This is a message about Babylonia. Like a whirlwind sweeping across the desert, disaster will come from a terrifying land.
I have seen a vision of cruel events, a vision of betrayal and destruction. Army of Elam, attack! Army of Media, lay siege to the cities! God will put an end to the suffering which Babylon has caused.
What I saw and heard in the vision has filled me with terror and pain, pain like that of a woman in labor.
My head is spinning, and I am trembling with fear. I had been longing for evening to come, but it has brought me nothing but terror.
In the vision a banquet is ready; rugs are spread for the guests to sit on. They are eating and drinking. Suddenly the command rings out: "Officers! Prepare your shields!"
Then the Lord said to me, "Go and post a sentry, and tell him to report what he sees.
If he sees riders coming on horseback, two by two, and riders on donkeys and camels, he is to observe them carefully."
The sentry calls out, "Sir, I have been standing guard at my post day and night."
Suddenly, here they come! Riders on horseback, two by two. The sentry gives the news, "Babylon has fallen! All the idols they worshiped lie shattered on the ground." 1
My people Israel, you have been threshed like wheat, but now I have announced to you the good news that I have heard from the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel.