Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 6, 2013

Babylon sleeps

Jeremiah 51 details the destruction of Babylon.  As usual in the bible, Babylon is a double.  There was literal Babylon of the 700 BC era, and mystic Babylon of our era.  Both will be destroyed:

“They shall roar together like lions;
    they shall growl like lions’ whelps.
While they are inflamed I will prepare them a feast
    and make them drunk, till they swoon away
and sleep a perpetual sleep
    and not wake, says the Lord.”   Jeremiah 51:38-39

“I will make drunk her princes and her wise men,
    her governors, her commanders, and her warriors;
they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake,
    says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.”   Jeremiah 51:57

Twice perpetual sleep is mentioned.  That is second death.  Notice the connection to Revelation 18:

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul and hateful bird; For all nations have drunk the wine of her impure passion, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich with the wealth of her wantonness.”

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her as she herself has rendered, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double draught for her in the cup she mixed. As she glorified herself and played the wanton, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning. Since in her heart she says, ‘A queen I sit, I am no widow, mourning I shall never see,’so shall her plagues come in a single day, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she shall be burned with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.”   Revelation 18:2-8

Notice the ‘double’. 

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