Truth is, men don't want to even consider that what is happening is a divine decree against babylon. Babylon's own activities may be the very cause:-
Isa 24:19 The earth is utterly broken, the earth is split apart, the earth is violently shaken.
Isa 24:20 The earth staggers like a drunken man; it sways like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not rise again.
The waves are coming up upon babylon, for sure
Jer 51:42 The sea has come up on Babylon; she is covered with its tumultuous waves.
Jer 51:43 Her cities have become a horror, a land of drought and a desert, a land in which no one dwells, and through which no son of man passes.
Bible commentators liken these waves to the Median invaders and this is probably its most direct application. However, like many prophecies in scripture, there is often a later fulfillment intended also.
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