F.M. Riley (16 Feb 2012)
"A sincere question"

A Sincere honest Question…….!

                                                                                                                                                         By Pastor F. M. Riley

                                                                                                                                                   February 15, 2012


     “For we are not as many, which corrupt the Word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ,” 2 Corinthians 2:17.




     Now let’s see if I’ve got this straight…….




     The inspired Word of God refers to Babylon and the Babylonian people 391 times in the Old Testament Scriptures as follows:


Babel                                   2          Times

                                                           Babylon                         286             

                                                           Babylon’s                            8            

                                                           Babylonians                       4            

                                                           Babylonish                          1           

                                                           Chaldea                                7           

                                                           Chaldean                             2             

                                                           Chaldeans                          67          

                                                           Chaldees                            14           



     To cover all bases we could

also add the 7  references to the

land of                                              Shinar                                   7          


for a grand total of                                                                 398        Times




     Now let’s see how many times the inspired Word of God [Old Testament and New Testament]   refers to America and the American people as follows:


                                                            America                              O         Times

                                                            U. S.                                      O             

                                                            United States                     O            


     For a grand total of                                                                O             


     Well…???   Hummn!  That strange! 


     Oh yes!  Let’s see if I’ve got this straight…….



     “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,  If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 

     And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book,” Revelation 22:18-19. 


     Yes, I believe I do have this straight!  That’s the way these Scriptures read.   


     Now just as this same type of command was given in Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32 as the Lord God finished setting forth His Covenant of Law with the nation and people of Israel, so these commands in Revelation 22:18-19 were given as the Lord God finished setting forth His  Covenant of Grace with His New Covenant Church.    Right?   I said, “Right”?   


     This tells me that I am not supposed to be adding to or taking from God’s Word, neither the Old Covenant Scriptures or the New Covenant Scriptures.  Right? 


     I’m not hearing you!  Speak up!   Oh well…….


     But there is one thing I would like to ask of these “Babylon is America” theorists.  I am sure they won’t mind my asking.  Right?   Well, I’ve got to know so I’ll just ask anyway…….


      It is obvious that Babylon and its people really were a historical nation that played a great role in the history of ancient Israel.  That fact of history cannot be disputed by anyone willing to deal honestly with God’s Word.  Now since numerous prophecies in the inspired Word clearly indicate that Babylon still has a great role to play in end-time Bible prophecy, then just where in the Scriptures, Old Testament or New Testament, is the Scriptural authority given to “change” [Revelation 22:18-19] the word “Babylon” to the word “America” [or U.S. or United States]?  I really would like for some of these “America is Babylon” theorists to give us all a straight forward honest answer to this question.  I’m not being “hard headed” or “hard nosed.”  In fact, I’m not asking for much.  Just book, chapter, and verse in God’s Word will do quite well.  The last time I checked 1 Thessalonians 5:21 was still in my Bible.  Is it in yours?    


     I’ll be waiting in breathless anticipation for an answer from these fellows, and I will gladly   share the answer with those on my email address list.  In the meantime, those readers who want to know what the Bible really says about Babylon in the End-time, please feel free to request my series of studies by the same title.  They will be sent to any reader upon request.


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    Permission is granted to any true believer or Bible believing Christian ministry to reproduce this study to share with others as the Lord leads, or to quote from it in context as written. 

     Please address all comments, questions, or correspondence to:  Pastor F. M. Riley, 184 Country Road 108, Harrisburg, Missouri, 65256 or I can be contacted by email at:   fmrglbd5@yahoo.com


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