Hence, considering that Antichrist would pretend to be the Messiah, it was of old the received notion that he was to be of Jewish race and to observe the Jewish rites. Further, St. Paul says that Antichrist should ‘sit in the Temple of God;’ (2 Th 2:4) that is, according to the earlier Fathers, in the Jewish Temple. Our Saviour’s own words may be taken to support this notion, because He speaks of ‘the Abomination of Desolation”’(which, whatever other meanings it might have, in its fullness denotes Antichrist) ‘standing in the HOLY PLACE.’ (Mt 24:15). Further, the persecution of Christ’s witnesses which Antichrist will cause is described by St. John as taking place in JERUSALEM. ‘Their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, (which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt), where also our Lord was crucified.’ (Rev 11:8).
It's a particularly relevant time to read "Babylon Revisited," a story in part about the aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929 . F. Scott Fitzgerald takes a look back at a generation of reckless partying, drinking, and spending that has come to a screeching halt. Using his own personal experiences and the history unfolding around him, Fitzgerald paints the portrait of a man and a generation struggling with the deeds of the past and the bleakness of the future.
Fitzgerald – unlike the newscasters, bloggers, and campaigners you've been listening to recently – doesn't spend his time pointing fingers. He doesn't address the question of whose fault the crash was. Instead, he takes a good, hard look at the general irresponsibility that, in his mind, characterized the 1920s. He's interested in an attitude, not a scapegoat. And more importantly, he's interested in what that means for those who are there when the party comes to an end – those who suffer through the next day's (year's? decade's?) hangover.
Of course, the current financial crisis is no Great Depression . But instead of talking about the economic differences, we can think about the personal relevance "Babylon Revisited" holds for us. We're looking at the story of a man who is not only forced to make serious changes to his lifestyle, but also to face the mistakes of his irresponsible past and try seriously to atone for them. Economic trends aside, we're pretty sure you have, at some point in your life, been in his shoes.