Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 13
The Burden of Babylon
The Book of Isaiah
The word Babylon means confusion or “babel”. A person can be said to be “babbling on” which means that what they’re saying is not understandable. Their words are confusing.
Babylon-- OT:894 Babel (baw-bel'); from OT:1101; confusion; Babel (i.e. Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire: KJV - Babel, Babylon.
Root Word -- OT:1101 balal (baw-lal'); a primitive root; to overflow (specifically with oil.); by implication, to mix; also (denominatively from OT:1098) to fodder:
Prophetically and spiritually, Satan is always connected with Babylon because he muddies the spiritual waters of our Father’s Word. His words are spiritually misleading and deceptive, as will be the words he speaks during his appearance five months before the Lord’s Day and the five months at the end of the Millennium.
The geographical area of Babylon of old is Iraq of today, their political leaders sworn to the destruction of America. Why? Because of capitalism, the way we live our lives, drenched in the splendors of glitz, high technology, and the need for material things, all of which they consider to be a satanic way of life.
Lest we forget, we're also Christians. They call us Shatan.
We are a Christian nation. We are Jacob. And the followers of Satan, those who do not love the Father or His Word, will do everything possible to bring us down, as a nation and as individuals. They know who we are, the followers of our Father, and that makes us the enemy. If we become strong, under the power of Almighty God, we will defeat them and they know this.
Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
Our Father showed this prophesy to Isaiah. It’s called an oracle of God.
Isaiah 13:2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
Wave that banner for a signal, holler at them and speed them on towards Babylon.
Isaiah 13:3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
His sanctified ones are His Holy Ones, His Election, and His set-aside ones. Mighty ones, in the Hebrew, is actually My Warriors. The Hebrew also has them as Geber which denotes man in his physical strength.
Who would rejoice in His highness, His majesty? His Election and His warriors. Those that love Him.
Isaiah 13:4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
The sound of the armies of the nations, the Medes and the Persians coming together on that mountain, giving the dreadful feeling of desolation, of hopelessness, at the coming defeat. Our Father oversees the gathering of these forces.
The locust army of Revelation, going out into the world to deceive His children. The only ones that can resist this deception will be the ones whose names are written in the Book of Life, the ones that have the seal of our Father in their forehead, their mind, their brain. The ones who know that this first messiah is a fake.
Our Father overcomes in this battle as well. Babylon is fallen.
Isaiah 13:5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
The end of heaven is a similitude to the far corners of the earth and it simply means from far away. What are the weapons of His indignation? The armies of Mede and Persia, to destroy all of Babylon.
Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
This day is the day that the destruction of Babylon will occur. In the prophetic sense, it is the day that He returns to Jerusalem, not riding on a lowly ass but coming as Lord of Lord and King of Kings.
The destruction on that day will not be against flesh and blood but upon the spiritual souls of those that didn’t wait on Him but believed that Satan/Antichrist was the true messiah when he was not.
There will be a separation of souls on that day. Some will go to the left side of that gulf, some will go to the right side of that gulf, some will go to Paradise and some will participate for the next 1000 years in the Millennium.
Satan and his fallen angels will literally be locked and put in the pit during that time, waiting for their last chance to steal souls from our Father.
He is in charge and it will be visible to every soul ever created.
Isaiah 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
Those that go against God, those that try to protect confusion, those that try to protect babel.
Isaiah 13:8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
They will witness their own destruction with no way of stopping it.
They shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth. What happens to women that travaileth? They are in the act of giving birth to a child and the associated pain, the pangs of labor, become more frequent the nearer the time of birth becomes.
In relation to the world, the closer we get to the Lord’s Day the more frequent the birth pangs or the more frequent the end time prophesies come to pass. Babylon is experiencing those “pangs” right now because the closer the armies of our Father get to them, the more eminent is their destruction.
They will look at each other with stupid looks on their faces and their faces will “burn” with embarrassment when they understand the truth.
It is written in Revelation 9 that good Christian people, who thought that they were in good standing with our Father and understood the truth, will be devastated when they find out that their preachers were lying to them and that the rapture was a farce. This is all happening and they are still here.
It will be at that time that their faces will be red with embarrassment because they will understand that they were duped and they will pray for mountains to fall on them because they don’t want to face our Father.
They meant well but, unfortunately, they worshipped the wrong messiah.
If you are reading this and this is your first REAL attempt to understand and learn from our Father’s Word, then you are on your way to having that seal of God placed in your forehead, your mind. But you have to pursue it, you have to continue to read and study because just a few truths, a few facts will not be enough to stave off the persuasive powers of Satan/Antichrist.
That’s why the tribulation was shortened from 3 ½ years to 5 months because, as the Lord tells us, Satan will be so persuasive that even His Election will succumb to those lies if they were exposed to it for three years or more.
Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. KJV
And we have to go to Revelation to find out the time to which it has been shortened:
Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV
And also a second witness in this same chapter:
Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV
It’s imperative that you begin to read and study today, not tomorrow, not after the kid's graduate, and not when you retire. TODAY. I don’t like to predict the future because I’m just a human being like yourself but I stand almost convinced that we will see something around the end of the next two years. And that’s just an educated guess, nothing substantial. That’s just my thoughts on it.
And when Babylon does fall there will be a lot of people that will cry and wail when it happens.
Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
That’s a fair warning, people. When the Lord returns on the Lord’s Day, that’s the day that Babylon will fall. All confusion will be done away with on that day, never to return.
There’s no need for you to be afraid, but it’s not enough to love him and worship Him, you have to understand that the false messiah comes BEFORE the true messiah. You have to understand this.
Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Have you heard of this happening already? Nope, this is yet future and you can read a second witness to this event in Mark 13:
Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
Mark 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. KJV
This will happen on the last day of the 5-month tribulation, just before the Lord’s Day. And it’s going to be a sad day as well because there will be many people that called themselves Christians and followers of our Lord but they just didn’t read and study on their own, they depended on their preacher to give them the truth, and he lied to them. And now it’s too late.
Don’t let it be too late for you.
Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
Remember all those people that you saw, during your lifetime, who lied and cheated and because of it lived well, drove fine new cars, lived in million-dollar houses? You tried not to envy them but being human, it was hard not to. You tried not to be angry because it wasn’t in you to do the same thing. Yeah, you had to do it the right way.
And what did you get for it? Driving a car that sometimes won’t start, going to the laundromat because the washing machine stopped spinning, covered up with bills that you don’t have money to pay.
Then reread that 11th verse again. Those people that lied and cheated are going away, they’ll be done away with and who will end up with the rewards of our Father? You will. I will. How much greater is it to drive an old clunker and end up in heaven because you did things Father’s way? You bet! Waaaay better.
Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
There’s no gender in the word man, it means both men and women and if they love the Lord with all their hearts He thinks that we are more precious that gold from Ophir.
Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
Man, there are so many verses that support this….this again is the Lord’s Day, in the day of His fierce anger. Christ told the Apostles that not one stone will be left unturned when He returns:
Luke 21:6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. KJV
I will shake the heavens. And Satan and his 7000 fallen angels will come to this earth from heaven. It also means that it’s the birth of a new age, that age being the beginning of the Millennium.
And the earth shall remove out of her place. Boy, there’s a lot in that. When the first heaven/earth age came to a close our Father tilted this earth on her axis by about 10 degrees. What once was a globe that was fertile and warm throughout now has ice caps on each of its poles with varying temperatures and weather patterns.
When the eternity begins He will again shake this earth and put it back in the same position it was in in the beginning. That 10 degrees of tilt will be removed and this globe will be fertile throughout with constant warm temperatures. No more polar caps.
Isaiah 13:14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
A roe is a very timid animal that will flee on a moment's notice and a sheep that no man taketh up is a wild sheep, also wary and skittish. It means that Babylon will be empty, everyone is going to go back to their own people.
Many will see the truth during this time, they’re going to go back to the truth of our Father’s Word.
Isaiah 13:15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
And those that don’t, and those that have hooked up with them, well, they’re going to be destroyed.
The point is that there is not going to be any time left. When all this happens you had better have your ducks in a row or your spiritual butt is headed to a place that it really doesn’t want to be.
And it’s all a matter of what you consider important in your life. If buying all the trappings of this human world makes you happy and you ignore the Father while you enjoy it, there will be a price to pay somewhere down the road.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or the validity of the Bible or not, IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN regardless. The only thing that depends on what YOU BELIEVE is the condition of your immortal soul. Hey, it’s up to you. Live your life as you choose.
Isaiah 13:16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
Stay with me now, this is not actually going to happen. Psalms will describe it a little more clearly:
Psalms 137:8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
Satan gave us deception and our Father is going to be very happy when he receives his just rewards.
Psalms 137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. KJV
That simply means those that follow him, those that believe in the lies that he speaks. The analogy of the little ones is as a child following behind a parent with complete trust in that person.
Those that believe in and partake of Babylon will follow him right into the Lake of Fire.
Isaiah 13:17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
There is no ransom of silver and gold that can buy your soul’s freedom from the great deceiver. Only our Lord Jesus Christ can provide that ransom. And He did it by dying on the Cross.
Isaiah 13:18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
All of Babylon is going to be destroyed. And when that time comes, when those “stars” are cast out of heaven onto this earth those that believe in babel will wallow in it because they think that it’s the true messiah.
In Mark 13 it says that the father will betray the son to death. Why? Because the father thinks that this false one is the true Christ and that his son just doesn’t see the light.
Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. KJV
Who is death? Satan is:
Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. KJV
Isaiah 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
It will be gone. The wrath of our Father will destroy it. Babylon deceives His children, it takes them away from Him and puts them in Satan’s grasp, to be destroyed. How would you feel if one of your children was destroyed because of a lie?
Isaiah 13:20 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.
Why? Because we move into a new dimension, a new dispensation. Babylon and confusion will never exist again. He will remove all that offends and if that means your soul as well, He has no choice. It’s what you believe that will save you or condemn you.
Our Father would rather have you in the Eternity with Him. He doesn’t want to destroy you,
Isaiah 13:21 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.
This is always a description of desolation, emptiness, a spiritual void. If you follow the world and Satan this is how your soul looks to Him: Full of doleful creatures.
Isaiah 13:22 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. KJV
For verses 21 and 22 I really like the words from the Hebrew/Aramaic Old Testament:
Verse 21...but the desert creatures shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of howling creatures and daughters of ostriches shall dwell there; and he-goats shall skip there.
Verse 22....And hyenas shall cry along with his widows; and jackels in palaces of delight. Yea, her time to come is near and her days shall not be prolonged.
There is no word islands in the Manuscripts, it just isn't there and it doesn't make sense to use that word in that verse.
This is our Father’s warning to Babylon. It’s going down for the count. Eradicated forever when the Millennium begins. No more lies, no more half-truths, no more gray areas. It’s all going to be bright and white as snow when He gets through cleansing this world.
This is our Father’s warning to you. Can you read it with understanding? Can you take it and place it within your heart? It’s important that you do because your very soul is at stake.
...In 1574 A. D., reports of the tower of Babylon was that it was so ruinous and so full of venomous creatures, that lodged in the holes of the rubbish, that no one, with any sense, would go near it, except during two months of the winter when these creatures were hibernating.
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