Revelation 18 and the current economic crisis

I wondered if I was a bit twisted when I felt glad that the bailout plan didn’t pass.  Also, I’ve always had this perverse inward delight that I barely keep hidden, whenever there are problems on Wall Street.  I guess this stems from some of the Nibley books I’ve read, including the amazing “Approaching Zion.”  Anyway, I don’t think that the end of the world is upon us just yet.  There are a lot of things that have to happen first.  However, we may be coming to the end of the world as we know it. 

I also don’t think that we’ve quite come to the events portrayed in the Book of Revelation, chapter 18, but… I can’t help to notice the similarities between what is written there and what could potentially happen in the near future.  Please read the following verses and see if you don’t think they have an amazing resemblance to what we are going through now:

 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived adeliciously, 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.

  8 Therefore shall her aplagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly bburned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who cjudgeth her.

  9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall abewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the bsmoke of her burning,

  10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

  11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

  12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

  13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and aslaves, and souls of men.

  14 And the fruits that thy soul alusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

  15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

  16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

  17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

  18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

  19 And they cast adust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

  20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

  21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city aBabylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

  22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

  23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the avoice 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 bsorceries were all nations deceived.

  24 And in her was found the ablood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
As far as similarities go, I think that Babylon is being shaken up.  As it states in 2Nephi 28:19:
  19 For the kingdom of the devil must ashake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the bdevil will grasp them with his everlasting cchains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish;
Also, when I read verse 20 of Revelation 18, I don’t feel bad for feeling some sort of elation over the problems Wall Street is having.  In any case, I remain an advocate of not giving any money to these failing giants and to see what will happen.
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