Bible Prophecy

Prophecies That Have Come True

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Babylon rules over Judah for 70 years

Prophecy written between 626 to 586 BC
Jeremiah 25:11-12
11And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 'Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,' says the Lord; 'and I will make it a perpetual desolation." Fulfilled 539 BC
Babylon captured the last Assyrian king and took over their possessions, including Israel in 609 BC. Babylon took many Jews captive and destroyed Jerusalem and the temple. Cyrus, a leader of the Persians and Medes, conquered Babylon in 539 BC. This ended domination of the Jews and the Babylonian empire. Fulfilled again in 516 BC
The Babylonians destroyed the Jerusalem Temple in 586 BC. 70 years later, in 516 BC, the Jews rebuilt and consecrated it. This ended Babylonian domination.

Babylon's gates open for Cyrus

Prophecy written between 701 and 681 BC.
Isaiah 45:1
45"Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held-
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut: Fulfilled 539 BC
The Persian king Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 BC. Despite the walls that surrounded Babylon being over 70-foot thick and 300-feet high and having 250 watch towers, Cyrus entered the huge city and conquered it. Cyrus accomplished this by diverting the flow of the Euphrates River into a large lake basin, which enabled Cyrus and his army to march across the riverbed and into the city.

Babylon's kingdom is permanently overthrown

Prophecy written between 701 and 681 BC.
Isaiah 13:19
19And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans' pride,
Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Fulfilled in 539 BC
History verifies that following Cyrus' destroyed the Babylon kingdom
in 539 BC. It never rose to power again.

Babylon reduced to ruins

Prophecy written between 701 and 681 BC.
Jeremiah 51:11
11Make the arrows bright!
Gather the shields!
The Lord has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes.
For His plan is against Babylon to destroy it,
Because it is the vengeance of the Lord,
The vengeance for His temple.

Jeremiah 51:47-58
47Therefore behold, the days are coming
That I will bring judgment on the carved images of Babylon;
Her whole land shall be ashamed,
And all her slain shall fall in her midst.
48 Then the heavens and the earth and all that is in them
Shall sing joyously over Babylon;
For the plunderers shall come to her from the north," says the Lord. 49As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, So at Babylon the slain of all the earth shall fall. 50 You who have escaped the sword, Get away! Do not stand still! Remember the Lord afar off, And let Jerusalem come to your mind. 51We are ashamed because we have heard reproach. Shame has covered our faces, For strangers have come into the [e]sanctuaries of the Lord's house. 52"Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "That I will bring judgment on her carved images, And throughout all her land the wounded shall groan. 53Though Babylon were to [f]mount up to heaven, And though she were to fortify the height of her strength, Yet from Me plunderers would come to her," says the Lord.
54The sound of a cry comes from Babylon,
And great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans,
55Because the Lord is plundering Babylon
And silencing her loud voice,
Though her waves roar like great waters,
And the noise of their voice is uttered,
56Because the plunderer comes against her, against Babylon,
And her mighty men are taken.
Every one of their bows is broken;
For the Lord is the God of recompense,
He will surely repay.
57"And I will make drunk
Her princes and wise men,
Her governors, her deputies, and her mighty men.
And they shall sleep a perpetual sleep
And not awake," says the King,
Whose name is the Lord of hosts.
58Thus says the Lord of hosts:
"The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken,
And her high gates shall be burned with fire;
The people will labor in vain,
And the nations, because of the fire;
And they shall be weary."
Isaiah 13:16-19
16Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.
17"Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not [a]regard silver;
And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
18Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces,
And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
Their eye will not spare children.
19And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans' pride,
Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 14:23 23"I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, And marshes of muddy water;
I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," says the Lord of hosts.

Fulfilled after 539 BC
Years after Cyrus conquered Babylon the buildings of the city became irrecoverable ruins. However, the sinfulness, the impious culture and antichrist ideology of the Babylon Empire continues to this day. It has appeared again in the apostate church, and according to Revelation 17 and its political power will be established in the final form of the Roman Empire, as Revelation 18 describes.

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