Babylon-America's Judgment Detailed Part 1
Babylon-America's Judgment Detailed
The Death-throws of Babylon-America
It's All Part of the Birthpangs of the Messiah
A Major Contraction is Coming
The situation in the Middle East is somewhat akin to being in a long mountain tunnel with train tracks and seeing the lights of a train engine coming towards you and its getting closer at a seemingly quickening pace.
From the perspective of God's viewpoint, a thousand years is as a day, events now unfolding are rushing towards us in a blur. Yet, for us living in time-space, things haven't been moving all that fast in the past 40 years although there is a detectable acceleration of developments in the last half dozen years with the speed of acceleration increasing substantially so far in 2013.
While there are a number of prophetic elements in the Middle East, Syria, Iran's nuclear program, the roles of Turkey, Egypt, Russia, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, The EU and the USA, the one element that appears to be developing into a trigger-point for prophetic fulfillment is the situation involving Syria. Yet there is almost nothing in prophecy about Syria other than her coming, total destruction of Damascus.
There are no details on how the circumstances surrounding her destruction. Syria is seemingly not mentioned, at least not specifically in the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies. Syria is not mentioned specifically in the Armageddon prophecies. So we are a bit handicapped as to what to look for concerning Syria's (Damascus) coming destruction.
Even so, the unfolding situation surrounding Syria and its civil war strongly suggest the distince possibility that Syria is "the" catalyst which triggers a major war that for all practical purposes certainly has the shape of Ezekiel's prophetic "Gog-Magog" war. And we should keep in mind that Ezekiel's prophecy is a "war" which may be of far longer duration than Ezekiel's account might suggest.
It is also very possible that the Syrian situation may be the catalyst that triggers the early stages of Babylon-America's demise. We are speaking now of strictly of Jeremiah 51, verses 1 and 2, which may address the start of what I call the "Pre-Judgment" of Babylon, the Great aka Babylon-America.
"Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;"
"And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about."
As many readers of this website may recall, I have written in recent years that Jeremiah 51:1-2 may be a separate event that unfolds prior to God's supernatural divine judgment on Babylon-America. I have always proposed the interpretation of the Babylon prophecies as indicating 2 uniquely different, supernatural judgments on Babylon-America. The first one being a "fire" judgment that takes place in one hour of one day as described specifically in Revelation 18. Jeremiah also indicates a fire judgment in one day, although he doesn't narrow it down to merely one hour. Isaiah's account gives no time indication whatsoever, only noting it is a fire judgment on a par with Sodom and Gomorrah. Jeremiah also notes this in chapter 50:40.
At the same time, Jeremiah speaks of human activity involved in Babylon's destruction. In Jeremiah 51:1-2 he uses the vague term of "fanners/winnowers" involved in the judgment process. Later he mentions the Medes in verse 11
"the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device [is] against Babylon, to destroy it; because it [is] the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple."
Later in verses 27 and 28 we find 3 additional tribal names involved in violent action against Babylon along with the Medes.
"Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers."
"Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion."
Keep in mind that Jeremiah's prophecy is apparently NOT written in linear chronology and keep in mind that Chapter 50 also deals with Babylon's demise. So from a timeline perspective, things are very 'choppy' in terms of order of events. This lack of linear chronology makes it rather difficult to put together a timeline of how things unfold in Babylon's destruction. It also raises a number of questions about what exactly happens.
Q.1. Are the "fanners/winnowers" actually Medes or of the 3 allied tribes mentioned in v. 27?
Q.2. Does the action described in chapter 51 a description of activities by the "fanners/winnowers"?
Q.3. Where do the "fanners/winnowers" attack? Within the nation of Babylon or it's capital city? Or are the fanners/winnowers
acting in the outlying foreign bases of Babylon-America?
Q.4. On the basis of Jer 51:27-28 are the Medes and allies attacking Babylon's homeland or outlying foreign bases?
In Jeremiah 51:14 we find: "Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee."
This would suggest that the nation of Babylon itself will be invaded. Now whether this refers to the fanners/winnowers or a different group, the text does not explicitly explain. However, verse 14 and 27 both speak of the enemy metaphorically as caterpillars, so that Medes and allies do put into place either troops or enemy agents or perhaps both.
It seems highly likely that the fanners/winnowers are indeed connected to and are probably the Medes (Iranians) and or allies of the Medes (Iranians). In other words, terrorist groups such as Hezbollah are probably involved.
Based upon the description of destructive events within Babylon itself, it would seem likely that the fanners/winnowers along with the Medes (Iranians) and allies are involved in an ongoing battle or war of an unstated duration, prior to what becomes a super-natural fire judgment of a one-hour duration.
In other words, Babylon-America becomes enmeshed in a war prior to God's super-natural fire judgment. The war is of an unstated duration. It could be hours, days, weeks or months, but given the context, probably not amounting to years.
At some point, Divine Judgment descends on Babylon-America. It may well be that the fire judgment is the result of an meteor-strike such as the Tunguska event in Siberian Russia in 1908 only larger. Is it possible that the "Wormwood" object hits Babylon-America or a related object? I think this is very possible, and certainly logical.
However, this war appears to be a pre-judgment event in that it precedes God's supernatural divine judgment upon Babylon-America.
How long this pre-judgment of war or terrorism lasts is unstated. It may last hours, days, weeks or perhaps months.
What we do know is that the Supernatural Fire Judgment is one hour of one day. In that same one hour, the Antichrist is voted full power by the 10 horns, as found in Revelation 17:12-14. That is the same one-hour as that of the fire judgment. So we conclude that the fire judgment triggers the rise to power of the Antichrist and the start of the Great Tribulation Period.
Once the fire judgment hits Babylon-America, the land is no longer inhabited. It becomes a desert with only desert creatures living there as described most explicitly in Isaiah 13. This situation continues through-out the Tribulation period until just before the Second Coming of Christ when the last judgment, described in Revelation 16:17-21 unfolds. Babylon is once-again remembered for judgment and this time it is a water judgment as the land becomes an ocean bed.
See Revelation 18:21 plus Jeremiah 51: 42, 55, 64.
So with this background in mind, let's now take a look at the current events unfolding, particularly in the Middle East and consider how events may soon unfold that triggers what I term as a "pre-judgment" judgment. Could it be that events involving Syria's civil war may be the catalyst-trigger that starts the pre-judgment judgment of Babylon-America?
Editor's Note: This completes part one of two parts to this article. Part two, Lord willing, is slated to be posted to this website over the weekend, just as soon as can possibly be done. I am awaiting further data/intelligence input from the Mideast and some of my contact sources before moving from a draft to a completed article, hence the delay.