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Revelation Doom Songs (Revelation 18.2-3a)

"With a mighty voice he shouted: 'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!'[a] She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries." (Revelation 18.2-3a)✞

Isaiah's Doom Song

Site of EdomThe prophet Isaiah's doom song on Edom reads in Isaiah 34.11-15, "The desert owl [the precise identification of these birds is uncertain.] and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation. Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away. Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls. Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures will also lie down and find for themselves places of rest. The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings; there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate." There are a number of unusual creatures mentioned here. The "satyr" is thought to be "a wild goat." The "night hag" may simply refer to the "night creatures." The precise identification of these birds is uncertain in the Hebrew and Greek.✞

Nineveh Doom Song

The Ancient City of NinevehA parallel doom song on Nineveh, from the prophet Zephaniah 2.13-15 begins, "He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert. Flocks and herds will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl and the screech owl will roost on her columns. Their hooting will echo through the windows, rubble will fill the doorways, the beams of cedar will be exposed. This is the city of revelry that lived in safety. She said to herself, 'I am the one! And there is none besides me.' What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts! All who pass by her scoff and shake their fists." These passages from Isaiah and Zephaniah have similarities and parallels to the Revelation doom songs in that they are a grim foretelling of ruin on a mighty city, but at the same time they are all great and passionate poetry.✞

"Revelation Doom Songs"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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