Babylonian gods and occult practices
Idolatry, Immorality, and sorcery, imprinted Babylonian society. The Babylonians were idolatrous, with innumerable gods. Historian Will Durant numbered their gods around 65,000. The nation was famous throughout the ancient world for astronomy. They were astrologers first and foremost. Sorcerers and necromancers were more popular than physicians.
Babylonians were also heavily superstitious. Divination and the interpretation of dreams were common practice as Hepatoscopy, a favorite Babylonian method of divination, involved examining the livers of animals. Ezekiel confirms these Babylonian practices in declaring: “For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver” (Ezek.21:21).
God condemned all three aspects of Babylonian society—political, religious, and social.
Besides being a hub for international trade, and religiously devoted to the Queen of Heaven, Babylonian society was immortal, steeped in superstition, divination, idolatry, and sexual promiscuity. The morals of Babylon shocked Alexander the Great, himself a drunkard. Temple prostitutes practiced sacred prostitution in Babylon until abolished by Constantine. Babylonians engaged in considerable premarital experience. Poor men prostituted their daughters for money. The indulgence in fleshly pleasures abounded.
Babylonian men acted effeminate. They wore their hair as long as the women did, dyed and curled it, perfumed their flesh, rouged their cheeks, and adorned themselves with necklaces, bangles, earrings, and pendants. This also describes many of today’s rock groups, transvestites, transsexuals, and homosexual drag queens.
In Europe today, materialism and superstition abound. Italian housewives practice forms of divination such as divining oil to read a migraine headache, or determining the sex of a baby by reading the movements of a needle over a pregnant woman’s womb.
French society is one of the best educated in the world. Yet, in one year ten million French citizens consulted clairvoyants and astrologers. They spent three times as much on faith healers as they spent on family doctors. Almost half of the French population believes in faith healing. One in four believes in clairvoyants, and one in three believes in astrology. Many believe in the power of faith healers, astrologers, and palmists. In France, as many as sixty corporations use an organization called Divinitel, which employs astrology and tarot card reading for the recruitment of executives.
In European society, extramarital affairs are so common that spouses expect each other to have lovers. Europeans view Americans’ disdain for infidelity as being out of touch with the facts of life. Germany has legalized prostitution. Hard rock, punk, and new wave all originated in Europe, and their dress and music have influenced groups in the US and around the world.
The Green parties in Europe have revived a form of idolatry that originated with the Greeks: earth worship. To the Greeks, she was a goddess; earth as mother. Green policies for the preservation of the earth began in West Germany, spread through Europe and then into America. Ironically, the earth that these groups take such pains to preserve for future generations God will destroy. Mother Earth cannot save anyone from the coming Tribulation.
Babylon Commercial Hub
Babylon was the commercial hub of the Near East. Trade and commerce increased its wealth. The invention of wheeled carts allowed trade to expand from local to foreign commerce. Nebuchadnezzar helped Babylonian businesses by improving the highways. Countless caravans brought to Babylon’s shops half the world’s products.
Under Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon became a thriving and prosperous marketplace. Babylon, referred to in ancient times as “a great city,” drew the nations of the Mediterranean world into closer contact. Notice the ancient’s reference to Babylon as “a great city” which is also cited in Revelation 7:18:
18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
God views Babylon in a spiritual sense and it leads men and women astray in its idolatry in both its religion and goods. With prosperity can come materialism, covetousness and greed which is another form of idolatry. Like Tyrus, ancient Babylon was renowned for trade.
Revelation records Babylon’s fall in the end times. The merchants lament its destruction. The verse reads: “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her; for no one buys their merchandise anymore” (Revelation 18:11).
Revelation 18:15 reiterates: “The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing.” The world’s nations will prosper from trading with this political power, which acts as a hub for trade. Ezekiel 27:33 confirms: “When your wares went out by sea, you satisfied many people; you enriched the kings of the earth with your many luxury goods and your merchandise.”
The Antichrist will emerge from the revived Roman Empire, which like Babylon will become powerful through trade and commerce. It will make itself and the world’s merchants rich. Its prosperity extends to the earth’s rulers. Nations will gain wealth by trading with this world power.
After Babylon became great and powerful and was used by God to judge Israel, the Medes and Persians conquered Babylon. The Greeks followed and the Roman Empire came next.
After the Babylonian invasion of Israel a remnant went back to Judah under Cyrus the Great of Persia, recorded in Ezra and Nehemiah but it was never the same. The Second Temple was rebuilt missing the Ark of the Covenant and other key articles and it was expanded under Herod and destroyed under Titus in AD 70.
While physical Babylon was destroyed in Bible Prophecy it became the reference point as other firsts in the Bible. Examples are Adam for man, Rachel for all mother’s in Israel, and Jacob for Israel and we see this pattern repeated in the Revelation with the names of the seven churches of all coming from the original churches started by the apostles.
Babylon invaded Israel and destroyed the first Temple, we see Babylon with one of its heads, the Roman Empire destroy the second Temple. The revived Roman Empire is Babylon in its final stage. It destroys the Whore that has ridden the Beast through all of its history and then is itself destroyed at the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ after which the heavenly kingdom is ushered in and reigns.