By Kenneth Allan Clark. © Copyright 2009
“The Russian Invasion of Israel.” was written by Kenneth Allan Clark and first printed and published in 2009 by
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Many I you may have already read my first book on “End Time Events” written in 2000 and called “Death, Resurrection and the LAST TEN-AND-A- HALF-YEARS.” At that time I gave little thought to the Russian invasion of Israel or to the fall of Babylon. These events, although all happening within the Last ten-and-a-half-years did not fall within the scope of my first book, nor was my understanding of these events sufficient to put these things in writing at that time.
However that all changed in 2007 when my Pastor and I went to hear Dr Chuck Missler speak on Strategic Perspectives. That night Chuck also shared some thoughts on the fall of Babylon and the Russian invasion of Israel. After that night my Pastor asked whether or not I agreed with Chuck’s thoughts on when the Russian invasion would be. So it was that my interest in these events was stirred up within me, and a little over a year later I launched this book “The Russian Invasion of Israel.”
Did I ever think of adding this information to my first book “Death, Resurrection and the LAST TEN-AND-A- HALF-YEARS?” Yes I did; however after much consideration I still felt it fell outside the scope of the first book, thus the need to launch it as a separate book. If you have not yet read my first book you may consider reading it prior to reading this one.
3. THE SIGN OF THE LORD'S COMING AND OF THE END OF THE AGE.
Mathew 24:3 As he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?
In answer to the disciples’ questioning as to “when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” Jesus Christ first tells them of things that are not reliable signs, because like birth pains they keep on coming going, time and time again, getting stronger and stronger and closer and closer together as the birth draws near. However, although birth pains do constantly remind the expectant mother of the coming birth and that the day is always getting closer and closer, they can never be taken as a reliable sign as to when the day will be. Many a mother has been rushed to hospital, expecting her baby to be born in the next hour or two; only to be sent back home to wait a little longer.
Then after telling them of these unreliable signs, Jesus then tells them of two reliable signs. Firstly, the sign of the abomination in the standing in the Holy place, which is followed by the time of great tribulation. Then in the days after the great tribulation we will see a second sign, the sign of the sun being darkened, and the moon not giving her light.
Mathew 24: 29 Soon after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the sky, and the powers of the sky shall be shaken: 30 Then shall the sign of the Son of man appear in the sky: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
After telling us these things Jesus tells us the lesson of the fig tree.
Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch has become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: 33 So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Most surely I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things are fulfilled.
If we look at the fig tree (or any other tree that losses its leave in autumn) as summer draws near we will notice first that the branches become tender. This is sign number one. Then after a time we will notice a second sign, that of the leaves coming forth. Together these things in the right order and the right time fram make a reliable sign that summer is near.
So it will be in the last days, before the return of Jesus Christ we will first see the sign of the abomination standing in the Holy place. From the writings of Daniel we learn that the abomination will be placed in the Holy place in the middle of the seven-year covenant, followed by three-and-a-half-years of great tribulation (bringing us to the end of the seven-year covenant). Following the time of great tribulation we will see the second sign, the sign of the sun being darkened and the moon not giving any light. Together in the right order and in the right time fame, these things will be a reliable sign, telling us of the Lord’s coming and of the end of the age. Jesus tells us that the generation that sees these things shall not pass away before His return.
4. NOTES ON THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.
Matthew 24:15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (who ever reads, let him understand).
In this verse Jesus Christ makes it clear, that it is His desire that all who read the writings of Daniel the prophet should understand what he writes concerning the placing of the ‘abomination of desolation’ in the holy place. In the book of Daniel, depending on what version you are reading, the abomination is referred to as ‘the abomination of desolation,’ ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ or ‘the abomination that makes desolate.’
According to the Universal Dictionary, the word abomination means, 1. Something or someone that causes great revulsion or abhorrence. 2. An intense dislike or loathing for someone or something.
According to the New Bible Dictionary, published by Inter Varsity Press, there are four Hebrews words we translate into English as abomination. Of these the Hebrew word ‘siqqus’ is used to describe practices associated with idolatry. My own study of the usage of this word in the Bible confirms that this word ‘siqqus’ was nearly always used to describe idolatry and practices associated with idolatry.
According to the Universal Dictionary, the word desolate means, 1. Devoid of inhabitants; deserted: “streets which were usually so thronged now grown desolate” (Daniel Defoe). 2. Rendered unfit for habitation; laid waste; devastated. 3. Dreary; dismal; gloomy. 4. Without friends or hope; forlorn; lonely.
According to the Universal Dictionary, the word desolation means, 1. The act of rendering desolate. 2. The state of being desolate; ruin. 3. A wasteland. 4. Loneliness or misery; wretchedness.
Desolation can also refer to the removal of God’s people from Judea and Jerusalem, followed by the repopulating of the land with pagan Gentiles. This creates a spiritual desolation. The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel all use the Hebrew word ‘somem’ to describe the destruction of cities and the scattering or removal of its inhabitants.
The abomination that causes desolation.
In Daniel 11:31 & 12:11, the Hebrew expression ‘siqqus somem’ is used. This is most commonly translated into English as ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ or as ‘the abomination that makes desolation.’
By comparing Biblical references, I have come to know that the Jews will rebuild the temple on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Three-and-a-half-years into the seven-year covenant, the forces of anti-Christ will occupy Jerusalem and place an image of the anti-Christ in the Holy of Holys. Then the anti-Christ himself will come and sit in the temple proclaiming himself to be God. This placing of image of the anti-Christ in the temple, is what God’s word calls ‘the abomination that causes desolation.’
5. NOTES ON ISRAEL, JUDAH & JUDEA.
The patriarchs of the nation of Israel were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jacob was renamed Israel by God and his descendants became known as the Children of Israel. Jacob had twelve sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulum, Joseph, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. These twelve became the forefathers of the twelve tribes of Israel. When famine struck the Promised Land Jacob along with his twelve sons their families and all their live stock moved to Egypt. Where they not only suffered for nearly 400 years as slaves in Egypt, they also grew in number to become the nation of Israel.
After Children of Israel returned to the Promised Land in 1405 BC it was the Children of Benjamin and the Children of Judah who settled in the mountainous area to the south of the Promised Land and around Jerusalem. When the Children of Israel demanded God give them a king like the other nations of the world in 1042 BC it was Saul of the tribe of Benjamin they chose as their king.
In 1010 BC, after God rejected Saul, Samuel anointed David of the tribe of Judah as king over Israel. However David did not become king over all Israel until 995 BC. David was succeeded by his son Solomon in 962 BC, who in turn was succeeded by his son Jeroboam in 922 BC. Then, almost as soon as Jeroboam becomes king over all Israel, the ten northern tribes rebel against Jeroboam to become the northern kingdom of Israel, while the two southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with their capital in Jerusalem become the nation of Judah.
In 722 BC the northern kingdom of Israel fell to the Assyrians, and the ten northern tribes were taken away into captivity and scatted throughout the Assyrian Empire. Thus they became known as the ten lost tribes of Israel. After the removal of the Children of Israel, the land is repopulated with people from other parts of the Assyrian Empire.
In 606 BC, after the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, a number of Jews a taken captive to Babylon. Seventy years later the first Jewish exiles return from Babylon to Jerusalem. By the time of Jesus Christ earthly ministry, much of the northern area of the Promised Land had been renamed Samaria, and the southern high lands around Jerusalem had been renamed Judea.
In this book the land of Israel can be used either to refer to the combined lands of Judea and Israel, or it can be used to refer to land, which was once the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The land of Judah (or Judea) refers to the southern high lands and the lands around Jerusalem.
A number of the Bible prophecies refer to the return of both the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel. The referral to both the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel returning to the Promise Land in end time prophecies; means that we are looking forward to a time, when not only will we see the Jews return to the Promised Land, but a time when we shall also see a return of both those who ancestors were once part of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and those who ancestor were once part of the Kingdom of Judah.
6. UNDERSTANDING BIBLE PROPHESIES.
Much of Bible prophecy is in form of parables and type pictures. To the born again believe this is an aid to our understanding, while at the same time helping to hide the true meaning of the Scriptures from the non-believers.
Matthew 13:10 Then the disciples came, and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them; because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the sky, but to them it is not given.
Many prophecies and visions come with a breach in them.
Why does God put breach in some Bible prophecies? Because the understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom are only given those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. While to those who do not have eyes to see nor ears to hear no understanding of the mysteries shall be given, and even that which they have will be taken away from them. These breaches bring confusion to the spiritually blind and deceived, but the Holy Spirit gives understanding and revelation to those who are filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Revelation and Truth.
Before I go on any further, let me explain what I mean by the word breach. I would like you to imagine that I have in my hand a chart with every prophecy and vision written in the Bible concerning the first and second comings of Jesus Christ, written across the page. Every line of this chart represents a prophecy, and they have all been lined up in chronological order. At one end, it starts with creation and at the other end; it ends after the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth. If you were to go to the point where Jesus Christ was crucified in any one of these prophecies, you would find it lined up with the crucifixion in every other prophecy that mentions this event. Likewise you could line up the Second Coming or any other event.
We do however have a problem with this chart, because on inspection we will discover, according to the Scriptures, time, as we currently know it appears to be only 5,000 years long.
That is to say, if we chronologically line up all the prophecies about Jesus Christ from creation until the end of the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ, we would find that there are only 5,000 years from creation till the end of the Jesus Christ 1,000 year reign on earth. Yet that does not agree with history; for creation was approximately 6,000 years ago, and the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ has not even started yet.
So we need to look a little closer at our chronological chart. When we do, it looks as if someone as taken hold of the chart and torn it in two. So that now every prophecy concerning the First and Second Coming of Jesus Christ has an ever growing breach. In most of these prophecies the breach is already about 2,000 years wide, in some the breach is already about 2,600 years wide.
On one side of the breach we have about nine tenths of the chart, on which is recorded things that have come to pass. That is, it is prophecy that has already come to pass. On the remaining tenth of the chart, we have things recorded that have not yet come to pass. That is things that have been prophesied but have not yet come to pass.
In Isaiah 42 verses 8 & 9 God has this to say to us:
Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. 9 Look and see, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
On one side of the breach are the former things that have come to pass. On the other side of the breach are the new things God declares to us, and tells us about before they spring forth.
Probably the best known of these prophecies that have been torn in two is found in Isaiah chapter 61. Luke records Jesus Christ, reading from this passage.
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the good news of the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovery of sight to the blind, to send away ones having been oppressed with deliverance, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Words in italics added)
Jesus Christ preached the acceptable year of the Lord. He then closes the book, and says, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Now let us compare what Jesus read with Isaiah chapter 61 verse 2; which says:
“To preach the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God.”
Why did Jesus stop mid verse? Because the acceptable year of the LORD began the moment Jesus Christ committed Himself to die on the cross for your sins. Therefore, when Jesus Christ read this prophecy, the first part of this prophecy was already fulfilled, and the acceptable year of the Lord had already begun. However, the day of the vengeance of our God was still to come, and will not come until Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. Then, and not before then, Jesus Christ will declared the day of the vengeance of our God.
Once Jesus Christ preached the acceptable year of the LORD, God tore the prophetic calendar in two, causing a breach right through the middle of the acceptable year of the LORD.
Why? Because God in His Love and mercy for us, does not want to send anyone to the pit of Sheol to suffer eternal torment and damnation. So He has caused a breach in time, and extended the acceptable year of the LORD from one year to over 2,000 years, so as many as possible can come to repentance and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer and so be saved.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
This is good news; it is still the acceptable year of the LORD. But be warned; the day of vengeance of our God is at hand. The clock may start ticking any day now. Or you may even be killed on the way home tonight and go straight to the pit of Sheol. However you can be saved from eternal damnation, by simply repenting of your rebellion against God, and accepting Jesus Christ has your Lord and Deliverer . Today is the day of salvation; for you, tomorrow may be too late.
We could cross the breach any day now, but perhaps there are a few things that need to fall into place first. Once we cross the breach, two of the first things that will happen according to the Scriptures are:
1: Ten nations from what was once the Roman Empire will come together again, to become the end time empire of the beast.
2: The Jewish temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt.
Other prophecies with breach periods include most of the prophecies recorded in the book of Daniel, and some of the prophecies concerning the fall of Babylon.
There are also many prophecies that were only fulfilled in type, or in part, as a type picture of their final fulfillment which is still to come after the breach period. Some of these prophecies may appear to be fulfilled a number of times, but they are still to be fulfilled in full after the breach period.
• Before the breach, John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah (Matthew 11:14). In a time yet to come Elijah himself shall come again in the flesh (Malachi 4:5).
• Before the breach, the Jews returned to the promise land. In a time yet to come we will see a return of both the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel.
• Before the breach, on the Day of Pentecost 3,000 Jews accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer. In a time yet to come, in one day 144,000 Children of Judah and Children of Israel will accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer.
Often prophecies and visions will give you a multiple number of visions of the same thing from different angles jumping back and forward in time, sometimes telling you of three or four things in order, then jumping back in time before giving you another look at three or four things. This can be likened to a woman looking at a new dress in a number of mirrors. First she looks at the front, then the back, the one side and then back to the front. Or it can be likened to a number of people looking at a parade, and then each in turn describing what to them the highlights were. They all saw the same thing, but what they all describe may be very different. Again, God does this so we with eyes to see can see more clearly, while to those without eyes to see, it often just becomes one big blur.
7. THE REBUILDING OF BABYLON.
Zechariah Chapter 5:5 – 11
In its former glory; Babylon was the capital of the world. Is it possible that Babylon will once again become the capital of the world, perhaps the centre of the world banking system, the headquarters of United Nations (or its successor)? Are there any Biblical prophecies that may indicate this? Yes there are. In this chapter we look at Zechariah Chapter 5:5 – 11 to see whether or not this passage indicate a future restoration Babylon to its former glory.
Zechariah 5:1 Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, looked, and saw a flying scroll. 2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll; it length being twenty cubits, and the breadth being ten cubits.” 3 Then said he unto me, “This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that steals, according to this side of the scroll, shall be acquitted; and every one that swears, according to that side, shall be acquitted. 4 I will bring it forth,” says the LORD of hosts, “And it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that swears falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it along with its timber and stones.”
In verses 3 & 4 we are told that a curse goes out over the face of the whole earth, and everyone who steals and everyone who swears will be expelled and their house consumed. (It is the Hebrew ‘naqah’, meaning ‘to be free, acquitted’ that is here translated as ‘expelled’.) In years gone by, when kings wanted to populate new lands, or increase the numbers of labourers in lands or areas where there too few workers, criminals would be acquitted, and deported to distant lands as labourers.
As we read on, we find out where these criminals will be deported to.
Zechariah 5:5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, “Now lift up your eyes, and see what is this that goes forth.” 6 And I said, “What is it?” And he said; “This is a basket that goes forth.” He said, “Moreover, this is their resemblance through all the earth. 7 Look;” there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this woman that sits in the midst of the basket. 8 And he said, “This is wickedness.” And he cast it into the midst of the basket; and he cast the weight of lead upon the baskets mouth.
Their resemblance: What the gathering of and the deportation all these criminals from throughout the earth will look like. All these wicked people are held captive in a basket, a basket that can be used to transport these people.
Zechariah 5:9 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and, saw two women coming forth, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the basket between the earth and the sky. 10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, to where, do these carry the basket? 11 And he said unto me, to build for it a house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
Babylon was built in the land of Shinar. So this vision is telling us of the deportation of criminals from around the world to Babylon. It is also very likely that this deportation will include large numbers of Israelites. As Zechariah wrote this after the captives had been returned from Babylon in 538 BC. We know Zechariah is not writing about the building of ancient Babylon, but rather a future rebuilding of Babylon that is still to come.
8. GOG AND HIS ALLIES ATTACK ISRAEL.
Part 1 Ezekiel chapter 38.
Suggested readings Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39, and the book of Joel.
In a time yet to come ten kings from what was once the Roman Empire will make a covenant with a coming world leader and raising him up as the supreme ruler over the empire for the next seven years. In the Bible, both this empire and this ruler are sometimes called the beast.
After the seven-year covenant, the beast refuses to give up his power and authority over the empire. So the nations in the South West of Europe break away from the Empire of the Beast to form the Southern European Alliance. The Southern European Alliance looks east to China and India as possible Allies in a future war against the beast. In the meantime the beast looks to Russia and The Northern European Alliance as possible Allies. With the forming of this alliance, Russia supplies The Northern Alliance and the forces of the beast with the latest in fighter aircraft, tanks and guns, in preparation for a joint assault against Judea.
In Ezekiel 38:1 - 3 we find Gog, of the Land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. The Land of Magog is what we currently call Russia. So Gog is the ruler of Russia, and from the north with Gog come the rulers of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. The rulers of Meshech, and Tubal, are rulers of Turkey. (Verse 5) Also coming against Israel at this time we have Persia (that is modern day Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya. (Verse 6) and Gomer and all his troops, plus Togaramah (a son of Gomer) and all his troops shall come with Gog. The descendants of Gomer settled in Northern Europe (that is The Independent Northern European Nations). These troops come from the far north, and join with Gog of Russia to invade Israel.
Ezekiel 38:1 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘This says the Lord GOD: “Look and see, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all clothed splendidly, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its hordes; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its hordes, and many troops are with you.
Ezekiel 38:7 “Be ready, and prepare yourself, and all your companies that are assembled unto you, and be you a guard unto them.”
“Be ready, and prepare yourself.”
After the collapse of the USSR in the 1980s, Russia was anything but ready to get involved in a modern war, against a well-armed enemy with the latest fighter aircraft, tanks and guns. With the collapse of the Russian economy, over the next two decades the USA at first pulled ahead of Russia in the development of military equipment. Then with the recovery of the Russian economy in the early 21st century, the Russians for the first time since 1945 are beginning to pull ahead of the USA in the development of newer and better submarines, aircraft and tanks. Russia is preparing herself and she shall be ready.
“Be ready, and prepare yourself, and all your companies that are assembled unto you, and be you a guard unto them.”
Russia is not just instructed to prepare herself, but also those companies that are assembled unto her. Despite the collapse of the USSR, the former nations of the USSR, the Ukraine, Poland, Germany and the Baltic States are still very much reliant on Russia for much of their fuel supplies. The European Common Market will collapse, if for no other reason, the nations of Northern Europe strongest trade links are not to the south but east to Russia. The European Common Market has promised much to countries of the former USSR, but will fail to deliver. Therefore the nations of the former USSR will once again form strong trade and military ties with Russia. Russia shall not only prepare and make herself ready for war; she shall also prepare the nations of Northern Europe for war. These nations will assemble unto Russia, and Russia will be a guard for them.
Ezekiel 38:8 “After many days you will be appointed. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many nations on the mountains of Israel which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. 9 “You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your hordes and many troops with you.”
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How can I bring you understanding of verses 8 & 9? When Jesus was with us He taught in parables, much of God’s word is written in type pictures and parables. In the parable of the tares and the wheat (Matt 13:24 – 43), the wheat is likened to the sons of the kingdom, and the tares to the sons of the wicked one. For a moment think of the land of Israel and Judah as the field. Growing in this field are the sons of the kingdom. Then an enemy comes. First the Assyrians come take the wheat (the sons of the kingdom) away from Israel; then scatter tares (the sons of the wicked one) into the land of Israel. After the Assyrians, the Babylonians came and took the wheat from Judah away into the captivity of Babylon. Then the Babylonians scatter tares, (the sons of the wicked one) into the land of Judah.
So the land of Israel and Judah are both doubly desolate. They are desolate because the Assyrians and the Babylonians have destroyed their buildings. They are desolate, because wheat (the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah) have been taken away, and the land has been sown with tares, as many people from around the world are transported into Israel and Judah. Many Bible prophecies and visions tell of this desolation of Israel and Judah, and of the latter return of both the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah, along with the rebuilding of the former desolations.
Are these prophecies speaking to us of Israel and Judah’s desolation at the hands of the Assyrians and the Babylonians, or are these prophecies looking forward to a future desolation of Israel and Judah. For in a time yet to come, during the second half of the seven-year covenant the forces of the beast will occupy of Judah and Jerusalem. Then once again many Jews (the wheat) will be taken captive to Babylon, while many Palestinians (the tares) will flood back into Judah and Jerusalem to take their place.
Yes, many now look back and say these prophecies concerning the returning God’s people as Holy seed and the rebuilding of the former desolations, have already been fulfilled. But No! They have only been fulfilled in part, as a type picture of the final fulfillment that is still to come.
The following points are some of the reasons why I say they have only been fulfilled in part, and the full fulfillment is still to come.
• The sons of the wicked one (the tares) are still in the land. As long as they remain, the land of Israel and Judah, the land is still suffering spiritual desolation.
• Most of the prophecies concerning the return of God’s people refer to the return of both the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah. Yes we may have seen a return of the Children of Judah from Babylon in the 6th century BC, and more recently from 1945 on we have again seen the return of the Children Judah, but as yet we have not seen a return of the Children of Israel. That is we have not yet seen a return those who ancestors were once part of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
• All the prophecies concerning the desolation of Israel, Judah and Jerusalem, at the hands of the Assyrians and the Babylonians, have a breach period. They tell us what happen up to time of Judah’s captivity in Babylon, then they enter into a breach period, a period of time of which the prophecy usually does not inform us of anything at all. The breach period of these prophecies will not end before the beast signs the seven-year covenant.
• Most of the prophecies concerning the first and second comings of Jesus Christ have a breach period which started after the first coming, and will end with the signing of the seven-year covenant. Also some of the prophecies concerning the future fall Babylon have a breach period starting from the time Cyrus arrives at the gates of Babylon in 539 BC and ending shortly before the fall of Babylon, an event that will not happen till after the seven-year covenant.
• When that seven-year covenant is signed, we have entered into the latter years. A ten-and-a-half-year period of time in which all the prophecies concerning the return of both the Children of Judah and Children of Israel, and the prophecies concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ shall be fulfilled in full.
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Ezekiel 38:8 “After many days you will be appointed. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many nations on the mountains of Israel which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.
After many days, after a long time, you Gog of the Land of Magog will be appointed, in the latter years. Meaning, during those ten-and-a-half-years that come after the signing of the seven-year covenant and before the resurrection at the end of days. You, being the armies of Russia and her allies will come into the land of those brought back from sword.
The children of Israel and Judah were taken away from their land by the sword. In a time yet to come they shall be brought back into their land from the captivity of the sword. They shall be gathered from many nations from around the world. Gathered to where? To the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. The Children of Israel and the Children of Judah will be brought out of the nations, and they shall all of them dwell safely on the mountains of Israel.
Ezekiel 38:9 “You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your hordes and many troops with you.”
The armies of Russia, the Northern Alliance and of the Beast will ascend upon the mountains of Israel, coming like a storm and covering the land like a cloud.
Ezekiel 38:10 This says the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass (during the latter years), that at the same time things come into your heart, and you (Gog of Magog) shall think an evil thought: 11 You shall say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell in safety, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a booty, and to take plunder; to turn your hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. 13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto you, have you come to take a spoil? Have you gathered your company to take booty? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take great plunder? (Words in italics brackets added.)
Ezekiel 38:13 “Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’”
In ancient times Sheba was on the south-eastern point of Arabia, and from their trading ships travelled to and from eastern world. Dedan was in Ethiopia and from there camel trains and ships travelled to and from Africa. Tarshish was a name given to a number of Mediterranean ports and from these ports, trading ships travelled to and from the western world.
Thus verse 13 tells us that traders from all over the world, will be so sure that Gog of Magog will quickly defeat the Jews, they will negotiate with Gog for the rights to take and deliver the plunder from Judah and Jerusalem around the world.
Ezekiel 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, “This says the LORD GOD: “On that day when my people of Israel dwell safely, you shall not know it.
Because God’s people have put their trust in God, they dwell in safety. But Gog does not know this. He only sees in the natural. He sees unwalled villages and cities. He sees an Israeli army that is vastly outnumbered and equipped with inferior weapons. The Children of Israel have put their trust in God. Gog has put his trust in the latest horses and chariots, but God is drawing the armies of Gog into a trap.
Psalm 20:7 Some they trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Ezekiel 38:15 Then you shall come from your place out of the northern parts, you and many people with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. 16 You shall come up against My people Israel as a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days, that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I show My righteousness through you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
If you compare verses 8 & 9 with verses 14 to 16, you will see both passages are looking at the same thing, but from a different angle. In both passages Gog is coming against the Children of Israel who now dwell in safety. Also in both passages the armies of Gog are described as covering the land like a cloud. Then in both verses 8 & 16 it tells us that it will be in the latter years (the latter days) that the armies of Gog will come against the people of Israel like a cloud, to cover the land.
The Scriptures often gives us multiple views of the same thing, and also they often jump back and forward in time. For those who have eyes to see and hears to hear, this helps us to build up a clear understanding of God’s Written Word, but to all others no understanding will be given.
Ezekiel 38:17 This says the Lord GOD: “Are you he of whom I spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
Ezekiel is not the only prophet of God that prophesied the destruction of the armies of the world upon the mountains of Israel. Both Joel (3:9 – 17) and Isaiah (17:12 – 14) prophesied these things.
Isaiah 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, who make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! 13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far away, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. 14 Then look and see, at evening time trouble; and before the morning he is no more. This is the portion of them who plunder us, and the lot of them that rob us.
The armies of Gog of Magog came to plunder and to rob the Children of Israel, but they shall become as chaff on the mountains of Judah before the wind. This is the portion of those who plunder the Children of Israel and the lot of those who rob God’s Children.
God’s judgement against Gog.
Ezekiel 38:18 It shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, says the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath I have spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the birds of the sky, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men who are upon the face of the earth, shall tremble at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
The armies of Gog are out there in the open camped on the mountains and in the valleys, and this great earthquake comes. This is a strange earthquake, mountains come down and the steep places fall, and every wall of protection shall fall down. But there is no mention of the homes of the Children of Israel coming down. Because God is well able to protect His own in the midst of great destruction. Confusion will come upon the armies of Gog and they shall turn on each other. Flooding rain and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone will fall upon them from the skies.
Ezekiel 38:21 And I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all my mountains, says the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. 22 And I will bring judgement against him with pestilence and with bloodshed; and I will rain upon him, and upon his hordes, and upon the many troops who are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and show myself righteousness; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
9. GOG AND HIS ALLIES ATTACK ISRAEL.
Part 2 Ezekiel chapter 39
Ezekiel 39:1 Therefore, you son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, This says the Lord GOD; Look and see, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 2 I will turn you back, and leave but a sixth part of you; I will cause you to come up from the far north, and will bring you upon the mountains of Israel: 3 Then I will knock your bow out of your left hand, and will cause your arrows to fall out of your right hand. 4 You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you, and all your bands, and the troops that are with you: I will give you unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 5 You shall fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, says the Lord GOD. 6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell without a care in the islands and coast lands: and they shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So will I make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more: and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Look and see, it is come, and it is done, says the Lord GOD; this is the day of which I have spoken.
Ezekiel chapter 39 verses 1 to 8 give us another view of the armies of Gog coming from the far north to the mountains of Israel, where God will defeat and destroy all but a sixth part of them.
Ezekiel 39:9 Then they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: 10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut any down out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, says the Lord GOD.
Dr Chuck Missler, as suggest that verses 9 to 10 point to the possibility of this army using nuclear powered weapons. The energy from such weapons could be used to power Israel economy for many years. This would also explain why, in verses 11 to 16, so much detail is given in describing the removal and disposal of the dead bodies.
Others suggestions include; 1: The Children of Israel will consider the land to be ceremonially unclean as long as dead bodies remained unburied in the land. 2: Natural pollution and the fear of deceases would drive them to bury the dead as quick as possible, and as the bodies began to decay and the danger of the workers catching deceases increased, only specially trained and equipped workers would be allowed to continue with this work.
Maybe the truth is a combination of many reasons.
Ezekiel 39:11 “It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travellers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of the Multitude of Gog. 12 For seven months the house of Israel will burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13 Indeed all the people of the land will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God. 14 “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. 15 The search party will pass through the land: and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of the Multitude of Gog. 16 The name of the city will also be Multitude. Thus they shall cleans the land
Ezekiel 39:17 This says the Lord GOD; You son of man, say unto every feathered bird, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to My sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh, and drink blood. 18 You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 19 And you shall eat fat till you are full, and drink blood till you are drunk from my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. 20 Thus you shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, says the Lord GOD.
While not disputing the possibility of many of these bodies may be highly contaminated in some way. The fact that they had to bury the dead does help us rule out the possibility of this Battle being either the Battle of Armageddon, or the Battle that comes at the end of the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ on earth.
The Battle of Armageddon can be ruled out;
1: Because the Battle of Armageddon will be fought on The Great Plain of Megiddo, while the armies of Gog will be destroyed upon the mountains of Israel.
2: The Battle of Armageddon will take place on the great and terrible Day of the Lord, which is also the day of the first resurrection. On this day, all righteous dead will be raised back to life, while the wicked will be consumed by fire, to become ash under the feet of the righteous. Thus after the Battle of Armageddon, there will be no dead bodies to bury.
The Battle that comes after the end of the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ can also be ruled out, because at the end of the 1,000 years all the dead, who were not part of the first resurrection, shall be raised from the dead. Therefore after this battle, there also will be no dead bodies to bury.
Then in verses 17 to 20 we have God calling the birds of the air and the beast of the field to gather together for God’s sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel.
It was because God’s people both rejected and rebelled against God, that God scattered them among the nations. First the Assyrians came and scattered those who dwelt in the Northern Kingdom of Israel; then came the Babylonians and took many of the Children of Judah captive to Babylon. Latter after the Jews had returned from Babylon to Jerusalem, the Jews through their rejection of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer again both rejected and rebelled against God. Therefore God sent the Romans to scattered the Jews amongst the nations. Since 1948 we have once again seen the return of the Jews to Jerusalem, but the final rebellion of the Jews against God is still too come. God, through Paul tells of this coming rebellion in 2 Thessalonians 2:1; after which God will once again scatter His people, the Jews amongst nations, with many being taken captive to Babylon. But after God has judged the nations by destroying their armies, the multitude of Gog, on the mountains of Israel, the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah will repent and once again they will know their God. Then God will bring all His people back to the Promise Land.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our being gathered together unto him, we ask 2 that you not be so quickly shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come except there first comes a falling away, and that man of sin is revealed, the son of damnation; 4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The N.I.V. translates verse 3 as; don’t let anyone deceive you in anyway, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
It is the Jews who will rebel against God in the last days. Because of this rebellion God will hand over the Jews to the forces of the beast. The beast will occupy Jerusalem, place the abomination that causes desolation in the temple, then the beast himself shall sit in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Jesus Christ says, when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place Then let them which are in Judea flee into the mountains: For then there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Matthew 23:15,16 & 21).
God through Zechariah, also tells us of this day when the forces of the beast occupy Jerusalem.
We should keep it in mind that when Zechariah heard the word of the Lord, it was after the captives had returned from Babylon to Jerusalem, in 522 B.C.; Therefore when Zechariah heard this prophecy, God was not talking about the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 587 B.C. but of a coming future destruction of Jerusalem.
Zechariah 14:1 Look, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
At this time many Jews will flee and scatter among the nations, and Jerusalem will be occupied by the forces of the beast for 3½ years. Of those Jews who remain, half shall go forth into captivity, most to Babylon, while other half shall not be cut off from the city, but shall suffer 3½ years of great tribulation. After the forces of the beast pull out of Jerusalem and Judea, the Jews will enjoy approximately two years of self rule, until the armies of Gog and the armies of the beast unite and again invade Judah; there upon the mountains of Judah God will send fire on Magog.
Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell without a care in the islands and coast lands: and they shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So will I make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more: and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
Ezekiel 39:21 I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgement which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. 22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that Day forward.
Ezekiel chapter 39 verses 6 – 7 and verses 21 – 22 are both looking at the same day, the day that God brings judgement by fire upon Magog and the nations that joined with Gog to invade Judah and occupy Jerusalem.
God says I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell without a care in the islands and coast lands (v 6). Magog is Russia, the islands and coast lands are the islands and the coast lands of the Mediterranean Sea. When the combined armies of Gog and the beast attacked Judah, the people who dwelt in Russia, in the Islands and the coast lands, were so sure the army of Judah would be completely destroyed in a day or two at the most; they did not have a care.
However; they did not know that the fire of God was about to come upon them.
God says; I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgement which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them (v 21).
The Hebrew word, here translated as glory, is the same Hebrew word used by Moses throughout his writings to describe the glory cloud, the cloud and fire of God’s presence that accompanied and stayed with the Children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness, and fire came from the glory of God and destroyed His enemies (Numbers 16). So when God says He will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell without a care in the islands and coast lands (v 6), it is in total agreement with when God says I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgement which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them (v 21).
Ezekiel 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that Day forward.
The house of Israel does not yet know and understand that God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are truly One God. They do not understand that in rejecting God the Son, they also rejected God the Father and separated themselves from God. But when they see the fire of God, in one day destroy the armies of the word and bring judgement upon the nations, the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that Day forward.
Ezekiel 39:23 And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. 24 According to their spiritual uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
25 Therefore this says the Lord GOD; Now will I bring back Jacob from the captivity, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My holy name; 26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and nothing made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the nations, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am spiritually cleansed in them in the sight of many nations; 28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the nations: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them there anymore. 29 Neither will I hide My face anymore from them: for I have poured out My Spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord GOD.
After the defeat of the army of Gog, God with bring back the captives. Only then does God say “For I have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel.” Yes God poured out His Spirit upon the Jews on the Day of Pentecost. But that was only a part fulfilment of this prophecy and of the prophecy recorded in Joel 2:28 in which God says He will pour His Spirit out on all flesh. For on the Day of Pentecost only 3,000 Jews were filled with the Holy Spirit. In a Day yet to come; when?
After the destruction of the armies of Gog; these prophecies concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be fulfilled on a day when 144,000 both the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel, 12,000 from every tribe shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
How does one receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? According to God’s word this is how we receive the Holy Spirit, and how 3,000 Jews received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
When we go on to study the book of Joel, we will find the order of events prophesied in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39 are very similar to the order of events prophesied in Joel chapters 2 & 3. So similar that there is no doubt in my mind that both Ezekiel and Joel are prophesying about the same things,
First there is a return of both a number of the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah to the Promised Land.
Second: The armies of the world invade Judah, where they are destroyed by the power of God.
Third: As God pours out His Spirit, a wave of repentance comes upon both the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah.
Fourth: There is great return of return to the Promised Land of both the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah from all over the world.
10. GOG AND HIS ALLIES ATTACK ISRAEL.
Part 3 Joel.
Joel chapter one begins by describing a time in which many natural disasters have come upon the Jews and their land. In verse 13 & 20 the nation mourns, lament and cry out to the Lord of mercy, for destruction shall come as from the Lord Almighty.
Chapter 2 verses 1 to 11, likens a plague of locust to a great army that will invade Judah before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. In verses 12 to 17 God’s people are called to repent and return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful.
In verses 18 to 27 God brings restoration to God’s people, and in verse 20 God removes the army of the north far from Zion and destroys it between the eastern and western seas.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterwards.”
In this verse, ‘afterwards’ means after the armies of the north have come, after God’s people have spent time mourning and lamenting because of their sin, after they have repented of their sin and turned back to God and after God has removed the armies of the north far away and destroyed them.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterwards that I will pour My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 And also upon the bondservants both men and women I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 And I will show wonders in the sky and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD.”
32 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be delivered. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Now I know many will be saying this prophecy has already come to pass. And yes, in part it as already come to pass. Peter quotes this passage in Acts 2:16 – 21 as being fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, but on that day it was only fulfilled in part, and is a type picture of a future and total fulfilment that is still to come. When 3,000 Jews believed in Jesus Christ, repented and were baptized into Christ they received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. In a time yet to come 144,000 both Children of Judah and Children of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe, will believe in Jesus Christ, repent and be baptized into Christ and they shall receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (Rev 7:1 – 8). To receive the Holy Spirit is to receive the seal of God.
How else do we know that this prophecy will be fulfilled again in the future? Because Jesus Christ foretells the sun being darkened and the moon not giving its light as an event that will happen after the great tribulation. Also, in the book of Revelation, which was written approximately sixty-years after the Day of Pentecost, God word is still prophesying the sun and the moon being darkened as an event that is still to come.
On the Day of Pentecost the pattern was, they believed and received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, they repented and were baptized into Christ and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Although Jesus Christ died on the cross that all might be saved, only those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer shall be delivered.
Although God pours His Spirit on all flesh, the promise of the Holy Spirit is only to those who repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation: in whom also after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
In Revelation chapters 9 we read that it is during the time of the sounding of the fifth trumpet, and after the sun and moon are darken, that locust with stings like scorpions are released upon the earth with power to torment men for five months. But they are commanded not to harm those who have the seal of God on their forehead. Thus we can place the outpouring of God’s Spirit and the salvation of the 144,000 before the sun and the moon are darkened.
Joel chapter 3 starts by taking us back in time, to when God will bring the captives back to Judah and Jerusalem. Also God will bring all the nations of the world against Judah and Jerusalem, bringing them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat where God would judge them. The Valley of Jehoshaphat is in the mountains of Judah, close to Jerusalem. The Prophet Ezekiel writes, “I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains (Ezekiel 38:21),”
Joel 3:1 For, look and see, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back from captivity those of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and there I will judge them, for they have scattered my people, my heritage among the nations, and they have divided my land.
Verses 9 to 13 Give us another look at nations preparing for war, then coming up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat where God judges them.
Joel 3:9 Proclaim you this among the nations; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all you nations, and gather yourselves together round about; there cause Your mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
The nations are to gather together all around Judah and Jerusalem. Then God will cause His mighty ones, His warring angels to come down and destroy them. In verses 12 & 13 we have the destruction of the armies of the world.
Joel 3:12 Let the armies of the nations be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about. 13 Put in your sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for great is their wickedness.
With the armies of the world destroyed, it is not long before the 144,000 repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer, but before they can repent they must first hear the gospel and make that decision to believe. Then God will pour out His Spirit upon them and they shall receive the seal of God. Soon after this the sun and the moon will grow dark, the sign that the day of the LORD is near.
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
Then we have the day of the Lord, a day of destruction and terror to the people of the world, but the Lord will shelter His people.
Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the sky and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17 So shall you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and no strangers shall pass through her any more.
Time and time again, when God has brought destruction upon the wicked, God has not only protected the righteous by taking them out of that destruction, but God has been a shelter for His people in the midst of destruction.
1: Noah and his family were sheltered from the flood in the ark (Genesis: 7).
2: Lot and his family were sheltered from the fire of God’s judgement in the town of Zoar (Genesis:19).
3: The children of Israel sheltered in their homes during the first Passover (Exodus: 12).
4: God sheltered Rahab the harlot and her family within her home, within the wall of Jericho, while the rest of the wall came crashing down (Joshua: 6).
On the Day of His Wrath, Cod will again be a shelter for His people.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation has passed over. 21 For look and see, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
11. THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON.
Part 1 Isaiah chapter 13
Many Bible scholars in looking at this chapter say that it is talking about Medes victory over of Babylon in 539 BC. However in 539 BC there was no major battle for Babylon. For Medes, having arrived outside Babylon in the middle of the night, shut off the water that flowed into the city by a canal. Then they marched along the canal into the city to the welcome of most of it citizens, and meeting very little resistance they took over the city of Babylon. Following the take-over, most of Babylon’s city officials (including Daniel) still retained their positions of power and authority. For most of the citizens of Babylon life just carried on as normal, only now they had a new king.
In 539 BC. Babylon was not destroyed, and its people were not killed or deported. The city of Babylon carried on for many hundreds of years. Two-hundred-years after Cyrus the Mede made Babylon his capital, Alexander the Great made Babylon his capital in the East. Hundreds of years later (after the River Euphrates had changed its course) Babylon just faded away to a small country town. To this day, people have always dwelt in Babylon. It has never been totally destroyed nor left desolate.
Therefore, before this prophecy in Isaiah chapter 13, concerning the total destruction of Babylon can be fulfilled, Babylon must first be rebuilt to its former glory. Also because verses 9 to 16 tell us that Babylon will not be destroyed until after the sun is darkened and the moon ceases give light. An event, which Jesus Christ tells us, will not happen until after the great tribulation, we can also say Babylon will not be destroyed until after the great tribulation.
The prophecy in Isaiah chapter 13 is divided into three views, of which both the first and the third view have a large breach period of 2,500 years or more in them. This breach period comes between verses 2 and 3, and again between verses 17 and 18. Giving us a prophecy with two, three or even more views is common to many Bible prophecies. It is a bit like a woman looking at a dress. If she wants to know what the dress looks like, she will look at it from many angles. Because God wants us to understand this prophecy, God allows us to look at the prophecy from many angles.
First view of the fall of Babylon.
Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. 2 Lift you up a banner upon the high mountain, raise the voice unto them, and shake the hand that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
The burden of Babylon, is a song of Babylon’s coming doom and destruction, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
But before the destruction of Babylon, Isaiah first sees the fall of Babylon to the Meds and Persians. By time the armies of the Meds and the Persians arrived at the gates of Babylon, the citizens of Babylon had had enough of their cruel oppressive Babylonian kings. Most of the citizens viewed the coming of the armies of the Meds and the Persians as their liberators, therefore many of the citizens lifted up banners to high points of the city (figuratively they all placed a banner upon the high mountain) welcoming the Meds and the Persians into the city. The citizens of Babylon raised their voices; they shock their hands in a waving motion, as they raised their voices, crying out loud; Welcome! Welcome! Come into to our city of Babylon; Babylon welcomes you. Welcome into the gates of the nobles. Thus it was that the Meds marched into the city to the welcome of most of its citizens, and meeting very little opposition.
Then between verses 2 and 3, we have a gap period of 2,500 years or more from 539 BC until a time yet to come when God will call a multitude from the nations and the kingdoms, and gather them together for battle. They will come from a far country, from the end of the sky. The Old Testament word translated as heaven and sky, means heaved up things. In Ancient times, pagans believed that the gods lived in the high hills and mountains, the heaved up things. In Genesis chapter 1 heaven, the heaved up things, is identified as the sky in which the birds of the air flew. So for these kingdoms and nations to come from a far country, from the end of sky (or the end of the heavens) means a country far beyond the mountain ranges.
Again we can say, in 539 BC the Medes did not come from a far country, far beyond the mountain ranges. The Medes live just a little north of Babylon, but in the last days, Babylon’s enemy will come from a far country, far beyond the mountain ranges. Also unlike the Medes, who came to take over Babylon and include it and its people into their kingdom; this later day enemy will come to destroy Babylon and kill its entire population. We see this destruction of Babylon in verses 3 to 8.
Isaiah 13:3 In My anger I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones, those who rejoice in My highness. 4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like that of many people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts musters the host of the battle. 5 They come from a far country, from the end of sky, even the LORD, and the weapons of His indignation, to destroy the whole land. 6 Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore all hands shall be weaken, and every man's heart shall melt: 8 For they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman giving birth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
In verse 3 God commands His sanctified ones and He also calls out His mighty ones. Who are these sanctified and mighty ones that God calls from a far country. These could be the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates (Rev 9:10). Or more likely, they could be the kings of the east (Rev 16:12), whom the four angels will cause to raise up an army of 200,000,000 to attack Babylon. These kings are called God’s sanctified ones, not because they are in any way righteous or holy, but because God as raised them up and set them apart for the purpose of bringing God’s righteous judgement upon Babylon.
Verse 3 also says of these kings that they rejoice in God’s highness. All power and authority is from God, He is the Highest and Almighty God. It is God who bestows power and authority and highness; it is God’s to give. These earthly kings having received of God’s highness, become full of self pride and rejoice in God’s highness, as if it were all theirs by their own doing and strength.
Then in verse 4 & 7 we are told of a vast army coming against Babylon, an army which is God’s weapons of His indignation, to destroy the whole land. For the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty.
Second view of the fall of Babylon.
Isaiah 13:9 Look and see, the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and the sinners, He shall destroy out of it. 10 For the stars of the sky and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the oppressor. 12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. 13 Therefore I will shake the sky, and the earth shall be shaken out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger. 14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man takes up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land. 15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. 16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
In this second view we are looking at outpouring of God’s wrath upon the city of Babylon.
Firstly: (In verse 9) God’s warns us of this coming great and terrible day of the Lord, when Babylon will be destroyed.
Secondly: (In verse 10) we are told how we will know this day is coming soon. How will we know? Because we shall see the sign of the sun and the moon being darkened.
Thirdly: (In verses 11 to 15) we are told of the great destruction that will come upon the wicked all around the world (including the city of Babylon) in the last few days leading up to the great and terrible Day of the Lord.
The destruction of Babylon may start at the hands of an army from the east, but it will end with an out pouring of God’s wrath, as God pours His wrath out upon all the cities of the world. Both the destruction of Babylon, by the armies from the east, and the out pouring of God’s wrath upon the cities of the world, will not happen until after the sun is darkened and the moon no longer gives any light.
God’s word says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come” (K.J.V. Joel 2:31). And Jesus Christ tell us, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light” (K.J.V. Mathew 24:29).
In the Old Testament, the darkening of the sun and the moon is given to us many times as a sign by which we shall know God’s judgment is about to fall upon the wicked of the world. In Joel 2:31 it is clearly stated that this darkening of the sun and the moon will happen before the great and terrible day of the Lord. While in the New Testament, when Jesus Christ disciples asked Him for a sign by which they will know He is coming soon, Jesus gives them the same sign and tells them, we shall see this sign after the great tribulation.
So in the days that come after the great tribulation, when we look up and see the stars in the sky not giving their light, the sun darkened in his going forth, and the moon not causing her light to shine. We can say, “Look and see, the day of the LORD coming soon.”
Why can we say this? Because God through Joel tells us, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come” (K.J.V. Joel 2:31).
Jesus Christ tells us in Luke 21:25 – 28.
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men's hearts failing them for fear and expectation of those things that are coming on the earth: for the powers of sky shall be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to happen; then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.
When men see the signs of the sun, the moon and the stars darken; men’s hearts shall fail them because of fear and expectation of those things that are coming on the earth. What will man expect and fear? The great and terrible Day of the Lord. Why? Because God’s word tells “Thesun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” Sinners, when they see these signs will know the great and terrible Day of the Lord will soon be upon them. They will know they are facing eternal damnation, and because of their fear and expectation of eternal punishment, the hearts many men will fail them and they will die of a heart attack.
After the sun and the moon are darkened, for the sinners there is a period of fearful expectation of what lies ahead. But for the righteous there is a time of joyful expectation of what lies ahead. Then after this period of expectation they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Jesus ends this passage in Luke by saying, “And when these things begin to happen, then look up and lift your heads, because your redemption draws near.” In other words, when you see the sun and the moon darkened, look up and lift your heads, not because your redemption has come, but because your redemption draws near.
Isaiah 13:9 Look and see, the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and the sinners, He shall destroy out of it. 10 For the stars of the sky and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Therefore when we read about this sign happening before the destruction of Babylon, we know we can place the destruction of Babylon after the great tribulation but before both the day of God’s wrath and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Although Babylon and its people will suffer very severely at the hands of the armies from the east, Babylon’s final destruction will come at the hands of God on the great and the terrible day of the LORD. On that day God will not only destroy the Armies of the world at Armageddon, He will also send a great earthquake which will destroy every city in the world, and great 40 kg hailstones shall fall upon man (Rev 16:21). On that same day fire from the sky shall fall upon mankind. On the day of God’s great wrath, God’s great wrath will not only be poured out upon Babylon, it will also be poured out upon all the wicked who dwell on the earth, ending with the hour that trails by fire.
Of Babylon God says:
Revelation 18:8 Therefore her plagues shall come in one day, death and mourning and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
And of the world as a whole:
II Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the sky shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons should you be? All holy in behaviour and godliness, 12 looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the sky being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new sky and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
Malachi 4:1 Look and see, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven, and the arrogant, yes all who do wickedly will be stubble. For the day comes that shall burn them up, Says the Lord of hosts, that will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. 3 You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day I do this,” Says the Lord of hosts. 4 Remember you the Law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the oppressor. 12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Once God has finished pouring His wrath out upon the wicked, mankind shall be so rear, they will be more precious than fine gold.
1: According to the writings of Daniel, both the great tribulation and the seven-year covenant will come to an end at the same time.
2: Jesus Christ tells His disciples that this sign of the sun and the moon being darkened, will not happen after the great tribulation.
3: Through the prophet Isaiah, we are given this sign both as a warning of Babylon’s destruction, and of the soon coming great and terrible Day of the Lord.
We can say this destruction of Babylon will happen both after the seven-year covenant, and after the darkening of the sun, the moon and the stars.
Please note; Although both Jews and Christians have suffered many tribulations and persecutions at the hands of the wicked, and will continue to suffer many tribulations and persecutions until the end of the age. The Great tribulation is the affliction and suffering of the Jews at the hands of the wicked during the time of the Beast occupation of Judah and Jerusalem, while the time of wrath is the outpouring of God’s wrath upon the wicked. The Great tribulation comes before the darkening of the sun and the moon, while the fullness of the time of wrath comes after the darkening of the sun and the moon.
12.THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON.
Part 2: Jeremiah chapter 50
I strongly suggest you read Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51 before reading on.
The destruction of Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:1 The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. 2 Declare you among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces. 3 For out of the north a nation comes against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell there: they shall flee, they shall depart, both man and beast.
Verse 2 of this passage speaks of the coming destruction of Babylon’s gods, Bel and Merodach, and the breaking into pieces of her idols. Verse 3 speaks of the coming destruction of Babylon and the making desolate of her land and that no longer shall anyone dwell there.
1: The Medes did not destroy the gods of Babylon, but they embraced them as their own.
2: They did not make the land desolate.
3: From that day to this there has always been people dwelling in Babylon.
We can say, this warning to the people of Babylon of the coming destruction has not yet been fulfilled, but it shall be fulfilled in a time yet to come.
As this prophecy is continues in Verses 4 & 5, instead of going forward in time it goes back in time, to describe a time, just prior to the coming destruction of Babylon, when many children of Israel along with many children of Judah come to repentance. Then in verses 6 & 7 it goes back even further in time, to describe the 2,500 years plus, that the children of Israel and the children of Judah have wandered all over the earth.
We often speak of the Jews and the and the 10 lost tribes of Israel; however Jeremiah and the prophets who prophesied during the time of the two kingdoms often spoke of The Children of Judah (who lived in the southern kingdom of Judah) and The Children of Israel (who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel). Thus when the prophets speak of the return of both The Children of Israel and The Children of Judah, they are speaking of (regardless of what tribe they were born of) both those whose ancestors once lived in the northern kingdom of Israel, and those whose ancestors once lived in the southern kingdom of Judah.
In the days just prior to the coming destruction of Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, Says the LORD, the children of Israel shall go, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. 5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces set towards Zion, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a everlasting covenant that shall not be forgotten.
It is history that the northern kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians, and scattered like sheep and driven away. Latter Nebuchadnezzar takes the Jews captive to Babylon. Then when the Medes took over Babylon a number of Jews returned to Jerusalem, and ever since then, there, as been a slow returning of Jews to Israel and Judea.
But even though, over the last sixty-years there has been an ever increasing numbers Jews returning to the Promise Land, we have still not seen a return of the children of Israel.
Jeremiah however speaks of both the children of Israel and the children of Judah seeking the LORD and asking their way back to Jerusalem. This is an event that is still to happen, in a time yet to come. How will we find the descendants of those who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel? We could go supper spiritual and say God knows who they are, or we could say by using DNA. By using someone’s DNA it is now possible to identify one’s ancestors over six-hundred-years back, and it won’t be to long before we can trace our family ancestors back over three thousand years. May be some people by using family records can trace their family line back to before the scattering of the children of Israel. I am inclined to believe it will be by a combination of all these things that many, both children of Israel and children of Judah will know their ancestry. Along with this knowledge will come a growing desire of many to return to Jerusalem, and a desire to return to the God of their ancestors.
All around the world we are already seeing within many people groups a growing desire to both return to the land of their ancestors and the gods of their ancestors. However most reject Father God, the true God of their forefathers. Instead, just like their forefathers, many will be lead astray to the worship of many false gods and demons.
The Children of Israel and the Judah have become like sheep that have gone astray but in a time to come they shall return.
I Peter 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but have now returned unto the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Jeremiah 50:6 My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them to go astray, they have turned them away from the mountain: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. 7 All that found them have devoured them. Their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.
Jeremiah 50:6 - 7 (Paraphrased) My People, the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah are lost sheep. Their shepherds who should have led them back to God have led them astray; they have turned them away from Jerusalem, God's Holy Mountain, and towards mountain to hill, the high places of pagan gods.
They have forgotten Jerusalem, their resting place and wandered the face of the earth, and wherever they have wandered, all who have found them have devoured them. Their adversaries, those, who have devoured them by beating them and killing them, have said, we have not offended, we are not guilty of murder and genocide, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.
After Cyrus the Med took over Babylon and the kingdoms of the world in 539 BC, he issued an edict in 538 BC allowing the children of Judah to return to Judah and rebuild the temple. From that time, until the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD many children of Judah returned to Judah. Then again since the great holocaust of 1939 - 1945 many children of Judah have returned to Judah, but until this day we have not seen a return to Israel of the children of Israel.
The time is coming, and I believe very soon, when both the children of Judah and the children of Israel, (all around the world) will suffer great persecution. For the last 2,000 years the main thrust of this persecution and genocide has been aimed solely against the Children of Judah. This for the Jews, especially over the last hundred years, has helped create a desire within them to return to Jerusalem. Soon, and every soon those from the northern kingdom of Israel will also suffer great persecution and genocide, also helping to create within them a desire to return to Jerusalem. For until we see a mass return to Jerusalem of both the children of Israel and the children of Judah together, it cannot be said that this prophecy in Jeremiah chapter 50 has been fulfilled.
For a moment, let us turn the prophetic clock to the middle of the seven-year covenant (approximately seven-years before the coming destruction of Babylon). The forces of the beast have just invaded Judah and the occupied Jerusalem and placed the abomination of desolation in the temple (Daniel 9:26 - 27). For the next three-and-a-half-years Jerusalem will be occupied by the forces of the beast (Daniel 7:25). Prior to this occupation God through the words of Jesus Christ, warns the saints to flee Jerusalem. Jesus Christ said, "when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains" (Matthew 24:15 - 16). So upon seeing the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place, all who understand the writings of Daniel; Jew, Israelite, and Christian shall all flee from Jerusalem.
After they flee Jerusalem, the forces of the beast will occupy Jerusalem, then Beast will deport many Children of Israel and the Children of Judah to Babylon. Approximately five-and-a-half-years later we will see the start of a great flood from all over the world, of both the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah returning to Jerusalem.
Also early in the time of this return, three great-foretold events will happen.
• The sanctuary of the temple in Jerusalem will be cleansed (Daniel 8:13 – 14).
• In one day, 144,000 (12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel) will believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Deliverer. (Joel 3:14 – 15; & Rev 9:1 – 4).
• The sun and the moon shall be darkened (Matthew 24:29).
It is to God’s people, in the days of these three great-foretold events, that God through the prophet Jeremiah speaks commanding them to return to Jerusalem and warming them of the coming destruction of Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:8 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks. 9 For, see, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from there she shall be captured: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.
Jeremiah 23:3 I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and will bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase 4 And I will set up shepherds over them who shall feed them: and they shall be afraid no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, says the LORD. - - - - - - - - - -
7 Therefore, look and see, the days come, says the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD lives, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 8 But, The LORD lives, who brought up and led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries wherever I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
In Jeremiah chapter 50:8, God commands the saints to flee from the midst of Babylon and out of the land of the Chaldeans (present day Iraq); and be like rams before the flocks. These saints fleeing Babylon and returning to Jerusalem will be the for-runners of a great return of both The Children of Judah and The Children of Israel to Jerusalem. They shall be like rams before the flocks.
Then in verse 9 & 10 God tells us of an assembly of great nations from the North Country coming against Babylon.
Jeremiah 50: 9 For, see, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from there she shall be captured: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.
“Their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.” What this verse is saying, is that it is their arrows that are powerful and intelligent, and that none shall return vain. The days of the prophet Jeremiah, arrows (the missiles of over 2,000 years ago) were not that powerful, and many were fired in vain, either falling short of the mark, or being stopped by the enemy’s shield. They were definitely not intelligent, but many of today’s missiles are intelligent, nearly always hitting their mark and well capable of penetrating all the enemy’s defences.
Jeremiah 50:10 And Chaldea (Most of modern day Iraq, not just Babylon.) shall become plunder; all who plunder her shall be satisfied,” says the LORD. ( Translation in italics added)
All the nations that come against Babylon shall plunder her by taking away all the wealth of Babylon, and they shall be satisfied.
Then in verse 11 God goes on to explain why He allows the nations to plunder Babylon?
Jeremiah 50:11 Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, O you destroyers of My heritage, because you have grown fat as the heifer at grass, and you bellow like bulls.
It was because of the Jews sinned against God that God raised up Babylon to destroy Jerusalem and take the Jews captive back to Babylon. But this is not why God punishes Babylon. God punishes them because; 1: they rejoiced in the destruction of Jerusalem. 2: they grew fat on the plunder of Jerusalem.
There is a warning here to us. While for our own safety, we may at times need to fight and defeat our enemy, we should not rejoice in the destruction of our enemy. Neither should we grow fat at your enemy’s expense. Instead we should heed the words of Jesus Christ and love our enemies, and do good to those who hate us (Matthew 5:43 – 48).
Then verses 12 & 13 describe the condition of Babylon after the nations have plundered her. Babylon and the land of the Chaldeans shall become as the least of the nations, a wilderness. What is a wilderness land? A land with very few if any people living in it. Because of God’s wrath, Babylon shall become uninhabited, and wholly desolate.
Jeremiah 50: 12 Your mother shall be deeply ashamed; she that bore you shall be disappointed: look and see, Babylon has become the least of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert. 13 Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goes by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.
As the prophecy continues, verses 14 to 16 give us another view of Babylon’s destruction; starting with God’s call to the nations to attack Babylon, because she has sinned against God. In verse 15, the attacking army shouts against Babylon. Then Babylon gives her hand. When an army is defeated it gives its hand in surrender. As an expression of surrender, the whole of the surrendering army lifts its hands. Babylon has fallen, for this is the vengeance of God.
Jeremiah 50:14 Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: (attack Babylon from all sides): all you that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows: for she has sinned against the LORD. 15 From all around her shout against her: she has given her hand (in surrender): her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for this is the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon her; as she has done, do unto her. 16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handles the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword everyone shall turn to his own people, and they shall flee everyone to his own land. (Translation in italics added)
In the last days Babylon will be rebuilt. In a very short time it will be enlarged from a small country town, to a city of millions. These millions of people will come from very nation of the world. Then when Babylon falls, everyone shall turn to his own people, and everyone shall flee to his own land.
Then verse 17 goes back again to the fall of Northern Israel in 721 BC and Judah in 587 BC. For this reason God will punish Babylon (verse 18), and bring Israel back home (verse 19). Verse 17 is history, but as this punishment of Babylon has yet to happen, again we can see a gape period of over 2,500 years between the scattering of Israel in verse 17 and Babylon’s punishment and Israel’s return in verse 19. Verse 19 also mentions some of the territories the returning Israelites will settle in. Included in these territories is the land of Gilead. As this territory is east of the Jordan in present day country of Jordan, this also points to a future time when the territories of Israel will be much larger than they are currently.
Jeremiah 50:17 Israel is scattered like sheep; the lions have driven away: first the king of Assyria has devoured him; and last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones. 18 Therefore this says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Look and see, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria. 19 And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days (in which the Children of Israel shall return), and in that time (which is still to come), says the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and none shall be found; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I leave as a remnant. (Translations in italics added.)
The first of those, whom God shall pardon and preserve, will be the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe.
Both Joel 3:14 – 15 & Revelation 9:1 – 6 it is revel to us that salvation comes to the Israelites before the sun and the moon are darkened. Also Isaiah 13:9 – 10 gives the sign of the sun and the moon being darkened, as a warning for God’s people to flee from Babylon prior to its destruction. Therefore it should not surprise us that after telling us, in Jeremiah 50:20 of God’s salvation of the Children of Israel, verses 21 to 23 then give us another view of the nations of the world coming against Babylon and Babylon’s coming destruction.
Jeremiah 50:21 I have commanded the enemies of Babylon; “Go up against the land of Merathaim, and against the inhabitants of Pekod, lay waste and utterly destroy them.”
Merathaim and Pekod are thought to be symbolic names for Babylon and the land of the Chaldeans. The M.S.G translates verse 21 has; “Attack Merathaim, the land of rebels! Go after Pekod, country of dom! Hunt them down. Make a clean sweep” God’s decree “These are My orders. Do what I tell you.
Jeremiah 50:22 A sound of battle and of great destruction is in the land. 23 How Babylon the hammer of the whole earth is cut asunder and broken! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations!
Then begins another view of Babylon’s destruction.
Jeremiah 50:24 I have laid a snare for you, and you are also taken, O Babylon, and you were not aware: you are found, and also caught, because you have contended against the LORD. 25 The LORD has opened His armoury, and has brought forth the weapons of His indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans. 26 Come against her from the farthest border (come from the farthest nations), open her storehouses (take away the wealth of Babylon); cast her up as heaps of rubble, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left. 27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! For their day is come, the time of their punishment. (Translations in italics added.)
But the righteous, those who listen to and obey the voice of the Lord shall escape before the coming destruction of Babylon. They shall flee to Jerusalem, where they will declare God’s coming vengeance against Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:28 The voice of those who flee and escape from the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of His temple.
After God’s people have fled Babylon, the armies of the world surround Babylon so no one else can escape.
Jeremiah 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all you that bend the bow, camp against it and surround it. Let none there in escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she has done, do unto her: for she has been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel. 30 Therefore her young men shall fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, says the LORD. 31 Look and see, I am against you, O you most proud, says the Lord GOD of hosts: for your day has come, the time that I will visit you is here. 32 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 around about him.
After this we see another view of Babylon’s destruction. Starting in verses 33 and 34 with God telling us why this destruction is coming upon Babylon, and God reminding us of His strength, His ability to defend His people, bring rest to the land of Israel, and disquiet to the inhabitants of Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:33 Therefore says the LORD of hosts; the children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captive held them fast; they refused to let them go. 34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is His name: He shall throughly plead their cause, that He may give rest to the earth, and trouble to the inhabitants of Babylon.
Then from verse 35 to 40 we look at how God gives trouble to the inhabitants of Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:35 A sword is upon the Chaldeans, says the LORD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men. 36 A sword is upon the liars; and they shall be fools (and speak foolishly): a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be broken down. 37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people (from many nations) that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed. (Translations in italics added.)
When a nation turns from the ways of God towards the ways of Satan, more and more people tell lies, because Satan the Father of lies now dwells within them (John 8:42 – 45; & Ephesians 2:1 – 3). In verse 36 God curses liars and the curse is “they shall speak foolishly.” Babylon’s mighty men shall become fearful and have mental break downs. Also a mixed multitude of men from many nations will be drawn to Babylon, the sin capital of the world. Like women they shall become fearful and a sword of destruction shall come upon Babylon and they shall be robbed.
As we go on into verse 38, we are told that there will be a drought against Babylon’s waters, and they will be dried up. God’s word also tells us in Revelation 16:12 – 15 that the great river Euphrates will be dried up, preparing the way of the kings from the east, and a great army from the whole world will gather together to the place called Armageddon. But first this great army must capture and destroy Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up, for it is the land of graved images, and they are mad upon their idols.
Babylon will become a city full of carved images and idols.
Then in verses 39 & 40 the prophecy jumps ahead in time, to describe Babylon’s condition after its destruction.
Jeremiah 50:39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the jackals and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbouring cities thereof, says the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
Since God brought destruction to Sodom and Gomorrah, no one has dwelt there from generation to generation. But ever since the man first built cities and dwelt in them, to this day, mankind has always dwelt in Babylon from generation to generation. Babylon has never been destroyed and left inhabited. Therefore we know this passage is referring to the future destruction of Babylon.
Having looked at Babylon’s final destruction in verses 39 & 40. God then, in verses 41 – 46, gives us another look at Babylon’s destruction, starting with the armies of the world coming against Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:41 Look and see, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. 42 They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not show mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in and arranged as a man to the battle, against you, O daughter of Babylon. The king of Babylon shall become full of fear. 43 The king of Babylon has heard the report of them; his hands slackened and fear took hold of him, as the pains as of a woman in labour.
44 Look and see, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man that I may appoint over her? For who is like Me? And who will appoint Me the time? And who is that shepherd that will stand before me?”
When the king of Babylon and those closest to him hear of the armies of the world coming; they will tremble with fear and suddenly run away. Then God will look for another man that He may appoint him ruler over Babylon. Who will be that shepherd that will stand before God and defy the armies of the Lord?
Jeremiah 50:45 “Therefore hear you the counsel of the LORD, that He has taken against Babylon; and His purposes, that He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them. 46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.”
Verse 44 is a parable. In this parable, the Lion that comes against Babylon represents both God and the armies of the world. God uses the armies of the world as a tool to bring punishment and destruction upon Babylon.
Verse 45 is both a warning to all that defy the ways of God, and a declaration of Babylon’s final punishment. After Babylon’s leaders have fled, it will be the least amongst the people of Babylon, who leads them out to battle against the Lion and the armies of God.
Jeremiah 50:46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles, and the cry is heard among the nations.
13.THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON.
Part 3: Jeremiah chapter 51
As we read on into chapter 51, it may help to keep it in mind that when Jeremiah wrote this book he did not divide it into chapters. If he had, he would have probably written chapters 50 & 51 as one chapter. For Jeremiah chapter 51:1 – 58 continues to give us a number of views of the destruction of Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:1 This says the LORD: “Look and see, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind. 2 And I will send unto Babylon winnowers that shall fan her, and shall empty her land; for in the day of trouble they shall be against her and surround her.
In verses 1 & 2, again God foretells of and army coming against Babylon and surrounding Babylon with archers, capable of firing missiles and bullets into the city. Like and army of winnowers, they will totally remove and destroy all the unrighteous people of Babylon. Then verse 3 describes how Babylon will be surrounded by archers, riflemen, who will shoot and kill anyone who moves or raises his head to look over a wall or around a corner. Then in the final assault the attacking troops will storm the Babylonian defenders and thrust them through with sword and bayonet, in the streets of Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:3 Against him (of Babylon) that crouches down (so he thinks he cannot be seen) let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifts himself up in his armoured coat (peering over walls and around corners); and spare you not her young men; destroy you totally all her host (the defenders of Babylon). 4 So the slain (of Babylon) shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they are thrust through in her streets. (Words in italics added)
In verses 5 & 6 we go back before the siege of Babylon, where first God reminds the children of Israel and the children of Judah, that He has not forsaken them. Then God warns them to flee the coming destruction of Babylon, for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance upon Babylon for what she has done.
Verse 8b & 9a Before the time of Babylon’s fall, not only did many unrighteous people flood into Babylon, but also a number of righteous Jews and Christians, some came as slaves, others came to preach righteousness and salvation to the lost. They shall wail and cry bitterly for the lost of Babylon, just as God the Father will also cry bitterly for the lost of Babylon. They will cry, we could have healed and saved them, but they would not be healed and saved. Let us now return home, everyone to his own country. The news of Babylon’s judgement reaches the sky, the realm for the angels, even as high as the clouds, the dwelling place of God. The Jews and the Children of Israel say (in verse 10) Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
Jeremiah 51:5 For Israel is not forsaken, nor Judah, by His God the LORD of hosts, though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.” 6 Flee from the midst of Babylon, and every one save his soul! Do not be cut off in her sin, for this is the time of the LORD’s vengeance; He shall give a just recompense, He shall repay her. 7 Babylon was a golden cup in the LORD’s hand that made all the earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore the nations are mad. 8 Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. 9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country; for her judgement reaches to the sky and is lifted up into the clouds. 10 The Lord has revealed our righteousness. Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God.
Then again in verses 11 – 14, God gives us another look at the armies coming against Babylon in the spirit of the kings of the Medes. (That is to say, it is not the kings of the Medes who come against the Babylon, but an army that comes in the spirit of the kings of the Medes.
Jeremiah 51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his plans against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance for His temple. 12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, and prepare the ambushes. For the LORD has both planed and done that which He spake against the inhabitants of Babylon. 13 You that dwells upon many waters, abundant in treasures, your end has come and the measure of your dishonest gain. 14 The LORD of hosts has sworn by Himself, saying, surely I will fill you with enemy troops, as a plague of caterpillars. They shall lift up a shout against you.
Then we look at fact that God is the creator the earth, the world and the sky.
Jeremiah 51:15 He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the sky by His understanding. 16 At the sound of His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the sky; and He causes the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: He makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasures.
In verses 17 & 18, God looks at the foolishness of the people of the world who worship idols. For this foolishness, on the day the Lord visits this world with judgement, the people of the world will perish. Then in verse 19 we are told that the Portion of the children of Israel are not like them. The Portion of the children of Israel is none other than God Himself, the maker of everything and Israel is His inheritance.
Jeremiah 51:17 Every man is brutish and ignorant without knowledge; every metal smith is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. 18 They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their reckoning they shall perish. 19 The Portion of Jacob is not like them; for He, the LORD of hosts is His name, is the maker and former of all things; and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance:
God is the maker and former of all things; and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance: Christ is the olive tree, the children of Israel are the natural branches, and we who are in Christ, are the wild branches that have been grafted into the olive tree (Romans chapter 11). Thus we also through Christ become God’s inheritance.
At the time of Babylon’s reckoning they shall perish, but not so those, both the natural and the wild branches who are in Christ, for these are God’s inheritance.
In verses 20 – 23 God refers to Babylon as His battleaxe and His weapons of war, for God raised Babylon to break and destroy the wicked nations of the world. But because Babylon was over zealous in this work of destruction, even to the destroying Zion; God will raise another in the spirit of the Meds to repay Babylon for the evil they have done (verses 11 & 24).
When the Med’s captured Babylon in 539 B.C., Babylon was not destroyed; however in a time still to come others will come in the spirit of the Meds to repay Babylon for the evil they have done.
Jeremiah 51:20 You are my battle axe and weapons of war: for with you will I break in pieces the nations, and with you will I destroy kingdoms; 21 And with you will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with you will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider; 22 With you I will also break in pieces man and woman; and with you I will break in pieces old and young; and with you I will break in pieces the young man and the woman; 23 I will also break in pieces with you the shepherd and his flock; and with you I will break in pieces the farmer and his yoke of oxen; and with you I will break in pieces captains and rulers. 24 And I will repay unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, says the LORD.
God is against Babylon, the destroying mountain who destroys the earth; therefore God will destroy Babylon and leave it desolate forever.
Jeremiah 51:25 Look and see, I am against you, O destroying mountain, says the LORD, you who destroys all the earth: and I will stretch out My hand upon you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt mountain. 26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, or a stone for foundations; but you shall be desolate forever, says the LORD.
In verses 27 - 32, God gives us another look at the armies of the world coming against Babylon and her destruction. First the command would go out to set up a standard in the land. In days before telephones and radios, at time of war, a king would call his citizens to arms by raising a standard (a flag) though out the land above every city and town. Although verse 27 only mentions calling the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni and Ashchenaz together against Babylon, this is only symbolic for all the nations north of Babylon. For in verse 28 it goes on to call against Babylon the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion. So this vast army that comes from the north will include all the nations and kings of the Meds.
Who are the Meds? It says in verse 1; the LORD has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his plans against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance for His temple. So this army that comes against Babylon is not the army of the Meds, but an army from the north that comes in the spirit of the Meds.
Jeremiah 51:27 Set you up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars. 28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion. 29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon desolate and without an inhabitant.
Because of fear the mighty men of Babylon will stop fighting, and like women they will hide in their deep underground shelters, while above them their dwellings and the cities defences are destroyed. Runners will be sent out to assess the situation. For this to happen, it would seem most likely that the commander of the forces surrounding Babylon, will guarantee these runners safety, and possibly an escort while they carry out this assessment. They will discover and report back to the king of Babylon, all is destroyed and all the roads out of Babylon are closed, and that even the reeds around Babylon have been burnt to the ground, so there shall be no shelter for those trying to escape. The soldiers of Babylon who remain in their underground shelters are terrified, for they know there is no escape.
Jeremiah 51:30 The mighty men of Babylon have ceased from fighting, and they have remain in their holds: their might has failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken. 31 One runner shall run to meet another and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that the outer edges of his city are taken; 32 that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are frighted.
In verse 33 God says the time of Babylon’s harvest has come. Babylon sowed death and destruction upon the nations of the world, now it is time for Babylon to reap death and destruction upon herself. In verse 34 - 35 God is saying when you touch My people you touch Me, when you harm My people you harm Me. Therefore let the violence you done to Me, will be done to you. And the inhabitants of Zion say; let my blood be upon the inhabitants of Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:33 For this says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor, it is time to thresh her. Very soon, and the time of her harvest shall come. 34 The inhabitants of Zion shall say; Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me, he has crushed me, he has made me an empty vessel, he has swallowed me up like a dragon, he has filled his belly with my delicates, he has cast me out. 35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, and Jerusalem shall say; my blood shall be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea.
In verse 36 God says that He will plead Jerusalem’s case against Babylon. Then in verses 37 God announces judgement against Babylon; Babylon shall be destroyed and no one will dwell there anymore.
Jeremiah 51:36 Therefore this says the LORD; Look and see, I will plead your cause, and take vengeance for you; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry. 37 And Babylon shall become a heap of ruins, a dwelling place for jackals, an astonishment and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
In verses 38 to 44 God tells us how this punishment will be carried out. First when they receive news of the armies coming against them from the north and the east. The soldiers of Babylon shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps. Then in the heat of their excitement and anger, they will make feasts, become drunk and rejoice, then their enemies will come and destroy them.
Jeremiah 51:38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps. 39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, says the LORD. 40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with male goats. 41 How is Sheshach (Babylon) taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations! 42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof. 43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwells, neither does any son of man pass thereby. 44 And I will punish Bel (their god) in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he has swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yes, the wall of Babylon shall fall. (Strikethrough and translations in italics added)
Verses 45 to 48. In this passage God warns His people to flee Babylon and its coming destruction.
Jeremiah 51:45 My people, depart you out of the midst of her, and every man deliver your soul from the fierce anger of the LORD. 46 And lest your heart faint, and fear not because of the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall come both one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler. 47 Therefore, look and see, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
When will this destruction of Babylon come?
Back in chapter 50 verse 38, we were told that there will be a drought against Babylon’s waters, and they will be dried up. God’s word also tells us in Revelation 16:12 – 15 that the great river Euphrates will be dried up, preparing the way of the kings from the east, and a great army from the whole world will gather together to the place called Armageddon. But first this great army must capture and destroy Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up, for it is the land of graved images, and they are mad upon their idols.
It sound very possible that in order to prepare the way for the armies from the east, the head waters of both the Euphrates and Tigris rivers will be dammed. Therefore great amounts of water will be locked up and held back from Babylon and the land of the Chaldeans.
Keeping in mind, these great a amounts of water being held back from Babylon and the land of the Chaldeans, let us now look at chapter 51 verses 36 & 42. In these two verses the Hebrew word sea, although usually used to describe a sea, can also be used to describe a large river, like the Euphrates.
In verse 36 we are told God will dry up Babylon’s sea.
Jeremiah 51:36 Therefore this says the LORD; Look and see, I will plead your cause, and take vengeance for you; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
Given that the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers are the only large waters anywhere near Babylon, to dry up Babylon’s sea, must mean to dry up the Euphrates, and possibly the Tigris rivers.
Then in verse 42 we are told that after Babylon has fallen; The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
Given that Revelation 16:18 - 19 tells us that both Babylon and the cities of the world will be destroyed by a great earthquake, is it not possible that dams holding back the waters of the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers will be breached by this same earthquake, releasing this vest sea of water that will come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
In verses 20 – 23 God refers to Babylon as His battleaxe and His weapons of war, for God raised Babylon to break and destroy the wicked nations of the world. But because Babylon was over zealous in this work of destruction, even to the destroying Zion; God will raise another in the spirit of the Meds to repay Babylon for the evil they have done (verses 11 & 24).
If we turn back the clock seven years before the destruction of Babylon, we find ourselves in the middle of the Seven Year Covenant. At that time the forces enter Jerusalem, deport many Jews as slaves to Babylon and occupy Jerusalem for 3½ years. These 3½ years are the time of the great tribulation; after which the forces of the beast pull out of Jerusalem and Judah. It is then we enter this time mention in verse 46 of which it says; fear not because of the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall come both one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
For two years after the great tribulation there shall be rumour about the coming fall of Babylon. After those two years the armies of Gog of Magog shall in invade Judah and be destroyed by God as they approach Jerusalem. Then the sun and the moon shall be darkened. This darkening of the sun and the moon is God’s warning to His people, both Jews and Christians to flee from Babylon. For in approximately five months after the destruction of the armies Gog of Magog, the armies of the east shall surround and lay siege to Babylon for one year and one month, Then Babylon shall fall. So between the defeat of the armies of Gog, and the arrival of the armies of the east at Babylon, there is a five month window allowing the Jew held captive in Babylon to escape to Jerusalem. Once the armies from the east have surrounded Babylon, no one will be able to leave Babylon. Although many Jews will make their escape during those five months, many will also remain and become trapped.
1½ years after Babylon has been surrounded, Babylon will fall and both the angels in the sky and men upon the earth will sing for joy, for Babylon has fallen.
Jeremiah 51:48 Then the sky (the angels) and the earth (mankind), and all that is in them, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, says the LORD. 49 As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth. 50 You that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind. (Words in italics added)
By a miracle of God, a number of the Jews that remain in Babylon during the 1½ years siege have survived. These will escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into their mind.
Verse 51 takes us back in time to when the forces of the beast captured Jerusalem, and the shame this brought upon the Children of Israel. But then in verse 52 – 58 God again reminds His people of Babylon’s coming destruction.
Jeremiah 51:51 We are ashamed because we have heard reproach; shame has covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuary of the LORD’S house. 52 Therefore, look and see, the days come, says the LORD, that I will bring punishment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan. 53 Though Babylon should mount up to the sky, and though she should fortify the heights of her strength, yet from me spoilers shall come unto her, says the LORD. 54 A sound of a cry comes from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans: 55 Because the LORD has spoiled and destroyed Babylon. Out of her comes a great voice; as when waves do roar like great waters, the noise of their voice is raised:
In Jeremiah 50:41 – 42 it says; Look and see, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not show mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea. When this army comes against Babylon, not only will the cries of fear and terror be heard from the people of Babylon, but also the attacking troops will roar with the noise of their voices sounding like great waters.
Jeremiah 51:56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the LORD God of recompense shall surely repay. 57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts. 58 This says the LORD of hosts; the broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and because of the fire they shall be weary.
After the fall of Babylon the armies from the east and the armies from the north quickly move south to invade Israel. The beast on hearing of the approach of armies of the north and the east sends his army north to Great Plain of Megiddo. There, three and a half days after the fall of Jerusalem to the army of the beast, the armies of the world and the army of the beast are destroyed by the power of God at the Battle of Armageddon.
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