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one of the pleasure-mad, arrogant, anti-God cultures that put pleasure ahead of all else. Babylon of old was described as of the "lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," (1 John 2:16). In Revelation 18 John writes, "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues." Here John is talking about Babylon (see verse 2). Christians are to live in the world, but they are not to be of the world. Paul writes in 2 Cor. 6:17, "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "and do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you." Babylon is the world, the seduction of the world, at any

moment of history, which would draw away a Christian from God. In John’s day Babylon would have been represented by the Roman Empire. Today, it would be represented by all cultures that seek to seduce the Christian away from God. The futuristic view of the fall of Babylon It is the desire of the futuristic interpretation that in context, the fall of Babylon is directly related to an eschatological setting. Certain passages relate the fall of Babylon to the Day of the Lord. Babylon’s fall and the Day of the Lord. The futuristic interpreters insist that Isaiah 13:6, 9, 13 definitely establishes the setting for the fall of Babylon as the Day of the Lord. To these interpreters the Day of the Lord is always an eschatological event. Since in Isaiah 13:2-16 the terminology "Day

of the Lord" appears these verses must have a future fulfillment. But if these verses have a future fulfillment then it would seem to be impossible to interpret verses 17 through 20, which describe the overthrow of Babylon as having been fulfilled in the past. The conclusion is therefore offered that since the fall of Babylon as prophesied in Scripture is to take place in the setting of the Day of the Lord; and since the Day of the Lord is yet future, then it follows that the destruction of Babylon yet awaits fulfillment. The futuristic interpreters point out that the prophecy of Babylon’s fall not only relates to the Day of the Lord but also to the events that mark the beginning of the Millennium. The passage which most clearly supports this contention is Isaiah 14:1-7.

This idea points out that there are at least three things in these verses concerning Israel’s history, which have not come to pass: (1) God has not yet set them in their own land (14:1); (2) Israel does not yet possess the peoples of the earth for servants and handmaids (14:2); (3) Israel has not yet taken them captive whose captives they were, nor ruled over their oppressors (14:2). Thus Scripture makes Babylon’s fall contemporaneous with two concurrent events-the forgiveness of Israel and the coming Day of the Lord. Even if it could be shown that the desolation of Babylon and its land has reached a point that adequately answers to predictions of Scripture respecting it, a revival of Babylon would still be necessary in order for Scripture to be accomplished. The Historical

View of Babylon?s Fall The Babylon role is played several times in the Scriptures. In Revelation the three angels would begin to fly one after the other. The first angel announced the beginning of the judgment period which precedes the coming of Christ. God called many around the world to begin to study the 2300-day prophecy. The most prominent of these was a Baptist farmer, William Miller. In 1818 he came to the conclusion that the judgment would begin around 1843 and that Jesus would then return in glory to cleanse the earth by fire. (Of course he was wrong about the return of Jesus.) His public ministry began in 1831. Before the time of disappointment in 1844, had been joined by around 300 other ministers. 135,000 people are estimated to have expressed their commitment to the

movement. This was a significant part of the population of the United States (ref.#8). Thus 1831 would mark the beginning of the call of the first angel (Rev. 14:6, 7). As the movement was coming to its climax, the Protestant churches began to denounce the new ideas, placing themselves in the position of corrupted Babylon. The second angel’s message, therefore, began shortly before the time of disappointment in the fall of 1844. The third angel predicts God’s final wrath for those who accepted the beast’s mark. It began when the significance of his message was discovered from the Scriptures by those who earnestly studied and prayed after the disappointment. "And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all