H. L. Sheppard
THE PLACE WHERE DEMONS DANCE
Isa 13:19 “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Isa 13:20 “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.”
Isa 13:21 “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 (Heb. Demons) shall dance there.”
Babylon: Historians have attributed various numbers to the size and magnitude of the city of Babylon. Generally, the city is assumed to have had walls that were 300’ tall and 80’ wide, with a foundation that was 35’ deep. The walls encircling the city were 60 miles around, with each side being about 15 miles. This would mean that the area enclosed by the walls covered about 225 square miles (or 10,000 times the size of our church lot of about 14 acres). The population was believed to be in excess of 200,000. For sport, and to demonstrate the superiority of the super power of Babylon, four chariots were often raced side by side on top of the walls. The city contained 53 temples and 180 altars to Bel and Ishtar. The “Hanging Gardens” of Babylon were being built during Daniel’s time as Nebuchadnezzar’s “Chief of Governors”. They were one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was known as the “City of Gold” and was without doubt the mightiest, most imposing fortress ever constructed.
Bel: The premier god of the Babylonians had a golden image in “The Great Temple of Marduc (Bel)” that sat on a golden table. Together the image and the table weighed 50,000 lbs. In 2012 currency, the value would be $1.1 Billion dollars.
Columbus Georgia: Population is approximately 190,000. Total area is about 216 square miles (only 9 sq. mi. less than Babylon). It is very close to the total area and population of Babylon.
In 323 B.C. Alexander the Great attempted to rebuild the City of Babylon. He lived only a few days after construction began, and died at the age of 32.
In 1982, Saddam Hussein began to attempt to rebuild Babylon. He succeeded in constructing an imposing palace. However, Isaiah's prophecy makes it clear that Babylon would never be completely rebuilt. After only ten years, the brick used in Saddam Hussein's efforts to rebuild Babylon began to crack. God intended that the city of Babylon would never again be inhabited as the original walled city was. Babylon would never again be used to keep men bound inside and keep God outside.
The walls of Babylon were designed to keep the enemy out. But, the awful horror of these seemingly impregnable walls was that they prevented the innocent from escaping. That which was intended to protect became the means whereby good men were incarcerated.
Men continue to lock God out of their heart. They will build walls of resistance tall and thick and sink the foundation of those walls deep into their own self-will. These walls become the means for spiritual exclusion, both human and divine, for all whom the builder desires to extricate and ostracize from his life.
Prov 18:19 “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
Don't make the mistake of isolating yourself from God, His People and those who need you. Don't try to erect walls of separation and quarantine yourself behind them. Don’t allow your isolation from God and His people to attempt to build walls of separation that keep God out. Don’t allow the selfishness of the human will to keep you insulated from the touch of God and others.
God told Isaiah that Babylon would never be rebuilt. He said that Babylon would be a “Place where demons dance”. The soul who isolates and insulates itself from the touch of God eventually becomes a place of degradation and ruin. The soul that is separated from God eventually becomes “A place where Demons Dance”.
DO THE WORD!