Rivers of Babylon Are Drying Up
by George Kirkpatrick
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Before we can fully understand God's Word, it is necessary not only to understand what God is speaking, but also to whom God is speaking and is speaking about.
For many generations the question has been asked: "Is the United States in the Bible?" The answer to this is "Yes". Then, how is the United States referred to in the Bible? There are no references to the United States as an empire or kingdom, but the United States is called a "city". The reason for this is the United States did not become a great nation by throwing down other nations to acquire territory. Rather, it annexed, bought and developed land. When territories wanted to become states, they were annexed and became part of the United States; the same as any city would annex surrounding land or towns to become part of the larger city. Examples are: Texas, Alaska and Hawaii.
The United States also purchased vast territories. These purchases included the Louisiana Purchase, the Gadstone Purchase and the Seward Purchase. The United States developed land. It only took 74 years from the time the United States declared their independence from England until the `49ers settled California.
The United States became a great and powerful nation the same as any city becomes a larger city. Cities only grow by annexing, purchasing land and development. In the Bible, the United States is called a city because she became a great nation by this method; not by throwing down other nations and governments as did the empire and kingdom builders. So when we search for the United States in the Bible, we must look for a city.
Revelation 17 speaks of the judgment of the Great Whore. The Great Whore is also called "Mystery Babylon". Revelation 17:5
"The woman (whore) which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." Revelation 17:18
"The Great City was divided into three parts...and great Babylon came into remembrance before God." Revelation 16:19
In this, God reveals that the great city and Babylon are the same.
God reveals three ways to identify who is being judged:
1 The whorish woman (female)
2 Mystery Babylon
3 The Great City
By these three scriptures we then understand it is the whorish woman, the great city, and mystery Babylon that is being judged; and these three are one.
We are given many clues as to who Mystery Babylon represents.
Revelation 17:1 states that the whore sitteth on many waters...
Revelation 17:15 reveals the waters are peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues.
Therefore, Babylon consists of all nations and tongues on the earth.
Revelation 17:4 states the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet and decked with gold, precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand. Babylon is a very wealthy nation, clothed in royalty.
Revelation 18 reveals Babylon is a great merchandising nation.
"Thy merchants were the great men of the earth." Revelation 18:23
"The sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee." Revelation 18:22
Babylon is a great industrial nation but her industry will fail.
Therefore, we are looking for a nation that is made up of a multitude of nations, a very wealthy nation that is clothed in royalty, a great industrial nation, also being the home of the great merchants of all the earth.
No other nation on earth fits all these qualifications except the United States. We are made up of all nations on earth. We are clothed in royalty, called the queen of all nations and the most wealthiest nation. The United States is the greatest industrial nation that has ever been on the earth.
Where did all modern industry begin? Who invented electric lights, telephones, computers, the auto industry, rubber tires, airplanes, the automatic washer and dryer, the movie industry and the recording industry? All conveniences which make up our modern life have come from the United States.
No industrial nation has been as blessed in industry as the United States. The great merchandising men of the whole earth have come from the United States: Carnegie, Mellon, Rockefeller, Ford, Edison, Firestone, Westinghouse. A list of these great merchandisers would be endless.
As we have stated, Revelation 17 & 18 can refer to no other except the United States. The Great Whore, the Great city and Mystery Babylon are therefore the United States.
In coming to the understanding that Mystery Babylon is the United States, we must then ask: "What does Mystery Babylon and Ancient Babylon have in common?" A study of Ancient Babylon reveals many similarities:
# 1 Ancient Babylon was in the heart of the Fertile Crescent
# 2 Babylon was the trade capital of the world
# 3 Babylon was known for her fine clothing
# 4 Babylon was the wealthiest city on the earth
# 5 Babylon was a very modern city, with 3 & 4 story buildings, having wide streets and laid out at right angles.
# 6 Most importantly, Babylon had the most free water of any of the ancient civilizations. The Euphrates River ran through the center of Ancient Babylon.
Ancient Babylon came to the height of her power in Nebuchadnezzar's reign, 605 -562 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar was known for his ability as an empire builder. He also made Babylon the most beautiful city on the face of the earth. The famous "Hanging Gardens" was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
After Nebuchadnezzar's death the empire began to collapse. Corruption and murder soon followed until Nabonidus came to power, ruling with his son, Belshazzar.
On October 13, 539 B.C.,Cyrus of Persia entered Babylon while Belshazzar was having a drunken party in the King's palace. He called for the vessels, that had been taken from the temple at Jerusalem, to serve drinks to his drunken guests. This is when the handwriting on the wall declared that God had numbered the kingdom and finished it.
Thou art weighed in the balances and found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians. Daniel 5:26-28
Cyrus captured Babylon that night and established the Medes and Persian's rule over Babylon. Babylon was eventually destroyed; soon turning into a desert.
But how was the greatest, most fortified city on the face of the earth brought to ruin? Cyrus of Persia dried up the Euphrates River. He and his army entered the city under the flood gates, taking Babylon with no resistance. No military effort was required to capture Babylon. Cyrus went to the King's palace while the drunken party was in progress and captured the palace and the King. The government belonged to Persia.
The question may arise: What does this have to do with the United States? Ancient Babylon was destroyed when the Euphrates was dried up. So, also, this nation's down fall will come when the rivers are dried up, as we see happening at this time.
God's judgment is on this nation. He is drying up this nation's rivers; the Mississippi, Ohio, Snake, Columbia and Missouri can no longer float the barges that move our nations goods.
The drying up of these rivers is serious enough, but what is more alarming is the drying up of our aquifers. These are also called rivers. In reality, they are giant underground reservoirs. These not only support wells for drinking water and household needs; but all underground irrigation to grow crops depend on these giant resources of water. These have all but dried up. Ground cave-ins are a result of these depleted water sources.
"The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness." Joel 1:20
The rivers of water are dried up. The drought of `88' has brought to light the seriousness of this problem which has existed in this nation for many years. As Ancient Babylon's days were numbered; so is modern Babylon's days numbered. God's judgment hand is in the earth. Babylon has come into remembrance before God. Revelation 16:19
There is another river that is drying up in the United States; and it is the main reason God's judgment hand is upon this nation. That river is the "River of Life".
The River of Life has all but dried up! Jesus spoke in John:
"He that believeth...out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
We know Jesus was referring to the anointed Word of God which would flow like a river. This anointed Word which flows like a river has all but dried up in this nation.
Jeremiah spoke about the drying up of this river.
"For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
Jeremiah further spoke of this forsaking of the fountain of living water.
"O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters." Jeremiah 17:13
Today in America, there is a famine of living water going forth from the pulpits. Amos spoke of a famine of the Word.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:11-12
Truly the famine of the Word has come to America. Jeremiah said the people have committed two evils. They have forsaken the fountain of living waters and have replaced it with broken cisterns that will not hold water. These broken cisterns are the precepts and doctrines of men which are being taught instead of the anointed Word that flows from the throne of God.
That river has dried up in America until the fountain of life has become a dry morsel that is not palatable and will not reproduce life in God's people.
Although the river of life has dried up in most, God has His people, like Elijah, that have hidden themselves by the brook, Cherith. Elijah drank of that brook until it dried up. The ravens fed him there. That brook represents the Word of God drying up in Israel; and God calling aside the ministry He would use to, again, start the river of life flowing from the throne of God to Israel.
God is preparing a people who have the river flowing from their innermost being. These, who have been called aside, need to be planted by the river of life and drawing their substance from the fountain of life.
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:3
We are to be trees planted by that river with our roots drawing nourishment from that river.
Jeremiah recorded God's promise to those planted by the river.
"For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." Jeremiah 17:8
Those who are partaking of that living, Spiritually anointed Word that is flowing from the throne of God will not be affected by the drought that has taken place in most churches. These draw their nourishment from the river of life.
God's wonderful promises are not to the nation of America, but, rather, to His people in this nation that will survive this drought.
"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:1-2
This healing river of life which flows from the throne of God produces its fruit every month.
The anointed Word of God is coming forth from the trees planted by the river of life. It will flow out of their bellies like a river.
Ezekiel was shown this river. In Ezekiel 47, God reveals this river is flowing under the threshold. This river was flowing from the very throne room of God.
He measured a thousand cubits and the water was only to the ankles. The next thousand was to the knees and the next thousand to the thighs, and the next thousand became a river that no man could pass over; and became the waters which man could swim in. Ezekiel 47:1-5
God is bringing forth this understanding in His people who are planted by the river. These are being cleansed by the washing of the water by the Word. Ephesians 5:26
"Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other." Ezekiel 47:7
God's trees are planted by the waters. These are the same trees as we saw in Revelation 22. Ezekiel 47:9 reveals everywhere that the river flowed and everything that the river touched, lived.
The anointed Word of God is going to flood the land and will bring life to those it touches. The waters were healed. This lifelessness that is flowing from the pulpits will be replaced by the anointed Word that will come forth from the trees planted by the waters. This will bring healing to the nations.
Zechariah shows us the results of this living water which will bring life and healing to everything it touches.
"And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem...
And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and His name one." Zechariah 14:8-9
What wonderful promises to those who are planted by the River of Life!
God has a people planted, soaking up the water of the Word and being cared for day and night, just as He cared for Elijah.
"The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook." Proverbs 18:4
The drought of the Word has come; but this drought will not affect those who are planted by the river and have their roots in the fountain of life.
The rivers of Babylon are drying up because God's judgment hand is upon this nation. But God has a people, a remnant, who have filled themselves with the Word of Life. This Word will break forth like a river. This Word of God will bring healing to the nations in the fullness of time.
Praise the Lord.
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