• William T. Howe Ph.D.

July 31, 2021

Daily Reading: Isaiah 13-17

Isaiah 13:1

The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

In chapter 13 of the book of Isaiah a new theme begins: Prophecies against the Gentile Nations. There are ten listed, the most prominent being: Babylon, Assyria, Egypt. Of these three, Babylon is key. Wherein Jerusalem symbolizes peace and righteousness throughout Scripture, Babylon symbolizes evil and wickedness. Jerusalem pictures the spiritual Kingdom of God, Babylon pictures the physical kingdom of the world and all its unrighteousness. The ancient kingdom of Babylon existed from 626 to 536 B.C. In the future however, and even now there is a spiritual Babylon which is and will be an ecclesiastical-political kingdom. Rightly so, the word Babylon means confusion, which is its overriding characteristic.

To understand the full influence of Babylon one only has to go to the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. In the very last days this confusion of a religious system coupled with the power of politics is easily noticeable. Of the last of its six references in Revelation perhaps 17:5 is the most notable. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Isaiah told us all about it as he saw it; he called it "the burden of Babylon". It's a mystery, but one in which the ending is known. Total and complete destruction, and all in one hour.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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