I would rather not send this post but I feel compelled to do so. May I
prefix it with an expression of sorrow for those who have in any way been
involved or affected and an assurance that our prayers sre for you. Even
here in Adelaide we are not far from it. The brother of a man that I work
with was in NY and planned a trip to the WTC at 11.00am of the morning on
which the terrorists struck. A number of Australians also lost their lives
in buildings and in the aircraft.
Nevertheless, I wonder if there is some link here between these events and
the book around which this forum is centred. I cannot read Rev 18 without
thinking of the WTC at this time. I do not want there to be a link and I
hope there is not, but I must ask the question.
If we understand that all that the Rev was about was fulfilled in the first
century, then we will not be looking for connections. If, however, we
understand that the Reve is looking towards the end of the age and is yet to
have its ultimate fulfilment, then we must ever be watchful.
Please understand that as I ponder this, I am not linking Rev 18 with
America, but with the world financial system of which the WTC is/was
probably more than just a symbol. If this is so, then we have to understand
that those evil forces which destroyed it were instruments of God's judgment
(Rev 18:20f), but the OT is full of examples of God using evil regimes to
bring about his judgments - and they are not outside of his actions either.
Nor does that mean that everyone who suffered was personally deserving of
One thing that bothers me - if a connection can be drawn - is that the
events of the last week have evoked a situation where many nations could
agree to uniting in a world system far more severe than anything we have yet
known. In the name of defeating terrorism - a defeat which would be fairly
instant if all finance was controlled and forbidden from those who would use
it to buy arms and train terrorists - a worldwide system could easily be
argued for. It has not been until our day that the technology for such a
system has been available, but now we could link DNA, fingerprints or irises
to bank accounts which would exclude any who refuse to be part of the
system. How much does that sound like Rev 13:11-18, especially vv. 16-17.
Now let me repeat, I do not want these connections to be true and I
desperately hope that they are not, but we are called to watch. At the very
least, let's be alert and watch. Hopefully all will pass, but sooner or
later one generation is going to have to face the end and there is no reason
why it should not be ours. As I said at the start, I did not want to post
this, but I feel compelled to do so. I hope and pray that my imagination is
just a little over fertile, but I, for one, will be watching.
I am about to go on a school trip to Canberra for a week so I may not be
able to participate/respond to any discussion, but I felt I could not go
without posting these thoughts. Hopefully I will stil be acceptable on the
forum when I return.
Gripped by His grace,