The city of Babylon from the beginning was a rebellious city, for it was founded by Nimrod; his name meant, “A rebel against God.” Despite the city’s rebellious history, God used the Babylonians to punish Israel for their disobedience. However, the Babylonians went too far and God brought the empire to an end (Cf. Daniel 5).
Babylon was destroyed, but if you read ahead to the Book of Revelation you find that, “Babylon” is still with us, (Cf. 17:5, 7; 18:2, 10). Babylon is the satanic system of the end times that will seduce the world’s people to live for pleasure and entice them to reject God. One doesn’t have to look too hard, at our various forms of media, to conclude that Babylon’s rebellion is still with us.
What lesson can we learn from Babylon of the past and Babylon of the future? We can say, “Straight ahead of us lies yesterday.” If we refuse to learn from the reasons God destroyed Babylon centuries ago, then we will welcome the Babylon of Revelation with open arms. What excuses will we have when God destroys the rebellious Babylon we live in, and for today?
“Its Déjà vu all over again,”