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Part 1 to "The OVERNIGHT Reemergence of Babylon the "GREAT CITY"

BABYLON HAS SURVIVED TO RISE AGAIN 

1. Babylon of Chaldea (Iraq) has Survived to fulfill its prophesied date with destiny.
Photographs of Conditions said to be impossible after Babylon's Final Destruction prove Babylon has Survived.

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This whole 7-part series is Original Research using primary and secondary sources.     copyright bibleprophecyaswritten 2020  

A single Photograph shows the evidence…   

            1. If Babylon has not survived, but has been Destroyed,   

                                                                                            This Picture exposes a False Prophecy (no more Inhabitants, Shepherds, etc.)

           

            2. If the Prophecy of Babylon is taken Literally,

                                                                                           This Picture proves Babylon has Survived

                                                                                                                                                              to Rise Again for a Future Destruction
HERE’S WHY…

PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOFS

Photographs, just like written testimony, can demonstrate the validity, or falsity, of prophetic fulfillment. For example...

THE PROPHECY: “Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:24


RIGHT: Photographic Proof “the times of the Gentiles” have not yet been fulfilled.

The Muslim Gentile's Dome of the Rock is "picture-proof" of the trampling underfoot of Jerusalem’s Temple site-- "The place, O LORD, which Thou hast made for Thy dwelling“, [in] "the City of the Great King [Jesus Christ]" . ( Exodus 15:17-18 ; Matthew 5:35


If Jerusalem's Temple site is "trampled underfoot", so is Jerusalem. Photos speak!

Sodom and Gomorrah--Photographic Proof

'reduced to ashes; its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it; no one will live there; a perpetual desolation;

                                                                                            (2Pe 2:6; De 29:23; Jer 49:18; Zep 2:9

RIGHT: Photographic Proof the prophesied after-effects of Sodom and Gomorrah have been fulfilled. The barren, deserted landscape of Sodom & Gomorrah at the southeastern end of the Dead Sea (Bab edh-Dhra).

        "When we employ the available data from the excavations and the geographical         pairing of these [five "cities of the plain" located in the same area], we can identify         Bab edh-Dhra with Sodom, Numeira with Gomorrah, [etc.]..."

Randall Price, The Stones Cry Out, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR, 1997, p. 123.

Prophecies of the AFTER-EFFECTS of the Final Destruction of Babylon


And Babylon…of the Chaldeans' pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation;
Nor will the Arab pitch his tent there,
Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
                                                                                                (Isa 13:19-20


and say, 'Thou, O LORD, hast promised concerning this place to cut it off,

so that there will be nothing dwelling in it,            

                                                                                whether man    

                                                                                                        or beast,

                                                                                                            but it will be a perpetual desolation.’  ( Jer 51:62


"And they will not take from you even a stone ..." (Jer 51:26

The Widely Acknowledged GOLDEN RULE of Prophecy-Interpretation

                    —When the Plain Sense   

                        Makes Common Sense

                        Seek No Other Sense—


Here’s how these prophecies above --and their AFTER-EFFECTS-- read in their Plain, Literal, Common Sense… 

      

                     IF BABYLON OF CHALDEA HAS BEEN DESTROYED ONCE AND FOR ALL ,
                     then no one could ever take a camera to the Babylon Ruins and get a photograph of
                                        an INHABITANT,
                                        or an ARAB VILLAGE,
                                        or a SHEPHERD and his FLOCK,
                                        or GREEN VEGETATION

                                        or a RECYCLED BABYLON-STONE

In A SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH...

                                                                            Proof that Babylon

SURVIVES

Now, look at the prophetic information in this Single Photograph above...it is packed!

It was taken at the Etemenanki (Tower of Babel) location in the center of the archaeological site of Babylon, Iraq, in 1977. Look carefully. Consider the prophecies above, paraphrased below. What do you see in the photograph?

What do you read LITERALLY below? What do you see LITERALLY above?

"It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation...

                             [NO] Arabs …[No] shepherds …[No] flocks … nothing dwelling in it,

                                                                                                                                        whether man

                                                                                                                                                        or beast,

                                                                                                                                                               …a perpetual desolation.’    Isa 13:19-20; Jer 51:62

Let's examine the SINGLE PHOTO, with all aspects of the prophecies above, highlighted below...

You will know Babylon has NOT been Destroyed, but has SURVIVED for its Future Destruction, when you see…

RIGHT (highlighted)


  1. Inhabitants-- the man highlighted is clearly a resident because he is leading a flock of goats (and possibly sheep) which must be within the short distance required for the round trip from the home barn to the grazing field. See more information in the next photo below.  

 

  2. Arabs-- the man is clearly an Arab Inhabitant.


  3. Shepherds-- this Arab Inhabitant is obviously a Shepherd.


For more photographs of Arab Inhabitants,

                                            GO HERE

You will know Babylon has NOT been Destroyed, but has SURVIVED for its Future Destruction, when you see…

LEFT (highlighted): Domestic Beasts flocks--


     First, the herd of goats (and possibly sheep) are domestic animals which typically travel to graze or forage no more than 2-3 miles one way from "home".


    Second, there are at least 4 Arab villages located on the grounds of Babylon, and many small farm residences along its ruined wall locations. 

 

   Third, they are all within .7-miles (Jumjumma) to 3-miles or so of the "Etemenanki" spot shown here. Therefore, this "inhabitant" must live either on the grounds, or very close, and no doubt comes on a regular basis to this location.    

Fourth, This 1977 photo is not an anomaly. There is more than a century's-worth of Shepherd-flocks photos and several hundred years of artistic and recorded documentation of Shepherds and their flocks "pasturing" at Babylon. For more photographs  GO HERE  



You will know Babylon has NOT been Destroyed, but has SURVIVED for its Future Destruction, when you see…

RIGHT (highlighted): Vegetation


Only a portion of the Vegetation is highlighted in this photograph.

But it is clearly ample and lush. Note the dense growth of Palm Trees in the background.


For more photographs of the greenery and Vegetation at Babylon...

                                            GO HERE

You will know Babylon has NOT been Destroyed, but has SURVIVED for its Future Destruction, when you see…

LEFT (highlighted): Recycled-Stones


Here is the most remarkable story of this photograph--it was taken at the most often-acknowledged site of the Tower Of Babel, squarely within the parameters of Babylon's Official Archeological Site.

Note the highlighted area labeled "TOWER of BABEL". This is the ziggurat-base known as "Etemenanki".

It is surrounded by water. (also highlighted)


MORE on all of this in Part 2 of this Series on The Reemergence Of Babylon, where we examine the evidence that the rebuilding of Babylon has been slowly, almost imperceptibly, happening for the last 1000 years.

LEFT: The Official Management Plan of Babylon
Property Nominated by the Government of Iraq in January 2018 for Inscription on the World Heritage List (in coordination with UNESCO and the WORLD MONUMENTS FUND)

Risk-Preparedness Plan (map).

The Map segments below are larger cutouts of this and other maps in the Babylon report. Because of the low resolution, I have added comments and made exact duplicates of some of the icons.


REPUBLIC OF IRAQ STATE BOARD OF ANTIQUITIES AND HERITAGE; Risk Preparedness & other maps. 

CONTRIBUTING PARTNER WORLD MONUMENTS FUND BABYLON, Risk Preparedness Map, 2013,

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RIGHT: Shown in numbers 1-4 are locations of Arab Villages, farms, and individual homes (gray squares).

The red circular outlines show the most prominent Arab dwellings alongside and actually within the Babylon wall-ruins (red dotted line, paralleled by archaeological "buffer zone"). The "tents" of the Arabs have been pitched at Babylon for more than 1000 years!


The number-identifications are as follows,

    1. Scattered homes/farms between Arab Villages Ananah (north), and Sinjar (south).


    2. Sinjar Arab Village (centuries old), Babylon.


    3. Jumjummah Arab Village (centuries old, Babylon.


    4. Typical Arab homes/farms scattered all along the walls of Babylon (many not in view in this cutout), both inside and alongside Babylon's walls. (Arab Inhabitants in Babylon TODAY)

The Official Documentation of

Inhabitants At Babylon TODAY

by the

World Monuments Fund Project

The Official Management Plan of Babylon; Property Nominated by the Government of Iraq in January 2018 for Inscription on the World Heritage List (in coordination with the UNITED NATION's UNESCO, the WORLD MONUMENTS FUND, & funding from the U.S. State Dept.; page #s from the report are referenced)

“more than 500 privately owned plots within Babylon’s boundaries “ p. 51-53


“…private land use within and adjacent to Babylon.” p. 72-73


“…Villagers with extended families holding farmland inside the site.” p. 72-73


“People living and farming within the site boundary...” p. 72-73


“Annanah – [Arab Village bordering the Grounds of Babylon] Population: 8,000...“…unregulated livestock grazing …endanger the landscape.” p. 54-58


“Sinjar and Zwair – Arab Village on the Grounds of Babylon; Population: 5,300" p. 54-58


“Al-Jimjmah – Arab Village on the Grounds of Babylon; Population: 2,500 in the north and 2,800 in the south section… Comprised of about 500 houses…“ P. 54-58


“Several [Al-Jimjma] residents own plots inside Babylon where farming is forbidden, and still graze livestock on these properties.“ p. 54-58


“…clan sheikhs and farmers owning property inside the site...” p. 71


“Free-ranging livestock (belonging to landowners within the site boundaries) tramples archaeological remains.” p. 69


"SBAH (State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) cannot acquire some important portions of the archaeological site, for instance the privately owned land partially surrounding Etemenanki ziggurat [Tower of Babel]." p. 58, Adobe navigation plane


“At Zwair (Located within the site boundaries west of the Shatt al-Hillah) houses are under construction on the riverbank facing the central archaeological area.“ p. 54-58


A PARCHED LAND ? ( A parched land and a desert..Jeremiah 51:43 )


“occasional rainstorms pour large quantities of water on the site...Animals inhabit Babylon’s wetlands, arid zones, and agricultural areas. The survey counted 21 bird species and 11 species of mammal.” p. 65, 68


"[Arab Villages located on the grounds of Babylon], Sinjar and al-Jimjimah are serviced by the municipal fresh water network [of Hillah] through cess pool systems" (Babylon Map, Existing Water Elements & Movement, p. 97)


THESE ARE THE FACTS about INHABITANTS LIVING AT BABYLON TODAY

(According to the official reports sponsored by on-site investigation and development of the World Monuments Fund, the United Nations UNESCO, the World Heritage List, and the U.S. State Dept.)

ABOVE: Arabic Village of Jumjuma on the grounds and parameter walls of Babylon. p. 63

ABOVE: Residents of Jumjuma who inhabit Biblical Babylon's grounds TODAY. p. 89

ABOVE: Larger view of the insert-pic to the RIGHT. Note Title-deed numbers at Sinjar Arab town.


SEE ALSO: the 2500-year Timeline of Babylon's perpetual "INHABITANTS".

SEE ALSO: pics of early 1900s INHABITANTS at Babylon.

When checking out these 2 links,  keep in mind this passage below ...

            After its Final Destruction, Babylon of Chaldea, “will never be inhabited or             lived in from generation to generation” (Isa 13:19-20; Jer 50:40; 51:37, 62)

ABOVE: "Babylon Community Association(BCA [BCA] members review... site boundaries." p. 124

"The BCA comprises eight landowners, four living within the Central Administration Area ("the nucleus of Babylon", p. 143) and four residing between that area and the site boundary." p. 124

These are "Arabs" who pitch [their] tents" at Babylon TODAY, contra-Isaiah 13:20, if the city of "Chaldeans" (Isa 13:19) in Iraq has been destroyed. (see Jer 51:29; Isa 13:20

ABOVE: Residents of Babylon TODAY. p. 61

ABOVE-2 pics: Construction of new homes. p. 58

ABOVE: Arab farmers grow date palms within the grounds of Babylon, Iraq. p. 60 (see Jer 51:62

ABOVE: Magnified insert of Sinjar Arab Village & Gardens showing residential, public, and commercial land deeds numbered by ownership, within the boundaries of Babylon TODAY !

ABOVE: Note that the World Monuments Fund says this agricultural field at Babylon is "typical"; other pics confirm this. p. 181 (see Jer 51:43

Two (2) Study Bibles in light of the above:

1. ESV Study Bible — "Ancient Babylon is still an uninhabited ruin today, though it is surrounded by the city of Al Hillah, Iraq." (note on Jer 50:39-40)

"Animals live there [Babylon] because people do not." (note on Isaiah 13:20-21)    

        ESV Study Bible, Crossway, Wheaton, IL, 2008.


2. MacArthur Study Bible— "...the site of Babylon has never been void of inhabitants. A city or town of one type or another has always existed there, so this prophecy must point toward a yet future desolation."   

        MacArthur Study Bible, John MacArthur, Word Publishing, 1997, Isa13:20, p. 976.


#1 ABOVE: Actually, both are great Study Bibles, and highly regarded. But the ESV Study Bible, in light of the documented and photographic information above, has obviously not searched out the facts supporting its notes here.

If they had, how could they make such a glaring error?

LEFT: Based on the number of Arab villages, homes/farms in the map above, and the above documented INHABITANTS, we can now see how easily and often the scene in the SINGLE 1977 PHOTOGRAPH further above occurs.

Note the red-highlighted sheep-icons to the left. These are the major locations graphically-documented on the map as "zones of risk" to Babylon archaeological site preservation. In other words, Shepherds and their sheep-goat (even cattle-buffalo) domestic animals roam the pasture land and water holes of Babylon.

Yes, you heard that right, and you see it right, in the 1977 Photograph and its highlighted versions above, and in these Maps (accepted by the UN in the UNESCO Application).

Moreover, check out these statements below, reproduced from the Iraqi-Babylon Map.

    RIGHT SIDE OF MAP, not in view  (underlines mine):

  • Surface flooding

  • Archaeological remains at risk from rising groundwater

  • Vegetation overgrowth effects archaeology and monuments

  • Animal related risk from domestic livestock ["sheep" in the parallel Arabic language]

  • Animal-related risk from wildlife

  • Residential, commercial, and infrastructure-related encroachment

  • Visitor-related risk

    LEFT SIDE OF MAP, not in view (underlines mine)

  • Farmers take advantage of new growth vegetation and graze cattle and buffalo that trample archaeological deposits

  • Illegal encroachment and construction increases as temperatures are cooler and rain is [lighter]

  • Increased rainfall lowers fire risk, but increases problems with drainage and erosion.

Does the SINGLE 1977 PHOTOGRAPH (and its highlighted versions)

and the OFFICIAL MAPS above show the

perpetual AFTER-EFFECTS described

in the Bible prophecies of the FINAL DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON?

(i.e., no more INHABITANTS, ARABS, SHEPHERDS-FLOCKS, VEGETATION, REUSED STONES, etc.)


1. If Babylon has not survived, but has been Destroyed, then the

    Single-Photograph above exposes a False Prophecy (no more Inhabitants, Shepherds, etc.)

           

2. But, if the Prophecy of Babylon is taken Literally, then the Single- Photograph above proves that

Babylon has Survived

  to Rise Again

for its Future & Final Destruction

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"It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation...

                             [NO] Arabs …[No] shepherds …[No] flocks … nothing dwelling in it,

                                                                                                                                        whether man

                                                                                                                                                        or beast,

                                                                                                                                                               …a perpetual desolation.’  [No vegetation]

                ...not...even a stone [No recycled-stones]                                                         

Isa 13:19-20; Jer 51:62; Jer 51:26

Either the Arabs, shepherds, animals and vegetation didn’t get the message

that Babylon was destroyed once and for all,

or we didn’t get the message that

Babylon has Survived !

"...these prophecies of the destruction of Babylon have never been fulfilled in the manner required

by the statements of Scripture....This in turn requires the city of Babylon to be rebuilt."
Arnold Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of the Messiah, Ariel Ministries Press, 1983, p. 226-27

NOTES and POSTSCRIPTS: (to be added as they become available)


1. The OVERNIGHT RISE Of The GREAT CITY

                                        COMPLETE SUMMARY STATEMENTS


SUMMARY STATEMENT OF This Entire Series

( Summary of the 7 Propositions listed below, each of which encapsulates a subject of this 7-Part series )

Babylon of Chaldea has Survived, slowly rebuilding for a thousand years, awaiting its destiny as

the Throneroom of the Antichrist, the City Chosen by HIM to enforce HIS Authority and HIS Ownership

of the Global Sovereignty, Wealth, and Trade ceded "Overnight" to HIM by the Nations;

Babylon awaits its destiny as "the Great City"—perishing with its Final Fall at the Return of Christ.

(Jeremiah 50-51; Revelation 17-18)

(The "Great" in the "Great City" is the result of its status as the base-city

for the "Great Authority" of its chief occupant, the Antichrist)


Below are 7 Summary Statements concluded from the Biblical, archaeological and historical evidence presented in this series. Each of the 7 statements corresponds respectively to the 7 Parts of this series, where we will present the evidence that,


        1. Babylon of Chaldea (Iraq) has Survived to fulfill its prophesied date with destiny.
Photographs of Conditions said to be impossible after Babylon's Final Destruction prove Babylon has Survived.

       

        2. Babylon has been rebuilding, inconspicuously, and unnoticed, for centuries.
Beginning in the midst of Babylon's ruins, the Literal Stones of Babylon have for 1000 years been recycled and redistributed to expand and build up the city of Hillah --essentially Rebuilding Babylon.

   

        3. Revelation's title "Babylon the Great City" does not require Babylon to be a Super-Large city. 
Babylon is "Great"--not because of Great Size--but because of its Great Authority derived from its status as the throne-room City of the Antichrist.

   

        4. The description "the Wealthy City" does not require Babylon to be a city of long-standing wealth. 
Babylon becomes the global icon of extreme Wealth, not from Old-wealth, but from Overnight Wealth, bequeathed and bestowed by the Nations.

   

        5. Babylon "the Great" does not require Babylon to be a massive Seaport City. 
Babylon is not itself a Giant Seaport City, but it Controls Global Seaports from a distance across continents and seas.

   

        6. Babylon of Chaldea has not been "Replaced" any more than Israel of Mt. Zion has been Replaced. 
Babylon has a Biblical-Chaldean GPS Identification of 32.32º x 44.25º which excludes any other city as a Replacement Babylon.

   

        7. Babylon, Iraq, has a prophetic-time appointment that parallels that of Israel. 
Babylon of Chaldea has a Date With Destiny prophetically scheduled to coincide with the New Covenant Salvation of Israel at the End Time. (Jer 5-:1-5


If the evidence sustains these 7 points, where is the need for a metaphorical Replacement to the plain, common sense, literal understanding of the word "Babylon"?


2. Daniel himself is PROOF that Babylon SURVIVED its Fall in 539 BC— Daniel continued to inhabit Babylon until his death ! (Dan 5:29-6:3; Remember, it was prophesied that AFTER Babylon's FINAL Fall, there would never again be any LIFE at Babylon Isa 13:19-20; Jer 51:62 )


3. "...the site of Babylon has never been void of inhabitants. A city or town of one type or another has always existed there, so this prophecy must point toward a yet future desolation."
MacArthur Study Bible, John MacArthur, Word Publishing, 1997, Isa13:20, p. 976.

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