The following is inspired by the Teaching on Israel’s 70th Birthday/Independence Day Celebrations: Spiritual Significance.
YAH keeps talking about BABYLON throughout the HOLY SCRIPTURES. YAH expresses how much HE hates BABYLON.
What exactly is Babylon?
Why does YAH hate it with complete hatred?
It is BABYLON that caused the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL to constantly sin against YAH!
How did BABYBLON come about?
Is it still here today?
Note that YAHUVEH ELOHIM Almighty’s desire after accepting HIS SALVATION is to take you out of Babylon spiritually with a physical manifestation!
As per Revelation 18, Babylon will be totally destroyed! Note that throughout the Holy Scriptures there were negative connotations to the mention of Babylon. Babylon was always portrayed as a place of bondage as well as a place that enslaves those who truly love YAHUVEH ELOHIM!
Babylon always had and still several gods that it looks up to. Jezebel and Balaam as well as many others promoted Babylon. The reason as to why Isaac and Rebecca did not allow Jacob/Israel to marry from Canaan was because the were women were raised in Babylonian practices. They had no love for or desire for the only Almighty GOD of the Heavens and Earth – YAHUVEH ELOHIM! This is revealed in the Book of Jasher.
Let’s start at the very beginning.
How did Babylon come about?
The answer can only be found in the HOLY SCRIPTURES, firstly The Book of Genesis.
Genesis 11 Names of God Bible (NOG)
The Tower of Babel
11 The whole world had one language with a common vocabulary. 2 As people moved toward the east,[a] they found a plain in Shinar [Babylonia] and settled there.
3 They said to one another, “Let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used bricks as stones and tar[b] as mortar.
4 Then they said, “Let’s build a city for ourselves and a tower with its top in the sky. Let’s make a name for ourselves so that we won’t become scattered all over the face of the earth.”
5 Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower that the descendants of Adam were building. 6 Yahweh said, “They are one people with one language. This is only the beginning of what they will do! Now nothing they plan to do will be too difficult for them. 7 Let us go down there and mix up their language so that they won’t understand each other.”
8 So Yahweh scattered them all over the face of the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 This is why it was named Babel, because there Yahweh turned the language of the whole earth into babble. From that place Yahweh scattered them all over the face of the earth.
This was written in Chapter 11 of the Book of Genesis thereby signifying disorder!
From the above SCRIPTURES, we have over the years understood that there was something called THE TOWER OF BABEL. From that, we got Babylon!
Meaning of (as per the Hebrew language):
- BABEL = capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Hebrew Babhel (Gen. xi), from Akkadian bab-ilu “Gate of God” (from bab “gate” + ilu “god”). The nameis a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning “confused medley of sounds” (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.
The Tower of Babel represents the pride of mankind wanting to reach the heavens and be their own gods. It represents the unification of all people in error. Because of their pride, which is a sin, the same sin that caused Lucifer to rebel, God divided them by making them speak different languages.
Definition of The Tower of Babel: an ancient city in the land of Shinar in which the building of a tower (Tower of Babel) intended to reach heaven was begun and the confusion of the language of the people took place. Gen. 11:4–9. 2. (usually lowercase) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.
- BABYLON = Babylon is the most famous city from ancient Mesopotamia whose ruins lie in modern-day Iraq 59 miles (94 kilometres) southwest of Baghdad. The name is thought to derive from bav-il or bav-ilim which, in the Akkadian language of the time, meant ‘Gate of God’ or `Gate of the Gods’ and `Babylon‘ coming from Greek.
Babylon started off small but expanded as time went on. It is now all over the world, in every religion, in places of worship, etc.
Just like the engineer of Babylon had his head cut off, the present day leader and promoter of Babylon will have the same fate.
What did Prophet Jeremiah have to say regarding Babylon from the Throne of YAHUVEH ELOHIM?
Jeremiah 25:1-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
Seventy Years of Desolation
25 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), 2 which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: 3 “From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, this is the twenty-third year in which the word of the Lord has come to me; and I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, but you have not listened. 4 And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear. 5 They said, ‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. 6 Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ 7 Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the Lord, “that you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
8 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words, 9 behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says the Lord, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations. 10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12 ‘Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the Lord; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation. 13 So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations. 14 (For many nations and great kings shall be served by them also; and I will repay them according to their deeds and according to the works of their own hands.)’”
What is Babylon?
Babylon is no longer confined to one particular country, state or nation. It’s a cluster of nations with its headquarters sitting in Rome in Italy (where the ‘Book of Revelation Mother Babylon’ is), U.S.A and Saudi Arabia. In Africa, i think Babylon headquarters are in Nigeria.
In the ancient days, Babylon was started by Nimrod (mentioned in Book of Genesis) and located in Asia. So the headquarters were Iraq. That was where Abraham had been raised and YAHUVEH GOD told him to leave and go to a land HE would show him….
Babylon is mixing YAHUVEH GOD with other gods through worship!
Babylon includes breaking the first and second commandments as per Deuteronomy 6:6-9, hence idolatry! That’s what Prophet Elijah and Prophet Elisha amongst others were fighting against as recorded in the Books of 1 & 2 Kings, etc….and so on and so forth….
- ‘ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT (joining all religions to form one religion),’
- ‘NEW WORLD ORDER,’
- One World Government,
- One World Religion (Chrislam),
- One World Language (through technology), One World Currency,
- One World Leader (a.k.a Anti-Christ),
- Mark of the Beast, etc
…………..are all Babylon as they seek to recreate the ‘TOWER OF BABEL’ mentioned in the Book of Genesis!
Babylon is also any place of worship which observes things which are abominable before YAHUVEH ELOHIM Almighty.
The following are also are Babylon:
- Christmas/Christmas Observation
- Easter/Easter Observation (including Shrove Tuesday/Madi Gras; Ash Wednesday; Lent; Maundy/Moundy Thursday; Good Friday; Holy Saturday)
- Halloween/Halloween Observation
- other Pagan holidays and practises, for example January New Year’s Day evil practices
- Sunday worship (this implies: regarding Sunday as the only true sabbath of YAH and taking out out to rest weekly plus go to church or synagogue or home fellowship)
Look at the shape and design of the EU Parliament. Notice something interesting?
You can only avoid Babylon in your heart, mind and actions as it is a spiritual entity which is manifesting physically in various ways.!!!
Sodom and Gomorrah is Babylon too.
Practising of homosexuality and lesbianism as well as other abominable practises (like paedophilia, human sacrifice, etc) before YAHUVEH GOD is Babylon!
The Mark of the Beast will confirm physically who truly belongs to Babylon and separate or differentiate between those who truly belong to YAHUVEH GOD thereby having ABBA YAHUVEH ELOHIM’S Seal of Protection from those who belong to Satan for ETERNITY !!!
GET OUT OF BABYLON AS FAST AS YOU SO YOU CAN AVOID THE PLAGUES TO COME UPON HER (Revelation 18; Jeremiah 54)!
Do not allow anyone to hold you back!
Ezekiel 8:1-18 Names of God Bible (NOG)
Idolatry in Jerusalem
8 On the fifth day of the sixth month in the sixth year, I was sitting in my home. Judah’s leaders were sitting in front of me. The power of Adonay Yahweh came over me. 2 As I looked, I saw something that looked like a human. From the waist down its body looked like fire, and from the waist up its body looked like glowing metal. 3 It stretched out what looked like a hand and grabbed me by the hair on my head. In these visions from Elohim, the Ruach carried me between heaven and earth. He took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance to the north gate of the inner courtyard of the temple. That was where an idol that stirs up God’s anger was located. 4 There I saw the glory of Israel’s Elohim as I did in the vision that I saw in the valley.
5 Elohim said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked toward the north, and there in the entrance to the north gate beside the altar, I saw the idol that stirs up God’s anger.
6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see what the people of Israel are doing? The people of Israel are doing very disgusting things here, things that will force me to go far away from my holy place. But you will see even more disgusting things.”
7 Then he took me to the entrance of the courtyard. As I looked, I saw a hole in the wall. 8 He said to me, “Son of man, dig through the wall.” So I dug through the wall, and I saw a door.
9 He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked, disgusting things that the people of Israel are doing here.” 10 So I went in and looked. I saw that the walls were covered with drawings of every kind of crawling creature, every kind of disgusting animal, and all the idols in the nation of Israel. 11 In front of these drawings stood 70 of Israel’s leaders. Jaazaniah, son of Shaphan, was standing with the leaders. Each of them was holding an incense burner in his hand, and a cloud of incense went up.
12 Elohim asked me, “Son of man, do you see what the leaders of the nation of Israel are doing in secret? Each of them is in the room where his god is, and each one of them is thinking, ‘Yahweh doesn’t see me. Yahweh has abandoned this land.’”
13 Then he said to me, “You will see even more disgusting things that they are doing.”
14 He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of Yahweh’s temple. Women were sitting there and crying for the god Tammuz. 15 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this? You will see even more disgusting things than these.”
16 Then he brought me into the inner courtyard of Yahweh’s temple. There at the entrance to Yahweh’s temple, between the entrance and the altar, were about 25 men who had their backs turned to Yahweh’stemple. They were facing east and worshiping the rising sun. 17 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this? Isn’t it bad enough that the people of Judah have done these disgusting things that you have seen here? Yet, they also fill the land with violence and continue to provoke me even more. Look how they insult me in the worst possible way.[a] 18 So I will take action because I’m angry, and I won’t have compassion for them or feel sorry for them. Even if they shout in my ears, I won’t listen to them.”
I found the following article to be very useful so I am including it in this teaching:
8And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
Nimrod – The founder of Babylon and Assyria. Two nations that would really cause trouble later on for Israel. Nimrod’s name means “rebel” and he was a prototype of the ultimate rebel – the Anti-Christ, who some believe will be based out of the revised Roman Empire or the European Union.
The Anti-Christ will seek to create a one-world government and usher in a one-world religion. Many believe that Nimrod began this religion.
The Anti-Christ will be a charismatic leader. He will be very, very persuasive and he will become mighty, or powerful. Nimrod amazed and confounded people.
9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
Some believe that this should say – “A mighty hunter against the Lord” or “in the face of the Lord” as in rebelliousness or mocking
Meaning that Nimrod hunted more than animals, he hunted the souls of man. Nimrod became a leader in apostasy, developer of a great religious system later to become known as the Babylonian religious system or the “mystery Babylon”.
Notes from the church fathers:
Fallen angels taught men the use of magical incantations that would force demons to obey man. After the flood Ham the son of Noah unhappily discovered this and taught it to his sons. This became ingrained into the Egyptians, Persians, and Babylonians. Ham died shortly after the fall of the Tower of Babel. Nimrod, called Ninus by the Greeks, was handed this knowledge and by it caused men to go away from the worship of god and go into diverse and erratic superstitions and began to be governed by the signs in the stars and motions of the planets.
Taken from Recognitions of Clement 4.26-29.
Here is some information from the book “The Two Babylons”
‘The Two Babylon’s, was written by the late Reverend Alexander Hislop in pamphlet form inEdinburgh in 1853, greatly expanded 5 years later and has since appeared in many editions in both Great Britain and the United States. This book is considered by many Christians to be a classic in apologetics.’
‘See how a religion that was started by Nimrod and his wife spread to various regions, taking on different names, but keeping the same pagan rituals and trappings. These same rituals embody the Catholic church of today.’
Many have taught that Semiramus was the wife of Nimrod and Tammuz was said to be their son, as was chronicled in the Two (2) Babylon’s by Alexander Hislop.
Hislop identified Nimrod with the Mesopotamian ruler Ninus. Based on this supposed connection, and on selected readings of the older legends, he created a new image of Nimrod as a central part of his theory that the Roman Catholic Church grew from Babylonian paganism. A summary of his ideas follows:
According to ancient Egyptian and Babylonian traditions, his mother was Semiramis; sometimes Semiramis is referred to as the mother of Nimrod, and sometimes as his wife, leading to the belief that Nimrod married his mother. Also according to these traditions, Semiramis, who rose to greatness because of her son, was presented with a difficulty when her son died, so instead she pronounced him to be a god, so that she herself would become a goddess.
One story says that after Nimrod was killed, Semiramis claimed that an evergreen tree sprouted from a tree stump, which she said indicated the entry of new life into the deceased Nimrod; every year on the anniversary of Nimrod’s birth (December 25) they would leave gifts at this evergreen tree. This is presented by some as a possible explanation the origin of the Christmas tree.
Even though Semiramis claimed to be a virgin she had another son, named Tammuz, who she said was the reincarnation of Nimrod. She became known as the “Virgin Mother”, “Holy Mother” and the “Queen of Heaven” and was symbolized by the Moon. So began the worship of Semiramis and the child-god, and the whole paraphernalia of the Babylonian religious system.
After the decline of Babylon, the religion was transported to Egypt where the people worshipped Isis and her son Osiris (otherwise known as Horus). The same mother and child deities appeared in Pagan Rome as Fortuna and Jupiter, and in Greece as Ceres, the Great Mother, with the babe at her breast, or as Irene, the goddess of Peace, with the boy Plutus in her arms.
- Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers !
(Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1 Chapter 4, Josephus)
1 And Nimrod son of Cush was still in the land of Shinar, and he reigned over it and dwelt there, and he built cities in the land of Shinar.
2 And these are the names of the four cities which he built, and he called their names after the occurrences that happened to them in the building of the tower.
3 And he called the first Babel, saying, Because the Lord there confounded the language of the whole earth; and the name of the second he called Erech, because from there God dispersed them.
4 And the third he called Eched, saying there was a great battle at that place; and the fourth he called Calnah, because his princes and mighty men were consumed there, and they vexed the Lord, they rebelled and transgressed against him.
5 And when Nimrod had built these cities in the land of Shinar, he placed in them the remainder of his people, his princes and his mighty men that were left in his kingdom.
6 And Nimrod dwelt in Babel, and he there renewed his reign over the rest of his subjects, and he reigned securely, and the subjects and princes of Nimrod called his name Amraphel, saying that at the tower his princes and men fell through his means.
7 And notwithstanding this, Nimrod did not return to the Lord, and he continued in wickedness and teaching wickedness to the sons of men; and Mardon, his son, was worse than his father, and continued to add to the abominations of his father.
8 And he caused the sons of men to sin, therefore it is said, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness
(Book of Jasher)
The first among the leaders of the corrupt men was Nimrod. His father Cush had married his mother at an advanced age, and Nimrod, the offspring of this belated union, was particularly dear to him as the son of his old age. He gave him the clothes made of skins with which God had furnished Adam and Eve at the time of their leaving Paradise. Cush himself had gained possession of them through Ham. From Adam and Eve they had descended to Enoch, and from him to Methuselah, and to Noah, and the last had taken them with him into the ark. When the inmates of the ark were about to leave their refuge, Ham stole the garments and kept them concealed, finally passing them on to his first-born son Cush. Cush in turn hid them for many years. When his son Nimrod reached his twentieth year, he gave them to him. These garments had a wonderful property. He who wore them was both invincible and irresistible. The beasts and birds of the woods fell down before Nimrod as soon as they caught sight of him arrayed in them, and he was equally victorious in his combats with men. The source of his unconquerable strength was not known to them. They attributed it to his personal prowess, and therefore they appointed him king over themselves. This was done after a conflict between the descendants of Cush and the descendants of Japheth, from which Nimrod emerged triumphant, having routed the enemy utterly with the assistance of a handful of warriors. He chose Shinar as his capital. Thence he extended his dominion farther and farther, until he rose by cunning and force to be the sole ruler of the whole world. the first mortal to hold universal sway, as the ninth ruler to possess the same power will be the Messiah.
His impiousness kept pace with his growing power. Since the flood there had been no such sinner as Nimrod. He fashioned idols of wood and stone, and paid worship to them. But not satisfied to lead a godless life himself, he did all he could to tempt his subjects into evil ways, wherein he was aided and abetted by his son Mardon. This son of his outstripped his father in iniquity. It was their time and their life that gave rise to the proverb, “Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness.”
The great success that attended all of Nimrod’s undertakings produced a sinister effect. Men no longer trusted in God, but rather in their own prowess and ability, an attitude to which Nimrod tried to convert the whole world. Therefore people said, “Since the creation of the world there has been none like Nimrod, a mighty hunter of men and beasts, and a sinner before God.”
And not all this sufficed unto Nimrod’s evil desire. Not enough that he turned men away from God, he did all he could to make them pay Divine honors unto himself. He set himself up as a god, and made a seat for himself in imitation of the seat of God. It was a tower built out of a round rock, and on it he placed a throne of cedar wood, upon which arose, one above the other, four thrones, of iron, copper, silver, and gold. Crowning all, upon the golden throne, lay a precious stone, round in shape and gigantic in size. This served him as a seat, and as he sate upon it, all nations came and paid him Divine homage.
(The Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg, 1909)
Nimrod was said to be Ninus and later Baal?
Some writers claim that Nimrod was slain by Shem his great-uncle, because of his unrighteousness. Others say he was beheaded by Esau the son of Abraham.
10And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
Babel means “Gateway to God” but it will mean “Confusion” very quickly and we will see the birth of the Babylonian Empire.
Nimrod also founded the Assyrian Empire as well. Nineveh was its’ capitol.
Both Babylon and Assyria would cause great trouble for Israel later on.
Assyria carried away the 10 tribes of Israel into captivity in 722 B.C.
The Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem 130 years later in 586 B.C.