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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Summer Edition 2003

Mystery Babylon Is About To Fall

    We have said repeatedly in this paper over the past fourteen years that the true biblical end-time will materialize in a way that is very different than what popular dispensational premillennialism everywhere teaches. If we grant that it is not going to happen according to the scenario of popular Darbyism, then what, exactly, is the shape of the true biblical portrait concerning things to come?
   
    First, we can know with certainty that the following several negations are very well in order: first, there is no future seven year end-time prophetic "time frame" that exists with which to start (all that preconception is based on a profound misinterpretation of Daniel's prophecy of the 70 weeks—please see our books for complete details); second, there is no secret rapture of the church that will happen before the imagined, aforesaid fabled seven years; third, there is no Jewish millennial kingdom to be set up after the drama that we have just mentioned is all over.

    Instead of all that "so much fiction," which these Darbyite notions that we just stated represent, the true biblical end-time involves the following climatic events in this simple order: first, the ten horns will hate the whore (Revelation 17:16); second, the ten horns will burn the whore with fire (Revelation chapter 18); third, immediately after this conflagration, Jesus will come to resurrect the dead and judge the world.

    Friends, we are now in the stage of the hating of the whore. What's next is the sudden and unexpected, apocalyptic conflagration. God's method is first to deceive all whom his moral attributes of truth and righteousness require him to destroy (II Thessalonians 2:11-12). The flooding of Sodom/Babylon USA with the Darbyite theology of "Left Behind," or antinomianism revived, as Daniel Steele once put it, ironically, now has everything to do with this deception!

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