Maria, now I will take your hand to lead you to the most obscure point in John’s book. The annotators of it have exhausted their capacity in many deductions to explain to themselves and to the multitudes who the ‘great Babylon’ is. With a human view, to which the jolts left by desired events or by events taking place were not unconnected, they have given the name of Babylon to many things.
“But how is it that they have never considered that the ‘great Babylon’ is the whole Earth? I would be a very small and limited God the Creator if I had created only the Earth as an inhabited world! With a beat of My will I have brought forth worlds upon worlds from nothing and cast them as luminous fine dust into the immensity of the firmament.
“The Earth, about which you are so proud and fierce, is nothing but one of the bits of fine dust rotating in unboundedness, and not the biggest one. It is certainly the most corrupt one, though. Lives upon lives are teeming in the millions of worlds which are the joy of your gaze on peaceful nights, and the perfection of God will appear to you when, with the intellectual sight of your spirits rejoined to God, you are able to see the wonders of those worlds.
“Isn’t the Earth really the great harlot that has committed fornication with all the powers of earth and hell, and haven’t the Earth’s inhabitants prostituted themselves–bodies and souls–just to triumph during the earthly day?
“That is certainly the case. The crimes of the Earth have all the names of blasphemy, as the Beast does with whom the Earth and its inhabitants have allied themselves just to triumph. The seven sins are like a horrendous ornament on the head of the Beast, who transports the Earth and those of the earth to the pastures of Evil, and the ten horns, a metaphorical number, serve to demonstrate the limitless acts of wickedness committed just to obtain, at any cost, what his ferocious covetousness wants.
“Isn’t the Earth really soaked with the blood of the martyrs, inebriated by this holy liqueur, which, having been drunk by its sacrilegious mouth, has changed therein into a filter for accursed drunkenness? The Beast that carries it-the compendium and synthesis of all the evil done from Adam on just to triumph in the world and in the flesh-draws behind him those who by adoring him will become king for an hour of an accursed kingdom. You are kings as children of God, and it is an eternal kingdom. But you become kings for an hour of an accursed kingdom when you worship Satan, who can only give you an ephemeral triumph paid for at the price of an eternity of horror.
“The Beast, John says, was and is not. At the end of the world that is the way it will be. He was, because he has really existed; he is not because I, the Christ, will have defeated and buried him because he will no longer be necessary, then, for the triumphs of the world (on a typed copy the writer adds at the foot of the page in pencil: “After the defeat of the Antichrist and the desrtuction of Babylon.”)
“Isn’t the Earth seated on the waters of her seas and hasn’t she made use of these to do harm? What has she not made use of? Peoples, nations, races, boundaries, interests, food, expansions–everything has been of use to her to fornicate and carry out enormous homicides and betrayals like that of Judas. Her own children, nourished by her with the blood of sin, will accomplish God’s vengeance upon her by destroying themselves, bringing themselves, bringing the sum of the crimes against God and against man to the perfect number which demands the thundering of My ‘Enough!’
“In that hour the blood of the martyrs and prophets, steaming with a smell pleasing to My throne, will seethe, and the clods of the earth which have gathered in the moans of those slain out of hatred for Me and received their last shudders will cast forth a loud cry made up of all those holy moans and will tremble with anguished convulsion, shaking men’s cities and homes, where there is sinning and killing, and filling the vault of the Heavens with a voice calling for Justice.
“And there will be Justice. I will come. I will come because I am Faithful and Truthful. I will come to bring Peace to the faithful and holy Judgment to those who have lived. I will come with My name, whose meaning is known to Me alone and in whose letters are the main attributes of God, of whom I am Part and Whole.