Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jeremiah 51:29-34

Verse 29-32 “And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant. The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken. One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end, And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted. For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.”

Everything that the Lord has prophesied, every purpose He has planned for her downfall will happen to Babylon. For the umpteenth time we are told she will be a land that is desolate and forever again without an inhabitant. Even her powerful men tremble at what is happening. They do not fight back, but hide out in their places of refuge. Babylon is burning all around them. Word is being sent to the leader of Babylon that her land is being taken from one end to the other. All the roads and means of transportation have been blocked. There is no escape. Even the military troops are terrified. Notice that it is not Babylon now that is mentioned, but the daughter of Babylon. Here is the indication that this is referring to someone other than ancient Babylon. It is the offspring of Babylon, one of the nations in her lineage. Ultimately that, I believe, is America. The daughter of Babylon is about to be threshed. She is about to be harvested. We are told in the New Testament of the parable of the wheat and the tares. This is exactly the harvest of which Jeremiah speaks. Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Just as in the letters of Revelation, Christ here says that those who have ears to hear, should hear and be forewarned. Those who do not, will not.

Verse 34 “Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.”

Here we have a verse that refers specifically to the king of ancient Babylon, so we know this verse is aimed at ancient Babylon, however it is just as appropriate for the leader of the daughter of Babylon. The leader of Babylon has crushed Israel and emptied her of her people. He has stolen her treasures and cast her out of her country. Does this not happen again at the end?

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