(Part 2 of 2)
The next thing that we see is Babylon’s final hour… Revelation 17-18. The apostle John writes that the Babylon system has defiled the whole earth. God called her the “mother of harlots and abominations” (17:5, KJV). The abominations seen in Revelation 17-18 were condensed by Jesus in Mark 7:21-23: “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (KJV). Jesus said, “It’s the thought-life that pollutes” (TLB). Many people lust after things for their own pleasure and fail to realize that those things, when partaken of, will come back to destroy them. Babylon was started with Nimrod’s thoughts of rebellion and defiance. The word “thoughts” brings to mind a description of an old abandoned house with broken windows and doors which do not close correctly and where all sorts of wild creatures enter and leave at will, leaving the house polluted. Wrong thoughts do not give you access to God. They lead you instead to the devil’s kingdom. All the things that Jesus listed in Mark 7:20-23 start in the thought life. It’s no wonder that the first thing the Apostle John says is a word to the Christians: “Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:4). Why? Because it is doomed to judgment.
The Holy Spirit’s message today is, “Get out of the systems that are marked for judgment.” Get out of everything that can defile your life and leave you polluted. Get out of everything that defies God. The word “defy” means “to stand against and resist.” Are you anointed? Are you knowledgeable in the Word of God? Why exchange that for things that will pollute your life and bring calamity? The revivals around the world testify of the “coming out” from a world that is facing calamity. Romans 12:1-2 reads in The Living Bible, “And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy–the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.”
God has faith in you, and nothing that the devil has can destroy God’s faith in you. Proverbs 22:3 reads, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (KJV). We are in perilous times. It’s time to live in faith and holy fear, and not in panic and terror. The Lord has some things to say about Babylon. The first thing God says about Babylon is that He is going to judge her (Revelation 17:1-2). There is no permanence in the devil’s system–why live in its pleasures? The second thing God says about Babylon is that she is fallen (Revelation 14:7-8). In other words, the devil has failed. The third thing God says about Babylon is that He will break the devil’s stronghold on the music industry and the trade industries. Everything that depends on the Babylon system will be judged (Revelation 18:22). The fourth thing God says about Babylon that He will judge its education system (Revelation 18:23). The fifth thing God says about Babylon that He will judge those who persecute and kill His people (Revelation 18:24). Revivals are in the world and so is persecution. The church is not loved. Are you anointed? Are you knowledgeable in the Word of God? Then stir up the gift of discerning of spirits in your life (Hebrews 5:12-14, Ezekiel 44:23, 1 Corinthians 12:10). Learn to discern what is good for you and what is not. Have you learned that there is a difference between right and wrong? Open your heart and let God search you (Psalm 44:20-21). God speaks to your spirit. “The entrance of thy words giveth light” (Psalm 119:130). God searches your heart by what He says to you. Remove unholy things from your life (Deuteronomy 23:14). God says, “Your camp (dwelling) is to be holy” or “It is your responsibility to see that there is no unclean thing in you.” Prepare to hear the everlasting gospel. The everlasting gospel includes things to come. God has a future for you and for this earth. The gospel is for eternity as well as for now. Move in faith, not fear, and not in panic. God is an awesome God–reverence Him. Return to your first love, Jesus (Revelation 2:4). He is to be Lord over everything in your life. Works must come second.
Pastor George Belobaba
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