Many people have some familiarity with Babylon; the Hanging Gardens that once grew there are famous, being one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Within Babylon a tower was constructed containing the inscription, “Tower of Babel Stele,” as indicated by archeological evidence. In Scripture, the Tower of Babel was the place where all the people of the earth spoke one language, eventually building a huge tower that reached to the heavens. This act was ultimately associated with defiance to God as the people were filled with pride over their creation and its ability to exalt them to the heavens as though gods, as though a people truly in touch with God. The Tower of Babel Stele in Babylon is also known as a ziggurat by the name of Etemenanki, meaning “temple of the foundation of heaven and earth.” Is there not some arrogance in such a title, as though this man-made creation is truly the foundation of heaven and earth? Can mankind create the foundation of heaven and earth?
In Babylon, the temple was dedicated to the Babylonian god Marduk, the chief god of the empire. Marduk used a divine weapon called Imhullu to savage the earth goddess Tiamat in the Mesopotamian story of creation, Enuma Elish. Imhullu is “the atrocious wind, the tempest, the whirlwind, the hurricane, the wind of four and the wind of seven, the tumid wind worst of all.” Accordingly, creation is fraught with savagery and violent upheaval.
“‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’ So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” –Genesis 11:6
Some may wonder why God would thwart human development. But wasn’t it pride that caused Satan to turn from the Lord, thereafter falling from grace? How often do we as a people head the wrong direction as we’re filled with pride in our own achievements? How often do we turn from God and say to ourselves, ‘We do not need Him, look at all we’ve accomplished on our own, our magnificent buildings and technology? Surely God had nothing to do with it! Surely there is no God!’
What kind of attitude is reflected in mainstream culture in light of human achievements? Do we give glory to God as a nation for making all these things possible? Our technology allows us to send a message to another person on the other side of the globe, translated into their own language, in an instant at the push of a button. Is the reality of this achievement simply the result of chance in a universe that spontaneously started from nothing, or do we owe thanksgiving to God, who created the human soul and all the material in the universe?
In the second book of Kings, chapter 20, we learn about the end of Hezekiah’s reign.
“At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses; there was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? From where did they come to you?” Hezekiah answered, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.” He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.” Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?””
What countries on earth acknowledge a Creator in their founding documents? Where do we read of a Creator who endowed mankind with unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness / possession of property?
America’s founders were primarily influenced by the Word of God, as accurately described in David Barton’s “American Heritage” series. Going back to an earlier time, the people of God could be found under Hezekiah’s reign, for…
“He did what was right in the sight of the Lord just as his ancestor David had done. He removed the high places, broke down the pillars, and cut down the sacred pole. He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it; it was called Nehushtan. He trusted in the Lord the God of Israel; so that there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah after him, or among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord; he did not depart from following him but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. The Lord was with him; wherever he went, he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and would not serve him. He attacked the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watch-tower to fortified city.”
Can the people of God be found in America today? Can they be found in one of the few countries that acknowledges a Creator in her founding documents? Did you know that the majority of America’s citizens describe themselves as Christian?
And yet, Isaiah stated to Hezekiah,
“Hear the word of the Lord: Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
Is this the fate of the people of God… that all their possessions be carried away to a foreign land? Will the children of God, adopted as sons and daughters through Christ, be neutered and forced to serve a foreign ruler? Is America a nation that still honors God? Do her public servants fight for a knowledge of Him? Are peace and security more important, as they were to Hezekiah, than our collective identity as the people of the one true God?
How does St. John describe Babylon in the Book of Revelation? He describes Babylon the Great as the Mother of all Harlots and Abominations of the Earth,  committing fornication with the kings of the earth. Earlier in the Book of Revelation, John likens the city of Jerusalem to Sodom and Egypt, where the bodies of the two witnesses will lie for three and a half days. Sodom and Egypt are both historical places where iniquity and the violation of human rights were prevalent. Thus, we can see that the fruit of a people’s fornication with false gods is iniquity (Sodom) and the violation of human rights (Egypt / human slavery).
Throughout the Old Testament, God desires His people to be pure, to worship Him and Him alone. He often describes His people as His bride; He is the bridegroom. The 1st Commandment is that Him alone shall we worship. Having other God’s before Him, which is idolatry, is fornication in light of the wedded love He desires to share with each of us.
Do you remember the story of the Israelites in the book of Joshua, chapter 7, how they lost the battle with Ai, how their hearts turned to water? This happened because one of their members, Achan, had taken devoted things [idols] that should have been destroyed, hiding them beside his tent. His disobedience was impacting the whole body of Israelites.
“Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I imposed on them. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have acted deceitfully, and they have put them among their own belongings. Therefore, the Israelites are unable to stand before their enemies; they turn their backs to their enemies, because they have become a thing devoted for destruction themselves. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.” (Joshua 7:11-12)
What do you think of when you hear of Ai? Do you think of artificial intelligence? Could America be losing a battle with artificial intelligence as a result of infidelity to her founding beliefs, particularly the inalienable rights of life, liberty and property ownership / pursuit of happiness? When people can’t find jobs are they able to be property owners? Are not jobs being replaced by artificial intelligence?
Americans often pride themselves on freedom of religion. This freedom is absent, however, in public schools. If the majority of Americans are Christian, and desire that knowledge of Jesus be a part of public education, and even displayed with high esteem in public buildings, e.g. the 10 Commandments, why isn’t such education available? Could it be because another religion receives preeminence, i.e. the religion of scientism, or the religion of freedom from religion? It is subtle but true, for to believe that all things came from nothing is a belief system that can’t be proven, and insofar as it is intellectually assented to, a system capable of its own practices and rituals, therefore, a religion. How can the voice of those minorities whose religion is no religion, or the religion of materialism or scientism, be louder than those who believe in a Creator, especially given that America’s foundations rest on belief in a Creator, whereby we promote the dignity of the human person and those inalienable rights that come from God, not government? Do you suppose a class-action lawsuit of the people versus the American federal government would solve this problem?
It would seem as though many of America’s leaders are out of touch with her citizens. Through a lack of belief in that Creator who paved the way for the state’s acknowledgement of inalienable human rights in America, particularly through His only begotten Son, Jesus, they open the doors to prostitution with idols and foreign ideologies, arguably the result of a failure to acknowledge the Truths of the One True God in policies and public works, Truths that point to our soul having been made in the image of our Creator. Does it not seem as though they’ve turned a blind eye to Philistines, removing the 10 Commandments, the name of God, Scripture and prayer from public schools? Do they fornicate with the kings of the earth for the sake of peace and stability? Indeed, America is wealthy, just like the Whore described by St. John. When the servants of God are killed, i.e. those saints who work in foreign lands to spread the Good News, does America defend them or turn a blind eye?
Babylon represents polygamy to foreign ideas and gods, to falsehood. It represents a city of ideological tolerance at the expense of Truth. It was in Babylon that the Tower of Babel was arrogantly constructed as the “Foundation of Heaven and Earth.” The longer American leaders deny the One True God and His Truth, the longer her assets will be carried off to foreign nations, her people afflicted with crime, immorality and violations of human rights, which is especially noticeable in the innocent boys and girls that are being ripped apart unjustly, though legally, in their mother’s wombs, on a daily basis.
Is this not the fruit from the Mother of Harlots, so drunken that she can’t tell when human life begins?
The world is becoming more and more flat in these dark ages of ours, America. Truly.
 New International Version of 1 Kings 19:12
 Contemporary English Version of 1 Kings 19:12
 2 Kings 20:12-19
 2 Kings 18:1-8
 70.6% of Americans can be classified as Christian (Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life. Religious Landscape Study. Online. http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/)
 Revelation 17:5
 Revelation 17:2
 Revelation 11:9
 Ezekiel 16:8-14; Jeremiah 31:32; Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 2:32; Ephesians 5:25-33; Revelation 21:2