|The Judgment of
…“Is this not Great Babylon, that I have built, to
be the seat or the Capital of my kingdom, by the
might of my power, for the honor of my majesty
(or, as a testament to and an exhibition of just how
majestic I am)” (Dan. 4:30)?
As with Pharaoh, God gave Himself full credit for
the existence and ascension of the pagan King of
Babylonia. He even took gentle pains to introduce
Himself on several occasions by interposing
Himself into the king’s dreams. There, having
gotten inside Nebuchadnezzar’s head, quite literally,
where He could not through the life, the ministry or
the example set by the apple of His Eye (sound like
today’s church?), God portrayed Himself as the
One having ultimate authority, and, a power far
superior to his—or, to that of any other monarch,
whatever his level of genius and ingenuity. Where
the blindness of arrogance, a haughty spirit, and a
stubborn predisposition to self-exultation persisted, the Lord humbled the great king, stripping him of his most cherished aspect,
thereby, publicly humiliating him through 7 years of psychosis. That is, i.e., the king’s insistence upon elevating himself to a
status to which he did not belong was treated as if it were an attack upon the Sovereignty of God (which it was, given the
history of that region and of Babylon, and, no doubt Nebuchadnezzar’s full knowledge of it). To his astonishment, he was met
by the True and Living God on the offensive, who counterattacked by reducing a king’s overrated mind to the level of an
animal, locking his psyche in a prison of insanity from which he could not release himself, except by turning the key of
acknowledgement—professing publicly that God was ultimately responsible for his greatness (Dan. 4:34, 37; 5:18, 21).
Great Babylon: Her Achilles Heel
“And Babylon, the glory of the kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and
Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation…” (Isa. 13:19-20; Jer. 50:39;
Long before Nebuchadnezzar (II) ascended the throne of his kingdom (605 B. C.—561=44 years), well in advance of the day
he brought her to the height of her glory—a day perhaps no one saw coming, when Babylon was just another lovely city rebuilt
from ancient ruins by a priestly class known as the Chaldeans—God articulated the day of her doom, by Isaiah the prophet
(Nabopolassar was Nebuchadnezzar’s father, and the king who lead in the overthrow of Assyrian rule in 626 B. C.). Years
went by and nothing happened (100 or so). Then God summoned Jeremiah to take up the call. Years went by again, and
nothing happened until just before the collapse and final deportation into the Babylonian Captivity in 587 B. C. It appears Daniel
and company had been there since before the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s rule, which would have been about 603 B. C.
(about 18 years).
Per divine decree, pursuant to an ego that refused to see “God” beyond he crest of his own nose, the magnificent dream of the
mighty Nebuchadnezzar—encompassing 196 squares miles of well thought out citadel; with all of that splendor, with all of that
enchantment and, in the bright light of all of its power—fell before the God appointed might of the Medes and Persians. That
fateful blow was delivered in 539 B. C. during the early years of the reign of his grandson, Belshazar (his father, Nabonidus).
Irreparably crippled, the city that had stood tall and proud, seemingly invincible for roughly 70 years, hobbled almost
unrecognized for centuries (almost 1000 years), until, according to Divine agenda, (it was finished off) its walls toppled, in the
4th century AD by Julian the Apostate. Like Jericho, some of the most exquisitely managed prime real estate ever was never to
be revived. Like the Titanic, 56 miles (some say 14) of impregnable wall(s; there appears to have been several), covering an
area 187 feet wide, 200’ tall extended by towers that stood an additional 100’ above the ground, crumbled completely and hit
rock bottom. Its “Achilles Heel” having been breached and exploited, Cyrus the Persian general brought Great Babylon to her
knees, to rise no more (Isa. 14; Jer. 50 & 51).
In Defiance of God
The message sent to rulers and governments of the world by way of God’s dealings with the Pharaoh and with
Nebuchadnezzar is quite simple and straight forward: flouting the will of God is dangerous business that could be injurious to
one’s well-being, or, even fatal. So far as anyone seems to know, one of the only historical figures who has shown any real
ambition and potential for the resurrection and restoration of ancient Babylon is Alexander the Great. He died relatively young,
in Babylon, before his vision could materialize. The late Saddam Hussein of our generation went a step further, in that he was
allowed to actually put shoe-leather to his initiative. He too died under the load of his work-in-progress. Thus, we might
conclude that their “defiance”, like that of Nebuchadnezzar, was requited early. As with Nimrod, whose name is said to imply
that he was a rebel against the idea of submission to the will of Almighty God, their kingdoms fell into disrepute, following their
It should be noted, perhaps, that Nimrod (the great grandson of Noah, grandson of Ham, son of Cush—said to be the father of
all the world’s black races, thus himself a “black man”) was the defiant instigator who led the rebellion at Babel (Gen. 10:8-10;
11:1-9), which defied God’s decree to scatter and to repopulate the earth. Being a “mighty hunter before God”, it is said that he
was not a hunter of wild game, so much as he was a warrior and a conqueror who tracked down men, to bring humanity back
together, under his authority, and to keep them away from God by means of a system of religion that forms the basis of many
others even today (including Roman Catholicism and its offshoots in the Anglican and in the Orthodox Churches.). He is the
actual founder of Babylon, which was destroyed and rebuilt several times before Nebuchadnezzar’s day. Thus, Babylon is a
city that is, from its very foundation, by its being, nature and ideological fabric, symbolic of and synonymous with defiance of
and rebellion in the face of Almighty God. Moreover, it is therefore not coincidental that God chose this designation to identify
the two most prominent characters (shall we say) featured in the Book of the Revelation.
So then, two chief opponents to the will of God are dead and the city is in complete ruins, as prophesied, to the supreme
satisfaction of God, and yet, the spirit of defiance has not died—in fact, far from it.
U. S. State Department & The Future of Babylon Project
One might be inclined to think it highly unlikely that the EU would ever consider uniting with the U. S. in a joint venture to
rebuild ancient Babylon. Their governments are financially burdened to the limits and their banks are in as much turmoil as are
those of the U.S. After all, they unionized in the first place so as to compete with the Americans for a slice of the global pie of
position, power and prestige. This they did out of envy. Moreover, out of all the investment initiatives afloat, no one seems to
be interested in any prospect that ancient Babylon might hold—at least, not on the surface, as far as the average eye can see.
When the building craze of recent years gobbled up investment dollars from all around the world (much if not most of it planted
in U. S. markets), not even scant thought appears to have been levied toward Babylon—for obvious reasons, regional instability
being perhaps paramount (Also, consider the Side Note above.).
And yet, contrary to personal premonition, “rumor has it” there is a movement afloat now, in our day, that dares once more to
openly defy the plainly stated word and will of God. Not inconceivably, that initiative appears to be—if not rooted primarily in,
certainly—heavily invested in by our own United States government, in league with the World Monuments Fund, based in New
York, with ‘affiliates’ around the world (together, they work with Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, and have
contributed at least $700,000—all this per the 06/28/2009 edition of the U. S. military publication, “Stars and Stripes”)! Just as
reports have it that the world’s biggest company, Exxon-Mobil, and other oil companies like it, are drooling at the mouth,
salivating over the thought of Babylonian oil flows and are gearing up to go back into Iraq, so likewise, a renewal of that anti-
God vision, as some are even now proposing, could see Babylon brought back to life as a major tourist destination—on a par
with the Egyptian Pyramids; replete with all sorts of money-making amenities. Some think that should all of this transpire, Iraq
stands a good chance to become the richest country on the planet (this due in part to a drive to shore up relations by patching
hurt feelings and mopping up bad blood owing to damages caused at the ruins by U. S. and coalition troops. U. S. State
Department involvement appears to be mainly focused on preservation, at this time, more so than on actual rebuilding of
Babylon—although one need not rule out that possibility.).
Saddam Hussein is dead, and, for the time being at least, so is his dream of a rebuilt Babylon.
If the death of Alexander the Great and the death of Saddam Hussein say anything at all in terms of Bible Prophecy, Babylon is
most definitely not going to be rebuilt. God will see to that. Thus, as this narrative will establish, ancient Babylon is definitely
not Babylon the Great of this Book of the Revelation. That being so, what does that say about the future of the United States,
given her evident determination to get fiscally involved in a preservation initiative that she without doubt knows is sure to lead to
an all out drive to revive the ancient city of wonder and splendor—a city built on foundations conceived primarily for the
exaltation of man, in staunch opposition to the sovereignty of God? Are we, here, faced with a clear case of “double jeopardy”
for the only high profiled, international foot in history that has ever fit the profile laid out for us here by John the Revelator, in
Rev. 18? This we know: The United States is a nation in great, great danger, on a scale “biblical in proportion”—per the mind
and plan of God—do we therefore need to add this act of ‘defiance’ to our resume’? Could this ‘act’ in fact be the “tipping”
point, the proverbial ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’, leading to the prophesied downfall of the U. S. A?
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doubt that Babylon the
Great is not Babylon, Iraq"
2. THE WORLD'S
“Like squeezing a camel
through the eye of a
needle, so is the difficulty
in getting the wealthy, the
intellectual, into the
Kingdom of God”,
3. THE NEW WORLD
" Former President
George Bush, Sr. was
shown in online video
affectionately, in glowing
terms about the “New
World Order” "
jubilation centers in
Heaven’s ecstasy and joy
over the desecrated sight
of Babylon the Great.
5. Fate: God
Commissions the Death
of the Greatest Nation of
6. Economic Melt-Down
"...a renewal of that anti-
God vision, as some are
even now proposing,
could see Babylon
brought back to life as a
major tourist destination—
on a par with the
replete with all sorts of
Some think that should all
of this transpire, Iraq
stands a good chance to
become the richest
country on the planet..."