In Chapters 50 & 51 of the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah
we find the Bible's most comprehensive prophecy revealing the
final fate of Babylon, Iraq.
Two common teaching errors refuted by the Scriptures regarding
this extensive prophecy is first, that this prophecy had already
been fulfilled during the days of the Old Testament and secondly,
that this prophecy does not deal with the literal land of Babylon,
Iraq, but is just symbolic of some other city and nation.
When reviewing Jeremiah 50:3-5 & 17-20 we find the plain
language of the Word of God dispel the notion that this prophecy
had its time of fulfillment in days gone by. We are told that
since the time of Nebuchadnezzar until the days when this prophecy
is to be fulfilled, Israel would be a nation once again. Israel
did not become a nation again until 1948 after 2553 years had
We are told also that it will be during this time of Babylon's
final destruction that Israel will inhabit Carmel and Bashan
(which is the Golan Heights) and they will be stirred to join
themselves to the Lord in a covenant which will put away their
iniquity and pardon their sins.
We find in Daniel 9:24-27 that the days in which this glorious
promise of forgiveness and restoration is to be obtained by Israel
is to be at the end of the age after Christ will have come and
offered Himself as a sacrifice for others. The Jews as a majority
rejected the provision of their Messiah's own blood as an eternal
atonement for sin almost 2,000 years ago and thus lost this earlier
opportunity to have their nation restored at that time.
It is therefore conclusive by God's Word that the destruction
of Babylon prophesied of in Jeremiah Chapters 50 & 51 could
not possibly have been fulfilled in the past and still awaits
the fulfillment in the not too distant future.
The second errant teaching about this prophecy, is that this
prophecy about Babylon is only an allegory for some other end
time city or nation. This error is also thoroughly refuted by
God's Word as can be verified by reading Jer. 51:59-64. There
we are told in simple, precise language that Jeremiah the prophet
commanded Seraiah to deliver the prophecy against Babylon when
he arrived there. The instructions given to Seraiah are so specific
and descriptive that one can almost assume that God purposefully
made provision for negating the incorrect teaching in these last
days that Jer. 50 & 51 is not prophesying against the geographic
Babylon of modern- day Iraq. In Jer. 51:61 Seraiah was told the
prophecy was for when he literally saw the land of Babylon and
In verse 62 God tailors His exact meaning even more so, leaving
no room for ambiguity as to the targeted location for His words
when Seraiah is told to prophesy, "...O Lord, You have spoken
against this place to cut it off..."
Babylon has never before in history been destroyed as is demanded
by the prophecy of Chapters 50 & 51 of Jeremiah. Only during
Operation Desert Storm did the world witness any resemblance
to the confederacy of nations prophesied to bring about the final
destruction reserved for Babylon in these last days.
Since the days of Jeremiah there have been inhabitants in this
area in blatant contrast to the absolute desolation and absence
of people prophesied for geographic Babylon in Jer. 51:62-64.
God's pronouncement is that Babylon will never recover from this
Once more in obvious contrast, during the 1980's Iraq's Saddam
Hussein had been restoring the ancient city of Babylon. Along
with its inhabitants Babylon still remains in defiant existence
of fulfilled prophecy. Saddam Hussein had even began to restore
the ancient Tower of Babel which provoked God back in the Book
of Genesis. The modern tower's construction was abruptly halted
by the Persian Gulf War.
When reading verse by verse through the 50 & 51st Chapters
of Jeremiah it is fascinating to recognize that what has taken
place since Iraq invaded Kuwait corresponds with the panorama
of events foretold in the prophetic Scriptures for the end of
the age, just before the return of Jesus Christ.
Verses 45-47 of Ch. 51 of Jeremiah makes it known that the
fall of Babylon will be extended over a period of years before
the final conclusion. We are of the firm opinion that God's final
year for Babylon is almost up.
Verse 44 of Jer. 51 warns that God will one day stop the nations
from visiting the land of the god Bel and Bel will meet his fate
in Babylon, Iraq.
A lengthy article from the New York Times which was reprinted
in the Aug. 28, 03 Denver Post revealed how Babylon, Iraq
remains intact and inhabited. The article titled, "With
Hussein's re-creation, Babylon's history repeated" revealed
how Babylon stands waiting and ready for the discovery of what
lies deep under her sands. A discovery that will stop the nations
from streaming to her any more.
It is our firm belief that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons
of mass destruction deep under the foundations of Babylon and
that those who are dwelling in her midst will soon discover this
fact to their peril.
Quoting we read, "Babylon, Iraq - In the realm of Saddam
Hussein kitsch, it is hard to compete with Babylon.
The Iraqi leader found the squat, khaki-colored nubs of earth
and scattered stacks of bricks left over from one of history's
glorious empires somehow lacking, far too mundane to represent
the 2, 500-year sweep of Mesopotamian history that was to be
reborn through his rule.' So he ordered one of the three original
palaces rebuilt...Once the $5 million replica was finished, though
- at lightning speed, with construction crews working in three
shifts toward the end - everybody could see that it was a palace...Donny
George, assistant curator of the Baghdad Museum, well remembers
the day Hussein came through the ruins, demanding that the palace
be rebuilt in time for the start of the first Babylon arts festival
in September 1987.
Hussein did not talk much - he mostly listened - but he did
ask how the curators knew when the original had been built. George
showed him one of the original bricks stamped with the name of
Nebuchadnezzar II and the construction date, which was around
The Iraqi leader instantly suggested that bricks used in the
re-creation bear some similar inscription. His suggestions had
a way of sticking...The results are now laced throughout the
walls, with scores of bricks stamped with the legend: "In
the reign of the victorious Saddam Hussein, the president of
the Republic, may God keep him, the guardian of the great Iraq
and the renovator of its renaissance and the builder of its great
civilization, the rebuilding of the great city of Babylon was
done in 1987."
It goes on to mention the name and the date of the earlier
despot, inexorably linking the two. (The Arabic script is very
small.) George, who was then field director of the ruins, also
well remembers the difficulty involved in re-creating the palace,
one that rivals the Louvre in Paris for size, without any of
the original plans..."It was just like his building massive
palaces everywhere; it's to be remembered forever," said
Actually the site has become something of a project for the
U.S. Marines, whose main base in central Iraq incorporates the
ruins and the palace that Hussein had built for himself after
1991 on an artificial mound overlooking the whole thing.
The American troops restored the looted gift shop and museum,
replacing the roof, laying new linoleum floors and installing
a new air-conditioning system...Sometimes the juxtaposition of
the ancient - even re-created - and the modern can seem a little
jarring, like watching huge gray Marine transport helicopters
hover over the airfield just beyond the walls.
Art and archaeology experts joke about history repeating itself,
about how the Babylonians, tired of their oppressive leaders,
cooperated with the Persians to help toss them out.
Garish reminders of the excesses of Hussein's era have been
brought crashing down all over Iraq. But experts touring these
historic ruins recently concluded that Babylon stays. Even a
folly has its place.
"Nebuchadnezzar was a despot, and Saddam Hussein was
a despot," said Gayklani, the art historian. "Would
you take away what Nebuchadnezzar built? No. It's part of history;
you have to accept it."
For those who wonder why Babylon's destruction keeps being
delayed the answer lies in II Peter 3:9 where we are told, "The
Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to repentance."
Proof of this Scripture is found in the Aug. 25, 03
Colorado Springs Gazette article which headlined from Tikrit,
Iraq, "Rebirths in cradle of civilization, troops baptized
in Tigris River." The article went on to report that 16
soldiers had been baptized for Christ in the past few weeks.
Yes, Babylon still stands, experts tour her historic remains
and Americas main marine base in central Iraq stands within her
gates. The Word of God remains ready to be fulfilled. Something
lurks under this city that Saddam Hussein had construction crews
working on since the early 1980's. When it is found the experts
will come no more, the dwellers will be gone and Babylon will
become no more than a contaminated ruinous heap.
The Lord will be calling His Church home to heaven one day
soon at the event commonly referred to as the Rapture (I Thess.
4:15-18). Today is the day to have your sins forgiven by trusting
in faith in the Risen Savior Jesus Christ, who shed His blood
on the cross almost 2,000 years ago. Time is short, don't put