Ancient Babylon บาบิโลนล่มแล้ว

Revelation 18:2 With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

Isaiah 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.

Wiki: An article published in April 2006 states that UN officials and Iraqi leaders have plans for restoring Babylon, making it into a cultural center.

As of May 2009, the provincial government of Babil has reopened the site to tourism.

Panoramic view over the reconstructed city of Babylon


Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

51:1-58 The particulars of this prophecy are dispersed and interwoven, and the same things left and returned to again. Babylon is abundant in treasures, yet neither her waters nor her wealth shall secure her. Destruction comes when they did not think of it. Wherever we are, in the greatest depths, at the greatest distances, we are to remember the Lord our God; and in the times of the greatest fears and hopes, it is most needful to remember the Lord. The feeling excited by Babylon’s fall is the same with the New Testament Babylon, Re 18:9,19. The ruin of all who support idolatry, infidelity, and superstition, is needful for the revival of true godliness; and the threatening prophecies of Scripture yield comfort in this view. The great seat of antichristian tyranny, idolatry, and superstition, the persecutor of true Christians, is as certainly doomed to destruction as ancient Babylon. Then will vast multitudes mourn for sin, and seek the Lord. Then will the lost sheep of the house of Israel be brought back to the fold of the good Shepherd, and stray no more. And the exact fulfilment of these ancient prophecies encourages us to faith in all the promises and prophecies of the sacred Scriptures.

Babylon remains unpopulated because there is simply no market to rebuild it?

  1. Anyone who has visited Las Vegas quickly realizes that rebuilding Babylon would be one of the most successful business ventures of all time! Not only would the endeavour prove popular because of Babylon’s “sex, drugs and rock and roll” image [the modern meaning of “Babylon” is made very clear by the subtitles of the books in Figure 4] but also for the (considerable) historical and cultural interest it would arouse. Here are just some of the reasons the reconstruction would be a massive success:

    1. The world’s most popular and lucrative industry is the sex industry (e.g. in 2001 the number one search term on the Web was “sex”) and since Babylon is a common metaphor for hedonism this would be the ideal location for all sexually oriented festivals – from the clandestine affair of the married businessman; to the excessive orgy of the sexually oriented religious cult, or just the wild parties of those seeking to be drunken and debauched. For all these Babylon lends itself as the ideal venue: this alone would make the venture a massive success.
    2. Babylon would undoubtedly constitute the number one venue for any rock band to perform – rock bands have been fascinated by the name “Babylon” for decades. Would any of today’s’ leading rock bands really prefer to play London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles or Rio de Janeiro rather than Babylon?
    3. Archaeologists, historians and Bible students would descend upon Babylon from all over the globe due to its vast and fascinating history – which includes a period as one of the world’s very few all-dominant Empires!
    4. The reconstruction of Babylon would categorically disprove the veracity of the Bible! This is as important, if not more so, than any of the above reasons. Have not anti-Christian or anti-Semitic fundamentalists – and atheists – sought every possible way to disprove the Bible for years – including drastic measures of killing themselves and others? Why not simply rebuild Babylon and erect in the city square a golden plaque 50 feet high bearing the words of scripture that are proven foolish by the city’s existence?

    Yet despite all of these compelling reasons, Babylon remains uninhabited.


    Babylon remains unpopulated because no-one has ever tried to rebuild it – as soon as someone important (i.e. rich and/or powerful) wants it rebuilt and repopulated? it’ll be done.

  2. Figure 4: Depiction of the ancient Ishtar Gate (above). Ishtar Gate reconstructed by Saddam Hussein 1987 (below).

    Yet someone very rich and very powerful has already attempted to rebuild the city! Saddam Hussein (1937-2006), one of history’s most powerful men, has tried and failed to rebuild Babylon (Figure 4).

    “In 1971, UNESCO announced that it would help Iraq completely restore the ancient city of Babylon. The reconstruction would be under the general supervision of Saddam Hussein. There was a four-lane highway between Baghdad and Babylon with brick factories along the way turning out bricks for this tremendous reconstruction project. On one end of the brick was the name Nebuchadnezzar, and on the other end was the name Saddam Hussein who, then and now, envisions himself as a modern Nebuchadnezzar to restore the glory that was once Babylon’s. In spite of the 10-year suicidal war with Iran which began in 1980, Hussein continued the restoration project. In 1987 the rebuilding of the temples, the palaces, and the gardens had proceeded to a point where a month’s Babylonian festival was set to declare to the world that Babylon had been restored to its former glory, and a new Nebuchadnezzar has been resurrected, or at least his spirit now lived in Saddam Hussein… Hussein appointed as marshal of the festival a musician by the name of Bashir, who invited famous musicians and personalities from around the world -the very best talent possible-to participate in the Grand Festival”

    Nevertheless hostilities arising between Iraq and the western world, sparked by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August of 1990, led to the Gulf War conflict. The United States led the Allied forces’ retaliation: Iraq subsequently surrendered in March 1991, and Saddam’s pet project to rebuild Babylon, along with more than 20,000 lives of his countrymen, was destroyed.

    And let’s be sure we realize that Saddam Hussein, the man who failed to repopulate Babylon, was indeed one of the richest and most powerful (although not the most moral) men the modern world has ever seen. As Robert Fisk, of The Independent newspaper explains,

    “Saddam thought he had permission to gobble up all of Kuwait. And so we went to war with the Hitler of the Euphrates. And so he lives on in his palaces and bunkers while his people die for lack of clean water and medicines under the UN sanctions that are supposed to harm Saddam. We still bomb him every day – our war with Saddam has lasted 10 years now – and slowly, the Arabs, dismayed by the bloodshed in the Palestine-Israel war, are warming once more to the man who never gave in. Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia – almost all of them America’s allies in 1991 – are now breaking the air embargo by flying into Baghdad. Saddam lives.”

    Yet this man, Saddam Hussein, who invaded another country at will, who stood up against the combined might and outrage of the Western world, not only surviving the Gulf War but maintaining dictatorial power of his nation for more than a decade afterwards until his eventual capture and execution in 2006 – this man could not repopulate a city within his own country: the city of Babylon. Why ever not? The Bible said all along that Babylon would remain uninhabited. And uninhabited it stays.

We are left with only one remaining possibility why Babylon remains unpopulated to this day: because the Bible is what it claims to be: the Inspired Word of God! Prophecy has indeed fulfilled its function, for now the emptiness of Babylon lends credibility to the remaining prophecies the Bible makes (Table 2). As we examine prophecies the Bible makes about God’s future plan for the earth the lessons of Israel and Babylon cause us to stop and consider more seriously the possibility that they too will come true.

Table 2: Current status of five Bible prophecies
Israel will be regathered
Babylon will remain deserted forever
Jesus Christ will return to the Earth
Jesus will rule God’s Kingdom
The faithful will be included



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