Tuesday, August 21, 2007
What other nation, besides America, has so influenced the world with her affluent lifestyle, decadence, and drunkeness?
Jer 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.
Again, ancient Babylon fell in leadership to Alexander the Great, but it wasn't physically destroyed. Instead it was gradually abandoned which then resulted in it physically falling into disrepair and desolation. But this verse describes something "sudden" and "painful".
Jer 51:9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
Will those who have immigrated to the US (America Babylon) decide to return to their own lands after the fall? "Judgment reaches to the heaven...lifted up to the skies" could that be describing a mushroom cloud or clouds?
Jer 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
If you will look at a map of ancient Babylon there was only a short strip of land at the southeast tip of the empire that actually made contact with water. The US on the other hand "dwells on many waters": the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Mexico.
"Abundant in treasures" certainly describes the vast wealth that has come out of the US, not only natural resources like minerals, oil, natural gas, gold, silver, woods, but incredible paper wealth has been generated in the US. "The measure of thy covetousness" the US has set the standard for covetousness in the world. Is there any other nation in the world for which the term "conspicuous consumption" could apply?
Monday, August 20, 2007
Jer 50:46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.
Since ancient Babylon more or less died with a wimper and over a period of time, I believe that this verse describes the fall of the US. "At the noise...the earth is moved" could be describing something absolutely catycalismic. And "the cry is heard among the nations" only in modern times could the cry of a nation's destruction be heard around the world.
Jer 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.
Again, "Flee out of the midst of Babylon," is this a reference to "spiritual Babylon" as some teach, meaning to get out of the organized, 501C3, government-recognized religions and denominations? Again, "time of the LORD's vengeance" is a term associated with end times.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Remember when ancient Babylon was finally defeated by Alexander the Great, the city itself was not destroyed, it just fell into ruin. How would a "fire" be kindled in the cities of the US? By rioting? By nuclear attack...it does say "cities"?
Jer 50:37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.
America is a land of "mingled people"
Jer 50:38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
Parts of the US have been in the midst of terrible drought in the past few years. It is possible that this verse also has a spiritual meaning in that there is a drought for good foundational teaching in many of the churches.
"Mad upon their idols"...if that doesn't describe how caught up the American people are with their celebrities. There are cable channels that are devoted 24/7 to telling us about our idols; the movie stars, the television divas, the rock stars, the sports heroes...our American idols. We are a land of idols and we love them.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Jer 50:26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left. What would be considered the "utmost border" of the US? My first thought was Alaska and the fact that Russia could so easily cross the Bering Sea into Alaska. Just an idea.
Jer 50:27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation. end-time phrase...could this "woe" be one of the "woes" mentioned in Revelations?
Friday, August 10, 2007
Jer 50:21 Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod: waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the LORD, and do according to all that I have commanded thee.
According to the Bible Encyclopedia:
Meaning: double rebellion
probably a symbolical name given to Babylon (Jer. 50:21), denoting rebellion exceeding that of other nations
According to Eastons Bible:
Pekod - probably a place in Babylonia (Jer. 50:21; Ezek. 23:23). It is the opinion, however, of some that this word signifies "visitation," "punishment," and allegorically "designates Babylon as the city which was to be destroyed."
"...utterly destory them" is a command which for ancient Babylon took place over an extended period of time. It is therefore conceivable that for future "Babylon" her destruction could occur in a single act or a single series of events that occur simultaneously.
Jer 50:22 A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction. While the army/government of ancient Babylon was defeated in battle by Alexander the Great, there was no "great destruction". In fact the armies of Alexander were specifically forbidden to enter the homes of the residents of Babylon. So once again this is a prophecy with a future fulfillment.
Jer 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! What other nation has been a "hammer of the whole earth" imposing her will with "hammer-fisted" force and authority? The mighty United States of America, of course. But this indicates that that "hammer" will eventuallyl be destroyed.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Again, "vengence of the Lord" is a recognized "end-times" phrase. "As she hath done, do unto her" could be an indication that just as we have arbitrarily entered other countries to impose our will on them that the US will be invaded. Possible? Afterall how many countries have we entered in the past 50 years?
Here's a short list of just a few that I can remember: Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Serbia/Croatia, Granada, Afganastan, Iraq...and I'm sure there are more. How many of those actually asked the US to step onto their soil (and I don't see much difference between the US and the UN, because in most cases the US military has lead)
Jer 50:16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.
Is it possible that "time of harvest" indicates the actual timing of the destruction of America Babylon as being the fall of the year? Even "sower" which usually indicates spring sowing, could also apply to the fall as there are some crops that are sown in the fall.
Also "flee every one to his own land..." could this indicate that as America Babylon is invaded (the oppressing sword) that many of the immigrants will flee back to their own countries?
According to Wikipedia ancient Babylon was never "destroyed" in one incident. Instead, after being conquered by Alexander the Great, and upon his death being divided between his three generals, the people eventually began leaving Babylon, until eventually the city was empty and desolate and fell in ruin.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
There is some that believe that the "Babylon" of the end times is two different entities. One is physical Babylon which they believe is the USA. The second is spiritual Babylon which is the organized religions and denominations which have descended from the Roman Catholic church. Therefore "remove out of the midst of Babylon" here is referring to getting out of the spiritual Babylon.
Jer 50:9 For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country (depending on your location in the US, going straight north over the pole one will come to either Russia or China): and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows (missles) shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.
At one point it seems I saw a map of how Russia had her missles aimed at points in the US and the trajectory of those missles was over the North Pole.
Jer 50:13 Because of the wrath of the LORD (again a phrase associated with end times) it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.
While ancient Babylon was totally devastated and has not been inhabited since, the plagues may reference the US and future biological and post-devastation outbreaks of disease.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Jer 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
"those days" "that time" often are phrases associated with end-of-the-world or end-times occurences. When found here it signifies the duality of the prophecy about Babylon; near (old Babylon) and far (future "Babylon").
Jer 50:6 My people (christians) hath been lost sheep: their shepherds (pastors) have caused them to go astray (false teaching), they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place (Jesus).
Nowhere is this more evident than in the America today. We are a "christian" nation who have forgotten Jesus and instead are seeking the dollar and prosperity. It is even more evident in that we now have all manner of sinful lifestyle being represented in the pulpit by the very pastors that are supposed to lead the sheep.
They're leading the sheep, all right! Leading them straight to hell! Judgment is coming on America, otherwise God is going to have to beg forgiveness of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Since Babylon was totally destroyed in ancient times, yet there are references to Babylon in regards to end-times prophecy, maybe we need to see if there are some similarities or differences to point to Babylon.
One of the most powerful passages and prophecies about Babylon, both ancient and future, is located in Jeremiah. Let's look and see if we can find the America Babylon in the Bible.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Personally I believe that the US is on the brink of some widespread devastation and that could take the form of nuclear explosions on US soil. If you think that is possible, then you need to read the information below and do what you can to get ready.
Friday, August 3, 2007
This latest move by the US happened one day before the tragic collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis. I was reminded of the number of tragic events that have followed the US's previous attempts to broker peace in the Middle East by forcing Israel to give away land or make concessions that would have been detrimental to her national security.
Was the bridge incident another example of that? There have been some amazing links between tragic events like tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorist bombings, etc happening within hours of the US-led peace initiative for Israel. Every time the US has encouraged (or forced) Israel to make concessions something terrible has happened in the US.
Remember, one or two or even three times might be a coincidence. More than that and it might lead one to think "consequence". You decide. Is it coincidence or consequence?
Thursday, August 2, 2007
What I find somewhat interesting is that this happened one day after the interview I mentioned yesterday, where some kind of terrorist attack was being planned within the next ninety days. This rumored attack would have something to do with transportation.
The question came up in my home last night as we were watching the news coverage of the bridge collapse if it could have possibly been a terrorist attack...maybe a run through. Interesting thought? I mean who would think of Minneapolis as a target for a terrorist hit?
Side Note: I went to North Central Bible College in downtown Minneapolis (oh, wow! 30 years ago!!) (and no, I don't feel that old!) about a mile or so (if that) from where that bridge collapsed.
There's nothing on the news today to even hint at the possibility of a terrorist attack on the bridge, but I do wonder. I mean, what would cause a structurally sound bridge to collapse in multiple points.
My next wonder is: will the American people even been told if it is determined that it was indeed a terrorist attack? Or will the fear of causing a panic (what a great excuse!) make the powers that be keep quiet?
I guess there's nothing to do right now but keep our ears to the ground to listen for even a hint of "terrorism" attached to the bridge collapse.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
This was the title of a report on FoxNews. I thought it rather interesting. According to the terrorism expert that was interviewed, he felt that a widespread terrorist attack on the US was "imminent" and "just around the corner".
He went on to say that it could happen "tomorrow" or "a few months" and "90 days at the most".
There are some valid points raised in this interview/report of the threat level, and the bottom-line response for all Americans should be to 1) be alert, 2) not be predictable, and 3) GET PREPARED!
To read the entire interview for yourself click on the link below.