Babylon As Capital Of The Beast
image of Daniel 2 must stand complete in the last days- the whole image,
not just the toes, are to be broken in pieces “together”. Babylon, the
head of gold, must therefore rule over the system which the image represents.
Daniel 7 depicts the various metals of the image as various beasts. The
final beast of the last days incorporates all the elements of the previous
beasts. But her head will be Babylon, replete with a latter day Nebuchadnezzar.
Note that the first three of the empires of Daniel’s image had Babylon
as their capital. It is appropriate that the latter day revival of the
image and beast has Babylon likewise as it’s capital. It surely cannot
be accidental that in Babylon today, “the ancient temple of Ishtar has
been rebricked, replastered and whitewashed…carved into the bricks are
reliefs of oxen and a mythical beast called the mushrishu, with the head
of a serpent, body of a fish, front legs of a lion, and back legs of an
eagle” (Chattanooga New Free Press, April 5, 1987). Latter day
Babylon chooses to identify itself as an amalgam of beasts! 2 Thess. 2
says that the man of sin will sit in the temple of God showing himself
to be God. This exactly fits what we would expect of an Arab dictator-
Nebuchadnezzar carried the vessels of Yahweh’s temple into his own temple,
setting himself up as God Himself.
speaks of how Babylon will be headed up by an individual- he speaks sometimes
of “he”, sometimes of “they”; the RV cp. AV interchanges the pronouns.
Babylon will be headed up by her charismatic ruler, who will “gather to
himself all the nations and take captive all the people” (Hab. 2:4,5).
This is just the picture in Ez. 38- the ‘chief prince’ of Gog / Assyria
/ Babylon will be like an iron guard around the other nations which will
come up with him. The Babylonians are raised up as an “hasty” people-
i.e. the whole time scale will be limited. He will sweep across the whole
earth / land in a kind of blitzkrieg. His cavalry will “fly”- the
whole impression is of a lightening rise to power and invasion. It won’t
be something that can be predicted and mapped out over decades of ‘signs
of the times’ articles in Christian magazines. Hab. 1:15 describes him
as fishing with a drag net, gathering men of all nations- exactly the
same image used by the real Christ in describing His saving work, as opposed
to the destructive work of this Arab / Babylonian antichrist. Note too
how Nebuchadnezzar was described as a lion, with eagle’s
wings, eating grass like an ox, his hair like an eagle,
with the the heart of a man. In him were manifested the four faces
of the cherubim: lion, ox, eagle, man. He was a fake manifestation of
God, just as antichrist will be.