The Restoration of Israel
Book of Jeremiah 50, 51
As we have studied the Book of Jeremiah we have also seen that Mystery Babylon represents the enemies of God.
Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Babylon represents the worship of Baal in many cases called Baalim which can be said to be the false trinity of the Anti-Christ.
We know that Paul called the Church a mystery because the Church was not known to the Old Testament Patriarchs or the Prophets.
Using this as our example, Mystery Babylon represents all false religions, because only a few of them realize they are worshiping the Anti-Christ!
Christ has the Church as His bride, so the Anti-Christ has Babylon the Great as his bride, who are the followers of all false religion.
Babylon had its beginning in the days of Noah who lived 350 years after the flood.
Gen 11:4 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.
Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Gen 11:9 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.
This is the same place where God called Abraham out of the city of Ur which was in the land of the Chaldees.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
So let’s see the words God has given to Jeremiah:
*****Jer 50:1 The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
Jer 50:2 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
Jer 50:3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
Jer 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
Not many know the joy of leaving a place where they were not really welcome and going back home.
Most military men and women know something about this.
I was truly glad to get back home from the war in Vietnam!
These Jews would be in captivity for 70 years and they did not know what they were going back to because their land had been destroyed but they had learned a very valuable lesson.
They had learned that there is no power in idols nor can anything good come from idol worship. They were going home to seek the Lord their God.
Cyrus and his army would defeat historical Babylon and just as Jeremiah had said by God Himself, Cyrus and Darius who followed him, would allow the Jews to go home.
These Jews would realize that only by the Mercy of God would they be freed from captivity and they would see the truth of the Scriptures in their own life time.
They would weep for their sins and for answered prayer.
The overthrow of Babylon would be the signal they would go home to the land they had left because of sin, just as Jeremiah had prophesied.
Isa 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Isa 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
Isa 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
They did say “show me the way to Zion”.
This has been a battle cry of the Jews ever since.
*****Jer 50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
Zion to these Jews meant Jerusalem. The Jews have always known that Jerusalem was the city that Jehovah God established as belonging to Him, not some false god and certainly not “Allah” whoever that name represents. The followers of the crescent moon.
God set these people free because they had repented of their sins and returned to worship Him.
God set these people free, so they could return to the Promised Land.
God set these people free, so they could recommit themselves to the everlasting covenant in which a commitment was made to obey all the Word of God.
Some say it was in these days that the Pharisees began to form, before they too became evil in their ways.
Others say this is the time that Judaism took hold of the children of Israel.
It would be the vengeance of the Lord on “Historical Babylon” that would cause these things to happen.
It will be the vengeance of the Lord on “Spiritual Babylon” that will remove this evil from God’s people in the near future!
Isa 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
They had been lost sheep who could not find their way home without the True Shepherd.
*****Jer 50:6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.
It had been their own government and false prophets that had caused these things to happen by commands, but also by example. They had gone from one idol to another until they were confused about the truth of God.
They had turned away from the mountain of God and had been led to barren and dangerous regions where they got lost!
Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
We had better understand that even when we have been led astray by false teachers or a corrupt government, we are still responsible for our own salvation.
We are to study the Word of God ourselves, so we will know the truth!
This Scripture proves that these Jews had gone from one idol to another and had offered sacrifices and had seen no results from these false gods. It also proves that they were seeking another God that simply did not exist because there is only One True God and His name is Jehovah!
In reality, nothing in Babylon could compare to the land of Judah when they were in the favor of the Lord!
In fact there is nothing on the face of this earth that will compare to the land of Israel when the Lord sits on the throne of David!
We should be able see this in our own lives. Our lives when we were out in sin cannot compare to our lives now in the will of God!
It would be like comparing a barren place to a fertile green valley.
Jesus said, you must be born again to see the Kingdom of God!
*****Jer 50:7 All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.
When our enemy realizes he cannot stop our salvation then he will try his best to ruin our testimony!
It was certainly the Lord who was punishing these Jews for leaving their first love, but the enemy “made matters worse” by inflicting their own means of punishment.
Even today in many places where the Jews reside, even in America, they are still exposed to the attacks of those who hate them.
Even some who say they are Jews go against the nation of Israel.
What a foolish nation we will become if allow our leaders to go against the nation of Israel!
That word race is used a lot here in America but not when the Christian is attacked and not when the Jews are attacked.
The fact remains that the Lord will deliver His people. He will fulfill all the promises made to the true Jews, but He will also fulfill every promise to the Church which is next on His agenda!
Dan 9:16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
Dan 9:17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
God would set these Jews free, so they could seek Him in their own homeland and repent of their sins.
God would set His people free to fulfill the everlasting covenant that been made to Abraham and King David.
These are some of the reasons God would make Babylon an everlasting desolation.
*****Jer 51:1 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;
Jer 51:2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.
As Christians who study the Scriptures, we can look back in history and see the fulfillment of all these things.
God did stir up the spirit of the destroyer against Babylon and its people.
We know that the wind is one of the most powerful natural sources upon this earth. The hurricanes, the tornadoes can devastate any region at any time.
We also know that God uses the human in most cases and He would stir up the spirit of the Persians to be that destroying wind.
The king of Babylon had taken the people from many nations and they would also rise up at the same time.
Again the Lord would prove to be the Redeemer of the children of Israel.
He will prove this again in the future! We know that the Jews are still a scattered people with almost as many in America as is in Israel.
What is the truth of the destruction of Babylon?
Under Nabonnadus, the last king, B.C. 538, Babylon was taken by Cyrus, after a siege of two years.
In the dead of the night. Having first, by means of its canals, turned the river into the great dry lake west of Babylon, and then marched through the emptied channel, he made his way to the outer walls of the fortified palace on its banks.
He found that the brazen gates had been left open by the royal guards while they were engaged in drunken parties, just like their king, not worried about any enemy breaching the walls of Babylon.
Babylon as an empire ceased to exist.
The walls that were not destroyed by Cyrus were later destroyed by Darius.
Later Xerxes the son of Darius, plundered and destroyed Babylon and left Babylon the wilderness that it is today a place uninhabitable
Why did these things happen?
*****Jer 51:5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
Jer 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.
God will never utterly forsake His people!
A great man of God wrote: “Even if Jesus Christ could create better believers than He has now, He would never consider doing such a thing”.
If that had been the case, then He would have solved the sin problem when He flooded this world.
There were 8 sinners of the bloodline of Adam that were saved in the ark simply because Noah had found “Grace” in the eyes of the Lord.
The Lord is seeking others He can show His “Grace” to, but this cannot happen unless we believe in and on Him!
To be our Savior the Lord had to first be our Redeemer!
Once we establish a personal relationship with the Lord, we are forever His children and we cannot be forsaken!
As Christians we foolishly do things sometimes that are not pleasing to the Lord, but He promises to not ever forsake us.
We must accept the consequences for the things that we do, but our Father in Heaven will always be our Father!
When God calls us to come out from this world, He certainly means it!
*****Jer 51:20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
Then comes Cyrus.
Isa 45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
Isa 45:2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
It is obvious that the Lord is about to use Cyrus just as He had used Nebuchadnezzar.
No matter what else they did, God had made it a priority for them to take great care of God’s people, these Jews.
God called Cyrus and his army to capture all the other nations that provided their resources to Babylon.
We continue time after time to see that God will use some human to carry out His vengeance.
In the end it will be the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember Jesus ascended in His glorified body and not as some spirit.
We can also see that this prophecy extends on into the future.
We know that the 70 years were up, but this is no proof that these Jews had been forgiven but we do know that once they returned to Israel, they no longer worshipped idols.
I believe that these things refer to the coming of the Lord.
We should also remember that Babylon had destroyed the Temple of Solomon and the city of Jerusalem.
These Jews are still in reserve throughout our days so far and there’s coming the day that they will be saved.
There is still only one way for these Jews to be saved and this is by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
They must accept the one that they have rejected all these years and they must do this as a nation.
Pardon means all the sins of the Jews have been forgotten.
When we are thinking right, we can see this prophecy extends to the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to cleanse this world of sin.
Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Dan 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
With Rome being the kingdom of iron, Jesus Christ was born in the reign of Augustus Caesar. The Kingdom of God cannot be destroyed!
The foundation of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will be built on a new spiritual and heavenly power that comes into this world for a time when the Lord returns to cause the end of the age of the Gentiles which really began with Adam and Eve.
As we go through these Scriptures let’s just think of the return of Christ to set up His Kingdom for 1000 years.
*****Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
Jer 51:22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;
Jer 51:23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.
Jer 51:24 And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.
Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Rev 18:21 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.
Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
It’s debatable if the Saints of God will actually see the destruction of the Babylon of Sin but we can be sure it will take place when the Lord returns.
The Lord will speak with the Sword of His mouth and destruction will follow.
Psa 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Psa 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Cyrus did indeed conquer Babylon of old and the city was soon destroyed and has never been rebuilt in the location it once stood.
Jer 51:25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
Jer 51:26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.
No empire in the future will ever have Babylon as it’s center!
It will be the “Spirit of Babylon that will be destroyed when the Lord returns, and Israel will be restored and Jerusalem the capitol city of this world!