More On Babylon And America

Q. The United states is not mentioned in the bible by name. One verse has really caught my attention. I don’t know where this verse is in the bible but I do know it says. It says, the great Babylon has fallen, has fallen. Now I know when it is repeated twice that means it will happen twice. However the first Babylon has fallen and wont get back up. Could it be (by the way it is described in the bible) that America could possibly be the great Babylon?

A. The verses you’re referring to are Rev. 14:8 and Rev. 18:2. But even if by repeating the phrase “is fallen” the angel meant Babylon would fall twice that doesn’t mean the original Babylon can’t also be in view there. Jeremiah was obviously speaking of the original Babylon in Jeremiah 50-51, calling it “Babylon and the land of the Babylonians” several times in the two chapters. Even the reference to “Leb Kamai” in Jere. 51:1 is a cryptogram for Chaldea, another name for Babylonia.

God had Jeremiah say that Babylon would be overthrown like Sodom and Gomorrah so that no one would live there (Jere. 50:40). This did not happen. Cyrus the Persian conquered Babylon without a battle and it continued to be inhabited. 200 years later when Alexander the Great conquered the Persians he made Babylon his home and died there, and throughout history the city has always been inhabited.

In my opinion, there is no Biblical justification for attributing the destruction of Babylon called for in Rev. 18 to any other city but the original Babylon.

By the way, if you’re looking for a reference to America in end times prophecy, the only one I’ve found is in Jeremiah 30:11. (The context of Jeremiah 30:4-11 is the Great Tribulation, known as the time of Jacob’s trouble in the Old Testament.) Speaking to Israel God said, “I am with you and will save you,” declares the Lord. “Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you.” America is one of the nations among which God scattered His people Israel.

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