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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

August 26, 2020

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 49-50


Jeremiah 50:46

At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.


Much of the misunderstanding of the Biblical record is caused by one simple mistake; that is not realizing that many times there is not only a physical aspect, but there is also a spiritual aspect. Both must be considered. These two spheres of reality are usually not congruent. Meaning the time of their activities are not the same. There is no better illustration of this in the Bible than Babylon. When Jeremiah speaks of this Babylon, understand that there is the physical, historical Babylon and there is a future, spiritual Babylon.


In 539 B.C. historical Babylon was captured by Darius of the Persian empire. In Daniel chapter 5, Daniel told Belshazzar (son of Nebuchadnezzar) that the handwriting on the wall conveys that his kingdom, Babylon, would be divided and given to the Medes and Persians. This happened under the strong arm of Darius.


Then there is the future physical/spiritual Babylon

  • It will be destroyed by the Lord God during the great tribulation. Revelation 18:18

  • After which it will never be inhabited again. Jeremiah 51:26, Revelation 18

  • The nations of the world will lament its destruction. Jeremiah 50:46, Revelation 18

  • The Israelites will be released and flee from both. Jeremiah 51:6, Revelation 18:4

  • Both are depicted as golden cups filled with iniquities wherein the nations have drunk and become mad. Jeremiah 51:7, Revelation 17:1-6

  • Yet all heaven rejoices over the destruction of both. Jeremiah 51:10 & 48, Revelation 18:20

  • After the destruction of both Babylons, Israel would seek their God. This happened historically in Ezra 1, and will occur in the future. Zechariah 13:9.


So, as you can see, this entire portion of Jeremiah is both physical and historical and spiritual and future. This is why to the average reader the book is confusing, for it is full of both historical and futuristic prophecies as well as being both physical and spiritual. This is why God gives His people pastors. They are to…well Nehemiah 8:8 tells men of God what to do: So they read the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. This is the entire purpose, reason, intention, and goal of the Read-to-Read daily devotions. To give you the sense and cause you to understand what you are reading.


Thank you for allowing me to do my job.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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