Endtime Prophecy on Mystery, Babylon the Great
The “day of the LORD” (Yahweh) is a day not to wish for. It brings desolation, cosmic collisions with the earth, utter upheaval and destruction of man’s status quo. Suffering, “pangs and sorrows…pain” fills the faces of mankind. It is “cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it” (Isaiah 13: 1-10).
Many will stop here and claim that this prophecy written in 713 B.C. was fulfilled when the Babylonian Kingdom would fall many years later. It was on one level, but the prophecy has a deeper, more far reaching force that takes those ominous words and thrusts them into our modern day scene. These inspired words of Yahweh through the prophet Isaiah take on a universal worldwide scope when God warns in the very next breath: “And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity…” (v. 11).
God goes cosmic in vision and scope while at the same time outlining the demise of the ancient Babylonian Empire.
For the Babylon of old is a symbol of the one world system of false religion, government, and education. The prophet Daniel in chapter 2 speaks of the Babylonian Empire as the head of gold of a much larger all-encompassing beast image. All Bible scholars concede that the great image that Nebuchadnezzar dreamed was a glimpse into the future of four great world Gentile governments. These would rule the earth in successive waves from c. 600 B.C. to our present day.
Nebuchadnezzar forgot the dream, much less the interpretation. Contained in the dream was a secret from the Almighty. “Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven” (v. 19). Daniel proclaimed before the king that God “reveals the deep and secret things: He knows what is in the darkness…” (v. 22). Daniel goes on to say that the wise men of Babylon cannot reveal the secret of the dream, “but there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days” (v. 28).
The God in heaven “reveals secrets.” And what are these secrets? The Spirit in Daniel says it another way in the very next breath. Revealing secrets is the same as making known now what will happen in the future– “in the latter days,” the time of the end. The time when the “day of the LORD (Yahweh)” comes. The time when God “will punish the world for their evil.” That is the time we are living in.
This passage in Daniel is profound and rich with meaning for us. The religious wise men of ancient Babylon, of the world system of their day, could not reveal the secret to the king. They prided themselves as fortune tellers and soothsayers predicting future events, but they could not really see into the future to our day. They were “blind, leaders of the blind,” not knowing the extent of their parts in the false worship system. The secret of what will happen in our latter day era was not revealed to them, for God withheld it from them. They did not know that the secret of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is an astounding prophecy that takes us to the very latter days of end time happenings.
The dream, of course, was that of a “great image…whose brightness was excellent…and the form was terrible” (2: 31). First, it was an image. It was not the real deal. The people were in awe of it, for it was bright and excellent. It had a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, and legs of iron with feet of both iron and clay. Then he saw a stone from heaven crash into the feet of the image and destroy it. And the stone “became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Daniel by God’s Spirit interprets the image as four world empires, beginning with Babylon. It is universally recognized that they are Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The last kingdom that smashed them down is the kingdom of God, and “it shall stand forever” (v. 44).
Daniel told the king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar, “You are this head of gold.” The head of any body contains the brain, the thoughts, which dictates the actions of that body. The thoughts of the head resonate on down through the ensuing kingdoms. The Babylonian religions were the Eastern Mystery Religions that would permeate the West, finally lodging securely in Rome [for much more see The Two Babylons by Hislop here: http://www.biblebelievers.com/babylon/ ]. These mystery religions flourished so much that they became the very source of papal catholic worship to this day.
This is why the apostle John saw in Revelation that the world religious system at the time of the end would be called an evil woman, “a great whore that sits upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication…” And the woman sat on “a scarlet colored beast…and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17: 5). “An the woman which you saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth” (v. 18). And that city is Rome. And those teachings out of Rome have come down to modern man through the mother Catholic church and her protestant daughters. I does say that Babylon the Great is the mother of harlots and abominations.