47:10 “For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, ‘No one sees me’;
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’
11 Therefore evil shall come upon you;
You shall not know from where it arises.
And trouble shall fall upon you;
You will not be able to put it off.
And desolation shall come upon you suddenly,
Which you shall not know.
12 “Stand now with your enchantments
And the multitude of your sorceries,
In which you have labored from your youth—
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you will prevail.
13 You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels;
Let now the astrologers, the stargazers,
And the monthly prognosticators
Stand up and save you
From what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble,
The fire shall burn them;
They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame;
It shall not be a coal to be warmed by,
Nor a fire to sit before!
15 Thus shall they be to you
With whom you have labored,
Your merchants from your youth;
They shall wander each one to his quarter.
No one shall save you.
We live in Babylon. This warning applies to us more than it did to ancient Babylon. This passage describes the end of Babylon, the end of this world as we know it. Before fear takes over allow me to offer some Biblical perspective.
The book of Revelation, truly the book for our time, has some things to say about Babylon. In chapter 14:8 it declares that Babylon is already fallen. In the opening verses of chapter 18 it declares "Come out of her my people".
The Bible says what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Jesus said the last days of history would be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot. Both of those accounts have some things in common.
1, Times were evil.
2, God sent advanced warning
3, Those who trusted God separated themselves from "Babylon"
4, Evil was destroyed and those who insisted on not letting evil go went "down with the ship"
5, Those who believed God were spared
I was born and raised in a faith community, a church, that was big on prophecy. We studied the Bible to see into the future. We considered ourselves called by God to prepare the world to be ready for Jesus to come. The sad part about it is that we missed the most hopeful parts of the message and dealt on the fearful parts to the point that we hardly talk about any of it any more.
The irony is the leading atheists like Stephen Hawking agree with the Bible on the point that the earth is waxing old like a garment and to survive long term we need to get out of here. The sad part is two fold for Hawking. One is that we as yet have no means to do that and secondly even if we did we would take the same earth destroying habits to the next world that destroyed this one.
Jesus has a much better plan. He is coming to get us, and the evil people and evil traits that ruined this planet won't be coming along. The bad news, the fearful news, the ominous news is not for those who trust Him. The even better news is that anyone can make that choice.
We can either hang onto this dying planet and the evil habits that are destroying us, or we can surrender our brokenness to the Healer and look forward to the day when Babylon falls. God has declared it and anything He says is a done deal.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."