"Bablylon 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. FOR ALL NATIONS HAVE DRUNK OF THE WINE OF THE WRATH OF HER FORNICATION WITH HER, AND THE MERCHANTS OF THE EARTH ARE WAXED RICH THROUGH THE ABUNDANCE OF HER DELICACIES... How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow... And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning... And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any more... and the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing... For in one hour so great riches is come to naught. And every shipmaster, and all the company of ships, and sailers, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like this great city... Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costlines! For in one hour she is made desolate... And in her was found the blood of the prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." (REV 18:2-19)
"The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues... And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." (REV 17:15-18)
If you truly believe we're in the last days (and I do), who's made the merchants of the earth rich by buying merchandise from just about every nation? What superpower "nation" reigns over the nations of the earth and has military bases in every hemisphere? Can anyone show me another nation that fits the bill? Afghanistan doesn't. Iraq doesn't. China doesn't.
Or please tell me how "Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costlines..." relates to modern-day Israel. North America is surrounded by ocean, not Israel.
Or what modern-day church has made the merchants rich and make the kings of the earth fall at her feet (for those who think Mystery Babylon's the apostate church)? The Catholic church controlled Europe back in the day... But they didn't make the merchants "wax rich"... So who does? Anyone?
From Wikipedia: "Gresham's law is commonly stated as: 'When there is a legal tender currency, bad money drives good money out of circulation'." For instance, paper money drives Gold out of circulation. Also, 'In the market for second hand cars, lemon automobiles (analogous to bad currency) will drive out the good cars.'
Gresham's Law in the Bible: "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities" (REV 18:4-5).
I'm sorry for offending anyone, but I've just come to Christ and I won't risk my salvation by being "soft and fluffy" about religion. I'm dead serious.