Month: May 2015

Unpacking the Destruction of Babylon Prophecy Part 3.

We continue our trek through the fascinating series of so far unfulfilled prophecies highlighting the destruction of Babylon. The description of Babylon looks shockingly like Babylon’s modern representative, The United States.

Jeremiah 50:3-5

(3) For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein; they are fled, they are gone, both man and beast.

By the polar route, the nation to the north would be Russia. Further proof that Russia is involved is found in Jeremiah 50:9 where the attacking nation is described as “an assembly of great nations from the north country.”[i] Sorry, Canada!

Because the destruction comes suddenly in 1 hour, the fleeing of man and beast is the flight of death. In Jer 51:6 YeHoVaH[ii] tells us to flee from this future disaster. Those of us who have heard the news will have an opportunity to make it out!

(4) In those days, and in that time, saith YeHoVaH, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; they shall go on their way weeping, and shall seek YeHoVaH their Elohim.

After Solomon, King Rehoboam presided over the dividing of the Kingdom over the issue of high taxes. The Promised Land became the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah. The southern Kingdom kept their identity but the northern Kingdom of Israel by virtue of their wickedness before YeHoVaH were carried into captivity and ethnically made to mix and disappear into the mass of humanity. Very clearly verse 4 says that Israel and Judah, two distinct groups, will leave or flee Babylon before its destruction, weeping in repentance seeking YeHoVaH TOGETHER.

It’s been a comfortable life in modern Babylon, so far, and that would have to change to put Elohim’s people on the road again. With each passing day the laws of modern Babylon get more oppressive and the restrictions on freedom become harsher and harsher. This would be God’s plan to dislodge his people to move towards Him and into the Promised land.

(5) They shall inquire concerning Zion with their faces hitherward: ‘Come ye, and join yourselves to YeHoVaH in an everlasting covenant that shall not be forgotten.’

 Zion means grafting as in getting a pear branch to grow in an apple tree branch.

This leads to a wonderful restatement of the everlasting Abrahamic covenant. The very one that modern Babylon seeks to destroy.

Genesis 13:14-17

(14) And YeHoVaH said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him: ‘Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward and southward and eastward and westward; (15) for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. (16) And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth; so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. (17) Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for unto thee will I give it.’


[i] Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament; Johann (C.F.) Keil (1807-1888) & Franz Delitzsch (1813-1890).

[ii] Reverting the corrupted Lord to the original Hebrew name of God derived from the letters yod hey vav hey and vowel pointing of the Masoretes and uncovered by Keith Johnson in his excellent book “His Hallowed name revealed”.

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Unpacking the Destruction of Babylon Prophecy, part 2

Jeremiah 50:2     

Declare ye among the nations and announce, and set up a standard; announce, and conceal not; say: ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed; her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.’

We have to realize that the conquering of Babylon by the Medo-Persians was from the East and not the North. Cyrus, when he attacked, didn’t destroy the city or the land so that no one could live in it. Several times Jeremiah repeated that the land would be uninhabited and laid to waste.[i] Babylon, Iraq slowly depopulated into a very small heap. To this day this prophecy is unfulfilled.

It is fair to say that the declaration of this prophecy that has not been fulfilled is to also include the nations that had not yet been born. According to Daniel’s prophecy of the nations, our age, consisting of Rome and its 2 “legs” had not yet been brought forth.[ii] So, somewhere in the future in reference to the time of Jeremiah, the time of Cyrus’ capture of Babylon unto today, we’re still waiting for the “taking” of Babylon.

Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream emphasized that all empires will be destroyed by the ROCK of our salvation in due time. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe next year and maybe in 20 years. Babylon first and then the rest of you!

Taken with this Babylon is her gods, images and idols. Merodach, a Babylonian sun god, is still the major component of the major Christian religions. Bel is Baal, the Phoenician Lord or sun god. This Babylonian system of worship has not been captured or destroyed but spread about the globe by missionaries promoting sun day worship and christmas and easter. This points to a future destruction event. But where? What epicenter?

The most important part of vs. 2 is the command to publish this prophecy. Thank you for reading this. Now, spread the word if you would, please.

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[i] The Bible Knowledge Commentary. An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty Based on the New International Version by John F. Walvoord Roy B. Zuck. Cook Communications Ministries.

[ii] Daniel 2:40-41.

Unpacking the Destruction of Babylon Prophecy part 1

Now that we know that the United States is the target of God’s fierce anger (see: “Did You Hear the One about the Nation that was Obliterated by Nuclear Bombs?”) I thought we should look a little closer at the very explicit prophecy in Jeremiah 50-51.

(1) The word that YeHoVaH[i] spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.

The underlying Hebrew text says “in the hand of” Jeremiah. This prophecy was to be written down and not just spoken before the people and sent not just to the capital city of Babylon but the reference to the land of the Chaldeans means that this was to be sent to the Kingdom of Babylon[ii] in written form to be preserved for the ages.

We also have to consider the mystical aspects of the Kingdom of Babylon so we consider:

“its dependencies; of Rome, and its jurisdiction; of antichrist, and the antichristian states, the last enemies of the church and people of God.”[iii] Dr. John Gill.

Jeremiah’s predicted first fulfillment of this prophecy occurred in 539 when Cyrus the Persian King captured the city. As fate would have it, the disaffected high priests of Babylonian worship of the false god Marduk helped Cyrus[iv] and thus preserved the Kingdom and their mystical Babylonian Kingdom. Marduk is the well-known Babylonian sun diety.[v] Of course!

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[i] All instances of the mistranslation of God’s name as “Lord” will be corrected to YeHoVaH.
[ii] Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament, Johann (C.F.) Keil (1807-1888) & Franz Delitzsch (1813-1890).
[iii] John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible; Dr. John Gill (1690-1771)
[iv] The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament Copyright © 2000 by John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews and Mark W. Chavalas.
[v] Koster, C.J., “Come Out of Her, My People, pg. 50. c2010; Institute for Scriptural Research, PO Box 1830, 2162 North Riding, Republic of South Africa.

Ripped From the Pages of the Internet

Baked Babylon.

I happen to believe the Bible is true. As I was researching other things this morning, 2 very interesting articles jumped out at me that I would like to give you links to. The first is an article from Forbes Contributor Loren Thompson.

“The U.S. Has No Defense Against A Russian Nuclear Attack. Really.”

“The Obama Administration is proposing that the United States spend about a billion dollars per week in the fiscal year beginning October 1 to defend Afghanistan, Iraq and other nations against various threats they face.  That’s how much money is in the Pentagon’s request for ‘overseas contingency operations.’“

(The whole article is available at the following link): http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2015/04/30/naked-to-nuclear-attack-democrats-hand-the-gop-a-winning-defense-issue-for-2016/

To add some more fuel to the fire, several weeks ago, maybe back in February, we noticed an unusually big line up at the car wash in our favorite city in Eastern Washington. I asked a friend about it the next day and he said it was broadcast on the radio that a “Volcano” erupted in Russia with radiation in the ash and that eastern Washington drivers were advised to go wash their cars.

Today, I found this interesting series of videos that suggest, and I’m not saying prove, that maybe more is going on in the Ukraine than we have been led to believe.

http://chronicle.su/2015/02/08/nuclear-bomb-detonated-in-ukraine-nuclear-blast-detected/

If you read the fact starved Snopes report on this being a chemical plant explosion, you will not have learned very much. They don’t tell you how they know what they know. I will say, a video is worth more than 1000 words.

Did You Hear the One About the Nation that was Obliterated by Nuclear Bombs?

Have you ever wondered why the United States of America, the richest and most powerful nation in all of history, has no direct name mentioned or a connection with the Biblically described end times? I have. I have thought that maybe we would be overcome by bad politicians, bad money policies or societal breakdown and we just wouldn’t matter as the end times stage shifted to the 10 nations of the Anti-Christ. Read on for there may be another reason.

“And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.[1]” (Jeremiah 50:32)

Jeremiah 50, 51 along with Isaiah 18, 47 and Revelation 17, 18 tell the sad tale of a nation that is destroyed by fire. This nation’s Biblical name is Babylon or the Daughter of Babylon. The Bible goes into modern, “ripped directly from the webpages of the internet,” detail to describe this nation. Let’s dig in to find out who this is about.

It is a Wealthy Nation.

‘For in one hour such great riches was laid waste…’ (Revelation 18:17)

‘Woe! Woe, the great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! (Revelation 18:19)

Let’s examine the 10 top nations by Gross Domestic Product or GDP in ranking order: China, The United States Of America, Japan, Germany, The United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Italy, India and Russia[2]. Clearly the United States is the leader when you look at GDP per capita (or as a ratio of the population). China, however has a higher overall GDP number after recently overtaking the USA. But in terms of GDP per citizen:GDP PER CAPITAAs far as being the world leader in the category of personal wealth goes, the USA is $11,000 per person higher than the nearest nation, Germany. China and India rank #9 and #10 respectively. My vote is for America as the wealthiest nation.

Has a Strong Military

“Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;” (Jeremiah 51:20)    

“How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!”(Jeremiah 50:23)

The “hammer” of the whole EARTH? Maybe so. I’ve heard the US referred to as the policeman of the world many times over the years. Our currency supremacy until recently, the Petrodollar, is maintained in its lofty status by our military. This chart tells all.

military PER CAPITA

The next chart depicts the cash that nations poured into their militaries in 2014.

military spending

Once again, The United States of America spends the most on military operations and my vote is once again for the good ole’ US of A as the Hammer of the Earth. But which nations on our list have nuclear weapons[3]?

nuclear weapons tOne of these nations may just well be the igniter of God’s fire in the cities of modern day Babylon.

It is a Nation That Depends On Imports

“And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their merchandise any more – (Revelation 18:11)

“And they threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and mourning, and saying, ‘Woe! Woe, the great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she was laid waste.’ (Revelation 18:19)

There are several scriptures that depict this nation’s great wealth as seen through the eyes of the captains of merchant ships at sea as they bring their cargos of merchandise. Here’s a chart depicting world imports. leading importerMy vote once again is for the United States of America.

It’s a Land Surrounded by Many Waters.

O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.(Jeremiah 51:13)

Clearly the original Babylon in Iraq has a river and a river delta but not much in the way of water or being surrounded by water. Several nations come to mind as being entirely surrounded by water and they include Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Aruba, etc. But which one of the top 10 most important nations resembles this prophecy? Maybe the most significant measure is the ratio of a nation’s coastline to its land border.

coastline

The hands down winner is Japan. Russia is #4 and the USA is a close #5. Put in a different light, and the picture gets a little clearer.

 coastline ii

Russia with its vast Arctic Ocean exposure and Japan’s complete exposure to the sea rank #1 and #2 respectively for amount of national coastline. Although the USA leads in every other category so far, it comes in 3rd in being surrounded by water. But it is surrounded by considerable shoreline including the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, East, West and Gulf coasts. It is a major point of our military strength and our wealth. Russia gets my vote for being surrounded by water but the USA is not out of the picture by any means.

This Babylon Has a Space Program

Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 51:53)

Not every nation on our list has a significant space program[4].

 space program

I realize that most likely all of the 10 nations here have drones in the air which I think are important to mention and are described in Revelation 13:13, however the nation’s listed in this chart have bona fide interests in launching vehicles into space. Mostly for military purposes. We will give Russia the #1 nod because they were first in this category with Sputnik in 1959. Today, however, the USA has completely militarized space!

Is a Cultured Nation

And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. (Revelation 18:14)

And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; (Revelation 18:22)

There are 2 ways to look at this. Consumption and cultural export leadership: First let’s look at consumption[5].

 Culture 1

I couldn’t find any data on China here so I listed her contribution as zero.

Culture 2

Movies[6] are still a force in the world and most of the viewpoints that nations have of the United States comes from watching our exported media.

Culture 3

Several nations did not have readily available data so a few more zero’s here but hard working, industrial Japan was a surprise at number 1[7].

Culture 4

Leading the world in TV consumption is the United States of America[8]. How is this other American innovation in media and entertainment fairing around the world?

culture 5China, the US and Japan are the top 3 internet users. There is no comparison for the vastly large Chinese population in this statistic but the internet was invented by the American military and brought to the world by Al Gore if you believe that story. (And thanks to the work of Edward Snowden, we know that it is being used to track us as a military weapon.)

Here is one very important cultural indicator:

culture 6

China wins. What can I say! A hard working nation like China deserves a beer[9] at the end of the long workday.

Modern world culture is fueled by the US where Film, Radio, Television, the Internet and the Rock Concert business were created and flourishes and has successfully been spread to many nations. Even the “British Invasion” in music of the 60’s was based on American Folk and Blues. Clearly and with appropriate exceptions for Polka and Classical Music, American Culture dominates the world. Maybe that’s a mark of carrying the mantle of Babylon. It’s our influence on the world, particularly our influence on creating a culture that exists outside of our need to worship our Creator. A requirement for being a Christian nation that escapes judgement!

This Nation Called the Daughter of Babylon Has a Mother[10]

Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost[11] of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert. (Jeremiah 50:12)

Mother

So, let’s sum it all up.

The 10 top nations of wealth and means are:

The United States of America, China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Italy, India and Russia.

  1. Of these top ten nations, only The United States, Japan, The United Kingdom, France, Italy and Russia have more shoreline then land border.
  2. Of the remaining 6 nations, only the United States, The United Kingdom, France, Italy and Russia spend more than 1.50 % of their GDP on their military.
  3. Of the remaining 5 nations, only The United States, The United Kingdom, France and Russia have nuclear weapons.
  4. Of the remaining 4 nations, only the United States, France and Russia have a major space program.
  5. Of the remaining 3 nations, only 2 nations, the 2 Super Powers, The United States of America and Russia are leading industrial nations.
  6. Of the remaining 2 nations, the leading creator and exporter of mass culture, Music, Film, Booze, Radio, Television and the Internet is the United States.
  7. Of All 10 nations, only the United States has a mother nation and that being the United Kingdom or Great Britain.

Maybe you have wondered like I have wondered why the richest and strongest nation in world history, The United States of America, is not mentioned in the Bible. Could the USA be the one nation that most resembles the prophetic Babylon?

The first Babylon, Nimrod’s Babylon got off easy. Their unified anti God religion was broken up by God and the people were scattered and the languages were confused or changed. From Babylon came today’s worship of the sun and the female. Sex Goddess worship including the ritual slaughtering of the byproduct of sexual immorality, child sacrifice or the more modern term, abortion. This is the basis of Nimrod’s system of worship and the core concepts behind Christmas and Easter.

The nation being referred to here is named Babylon. But Babylon of old barely exists today as a museum of sorts in Iraq after Saddam Hussein tried to rebuild it. And yet we read:

“And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:” (Revelation 18:9-11)

It’s not too hard to see a future like that for the American version of Babylon nor is it hard to miss that America is leading the push to unify the nations under a New World Order featuring a single government, a single religion and a single currency. All in all, a retracement back to Nimrod’s original idea. THIS is right around the corner. Will America survive to see it?

YeHoVaH, please have mercy on us.

[1] All scripture quotations are from the KJV Bible.
[2] All data is from the CIA World Fact Book 2014 unless otherwise stated.
[3] From the author’s memory.
[4] From the author’s memory.
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_music_industry_market_share_data.
[6] Boxofficemojo.com
[7] http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Leisure/Leisure-Time/Leisure-time-across-activities/TV-or-radio-at-home.
[8] http://www.statista.com/statistics/276748/average-daily-tv-viewing-time-per-person-in-selected-countries.
[9] http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Culture/Food-and-drink/Beer-consumption
[10] From the author’s recollection of history.
[11] Could be “last great nation”.