Translations: Chinese GB Big5

The Burden Against Babylon

Isaiah 13:9  See, the day of the LORD is coming
óa cruel day, with wrath and fierce angeró
to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.

13:11  I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.

13:20  She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations;
no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there.

Today Islamic terrorists view themselves as God's right hand bringing judgment against sinners, much as God used Babylon against Israel for discipline. But even in the case of Babylon though God has used them, God brought a judgment against them even worst than what they inflicted upon Israel. For they were evil, ruthless and proud. Also let not the rich and successful put faith in their prosperity or in themselves. For God humbles the proud. And let not those who get away with sin presume they will escape God's judgment.
"Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that Godís kindness leads you toward repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of Godís wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed." Rom 2:4,5

The fate of Babylon was desolation. They had great plans for themselves to build a name for themselves. They built a great city and hoped to dominate civilization. But as is the experience of many of the proud throughout history they came to nothing. Ever since no one has lived in Babylon. From dust it came and to dust it returned. So what are your ambitions in life?

The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources Jul 29,2015