Old Testament Imagery Portraying Armageddon
In Old Testament times, the Euphrates River separated Israel from her enemies, Assyria and Babylon.
Both of these nations had to cross this river to invade Israel.
The river flowed through ancient Babylon and was important to the city, providing water for crops and the people.
Without the Euphrates River, the city of Babylon could not survive.
In Revelation, the name ‘Babylon’ is used to describe the religious forces united against God and His people.
The Old Testament tells the story of God’s people being taken captive by Babylon and held within the walls of the city.
Eventually, Cyrus, the Persian general, came with his armies from the east against the city.
The city’s inhabitants felt confident he could not conquer their city as it had formidable defences and an abundant supply of water and food.
One night, while the city’s leaders were having a drunken orgy in the palace of King Belshazzar, Cyrus diverted the river’s waters away from the city.
He marched his armies in through the dried up river-bed and that night the city fell to the Persian armies.
As a result of this fall of Babylon, God’s people were allowed to go free and return to Jerusalem.