From a blogpost I shared over two years ago…
Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures, who sit securely, who say in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me; I shall not sit as a widow or know the loss of children”: These two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day; the loss of children and widowhood shall come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and the great power of your enchantments (Isaiah 47:8-9 ESV).
Babylon is rebuked for assuming the title that belongs only to the One True God. Only He can rightly say, “I Am, and there is no one besides Me.”
This prophecy was partially fulfilled by Cyrus. The historian Herodotus says that when the Persian king invaded the city, the inhabitants “made light of his siege and occupied themselves in dancing and revelry.” Arrogantly believing herself to be impregnable, she made little to no preparations for defense against invasion.
The total fulfillment of this prophecy will be in the final days of the Great Tribulation, immediately before the Second Coming. While Cyrus laid siege on Babylon for two years, in the end, the city will be totally wiped out in one day.
In this prophecy, the word “sorceries” is derived from the same Greek word from which we get our word “drugs.” It is believed by many that Babylon will not only be the center of the idolatrous worship of the Anti-Christ, but also the center of all evil upon the earth, including drug abuse.
You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me” (Isaiah 47:10 ESV).
The Holy Spirit emphasizes once again that the Babylonian monarch claimed that he was the kingly substitute for God on earth. The “wisdom” and “knowledge” referred to here is a deceptive perversion of true Wisdom and Knowledge that comes from God alone, not astrology or sorcery or any other mystical enchantment.
Source: Isaiah 47- Babylon is Fallen