A detailed exposition of prophetic writings related to the biblical kingdom of Babylon.
Mattiello’s debut frames world history as Satan’s epic struggle for survival and dominance in the midst of God’s creation. He says that Satan, having convinced the human race to disobey God through the exercise of free will, went on to structure society in a way that was conducive to his own plans. Ultimately, the author asserts, the devil can be blamed for the most evil aspects of geopolitics across the centuries—but it’s his use of idolatry, he says, which truly turns human hearts against God and “leads to division among people.” Furthermore, he points out, “he promotes [idolatry] by subtly embedding it in our culture” via materialism and global trade. With this background in mind, Mattiello takes readers on a journey through history, connecting empires, wars, and religions to a wide range of biblical prophecies, especially as found in the Old Testament’s book of Daniel and the New Testament’s book of Revelation. Babylon is the one true unifying theme of the work, as Mattiello posits that it was not merely a kingdom of ancient history, but also that, in Scripture, it represents the power of Satan’s earthly kingdom, which will come to destruction in the end times. Mattiello has painstakingly researched and written this work, which displays years’ worth of study and consideration. Writers have attempted to decipher such prophecies for centuries, but readers will find that Mattiello goes further than most, tying modern occurrences to these ancient visions; he sees the struggles of modern Israel, the rise of militant Islam, the increasingly secular nature of Europe, and many other trends as proof that the last days are imminent. The final product is intriguing, if often densely formatted; indeed, the book’s subject matter may seem quite foreign to readers who haven’t steeped themselves in prophecy studies.
A well-crafted, if sometimes-difficult, religious treatise.