“. . .Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods He hath broken unto the ground” (Isaiah 21:9b).
This most amazing of prophecies of Isaiah was given one hundred years before the rise of Babylon in 606 B.C.! The empire fell in 536 B.C. The significance, however, is more than natural concerning the Babylonian Empire. The significance of the prophecy is spiritual, and was amplified in the vision given to the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation. Isaiah’s prophecy is part of the “mysteries of the Kingdom of God” (Luke 8:10b) spoken of by Jesus [Kingdom Speak, 1/10/21].
What is Mystery Babylon? For the answer we must go back to Genesis and the first empire builder, Nimrod. The grandson of Ham, Nimrod lived during the 400 year period between the Flood and Abraham. Nimrod’s fame was as a “mighty hunter” (Genesis 10:9), and he was a great leader in the enterprise of the Tower of Babel. Babylonia has long been known as the “Land of Nimrod.”
The Nimrod spirit is a spirit of world conquest, empire building, world government. It is imperial in nature. It goes forth as a “mighty hunter” to conquer, to dominate, and colonize peoples, nations and lands. The Nimrod spirit hungers for power and its appetite is insatiable. It is evident in all generations for it is the offspring of the original one who sought it, the Great Dragon, the Old Serpent, Lucifer, Satan, the Evil One.
The Church was birthed during the Empire of Rome. The Caesars were considered gods, and ruled with an iron fist. Most of the known world was under its control. The Apostles had a Code word for Rome, “Babylon” (cf. 1 Peter 5:13).
Mystery Babylon is operating in our day and will continue to be revealed (remember the meaning of mystery–hidden to be revealed in time), until the culmination of all things when the mystery is fully unveiled and manifest in the Antichrist, the Man of Sin [Mystery of Iniquity, 1/13/21].
Mystery Babylon is the convergence of government, commerce, religion and media for world domination. They are of one mind (cf. Revelation 17:13). It is antithetical to the Kingdom of God; it is an antichrist spirit, as the Apostle John wrote in his Epistle, “Little children, it is the last time; and as you have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby, we know that it is the last time” (1 John 2:18).
In Revelation John writes concerning Mystery Babylon, “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. Upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. . .” (Revelation 17:3b-6a).
In the Scriptures, see the prophets Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah; and the Apostles Paul, Peter and John, there are symbols relating to Mystery Babylon. Governments are Beasts, Satan is the Dragon, and the Media are the False Prophets. The Dragon gives his power to the Beast and the False Prophets are the mouthpiece of the Mystery Babylon Empire (cf. Revelation 13:2,4,11,13).
Mystery Babylon is always at war with the saints because they serve Another. In the antichrist system this is not acceptable and must be destroyed. However, it was revealed to John the Apostle, “these shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for He is LORD of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with Him are called, and chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).
Then John heard the voice of a mighty angel who cried with a loud voice, “Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). This proclamation of the angel shows the prophecy of Isaiah had the deeper meaning to the spiritual, hidden, Mystery Babylon that was at work in the earth.
John then heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues; for her sins have reached into heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4-5).
“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and honor and power be unto the LORD our God. For true and righteous are His judgments, for He has judged the great whore which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand” (Revelation 19:1-2).
Rejoice, saints of God, victory is assured! “. . .Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods He hath broken unto the ground” (Isaiah 21:9b).