Colossians, Chapter 2
12b [But the Christ child] woke up [again within Jesus] when [John] baptized [him], whereby [Jesus], through faith in God and the energy of God that is active [in this world, stood up again after] he died, [because God] woke up [the Christ child within him before he was crucified] and
15a Publicly exhibited [his spiritual] victory [over Satan’s authority] within himself [by standing up again after he died],
14a [Thereby] obliterating [the judgment that] the hand [of God wrote on the wall of our soul, when we violated the Law that] is against us because it is contrary to [our nature] . . . . (ATB)
How can a judgment on a Babylonian king apply to Israel?
Daniel, Chapter 5
2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
The Scripture says that the government of Israel would never depart from Judah (Gen 49:10), but the royal house of Judah became so evil that Jehovah sent them into captivity in Babylon (2 Ki 24:15-16).
Abraham, the progenitor of Israel, is a descendant of Shem, Noah’s first-born son, and Nimrod, the founder of Babylon is the son of Cush, the eldest son of Ham, Noah’s second-born son.
When the royal house of Judah failed, for all intents and purposes, Shem failed in that generation. So Jehovah sent Nebuchadnezzar, a descendant of Shem’s younger brother, Ham, who was righteous in his generation,a to punish Judah. Jehovah sent Judah into captivity to protect them from total destruction because of their sins, until a new generation of repentant Judeans was born in Babylon (as recorded in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah).
Cyrus granted Judah the freedom to return to Israel in 538 B.C., one year after the fall of Babylon in 539 B.C. This was the same time period during which judgment was pronounced upon Belshazzar for profaning the holy vessels (Dan 5:23) which, apparently, Nebuchadnezzar was to guard until they would returned to the temple.
Belshazzar, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, inherited Nebuchadnezzar’s regency over Judahb while they were in captivity, but that regency ended when Belshazzar violated his office by profaning the holy vessels that were under his care. Babylon, the protective covering that Jehovah placed over Judah until the time of Israel’s restoration, was lifted when Belshazzar was found guilty of the same crimes as Judah (Dan 5:24-27), and the same judgment that was upon Judah, fell upon Babylon:
MENE, God has numbered [your merits]
MENE, God has numbered [your sins], and has ended your kingdom, (1 Ki 11:31)
TEKEL, thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting (Jer 22:30)
UPHARSIN, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians (1 Ki 12:21-24).
aDespite the King James and its sister versions of Scripture, Ham was a hero who sounded the alarm when he saw that Noah, his father, had been seduced, thus, jeopardizing Jehovah’s plan to restore righteousness to the creation.
bThe worship of Marduk the main god of ancient Babylon, is compared favorably to monotheism (http://www.ancientneareast.net/mesopotamian-religion/marduk/), and the writer could find no reference to human sacrifice, or any other vile practice. In addition, ancient Babylonian religion is based upon the Code of Hammurabi (http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/hammurabi) a set of righteous laws that resemble the laws of the Old Testament.
Tradition says that Judah’s interment in Babylon corrupted the religion of the Judean captives, but the truth is that Jehovah sent Judah into captivity for offering their living children as burnt sacrifices to Ba’al (Ez 16:20-21).
Question: Does the Babylonian Talmud, which blasphemes Jesus Christ, represent the religion of ancient Babylon, or is it a record of Judean Ba’al worship that began to be written during the Judean captivity?