Read Jeremiah 51
The pitiful results of sins, the horrifying details of the destruction of the sacred city of Jerusalem, the burned . . . House of the Lord (Jer. 52:13). The army of the Chaldeans . . . brake down all the walls of Jerusalem (52:14). Note: The Chaldean city of Babylon was in the territory that now belongs to Iraq!
Babylon's splendor and gigantic empire were spectacular. The walls of Babylon were 80 feet broad and 360 feet in height and they appeared invincible. The palace and vast architecture within gave the impression of being an imperishable empire. But the prophet Jeremiah foretold: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come (Jer. 51:33). It was no problem for God to destroy its very existence just as earlier prophesied (25:12). All her excellence became a ruin, and ancient Babylon became a wilderness without an inhabitant (51:37,62).
Babylon's defeat came at a time when its leaders were filled with pride and feasting, and were fearless of all the world. It was the signal for freedom and redemption for the faithful Jews in captivity who were warned more than once to flee from Babylon and deliver every man his soul (51:6,45). After its defeat by Cyrus, they were at liberty to remain in Babylon and enjoy its luxury and new-found freedom; but they were commissioned by prophecy to restore the desolations of the once-magnificent Jerusalem.
The world as we know it is a system as well as a planet. Babylon is a type of the world system or order. We are warned: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (I John 2:15-16). Whenever people are redeemed by the blood of Jesus they become pilgrims and strangers in this world (Phil. 3:20; I Pet. 2:11). The first effect of redemption is separation from this world. Behind all worldly activities is the satanic system that seeks to defeat and destroy the ministry of God. The world by (human) wisdom knew not God (I Cor. 1:21) and hated Christ (John 15:18). Although we have not yet left this world as a place, we have already been set free from it as a system. We do not belong.
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils. . . . And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (Rev. 18:2,4).
Thought for Today:
As Christians, we do live in the world; but we don't have to live by its standards.
As the Creator of the universe (Jer. 51:15). All things were created by Him, and for Him (Col. 1:16).
51:2 fanners strangers, destroyers; fan scatter, disperse; 51:11 device plan, purpose; 51:17 brutish foolish; founder metal caster; graven image idol he has made; 51:25 mountain power; 51:31 at one end from end to end; 51:42 The sea the flood waters of the Euphrates; 52:31 lifted up the head of showed favor to.
Pray for Internatlonal Broadcasts in memory of Letha Hash • Government Officials: Gov. Eddie Calvo (Guam), Sen. John McCain (AZ) and Rep. David Reichert (WA) • Tibet (province of China) (4.6 million, from 1990 census) in eastern Asia • Major language: Tibetan • The Chinese government is still committed to promoting atheism, while at the same time, officially permitting Lamaism (a form of Buddhism) • 97% Tibetan Buddhist; 1% Muslim; 1% Bon; 1% Other • Prayer Suggestion: God wants to be exalted through you (Ps. 46:10).
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