Maddening Wine Part II
"abylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad" (Jeremiah 51:7).
In our last GEOgram, we found connections between the "wine" which comes from the metaphorical entity known as "Babylon," and the verses in the Scriptures concerning deception, strong delusion, and even the famous "snare" which Jesus predicted would come upon all who dwell on the earth. In Jeremiah's words, the LORD Himself sends this "strong delusion" (the cup is, after "in the Lord's hand"), and this is the imagery which is utilized to show how the "nations" are driven mad.
Like so many other verses which provide symbolic word pictures, it is self evident that all the nations did not become inhabited by insane people during the time when Babylon, under Nebuchadnezzar, was pre-eminent.
However, the Scriptures do record the story of a significant individual who lost touch with reality, and became what we would call insane – and it turned out to be the previously mentioned king of Babylon. Contextually speaking, the prophetDaniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's startling dream of a great tree being cut down, as communicating a loss of dominion, as well as sanity, which would strike the powerful king:
"…they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee…" (Daniel 4:25).
Setting aside the foolishness of the many supposed prophecy "experts" who automatically assume that seven "times" indicates seven years (something the text never actually asserts) because of other adjacent prophetic assumptions, the aspect of the prophecy which is associated with the loss of dominion, is usually overlooked in favor of a focus on the king's temporary madness, which is certainly important as well.
In returning to the original dream of the great tree, the "tree" was said to be world-wide, and provided sustenance for the entire creation:
"The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and sight thereof to all the earth: Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation" (Daniel 4:20-22).
Most have missed the temporary suspension of the king's dominion, also addresses the cessation of the authority of the kingdom of Babylon itself and, as we shall see, the entity labeled Babylon is ultimately to be resurrected on a much broader scale than the original prototype built in the plain of Shinar.
Nebuchadnezzar is to lose dominion for "seven times," but since the tree itself is cut down, the dominion of this larger identity of "Babylon" is also to be suspended for seven times. Scripture repeatedly provides us with examples where one time period represents another – in particular, the year for a day principle is seen in multiple instances. For example, when the children of Israel committed the provocation, and doubted the LORD's ability to bring them into the promised land, His judgment was to cause them to wander in the wilderness for forty years:
"Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you….After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise" (Numbers 14:29,34).
There are other examples of the same principle. The point is, using this very same year for a day, "seven times" can be seen to be seven years, but if each day in those seven years is computed at a year for a day, seven "times" can also be seen to be 2,520 years. In doing the math, remember Babylon (like every other nation in the Old Testament) had the lunar year of 360 days, so 7 years is 2,520 days – or 2,520 years. Since archaeology has conclusively shown the date of Babylon's fall was 539 BC, we can count forward 2,520 years to 1948 AD – which was certainly a very important year, especially to the Jewish people.
Not only does the year 1948 coincide with the founding of the modern state of Israel – we also see the nascent United Nationsmade a pivotal decision in that very same year, as the General Assembly of the recently re-gathered combined nations of the world, as represented by the UN General Assembly, met in emergency session to declare the world body had jurisdiction over the ancient city of Jerusalem.
In short, the "great tree" was resurrected, and the world turned another corner in the profoundly important events ushering in the end of the age.
-- James Lloyd
To Be Continued
A further look at mysterious entity known as Babylon, is found in the book from the present author entitled BLOOD BEAST OF BABYLON.