Meanwhile, I mull over things like this. So I'll share it with you:
|Illustration from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress|
by H. C. Selous and M. Paolo Priolo
So let's go with it. Yeah, I find it fascinating.
(You probably know by now I like studying world mythology, not just the Bible, but all world mythology. Contrary to popular thinking, "myth" does not mean "lie" but means "parable/allegory.")
In the Bible, Apollyon is the Angel of the Abyss, the bottomless pit (Revelation 9:11). Apollyon's Hebrew name is Abaddon, the Destroyer--also the name for Sheol, or Hell, in the Old Testament. Scholars call him Antichrist.
|The Son of Perdition|
The Greek root of "Apollyon", Apoleia [ἀπώλεια], means excess, waste, loss, perdition, destruction.
Apoleia is almost always, if not always, associated with wealth and money in the Bible. For example, the Bible states how wealth is always lost [apoleia] and those who trust in wealth will be lost [apoleia] with it (Acts 8:20, 1 Timothy 6:9, 2 Peter 2:1-3, Revelation 17:8-11).
The Antichrist is called the Son of Apoleia (Son of Perdition) (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Jesus even calls his betrayer, who sold him for money, the Son of Apoleia (John 17:12).
Bible readers will notice the Christian scriptures show no greater anger than when wealth and religion are mixed.
|"Your money perish (apoleia) with you!"|
The Fall of Simon Magus
at Cathédrale Saint Lazare,
or he calls down the wrath of Heaven (Acts 5).
"Your money perish (apoleia) with you!", cries the apostle (Acts 8:20).
So, yeah. When money and religion combine religion becomes poison. Funny I'd even have to say this, right?
|The Fall of Lucifer|
by Gustav Doré
In the Old Testament, the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel show how Lucifer and the serpent of Eden are the master of wealth, excess, national pride, and world commerce (Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28). And isn't this the whole theme of the last book of the New Testament, Revelation, which states the Antichrist and his commercial empire will go into apoleia (perdition) (Revelation 17)?
This is the one principle in Christian scriptures that isn't ambiguous. It couldn't be more unmistakably clear.
|The Ruins of Babylon in Present-Day Iraq|
"Babylon is Fallen, is Fallen!"
(Isaiah 21:9 & Revelation 14:8)