A growing number of people are at last wondering, “Could it be us?” Could America be the Great Harlot? After eight years, I still believe that Come Out of Her My People is the most realistic interpretation of Revelation for people who expect the tribulation to begin during this generation. I firmly believe there is enough proof in this book to show that the One-Third Judgments of Revelation could well be describing the destruction of the United States. But first a notorious level of persecution must become manifest. This could take several more generations to come to its fullness. Or, it could happen overnight like it did in Germany, Russia, Romania, and North Korea. Even if the reader is convinced of a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, this persecution will still occur in advance of that event. My reason for this statement is explained later in this book. But let me take a moment to suggest the following.
If the Great Tribulation were to begin during the present generation, the Great Harlot must exist today. It would take at least decades for a single nation to gain the reputations which are listed in Revelation:
Trading Capital - Chief Importer
Living in Luxury
Top Military Force
Unfaithful to God
Unknown when Revelation was Written
A Gathering Place of the Wicked
Spreader of Filth throughout the World
Melting-Pot of Peoples, Nations, and Tongues
The second reason why the Great Harlot must exist at the onset of the tribulation is the fact that the golden age of commerce described in Revelation Seventeen and Eighteen could not possibly develop within centuries of the One-Third Trumpet Judgments. The destruction of one-third of the people, places, and things on the earth would be far more traumatic than the world wars or mini ice ages of times past. The One-Third Judgments are the "elephant in room" that proves the events of Revelation are not written in chronological order. Chapters Eight and Nine of Revelation describe the greatest catastrophe since Noah's flood. Once again, the Golden Age of world commerce CANNOT POSSIBLY occur within seven years of this event. Therefore, we must either assume that Mystery Babylon:
Exists before the beginning of Revelation, and is merely memorialized in chapters 14, 17, and 18.
Chapters Eight and Nine are describing the judgment of Mystery Babylon. Or else,
The Book of Revelation covers a period of hundreds, or even thousands, of years.
If you believe in a literal interpretation of Revelation, you must choose one of these three options. And if you believe the prophecies of Revelation will be fulfilled in a seven year period, then you can only assume that the Great Harlot exists before the onset of Revelation."
"The real opposing forces in America are not the Democrats and the Republicans, the conservatives and the liberals, nor are they the elite and the ninety-nine percenters. The battle is between those who fear the Lord and those who do not. As we heard a few minutes ago, the founders of the nation sought to be independent from England, but were pleased to be dependent on God. Christians who have been delivered from sin rejoice in God’s law and view freedom as a blessing from God. The New America has been taken captive by sin and will endorse any government that promises them the right to keep sinning. As Jesus said “Whoever sins is a slave to sin”.
Christians stand amazed that anyone would be willing to give up their privacy - and their freedom - without resistance. The New America is willing to forsake every other freedom for the freedom to sin." - Quotes from Persecution Begins
Interpretation of the Book of Revelation, with special emphasis on the identity of Babylon.
Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, Steinle decided to conduct an in-depth study of the New Testament Book of Revelation. He of course treads well-covered ground, and his conclusion will come as little surprise–the fall of the World Trade Center, he intones, may be the beginning sign of the fall of the Great City of Babylon as described in Revelation. Steinle’s opening chapters describe in detail the various prophesies revealed to John at Patmos, drawing in other biblical literature as well, such as from the Book of Daniel and the apocalyptic sayings of Jesus in the Gospels. The author brings up the intriguing possibility that the city of Babylon does not represent a single nation but perhaps a world government or federation, but he still believes that the United States, as a single world superpower, may be the center or beginning of such a dominating global force. He points out that two major prophecies have yet to come to fruition: global persecution of Christians and the marking of citizens in order to be able to conduct commerce. Both prophecies, he believes, are possibilities within the foreseeable future. Steinle’s approach differs from those of many other writers on this topic in a major way: He is careful not to make absolute statements or to definitively interpret this very difficult scripture. By presenting his ideas as possible interpretations only, he succeeds in maintaining credibility even with the skeptical reader. His conclusion–that Christians may want to flee the U.S. if it truly is the biblical Babylon–is intimated rather than bluntly stated. Steinle’s reading of scripture is certainly fundamental in approach, but modest enough to be a welcome read to a wide audience.
Modest, yet traditionalist, reading of Revelation. -- Kirkus Reviews