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.
(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.
(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”.