Showdown In The Land Of Babylon

From Genesis to Revelation, the land of Babylon and the city of Babylon (Iraq) occupy a prominent place in Scripture. Together, the land and the city are mentioned almost 300 times in the Bible. Without question, many of these references are about ancient Babylon, but also without question many other references are about Babylon’s future just prior to and during the Tribulation Period (Isa. 13:6-16). Also, it is important to separate the prophecies about the land from the prophecies about the city.

Some verses of Scripture tie the city of Babylon to false worship. Nimrod built a ziggurat near there called the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9). I don’t know what was on top of the Tower of Babel, but later ziggurats had temples or altars on top of them and they were used for astrology, human sacrifice, the worship of Marduk and things like that. False worship and slaying people for religious reasons are an ancient Babylonian custom that still exists today.

King Nebuchadnezzar built a statue near the city of Babylon and ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to worship it or die (Dan. 3:1-30). Slaying people who won’t convert is another ancient Babylonian custom. Zechariah had a vision of a wicked woman (the opposite of the Bride of Christ; a harlot religion) that will be carried to Babylon in an ephah (a symbol of commerce and trade) in the future (Zech. 5:5-11). Some believe this means that the city of Babylon will be the future home of a global false religion and economic system. The Book of Revelation speaks of Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots (false worship) and Abominations of the Earth that is also a city loved by the merchants of the earth (Rev. 17-18).

Some verses of Scripture tie Babylon to demonic activity. Many writers think the Garden of Eden was in Babylon and Satan went there (Gen. 2:14; 3:1-5). Sorcerers practiced in the city (Dan. 2:2; 3:5). Daniel was in Babylon when the prince of Persia (a fallen angel) hindered the answer to one of his prayers (Dan. 10:13). Isaiah said satyrs (demons) will dance on the site of the burned city and the Book of Revelation confirms it (Isa. 13:19-22; Rev. 18:2).

Some verses of Scripture teach that the destruction of the land (not the city) of Babylon will start before the Tribulation Period and continue on into the Tribulation Period. God will assemble a multi-national force in the mountains of Babylon to move against the evil in the land with the weapons of His indignation (a name for the Tribulation Period) when the day of the Lord (the Tribulation Period) is near (Isa. 13:3-6). God will lay the land of Babylon desolate when the day of the Lord is coming (Isa. 13:9). Then, He will punish the world in the day of his fierce anger (Isa. 13:11-13). So the beginning of the destruction of the land of Babylon (Iraq) is a sign that the Tribulation Period with its seal, trumpet and bowl judgments is drawing near.

Some verses say the city (not the land) will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (Isa. 13:19). The city must be rebuilt because it hasn’t burned yet, but it will burn during the Tribulation Period (Rev. 18:8) between the seventh bowl (Rev. 16:17) and the Second Coming of Jesus (Rev. 19:11-16). God said the city of Babylon will be destroyed suddenly (Jer. 51:8) and in the Book of Revelation, He said her plagues will come in one day (Rev. 18:8) and her riches will be destroyed in one hour (Rev. 18:10, 17, 19). He also linked several verses in Isa. 13 and Jer. 50-51 to Rev. 17-18 (Isa. 13:21 to Rev. 18:2; Jer. 50:15 to Rev. 18:6; 51:7 to 17:4 and 18:3; 51:8 to 18:2; 51:9 to 18:4; 51:13 to 17:1, etc.).

Jeremiah tied the destruction of the city (not the land) of Babylon to the salvation of the Jews. He said the Jews will weep and seek the Lord, their God and join themselves to Him in a perpetual covenant at the time of Babylon’s (the city’s) destruction (Jer. 50:4-5). Zechariah tied Israel’s weeping to the Second Coming of Jesus, the Battle of Armageddon and His outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Zech. 12:7-14). So the city’s destruction will occur instantly at the end of the Tribulation Period after the everlasting gospel has been preached all over the world (Rev. 14:6-8).

Some verses of Scripture teach that the Medes (Kurds) will play a dominant role in the future destruction of both the land, and later, the city of Babylon. God called on the nations to prepare their multi-national forces to join the Medes (Kurds) to make the land of Babylon desolate (Jer. 51:28-29). God said He will stir up the Medes (Kurds) against the men in the city of Babylon (Isa. 13:17). He said He will use the Medes (Kurds) to destroy the city of Babylon (Jer. 51:11). [Editor’s note: See more of Daymond Duck’s views on the Medes in his earlier post here.]

It is possible that the genocidal actions of the Islamic State (IS) have started the ball rolling on the fulfillment of these prophecies. Demonic describes those who behead, crucify or bury alive other human beings. It describes those who refuse food and drink to children who are dying of hunger and thirst and those who make sex-slaves out of young girls. It describes those who make mothers watch while their babies are cut in two and their husbands are slaughtered. It describes those who kill for religious purposes and those who demand that people convert or die. It describes the Islamic State and also the satanically inspired False Prophet who will behead people during the Tribulation Period (Rev. 13:15; 20:4).

In recent years, most of the nations in the world have been reluctant to sell weapons to the Kurds (Medes), but the demonic actions and gruesome videos of the Islamic State have profoundly altered the thinking of world leaders. The UN Security Council now recognizes the dangers of radical Islam. The UN Security Council has met and demanded that the Islamic State stop their attacks, disarm and disband; and the UN Security Council did it under a section of its Charter that allows the UN to militarily enforce their demand.

God said He will gather a group of mighty nations with the weapons of His indignation in the mountains of Babylon to destroy the land (Isa. 13:3-4). Several nations have now shipped or are preparing to ship modern weapons to the Kurds who occupy the mountains of Babylon (Iraq). Some are sending troops and this could be a clear indication that the Tribulation Period is close (Isa. 13:5; Jer. 50:3, 9-10, 15, 25-26, 41, 46). It could mean that God is ready to move decisively against those in the land of Babylon (Iraq) who are robbing, killing and raping His people and destroying His churches.

Obviously, the Kurds and their UN supporters can’t use these weapons against the city of Babylon at this time, but UN involvement is setting the stage for the city to be rebuilt and its destruction won’t be many years behind. In the last two weeks, Pres. Obama has called for a multi-national force to join the U.S. and the Kurds; since Aug. 8, 2014, the U.S. Air Force has destroyed dozens of Islamic State targets; the Kurds have recaptured the Mosul Dam; the EU has met and authorized member nations to help; England has announced that it is sending troops; the U.S. has announced that it may send more troops to join several hundred that are already there; and the prophetic picture of the Bible is starting to unfold.

In closing, I am not a prophet, but as I understand the Scriptures, this is just the beginning of a showdown in Babylon that will shake the world. As we approach the Tribulation Period, I expect the Islamic State to be brutally crushed and the land of Babylon to be seized and secured by the Globalists with the help of the Kurds (Medes). Then, I expect the Globalists to quickly rebuild the ancient city of Babylon to house their Global religion and economic system. Finally, at the end of the Tribulation Period, I expect the Kurds to use some of their modern weapons to destroy that city suddenly.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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The Same Old Playbook

Knowledge of Bible prophecy, Pres. Obama’s actions and a recent article caused me to think about what Pres. Obama meant when he said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Some thought he meant restoring integrity in government, stopping partisan bickering, co-operating with Congress, improving America’s economy, putting Americans back to work and good things like that. But his record shows that he didn’t mean any of those things. I can’t prove it, but I think he meant, “We are five days away from doing whatever it takes to bring America into compliance with the Globalist Agenda.” I think Pres. Obama’s playbook was drawn up by Satan, given to Nimrod at the Tower of Babel, handed down to the Globalist, passed on to Pres. Obama and he is just a pawn in a one-world government scheme.

An excellent article by Daniel Taylor titled Globalist Think Tank: North American Community “Will Be Forged in the Heat of Conflict” (www.oldthinkernews.com) started me thinking about this. Mr. Taylor wrote about a Globalist meeting in 2002 that was held to discuss the formation of the North American Union. The Globalists who attended believed that the majority of U.S. citizens are opposed to surrendering the sovereignty of the U.S. by merging the U.S. with Canada and Mexico. These Globalists agreed that a playbook (a set of plans, schemes or tactics) was needed to fundamentally transform the U.S. Without an attitude adjustment in the U.S., these Globalists concluded that they would not be successful in creating a North American Union.

A representative of the Council on Foreign Relations (Stephanie Golob) attended the meeting and she indicated that the opposition of U.S. citizens is the “greatest obstacle” to the merger of the U.S. with Canada and Mexico. She didn’t say so, but the U.S. economy was the envy of the world in 2002. The middle class was large, many had good jobs, good pay, good healthcare, good retirement plans, the U.S. military was strong, people enjoyed their freedoms, etc. The vast majority of this middle class didn’t have anything against Canada or Mexico, but they didn’t want to risk losing the good things they had by surrendering U.S. sovereignty in a merger with Canada and Mexico. This probably explains why Golob suggested that the creation of the North American Union will have to come from the top down (by Presidential Directive or Executive Order) instead of by vote of the people. Without Presidential Directives or Executive Orders, these Globalists concluded again that they would not be successful in creating a North American Union.

A third and very insightful thing in Mr. Taylor’s excellent article connects the desired attitude adjustment and the need for Presidential Directives to the current illegal immigration debacle. According to the article, Prof. Darrell Hamamoto of the Univ. of Cal. said, “illegal immigration is about creating a subservient underclass in America.”

Golob’s 2002 statement reveals that Globalists thought the middle class of U.S. citizens was too big, too well off and too independent. Under these conditions America’s affluent middle class could not be controlled, an attitude adjustment was not possible, and Presidential Directives to surrender the sovereignty of the U.S. would be strongly opposed. On the other hand, America’s lower class of citizens was not well off, they depended upon the government for benefits and they could be fundamentally changed and controlled because they would want to keep their benefits coming in.

Thus, illegal immigration is about fundamentally changing attitudes by reducing the size, income, independence and voting power of the uncontrollable middle class; and it is about increasing the size, income (benefits), dependence and voting power of the controllable lower class. It is about weakening the middle class and empowering the lower class to create a new majority in the U.S. to change the way U.S. citizens think and vote. And all of this is essentially an old playbook or blueprint that was drawn up for the purpose of surrendering the sovereignty of the U.S., creating the North American Union and ultimately bringing in a mostly socialist one-world government.

Satan has convinced the Globalists that the middle class is expendable so the Globalists are doing away with middle class jobs, healthcare, freedoms, independence, etc. and Satan has convinced the Globalist that the lower class can be useful so the Globalists are keeping the border open to allow illegals to flood in and change the demographics of the U.S.

Some politicians are talking about sending the illegal immigrants back home. I will be surprised to see that happen because it will go against Satan’s one-world government agenda. Others are talking about building villages to put the illegal immigrants in. That doesn’t surprise me because it falls in line with the Agenda 21 goal of creating tightly controlled communities.

Other schemes in Satan’s same old playbook include reducing the population of the world to 1-2 billion people (through abortion, gay marriage, and several other really devious suggestions); preserving resources for future generations (called global resource efficiency); weakening the U.S. military and hyping climate change to scare citizens into accepting one-world government; and wealth redistribution to weaken the upper and middle classes, and to strengthen the lower class (increase the income of the lowest 40% faster than the national average).

In conclusion, I don’t think the big mess on America’s border with Mexico comes from a playbook drawn up by Pres. Obama. I actually think it comes from that same old playbook that was drawn up by Satan and handed down to the Globalists at the CFR, the State Dept. and all of those who are trying to establish the New World Order. But I have good news for you: God has always known the contents of Satan’s playbook, God plans to deal with it and God’s plan won’t fail.

By the way: The attitude adjustment also includes changing America’s religious beliefs.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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