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Babylon the Great

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Remember, elect… when John saw the prostitute, this woman who greatly astonished him, Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar was long gone and destroyed.  So this Babylon the Great is not that religious, political system at all, but refers to another.

The clue to why the church that John saw was called “Babylon the Great” lays in what was shown to Zechariah son of Berekiah after Israel had returned from their exile in Babylon. [Zechariah 5.1-11] Zechariah was shown a woman in a basket and the angel told him, “This is wickedness,” [Zechariah 5.8] and wickedness, as defined by the Lord God Himself when He commissioned Jeremiah, is: “I will pronounce My judgements on My people because of their wickedness in forsaking Me…” [Jeremiah 1.16]

As such, wickedness as defined by God is the forsaking of God, and the woman in the lead basket who was taken to a place called Babylon, after the Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar had fallen, is the personification of the forsaking of God.  That is, a woman who is the very personification of the forsaking of God when fully grown becomes Babylon the Great.  And if you read Revelation 18.4-20 regarding God’s judgement of her, “In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn,’ ” [Revelation 18.7] you find that she is the usurper of the throne, and in her heart and her boasting she has completely forsaken God.

Now… when a person looks at the church raised by the result of the disbelief, disobedience and delay of the eleven that was capitalised on by men like James the Younger, he does not see the forsaking of God, he does not see the wickedness, for after all, everything that she says and does appears to be concerned with the worship of God.  Indeed, go into any of her services and you see God mentioned everywhere.  God is worshipped, God is prayed to, money is collected for God, lands are conquered for God and people are converted for God to God.  As such, you would and could rightly say, “Surely Babylon the Great, this woman who has grown up from that basket, is not the church?  The church does not forsake God… not at all.”

It depends then who is supposed to be her God.  For the church raised up through the disciples, the preaching of the gospel was supposed to raise up believers from whom disciples could be made.  And her God – Jesus Christ, Son of God and of Man – commanded, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in (into) the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” [Matthew 28.19-20]

It is sufficient to say that if you have been part of the church, which is descended from the one raised from Acts 2, you will have seen that not EVERYTHING commanded by Jesus is taught, much less practised by her.  From the simplest of examples where it is the custom of one of the denominations to have their people call their priests, “father,” when Jesus clearly commanded that they are to call no one father; [Matthew 23.9 “…do not call anyone on earth ‘father…’”] to those who seek to prosper Mammon’s kingdom so that their own ministry may prosper, when it is clearly commanded we are not to serve Mammon; to public prayer meetings; to the calling of certain foods unclean, and so on.

You see, whenever and wherever we have not adhered to teaching those who are believers EVERYTHING that Jesus commanded so that disciples may be made from them – that is the forsaking of God, our God… and that is wickedness.

The “church,” as she calls herself, is the expert in the forsaking of the teachings of Christ, turning to her traditions and her doctrines instead, preferring to teach those of James and of the Nicolaitans rather than Jesus’ words, and seeking to honour the Balaamites rather than destroying Mammon.  That is why when John saw her, her second title is “Babylon the Great,” after “Mystery,” for that is what she is – the great forsaker of her God, the woman of wickedness.  That is why concerning her, God has said, “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.” [Revelation 18.4-5]

And what are her sins but the deliberate dilution and mixing of the pure words of Christ – the new wine – with the words of the Law – the old wine – and thus ruining both.  What are her crimes?  They are her refusal to acknowledge her sins and the deliberate deception of all who come – resorting to divination, lies, murder and theft to cover up her sin.

The deliberate ruining of the new wine of Christ with the mixing in of the old so that the words of Christ become hollow and powerless meant that the believers and disciples under her were powerless to change the evil of the world, and if anyone dared oppose her, she would murder them.

And so, you see her… Babylon the Great!  The great forsaker of God who is Jesus Christ.

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