Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Friday, 13 July 2007


By Jim Jordal

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Isa. 10:27 (KJV)

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 Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

Rev. 18:21 (KJV)

If you follow news from the field of medical technology you know that absolutely miraculous advances against disease and debilitating physical and mental conditions occur almost daily. The rapidity of such change is nothing short of awesome. But what we don’t usually hear along with this good news is that fewer and fewer Americans can fully participate in this revolution because of soaring costs for both medical services and health insurance.

If you consider this situation seriously, you may come to the conclusion that something is dreadfully wrong when God-given blessings cannot be distributed to persons in need because of inadequate financial resources. And if you investigate the developing world, the situation is far worse: Not only is there no money for advanced medical technology, but there is nothing for even cheap generic drugs, health education, or preventive efforts.

Our economic system defines money as a circulating medium of exchange consisting mostly of paper money, demand deposits (checking accounts), and other readily negotiable financial instruments. This money supply is "managed" by the Federal Reserve System to control inflation and prevent deflation through manipulation of consumer demand for credit, and indirectly for goods and services; thus hopefully providing a stable system of money and credit to facilitate commerce, investment, and economic effort.

But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that this desirable goal is not attainable for more and more Americans, and not at all for vast numbers of world citizens. What does occur is that the benefits of advancing technology, especially in medicine, accrue mainly to those fortunate few at the top of the income pyramid, while much of the developing world relies on primitive medicine at best.

The health care system is but one of many temporal blessings and services developed over the past 50 years that offer hope to the less-privileged of society, but cannot be transferred to them in any meaningful amounts because of continuing financial constraints.

But this problem is not new. When God's people first faced this problem thousands of years ago, they attributed it to the pervasive, destructive influence of the oppressive socio-economic system developed by the powerful Babylonian Empire to control its subject peoples. The nation of Judah brought it back from their 70-year captivity in Babylon, and it has been around in various forms ever since. Scripture thus uses the term Babylon to describe whatever unjust economic domination system exists at any given time to oppress and enslave God's people.

The overall effect of any Babylonian-type system is to combine economic theory with social and political controls so as to gain almost complete control over commercial activity and public welfare. The intent is to transfer wealth and other economic resources from the many to the few, and to structure the legal, educational, and even religious systems so that the oppressed have little recourse in their suffering.

Because it controls the money supply, Babylon forces people into vicious competition as the price for survival. You see evidence of this every day as corporations downsize and offshore, casting faithful workers into economic oblivion. All for the sake of the bottom line! So even in the midst of plenty, we have large populations living in deprivation, lacking medical care, access to education, and adequate housing. Thus, the God-given anointing of plenty manages to avoid billions of people, creating a potentially revolutionary underclass that cannot be forever stilled.

The other side of God’s coin is violence. As perversions and oppressions of rampant, heartless globalism increasingly impact workers and farmers around the earth, we can expect more indigenous uprisings similar to that occurring over the past decade in the Mexican state of Chiapas, and more recently in Venezuela. And unrest and uprisings are no longer limited to less-developed countries--look at events of last year in France where poor, unemployed, marginalized youth rebelled against the very system allowing freedom to do so. And this is not the end.

Yes, Babylon is shaking and tottering. It's being brought down by violence and anointing. When you think of it, isn't that what usually brings about revolutionary movements: increasing wealth and the benefits of technical innovation flowing to fewer and fewer people, who conspire to control institutions of political and economic power for their own benefit?