Babylon and Jerusalem.
The Sure Connection.
|The City of
Babylon in Revelation is accused of the murder of Saints, Prophets, and
- "For they have shed the blood
of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink;"
- "And I saw the woman drunken
with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:
and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." Rev 17:6
- "And in her was found the
blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
- "For true and righteous are
his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the
earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants
at her hand." Rev 19:2
whose center was Jerusalem, are accused in the Gospels of the crime of
the murder of God's servants
- "Wherefore, behold, I send
unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall
kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues,
and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous
blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood
of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the
altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them
which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children
together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye
would not! " Mt 23:34-37
- "Therefore also said the wisdom
of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall
slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed
from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From
the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the
altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this
generation." Lk 11:49-51
|The City of Babylon has, as its main
description, "great city"
- "And there followed another
angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she
made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
- "And the great city was divided
into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon
came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of
the fierceness of his wrath." Rev 16:19
- "And the woman which thou
sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
- "Standing afar off for the
fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that
mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come... And saying, Alas,
alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and
scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! ... And
they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying,
Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships
in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate...
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it
into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon
be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. " Rev 18:10,16,19,21
|The city of
Jerusalem is the city uniquely described as the "great city"
- "And their dead bodies shall
lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom
and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." Rev 11:8
- "And many nations shall pass
by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore
hath the LORD done thus unto this great city?" Jer 22:8
- " How doth the city sit solitary,
that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great
among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become
tributary!" Lam 1:1
|The city of
Babylon is made "desolate"
- "And the ten horns which thou
sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate
and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." Rev
- "And they cast dust on their
heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city,
wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness!
for in one hour is she made desolate." Rev 18:19
|The city of
Jerusalem is made "desolate"
- "Behold, your house is left
unto you desolate." Mt 23:38
- "When ye therefore shall see
the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in
the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)" Mt 24:15
- "And when ye shall see Jerusalem
compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then
let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which
are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries
enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which
are written may be fulfilled. t woe unto them that are with child, and
to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress
in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the
edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and
Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the
Gentiles be fulfilled." Luke 21:20-24
- "Thy holy cities are a wilderness,
Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation." Is 64:10
- "Because of the mountain of
Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it." Lam 5:18
- "And say unto the people of
the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and
of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and
drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from
all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein."
- "Seventy weeks are determined
upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and
to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to
bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy,
and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the
going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the
Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:
the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for
himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the
city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and
unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm
the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall
cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading
of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation,
and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Dan