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God’s final instructions!

Scripture reading for August 16th: Jeremiah 46-52

“Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives!  Do not be destroyed because of her sins.  It is time for the Lord’s vengeance;  He will pay her what she deserves.  Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk.  The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.  Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her.” Jeremiah 51:6-8a

Jeremiah ended his book with the story of God’s judgement of Babylon because of her treatment of His people.  God called to His people to flee from Babylon.  Although they would live there for seventy years and then must be ready to return to Israel.  The end of Babylon would come quickly or suddenly.  In Jeremiah 51:36-40, he told how God would dry up the  springs of Babylon.  The officials of Babylon would be aroused and drunk at a feast.

This word was passed on to Daniel and helped him interpret the handwriting on the wall the night that Babylon fell!  The Babylonian officials were drinking from the golden goblets from God’s House in Jerusalem when the handwriting appeared on the wall. (Daniel 5)  Daniel was called to interpret and God’s judgment fell before morning!  (Daniel 5:30) It is said that the Medes damned up the river and came in under the wall, taking the city from within!

This prophecy was to be read aloud to the captives in Babylon by Seraiah, an aide to King Zedekiah.  When he was finished, he was to tie a rock on it and throw it into the Euphrates River.  It would sink to the bottom as a symbol of how Babylon would sink at the appointed time!  (Jeremiah 51:59-64)

This Word has a second fulfillment and speaks to the time of the end as well as to the fall of Babylon in Daniel’s time.  “Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her(Babylon), my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. . . .Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her; death, mourning, and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” ” Revelation 18:4-5,8

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