Friday, March 30, 2007

Isaiah 13 - Babylon to be uninhabited

Babylon to be uninhabited

Isa 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.

The Medes and the Persians were single minded; to destroy their enemy, Babylon. Nations who bribe other nations to get them to not be at war, including our own nation, should take heed to this. They were not interested in silver or gold, but their desire was to destroy. The LORD will use ungodly nations to punish those who have forsaken him.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The best defense is to repent and turn to the LORD for help.

Isa 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.

The LORD has commanded at times, the complete destruction of an evil nation. It is righteous wrath upon an evil people. The LORD had ordered King Saul to destroy the Amalekites in 1Kings.

1 Sam 15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
1 Sam 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Saul disobeyed and the LORD's anointing left him. In the end, Saul was killed by an Amalekite. That thing we refuse to do from the LORD, may be our undoing. The LORD requires obedience.

Isa 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Babylon was the greatest of nations, full of mans glory, but they had no place for the LORD. They were compared to Sodom and Gomorrah, who were destroyed because of sexual and moral evil.

Isa 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.

The city of Babylon was never rebuilt.It is located in Iraq. Sadaam Hussein, spoke of being a modern day King nebuchadnezzar, with plans to rebuild Babylon, but he was executed for genocide.

Isa 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.

Darkness and confusion surround what was once that city. A Satyr in Greek mythology was half man and half goat. It desired unrestrained revelry, A licentious man; a lecher.

Isa 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.

One thought of these mystical beasts: satyrs and dragons, would be to apply this verse to mystical Babylon, the corrupt and wealthy nations, who leave the truth of God for fantasies, who worship mystical creatures instead of the true living God. Their destruction shall come if they remain far from the Redeemer and the God who created them. We know that all nations will worship the beast and that God's people will live forever. Live each day in the light of His truth.

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