Isaiah 47 (New International Version (NIV))The Fall of Babylon
God/Isaiah is is speaking to the Babylonians who captured the Jews and forced them into exile for sixty years (The Babylonian Captivity from 597-539BCE). Soon Cyrus will come to save them. But in a sense, it will be too late. The Babylonians took the elite of Israel into their own city as hostages, to be used and to be assimilated. When they returned to Jerusalem, they returned with adopted myths and magic. Christianity contains elements of the the Babylonian culture and of other cultures which passed through the Middle East – the Jews, of course, the Egyptians, and the Greeks among others (though degree and direction of influences are debated). The occult arts of the region of the Babylonians were highly regarded and influential in Europe in later centuries.
“(5.) Sit in silence, go into darkness,
queen city of the Babylonians;
no more will you be called
queen of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people
and desecrated my inheritance;
I gave them into your hand,
and you showed them no mercy.
Even on the aged
you laid a very heavy yoke.
You said, ‘I am forever—
the eternal queen!’
But you did not consider these things
or reflect on what might happen.
“(12.) Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror. All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by. That is all they are to you— these you have dealt with and labored with since childhood. All of them go on in their error; there is not one that can save you. “