Hebrews 4:11-16. We should labor to enter into God’s rest. It seems contradictory, but God’s rest is active, applying God’s word, sharper than any two-edged sword, in other words, active belief. Jesus did the same, our high priest was in every way tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Ezekiel 21. Babylon was chosen as the sword of God for judgement, a sword against Judah and the Ammonites.
Ezekiel 22. Jerusalem had become a morally, ethically and spiritually bankrupt city, God found no righteous people, much less leaders, so He was going to destroy it, with drought and fire.
Ezekiel 23 tells in some length of two harlot sisters, one is Samaria, the other Jerusalem. God will execute judgment on both Jerusalem and Samaria.
Ezekiel 24. God told Ezekiel to put on a cooking pot, fill it with water and the parts from the best animal, boil it dry, let the kettle burn up the meat completely and char the bones. So shall it be done with the city of bloodshed. Ezekiel’s wife died. Put up a stiff upper lip, Ezekiel!
As Israel will fall because of their disobedience
so will Babylon fall because of arrogance.
Because of Bel (Baal) and idol worship Isaiah foresaw Israel going into captivity. Among those were Daniel and the three Hebrew children cast into the fiery furnace.
Elam is another word for ancient Persia, the fall of Babylon is described in https://lenbilen.com/2017/09/24/daniel-5-the-handwriting-on-the-wall/
Tema: The name of a son of Ishmael (Gen 25:15; 1 Ch 1:30) , also an oasis half-way between Edom and Medina in what is now the Levant part of Saudi Arabia.
Kedar, meaning dark-skinned was the second son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13) . It was also the name for the nomadic tribes of Arabs, the Bedouins generally (Isa. 21:16; 42:11; 60:7; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:21), who dwelt in the northwest of Arabia. They lived in black hair-tents (Song of Songs 1:5). To “dwell in the tents of Kedar” was to be cut off from the worship of the true God (Psalms 120:5). The Kedarites suffered at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Jer. 49:28-29).
Chapter 14 starts with a wonderful promise
Next is a prophecy against Babylon.
Notice the central position of Babylon in today’s Middle East.
Saddam Hussein had restored the ruins of Babylon to show the greatness of Iraq. The picture below shows a U.S. soldier after invasion of Iraq.
Yes,, Babylon shall come to an end.
Jesus saw Lucifer, also called Satan fall from heaven as lightning strikes.
The Prophet Ezekiel also foresaw Satan being thrown out of heaven.
Isaiah also prophesied the destruction of Babylon
Next is a prophecy against Assyria.
The destruction of Philistia is also foretold. It is interesting that the tribe of Dan could not take the land of the Northern Philistia, so they settled in the very northern part of Israel. Their failure to take their allotment of the promised land continues to this day.
Chapter 13 through 24 are a series of prophesies of disasters for all kinds of places and Peoples. Babylon will take Israel into captivity.
Today is no different. This time people are fleeing the area. Hostilities are again increasing.
The city of Babylon was not very big, but it controlled a large territory.
The Day of the LORD as described in Matthew 24
Same account according to St. Mark in the old Wycliffe translation from around 1390 modified into modern language.
The ruins of Babylon are being restored, before the Mid-east War Saddam Hussein wanted to make it a historical Disneyland. The four pictures below show Baghdad today. The upper left picture shows one of Saddam Hussein’s many palaces overlooking the old ruin City of Babylon.
Yes, there were five kings in 303 B.C., Antigonus amassed a large army and fleet, but the other kings attacked, defeated and killed Antigonus in 301 B.C., his kingdom divided, and then there were four.
The rest of this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. It is now 2250+ years later, and it seems the rest of the prophecy is to be fulfilled.
Let us take a pause and see what is happening.
Let us take a look at the people of the world, starting from Genesis.
Looking at the map of the Middle East today, these are the people mentioned and their original settlements.
This is where Ishmael spent his life. He helped bury Abraham. His descendants branched out from there, mostly in the Levant.
Who is this King?
The one desired by women is a reference to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The desire of all nations is the Messiah, Jesus Christ
This king is most likely the Mahdi, yet to be revealed.
He will be joined by the forces of communism, socialism and humanism.
The prophetic clock started again with the
All this is yet to happen.