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Part 3 – Babylon: God Judges the Mother of all Prostitutes

Published: Wednesday, 13 August 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

NOTE: This is an abnormally long article, but the Bible verses are important to understand God’s concept of “Babylon”.   You are encouraged to take the time to read the entire article.  You will find some deep spiritual truths that will challenge your thinking.

And God’s Word says:

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

Babylon the great

The mother of prostitutes

And of the abominations of the earth.

Revelation 17:1-2, 5

 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.  With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’   For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
 The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”   Then I heard another voice from heaven say:  “‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.  “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.

“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’  The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: “‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:  “With such violence
the great city of Babylon will be thrown down,
  never to be found again.  The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,
will never be heard in you again.
No worker of any trade
 will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
will never be heard in you again.  The light of a lamp
will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
will never be heard in you again.
Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.  Excerpts from Revelation, Chapter 18

From Part 1, you learned that humanity attempted to accomplish their own government project with no need for God.  As judgment, God confused their languages.  In Part 2, God intervened so that people of different languages miraculously heard about the forgiveness of sins through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross even though only one language was being spoken.  In Part 3, you will learn of the meaning of Babylon from God’s perspective and His judgment.

Babylon became synonymous with the idea that humans can govern themselves and have no need for God.  Added to this self-government were all the ideas of living life without God: business, religion, recreation, careers, social media, philosophies of life, and others. For example, God equated Babylon with humanity’s attempt to become wealthy through the abuse and misuse of human beings.  Throughout the Bible, God speaks out against man’s inhumane treatment of orphans and widows. 

I have underlined certain key phrases in the verses above.  You may want to reread all of the verses again.  I repeat: “Babylon” is the idea of humanity living their way without any need for God.  This is what is referred to as “committing adultery with her.”  God considered the nation of Israel as committing adultery when it worshipped other gods rather than Jehovah God.  At the heart of adultery is unfaithfulness.  Consider identifying the things of this earth (“Babylon”) that you have replaced God with in your life. 

In the Kingdom of God, there are no conservatives, liberals, independents, Republicans, Democrats, capitalists, entrepreneurs, socialists, communists, and I could go on and on with the institutions that humanity has created without God.  I believe too many of us Christians have been caught up with the philosophies of the world.  We all need to get back to loving God and serving others.  We need to learn more about how Jesus lived and interacted with others.  We need to reorder our priorities and be different from the people of the world who do not have Jesus as their Savior.  This is where the verses above say, “Come out of her, my people.” 

Social media (Facebook, Internet, Google, Twitter, etc.) is OK until a Christian replaces time with God and His Word with emails, blogs, tweets, etc.  Too many Christians have become addicted to these worldly manifestations of “Babylon”.  I know this may rub some of you the wrong way, but please give it some thought.  The world is headed toward a one world economy, a one world religion, a one world internet, etc.  This is what God calls “Babylon”, and He will destroy it in the End Times. 

Can you see the similarities of the Tower of Babel told in Genesis, Chapter 11, and the wording above where it says, “for her sins are piled up to heaven.  The Tower of Babel was humanity’s attempt to reach heaven without God.  Don’t let anything into your life that makes you the chief architect of your life without God being the focal point.  Otherwise, your life will be just like Babylon – confusing, chaotic, purposeless, greedy, selfish, and without God.

 

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