Antichrist’s Palace in Babylon
“I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine
house, and flourishing in my Palace.”
“At the end of twelve months he walked
in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The same
hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men,
and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till
his hairs were grown like eagle’s feathers, and his nails like bird’s claws” – (Dan.4:4,29,33).
When Saddam Hussein rose to power in
Babylon-Iraq, he conceived a grandoise scheme to
rebuild the ancient city of Babylon
so that its great palaces would rise from the dust. Like the powerful king
Nebuchadnezzar, Saddam Hussein would rule over the world’s greatest empire. In
1982, Saddam’s workers began constructing Babylon’s most imposing building, the 600 room palace of Nebuchadnezzar. Adjacent to this palace, Hussein built a new palace
for himself. It’s shaped like a ziggurat (Stepped pyramid). The four-story
palace extends across an area as large as five football fields. It was an
emblem of Saddam’s power. On the ceilings and walls of Saddam’s palace, murals
depict scenes from ancient Babylon
and the Tower of Babel.
Saddam is dead now, but the real successor
of Nebuchadnezzar will be the President-Antichrist of the U.S. who has conquered Babylon-Iraq with the most powerful
army the world has ever seen and H-bombs that can destroy the world. The U.S. superpower empire and it’s soon coming
president-emperor will rule the world and is now firmly in control of Babylon-Iraq.
Surely we can see Babylon-USA with our
increasing imperial presidency. Gulf Wars I and II have shown us that the title
of ‘Babylon the Great’ has passed from Old Testament Babylon-Iraq
to New Testament Babylon-USA. President Bush is now President of Babylon-Iraq
ruling by martial law. That’s what the Lord has shown us in (Dan.6) – the only
president in the Bible is the president of Babylon. The battle between the two Babylons is over and Saddam
Hussein is dethroned and dead and the American president is now the president
of Babylon-Iraq. We must Praise the Lord Jesus for bringing the land of Old Testament
Babylon Iraq and America, the New Testament Babylon, to this climatic showdown
– the showdown between the two Babylons. So we can plainly see that the USA is the political Babylon of Revelation and the end
time empire of the Beast. (see my two sermons – ‘Babylon USA’ and ‘The President of Babylon’).
I believe the desire to establish a
long-term US military presence in Iraq was always one of the reasons behind the 2003
invasion. For many years the US has sought to use a number of means to make sure it
dominates in the Middle East. The Bush Administration sees Iraq as an unsinkable aircraft carrier for the troops and
bases for many years to come. The U.S. has no intention of removing all its troops and bases
Against the backdrop of our murderous and
unlawful and immoral imperial invasion of Iraq rises an American
embassy – Palace the likes of which the world has never seen and four
plush, seemingly – permanent bases for US armed forces. The presence of the
embassy shows that the U.S. is the one that will exercise power from Iraq. Our permanent great embassy there is the visible
symbol of Babylon-USA’s imperial power in the Mideast. It’s called George W’s Palace.
U.S. embassy in Babylon-Iraq is now being completed. It’s
been called ‘The Embassy-Palace’ that dwarfs the Palaces of Saddam. The embassy
is not a diplomatic outpost – it’s a fortified castle. The embassy is/has
- The largest embassy in
world history with 8000 workers
- The only building
project in Iraq on-time and on-budget
- A bomb-Proof
super-bunker with a 15 ft. thick perimeter wall – a walled city – a
- 21 buildings on 104
acres, the size of 80 football fields
- Wired for
state-of-the-art communications and surveillance
security measures – it’s a fortress
- Congress was told that
the cost is 592 million
- Impressive residents
of the ambassador and his deputy and six posh apartments for senior
- A water treatment
plant and power generator
- Two huge blocks of
offices for 8000 U.S. staff workers and 619 Apts.
- The biggest swimming
pool in Iraq
- A well equipped gym,
tennis courts, movie theater and restaurants
- An American club for
evening functions etc. etc.
Nebuchadnezzar never had it this good – O the splendor
In the near future we will see the US
President-Beast ruling from his opulent Palace in Babylon-Iraq. Washington D.C. will be the throne of his empire, but I believe you
will be seeing him often in his palace in Iraq. It will probably be a separate building on the 104
acre embassy compound or on the ruins of the Old Babylon like Saddam built. It
probably will be called ‘The Mideast White House’ or something similar. As Rome was the power seat behind the occupation of Babylon, so Washington D.C. is the power seat behind the invasion and occupation
of Babylon today. And when the American emperor, the President
Beast, moves into his palace in Iraq then Babylon – USA’s power will be seen ruling the world form Babylon. In fact the White House was originally called ‘President’s
Palace’ and has 132 rooms and 35 baths on 3 floors.
In (Dan.4) we see Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, having his empire tree dream and he is turned into a
human beast by God because of his pride and failure to repent of his sins. He
is a type of Antichrist-Beast who is emperor of the world when the Lord Jesus
defeats him at His second coming at Armageddon. And like Nebuchadnezzar,
emperor-Antichrist will walk in his palace in Babylon full of pride. His main palace is the White House but
he will have a palace in Babylon.
Babylon-USA and Babylon-Iraq will be as
Palace comes from the Latin world ‘Palatium.’
The Palatine hill in Rome is where the emperor’s palaces were built. It’s now
the official residence of a Chief of state or president. A palace is also the
residence of the pope in Rome. Both
the president of the U.S. and the pope are leaders of empires – of political
and religious superpowers. The president of the U.S. will be the political beast and the pope will be his
false prophet Beast.
The ‘U.S. Embassy Palace’ in Babylon-Iraq
sits on 104 acres in Baghdad and the Roman Catholic ‘Papal Palace’ or ‘Palace of the Vatican’ sits on 108 acres in Rome. The Papal Palace is the official residence of the Pope. It’s a complex
of buildings with over 1000 rooms with the most famous including the Sistine
Chapel and its renowned ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo. With these
two greatest palaces we can see the political Babylon of (Rev.18) and the religious Babylon of (Rev.17). The revived Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic church.
These are the two great palaces of Antichrist’s imperial political and
luxurious, opulent palaces that are worldly and
against God’s word. Worldliness points directly to the antichrist chapter in
the Bible – “Love not the world, neither
the things that are in the world. If any man love the
world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the
lust of he flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of
the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. Little children, it
is the last times and as ye have head that Antichrist
is come…” (I Jn.2:15-18). The more worldly you
become, chasing after the things and pride of this world, the more Antichrist
you become. Christ certainly didn’t have a palace but antichrist will. His palace
in Babylon- Iraq will be the emblem of his imperial power.
how the high priest (pope) and his murderous crew meet in the palace of the
High Priest to decide how to kill Jesus – “Then
assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the
people, unto the palace of the High
Priest, who was called Caiphas, and consulted
that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him” – (Mt.26:3,4).
Are you watching Barack ‘Hussein’ Obama as
he tries to become president of the U.S.? Is the Lord Jesus trying to tell his saints
something? If Obama becomes president he will also become President of
Babylon-Iraq as well. Will we be getting rid of one President-dictator Hussein
only to get another? Who will be the Antichrist that will sit in the palace in Babylon? O how near the rapture must be. Watch because the time,
times and half a time reign of Antichrist is soon to come.
Have you been saved and born again? Our
churches today are filled with church members that have never been regenerated
and born again by the Holy Spirit. You may join any church you please but you
must be born again in order to join the true church not made with hands. Jesus
said – “That which is born of the flesh
is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I
said unto thee, ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7).
When that happens, you become a new creature in Christ – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17).
God loves you so much that He gave His only
beloved Son to die on the cross as your Savior and save you from your sins and hell
and the grave. “In this was manifested
the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the
world that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God,
but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”
– (I Jn.4:9,10). God offers you eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ. Death
is God’s punishment for sinning and breaking His laws – both physical death and
the second death in the lake of fire. “For
the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23).
Repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus
in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sin and be saved from
your sins and hell. O do not spurn God’s sacrifice for
sin on the cross and the precious blood of Christ. It is his blood alone that
makes atonement for your sins. You can have immortality through Christ. Don’t
reject Him and God’s grace and mercy or the wrath of God abideth on you.
We will have our mansion one day from our Lord
– “In my father’s house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for
you” – (Jn.14:2). Like the beautiful hymn says in ‘Mansion Over the Hilltop” –
I’m satisfied with just a cottage below… A little
silver and a little gold
But in that city, where the ransomed will shine,
I want a gold one that’s silver lined.
Tho’ often tempted, tormented and tested and like the
prophet, my pillow a stone,
And tho I find here, no permanent dwelling,
I know He’ll give me a mansion my own.
Don’t think me poor or, deserted or lonely, I’m not
discouraged, I’m heaven bound
I’m just a pilgrim in search of a city…
I want a mansion, a harp and a crown.
Refrain: I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, in
that bright land where
We’ll never grow old. And some day yonder, we will
never more wander, but walk on sheets that are purest gold. Amen.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
Tucson, AZ 85705
Would love to hear from you!