By: John K. Johnson
"He that hath an
ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches; To him that
overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of
the paradise of God."
Babylon is one of the “mysterious” names and places of our living experiences. When reference to “Babylon” is written or spoken, or otherwise referenced in some way, some will simply brush it off as a place that once existed, others think of it as a place in some ancient or historic time… while others could care less if it even existed, or had any importance at all. However, there are those who feel an inner tremor, or sense a curious or troubling thought when the name of this place is mentioned… it is to these this message is directed, because they are linked to the spirit of this sound by more than just a distant reference… Babylon, more than any other place (except for Jerusalem) is of the highest of importance to everyone’s understanding… whether they know it or not.
Babylon was a place of ancient times… it is even a place of modern times… as far as maps and places are concerned. Babylon is also a spiritual citadel… with unmistaken identity of Biblical importance… and this is that which this article will address.
A modern dictionary reference to Babylon looks like this:
1. A city or place of great luxury, sensuality, and often vice and corruption.
2. A place of captivity or exile.
Let us begin with the origin of this mysterious place from the Biblical view we need to first establish.
The “first” mention of Babylon in my King James Bible is in 2Kings 17:24, which if we want to better understand the verse, we will begin with verse 23;
“23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day. 24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof” (KJV)
If you will read Chapter 17 of 2Kings, the above two verses will be understood much more clearly… however, it is very important to understand the way ancient conquerors controlled their vanquished foes… one of which ways was the method described in these preceding verses. The victor had several ways of mining the resources of a victim’s homeland… such as killing every living being (worst case scenario, and normally not preferred) and carrying off any valuables, enslaving them for labor, and certain captured foes were of value for knowledge, resource management and other useful reasons. Transplanting civilizations, and mixing them among other captive lands and people was of significance because it diminished the captives ability to continue their religious practices and civil unity… both which rendered them less able to be seditious… which also is why the placement of “hand picked” holy men and territory kings (vassals under servanthood) was carefully orchestrated. This is what we see happening in these events where Israel is scattered and other people are brought in to populate their homes and land (Northern Kingdom), House of Israel as is referenced here. Scattering a people and cross breeding them with other relocated people was a common practice. What does Encyclopedia reference to Babylon reveal: [those of you viewing this from your web browser can follow the “link” references to their internet locations and read additional interesting historic comments.]
(băb`əlŏn), ancient city of Mesopotamia.
One of the most important cities of the ancient Middle East, it was on the
Euphrates River and was north of the cities that flourished in S Mesopotamia
in the 3d millennium B.C. It became important when
fl. 1792–1750 B.C., king of Babylonia . He founded an empire that was
eventually destroyed by raids from Asia Minor.
Fast forward the clock of time: What of Babylon in the 21st Century?
Saddam Hussein installed a huge portrait of himself and Nebuchadrezzar at the entrance to the ruins. He also had part of the ruins rebuilt, to the dismay of archaeologists, with his name inscribed on many of the bricks, in imitation of Nebuchadrezzar. One frequent inscription reads: "This was built by Saddam Hussein, son of Nebuchadnezzar, to glorify Iraq". This recalls the ziggurat at Ur, where each individual brick was stamped with "Ur-Nammu, king of Ur, who built the temple of Nanna". These bricks became sought after as collectors' items after the downfall of Saddam, and the ruins are no longer being restored to their original state.
[Above Encyclopedia references from Columbia Encyclopedia and Wikipedia (on line) at the following link:]
As one follows the Biblical references concerning Babylon, they will no doubt see a “thematic” issue of very important insight… from the Heavenly Father’s point of view, and that is that Babylon was a very Pagan and corrupt place… known for every kind of evil and mystical outrage that opposes the Holy and Righteous seat of God’s existence. One distinct and important thing about Babylon was its Pagan idols and worship of all different kinds of “gods” from frogs to the stars and heavenly bodies. Babylon was one of the centers of Eastern Mystical religions and out of its roots came the fundamentals of New Age ideology (a strange name for an ancient religious practice of Pagan nations). Note that the evil one (satan) always tries to counterfeit the things of Yahweh (God)… and to offer these deceptions packaged to appeal to ones appetites (of which we have many, some sub-conscious and some very evident). For example, such as “New Age” as some modern or better than “old” thing, and to make one think they need to “upgrade,” or “come up” to the latest and greatest, or get into what your peers are into… this path is one of many to Babylon, which leads one away from the “benchmark” or “perfect” way of Torah (ancient path)… which Scripture reminds us to consider:
“15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;” (Jer 18:15) KJV
The “ancient path” is that “way” given to us by Moses and Yeshua (who both walked in Torah observant ways)… and to live in the center of truth is to “follow” Yeshua (Torah/Word that became flesh)… who always followed the Father’s way… the ancient paths… Torah was/is forever and always the same and ONE way of Yahweh (God), Who’s Word is “forever settled in heaven.” Ps 119:89
“105 Thy word [Torah] is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps 119:105) KJV
And much is said in the Bible about the “physical” Babylon… and its end (Empire Days) was prophesied by Isaiah as:
“19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.” (Isa 13:19-20) KJV
It is no coincidence that Saddam Hussein was infatuated with this ancient place and its mysterious influence… and as noted above, he considers it of importance for its roots of power.
But… Babylon existed long before its mention in 2Kings 17:24… but in disguise before it was named Babylon in its Mesopotamian existence, and was an evil place then as it was the “original” defiant city, in the land of “two rivers,” or plains of Shinar… lets us look further… in the “book of beginnings” (Genesis).
“8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” (Gen 10:8-10) KJV
Babel was the city of Nimrod… (one of Noah’s son’s [Ham’s son, Cush] offspring, who’s progeny made continual trouble for civilized man)
“11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” (Gen 11:1-9) KJV
Babel, in Hebrew, is known to mean “confusion,” mixture, or confused.
It is noteworthy, a point for linking issues for thematic progression, that if one considers the fall of Adam, namely by the deception of the “words” of contradiction that the devil espoused in the Garden of Eden, it is certain that a “mixing” of good and evil profaned the pure conscience of man… for example, any question or manipulation of the Divine Word which diverts its contextual or referential meaning concerning any subject or issue is to “profane,” the truth… which, in essence, is “confusion” in its final results, which was the evil goal of the satanic mind that opposed God’s instruction to Adam.
This “confusing” or “mixing” of good and evil would result in the great flood… which brought God’s view of things to these words:
“5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen 6:5) KJV
The “mixing” of evil with what was once pure “God-mindedness” (Adam’s original created condition, in the image of God) eventually diminished to such debased “profane” thinking, that it caused the end of all beings, who “had breath” in them, except for the ones with Noah on the Ark. (profane, in the Hebrew Bible means to make common or reduce the value of the original, to pollute or defile… this subject is another one of the “thematic” issues that you can track through the Scriptures if you will take the time to do so.) For now, we will focus upon the spiritual level of the Babylonian issue.
As we study the Bible, we will find many physical and natural things and issues that have spiritual parallels, which are instructive and Babylon is surely one such example… The Book of Jeremiah has much to say about Babylon… both about the city (region) of the prophet’s day “in the natural” and the “spiritual” parallel for Israel’s future… but note the following scriptures from John’s “Revelation” or prophetic view of some future “last days” scenario:
“8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (Rev 14:8) KJV
In John’s time, the ancient Babylon of “Empire” greatness seems to be literally incapable of being this last days reference, so who (where) was this Babylon? Some believe it to be a modern “evil” city of sin and corruption… and many have called Rome, Berlin, New York, and even the “nation” of America the “natural” Babylon referred to here… and some very convincing references are made to a “heavenly” Babylon of Satan’s dwelling place in the spiritual world… Perhaps they are both… with only the question being, “which” city or “nation” or “unified” peoples is the one to become this earthly place? Read on dear friend, as regards the spiritual place.
“4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” (Rev 17:4-6) KJV
Is “Babylon” a woman? If you study the Book of Proverbs… and understand the Hebrew idioms and meaning for the “adulterous woman” and the “prostitute” depicted, you will see a picture of Israel’s fornication with Pagan nations (idolatry)… and when you get near the end of the book, if you study carefully you will see the Master’s “bride” who is the “virtuous woman.” How does this relate to the Babylonian “Mother of Harlots,” above? Very simply, any person who forsakes the teachings of Messiah (Word of God), and profanes the gospel (mixing any worldly religious practices of Pagan roots of idolatry, carnal or metaphysical ways, in with God’s strictly defined Biblical truths and Torah instructions) is drinking from the cup of abominations in the hand of the Babylonian “Mother of Harlots,” and God considers it spiritual fornication… as defined in the Proverbs verses. This is real strong truth! This practice is as old as man.
The entire Chapter of Revelation 18 speaks of the Babylon of the “last days,” of the Bible… and the destruction of “her” citadel of evil… and gives incredible insight to the identity of this entity… the last few verses of Chapter 18 are listed below… you will want to study the entire Chapter.
“21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” (Rev 18:21-24) KJV
Read Verse 24 very carefully. “And in HER was found…” and since, “in her was found,” the blood of “prophets, saints, and of ALL that were slain upon earth.” There is simply NO one place or nation or city or “physical” entity that could include ALL (for ALL history)… this verse, in my humble opinion, is a metaphor about a “SYSTEM,” of deception… mixture… concocted to confuse like a drug, a profaning of what is Holy, and promotion of false religious doctrines that has led many to their destruction… it has many faces and disguises and is cunningly organized… and like any “drug,” it dulls the mind… especially to the one who rejects the cure. And, as the common denominator of all deception, the deceived will likely defend his condition.
Notice Proverbs Chapter 7… some Bibles have a heading (caption) labeled “A Prostitute’s Trap.” This, my friends, if you read and study the verses is the detailed description of the “Mother of Harlots,” at work in her best form, and that is trying to destroy “Israel” [Israel, being the people of Yahweh (God, Elohim)… the believers in Yeshua (Jesus), the “bride” to be, the one “without spot or wrinkle,” which is the picture of the “five wise Virgins of the ten,” who were cautiously watching for the coming of the bridegroom… the people who faithfully trust in the Blood of the Lamb for Salvation, and KEEP the Commandments of God, and have the testimony of Yeshua. Which people the Dragon was at war with… Rev 12:17. The Dragon can attack frontally, but it is deception that he excels at… Yeshua called him the father of lies (an appropriate description of a poisonous mixture). It is most important to note that nearly all deception happens right under ones nose… that is why it is deception.
This “Babylonian” Prostitute has been around since the Garden of Eden… twisting the truth of Scripture and “mixing” a cup of abominations and trying to drug the Saints with false religious teachings and profaning the Torah of Yahweh… This is why there was a place called Mt. Sinai. That Mountain of God is the place where the Torah (instruction for the Bride) was given to Israel… it was there that Yahweh, by the hand of Yeshua, gave Moses the only antidote for the sickness of sin and the deception that works against Yahweh’s truth… and that being the pure and Holy Word for living a separated life so that the curses of Babylon would not destroy the Son’s of God. It was the Blood of Calvary that sealed the deal for all believers, the power of the Blood of Yeshua destroyed the power of sin and the fear of death, hell and the grave… and by the coming of the Spirit of Truth, ALL men everywhere would be equipped to live the “kingdom of Heaven” life in the midst of Babylon… provided they would choose to stay out of the Prostitute’s chambers… The Torah, the “life” of man was given to us, in a world of death… and made alive and sure in us by Yeshua’s sealing our hope in His overcoming the “Prostitute” of truth that tries to profane the Torah, so that we can walk the Torah instructions to the altar where the bridegroom will receive us… it is the ancient path.
Make no mistake about it; the most dangerous Babylon of the Bible is the false religious doctrines and practices that have been trying to snuff out the truth of the Torah since it was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. The Father knew we would need a way to clearly identify His pure truth and separate it from the profane. THERE IS NO OTHER DOCUMENT, OTHER THAN TORAH, ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH that identifies the Holy and protects you from the profane. The battle royal of the ages has been the efforts of evil to keep the truth of Yahweh’s Word from the people of all times. Babylon will oppose every believer and try to seduce any believer where uninformed people are careless with the oil supply in their lamps… Torah is the oil and the Holy Spirit is the supplier of understanding that makes the oil flow and burn pure in one’s life, to be the “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.” The Blood of Yeshua is what makes the believer’s “sacrifice” acceptable… repentance, and embracing Yeshua alone is the door to the Holy Place and the Whore of Babylon is always trying to block the door… any “Pilgrim” is fair game and unless one understands the treacherous ways of the “system,” they will not understand the “cup that they partake of” is carefully mixed to deceive their taste. It is at this point in this article I want to share an important truth. The one who has no “covenant,” or place in the kingdom (has not accepted Yeshua’s sacrifice, and repented and become “one” with the Word), and the one who “thinks” he has a place by being deceived by false teachings… and is drinking Poison of the “Prostitute’s” cup, can end up as dead as the one without the covenant… read the scripture about the Prostitute’s ways again;
“21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. 24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.” (Prov 7:21-27) KJV
My dear friends… do you understand that the Torah given to Moses is the ONLY definition of truth that provides the way to live and walk with Yeshua… to the end?
Yeshua clearly warns us not to refuse the Torah of Moses:
“46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?’ (John 5:46-47) KJV
My fervent prayer is that you will flee any teaching that tells you that the Commandments have been nailed to the Cross, or that Moses teachings are for the “Jews,” or that the “Old Testament,” is not for us today… or other “Poisons” that the serpent is beguiling you with. Any teaching against Moses and the Torah being relevant and necessary in your life is Poison.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. (Prov 7:2) KJV
“151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. 152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them forever. (Ps 119:151-152)” KJV
“20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.” (Prov 6:20-24) KJV
“6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. 7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” (Ezek 33:6-7) KJV
Tragically, much of what is now happening in what is called “post modern” Christianity, (not sure how they came up with that description), is a Babylonian excursion into Un-Biblical confusion (mixed religious practices). This “confusion” is the vanguard activity in the contemporary church today; it can be identified by such names as, “Church Growth Movement, Purpose Driven Programs, Contemplative Prayer, Mantra Meditation, Bridges to Interspirituality,” and a host of other “inner connective” and “social connectivity” designed to enhance personal esteem and a sense of “community.” Be WARNED, INDEED, It was “mixing” of Pagan and carnal methods with the pure Word of God (and God’s instructive “how to” ways to serve Him) like these modern methods that made up the very deeds of the Nicolaitans that Yeshua warned both the Church of Ephesus and Pergamos about in His selective warning to these Revelation Churches (Rev Chapter 2). These “new, post modern” ways are simply being added onto the ages long “mixed” religious practices of the Roman Church, cults fabrications of their own ways (Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, etc), and endless lists of other “mixed” concoctions that the Bible calls an abomination… even practices as common as not keeping the Biblical Sabbath (Saturday), is defiant to God… and a “mixed” cup of deception. I earnestly appeal to your inner man, please take out your Bible and examine the Torah (first 5 books of your Bible) and test the writings of Moses… as the Bereans of old did… to see if these things be so… are you on the “new road,” or are you clinging to the “ancient paths?” The “Strange Woman” will lead you to Babylon, it is a “real” place… and unto death… Hear the Scripture this one last time:
From the “woman,” “having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:” (Rev 17:4) KJV
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev 18:4) KJV
Shalom… and May the Torah Word be alive in you as you embrace Yeshua’s ways.