Thursday, April 28, 2016

Babylon Awakens

We have been learning about a two-fold system that has its roots in ancient Babylon from the creation of the Tower of Babel to the coming one world global, political, economic and religious system. There will be a reawakening in Rome regarding politics in the very near future and I believe we are seeing the stage being set for all this to happen even today.

God will one day condemn Jerusalem again in the last days for going after and following a pagan worship system. He will call Jerusalem, spiritual Babylon! This system is vast, it is broad, it has infiltrated and is alive in our day today if you simply know where and how to look for it. It is what we have been studying lately.

To sum up our study from yesterday, we learned what Babylon will come to know that the end is near because (1) Babylon lives in darkness, (2) Babylon lives in sinful practices, and because (3) Babylon lives in idolatry. We learned that the scriptures tell us that Rome will play a great part politically, Jerusalem will play a great part spiritually and Babylon will play a great part economically. The world's headquarters for the anti-christ.

We know that there is a chronological order to things between Revelation 17 and 18. Remember that the world at this time is being held in a supernatural darkness based on the 5th bowl judgment, much like the ancient plagues of Egypt.

We know that the world will one day have a political, economic and religious system that will all be based in ancient Babylonian practices under the control of the antichrist during the Tribulation Period. The antichrist will captivate the world by his belief system to lead the world astray. That has always been his agenda. Babylon will know that God is just to the believer and they'll have His appeal.

Revelation 18:4-5 ~ "Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities."

The European Union's vision is to be a one global unified world with no wars. The believers will make a mass exodus and leave Babylon when God calls them to do so. It is Jesus speaking to the believers, or Tribulation Saints in this verse, and this has been His word to all His children throughout the ages.

What will be said to them then?

What could be said to us today?

How does this warning affect us? It means for us to keep a light touch in this world.

What do I need to change today in my life? Are you being used by the world or are you using the world for the glory of God?

Is there something I need to separate myself from? Something we need to be free from? A thinking, an action that has kept us bound to this world like smoking or some type of addiction that you are struggling with? Did you know that 27% of women are admitting to being addicted to pornography? We need to pick our Bibles up, not put them down. God will do the work and He'll get all the glory. Find ways to make yourself accountable to others to help you.

Galatians 5:1 ~ "For freedom Christ has set us free, stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."

Post this scripture where you can see it everyday. Make it your screen saver!

Why does God want believers to leave Babylon?

1. Because judgment is coming
2. He doesn't want you to share in her sins. Don't get involved in that stuff. Remember how susceptible Israel was and how often God warned them to steer clear of their enemies idols and practices? It was because He knew if we allowed them to be nearby, we would get sucked into their practices and make compromises in keeping our faith to God pure!

This world should have no governing powers over us. Make sure if you've been blessed in your life, that you are possessing your possessions and that your possessions are not possessing you. Use them to the glory of God. Make sure you own them and they don't own you instead. We need to learn how to use this world all to the glory of God. We want to make sure that we are really in God's family. What evidence is there in your life that you belong to Jesus Christ?

John 3:1-5 ~ "Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." Jesus answered him,
Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."

More on this tomorrow as we finish up our study in Chapter 18 and prepare for the great news coming in Chapter 19!

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