BABYLON: the Place & the Time
is a summary-statement
of the PLACE & TIME
of End Time Babylon
1 The word which the LORD spoke concerning Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet:
2 ... 'Babylon has been captured ...'
3 "... there will be no inhabitant in it. ..
4 "In those days and at that time," declares the LORD, "the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well ... and it will be the LORD their God they will seek.
5 "They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; ... that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.
1. The PLACE
Jeremiah identifies the geo-ethnic identity of Babylon as "Chaldean" (50:1).
"Chaldea" word forms are used in Jeremiah 50-51 ten (10) times, all in reference to Babylon. Chaldeans were the people of Biblical Babylon, located in modern-day Iraq, the site of the original ancient city of Babylon. This specific designator, "Chaldea", eliminates any reference to Babylon being any other city or nation outside of Iraq.
Jeremiah 50-51 is a double-reference prophecy. Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon and End-Time Babylon prophecies are compressed into what is a single prophetic narrative, without distinction to time intervals. This is a common rhetorical devise of the Prophets.
BUT NOTE: In ALL references--and TIME FRAMES-- the discussion NEVER changes from Babylon of CHALDEA !
2. The TIME
of Jeremiah's Babylon prophecies is set in the days of the Final Salvation of the Jews. (Jer. 50:4-5; 32:40), an event Paul says will happen at the End Time (Rom. 11:25-27).
Prophecies about Babylon in Jeremiah (and the entire Old Testament) specify "Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans" (Jer 50:1; Isa 13:19, etc.). That identity of Babylon never changes in the Old or New Testament. Since there are a number of prophecies yet to be fulfilled regarding Babylon of Chaldea, then that is the "Babylon" we are focused on in this study--one may talk about other "Babylons", but it is Babylon of Chaldea that must rise up again to fulfill its Biblical prophecies. That's why is it an "interpretation-imperative" that we quit skipping over the word "Chaldea" !