The Berean Expositor
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seven thousand Arabs and Jews. The land which supports even this number of people
cannot be called "desolate, so that no man shall dwell therein" (Jer. 50: 3). If Hillah has
been built out of the stones that composed the greater buildings of Babylon, then the
words of Jer. 51: 26 have never yet been fulfilled: "They shall not take of thee a stone
for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but thou shalt be desolate for ever".
No useful purpose will be served by lengthening these evidences. We believe that the
testimony of Scripture is clear and unambiguous: that Babylon, in the land of the
Chaldeans, on the Euphrates, will be revived to accord with the description of Isa. 13:,
Jer. 50: & 51: and Rev. 17: & 18:: that in the day of the Lord, and accompanied by
signs in the heavenly bodies, Babylon will be suddenly destroyed and become like
Sodom and Gomorrah. Throughout the thousand-year reign of Christ, Babylon will
remain a witness to all the world, a prison house of every unclean spirit, a place shunned
and abhorred by all men. In direct contrast with this will be the glory of restored Israel
and the city of Jerusalem.
We look upon Rome and Romanism as one of many corrupt streams that flow from
Babylon, but do not believe that this most corrupt daughter can be called the mother of all
abominations of the earth. The issues are vaster and deeper than can be contained within
the history of the professing church, and we believe that the united testimony of Scripture
demands a future rebuilt Babylon followed by utter destruction at the coming of the Lord.
The Marriage of the Lamb (19:).
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"Alas! Alas!" cried the merchants of earth, "Hallelujah", cried heaven, when great
Babylon fell. The heavenly cry is made by
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Much people in heaven.
| Four and twenty elders.
| Four living ones.
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A great multitude.
The cry of "much people in heaven" is followed by the reference to the "great whore,
which did corrupt the earth". The cry of the "great multitude" is followed by the
reference to the wife of the Lamb. Babylon and Israel, the false and the true, start
together in Gen. 11:, 12:  For a time the false is in the ascendancy, but at the end
judgment is swift and without remedy and the true rises out of the dust.
The first ascription of praise in the Revelation arises from the redeemed company who
have been made a kingdom of priests. We have a parallel in Isaiah. First, in Isa. 53:
they look upon Him Whom they pierced and mourn for Him, then Isa. 54: opens with
the word "Sing". This time it is not as a kingdom of priests, but as a restored wife that
the nation is addressed: