BABYLON? WHICH BABYLON?
The DESCRIPTION of
“The Daughter of
God does not speak with idle and wasteful words.
He is not grasping for something to say just to fill the pages of a
book. His words are not
random thoughts just to be ignored.
We may not understand every word spoken, but I can assure you
that every word from God is significant and has an eternal purpose.
There are more prophecies written in
the Bible about an end-time nation called “Babylon” than about any
other nation with the exception of Israel.
It amazes me how few men have even attempted to
understand the significance of the prophecies related to the “daughter
God gave us His Word to provide light for a darkened world, and
faithful students should seek a full knowledge of all portions of
Because of the vast number of references that paint
a vivid portrait of “Babylon”, I will deal with the major passages
very briefly and present the descriptions in the order in which
they are given in the Biblical text.
I will also number them for ease of reference.
Any repeated descriptions from other passages will be numbered to
reference them to the first reference.
Jeremiah chapter 50:
The entire chapter of Jeremiah 50 is
given to the study of “Babylon”.
The LORD begins by declaring –
“The Word that the LORD spoke
What a sobering and
overwhelming statement that is.
What message could possibly be worse -
“The Word that the LORD spoke
God, by His very nature, is the Lord of
love, forgiveness and grace.
2 Peter 3:9 says,
“The Lord is not slack concerning
His promise . . . but is longsuffering toward us, NOT WILLING THAT ANY
SHOULD PERISH, but that all should come to repentance.”
statement that the LORD is
“against” Babylon is an indication
that they will have apparently pushed the limit of His patience and
grace. They may have had
ample opportunities to turn to Him in repentance, but rejected His
The God who extended His mercy to a
godless society like ancient Nineveh invites all men and nations to turn to
Him and live. But woe to
any nation that has had the Word of God and has carelessly spurned it!
God’s mercy eventually comes to an end.
shall be a nation that exists during the time that the people of Israel are
beginning to return to their land –
“In those days, and in that
time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall
come, they and the children of
together, going and weeping; they shall go, and seek the LORD, their
God. (verse 4)
an incredible time to be living!
We are witnessing the return of God’s chosen nation to their
land. Jewish immigrants
from all over the world are returning to the land of their promised
However, most of them are not yet
returning in repentance and faith in their Messiah.
Like the valley full of dry bones
(Ezekiel chapter 37) they
have begun coming together, bone to bone, but as a nation, there is no
spiritual breath in them –
“ . . . there was a noise and behold, a
shaking, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon
them, and the skin covered them above, but there was no breath in
them.”-- Ezekiel, 37:7-8
Genuine, born-again believers who have
placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ rejoice at seeing the
prosperity of the people of
They are once again coming into their land, and we rejoice with
them. But God’s greatest
work, in turning the hearts of the nation toward Him, is yet future.
Someday the nation of
will recognize their Messiah whom they have rejected.
Ezekiel prophesied a great promise to the nation
of Israel – “And ye shall know
that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and
brought you up out of your graves (the gentile nations),
And shall put my Spirit in you,
and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land; then shall ye
know that I, the LORD, have spoken it . . . “-- Ezekiel 37:13-14
What a wonderful day of renewal and blessing
is coming upon God’s chosen
nation – “A new heart also will I
give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away
the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of
flesh.”-- Ezekiel 36:26
It is during these last days when the people of Israel are once again beginning to
return to their land, that the
“the daughter of Babylon”
The people of Israel will flee out of Babylon –
“Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land . . .”
The day is coming when thousands, perhaps even
millions, of people will panic and evacuate their homes and seek a place
of safety and refuge. The
fact that they will flee from everything they have known and loved
paints a pathetic picture of calamity that is destined upon the
Such panic that would create this kind of mass exodus from a modern day
nation is beyond our comprehension.
51:46 may offer us a clue why there would
be such panic and dread – “And
lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumor that shall be
heard in the land; a rumor shall both come one year, and after
that in another year shall come a rumor, and violence in the land
. . . “
What kind of rumor would cause such mass
hysteria that people would flee their homes -- fear of weapons of mass
destruction in the hands of madmen and terrorists?
Time will tell.
A SAFE HAVEN FOR JEWS:
There is another important description to observe
in the preceding verse (Jeremiah
50:8) as God warns His people –
“Flee out of the midst of
statement would imply that the people of
are dwelling in end-time
Babylon, and God tells them to run.
This cannot be referring to
where efforts have been made to revive the historic city of Babylon by Saddam Hussein.
Iraq is far from being a refuge for
Jews. End-time Babylon will be a safe-haven for Jews, and God
warns them to flee to their homeland before the fires of judgment fall.
BORN FROM A MOTHER-LAND:
End-time Babylon will be born from a mother-land –
“Your mother shall be completely
confounded, she that bore you shall be ashamed.” (verse:12)
This passage cannot possibly refer to the oldest of nations
which was historical Babylon.
How many nations can we name that can claim they were “born” from
a “motherland”? America is certainly one of very
few. Two hundred years
after the founding of our nation, it is still recognized by all that England is America’s
A SHRIVELED UP MOTHER:
Referring to the
Babylon”, the LORD uses interesting language
in describing her – “completely
confounded”. The Hebrew
word for confounded means dried up or pale.
The word describes one who has shriveled up and lost strength.
What an apt description of modern day
16, 1968, the United Press International released
an article under the caption of “The Nightfall Of An Empire”.
The article states – “Britain yesterday abandoned her role
as a world power. British
Prime minister Wilson’s
announcement before the House of Commons came after more than thirty-one
hours of agonizing soul-searching by the British Cabinet.”
There was a time when Brits proudly claimed that
the sun never set on their empire.
Those days are gone forever, and the British world-wide empire is
forever gone. The
“mother of Babylon” is truly confounded or shriveled
up. What a remarkable
prophetic utterance from a prophet that lived 2500 years before the
A SHAMEFUL MOTHERLAND:
The “mother” of end-time Babylon will be ashamed –
“Your mother shall be completely confounded, she that bore you shall be
ashamed.”(verse 12) One
wonders what would cause such shame: will the “mother” of end-time Babylon forsake her “daughter” in the hour of
her greatest need? Will England abandon
her “child” in time of future conflict?
As I write, Great Britain
is one of the only faithful allies to the American effort against
terrorism. That could
change very quickly, especially if terrorists ignite a weapon of mass
destruction in either of these countries!
THE YOUNGEST OF NATIONS:
End-time Babylon is the youngest of
the great nations – “behold the
hindermost of the nations . . . “(verse 12).
Hindermost means last, not least.
Whoever this great nation is, it will be one that is relatively
young compared to the ancient nations.
The United States of America
is a mere “teenager” in comparison to the older nations of the world.
End-time Babylon –
“. . . hath sinned against the
LORD.” (verse 14)
What nation has NOT sinned
against the holiness of God?
But this nation, the
“daughter of Babylon”,
is destined to
judgment and total ruin because of some sin that God deplores.
What sin could trigger the destructive wrath of a
Righteous, Holy, and Just God?
Could it be the thrusting of His Name out of all public life, or
the acceptance of evil and perversion?
Could it be the terrible slaughter of the innocent as performed
at so-called “women’s health clinics”?
Whatever, God is not pleased with end-time
Babylon, and judgment WILL someday fall!
There is a very revealing
text in the Bible that shows the downward progression that caused God to
destroy ancient Sodom.
“Behold, this is the
iniquity of thy sister Sodom,
pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in
her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and
needy. And they were
haughty, and committed abomination before Me, therefore I took them away
as I saw good.”-- Ezekiel 16:49
There is nothing sinful about having plenty of
food to eat or even an abundance of time.
But when pleasures and possessions becomes the full end of man,
he becomes proud, greedy, and often very
immoral. Perversion is only
a step away from an immoral society.
This was the apparently the downward steps of
This downward trend has gripped the land of the
Stars and Strips and we are now plunging to the depths of filth and
perversion. What a great
tragedy for a people that once lived in the light of God’s Word!
End-time Babylon will have lost her
moral sense of direction – “her
foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down . . . “ (verse 15)
When any nation begins to throw off restraint by outlawing the
God of heaven and His laws, that nation faces unbelievable trials and
This passage could even be referring to the
destruction of the law of the land, our national Constitution.
Today, through judicial tyranny, the “Ultimate Law of the Land”
as preserved in the U.S. Constitution is being nullified and trashed.
If ever there was a need for a Constitutional Amendment, now is
the time. No vote of the
people should ever be overthrown by any branch of government.
Truly, our national
“foundations are fallen”!
People of faith should pray that the Godly
standards of the Bible will once again be welcome in our land.
be a great agricultural
production center, but the day will come when the farmers will suddenly
abandon their crops in the field and run in panic.
“Cut off the sower in Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in
the time of harvest; for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn
everyone to his own land.”
day both Jew and Gentile alike will flee from the
of Babylon in sheer
panic. Even those
living in rural areas, which are usually considered a refuge and place
of safety, will someday run!
What a terrible picture of future mayhem.
THE HAMMER OF THE EARTH:
is referred to as “the hammer of
the whole earth.”
End-time Babylon will be a nation that is a great
manufacturing giant. Babylon will be a nation that works and gets
things done. The hammer in
this verse is not speaking of a destructive weapon but of a
mighty hammer of production and tool of commerce and development.
has been the hammer of development, not only in her own land, but around
the world as nations stricken by poverty have experienced the greatest
rebuilding genius of the world.
Even nations that have declared war against the hammer of
economic might, have been rebuilt by their one-time enemy!
STRIVING AGAINST THE LORD:
will be characterized as a land that is
“striving against the LORD.”
What a sad day it is when the silent majority is overwhelmed by
outspoken, ungodly activists who want to outlaw God in every facet of
50:26 refers to the “storehouses”
of end-time Babylon.
How many nations are there that have such an abundance of food
kept in storehouses as America?
Take a drive through the Midwest
and count the grain elevators that are filled to overflowing with stored
No other nation on earth has been so blessed
that they can help feed the hungry, starving masses beyond their
borders. When disaster
strikes, the world looks to America for a handout, and we give
Babylon will be a
proud nation. National
pride is one thing, but a haughty prideful spirit is hated by God.
“ . . . she hath been
proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.”
people of end-time Babylon
will exalt and deify man in the place of God.
Humanism is now the accepted religion of the land, and our
children are being taught to trust in themselves and the “system”
because man thinks that he is able to determine his own destiny without
will be a land of many “cities”
(verse 32). This verse
all by itself should convince us that end-time
is more than the project of Saddam Hussein in rebuilding ancient Babylon!
A PEOPLE ON THE GO:
will be a land with a fully developed transportation system and roads.
Verse 37 makes reference to their
“horses and chariots” which
the prophet of old would used to express many vehicles for
will be made up of a mixed multitude.
She will be the melting pot of the world.
Verse 37 mentions the
“mixed people”, and the word mixed is literally translated
“mongrel people” or
Millions of people from all over the world are flooding into
the United States every year.
It should be noted that the nations are not knocking down the
doors trying to enter Iraq, the homeland of ancient Babylon.
Obviously, the prophets were not speaking about old, historic
Babylon, but about a young and vibrant melting
pot of all nationalities!
FEMINISM IN SOCIETY:
become like women . . . “ (verse 37) may be referring to the society
becoming a feministic society.
The feminists’ agenda worldwide, but especially in the United States, is having a
devastating impact upon the entire nation.
College campuses are beginning to complain about fewer male
students. On many
university campuses men are outnumbered by women nearly two to one.
Little wonder. With
the exorbitant cost of education, who wants to be continually lectured
about the evils of manhood?
“A sword is
upon her treasuries, and they shall be robbed.”
Inflation alone has robbed
Americans of their wealth to say nothing of the graduated income tax.
We would recommend the book and tape
“The Creature of Jekyll
Island” by G. Edward Griffin for an
exposure of the Federal Reserve System (which is
not Federal any more than Federal Express is, but is a huge and powerful
banking cartel of the largest banks in
and Europe). The
central banking system that brought
the great depression continues to rob the land of it full economic
wealth and potential.
Since our government abandoned the gold standard
and opted for Federal Reserve Notes, Americans have been continually
robbed of their treasures.
It is interesting to note that President John F. Kennedy had just signed
a presidential order reinstating the hard currency standard to back up
the dollar when he was assassinated and Lyndon Johnson became president.
Johnson’s first act after being sworn in was to rescind the order
before they even arrived back in Washington on the historic flight from
Dallas. Silver reserves
were then peddled to the Federal Reserve for 5 cents on the dollar.
Verse 18 declares that
“a drought is upon her waters and
they shall be dried up”.
The effects of drought have
been devastating to areas like Lake Powell
and even the Great Lakes.
will not be free from the ravages of nature.
We should be careful here, in not interpreting every dry spell as
the direct fulfillment of prophecy.
The point is, Babylon will experience natural disasters and
droughts. This is surely
not referring to a desert area like
which experiences continual drought!
shall be the land of many inventions
“. . . it is the land of carved
images, and they are mad over their idols.”(verse 38).
Little needs to be added here
about American ingenuity and creativity as we have led the world in
inventions and technological development.
In addition to being a land of idol worship, the people are
obsessed with their possessions.
DAUGHTER OF BABYLON:
“daughter of Babylon”
is found in verse forty-two.
This obviously is referring to a younger descendent of Babylon and not to historic Babylon.
Jeremiah chapter 51:
is also accused of making the nations of the earth
The cultural and immoral impact of
upon the world is currently deplorable.
leading the world in the production and printing of porn and filth.
When you travel abroad you will be amazed at the impact of the
filthy lyrics and the rancid “music” of MTV.
I visited Russia several
years ago and I felt ashamed that the people were watching the worst of
the entertainment industry that is produced in our land.
is called “a golden cup in the
LORD’S hand.” This could be referring to the fact that God has
richly blessed our land and we in turn have been a blessing to others.
No other nation has ever been
so generous in feeding the poor, providing emergency relief and
sending forth missionaries worldwide.
DWELLING UPON MANY WATERS:
“Thou that dwellest upon many
waters” (verse 13) probably refers to our
many coastlands and ocean ports.
Our merchant marines fill the oceans as we import and
export merchandise all over the world.
The phrase could also refer to the political influence of America all over
phrase “Abundant in treasures . .
. “ is abundantly clear.
End-time Babylon will be wealthy beyond comprehension.
It is estimated that 7% of the world’s population owns 50% of the
world’s wealth, and America has more than it’s share of
millionaires. The LORD has
blessed us abundantly for one reason -- to spread the message of the
Gospel to the entire world.
Let us never forget that!
Verse 17 seems so ironic -
“Every man is stupid by his
knowledge.” How can a
person become stupid by knowledge?
The fact is, “the fear of
the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”
Higher education without the knowledge of the LORD is vain
and totally bankrupt.
The Bible declares that
“the fool hath said in his heart
there is no God.” As a
nation it seems that we have become a society of
“fools” that cannot recognize
that an intelligent design is the work of an “Intelligent Designer.”
The teaching of evolution and denial of Biblical creation is
undermining the entire education system.
There are social repercussions from removing God and His laws
from society, and we are experiencing those social ills in today’s
God refers to the
“evil that they have done in
On the surface, that wouldn’t appear to apply to the
United States of America.
After all, we have been one of Israel’s most loyal friends.
But, the fact is, in recent years our State Department has sided
with the Palestinians time after time as we have pressured the State of
Israel to trade land for peace.
would appear that every time we have sided against the people of Israel in giving up their God given
land for peace, some kind of natural disaster has occurred.
It is more than a mere
coincidence that soon
after we were instrumental in brokering the giving of the Gaza Strip to
the Palestinians, we were faced with several severe hurricanes.
God’s promise to Abraham is still in effect –
“I will bless them that bless you
and curse them that curse you.”
PRAISE OF EARTH:
is called “the praise of the
whole earth”. (verse 41)
That was the testimony of the United Sates at one time.
But this favorable view of the world toward
has changed drastically in recent years, and we have become hated and
despised. Much of the
world’s contempt is of our own making.
Further comment is not even necessary!
God declares that He will
“punish Bel” when He sends
destruction upon Babylon.
“Bel” refers to idolatry and Baal worship as we discussed in
chapter two. As beautiful
as the Washington Monument is, one wonders if it is an
affront to the Lord by nature of what it stands for?
Other evidence of the influence of
idolatry are evident throughout our society, especially in
churches that have abandoned truth for tradition, symbols, and ritual.
is one of the most remarkable verses that
describes end-time Babylon –
mount up to heaven . . . “ This verse could very well be referring
to the remarkable ventures of the
United States in space.
America has led the way in the
development of space travel and is the world’s leader in modern
technological in the deployment of communication satellite systems.
51:53 continues –
“. . . and though she
should fortify the height of her strength . . . “ This description
may refer to the
security of our Armed Forces.
It may also refer to the development of a space missile defense
system. Whatever God means
in this passage, we must not forget that He, and He alone, has been our
strength and protector in the past!
The next description is sobering indeed –
“And I will make drunk her
princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty
men; and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the
King, whose Name is the LORD of Hosts.” (verse 57)
in the halls of congress is a national scandal.
The drunkenness that prevails
amongst many of our national leaders is alarming.
Perpetual sleep is another grave
indictment as we learn from the Bible.
There is a serious downward spiral that America seems to
When people fail to give glory to the
Creator, God gives them over to immorality.
When a nation fails to repent of immorality, God gives them over to
#3 When a nation fails to repent of
perversion, God gives them over to a REPROBATE MIND.
A reprobate mind is incapable of making wise
choices. It is a mind that
is 180 degrees out of phase from the wisdom and counsel of God.
The most insignificant decision becomes a continual blunder.
This is the current spiritual condition of the United States.
Our public school system is an example of a
nation incapable of making wise choices.
Many young people graduating from high school cannot even read.
Our answer to this problem is to invest more money and continue
to convince youngsters there is no God and no right or wrong.
We will have nothing to do with anything that remotely hints of
the Judeo Christian ethic and then wonder why we can’t solve our social
God help us.
Isaiah chapter 13:
thirteenth chapter of Isaiah deals primarily with the final destruction
of that great end-time land called “Babylon”.
We will deal with that in depth in the next chapter.
There are a couple of phrases, however, which add to the
description of end-time Babylon:
will punish the world for their iniquity.” (verse 11)
along with many other nations, faces the judgment of God for it’s evil.
We often think of Americans as the “good guys” . . . the nation
that always wears a white hat.
There is no need to make an exhaustive list but,
the fact is, that evil prevails in the
United States of America.
The Mardi Gras is no Sunday School picnic, in case any of us have
and perversion that permeates our entertainment system is a
national disgrace. Our
granting of special status, rights and privileges
to sodomites is an affront to a
holy God, and the slaughter of the innocent for the convenience of
would-be mothers is a stench in the holy nostrils of the LORD Who is the
LORD of Life. Then there is
our preoccupation with magic and witchcraft which is frightening,
indeed. Need we to go on?
The LORD declares –
“I will cause the arrogancy of
the proud to cease, and will lay low the
haughtiness of the terrible . . . “ (verse11)
Nothing is more deplorable
in the eyes of a holy and righteous God than pride and arrogance.
We have become a nation that has robbed
God of the credit for all His blessings.
The multitudes scoff at the importance of children praying and
giving thanks to the God of Heaven.
“GLORY OF KINGDOMS”
God refers to end-time Babylon as the
“glory of kingdoms”.
What a wonderful title!
There was a day when America stood
for good and righteousness instead of perversion and wickedness.
How tragic when “G” rated movies are shunned and destined to poor
ratings before they even hit the movie theaters.
continues to create moral filth because that is what the public craves.
If you want to determine the health of a nation, simply observe
what entertains! What a
tragedy that the “glory of
kingdoms” will one day smolder in self made destruction.
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