Prensa Latina News Agency: “More than 60,000 displaced from the western Al-Anbar province arrived in Babel after escaping from clashes between Iraqi government troops and terrorists of the so-called Islamic State (IS), reported humanitarian sources today.
The chief of the Red Crescent Society (the Red Cross in the Muslim countries) in Babel, Amir Al-Mamouri, announced that 1500 families have arrived in Babel, in central Iraq, in the last 48 hours, totalling so far in over 12,000 the number of displaced.
Opinion: There are two prominent cities in the Bible.
- Babylon, referred to over 300 times in the Bible, and is depicted as the city of unregenerate man and false religion
- Jerusalem, on the other hand is referred to over 800 times as the eternal city of God.
I often see Babylon confused with either a spiritual state or since 9/11, New York. As a literal Bible student, my focus for this post is literal Babylon, in Iraq, for five reasons:
- America is only mentioned in prophecy as a powerless nation (Ezekiel 38:13) making New York an unlikely candidate
- There’s no scriptural reason to spiritualize Babylon’s location
- Jeremiah 50:45 specifically speaks to the Lords future plans for Babylon: “Therefore hear the plan of the Lord which He has planned against Babylon, and His purposes which He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their pasture desolate because of them.”
- Isaiah 13: 5-6 is a prophecy against Babylon in the Day of the Lord (Tribulation): “They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens—the Lord and the weapons of his wrath— to destroy the whole country. Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty”
- Isaiah 14:22-23 is still unfulfilled “…I will wipe out Babylon’s name and survivors, her offspring and descendants, declares the Lord. I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction, declares the Lord Almighty.”
Babylon has been and is still inhabited: King Cyrus of Persia conquered the city in the 5th century BC as did Alexander the Great 200 years later who made Babylon his home and died there.
The first mention of the city is found in the first book of the Bible (Genesis 10) giving us the first look at a false religious system Nimrod founded Babylon. Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis, claimed that her son, Tammuz, was the supernatural offspring of the Sun god, counterfeiting the promise of Genesis 3:15, that the seed of the woman, would redeem mankind.
- Genesis 10:10, the beginning of Nimrod’s kingdom is said to have been “Babel [Babylon], and Erech [Uruk], and Akkad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”
- Genesis 11:2 states that ‘Shinar enclosed the plain’ that became the site of the Tower of Babel after the Great Flood.
Babylon was prophesied by Moses (Deut. 49-50), Isaiah 39:6, and Jeremiah who warned the Israelites that idolatry and disobedience would cause then to be carried off to Babylon for 70 years:
“And the whole land shall be a desolation and a horror and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” Jeremiah 25:11
Sure enough, king Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled the prophecies perfectly, beginning in 586 BC when the 1st of three groups of Israelites were marched off to Babylon for precisely 70 years. And in fulfillment of the promise, the Lord restored the people, never again to be uprooted Amos 9:15, Isaiah 11:11.
And Babylon has a prominent role in the last book of the Bible:
- Revelation 17 (spiritual Babylon)
- Revelation 18 (political Babylon).
- Revelation 17: 1-5 The Apostle John introduces a prostitute (false religious system) who sits on many waters (nations/multitudes). The kings of the earth have committed adultery with her (accepted the false religion).
- The woman sits on a scarlet beast with 7 heads (prominent rulers), and dressed in purple and scarlet glittering with gold and precious stones similar to ritualistic religions of today (universal church)
Antichrist will set up headquarters in Babylon, the same location as Nimrod’s kingdom. After the abomination of desolation at the 3.5 year mark, he stands in a rebuilt temple and declares himself god. From that point to the return of Christ is the great Tribulation of Matthew 24:21.
Recent Babylon construction:
The Ishtar gate was rebuilt, as was the King’s palace and the banquet hall where Daniel read the handwriting on the wall. Saddam had offered $1 million to any Iraqi who could figure out how the hanging gardens were watered so he could restore them. Saddam’s place has been rebuilt as a hotel.
Antichrist will have 7 years to build his headquarters. Google maps gives this view:
Babylon was not damaged in either Gulf War.
(Thanks to Vason for finding this article)