A Tale of Two Cities

By John J. Blanchard

January 11, 2003

In the Bible there are a number of themes that run all the way through the scriptures. All the way through from cover to cover of the Bible there are quite a number of themes. Actually at this time no one knows how many themes God may have winding through the Bible! But some have been identified, and some are very, very important in order to understand the rest of the scriptures. Today we are going to look at one of those themes and try to understand what God is getting at as this theme winds its way through the scriptures so that we can understand more of God’s beautiful thoughts.

When you weave a garment, a blanket, a rug or whatever, it takes many threads woven together and compacted as if it were on a loom in order to make a fabric complete to make your blanket, the rug or the tapestry, whatever it may be. It takes many, many fibers in order to do this. Many pieces have to be put together for that fabric.

We have studied into God’s thoughts and we have found that God’s thoughts are a type of a woven fabric to make a beautiful tapestry that tells a story. It tells the story of mankind and what God’s plans for mankind are.

Let us refresh our memories by going back to Isaiah 55, starting in verse 8. Here God says, “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” God says right off the bat here that My thoughts, (My way of thinking) are so high and My intellect is so powerful and so great it is as if the heavens separated by earth separate My thinking from man’s thinking! That is pretty high to comprehend what God has to say if He does not give us some help. He does give us lots of help in the Bible, but we have to put together these threads, these different parts and pieces to make the tapestry. We have to put it together to make what we are looking at: the picture of God’s purpose for mankind.

In Isaiah 55 that word “thought” in the Old Testament if you look it up in your Old Testament section of your Strong’s Concordance is #4284 and it is also #2803. These two definitions mean “a contrivance, a texture, an intention or a plan”. It means to take those and plait them and to weave them, to fabricate that plan. So this word “thoughts” here is much deeper and much richer in meaning than what it would be if we were to just read right over it. God’s thinking is incredibly complex!

Here we have God saying My thoughts form a fabric that can be put together that will picture My plan, but you have to weave these together. We have looked at it before and we will not turn there now but Isaiah 28 says you take a little bit here and little there, a line here and a line there and put this together in order to take My thoughts and make the complete picture. God’s intellect is so far superior to mankind’s and so far above ours that He has given us a couple of tools to help us.

The first tool that comes straight out of the Bible is a Biblical principle and that principle is that the physical helps us understand the spiritual. We have looked at that concept already so we will not go into detail right now. The physical creation that is out there is designed by God to help us understand spiritual things!

The second Biblical principle to help mankind is that He gave us fulfillments in the Bible. Often times there is a former fulfillment and a latter fulfillment. When you look at prophecy or you look at events that take place in the Old Testament there is a former fulfillment that we can read about, historically, and then there is a latter fulfillment, usually to take place in the latter days but not always.

The best example of this would be Christ’s first and second coming. Everyone is familiar with the concept of Christ coming two times. He has already been here one time, and He has yet to return. When you look up the prophecies for His coming, you will find that many of those prophecies have dual fulfillments. They point to Christ’s first coming and they also point to His second coming. Often times in greater detail and more fulfillment for the latter fulfillment of the prophecy, but you can see that both are there (the former and the latter fulfillments). That is just one example of very many.

Today’s subject utilizes both principles: the principle of the physical helping us to understand the spiritual and the concept of former and latter fulfillments. Both of these principles are going to come into play today. We are going to continue where we left off the last time.

If you recall we left off last time talking about Babylon. The title of today’s lesson is “A Tale of Two Cities”. Not as told by Charles Dickens, but as told by God. In God’s word, all the way through there is a fabric, which is a tale of two cities. All the way through the fabric there is a thread. That thread line through the Bible is a tale of two cities. Those two cities are Babylon and Jerusalem.

We left off last time with Babylon holding the world hostage, holding it captive, as it were. I want to review that concept just a little bit before we get further into the subject. If you recall, we read Isaiah 14. If you would, please, turn to Isaiah 14 once again. This fascinating subject comes to life, and a lot of it is described right here in Isaiah 14 to give us a good foundation to understand the principles we are going to be talking about today.

Isaiah 14, starting in verse 1: “For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the Lord; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.” Obviously this is something that has not occurred. This has not occurred yet. This is showing us a time when God’s people (His nation) will be the foremost on the earth. But we see starting in verse 3 what has to take place before this happens. This is the story about Babylon.

Isaiah 14, verse 3: “It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say: ‘How the oppressor has ceased, the golden city ceased! The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers; he who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he who ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted and no one hinders. The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing.’”

We are talking about the entire earth being released from a captivity! That has never happened either. The entire earth has never been set free from any sort of captivity. Indeed, no physical nation has ever conquered the entire globe.

So let us continue here to see what is being spoken of. Drop down to verse 12: “’How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!’” Here is the answer. This king of Babylon physically only portrays a spiritual king of Babylon who is Lucifer. That we know today is Satan the devil. He is the one who has weakened the nations.

Continuing in verse 13: “’For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.’”

Obviously there is only one being who has ever had the gall to try to conquer God and that is Satan and the rebellion of the angels. So the king of Babylon is a type of Lucifer. It is very plain here. It becomes plainer as we go along.

Drop down, if you would, to verse 16 of Isaiah 14: “’Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?”’”

Now it goes back looking at a physical man, so to speak, saying Lucifer you are like a man who has brought down all the nations of the earth and weakened everyone and made them your prisoners. You would not release them. It is going back and forth giving something physical to look at, a king of Babylon, in order to understand the spiritual king of Babylon, that is Satan.

Drop down to verse 21. “’Prepare slaughter for his children.’” (this is of Satan’s children) “’…because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities. For I will rise up against them,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and offspring and posterity,’ says the Lord.” God ultimately is going to destroy this Babylonish system, and He is going to do it in a remarkable way at the end time.

We have a physical king, a physical empire and a physical city called Babylon in which we can understand something spiritual that God is trying to do. If you recall, we also looked up the definition of Babylon and found in the Old Testament it comes from #894 in your Strong’s Concordance, which means “confusion and tyranny”. In the New Testament it means basically the same thing, confusion and tyranny.

Interestingly enough, of all the cities and countries on earth none is mentioned more than Babylon except Jerusalem. Babylon is mentioned 297 times in the Bible making it second place to Jerusalem. Jerusalem being mentioned over 800 times. So obviously the tale of these two cities is a big part of the scriptures. It plays a very prominent role in the Bible.

It is amazing that for a city that is no longer in existence, physically speaking, it is mentioned a lot in the Bible. Babylon is no longer there. It was conquered by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. It is mentioned a lot in the Bible right up to the end, right up to Revelation, as we will see.

When it was conquered by Alexander the Great in 331, it only lasted about another hundred and fifty years before it was in total ruins. It was never to rise again. It was located in what is now modern Iraq, but if you look on a map of Iraq, you will see no city of Babylon. They have tried to rebuild a few ruins but there is no city there.

Why is Babylon mentioned over three hundred times in the Bible and it is no longer in existence? Yet big cities that have been around for a long time like Beijing, China or New Delhi in India or even more recent cities that are much larger than Babylon ever was like London or Moscow are not found in the Bible. How come you cannot find those cities in the Bible? There is a very simple explanation.

The Bible only mentions cities, nations or empires as they come into contact with God’s chosen people. So God only mentions cities and nations that come into contact with Jerusalem or Israel. If they do not have contact with Jerusalem and Israel, they are left out of God’s word. It is not that they are irrelevant. It is that they are not being dealt with at this time. They have not been dealt with in the past or as of yet by and large. Soon the entire earth will be dealt with by God, and it will be a wonderful thing to happen. But in the meantime when we are studying God’s word, we have to have knowledge from the Old Testament that we can apply to today so we have to look at the situation that Jerusalem and Israel found themselves in vis-à-vis Babylon, because what you see there is the physical precedent, the former fulfillment that will help us understand the spiritual latter day fulfillment. That is why God does not disturb the whole tapestry with details from everywhere that do not matter as of yet! It is a very interesting concept. God could have only come up with this wonderful way to write a Bible and then help us understand giving us the physical to comprehend the spiritual.

God was not prejudice. Not at all. He is just being accurate! Beijing, China has not come into contact with Jerusalem in the Old Testament or even, to speak of, to this very day. God just leaves that out for right now so we do not get more confusing information. Sometimes too much information is worse than not enough. It just confuses the issue. God is not that way. He is very accurate, and He is trying to help us understand what is happening.

I want to go into a little digression just to help us understand this concept. Another thread that winds its way through the Bible and becomes part of the fabric of God’s plan is the concept of Abraham, Israel and Jerusalem, Abraham being the Father of the Faithful. Other nations in the Old Testament are mentioned as Abraham had contact with them or they had contact with him. The same with Israel and Jerusalem. So that thread line, Abraham’s descendants, goes all the way through from Genesis to Revelation. You can see that the nation of Israel, his descendants (and he is called the Father of the Faithful in Hebrews 11) is very much an important figure in the Old Testament and a very important figure in the New Testament. That thread goes all the way through.

But what is the big deal with Babylon? Why would it be mentioned three hundred times? It is because it came into so much contact with Jerusalem and Israel. It had a dimension to it that most other nations do not. It was Babylon that ultimately destroyed Israel, Jerusalem and God’s temple. It was Babylon that destroyed Solomon’s temple in 586 B.C.

Israel has never fully recovered from the defeat to Babylon to this very day. We look on a map and we see Israel and Jerusalem are on the map today. If you look on a globe of the world, you will find Israel is there, but it is no where as resplendent as it used to be. There is no temple there. There is just a wailing wall that is actually just a fragment of Zerubbabel’s temple, which was a poor replica of Solomon’s temple. So Jerusalem and Israel have never fully recovered from the defeat against Babylon. This makes Babylon unique in all scripture. But as a former type, as a former fulfillment, it is also very, very important to understand for the latter days. It makes complete sense.

It is important for us to understand this tale of two cities and how these two cities interacted with one another, what was the outcome, why did this happen to Israel and why was Babylon allowed to conquer them? Eventually we will get into this subject in greater and greater detail, but for today we are just going to flush out this subject so we have a basic understanding of these two cities in history.

Even though Babylon no longer exists physically, obviously from what we just read in Isaiah 14 it still exists in a spiritual manifestation because Babylon is going to be destroyed at the end! We can see that in Revelation chapter 18. At the end of time when Christ returns, Babylon is destroyed.

Turn to Revelation chapter 18, and we will start in verse 1: “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.’ And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.’”

Here we are at the end of the story, the end of the Bible, and Babylon is falling. God is fed up with her sins and iniquities and destroys Babylon. We can see there is a spiritual dimension to this because it does not say Babylon is Iraq and the people of Iraq. That would be very simplistic. It also does not say Babylon is the ancient city of Babylon. God could clearly tell us. He could say here in chapter 18 it is really a duplication of what happened back in the old days. As Babylon destroyed My people Israel, I am going to destroy that country over there. God could tell us that, but that is not what He says.

He says this place is a habitation of demons. That is a spiritual dimension. We have a physical former fulfillment of a nation that destroyed God’s people. We have a latter day fulfillment, which is not Iraq. Let us not get confused with what is going on in the news today with the belligerence of Saddam Hussein. He is not Lucifer. He may be moved by Lucifer, but he is not Lucifer! God is not going to destroy the Iraqi people. He is talking about a spiritual manifestation here that God is fed up with. God is fed up with this system.

When we put together Revelation 18 with Isaiah 14, that becomes perfectly clear that this is speaking of two principles: the physical and the spiritual and the former and latter fulfillment. That is why I said both of those principles will come into play during this lesson. We cannot grasp the spiritual until we have an understanding of the physical.

Now I want to compare Babylon and Jerusalem, a tale of two cities. I want to put them side by side. If you want to take your piece of paper and put a line down the middle of it and put “Babylon” on the left and “Jerusalem” on the right, we will go down through these two cities and get an understanding of what God means in this tale of two cities. It is His story to tell. It is His thoughts and His fabrication. It is Him molding the story together, weaving it as it were on a loom and being woven together so that we can see a tapestry with a picture.

First of all we are going to define these two cities. We mentioned earlier that if you were to look up these definitions you would find that Babylon means confusion and tyranny. It has two root words. “Balla” which means “to make a way and destroy” and “bellal” which means “to overflow as a flood”. To make a way and destroy and to overflow as a flood. This results in confusion and tyranny.

By contrast, the definition for Jerusalem means “founded, peaceful”. It has root words as well. “Yeruwell” which means “founded of God” and “yera” which means “flow as water, to point out, to teach”. And “shallom” which means “to be safe in mind, body and estate”.

You see where Babylon is a place of tyranny, confusion and destruction, Jerusalem is a place of peace and safety to learn of God. Up to this point in history, Jerusalem is anything but a safe place! Why? It started with the destruction by Babylon. They have never recovered from this. Now we begin to see there is something important going on here between these two cities. But ultimately Jerusalem is going to be the capital of God’s government! We will see that as we continue.

As a matter of fact, the next point I want to bring out is that these are both capital cities. Babylon is the seat of government for the empire of Babylon. Jerusalem was the seat of government for God’s nation of Israel. We saw spiritually Lucifer, the god of this world, is the king of Babylon. We just saw that in Isaiah 14. Now we know Jesus Christ when He returns will be king of Israel and over Jerusalem, and that will be the seat of His government.

We see two kings being compared here. One, the current god of this world, Satan, and Christ, eventual God of the universe. How do we prove that? Let us take a look at Satan being the god of this world. Turn to II Corinthians chapter 4 where it says just that. We are going to start in verse 1: “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age…” (the King James renders this “the god of this world”) “…has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

It is Satan who confuses and blinds the world because he is the god of this age. Make sure in your minds you realize that is god with a little “g”. No where near God with a big “G”, the true God. We saw in Isaiah 14 Satan wants to be the big God. He has an ego that is so huge he actually believes he can take over God’s position in the universe! Obviously he cannot, but that is how this being feels.

As we pointed out in earlier lessons, he hates mankind because of the opportunity that mankind has and, that is, eternal life and ruling with Jesus Christ. That is why he hates us. If you would turn to Matthew 4 just to finish driving this point home, Satan had an opportunity to tempt Jesus Christ when Jesus Christ first started His ministry. If you go back to Matthew 4, we can take a look at this temptation. We will not read the whole account. If you have time some day read the whole account in Matthew 4. We are going to start in verse 8.

Matthew 4, verse 8: “Again, the devil took Him up…” (that being Jesus Christ) “…on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”’ Then the devil left Him and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”

Satan actually had the authority to offer Jesus Christ the kingdoms of the world! He was tempting Christ. He was saying You don’t have to die. Just worship me for a moment here and I will give them to you! He could not give him something he did not own so, indeed, Satan is the god of this world!

Turn to Isaiah chapter 9. This is a scripture we should be quite familiar with now because we have looked at it a couple of times. Let us review it. This speaks of the government of Jesus Christ, which is about to come back to the earth. It is the government Satan hates and wants to prevent, if he can, from coming to the earth. Isaiah chapter 9, starting in verse 6. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The Zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

What nation or kingdom was King David ruler over, Israel! What city did he rule from, Jerusalem. Who is going to incorporate this into a kingdom that will last forever, Jesus Christ at His second coming. You see these two cities: Babylon representing confusion and tyranny and Jerusalem representing peace, plenty, prosperity, freedom underneath Jesus Christ have been at odds with one another. These two systems, these two forms of government and two cities have been at each other’s throats, you might say, for almost six thousand years now. Six thousand years have they been pitted one against the other.

God, as we looked at in an earlier lesson, has given Satan six thousand years to be god of this world. At the end of that time, his time is up! He would like to do anything he can to extend it. That is another subject that we will look at in a future date, but that is what is behind his attempts to destroy God’s people.

Another interesting thing to note is where the city of Babylon was founded and established. It was right where modern Iraq is, as we noted, but that was where the garden of Eden used to be! If you look in Genesis and determine the boundaries between the rivers, you will find that Babylon is right between the River Euphrates and Tigris just like the garden of Eden was. The Biblical record shows that Abraham’s lineage is directly traceable to Adam back in the garden of Eden! So there we have it. These two cities go that far back. Satan even put his capital in the very location where the Bible takes off in Genesis! You will notice if you were to read the whole story, we do not have time today, that when Abraham was called out of a country to go to the promised land, he was called out of Ur of the Chaldees, which is a city in Babylon!

Chaldea and Babylon are two names that are synonymous. If you were to look it up in the World Book or the Encyclopedia Britannica, you would see those names are interchangeable. Abraham was told to leave Babylon and go to the place I will send you! Isn’t that interesting?

Let us turn and read a little bit about this. Going back to Genesis, chapter 11, it will drive the point home that these two systems have been in opposition to one another for a long, long time. Genesis 11, starting in verse 1: “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.” This is talking about Noah and his family. “Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.” This is after Noah. Mankind settled in this area called Shinar.

Verse 4: “And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’ But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

Mankind wanted to build a city with a tower reaching to the heavens that God did not like. There is a reason for that. We will get into that at a future time. Suffice it to say, it has to do with the spiritual manifestation of Babylon (worshipping the wrong god). God confused their language to slow down this progress. He called it Babel. Interestingly enough later on when the city got going again it was called Babylon! Mankind named it the same thing at the direction, probably, of Satan. I do not know why they chose that name. I know it describes the city but there must have been a reason that that was allowed to happen. The tapestry then begins to form. You see a city called Babylon getting built and taking place right where the garden of Eden used to be, supplanting God’s form of government.

If you were to look in Genesis 11 dropping down to verse 27 you will see that Abraham was sent out of there. “This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.” They were in Ur of the Chaldeans here which is Babylon.

Continuing in verse 29: “Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan…” That is where Jerusalem was built! God said you leave this place, Babylon, this place of tyranny and confusion, and go to a land I am going to send you, the land of Canaan.

Verse 32: “So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.” Continuing in Genesis chapter 12: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”

Here is where we start to get the promises to Abram and Abraham and his descendants (being Israel) on down to the time that we live now! We see in that promised land is where Jerusalem got built and a physical city, a physical nation and a physical people were called God’s special separate people. At enmity to them constantly and a constant thorn in their side was Babylon. That is how far back the enmity goes between these two cities.

There are still some more interesting comparisons between those two cities. Babylon was known for its famous hanging gardens, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Jerusalem had its roots in another famous garden, the garden of Eden. That is where its history began. Also the hanging garden in Babylon was on its most famous temple in the city of Babylon. Jerusalem had God’s temple which was called Solomon’s temple. It was the most famous temple in all the scriptures.

In Babylon we find the source of many pagan religions. It is where astrology began, soothsaying and many pagan gods that came down through history in different forms. Ishtar, Baal and Merdock being some of the chief ones. In God’s people Israel in the city of Jerusalem we find that we get the source of the true God from the Hebrew people. We get God’s word, the Old Testament in particular, although the new Testament was written by Jews as well. We get God’s law the ten commandments. We get God’s holy days. We receive God’s prophecies and the things that we are studying in God’s word. These all came to us by way of Abraham’s descendants, and much of their history took place in Jerusalem.

It is also a source of governance. The capital city is the seat of government. From that seat of government in Babylon we find the Code of Hammurabi. The Code of Hammurabi is called mankind’s first law in civilization. It is a kind of a direct opposite from God’s law, the ten commandments. God, off of His ten commandments, came up with His judicial system and His way of judging (His basis for judging). We must have law to have judgment. Underneath Babylon’s system they had the first laws under the Code of Hammurabi.

The last example I want to look at is the calendar. Times and seasons and keeping track of time, first really worldwide calendar came from Babylon. It is still used today only under its Roman form. It kept getting revised several times in history. The last revision was by the Romans. We call it the Roman calendar or Gregorian calendar today. The source of that calendar was Babylon. We also find in the Bible God’s calendar, His reckoning of time. So these two cities are at odds in everything from how you keep time to how you worship God and down to mortal enemies on the battlefield. It has been a bitter fight between those two cities from Genesis right through to Revelation.

The timing and the calendar is a very interesting issue. It is all we have time to talk about today. We will have to end the lesson there but it is one of confusion for mankind. God starts His year in the spring. Babylon got the world starting the year in the middle of the winter! God starts the day at sunset. Babylon got the world starting the day at midnight! God does things on time so when the world got off God’s calendar, they got confused as to time.

The Bible is full of deadlines that must be met. There are only six thousand years for Babylon to rule this earth. There is a deadline there. God will do things on time, and He has markers throughout His Bible to help us understand the times we are involved with and where we are at in history. We know by the clock that God set, which was our second lesson (“Setting the Clock”) that we are almost to the end of the six thousand years!

Babylon’s time is running out very quickly. The next time we get into the lesson, we will pick up right here. We will talk about how Babylon is running out of time and how God will release the prisoners from the clutches of the King of Babylon!