Ancient Babylon and Bible Prophecy
While the prophet Daniel establishes Babylon as parallel with the final world power and provides many details of its structure; Jeremiah 51 predicts Babylon's judgment. He prophesies against the literal land that once existed, as well as its latter- day counterpart. As with Tyrus, whose king God identifies as Satan, God refers to the king of Babylon as Lucifer. The Antichrist is "the King of Babylon." Isaiah 14:4-6 records his evil rule and conquest: "That you will take up this proverb against the King of Babylon, and say, How the oppressor has ceased! The golden city ceased! The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers. He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, He who ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted and no one hinders."
The passage later identifies Satan as the King of Babylon, and describes Satan's fall from heaven. Isaiah 14:12-17 continues," How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!"
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.
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" (Rev. 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 Medes and Persians conquered Babylon. The Greeks followed and the Roman Empire came next. The Antichrist emerges from the revived Roman Empire, which becomes powerful through trade and commerce. It makes 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. This prophecy is beginning to see fulfillment with the emergence of the European Union.