Q. Like so many, your web site continues to inform and bless me and my family. We are very excited about our Lord’s coming for his church. As I study the world’s events, one thing keeps bothering me. Is Babylon going to be rebuilt to the extent it appears to be in the Bible to accommodate the Lord’s return in the 2018 time frame? I am worried a city of that magnitude would take longer to develop. Would love your input on this subject. Thank you and God bless!!
A. There are two issues here. One is fact while the other is opinion. The fact is that according to the Bible, Babylon will be located on the plains of Shinar (Iraq) in the End Times (Zech. 5:11). The opinion is that the date of 2018 some of us have picked for the 2nd Coming is based on our best guess as to what the Bible says. It doesn’t make sense to question whether the Babylon prophecy is literal just because we don’t think it can be built in time. If something is wrong, it’s most likely the date. But as in all things prophetic, the Bible says to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding (Prov. 3:5).