|The Prophecies Of Jeremiah
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Fall of Babylon
The prophecies of Jeremiah parallel the last prophecies of Revelation.
|1-3||The seven churches||2-38||The sins of Israel||The status of the church|
|4-6||The seven seals||39-44||The fall of Jerusalem||The curses released|
|19||The Second Coming||45||Cyrus the deliverer||A deliverer is called|
|14||Warn the nations||46-49||Warn the nations||Call for repentance|
|17-18||Babylon the great||47||Babylon||Babylon, the queen of the world|
|18||Babylon falls||50-51||Babylon falls||The punishment of Babylon|
Chapter 1: The Prophet
Jeremiah proves that the life of the chosen prophet is not a glamorous one. He was called before his birth to be a prophet of the Lord and a tester of his people. He lived before and during the Babylonian captivity.
» Called Before Birth. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. And before you were born I consecrated you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1: 5)
» Tester. I have made you an assayer and tester among My people, that you may know and assay their way. (Jeremiah 6: 27)
But he was mocked, ridiculed, cursed and rejected by the people. And he had to bear this burden alone.
» Single. The word of the Lord came to me saying, "You should not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters in this place". (Jeremiah 16: 1-2)
» Cursed and Hated. Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me as a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me, yet everyone curses me. (Jeremiah 15: 10)
» Alone and Tested. Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart. For I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, nor did I exult. Because of your hand upon me I sat alone. For You filled me with indignation. Why has my pain been perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
» God Was Unreliable. Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream with water that is unreliable? (Jeremiah 15: 16-18)
Although he was chosen before birth, yet he had to choose his destiny after many trials designed to make him reject this calling. If he voluntarily chose God and understood wisdom after such a rejection and constant disappointment, then God would use him as His prophet. Although he was chosen, there was no predestination. There was only free choice.
» Deceived and Abandoned by God. O Lord, you have deceived me and I have been deceived. You have overcome me and prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long. Everyone mocks me. ... because for me the word of the Lord has resulted in reproach and derision all day long. For I have heard the whispering of many, terror on every side! Denounce him, yes let us denounce him! All my trusted friends watching for my fall say "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him and take our revenge on him". (Jeremiah 20: 7-8, 10)
» Chooses to be a Prophet. Therefore, this says the Lord, if you return then I will restore you. Before me you will stand. And if you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, but as for you, you must not turn to them. (Jeremiah 15: 19)
He cannot run away like Jonah.
» Still Zealous. But if I say, "I will not remember Him or speak any more in His name, then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones. And I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it". (Jeremiah 20: 9)
Regrets His Birth
At one point he forgot the feeling of joy. In utter despair, he regrets his birth.
» Despair. My soul has been rejected from peace. I have forgotten happiness. (Lamentations 3: 17)
» Curses his Birthday. Cursed be the day I was born. Let the day not be blessed when my mother bore me! Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father saying, "A baby boy has been born to you!" And made him very happy. But let that man be like the cities which God overthrew without relenting, and let him hear an outcry in the morning and a shout of alarm at noon. Because he did not kill me before birth, so that my mother would have been my grave, and her womb ever pregnant. Why did I ever come forth from the womb to look on trouble and sorrow, so that my days have been spent in shame? (Jeremiah 20: 14-18)
... Why did I not die at birth? Come forth from the womb and expire?
... Why is light given to him who suffers, and life to the bitter of soul who long for death, but there is none, and dig for it more than hidden treasures, who rejoice greatly and exult when they find the grave? (J
A Sign To The People
Just like Isaiah and Ezekiel, God made Jeremiah do strange things to demonstrate their future punishment.
» Hide Your Underwear. Thus the Lord said to me, Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water. ... Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock. ... After many days the Lord said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there". Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it, and look, the waistband was ruined. It was totally worthless.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thus says the Lord, "just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem". (Jeremiah 13: 1, 4, 6-9)
» The Potter's Jar. Thus says the Lord God, "Go and buy a potter's earthenware jar, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the senior priests". Then you are to break the jar in the sight of the men who accompany you and say to them, Thus says the Lord of Hosts, just so will I break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot again be repaired, and they will bury in Topheth, because there is no other place for burial. (Jeremiah 19: 1,11)
Chapter 2-38: The Sins Of Israel
Israel sins and the priests of Israel abandon their responsibilities. False prophets appear, who soothe the people into believing that they will have peace. The prophets tell the people what they want to hear. The people seek teachers who will tell them what is comforting. This sounds like prosperity ministers who preach prosperity and happy times and think that it is divisive, unproductive and negative to also preach about the warnings and coming judgments. God is not pleased with these one sided messages.
» Incompetent Shepherds. Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture! declares the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them. Look, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds" declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23: 1-2)
» Disobedient People. For the land is full of adulterers. For the land mourns because of the curse. The pastures of the wilderness have dried up. Their course also is evil and their might is not right.
For both prophet and priest are polluted. Even in My house I have found their wickedness", declares the Lord Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them, they will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it. "For I will bring calamity upon them, the year of their punishment", declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23: 10-12)
» False Prophets. They keep saying to those who despise Me, The Lord has said, "You will have peace". As for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, they say, "Calamity will not come upon you". (Jeremiah 23: 17)
They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying "peace, peace", but there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6: 14)
Chapter 27: Babylon Defeats Many Nations
God gave many lands in the region to Babylon. This reign is to last about three generations.
Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon, Israel. Now I have given all these lands into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon, My servant, and I have given him also the wild animals of the field to serve him.
Three Generations. All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson
The End of Babylon. until the time of his own land comes, then many nations and great kings will make him their servant. (Jeremiah 27: 6-7)
This is almost parallel to the conquest by the last king of the North or Babylon the Great. Edom, Moab and Ammon are now the country of Jordan. Tyre and Sidon are in the region of Northern Israel and Lebanon. All of these places are under the control and influence of the United States.
|The Kings of Babylon (Three Generations)|
|Ancient Babylon||Babylon the Great|
|2||Nabonidus||Son||41|| George H. B |
|3||Belshazzar||Grandson||43||George W. B |
|The prophecy only recognizes the rule of the father, son and grandson. It ignores the rule of the usurpers|
|609 BC||Babylon||539 BC||Old Babylon defeated for 2520 years||1981||Babylon the Great defeats Iraq (Babylon)||1991|
|Stage||Year||Old Babylon||Year||Babylon the Great||The Pattern|
|Merger||615||10 year civil war between Chaldea and Assyria ends||1981||United States and Catholic church cooperate||The merger of the powers that would form Babylon|
|Defeat and |
|609/ 605||Siege and control of Jerusalem. Jewish kings remain.||1991||Sanctions or "Siege" against Iraq. Saddam remains.||Economic warfare tactic to break the city|
|597||First captivity. Babylonian kings installed.||2003||United States occupies Iraq||Country is defeated and occupied twelve years after the siege. The leaders are replaced.|
|First Leader has Mental Injury||~570||Nebuchadnezzar suffered from Lycantrophy for seven years. He thought that he was an animal. He lived like an animal.
He had long fingernails and wild hair that was matted like "eagle's feathers"
|1995-||The two leaders associated with the beginning of the new Babylon suffer debilitating illnesses that affect their apparent mental status and their communication.
President Reagan - Alzheimer's.
Pope John Paul II - Parkinson's disease.
Saddam lived like an animal. Had lice and overgrown wild hair at his capture and he is mentally ill.
We had 7 years of Bush's madness in Iraq 2001-2008.
|~602||Idol worship||-||Worships image to the beast||Religious worship affected under penalty of death.|
|586||Second captivity. Temple destroyed||-||Mark of the Beast persecution|
|-||Time of worship legislated by Persians||-||Sabbath worship|
|Last Leader||535||Belshazzar. A drunken party, confident about his military defenses and had no respect for the religion. Fell in one night||-||A drinker, overly confident, mixes religion and politics.||Spreads immorality around the world, even by force|
|War||535||War with Persia||-||War with Iran||War with the eastern kings|
|Rescue from the east||535||Persia defeats Babylon and frees Israel. They dry up the Euphrates and enter the city under the walls.||-||The sixth plague. The Euphrates dries up and God rescues His church.||Rescued by the kings from the east who eliminates Babylon's support|
We also showed the strange similarity between the way ancient Babylon and modern Babylon were conquered. We also pointed out the strange similarities between the personalities of the kings.
The Bush Presidency
It is very spooky how much the personality of George W. seems to merge with Nabonidus and Belshazzar.
In early 2005 he began to look as if he was imploding from within. Perhaps he has had to confront the reality of the war. Rumors suggest that he has begun drinking heavily again. He is aloof, constantly on vacation and seems out of touch. He has aged visibly this year and physically looks as if he is being propped up by strings. If this continues he might even have a mental illness also. So all the personalities appear to be converging in this one man. The man under whom the United States seems to be waging an unsuccessful war with nature and with the international community. Babylon the Great is falling!
China is positioning itself to be world leader when the United States crumbles under the weight of war, debt and a failing national infrastructure. But, according to prophecy, the United States will be the last superpower. Sorry China!
The End Of The United States
In this time of the end, it seems that we will be at the mercy of many nations. Revelation 17: 17 even seems to predict a war or mutiny with Europe. Ancient Babylon was defeated by Cyrus the Great, the Persian King. The United States will be defeated by Jesus Christ who takes on the symbol of the Persian king. We will probably also have a significant confrontation with Iran. Therefore, the reference to "many nations and great kings will make him their servant" is probably parallel to the events in the phrase "He shall come to his end and no one shall help him". (Daniel 11: 45)
Since we must maintain some control to manage a global persecution, this fulfillment might be the current embarrassment that we have been facing in the world since our misguided war on Iraq. Our enemies are challenging our military and economic ability to confront them. Smaller nations and our enemies are mocking our ineptness and misfortunes in the war and in the natural disasters. Larger nations are waiting to see if they will emerge as the next super power.
If these are the dynamics, then it appears that along with the religious component, a wave of nationality will sweep across the country as we try to maintain our political and economic status. This will cause many to persecute all negative statements that are critical of the United States and its government as acts of treason.
Chapter 29: The Seventy Year Reign Of Babylon
The whole land will be a desolation and horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then it will be when seventy years are completed I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, declares the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and I will make it an everlasting devastation. (Jeremiah 25: 11-12)
According to this all the nations will be under the domination of Babylon for seventy years. Zechariah confirms the period of punishment to be seventy years.
Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, "when you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months these seventy years, was it actually for Me that you fasted?". (Zechariah 7: 5)
For thus says the Lord, "When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill my good word for you, to bring you back to this place". I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord. And I will bring you back from the place where I sent you into exile. (Jeremiah 29: 10,14)
People have always stated that this prophecy says that Israel will be captured for seventy years. But it actually states that Babylon will be a power for seventy years. Israel will be captured for a part of that time. But it was under their control for seventy years after the battle of Meggido.
The Battle of Armageddon. The name of this final cosmic battle has its roots in the word Meggido. Ancient Israel was rebellious and went under punishment and were defeated by Babylon in the battle of Meggido. The final global Israel will be righteous and will be rescued by God when they are attacked by Babylon the Great in the battle of Armageddon.
After Babylon falls, then God will gather the people of Israel from out of the nations where they are exiled. For this reason the creation of Israel in 1948, cannot be a fulfillment of these prophecies since Babylon the Great did not fall before 1948. But it can be used as a sign that the gathering for the final deliverance is near. Babylon the Great is falling and the call is still going out to leave Babylon.
|722||Assyria takes ten tribes of Israel|
|Babylon conquers nations|
| 70 |
|609||Fall of Josiah in the battle of Meggido. Judah loses its independence and is under the protection of Babylon.|
|605||Battle of Carchemish, Egypt and Babylon. The whole region came under Babylonian rule|
|597||The exile began (it is traditionally dated as 586). Only the ruling class are exiled.|
|586||Zedekiah revolts, more people are taken into exile, the country is destroyed after a 18 month siege. The temple is destroyed|
|539||Medo-Persia invades Babylon|
|537||Jewish exiles return|
|538/7||First decree by Cyrus to restore and build Jerusalem (Ezra 1: 1-4)|
|519||Second decree by Darius to restore and build Jerusalem (Ezra 6: 7-12)|
|457||Third decree by Artaxerxes to restore and build Jerusalem (Ezra 7: 11-12)|
|520-515||Second temple rebuilt|
|482||Babylon revolts. They were heavily taxed, large parts of the wall are torn down and destroyed statues of the god Marduk.|
|450||Babylon struggles under heavy taxes and high inflation|
|450-400||Reformation by Nehemiah and Ezra. Walls rebuilt|
|363 A.D.||Emperor Julian tore down the walls of Babylon|
Chapter 30: The Time Of Jacob's Trouble
Speaking of the end of time, the Bible predicts that the people of God will be in severe tribulation similar to Jacob's wrestling with God, just before their names are changed from Jacob to Israel.
Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. (Jeremiah 30: 7)
Chapter 39-44: The Remnant Of Israel
After the conquest by Babylon, the remnant in Israel try to go to Egypt. They ask Jeremiah to ask God what they should do. They promised to be obedient.
... all the commanders of the forces ... and all the people great and small approached and said to Jeremiah the prophet, "Please let our petition come before you, and pray for us to the Lord God, that is for all this remnant. Because we are left but a few out of many, as your own eyes now see us. That the Lord your God may tell us the way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do". (Jeremiah 42: 1-3)
But when Jeremiah told them to stay in Israel and not go to Egypt because Egypt will also be captured by Babylon, they rebelled. Instead they chose to go to Egypt and worship the queen of heaven.
Chose to Reject the Word of God. ... all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, "You are telling a lie". The Lord our God has not sent you to say "You are not to enter Egypt to reside there".
... and they entered the land of Egypt (for they did not obey the voice of the Lord) and went in as far as Tahpanes. (Jeremiah 43: 2, 7)
Chose Disobedience and Idolatry. As for the message that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, "we are not going to listen to you". But rather we will certainly carry out every word that has proceeded from our mouths, by burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven ... (Jeremiah 44: 16-17)
Rejected By God. Nevertheless, hear the word of the Lord, all Judah who are living in the land of Egypt, "Look, I have sworn by My great name", says the Lord, "never shall My name be invoked again by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying", "As the Lord lives." See, I am watching over them for harm and not for good, and all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt will meet their end by the sword and by famine until they are completely gone. (Jeremiah 44: 26-27)
» Avoiding Egypt and Leaving Babylon. Babylon conquered Israel and Egypt. In Daniel 11: 44-45, the King of the north also conquers Egypt and Israel. Revelation 11 also describes a beast coming out of the abyss who kills the witnesses of God and leaves their dead bodies in the streets of Sodom and Egypt. In the context, one gets a picture of the global church giving a final warning to Sodom, Babylon and Egypt.
|Sins at the End of Time|
|Egypt||Slavery||Others||James 5: 1-5|
|Sodom||Immorality||Self||Revelation 19: 2|
|Babylon||Idolatry||God||Revelation 18: 2|
Chapter 45: Cyrus The Deliverer
Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed, whom I have taken by the right hand, to subdue nations before him and to loose the loins of kings. To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut. I will go before you and make the rough places smooth. I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
"I have aroused him in righteousness and I will make all his ways smooth, He will build My city and will let My exiles go free, without any payment or reward", says the Lord of hosts. (Isaiah 45: 1-3, 13)
The Persian king, Cyrus was called to deliver Israel from Babylon. Persia is both north and east of Babylon. So it fits the description of kings coming from the north of Babylon and from the east. This prophecy was made about 175 years before his birth. He conquered the drunken soldiers of Babylon in one night when he diverted the Euphrates river, causing it to dry up. That caused the iron gates that were guarding the entrance to the city by water to be exposed. The army marched down the dry river bed, under these gates one night and defeated the city.
God uses this historical situation of the deliverance of Israel from Babylon to describe the final deliverance of global Israel from global Babylon the Great by Christ. He is the Priest-king who comes from the east.
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates. And its water was dried up, so that they way would be prepared for the kings from the east. (Revelation 16: 12)
Chapter 50-51: The Fall Of Babylon
|Babylon: Center of Idolatry and Rebellion|
The Sins Of Babylon
» Land of Idols. A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of idols, and they are mad over fearsome idols. (Jeremiah 50: 38)
» The Wine of Babylon. Babylon corrupts the world by telling lies, corrupting the priests and promoting idolatry. Her sins pile up and God does not remove them. In contrast, after the judgment of the righteous, God removes their sins which have also piled up.
Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine. Therefore the nations are going mad. Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken. Wail over her! Bring balm for her pain. Perhaps she may be healed. We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed. Forsake her and let us each go to his own country. For her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies. (Jeremiah 51: 7-9)
For her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18: 5)
For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her luxury. (Revelation 18: 3)
» Murder. Babylon murders the righteous. Here we get a sense of why God merges the actions of Satan into the activities of end time Babylon. Satan is described as the real king of Babylon. He is also described in Revelation as the eighth head of a seven headed beast! The seven heads are human systems, but God recognized the controlling role of this supernatural arch fiend. Babylon is guilty of the murder of all people because Satan is guilty of all their murder. As each unrighteous nation joins the army of Satan they become guilty of participating in a system which has a long tradition of murder.
Notice that Jeremiah predicts that Babylon will fall twice. Once for Israel and then for the crimes against the whole earth.
Indeed Babylon has fallen for the slain of Israel, as also for Babylon the slain of all the earth have fallen. (Jeremiah 51: 49)
And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth. (Revelation 18: 24)
The Destruction Of Babylon
Babylon fell to the armies of the Medes and Persians on October 12, 539 BC (Tishri 16). Tishri 16 was the second day of the feast of Tabernacles. This is a seven day feast that symbolizes the time when Israel goes to live with God. It is a highly symbolic act that God freed them to come back home to live with Him in the Promised Land during this feast.
This also gives us a clue that the Second Coming will also occur during this fall feast.
|Triple Level Fulfillment|
|Modern Babylon||Iraq and USA||Iran, Syria|
|Babylon the Great||United States||God|
Back To The Future
Here is a summary of how our times seem to have gone back in time to pick up where significant famous revolutions ended. This makes it possible for several similar events to occur again. A war between Babylon and Persia, fall of Babylon, fall of the papacy and the freedom of Israel.
|Babylon Falls (1)||Rome||Papacy Falls (1)||Babylon the Great Falls||(2)||Papacy Falls||Satan Falls||1000 |
|Second Coming||-||Hell Fire|
|Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2: 15||Time: 60 minutes
Print: 10 pages
First Created : June 2005. Updated: January 2006.
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)