Babylon the Great and Our Souls' Final Satisfaction 

"And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls. 'The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again!'" - Revelation 18:11-14

This is the culmination of judgment that will come upon the earth at the end of time. The Lord strikes the economic prosperity of the world, bringing it into utter devastation for its idolatry and extreme extravagance that is served as a god through exchanging the glory of God for junk. (Lest you think I will be correlating this to our modern day economic situation, think otherwise).

Of particular interest is the verse that says, "The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again!" If your god is stuff, this is a frightening prospect because you find (or attempt to find) your ultimate satisfaction in possessions and if this gets taken from you to this degree, you will want to die, or the ever so great "weep and mourn."

But this passage also got me to thinking about John Piper's book God is the Gospel in which he asks a simple question to Christians and non-Christians alike concerning heaven: Read More...
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