Yisrayl Details the Second Babylon…
The first Babylon was located on the great River Euphrates, as The Basic Everyday Encyclopedia shows:
Euphrates River, c1700 mi. formed by union of W Euphrates and Murat Rs (which rise in Turkish Armenian highlands) near Kaban, E central Turkey, flows generally SW through Turkey (685 mi) within 95 mi of the Mediterranean, then S across the Syrian Desert, bisects Iraq, joins Tigris near Basra, the joint stream flowing to Persian Gulf.
Not practically navigable, it is mainly used for irrigation if Syria and Iraq, although modern works do not compare with irrigation facilities of ancient times. Region of the lower course (Mesopotamia) was birth-place of great civilizations and has many ruins of Babylon, Sippar, Larsa, Ur, and Erech.
Babylon, strategically located on the Euphrates, accessible both to the Mediterranean and Egypt and to the Black Sea. Though the term is sometimes applied to the civilizations, chiefly Sumerian, of the 2000’s BC, it generally refers to the Semetic penetration into Mesopotamia with a civilization founded by Sargon I, 2700’s BC, and reaching its height under Hammurabi, C2100 BC, who established Babylon as his capital.
Hittite and nomadic Kassite attacks, 1700’s, caused a decline, reversed when Assyrian power triumphed. Except for periods of open insurrection, Babylon remained part of the Assyrian Empire 729-625. Under the Neo-Babylonian (Chaldean) empire, established by Nabo-polassar, 625, brought to its highest peak by his son, Nebuchadnezzar II, 605-362, Egypt was made a tributary, Babylon rebuilt magnificently, Jerusalem captured.
Final decline began when the Persians under Cyrus the Great conquered B. 538 BC. B’s chief contributions include cuneiform writing: religious ideas, chiefly on the Creation and the Deluge, taken over from the Sumarians; the code of Hammurabi; monumental architecture and art.
Revelation 16:12-14, shows the sixth vial (bowl) is poured out on this great river, Euphrates, where the first Babylon was located.
But Revelation 16:17-21 is the seventh vial and is to be poured out on the great city made of three major parts.
By reading the King James Version of the Bible, the reader is misled into thinking the earthquake divided the great city into three parts, but this is not so.
By reading Revelation 16-19 in its original we can see John was giving us a description of this great city, which had three major parts to its whole.
A copy of the Greek Diaglott is displayed.
Notice the word divided is not in the original Greek.
What John said was, “The great city of three parts and the cities of the nation fell, and the whole of Babylon (all the world) came in remembrance before Yahweh.”
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