An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 277 of 304
'When thou hast made an end
'And a mighty angel took up a
of reading this book, that thou
stone like a great millstone, and
shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it
cast it into the sea, saying, Thus
into the midst of Euphrates:and thou
with violence shall that great city
shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink,
Babylon be thrown down, and shall
and shall not rise from the evil that
be found no more at all' (18:21).
I will bring upon her: and they shall
be weary' (63,64).
These references should cause the reader to pause before committing
himself to the idea that 'Rome' is the 'Babylon' of the book of Revelation.
We say no more here, but take up the question of Babylon and its place in
Prophecy in a separate study (see p. 63).  More time and space can then be
devoted to this most important key to the unlocking of Prophetic Truth.
Two cities dominate the prophetic teaching of Scripture, Babel,
afterward called Babylon, built by Nimrod, the rebel, and Salem, afterward
called Jerusalem, served by Melchizedek, Priest of the Most High God.  As in
so many other cases (i.e. Esau before Jacob, Saul before David, Antichrist
before Christ) Satan's city is mentioned before the city of God.  The first
reference to Jerusalem is found in Genesis 14:18, where it is called Salem.
'Salem.  Called, on the bricks of the ruins of an ancient city in S. of
Palestine, Uru -salim = the city of Salim.  The Tablets show that
Palestine was at this time in possession of Egypt, and the Tablets are
letters to the Pharaohs Amenophis III and IV.  One is from Ebed -Tob,
the successor of Melchizedek.  Three times he says "not my father, not
my mother installed me in this place but the Mighty King" (cf. Heb. 7:1
-4), i.e. he did not inherit by succession, but by the gift and "the
arm of the Mighty King (the deity)"' -- The Companion Bible.
Salem is the name given to Jerusalem in Psalm
76:2, and Josephus (Ant. 1.10.2) says, when speaking of Genesis 14: 'they
afterward called Salem, Jerusalem'.  Melchizedek was the King -Priest of
Salem (Gen. 14), his name meaning 'King of righteousness', Adoni -zedek was
the King of Jerusalem (Josh. 10:1), his name means 'Lord of Righteousness'.
Adoni -zedek was an Amorite (Josh. 10:5), the city of God having fallen to
the evil one in Joshua's day.  When Abraham was called to make the supreme
sacrifice on one of the mountains of Moriah (Gen. 22:2), he was led to the
same place that was chosen afterward by Solomon as the site of the temple at
Jerusalem (2 Chron. 3:1).  These early references to Jerusalem associate the
city with the King -Priest and with sacrifice, and in both passages Abraham
is blessed.  By the time Joshua entered the land, Jerusalem had become one of
the cities of the Amorites (Josh. 10:1,5), and the battle and miracle that
accompanied the taking of Jerusalem and execution of Adoni -zedek, set forth
in symbol the final deliverance of Jerusalem in the day of the Lord.  While
this prophecy is sure, it yet awaits fulfilment, but Jerusalem was not then
entirely freed from the Canaanite, for we read 'The Jebusites dwell with the
children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day' (Josh. 15:63).