Revelation 18:4-5… “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (KJV).
Revelation 17:5… “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (KJV).
In spite of the many pockets of revival in our land, we are living in perilous times. There are many different currents flowing in this world and each offers you a different direction. One of the most damning lies of today is that Christ is not the only way to salvation. Many are preaching that there are alternative ways.
The spirit of Babylon is a force in the earth that has always stood against the kingdom of God. God called it “Mystery Babylon.” The word “mystery” here refers to secrets confided only to the initiated, secrets not obvious, or a hidden purpose or agenda which is hidden from the general public. In the book of Revelation, the word “Babylon” was a code word for the Roman Empire. From the founding of Babylon (Genesis 11), it stood for rebellion against God and defiance against God and His people. Babylon stood for occult practices and access to demons. In the book of Daniel, we see the Babylonian spirit wanting to change the mind and thinking of people. One of the reasons the New Age movement is growing so fast is because people are reaching out to experience the supernatural. Anything that controls your soul and mind is not of God. The book of Revelation describes Babylon as a kingdom that has defiled the entire earth. The Babylon spirit, all through the ages, has embedded itself in world superpowers.
2 Corinthians 6:15-18… “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (KJV).
God planned the believer’s life to be centered around the will of God. Leadership must come from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Jesus lived in perilous times and a topsy-turvy world and yet still preached the gospel (Luke 4:18-19). Isaiah 9:6-7 teaches that “Of the increase of [Jesus’] government and peace there is no end” (KJV). The Holy Spirit is calling the people of God to reject the ways of the Babylon spirit, the anti-God and anti-Christ force in the earth. God has faith in you, and nothing the devil has or does can destroy it. The New Testament teaches that “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Romans 11:22 reads, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (KJV). “Goodness” refers to God’s character–gentleness and kindness. “Severity” refers to His sternness, decisiveness, strictness, and seriousness. In the gospels, Jesus had no patience with hypocrites and those who mocked the Holy Spirit. When the religious leaders allowed money changers to do business in the temple, He drove them out. In Romans 1:18, Paul says that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” I’m sorry to have to say this, but many of today’s preachers have done away with the severity side of God. They preach God’s goodness, God’s love, and God’s mercy, which is a correct thing to do, but they leave out the penalty for sin and remove the fear of God from the hearts of the believers. By doing that, they take away one of God’s strongest motives for holiness. The Spirit says in no uncertain terms in Proverbs 3:7, “Fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Preaching the gospel should include preaching about God’s severity. Peter, on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:40, said, “Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” The word “untoward” means “warped, perverse.”
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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