THE MYSTERY OF BABYLON IN HISTORY AND PROPHECY
The ancient city of Babylon began shortly after the Flood and is an expression of man’ s direct rebellion against God and His command to ” Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Gen. 9:1b). Thus, the kingdom of man began in Babylon as a direct act of rebellion against God. God intervenes and scatters rebellious mankind by confusing their languages and thus, the name of Babel was given to Nimrod’s city because of God’s judgment upon them (Genesis 11:1-9). The Tower Babel was humanity’s first united attempt to short-circuit God’s purpose. This first post-Flood city was designed expressly to stop God’s plan for humankind. The people wanted unity and power, and Babel was to be the seat of that power. Babylon, the city of man trying to rise to heaven, was built in direct opposition to God’ s plan.”
Babylon was again at the forefront when God sent the Southern Kingdom of Israel (Judah) into the seventy-year captivity in the sixth century B.C. It was at this time that God gave Daniel many of His prophetic visions. Babylon is the first of four great kingdoms to arise during the ” times of the Gentiles” (Dan. 2 and 7). History reveals that Babylon declined until it was abandoned about two centuries after Yeshua’s time on Earth. Although the city of Babylon sunk beneath the sands of time during the past seventeen hundred years, it has begun to rise in this century. Watch for Babylon to become a dominant force in the world religiously, commercially and governmentally for Revelation 17-18 predicts the destruction of that city and, in order to be the city those prophecies require, it must be rebuilt on a grand scale like in the days of Nebuchadnezzar.
THE FUTURE OF BABYLON
Babylon has played an important role in past history and prophecy indicates it will play a central role in the future. Babylon will likely become the capital for the Anti-Messiah during the coming seven-year tribulation. Babylon was the most important city in the world for about 2,000 years in the past and the Bible tells us that she will be revived and brought onto the end-time stage to play a leading role (Rev. 14:8; 16:19; 17- 18). End-times prophecy demands that Babylon be rebuilt and become an important city in world affairs during the tribulation. Babylon is pictured in Revelation 17- 18 as the source of ungodly religion, government, and economics. Virtually all unrighteous, end-time aspects of society are derived from a Babylonian source.
There are six types of Babylon recorded in Scripture. The first Babylon began with King Nimrod. The second Babylon continued with King Nebuchadnezzar II. The third Babylon is a future military power. The fourth Babylon is a future religious power. The fifth Babylon is a future economic power. And the sixth Babylon is a future political power.
THE FIRST BABYLON – NIMROD
The first Babylon began with the Kingdom of Nimrod when he built the step pyramid Tower of Babel. Nimrod was Cush’s son and the grandson of Ham the son of Noah (Genesis 10:8 and 1 Chronicles 1:10). He is described as “the first man of might on earth” and “a mighty hunter” (Genesis 10:8-9). The name and fame of Nimrod have a secure place in Judaism and in Islamic tradition. In the former he personifies both rebellion against God and military might in the Earth. The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) is “the house of Nimrod” where idolatry was practiced and divine allegiance offered to Nimrod.
THE SECOND BABYLON – NEBUCHADNEZZAR II
The second Babylon is the Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar when he conquered the Middle Eastern powers. Nebuchadnezzar was a king of Babylon (606 -562 BC) who captured and destroyed Jerusalem in 586 BC He was the son of Nabopolassar and the foremost ruler of the Neo-Babylonian Empire (612-538 BC). The events of the book of Daniel center on Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was among the captives taken to Babylon in 606 BC Nebuchadnezzar became aware of Daniel when the king had a dream that none of his occult experts could interpret. The Lord gave to Daniel the interpretation of the dream. The metallic human image that the king saw in his dream represented future empires from the New Babylonian Empire to the reign of the Messiah.
THE THIRD BABYLON – MILITARY SUPERPOWER
The third Babylon is a future military superpower. This empire is described symbolically in Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Revelation. This empire will defeat opposing forces throughout the Middle East North Africa, and elsewhere worldwide. This empire will be a confederation of 10 powerful nations. The Eastern leg of this 10 nation confederation will probably include Turkey, Iraq, Assyria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. The Western leg of this confederation will probably include Germany, France, England, Italy, and Spain.
THE FOURTH BABYLON – RELIGIOUS SUPERPOWER
The fourth Babylon is a future religious superpower. This Babylon is called Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17. This Babylon will be led by the false prophet of Revelation 13. The false prophet will successfully unify Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and paganism with false miracles and lying signs and wonders. His religious empire will be primarily in Rome Italy and Saudi Arabia.
THE FIFTH BABYLON – ECONOMIC SUPERPOWER
The fifth Babylon is a future economic superpower. This Babylon is mentioned in Revelation 18. It will be the end-time worldwide economic system that will enslave the world through commerce, trade, slavery, and petroleum. This economic power will operate in London England, Rome Italy, and Saudi Arabia.
THE SIXTH BABYLON – POLITICAL SUPERPOWER
And the sixth Babylon is a future political superpower centered in the region of Iraq, Iran, Assyria, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. This Babylon will be the Eastern Leg of the Revived Roman Empire. The Holy Scriptures mention the Revived Roman Empire in Daniel 2, 7, 10, 11, and 12 and Revelation 17 and 18.
The Revived Roman Empire will rule over the entire globe and it will include a Western and an Eastern region. The Western powers will probably include, but not be limited to England, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy; while the Eastern powers will probably include, but not be limited to, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
The Anti-Messiah will rule from Babylon (Iraq). He will probably be part of a restored Caliphate system. The Caliphate is the office and realm of the caliph as supreme leader of the Muslim community and successor of the Prophet Muhammad. It was abolished by the Republic of Turkey in 1924. Modern Muslim militants consider the abolition of the caliphate a catastrophic event, and its return has been a central pillar of their political program and eschatology.
BABYLON SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS
The word “Babylon” is mystery for many prophecy teachers. Babylon, as described in the Holy Scriptures, sometimes refers primarily to its history under Nimrod and Nebuchadnezzar II; its future religious system; its future political system; its future economic system, and its future military power. The historic Babylon is found primarily in Genesis chapter 11 and Daniel chapters 1 to 7. Political, religious, and economic Babylon is found in primarily Revelation 17 and 18. Military Babylon is found symbolically in Jeremiah 51 and Daniel chapters 10 to 11.
For some prophecy teachers, there is controversy over several questions: Will a literal city called Babylon be rebuilt on the historic site of ancient Babylon, to become the greatest city on earth during the tribulation? Or, is Babylon symbolic of a great political, military, and commercial center or another great city on earth that will be destroyed? Because Revelation 17 to 18 describes future Babylon as a MYSTERY, some prophecy teachers believe Babylon will be located in several places worldwide. Some prophecy teachers identify the future religious and economic Babylon as New York City in America, London England in Britain, Vatican City in Rome Italy, and Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. However, only time will reveal if these modern cities are associated with prophetic MYSTERY BABYLON.
Finally, the Holy Scriptures portray Babylon as a humanistic,
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