Great Babylon

 

(Part II)

 

The Jeremiah Prophecies, Continued

 

The Hammer of the Earth
 

50:23 How the hammer of the whole earth is cut down and broken! How Babel has become a horror among the nations!

51:20 "You are my hammer and weapon of war: with you I break nations in pieces; with you I destroy kingdoms.

 

The United States held a prime position in world affairs since World War I and the early years of the twentieth century. Without her contribution to European and Asiatic warfare the shape of world destiny would have taken an altogether different turn. After World War II she took a more forceful hand in the management of those affairs. 

 

1. Immediately after World War II she initiated and financed the Marshall plan for the economic rehabilitation of Europe and Japan.

2. She was a major driving force behind the creation of the United Nations, in the original organizing activities, continuing financial support, and in hosting the world headquarters.

3. She became the major world element in opposing the communist philosophy of human society, through economic policies and in armed forces.

4. Through the vehicle of the United Nations she attempted to stop the communist takeover of Korea. This resulted in a stalemate that divided the land between the two opposing economic and political philosophies. Although she intervened militarily her venture in Korea failed to unite the country.

5. She attempted to stop the communist takeover of Viet Nam. This also ended in failure, and set the tone for a disapproving world attitude about her heavy handedness in world affairs.

6. She continued to intervene militarily in the affairs of various countries in attempt to protect a capitalistic form of society, or to protect her sources of energy and trade. The list is long but includes Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Kuwait, and Bosnia. She then arbitrarily invaded Afghanistan and with great arrogance took control of Iraq. The supposed democratic governments of both countries are mere puppet arrangements to hold control over their economies.

7. She also continued to provide economic support for various countries who were based on the capitalistic form of government, to ensure against their loss to other political or economic philosophies.

 

Her location in the New World, relatively isolated from the rest of the world, gave her a unique position to determine policy devoid of intimidating influence from those other countries. She also enjoyed great material resources and wealth to make her the most powerful nation ever to exist on the face of the globe. She had the option to determine the form of her influence upon the world as no other nation ever enjoyed. She chose a militant and forceful economic course. She became the hammer of the earth, wielding her will upon other nations. She will become the hammer for warfare the like of which has never been. She will break in pieces many nations. In turn, shall shall be destroyed.

 

The Proud One
 

50:31 Behold, I am against you, O proud one, says the Lord GOD of hosts; for your day has come, the time when I will punish you.

 

Never, for any nation on earth, was one so proud as the United States. But now the true harvest has come.
   

Isa 47:10-11 You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, "No one sees me." Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray. You said in your heart, "I am, and there is no one besides me." But evil shall come upon you, for which you cannot atone; disaster shall fall upon you, which you will not be able to expiate; ruin shall come on you suddenly, of which you know nothing.

 

She truly became a Great Babylon, a harlot to the nations. She was a rich and magnificent land, excessive in luxury and wickedness. Her great wisdom led her astray.  She was truly proud.  She said there never was a nation like her.  Gross deterioration of her morals and her human relationships were the result of her great sins.  But now disaster shall fall upon her.  Ruin shall come upon her of which she had not the slightest inkling.  

 

Mounting Up To Heaven
 

51:53 Though Babel should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify her strong height, yet destroyers would come from me upon her, says Yahweh.

 

Russia may have mounted into space with her orbiting vehicles, but it was the United States who went to the moon, and who entertains the notion of exploration of the solar system, and perhaps even of the stars.  

 

Mother Ashamed
 

50:12 Your mother shall be utterly shamed, and she who bore you shall be disgraced. Lo, she shall be the last of the nations, a wilderness dry and desert.

 

The United States was, indeed, the last of the nations, being founded in a land that saw no civilization until the seventeenth century. The hammering of her will upon the world, and her crude frontier styles, left a distaste around the planet. Her mother, England, and Europe, became truly ashamed of her.  

 

Nations No Longer Flow To Her
 

51:44 And I will punish Bel in Babel, and take out of his mouth what he has swallowed. The nations shall no longer flow to him; the wall of Babel has fallen.

 

No land on this earth ever experienced the flow of the nations as did the United States. From the early 1800's through the twentieth century people from all over the world came to her. They came in droves from Europe, from Asia, and from Africa. The greatest influx was in the last years of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth. This was the time when she was looking for manpower for her mills and industrial plants. In the decade between 1900 and 1910 nine million people immigrated into this country. This was then about ten percent of her total population. Only with the new century did massive illegal emigration outweigh that which went before.

 

A chart shows the great flow of the nations into Babel.

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This mass influx of people from all over the world created a great Babel of tongues.  A confused mixture of sounds and voices, a scene of noise and confusion, was a byword for this great nation.

 

But now God is about to take out of her that which she swallowed, not in mass emigration, but in the salvage of those people who have great faith in their God.

 

Desolations Are Decreed
 

50:13 Because of the wrath of Yahweh she shall not be inhabited, but shall be an utter desolation; every one who passes by Babel shall be appalled, and hiss because of all her wounds. 

50:22-23 The noise of battle is in the land, and great destruction! How the hammer of the whole earth is cut down and broken! How Babel has become a horror among the nations! 

50:30 Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed on that day, says Yahweh. 

51:29 The land trembles and writhes in pain, for Yahweh's purposes against Babel stand, to make the land of Babel a desolation, without inhabitant.

51:37 Babel shall become a heap of ruins, the haunt of jackals, a horror and a hissing, without inhabitant. 

51:47 Therefore, behold, the days are coming when I will punish the images of Babel; her whole land shall be put to shame, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.

51:54-56 Hark! a cry from Babel! The noise of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans! For Yahweh is laying Babel waste, and stilling her mighty voice. Their waves roar like many waters, the noise of their voice is raised; for a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babel; her warriors are taken, their bows are broken in pieces; for Yahweh is a God of recompense, he will surely requite. 

 

Isa 47:11 But evil shall come upon you, for which you cannot atone; disaster shall fall upon you, which you will not be able to expiate; and ruin shall come on you suddenly, of which you know nothing.

Isa 47:14 Behold, they are like stubble, the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before! 

 

Rev 18:2-3 And he called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul and hateful bird, for all the nations have drunk the wine of her impure passion, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich with the wealth of her wantonness." 

Rev 18:6-8 Render to her as she herself has rendered, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double draught for her in the cup she mixed. As she glorified herself and played the wanton, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning. Since in her heart she says, "A queen I sit, I am no widow, mourning I shall never see," so shall her plagues come in a single day, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she shall be burned with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

 

Destroyers Out Of The North

 

Those who destroy Great Babylon will come out of the north. These will not be lands north of ancient Israel or ancient Babylon, but north of North America. They will come with their weapons of war, their great ballistic missiles, over the north pole, and perhaps from their submarines.
 

50:3 For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away. 

50:9 For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babel a company of great nations, from the north country; and they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be taken. Their arrows are like a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed. 

50:26 Come against her from every quarter; open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain, and destroy her utterly; let nothing be left of her. 

50:41 Behold, a people comes from the north; a mighty nation and many kings are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth. 

51:11 Sharpen the arrows! Take up the shields! Yahweh has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because his purpose concerning Babel is to destroy it, for that is the vengeance of Yahweh, the vengeance for his temple. 

 

Who are the Medes? In ancient times they included those lands surrounding and north of Lake Van and Lake Urmia to the Caucasus Mountains and which are now the southernmost provinces of Russia, Georgia and Azerbaidzhan.
 

51:27-28 Set up a standard on the earth, blow the trumpet among the nations; prepare the nations for war against her. Summon against her the kingdoms, Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. Appoint a marshal against her, bring up horses like bristling locusts. Prepare the nations for war against her, the kings of the Medes, with their governors and deputies, and every land under their dominion. 

 

Ararat and Minni were adjacent to Lake Van and Lake Urmia. Ashkenaz was an ancient kingdom in eastern Armenia, again the same general location. Their "deputies and governors and every land under their dominion" denotes an association of ethnic tribes or provinces, certainly the nature of the modern state of Russia and its provinces.
 

51:48 Then the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, shall sing for joy over Babel; for the destroyers shall come against them out of the north, says Yahweh. 

 

Destruction By Fire

 

The destructions will be by fire, the awesome fire of nuclear weapons.
 

51:30 The warriors of Babel have ceased fighting, they remain in their strongholds; their strength has failed, they have become women; her dwellings are on fire, her bars are broken. 

 

The strongholds are all those caves and holes they created for their retreat. Little good they will do for a land that is destroyed.
 

51:32 The fords have been seized, the bulwarks are burned with fire, and the soldiers are in panic.

50:39-40 Therefore wild beasts shall dwell with hyenas in Babel, and ostriches shall dwell in her; she shall be peopled no more for ever, nor inhabited for all generations. As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbor cities, says Yahweh, so no man shall dwell there, and no son of man shall sojourn in her.

51:58 Thus says Yahweh of hosts: "The broad wall of Babel shall be leveled to the ground and her high gates shall be burned with fire. The peoples labor for naught, and the nations weary themselves only for fire." 

 

The Sea Over Babel

 

Then, in that final act of the age, when the planet twists in the final throes of the birth of a new age, Great Babylon shall sink beneath the waters of the ocean.
 

51:42 The sea has come up on Babel; she is covered with its tumultuous waves. 

51:64 Thus shall Babel sink, to rise no more, because of the evil that I am bringing upon her. 

 

Rev 18:21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So shall Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and shall be found no more."

 

God's Vengeance 

 

Repeatedly, in many verses, God left no doubt about Babylon's great sin.
 

50:15 Raise a shout against her round about, she has surrendered; her bulwarks have fallen, her walls are thrown down. For this is the vengeance of Yahweh: take vengeance on her, do to her as she has done. 

50:24 I set a snare for you and you were taken, O Babel, and you did not know it; you were found and caught, because you strove against Yahweh. 

50:28-29 Hark! they flee and escape from the land of Babel, to declare in Zion the vengeance of Yahweh our God, vengeance for his temple. Summon archers against Babel, all those who bend the bow. Encamp round about her; let no one escape. Requite her according to her deeds, do to her according to all that she has done; for she has proudly defied Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel. 

51:24-25 I will requite Babel and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, says Yahweh. "Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain," says Yahweh, "which destroys the whole earth. I will stretch out my hand against you, and roll you down from the crags, and make you a burnt mountain."

51:34-35 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babel has devoured me, he has crushed me; he has made me an empty vessel, he has swallowed me like a monster; he has filled his belly with my delicacies, he has rinsed me out. The violence done to me and to my kinsmen be upon Babel. Let the inhabitant of Zion say. "My blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea." 

51:49 Babel must fall for the slain of Israel, as for Babel have fallen the slain of all the earth.

 

Why is God bringing retribution?

 

We should not be repelled by the words of vengeance. These are human words, in order for human mortals to understand. God does not carry vengeance in his heart. But he does hold justice and righteousness within himself, and justice is the meaning of the action he brings against Great Babylon.  

 

Why is it retribution? Because Great Babylon will bring conditions that will lead to the destruction of modern Israel, and all the nations round about. Whether the Muslim nations will destroy Jerusalem, Judea, and the surrounding countries, or the United States I cannot say. But I do know that the United States will bring nuclear destruction which, in her eyes, will end that continual strife once and forever more.  

The Most Highs rule in the kingdoms of men. Little did Great Babylon pay heed to such revelations. God set a snare for her. If she had turned her heart to righteousness and justice she would not have fallen into that trap. But because she went her own wanton and willful way she was found and caught.

 

The Flight Of God's People
 

50:8 Flee from the midst of Babel, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as he-goats before the flock. 

50:16 Cut off from Babel the sower, and the one who handles the sickle in time of harvest; because of the sword of the oppressor. Every one shall turn to his own people, and every one shall flee to his own land. 

51:6 Flee from the midst of Babel, let every man save his life! Be not cut off in her punishment, for this is the time of Yahweh's vengeance, the requital he is rendering her.

51:9 We would have healed Babel, but she was not healed. Forsake her, and let us go each to his own country; for her judgment has reached up to heaven and has been lifted up even to the skies. 

51:45 Go out of the midst of her, my people! Let every man save his life from the fierce anger of Yahweh! 

 

Isa 48:20 Go forth from Babel, flee from Chaldea. Declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it, send it forth to the end of the earth; say, "Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob!" 

 

Rev 18:4-5 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities." 

 

This is the heart of the revelation. This is the call to God's people. If you stay in the United States or on the North American continent you will be destroyed in the coming nuclear devastations.

 

God wants you to save yourself. Many of you are of blended European stocks. You carry good genetic potentials. Within your veins you carry biological and spiritual value for the future development of our world.

 

Give heed to God's call. Dedicate yourself to him, in real service, and not some imaginary religious theology.  

 

When the revelation says that everyone will turn to his own people and everyone flee to his own land it does not mean a national identity from some ancestry. It means that each will make his own choice according to the dictates of his heart and the sense of survival for the new world.  

 

Many interpreters of these passages believe that God's people will be rescued in a great escape they call the Rapture. Therefore they do not apply these appeals to themselves. They do not believe they carry a responsibility for the future of the world. In order to rescue these statements within the framework of their scheme they believe these appeals are directed to Jews who will remain on the planet and who must be saved from the coming destructions.  

 

Such theories are an illusion. They are attempts to avoid the awesome burden of choice which face all of God's people today. Do not heed them.  

 

God would have healed Babel. He would have turned her to righteousness and have made her a shining light to the world. He sent his Billy Sundays and Billy Grahams. He brought great religious revivals. But she rejected that healing.

 

Isa 48:17-19 Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am Yahweh your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. O that you had hearkened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me." 

 

This is the price Great Babylon paid for her unrighteousness. Now she will be remembered no more forever.

Ernest

To be continued.

Paper 15 of a series.

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