Apr 01, 2020


Is Babylon ever going to be rebuilt?

Gustav Doré: Bible Illustrations c. 1866
The destruction of Babel and of Sodom

Here are some Bible passages that provide an answer for this question:

Gen 11:4

They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."

Jer 50: 22-27

"The noise of battle is in the land, And great destruction. 23 "How the hammer of the whole earth Has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become An object of horror among the nations!
24 "I set a snare for you and you were also caught, O Babylon, While you yourself were not aware; You have been found and also seized Because you have engaged in conflict with the LORD."
25 The LORD has opened His armory And has brought forth the weapons of His indignation, For it is a work of the Lord GOD of hosts In the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come to her from the farthest border; Open up her barns, Pile her up like heaps And utterly destroy her, Let nothing be left to her.
27 Put all her young bulls to the sword; Let them go down to the slaughter! Woe be upon them, for their day has come, The time of their punishment.

Isa 13:19-22

And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans' pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; Nor will the Arab pitch his tent there, Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
21 But desert creatures will lie down there, And their houses will be full of owls; Ostriches also will live there, and shaggy goats will frolic there.
22 Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers And jackals in their luxurious palaces. Her fateful time also will soon come And her days will not be prolonged.

Isa 21:6-9

For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.
7 "When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention."
8 Then the lookout called, "O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
9 "Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs." And one said, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon; And all the images of her gods are shattered on the ground."

Jer 50: 39-42

"Therefore the desert creatures will live there along with the jackals; The ostriches also will live in it, And it will never again be inhabited Or dwelt in from generation to generation.
40 "As when God overthrew Sodom And Gomorrah with its neighbors," declares the LORD, "No man will live there, Nor will any son of man reside in it.
41 "Behold, a people is coming from the north, And a great nation and many kings Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.
42 "They seize their bow and javelin; They are cruel and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea; And they ride on horses, Marshalled like a man for the battle Against you, O daughter of Babylon.

Jer 50:18-20

"Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I punished the king of Assyria.
19 'And I will bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his desire will be satisfied in the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead.
20 'In those days and at that time,' declares the LORD, 'search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.'

Jer 51:24-26

"But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes," declares the LORD.
25 "Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, Who destroys the whole earth," declares the LORD, "And I will stretch out My hand against you, And roll you down from the crags, And I will make you a burnt out mountain.
26 "They will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be desolate forever," declares the LORD.

Rev 16:17-21

Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, "It is done."
18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.
19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.

Rev 17:5

The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,
5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, "BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

Rev 17:18

"The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth."

Rev 18:2-5

2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 "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 sensuality."
4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;
5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

Rev 18:7-10,19-20

"To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, 'I SIT AS A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.'
8 "For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.
9 "And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning,
10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'
19 "And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!'
20 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her."
Our Conclusion: Babylon has to be seen in its total Biblical context linking the ancient city of the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-8) to the city described in the book of the Apocalypse. In addition, its meaning cannot be understood without the context of Jerusalem, Babylon's counterpiece. The two cities are opposites. This applies to both periods of biblical prophecy - to the context of the ancient Hebrew prophets and to the context of the Book of Revelation. Whether or not Babylon's ruins will be built up again will only become clear in time.

What we do know already is that Babylon's symbolic meaning is humanity's rebellion against God following the parallel rebellion of Satan indicated in Isaiah 14:1-27 and Ezekiel 28. The Fall of Babylon signals the outcome of the final confrontation between the ruling powers of a Satan-controlled humanity and the Messiah who will set his foot on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem the eternal capital of Israel, the throne of God's kingdom to come (Jer 3:17; Ezek 43:7; Zech 14:9). The glory of God is the glory of the God of Israel (Ezek 10:18-19).

The apocalyptic description of Babylon's final fall is the most powerful warning against man's selfishness, pride and arrogance from the beginning. Rather than trying to find out if Babylon will have to be rebuilt or not to fulfil the requirements of Biblical prophecy it is more important to seek to understand the meaning of this apocalyptic imagery for our time. Its message is a multiple one - the warning to move out of that 'city' before the judgment falls, the need to be ready for His coming and the need to pray and to work for the coming of His kingdom; the satisfaction that He will execute judgment in justice and the joy that Jesus the Jewish Messiah will reign in eternity without Babylon ever reappearing again, neither geographically nor symbolically.

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Cynthia Dunaway — 27 April 2011, 22:41

The city Jerusalem will become an international city with all three major monotheistic religions. Judaism,with a rebuilt temple; Christianity with possibly the Vatican relocating; and the Dome of the rock/Muslim. This Jerusalem will be Babylon in contrast to the Holy Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven. See Rev. 11:8 If you live in Jerusalem, ..."come out of her my people and be not partaker of her sins" That goes for Tel Aviv, too. Pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters in Yeshua. They are squeezed on all sides,the orthodox, the muslims, the secularists, and yes, the vatican. Our Lord and Savior is their only refuge.

DAVID RICHARDSON — 08 August 2010, 11:40

In Greek six six six is not a man it is man. Man who abides in his pomp is like the beast that perishes. I renounce Satan. They overcame the image of the beast. They loved the worship of Man more than the worship of God. I Renounce the image of the beast. The Twisted Cross was a Ruin Stone of the Germanic Knights of Celtic Religion. I Renounce the Number of the Beast. The Red Dragon is the Old Serpent the Father of lies. I Renounce Satan. They overcame by their testimony? No. Their Testimony of the Blood of the lamb. There is no forgiveness of sins without the blood. Exodus was an Exit from bondage not to the Land they had cattle and homes, and worked hard labor but had many things that common slaves do not they were bond slaves tied to the land they worked and the monuments of false gods they built for the Egyptians, what were they in bondage too... The influence of the Egyptian Idols. Proof,, What was the first thing the Children of Israel ran to when they thought Moses was Dead? Idols. like the ones in Egypt. God freed them of the sin of their bondage to false gods who could not save them and fore shadowed the lamb of God that would. When Jerimiah made his proclamation of the word of the Lord to Judah he told them they would go into bondage again because they would not repent because of their following after false gods. and after they had seen his mighty wonders and these gods they even sacrificed their own children to.! Babylon is a land of evil magic and the cult of Istar and Tammuz from which all other false gods all over the world arose. And why did the Jews go a whoring after them. The same reason any man backslides, turns to pride and away from faith to make himself like the most high god. The devil told the woman God lies to you in the day you eat the fruti you yourselves shall be like gods you will not die. Man has always had a quirk in his make up that the image is the reality. We see it all over the world today. Man tries as hard as possible to keep the flesh eternally beautiful and he equates lust with love. Fornication is immoral because it puts a body part before the living God. I sinned and was lost for twenty eight years but Christ revealed himself to me and showed me he was not an Idol pictorial of a European man carrying a lamb. It breaks the command thous shall have no other Elohim before me. I am a jealous Elohim. You shall cling unto your Elohim and to him alone shall you cling. Babylon is the last fortress that bars a man from the promised land and God s rest. Witchcraft does the same thing. I was a victim of stupidity at the razors edge of my soul until God that is one showed me the err of my ways. Yeshua is his words, his parables, his commandments, his ordinances, his law, and obedience to him is love. If you love me you will obey me. Oh, what a wretched man I am let me be free of all sin even the least of it. But mans pride is to hold on because the flesh does not like god being god. The flesh wants to be god. God Forbid! But when we come to the point in surrender to him that we let the potter mold the clay as he will and the smelter heat the silver to remove the dross to perfection then the sins of our lives can be covered with the will of God.The wood is covered with pure gold, not because there is a shortage of gold but because wood like the flesh over time decays and passes away but cover it with fine gold and it will last forever. Thus we surrender more and more everyday to God and his will and the flesh dies as the spirit lives, and we move on to perfection preparing for the appearance of the blessed one and only one that can save us from the dragon, the pit, the image, the mark, the witch, and the sin of pride from which Lucifer fell I,E, notice his covering was like a priest to the most high... but his glimpse of his beauty went to his head and by pride he lost the kingdom of heaven forever more. No one can serve two masters. Once you have left Egypt you can not go back and if you worship idols you will drink the biter liquid formed from the filth of your bloody hands, and once you have left Babylon the false gods will never be rebuilt and Babylon crumbles before you like the sands of the desert that cover it up daily blow it like chaff in the wind to be burned by the wilderness sun. Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Sound the watchman, and put them round about least the evil one come and tear down the walls built to keep you within the City of Peace. For a City on a hill can not be hid. I pray for my brother Jeff Seiff who many years ago told another brother that God loved me very much. He must have to bring me out of the toliet bowl that I lived in. Babylon is blowing away and the sands cover her up that Istars evil spells and the dark wickedness of Tammuz should cause the woman to bake cakes and sacrifice them to idols in vain. The woman cried outside the temple for Tammuz. This is what happens when the Church forgets that salvation came through the Jews!" Another will come in his name and him you will receive." Beware the tribe of Dan. And these two olive trees shall be a witness unto me. And Elijah the prophet will come first... Let all the enemies of Spiritual Israel have the rain shut up in them for forty two months and not shall one drop of rain fall from their skies...Amen.

Preacherdog — 02 January 2009, 16:22

Hey, Jim. Keep studying, because Washington DC is NOT the economic Babyblon you speak of. America is not a perfect country by any means, but it's by no means the devilish beast some would make it out to be. It might become as such when the rapture takes place, but that hasn't happened yet, and you can still find scores and scores of righteous people walking its streets.

jamesjenkins — 11 October 2008, 19:07

hi my name is jim i have been a student of bible prophesy for several years now my thougts on babylon being rebuilt in the last days has already been built in 1776 washington dc is a carbon copy of rome the 7 hills who is responsible for the economic babylon who is full of all kinds of foul spirits as spoken of in the book of revelation it is close to its destrution thank you