Mankind's great end-times
Maximum Temptation Delivery System
"Her merchants were the great men of the earth, and by
her pharmakeia (sorcery, propaganda, illusions)
all the nations were deceived."
Articles and Research by Peter Goodgame
Global Capitalism and the Queen of Babylon : What happens to LOVE in a fully commercialized world, where marketplace transactions have become the dominant form of social interaction? When society became convinced that we could prosper through material gain alone, without loving each other, and that social progress could be achieved by giving freedom to wickedness (with the "love of money" being the root of wickedness), then we headed foolishly down the broad path that leads to destruction.
The Queen of Babylon : An outline of the presentation given at Future Congress 2 on January 5, 2013. In this outline you can read how the story that begins in Genesis comes full circle in Revelation. In Babylon's system the Forbidden Fruit becomes transformed into the commodities of the global marketplace and the Serpent’s role becomes fulfilled by the merchants of the earth. In the end Babylon emerges as the great end-times Maximum Temptation Delivery System, where “the love of most has grown cold.”
The Zombie Apocalypse and the Decline of Love : The laws of God's Kingdom teach that love of God and love of human beings (even our enemies) must come first, and that we are to love not the world, but commit ourselves to generosity and serving one another in humility ("it is more blessed to give than to receive"). On the other hand, the Kingdom of Darkness teaches us to love and serve ourselves first, to accumulate wealth and possessions, to freely indulge the lusts of the flesh, and to love the world and all that it has to offer. In Galatians 5:14-15 the Apostle Paul identifies the commandment of "love thy neighbor" as a deterrent to the pervasive zombie virus that leads human beings to bite, devour, and consume one another.
The Golden Rule : Christianity and all of the other great religions of the world all claim to be more than just "belief systems" dealing only with hypothetical questions about eternity, because each of them teaches rules, values, and principles that are supposed to guide their adherents in everyday life. In the same way Capitalism teaches rules, values, and principles that guide its billions of faithful adherents in everyday life. Capitalism is the world's greatest comprehensive life system that expressly opposes the golden rule at the heart of Christianity and all the great world religions
The Biblical and Historical Connection Between Merchants, Markets, and Violence : "Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims! ...all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft. "I am against you," declares the LORD Almighty... "You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away." (Nahum 3:1, 4-5, 16, NIV)
Exposing the dark side of Capitalism:
The History of Justice In Economic Thought John C. Medaille
"Economic ideas, like all things human, are best understood in the context of the history that produced them, because all human ideas are the products of some history."
Capitalism is killing America's morals, our future (May 26, 2015), Paul B. Farrel on Professor Michael Sandel
"Without being fully aware of the shift, Americans have drifted from having a market economy to becoming a market society ... where almost everything is up for sale ... a way of life where market values seep into almost every sphere of life and sometimes crowd out or corrode important values, nonmarket values."
Capitalism is the West's Dominant Religion (May 8, 2015), Michael Welton
"We have made fetishes out of commodities as we believe we can derive sensuous pleasure from their magical properties. We sacrifice our time, our families, our children, our forests, our seas and our land on the altar of the market, the god to whom we owe our deepest allegiance."
Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes or Less, Robert Jensen -
The fact that most American Christians rarely question or scrutinize the life-system that is the basis of modern society is a testament to the seductive and deceptive powers of the feminine side of the kingdom of darkness. Beware of bourgeois Christianity, it is the disease of the Laodicean Church, which is why Jesus speaks to this church in the language of consumerism ("You need to buy from me...!), which is perhaps the only language this blind and pathetic end-times church understands (Rev. 3:14-22).
Adam Smith's Mistake: How a Moral Philosopher Invented Economics and Ended Morality (1990), Kenneth Lux -
By enshrining self-interest as the core of economics, Adam Smith mistakenly detoured the discipline into a moral dead end. Lux points to the abuses of the Industrial Revolution in England and the rise of the socially irresponsible "robber barons" in the United States as examples of the ethical void at the heart of the laissez-faire philosophy. After examining Smith and his critics, Lux attempts to demonstrate the benefits of benevolence in economic relationships.
Planet of Slums (2004), Mike Davis -
A 30-page article that sees the Marxist revolt against global capitalism superceded by militant Islam, on one hand, and by the Holy Ghost through the Pentecostal movement on the other. If you truly have a heart for global revival this article written by a secular academic will make you weep.
Planet of Slums (2006), Mike Davis -
The 226-page book that elaborates upon the article above, showing how the corporate-driven Neoliberal agenda that rules the world today is creating massive urbanization, treating human beings as trash, and collecting them in the urban slums of the world's mega-cities. The oppressive cities of Babylon are referred to in both Isaiah 14:21 and Revelation 16:19.
Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street (2011), Tomas Sedlacek -
A look at the history of economics from ancient Babylon to the Neoliberal juggernaut that rules the world today. The cover of the book hints of the origins of the Queen of Babylon that are detailed in the bibical research in Peter Goodgame's articles above.
Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), David Graeber - [Click here for free pdf download]
Another look at the history of economics, credit, and debt, that goes all the way back to ancient Babylon. Graeber shows how creditor/debtor relations helped establish the world's first civilization, and how the system has finally come full circle with only a handful of creditors absorbing into themselves the majority of the world's wealth, land, and resources today. These powerful few bankers and merchant-kings of Babylon now hold the nations of the world in the greatest global debt-bondage the world has ever seen.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors...