9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh,
cruel both with wrath and fierce anger,
to lay the land desolate:
and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light:
the sun shall be darkened in his going forth,
and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity;
and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease,
and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency,
shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It shall never be inhabited,
neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation:
neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there;
neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there;
and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures;
and owls shall dwell there,
and satyrs shall dance there.
22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses,
and dragons in their pleasant palaces:
and her time is near to come,
and her days shall not be prolonged.
This is a prophecy that describes a Spiritual Judgment -- a Spiritual desolation -- that occurs near the end of the world. There is a Spiritual and literal translation to these verses. First comes the Spiritual Judgment, and then on the Last Day is the physical judgment. And judgment begins with the house of God and those within it.
Notice that the purpose of His wrath is to "lay the land desolate", which in the New Testament Era means a Spiritual desolation. Notice that He is to punish the wicked and proud worldly people.
Notice that a kingdom is being referred to, and not the whole world. Notice that this kingdom has become like Sodom, which was a society governed by the laws of men, and was therefore sympathetic to the weaknesses of the flesh. And so, they lived like animals in their manmade laws, and thereby denied God and His higher calling. Notice that this kingdom shall never regain its former glory, but for a time, until the Last Day, it is to be used to corral such a mindset of people.
And remember, judgment begins at the house of God, and all those within it.