Isaiah 21: Babylon Has Fallen
In Isaiah 21, we see another prophecy that involves the downfall of Babylon. At the point of writing, Babylon was in a precarious position. Babylon was technically under Assyrian rule around this time in history, but they were beginning to get their kingdom back together. They had been great, but then they were overrun. At this point in history, they were on the rise again.
It was in this environment that Isaiah made a bold prediction.
Isa 21:7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:
Isa 21:8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:
Isa 21:9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
This is interesting. Again, like I have been coming back to throughout this book, it would not have seemed likely that Babylon would fall. After all, even though the Babylonian Empire had fallen for some time, the city itself was still intact, and it was still an important part of Mesopotamia for the Assyrian Empire.
In some sense then, it had never fully fallen. It remained prominent, but you have Isaiah talking about Babylon actually falling. That must have been hard for the people to believe. After all, even if foreign invaders had not taken down the city, what would possibly take it down entirely?
As we all know, Babylon does not exist anymore. It is a little bit hard to tell exactly when it went off the map, but we had the very least know that Alexander the Great conquered it, died there, and it fell into ruin sometime after that.
Again, it is interesting that this prophecy came hundreds of years before its fulfillment. I don’t know of any other way to predict this accurately other than through supernatural assistance.