is also described in the second chapter of Daniel as a series of kingdoms starting with King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and ending with a ten nation federation that will be destroyed in the last days by the Kingdom of God.
There are many possibilities as to the identity of “Mystery” Babylon. It is possible that “Mystery” Babylon is the world power described by Daniel and manifested now as the European Union or even the United Nations. Another possible clue to the identity of “Mystery” Babylon is found in Revelation 18:9-19, where we find the description of “Mystery” Babylon’s status as a world trade power which closely resembles the United States of America.
The exact identity of “Mystery” Babylon may not be revealed for some time, but we can be sure of this, we are rapidly approaching a time when the fulfillment of ancient prophesies will become daily headlines.
One thing is evident at this time - Babylon is literal and figurative; physical and spiritual; historical and prophetic and therefore it must be viewed from more than just a political perspective.
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