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Joel Richardson Says He Has Found The City of Mystery Babylon - Mecca!

"It's already the center of a great empire – but it's only going to grow in the years to come. In fact, says New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson, it's shaping to be the "mega-city" of the Antichrist himself.

The city is Mecca, the object of devotion of Muslims around the world who pray in its direction five times a day.

In "Mystery Babylon," Richardson argues Mecca is nothing less than the great city that corrupts the kings of the world in the book of Revelation.

Yet Richardson's case is rooted not only in the Bible, but in contemporary history. In a recent interview on Skywatch TV, he outlined how the House of Saud is aiming to turn Mecca into a "mega-city" that will serve as a monstrous conglomeration of spiritual, financial and political power. 

"Just to the west of Mecca is Jeddah, and they are turning that into what is going to be the greatest seaport in the world," he said. "That is their purpose. They want Jeddah to replace Dubai as the greatest seaport of the whole Red Sea, the whole Middle East. Then, in the north, you have Medina, which is the second holiest city in Islam. And then you have another major port city, it's called King Abdullah Economic City. They are in the process of building this incredibly high-speed railroad so you can get from any one of these cities to the other within about 20 minutes.

"Although they are essentially four cities, it will become one mega city. It will be, and they are trying to make it, the regional capital for commerce and trade and so forth." 

To claim Mecca will be the great city of evil during the last days is controversial, to be sure. Eschatology is always a delicate matter and Richardson was especially careful in his new book.

"This is one of the most challenging, difficult, enigmatic prophecies," he told Skywatch. "I didn't want to pull the trigger until I had clarity."

However, Richardson now believes he has enough information and argues "there's enough taking place in the Earth making prophecies clear to sort of lay this out on the table and let the body of Christ chew it over."

Richardson's contentions are startling to many contemporary Christians, but as he explained in his interview on Skywatch, he is actually returning to an interpretation of "Mystery Babylon" held by early believers.

"In the early history of the church the primary opinion of believers seemed to be that the pagan city of Rome was Mystery Babylon," Richardson explained. "Of course, they lived under the shadow, under the dominance, the hegemony, of the pagan Roman empire. But as the Roman Empire essentially fell, as pagan Rome fell and it was Christianized, then that view lost favor. And so the next major view that we find in history is that it was Islam. Islam, as a religion, represented Mystery Babylon. We see that in some of the earlier commentaries we have on Islam." 

The belief shifted as Christians began to fight over the true interpretation of the faith with the rise of Protestantism.

"Later, when we have the Reformation, the church sort of went back and picked up the idea of Rome, except now they shifted it to the Vatican," Richardson said. "No longer pagan Rome, but the Roman Catholic Church.So this became the dominant position for really the last 500 years since the Reformation. And then really over the past 150 years many have shifted toward the Illuminati, the New World Order, this sort of thingNow in recent years, we've had a lot of people saying the United States, Wall Street, New York City, this sort of thing. Another really popular view, which I would say of all the interpretations is my second most favored interpretation, is a literally rebuilt Babylon."

But Richardson argues that only the case for Islam meets the specific requirements laid out in the prophecy. He explores all the possible interpretations in his new book and leads the reader inexorably to his dramatic conclusion.

"I lay out their strengths and then I lay out their weaknesses," he says of the different candidates for "Babylon."

"If you go to the store and you are going to buy a glove, you don't buy a glove if three of the five fingers fit, even if they fit perfectly. You buy it if all five fingers fit. So we're looking for an interpretation that doesn't have any substantial problems with the text. And that was sort of my guiding principle throughout the book."

And by that standard, Richardson believes it is clear Mecca is the best possible candidate to be the city identified in prophecy. After all, it is already at the center of a vast worldwide network of blasphemy and corruption.

"Mecca is the primary city of idolatry, in fact the greatest city of idolatry mankind has ever known," said Richardson. "And not only does Saudi Arabia house Mecca, but it is the greatest single source of financial support for the greatest anti-Christ religion that mankind has ever known."

"You look at the Saudi lobby in Washington, the Wahhabi lobby, the Salafi lobby, this is the most vile, the most violent, the most terrorist oriented sect, version or form of Islam that has ever existed. And the Saudi lobby is the single greatest lobby in Washington. There's no other lobby, in terms of just raw numbers, that has corrupted Washington to the degree that the Saudis have. This is one of the reasons… why I celebrated when Hillary Clinton was defeated in the recent elections." 

For that reason, "Mystery Babylon" isn't just an important read for Christians or those interested in eschatology. It's a critical guide to understanding the threat Islam poses to the West today.

"This is one of the greatest issues that has hamstrung the United States from waging the war effectively against radical Islam," said Richardson. "Because whether we’re dealing with ISIS, al-Qaida, or any of these groups, they all find their ideological foundations in Saudi Arabia."

Source:  WND bookstore promotion  - Joel Richardson's sensational new book, "Mystery Babylon: Unlocking the Bible's Greatest Prophetic Mystery". 

BWV Comment

There is no mistaking the fact Joseph Farrah, founder of WorldNetDaily online news source, believes Joel Richardson is the premier bible prophecy scholar of modern times to the exclusion of many other able teachers of end-time eschatology (a term that means the doctrine of "last things"). He is for sure a renowned prophecy teacher, apologist, prolific author and debater against the rise of Islam. As mentioned before, his real name is not Joel Richardson. He is Jewish and alleges he had to change his name to protect his family from Muslim threats.  

Richardson obviously believes Islam is fulfilling many of the end-time prophecies of the bible particularly the Books of Daniel and Revelation for he believes the Antichrist will be Islamic.  Now he says the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia is the city of Mystery Babylon depicted in the Book of Revelation.

While I believe the rider on the Green Horse of Revelation 6:7-8 (4th Seal) is Islam and Revelation 9:13-19 is perhaps a description of a large army led by Islamic hordes (many believe the army is China due to the large number - 200 million; however, the Greek text of Verse 16 says  the armies of the horsemen - plural tense meaning more than one army; moreover China has never said they can field a fully equipped, fully trained army of 200 million like some fake prophecy buffs claim), the Book of Revelation makes it abundantly clear the city of Mystery Babylon is not Mecca.  See the following Scriptures:

Revelation 11:7-9

7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.

Revelation 16:18-20

18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.

Revelation 17:17-18

17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

Revelation 18:9-11

9 “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour your doom has come!’
11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore—

Revelation 18:17-19

17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’  “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    where all who had ships on the sea
    became rich through her wealth!
In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’

Revelation 18:20-22

20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!
    Rejoice, you people of God!
    Rejoice, apostles and prophets!
For God has judged her
    with the judgment she imposed on you.”
21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

“With such violence
    the great city of Babylon will be thrown down,
    never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,
    will never be heard in you again.
No worker of any trade
    will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
    will never be heard in you again.

**All Scripture references are from the NIV 

The very first passage above, Revelation 11:7-9 defines the "great city" as the place where our Lord was crucified - that without debate is Jerusalem.  Dr. Charles Ryrie in his Ryrie Study Bible (NASB) says on page 1908 (Moody Press, 1976, 1978 edition) the great city is Jerusalem. 

The second passage, Revelation 16:18-20 speaks of an earthquake that splits the great city into three parts (note: the great city is the same as Babylon the Great). Read Zechariah 12-14 where we learn all the nations of the world will be gathered to and around Jerusalem not Mecca; also Zechariah 14 says there will be a great earthquake that will split the Mount or Olives in half, which will allow the believing Jews in Jerusalem to flee the Antichrist via the valley the earthquake created. I believe Zechariah's earthquake is the same as the one in Revelation 16, but is describing part of what the earthquake does. 

The third passage, Revelation 17:17-18 says the woman is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.  Looking back to Verses 1-9, the woman is depicted as a Harlot or Prostitute. A woman in bible prophecy is normally associated with false religion as is the case in Revelation 17. The literal reference is a spiritual prostitute - one that teaches and promotes a false religion that is strongly opposed to biblical truth - Christianity in particular. Richardson points out there are over a billion Muslims following the teachings of Muhammad (the Quran - the basis of Islam), Well, there are over a billion Catholics following the teachings of the Popes (the Vatican), which is just as false a religion as Islam because Papal doctrine portends the Roman Catholic Church fulfills and completes what Christ attempted to do on the cross. That is why the Catholic inspired movie, The Passion of Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, had the Lord uttering on the cross, It is accomplished rather than, It is finished!  Christendom, of which Catholicism and all other quasi-Christian religions are part of are well over and may be closer to 2 billion followers.  

Jerusalem is the center of the worlds three great religions - Protestantism, Catholicism and Islam.  Saudi Arabia is the nation of one religion - Islam with its two principal cities of Mecca and Medina. Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran as Muhammad did not consider it of great importance.  In 638 A.D. Jerusalem was captured by the Muslims (six years after Muhammad's death) and the Arab conquerors found the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to be a threat to Islam so they built the Dome of the Rock on the temple mount so future followers of Islam would not be tempted by Christianity.  Today, the Dome of the Rock is probably more Anti-Jewish than Anti-Christianity. 

Saudi Arabia and the city of Mecca do not rule over the kings of the earth and never has (it has gotten rich off its oil reserves, but does not rule the nations).  False religion (idolatry) and secular commerce will one day flourish in Jerusalem (Look back up at Revelation 11:7-9 where Jerusalem is compared to Egypt and Sodom - metaphors for idolatry and sexual immorality - homosexuality.  This phraseology implies there are coming big changes to the city of Jerusalem, particularly when the Antichrist moves his HQ there.  Jerusalem will become the center of world religion and world commerce, which the fourth and fifth passages imply - Revelation 18:9-11 and 18:17-19.  How do the kings of the earth commit adultery with her - the woman (Harlot) and the great city?  By willingly worshiping false religion inspired by demons. It is my opinion there will be a Satanic conspiracy to unite the three world religions in some fashion (false religion is as much driven by greed for money as commercial secularism - take a look at the wealth of the Vatican - no one knows for sure how much wealth Vatican city has but it is in the billions and maybe the big "T"!  Look at the wealth of the Middle Eastern Arab nations - Islam has no prohibitions on amassing wealth for such is necessary to bring about a world caliphate.  ISIS gained strength when it captured the oil fields and banks in Iraq giving it the financial strength to wage holy jihad in the Middle East.

In the days of Solomon, Israel and the city of Jerusalem were extremely wealthy and many nations of the then known world traded with the Jewish merchants. The temple Solomon built was one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Many years later (70 A.D.) when the Roman General Titus, conquered and captured the city of Jerusalem, he was captivated by the awesome beauty of the Temple and ordered his troops not to destroy it but they did and burned it to the ground.  Jerusalem will one day flourish again as the wealth of the world will accumulate there.  

Many prophecy buffs have been led to believe Revelation 18 is a reference to the United States and New York City as it is both wealthy and a key world port for shipping and international trade. It is also true that many nations and merchants have become prosperous via trade with New York/the United States.  In contrast, while Saudi Arabia and the city of Mecca are bordered on the West by the Red Sea and on the East by the Persian Gulf (a key world shipping lane for energy resources), they do not fulfill the Scripture passages in Revelation 18:11-24 which describes a plethora of wealth accumulation not just oil. Israel is bordered by the Great Sea on the West - the Mediterranean and the Suzi Canal is a short distance to the South where a great number of ships pass through from the Red Sea.  The city of Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in the Middle East and does a vast amount of world trade annually.  Because Jerusalem is not a port city such as New York does not negate its biblical prophetic significance as the great city of Revelation 17 and 18.  

Moreover, the judgment of the great city will take place in one hour and one day.  Few bible readers realize the Lord revealed to Jeremiah that old Jerusalem would one day be destroyed never to rise again that is why the Bible speaks of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven and settling upon the new earth (refurbished).                    

Jeremiah 19:8-13  NASB

8 I will also make this city a desolation and an object of hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its disasters. 9 I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their life will distress them.”’

10 “Then you are to break the jar in the sight of the men who accompany you 11 and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Just so will I break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place for burial. 12 This is how I will treat this place and its inhabitants,” declares the Lord, “so as to make this city like Topheth. 13 The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will be defiled like the place Topheth, because of all the houses on whose rooftops they burned sacrifices to all the heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods.”’”

Ancient Topheth was in the area of the Valley of Hinnon - a deep sided valley separating Jerusalem from Judah on the eastern slope of Mt. Zion.  The meaning of the name is a cook stove or a fireplace.  It was the center of Baal worship by the apostate Jews - a cult that sacrificed their sons and daughters in a fiery furnace as an offering to the pagan god Baal.  God destroyed it because of this abomination and by the time of Jesus it had become a perpetual garbage dump that burned day and night. Christ used it to warn of eternal torment in the fires of hell.  

The present day city of Jerusalem will one day be completely destroyed and never rebuilt.  In fact when Jesus returns and the millennial temple or palace where His throne will be will not be in Jerusalem but in Shiloh - the place where the tabernacle resided when the Israelites conquered the Canaanites. 

We cannot ignore the biblical text because of historical events that seem to imply otherwise. Revelation 11:7-9 says the old city of Jerusalem is the great city of Mystery Babylon.  

The first 3 1/2 years of Daniel's 70th Week will probably be a time of great change to the city of Jerusalem.  We also know that Jerusalem is going to be the world center for homosexuality - another reason it must be destroyed.