A New Interpretive Theory on Babylon-America's Coming Demise
A New Interpretive Theory
On the Demise of Babylon-America
Jeremiah 51 Revisited
Partial Judgment of America:
Before the Rapture
Before the 1st Fire Judgment
Before the Rise of the Antichrist
Before the Great Tribulation
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What I am about to share with you is merely a brief summary of my ongoing research into a portion of the Babylon prophecies of Jeremiah, chapter 51. This research simply revisits the timeline of events listed in Jeremiah 51 with a view towards an alternate understanding of the Hebrew verbs. What do I mean by that statement?
In Hebrew, the grammar of verbs is not oriented in a time-frame as we have in English. In English, we have 3 main verb tenses, all of which are related to time:
1. Past Tense: "I hit the ball"
2. Present Tense: "I am hitting the ball"
3. Future Tense: "I will hit the ball"
In Hebrew, the verbs are all related to action. There is no past, present or future tenses as we have in English.
Here is a brief explanation of Hebrew verb tenses:
In the ancient Hebrew of the Old Testament, the verb tense is not writing about time (past, present or future) as in the mind of the ancient Hebrews, even something completed can still be considered to be in the future.
For example I can say "my father taught me about life" which is written in the past tense. While my father taught me many years ago, we see this as past tense and in the Hebrew mind it is a completed action. Yet, in the Hebrew mind this completed action exists in the past, present and future. How so? I still learn from my father today by remembering all that he taught me and I will continue to learn from him even after he is dead.
With this in mind, we examine Jeremiah 51 in terms of the verb action and the timing. In our modern day concept of time in conjunction with writing, we generally expect a passage such as Jeremiah 51 to be "linear" in terms of a time-frame. The ancient Hebrew mind-frame however is so alien to our modern concept of expressing time that we should be cautious in trying to understand a descriptive chain of unfolding events.
Jeremiah 51 may or may not be a description of events of one right after another. Some events may be simultaneous, yet other events may have a time gap of hours, days, weeks, months or even perhaps years, depending upon context. With this in mind, let's examine Jeremiah, chapter 51 and verse 1.
"Thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, Against those who dwell in Leb Kamai, A destroying wind.
In verse 1, God speaks to Jeremiah, telling us that God will "raise up" against Babylon, and against those who dwell in Leb Kamai, a destroying wind. This verse is a very difficult verse to translate in part because of the Hebrew word construction plus a uniquely Hebrew term "Leb Kamai" which is a code word for "Chaldea" and or "Babylonia" as in the land of Babylon - not merely the city and it carries a special meaning -
"The Midst of Those Who Rise Up Against Me"
God's definition of Leb Kemai refers to the Chaldeans as being a people who rise up against Him. Chaldeans were not a nation. They were not even a tribe or blood-related. Chaldeans were individuals who followed an occult belief system including not just astrology, but divination and sorcery also. They were not tied to a particular land although for the most part they had settled along the Euphrates River from the time of Abraham down to Nebuchadnezzar and later the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire before being scattered during the Roman Empire around the time of Christ.
The use of Leb Kemai suggests that within the nation/empire of Babylonia were the Chaldean sorcerers who rebel against God. The verse tells us that God will "raise up" or "stir up" a destroying wind against the entire nation/empire of Babylonia/Babylon. The Hebrew term for "destroying" is in the Hiphil verb stem indicating an especially intense destroying wind, although the term can also mean a "spirit" depending upon context. Given the modifying word "destroying" which precedes it, and the verb "to raise or stir up" the context seems to more appropriately indicate a wind and a very stormy, destructive wind at that. Now let's find out how this destructive wind is applied to Babylon in verse 2.
In Jeremiah 51 we are introduced initially to a term that carries little understanding to modern-day English readers. This term is found in Jeremiah 51, verse 2 and is translated as "Fanners" (KJV) or "Winnowers" (NKJV) or "Foreigners" (NIV & NASB). See verse below:
"And I will send winnowers to Babylon, Who shall winnow her and empty her land. For in the day of doom They shall be against her all around."
Note the term "winnow" is used in the next phrase as a verb as a compliment to the noun version of winnowers. But what does the verb mean?
The Hebrew word in question is the word "Zuwr." (Strongs #2114). This is the noun version. As a noun the word generally means:
4. Strange woman, harlot, prostitute.
The root meaning is: "to turn aside, to depart." In his Hebrew-English lexicon, Gesenius notes that the root term implies a stranger who is on a journey and turns from the road to someone's home for lodging for the night or to simply visit someone. In other words, to be a stranger or visitor. More often the term is used to describe someone traveling from a foreign land and is passing through or simply on an extended visit in an alien nation.
The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew-English lexicon notes however that the term ,when used of a visitor from another nation, usually connotes an enemy or someone regarded with suspicion as a potential enemy. There is also the connotation of subterfuge such as "spies" or secret "agents" who pretend to be something other than an enemy.
The verb form that shows in the second phrase of verse 2 is the Hebrew word "Zarah." (Strong's #2219). It means:
1. To intensely scatter
2. To intensely fan, winnow
The term is primarily an agricultural term, used to separate grain from the chaff, such as wheat, by throwing the product into the air and letting the wind separate the wheat from the chaff. When used figuratively, it applied to dispersing enemies.
The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon tells us that it can also mean "to cause to fly" or to scatter or to fan or winnow. In the figurative sense, to scatter, or disperse a people usually of an enemy.
Verse 2 then tells us that they shall 'empty her land." The Hebrew term here is "Baqa or Baka" (Strong's #1238). It means "to empty out." However, in this verse the verb is in the Polel tense which gives extra stress or punch to the word, so that it means "to empty out intensely." Perhaps the better English term would be "to empty out or to devastate."
So the foreigners intensely scatter and empty out devastatingly the land of Babylon.
At the end of verse 2 we find out that foreigners will be all around the land, seemingly everywhere.
Now, Let's Review:
Verse 1 tells us that God stirs up a destroying wind against Babylon. He also will let foreigners (enemies) come into the land of Babylon. These are hostile agents with ulterior motives who come into the land as visitors, travelers or temporary workers. They are not entering the land to be permanent residents loyal to the government but they may pretend to be as such.
At some point, these 'foreigners' take actions that intensely scatter the residents of Babylonia. Their actions help to cause the land of Babylonia to be emptied out (evacuated) and devastated.
Verses 3 and 4 describe the situation that follows at the hands of these foreigners.
"Against [her] let the archer bend his bow, And lift himself up against [her] in his armor. Do not spare her young men; Utterly destroy all her army."
"Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, And [those] thrust through in her streets."
Verse 3 provides instructions to the "foreigners to not let the Babylonian soldiers arm themselves or become battle ready. Do not spare the younger men and destroy all of the Babylonian soldiers.
Verse 4 then tells us the results. The slain shall "fall" - literally "fall down (in a violent death) pierced and riddled in her streets.
Verse 4 ends the narrative of the "foreigners" and verse 5 explains why this happens. Verse 6 is a command to the Jews living in Babylon to flee and return to Israel.
Verse 11 tells us the originating source of the foreigners. They come from the "land of the Medes" as in Media, which is located in what is today the western portions of modern-day Iran.
Verse 12 indicates the foreigners use "ambushes" as part of their tactics of destruction within the land of Babylon.
Verse 14 tells us the foreigners are in a large number. Much like an infestation of caterpillars sweeping a farm crop. On this basis, we can guess-timate the number will run into at least the hundreds if not thousands. At the end of the verse we find that they lift up a shout of testimony against the Babylonians. Can we say "allahu akbar?" That is the shout of fanatical Muslim jihadists as they engage in battle or terror. .
For this article, we will skip down to verse 21-23 where we find listed those who will be targeted by these foreigners. This includes soldiers in the Babylonian military as well as civilians of all ages and also of both men and women and all kinds of members in Babylonian society. The usage of the term shepherd and his flock, may also suggest that of the Church and its congregation. Although in context it seems the phrase is perhaps more primarily oriented to agriculture and the raising of animals such as sheep, goats, etc., because the next phrase deals with the farmer and his oxen. So the idea of a reference to the church pastors and church congregations may be a bit of a stretch - or it could be of a dual usage meaning.
Verses 27 and 28 also identify our "foreigners" in verses 2-4. Verse 27 starts out by giving us Messianic Hebrew idioms, although somewhat abbreviated. This signifies that the described events take place just before the coming of the Messiah, in the Last Days.
The latter part of verse 27 references 3 tribes from which the foreigners of vss 2-4 originate. These three tribes were located in what is present-day northern Iran, along and around the southern tip of the Caspian Sea.
Verse 28 also reminds us that the Medes are involved and the lands under their dominion. This of course is modern-day Iran, particularly the western portions of Iran including Tehran. So essentially we have Iran conducting a war against Babylon by infiltrating Babylon with hundreds if not thousands of clandestine agents who pose as innocent travelers or migrant workers in the land of Babylon.
Verse 29 tells us that Iran's goal is to utterly empty the land of Babylon-America and make it totally desolate. All of this precedes what I believe will be a future "fire judgment" upon Babylon brought on by supernatural action by God. It may be delivered by the same angelic unit that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. We know that Isaiah 13: 1-5 describes an angelic unit that comes down from God's throne to destroy Babylon, just as it was with Sodom and Gomorrah. See also Isaiah 13:19 as well as Jeremiah 50:40 for the reference to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Skipping now to verse 46 we find an interesting statement.
"And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come [one] year, and after that in [another] year [shall come] a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler."
This verse speaks of rumors in the land, apparently year after year - rumors of a coming violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. This would suggest a civil war, but this text doesn't say that the land actually results in a civil war of ruler against ruler - merely that there are rumors of such.
So what do we conclude?
It appears that prior to the unique fire judgment that thoroughly destroys Babylon by fire in one hour of one day (see Revelation 18: 8, 10, 17 & 19.
The fire judgment itself appears to be a divine, supernatural event on Babylon and it apparently comes at a later time - AFTER the "foreigners" (i.e. "terrorist sleeper-cell agents of Iran) devastate the land causing an emptying or evacuation of Babylon-America. Apparently there will be survivors who flee the land, but many will be killed in the streets of Babylon-America's cities. There is a good chance that this pre-judgment, judgment will include attacks on Christians - as this may well be prior to the Pre-Trib Rapture of the Church, although this is certainly not a definite. In fact, one could argue that Revelation 18:4 - which is the Rapture verse - the "shout of command" comes prior to at least the fire judgment and perhaps it is also prior to the "foreigners attack" inside Babylon, but I cannot say the rapture occurs first (before the foreigners attack) with any certainty.
Another facet for consideration is the distinct possibility that the "foreigner" attacks coincide with the Magog invasion of Israel. In other words, it is possible that the Ezekiel prophecies run concurrent with the portion of Jeremiah 51 concerning the foreigners. For this reason, it is important for us to watch and see what develops between Iran, Israel and the United States. Why?
Because if Iran is Magog, and all-out war ensues between her and her confederates (including Turkey) then Israel nor the United States can destroy Iran's military capabilities. It is also important to realize that Magog (Iran) must attack Israel first and not the other way around. If the USA and or Israel or both attack Iran first, then this can NOT be the Magog war, just a preliminary.
If Iran is NOT Magog, then there may be significant devastation, but not a total destruction of Iran because she is still listed as being part of the Magog confederation that contributes troops under the Ezekiel aegis of "Persia." So there must be a viable Iran to contribute to a Magog confederation in the future.
For our A-O Report readers who live in America, especially, it is important for you to be be prepared for a lot of chaos in America should any form of war break-out with Iran and Israel as Iranian leaders have indicated they will also attack America, whether America helps Israel or not. This means we could see Iranian and Hezbollah sleeper cells awaken and initiate a terror war inside the continental United States. If this happens, we could see tremendous disruptions in the supply of consumer goods to retails stores, particularly grocery stores. Utility services may be cut-off, such as electricity, natural gas and communications services. Also expect shortages of fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. It would be to your advantage to be prepared with an inventory of foods, medical supplies, including prescriptions (if possible) as well as water, and if able, storage of fuels.
For those American readers who live in rural areas with enough land, you may want to consider owning a horse or horses as this might be the only true means of transportation should things become extremely desperate.
For our readers who live elsewhere in the world, particularly Canada and Europe, you may find that Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists rise up and conduct terror operations within your nation also. So it would be good to be prepared, just in case.
One last point. Some astute readers who are familiar with the Babylon prophecies of Jeremiah may wonder why Jeremiah 50 was excluded from our commentary. The reason is that the foreigners are not mentioned. The text of chapter 50 also does not describe human agents attacking Babylon-America, but rather I believe refers to God's own angelic agents. Hence, my reason for not presenting anything from that chapter.
Of course, what I have just presented is an alternative hypothesis. It is but another interpretive theory and should not be taken as a prophecy itself, just one potential interpretation. I may be correct with this interpretation or I may be way off base, but either way, it is important that the information be presented so you can evaluate and study for yourself the validity of this interpretation. As time moves forward, we may find this interpretation becomes more or less a likely possibility, so please keep that in mind, too. Finally, please understand that this is not an attempt to scare anyone, but rather raise up and alert you to the possibilities, so that if you feel led by the Holy Spirit to make preparations including evacuation from America, you may do so accordingly.
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