Thus saith the LORD of hosts; ‘The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.’ Jeremiah 51:58
The Ishtar Gate, the main entrance to Babylon, was considered one of the wonders of the world. The walls and its gates were built about 575 BC, and the splendid city was the center of commerce and trade. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, which Daniel interpreted for him, that warned him against taking glory to himself and becoming proud.
One year later Nebuchadnezzar stood viewing the city he had created, and said “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” Daniel 4:30
In that same instant he became insane for seven years; the judgment Daniel had interpreted for him, came to pass. The great Kingdom lasted a further ten years after Nebuchadnezzar regained his sanity. He published a document which Daniel records in chapter four, and gave the glory to God. However God had decreed that his kingdom would last seventy years and then would be completely ruined.
“And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith Jehovah, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it desolate for ever” Jeremiah 25:12.
Nebuchadnezzar left his son Belshazzar to run the Kingdom, moved to Teima, changed his name to Nabonidus and attempted to bring about a Monotheistic culture in the nation. It did not work and at the exact date Babylon was taken, both Belshazzar and Nebuchadnezzar/Nabonidus were killed by the invaders. The sins of nations are met with God’s Judgment at the times appointed, but God still forgives and restores the person who truly makes right with God.
Pray with me:
Father God I pray for a personal relationship with you through the forgiveness Jesus gave by His death on the Cross for my past sins. Help me to live for you from now on. Amen.