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bowing down of Bel, and the stooping of Nebo, and so is linked with Jeremiah
50, where we read:
'Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her
idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces ... 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' (Jer. 50:2 -4).
Here not only Judah, but the so -called 'lost ten tribes' are included in
'Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of
the Chaldeans ... I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an
assembly of great nations from the north country ... and Chaldea shall
be a spoil'.
'Her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of the Lord' (Jer.
Nebuchadnezzar is spoken of in verse 17, but the prophecy of verse 20
awaits a future day.
'In Those days and In That Time' (see verse 4), 'The iniquity of Israel
shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they
shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve' (Jer. 50:20).
Cryptic names for Babylon are introduced, Merathaim (double rebellion), Pekod
(visitation, i.e. in judgment) (Jer. 50:21), looking forward to Mystery,
Babylon the great. When Babylon is overthrown as was Sodom and Gomorrah, the
Lord will once again have mercy upon Jacob, and shall yet choose Israel, and
set them in their own land. When this restoration takes place, the people
that take Israel back to their place 'Israel shall possess them in the land
of the Lord for servants and handmaids; and they shall take them captives,
whose captives they were: and they shall rule over their oppressors'. (This
has never yet been true of Israel) (Isa. 14:1 -3).
The title given to the king of Babylon, 'Lucifer, son of the morning',
together with his blasphemous claim 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt
my throne above the stars of God ... I will be like the Most High' (Isa.
14:12-14), links Babylon and Babylonianism with the Prince of Tyre, the
anointed yet fallen cherub of Ezekiel 28. Jerusalem is to be a cup of
trembling and a burdensome stone, in the day of the future siege of
Jerusalem, and at that same time, Israel shall look upon the Lord Whom they
pierced and shall go into national mourning for Him (Zech. 12:2 -10). At the
gathering of all nations against Jerusalem to battle 'His feet shall stand in
that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and
the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with Thee, and the Lord shall
be king over all the earth' (Zech. 14:1 -11). After the Lord has pleaded
with all flesh by fire and sword, He will send those that escape unto the
nations, who have not heard of His fame, and they shall declare His glory
among the Gentiles. These same Gentiles shall bring all Israel for an
offering unto the Lord, and Israel shall be as an offering in a clean vessel
in the house of the Lord (Isa. 66:15 -20). It is evident by this that there
could not have been on the earth, prior to these events, a period of
enlightenment and blessing, with Israel as the centre of blessing, as is set
forth in Isaiah 60. The conjunction of the overthrow of Babylon and the