This article was originally posted August, 2011. It has been slightly edited.
“O how you have fallen from heaven, you shining one, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the earth, you who were disabling the nations!”
The fall of mighty Babylon vindicated Jehovah as the true God. Not only had he foretold that Babylon would serve as his punishing agent, wrecking all the earth, but God foretold the name of the man who would bring Babylon down, nearly two centuries before he was even born – naming Cyrus as the anointed of Jehovah, the liberator of God’s oppressed people; obviously, a type of Christ.
In conjunction with that, in the later chapters of the same prophecy of Isaiah the repatriated Jews and company were said to have been ushered into a new heaven and a new earth. To be sure, that expression is also used in the 2nd letter of Peter and in Revelation, both in reference to the system to come.
That being the case, the prophetic account of the fall of ancient Babylon did not merely vindicate God as a foreteller of future events, it led to the complete accomplishment of God’s overall purpose.
In the larger scheme of things Babylon’s overthrow must stand as a vivid pattern for the downfall of the last kingdom and the entire present system —including the iniquitous harlot, which is seemingly inseparably linked to the last king; thus, Babylon the great
Since ancient Babylon was an extremely religious society – invoking Marduk and a pantheon of lesser gods and goddesses, including the triad Shamash, Sin and Ishtar —to bless their warring and plundering, the prophecy of Isaiah makes no distinction between the empire and its demon-worshipping religion.
Consider now, more closely, the recorded judgment upon the kingdom of Babylon. Isaiah 14:15-20 states: “However, down to Sheol you will be brought, to the remotest parts of the pit. Those seeing you will gaze even at you; they will give close examination even to you, saying, ‘Is this the man that was agitating the earth, that was making kingdoms rock, that made the productive land like the wilderness and that overthrew its very cities, that did not open the way homeward even for his prisoners?’ All other kings of the nations, yes, all of them, have lain down in glory, each one in his own house. But as for you, you have been thrown away without a burial place for you, like a detested sprout, clothed with killed men stabbed with the sword that are going down to the stones of a pit, like a carcass trodden down. You will not become united with them in a grave, because you brought your own land to ruin, you killed your own people. To time indefinite the offspring of evildoers will not be named.”
There is no reason to conclude that the literal Babylon of antiquity has been denied a place of honor alongside all the other kingdoms and empires that have existed down through the ages. The rise and fall of Babylon is just as much a part of the history of this system as any kingdom.
The fact that the 14th chapter of Isaiah depicts Babylon as being denied an honorable burial, unlike all the other great kings of the earth that have come and gone down through the centuries, indicates that the slaughter of Babylon finds a parallel to the judgment revealed in the last book of the Bible upon the kings of the earth, whose slaughtered carcasses are destined to be left to rot on Armageddon’s battlefield, to serve as a carrion feast for all the birds.
It is interesting that the reason given for the harsh judgment upon Babylon is because he killed his own people. This in spite of the fact, that, in reality, Babylon killed Jehovah’s people and multitudes of people in all the nations round-about. There is no evidence that the kingdom actually committed genocide against the Babylonian people themselves.
Why then does the prophecy indict Babylon for killing its own people?
Because, as already stated in this article, and elsewhere on this site, Babylon typifies the last kingdom. The last kingdom is destined to be a world government —superseding the authority presently exercised by individual, national sovereignties. In that eventuality, all the people of the world would be under his rule; hence, “your own people.”
Contrary to the Watchtower’s assertion that the United Nations is currently functioning as the eighth king, alongside the seventh, the last king has not come to power yet. (For a more detailed discussion see the chapters entitled: Downfall of America and An Eighth King)
The United Nations will most likely become the eighth king, but presently it is merely a hollow, bureaucratic shell, waiting to be empowered when once all the goatlike leaders of the nations are made to get up off their thrones, as Isaiah 14:9 foretells, saying: “Even Sheol underneath has become agitated at you in order to meet you on coming in. At you it has awakened those impotent in death, all the goatlike leaders of the earth. It has made all the kings of the nations get up from their thrones.”
But the mechanism for “disabling the nations,” as described in the 12th verse, may well be the financial trap that is clearly in place at this present moment in time; whereby, the nations have been seduced into taking on massive amounts of debt. Now with the COVID crises, trillions more have been added to the unpayable debt ledger. On top of it all is the worthless, gargantuan derivatives bubble amounting to over a quadrillion dollars. Because of artificially low borrowing costs corporations, nations, states, and municipalities are all ensnared in the debt trap.
“IS THIS THE MAN THAT WAS AGITATING THE EARTH?”
It is noteworthy that Isaiah refers to the king of Babylon as a single individual, a man, saying at verse 16: “‘Is this the man that was agitating the earth, that was making kingdoms rock…?”’
Today there are no individual kings that wield such great power. True, the British royal family possesses unimaginable wealth and power. Her Majesty, the Queen, owns more property around the world than any private entity – more than ten times that of the second-largest private landholder – a member of the Saudi royal family. (Who Owns the World?)
But the truth is, there is an unseen entity that possesses greater power than mere monarchies and kingdoms – it is the so-called “invisible hand,” the financier oligarchy. And of all the most powerful banking dynasties in existence today, none are as wealthy, powerful or influential as the secretive Rothschild family.
Whereas the Forbes list of the wealthiest people in the world measures their riches in the tens of billions, the Rothschild family controls wealth in the trillions. Through the European Inter-Alpha Group of banks, Rothschild presides over a banking empire that controls an unbelievable 80% of the world’s finances.
Over the 250 years the family has been in business the Rothschild bankers have reputedly profited fabulously by financing both sides of every war. And as is common knowledge, the British East India Company invented the dope business and to this day many of the most prominent banks and their offshore hedge funds launder hundreds of billions from the illicit trade of narcotics. It may well be that the flood of dope money is the only thing keeping the banking system from complete collapse!
During the heyday of the British Empire Nathan Rothschild is quoted as boasting: “I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply.”
No doubt the same principle applies today; even more so, as a small clique of bankers control the entire world’s money supply.
(By the way, the linked-to Independent news article (no longer available) on the end of the Rothschild gold trading monopoly made the statement that the family never established itself in the United States. That is not true. It is true in so far as they did not set up a private investment bank, but when one takes into consideration the fact that the United States Federal Reserve bank that was secretly set up and put in place in the dark of night is actually a privately owned corporation – reportedly owned by eight primarily European banking families – we may be fairly certain that one family is named Rothschild.)
When Jesus was on earth he faced the Tempter, who once boasted that all authority had been given him, and to whomever he wants to, he gives it. Apparently, these past two centuries Satan has foremost entrusted his world to the custody of a coven of financiers grouped around the Crown and the City of London —the Rothschilds being the most prominent of the financiers.
As it stands presently, though, their monetarist, predatory, debt system is reaching the end of the line, in that, it has seemingly extracted all the wealth from the world that is not absolutely vital for the maintenance of earth’s teeming billions. If not continually fed though, their engorged debt bubble will contract and implode. The only alternative is to create money without limit, which will achieve the same result through a hyperinflationary explosion or outright collapse. Truly, we are witnessing the heading up to a conclusion of a long-standing, global system of things.
In the face of this reality, it is becoming more apparent by the day that the empire of the financiers is making a move to begin the wholesale liquidation of vast numbers of humans in order to maintain their dominance. Apparently, their scheme is to completely offload their trillions of worthless debt obligations upon the governments, as has already been done in part, taking advantage of the many corrupt, negligent and downright stupid public officials, with the intent of sinking entire nations economically —killing off large numbers of their citizens in the process. And no doubt the apocalyptic horsemen bringing global war, famine and pestilence will assist to that end.
By scuttling the present bankrupt system of independent nation-states for their own convenience, the financiers intend to throw their power behind the United Nations and use it as a supranational, world government, preventing the nations from recovering their power. To be sure, the constitutional system, such as has existed in America and which has defended and protected the rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses up until this very moment, will become a thing of the past, unleashing an unprecedented flood of persecution and tyranny upon those “who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.” – Revelation 12:17
At some point afterward the system of organized religion known as Babylon the great will be destroyed as well. In this way, the last king will rock all the nations and kill his own people. But what is meant by his ascending above the stars of God?
“ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD I SHALL LIFT UP MY THRONE”
In the language of scripture, stars may be a symbolic reference to the angels. Stars may also represent the sons of the Kingdom. For example, as regards the last king, which is depicted in the eighth chapter of Daniel as a fierce-looking king, the prophecy states: “And it kept getting greater all the way to the army of the heavens, so that it caused some of the army and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it went trampling them down. And all the way to the Prince of the army it put on great airs, and from him the constant feature was taken away, and the established place of his sanctuary was thrown down.”
Contrary to the Watchtower’s insistence that Jehovah is the Prince of the army, in actuality, Christ is the great prince who leads God’s people. And since the prophecy is earmarked for fulfillment during the climactic “time of the end,” long after the time the Jewish sanctuary was thrown down by the Romans, the sanctuary due to be thrown down is the spiritual congregation of Christ.
As is known, when once the parousia commences those dead who belong to Christ are resurrected first, in what is called “the first resurrection.” Those chosen ones who are living during the return of Jesus are called “the remaining ones” because they are remaining on earth even while their anointed forerunners are joined with Christ in heaven. So, it is the small congregation of remaining ones who are like stars, since during the parousia, they will at some point see the glorious Christ and be transformed to be like him. They already have a place reserved for them in heaven which they will occupy when they are changed in the twinkling of an eye upon their inevitable death as humans.
In effect, though, prior to their deaths, the remaining ones will be given a full share in the kingdom at the coming of Christ, making them immortal kings even while in the flesh. For that reason, they are appropriately symbolized as heavenly bodies —stars.
The apostle John wrote of this phenomenon: “Beloved ones, now we are children of God, but as yet it has not been made manifest what we shall be. We do know that whenever he is made manifest we shall be like him, because we shall see him just as he is.” – 1 John 3:2
Obviously, the manifestation of Christ is not in reference to his revealing himself to heavenly creatures; after all, the revelation of someone or something means to reveal that which was previously undisclosed. Surely Christ does not need to be manifest or revealed to heaven’s audience?
Furthermore, at 1 John 2:26-28 the apostle exhorts the little children of God, saying to them: “These things I write you about those who are trying to mislead you. And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in union with him. So now, little children, remain in union with him, that when he is made manifest we may have freeness of speech and not be shamed away from him at his presence.”
It is not reasonable that resurrected, immortals could be shamed away from Christ. No, the manifestation, or presence (parousia), will be on earth and as stated above, the children of God “shall see him just as he is” —that is to say, they will seem him as the glorious Christ, as Peter, James and John saw him on the Mount of the Transfiguration, which was, as Peter later wrote, a foregleam of his power and presence (parousia).
Now, if the “little children” will see Jesus as he is, and not only that but “shall be like him” when he is made manifest, we have a better appreciation of what Paul meant when he stated that all creation was waiting for the revealing of the sons of God.
In other words, the sons of God upon the earth will, with unveiled faces reflect the glory of Jehovah. Or as Christ himself described the phenomenon —‘the chosen ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.’
Returning now to the 14th chapter of Isaiah, verses 12-14, which read: “O how you have fallen from heaven, you shining one, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the earth, you who were disabling the nations! As for you, you have said in your heart, ‘To the heavens I shall go up. Above the stars of God I shall lift up my throne, and I shall sit down upon the mountain of meeting, in the remotest parts of the north. I shall go up above the high places of the clouds; I shall make myself resemble the Most High.’”
The 12th chapter of Revelation portrays the great dragon being hurled down from heaven with all his wicked angels in tow. The debased dragon then pulls down a third of the stars with his tail.
Again, the stars represent the sons of the kingdom, the minority of whom (one-third) are on earth at that time. How then does he remove them from heaven? Satan’s going off to wage war upon the remaining ones results in his victoriously killing off all of the earthly sons of the Kingdom, or as it says in the eighth chapter of Daniel, he tramples upon the stars. In that way, the shining one, “the son of the dawn,” which appears to be a reference to the occultic Golden Dawn and their Illuminati, satanic new world order, exalts himself above the anointed stars of heaven —placing his own throne above God’s. The brothers of Christ will be forced from off the earth, making it appear as if the shining one is the master of the world.
But the instantaneously resurrected holy ones will then join Christ and the rest of the 144,000 kings and charge onto the battlefield to engage the shining one and his demonic controllers. Thus, Jehovah will avenge himself upon the Devil’s world for their having indirectly put Christ to death by killing his brothers.
Ironically, various patriot groups and those who mistakenly imagine they are doing the work of Jesus, are urgently working to expose and oppose the banker’s scheme to take over America and the world. Little do they realize it is not merely a satanic conspiracy, it is the will of Almighty God to subject a wicked, self-absorbed and godless world to such an inglorious and awful fate.
“This is the counsel that is counseled against all the earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations. For Jehovah of armies himself has counseled, and who can break it up? And his hand is the one stretched out, and who can turn it back?” – Isaiah 14:26-28