September 15, 2019

Revelations 18:1-4 (NASB)  After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues


It can be said that all aspects of life in this world has been absorbed and merged in the Babylonian system, which is inspired and ruled by demonic spirits (1 John 5:19). But the Bible also prophesied that the system of Babylon will surely be destroyed (Revelations 18:1-3). God also specifically commanded us, His people, to quickly leave the collapsing system.


1. God used the term ‘Babylonian system’ to depict a pattern of government, lifestyle, and economic cycle from this world, which must be faced by God’s people when they live inaccurately (forced to endure judgment).


God delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt and brought them into the Promised Land for a purpose. He wants to make Israel a nation under God’s own authority and power – one nation under God Himself! That’s why God never raised kings over Israel because He Himself is the King over Israel! He carried Israel into the Promised Land and make it an example (firstborn – Exodus 4:22) among the other nations of how a nation lives under the leadership of the Heavenly King!


However, Israel chose to become like the other nations. Israel wanted a king and lived like the other nations (1 Samuel 8:5). In other words, Israel chose to ‘exit’ from God’s government system and enter the same government pattern of the other nations!


True, for a time, the Kingdom of Israel entered the days of its glory under King David. But it’s because as a king, David carried all of Israel to live under the government of the King of Heaven! During David’s reign, God became the center of the whole nation’s life (Chronicles 14-17)!


Unfortunately, Solomon didn’t live like David (1 Kings 11). Quickly after Solomon’s death, the kingdom was split into two: Israel and Judah (1 Kings 12). And again, because the kings of Israel kept living in idolatry, God was forced to judge and scatter Israel through the hand of the Assyrian king (2 Kings 17). Not long after, the Kingdom of Judah was scattered as well through the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (2 Kings 24-25).


Since the Kingdom of Judah fell into Nebuchadnezzar’s hand, it can be said that ‘God’s pattern of government’ (which is supposed to be revealed through His people) no longer exists on earth; because all of God’s people have been scattered! Even God’s chosen people was ‘forced’ to live by the Babylonian river (Ps 137:1-4) – depicting the life of God’s people in captivity and oppression of this world’s system!


However, God is still with His people although they are scattered among the nations! Through the prophets, God prophesied the restoration of His pattern of government on the face of this earth (Ezekiel 11:16-20, 36:24-27)! #ILoveGod


This message will be continued tomorrow.


Ps. Steven Agustinus