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Book of Isaiah
Chapters 40-66 form the crown to the first section of Isaiah (Chapters 1-39) by properly preparing the reader. The three subsections of chapters 40-66 are obvious. The Chapters are evenly split into three sections. These sections are outstanding because of the way they end . . . NOT the way they begin.
Ch.40-48: Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)
Ch.49-57: Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)
Ch.58-66: Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)
ISAIAH 47 is in contrast with 2 CORINTHIANS. Isaiah 47 speaks of the judgment of literal Babylon which is symbolic of religious Babylon, the false church, and/or the false bride of Christ. In 2 Corinthians, we read of the taking up of the true Bride . . . 2 Cor. 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. Before the marriage of the true Bride can take place, the false bride has to be judged.
The destruction of Babylon is denounced by a beautiful selection of circumstances, in which her wealth is contrasted with her adverse condition. She is represented as a tender and delicate female reduced to the work and hopeless condition of a slave, and bereaved of every consolation (vs.1-4). And because of her cruelty, especially to God's people, her pride, sexual immorality, sorceries and chants (vs.5-11), the folly of these practices are gracefully exposed by the prophet (vs,12-15). It is worthy to see that nearly all the symbols of this chapter is applied in the Book of the Revelation, (in nearly the same words), to the symbol of the familiar capital of the Chaldean empire, BABYLON THE GREAT (Rev.17:5).
This chapter is a prophecy of the destruction of Babylon, and of the Chaldeans, and declares the causes of it. The mean, low, humiliating, and miserable condition Babylon and the Chaldeans would be brought into by the Lord, the Redeemer of His people, is described (vs.1), the causes of it are their cruelty to the Jews (vs.6), their pride, sexual immorality, and carnal security (vs.7), their sorceries and enchantments, and their trust in their own wisdom (vs.9), wherefore their destruction would come upon them suddenly, and they would not be able to put it off (vs.11), their magic art, and astrology, of which they boasted . . . but, by them they could neither foresee nor withstand their ruin, which would be of no avail unto them (vs.12), nor to their merchants either (vs.15).
Theme: The decline and fall of Babylon
This is the third time in the Book of Isaiah (Chapters 13, 14, 31), that we have seen the prediction of the doom of Babylon. There was also a suggestion of the fall of Babylon in Chapter 46, which opened with God's judgment upon the idols. The time given to this subject is amazing in view of the fact that Babylon at this time was a very small and minor kingdom. It would be almost a century before it would become a world power, although it had been in existence since the days of the Tower of Babel (Gen.10 & 11) and had influenced the world with its religion. Babylon was the fountainhead and the mother of ALL idolatry. All through the Old Testament Books of prophecy, much is said about drunkenness and idolatry. These are the two things that will bring the downfall of any nation.
There is a spiritual meaning for us today, who have nothing to do with Babylon of the past, or of the future. The Babylon of the past lies under the rubble and ruin of judgment. Its glory is reduced by the accumulated dust of the centuries. But, we can see the Babylon tendency today in the political realm as represented in the United Nations. Babel was/is the place where all the political power of the world comes together, and which will finally be under the willful king, the Antichrist. We see the commercial syndicate coming to pass in the breaking down of economic barriers among the nations of Europe. We see the religious syndicate in both Rome and the World Council of Churches. We will see all of this predicted in the coming Revived Roman Empire. http://hisservants.org/tribulation_what_h_s.htm
Decline of Babylon (47:1-3)
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. (KJV)
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon . . . the kingdom of Babylon is meant, or the Babylon monarchy, called a virgin, because it had never been subdued and conquered from the first setting of it up, until it was by Cyrus.
There is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans . . . for her; there was a throne, but it was for Cyrus and Darius, kings of Persia, who would now possess it, when the king of Babylon would be forced to come down from it. So too, the seat and throne which the dragon gave to the beast shall be taken from him, and would be no more (Rev.13:2).
For thou shall no more be called tender and delicate . . . or be treated in a tender and delicate manner; or live deliciously, and upon dainties, as royal personages do (Rev.18:7).
*****Come down is the command of God to Babylon, the same as a dog is called to obedience. That is the way God shall talk to the great world power mystical Babylon (Rome) in the last days, when the time comes for it to be brought low. That is the way the Lord Jesus dealt with the storm on the little Sea of Galilee (Lk.8:23-25). When the Lord spoke to the waves and the wind, He literally said, "Lay down," like you would tell a dog. The same thought is here in Isaiah.
Babylon is called a virgin because she had not yet been captured by an enemy. Babylon was just now coming to power, even though she had an ancient history, going back to Nimrod (Gen.10), and to Babel where the Tower of Babel (Gen.11) was located. All the ziggurats (towers) in that valley were patterned after the Tower of Babel.
The LORD, through Isaiah, then predicts the tremendous humiliation of Babylon.
Isaiah 47:2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. (KJV)
Take the millstones, and grind meal . . . foretelling that the Chaldeans would be taken captives, and sent to prison houses, where they would turn the mill, and grind corn into meal; a servant’s work, which used to be done by captives and slaves, even by female ones (Ex.11:5).
Uncover thy locks . . . the attire and dress of the head, by which the hair was bound up and kept together; but being taken off, would hang loose, and be messy and unruly, as in captives and mourners.
Make bare the leg . . . or the shoulder, to be scourged by the Persians.
Uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers . . . they are bid to tuck up their clothes so high, that they might pass over the rivers which lay between them and Persia, where they were carried captives.
*****Their nakedness shall be uncovered. This describes the indescribable humiliation to which Babylon was finally subjected. She had so mistreated the people of Israel, and the day came when she was brought low.
Nudity is very popular today. People play with it like a child playing with a new toy, but it lowers and humiliates the human race. It was NO accident that God clothed mankind. A person who wants to go without clothes has a problem . . . a real problem. For Babylon nudity was part of her humiliation.
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. (KJV)
Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen . . . they were not only stripped of their garments, and had nothing to cover their naked bodies, being spoiled of all they had by the soldiers; but would have nothing to cover those parts which women are most ashamed to be exposed to view, and which is often the case of such who fall into the hands of the conquerors. It is said of the whore of Rome, of mystical Babylon, that the kings of the Earth should hate her, and make her desolate and naked (Rev.17:16).
I will take vengeance . . . although the Medes and Persians were the instruments, the destruction was of the LORD, who took vengeance on the Chaldeans, for their ill usage of His people; just as He will in the last days on mystical Babylon (Rev.18:20).
And I will not meet thee as a man . . . not in a humane way, with compassion, kindness and tenderness, and but with unyielding wrath and fury; not with human strength, which is weak, but with the strength of the Almighty God; as is said of mystical Babylon, for strong is the Lord God that judgeth her (Rev.18:8).
Isaiah 47:4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. (KJV)
As for our Redeemer . . . or, saith our Redeemer, or our Redeemer will do this; will, inflict this punishment on Babylon, even He who has undertaken our cause, and will deliver us from the Babylon yoke, and return us to our land: these are the words of the LORD'S people, expressing their faith in the things He foretold of Babylon, and in their own deliverance.
The LORD of hosts is his name . . . therefore He is well able to redeem His people, and destroy His enemies, being the LORD of armies above and below, and having ALL at His command.
The Holy One of Israel . . . the Sanctifier of them, their Covenant God, therefore He shall save them, and destroy their enemies for being spiteful to Him.
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. (KJV)
Sit thou silent . . . here the speech is directed again to Babylon, which used to be a place of noise and hurry, as well as famous and much talked of all the world over; but now there would be a deep silence in it, no voice to be heard, the inhabitants being gone, and no discourse concerning it; no more talked of and celebrated for its magnificence and authority, trade and riches, but buried in oblivion. It is represented as sitting in silence, either as a mourner, or as one that is free among the dead, remembered no more:
And get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans . . . meaning either captivity or imprisonment, prison houses being dark; or into the state of the dead, which is a state of darkness.
For thou shall no more be called the lady of kingdoms . . . the mistress or governess of them, as she had been, having subdued many kingdoms and nations, and added them to her monarchy, which now would be at an end. Thus too in the last days, mystical Babylon, or Rome, shall reign over the kings of the Earth, and be mistress over many nations; but the time is coming when she will sit in silence, and no voice will be heard in her (Rev.18); and when the kingdom of the beast will be full of darkness (Rev.16:10).
Deliverance of Israel to Babylon (47:6-8)
God delivered Israel into the hands of Babylon . . .
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. (KJV)
I was wroth with my people . . . the LORD was furious with the people of Israel, for their sins and transgressions, and especially of their idolatries, because they placed something absurd and ridiculous above their God! May we take this as a warning for us all today! The LORD wants to be Number ONE in our lives.
Here begins the causes and reasons of why Babylon was destroyed: The first mentioned is their cruelty to the people of God; for even though the LORD was angry with them Himself, yet He deeply resented their being harshly used by them.
I have polluted mine inheritance . . . the Jews, who were the LORD’S people, they were His portion and inheritance, as He was theirs. These He is said to pollute, by allowing the Heathen to enter into the land, and defile their city and sanctuary, and carry them captive into an unclean and idolatrous country.
And given them into thine hand . . . the LORD allowed it to correct and chastise, but in measure, NOT to kill and destroy.
Whereas thou didst show them no mercy . . . but they exceeded the commission given them, and used them very cruelly.
Upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke . . . those whose age and position should have commanded reverence and respect, and whose weakness and infirmities should have called for compassion; but kindness and mercy was not shown; they were not spared because of age, but had intolerable burdens laid upon them; and much worse on young men (Lam.5:12-13).
*****God is making it very clear to them that the reason Babylon was able to take His people was because He allowed it, NOT because Babylon was superior. Babylon was a great source of power, and they gave themselves credit for defeating Israel . . . but they were wrong. God Himself delivered His people into the hands of Babylon because they had sinned against Him, causing His wrath to ripen to where He must chasten and judge His own people. This is the message of the little prophecy of Habakkuk. http://www.godcannotlie.org/habakkuk_ch1.htm
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. (KJV)
And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever . . . Babylon was sure that her kingdom would continue with a succession of kings, that would rule over all nations to the end of the world. So too it shall be with mystical Babylon (Rome), when near her ruin, shall say: Revelation 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. (KJV)
So that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart . . . neither the sins she had been guilty of, above all in acting so cruel towards the people of God; nor the evils foretold would come upon her; these she did not consider of and think about, so as to repent of the one, and prevent the other:
Neither didst remember the latter end of it . . the latter end of that lady or Babylon, and her glory and empire, the sense is, she was obsessed with the sense of her present happiness, and did not consider, as her duty and common choice obliged her, with what might and was likely to befall her afterward; which she neither expected a change nor was prepared for it. The LORD would put an end to their calamities, and deliver them out of Babylon, just as He had foretold.
*****God's judgment on His people completely deceived Babylon. They really did think that it was by their might and power that they had overtaken God's people. The LORD takes out and puts in people to rule as He sees fit! He is in total control at ALL times!
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: (KJV)
Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures . . . their carnal lusts and sexual pleasures satisfied their sensual appetite; she indulged herself in everything that was agreeable to the senses; they abounded in delicacies, living deliciously; as is said of mystical Babylon (Rome), largely given to venereal pleasures (Rev.18:4). No city was more corrupt in its conduct, or more equipped to allure to unrestrained sensual pleasures. Parents and husbands allowed their children and wives to prostitute themselves with strangers, as long as they had the price (Rev.18:4). The "ugliest custom" in Babylon, the historian Herodotus wrote (who is believed to have lived between circa 490 to 425 B.C.), was the widespread practice of prostitution in the Temple of Ishtar. Once in their lifetimes, all women in the country were required to sit in the temple and "expose themselves to a stranger" in return for money. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/sex-in-the-service-of-aphrodite-did-prostitution-really-exist-in-the-temples-of-antiquity-a-685716.html
That dwelleth carelessly . . . in great confidence and security, with no fear of danger, and totally unaware of any.
That sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else besides me . . . Babylon was sole monarch of the world, empress of the whole universe; she had no competitor, there was none that could rival her. These words are sometimes used by the eternal and unchangeable JEHOVAH of Himself, and indeed they suit NO ONE but Him. It is the height of disrespect and blasphemy in a creature or a power to use these words of itself, for they rightly express that sovereignty, supremacy, infallibility, and even deity, with which mystical Babylon assumes and ascribes to herself. There is NO God, except the LORD, the eternal JEHOVAH (Ex.6:3; Ps.83:18; Isa.12:2; 26:4). There is none else: (Deut.4:35, 39; 1 Sam. 2:2; 1 Ki.8:60; Isa.44:6, 8; 45:5-6, 14, 18, 21-22; 46:9).
I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children . . . she would never want either a king or people to defend her from all dangers. She would not be without a king or monarch, which is as a husband to the state; nor without numerous subjects, which are as children. This is compared to mystical Babylon (Rome) in the last days who says, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow (Rev.18:7).
*****Babylon was arrogant, lifted up and careless, never thinking that a terrible fall was coming. Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, looked over the beautiful and glorious city of Babylon, and said, "Is this not is great Babylon that I have built?" (Dan.4:30), giving no credit whatsoever to God. His punishment was that the LORD God sent him out to the field like an ox to eat grass for 7 years (Dan.4:31-33), having a form of amnesia or insanity. For 7 years he did not know who he was, and he lived like an animal. It was God's judgment upon him for his pride and arrogance. BEWARE!!! http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_daniel_ch4.htm
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. (KJV)
But these two things shall come to thee in a moment on one day . . . suddenly, at once, at one and the same time, in one day. The destruction of Babylon was very sudden; the city was taken by complete surprise, before the inhabitants were aware of it, while the king and his nobles were entertaining themselves at a feast; that very night Belshazzar was slain, and Darius the Mede took hold of the kingdom (Dan.5:30), thus the two things Babylon boasted of would never come upon her, surely DID come upon her together and at once: the loss of children, and widowhood. Bereaved of her king, and the whole royal family, and of her people in great numbers, who were either slain, or carried captive; the kingdom was transferred from them to another people. When Babylon was taken by Cyrus, according to some, not only the king was slain, but those that were around him; and orders were soon given to the inhabitants to stay within doors, and to slay all that were found outside. History says that when Babylon was besieged by Darius, to save provisions, he killed all their own women, wives, sisters, daughters, and all their children, reserving only one wife and maidservant to a man; and when Babylon was taken, Darius ordered 3000 of the principal inhabitants to be crucified. And in much the same language shall be the destruction of mystical Babylon (Rome), as expressed: Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (KJV) . . . This shall be when God shall kill her children with death; her plagues shall come in one day, death and mourning, and famine (Rev.18:5-10).
They shall come upon thee in their perfection . . . those evils and calamities shall be fully accomplished, not just in part, but completely; she would have no king to govern, nor anything like one; would have no share of government; and her children or subjects would be entirely destroyed.
For the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments . . . which the Chaldeans were very famous for; this is another reason given for their destruction (Dan.2:2), or in the multitude of thy sorceries, nevertheless her destruction would come upon her, which her sorcerers and enchanters could neither foresee nor prevent. Sorceries are ascribed to mystical Babylon (Rome), in the last days, as the cause of her ruin (Rev.9:21). Also see: (Isa.47:9, 12; 57:3; Mal.3:5; Rev.13:13; 18:23; 21:8; 22:15).
What and Why of the Great Tribulation: . . . . . . . . http://hisservants.org/tribulation_what_h_s.htm
Details for the Destruction of Babylon (47:10)
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. (KJV)
For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness . . . in wealth and power wickedly obtained; in political schemes wickedly contrived; in her ambition and pride, tyranny and cruelty; and especially in her wicked arts of astrology, divination and magic . . . which increases daily in today’s world. It seems that they really expected to preserve themselves by these and other wicked arts and policies.
Thou hast said, none seeth me . . . she lay her schemes of policy, which she thought was so deeply laid, that it would not be discovered. She secretly performed her magic arts and others of her wicked actions that were done in the darkness; but nothing can be hid from the omniscient God.
Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee . . . has misled them into the way of transgression and perdition. Her high opinion of her wisdom and knowledge in political affairs, and in magic arts, deceived her, and turned her from right to wrong ways, which brought her to ruin. They think that no one sees them when they do wrong, and so there will be none to call them to account. WRONG! God sees all things we do, good or bad!
And thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else besides me . . . which was said (vs.8), and is here repeated, as a reminder of their intolerable arrogance and self-confidence. There is NO God, except the LORD, the eternal JEHOVAH: (Ex.6:3; Ps.83:18; Isa.12:2; 26:4). There is none else: (Deut.4:35, 39; 1 Sam. 2:2; 1 Ki.8:60; Isa.44:6, 8; 45:5-6, 14, 18, 21-22; 46:9).
*****There is always a serious danger of a nation or a man being lifted up by pride and feeling that he is able to make it on his own. We live in a country today where men can become rich, not by doing some great service or by making a contribution to mankind, but by being in an industry that brings men down . . . degrading them instead of building them up. Think of the millions of dollars that are being made through entertainment, movies and sports, and the multitudes who getting rich through the sale of liquor and drugs. There are many questionable businesses in our nation, and many times our methods of business are not always honorable. We try to cover up these things, but God sees all, and He will judge as He judged Babylon.
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. (KJV)
Therefore shall evil come upon thee . . . or rather, when it shall come, the morning of it, the day or time of its approach. And they are justly rebuked and ridiculed for this ignorance, because the astrologers, the star-gazers, and the monthly prognosticators, mentioned here (Isa.17:13), pretended to on time foretell the specific time of all future events. And this agrees with history, Babylon being surprised by Cyrus when they were in deep security, as is clear, both from Scripture (Jer.51:31; Dan.5:1-31), and from secular histories.
Thou shall not know from whence it riseth . . . from where it will come, not thinking of Cyrus, with whom the Chaldeans had had no quarrel. So too, mystical Babylon (Rome) will not know from where her ruin will come; not thinking that the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication with her, and have given their kingdoms to her, will hate her, and burn her flesh with fire (Rev.17:2, 17). Babylon was taken when it was not thought of, as appears from the book of Daniel, and history. It was said, that the third day after Babylon was taken, one part of the city did not know that it was taken. This day of evil and calamity would be such a dark and gloomy day, there would be no light in it, it would be as the night, and therefore its morning or light would not be known. Thou shalt not be able to put it off . . . to correct and atone for it, either by prayers and pleas, which God will not regard (vs.3), by gifts, or by ransom price, by gold and silver, which the Medes and Persians were no lovers of (Isa.13:17).
And desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know . . . they will not figure out their danger until it is too late. Their astrologers, diviners, monthly prognosticators, who pretended to tell what would come to pass every day; but were not able by their art to give any hint at all of Babylon's destruction, as to either time or means, the Chaldeans were in great security, quite ignorant of their ruin at hand, and which therefore came suddenly and unaware upon them; just as will the destruction of mystical Babylon (Rome) in the last days (Rev. 18:7-10).
Predicament of Babylon (47:12-13)
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. (KJV)
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries . . . a sarcastic expression, ridiculing those evil arts, bidding defiance to them, calling upon the masters of them to do their utmost by them. Stand means either, #1. Continuance. Persist or go on in these practices. Or, #2. Their position. For those that inquired of their gods by any of these superstitious practices, used to stand; this being a posture, both of reverence, and waiting for an answer.
Wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth . . . from the infancy of their nation; as soon as they became a people, they were given to these practices, and were famous for them; and in which many among them were brought up from their youth; and to gain the knowledge of which they went to great labor and expense; and yet it was all in vain, and to no purpose.
If so be thou shall be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail . . . if skill in these things can be of any advantage to keep off the impending calamity, and fortify against the powerful enemy that will quickly surprise thee; they are to try by their art to foresee the danger, and prevent it.
*****The LORD sarcastically urges Babylon to turn to the witchcraft in which she has trusted and which has gotten her into trouble. The LORD says, You thought it was so great, why don't you trust it to get you out of trouble? All Witchcraft is SIN: (Ex.22:18; Lev.19:31; 20:6, 27; Deut.18:20; 1 Sam.15:23; 28:3, 7; 2 Ki.9:22; 21:6; 23:24; 1 Chron.10:13; 2 Chron.33:6; Isa.8:19; 19:3; 29:4; Mic.5:12; Nah.3:4; Gal.5:20)
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. (KJV)
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels . . . thou hast spent thy time and strength in going from one to another, in trying all the suggestions of the astrologers, diviners and soothsayers; who were never able to give any satisfactory answers to questions put to them, never gave good advice in cases of emergency; as appears from Nebuchadnezzar consulting with them about his dream (Dan.2:2); and Belshazzar about the handwriting upon the wall, which was the very night that the city was taken (Dan.5:7, 30)
Let now the astrologers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee . . . Babylon is rebuked for the huge selection they had of the many kinds of demon possessed people among them: they had their astrologers, or viewers of the heavens; they had their star-gazers, who by the motions of the stars, read the doom of states and kingdoms; they had their monthly prognosticators, their almanac-makers, that told what weather would be or what news they would have each month. They took great value with what these had to say, but they all were tricksters, and their art was a pretense, a hoax. In today’s world, I can see how the astrology which some now pretend to, by which they assume to prophecy concerning things to come, can be traced back to that of the Chaldeans . . . so . . . how can it escape the contempt and condemnation of the LORD. I fear there are some who study their almanacs and horoscopes and regard them and their prophecies, much more than their Bibles and the Truth and prophecies there. The LORD reprimands people with the utter inability and insufficiency of all these pretenders to do them any kindness in the day of their distress. BEWARE!!! ALL witchcraft and ALL dealings in the occult are SIN to the LORD! Occult practices, include (but not limited to) magic, alchemy, extra-sensory perception, astrology, spiritualism, religion, and divination. I feel I must show you in the following Scriptures, just how wrong God thinks it is.
Witchcraft: divination associated with idolatrous worship and demonic powers: (Ex.22:18; Lev.19:31; 20:6, 27; Deut.18:20; 1 Sam.15:23; 28:3, 7; 2 Ki.9:22; 21:6; 23:24; 1 Chron.10:13; 2 Chron.33:6; Isa.8:19; 19:3; 29:4; Mic.5:12; Nah.3:4; Gal.5:20)
Divination, obtaining secret knowledge, especially of the future; a pagan counterpart of prophecy: (Gen.44:5, 15; Num.22:7 23:23; 24:1; Deut.18:10, 14; 1 Sam.6:2; 2 Sam.17:17; Isa.44:25; Jer.14:14; 27:9; 29:8; Eze.12:24; 13:6, 23; 21:21; Zec.10:2; Acts 16:16)
Magicians, workers of wonders beyond human powers: (Gen.41:8, 24; Ex.7:11, 22; 8:7, 19; 9:11; Isa.47:13; Dan.2:2, 10, 27; 4:7; 5:7)
Necromancy, consulting the dead: (Deut.18:11; 1 Sam.28:11; Isa.8:19)
Soothsayers, pagan equal of the prophet; forecasters of future events: (Josh.13:22; Isa.2:6; Dan.2:27; 4:7; 5:7; Mic.5:12; Acts 16:16)
Sorcery, practice of the occult: (Lev.19:26; Deut.18:10; 2 Ki.17:17; 21:6; 2 Chron.33:6; Isa.47:9, 12; Jer.27:9; Mal.3:5; Acts 8:11; 13:6; 19:19; Rev.9:21; 18:23; 21:8)
Lying Wonders: (Ex.7:11, 22; Mat.7:22; 24:24; Mk.13:22; 2 Thes.2:9; Rev.13:13; 16:14; 19:20)
ALL idolatry and witchcraft are an abomination to the LORD: (Deut.27:15; 1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27)
*****Confusion characterizes Babylon at this time. The city lives up to its name . . . Babylon means confusion, and confusion overwhelms them. That great city depended upon its economic strength and its total gross product. But something happened to that nation, and it was dying within. We today, are living in a country that depends on its economic strength, but something is also wrong with the United States . . . and people will NOT face up to the fact that the biggest problem here is immorality. As a nation, people are departing from the true and living God in such huge numbers that it is almost unbelievable.
I think that the ancient city of Babylon, which at first glance simply does NOT seem to relate to us in any way, DOES have a message for us. The stones of the wreckage of Babylon are crying out a warning to us. BEWARE!!! Judgment Day for you may be sooner than you think, for once you die, you can no longer repent . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
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. (KJV)
Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them . . . these astrologers and diviners shall be like stubble; they shall no more be able to stand before the fire of God’s divine wrath, or before the judgments of God by the hands of the Medes and Persians, than stubble can stand before a consuming fire.
They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame . . . from the dreadful disasters that shall come upon them like flames of fire; and if they cannot deliver themselves by their art and skill, how could they deliver others?
There shall not be a coal to warm, nor fire to sit before it . . . when stubble is burned, it leaves no coals with which to warm a man; and although it gives a blaze for a short time while it burns, it quickly goes out, and gives no light nor heat for a man to sit by, so there is little or no profit by it . . . which indicates that there was no hope, or help, or comfort, to be expected from those kinds of people.
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)
Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast labored. . . in training them up in those arts, and in consulting with them in cases of difficulty; in which they were of no service, and now in time of danger were as useless as stubble, or a blaze of straw.
Even thy merchants from thy youth . . . the foreigners sojourning in Babylon for the sake of commerce (Isa.13:14; Jer.51:6, 9; Nah.3:16-17), or rather, the astrologers, with whom Babylon had so many dealings (vs.12-14).
Shall wander everyone to his quarter . . . the merchants upon the destruction of the city, to his quarter literally, straight before him (Eze.1:9, 12). The foreigners, whether soothsayers or merchants, shall flee to their home out of Babylon (Jer.50:16).
*****They wandered everyone to his own quarter; each man moved about for his own safety, but none would offer to lend a helping hand, not to the city by which they had gotten so much money. Everyone was for himself, very few helped his friends. Mystical Babylon (Rome) is lamented by the merchants that were made rich by her, but they very prudently stand afar off to lament her (Rev.18:15), not willing to attempt anything for her comfort or support. Happy are those who by faith and prayer deal with Only One that will be a very present help in time of trouble! (Ps.46:1).
The prophecy in Isaiah Chapter 47 has not yet been fulfilled.
32 Predictions . . . Unfulfilled:
#1. The daughters of Babylon will sit in the dust in humiliation and defeat (vs.1).
#2. There will be no throne in Babylon (vs.1).
#3. Thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate (vs.).
#4. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, (vs.2-3
#5. Thy shame shall be seen (vs.3).
#6. I will take vengeance (vs.3).
#7. I will not meet thee as a man (vs.3).
#8. Thou shall sit in silence and darkness (vs.5).
#9. Thou shalt no more be called The lady of kingdoms (vs.5).
#10. I was wroth with My people (vs.6).
#11. I have polluted mine inheritance (vs.6).
#12. I have given them into your hand (vs.6).
#13. Thou didst shew them no mercy (vs.6).
#14. Thou shall even put the ancient under a heavy yoke (vs.6).
#15. Thou shalt say, I will be a lady forever (vs.7).
#16. Thou shall not lay these things to heart and profit by them (vs.7).
#17. Thou shall give yourself over to pleasures (vs.8).
#18. Thou shalt become careless (vs.8).
#19. You will say in thine heart, I am, and there is none beside me; I shall not sit as a widow neither shall I know the loss of children (vs.8, 10).
#20. In a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood shall come upon thee (vs.9).
#21. Judgment for thy perfection of the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments shall be upon thee (vs.9).
#22. Thou shall trust in your own wickedness and say, None seeth me (vs.10).
#23. Thy wisdom and knowledge shall pervert you *vs.10).
#24. Evil shall come upon thee (vs.11).
#25. Thou shall not know from whence they judgment shall come (vs.11).
#26. Mischief shall befall thee and thou shall not be able to put if off (vs.11).
#27. Desolation will come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know (vs.11).
#28. Thou shalt be wearied with the multitude of counsels, as thou let your astrologers, stargazers, and monthly prognosticators try to save thee from destruction that shall come upon thee (vs.13).
#29. They shall be as stubble burned in the fire (vs.14).
#30. They shall not be able to deliver themselves, much less thee (vs.14).
#31. The destruction will be so complete that there will not be one coal left to warm at, and no fire to sit before (vs.14).
#32. Even the merchants with whom thou has labored from thy youth will flee to their quarters and not be able to save you. (vs.15).
Eight Proofs of the Last-Day Fulfillment:
#1. Babylon will no more be called tender and delicate after this destruction; it will no longer be a place of riches and luxury (vs.1). Since Babylon will be tender and delicate in the future when Antichrist reigns here (Isa.13:1 thru Isa.14:27; Zec.5:6-11; Rev.18), then this prophecy has to refer to the final days when she can no more be described as tender and delicate.
#2. This same argument applies to the term The lady of kingdoms (vs.5). Since Babylon is pictured as a lady dominating the kings of the earth (Rev.6:15; 16:14; 17:18; 18:3, 9; 19:19), then the end of her being lady of the kingdoms has to refer to her destruction under the seventh vial at the end of this age (Rev.16:17-21; 18:1-24).
#3. Babylon did NOT become a widow or lose all her children (Isa.47:9) when Cyrus took the city; Babylon continued to be inhabited many centuries after this. But in the last days, the future and final destruction ALL the people will be killed and the whole city demolished (Rev.16:17-21; 18:1-24).
#4. The judgment of Babylon was NOT perfect or complete when Cyrus overthrew the city (Isa.47:9, 14), but it shall be in the last days, in that future destruction (Isa.13:19-22; Jer.50:39:40; Rev.14:8; 16:17-21; 18:1;24).
#5. Judgment upon future Babylon will be so sudden and so complete that the people of the city will not know where it came from (Isa.47:11); and since they DID know of the capture by the Medes and Persians, this has to refer to the last days, out in the future (Rev.18:1-10).
#6. Judgment of Babylon was to be suddenly (Isa.47:11). Since this was NOT the case when Cyrus took the city, and as it shall be in the future destruction under the seventh vial at the end of this age (Rev.16:17-21), the prophecy has to refer to the last says (Jer.51:8; Rev.18:10, 17, 19).
#7. Babylon will be burned with fire (Isa.47:14). Since this did not happen when Cyrus took the city, and since it shall be destroyed this way at the end of this age, in the last days, the prophecy has to refer to the future (Jer.50:40. Rev.18:8-9).
#8. Merchants were NOT mentioned as being destroyed under Cyrus, but they are specifically mentioned as weeping and wailing in the future Babylon in the last days (Isa.47:15; Rev. 18:15-19).