Monday, December 13, 2010

Isaiah 13:20-22

Verse 20-22 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.”

In Revelation we were told that nobody would ever again inhabit Babylon. This is true for the original Babylon, except for the American troops who are stationed at that location at present. So no Arab pitches a tent there, nor do shepherds take their flocks there. When prophecies have dual fulfillment, not every part of the prophecy has to apply to both fulfillments. That is why it can become confusing sometimes when trying to see how a prophecy fits a present day situation. Some of the prophecy fits the first event, and some fits the second. Unless you know exactly what happened the first time, it may be hard to filter out what happens in the second. And then sometimes the prophecy will fit both events. This is what makes understanding prophecy so difficult.

The first fulfillment took care of the part of the prophecy that referred to Arabians, so it does not necessitate that because an Arabian is mentioned that the present day Babylon must then be the original Babylon or Iraq. It is certainly an accurate statement that no Arab will pitch his tent in America after a nuclear holocaust, so it still would hold true even with Babylon being America. The land will only be inhabited by wild beasts. It mentions that wild beasts of the islands will live there. It is probable that after all the upheaval of the earth, and the nuclear holocaust, that America will no longer be a nation undivided, but that some of it will exist as islands, having been overrun by the ocean and rivers after earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes do their worst.

It says that satyrs will dance there. A satyr is only mentioned twice in Scripture and both times it has to do with the Day of the Lord and the result of His wrath. The satyrs will dance in the wilderness that is left after the land is destroyed. A satyr is a he-goat and more specifically a faun or he-goat devil, such as the Greek god Pan. Azazel, who is mentioned in the Bible is most likely a faun also as he is a desert devil. According to the Book of Enoch, (which is not scriptural, but may be somewhat historical, and some of it was quoted in the Bible, so some of it was inspired), Azazel was one of the original rebels against God. He was banished to the desert, and it is he to whom the scapegoat of Yom Kippur was given each year.

Note that it is mentioned that dragons will dwell there. While people who believe in evolution believe that dinosaurs died out millennia ago, the Bible tells us differently. When God was speaking to Job (chapters 40-41), He asked him about Behemoth and Leviathan. In reading the descriptions, we see that it clearly describes a dinosaur and believe it or not a fire-breathing dragon. Job was expected to know to what God was referring. These creatures must have still existed then. Dragons are not mythological. They were real. The legends of knights fighting dragons may be, like all the other myths and legends, far more real than people realize. Many of these creatures may still exist. Reports have come from New Guinea, deep parts of Africa, and other remote places, of creatures whose descriptions fit those of dinosaurs - land and flying ones. I have personally seen a picture taken in the frontier west back in the 1800's that was in a newspaper of that day. It showed a group of cowboys standing around the dead body of a "thunderbird" as the Native American's called it. I had to laugh as the person describing the picture referred to it as a large unidentified bird when it was so clearly a pterydactyl. One could clearly see the head, and the wing span was enormous. Because evolutionists cannot accept that these creatures still exist, they denied the very evidence of their own eyes, as a picture from the 1800's could not possibly be photo shopped. Nor was the creature a dummy made by the cowboys. It was too perfect, and I do not think they would know what a pterydactyl looked like to even try to make up a fake one. Sea monsters may also still exist. While the stories of creatures like the Loch Ness Monster, and Champ over here in America are treated as jokes by most, there may be some large sea creatures that still exist in the deep fresh waters. God tells us that dragons or land monsters, as the Hebrew definition defines the word, will live in Babylon. So apparently dragons will either make a comeback, or they still exist somewhere where man does not live. God does not lie.

Finally it is stated that Babylon's time has come, and her days will not be prolonged. As this is speaking of the end times, we can assume that America's days are numbered.

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