Chapter 10

The Seduction of the Nations

Entire Chapter

Revelation 18:3 – For 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 waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

In the verse above, much of what the angel is crying out has become blurred to many believers regarding the depravity of the nations and their kings, and the prosperity of the merchants of the earth. This is not because the translation is incorrect, but rather for the reason that during the last hundred years or so, the English language has been going through a steady transmutation.  Though I began my Christian walk reading the King James Version over four decades ago and have become well accustomed to the antiquated English, there are many passages in it that I am sure would be difficult for the younger generation of believers to understand. This is not because the language is too archaic with all the – “thee’s, thou’s, doeth’s, shalt’s” and “hitherto’s,” are beyond their ability to understand, especially if they would approach it with prayer and study. But I feel the greatest problem stems from the constant morphing of clear and simple words, and their being rendered nonsensical, through their constant inappropriate usage via slang. Even that word “slang” might now be too outdated for many and requiring an explanation.

For decades, I have stressed my conviction that the seemingly benign trend of popularizing either a phrase or word to imply something with which it previously had no connection to, was nothing less than a devilish scheme to handicap the communication of truth of a matter and to generate confusion. What truth and what matter, the Truth of God, and the revelation of what matters to God – as thoroughly defined in His holy word. Perhaps a good example of the extreme bastardization of words can be demonstrated in Microsoft Word’s pop-up toolbar. The purpose of this feature is to assist in looking up words that have been typed for correction, definition, or alternate synonyms. When making an inquiry for a synonym for the words “revealing” or “wicked” it now offers the following lists to choose from.

Revealing
Skimpy
See-through
Figure-hugging
Close-fitting
Tight-fitting
Tightfitting
Enlightening
Illuminating
Wicked
Good
Great
Terrific
Cool
Fabulous
Fab
Fantastic
Impressive

The first five suggested words for “revealing” exposes an obvious sensual and fleshly connotation being assigned to the word, while only two words are offered which uphold the historic usage of the word. Whether the list attests to an intentional effort to impose a new social acquaintance to the word or verifies that this has become the most common usage of the word, it is clear there has been a departure occurring from its historic usage. For while the word “revealing” was traditionally utilized to convey disclosure of common or divine wisdom and knowledge, and consequently understanding to a matter, the word revealing is now used to infer the seductive exposure of one’s physical attributes being made obvious due to skimpy, see-through, figure-hugging, close, and tight-fitting apparel.

Compare that to Noah Webster’s definition in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.

*REVE’ALING, participle present tense Disclosing; discovering; making known.

REVE’AL, verb transitive [Latin – revelo; re and velo, to veil.]

To disclose; to discover; to show; to make known something before unknown or concealed; as, to reveal secrets.

To disclose, discover or make known from heaven. God has been pleased to reveal his will to man.

The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodly-ness and unrighteousness of men. (Romans chap.1  vers. 17)

Similarly, not one of the words listed as synonyms by the Microsoft Word’s pop-up toolbar for “wicked” can even remotely be considered within the scope of the word’s original intent and definition. Even the online contemporary Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, the Unabridged Dictionary, significantly dulls its meaning offering an initial short definition of wicked as being “morally bad, having or showing slightly bad thoughts in a way that is funny or not serious, very bad or unpleasant.” Again, compare Microsoft Word’s pop-up with that of Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary.  

*WICKED, a. [The primary sense is to wind and turn, or to depart, to fall away.]

Evil in principle or practice; deviating from the divine law; addicted to vice; sinful; immoral. This is a word of comprehensive signification, extending to every thing that is contrary to the moral law, and both to persons and actions. We say, a wicked man, a wicked deed, wicked ways, wicked lives, a wicked heart, wicked designs, wicked works.

No man was ever wicked without secret discontent.

A word of slight blame; as the wicked urchin.

Cursed; baneful; pernicious; as wicked words, words pernicious in their efforts.

[This last signification may throw some light on the word wicked.]

The wicked, in Scripture, persons who live in sin; transgressors of the divine law; all who are unreconciled to God, unsanctified or impenitent.

Below is the preface of Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary. His faith was his principal guide, confessing the importance of language being properly grounded and defined so as to precisely transfer knowledge and understanding.

 “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed… No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” 

Sadly, that conviction appears to be no longer held by those now at the helm of the Merriam-Webster Third New International Dictionary. Rather their focus seems to have shifted from preserving the original designation and integrity of English words, to keeping up with or perhaps even purposely propagating the exploitation of them. To such professing authoritarians of the English language, I believe the biblical phrase, “it is required in stewards that a man is found faithful,” is applicable and therefore on judgment day such will face a sharp and painful cutting edge.

This all has significant importance as we return to the angel’s words regarding the nations and kings and merchants of the earth. Just what was he inferring by “all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her?” The importance of our understanding this portion of his message must not be minimized in our minds. For three times in Revelation, it is stressed how the nations have become guilty before God for their having become drunk from indulging in the wine of the harlot’s fornication. 

Revelation 14:6 – And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that Great City, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.

Revelation 17:1 – And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither and I will show unto you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Revelation 18:1 – And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For 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.

Revelation 14:8 reveals that Babylon “made (potizo) all nations drink (potizo) of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” A quick reading of that would almost make it sound as if Babylon was forcing the other nations to drink this wine. However, as you can see the same Greek word was used two places in that sentence, but when translated was transcribed as “made” and “drink.” When examining the Greek word, one discovers it doesn’t support the idea of a forced consumption, but simply that of offering or making available. The word “potizo” according to the Strong’s Greek Interlinear, means simply to furnish drink or to irrigate. It is further illustrated with “(make) to drink, feed, water.” The implication of “made to drink” is in the sense of irrigation, so as to “make” it possible for the land to drink the water. “Potizo” is from a derivative of the alternate of “pino,” which occurs only as an alternate to “potizo” in certain tenses and means to imbibe, swallow, guzzle, gulp, and absorb (literally or figuratively): or simply “drink.”

The Greek word “Potizo” is used only twenty-three times in fifteen verses in the New Testament and has been translated the following ways.

  • 2 times: give/gave…drink
  • 6 times: give/gave
  • 6 times: drink
  • 1 time:   watering (an animal)
  • 3 times: watereth (a crop)
  • 1 time: fed (milk)
  • 1 time: have been
  • 1 time: made to drink
  • 1 time: made

In none of those verses with “potizo” has the idea been implied to force intoxicating drink upon anyone. As a matter of fact, potizo’s very first usage in scripture recorded in Matthew’s Gospel was by Jesus.

Matthew 10:42 – And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

The verse where it was translated “fed”-

1st Corinthians 3:2 – I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able.

The verse where it was translated “watereth” –

1st Corinthians 3:6 – I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that plants anything, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. 8 Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

The verse where it was translated “have been” and “made to drink” is also in I Corinthians.

1st Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Again, in none of the verses above or any of the verses can the notion of forcing drink upon anyone or thing be justified. The idea is simply that of offering, making available, or supplying by irrigation, as in 1st Corinthians 3:6-8. 

Therefore, when it says in Revelation 14:8 that “Babylon is fallen… because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,” it is because she was “providing or irrigating” the nations, “watering” them as it were with the “wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Babylon wasn’t forcing the nations to drink, rather the fruit [outcome] of her fornication [sins] was causing the wine [temptations] to spillover to all the other nations, who freely received and drank of them. For that reason, they too are deserving of the wrath that God will pour out in His indignation upon Babylon.

This accusation that all the nations became drunk because of the wine of Babylon actually goes back to a prophecy in Isaiah. 

Jeremiah 51:7 – Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine and therefore the nations are mad.

Once “a golden cup in the LORD’s hand,” Babylon was used by God to chastise Israel for her sins in order to bring forth the peaceable fruit of righteousness in her. God even gave unto Babylon one of His greatest prophets to help guide it by allowing Daniel to go into captivity. For Daniel’s righteous presence served as an effectual light in Babylon, as God used Daniel repeatedly to warn Nebuchadnezzar of things to come, and even to address the king’s pride; something that would have cost any other man his life.

However, after many years when Nebuchadnezzar grew older, his son Belshazzar ascended to the throne. It did not take long before Daniel’s proven importance became overlooked and neglected. That is till one night in drunken arrogance, Belshazzar “brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.” The boldness of his sin made it evident that Belshazzar had not only abandoned the wisdom of his father just mentioned a few verses earlier; he trampled it underfoot by celebrating his own egotism to the thorough frustration of God’s longsuffering and patience. 

Daniel 4:34 – And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 For all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: for none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What are you doing? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar do praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.

 Even though Babylon had been “a golden cup in the LORD’S hand,” when Belshazzar its king sinned so grievously, he poured out any residue of God’s mercy and filled up his own cup with the wrath by his fornication with idols of false gods.

Daniel 5:1 – Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

Thus, when the fullness of time that God foretold through Jeremiah had concluded, God caused Babylon to drink the cup of His fury for their sins of arrogance and their forgetting His words given them through the Prophet Daniel. 

Jeremiah 25:12 – And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation for their iniquity, saith the LORD, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations. 13 And I will bring upon that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied against all the nations. 14 For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands. 15 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto Me; Take the wine cup of this fury at My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. 16 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.

Because of Belshazzar’s pride and sins of idolatry and fornication, God was going to cause the nation under Babylon to “drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.”

 Daniel 5:5 – In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and show me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. 8 Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. 9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonished. 10  Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spoke and said, O king, live forever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: 11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; 12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, and interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, these were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: therefore now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation. 13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spoke and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry? 14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee. 15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing: 16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. 17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. 20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: 21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appoints over it whomsoever he will. 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled your heart, though thou knew all this; 23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver and gold, of brass and iron, of wood and stone, gods which can see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and in whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: 24 Therefore was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. 25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God has numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. 29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

As with the fall of that “great city” Babylon, the capital of the Chaldeans, so shall it be with the fall of The Eight Beast and Mystery, Babylon the Great. For these so-called leaders will also give way to a spirit of drunken arrogance and completely abandon both the wisdom and fear of God that was in their founding fathers, trampling it underfoot with their egoistic narcissism, glorying in their positions of power to the absolute frustration of God’s longsuffering and patience.

Revelation 17:1 – And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

It could once be said that as a nation, America stood as a light for the entire world, and she boasted openly on its currency that it was “In God We Trust.” The Ten Commandments were boldly displayed in public buildings; being engraved on walls and monuments of stone as constant reminders to us of both their eternal immutability, and the stability they gave to all who would acknowledge them. Likewise, pledges of loyalty to uphold the integrity of the nation’s many offices of government were once affirmed on the foundation upon which she was built; as “One nation under God.” But now, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots holds a “golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication,” the very wine that she has been too long providing and irrigating the nations with through the overflowing excess of her iniquities.

Too many Americans – be they civic leaders or just common citizens, have forgotten what the founding fathers had entrusted to their keeping. Being irresponsible, and having become lukewarm in their faith and love for God, they became derelict-in their obligations and now stand accountable for their sins. Yet, while it is mainly the American Christian leaders who are responsible for giving way to those who have successfully changed our “Freedom of Religion” into their freedom from pure religion, all believers have a share in their guilt, if individually they have been failing to be both the salt and light God which has called them to be. So now these apostates, having risen to power, relentlessly wage an unholy war trying to purge all traces of God and His word from the public eye. Sadly, some of the most popular churches in America are being partakers in perpetuating her curses by preaching a watered down Gospel, instead of being procurers of her blessings by proclaiming the whole counsel of God’s word. 

All across the country, huge corporate mega churches grow like malignant tumors, with their leaders prospering while they instruct their congregants how to be happy through their new “Purpose Driven” lives by serving their church and community. What happened to teaching men the fear of the Lord, and how to love God, and to seek first His kingdom and righteousness, how to pray, and wait on the Lord, and hear His voice so as to be led and empowered by His Holy Spirit. Or just simply how to faithfully apply the milk of God’s word? Instead, the blind are leading the blind – as these so-called “Christian leaders” are making fortunes promoting their own concocted self-help methods to “Become a Better You,” and promising those eagerly waiting in line to buy their next book that they too can have “Your Best Life Now.” 

If the likes of these are being openly called “America’s Pastor,” how can they or their followers avoid the ditch that is set before them? Have they not read what Jesus said to such leaders whose eyes are no longer on His Kingdom, but their own? Forsaking His righteousness for the riches and popularity of this world?

Matthew 15:14 – Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Matthew 23:13 – But woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men, for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you suffer them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! for you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make your long prayers, therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.

Luke 12:46 – The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, they shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whom soever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him will they ask the more.

The judgment of America will begin with a judgment upon her churches, for judgment must begin in the house of the Lord. As stewards, they have not been faithful; as watchmen, they have not adequately warned the people there was an enemy creeping in among them unaware. It is because the churches in her have waxen cold and fallen that America too has so fallen. They have settled for institutionalism over intimacy with God, programs instead of walking by the Spirit. They have become worthless salt, good for nothing.

Matthew 5:13 – You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost his savor, with what shall it be salted? it is good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.

Luke 14:34 – Salt is good, but if the salt has lost his savor, what can be seasoned with it? 35  It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill, and so men cast it out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.  

Therefore, God will reward them a greater damnation who knew His will and prepared not themselves, neither did according to His will. Consequently, they are no longer “fit for the land, nor for the dunghill.” Such is why judgment will be rewarded unto her in double portion.

Revelation 18:6 – Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: and in the cup which she has filled, fill to her double. 7 For how much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Americans today are far removed from the original pilgrim settlers’ Puritan work ethic, who were guided by both their morality and desires to sincerely promote and live by the gospel before a lost and dying world. Just how deep America has fallen into iniquity is probably best attested to by what is now asserted to be her largest two exports, both being trash. One of these exports is America’s literal ref-fuse and recyclable debris, the other is our moral garbage, or pornography, whereby America’s sins have overflowed her borders and have caused the “kings of the earth to have committed fornication with her.” Now they too must drink of the wrath of God; though America will have “the cup which she has filled, filled to her double.” 

Perhaps reviewing a few other translations of Revelation 18:3 will be found to be further “revealing.”

…because all the nations have drunk of the wine of the fury of her fornication; and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have been enriched through the might of her luxury. (Darby’s Translation)

  For all nations, having drunk the wine of the frenzy of her fornication, are fallen; And the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, And the merchants of the earth have grown rich by the power of her wantonness.” (Montgomery’s New Testament)

 …for she has caused all the nations to drink of the wine of her raging whoredom; and the kings of the earth have committed whoredom with her, and the merchants of the earth have been enriched by the abundance of her luxuries. (Living Oracles New Testament)

  For, after drinking the maddening wine of her licentiousness, all the nations have fallen; while all the kings of the earth have had licentious intercourse with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich through the excess of her luxury. (Twentieth Century New Testament)

As an endnote here, this verse is one more of the many reasons why I reject the theory that the Mother of Harlots solely represents the Roman Catholic Church. For those who hold to this theory must answer the following questions: how have all the “merchants of the earth waxed rich through the abundance of her [that is through The Vatican or Catholicism’s] delicacies,” when did this take place, and just who and where are those merchants of the earth that have “waxed rich?” Seriously, the Catholic Church has never made anyone rich except those promoting her agendas or has sold access to “indulgences” because of its own materialistic and gluttonous spirit. 

To the contrast, there can be no doubt that many merchants among the nations of the world have become extremely wealthy by catering to the gluttonous appetite of the great consumer nation of the world, America; where there is an unquenchable craving for materialism, fashion, extravagant foods, entertainment, worldly pleasures, drugs, and alcohol.

America has not only abandoned the old Puritan work ethic, but it also now aggressively attacks that which enabled her to persevere under extreme conditions and hardships to the establishment of this nation. For now in America a malignant mentality of entitlement is now spreading into all age groups and cultural backgrounds and government, rendering the pulse of that good old-time work ethic so faint, that it is now virtually dead and rapidly headed towards extinction. The idea of a true “fair trade,” meaning rendering what is just and equal, a fair hard day’s work for a fair day’s wage, has practically disappeared. That doesn’t mean nobody is willing to work, but that the few who do can no longer support those who won’t. Nowadays too many work their hardest at not having to work, or trying to get the most possible out of their employers for the least given commitment and effort.

Sadly, America has become the habitation of embezzlers and purloiners with people on both sides; employees and employers, trying to take advantage of each other.  Most of the American work force now feel they deserved to be paid simply because they have to wake up and go to work and cannot just go wherever and do whatever they want whenever they want… and now here we are trillions and trillions of dollars in debt, still borrowing and still spending with no end in sight. They have forgotten the law of the harvest, that if a man will not labor and plow and plant his seeds, he simply will not have a field from which to reap a harvest.

Jeremiah 5:25 – Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. 26 For among My people are found wicked men: they lay wait as he that sets snares; and they set traps to catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit, and thereby are they become great and have grown rich. 28 They are grown fat and strong: for they overpass the deeds of the wicked, nor do they judge not the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy they do not judge. 29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 30 For an astonishing and horrible thing is committed in the land; 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and My people love to have it so: and so what will you do in the end thereof?