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A SUMMARY STATEMENT of this 7 part series--in ONE PARAGRAPH

Babylon of Chaldea has survived, slowly and inconspicuously rebuilding for 1000 years, awaiting its sudden, 'overnight' endowment of global Wealth and Power as the Chosen City of the Antichrist, destined to rule the nations as the "Great City" until its Final Fall at the Return of Christ.

(each of the 7  SUMMARY STATEMENTS are in the NOTES section at bottom, with links to the full 7 PARTS)


Now... we conclude with Part 7 below...

Part 7 to "The OVERNIGHT Reemergence of Babylon the "GREAT CITY"

Does Babylon have a TIME Appointment with Destiny?

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

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

"the kings of the earth...saying ... ' the great city, Babylon, the strong city! ... such great wealth '

... all the nations were deceived by your sorcery."  (Revelation 18:9-10, 17, 23)


The TIME of the Final Fall of Babylon of Chaldea is clearly stated below...
The word which the LORD spoke concerning Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet: "Declare and proclaim among the nations. Proclaim it and lift up a standard. Do not conceal it but say, 'Babylon has been captured, Bel has been put to shame, Marduk has been shattered; Her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.' "For a nation has come up against her out of the north; it will make her land an object of horror, and there will be no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away! "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; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the LORD their God they will seek. "They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten. (Jeremiah 50:1-5

Notice above and to the right...

1. The subject is Babylon of Chaldea.


2. If there is another "Babylon", as many say, one still must deal with Babylon of Chaldea, for it has an unfulfilled prophecy scheduled for the end-time Salvation of Israel, which both the Old Testament (Jer 30-33) and the New Testament (Rom 11:25-27) declare is scheduled to occur at the Second Coming of Christ.


3. There are 4 witnesses that Babylon of Chaldea did not meet its Final Fall in the days of Daniel... SEE HERE...


4. Some may pick another "Babylon", but Babylon of Chaldea is TIMED by Jer 50:1-5 to meet its Final Fall at the End Time Salvation of Israel. SEE HERE...


5. In the Jeremiah 50:1-5 passage above, we will propose an explanation for three difficulties,

        1. How is it that Babylon, which falls in 1 hour (Rev 18:10), "has been captured" ? (Jer 50:2)

        2. In light of #1 above, how can it be "a nation has come up against her out of the north" ? (v 3)

        3. Who are the Medes who come against Babylon at her Final Fall in Isaiah 13:17 ?

These 3 Questions are discussed in the Notes Section below.

... this destruction of Babylon is clearly associated with the final regeneration and restoration of Israel. Such events never did happen in connection with ancient Babylon...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.

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1. The OVERNIGHT RISE Of The GREAT CITY

                                        COMPLETE SUMMARY STATEMENTS
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"?

In the Jeremiah 50:1-5 passage above, we will propose an explanation for three difficulties,

        1. How is it that Babylon, which falls in 1 hour (Rev 18:10), "has been captured" ? (Jer 50:2)

        2. In light of #1 above, how can it be "a nation has come up against her out of the north" ? (v 3)

        3. Who are the Medes who come against Babylon at her Final Fall in Isaiah 13:17 ?

How is it that Babylon of Chaldea is destroyed at the End Time both in 1-hour, and yet by a Nation's Army attacking from the North?

AUG 2, 2020


SUMMARY STATEMENT: A Harmony of Jeremiah 50:1-5 and Revelation 18     

          At the End Time when the New Covenant is bestowed upon Israel, God will crumble Babylon of Chaldea in smoke and fire and will empower           Israel to "swoop down” from the North upon the “sons of the east” and launch the climactic deathblow to seal Babylon’s Final Destruction.


1. HERE IS HOW WE ARRIVE AT THAT CONCLUSION    

    Jeremiah 50:1-5  The Facts
        1. Babylon of Chaldea (v 1),

        2. ...is Attacked and Destroyed (v 2-3),
        3. ...by a Nation coming from the North (v 3),
        4. ...at the Time Israel receives the New Covenant (v 4-5,
Has this Prophecy been Fulfilled?
        1. The Prophecy gives the fulfillment of the New Covenant (Jer 50:1-5) as its benchmark for the TIMING of this event.
        2. The New Covenant will be fulfilled at the End Time in conjunction with the Return of Christ. (Rom 11:26-27)
        3. Therefore, Jeremiah 50:1-5 has not yet been Fulfilled. The TIMING is clearly stated in the prophecy itself as a Future End Time event.
        4. Also the SUBJECT is clearly stated—Babylon of Chaldea—and tied to the Timing-Event by the phrase "in those days and at that time" (Jer 50:1, 4).
        5. But "Who?' is the Nation in verse 3 that attacks Babylon from the North at the End Time when God bestows the New Covenant on Israel?


2. The "EXCEEDINGLY GREAT ARMY" and the MULTIPLE PHASES of Babylon's Final Fall
        1. God empowers Israel as an Exceedingly Great Army when Christ appears. (Eze 37:10; Zec 12:6; Psa 83; Isa 11:14; Mic 4:9-10)
        2. Babylon receives multiple deathblows to seal its Final Destruction. (The phrase, "fallen, fallen", Revelation 18:2, as applied to Babylon, and the             fact that Revelation 17 portrays the fall of "Harlot" Babylon, while later comes the fall of political Babylon, both within a period of 31/2 years, supports             the understanding that their may be several phases to the Final Fall)


3. A PROPOSED SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
Here is a proposed Sequence of Events to harmonize Jer 50-51 and Rev 18,

Follow the CHART #s, right and below...


1. When Babylon is "laid waste" in smoke and fire— #1 Rightthe world is stunned as it mourns and wails the Fall of Babylon. (Rev 18:8-10, 19)

2. God bestows the New Covenant — #2 Right— 

 upon Israel. (Jer 50:4-5; 31:31-34; Eze 36:24-36; Rom 11:26-27) 

3. God gives Israel supernatural empowerment   — #3  Right  —  to rise up as His Exceedingly Great Army — #4  Right  —  (Eze 37:10; Zec 12:8), and "swoop down" to conquer the neighboring nations — its perrennial enemies (Isa 11:14; Psa 83; Zec 12:6), the greatest of which is Babylon.

4. Attacking from the North, Israel, then launches the deathblow to seal Babylon's Final destruction— #5  Right  —. (Jer 50:3-5; 51:64; Isa 11:14 — Babylon a son "of the east")  

4. Therefore, IT IS ISRAEL THAT WILL ATTACK BABYLON FROM THE NORTH AT THE END TIME

                     1. For a nation [not "nations", SINGULAR, Israel] has come up against her out of the north [traditional path of invasions against Babylon]; it will                         make her land an object of horror... In those days and at that time," declares the LORD, "the sons of Israel will come... they will come that they                         may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten." (Jer 50:3-5) 

                     2. Israel will attack from the North the "sons of the east" [BABYLON], at the Return of Christ. (Jer 50:3-5)    

                        And they will swoop down ... they will plunder the sons of the east; (Isa 11:14; Gen 11:2; Babylon is due east of Jerusalem)    

                        (For Jeremiah's account of the Nations [PLURAL] ALSO attacking Babylon from the NORTH, see further below, Notes)

5. Israel is the God-empowered Army from the North in Jeremiah 50:3

Five (5) Great prophecies tell of a time when Israel’s “exceedingly great army” will conquer, once and for all time, those “round-about” nations. That term, “round-about” (Hebrew = “a circle, neighbor”), is the meaning of the term “surrounding” peoples in the Zechariah 12:6 passage below. 
This understanding of “surrounding peoples” is made clear in 2 Chronicles 17:10. Thus, the subject-nations of Zechariah 12:6 and Psalm 83:6-8 are equated, and are to be distinguished from “all the nations of the earth” (Zec. 12:3).

Here are all 5 passages with their TIMING CONTEXT

1. Zechariah 12:6—

                "In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the                 right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem."         

        Zechariah 12 TIMING
                Zechariah 12:1-10, is a Second Coming passage, linked into a single time context by “in that day” (v. 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11; 13.1, 2). The term “that day”                 is a prophetic term for “at that time”. The context defines what period of time is in view—and it is clear. The entire chain of “that day” terms are                 self- described as the time when “all the nations of the earth will be gathered against [Jerusalem] (12:3)”, and Israel will “look on” Christ and                 Israel will be saved (12:10; 13:1). There is only one time in history when these events will occur, and that is at the time of the Second Coming                 of Christ. Israel’s defeat of “all the surrounding peoples” (v.6) occurs “in that day”.


2. Psalms 83:4-8—

                "They have said, 'Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.'    

                The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria                 also has joined with them…[and] the children of Lot."   
                                The nations involved according to Psalm 83:6-8 and equated with the “surrounding peoples” of Zechariah 12:6, with their modern                                 place-names, are: Edom, Moab, Gebal & Ammon [Jordon]; Ishmaelites & Hagrites [Saudi Arabia]; Amalek [Egypt]; Philistia [Gaza,                                 Palestine]: Tyre [Lebanon]; Assyria [Syria, Iraq]; Children of Lot [scattered among the Mideast nations].
        Psalm 83 TIMING
                There are two keys to the timing of this passage (bold-highlighted words below),    

                                1. “with Thy storm...O LORD, Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever... and perish” (v14-17).    

                                    The Hebrew word (for “forever”) translates “eternity, everlasting, evermore, perpetually, and world without end.” Two Scriptural                                     examples point out the force of this word:
                                                1. Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; (Psalms 45:6)
                                                2. For a child [Jesus] will be born to us, ...His name will be called ... Mighty God, Eternal Father, (Isa. 9:6)    

                The Psalm 83 nations will “perish” as enemies of Israel forever. That can only happen at Christs’ Second Coming.    

                                 2. That they may know that Thou alone, whose name is the LORD, Art the Most High over all the earth (v18).            

                                                                At the time the Psalm 83 nations are destroyed “forever,” they will know only one Name lifted above all names (v.18).                                                                 Parallel passages point out that the exaltation on the earth of Christs’ Name above all other names will only occur at                                                                 His Second Coming.
                                                1. And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. (Isa. 2:11; 17)
                                                2. ...the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one. Zec.14:9)    

                Pslam 83 therefore must be scheduled for fulfillment at the Second Coming of Christ.



3. Micah 4:11-13— 

                "And now many nations have been assembled against you Who say, 'Let her be polluted, And let our eyes gloat over Zion.'... For He has                 gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor. "Arise and thresh, daughter of Zion, For your horn I will make iron And your hoofs I will make                 bronze, That you may pulverize many peoples, That you may devote to the LORD their unjust gain And their wealth to the Lord of all the                 earth."        

        Micah 4 TIMING
                The End Time context is both immediate and extensive on both sides of Micah 4:9-10, and the passage itself gives reference to the metaphorical                 "child birth pangs" Israel will experience in the Tribulation. (Jer 30:6-7; Mat 24:8; 1 Thes 5:3) Leading up to Micah 4:9-10 is the whole of chapter 4                 describing the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. Immediately following Micah 4:9-10 is a description of Armageddon (v 11) and the "exceedingly                 great army" of Israel (12-13). This End Time scene, except for a prophetic reference to the birthplace and mission of the Messiah-King (v. 2-3),                 continues throughout chapter 5.


4. Isaiah 11:11-14—

                Then it will happen on that day that the Lord Will again recover the second time with His hand The remnant of His people, who will remain,                 From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, And from the islands of the sea. And He will lift up a standard for the nations, And will                 assemble the banished ones of Israel, And will gather the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth. Then the jealousy of Ephraim                 will depart, And those who harass Judah will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, And Judah will not harass Ephraim. And they will                 swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west; Together they will plunder the sons of the east; They will possess Edom and Moab;                 And the sons of Ammon will be subject to them.
The first thing we see is that the nations listed in Isaiah 11 agree with those listed in Psalm 83, and are necessarily implied in the phrase “surrounding nations” in Zechariah 12:6.
        Isaiah 11 TIMING
                Isaiah 11:11-14 actually says Israel will destroy the Isaiah 11/Psalm 83 nations (listing them by name, v.14) at the time when Israel is saved

                (12:2- 3; the New Covenant). That epoch event occurs at the Second Coming of Christ (Rom. 11: 26-27). Furthermore, the whole passage is linked                 into a single time context by the phrase “on that day” (11:10-11; 12:1), “that day” being set in a clear Second Coming-Millennial context (Return                 of Christ to inaugurate the Millennial Kingdom).
Confirming the "Who" and "When" this "exceedingly great army" will rise up to conquer these “surrounding peoples" is our fifth passage,


5. Ezekiel 37:1, 9-10—

                The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was                 full of bones...Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Come from                 the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life." So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into                 them, and they came to life, and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
       NOTE  below how Ezekiel and Zechariah agree on Israel's EXCEEDINGLY GREAT ARMY
                "...breath came into them, and they came to life, and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army..." (Eze 37:10)
               

                 "In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the                 right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, ...and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of                 David will  be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them." (Zec 12:6-8; Is there a greater "exceedingly great army" than the one                 described here?)
        Ezekiel 37 TIMING
                There is a very clear sequence to the restoration of life of the “dry bones” in Ezekiel 37’s prophecy—and the creation of Israel’s “exceeding great                 army.”
                                1. First, there is the vision of Israel as a vast valley of “dry bones,” which is the graveyard of the nations into which Israel was dispersed                                     for 1900 years. (37:1-2)
                                2. Next comes the reassembling of the bones into flesh covered bodies, physically alive (37:7-8), but still spiritually dead, and                                     interpreted by the passage itself as “the whole house of Israel” returned to their homeland. (37:11-12)
                                3. Finally, the salvation of Israel occurs, when the “breath [of] my spirit” (37:9-14), is imparted to Israel by God. Only at that point—at                                     the Second Coming of Christ (Rom. 11:26; Zec. 12:10) —does Israel become the “exceeding great army”—the God-enabled army of                                     Jews seen in our other 4 passages, seen again below, 

                                                1) Psalm 83—the army which will rout those nations as in the days of Gideon (v9-11);
                                                2) Isaiah 11—the army which will “swoop down” on them (v14);
                                                3) Zechariah 12—the army which will ”consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples” (v6);
                                                4) Micah 4--the army that will "pulverize" the "many nations assembled" against Israel (11-13)

6. THE NATIONS WILL ALSO ATTACK BABYLON FROM THE NORTH AT THE END TIME

 The Nations [PLURAL], in CHAOS and CONFUSION, will attack Babylon from the North. ( Jer 50:41)
Jer 50:41 "Behold, a people is coming from the north, And a great nation and many kings Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.
The Jeremiah prophecies are clear about the TIMING of the Final Fall of Babylon. They are not so clear regarding how Jeremiah 50-51 correlates with Babylon's Final Fall as it is described in the Book of Revelation. But this is not an insurmountable problem when Two (2) Facts are kept in view,
1. BLENDED PROPHECY-- Jeremiah 50-51 is a foretelling of events spread over time that are blended together into a single unbroken parade of events. This is "blended" prophecy, and is often difficult to "un-blend" into a proper time-sequence.
2. ORDERLY-CHAOS--This is a recurring and Key theme. Chaos reigns on the human side of events at the End Time. But earthly Chaotic events are directed by God to fulfill His Orderly Purpose. Note the End Time Chaos, Confusion, Hysteria and Terror in these passages; (Zec 12:4; 14:13; also, this Chaos of the nation's armies "turncoating' against each other, in general end-time context, is seen in Isa 19:2; Eze 38:21; Zec 8:10; see also in God's historical defense of Israel, Jdg 7:22; 1 Sam 14:20; 2 Chr 20:23)
FOR EXAMPLE:
And it will come about in that day that a great panic from the LORD will fall on them; and they will seize one another's hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another. (Zechariah 14:13)
3. Both of these concepts, common to Bible prophecy, are particularly apparent in the Babylon prophecies. With this in mind, below are some possible options to understanding these "Nations attacking from the North",
1. Cyrus and the Persians capture 6th century BC Babylon
(perhaps 50:9, because the result, if this part of the "blended" prophecy ends at v 10, is that Babylon is "taken captive")
2. Antichrist and 10 Kings attack "Harlot" Babylon
(possibly 51:48, because of the Jubilant response in Heaven seen when the Antichrist and 10 Kings destroy "Harlot" Babylon in Rev 19:1-3)
3. End Time Nations in Chaos attack one another and Babylon at the end of the Tribulation. (could be Jer 50:41, because of the reference to Sodom and Gomorrah, v. 40, which refers to Babylon's ultimate destruction. Also possibly 51:48, because of the Joyful outcry in Heaven seen when "Political-Commercial Babylon" is destroyed; see Rev 18:20 and 19:1-3 )
4. A recommended source for another option is,
Arnold Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps Of The Messiah, Ariel Ministries, 2003, p. 327, 333.
4. Whatever the case, the only thing clear about Jeremiah's 'armies from the North' against Babylon is that Chaos among nations, events and movements is clearly foretold in the End Time prophecies. As such, the chaos of the events and the "blending" of the events in the prophetic narrative can also cause confusion to the reader and will undoubtedly continue to do so until God brings about His Perfect and Orderly Fulfillment.
5. But the following aspects of Jeremiah 50-51 can hardly be misunderstood,
1. Babylon of Chaldea will meet its Final Judgment at the Time of the New Covenant,
2. There is strong Scriptural evidence that Israel is the army from the North. (Jer 50:1-5)
3. Babylon will meet a horrific Sodom and Gomorrah-like fate. (Jer 50:40)
4. Babylon will not rise again--Ever! (Jer 51:63-64)

7. A PROPOSED SEQUENCE OF EVENTS — The Nations Attack Babylon from the North at the End Time

                1. The world of the Antichrist is characterized by,
                               1. Boastful pride that it "will never see mourning". (Rev 18:7)
                               2. Worshipful confidence in the Antichrist; "Who is like him?"; "Who can make war with him?".  (Rev 13:4)


2. Then God strikes Babylon — #1  Right  — and it is "laid waste" in smoke and fire by a giant earthquake (Rev 16:18-19; 18:21), the world is stunned as it mourns and wails. (Rev 18:8-10, 19)

3. God bestows the New Covenant and Saves End-Time Israel — #2  Right  —(Jer 50:4-5; Rom 11:26-27)

4. God Confuses and Blinds the armies of the Nations gathered against Israel — #3  Right  —
5. At the onslaught of the rapid-fire Bowl Judgments and their foreshadow of the appearance of Heavenly armies — #4  Right  — , the nations and armies are terrified   — #5  Right  — . (Rev 6:12-17)

6. In an ill-fated attempt to gain heavenly-favor by flipping sides, a wave of turncoat-armies#6  Above — mount an assault from the North against Babylon — #7  Above   — in its crumbled and smoldering state. (Jer 50:40-41, note it is by "many kings" — similar to what happened in Rev 17:16-17 against "Harlot" Babylon )
7. The unity of the nations fractures as panic-stricken armies turn one against the other#8  Above   — . (Zec 12:4; 14:13)

8. God gives Israel supernatural empowerment to rise up as His Exceedingly Great Army. (Eze 37:10; Zec 12:8)
9. Israel "swoops down" to conquer the neighboring nations--its perennial enemies — including, and especially, Babylon. (Isa 11:14; Zec 12:6; Psa 83, note the nation  "Assyria in verse 8, which included Babylon")
10. Attacking from the North — #9  Above   — , Israel, destroys the turncoat-armies of the nations at Babylon, and then launches the deathblow to seal Babylon's Final destruction. (Jer 50:3-5; 51:64; Isa 11:14 — Babylon a son "of the east")

8. BABYLON'S FINAL FALL WILL OCCUR IN STAGES AT THE END TIME

                1. Phase 1 — "Harlot" Babylon is violently destroyed from the heart of the City itself by Antichrist and 10 Kings.

                1. Phase 2 — Political-Commercial Babylon is flattened violently by Fire and Smoke, as the nations anguish at the sight.    

                                        A captive Jewish Remnant survives in Babylon (Jer 51:48-50) and turn to Messiah at the last moment.                                         (Joel 2:12-13; Zec 12:9-10)       

                2. Phase 3 — The enemy nations revolving around Israel, terrified and panic-stricken at the turn of events as Jesus and                                         the armies of Heaven are revealed, turncoat in hysterical confusion and chaos and attack Babylon from the                                         North.   

                3. Phase 4 — Israel's Exceedingly Great Army rushes from the North to rescue the Jewish remnant and clinch the                                         destruction and plunder of Babylon. . In the process Israel wipes-out the remains of the Nation-armies                                         which in wild hysteria have attacked Babylon and one another.                                        

                4. In the process, Babylon is destroyed in a combination of events similar to Israel's destruction of Jericho as written in                                         the Book of Joshua, 6:1-27.

                                                    1. Jericho's Walls fall at God's beckoning and kill many. (Jos 6:20; Heb 11:30)
                                                                        Babylon is flattened in 1 hour at God's beckoning. (Rev 18:10)
                                                    2. Believing Rahab and her family, inside Jericho, have their lives and home spared. (Jos 6:22-23)
                                                                        Believing Jews are held captive in Babylon and survive. (Jer 51:50-51)
                                                    3. Rahab and Family are rescued by the invading Israelites. (Jos 6:25)
                                                                        The Believing Jews in Babylon are rescued by the "Exceedingly Great Army" of Israel.                                                                         (Jer 50:4-5; Mic 4:9-10; other Jeremiah passages where captive Jews are noted in Babylon,                                                                         50:8, 25; 51:6, 45, 50; cmp Joel 3:2, 6-7).
                                                    4. ALL life and remnants of Jericho are destroyed by Israel. (Jos 6:21, 24)
                                                                        Babylon receives her Final deathblow from Israel. (Jer 50:3; Isa 11:14)


                In both cases God flattened the City and Israel rushed in to seal the Destruction.


   JERICHO -- BABYLON MASSIVE CITIES (though Babylon was much larger, they were both considered a great city)
         Jericho's prominence (Jos 5-6) and wealth (7:21) suggest a great city. Excavations have shown that Jericho had massive defenses.
         NIV Archaeological Study Bible, International Bible Society, Zonderban Corporation, Grand Rapids, MI, 2005, p. 312.

SUMMARY STATEMENT: A Harmony of Jeremiah 50:1-5 and Revelation 18
At the End Time when the New Covenant is bestowed upon Israel, God will crumble Babylon of Chaldea in smoke and fire and will empower Israel to “swoop down” from the North upon the “sons of the east” and launch the climactic deathblow to seal Babylon’s Final Destruction.

The GOSPEL in Revelation:

                        The 5th verse from the beginning,

Jesus Christ...To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, (Revelation 1:5

                        The 5th verse from the end,

"... And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost." (Revelation 22:17

The Book Of Revelation, apocalyptic and foreboding, is actually "FRAMED" by the GOSPEL OF SALVATION in Jesus Christ. Here's how you can be saved...