Jeremiah 51* Babylon's doom; God's controversy with her; encouragementsfrom thence to the Israel of God. (1-58) The confirming of this.(59-64)1-58 The particulars of this prophecy are dispersed andinterwoven, and the same things left and returned to again.Babylon is abundant in treasures, yet neither her waters nor herwealth shall secure her. Destruction comes when they did notthink of it. Wherever we are, in the greatest depths, at thegreatest distances, we are to remember the Lord our God; and inthe times of the greatest fears and hopes, it is most needful toremember the Lord. The feeling excited by Babylon's fall is thesame with the New Testament Babylon, #Re 18:9,19|. The ruin ofall who support idolatry, infidelity, and superstition, isneedful for the revival of true godliness; and the threateningprophecies of Scripture yield comfort in this view. The greatseat of antichristian tyranny, idolatry, and superstition, thepersecutor of true Christians, is as certainly doomed todestruction as ancient Babylon. Then will vast multitudes mournfor sin, and seek the Lord. Then will the lost sheep of thehouse of Israel be brought back to the fold of the goodShepherd, and stray no more. And the exact fulfilment of theseancient prophecies encourages us to faith in all the promisesand prophecies of the sacred Scriptures. 59-64 This prophecy is sent to Babylon, to the captives there,by Seraiah, who is to read it to his countrymen in captivity.Let them with faith see the end of these threatening powers, andcomfort themselves herewith. When we see what this world is, howglittering its shows, and how flattering its proposals, let usread in the book of the Lord that it shall shortly be desolate.The book must be thrown into the river Euphrates. The fall ofthe New Testament Babylon is thus represented, #Re 18:21|. Thosethat sink under the weight of God's wrath and curse, sink forever. Babylon, and every antichrist, will soon sink and rise nomore for ever. Let us hope in God's word, and quietly wait forhis salvation; then we shall see, but shall not share, thedestruction of the wicked.
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