3 For [hoti] all [pas] nations [ethnos] have drunk
[pino] of [ek]
the wine [oinos] of the wrath [thumos] of her [autos] fornication,
[porneia] and [kai] the kings [basileus] of the
earth [ge] have committed fornication [porneuo] with [meta] her, [autos] and [kai] the merchants [emporos] of the earth [ge] are waxed
rich [plouteo] through [ek] the abundance [dunamis] of
her [autos] delicacies. [strenos] KJV-Interlinear
all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and
the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the
merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality." NASB
The magnitude of the Babylon concept extends from religious beliefs to commercial (secular) enterprises. The religious beliefs are all false, and likewise the commercial enterprises are based on false concepts. That is all that Satan does. Everything he does is a lie and based on deception.
In order to win the hearts and minds of people, Satan has to control it all. And to control it all means to pressure, to intimidate, to enslave and make dependent, everyone into his universal one ruler, one religion, one monetary, one government world. This makes the masses dependent on him and afraid to leave his realm, lest they be executed immediately for non-compliance.
We have already studied how non-compliance in worship of the anti-christ results in immediate execution. How non-compliance in his universal commercial registration sentences people to starvation and death.
All of these concepts are compared to and symbolized by prostitution and degenerate and unorthodox passions.
Wrath, 'thumos,' means to breath heavily as in passion. And that is exactly what the religious and commercial enterprises of the world will become. People will be caught up in their religious pursuits, as well as in their secular pursuits. But the secular pursuits are all going to be controlled by government, or a form of exaggerated or extreme socialism, something far worse than leaders of our current day, are trying to impose on us all.
That future socialism or progressivism or whatever it might be called at that future date, will result in the total destruction of the entire world economy, but for a short while, the fruits of the world will be taken by government and then given to the masses to make them dependent.
A society, who becomes so dependent on give-away programs or welfare, or government hand-outs, loses the ability to take care of itself. And not only that, but when those free rides are lost or taken away, then they cry over their loss and rage over their loss of benefits, and are lost in their inability to do things for themselves.
We have seen examples even in our current day, by the riots in Greece and France, and elsewhere. And in this chapter we are going to see that the world is going to succeed (sooner or later) in moving in the direction of an extreme socialistic philosophy. And that is going to be one of the many attributes that will be the undoing of the world.
But for now, it is important to note that the entire world is not only pressed into the service of Satan's plan, but they are going to embrace it with open arms, and with deep emotional passion. The world will not be able to get enough of itself, for itself.
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