Iran threatened to level Dubai
Mystery Babylon alert!
By Craig C. White
After the recent row with the US, the first city that Iran threatened to bomb was Dubai. This is prophetically instructive. Years ago I wrote my commentary titled Dubai a case for Mystery Babylon.
Iran is ancient Persia. The Persians and Medes overthrew ancient Babylon. I think that the Bible tells us that Iran will also destroy Mystery Babylon. Iran or Persia is called Elam in the next verses. They describe the fall of Babylon and I think that they also describe the fall of Mystery Babylon. Arabia is much more appropriately described as the desert of the sea than is ancient Babylon. Ancient Babylon is nowhere near the sea.
Isaiah 21:1-2 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. 2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
Dubai fits the description of the end time city called Mystery Babylon although I think that Mecca fits the bill even better. Either way Mystery Babylon is an opulent Arabian city in the desert by the Sea.
Dubai is very close to Iran and would be easy to bomb. Dubai is also allied with Saudi Arabia and with the US. So if Iran threatens Dubai they incite American allies to put pressure on the US to stop bullying Iran.
I find it very instructive that the first city that Iran threatens is Dubai. If you understand Middle East geopolitics and geography then Dubai is the practical choice. The Bible says that much of Arabia will burn with rivers of fire during the Tribulation. So perhaps the destruction of Dubai will only be the prelude to the destruction of Mecca. Either way it is important for Christians to understand the broad concepts of Bible prophecy. They are practical and follow the patterns of ancient world history. We are living in the end time. If we are wise then we can see the edges of end time events appear; like the Iranian destruction of Mystery Babylon.
Mystery Babylon will be rejected and destroyed by the next world empire. Remember that the next world empire will be revived from the last world empire. The Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire was the last world empire. Turkish President Erdogan is busy rounding up the nations that once belonged to the Ottoman Empire. Iran is allied with Turkey today. Saudi Arabia is despised by Turkey and especially hated by Iran. Iran is engaged in a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Iran’s proxy forces have already launched Iranian missiles at Mecca.
The Ottoman Empire ruled eastern Europe, northern Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East all the way to Iran including Israel. It is apparent that the next world empire will be a renewed Islamic Caliphate. Mecca in Saudi Arabia is the spiritual seat of Islam so one would expect it to be part of an Islamic Empire.
The Bible describes Mystery Babylon as a harlot that rides a beast. In the Bible a harlot describes a false religious system and a beast typically describes a world empire. This harlot will coexist with the next world empire but will be despised and eventually destroyed by it.
Rev 17:3-5 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Mystery Babylon is a city. Mystery Babylon is the Mother of false religion during the end time. The same people who conquered ancient Babylon will destroy Mystery Babylon. Mecca seems like the obvious choice. Dubai is a close second.