`Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!' Revelation 18:10
Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Tower of Babel.
( a tale of two cities - see also Jerusalem)
While Jerusalem appears in the Bible over 600 times and is clearly God's delight and his earthly HQ, Babylon appears 281 times, Babylonia 10 times , Babylonian 13 times and Babylonians 54 times. It is clearly of great significance. We will explore that significance.
Babel ( Bavel in Hebrew) appears in Genesis 11 v 1-9
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel -- because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Babel is a version of Babylon and Shinar is the land of Babylonia - Babel sounds like the Hebrew for "confused". You will notice that, when man was expelled from the Garden of Eden it was to the East, and also that Abraham was called from the East to inherit the land that God promised him (Canaan / Israel). Babylon, Ur and the land of the Chaldeans all approximate to the location of present day Iraq.
The significance of Babylon for Israel (and Judah) was as the enemy - the city and people in opposition to Jerusalem and God's chosen people. It also appears to be as synonymous with worldliness and humanism as Jerusalem is with Faith and God centred thinking.
The references to Babylon tell a tale ----
Babylon was a pagan nation, used by God to punish his rebellious people when they had refused to heed all his warnings ( Habakuk 1 v6-10,
" I am raising up Babylon, guilty men who's strength is their god"But Babylon was later punished for the brutality with which it had carried out its conquest. Exiles were taken to Babylon and Temple treasures were taken to Babylon, also Psalm 137 concerns the misery of the exiles "by the rivers of Babylon". Babylon was the kingdom to which Daniel and the other Hebrews were taken and where they upheld their faith in the God of Israel rather than bow down to statues of worldly leaders .
In Revelation 17 v3 we read,
"Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus." But her end is certain; "Babylon has fallen", Isaiah 21 v9 and "Fallen is Babylon", Revelation 14 v8 and 18 v2.See also Jeremiah 51 for Old Testament roots of Babylon
Since Babylon was the place of suffering for God's nation of Israel/Judah in their time of Exile, and in the light of the above quote from Revelation 17, this topic merits some consideration by the Christian. In the writings of so many of the prophets we have God's warning words to a nation that has fallen away from godliness. These prophecies end up with the glorious vision of restoration. We, in the western church, gladly read the restoration promises and rejoice in their end times significance but we skip over the warning words which applied to Israel. Is this, perhaps, a hangover of Replacement Theology? Might the warnings apply just as much as the end-times visions. These disasters were to befall a nation that had fallen so far from the faith and righteousness it once had, but which dwelt secure, comfortable and complacent in material wealth. God condemned them for having abandoned His way, for Idolatry and for shedding innocent blood. Consider the moral and religious decline of our nations, the Idolatry (the "Pop Idol" phenomenon ) and the number of abortions carried out and the way multi-national business giants have far more power than most national governments. Shouldn't we be anticipating judgment and tribulation? And isn't the new Babylon the place for it to take place?
At the time John received this revelation the name appeared to apply to Rome, the current centre of One World Government, the centre of human pride, wealth and confidence. Interestingly, Rome is seen as being an empire that fell long ago but Israel is still in the process of returning from the Roman dispersion / exile. What is the significance of that?
Since Babylon and her fall is mentioned twice in Revelation, its significance as the seat of world, human pride and power remains. These forces seem set to play out the end-times events of the confrontation between the people and forces of God and the people and forces of Satan. The spirit of Babel in One World Government may well be discerned in world events, either already or in the near future. Certainly, the coming Antichrist is likely to be the highly esteemed leader of a one world government body who will achieve the seemingly humanly impossible in solving world problems, particularly the Middle East. See the table in End Times. This will be the time of the Tribulation ( Daniel 9 v27 - Isaiah 28 v18 - 1 Thessalonians 5 v3 ) .
At the beginning of the 21st century, the major conflict in the world appears to be between Islam and Israel (and those who support her ) but, real spiritual war zone though this is, it does not explain the whole "one world government" / Babel / Antichrist scenario.
Being enlightened sounds like a good thing.
Jesus came to be the light of the world.
But are we talking about the same thing here ? - Definitely not! The Enlightenment was all about man throwing off the restraints of religion and deciding for himself what is right and what is wrong. OK, so there was a lot in the establishment church that needed throwing off, but the thrust of the Enlightenment was throwing off God and deciding on right and wrong for oneself.
Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Notice the link here, right back to the Garden of Eden -
Genesis 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, "It is not true that you will surely die; because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
What is this symbol on the US dollar bill all about ? - Read on.
Consider also the desire for knowledge and understanding beyond that posessed by most people - that gave rise to the Gnostic sects that started to distract the early church. The desire to be the enlightened ones. (not enlightened by God's word - but by some secret wisdom)
Enlightened ones = illuminati - the name chosen for a secret society formed for the pursuit of power to rule the world on the basis of wisdom that is not from God.
Searching the Internet for "Illuminati" will produce links to diverse sites, that should be weighed up very carefully. (Fantasy gaming sites can be ignored) A secret society will obviously not publish a full and frank description of itself and its aims. Also, misinformation can be expected, as can smokescreens depicting incredible conspiracy theories.
However, Amir Tsarfarti, of Behold Israel, has dug into history and presents a compelling picture of the Illuminati as embodying mankind's opposition to God and his rule, by seeking to establish world rule under those who share this illumination / enlightenment.
The Freemasons, although originally a guild of tradesmen, a social organisation, the freemasons were infiltrated by the Illuninati and Freemasonary places on its members obligations to fellow members which supercede those to nation or God. Members of this secret Brotherhood exercise control at high levels of politics, government, the military, the judiciary, the church and finance. The deeper levels of the brotherhood also involve religious devotions to what appear to be ancient pagan deities.
The Skull and Bones organization seeks to control wealth and power in the USA through this secretive society based in Yale University. Tapping 15 promising members per year and positioning them strategically to control the nation's policies. Presidents from both Democrat and Republican parties have been Bonesmen; also security chiefs etc.
Christian should remember that Satan's offer of world power for those who will worship him was no idle boast. (Temptations of Jesus) It is reasonable to assume that those who have taken up the offer are numerous and move in upper levels of government, finance, international business and the media.
Remembering that there are powerful people seeking power by underhand means should lead us to mistrust mainstream media and check everything against God's word. Excellent sounding ideas and initiatives appeal to many caring people, including Christians, but they are unaware of the darker implications of many of them. Consider the antichrist, who rises to power through manipulation and presenting himself as a saviour of the world. See also Whither the Church and Understanding the times.
A measure of world unity is discernible since the end of the Cold War between USSR and USA. Although we see wars continuing to rage around the world, they tend to be local, with the major powers agreeing to seek a resolution, or at least not to take opposite sides. The USA led war on terror, focused on Afghanistan was remarkable in the amount of co-operation among the nations; even Islamic nations.
Although the European Union was initially sold to the British electorate as aa trading patnership, the politicians involved were largely driven by the belief that a political union of Europe was a necessary way of avoiding the many wars between European nations down through history. The page on Europe reveals just how godless this political union is.
The Gulf War was similarly contained by political agreement. However, this conflict raised some concerns about a "One World Government" system. President George H W Bush used the phrase, "New World Order" several times, and it was suggested that American politicians allowed Saddam Hussein to believe USA would not interfere if he invaded Kuwait, in order to then be able to attack and defeat him. As remarked in 911, the Gulf War appears to have been about oil not human rights and there were suggestions that it was part of a strategy based on the works of Hagel which assert that, "there is no change without conflict." and that all the suffering was necessary in the establishment of a "new world order."
In the December 2003 issue of "israel today" magazine, informed sources were reported saying that , The Quartet had drafted a proposal to transfer the seat of the United Nations to Baghdad (ancient Babel or Babylon)! The move would relieve the space constraints of the New York headquarters while also freeing it from the physical jurisdiction of the US. According to the Quartet’s proposal, an area near Baghdad would not only house the new UN headquarters, it would also be the home of a worldwide religious council. Even atheistic politicians recognize that little can be done without addressing the matter of religion. In this scenario, Baghdad would become the seat of the Antichrist and the false Prophet.
The World system is seeking to maintain the present balance of power and trade with oil producing countries even though they are holding everybody to ransom. This was clearly bad for Israel, while it was not an oil producer and was the focus of the hatred of the majority of oil producing nations. The discovery of huge gas reserves is causing a big shift - one that calls to mind the prophecy of Ezekiel in chapter 38.
The world is making progress towards a one world religion, based on tolerance and humanist values, but intolerant of Christianity because it insists that Jesus is the only way.
The picture shows the "Ark of Hope". An Internet image search will bring up many websites carrying images of this object and describing its contents and the aspirations of its creators and adherents. Generally speaking, its ambience is new age, eco friendly, unity etc. The similarity to God's Ark of the Covenant is obvious, and it clearly signals a human striving to do better than God and to "do what is right in his own eyes."
This object was central to the Earth Summit in Johannesburg in 2002, and it is reported that 65,000 delegates bowed down to it and declared, "The Earth is alive, and is our Mother Earth."
It is understood that the movement that surrounds this object sees existing religions as the cause of the earth's troubles and that peace and harmony will be achieved when this new religion replaces them all. This religion will have to be mandatory, so tolerance will be enforced intolerantly!
Interestingly, Islam will not take this lying down; but then the Roman Catholic church also aims to become the dominant party in a single world religion. While all this jockeying goes on, where will the true church of Jesus be ?
Noting the way ecology campaigning is assuming a religious nature, Christians should be careful not to get sucked in to "Mother Earth" faith. Christians, being caring people, can be drawn in to eco campaigns caring for "the planet" or the animal kingdom - often driven by ungodly evolutionary theory - that have disturbing implications for human beings. The most disturbing being the belief that the earth has too many people to support, a situation that must be remedied. One assumes that the ruling elite will not be volunteering to remove themselves from Earth's burden but will nominte other people groups. Who will they be ?
See The World, for more detail of these issues.
The aspirations of the E.U. to become a powerful nation of Europe should also cause us to ponder its role in the future rise of "One World Government" and "One World Religion" See Europe and Is Europe the Beast?
While Christians should not be sidetracked by politics and conspiracy theories, we should be looking deeper than the TV News interpretation of events to see the signs of the times pointing towards the coming of Jesus the Messiah . Obsession with One World Government and the Antichrist is probably unhealthy, but we should be awake. Through all these things we can see Babylon representing global Human ambition and the pursuit of wealth and power, while Jerusalem represents the body of believers who trust in God. The Revelation significance of this is clear when one considers the spiritual forces arrayed behind both cities.
Remember, there is no neutral territory in this confrontation, and we should not find ourselves taking the wrong side!
Click the banner below to go to the site map and choose another page