Proud Babylon Will Fall

5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, “It … More

Fear

Even though Israel and Judah had been held by their captures who refused to let them go (v.33) the Lord vowed to defend their cause. He said that He would give them rest in their own land while giving unrest to Babylon (v.34). This threat of unrest is pictured as a sword going through the land and cutting down the people. This sword of judgment was to be directed against the leaders, wise men, false prophets and the warriors (vv. 35-36). It was also to be used against the horses, chariots and foreigners serving in Babylon’s ranks (v. 37). It would even effect her treasures and her waters would dry up (v. 38). Her desolation was to be so complete that it would be like Sodom and Gomorrah where nothing was left.

Babylon will become a haven for animals and birds, and the city will never be restored. (vv. 39-40). We know from history that this prediction has not yet been fulfilled as Babylon has continued to be inhabited. This prophecy about Babylon’s complete ruin will be fulfilled during the tribulation period. God told Babylon to look at the army which would come from the North (v.41). He said they are powerful and ready for war. They will have bows and arrows and swords in their hands. They will be cruel and without mercy and sound like the noise of a roaring sea (v. 42).

The rest of the world will tremble at His judgment of Babylon. The king has heard about this army and become weak with fear (v. 43).  Babylon will be attacked like a lion and the land will become empty (v. 44). The Lord asked the people of Babylon to listen to the plans He has for them. The children will be dragged off, the country destroyed and the earth will shake (vv. 45-46). 

Application

No earthly power, no matter how strong it may be can last for ever. Any time I put my trust in men I will be disappointed. My trust must be in the Lord and not just something I talk about.

Jeremiah 50:33-46 (English Standard Version)


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