Revelation 18:24 (NKJV) And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”
Any scenario, where the above passage would even be possible in America, would have seemed fiction, even five years ago, but not anymore. When we consider the draconian rules invoked in the name of health and safety over the last several months and how churches are now being targeted through legal action, we must prayerfully consider the times in which we live.
Should we think the right president will continue to fight for our rights? Remember that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The church in Germany, was convinced of Hitler’s benevolence toward them and their faith. It was not until it was too late, Christians discovered Hitler’s hate for Christ and His church.
With that in mind and considering the manifestation of the spirit of end-times Babylon, we must, with great care discern, if niceties of our current president towards people of Christian faith are sincere or simply political expediency. Why? Because he has little or no personal conviction toward Christ, or his need for Christ. Consider, that until his running for president, Christian faith and virtue in his world view was for suckers. Even now, he is willing to overlook the brutality to nations who persecute Christians (even enemy states), if it will make a buck for America and be see as a political win for him. This he does while trumpeting religious freedom in America.
Understand, this is not a political statement, but one for spiritual consideration. I realize, most U.S. presidents of the modern era, if not most of U.S. history, made deals and alliances with those who killed Christians. Russia, China (during and prior to WWII), India, Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt… Oh yeah and Israel (one of the most repressive governments against Christians; although they love tourist dollars). The point is each of those nations have the blood of the saints on their hands, and so does ours, when we work with them.
One of those nations, is specifically inclined toward Babylon in the last days. In Israel’s relationship to the United States and America’s own Masonic roots, we will discover more manifestations for end-times Babylon.
ISRAEL, BABYLON, and AMERICA
Many mistakenly assume that Israel hated Babylon. This is false assertion given the general state of Israel in the Old Testament. Long before the captivity of Israel, she had mixed her faith in YHWH with Babylonian paganism (Jeremiah 7:18, 44:15-19; Ezekiel 8:14). This defilement of faith in the one true God was partly responsible for the Jewish captivity in Babylon.
Why did this occur? Because Israel gave lip service to God and did not obey His command to trust Him alone. Almost every leader made alliances with pagan nations which would eventually return to haunt the chosen people. They even were also soft towards Babylon governmentally, prior to the captivity.
Regard King Hezekiah, who, after being healed by YHWH from a life-threatening disease, boastfully opened his treasury to Babylon envoys. The prophet Isaiah later rebuked the king and prophesied that Babylon would take all Judah’s wealth and make the kings descendants eunuchs. Though it would take over 100 years, it came to pass under Nebuchadnezzar.
Israel certainly did not like traveling hundreds of miles to live in captivity, but they learned to adapt and prospered there, because of God’s grace. The synagogue system took shape in their captive nation. The Jews grew to like Babylon so much, that when the call to return to the land came through, only around 50,000 returned to Israel (although millions lived in Babylon).
How does this relate to America? Remember, Babylon was at one point seen by one of Israel’s best Kings (in Judah) as a friend. Could America has become similar in its relationship to Israel?
Many end-times expositors have concluded that because the United States (or America) is not mentioned by name, that it is not in biblical prophecy. Therefore the United States cannot be Babylon.
This argument from silence holds no legitimacy, when we considering that Rome was not mentioned at all in the Old Testament, by name, in any prophecy. Yet despite that fact, Rome is clearly seen as fulfilling direct prophecy in the Book of Daniel and manifesting spiritual Babylon at the writing of Revelation.
Simply because the United States is not mentioned by name, says nothing of America’s role in manifesting the spirit of Babylon in the last days. As a matter of fact, should we be in the beginning of sorrows, there is no other nation with the economic, military, cultural, and religious reach of the United States. In fact there has never been a nation of such wealth, commerce, and power, EVER.
Without Great Britain and the United States, Israel would never have become a nation again in our lifetime. Without the British Balfour Declaration and the removal the Ottoman Turks from Jerusalem, by the English military at the close of WWI, History would be different. These events wold pressure the countries of the League of Nations and its subsequent incarnation of the United Nations, to search for a way to bring Israel back to sovereignty in their own land.
At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel. On that same date, President Truman on behalf of the United States, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the Jewish state. America’s importance in the United Nations would lead to the body recognizing the Jewish state as well.
Without the U.S. Israel would have fallen during the Yom Kipper War, as America sent weapons and munitions at the most critical juncture. Without the United States, Israel would be overrun today. Many in Christian circles see this as America’s greatest check in the benevolence column, but scripture may not see it the same.
From Ezekiel 15-17 we get a crystal-clear picture of Israel’s sinful state, God’s love for Jerusalem, and how Jewish harlotry with pagan nations and the abominable religions attached to them, mandated God’s judgment upon His chosen nation. In Ezekiel 17 Babylon is specifically referenced after a parable of an eagle which appears to help Israel, but uproots her from moorings to God. The parable must be understood, in context, which begins 3 chapter before and 11 verses after the parable ends.
Let us remember that Babylon, Rome, Nazi Germany, and the United States have used the eagle as a national symbol. All 4 were (are) world dominating powers. all four at times, made overtures to assist the Jews. Babylon, Rome (both the Roman Empire and its predecessor The Holy Roman Empire”), and Germany eventually sought to annihilate the Jewish people. Both Rome (especially the Holy Roman Empire) and Germany appeared to be Christianized, only to turn on followers of the faith once delivered to the saints, when they outlived their usefulness.
In the case of Germany, please consider reading “Hitler’s Cross” by Erwin Lutzer to learn how Christian’s in Germany became obsessed with making their nation rise again to greatness. So much so was this the case, that they were willing to overlook Hitler’s brutality and belligerence, so long as it was consider for the good of the country. Be warned saints of God, we have done this with the current U.S. president.
Concerning the name of the God, the word of God declares “Holy and Reverend is His Name” (Psalm 111:9). We need to be careful, our politics do not lead to reverence of a man, who needs to be rebuked. This occurred in Nazi Germany among clergy and laity alike, when like attack dogs they defended their Führer. It occurs daily for president Trump.
History details that eagle nations clearly do not end well with God’s chosen nation. Has there every been an eagle nation that has been cozier with Israel in history then the U.S.? The answer is no, and it is clear from scripture that end-times Babylon has a special relationship with Israel and is part of negations for the treaty made between Israel and Antichrist. Which makes sense considering how Babylon gets thrown off the beast and destroyed; most likely when Antichrist breaks the seven-year covenant (Revelation 17:15-18).
Let us take a deeper look at the frame work of an agreement, which may be a foundation for the covenant which begins the last seven years on earth as we know it.
For as long as I can remember, U.S. presidents have been attempting to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians (representative of the hostile Muslim nations). It would take someone who was extremely popular with the nation of Israel, someone who was an expert in negotiating and brash push it through deal making. It would take someone from a nation with great ties to Israel to broker such a deal.
Does such a person exist, attached to such a nation as needs to be involved in such a covenant? The answer is, YES, if we have truly entered the last days. The current president of the United States.
Let us first consider Persian king Cyrus the Great. As leader of the Persian empire, he presided over the fall of Babylon’s government, and ruled that land as part of his empire. Cyrus, was prophesied approximately 120 years prior to his birth, by name, as the leader,who would stewed Israel’s return to the promised land, following their captivity.
Although his empire was Persian, his decree still emanated from Babylon, and therefore the people still saw it as a Babylonian. Israel sees Cyrus to this day as one of their great deliverers, but this great king has nothing on President Trump, concerning our president’s popularity in Israel, in our day.
Since announcing the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in 2017, and declaring it as Israel’s eternal capital city, President Trump’s popularity has risen in the promised land. Over the last few years, the name of president has been used in memorials all over the nation of Israel. The Israeli Minister of Tourism, Yariv Levin, went so far as to say that the president could be a modern King David.
This is eerie when considering a tweet from Wayne Allyn Root, which President Trump posted into his own feed; because it declared that he (president Trump) was like the “King of Israel” and the “Second coming of God”. Yes, the tweet reveals how Israeli’s idolized, even idolatrized, in some cases the U.S. president. This narrative, also feeds into president Trump’s own self aggrandizing manner of speech.
Many evangelical Christians would be shocked to know the president has referred to himself as the “chosen one” while looking to the heavens. Consider Israel celebrating “Cyrus” with the 70-year Commemorative Temple Coin; of which the proceeds will go to build a third temple. The “Cyrus” of whom they are referring is none other than President Donald Trump. His image, in front of Cyrus is seen in the newly minted coin.
The real tell on America’s manifestation of end-times Babylon may be the recently signed Abraham Accords, brokered by the Trump Administration between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This “peace accord”, gives Muslims access to Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem , places a hold on Israeli settlements in Gaza and the West Bank, and divided up the holy land and potentially bring Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and other Muslim countries already in relation to Israel, on board. Could this be the beginning of “Jerusalem trampled by the Gentiles” prophesied by Christ and the prophets, preceding the end (Luke 21:24; Revelation 11:2; Psalm 79:1; Isaiah 63:3; Isaiah 63:18; Daniel 8:13; Zechariah 12:3)
I admit, this is not a peace deal with the Palestinians (representing hostiles Shi’ite Muslims nations like Iran), but many scholars believe that this could lead to that arrangement.
What is befuddling to me, is that many American Christians, who believe we are in the last days, have not so much as considered the potential implications of the “Abraham Accords“; in relation to the president or the role of the United States in them. Is it possible the “Abraham Accords” fulfill biblical prophecy or are laying the groundwork for the great covenant, which ushers in the last seven years of the world as we know it?
Assuming the president to be a friend of Christians and Israel, most have considered the implications. This assumption comes with little to no evidence that the president has any love for Christ, His followers or the Jewish people.
I believe people change, if they are found in Christ. But that change is remarkable and supernatural, covering all of life. Regardless of Paula White or Robert Jeffress declaring Donald Trump to be saved, he consistently manifests behavior that is contrary to Christian character and virtue. in fact the way he behaves is more aligned with the apostacy of the antichrist spirit; This should at least cause some prayerful consideration.
Before I am clubbed by those saying “I don’t need a pastor or Sunday school teacher in the White House”, let me say, “I agree”. We don’t need that, for the president is surrounded by sycophantic “Christian” pastors and leaders who are blinded by their own ambition and wrong understanding of scripture. Discernment has become the victim of evangelicals desiring a champion to give them political clout.
Let me be clear: Time will tell whether the president is more than just a president concerning biblical prophecy, but his character and program to this point, in many ways lines with a negative prophetic type, as does the economic, cultural, religious and governmental program of the United States.
Are Christians in America being duped, by a man who needs their support, only to find down the road (when we have outlived our usefulness) that the man we trusted should never have had our trust?
This would not be the first time in American or world history that has occurred. Do we remember president George W. Bush appointing John Roberts to the Supreme Court, to the delight of evangelical Christians nation wide. How we were fooled! Do we forget how Hitler schmoozed and used the church in Germany, because they had bought the lie that He would return Germany to greatness?
We Christians must pray we don’t get fooled again! Of Babylon’s relationship to Israel in the book of Revelation and how America appears on course with Babylon’s character is not difficult to discern.
In my concluding post we will look deeper into the founding of America and its symbolism to consider the manifestation of end-time Babylon, even before the nation was founded.
As we begin the final two postings of the series, “My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon”, it is important to restate the foundational biblical framework, that has guided this study.
Let us hold that Babylon in the book of Revelation, is in reference to a prophetic type of spiritual system of government and false religion, opposed to God’s rule. That type was first encountered in Genesis 11, at the tower of Babel. They were led by Nimrod, who is a spiritual type of Antichrist. Their governance was a self determining, one world government and religion opposed to God’s rule over them.
After Babel, it would take several years for Babylon to rise again, through the ascendancy of the Babylonian Empire, with Nebuchadnezzar as the leader. In this incarnation, under another Nebuchadnezzar (type of Antichrist), Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple. Babylon was THE undisputed world power, not only subduing most of the known world, but holding the Jews captive for 69 years.
Around the first incarnation of Jesus Christ, Rome was manifesting the spiritual type of Babylon, in its world conquest. It’s civil government was mixed with its religion, which allowed for and incorporated the worship of its own pantheon of gods, as well as those gods of the lands they subjugated. had the Lord Jesus been set to return around the year 100 ad, Rome would have been Babylon.
It is for this reason, that those who have looked for Christ’s return have sought and often found manifestations of Babylon in the nations of the world, which have risen to prominence. It is not difficult to see aspects of Babylon as the rise of Ottoman Empire, Great Britain, and Nazi Germany.
Although we discussed the influence of the Roman Catholic Church and its blasphemous mix of Babylonian pagan ritual with Christianity (last post), I must admit that the RCC is not end times Babylon on its own accord, although they are most likely a large part of that last one world religion.
In the United States, we have the fullness of the Babylonian system: a civil government and a civil religion which allows for the worship of any god, under the auspices of one dominant civil God. The question is what God is being referred to?
ONE NATION UNDER GOD… WHAT GOD?
Many of our wonderful Christian brethren will declare “America was founded as a Christian nation”. Although I appreciate the zeal expressed in that statement, it is simply not true. Let’s consider some historical and civic facts.
Many point to the declaration of one John Winthrop, who served as Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for many of its first 20 years, as proof of a Christian founding. In a lay sermon around 1630, Winthrop defined the endeavor of the puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, as building the “city set on a hill” (a reference to Matthew 5:13-16). Many point to this as proof that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation.
In the first place, the puritans were subjects of the British crown, and were not seeking independence, as a separate nation. Secondly, Winthrop’s “city set on a hill” comment, was pertaining to the work of the puritans in the Massachusetts Bay area. Thirdly, Christ’s words concerning His church as “a City set on a hill which cannot be hidden” is a direct reference to His Church, a kingdom not of this world (Matthew 5:13-16).
If Winthrop had meant they would set up a Christian nation, which he did not, he would have been guilty of horrific scripture twisting. Therefore the founding of the United States, popularly said to have religious freedom for Christians as chief cornerstone, is at best a gross overstatement; at worst a purposeful neglect of historical fact, from those who are supposed to be purveyors of truth.
Let us remember, it was not the pilgrims that founded the United States. By the early 1700’s the pilgrim influence had waned, and a potentially booming trade economy, not religion, was driving culture.
The population of the colonies was filling with many different types of people from England. Some wanted a fresh start, some to make a buck, some wanted to avoid the church of England for Christian and non Christian reasons (such as the Masons).
Religion was not the driving force of the majority of those who were in the colonies, although they were not opposed to the idea. For a more important and settled date, concerning the founding and what the United states would actually become, we must turn to New York City, before it was called New York City; and 20 years prior to John Winthrop.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11
In 1609, while trying to discover the North West Passage, Henry Hudson actually discovered the southern tip of Manhattan. The day of the discovery was September 11th, 1609. That is correct, 392 years before the attack on the United States, at the heart of its economic and governmental power, Henry Hudson discovered and walked on the area of the attacks.
Interestingly, Hudson did not plant a church, recite a scripture or seek to plant a flag of any nation, but he did plant a flag of commerce, which would eerily become the character of the city of New York and the nation it belongs to. The first structure built by Hudson on the spot of the future twin towers was a… TRADING CENTER!
Many American Christians conveniently forget that the first U.S capitol was New York City. So the first place that would project U.S. dominance in economic and military power was discovered on September 11, 1609. The first attack on September 11, 2001 was at the very spot discovered 392 years prior: two towers that represented American dominance and pride.
How does this relate to the United States manifesting the characteristics of Babylon? Where today, even amidst a nation’s decline, is the governmental (the United Nations) and economic nerve center of all nations ? The United States in New York City. Even amidst decades of decline, in favor among nations, can anyone deny that as America goes so goes the world, economically, governmentally and culturally. Can anyone deny the influence exerted over nations?
I encourage you to read Revelation 18 in one sitting and prayerfully consider, how well America, with New York City as a type of its economic, cultural, governmental and military dominance, fits the written word of God concerning Babylon. Yet there is also a chilling portion of scripture in Revelation 17 to consider, when looking at the Whore of Babylon, the Mother of Harlots.
Revelation 17:15-18 (NKJV) Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
What nation, at this time, can be seen as “a great harlot who sits on waters”, which represents peoples, nations and tongues, but America. Consider the motto of the Statue of Liberty, which is a statue of Isis (the Queen of Heaven); designed by a master mason…
“Bring your poor tired huddled masses to me“
Although travel in these last days has made immigration to many nations possible, where in the world, is there a nation that is populated, literally by peoples, nations and tongues, but the united States.
The majority population of most nations is homogenized, not the United States. What was the first sight most immigrants immigrants saw coming to America during the immigration boom? A statue of Isis, a representation of the “Queen of Heaven“, yes the “Mother of Harlots“, as they arrived in New York City. When they arrive, they are not mandated to learn the language of the land, or assimilate into its culture, because a culture of pluralism, ethnically and religiously.
A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE FOUNDING
Just so I am not accused of skipping over vast amounts of history, let’s look at how the founding fathers guaranteed a religiously plural society. Yes, religious freedom was important, but not for the reason we Christians want to ascribe.
The war for independence was not fought for religious freedom, but because of “No taxation without representation”. The colonies led by Benjamin Franklin (who had a seat representing the colonies in British parliament but no vote), were opposed to the idea of exorbitant taxes on tea and alcohol. They were specifically upset about paying taxes with no vote in parliament.
When politics did not work, rebellion ensued. Though war for Independence was not fought for religious freedom, religious speech was used, in a manner of manipulation, along side incendiary patriotic rhetoric, to sway the people.
By the time the constitution was ratified (12 years after gaining independence) and more importantly the Bill of Rights, we see the desire for personal liberty as its highest priority. First among them, the right of personal choice in religion; ANY religion.
The first amendment to the constitution was not written to guarantee Christianity be the dominate faith of the land, or even moralistic Christian principals. Remember their were Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, some Quakers, a couple of Roman Catholics, many deists, and Unitarians and yes many influential free masons among them.
The first amendment was written to make sure that any religious expression be protected, even that of the free masons, who were often ridiculed and hunted by the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church in other European nations. The first amendment guarantees a society where satanists have the same right as Christians to be religious. For this reason the founders opened Pandora’s box, where religion is concerned.
Historically, for the very influential of Masonic belief, that box is what they may have wanted. But more on that in the next blog.
The point is, the United States has all the components of Babylon’s system of religion. Through America’s religious plurality and its effect on the Christian’s faith, was to water down the faith once delivered to the saints. Hence, America became the leading producer of the “falling away” from the faith (apostate religion), in the world over the last 120 years.
Consider the false and cult faith of Jehovah’s Witness and Mormonism; both American born, both abominable to the Lord and influencing millions world over. Consider higher criticism of the word of God, which began in eastern Europe, but blossomed in America. Higher criticism is extracting moralistic principals from the bible, but denying its supernatural origin and content.
This heresy corrupted mainline Protestantism with doctrine which denying the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and resurrection. The higher criticism error has little by little deactivated, practical Spirit-filled faith throguh out evangelical Christianity as well. This too has been exported from America and is apostasy.
And what of the prosperity gospel, which is not only confined to more materialism and money, but the false teaching that Christians ought not suffer and will be raptured before we suffer an persecution or tribulation: both ideas contrary to biblical truth (Philippians 1:29: II Timothy 3:12).
The U.S. is the chief exporter of apostate Christianity around the world. Apostasy has flourished because the church has given into justifying little compromises and a wrong assumption about the founding of America. It is time to recover the faith once delivered to the saints, because like it or not we will find that every nation, whether end-times Babylon or not, will turn on the saints, in fulfillment of Jesus words in Matthew 24:9-14.
Next time we will dive further into the manifestation of Babylon in dealing with America’s relationship to Israel, America’s prideful response to 9/11 rather an appropriate repentance, and finally an even deeper dive into the Masonic overtones to America’s founding and symbolism.
Let me begin by stating that I like what I have seen of Vice President Mike Pence’s character and demeanor, since his nomination. The vice president’s person has in a profound way served to restrain some of the presidents’s erratic displays of character, and injected reason into areas of policy, where President Trump may be lacking candor or understanding.
This qualification is necessary, due to the contentious political season we are in, because my post today is not of a political nature, but wholly spiritual and biblically necessary.
With that said, how did Vice President Pence twisting of a passage of Holy Scripture go unnoticed and unchecked, from his speech at the Republican national convention?
At about the 35:16 mark of his speech (below quote is video), he proclaims…
From these hallowed grounds American patriots, in generations gone by, did their part to defend freedom. Now it is our turn.
So let’s run the race marked out for us.
Let’s fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents.
Let’s fix our eyes on this land of hero’s ,and what their courage inspires.
And let’s fix our eyes on the Author and Perfecter of our faith and our freedom.
And never forget that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
That means freedom always wins.
The Vice President just mangled Hebrews 12:1-2 and inserted American symbols and actions, as what we are to fix our eyes on before the Lord Jesus Christ. Although, at the end of the quote he alludes to our Lord, without using His name above all names. He then makes an outrageous guarantee, using II Corinthians 3:18, that freedom always wins.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
In the first place, what is implied by calling us to “run the race marked out before us“, as we “fix” (looking unto as a landmark) “our eyes on old glory (the flag)” and “this land’s hero’s“. If he ended there, I would not be writing anything. His statement would have been chalked up as an injection of patriotism wrapped in biblical wording. Not ideal, pretty irresponsible for a Christian, but common among those whose Christianity is all too easily anchored to nationalism.
When the vice president, moves to include reference to the Author and Perfecter of our faith, without saying “Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith”; he moves the instruction from the realm of the political race, to the race of the redeemed. This is not just problematic but heresy. PERIOD. This pains me to write it, because I truly like vice president Pence, but we ought to expect more out of those in public view, who declare to be Christian.
The flag of the United States of America, which I respect as filled with meaningful symbolism, is the flag of a nation. The beautiful flag of America does NOT communicate the gospel, and does not glorify Jesus Christ the Lord. Though I am thankful to be a citizen of America, its flag is not a necessary catalyst to the faith of Christians in other nations, nor Christians in America. There is a difference between focus on a flag and fixation on the only hope of humanity, the Lord Jesus Christ.
When the vice president, mentions we “fix” our eyes on “the heroes of this land“, which heroes is he referring to as aiding in our race of faith for the Lord Jesus Christ? America has had some great heroes, many of whom had lives of devout Christian faith, but many of whom did not, and I may add, who’s lives were lived morally and spiritually devoid of the faith once delivered to the saints.
This is where the problem lies. We know the vice president was not speaking of our Christian faith, but injecting national symbols and nostalgia into scripture to pump up the base… those targeted as evangelical Christians. The language used was to inspire or schmooze, us too the battle of freedom.
In so doing vice president Pence, mutilated two passages of scripture. He did so without the largest portion of Christians not knowing or caring, because, is it possible that in our fervor to win the battle for the soul of America, we’re only trying to save our own bacon?
Let me ask what does vice president Pence mean by freedom, because the freedom spoken of by the word of God, as by the Spirit, is not democratic freedom; but that which comes through the cross.
That freedom, which II Corinthians 3:18 proclaims, only comes through faith and repentance, in the Messiah, who died on the cross. We “Look unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith“, and ONLY JESUS.
That freedom is not democratic freedom to choose your own path or be materially prosperous, or whatever else you or I determine. God’s freedom, through Christ, is freedom from the the ruler-ship of the sin nature or old self before we were in Christ (Romans 6:6-7, 14); it is also freedom to deny myself and live totally for the will of God, as a bond-slave, absolutely surrendered.
This freedom in Christ, is not free to make it’s own choice and even vote for who they think is best, but is a life governed by the direct leading of the Holy Spirit; which is seen in the activity of Proverbs 3:5-7.
This is not what vice president Pence was proclaiming. Either in ignorance or on purpose he revealed what is wrong with the majority of Christians in the United States. Blurred lines between our calling as Christians and the fear of losing our civil rights as Americans. In this error, he and we may be in danger of a clear O.T. and N.T. command.
Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV) For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
*Similarly warned in Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32
The lack of concern over the vice president’s comments, reveals that we are already guilty of a political double standard on character.
I in good conscience never vote for anyone who approves or pushes, either tacitly or openly, the abomination of abortion. In my biblically informed opinion, those who vote for pro-abortion candidates, may be complicit in the deaths of 70,000,000 beautiful children who were barbarically murdered in the womb.
On the other hand, though I agree with many of the policy decisions of the sitting presidential administration and although I don’t need a “pastor in the Oval Office“; character matters and a lack of solid character reveals potential problems. A person of belligerence pompousness, pride and rudeness, is a person prone, when angered or shaken, to radical and destructive decisions.
What am I saying? Christians need to stop treating the our president, as if he is our savior. He is a politician, a man who is broken and in need of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ; which ought to transform his character. Transformed new creation character is the Lord’s underlying motive in salvation, because it brings glory to God. Let’s not employ a double standard anymore, because we are being guaranteed that FREEDOM, will always win. Once more this is not about elections, but navigating our political times, with the Holy Spirit.
THE DOUBLE STANDARD WHICH DIMINISHES DISCERNMENT
After being saved in 1997, God’s word and the leading of His Spirit would direct my political choices from that time forward. It was around 2003, when I began to notice a political character, in Christian leaders and laity alike. This character trait really picked up steam, when president Obama ran for his first term. This phenomenon was a double standard that led to a lack of discernment.
This flaw in thinking is just as dangerous as the union rank and file, voting Democratic over economic fears, or because African Americans and minorities are told the party of the donkey, will take care of them.
In like manner, this double standard has led Christians to shut off discernment, when republicans declare the sky will fall, if the other party wins, or when their are real character issues needing to be addressed in leaders. Let’s look at how it works this double standard works.
When president Clinton was in office, he went through a number of scandals, because he was an inherently crooked politician. Perhaps the most prolific of them all was lying to the American public, concerning his sordid tryst with an intern in the oval office. In addition he was accused of a few more sexual indiscretions, some allegedly criminal.
The vitriol he received from conservative Christian’s was a tsunami that rolled through out two terms. The former president was skewered, mocked, maligned and expected to resign. Christian leaders, spoke very publicly about it and rightly so.
Our current President, has had as many if not more immoral entanglements prior to serving in the oval office. In fact two of them came out during the campaign, and both allegations were meritorious. Yet, there is no outcry for him to even apologize to his wife and children, publicly, for the shame he brought upon them.
“Oh, but that happened prior to his time in the White house”. Yes! but the shame upon his wife and children is very public. Where is our concern for his family and with so many “Christian” superstar leaders about him, where is the call to public repentance. That would show a heart change and character driven leadership.
Or what of the fact, that no U.S. president, in modern history has been as bellicose, belligerent, arrogant, rude, pompous, mean spirited, or lacking self-control when dealing with detractors. We live through a daily stream of ridiculousness, accusation and insult.
In this double standard many Christian’s adore and applaud the president, not for being a model of virtue, honesty, integrity or state craft; but because of his belligerence.
Let’s remember that political policies are not overt biblical indicators of a life in Christ, no matter how closely we align with them politically. It is the fruit of the Spirit which reveals the character and heart of a true Christian (Galatians 5:22-24).
Remember Bill Clinton, declared he was and is a Christian, many doubt his profession. Our current president has been declared a Christian, by the prosperity false preacher, Paula White, who has been divorced and remarried more than once and continues to teach false doctrine, while fleecing the flock of God.
Holy Spirit discernment deems we are least, place our personal desire for political gain aside, being concerned to praying for the president’s soul, as Jesus reveals that we know true followers from the counterfeit, by their fruit. Sadly, around all the Christian leaders sniffing around the oval office, we see little change if any.
Some will say, I don’t need a pastor in the White House. I agree, but where was that sentiment when president Clinton was in the White House or even president Obama, whom no one ever trusted was a Christian, because of contrary policy and pride and arrogance.
Look I have been pleased with a good deal of the policy decisions of the current president, but the Holy Spirit is calling us to look beyond what lines up with our sensibilities. When not discerning in a double standard, we ignore red flags, cease praying proactively and are susceptible to falling to a wolves in sheep clothing in sheep clothing.
In the book “Hitler’s Cross”, by Erwin Lutzer, the author reveals how the German people, who largely considering themselves “Christians in a Christian nation”, could vote for Adolf Hitler. Lutzer reveals that because of the political situation, hopelessness and fear, religious leaders gave into a two spheres model. That model said faith and morality were important, but when the nation and it’s good was at stake, morality could be checked at the office door; if for the good of the country. Hence, Hitler’s rise, which was good for Germans, except of Jewish decent. How did that work out?
In the last days, false Christ’s abound, to fool even the elect. I suspect at both political conventions were more than a few flying under the radar. Now is not the time to sleep, but like the men of Issachar in I Chronicles 12:32, we must understand the time and know what we ought to do.
I have seen a post many times over the last week on FACEBOOK. I’ll call it “GO TO CHURCH ANYWAY”.
I would never refuse a lost person or soul seeking Jesus Christ, into a gathering of the church, on Sunday morning or evening. When a hurting soul, not normally affiliated with the body of Christ comes in, it is a time, where the saints can practice grace and mercy.
That being said, let’s pump the breaks for a moment, because much of the positive feedback and comments, appear to be coming from the mindset, that the gathering of the church is a place for the lost to be ministered too, as a biblical and foundational piece of the mandate for the Church of Jesus Christ. Under this mindset, evangelism takes place in the building a group of Christians gather in—therefore the building must be outfitted to be user friendly to those who may be seeking (whether lost or very immature in their faith).
This mindset is not biblical, PERIOD! For in this mode of thinking, discipling the saints to grow into maturity must take a back seat to getting people to commit to Christ for salvation. Though I would never turn anyone away who comes to the building Encounter Church fellowships in, my priority is to the Body of Christ. This priority is outlined in Acts 20:28-31.
Acts 20:28-31 (NKJV) Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also, from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
One of the perverse things is what is called antinomianism, which declares, if a person is saved and sinning it’s alright because they have God’s grace and are not accountable to God’s moral law. Sadly, this perverse thing is spoken against throughout the New Testament letters and is the foundation of many American church’s program of seeker sensitivity. It is also why the church likes true repentance, righteousness, and holiness, across the United States (generally speaking). Therefore, ministers take their mandate, not from pithy statements, but God’s word.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV) I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Because of our calling in Christ, I challenge those who are saying Amen to this popular FACEBOOK posting. I believe it is important to explore why, so many are so enthusiastic for something so foreign to New Testament practice, according to the word of God. Let us dig beneath the surface.
I. IS THE CHURCH EVANGELISM FOCUSED OR DISCIPLESHIP FOCUSED?
The answer to this is, BOTH, but we must understand where and how these take place. Let us investigate Matthew 28:18-20. In vs. 19 Jesus commands “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. The command to “Go” means to physically “Go” out from where you are and find those who have yet to believe in Christ. This is the core of evangelism, a calling of the Church, but not its function when we gather.
Evangelism is to lead to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (the conditions for salvation), which is seen in one’s commitment to be baptized. We find that the making of the disciple is “teaching them to observe all the things…” Jesus commanded (vs. 20). In the early and uninstitutionalized church of acts of the apostles (really until about the middle of the 4th century), this was the model. Lost people were not invited into the fellowship of the saints, until they were baptized, which indicated they were willing to die for Christ.
Outside of America and other westernized nations, weekly gatherings of Christians, as times and places for bringing in the lost, is unheard of for two reasons:
- Those who are unsaved can contaminate the fellowship of holiness and bring in strange doctrine.
- For fear of being found out and shutdown or imprisoned by infiltrators.
Both reasons, line up with the passages sighted above (Acts 20:28-31; 2 Timothy 4:1-5). It appears, the church of Jesus Christ, in more difficult and persecutive surroundings has a different idea of the purpose of Christ’s church.
None of this means I would turn away a sincere seeker who wanders into a time of fellowship. The only issue is that the fellowship of the saints is for the building of the saints. This entails what is taught and practiced will lead to sanctified lives. For the sincere seeker this can lead to salvation, as they consider the claims and calling of Christ. For the person looking to fit into religion for the sake of a guilty conscience, who desire to remain in a sinful state, this will lead to being extremely uncomfortable.
II. SO WHAT IS THE CHURCH?
The church of Jesus Christ goes by a few names among them…
- The Church (Ephesians 5:27; Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 12:23)
- The Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7-9; Revelation 21:2, 9-11)
- The Temple of the Living God, the habitation of the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22)
- The House of God made of living stones (I Peter 2:4-5)
- A royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9)
- A holy nation (I Peter 2:9)
- His peculiar people He possesses (I Peter 2:9)
All of these speak of our separation from the world, purity as opposed to even the highest moral of the lost world (a form of godliness which denies the power of true godliness), and our being His property. One verse encapsulates all seven characteristics or names.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
From this passage we see how the church, as the bride of Christ is perfectly compatible with the other. The word for “church” in the Greek is “ekklēsia” meaning “the called out one”. This being called out is similar to a bride adjourned on her wedding day, “holy” or set apart for her husband. The Church as the bride of Christ is called out from the world to Christ alone. In addition, this bride is the picture of holy perfection “glorious”, “not having spot or wrinkle”. This means the righteousness of Christ in practice, and in being before God.
This passage should once and for all knock the unbiblical idea of “the church is a hospital for sinners” out of the water. We are to be maturing in faith, peace, righteousness and holiness. We are holy in our essential person, no longer sinners and children of wrath. This is why the association with followers of Jesus being sinners in being is unbiblical. Do we sin? Yes, but it is not our practice because in Christ our core being has changed (Read Romans 6 the entire chapter II Corinthians 5:17 and I John 3:4-9). More on the hospital for sinners’ error in a bit.
III. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?
The purpose of the church gathering together is as follows…
- TO BUILD THE BODY OF CHRIST TO MATURITY: Ephesians 4:11 begins a chapter long treatise on how apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are to build the body of Christ. Note that evangelist, was not the Billy Graham style we are used to, but men like Phillip who would go to an area of the unchurched, and preach the gospel, person to person and group to group. Once a body was formed, the apostles came in and gathered the new believers into fellowship, in an organized fashion, anchored by the apostles teaching. Though the evangelist would model his ministry to growing Christians, this would be as they went out among the lost of the city they were in.
- ONCE BUILT TO SEND OUT: Once built up it was incumbent the leadership would fulfill the “Go” of Jesus’ Great Commission, by sending out the members of the church to reach the lost among neighbors and friends. Once more this took place away from the gathering of the saints for two purposes. In this we see the purpose of the Church being “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) and living its calling “to proclaim the praises of the one who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:10).
- CONSTANTLY DOING THIS TOGETHER IN SEEKING THE LORD: Hebrews 10:19-31 really hits the whole calling the lost into our meetings apart. Firstly, looking at Hebrews 10:19-25, we discover the beauty and exclusivity of Christian fellowship, because we are in Christ, we have privilege the world cannot understand or enjoy. Secondly remember that the Hebrews were being persecuted, to the point where some were leaving the fellowship of the saints to avoid trouble (vs. 25). So offensive to God is a follower of Christ leaving the fellowship, He gives this severe warning.
Hebrews 10:25-31 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The church did not invite the world in because of fear of persecution. Around the world this is the case. You may say, “but we are not persecuted as they so it’s different.” Yes, it is. The reason we have not been persecuted overtly, is because the world has infiltrated and defiled the church, while we claim it’s a move of God that sinners love to come and stay. The unholy, prayer starved Church in America, is proof positive that the hospital for sinners is not working to mature saints, but rather has become a hospice house where the religious die with a pie in the sky view point of heaven one day.
Consider these commands from II Corinthians 6:14-18…
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers”
“What fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness?”
“And what communion does light have with darkness?”
“And what accord does Christ have with Satan”
“Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever”
“And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols?”
“Come out from among them and be separate”
“Do not touch what is unclean”
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
When the church is in the business of making the lost feel at home in the fellowship of the saints, then the Lord Himself is not welcome in the midst of His own church. Yes the lost can come, if we have public services, but should they not find conviction, they’ll stay and become a blemish and spot on the character of the assembly and true teaching of the word of God.
Consider that much of the New Testament, including some of the most fearful warnings to the church from Christ in Revelation 2-3, is directed at world practice becoming acceptable in churches where the line between saint and the person still in their sin is blurred into nothing.
As a matter of fact, the rise of the Nicolaitans, who’s deeds and doctrine Jesus hates, reveal this truth (Revelation 2:6, 15). What were their deeds? They created the office of priest, much like the Roman Catholic Church, to absolve the sins of the people.
Why would they need to do that you may ask? Because their doctrine was antinomianism, which declared that the Christian need not worry about sin, because they had the grace of God, and when they built up enough guilt, they could go to a priest who would absolve their sin.
Not only is this in complete defiance of how normal believers walk in continual forgiveness with the Lord (I John 1:7-9; James 5:14-16), but it was enacted because antinomianism let the world into the church. They no longer saw the need to call people to repentance and faith in Christ. They merely pronounced professions.
This did not create a hospital for sinners, but a morgue of slowly rotting spiritual corpses (Read of the church of Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6). In practical terms, a hospital is not about the sick staying sick, but getting well and moving on. We are born again, fresh new creations into the church of Jesus Christ; new creations learning to be what we are.
If the church is a hospital at all it would be the post operation, where surgery is done and new life is disciplined in; but that leaves the hospital for sinner’s analogy dead, because you are no longer a sinner.
What the church in America has become is a convalescent home where true followers of Christ, wait if perchance someone would come along and share their desire for a healthy powerful and whole church. They wait while fighting off the disease and decay of others with them (who are not like them), because a majority of those they are gathering with, still live a religious sinner’s life.
May God correct us that we will awaken and enliven before it’s is too late. We do not want to become like the roach motels sold in stores today. Churches that look alive and accommodating but are really dead (Revelation 3:1-6), where the people check in, but being deceived, check out into the second death having had their names blotted out of the Lambs Book of Life.
Maybe we ought to rethink what it means to be the Church!
Toward the end of our last post we discovered that end-times Babylon, is hated by the ten king confederacy which gives rise to Antichrist’s base of power (Revelation 17:15-17). Their hatred most likely arises from Babylon’s dominance in world affairs (the whore is riding the beast). We understand that there is a point where these nations turn to destroy Babylon, with its pluralistic pagan religion and culture, as wells as its economic and military dominance.
Let us remember that the spirit of Babylon and its end-times incarnation is represented by a synergy of Government and Civil religion, where many gods are welcome and often united under umbrella of one dominate deity. We have also learned that because of this religious pluralist paganism, Babylons’ culture is a melting pot of many traditions, rituals and practices (Babylon is the mother of all harlots and abominations).
This leads to the debauchery, which arises from a buffet of freedom, where anything is accepted as right, as individual freedom (do what you want) finds its highest premium (Revelation 18:1-4).
The only religious expression which is not allowed in end times Babylon is the faith once delivered to the saints and the freedom Christ brings throguh His cross and resurrection; which is freedom from the sin nature–for the purpose of freely serving God with all one’s heart.
Babylon exhibits animosity towards the One True God and His Messiah, the the Lord Jesus Christ. This animosity exists in every nation on earth and has from Babel, and was prophesied almost 3000 years ago, as the worlds character before Christ’s return.
Psalms 2:1-3 (NKJV) Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”
Though this animosity is world wide historically barbaric in our day, its brutality against the saints, there are two entities that bear striking similarities to Babylon from the prophecy of Revelation, if we are living in the very last times… The ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
(*Israel is also part of Babylon, prophetically as much of the last days events with Antichrist, specifically are focused and located in Jerusalem, more on that later)
One common theme, in the history of eschatological review concerning Babylon’s identity, is it must be the revived Roman Empire, with say something like the European Union, being Babylon’s base. This is a plausible ideal, which would indicate the U.S. is eradicated at the end or part of the European Union. Both are plausible, albeit the latter more than the former.
Although I can see some merit, the Roman Empire has been revived too a great degree in the United States of America, which is a Republic, not a pure democracy. Rome was not pure dictatorship, or democracy but republic government, with a divine right ruler. We will discuss that later. Let’s continue by looking at Revelation 17:5, once more
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
In dealing with the whore let us consider the importance of apostate religion, or religion that appears Christian but is a departure from the biblical faith once delivered to the saints. In Both the Romans Catholic Church and the United States, we find a prevalence of apostate religion (that which appears Christian, but allows and synchronizes all faiths for the common good), and civil government.
We will discuss the U.S. a bit later, but for now consider that the “Vatican” or headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, is not only a religious geography, but a sovereign government, with its own currency and boundaries. Let us dive into Roman apostasy by looking to another New Testament passage.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (NKJV) Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The phrase “that Day” is in direct reference to “our gathering together to Him” mentioned in verse 1-3. This refers to the rapture (the day of Christ), as a continuous encouragement Paul began in I Thessalonians 4:13-17. The rapture cannot occur until there is a “falling away” or apostasy from the faith once delivered to the saints. Secondly.
Are we not living in times which signal greatest “falling away” from the faith, in the history of the world? The Roman Catholic Church, since its rise in the 4th century has been at the fore of apostasy.
MOTHER OF ALL HARLOTS: THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
What I am about to reveal is the historical and doctrinal fact concerning the Roman Catholic Church. Please remember my knowledge has not come from the internet, but my being raised as a Roman Catholic.
After being born again and a year prior to leaving the Catholic church, I began a study of Catholic doctrine and history. What I found, was half truths, pagan and made up religious rituals and outright lies and blasphemous teachings. In my next blog series we will look into the counterfeit Christianity of the Roman Catholic Church in depth. Below are some of the identifying features of the Roman Catholic Church’s apostate activities, which identify her as part of end times Babylon.
- MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN? The Roman Catholic Church has blasphemously elevated Mary, the mother of the Christ, to being the Queen of Heaven. This is a biblical title, but not a good one, as Jeremiah 7:18, 44:15-27 and Ezekiel 8:14, 20-28 reveal. The Queen of Heaven referred to, in these passages, is none other and Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod and founders of the Babylonian system. She was worshiped in Israel, as Ashtoreth and goes by many names around the world (Astarte, Isis, Mary in the Roman Catholic Church). In fact, when looking at the Roman Catholic iconography of “The Madonna and Child”, one is led to believe that is Mary and Jesus. This is complete falsehood. It is none other than Semiramis and Tammuz her son (Ezekiel 8:14), which were renamed to satisfy undiscerning Christians; who were being led into idolatry, in statue and icon worship. Remember the Queen of Heaven presides over all faiths (as it was in Babel), but will not tolerate the faith once delivered to the saints.
- VATICAN LEADS ALL FAITHS TO PRAY TOGETHER? As far back as the late 1960’s the Roman Catholic Church has led and sought to bring all faiths under its umbrella, whether they pray and serve one god or many. These idolatrous prayer meetings and councils, allow for distinctive belief, with the idea they all lead to the same place or god. They are correct, these endeavors led by the Roman Pontiff, lead to the second death and one of its ultimate inhabitants…SATAN!
- DIMINISH THE CHRIST THE REDEEMER AND HIS FINISHED WORK? Roman Catholicism mixes creed Christianity with pagan ritual and practice in their worship. In dealing with Mary for instance, she is looked at doctrinal as Co-Redemtrix with Christ. In this mode she is also the chief means of intercession for the saint rather than Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 7:25). Their masses also daily diminish the full atonement of Christ and His once for all death, by making the Lord’s table into an idolatrous Egyptian ritual.
- THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS IN HER AND ALL OVER HER PERSON? Revelation 18:24 reveals murderous spirit against the saints, in the WHORE of Babylon, “And in her was found the blood of the saints and the prophets and saints, and all who were slain on earth“. In this passage we see a complete historical view point, beginning with the spirit of Babylon (The spirit of Antichrist) which has been at war with God from the garden. Remember Babylon itself besieged Judah and Jerusalem, killing hundreds of thousands. Israel itself is seen as a great apostate and idolatrous woman, in the Old Testament as well. In fact in Revelation, we find that Jerusalem is seen by God in the last days as part of the Babylon equation (Revelation 7:9; Revelation 16:19). Apostate Judaism accounts for the death of the O.T. prophets and many of the first martyred Christians, but the Roman Catholic Church has rivaled them all. From the beginning of the Papacy (606 a.d.), up to 50 million have been slain, who dared to not bow to Roman Catholic domination. Consider that in the Spanish inquisition alone, 300,000 were killed, where 31,000 were brutality burned at the stake, in the name of Jesus Christ.
- THE EQUALIZATION OF CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM AND JUDAISM? In the Roman Catholic Catechism tenets 839-841 we find that they believe all three faiths, as coming from Abraham, are paths to the kingdom of God, so long as they are in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church. They also in subsequent tenets open the door for those who behave well in other faiths. The entire lot of this false teaching is completely contrary to the word of God’s declaration of salvation by grace throguh faith, in Jesus Christ the Lord (John 14:6; Romans 1:18-21; Ephesians 2:8-10). The Roman Catholic faith is contrary to a person believing on the Lord Jesus and following Him in repentance and faith.
This last one is a scary development, indeed, when we consider the Abraham accords between Israel and the U.A.E., being brokered by the United States, but more on that in a bit. For the sake of advancing forward into how the United States potentially plays into end times Babylon, let me finish by quoting Leonard Ravenhill on Roman Catholicism…
“Evangelists today are wide-eyed to the might of Communism, but tight lipped at the menace of Romanism. America would shake from coast to coast in twenty-four hours if some preacher, anointed with the Holy Ghost, gave the Roman Catholic Church a broadside! We stir national interest against the cruel, half-civilized Mau Mau (wicked enough), but powwow with, and pander to, the Roman Catholic Church! These priests who dope men’s souls,these idolatrous “masses,” these Calvary eclipsing prayers to Mary, these miserable millions cheated in life and in death by the greatest forgery Lucifer ever made.”
In my next post we will see the potential for America being part of Babylon. Let us first acknowledge that Roman Catholicism has great influence in the United States, religiously and politically. By many estimates the amount of Roman Catholics in the U.S. (over 74 million) is rapidly approaching the majority of Christians (90 million). Of the last 4 presidents, three of them have sought audiences with the Pope and the Catholic political engine is powerful, as well as cultural influence in the way of false unity and false peace. They define the abominable COEXIST bumper sticker.
Like Roman Catholicism how is it that America resembles the Babylonian system in Revelation? We’ll find out next time.
Have you ever witnessed the shell game while walking the streets of a city? The runner of the shell game, takes a bet from the player, then simply places a pea beneath one of the three shells, then mixes them up rapidly, almost as if his mixing is an art form. At the conclusion of the mix up, the game runner stops and asks the person playing against him, to choose where the pea is at. if the game runner is worth their salt, they will be a few bucks richer, as they moved the pea enough to avoid detection.
At times, those who would follow Jesus, as well as those who do follow Jesus are guilty of playing the shell game with God Himself. The only problem for us, is no matter how well we think we have avoided detection, or moved the pea (sin, bondage or self-indulgence) around He always finds it out. When we seek to shuck and jive and move that which we do not want to be discovered, our spiritual shell game puts our sanctification in jeopardy.
The Gospel of John gives us a good example of person playing the spiritual shell game.
John 4:13-26 (NKJV) Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
In our passage, Jesus has met a Samaritan woman of loose morals and practice. So contrary was her behavior, this woman was even outcast among a people of shady morals and religious practice. From the very onset of her encounter with Jesus, she was cynical, and seemingly sarcastic cornering our Lord’s request for water. Until Jesus found her pea!
When He defines Himself as the One who has the power to give anyone who asks living water, a supply that never runs out and is in fact internal and eternal, she responds along the natural line… “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”.
Jesus’ offer of living water, which needs no drawing will alleviate the shame she feels in being outcast among her people. This was the natural line we often come to God with. We want an answer to prayer, to alleviate some uncontrollable aspect of our life which makes us feel silly, shamed, stupid, ineffective or just plain old bad about ourselves. The problem is the discomfort we want removed is often a product of our own apathy toward God–or our neglect to obey Him–or some discomfort we need to keep us dependent on Him.
Paul even faced something such as this with his thorn in his flesh; a particular physical condition allowed by God, which knocked down the potential of his human pride.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Indeed, that which Paul wanted to avoid was for his own good. How often do we miss that truth about the trouble, trials and discomfort of our lives? The woman at the well takes the idea to an art form.
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.“
As our Lord Jesus Christ points to the correct shell, lifts it up and exposes the pea or her painful life of sin, the woman pulls the shell game runners oldest rick… Look over there, did you see that!”
Rather than humble herself, repenting and seeking a solution for her sin, she tries to divert God’s attention away from that which makes her feel shame–that which she has been unable to leave behind– that which causes her shame and loss of the joy and love–that which has separated her from the God she has sought for, as a blind woman poking around in the dark. She tries to divert God’s attention and conviction toward a religious argument.
We often do the same, just more privately. I have found this to be true from over 17 years of ministry. Countless times, I have been involved with the Lord, in bringing a person to the point of deliverance, when that which holds them back or in bondage is exposed; only to have that person change the subject or walk out agitated.
But here is the truth about those times and situations and people… They were merely playing the shell game; trying to divert God’s attention with a distraction. Guess what? He is undeterred, He already knew where the pea was from the beginning; as He did with the woman at the well.
“Sir, I perceive you are a prophet!” In this statement and what follows, in the way of a religious discussion with the Author of true religion, we see her pivot to avoid dealing with that which caused her shame. She tried to move the pea, until her religious talk backed her into a corner, when in later verses she declares, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” In this she was moving the pea, dropping the microphone in a fashion that says, “you know some things prophet, but when Messiah comes”.
Jesus then removes all her shells for good, “Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
With this statement, Jesus Messiah, God’s only begotten Son, “I AM” in the flesh, present in all His convicting Person ends the woman’s spiritual shell game. She was exposed and raw, but ready for freedom and transformation. Why are we so much like her?
The word of God preached in the power of the Spirit or read in the power of the Holy Spirit is for the purpose of exposing and reviving. We often like the outlay of what we think reviving is, not understanding, there is no reviving without exposing what is dead or dying and part of the old life.
Yet far too many Christians in America are pretending to know it all, be it all, and have it all together. Playing the shell game, whenever pressing into the Lord brings about exposure. Don’t play the spiritual shell game. We are called to sanctification, which means that which Christ attained through His death and resurrection is lived out in us progressively, as we walk in humility with Him.
This means all that remains in our life patterns from our life before Christ will be exposed and must be brought to death throguh self-denial; one area at a time. In the positive, once these patterns are exposed and removed, the Holy Spirit can freely lead us into being more like Jesus; for His glory.
This is our calling. Don’t put God’s plan to conform you to the image of Christ at risk, by playing the spiritual shell game.
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NKJV) Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
BROTHERS AND SISTER BEWARE!
For decades the Three Self Patriot Churches in China, capitulated to government intrusion, in order to remain open to the public rather than joining the persecuted underground Church. Now they are being told hey cannon reopen unless if they praise the Chinese Communist Party in sermons and extol President Xi Jinping and slander the united States.
(here is a link to the Christian Post Article revealing these measures… Chinese pastors ordered to praise Xi Jinping, slander US from pulpit or risk closure)
They were allowed to preach… just not on divine healing, the return of Christ or the blood of Jesus. They were allowed to sing so long as they avoided those topics, and registered with the government, as an official government approved Church; and do not speak on political issues against the communist government’s culture or programs.
When they did as they were told, they were asked to give in more. What the Chinese government now asks, which is described in the articled linked below, is too far for many of them.
Perhaps now the practitioners of the pseudo Christianity, in the Three Self Patriot Christian Churches will recognize and repent; seeking to lose their lives for Christ’s sake with our wonderful underground church brethren.
Perhaps, we followers of Jesus Christ (in the U.S.) will understand that for over 93 years, through federal tax exemption, the church has been capitulating to the government in small but ever-increasing increments; for meager tax exemption.
This fatal flaw has conditioned Christian leadership to be careful, rather than courageous and bold—led us to a lack of sobriety in how we deal with the world around us—and kept the church always looking for the political person or movement to save us, for maintaining our hope for life as we desire it to be.
This flaw has led us to inappropriately teach Romans 13, concerning obedience to unlawful authority, which has been seen in abundance during the unconstitutional overreaches of Governors, mayors and leaders across the United States.
Remember, in this nation, the authority of leaders is vested only as they exercise constitutional powers. Otherwise we live at the whim and imagination of dictators. Sound familiar?
Now do we see how accepting mandates based on public health are only to condition the people of this nation to accept further unnecessary intrusions, till blind allegiance is achieved; and anything else is eradicated.
This flaw has been used to manipulate the Church to accept intrusions to our faith and practice and jump on the “social justice” train, so we avoid cultural guilt.
Truth told, we followers of Christ ought to expect this from the lost world around us, but we largely have been moving in behavior (speaking of the church), which is largely based on our fear of the government shutting us down, should we not comply with further non-proven methods of combating Covid-19.
Many Churches wrongly complied with shutting off fellowship in “the building”, back in March. To agree with the word of God (and some of my detractors who think I believe “the church is a building”) . The church of Jesus Christ, the bride of Christ is not a building. It is the “living stones” “being built together in a spiritual house” by which “we have access to the Father” together (Ephesians 2:17-22; I Peter 2:1-10).
Read Hebrews 10:19-31 and discover the true nature of the body of Christ in being together, in the “let us” statements—consider the penalty, when Christians forsake gathering together in that same passage of scripture.
Consider also, that although the Hebrews followers of Jesus (written too in the letter) were beginning to suffer invasive persecution, no excuses are made for the “living stones” to cease meeting together for any extended period of time.
The void of Christ manifest presence, left from weeks of not being together in fellowship (during the March to May shut down), agitated many Christians in the right area. Although in some case (perhaps many), reopening was necessary to gain needed funds to keep the building afloat.
The powers that run the world and its system, apart from Christ (Ephesians 6:10-18; I John 2:15), now understand that they can further encroach on Christian fellowships, who are willing to consider any unlawful mandate, in order to occupy their gathering spot, and keep their ministries afloat.
In Ohio, now it is wearing a mask, perhaps next a face shield with the mask or googles (yep that is being discussed). A growing number of states are mandating limits on numbers in attendance. Eventually will they maybe demand another unconstitutional lock down?
Let us learn a lesson from what has taken place in China. The underground church, which refuses to cease meeting together, has grown exponentially for almost 70 years. Yes, they get arrested, imprisoned and some of their leaders are never seen again, but they don’t complain or even ask for prayer that the persecution end. They simply continue to love Jesus, preach the cross and gather together.
They have learned well our Lord’s words in John 15:18-6:4 is meant for all Christians in every nation and age until the end. Like Paul they understand that God is our protector, and Christ our Healer from any physical malady experienced (they can’t run to a pharmacy to get medication to mask a condition, but make them dependent on said drug).
They meet in homes, caves, crawl spaces and only God knows where else, in order to please their Lord Jesus, as they love one another. They have no internet church, because the government will find them through using it. For them to live is Christ, to die is gain. They live by Jesus words “If you love me, keep my commandments”… Chief among them “love one another, as I have loved you”.
That commandment cannot occur through regular separation from one another. Love is action, in your face and yes often times “touchy feely”.
Jesus Himself, laid hands on those with infectious diseases and healed the people He touched. He commanded the same out of the apostles, even before He was crucified and raised from the dead or were filled with the Holy Spirit. Not one of them came away sick.
We are called to the same in John 14:12-14.
John 14:12-15 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Why are we so afraid of getting Covid-19? It is a real disease, no doubt, but is Christ our Lord not still our Healer? Is the Holy Spirit not with us to empower, guide, bring peace and energize our faith?
It would appear that those who are not to fear death (US), as it has been swallowed up in Christ’s victory, either are holding to this life to tightly or have lost our focus on our only awesome blessed hope (Titus 2:11-14).
Why are we so afraid of the government shutting down our facilities, over non-compliance with unconstitutional orders, specifically meant to hinder our faith. Can we not continue to meet and minister and love one another in homes, crawl spaces or in caves? Sure enough, we can, but we may get dirty and sweat, and have to light candles.
These avenues may not be our top choice, we’ll have to give up our electronic music and majesty—part company with our teleprompters, smoke machines and lights—ministers mat have to exist on love offerings or actually work a job, rather than gain a salary.
This model has worked for His Bride from the beginning, the only time the church loses its way is when it is in bed with the world and culture, and has not clue that is it? Look to Rome, England and now the U.S. A. to understand this historical truth.
Will we learn too late, like the Chinese Three Self Patriot Churches? Or will we walk in faith and love? Will we continue to wither, complaining about our rights being trampled?
We are not on this earth to bring back some glorious age of a Christian America. We are called to make disciples for Jesus Christ and endure till the end, whatever comes our way. Not in belligerence or violence, but in love of God, love of neighbor and love of our enemies; obeying Christ’s command to gather together.
BROTHERS AND SISTER LET US WAKE UP!
(Read also Genesis 12:1-4, Isaiah 48:20, Jeremiah 50:8-9, Jeremiah 51:7-9)
Revelation 18:1-4 (NKJV) After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
As we have discovered over the last two posts, Babylon is a place and a spiritual reality, which has functioned ever since the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11). The geography, although real, is specifically related to spiritual Babylon: a one world government and religion, synergized for the purpose of defying God and deactivating His people. The purpose of Babylon is carried out either through captivity and assimilation of followers of YHWH or by killing every one of them.
Interestingly, the religion of Babylon tolerates many faith’s and false god’s, as it has been existed in one form or another throughout world history, where multiple deities exist; but are unified under one head deity. The only worship not tolerated, in Babylon’s religious system is that of the One True God and His Anointed Messiah. The government and the religion are animated by the hate expressed in Psalm 2:1-3.
Before we dive into the possible identity of end-times Babylon, we must first establish some ground rules. First and foremost, we acknowledge that some things in the Book of Revelation, as well as other important prophetic texts from the whole of scripture, are difficult to nail down. We can assert that in some cases we will not be able to know, for certain, until the sign or occurs.
Perhaps one of the most hotly debated items of the end times deals with the “mark of the beast”. Although many technological advances have appeared, which could potentially fit “the mark of the beast”, we will not really know until it is put forth as the only means to gain needed provision to live.
Secondly, we must agree that like the “spirit of Antichrist”, which I John tells us was alive and well in the first century, Babylon, as a spiritual and governmental desire of the world’s people, has existed since before Christ. This ungodly system has been spoken of in every age and culture, as well as pursued. One need not go far in our past, in western culture to see this fairy tale idea in John Lennon’s ridiculous song “Imagine” or the sappy “We are the World” from the mid 1980’s.
Seeing a governmental desire for what is referred to as the “New World Order”, can be seen in the failed “League of Nations” from the 1920’s until the establishment of the Untied Nation (another NWO organization). For Americans we only have to look at the language used from our four previous presidents. George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barak Obama all used phrases reminiscent of announcing the need for a New World Order.
The reason we must understand these elements before moving forward, is that the key pieces for end-times Babylon’s rise exist today, as they did 70 years ago and if the Lord tarries, they will exist and be ready for advance, as soon as the LORD of history declares “Babylon the great has fallen”; signalling its final rise and destruction.
In my opinion, I believe we are in those times, therefore our choices of end times Babylon are few, but very possible, for our day. Let us explore the character of “Babylon”. We will focus mostly on Revelation 16, 17 and 18.
Revelation 16:19 (NKJV) Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.
When dealing with the phrase “Now the great city was divided into three parts” we understand this as referring to Jerusalem. The division occurs because of the most devastating earthquake in history, when the seventh bowl judgment of God’s wrath is poured out on the world. The reason we understand this “great city” to be Jerusalem is that Revelation 11:8 uses the same terminology “great city” and declares it the city where our Lord Jesus was crucified.
The rest of Revelation 16:19 reveals the earthquake also causes the nations of the world to fall and that Babylon was remembered by God and set for Judgment. This is important for the nations of the world are unified against God, under the last one world government of Babylon. Yet Babylon is also represented as a city of enormous economy, cultural and religious influence, in Revelation 18:19.
Babylon is a governmental/spiritual entity and a specific geographic location. Some have proffered that the city spoken of is Jerusalem or the city of Tyre rebuilt, as Ezekiel 27 language is used in Revelation 18 to describe the city of Babylon when it falls. This could be a possibility, but as we understand much of prophecy in Revelation is based on types (from the O.T.), we understand that end-times Babylon is so great because it encompasses all the economic power and might of all the YHWH hating nations of world history.
I believe it possible that end-times Babylon is not headquartered in Jerusalem, or a city on the Mediterranean Sea or in the middle east.
Revelation 17:1-6 reveals a few characteristics of end times Babylon. In the first place Babylon is referred to as a woman, in fact verse 5 declares BABYLON is the “MOTHER OF ALL HARLOTS AND OF ALL THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”. The word “HARLOT” is important for it means whore, or one who hooks up with anyone or anything for self serving purposes.
Babylon is also the mother of all “ABOMINATIONS”. This carries with it the most egregious sin and practice, including lying, witchcraft, sorcery, abortion, sexual immorality and licentiousness, and persecution of the saints under the guise of personal freedom. This means “Babylon” represents the satanic principal in its government and culture, which is “Do what you will, is the whole of the law”; while doing it under the guise of being benevolent to all.
Babylon, the whoring woman sits on many waters, which has a two fold meaning: 1) Babylon has been sitting as the most dominate nation in the world for some time, influencing the nations of the world in industry, culture, government, religion and economy (verse 15).
In Revelation 17:3-4 we see the woman on a scarlet beast that has seven heads (from the seven great empires of Old World) and ten horns (the ten king confederacy in the last days). We understand this beast is symbolic of the Antichrist and the governmental power of ten nations which gives him political and military clout.
Interestingly, the woman rides the beast, which indicates control of the beast or direction given to the beast. More likely, the beast allows the woman to believe she is in control, or has his favor, through her religious harlotry. This makes sense after reading Revelation 13:11-17, where the false prophet gives the beast credence with the apostate church and pagans of the world through false signs and lying wonders. In my next post we will discuss the Roman Catholic Church and its participation, potentially, as the amplification of the last days one world religion.
In Revelation 17:16-18, we discover that the ten kings hate the WHORE, “BABYLON”. Most likely because “Babylon” has dominated them for so long. We understand that there is a point where these nations turn to destroy Babylon, with its pluralistic pagan religion and culture and its economic and military dominance. Finally we understand that Babylon is…
Revelation 17:18 (NKJV) And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
In my biblically informed opinion, should the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ be sooner than later, there is potentially a nation that has had major influence in all these nations and Israel… The United States of America.
Let us look further at Revelation 18 to see the continuing character of end-times Babylon revealed.
In Revelation 18:1-4 we find that Babylon is a place of overt spiritual darkness, where demons dwell in plain sight, through the permitting of every sin in violation of God’s love and the image he made man in. Babylon is a place where every type of sexually immoral thought can find expression, where greed drives culture and entertainment, where Babylon’s reach of degradation is not just in its own nation and people, but world wide.
In addition we also discover that industry of Babylon and it’s trade and economy flood the world with all kinds of inventions and products. Consider the list of production, industry and innovation arising out of end times Babylon from Revelation 18:11-18.
In Revelation 18:23 we read “… For your merchants were the great men of the earth“. Consider the great men of wealth and industry in the last 150 years and their names… Carnegie, Rockefeller, Mellon, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Edison, Ford, Boeing, Gates, Jobs, Zuckerberg, Bezos and Musk.
Babylon also deceives the nations through it’s sorcery, which is the Greek word pharmakeia. This is another interesting characteristic, for it is where we get the word pharmacy from. In John’s day pharmakeia was linked to the used of herbs and substances to gain altered states and commune with demons or false gods, for the purpose of divination and healing.
Interestingly, the United States is still at the forefront of research and development for pharmaceuticals for everything under the sun. These things are used as a lever to condition the people (and too often the saints) to trust in anything other than God Almighty.
In addition to the sorcery of pharmakeia, in the way of substances, let’s consider the sorcery of television, cinema and computer devices. Though labor for these things has long ago left the Untied States, the influence of development, implementation and connectivity are founded in this nation. If we merely diagnosed the influence of politics, entertainment and sport, through our mesmerizing devises, how many have come under their spell?
Can anyone argue that in the United States, our culture is filled with the demonic, the foul, the crass, the destructive. Our freedom has led to the enslavement of millions of our own people in sports and entertainment, pornography, useless pursuits and electronic comas, from devices. Our own inventions have taken Satan’s plans world-wide like no other nation, through the air and circuit.
We see that Babylon’s sins have reached to the heavens (Revelation 18:4-6). In America we have more money and infrastructure to care for the orphan, than any other nation on the planet. Despite this reality, the United States slaughters 1700 children a day, through abortion, which is a sacrifice to the god’s of this world. If the Lord were to repay the U.S. double for our approaching 70,000,000 abortions, we would loose close to 1/3 of our population of 330,000,000 in one day.
Let me ask you? Is there any other nation with such prolific influence economically, militarily, religiously, and culturally than the United States of America? I would venture to say, there has never been a more influential nation with cites of influence on a global scale; like New York and Washington D.C. San Francisco, Los Angeles. Nor do I see one in the future.
In my next two post, we will look at how the Roman Catholic Church and U.S. not only exhibit the governmental and cultural aspects of the end-times Babylon, but also that of the one world religion.
Revelation 17:3-5 (NKJV) So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Revelation 18:4-8 (NKJV) And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
In our last message from God’s word we understood the spiritual and historical nature of Babylon, from the tower of Babel to Abraham’s call out of the land of Babylon. We understood that when Israel sinned, the LORD used Babylon, even though it was evil, for the purpose of chastising the Jewish people of their idolatry and rebellion. As we understand that Babylon had actual geography and function as the dominant world power, we see it as a spiritual reality that has continued in almost every world empire since and will coalesce into the last world empire.
This empire will be one world government, empowered by an apostate one world religion that will allow all belief EXCEPT that of followers of Jesus Christ. The Antichrist will be THE final dictator bolstered by his false prophet and the lying signs and wonders he does. This Antichrist will follow the pattern of Nimrod, being head over all government and religion, while delegating operation of that religion to his false prophet (*it should be noted there is a point when the 10 kings that serve as the political base of the Antichrist’s initial rise to power, will throw off Babylon).
The above passages of scripture relay both aspects of the government and religion God will judge, when Jesus returns to put down all ungodliness. In our time today, we will be looking at God’s call to His children, redeemed through Christ’s shed blood (Revelation 18:4), to ESCAPE from Babylon, both its religious spirit and governmental spirit; and the dependence it creates upon the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Remember that Revelation was written to Christians; Christians who would not see the fall of the end times Babylon despite that truth, God’s call for them to ESCAPE BABYLON, was just as expedient as ours today. Let’s look to the world for an example in the times we live.
Over the last month China, India, Malaysia, Sudan, and Bangladesh have begun to command Christians to renounce their faith, get rid of Christian symbols, and cease evangelism or be denied access to food, jobs, and Covid-19 related assistance. These heinous acts against our brethren reveal the spirit of the Antichrist and his one world government and religion, with us right now and growing at an alarming pace.
Revelation 13:15-17 (NKJV) He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Escaping Babylon means we deny ourselves rather than our LORD Jesus, even when life sustaining food or work are dangled before us. In a positive fashion, escaping Babylon means trusting God to supply what we need, rather than fretting over what man can do.
BABYLON IS THE WORLD SYSTEM
To grasp what it means to escape, let us look to a portion of what we discussed in the last post…
We further understand the principal of Babylon, inherent in all the world system of government, even the USA and Israel, from I John 2:15-17.
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.\
When understanding Babylon, apart from it’s end times incarnation, we must understand it’s influence in a system. The word “world” from the Greek language means “the orderly arrangement of the world system with its adornment, working in harmony with itself“.
This world system is the source of our undoing as Christians if not careful. Essentially the “world” is the satanic system of Babylon, at work, always pressuring, producing and searching for a place to get its hooks into the children of God through Christ Jesus our LORD.
Jesus declared in John 15:19-20, that in Him we are no longer of the world and its system, but He chose us out of the world, in fact He conveys us out of the world (from darkness to light), with each passing day, so long as we obey Him, while walking through the world system. Perhaps the prophet Daniel and his three Jewish cohorts reveal what this means best, practically.
The prophecy of Daniel is filled with examples of how set apart these men were from Babylon, although they had to live there. It appears their heart was never divided. In Daniel chapter 1 we see the underlying character needed to ESCAPE the allure of Babylon around us. When given an opportunity to have some great food from the kings own supply, the scripture reports something about Daniel’s faith and commitment to God.
Daniel 1:8 (NKJV) But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
It is very important we grasp that Daniel decided before he arrived in Babylon, he would follow the Lord and the law of God with all his heart. From the word “defile” we understand the meat and the wine came from animals and wine sacrificed to the pagan gods of Babylon. Daniel’s decision to refuse to be dependent on the governmental perks, religion, culture, and relationships afforded by Babylon, kept he and his friends in God’s care even in the face of death.
Interestingly, we find two churches in Revelation 2, that were not as faithful as Daniel and became dependent on the world system around them and it led them to defile themselves and put their relationship to Christ at risk.
In the Church of Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-17) we find that some in the church held the doctrine of Balaam (vs. 14), a reference to the faithful being intermarried with the lost pagan world around them. We understand Christians are not to marry a person if that person is not in the faith. In Pergamos, this truth was neglected and not only did it lead to sexual immorality, but Christians being led into idolatry and away from Christ. As Christians we trust the LORD rather than run to the world. Babylon calls us to depend on it for love and affirmation.
In considering Thyatira, we are introduced to the self-proclaimed false prophetess Jezebel, who led the church into sexual immorality and idolatry another way. Being a city of great commerce and paganism, Thyatira had many trade guilds (unions) each with it’s own patron false god. These powerful guilds controlled all business and industry, without which your business (from a natural perspective) had no chance. Jezebel convinced the Christians, they could join the guilds and thrive.
The only draw back, was that the meetings were rituals of worship and devotion to the false god of whatever guild you were in. At these rituals abominable sacrifices and ritual prostitution for the favor of the god were common place. Hence, the idolatry and sexual immorality of the church. Here we see how Babylon (the world system) entices us to depend on it for life, provision and protection. Fleeing Babylon means no compromise, only trust of Christ and being led by the Holy Spirit.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US
In order for us to flee Babylon, we must first admit that living in America is strikingly similar to the character of Babylon in Revelation 18. Secondly we must admit, that as holy as we may want to be, we may be quite fooled as to how much we depend on the system of Babylon around us. Consider how dependent we are on devices. Ask yourself how you would function for one week, without a computer, wireless phone or tablet, and T.V. (sorry friends these are not creations ordained of God).
Thirdly, consider how dependent we are on the culture and economy of the nation in which we live. How many Christians miss fellowship on the Lord’s day or prayer or any meaningful interaction throughout the week, because of work, play, workout, or personal pleasure with culture.
Coming out of Babylon means we disconnect from the system of Babylon–turning from depending on it in order to depend on and be led by God alone (regardless of consequences).
Rather than leave you with a list of do’s and don’ts, let me close with a scripture and ask you to seek the Lord in solitude as to what the passage means and if you are captive of Babylon and need deliverance to escape.
2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
NEXT TIME WE WILL LOOK AT WHAT NATION QUALIFIES AS BABYLON, SHOULD JESUS’ RETURN BE SOON IN COMING.