Does It Feel Like Babylon?

Painting depicting the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Most often, when we read about Babylon, we read about the sinful nature of Babylon, but there is more to Babylon than its poor reputation.

The Rich History of Babylon

Much history about Babylon is lost, and specific knowledge claims are unaccountable. Still, it is known that at one time, Babylon was ruled by powerful leaders who built an impressive empire where law and order were established. Rules were followed, and it was a thriving city.

Babylon was located in Shinar, in ancient Mesopotamia, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. This location allowed Babylon to build a viable system of canals. These canals were used for irrigation and commerce. Many do not realize that Babylon was a place of culture with its beautiful buildings adorned with enameled brick, neatly paved streets, and statues of lions and dragons. Babylon is where a prescribed code of law, the Code of Hammurabi, was formed to maintain peace and prosperity. These laws were created by King Hammurabi, dating before the Mosaic Law. And most notably, because of King Hammurabi’s landscape architecture, Babylon is widely known for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These were magnificent, terraced gardens that were machine-watered. Today, many refer to these gardens as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

When King Hammurabi died, the Babylon that he built was taken over by the Hittites, and then the Kassites took reign and renamed the city Karanduniash. After the Kassites, the Assyrians took possession of the town. Under the rule of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, Babylon revolted, and that is when king Sennacherib had the city torn down and ruined.

Despite the devastation, the city of Babylon was able to be rebuilt under new power and rule.

However, as one successor after another presided over the land, the splendor of Babylon was eventually washed away, and Babylon, a city, favorably known as the Gate of the Gods, became a city of ruins.

What the Bible Says About Babylon

Babylon is mentioned in several books of the bible. However, it is discussed predominantly in the biblical books of Daniel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah.

While beautiful in structure, the people of Babylon worshipped pagan gods and heavily involved themselves in sexual immorality, cults, and prostitution.

We read in Jeremiah 50:1-3 (NLT):

The Lord gave Jeremiah the prophet this message concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians. This is what the Lord says: Tell the whole world, and keep nothing back. Raise a signal flag to tell everyone that Babylon will fall! Her images and idols will be shattered. Her gods Bel and Marduk will be utterly disgraced. For a nation will attack her from the north and bring such destruction that no one will live there again. Everything will be gone; both people and animals will flee.

Friends, if we have established that Babylon became notorious as a wicked and sinful place, and if we have learned that sin must be punished, let’s move on to the prophesied end-times mentioned concerning Babylon.

Revelation 14:8 –

Then another angel followed him through the sky, shouting, “Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen—because she made all the nations of the world drink the wine of her passionate immorality.”

Revelation 16:19-21 –

The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled. There was a terrible hailstorm, and hailstones weighing as much as seventy-five pounds fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the terrible plague of the hailstorm.

Revelation 17:5
Regarding the drunken prostitute John saw when the angel took him into the wilderness.

A mysterious name was written on her forehead: “Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World.”

Revelation 18:2 –

He gave a mighty shout: “Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal.”

Revelation 18: 10 –

They will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for you, O Babylon, you great city! In a single moment God’s judgment came on you.”

America, The Land of The Free

America has always been known as the land of opportunity. We talk about America being the land of the free and the home of the brave. Symbols representing these values include the American Flag, Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, Uncle Sam, the White House, and the bald eagle. These symbols represent values such as hope, with the peace sign representing peace.

Let’s look at a few of our values more closely:

  • Life: Americans believe in an individual’s right to life, even to be able to defend themselves.
  • Liberty: Americans believe that we are free to have our own political or personal beliefs and that the beliefs of others should not be forced on people.
  • The Pursuit of Happiness: Americans believe that we have the right to pursue happiness in our own way, so long as our pursuit does not infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Common Good: Americans believe that we should act in a way that promotes the community’s welfare, in essence, for the benefit of all.

Other beliefs include equality, diversity, truth, popular sovereignty, patriotism, and more.

Have We Lost Sight of Our Values?

The crime rate in the U.S. is about 47.70 per 100,000 people. When I look at the crime statistics in America, my first response is to wonder why crime is so high. Then I look at our core values and see that America is pulling away from our core values.

Political leaders no longer act for the common good. Teachers and other people in authority act for personal rather than the public good. Criminals are being left free to commit crimes repeatedly.

Let me interject and ask, what purpose does it serve for a six-year-old child to be taught how to perform sexual acts?

Whenever I read about a teacher teaching our vulnerable children things they have no business being taught in a classroom situation, I cringe.

I base my thinking on the things I read in the bible. And since I believe most people who read the bible know what sin is and what sin is not, I will not go through this article pointing out specific sins. Just as the ancient Babylonians knew what sin was, Americans know what sin is. Yet, knowing does not deter people from sinning. In the preceding verses, we read God’s anger with the Babylonian people for their corruption. It makes me wonder if God did not tolerate what was going on in Babylon in historical times, what makes people think God will tolerate what is going on in America now? It’s just food for thought.

Please read the entire book of Revelation to understand what I say now. The Lord is coming back. We do not know when He is coming back because He has not told us when He is coming back. But, rest assured, He is coming back, and those who believe in Him will be spared. Those of us who do not believe in Him and who continue to live a life of sin will not be spared. It’s just so simple!

Revelation 22:

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Has America Become The New Babylon?

Has America become a corrupt nation? Have we become as bad as Babylon? If so, do we not know that God despises sin? Do we not know that as God destroyed Babylon because of the people’s rampant sin, He will also destroy America? Why not?

What Can We Do?

It is time for God’s people to see the world’s reality. It is time for God’s people to stop sinning and repent. It is time to stop living life as if nothing mattered but you.

If you believe in God and He is coming back to save His children (you and me), then now is the time to repent of our sins and start living a life that serves our God. And, as God-serving people, now is the time to start sharing the Word of God with others. Help others receive the rewards God promised to those who believe and trust Him.

It is so easy to be saved. All you must do is call upon the name of the Lord.

“But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21 NLT).

The Lord will hear your cry. Just cry out His name. Let Him know you love Him, and you trust Him. Tell Him of your sins and let Him know your plan to give up your sinful nature. That is all you need to do to be saved.

Now, remember this – you are human. Therefore, you are not perfect. Know that God does not expect you to be perfect. He only expects you to believe in Him and to trust in Him. And, when you sin, recognize your sin, confess your sin to the Lord, and move forward. Try with your heart to live a life that serves Him.

Bless you, and know that you are loved unconditionally by Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior.

REFERENCES:

World History Encyclopedia, Babylon

American Core Beliefs

World Population Review

Code of Hammurabi

Cover Photo: Curtesy of Wikimedia.org, Unknown Artist, Public Domain

Author: marlenebertrand

Marlene is a professional real estate broker and journalist who writes helpful home and lifestyle articles. Marlene believes a simple life is the best life and satisfaction in life comes from being spiritually aware of others and the environment in which we live.

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