Does the phrase "my people," in reference to God warning his people to come out of Mystery Babylon, refer to the Jews or the Church? Here is what Richard Coombes says about the phrase "my people" in his book, America The Babylon: America's Destiny Foretold in Biblical Prohecy. Real Publishing, 1998, Ch. 6, pp 59-60. Richard lists several identifying characteristics or markers for Mystery Babylon mentioned in scripture. One of them is that this nation has to have a large Jewish population:
There is a large Jewish population living in future Babylon. Just as in ancient Babylon the future Babylon will also be home to a large population of Jewish immigrants. There are several mentions of this identifying marker:
In this verse we see the plea to "wander away from Babylon." This is a plea to Jews. We know this because in verse 4 we find a key Hebrew phrase, "In those days and at that time." This phrase, which is uniquely Hebraic, signifies the future time when the Messiah would come, and the verse continues to discuss the return of the Jewish people to their homeland. This occurred in the Zionist movement's early development around the turn of the 20th Century.
Jeremiah 50:5 continues with this theme.
Verse 6 starts out referring to "My People" with the "My" indicating God's possessing or claiming these people. This is a clear reference to Jews/Israelites, and not the Christian church. Verse 6 talks about how the people became lost, and this theme continues in verse 7. Verse 8 begins with the plea to return from the land of Babylon. "Chaldeans" was a term used for the people of the Babylonia nation and Chaldea was the term for the area surrounding Babylon, or you might say Chaldea was the name of the Nation/Empire of Babylon. Continuing on to the same chapter we come to verse 28 of Jer. 50. There we read of the departure of Jewish refugees, we know this because it talks about their fleeing to Zion or Israel, and to declare vengeance for His Temple.
Here we have a direct and urgent plea, "Flee from the land of Babylon." How do we know this is for the Jews? Verse 5 directly prior to verse 6 refers specifically to Israel and Judah. Verse 6 simply picks up where verse 5 left off.
Jeremiah chapter 51:45, 46
Here we have the distinct phrase, "Come out of her, My people." Here again, is a famous Hebrew phrase referring specifically to Israel and the Jewish people. Earlier in verse 35 we see a quote by the Israelis which begins a running commentary leading to verse 45 and the phrase, "Come out of her, My people."
Here we start with verse 12. God speaks to Israel and the speech continues throughout the chapter. In fact, the whole chapter is a speech by God to Israel, culminating in the Divine command, "Go forth from Babylon, Flee from the Chaldeans." At the end of the verse, God tells the recipients of this speech to say the Lord has purchased back "His servant Jacob." Again a clear reference to Israel. If this were not enough, there is a further corollary in Revelation 18:4 but we will look at that reference in Section III.
So, here we have 5 specific references from Jeremiah and Isaiah's prohecies. the prophecies say that Future Babylon will have been a home to a large if not largest group of the Jews in the world, just like in the ancient Babylon which also play God's host to a majority of the Jewish population for several centuries.
What nation of today has the largest Jewish population? Is it Israel? No. Is it Russia? No. It "is" the United States. In New York City alone, there are more Jewish people than anywhere else in the world, including Israel. No country comes close to matching this characteristic except the USA.
For a more indepth analysis of America the Babylon check out Rick's web site Alpha-Omega Report
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