Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
The challenge here was for the wise men, the magi, of Babylon to use all their wisdom, all their sorcery and magic, to try to escape the coming judgment. It was all a snap of the fingers to God.
Those trained in the occult in Babylon had been studying from their youth, but all their knowledge would be worthless. They would not prevail against God.
We have them today, too, don’t we? The astrologers, stargazers, and monthly prognosticators still try to predict the future. God challenges them all to stand up and do their best to save Babylon from the coming judgment.
Believers, don’t be fooled by all this. It has existed since Satan fell from heaven. It has always attracted a following because in our pride, we want to be greater than God. Yes, there are a few who occasionally seem to get it right. However, according to all I’ve read, there’s about a 50/50 success rate. You and I could do about as well if we keep abreast of current events and know something about history. The rise and fall of empires and world leaders is nothing new.
All the magic and “wisdom” of Babylon did not protect it from God’s judgment.