References: Daniel 1:2-4;Daniel 5:3; Deuteronomy 30:1; Daniel 5:18; Jeremiah 50:11,13; Deuteronomy 30:2; Deuteronomy 30:3,4; Isaiah 11:11; Revelation 17:15-17; Revelation 17:14
Yah exalts kingdoms and brings them down based upon the spiritual protocols that he has established and that seem to be known by enlightened world leaders. That was the case in ancient Babylon and we assume in modern Babylon the Great as well. For instance, king Nebuchadnezzar was only able to take Judah captive at the direction of Yah (Daniel 5:18). This was a means of punishing Judah for not living up to their end of the special covenant held between Yah and Israel forever (Deuteronomy 30:1).
Set Apart Vessels Taken To Babylon
When king Nebuchadnezzar invaded Jerusalem, the scriptures state how he took the set apart temple vessels as well as the people.
Yah gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his (Nebuchadnezzar) hand, with part of the vessels of the house of Eloha: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his elohim; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his elohim. Daniel 1:2
And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes. Daniel 1:3
Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. Daniel 1:4
These passages make a few points. First, the temple vessels and the children of Israel captives are linked. The temple vessels were consecrated for use in Yah’s tabernacle and later the temple. Yah also sanctified the children of Israel to himself to be an example of the values, culture, and character traits that He counts as righteous. When the children of Israel failed to be obedient, they and the symbolic temple vessels went to serve the heathen king Nebuchadnezzar.
Time of Testing (Tribulation) Ensued For Judean Captives
The king’s relatives were taken along with the silver and gold vessel used in the temple. The people and inanimate vessels were of the crème de la crème of Israel. The people were taken to work in the king’s palace (seat of government). They were not dishonorable vessels of wood that would not pass through the fire of Babylon (e.g.-some other Judeans who were left in the land after the Nebuchadnezzar took the majority of Judah captive could classify as wooden vessels).
Daniel’s actions of remaining spiritually pure right down to his diet indicates that he was a willing vessel and servant of Yah. Yah approved this distinction by allowing him the ability to adjust his diet even in captivity. Daniel in turn was able to receive dreams and visions about his people’s future.
Babylon’s Roadmap To Destruction
Even though Nebuchadnezzar tempted Yah many times during his reign (e.g. threatening to kill people for a dream interpretation, erecting a statute of gold for worship), he was humbled by Yah but lived out his time as king. However, his grandson knew the results of the lessons learned by Nebuchadnezzar yet still did not fear Yah and misused His vessels. This action led to the fall of ancient Babylon and offers insight into the reason for the fall of modern day Babylon the Great.
A Comparison Of Ancient Babylon And Modern Day Babylon the Great
Modern day Babylon the Great is similar to ancient Babylon in politics, military prowess, population composition, and religion. Babylon was and is a great military power that conquered other kingdoms. It was also a melting pot of a lot of different people groups. Most notably ancient Babylon contained the captive children of Judah.
While modern day Babylon is most known for its heavy immigration, it also contains a people group who didn’t arrive on its shores for personal economic success but were brought here as slaves. Before their capture they had been scattered abroad and fled into Africa beginning from the east to the west. These people were taken captive by other native African tribes and sold to Europeans bound for new Babylon just as Daniel and his friends were brought to serve in ancient Babylon.
The slaves ended up all over the world with a large number of them going to North America. This people group was taken captive during the infancy of the nation known as modern day Babylon the Great. I believe that the ancient Babylonian captives are the ancestors of the people group enslaved during the transatlantic slave trade and brought to new Babylon the Great.
End Time Tribulation In Modern Babylon the Great
According to the prophets Jeremiah and John in their respective prophetic books of Jeremiah and Revelation, modern Babylon the Great would only be an influential empire for a short time compared to other kingdoms like the Roman empire. This kingdom would appear and fall during the very end of the age. Its fall represents the beginning of the end of the times of the Gentiles who were prophesied to trample on Jerusalem until their time was completely up. Jerusalem represents the called, chosen, and faithful remnant of Yah’s Israelite people; they are currently coming out of great tribulation (testing) just like Daniel came out of the lion’s den and the three Hebrew children faced the fiery furnace.
This tribulation period precedes the judgement day of Yah. The capture of ancient Babylon by the Medes and Persians represented this day of judgement for the Babylonian kingdom. But what was the catalyst for their downfall? Let’s take a look.
What Brings The Handwriting On The Wall
Misuse of the temple vessels caused the handwriting on the wall to appear to Belshazzar letting the king of Babylon know that his kingdom’s time was up. Belshazzar boldly brought out the consecrated vessels for use in his common/unclean feast. I believe that similar events will be the reason for the destruction of modern day Babylon.
The only consecrated vessels present in new Babylon are Yah’s set apart remnant. Since the Master Yahushua shed light on the house that He’s building, we know that the people of Yah are His temple. His set apart Spirit takes up residence within the bodies of the remnant. These are also the people that are being trampled upon until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
There will come a point where Babylon the Great will have passed the point of no return, and the prophecies in Jeremiah 50 will take place. An assembly of great nations from the “north country” will come against Babylon the Great and utterly destroy her. Again, this battle is done at the direction of Yah, and it will be a thorough defeat.
Here is one of the reasons why…
Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls; because of the wrath of Yah it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plague. Jeremiah 50:11,13
There has been a concerted effort to destroy the descendants of Judah who were scattered and brought as captives to modern, end times Babylon. Over the years, many of Judah have been destroyed physically, emotionally, and spiritually because of a lack of knowledge about their true identity. The members of the elect remnant are the last hold outs as we wait for the fall of Babylon (Revelation 17:15-17) and the subsequent defeat of the 10 kings upon Yahushua’s return (Revelation 17:14).
Mystery Babylon: Church Or State
Many people have argued that Babylon is a political system promoted by the government while others claim that it is a religious system commonly associated with the Roman Catholic Church. I pose the point that it is both political and religious in nature. This is why people with various backgrounds in geopolitics and the military come to smell the same stench as those familiar with religious systems. The church and state of Mystery Babylon the Great are inextricably connected just as Yah’s Messianic government will combine a king and priesthood.
Who Attended The King Of Babylon’s Feast
Belshazzar had invited his princes, wives, and concubines to drink out of the set apart vessels of Yah. The king Belshazzar and his princes represent Babylon’s political government. The king’s wives and concubines represent the religious part of Babylon. When the scriptures mentions “daughters of Babylon” and being defiled with “women,” false religions are being referenced. In this way, government and their chosen Nimrod Mystery Babylon religion work together to finish their rebellious building project started during the time of the Tower of Babel.
The Hope Of The Remnant
We know that captivity will not last forever because Moses said that a group of end time Israelites would turn to Yah with all their hearts and souls. These believers will return to obeying the commands of Yah as given to Moses; they would bring their children into the knowledge of the truth too (Deuteronomy 30:2). These are not the false church assemblies with their corrupted lawless, grace doctrines promising prosperity. They are also not the ones called Jews in the Set Apart land today many of whom are athiests or condone practices in the land that Yah hates (e.g. homosexuality).
After we return to Yah, He promises to free us from our captivity (Deuteronomy 30:3,4). This is the real new covenant that was sealed with the blood of Yahushua. The sad thing is that many genetic Hebrew Israelites do not realize that they are still in the land of captivity; they have adopted Babylonian ways and will miss the regathering with the remnant.
Isaiah 11 describes the return and the places where He will gather the children of Israel- e.g. Hamath, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Assyria, Shinar, and Elam (Isaiah 11:11). The passage in Isaiah 11:4 specifically denotes the second coming of Yahushua because at His first coming He did not come to judge.
When the remnant turn to the Father in obedience to His original commands given to us through Moses, that same remnant will be fetched from every place in which they are scattered, and Yah will bring them into the land of their forefathers again. That regathering will not take place until the remnant’s loyalty is thoroughly tested and the Messiah returns.