Isaiah 13:6-8 “Wail ye; for the day of Jehovah is at hand; as destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Therefore shall all hands be feeble, and every heart of man shall melt: and they shall be dismayed; pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman in travail: they shall look in amazement one at another; their faces shall be faces of flame.”
Comment: The destruction of Babylon seems to affect everyone. They see each other’s faces go up in flames.
Isaiah 13:21-22 “But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and ostriches shall dwell there, and wild goats shall dance there. And wolves shall cry in their castles, and jackals in the pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.”
Comment: Animals will return and live there but they are not normal. Man is no longer able to live there.
Isaiah 14:23 “I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith Jehovah of hosts.”
Comment: Animals and water are there, but no humans.
Jeremiah 50:32 “And the proud one shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up; and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all that are round about him.”
Comment: “Fire” is singular, while “cities” is plural. It could be that one fire destroys the whole area.
Jeremiah 51:20-26 “Thou art my battle-axe and weapons of war: and with thee will I break in pieces the nations; and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; and with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and him that rideth therein; and with thee will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces the old man and the youth; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the virgin; and with thee will I break in pieces the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces governors and deputies. And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith Jehovah. Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith Jehovah, which destroyest all the earth; and I will stretch out my hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks and will make thee a burnt mountain. And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith Jehovah.”
Comment: God will bring about something that destroys all humans and animals. The burnt mountain could be a description of a mushroom cloud. The stones will be so contaminated that they will never be used again.
Revelation 18:9-10 “And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived wantonly with her, shall weep and wail over her, when they look upon the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.”
Comment: In today’s world, people tend to rush in to help others who are facing a crisis or disaster. The news reporters normally rush in so they can film the disaster. In this case, the area could be radioactive, so that the world will be forced to stay away.
Revelation 18:14-19 “And the fruits which thy soul lusted after are gone from thee, and all things that were dainty and sumptuous are perished from thee, and men shall find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning; saying, Woe, woe, the great city, she that was arrayed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stone and pearl! For in an hour so great riches is made desolate. And every shipmaster, and every one that saileth any wither, and mariners, and as many as gain their living by sea, stood afar off, and cried out as they looked upon the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like the great city? And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, wherein all that had their ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.”
Comment: People are unable to help her because her torment will affect them as well. A bomb is capable of causing total destruction in one hour. People will only see smoke coming out of what used to be a great city. The picture described here is of an actual physical place, not some economic or religious system.
Summary: Possibility of Nuclear Bomb
The destruction of Babylon does not keep strange wildlife from living there. The people see each others’ faces go up in flames. This fire appears as a burnt mountain. It is a singular fire that consumes cities or a large area. People or news reporters are unable to go there because they are afraid of the area. They see the results from a distance. The merchants realize that they will no longer be selling their goods there. Everything is destroyed.