There is much talk about Babylon these days. Some think it a city, nation or state. Some have said that NYC is Babylon. Well, it is in a state of being like Babylon, but it is not the State of Babylon nor the State of New York. Ancient Babylon was a City/State Empire (606-539 BC). Then followed the Medo-Persian Empire (539-333 BC). The Book of Daniel covers the time of Judah’s captivity (598 BC) thru the time of King Cyrus the Great’s third year. (Dan. 10:1)
From Missing Links, Chapter VI:
The 3.5 Times Prophecy
This is the second 3.5 times prophecy of Daniel and different from the one found in chapter 7. Chapters 10 and 11 are an outline of history from King Cyrus of Persia to 745-750 AD. Chapter 12 leaps forward to the last days or time of trouble and the two resurrections. (Dan. 12:1-2; Rev.20) The question asked is: How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? The reply is 3.5 times, but when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power (border) of the holy people is the key. (Dan. 12:6-7) The Jews are still considered God’s people, although they rejected Christ and remain in denial of his divinity to this very day (Zechariah 13:6).
When the Roman Empire was divided, the western leg had its capital in Rome and the eastern leg in Constantinople. The eastern division became known as the Byzantine Empire (395-1453 AD) but did not control Palestine all that time. The Eastern Empire had grown weak when the Muslims came along in the sixth century AD. They controlled Palestine and Jerusalem from 638 AD until the Ottoman Turks in 1517, except briefly during the Crusades (1095 – 1303).
The beginning of the 3.5 times or 1260 years was 515 BC. Those days and Daniel’s mourning three full weeks began the third year of Cyrus. (Dan. 10:1-2) Dan. 10:4-21 begins the time when the Lord strengthened Daniel before he began to show him the truth begins at Dan. 11:1. The Lord told Daniel that He (The Lord) would confirm and strengthened (future tense) Darius. [The word also at the beginning of Daniel 11:1 was added by the translators and not in the Hebrew text, as also is in most cases throughout the Old Testament. The verb stood is from the Hebrew term amad meaning: to stand as in: to appoint – ordain – raise up – set up – make to. A better rendering would be will stand as the Lord was speaking to Daniel in the third year of Cyrus.] The confirming and strengthening of King Darius was to get the stalled work in Jerusalem going again. (Ezra 6)
Those days and the three full weeks are a prophetical literal 21 years that Daniel mourned and prayed for his people and the rebuilding of the Temple and the City. (Ezekiel 14:14-20) Dan. 10:2 parallels with and is a prophetical reciprocal to the 21 days (years) in Dan. 10:13. Michael dealt with the Persian princes causing problems in Jerusalem while the Lord remained with the Persian kings. Cyrus reined 539-521 BC, and a thing was revealed to Daniel in his third year. [539 − 3 − 21 = 515] Darius reigned from 521-486 BC and the Temple was rebuilt in his sixth year or 515 BC. (Ezra 6:15) Using the mathematical ratio in 2 Peter 3:8, the 21 years would be about the space of half an hour in God time. (Rev. 8:1) Remember this math in Chapter VII:
[21 yr. ÷ 1000 yr. × 24 hr./day = .504 hr.]
Daniel 11:31 happened when General Titus’s army destroyed the Temple and erected a statue of the Roman god Jupiter in 70 AD. That was the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION in Matt. 24:15. Dan. 11:32-39 is the western leg of the Roman Empire after 70 AD. Dan. 11:40-43 was the Muslim conquest of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt. In 632, the Saracens (Arabs) pushed at Constantinople with an 180,000-man army and a fleet of 2,500 ships but repelled by Leo III and the Bulgars. Leo regained most of Asia Minor by 741. Dan. 11:44 was the Abbasid family (Persian descendants of Mohammed’s Uncle Abbas) that began their conquest to oust the ruling Umayyad family (also spelled Omayyad as in Omar, but of Arab descent – Ishmael) for control over Islam 745-750 AD. Mohammed outlived his sons. These two families (Arabs and Iranians) of Abraham are still at it today! (Gen. 17:20, 25:1-6) Both of these families want to destroy Abraham’s first family – Israel, which is both The House of Judah and The House of Israel.
The 1260 years added to 515 BC comes to the year 745 AD. The seas (plural) and glorious mountain in Daniel 11:45 are the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Jerusalem, which forms a triangle. In 750 AD, the Abbasid family moved the capital of Islam from Damascus to Baghdad, which is right in the middle of the triangle. The two feuding families became the two major sects of Islam known as the Sunnis and Shiites. [Did President Bush have any idea what he was getting the United States and Great Britain (Manasseh and Ephraim – the House of Joseph) into when they invaded Iraq? The Sunni and Shiite sects are still fighting each other over who will be rightful caliphate governing a Theocratic State of Islam.]
The land of Israel, also called Palestine, and the city of Jerusalem (mostly ruins) was conquered in 638 AD during the Muslim conquest. By 745 AD, the Muslims controlled the entire Middle East, Egypt, North Africa, Iraq, Persia, Syria, Lebanon, and Spain. The strict codes of Omar would not let the Jews own property, worship publicly, build houses higher than any Muslim’s, and a host of other oppressive laws. Most Jews and Christians had left the Holy Land. The Jews had scattered all over the world. This was when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power (border) of the holy (sacred) people. (Dan. 12:7)
By the time the second Temple was built in 515 BC, the prophet Daniel would have been 83 plus his age when brought captive to Babylon in 598 BC. [598 – 515 = 83 + about at least 16 – 18 years old.] (Dan. 1:4) In these last days there is a Babylon to come out of as rendered in Revelation 18 noting verse 4. The seventh seal (year) is the seven trumpets of the Great and Terrible Day (Year) of the Lord. (Joel 2 note verse 11) The seventh trumpet is the seven last plagues. (Rev. 16) The last trump is also the first resurrection. (1 Cor. 15:51-54, Rev. 20:4-6) The great stone in Rev. 18:21 is the same stone with uncut hands in Neduchadnezzar’s dream in Dan. 2:45.
Babylon (confusion – confounding language – Babel) was and is a system of government – economic, political and religious ideology. The religious aspect is what we are concerned with which we have to come out of. The system of “Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots” goes back to Nimrod at the Tower of Babel. (Gen. 10:8-10)
Found this research on the internet this week written in 1980. Mystery Babylon web.pdf (friendsofsabbath.org) It is a most excellent research.
Since this sabbath is so close to a pagan feast day and tradition that can be traced back to Nimrod’s religion which has been adopted by meanstream Christianity and deemed harmless today, thought to add the following:
The Lord of Darkness
Samhain was known in Ireland as the “Lord of Darkness”. The Druid religion was practiced by ancient Celtic tribes that populated Ireland and parts of Europe. This religion worshipped Samhain, the Lord of Darkness. Some writings also speak of Samhain as the “Lord of the Dead”. But, today’s scholars suggest that this is incorrect. The Druid New Year began on November 1st. It is also known as the “Feast of Samhain”. The Celts only recognized summer and winter seasons. Literally translated, Samhain means “Summer’s End”. At this time, the hours of nighttime were growing significantly over the hours of sunlight. Hence, Lord Samhain reigned over the long winter months as the influence of the Sun god and the summer season (Beltaine or Beltane) preceded. Samhain’s influence grows with the increase in the hours of darkness. He can only roam the earth during hours of darkness.The Druids New Year’s Eve was Hallow E’en, (also called Hallowmas). The Druids believed that on this night, all of the people who died in the past year would rise up and search for the passageway to the netherworld. On this night the passageway or “veil” between both worlds was it’s thinnest. Lord Samhain would roam the earth in search of these souls to capture them and take them to his world of darkness. To this day, some people put lights in their windows to help the dead find their way, and keep Lord Samhain away from taking them.The Druid religion, dating back to about 200 BC, had priests and priestesses. These magicians (soothsayers or wizards) filled the most important roles in Celtic culture. At the time the Celtic tribes were close to nature. As a result, they worshipped many things in nature as their gods. No Druid god was more powerful ,nor more feared, than Lord Samhain.The roots of Halloween are traced back to the Druid religion and Lord Samhain. Certainly, Halloween took aspects of darkness , black color, evil spirits, and people rising from the dead and roaming the earth on this night. These themes of Halloween are all common with this religion. Pope Gregory II moved the Christian holiday of “All Hollows Eve” from May 13 to November 1st to coincide with the Feast of Samhain. All Hallows Eve honored the saints of the church. Moving the date of All Hallows Eve, was an attempt by the Roman Catholic church to downplay the pagan festival. Hopefully, they reasoned, it would replace Samhain and the pagan celebration would fade away.The pagan festival continued to be celebrated, and Halloween evolved largely from it. Today, the Catholic church tolerates Halloween, recognizing it is a fun holiday and not intended to hold religious or other supernatural beliefs or religion. Source: holidayinsights.com/Halloween/samhain
Harmless? There will come a day of judgement when one can explain things to the Judge of Judges. Come out of Babylon for her judgement is near!
Have a restful day.