8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
Babylon’s fall would be sudden, and it would come as a great surprise to these incredibly self-absorbed people who thought of themselves in the same terms in which God describes Himself. “I am, and there is no one else beside me.” How any human being can consider himself in those terms really leaves me amazed.
The people of Babylon were so confident of their superiority that they never considered for a moment that they could or would be destroyed by the threat from the East, in the person of Cyrus. They were so sure of their safety that they lived carelessly, never worrying that they would lose their freedom, being involved in sorceries and enchantments.
I can’t help but think of so many Americans today who are caught up in witchcraft, enthralled with stories of vampires, hooked on TV programs that portray terrible evil, loving “music” that is filled with hatred, anger, and rebellion, and unnatural lust. We need to pay attention. Babylon was not exempt from God’s judgment, and neither are we. I’m thankful that there are still those who love God, who love His Word, and who are in places of power here in America.
What we really need is a national revival.