center of the world, it will become the new world trade center
the commercial capital of the globe. The prophet Zechariah
informs us of this in his vision (5:5-11). In this vision, the
woman represents the idolatry of mammon the love of which is
the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10). The basket or ephah was the
primary volumetric measure used in trading; the Land of Shinar
is Babylon. Zechariah thus informs us that those who worship
money and trading will move to Babylon.
Babylon, with all this political power, will be the economic
powerhouse of the world. Financiers, bankers, traders, and
others involved in commerce, with offices in such major cities
as New York, London, and Tokyo, will be well represented
there. Those particularly involved in cargo shipping, such as
sea captains, and administrators of port authorities will regular-
ly trade with her (Rev. 18:17).
This author, who has some limited experience in interna-
tional trade and warehousing, sees Babylon becoming a Free
Trade Zone where one will be able to import and export with-
out taxation. The number of warehouses and refineries along
the Euphrates will be even greater than the number of oil wells
there, pumping their relentless rivers of black gold.
Many will become incredibly wealthy, but their wealth will
not preserve them when the entire city of Babylon sinks in the
al embassy,” a “Vatican City,” which will belong equally to all. If this hap-
pens, it could occur before the appearance of the Antichrist.