- Category: Prophecy
- Published on Sunday, 12 September 2010 16:13
There are a few critical reasons why Jerusalem should not and cannot be equated with the Mystery Babylon of end-time prophecy.
- Mystery Babylon will be destroyed and uninhabited forever (Isaiah 13:19-22; Jeremiah 50:12-13; Jeremiah 51:26,29). Jerusalem will be the city that the Hebrew Messiah will rule from after Babylon is destroyed. The Creator of the Universe will again choose and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem (Zechariah 2:10-13; Jeremiah 23:5; Ezekiel 37:21-24).
- If Judah and Israel are found departing daughter Babylon at her destruction (Jeremiah 50:4-5), how and why would they be looking for the Way to Jerusalem (if Jerusalem was Babylon and had just been destroyed)?
- Jerusalem is not and has never been perceived as the "hammer of the whole world" (Jeremiah 50:23).
Though Jerusalem is not currently treated like the Holy City and is even referred to allegorically as Sodom and Egypt in Revelation 11:8, this does not mean Jerusalem will forever be called this... nor does it mean Jerusalem is Mystery Babylon, or John would have referred to her as Babylon, but he does NOT do this.