What is inescapable today is the rising influence of Saudi Arabia to the world fuelled by oil revenue. We witnessed last year the ultimate act of submission when the leader of the free world, President Obama, bowed down in humility to the king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. Of course it all started in the seventh century with Mohammed and the rise of Islam centred around Mecca which is now in the country called Saudi Arabia.
Mecca which is controlled by the Saudi Royal family is the spiritual home of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims whose duty it is to visit Mecca and walk 7 times around the Kaaba and rub and kiss the black stone. Mohammed with his revelations contained in the Quran started a Holy War against the Jews and Christians and so began a ruthless campaign to rid the world of “the People of the Book”.
The conquest of the Middle East and Europe following Mohammed is one of the bloodiest in all History. With the world’s largest oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is literally holding the West to ransom. They are spreading their Wahhabi form of Islam and funding education facilities throughout the Western world.
All the major universities now rely on oil money to prosper. From Arabia too we have UAE and Dubai ports which now control the gateway to many Western nations with the obvious ability to corrupt. Many would like to see the demise of Saudi Arabia and its corrupting influence, and maybe they will if prophecy comes true.
In this article we will explore what prophecy says about Saudi Arabia, both Biblical and Islamic, and we will show how both destine Saudi Arabia for destruction.
Many readers on this site will be familiar with Walid Shoebat, the Arab Muslim turned Christian who was born in Bethlehem but now resides in the USA and can never return because his family have threatened to kill him.
Walid Shoebat was born in Bethlehem to an Arab father and a Christian mother, but was raised as a strict Muslim. His paternal grandfather was an associate of Haj Ameen Al-Husseni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who colluded with Hitler in World War II. Walid was involved in terrorist activities in Israel before moving to the USA where he married a Christian woman.
He attempted to convert his wife to Islam and in 1993 began studying the Bible to compare it to the Quran. As a result, Walid converted to Christianity after seeing the deception in the Quran. He now lectures extensively in the USA and is the author of many books, including one called “God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible”.
The inspiration for this article comes from this book and one of Walid’s sayings “The Bible is an eastern book and can only properly be understood by looking at the Bible through eastern eyes”. This resonated with me because conventional Biblical scholars look at Biblical prophecy through a western lens.
Some History of Babylon
Babylonia was a civilization in Lower Mesopotamia (central and southern Iraq), with Babylon as its capital. Babylonia emerged when Hammurabi (1696 – 1654 BC) created an empire out of the territories of the former kingdoms of Sumer and Akkad.
The Amorites being a Semitic people, Babylonia adopted the written Semitic Akkadian language for official use, and retained the Sumerian language for religious use, which by that time was no longer a spoken language. The Akkadian and Sumerian cultures played a major role in later Babylonian culture, and the region would remain an important cultural center, even under outside rule.
The earliest mention of the city of Babylon can be found in a tablet from the reign of Sargon of Akkad, dating back to the 20th century BC. Following the collapse of the last Sumerian “Ur-III” dynasty, the Amorites gained control over most of Mesopotamia, where they formed a series of small kingdoms.
One of these Amorite dynasties was established in the city-state of Babylon, which would ultimately take over the others and form the first Babylonian empire, during what is also called the Old Babylonian Period.
The term Neo-Babylonian or Chaldean refers to Babylonia under the rule of the 11th (“Chaldean”) dynasty, from the revolt of Nabopolassar in 626 BC until the invasion of Cyrus the Great in 539 BC, notably including the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II.
It was in the sixth year of the last king Nabonidus (549 BC) that Cyrus, the Achaemenid Persian “king of Anshan” in Elam, revolted against his suzerain Astyages, “king of the Manda” or Medes, at Ecbatana. Astyages’ army betrayed him to his enemy, and Cyrus established himself at Ecbatana, thus putting an end to the empire of the Medes.
Three years later Cyrus had become king of all Persia, and was engaged in a campaign in the north of Mesopotamia. Meanwhile, Nabonidus had established a camp in the desert, near the southern frontier of his kingdom, leaving his son Belshazzar in command of the army. In 539 BC Cyrus invaded Babylonia and on the 12th of October, after Cyrus’ engineers had diverted the waters of the Euphrates, “the soldiers of Cyrus entered Babylon without fighting.”
Belshazzar was executed shortly thereafter. Nabonidus surrendered. Cyrus did not arrive until the 3rd of October, Gobryas having acted for him in his absence. Gobryas was now made governor of the province of Babylon.
The Bible actually predicted the destruction of Babylon by Cyrus in Isaiah Chapter 45.
The Biblical Babylon
In 724BC the northern state of Israel with its capital Damascus was invaded by the Assyrians and the ten northern tribes were scattered around the globe. Just over 100 years later the southern state based on Jerusalem was put into servitude in 605BC by Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon who later in 586BC sacked Jerusalem and took most of the population into captivity back to Babylon.
This features prominently both in Jewish prophecy but also in traditions and folklore. The famous lament in Psalm 137 said it all.
However in the first century AD, it was the turn of the Roman army to destroy Jerusalem and the temple. In the New Testament writings, Rome is referred to as “Babylon”. [1 Peter 5:13]
But is the Babylon of the book of Revelation Rome or something else?
This question has vexed Biblical scholars for centuries.
Islamic prophecy on Mecca and Medina
“The final battle will be waged by faithful Muslims coming on the backs of horses…carrying black banners. They will stand on the east side of the Jordan river and will wage war that the Earth has never seen before. The true Messiah who is the Islamic Mahdi…will defeat Europe…will lead this army of Seljuks. He will preside over the world from Jerusalem because Mecca would have been destroyed.” [Yawm Al-Ghadab, Safar Alhwaly]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The flourishing state of Jerusalem will be when Yathrib is in ruins, the ruined state of Yathrib will be when the great war comes, the outbreak of the great war will be at the conquest of Constantinople and the conquest of Constantinople when the Dajjal (Antichrist) comes forth. He (the Prophet) struck his thigh or his shoulder with his hand and said: This is as true as you are here or as you are sitting (meaning Mu’adh ibn Jabal)”. [Sunan of Abu Dawud Book 37, Number 4281: Narrated Mu’adh ibn Jabal]
So in the End-Times, both Mecca and Medina will be destroyed and the Mahdi will rule his Islamic Empire from Jerusalem. If Allah is so powerful, why can’t he stop his two most Holy places from destruction?
Babylon in the Bible
Now we turn to the Bible and examine some End-Times prophecy in relation to Babylon.
Both Revelation chapters 17 & 18 mention Babylon and we see “Fallen, fallen is Babylon” Rev 18:2
We know from history that Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon, extended his empire into Arabia and lived for ten years in Tema, which is now in Saudi Arabia.
The first clue comes from the Psalms.
So Edom is referred to as Babylon and Edom was the region including southern Jordan and Arabia which is dominated by Saudi Arabia.
And from another Psalm Edom (Saudi Arabia) is also mentioned for destruction.
Psalm 83 talks about the nations that have conspired to destroy Israel and that God will destroy them, and the first nation mentioned is Edom (Saudi Arabia). Psalm 83:6
Note that the places mentioned, Teman, Dedan and Kedar are all in what is today Saudi Arabia and these are mentioned for destruction. Jeremiah gives another clue that Babylon must be near the Red Sea.
Well, Saudi Arabia certainly is. But there is more.
Her land shall become burning pitch;
Night and day it shall not be quenched and its smoke shall go up forever;
From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
No one shall pass through it, forever and ever. Isaiah 34:9-10
Note the reference to pitch, which is a by-product of oil, and Saudi Arabia has the world’s largest reserves of oil. It will be totally destroyed.
And one final clue as to Babylon’s identity.
And Babylon… will be like Sodom and Gomorrah;
It will never be inhabited or lived in for all generations,
Arabs will not pitch their tents there. Isaiah 13:9-20
And Babylon… will be like Sodom and Gomorrah;
It will never be inhabited or lived in for all generations,
Arabs will not pitch their tents there. Isaiah 13:9-20
Note that Arabs will not pitch their tents there. This must refer to Arabia.
The fact that the destruction will be like Sodom and Gomorrah indicates a swift destruction, probably by a nuclear explosion.
By examining scripture we find that the mystery Babylon in the End-Times can only be Arabia.
The Failure of Biblical scholarship
As Walid Shoebat has observed, conventional Biblical scholars have looked at the Bible prophecy through “western eyes” and hence make three fundamental errors.
1.0: With Rome in their sight, they misinterpret the seven hills in Rev 17:9 as the seven hills of Rome;
2.0: Rome is considered to be mystery Babylon because of a reference in 1 Peter 5:13;
3.0: The troops of the Antichrist in Daniel 9:26 are mistaken to be Roman and NOT Muslim.
One of the most popular textbooks on the New Testament is Raymond Brown’s’; “An Introduction to the New Testament” and on pages 792-793 he exhibits all these mistakes and hence can’t identify who the scarlet Whore is. Wikipedia also makes the same mistakes. The Whore of Babylon
1.0 The Seven Hills
So Mountains are nations, NOT hills!
A beast is defined as a nation or empire that is influenced by Satan and the seven heads or mountains of Revelation 17 are then Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and Islamic (Ottoman).
2.0 Rome as mystery Babylon
In the first letter of Peter he says “Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings”. 1 Peter 5:13
In the time of the first century, Rome was indeed synonymous with the ancient Babylon, but Rome has not been responsible for 14 centuries of persecution. Islam has.
So Rome does not fit the requirement today.
3.0 The Troops of the Antichrist
The famous prophecy from the Seventy Weeks about who will be the troops of the Antichrist who is to come, is also misinterpreted by taking a western perspective.
“and the troops of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary” Daniel 9:26]
Conventional thinking says ‘the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem and tore down the temple, so the troops of the Anti-Christ are Roman’. (It is accepted that the prince is the Antichrist here).
Who did destroy the Temple?
The Roman Legion under General Titus that destroyed the temple was X Fretensis and was a legion based in Antioch in southern Turkey.
These troops were Arabs, Syrians and Turks who are today almost 100 percent Muslim.
The cohorts that comprised Legion X Fretensis were:
a: Thracum: from Syria (Syrians)
b: IV Cohort Thracia: Bulgaria and Turkey (Turks)
c: Syria Ulpia Petraeorum: from Petra in Edom (Nabatean Arabs)
d: IV Cohort Arabia: Arabs
Islam Dan 7:12
…like the Catholic church is Babylon and the next Pope will be the Antichrist!
Who is the Scarlet Whore who sits on the Beast
Walid Shoebat reasons by interpreting mountains as nations / empires and not as hills, the seventh beast empire was Islamic ending with the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1922 AD. Revelation 13 claims that the “head” will be revived.
That is, the Islamic empire will be rejuvenated coming from the same persecuting empires that preceded it, but NOT including Rome.
This is a clear indication that the eighth beast empire will be Islamic, NOT Roman.
» We have shown that the Babylon in the End-Times is Arabia and that the last beast empire is Islamic. Also, Mecca is the spiritual home of all Muslims and that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia which controls Mecca is corrupting nations with its oil wealth.
» We should consider how Mecca / the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia fits the whore of Babylon.
» As the spiritual home of Islam, Mecca rules (influences) over 1.5 billion people on this planet, in every country.
» The colour scarlet denotes royalty and of course the Royal House of Saud controls Mecca, the spiritual home of Islam.
» Mecca causes people to fly planes into buildings, to blow up infrastructure, to strap bombs on themselves to blow up the Kuffaar, and to behead infidels shouting ‘Allahu Akbar”.
- The great whore is seated on many waters (peoples, nations and languages)
- The kings of the Earth have committed fornication and are drunk with the wine (oil)
- John was carried away into a wilderness where he saw the woman sitting on the scarlet beast
- The woman was adorned with gold and jewels holding a golden cup full of abominations
- The woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus
- The beast shall hate the whore and will burn her up with fire
- Her judgement will come in one hour.
- Mecca influences over 1.5 billion people from all nations and countries
- Western nations are desperate for oil from the world’s largest supplier
- The Arabian peninsula is a desert wilderness, and Mecca is the spiritual home for all Muslims
- Saudi Arabia does a huge trade in gold and jewellery and is subverting the west with oil money and funding terror
- Islam has killed over 270 million people since the seventh century, and Islam demands the killing of all Jews and the destruction of Christianity
- Islamic nations hate Saudi Arabia because they believe it has corrupted Islam and in Islamic eschatology, both Mecca and Medina will be destroyed, probably by a Turkey, Syria, Iran axis
- The judgement could well be a nuclear device if it is to come in one hour.
By not taking a western perspective and properly analysing scripture, it is obvious that the mystery Babylon is Arabia and the Great Harlot who sits on the beast is none other than Mecca, the
spiritual home of Islam.
Both Islamic and Biblical eschatology then agree that Mecca and Medina will be destroyed and the Bible goes further to have the whole of Arabia destroyed. Not many people in the West will shed a tear.
Consider then, if the Church took an eastern perspective:
a) Islam would be identified as the religion of Satan;
b) The church would preach to over 2 billion Christians that Allah was Satan;
c) Interfaith meetings would take on a whole new perspective, and;
d) Church leaders would hassle Politicians about NOT allowing Islam to flourish.
We can only dream!
Considering what the sixth Imam of Shia, Imam Jafar Sadiq, said:
We should turn this on our Church and Biblical scholars and say:
A Challenge for Readers
A careful analysis of the End-Times prophecies in the Psalms, the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and also in the book of Revelation ALL reveal the places named for judgement and destruction as Islamic places today.
The challenge for readers is to identify even ONE place mentioned for punishment that is NOT a predominately Muslim country today. Good Luck!
04 March 2010 (Last Updated on Thursday, 19:22) | AUSTRALIAN ISLAMIST MONITOR | Original Source: islammonitor.org "Mystery Babylon and the Scarlet WHORE"