The Rise And Fall Of Babylon

Written by Michael Bradley

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Therefore her plagues will come in one day - death and mourning and famine. And she will literally be burned with fire, for strong isrepparttar Lord who judges her.

Andrepparttar 140560 kings ofrepparttar 140561 earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they seerepparttar 140562 smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, 'Alas, alas, this great city Babylon,repparttar 140563 mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.' Andrepparttar 140564 merchants ofrepparttar 140565 earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore ... Rejoice over her, O heaven, and your holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her."

Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it intorepparttar 140566 sea, saying, "Thus with violencerepparttar 140567 great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found ... andrepparttar 140568 light of your lamp shall not shine anymore. For your merchants wererepparttar 140569 great men ofrepparttar 140570 earth, for by your sorcery allrepparttar 140571 nations were deceived. And in her was foundrepparttar 140572 blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain onrepparttar 140573 earth." (Revelations 18:1-24) 3. Here is another verse that says her destruction will come in one hour.

"For in one hour such great riches came to nothing." (Revelations 18:17)

1. Babylon probably has to be rebuilt sometime beforerepparttar 140574 7 year Tribulation starts. If it is going to be a flourishing city byrepparttar 140575 timerepparttar 140576 Antichrist sets out to destroy it, it has to be rebuilt sometime beforerepparttar 140577 Antichrist really comes to power in order to properly setrepparttar 140578 stage for it to be a "flourishing and wealthy" city again.

Prophecy students feel that its destruction byrepparttar 140579 Antichrist will probably come somewhere aroundrepparttar 140580 midpoint ofrepparttar 140581 Tribulation or shortly thereafter. Remember,repparttar 140582 Antichrist will rise to power more on peace and diplomacy duringrepparttar 140583 first three and half years. It is inrepparttar 140584 last three and half years ofrepparttar 140585 Tribulation thatrepparttar 140586 Antichrist basically goes nuts and startsrepparttar 140587 mass persecution ofrepparttar 140588 Jews and all who will not accept his mark. My guess is that Babylon is included inrepparttar 140589 last three and half years of his mass destruction of both people and countries.

2. You'll also notice that Babylon is destroyed in one hour by fire. The first verse above says thatrepparttar 140590 beast will burn her with fire. I have to believe thatrepparttar 140591 Antichrist will probably launch some type of nuclear missile or bomb on Babylon to completely destroy it by fire in one hour.

3. The Bible says our God is a jealous God. The first ofrepparttar 140592 Ten Commandments is "You shall have no other Gods before Me." The second commandment says:

"You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is inrepparttar 140593 earth beneath, or that is inrepparttar 140594 water underrepparttar 140595 earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I,repparttar 140596 Lord Your God, am a jealous God ..."
All ofrepparttar 140597 other false religions that have come onto this earth all have their origin withrepparttar 140598 ancient city of Babylon - and they all involve some form of idol worship.

With our Godrepparttar 140599 Father beingrepparttar 140600 one and only true God ofrepparttar 140601 entire universe, He calls all of these other false religions originating out of Babylon harlots! That is because they are notrepparttar 140602 one and only true faith involvingrepparttar 140603 God ofrepparttar 140604 Bible. I've already done an article titledrepparttar 140605 "The Basics of Salvation Through Jesus Christ". The Bible makes it very clear that there is only one faith, one God, one religion and one Savior - Jesus Christ. Godrepparttar 140606 Father will not honor in any way, shape or form any of these other false religious systems. All of these other religions are an abomination in His sight and they all have their origin with Satan himself. Andrepparttar 140607 city of ancient Babylon was reallyrepparttar 140608 official starting point from where Satan really started to develop and work in all ofrepparttar 140609 other false religions ofrepparttar 140610 world today into each ofrepparttar 140611 other countries aroundrepparttar 140612 world.

Once you understand and seerepparttar 140613 "big picture" as how God sees it, you can understand why He would want to resurrectrepparttar 140614 city of Babylon again, just so that He can set it up for its final destruction atrepparttar 140615 end of times.

The above verses also says this destruction is set up by God in order to avenge all of His people who have been martyred throughout history by all of these other false religions.

4. If you want to read more on Babylon and its final destruction, go to chapters 17 and 18 in Revelations. Those two chapters were too long for me to type out everything in this article. The above verses are highlightingrepparttar 140616 basics on this subject for you. Note Revelations 17:3 where it says:

"And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."
The woman isrepparttar 140617 city of Babylon andrepparttar 140618 beast she is sitting on isrepparttar 140619 Antichrist. This verse tells you that initially Babylon will be riding on and working withrepparttar 140620 Antichrist and probably helping him set up his agenda.

There are also predictions that out of Babylon, will come a lot more ofrepparttar 140621 New Age Movement, along with a heavy increase in sorcery, magic andrepparttar 140622 occult. Demons and their supernatural powers will be at their peak duringrepparttar 140623 end times, andrepparttar 140624 city of Babylon will also have a lot of occultic activity surrounding it which will help draw a lot of people from all overrepparttar 140625 world to visit there. This would probably explain why it is going to become so popular and wealthy again once it is resurrected.

All ofrepparttar 140626 above is just another powerful "puzzle piece" given by God inrepparttar 140627 Bible to let us know when we really are starting to approachrepparttar 140628 end of times andrepparttar 140629 return of His Son to our earth to set up His 1000 year Millennium Kingdom.

Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible commentary and teaching. If you do not want to wait for the next article, you can go to our end times section. Copyright 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.

The Restoration of the Jewish People

Written by Michael Bradley

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This major event occurred on 5/14/48. Afterrepparttar German holocaust, Jews from all overrepparttar 140559 world started coming back to their native homeland Israel and were able to re-establish it as their home state onrepparttar 140560 above date. Then on 6/7/67, they recapturedrepparttar 140561 city of Jerusalem in what was calledrepparttar 140562 6 Day War. However, they were not able to recoverrepparttar 140563 Temple Mount which is where they want to rebuild their Holy Temple once again.

Jesus usesrepparttar 140564 analogy of a fig tree when talking about this, and He says thatrepparttar 140565 generation that sees this restoration take place withrepparttar 140566 Jewish people will not pass away until He comes back forrepparttar 140567 2nd time. There thus is a very good chance that we may witnessrepparttar 140568 return of Jesus to our earth for His second coming in our lifetime. I don't know whatrepparttar 140569 time frame is when Jesus usesrepparttar 140570 word generation. It could be 100 years or maybe a little less. If so, His second coming could occur anytime between now andrepparttar 140571 year 2048.

Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible commentary and teaching. If you do not want to wait for the next article, you can go to our end times section. Copyright 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.

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