Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Babylon Will be Helpless To Protect Itself.

Jeremiah 51:10-31

“The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.  Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.  Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.  O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.  The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillars; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.” (Jeremiah 51:10-14)

When Judah was conquered by Babylon, there were small groups who turned to God, such as Daniel and his friends.  When Cyrus gave permission they went back and rebuilt Jerusalem and the temple, led by men such as Ezra and Nehemiah.  In the last days, there will be similar groups who turn completely to god, and it will be for their sakes God destroys Babylon.  As we see in Revelation 17:15, the waters refer to nations and races of people.  “ And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”   It will stun the whole world that the seat of such power and wealth will be destroyed so completely, calling attention to God’s power. 

“He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.  When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.  They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.  The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name.” (Jeremiah 51:15-19)

God made the entire universe, placing earth and each of the planets in orbit so that they remain in position.  He planned the evaporation and condensation to produce rain and snow, and the molecular charges that result in lightening.  He knows exactly what makes the wind blow.  By comparison, man is no more than the least intelligent of the animals, running strictly by instinct.  Even the most skilled metal workers are amazed at what they are able to make, and aware that the very idols they make are powerless, and worshipping them is a foolish.  When things happen, they will have no power to save.  The God of Israel is different.  Instead of being made by man, he made man and everything that exists.  Israel is the symbol of his ownership.

Thou art my battle ax and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider; With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid; I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.

And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD. Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.  And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 51:20-26)

God would use Babylon, and will use them again in the future, as a weapon or tool to destroy countires around the world, destroying armies and world powers, destroying countries around the world and disrupting countless cultures and governments.  I suspect that the massive effort to force Sharia Law and Muslim colonies around the world is part of this prophecy.  Eventually their efforts will lead to rebellion, and a coalition who rebells and destroys her, as described in Revelation 17:16.  “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”  When they do, there will be nothing useable left, and Babylon will never be rebuilt. 

“Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars.  Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.  And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.

The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.  One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end, And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.  For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.” (Jeremiah 51:27-33)

God will assemble a force against Babylon from out of the north as we have already seen.  The countries named here are now parts of Turkey and southern Russia.    Their military forces will be like a swarm of caterpillars devouring a crop.  They will be assisted by Iran and the countries to the east.  The Babylonians will destroy the land around them in an effort to stop the invasion, but will not dare make a frontal attack and escape will be cut off leaving them no place to retreat.   It will be like a threshing floor where everything is open to be attacked.   Like a tool that is no longer useable, Babylon will be disposed of.  

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