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This paper was written by a UCG member. Please do download your own free copy and please do share it with your elder and as many others as possible. Maybe wide circulation will motivate an honest look and response.
The ancient Chaldeans lived at Babylon and although the Babylonian Empire was named after the capitol city of Babylon, the actual people who built that empire were the Chaldeans.
Remember Nebuchadnezzar of Daniel and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon which he built.
The Chaldeans were a very talented and artistic people associated with the Assyrians; so artistic that Babylon was the wonder of the ancient world. The Chaldeans were also known for being highly superstitious and heavily into all manner of magic, enchantments and general witchcraft’s; including the casting of horoscopes and foretelling through various omens and methods, in short they understood dark sentences and all manner of methods of contacting demons and spiritualism.
Babylon [Chaldea] was the head of the great image of Daniel 2, and that image represented the successive peoples who would take over that same system until it is destroyed by Christ at his coming.
When each nation took over the empire they replaced the people and rulers with a different race of people and each new race continued to keep the same Babylonian Empire system with its church / state system.
The Babylonian system is that of a state religion in league with the political system. This system continued through Media-Persia, Greece and the Holy Roman Empire, right down to our days when the very same system will soon be revived.
There is coming a church/state Babylonian style system in Europe; which will feature a political leader endorsed by a religious leader now called a Pope.
The ancient Chaldeans were so famous for their enchantments and spiritualism [Satanism and demonic associations]; that long after the actual people migrated out of that region and into Italy any wizard or enchanter in the successive empires was still called a “Chaldean”
Today the Pope’s are the inheritors of the Chaldean spiritualistic religion of esoteric darkness. The ancient sun worship and esoteric arts merely relabeled Christian.
We are now at the latter days when the feet of Babylon, which is also a last revival of the Holy Roman Empire; will rise up with ten nations represented by the ten toes of that statue.
We must remember that Assyria [Germany, Austria, Hungary] constitutes three of the ten nations and that this is the reviving of the Holy Roman Empire of church/state ruler ship started by the Chaldeans so very long ago in Babylon.
The emperor may well be Germanic and Germany Austria Hungary will have a decisive ;leadership role, but the system will be Chaldean Babylonian system [see Daniel 2] to its core.
The Chaldeans were largely absorbed into the Assyrian peoples with whom they were always closely associated, both being descended from Arphaxad and living in the same region.
Therefore Habakkuk was inspired to prophecy about the Chaldeans in the end times. In this prophecy of the Chaldeans, the Chaldeans as the HEAD [through Nebuchadnezzar] of the Babylonian system are portrayed as the entire beast system of Babylon [The latter day final Holy Roman Empire revival] in the last days.
Habakkuk begins by lamenting over the lack of godly zeal, justice and righteousness among his people.
Habakkuk 1:1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
1:3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
Habakkuk mourns the disregarding of God’s laws and commandments and all the wickedness in physical and in duality by spiritual Israel in those days and today. That would include our latter day nations and the Elect of God who commit the same sins, for God is not a respecter of persons.
God then responds that he will raise up the Chaldeans [Babylon at that time, and a type of the final Holy Roman Empire in our day] to correct the people.
1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
1:6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation [called so by Habakkuk for Nebuchadnezzar’s (bitter to the Jews) destruction of Jerusalem], which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their’s
In that time Nebuchadnezzar built up a tremendous empire and corrected Judah.
1:7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.
This is referring to the Chaldeans as a type of the ten nations of the soon coming Holy Roman Empire [HRE] revival, the Chaldeans being the HEAD of the whole Dan 2 system.
In Revelation the whole system is called Babylon the Great.
The following description of ancient military power is an allegory of the military power that the new Europe will have; when all ten nations give their militaries and security apparatus over to a single ruler and he gains control of the massive quantities of military hardware being stored by others in Europe.
1:8 Their horses [read armies of the New Europe] also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
1:9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity [the New Europe of Babylon the Great will defeat Israel/Judah in the end time, as Nebuchadnezzar defeated Judah in the past and will gather their wealth to itself as one heaps up the sand] as the sand.
1:10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes [They shall scorn the power of those they attack]. shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold [They shall hold in derision the strength of those they attack.]; for they shall heap dust [They shall bring the strong holds to destruction and take them because God is against us to correct us for all our wickedness.], and take it.
All this will come upon physical and spiritual Israel for our idolatries and sins; but then by his victories they shall be filled with pride in themselves and their miracle working religious leader [who they follow as an ultimate moral authority, a god] in Rome
1:11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend [the Eternal], imputing this his power unto his god [instead of extolling the Eternal who had given him his victories].
The new HRE shall declare that their victories were by the strength of the final false prophet in Rome and by their own might; thus offending the Eternal who sent them to correct his people.
The Might and Holiness of God
1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.
1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.
1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.
1:17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?
Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
Habakkuk speaks of the pride and sins of the Chaldeans; and God gives him a vision about their latter end. This is about more than the ancient Chaldeans for God is not a respecter of persons and all who commit the same sins will be corrected; just like the coming New Europe will correct physical and spiritual Israel and will then be corrected itself.
God plainly tells Habakkuk that this is a prophecy of the latter days, our days today.
2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry [Once the appointed time arrives the vision will not be delayed any longer] .
This vision is for the “appointed time” at the end, spoken of by Daniel 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
The end times of the tribulation and second coming have been appointed since the beginning. These things will surely happen at their appointed times, whether we are ready or not. Indeed they will happen when most of the brethren are NOT ready, and just like Christ caught the Mosaic Pharisees by surprise at his first coming, he will catch most people by surprise today for they will not heed the warnings.
The wicked are full of pride in their own ways, but the just shall live by faith and the works of faith, to live by EVERY WORD of God.
2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
The proud and conceited live in sin for they trust in their own ways; but the righteous man shall live by every word of God, Mat 4:4.
2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine [he is intoxicated with pride], he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as [he is as greedy as death which devours all physical things] hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
The New Europe burdens itself with subjugating the nations, but in the end they shall rise up to throw off his yoke.
2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
2:7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
2:8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood [your great bloodshed], and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
God is not a respecter of persons and the warnings are for us as well as for Babylon [the New Europe]:
We should take heed and quickly repent lest we share their fate. Woe to those who proudly seek to exalt themselves.
2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
2:10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
Today in the Ekklesia many covet to exalt themselves over others.
2:11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
2:12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood [bloodshed], and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
Those who seek to exalt themselves shall be abased and the glory of the Eternal shall be exalted above all men and gods.
2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Woe unto them who build a corporate church by oppressing the people and demanding to be idolized above the Word of God. You know who these folks are. Woe to those who make people drunk with pride that they may lead them into sin and steal their crowns.
2:15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
Woe unto those who make others drunk with pride, leading them into sin that their garments of righteousness might be stripped away.
2:16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered [the foreskin is a symbolic veil representing the sin that separates us from any sensitivity to the Word of God, which is why circumcision is a symbol of repentance and conversion]: the cup of the LORD’s right hand [the wrath of God] shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.
On the spiritual plane this is talking about today’s Ekklesia intoxicating the people with false doctrine, false teachings, pride and false traditions, as well as personal and organizational idolatry; just as the final false prophet will do, using miracles to deceive and exalt himself and his associates.
Today the COG Groups have also done this very same thing by rejecting entire sections of scripture so that they may cling to their own false traditions and lead the brethren into the idolatry of exalting men and organizations above the Word of God.
Habakkuk 2:17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood [that the new Europe sheds], and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
As they had images and many still do today, we also have idols of men and the false traditions of men.
2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
2:19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
The idolater and his idolatries shall not come to good, but the end of the idolater is destruction. Turn to God and his commandments.
The LORD dwells in the Temple of those who live by EVERY WORD of God. The LORD does not dwell in those who follow idols of men and false teachings.
2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence [do not dispute with God] before him.
A psalm about the greatness of God.
Habakkuk 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work [of making a holy people] in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
3:4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns [power, authority] coming out of his hand: and there [in his hands] was the hiding of his power.
3:5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
3:6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers [figurative of the waters of Babylon] ? was thy wrath against the sea [against the wicked peoples], that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
3:10 The mountains [nations] saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
When Christ comes he will destroy the wicked
3:12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
Messiah the Anointed One, was wounded to save the repentant, and he will destroy the idolatrous foundations of the unrepentant wicked
3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
3:14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
3:15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
3:16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops [Christ will come with his armies of resurrected chosen].
Even in great famine I will put my trust in the Eternal
3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
In all forms of prosperity and adversity I will cleave to my God.
3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet [to leap like the deer for joy at his salvation] like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places [Messiah will lift up and deliver all his sincerely repentant from all their sorrows] . To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.