The Fall of Babylon

The Fall of Babylon
Historical Significance
Fall of Babylon Chart

The Fall of Babylon

After the Babylonian army was defeated by the Persian Army of Cyrus at Opis, Sippar was captured without a battle on October 6, 539 BC (Julian), and the last King of Babylon, Nabonidus fled.  While Cyrus remained in Sippar, his army with Gubaru, Governor of Gutium, entered Babylon on October 12, 539 BC without a battle.  The sacrifices of the people to their idols in the temples were not disturbed.  Nabonidus was later captured when he returned.

Historical Significance

Ever since the Tower of Babel and the rise of Nimrod, Satan sought to rule the world through one government with a sovereign king.  After the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant, which deeded the Promised Land to Israel, he would have to conquer Israel to do that.  His goal was finally realized with the defeat of the Southern Kingdom of Judah by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 586 BC.  With the fall of Judah, Babylon became the sovereign ruler of the world.   It was the first world empire as foretold by a dream of King Nebuchadnezzar in the time of Daniel.  It was the head of gold of an image that symbolized the kingdoms of the world.

The Babylonian Empire was established by tyranny and violence.  Nations were conquered.  The people were slaughtered and the cities looted and plundered (Hab 2:7, 8).  The leaders of Babylon were empowered by Satan.  The military leader was an Evil King, and the civilian government was under the Power of the Prostitute of Babylon.  Satan gave them success through his evil power (Hab 2:9).  The religion of Babylon was the worship of Satan through idolatry.

Babylon was the great symbol of Satan's power and might.  It symbolized his rulership of a vast army of demons known as the Cosmic System.  In spite of all its glory, however, Babylon was doomed because it fell under the curse of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:3).  Those who curse Israel will be cursed.  No nation has ever attacked Israel and survived.

The fall of Babylon in 539 BC was one of the major events in the history of the world.  Not only was the first and greatest empire of the world conquered but the fall of Babylon symbolized the ultimate defeat of Satan's Cosmic System.  That will occur at the Second Advent when Satan and his demons will be conquered and incarcerated for a thousand years before being thrown into the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:2, 3, 7, 10).

At the Second Advent the great cry will be heard as predicted by Isaiah and Jeremiah, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great" (Is 21:9; Jer 51:8; Rev 14:8; 18:2).  The fall of the Kingdom of Babylon in 539 BC symbolized the fall of Satan's Cosmic System at the Second Advent.  The fall of Satan's Cosmic System means he has lost his appeal trial.  He has been defeated by Righteousness and Truth, and he will be Judged in the Lake of Fire forever and ever.

Fall of Babylon Chart

Fall of Babylon ChartThe Chart of the fall of Babylon in 539 BC contains a Castle, a Grand Cross, and two Threshing Floors.  The Castle symbolizes the Kingdom of Babylon, and the Grand Cross symbolizes the intense suffering of the Judgment of that kingdom.  A Threshing Floor symbolizes the crushing Judgment of Babylon.

The Sun was in Libra for sovereign authority (Dan 5:26-28).  Babylon was the sovereign world ruler, but it was weighed in the balance and lost its sovereignty to Cyrus.  The Savior Planet was also in Libra for being rescued, corresponding to the rescue of the Jewish captives in Babylon.

The Moon was in Taurus for the royal court of King Belshazzar (Dan 5:9).  Also in Taurus was the Almighty God Planet for a world empire (Babylon).

The Last Adam was in Cancer for scourging.

Isaiah 21:10 Israel Threshed
O my threshed one, and child of my threshing floor!
What I have heard from the LORD of the Armies, the God of Israel, I have declared to you.
Threshing refers to crushing Judgment (Jer 51:33; Mic 4:12-13).  Israel is the threshed one.  It has been crushed by the Lord from Babylon to destroy the chaff and redeem the remnant.

The Redeemer Planet was in Leo for a king redeemer, corresponding to Cyrus.

The Morning Star was in Virgo for (Jewish) believers.

The Mediator Planet was in Scorpius for the deceiver (Satan, Rev 12:9).

The Red Planet was in Aquarius for the suffering of a flood, corresponding to the invasion of the Army of Cyrus.

Isaiah 21:7 Watching for the Persian Army
When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs,
Riders on donkeys, riders on camels,
Let him pay close attention, very close attention.
The lookouts watching for the arrival of the Persian Army in Babylon would see a column of cavalry two abreast.  The column of horsemen in pairs symbolizes a flood, since animals entered the Ark two-by-two.  Pairs symbolize a witness and the Army of the Medes and Persians, corresponding to the silver breast and arms of the statue seen by Daniel (Dan 2:32).
Isaiah 21:9 Fall of Babylon
Now behold, here comes a cavalry, horsemen in pairs;
And it lifted up its voice and said,
"Fallen! Fallen! is Babylon!
And all the images of her gods are shattered on the ground."
The cavalry of Cyrus conquered the Army of Babylon.  The cry that echoed far and near was, "Fallen! Fallen! is Babylon."  This is also the meaning of the God of the Covenants in Aquarius for a bearer of good news.  This was the good news of the fall of Babylon.

Shattered images means the defeat of the demon gods that protected Babylon (Is 46:1; Jer 50:2; 51:44).  Cyrus did not destroy the images upon conquering Babylon.  He even restored them to their rightful locations.  However, in 484 BC Ahasuerus (Xerxes) (ruled 486-465 BC) melted down the golden statue of Bel (Marduk, Merodach) after revolts had broken out the year before.


The Chart of the Fall of Babylon contains a Castle and a Grand Cross.  The Castle symbolizes the world empire of Babylon, and the Grand Cross is for the intense suffering of Divine Judgment whereby Babylon fell from the conquest of Cyrus.  The Chart with only these two configurations is thus quite simple.  The Sun was in Libra for sovereign authority of weighing Babylon in the balance and finding it lacking (Dan 5:26-28).  The Moon was in Taurus for the royal court of Belshazzar.  The other planets filled in the details.

Thus, one of the great events in world history was mapped in the heavens to match the events on Earth.

Fall of Babylon Chart Planets

Sun Libra Sovereign authority (Dan 5:26-28)
Moon Taurus Royal court (Belshazzar)
Savior Libra Rescued (Jewish captives)
Morning Star Virgo (Jewish) believers
Red Planet Aquarius Suffering of a flood (Isa 21:7, 9)
Almighty God Taurus World empire (Babylon)
Ring Planet Aquarius Bearer of good news (Isa 21:9)
Mediator Scorpius Deceiver (Satan, Rev 12:9)
Redeemer Leo King redeemer (Cyrus)
Last Adam Cancer Scourging (Isa 21:10)



1.  "Battle of Opis," Wikipedia, Feb. 8, 2014.

Released September 14, 2014 - Revised March 6, 2014

Author: Larry Wood
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