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DEEP DESPAIR; The devices of ISIS backfire

Wow…this is not a message from King David unless he was one amazing prophet.  The captivity in Babylon must have been remembered by a psalmist from a much later period.  The brutality of the Babylonian conquest of Israel is well explained by Spurgeon’s bible studies.  http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps137.htm But we might understand it better in modern context as well.  Babylon made many enemies, and the Persians soon extracted the violent vengeance these Jews wished on Babylon.  Today ISIS is a more violent type of Babylon than Saddam Hussein had inflicted on Iraq in his time.  They too are afflicting Israel in the persecution of Christians who are a new branch of Abraham.  You have heard of the horrors of ISIS so you can relate this to what the Jews are describing here.  Expect the same end for ISIS as their ancestors received.

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.  We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.  For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.  How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?  If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.  Psalm 137:1-5

The Jews imprisoned in the plains of Babylon despair to ever see Jerusalem again.  While they have no mood for musical celebration their captors demanded entertainment.  Any songs of Zion would provoke memories of what they lost and how they lost it.  They would prefer to forget their musical skills than to forget Zion.  Only memories of Zion remain because of their isolation and because of the destruction of Jerusalem.  Their captors have forbidden the praise of God, and all the songs of Israel’s joy center on exactly that.  Now Israel can appreciate what their sins have cost them.

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.  Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.  O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.  Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.  Psalm 137:6-9

We can’t afford to forget Zion or its God which are the hydration of our soul.  Israel remembers to seek the living water of God for their hope.  The Jews expect God to remember the men who brought this great violence against them.  Babylonians leveled Jerusalem and killed the men, women, and children of it.  Now the Jews remember their faithful God and expect to see the same destruction return upon Babylon.  Indeed the Persians were happy to fulfill the prophesies against Babylon.

Today the people of Iraq (Babylon) are relieved of a neo-Babylonian oppression under Saddam Hussein’s Sunni regime.  But a new Sunni movement is revived under the ISIS banner, and the Shites of Iran (Persia) and Iraq are failing in the siege.  Remember the gas attacks against Iraqi civilians under Hussein?  Now ISIS is proving even more violent against civilians, including women and children.

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Our Kingdom of God is grafted in through Jesus, and they are no less adamant for our Zion today.  When Iraqi Christians are captured they still long for our God and stand for him.  http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/In-face-of-beheading-Iraqi-children-proclaim-love-for-Jesus-383538

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Can we understand the sentiment against the Babylonians when we read of ancient Israel?  Perhaps the great irony is that Abraham left Babylon (Ur) to follow God.  Now The Persians (Iran) are again turning against these Babylonian remnants of ISIS.  Do you think the Christians of Syria and Iraq grieve for the children of ISIS?  The spirit of Babylon has been kept alive and generates little sympathy.

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Indeed God promised no mercy to ancient Babylon, and this may carry into the present.  Isaiah 13 predicts a Persian victory, and this may be a repeating event today.  Iran is moving troops to Syria to fight ISIS.  http://www.debka.com/article/24646/Exclusive-Tehran-expected-to-invoke-defense-pact-for-large-scale-troop-deployment-to-Syria

ABOUT BABYLON AND ISIS:

Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.  Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.  Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.  Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.  And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.  Isiah 13:15-19

God used Persia in the past, and he can do it again.  God hears his people, and he does not forget them.  God can speak for himself.

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