The following story of the corrupted use of a nation’s money system by Peter Lock is a good example of the ancient art of story telling.
THE GREAT HARLOT… PORTRAYS POWER WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY
A paraphrase and interpretation of Chapters 1 7, 18 and 19 of the last book of the Bible, known in its English translations as The Book of Revelation or The Revelation of St. John the Divine.
“The Grand Madam of Babylon was drunk and in maudlin mood. She sat on her throne beside the meeting-place of the abundant waters from many rivers. All peoples, all nations of every language congregated here in submissive obeisance to her. All the kings and rulers of the world had come to her and committed fornication with her. All the dwellers of the earth had offered tribute to her and become drunk with the wine of her dalliance and adulterous deceit.
Once more she would go in triumph through the streets and receive the adulation of her worshippers. Once more she would ride out into the desert and survey the wilderness her greed and financial follies had created. She called for her scarlet beast with its seven
heads and ten horns and trappings scrawled all over with blasphemous graffiti.
Clad in purple and scarlet and glittering with every kind of fine jewellery and precious ornament she ventured forth, holding up a golden winecup filled to the brim with the filth of her abominations and her harlotry's lewd ministrations. A broad gaudy band was tied around her forehead. On it was inscribed her enigmatic name, Babylon the Great, the Grand Madam of all Whoredom's Abominations.
Her journeying complete, Madam returned to her royal seat by the meeting of the waters. All the world was hers. All peoples bowed down before her throne and worshipped her. Every language sang her praises. Why then did she have forebodings for the future? Why were her dreams now plagued with visions of impending doom, of disease and death, of sadness and mourning, of famine and fire? Was not every nation drunk with the intoxicating wine of her fornication? Had not every king and ruler of the earth sought her dalliance and enjoyed the favours of her prostitution? Were not all the merchants in the world's marketplaces delighted with their riches obtained through her debaucheries?
She reassured herself that her throne was secure. She was Queen, She would never be dispossessed. She would never be as a lonely widow and know tears of sorrow. Last night she had visions of dense smoke clouds everywhere, whilst fire raged in her Capital, Babylon, totally destroying it in the space of a single hour. She had seen the traders and merchants whom she had sponsored. They remained standing at a safe distance, mourning and weeping in distress at the destruction of her city and their massive loss of merchandise and trade. They had feared to become involved in her own agony as she
watched all her finery, her gold, her jewels and priceless pearls, her linen, her works of art, her adornments, all that made her life of luxury the envy of all other rulers and inhabitants of the earth, all destroyed in one single hour of raging inferno.
She had seen, too, trading boats keeping well clear of her port. All their captains and sailors watched the billowing smoke and loudly lamented the demise of that magnificent city which had brought such wealth to those who owned fleets at sea.
Gone, in her dream, was the sound of the music and songs of her harpists and minstrels, of her flute-players and trumpeters. No more were craftsmen in her employ, no more grinding at her mill, no lights, no voices of newlyweds. There had been a time when the
princes of the earth were her traders and all the nations were under her spell. Now, in her nightmare, she was being doubly repaid in her own coin for all that she had exacted unjustly from others. Torture and anguish were outmatching by far her former orgies and proud displays. She was being made to drink a double dose of her own poisonous mixture.”
Source: “The Great Harlot: The Prostitution of the Role of Money in the Marketplace” by Peter Lock, 2002 reprint.
Now let’s look at William Barclay's version of Chapter 18 of The Book of Revelation, found here…
THE DOOM OF ROME (Revelation 18:1-3)
“18:1-3 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority and the earth was lit up by his glory. He cried with a loud voice saying: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a dwelling-place of demons, and a stronghold of every unclean spirit, and a stronghold of every unclean and hated bird, because the 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 have grown rich with the wealth of her wantonness."
Barclay explains: In this chapter we have a form of prophetic literature common in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. This is what is called "A Doom Song," the doom song of the city of Rome. We quote certain Old Testament parallels.
In Isaiah 13:19-22 we have the doom song of ancient Babylon:
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendour and pride of the Chaldeans, will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them. It will never be inhabited or dwelt in for all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there. But wild beasts will lie down there, and its houses will be full of howling creatures; there ostriches will dwell, and there satyrs will dance. Hyenas will cry in its towers, and jackals in the pleasant palaces; its time is close at hand and its days will not be prolonged.
In Isaiah 34:11-15 we have the doom song of Edom:
But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plummet of chaos over its nobles.... Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, nettles and thistles in its fortresses. It shall be the haunt of jackals, an abode for ostriches. And wild beasts shall meet with hyenas, the satyr shall cry to his fellow; yea, there shall the night hag alight, and find for herself a resting place. There shall the owl nest and lay and hatch and gather her young in her shadow; yea, there shall the kites be gathered, each one with her mate.
Jeremiah 50:39 and Jeremiah 51:37 are part of doom songs of Babylon:
Therefore wild beasts shall dwell with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall dwell in her; she shall be peopled no more for ever, nor inhabited for all generations. And Babylon shall become a heap of ruins, the haunt of jackals, a horror and a hissing without inhabitant.
In Zephaniah 2:13-15 we have the doom song of Nineveh:
And he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert. Herds shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the field; the vulture and the hedgehog shall lodge in her capitals; the owl shall hoot in the window, the raven croak on the threshold; for her cedar work will be laid bare. This is the exultant city that dwelt secure, that said to herself, "I am and there is none else."
What a desolation she has become, a lair for wild beasts! Every one who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist.
In spite of their grim foretelling of ruin these passages are all great poetry of passion. It may be that here we are far from the Christian doctrine of forgiveness; but we are very close to the beating of the human heart.
In our passage the angel charged with the message of doom comes with the very light of God upon him. No doubt John was thinking of Ezekiel 43:1-2:
"He brought me to the gate, the gate facing east; and behold the glory of the God of Israel came from the east; and the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with his glory."
H. B. Swete writes of this angel: "So recently he has come from the Presence that in passing he brings a broad belt of light across the dark earth."
So certain is John of the doom of Rome, that he speaks of it as if it had already happened.
We note one other point. Surely the most dramatic part of the picture is the demons haunting the ruins. The pagan gods banished from their reign disconsolately haunt the ruins of the temples where once their power had been supreme…”
Read further here.. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dsb/revelation-18.html
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