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.
[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.