Jeremiah (Program #23) – A Supplement to the History of Captivity
After so many chapters in Jeremiah dealing with God’s judgment upon the sins of His people Israel, the prophet turns his attention to the judgment upon worldly nations and governments. The height of this judgment is centered on the one nation throughout history that has been the greatest evil and the greatest offense to God, Babylon. In chapter 51, Jeremiah uttered these prophetic words about what will befall this evil city. “And Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that would come on Babylon, even all these words that are written concerning Babylon. And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words; And say, O Jehovah, You have spoken concerning this place, to cut it off, so that nothing should dwell in it, neither man nor animal, for it will be an eternal desolation.“ But as severe as this judgment sounds, it was not the final judgment against this mighty city and what it represents. For at the end of the New Testament, the judgment of Babylon is once again a key factor in the events related to the end of this age. What is this city Babylon? What does it represent and why does it occupy such a prominent position in the history of mankind and all that stands and opposes God? We will consider the judgment of Babylon on today’s program.