Babylon and the Israeli State
Jun 03, 2008
I discovered in 1991 that the Israeli state had been founded on Cursed Time--the factor of 414, which I explained fully in my book, Secrets of Time. (It is posted online for all to read.)
Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians in the year 537 B.C. If you add 6 x 414 years to that date, you come to the year 1948. This links the modern Israeli state to Babylon, or specifically to the fall of Babylon and the beginning of the "arms of silver," Medo-Persia. Medo-Persia represented the next phase of the succession of empires prophesied in Daniel 2.
I also discovered that this particular time cycle actually began 2 x 414 years earlier with Israel's first captivity recorded in the third chapter of Judges. So actually, the year 1948 is the culmination of 8 periods of 414 years. That is of particular interest, since Israel's first captivity to the king of Mesopotamia (i.e., the old name for Babylon) was for a total of 8 years. On a deeper level, that first captivity prophesied of a greater subservience to "Babylon" that would be 8 x 414 years in length.
As I showed in Secrets of Time, Israel's first captivity came just 42 years after they had crossed the Jordan River under Joshua. The number 42 itself signifies "the time of Jacob's trouble," because Jacob himself had two times of "trouble," each lasting 21 years. Hence, the book of Revelation speaks of "42 months" of oppression (Rev. 13:5).
The 8-year captivity came to an end in Israel's 50th year since their Jordan crossing. Othniel, "the Power of God," was raised up to deliver them, as they celebrated their first Jubilee. By The Law of First Mention, this first captivity establishes a pattern that is particularly significant in Scripture. It is only by understanding its timing, however, that its significance is manifested.
This first captivity was designed to show us the real captivity to the real Babylon that is universal in its scope. It affects all of us, because it is the bondage to the flesh itself. On this level, Canaan is our "Promised Land." The conquest of Canaan is an allegory of "the redemption of our body" (Rom. 8:23). The warfare is spiritual, because we fight not against flesh and blood. The "kings of Canaan" are allegorical of the various characteristics of the carnal mind, which we are to cast down. Paul says in Eph. 6:12 that our warfare is "against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places."
At any rate, after 2 x 414 years, Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians, shortly after Daniel read the "handwriting on the wall" (Dan. 5:24-28). But the captivity was longer than that, for Babylon only represented the "head of gold," which was the first phase of captivity. Next would follow two centuries of Medo-Persian rule, followed by Alexander the Great and his generals, who conquered the Persians. Then would come Imperial Rome and Papal Rome (the "little horn"). That essentially brings us up to date, when we arrive at another 6 x 414 years in the year 1948.
What actually happened in 1948? I mean, what happened from the divine perspective? In a word, 1948 was a potential time for the overthrow of Babylon, which had been established earlier by the Federal Reserve Act (1913-14). Spiritual warfare could have accomplished this, if this had been possible. But the Israelis were not even Christians as they established their new Jewish State. Their warfare had been carnal, for men like Menachem Begin and Yitshak Shamir led terrorist organizations to accomplish their goal of independence. I told that story in my book, The Struggle for the Birthright.
On the other hand, the Latter Rain movement began on Feb. 14, 1948. I believe they were called as the representatives of the Church at that time. But because they believed that the Jews were Israel, they were tricked into giving away their Birthright. The Birthright has to do with Sonship, as I have said many times, and so the Latter Rain movement preached Sonship, but failed to actually see the manifestation of the Sons of God. Why? Because they gave away the right to Sonship to carnally-minded people who had no interest in following the proper path to Sonship.
Hence, Jewish takeover of Babylon in 1948 was not the end of captivity, but was like the Medo-Persian conquest. It was an extension of captivity under new rulers. The Israeli state itself became their "Son," that is, their "messiah" for all to worship and serve.
This prophetic pattern was established thousands of years ago when Esau killed Nimrod and took his garments (i.e., Noah's garments from Adam). This story is not told in the Bible, for God intended to hide it from us until the time of the end. But it is revealed in the book of Jasher, discovered in 1613 and published in English in 1840. (We have copies for those who want to read it. $16 post paid.) Jasher 27:4-7 reads,
"And on a certain day Esau went in the field to hunt, and he found Nimrod walking in the wilderness with his two men. . . . And Esau concealed himself from Nimrod, and he lurked for him in the wilderness. . . . And Nimrod and two of his men that were with him came to the place where they were, when Esau started suddenly from his lurking place, and drew his sword, and hastened and ran to Nimrod and cut off his head."
Esau then had to run for his life, because Nimrod's bodyguards were chasing him. He managed to escape, but when he arrived home, he was absolutely exhausted and extremely hungry. That is when he sold his birthright to Jacob for a pot of stew, and here is where the biblical account begins. The Bible does not tell us why Esau was so famished, nor why he would "despise his birthright." But Jasher explains it to us.
Esau had taken Nimrod's garments, which he had acquired when Ham stole them from Noah in Genesis 9. Jasher 27:10 says,
"And Esau took the valuable garments of Nimrod, which Nimrod's father had bequeathed to Nimrod and with which Nimrod prevailed over the whole land."
Esau had more confidence in those garments than in God's promise. He thought those garments would ensure his right to rule the world. But all he did was to usurp Nimrod's kingdom by violence and force.
Esau, of course, was called Edom (Gen. 36:8). In my book, The Struggle for the Birthright, I give a complete account of the history of Esau's struggle with Jacob in his attempt to regain the birthright and the land of Canaan. The Edomites were ultimately conquered by John Hyrcanus in 126 B.C. and the survivors were forced to convert to Judaism, as all historians acknowledge. (Just "google"Idumea, which is the Greek form of Edom, and you can read the whole story for yourself.)
Josephus tells us that "they were hereafter no other than Jews." Most Christians and Jews have not understood the consequences of this forced conversion to Judaism. There are many end-time prophecies in Scripture, including the entire book of Obadiah, which show Edom to be a major force in the end of the age. Who can fulfill those prophecies? They were absorbed into Jewry, and so Edom is a subset of world Jewry today. In fact, the Israeli state is the modern representative of Esau-Edom today and is the only candidate that can possibly fulfill the prophecy of Edom.
Christian Zionists often say that the Palestinians represent Esau, while traditional Judaism says it is Rome and Christianity itself. But neither have a shred of historical evidence to prove their cases. History makes it very clear, as even the Jewish Encyclopedia says, "Edom is in modern Jewry."
The Israeli state cut off Nimrod's head in 1948 and usurped the power of the previous usurper. The Christians then began to serve the Israeli state, and America has been defending Esau ever since.
Dr. Stephen Jones