The City of Babylon has a very prominent place in end-time predictions. I thought I would give an overview of its history & what is happening there today. (I do see that some of this has been posted before but it fits in here with our discussion of Assyria & what is happening in that part of the world today.)
Ancient Babylon was one of the earliest centres of civilization next to the Euphrates & Tigris rivers. At the pinnacle of Nebuchadnezzar`s dominion in the 6th century B.C., it was the world`s biggest & most sophisticated City. it had a population of approximately one million inhabitants, & enjoyed power & prosperity for fifteen centuries. Its `hanging gardens,` were classed as one of the wonders of the ancient world. The City itself, was the admiration of all mankind. it was abandoned, however, in the 4th century B.C., & rapidly disappeared, but was never actually destroyed precisely as specifically predicted by the prophets. Babylon, therefore, must literally be rebuilt.
Anthony Walker, an authoritative correspondent for the Melbourne `Age,` took a day off at the end of the Gulf War to inspect the ruins of Babylon. He reported -
`To my amazement a city is emerging from the swamp into which it had sunk for more than 2,000 years of decay & neglect. Walls have been rebuilt along the Processional Way leading to the Ishtar Gate. A replica of this famed Ishtar gate has been completed in blue-grey glazed bricks with relief carvings. The bitumen surface on the street itself, which remarkably dates from the time of Nebuchadnezzar, has been uncovered. The great Ziggurat, with its seven steps has been reconstructed, together with the crenelated fortifications along the Processional Route.
Millions of bricks have been used to reconstruct its most famous features, including Nebuchadnezzar`s Throne room, his massive Southern Palace, Temples & a 4,000 seat Amphitheatre. There is still writing on the walls of procession Way.`
President Hussein had provided an `open cheque,` for the task & even brought men from the battle-front for the project. Alongside the road from Baghdad scores of brickmaking factories were working. All the bricks used bore the inscription `Restored in the Era of Saddam Hussein.` The area will be artificially irrigated for the replanting of the Hanging gardens.
Today the US & the UN have made it a priority to complete the rebuilding of this ancient city. You can view the development on videos on YouTube. Also interesting to note that the ISIS are closing in on the city of Baghdad which is not far north of the city of Babylon.