ARE WE THERE YET?
Slavery, selling the human soul, businesses that traffic in a human trade would seem unthinkable in a modern age, but this is in fact the present and future practice.
In a time when economic markets seem so uncertain and when the pundits and false prophets declare utter decline and economic collapse, THERE is one added perspective to keep in mind. But like the child in the back seat of the car on a road trip who asks: “Are we there yet?” The answer is that signs in these times say we are on the road, but scripturally speaking we have only signs … the real events that come with the destruction of the global economic system are still on the upcoming horizon.
Still, the really unsettling thing is that Human Trafficking is SO bad you can see billboards at a train station, TODAY, on this very topic. Case in point, the photo we shot at one such place during September of 2011. In part, we have arrived.
THE SCRIPTURES SAY
Without getting into an in depth Bible study, we refer you to the Book of Revelation in the Greek portion of the Scriptures. The imagery here is of the very last days before Messiah comes. When that is about to happen the global trade will still be in valuable resources … across the seas, as noted below. And we have bolded the text at he end of verse 13, because the slavery and forced prostitution that exists today will be the trade of tomorrow … and then the end comes … and the material world will mourn for a moment, but then an end comes.
Rev. 18:1* ¶ After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2* And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3* “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” 4* 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. 5* “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6* “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7* “In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8* “Therefore her plagues will come in one day–death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. 9* “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10* “standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ 11* “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12* “merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble;
13* “and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.
14* “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. 15* “The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16* “and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17* ‘For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18* “and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’ 19* “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’ 20* “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
We are inching our ways toward biblical truths … it’s happening all around us … are your ears open, do your eyes see it?
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