In the Bible, the very word Babylon is used to symbolize everything foul and pagan. It is agreed by various commentaries that the curses upon Babylon in Isaiah 13, 14 and Jeremiah 50, 51 refer not merely to the Babylonian empire of ancient times but to the future world government to end this age.
Christ in his Revelation from the Spirit to John, about 96 A.D., said: "There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is [in power] and the other is not yet come ... and goeth into perdition." (Rev. 17:10) Five world kingdoms had then come and gone: Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece. Rome was then in power over the whole known world. Christ describes the coming world government as red, or scarlet colored, as a behind-the-scenes or "mystery" power, and calls it "Babylon The Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth . drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus." Its scope is likened to a beast with ten horns, which are ten kings that will reign very briefly — "one hour." The harlot "reigneth over the kings of the earth." (Rev. 17) For the complete control of trade and industry by "her merchants," read Revelation 18:11.
The excoriations against Babylon by Jesus Christ from the Spirit about 96 A.D., over 600 years after the fall of actual Babylon, had, necessarily, to refer to a future World Government controlled by a whore-like Babylonian minded anti-God, anti-Christ regime to come, not a long-gone Babylonian Empire.
The ten component parts of this World Government which make war on the "Lamb," as chronicled in Revelation 17:12-14, as well as the prophecy of the satanic anti-Christ, correspond with the prophecy of Daniel the Prophet on the same ten-king anti-God power (Daniel 7:24). But its complete defeat is also foretold in both places.
See how similarly Jeremiah and Christ have described the final events. Jeremiah ends his long denunciation in Chapter 51 thus:
And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates: And thou shalt say, thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her . Thus far are the words of Jeremiah. (Jer. 51:63-4)
And Christ, after prophesying the fall of the Red, anti-Christ Babylonian world power run by rich men, says:
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all thy merchants were the great men of the earth: for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Then the last verse, on the Babylonian Harlot:
And in her were found the blood of Prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. (Rev. 18:24)
In Matthew 23, when Christ was facing the Pharisees eye to eye and calling them "Hypocrites!," again and again, he said:
Ye are the children of them which killed the Prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel (Matt. 23:31-35)
Thus did Christ link the Pharisees of His time with the rulers of the Babylonian Red World Power to come and to be sunken like a stone in deep water.
Isaiah, in 712 B.C., foretold the fall of the Babylonian world power, still in the future, in the same words as Christ did at the end of the first century. The Babylonian wicked woman directress of it is to fall "for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments." (Isa. 47:9; Rev. 18:7)
Moses commanded: "There shall not be found among you any one ... that useth divination, or an observer of times [astrology] or an enchanter of a witch." (Deuteronomy 18:10) And those black arts are denounced throughout Scripture. They may evoke power, but only cursed power.
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