by Chris Josephson
restore your judges… and your counselors as at the beginning: afterward you
shall be called, The City of Righteousness, The Faithful City” (Isaiah
European Renaissance marked the transition from the Medieval Age into our
Modern Age (1) culturally in literature, art, etc., and (2) the Great
Industrial Revolution. But the spiritual renaissance limps and lags far
behind. However, restoration of truths lost during the Dark Ages has been
transpiring and is now beginning to spiral. This restoration process will
supersede all others, as the Father in heaven answers the petition His Son
taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as
it is in Heaven.”
restoration is vital because the God of Israel has given Ten Easy Lessons
for Living Life on this planet and mankind has flunked everyone. How did
it happen? Where did it begin? What is the root cause and source of this
news today involves Iraq and Iran – the area where the kingdom of Babylon
originated. How does this figure with Biblical prophecy?
first murderer Cain, went to that region (Gen. 4:16). It is the birthplace
of idolatry and the nesting area of evil and falsehood in this world. Some
think it is the location of the Garden of Eden, but it has become the symbol
of mankind’s heart rebellion and transgression against God’s Love Laws for
Sinai, God’s Laws were known and rejected. At Sinai, they were codified,
written down systematically. This revelation came to a people newly
delivered from bondage, who also failed and turned again toward Babylon in
idolatrous worship. However, Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel, after
the Babylonian captivity, was cured of idolatrous worship. As a result they
have maintained the Torah, the Prophets and the poetic books of the Bible
for all following generations – reaching in greatest measure to us today and
made possible by the printing press and modern technology. Thank you,
Replacement Theology –
Babylon is the
offspring of the Tower of Babel. “Babel” (babble) still describes
superfluous words, so wearisome to our ears. It means “confusion” caused by
egotistic mankind seeking to pull God down to our level and replace Him.
Babel represents the effort, in every age, to build a “tower” and bring the
Eternal down to our size, and take over His throne.
What an exercise
In light of
the above, can we figure out why and where in the world reverberations of
restoration vibrate today? What, in the providence of God, is He saying to
us by placing that area – Iraq and Iran – on center stage in the news?
Babylon is the
mother of a system that has contaminated the whole world. This evil must be
purged for God’s Love Laws to reign throughout the world. Evil forces don’t
want to give up and they fight with the culture of death – which is the
earmark of evil. But look now for the fulfillment of Isaiah 47:5, “Sit
thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for
thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.” (Is it significant
that Saddam Hussein was found in the darkness of a hole in the ground?)
Then and Now
quoting all related Scripture passages in answer to the question, “Weren’t
these fulfilled when the Babylon that existed at that time, fell?” Not
entirely, because they reach far beyond that time. In many passages in Bible
prophecy, we read, “in that day and at that time….” – then follows
predictions that have not yet occurred.
The same week
I am writing these lines, I heard an interview on CBS with a doctor who had
served with our troops in Iraq. He had joined a battalion of our troops and
traveled with his medical equipment strapped to his body. He spoke of the
evil influence around them, personified in the kidnappings and beheadings of
the kidnapped victims. This caused the soldiers, in whose unit he was
traveling, to make a pact with each other that if they found themselves in a
situation that was likely to result in being taken, they would reserve their
last bullets for each other!
mentioned “ghosts” in prison compounds where unmerciful torturing had taken
place at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s regime. This gives insight into the
evil spirits residing there as expressed in The Revelation 18:2, “…the
hold of every foul spirit….” This describes an evil spirit stronghold
that has not yet come down. It has had influence on our own forces in charge
of POW’s. Not being trained for spiritual warfare, without
personal knowledge of God’s power, and living a self-serving life style,
they are ‘taken captive at his [Satan’s] will’ (II Timothy
2:26, read the context). They fall victim to these hellish spirits fueled
by hatred that torment helpless victims. We need reminding, however, that
this does not apply to the majority of our troops. In the media, negative
stories sell the best!
the great has fallen”, declared the angel to the Apostle John on the
Isle of Patmos. The Revelation in chapters 17 and 18 parallels with Jeremiah
50 & 51; Isaiah 47 and others.
Now, has God
used our nation to begin this judgment? The Book of Daniel tells us that the
Almighty puts up heads of nations and He puts them down (Dan. 4:17 –
sometimes even “the basest of men”). George W. Bush was not put in by a
landslide, but in the light of this Scripture, he was divinely “put up”. He
was at the helm of the nation when the towers fell, and continues now after
the 2004 elections.
of our citizens felt we were justified in going into Iraq to bring down the
evil dictator. Many of us well remember World War II, and the millions who
died because our nation delayed to get involved. There is no need to remind
the readers of these pages that six million of God’s chosen people perished
at the hands of the Nazi regime. And now the self-acclaimed Nebuchadnezzar
was on the doorstep of the newly formed nation of Israel. He had already
lobbed missiles on her cities during Desert Storm and was positioning
himself to strike again. Israel is always number one on the hate list.
Here’s one of The Great Shepherd of Israel’s promises: “I will make a
cure for you, and I will heal you from your wounds
¾ the word of HaShem; for they
called you, ‘Discarded!’ [saying] ‘She is Zion
¾ no one cares about her!’ ”
(Jeremiah 30:17, Stone’s Edition).
seems the Lord has used our nation to begin judgment on Babylon, it is far
too big a job for our nation or any combination of nations. The final and
actual victory will have to be, “Not by [military] might, nor by
[political] power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”
of Babylon, “O thou that dwells upon many waters, abundant in treasures,
your end is come, and the measure of your covetousness” (Jer.
Why? Verse 5,
“For Israel [the translator supplied “has” and “been” in
italics because it isn’t in the original, but in Hebrew the present tense
verb is understood, therefore it should read “is”] not
forsaken, nor Judah of his God [promise to both houses] of the LORD
[that powerful Name] of hosts; though their land was filled with sin
against the Holy One of Israel.”
The Book of
The Revelation is full of symbolic pictures of what the prophets had already
said. Its types and shadows are not to be taken literally – but judgment of
evil, personified in Babylon, is graphic!
the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall
dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more
inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to
generation. As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbor cities
thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son
of man dwell therein.” This is Jeremiah 50:39-40 and has not been
completely fulfilled. People are dwelling there and it is not yet as
Sodom [which means “burning”] and Gomorrah [meaning “submersion”] !!
So What’s Ahead?
In this day
and age of Sodomy’s revival, the above quote takes on new meaning. To see
how evil will be destroyed, read the account of Sodom and Gomorrah in
Genesis 19. Their own sin was the cause, for it was contaminating the whole,
Abraham involved? He interceded for his nephew to be spared. How now is the
seed of Abraham involved? Let us pray for our relatives of the two houses of
Israel who are in that region.
was right in desiring to bring down the evil dictator, but he did not
realize the evil stronghold of the area. It seems to me that Jeremiah
describes our U.S. efforts and tells what we should do about it:
have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her [Will we have to
pull out?] and let us go every one into his own country: [Why?]
for her judgment reaches unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the
skies” (Jer. 50:9). And in verse 6 of the same chapter: “Flee out of
the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: [Again the
question “Why?” is answered – So you will] not be cut off in her
iniquity….” – not safe to be there when these prophecies come to pass.
companion account in The Revelation: “And I heard another voice from
heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her
sins, and that you receive not of her plagues….” Going on to say that
the cup which she has given to others will reverberate to her double
(chapter 18:4, etc.).
the term “Babylon” represents evil throughout the world. At the beginning of
this discussion we mentioned Ten Easy Lessons for Life. The 10th
and final lesson is the Capstone. “Thou shalt not covet.” And what
did Jeremiah say regarding Babylon? “…thine end is come and the measure
of thy covetousness.”
This lesson reaches far beyond the
geographical area of Babylon. Babylonian doctrine is interlaced in both
Christianity and Judaism – in both houses! The call of Abraham out of the
culture of death is the call upon us today. Are we Abraham’s children? If
so, then let us do as he did.
The root of
the word “Hebrew” in Hebrew means to cross over. That’s what Abraham did at
age 75. He came out of Babylon and crossed over the Euphrates River to
“the Land I [HaShem] will show you.” Do you call yourself a child
of Abraham? Then, come out of Babylonian traditions and idolatry and
cross over to “The Promised Land” of mental, emotional, physical and
spiritual freedom. Jeremiah tells us that at this time we are to “let
Jerusalem come into our mind” (51:50) and “declare in Zion the work
of the LORD our God” (51:10).
Will you come
with us and other believers who are seeking out “old paths, where is the
good way, and walk therein and you shall find rest for your souls” (Jer.
6:16)? Learn how you can be a “repairer of the breach [and a]
restorer of paths to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12).