In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!' "Every sea captain , and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. Revelation 18:17, NIV
This passage, and surrounding verses, again and again refer to cargoes of treasures transported by the seas. Is this restored Babylon to once again be a seaport?
I can hear the self proclaimed wise ones saying, "Does this ignorant peasant actually take this scripture literally?"
They believe that any literal interpretation must mean that Babylon's religion is the Roman Catholic church, and the seaport could refer to New York or London. Until these places are built between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and named Shinar and Babylon, this fanciful "interpretation" is ruled out.
A powerful proof of the future location of this end-time wickedness is given in a much neglected part of the Bible, Zechariah chapter 5:1-11. How I love this chapter! It irons out the wrinkles that people claim are in Revelation's Babylon. Nothing is for sure concerning prophesy in some churches. But this blessed book nails it down!
The NIV says Babylon, but the KJV says "Shinar", which is the oldest name for this region. Different names for exactly the same place! But who reads Zechariah any more?
Now that leaves the problem of Babylon's inland location. Though it was a seaport many years ago, now it has been silted in and is far from the sea. Climatology to the rescue. I love the union of science and literal Bible interpretation. Despite what many people think, it happens all the time.
I absolutely believe in Global Warming. Now that is a political issue (it can't be true if Al Gore says so) what should be a matter of measurement, has become an argument without resolution.
What has this to do with Babylon as a seaport? Briefly, when the huge stores of ice melt, and the sea expands through warming, I believe "Shinar" will once again be on the sea. Or the sea will come up to it. I asked my best friend to link the best scientific video I have seen on a trend that is well underway.