What are the signs? Will they be religious in nature? If God has said that His flocks are in confusion this may or may not be helpful because the flock may not recognize them. Signs from God would be recognizable to the degree that they would have been recorded for His people to be sure.
A rumor has gone through the land. Babylon is fallen, is fallen. Babylon is raped. In one day her national wealth is stolen, and then continually raided by “armies of the north.” The armies of the north were the Medes and Persians. Their armies were characterized as being so large they could suck a river dry with a drink of water, and so wealthy that even supporting these raiders their wealth would never fail. In verse 9 their arrows represent every devise or plan that they settle on.
This continues for a time and a subtle first call is given to the discerning of Israel and Judah to go home as shown in verses 4, 5. These leave Babylon quietly and gratefully because the time of Messiahs rule is near.
Babylon’s’ government seemingly grows more confused daily first going sharply one way with policy and then abruptly the other, to the point in verse 15 she has stepped of her foundations. The laws could very well be turning against its people and favoring its raiders.
Isaiah 47 speaks of her leaning on her “wisdom” and it failing. In verse 15 it speaks to the fact that she is leaning on her merchants or business people who she has labored with.
It speaks of her witchcraft and this could be as subtle as the Frankist/Donmeh Heresy. She uses her religious leaders to quiet the people. Jeremiah 50:12 says the mother of Babylon or nation she sprung from will be confused and ashamed at her judgment.
If Daniel 7:5-19 is a consideration, the leader steps up and changes the times and the law. This leader is identified as “the beast of prey [AENT] who understands dark sayings and will do whatever he will. This beast of prey is from the sea. This identifies him as being from the nations and not Jewish.
Zephaniah 3:1-5 “Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.”
The nation’s breadbasket has trouble producing because of fear of the oppression of the sword. Its foreign workers go back to their own land. Jeremiah 50:16
Babylon’s mighty military once considered the hammer of God is now becoming more and more dysfunctional. This could easily be due to its support being dried up. Instead of being a tsunami over the land , it is now embarrassed in the smallest confrontations.
Jeremiah 50:22 speaks of the sound or rumor of battle and destruction going through the land and it has no rest. In verse 25 God opens up His armory [Revelation 17:1. 6:1] to show that it is His judgment alone.
In verse 26 her storehouses are opened by accident or by design to looting. Her enemies loot her food and resources. This could be a result of her financial system being raided and is the result of high or hyper inflation. Only the rich could afford necessary sustenance. [Revelation 6:6]
The people of the land are desolate, utterly impoverished. There is a start of a groundswell and a call to arms to address the problem and violence erupts. Verses 30-36
[Jeremiah 50:28, 29]The second call from God to His people goes out and they leave and testify to the wrath of God on this nation. In this regard it would seem that news of the country’s issues is no longer reported. These verses seemingly correspond to [Revelation 18:4-6]. God will provide and take His people out.
God has taken peace from Babylon verse 30. As the situation escalates, they refuse to let His people leave and it is reminiscent of Moses and Ramses.
Jeremiah 50:33 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; the children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.
34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
35 A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the LORD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.
36 A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.
37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.
38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
41 Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
42 They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not shew mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
43 The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail. “[Revelation 18:6]
Babylon is attacked from within and without. Its enemies see it as weak and defenseless.
The release of the people is to no avail, judgment has come.
Civil war is coming and the conflict promises to be bloody. Some of the people of God have not believed that this was His visitation.
Jeremiah 51:6 “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of God’s vengeance; he will render unto her recompense.”
Jeremiah 51:10 “God hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of God our God.”
Bloody civil war has come. Babylon is also being attacked by her enemies because she is weak and distracted.
A fourth time God calls his people to leave her.
Jeremiah 51:49, 50 “As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth. 50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember God afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.”
Some of the people of God never do leave. They stay in the Babylon that God has promised not to spare an inch of ground and go through the fire. Perhaps it is the barely one hundred and fifty year old doctrine of rapture or perhaps they are preachers of repentance, God knows. This is evident in how emphatic the calls of God become to save His peoples.
 On the eve of the Passover 2009 a remarkable thing happened in history. The Blessing of the Sun celebrated every 28 years which marks the first position of the sun in creation fell on this day which is a sign of redemption. 2008 was a Sabbatical year which makes 2009 a year of redemption. 2009 is a Jubilee year which is a year of redemption. Some devout Jews are taking this as an imminent sign of the return of Messiah and are immigrating to Israel in response.
 The Sabbetean/Frankist/Donmeh/Sufi apostates are no more Jewish than they are Christian or Muslim.