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Sunday, August 7 2011

The Babylon Exodus And Exile

Abraham was born in the area that became known as Babylon (a Hebrew word that means confusion). Abraham's family there were idol worshippers.

"24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood [note: the actual Hebrew word in that verse means river; the RSV correctly translates it as "Your fathers lived of old beyond the Euphrates"] in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. 24:3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood [i.e. "river"], and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac." (Joshua 24:2-3 KJV)

The Babylonian Empire Abraham obediently responded to the call of the LORD and came out of Babylon, geographically, but also as a matter of how he lived his life thereafter. Abraham was declared righteous by the LORD because Abraham obeyed the commands of the LORD. As such, Abraham became not only a key ancestor of the Israelites (while not being an Israelite himself - see Abraham Wasn't A Jew), but a key ancestor of all people who truly repent of the heathen world and follow Christ, as Abraham himself followed Christ (e.g. see The LORD And The Two Angels).

"3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham." (Galatians 3:6-7 KJV)

"3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:26-29 KJV)

Babylon itself became an expression of not only a place, but a state of unrepentant mind. It has existed right from before the time of Abraham to the present day - and will not end until Jesus Christ returns (see the Fact Finder question below).

"18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, 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.

18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Revelation 18:2-5 KJV)

"They mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people"

When one understands the Biblical reality, as explained by the verses themselves quoted above, it becomes obvious why Israel (see The Northern Kingdom) and Judah (see The Southern Kingdom), after they became corrupt, were sent back to geographic Babylon where their ancestor Abraham had been called out - as a state of mind, the Israelites of that time had already returned there. They were therefore exiled back to the heathen place where Abraham began his exodus to the promised land (see also Milk and Honey).

First, the northern kingdom of Israel (see The Galilee Captivity) was taken into exile in Babylon by the Assyrians by 721 BC.

Back To Babylon

"17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria [see Baal's Samaria], and besieged it three years. 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 17:12 For they served idols [see The Return Of The Golden Calves], whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. 17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.

17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. 17:19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. 17:20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight." (2 Kings 17:5-20 KJV)

Then, over a century later, the southern kingdom of Judah ("Jew" is an abbreviation of Judah) was taken into exile in Babylon, by the Babylonians, by 586 BC.

"36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers [see The Prophets: North and South], rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire [see Jerusalem In Flames], and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

36:20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: 36:21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years." (2 Chronicles 36:15-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where is "Babylon" today?
See What And Where Is Babylon Today? and The Righteous Woman's Victory Over The Great Whore

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This Day In History, August 7

322 BC: The Battle of Crannon between the forces of Athens and Macedon.

936: Otto I became king of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1409: The Council of Pisa ended. Convened to end the Great Schism (1378-1417) caused by two rival popes, the Council solved the problem by electing a third pope, Alexander V, to reign at the same times as the other two (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1560: Ratification of the Scots Confession by the Scottish Parliament marked the triumph of the Reformation in Scotland, under the leadership of John Knox. In 1647, the Scots Confession was superseded by the Westminster Confession.

1858: Ottawa was chosen as the new capital of Canada. The other choice, Kingston, also in Ontario, was regarded as too vulnerable to U.S. attack due to its position on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), Persia (known today as Iran) formed an alliance with Britain and Russia.

1927: The Peace Bridge between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, was officially dedicated.

1973: During the War in Vietnam, a stray U.S. warplane bombed a village across the border in Cambodia, killing 400 civilians.

1974: French aerialist Philippe Petit completed a tightrope walk between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.

1987: Marathon-swimmer Vicki Keith, a swimming instructor from Kingston, Ontario, completed the first double-crossing of Lake Ontario. Keith, 26, estimated that she lost 40 pounds during the 56-hour swim, which included battling waves up to 3 meters high.

1998: 200 people were killed and 5,000 injured in 2 separate terrorist bomb attacks with minutes of each other on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.


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