Eleven Year Study on End Time 'Babylon'
Excerpt: Installment #2
God told the OT/Tanach prophets  that Babylon would be overthrown. Prophecies indicate there would be two Babylons; one of their day and another future one that would bear the same hallmark characteristics of the ancient Babylon. The future Babylon would be destroyed at the time of the coming of Messiah, ie 'the last days' or 'in those days and at that time.'
Ancient Babylon's prophetic destiny was fulfilled partially with its defeat
by the Persians, later by Alexander the Great and again by Rome.
By the time of Christ, its military power was gone and it only
remained a commercial center. Much of its glory in architecture
had be destroyed. Approximately 400 AD it had dwindled
down to that of a small village. By the time Islam rose
to power , Babylon ceased to exist and was forgotten.
Until the late 19th century many liberal theologians were labeling Babylon just another mythical Bible city attempting to prove the Bible was full of untrue myths and legends. By 1894, archaeological discoveries had these naysayers whistling a different tune as German excavators discovered the remains of the ancient city. The ruins of the city weren't fully uncovered until the late 1970s and early 1980s when Saddam Hussein of
Iraq launched a restoration program to make it a tourist attraction.
Babylon's pantheon of gods consisted of one particular 'leader' of the other gods. By the 1st millennium BC, Babylon's chief deity was known as Marduk the god of war [Israel called him Baal, Greeks Aries, Canaanites Asher, Romans Apollo]; this character was
one of the chief antagonists against Israel's God Jehovah.
The most appealing of other gods was
the female goddess known as Ishtar.
She was given the title of 'Queen of Heaven' and the
ancients believed she flew among the stars like Marduk/Baal.
Marduk & Ishtar were the most popular and spread to Egypt,
Assyria, Persia [modern day Iran], Greece and Rome.
In the Bible Marduk is referred to by many names including Baalim and Beelzebub. There are 103 direct references to these names other than 'Marduk.'
Astrology and the occult were dominant in Babylonian culture and were
prevalent in the palaces of the king Nimrod. Platforms were built
to track the motions of the stars, planets, sun and moon.
Israel followed the crowd enamored by Ishtar who was the most popular female goddess worldwide and remained prominent until the advancement of Christianity in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. She was also known by other names and had great influence in the nations; she was called:
"Come let us build for us a city and tower whose tip-top portion
will reach into outer space and let us manufacture a spacecraft
for ourselves, otherwise we ill just be scattered over
the face of the whole earth."
Notice the preoccupation that Babylon had with the sky, stars and
outer space. Their fascination was so strong that they developed
a reputation connected to it; their religion revolved around the stars
in the form of astrology. They multiplied their gods having come
from the sky and they ignored the concept of monotheism.
This is up to page 49 in the 250 page book.
 Jeremiah 50-51: http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Jer&c=50&v=1&t=KJV#top
Isaiah 13-14, 18, 47: http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Isa&c=13&v=1&t=KJV#top
 Mohammad 622 AD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad
Salvation? Luke 13:3; Titus 2:13, Revelation 19:11
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