In our first two messages on Jeremiah Chapters 50 &
51 we completed our study of verses 1-20 of Ch. 50. We will now
pick up at verse 21 of Ch. 50 while continuing to use the New
King James translation of the Bible.
In verse 21 God addresses the modern-day land of Babylon as
Merathaim and Pekod. Pekod was an ancient part of the Chaldean
Empire while Merathaim means a double rebellion.
Babylon's first record of rebellion against God is found in
the Book of Genesis when Nimrod attempted to build the Tower
Saddam Hussein attempted to repeat this same personal affront
towards God when his construction plans for reconstructing the
Tower of Babel were abruptly halted by the Persian Gulf War.
God calls for the utter destruction of this land, which is
now called Iraq.
Verses 23-25 has God speaking in the past tense against this
land He refers to as "the hammer of the whole earth."
From His omniscient view, God sees Iraq cut apart and broken
after He brings His armory against her. God speaks of an unsuspecting
trap Babylon is to be caught in. He declares that He Himself
has set this snare because of contention directed His way.
It is very possible that this trap is still future and has
a connection to the Lord's personal intervention to temporarily
assist Iraq in her battle as is prophesied in Jer. 50:44.
It is also worth remembering, when contemplating traps, that
the start of the Iraqi conflict began when Saddam Hussein did
not receive a red light warning from the United States when he
sent out direct inquiries as to any repercussions Iraq might
expect if it should invade Kuwait. No explanation has ever been
given as to why George Bush senior did not send a clear and unmistakable
signal of the United States devotion of purpose to defend the
Bush family owned Kuwaiti oil wells and to retaliate against
any incursion into Kuwait.
Verse 26 then reiterates the looting of Iraq's riches as was
addressed in verse 10.
This command to loot her is of great significance to myself
since I believe the Scriptures reveal the destruction of three
different aspects of ancient Babylon in sequential order in these
First will be geographical Babylon before the start of the
final 7 year Tribulation Period as is described in Jer. 50 &
51 and other prophecies.
Second will be the headquarters of the Babylonian false religious
beliefs in the middle of the Tribulation as is revealed in Revelation
Then last will come the destruction of the location of the
political and economic might of the Babylonian kingdom at the
close of the Tribulation Period during the days of the Battle
of Armageddon as is foretold in Rev. 16:16-21 & Rev. Ch.
To fully discuss this teaching in-depth would require an entire
message, but for explaining what is the significance of God prophesying
in Jer. 50:10 & 26 about Babylon number one being looted
and everyone being satisfied, what is being shared should prove
Religious Babylon, which is destroyed in the middle of the
Tribulation Period, is eliminated as being the same Babylon spoken
of in Jer. 50 & 51 because religious Babylon's destruction
will come from ten specific kings who will unite to destroy her
under the beastly Anti-Christ (see Rev. 17:12-18).
In contrast, the Babylon of Jer. 50 & 51 is to be destroyed
from countries around the earth. Since we are told in Jer. 51:20-24
that Israel will be one of these attacking countries we know
with certainty that this cannot be the Babylon of Rev. 17 since
Scripture teaches us that Israel will be fighting for her life
against the Anti-Christ during the time of Rev. 17 and most certainly
will not be uniting with him to destroy a religious city (see
This leaves our final Babylon of Revelation Chapter 18.
Once again we can eliminate this Babylon, which is to be destroyed
at the close of the Tribulation Period, as being the same Babylon
being spoken of in Jeremiah 50 & 51.
The key to this is our point originally made about the destroyed
Babylon of Jer. 50:10 & 26 satisfying all who spoil her with
When one reads verses 9-19 of Rev. 18 it is plain that the
complete opposite is happening with the destruction of this Babylon
when compared to the geographical one in Jeremiah regarding her
Instead of everyone being satisfied with their share of the
pie, as they might say, we find mourning and wailing because
of the poverty brought upon all by the destruction of this hub
of Babylon's financial and political might.
Returning to verses 27-30 of our study in Ch. 50 of Jeremiah
we find more evidence that dramatically reveals we are living
in the very day when geographical Babylon and the land which
surrounds her will experience the judgment of God..."the
time of her punishment."
In verse 28 we are told that the voice of those who flee from
the land of Babylon will be heard as a reminder in Israel that
it is the day of the Lord's vengeance.
We then have God name what past offence in particular He has
been waiting on to avenge in this prophecy against Babylon. We
are told that it is "The vengeance of His Temple."
Some may view the following fact as nothing more than a coincidence,
but for those who believe in a God who rules over time and men
the fingerprint of the Almighty is seen with exceptional clarity.
God has recorded in the Bible four times the date that Nebuchadnezzar
began his siege of God's holy city Jerusalem on Jan. 15, 588
BC. This led to the fall of His Temple to the Babylonians in
This date of our Jan. 15th, which is recorded by God in II
Kings 25:1, Jer. 39:1, Jer. 52:4 & Ezek. 24:1 is the exact
deadline pronounced by former President George Bush senior for
the start of the first phase of the Iraq war in 1991!
Verses 29-30 then tells of the forces that will surround the
Iraqi's and how her men of war shall be cut off in that day.
Verses 31 & 32 brings this prophecy against Iraq down
to a personal level.
In my opinion, this is a direct word to Saddam Hussein. God
addresses him as the most proud.
It is more than ironic that the name Saddam means "one
I recently read, but have been unable to substantiate, that
his name can also be translated as "shock."
This is an interesting piece of trivia when considering that
the initial code name for the present campaign known as "Operation
Iraqi Freedom" is "shock and awe."
An obscure end is then pronounced for Saddam. We are told
that, "The most proud shall stumble and fall, And no one
will raise him up; I will kindle a fire in his cities. And it
will devour all around him."
This prophecy discredits any teachings that the proud one
being spoken of was the ancient King Nebuchadnezzar who did not
die during such a war of destruction, nor is it the future beastly
Anti-Christ who is to be cast alive into the Lake of Fire according
to Rev. 19:20.
We personally accept this prophecy for Saddam Hussein's end
just as it is written. Saddam will not die a hero on the battlefield,
nor a martyr for the faith of Islam, but a lone man on the run
who will stumble in his tracks and fall to his death.
Verses 33-35 then tells of the time when God would bring freedom
to the Jews held captive in foreign lands and how it would be
in those days that he would bring the sword against Babylon and
its leaders. This prophecy again proves that the destruction
of geographical Babylon will take place in these last days.
Israel had been held captive in foreign lands until Israel
once more became a nation in 1948. Jews are still coming out
of Russia with difficulty, but the exodus is steady.
Jeremiah 50:36 then prophesies that a sword (referring to
a weapon of death) will be brought against the soothsayers of
It was reported during the Persian Gulf war in 1991 that Saddam
Hussein has 50 astrologers in his personal confidence. They will
perish along with their divinations.
Verse 37 presents three points of interest. First we are told
that a sword will be against Iraq's horses and chariots.
Chariots in our day could be towed or fuel powered vehicles.
The reference to horses (apart from any symbolic meaning for
horsepower of engines) would mean that at some future point in
this war vehicles possibly lacking fuel or parts, will be supplemented
with horses. Horses could indeed be of an advantage in the desert
sand and heat which are inhospitable to a technically mechanized
We are then told of the "mixed peoples" who will
be found in the midst of this war. It has been of interest how
obituaries printed in the newspaper have made special note of
the ethnic background of American soldiers that have died thus
far in Iraq.
Just recently we read of a Native American Hopi Indian that
was killed and then later of the "first Scott." Besides
the diverse nationalities found in the American military, the
prophesied final assault of nations against Iraq from the ends
of the earth will more than adequately supply the foretold melting
pot of mixed peoples.
Then lastly we are once again told of the great treasures
of Iraq which will be robbed. As of this 13th of April, 2003
country after country are outrightly voicing their concerns as
to who will have a part in administering Iraq's vast oil reserves.
These are the last days that Jesus and the prophets said would
surely come. Today is the day to trust in the name of the Risen
Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
Very soon the trumpet of God will sound and the true believing
Church of the Son of God will be caught up to join the lord in
the heavens (I Thess. 4:15-18).
Salvation will still be available until the close of the 7
year Tribulation Period, but it will come at a tremendous cost
in trials and sorrow. Don't put it off. If you don't come to
the Lord today you may never come.