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Chapter 1 - Letter from a Friend

What happened to Babylon?

Many years after the prophecy was written Babylon was attacked and the great walls were broken in pieces.

  • The city was destroyed by fire.
  • The city is still in ruins and has never been rebuilt.
  • Not one person lives in Babylon. Wild birds and beasts occupy the ruins.

More than 100 years before Cyrus was born, what did the Lord say he would do?

'This is what the Lord says to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him; to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: "I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron."' Isaiah 45:1,2

'Who says to the watery deep, "Be dry, and I will dry up your streams."' Isaiah 44:27

This is a prophetic picture of how Cyrus, ruler of the Medes and Persians, would attack the city of Babylon. What happened?

He diverted the river Euphrates that ran under the walls of Babylon and through the city. That night, when the riverbed was dry, Cyrus marched his army into Babylon along the path of the dry riverbed. The watchmen were too drunk to care about locking the gates of the inner wall by the riverbank, and Cyrus took the city with ease.

Isaiah wrote the words of this prophecy 100 years before Cyrus was born.

Reading and following the instruction book from my Friend is a good idea - I can trust Him.