The Rise And Fall Of Babylon

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According to the Book of Revelation, the city of Babylon has to be rebuilt once again. This is another key event for everyone to really keep an eye on.

Prophecy scholars are divided in their opinion as to whether or not the city of Babylon will literally be rebuilt again. After studying the verses I will list below, I believe the Bible is using literal interpretation and it is meaning exactly what it is saying.

If this is correct, then the city of Babylon will once more be rebuilt so God can literally wipe this unholy city right off the face of this earth!

The city of Babylon is in the country of Iraq. Back in the early 70’s, Saddam Hussein started to try and rebuild the city once again. He probably got about half of it rebuilt before we took him out in our war with Iraq. It remains to be seen if Iraq will continue to rebuild this city once a new government has been put into place and things start to settle down.

God the Father has a MAJOR BEEF with the city of Babylon. I personally feel that He is going to allow it to be rebuilt once again so He can personally destroy it Himself. Here are the reasons as to why God would want to personally destroy this unholy city Himself.

Back in the Old Testament in the Book of Genesis, the city of Babylon was the first city where man began to worship himself in organized rebellion against God Himself. It was where Satan officially set up his initial headquarters. The first official world ruler was Nimrod and he ruled from the city of Babylon. Most, if not all of the false religions of this world, can be traced back to the city of Babylon.

As you will see in the following verses, Babylon is called a harlot – because from out of her came all of the other false religions that have set themselves up against the one and only true God. From these other false religions have come massive persecution of God’s people throughout the ages.

Satan and his demons have obviously been behind all of these other false religions such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.

Many in the radical end of Islam hate all Christians and Jews. There is horrible persecution going on right now with Muslims slaughtering Christians in the southern parts of Sudan and in some parts of Indonesia. Satan and his demons rule behind these other false religions and he is the one obviously causing all of this hatred towards Christians and Jews.

As we get into the 7 year Tribulation, God arranges for this city to be rebuilt again, and then He will arrange for the city to be completely destroyed by the Antichrist and his 10 nation confederacy in one day! The Antichrist will have no idea that he is being used as a pawn by God the Father when he sets out to destroy this unholy city.

I have a feeling Satan may be able to read what I believe will be a very heavy sign from God as to why this city is being raised up again – just so God can personally destroy it Himself.

I believe God is saying with the destruction of Babylon, that He is in the process of getting ready to clean up the earth, and that all of the false religions of this world are going to be taken for out for good once Jesus returns back to our earth to set up His Millennium Kingdom.

God will first destroy the city of Babylon and everything that it stands for and represents. And then He will eventually come after Satan, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, all of Satan’s demons, and all of the other unsaved people of this earth when Jesus comes back to us in His second coming.

When the Millennium Kingdom is set up by Jesus for 1000 years, all of the unsaved people, and Satan and all of his demons will be totally taken out so that we can all have true peace on this earth during the 1000 years that Jesus will rule for.

As you will see in the following verses, Babylon is once again going to be rebuilt, and it appears to become a major governmental and commercial place in the world. The Bible says that this harlot will initially rule in tandem with the Antichrist.

When the city is eventually destroyed by the Antichrist, the Bible says that many of the merchants, traders, and seamen will mourn because they are no longer going to be able to trade and make money with her. The Bible says that the kings of the earth were living luxuriously with her when she is destroyed and they are all mourning because of the loss of wealth that will occur to them as a result of her sudden destruction.

The Scripture Verses

1.  This first verse tells us that the beast, who is the Antichrist, and his 10 nation confederacy will be the ones who will destroy this city. However, this verse then goes on to tell us that it will be God Himself who will be the One to put it into the hearts of the beast and his 10 nation confederacy to destroy Babylon. Here is the verse:

“And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, they will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that GREAT CITY which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:16-18)

2.  This next verse goes further into the actual destruction of Babylon. Apparently the city is literally destroyed in one hour! Here is the verse that wraps up what God has to say about destroying this unholy city.

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird.’

For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury … In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart,’ I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow’.

Therefore her plagues will come in one day – death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

And the kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore … Rejoice over her, O heaven, and your holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”

Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymoreAnd the light of your lamp shall not shine anymore … For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.” (Revelation 18:1-24)

3.  Here is another verse that says her destruction will come in one hour.

‘For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ (Revelation 18:17)

Conclusion

1.  Babylon probably has to be rebuilt sometime before the 7 year Tribulation starts. If it is going to be a flourishing city by the time the Antichrist sets out to destroy it, it has to be rebuilt sometime before the Antichrist really comes to power in order to properly set the stage for it to be a flourishing and wealthy city again.

Prophecy students feel that its destruction by the Antichrist will probably come somewhere around the midpoint of the Tribulation or shortly thereafter.

Remember, the Antichrist will initially rise to power more on peace and diplomacy during the first three and half years of the Tribulation. It is in the last three and half years of the Tribulation that the Antichrist starts the mass persecution of the Jews, Christians, and anyone else who will not accept his mark. My guess is that Babylon is included in the last three and half years of his mass persecution and destruction of both people and countries.

2.  You will also notice that Babylon is completely destroyed in one hour by fire. The first verse above says that the beast will burn her with fire. I have to believe that the Antichrist will probably launch some type of nuclear missile or bomb on Babylon to completely destroy it by fire in one hour.

3.  The Bible says our God is a jealous God. The first of the Ten Commandments is: “You shall have no other Gods before Me.”

The second commandment says:

“You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God …” (Exodus 20:4-5)

All of the other false religions that have come onto this earth all have their origin in some way with the ancient city of Babylon, and they all involve some form of idol worship. With our God the Father being the one and only true God of the entire universe, He calls all of these other false religions originating out of Babylon harlots! This is because they are not following the one and only true God of the Bible.

I have already done an article titled, “The Basics of Salvation Eternal Through Jesus Christ.” The Bible makes it very clear that there is only one faith, one God, and one Savior – Jesus Christ. God the Father will not honor any of these other false religious systems in any way, shape, or form.

All of these other false religions are an abomination in His sight, and they all have their origins direct with Satan himself. And the city of ancient Babylon was really the official starting point from where Satan started to develop and work all of these other false religions into the world today.

Once you understand and see the big picture as to how God sees it, you can then understand why He would want to resurrect the city of Babylon once again – just so He can personally set it up for its final destruction at the end of times. The above verses also say that this destruction is set up by God in order to avenge all of His people who have been martyred throughout history by all of these other false religions.

4.  If you want to read more on Babylon and its final destruction, go to chapters 17 and 18 in the Book of Revelation. Those two chapters were too long for me to type out for this article. The above verses are highlighting the basics on this subject for you.

Note in Revelation 17:3 where it says:

“And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”

The woman is the city of Babylon and the beast she is sitting on is the Antichrist. This verse tells us that initially Babylon will be riding on and working with the Antichrist and probably helping him set up his agenda.

There are also predictions that out of Babylon will come much more of the New Age Movement, along with a heavy increase in sorcery, magic, and the occult. Demons and their supernatural powers will be at their peak during the end times, and the city of Babylon will have major occultic activity surrounding it, which will help it to draw many people from all around the world. This would probably explain why it is going to become so popular and wealthy again once it is resurrected.

All of the above is just another powerful puzzle piece being given to us by God the Father to let us know when we are really starting to approach the end of times and the return of His Son Jesus back to our earth to set up His 1000 Year Millennium Kingdom.

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  1. Sorry, but I don’t agree with you. The Bible says we see in part, like trough a glass darkly. Babylonian is a system, of the world and Satan. American is that country that falls in one hour. Quite possibly via nuke. We are warned to come out of that system or be destroyed by her sins, and plagues. The parallel here is the system not the actual city in Iraq. This is a warning of sanctification to the body of Christ. 2Cor. 6:117 ” Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” Blessings & Shalom

  2. What leads you to believe that Babylon is not the US. The US is the greatest of all and it is the most wicked and has strayed the furthest from Christ with its beliefs and practices. In the great ways the bible describes Babylon are the exact ways that make America great. The sin described regarding Babylon is the same sin you see in America. To believe little Iraq, with no sense of luxury or power to impress upon the world is the place that has disappointed God so much is humorous to me. America, on the other hand, seems more fitting. God bless either way. Just sharing my views.

    • Because all the discriptives of the actual baylonian capitol by the OT prophets were used by Christ in the book of revelations describing whom He was pointing towards. But also the prophecies in Jeremiah 50-51 and Isaiah involving the complete destruction to never be rebuilt with it’s own stones and inhabited has not been fulfilled. The city has been in the process of being restored for financial purposes and people have always settled in the capitol. Even in the first century their was Christian’s settling there and Hussein settled one of his palaces there while attempting to restore it. But also Obama and other leaders have have funded the restoration process even though it was not affected by the US invasion.

      So believe the prophecy is to be interpreted as historical and grammatical not allegorically. But also the mystery is not the identity of what CITY will be destroyed as stated in Rev 17 as the Angel told John the mystery of the woman being that she would have economic influence over nations, so the mystery is not in the cities identity, that was already made apparent by the prophetic discriptions Christ used through his prophets long ago repeated in Rev 17-19. Rev 17″ says this is the mystery of the woman”.

      So it is no longer a mystery but has been revealed of the final judgment prophesied in Jeremiah and Isaiah.

  3. Good ideas here. But if some events are yet to be fulfilled why are our preachers telling us that the next minute Christ can come?

    • Because they believe in the Pre-trib plus most in the invisible rapture but Jesus clearly comes during His wrath in Rev 16 during the 6th vial to face the Antichrist in battle after He uses him to destroy the capitol city of babylon.

  4. There is one very important key here that has been missed. One of the main babylonian harlot that is mentioned in bible is the great catholic church. Her graven images and heavy idol worship has made her in the eyes of God a spiritual adulterer of all time just like any other false religions.

  5. True, Babylon the great is false religion. If your religion practices pagan traditions, easter, halloween , christmas…..your a pagan…you are part of Babylon. I know that most want to say..Not Ours!!!! Fact is Fact…if you celebrate any of these…you are celebrating pagan traditions and they are not of God.

    Most I’ve come across want to try and find an excuse to do one of these celebrations …why? because it makes them feel good. If you are of God, you don’t need to cling to anything pagan. If you are of a faith that practices any of these…GET OUT

  6. When you read the bible and god speaks of this in the old testament something jumps out to me as if the descendents of each nation like when it says babylon could it mean a group of people or new nation where the descendents reside now with all the false religions where do you think most are and if you were to think we all descend from near isreal god said he strayed them all over the world to bring them back one day it says we will never know when its coming in the bible I think it speaks of the nations like groups of people you have to think god is the wisest and the all loving god wouldn’t you think the antichrist would read the bible or atleast think he new what wass prophisied I don’t god made it that easy to decipher.its just an observation still reading the bible now. What’s your opinions on what I’ve said.

  7. Mike, I am wondering how you can say that “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” is established out of Babylon. It was started in upstate New York in 1830. I read your other articles about Romney and Mormons. I think you have the facts twisted.

    • Sam,

      Mormonism obviously came later. But the idea of creating false religions to rival our faith all started back in Babylon. To this day, Satan still likes to create new cults and false religions as seen by all of the other false teachers and false prophets that are out there.

      Mike

  8. I only have one problem with your opinion. I would enjoy see evidence that Mormons are in fact not a conservative branch of Christianity following your God’s Holy Word.

    Im 15, and an athiest. One thing about your religion I would enjoy learning about, is the interpretation of the star “Bellwood” which falls from the heavens and crashes into earth, only turning 1/3 the water bitter? (poisonous)

  9. Hi,

    I’m just wondering.. If Babylon will fall literally in one hour.. then, could it be possibly the 9/11 attack was the sign of fall? Because according to reports, WTC South Tower collapsed–56 minutes after being struck, followed by the North Tower which collapsed–after burning for 102 minutes. Then rest followed, and also the recession which I think even declaring it’s end on 2009, the country still experiencing its effect until today.

    I really don’t intend to cause controversy in anyway.

  10. Good Morning,

    i also support a literal Babylon. however in order for it to be rebuildt and to grow to prominance we could be looking at another 10 years which means the Rapture is not in a few years. What do you think?

    • The rapture takes place at the same time of the first resurrection, this takes place after Armageddon when Jesus returns during the 6th vial

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