Babylon, The Revived Empire of Revelation
Scripture used is from the Message Bible Translation:
Rev 13:1 MSG And the Dragon stood on the shore of the sea. I saw a Beast rising from the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads—on each horn a crown, and each head inscribed with a blasphemous name.
Rev 13:2 MSG The Beast I saw looked like a leopard with bear paws and a lion’s mouth. The Dragon turned over its power to it, its throne and great authority.
Rev 13:3 MSG One of the Beast’s heads looked as if it had been struck a deathblow, and then healed. The whole earth was agog, gaping at the Beast.
I truly believe that the revived empire spoken here is Babylon. Scholars have taught for years that it will be the Roman Empire.
In Daniel the beast that the king saw and Daniel was given interpretation was of the empires that would arise and then be thrown down.
The head on that image was the current empire of Babylon. Babylon would be overthrown by the Medes.
So the head did receive a fatal blow but it will be healed.
I know many use figuratively when trying to give meaning to many things in the Bible.
I believe that many things are literal. Therefore, Babylon was a literal place believed to be in what we now call Iraq. It was surrounded by seven mountains or hills. It is also believed that the king of Babylon created one of the wonders of the world which is the floating Gardens. He built them for his queen.
There are still prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled concerning Babylon and I feel these are the ones found in the Book of Revelation written by the Apostle John while imprisoned on the isle of Patmos.
Historical Babylon was the trade hub of the known world. All routes went through Babylon. It was like our modern day stock markets.
It was able to be this hub because of being on a shipping routes also.
Jer 50:9 MSG Do you see what I’m doing? I’m rallying a host of nations against Babylon. They’ll come out of the north, attack and take her. Oh, they know how to fight, these armies. They never come home empty-handed.
Jer 51:1 MSG There’s more. GOD says more: “Watch this: I’m whipping up A death-dealing hurricane against Babylon—’Hurricane Persia’— against all who live in that perverse land.
Jer 51:2 MSG I’m sending a cleanup crew into Babylon. They’ll clean the place out from top to bottom. When they get through there’ll be nothing left of her worth taking or talking about. They won’t miss a thing. A total and final Doomsday!
Jer 51:3 MSG Fighters will fight with everything they’ve got. It’s no holds barred. They will spare nothing and no one. It’s final and wholesale destruction—the end!
Jer 51:4 MSG Babylon littered with the wounded, streets piled with corpses.
Jer 51:5 MSG It turns out that Israel and Judah are not widowed after all. As their God, GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, I am still alive and well, committed to them even though They filled their land with sin against Israel’s most Holy God.
Jer 51:6 MSG “Get out of Babylon as fast as you can. Run for your lives! Save your necks! Don’t linger and lose your lives to my vengeance on her as I pay her back for her sins.
Jer 51:7 MSG Babylon was a fancy gold chalice held in my hand, Filled with the wine of my anger to make the whole world drunk. The nations drank the wine and they’ve all gone crazy.
The verses just mentioned describe exactly the same as the Apostle John wrote in the Book of Revelation.
The countries that come down from the north is now Syria. A warning is given for the people of Babylon to flee the city as fast as they can. After the attack Babylon is totally destroyed forever. It will never again be inhabited by man again.
It is from the Revived Babylonian Empire that arises a false religion, false government, and a man who is called by John, an anti-christ.
The historical Babylon was the place that the first false religion came from. The government of Babylon became great and the King became proud. Pride so took over his’ being that he order a statue to be made of his’ likeness and made a decree that everyone will bow down to it.
The revived Babylon will be the same as the one mentioned in the Book of Daniel and Jeremiah, etc.,
The false government will give power to the anti-christ to go and conquer all lands. He will speak to mankind that he will bring peace to the world so that all the world will worship and bow down to him.
The false government will also bring into being a new form of financing. The anti-christ will make a decree that everyone must take a mark of the beast. Without it no one will be able to buy or sell.
All these things will not be just a certain region but rather it will be globally.
The anti-christ will cause all other governments and their leaders to cease existence.
With this one can see that this is the reason why countries like The United States of America and other countries are not mentioned in the Bible.
Global trade once again will flow through the Revived Babylonian Empire.
Man may try to circumvent God’s plan but will fail in their efforts.
So, no matter how a politician can declare a nationalism message and want the country to be an isolationist it will only come to naught as God continues to execute His’ plan.