The center of the one world economy (Babylon) will serve as the financial foundation for the beast’s empire. Only those willing to worship the beast as God will be able to profit from it. Many of those unwilling to join themselves to this system but rather choose to follow Christ will be ostracized and martyred for their faith. Here are a few facts regarding this one world economy:
1. All nations will be joined to it’s wickedness and prosperity.
V3 “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
2. It will be a symbol of the beast’s pride and wealth.
V7 “How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
3. God will judge it, destroying the world’s idol in one day.
V5, 8 “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”
4. Those joined to it will mourn it’s destruction.
V9 11 “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:”
5. It’s deception will be revealed and the blood of those martyred by this system will finally be avenged.
V23-24 “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
LESSON - Warren Wiersbe comments about this system “The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer. Both luxuries and necessities will be destroyed when God judges Babylon. Shipping will be destroyed and the shipping industry brought to ruin. The world's peoples depend on this economic system to care for them, protect them, and satisfy them; but ultimately it will fail them.” Once again, we see many similarities developing within the global economies present today. This “globalist” mentality will set the stage for the end times. God’s people should seek to glorify Him in every aspect of their lives especially in our finances. Everything belongs to Him and we are merely stewards of what He owns. Beware prosperity!! Everything with which He blesses us will never require that we compromise our testimonies, glorify ourselves, hoard from sharing with those in need, or redirect our time, energy, and other resources away from the benefit of the local church. Don’t allow the Lord’s provision to become your idol!