Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 47

Babylon's Doom

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 47

     The destiny of Babylon.

     Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.

     There is no throne for Babylon any longer. Historically, the seat of the Babylonian empire was transferred to Shushan.

      For thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. Alluding to the moral decay that encompassed all classes of people, the effeminate debauchery and prostitution. Babylon is going to fall, our Father has spoken it.

     Isaiah 47:2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

     Take the millstones, and grind meal. Reduced to doing slaves work. Want to know how to fix this? Get rid of your false religions and your idols and quit harloting around.

     Uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. The sense given here is that you are no longer royalty. The flowing train of cloth that used to cover her leg, get rid of it; uncover the thigh or even strip yourself of all clothing and wade across the river to fetch water as a slave would do.

     Isaiah 47:3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.

     Father doesn’t care if you’re a king or a farm laborer, He treats everyone the same, so it is with Babylon, and He’s going to expose her for what she is. If you’re a part of Babylon you’re going to get the same treatment.

     It’s all in how you want to treat our Father. You can respect Him and love Him and follow Him as best you can in these earthly, sinful bodies or you can ignore Him, make up your own religions and gods and see how far down the road that will get you.

     And if you choose the route that ignores Him, then forget about any blessings, look for holes in your bucket every day.

     “Well, I see people doing really good that don’t believe in Him or ignore Him.”

     And so it is, BUT, you might be able to outrun the things of this world, become rich and prosperous, give to charities and all that, but you cannot outrun Him. Eventually you will stand face to face with Him, stripped bare like Babylon and then what will you have?

     Nada. Nothing. You lived your whole life for nothing. You gained nothing, spiritually. Your bucket is empty. Have a nice walk.

     Isaiah 47:4 As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.

     As for our Kingsman-Redeemer, it is He that is in control.

     Isaiah 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

 

     Sit thou silent. Sit down and shut up.

     Get thee into darkness. Here comes mourning and misery.

     The lady of kingdoms. Mistress of the world.

     When Cyrus came, he put Babylon out of business and Media-Persia took over and it was for the better. Cyrus followed our Lord’s commands to the letter and He knew that our Father was using him because of what’s written in Ezra:

     Ref:  Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

     Ref:  Ezra 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. KJV

     Our Father promised that it would happen and it did exactly that way, just the same as it will happen in these end days.

     Spiritually, Babylon and her little king, Satan/Antichrist, will fall but woe to the people that will be deceived by them before it’s all over. The entire world will whore after him and they, too, will go to the ground, the dust, the Lake of Fire.

     I have no doubt that our Father has had enough by the time He returns to clean this place up, once and for all, because all human life will end and never be again. We will have moved into that spiritual dimension and there’s no looking back.

     Our Father speaks about His remnant, His Election, throughout the Scriptures and it’s because they are the only ones that He can depend on throughout this life in these earthly bodies. They stood and served Him well in the first heaven/earth age and yes, they might stumble and fall, as all of us do at times, but they will get right back up, repent, and keep on truckin’.

     Just because you’re one of His Elect, that doesn’t mean that you get a smooth ride in this life but it does mean that you UNDERSTAND a good deal about the relationship between this earthly life and the spiritual. You’re prepared to deal with Satan because you know that he’s coming after you.

     How do you prepare yourself? By reading and studying His Word, His letter to us that tells us all we need to know on how to deal with Satan. And it’s all pretty simple: just ask our Father to protect us from him and that’s all that needs to be said.

     If you try to take Satan on by yourself, you’ve got a spiritual butt-kickin’ ‘comin. He’ll chew you up before you get one word out of your mouth. But he’s scared to death of our Father and the only reason that he does what he does is because our Father lets him do it. He allows it. It’s to test us and see what kind of resolve we have.

     Isaiah 47:6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.

     Father talking to Babylon…

       Polluted-- OT:2490 chalal (khaw-lal'); a primitive root [compare OT:2470]; properly, to bore, i.e. (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively, to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from OT:2485) to play (the flute):

     He wounded His people when He put them under Babylonian bondage. When our Father wanted to punish just some of the Israelites, sometimes He destroyed them by having the ground open up and swallow them up:

     Ref: Numbers 16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:

     Ref: Numbers 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

     Ref: Numbers 16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. KJV

     Or with fire, as He did with those that thought they could run away from the cleft in the earth that swallowed up the others:

     Ref: Numbers 16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

     Ref: Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense. KJV

      When He wanted to punish them as a nation He used other heathen nations to put them under bondage, usually making slaves out of them as He did with Babylon.

     Isaiah 47:7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

     Babylon didn’t think that our Father would follow through with what He was proposing to do.

     Neither didst remember the latter end of it. They were insolent and really did think that they would be a lady forever.

     Isaiah 47:8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:

     There’s a word that we don’t use much anymore and it’s a good word, I don’t know why it fell out of favor because it describes, to a tee, the wanton sexual activities of human beings. That word is:

      Licentious-- lacking legal or moral restraints; especially, disregarding sexual restraints. Marked by disregard for strict rules of correctness.

     There was no city anywhere that contained a group of people this large, that collectively disregarded all limits on sexual activity. Lest we forget what our Father did to Sodom and Gomorrah and their sister cities, He will destroy this one as well.

     Language of blasphemous arrogance coming out of the mouths of men and women alike, directed to and at our Father. Satanic worship, idolatry, men who aligned themselves and lived within the powers of Satan himself.

     Arrogant to the point that they didn’t think that even our Father could touch them. Events of the latter days, written of in Revelation, chapter 18:

     Ref: Revelation 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

     Ref: Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

     Ref: Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. KJV

     As the destruction began to fall the people began running out of the city, looking back and bewailing her destruction. Sounds a lot like Lot’s wife, doesn’t it?

      Ref:  Genesis 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

     Ref: Genesis 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

     She, too, regretted that that lifestyle was gone.

     Neither shall I know the loss of children. Babylon believes that our Father cannot touch those that live there.

     I feel the need to explain some things here: Babylon is an actual city with actual people living there. But their life style, as described above, was that of sexual wantonness. Anything goes, each to their own pleasure, never looking to or praying to our Father, never trying to live by His commandments.

     These conditions, within this city, are being used by our Father as a type of living that is totally against Him. The meaning of the word Babylon, in the Hebrew language, is:

       Babylon-- OT:894 Babel (baw-bel'); from OT:1101; confusion; Babel (i.e. Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire: KJV - Babel, Babylon.

     Babylon is Satan’s city, it is his home base and since Babylon means babel or confusion, it is no stretch to associate Satan as someone who spews confusion out of his mouth every time that he opens it. That confusion being meant to deceive our Father’s children into following him and thus having their soul destroyed along with his own.

     When spiritual Babylon is finally defeated by our Father, and it’s physical destruction is by no means included in that, all that is evil in this world will be done away with and that can only happen when Satan himself is done away with.

     Satan’s spirit is free to influence anyone who will let it in this life; he will be contained, he will lose his influence over people, during the Millennium, when he is locked into the pit, the abyss, and the physical destruction of his soul will happen on the Day of Judgment, when he walks into the Lake of Fire.

     The physical king of Babylon, king Nebuchadnezzar, is a pseudo-representation of Satan but in later times he turns himself over to the Father to where he can be used by Him.

     Here in Isaiah, we have the history of physical Babylon being destroyed, which is an example of how our Father will destroy the spiritual Babylon when our Lord returns.

     Isaiah 47:9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.

     In one day, the loss of children, and widowhood. When is that day? The Lord’s Day. The day of vengeance. The day of recompense. Where she once stood and proudly proclaimed that no one, not even our Father, could touch her or her children, then doom and destruction are sure to follow.

     Isaiah 47:10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

     Did you notice the similarity in the words that Babylon/Satan uses in that verse and the ones that our Father used? Babylon/Satan said: I am, and none else beside me.

     In chapter 46 of this same book, our Father said: I am God, and there is none like me. KJV

     That’s not a coincidence. Satan mimics our Father, the reason that he’s called the great imitator and if you’re not knowledgeable in His Word, you might be deceived into thinking that our Father spoke those words in verse 47.

     You’ve got to be on guard, you have to have your spiritual eyes and ears open and be watching and listening. Those who haven’t studied might just as easily think that our Father is the one who said that.

     And when he appears in Jerusalem, on Mount Zion, looking exactly like our Lord and proclaiming to the world that he IS our Lord, are you going to believe him? If you haven’t studied, you probably will. If you’ve been going to some church and your preacher never warned you about this coming event, you will probably believe Satan/Antichrist and the words that come out of his mouth.

     If you read and study this Word then you’ll be able to witness against Satan/Antichrist when he does come. Wouldn’t it be nice to warn someone of the evil that’s about to befall them if they believe him?

     Isaiah 47:11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.

     Babylon is not even going to see it coming. Nobody knows when that day is coming but if you read and understand you will, at least, know the SEASON in which he comes. And that season is the time of the adult stage of the locust, from May through September. That’s the time of Satan/Antichrist, five months before the true Messiah appears.

     Isaiah 47:12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

     If you think that your idols are going to save you then have at it.

      Sorceries-- OT:3785 kesheph (keh'-shef); from OT:3784; magic: KJV - sorcery, witchcraft.

      Enchantments-- OT:2267 cheber (kheh'-ber); from OT:2266; a society; also a spell:

       Root Word-- OT:2266 chabar (khaw-bar'); a primitive root; to join (literally or figuratively); specifically (by means of spells) to fascinate:

     They will tickle your ears with fascinating words. People like to hear those kinds of things. One or two liner’s, something to make you go:

     “Wow, listen at that.”

     People would rather hear those short, snappy phrases, than to wade through the drudgery of reading a lot of words that don’t mean anything to them. Of course, if they understood them it will probably save their soul, but hey, what the heck.

     Isaiah 47:13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

     Astrologers are those that can look up at the stars and form combinations and watch conjunctions and oppositions and all that.

     Monthly prognosticators look at the moon and tell people that they can foretell the future, especially during the time of new moons. The thought being that if they can see these disasters coming, why can’t they save anyone from their effects?

     They’ve got more people counseling them it’s hard to figure out which one to listen to, says our Father. But, go ahead, and see if they can stop what I’m fixin’ to put on you.

     Isaiah 47:14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

     All their works are going up in smoke, like stubble from a thrashing floor, and there won’t be enough left to warm your feet on a cold night.

     Isaiah 47:15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee. KJV

     That’s what the fate is going to be of those astrologers that have cost you so much time and money.

     The people that love our Father will have Him as their redeemer, their Kinsman-Redeemer. The others will have lost the glory of Babylon and be gathered together in the dust.

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