Out Of Egypt → Into Babylon

Posted by Truth Ignited on Monday, July 31, 2017

 

Then one of the seven angels holding the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the sentencing of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. The earth’s kings committed sexual immorality with her, and those who dwell on the earth got drunk with the wine of her immorality.”

So he carried me away in the Ruach into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls. She was holding a golden cup in her hand full of detestable things and the filth of her immorality, and on her forehead was written a name, a mystery:
“Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and the detestable things of the earth.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the kedoshim and with the blood of the witnesses of Yeshua. When I saw her, I was totally astounded.
~Revelation 17:1-6 (TLV)

          Practically every ministry I am familiar with that holds “End-Times Prophecy” as the focus of their teaching has something to say about what generally called “Mystery Babylon”. Some have said it is an actual city, arguing such locations as cities in the United States, or Rome, even Mecca has made the list. Others argue that it is a religion, such as the Roman Catholic religion, many times including all branches of Christianity that are rooted in Roman Catholicism (which likely includes your Church if you currently attend a mainstream Christian Church). I have even heard the prosperity preachers say that Babylon or the “Babylonian System” is debt, such as credit card debt, car payment, and mortgages.

          Let’s consider a few interpretations that have been made regarding this passage. (NOTE: This is not an endorsement of any of these sources, they are listed here to provide a range of views and interpretations of the text.)

          John Hagee, Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, states in his book The Battle For Jerusalem:

There is a vast difference between ignoring Scripture and interpreting Scripture. To ignore the prophetic teaching of Revelation 17 would be cowardly and irresponsible. But anyone who interprets Revelation 17 runs the risk of being labeled bigoted, extremist, and politically incorrect.

In the New Testament, we find a very clear presentation of an apostate church that professed Christ without possessing Him. In 1 Timothy 4:1, Paul wrote, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” And in 2 Peter 2:1-2, the apostle Peter told us: “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.”

After the rapture of the true church, or believers in Christ, a church will still exist, but it will be an apostate church. Revelation 17:1 labels the heretic church of the last days as “the great harlot who sits on many waters.” A harlot is an individual who has been unfaithful in her wedding vows. Here John portrays an apostate church that professed to be loyal to Christ but in fact cleaved to idols and a false religious system. This is spiritual adultery.

The apostate church will wield worldwide influence. God Himself told John the interpretation of the phrase “many waters” as “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” (v. 15). This is a worldwide false religious system.

In verse 2, we discover that this “great harlot” seduced “the kings of the earth,” not just the general population. The kings of the earth “were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” They had been stupefied and mesmerized by the global religious system.

John further wrote, “So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman [the great harlot] sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Rev. 17:3). If you go back to Revelation 13:1, you will read, “Then I stood on the sand of the sea [the world]. And I saw the beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.” What we see in Revelation 17:3 and 13:1 is the same, so the beast the great harlot sits upon refers to the revived Roman Empire under the control of the Antichrist. John described a world where the apostate church and the Antichrist will join forces to rule the earth.

          Dr. Henry Ironside provides this additional commentary in his work titled Lectures On The Book Of Revelation:

The beast is beyond question the same as that of chapter 13, and is therefore indubitably the Roman Empire. It is the empire as a whole, but with the last phase especially emphasized. The woman is a religious system, who dominates the civil power, at least for a time. The name upon her forehead should easily enable us to identify her. But in order to do that we will do well to go back to our Old Testament, and see what is there revealed concerning literal Babylon, for the one will surely throw light upon the other. We have also the added instruction of secular history which supplies us with some very important facts in this connection, and throws a flood of light upon the succession of spiritual Babylon of the Apocalypse to literal Babylon of the Old Testament.

As we go back into the dim twilight of history with Scripture, we learn that

the founder of Babel, or Babylon, was Nimrod, of whose unholy achievements we read in the 10th chapter of Genesis.

He was the arch-apostate of the patriarchal age.

He is described as “a mighty hunter before the Lord”, “a hunter of the souls of men,” the rabbis said. Going out from the presence of the Lord, he impiously sought to gather a multitude about himself, and, in defiance of the express command of God to spread abroad upon the face of the earth, he persuaded his associates and followers to join together in “building a city and a tower which should reach unto heaven.

Not surely, as some of us were taught in our childhood, a tower by which they might climb up into the skies to escape another possible flood, but a tower of renown, rising to a great height, to be recognized as a temple or rallying center for those who did not walk in obedience to the word of the Lord.

With all the effrontery of our modern apostates, they called their city and tower Babel, the gate of God; but it was soon changed by divine judgment into Babel,

Confusion. It bore the stamp of unreality from the first, for we are told “they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

An imitation of that which is real and true has ever since characterized Babylon, in all ages.

          Christian author on end-time prophetic topics Tim LaHaye proclaims in his book Revelation Unveiled the following:

It was my privilege many years ago to make a trip around the world. My wife and I visited some fifty temples and religious shrines of the major religions of the world. We were appalled to find the strange chords of similarity in all these forms of religion. Mystery, darkness, incense burning, superstition, ignorance, immorality, priesthood, nuns, sprinkling, idolatry, and many other Babylonian customs appeared repeatedly. I can only conclude that Rome is not the only form of Babylonian mysticism, but merely the one that has infiltrated Christianity. And after the Rapture, their leaders that remain will bring all the Babylonian-based religions together with one global idolatrous religion. She may be the one leading all forms of religions at the end time.

          Joel Richardson, in his book Mystery Babylon: Unlocking The Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mystery, says:

In more recent years, with many Christians increasingly embracing the idea of an Islamic Antichrist leading a Middle Eastern empire, some are now looking at the city of Mecca and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the last-days Babylon. Although this view is gaining considerable traction within the world of popular Bible prophecy, to date, it has not been explored in a thorough or complete manner.

          To round it off, let’s look at an example of debt being explained as part of the “Babylonian System” from the book Beyond Breakthrough: His Church, Your Keys by Leroy Thompson:

Anything you try to accomplish without God is working on the Babylonian system. To a certain extent, our finances have been confused, because we’ve been trying to operate in our finances without God. We pray one day, then hustle the next. We work two or three jobs just to try to make ends meet. In order to switch to the kingdom of God’s system, you’re going to have to either choose God in your finances or choose this world’s system – you can’t choose both.

Many in the Church have gotten caught up in this system, and that’s why they can’t seem to get out of debt. The Babylonian system will have you trying to live in prosperity on credit.

          Now that we have a foundation of what has been taught concerning the resurgence of Babylon in the world during the last days, I want to begin to present a potentially different perspective on this issue. It is not that I completely disagree with the above authors and others who are in harmony with these interpretations of the text. They all make valid points in their general interpretations of the passage in Revelation 17. However, it also needs to be considered that such interpretations often find their origin in a work of Reverend Alexander Hisplop titled The Two Babylons, a book that has been heavily refuted and the claims contained therein debunked.

          What the above authors present is both wrong due to their incomplete view of what Babylon and the Babylonian system is and at the same time right because, as you will discover during this message, what is so often referred to as “Mystery Babylon” is all of these things that have been presented and so much more.

          What I begin to have an issue with is when this matter is narrowed down to a specific city, a specific religion, or even a single general philosophy like the system of bank loans and credit card debt. I do not think that we can accurately say that the so-called “Mystery Babylon” is Rome revived, or an American city such as New York, Los Angeles, or the District of Columbia, or even that we can say it is Mecca, the center of Islamic religion. Neither do I think we can say that it is a specific religion like the Roman Catholic faith or the Islamic faith, or even that it is the blending of all false religions as seen in the New Age Movement. Rather, it seems that this thing is bigger than all of that. After all, the text clearly tells us that in Revelation 17:15 that the waters are, “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.”

Leaving Egypt

Then Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was loud wailing in Egypt. For there was not a house where someone was not dead. So he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, “Rise up, go out from my people, both you and Bnei-Yisrael, go, serve Adonai as you have said. Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone! But bless me, too.” Now the Egyptians urged the people, sending them out of the land quickly, for they thought, “We will all be dead!” So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. So Bnei-Yisrael acted according to the word of Moses. They asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold, and for clothing. Adonai gave the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians and let them have what they asked for. So they plundered the Egyptians.

~Exodus 12:30-36 (TLV)

          Before I get into what I believe the “Mystery Babylon” of Revelation 17 is, I feel we must begin with a brief look at the story of the Exodus, the moment in history where YHWH delivered His people from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. It is the generally accepted theological view that, symbolically, the Egyptian bondage is a picture of the bondage to sin that people are in prior to acceptance of Yeshua as Messiah in their life. I feel it is important to the context of what I will be sharing further in this message to look at this event, not in great detail, but at least as a quick refresher to set the tone for what I will be exploring regarding Babylon.

          There is no need to cite a bunch of texts from the Torah Book of Exodus as most people are familiar with the story. It is one of the most popular topics for Christian and Jewish children’s books and cartoons and even major movie productions from the 1956 film The Ten Commandments staring Charleton Heston to the more recent Exodus: Gods And Kings, which was very inaccurate and I don’t recommend watching. Most people have some idea about what took place during the Exodus event. If you want to know more about it, you can find everything you would need to know in the Book of Exodus.

          Sadly, even after the hand of God led His people out of the bondage of slavery in Egypt, most of the people never really embraced their salvation. In not embracing your salvation (from sin) it is only a matter of time before you become complacent and settled. This will ultimately result in a more subtle form of bondage, which I will discuss in a moment. Consider what Messianic Jewish author, teacher, and founder of Perfect Word Ministries Kevin Geoffrey says in his book Bearing The Standard: A Rallying Cry To Uphold The Scriptures:

Israel had been miraculously delivered from centuries of Egyptian slavery. No one could have known she would soon find herself wandering the desert of punishment – awaiting the slow death of her faithless and eldest generation. At God’s hand, Israel experienced both grave loss and monumental triumph; yet despite His abundant presence and provision, Israel’s trust of God was severely lacking. With barely six months remaining in their desert exile, the people of Israel could still speak the unthinkable: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in a wilderness?” (Numbers 21:5). God was invisible and unreal to Israel… after forty long years, they simply did not believe.

          Many people say that even though Israel left Egypt, Egypt never left the hearts of Israel. Perhaps there is some truth to that ideology. Perhaps there is even more truth to the notion that Christians join a Church but never leave behind the sin that they are supposed to be delivered from. When that happens, Egypt may be in your past, but Babylon is in your future.

Taken Into Babylonian Captivity

So now I have given all these lands into the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, My servant. I have even given the beasts of the field to serve him. ~Jeremiah 27:6 (TLV)

          Years and generations had passed. King after king had sat on the throne of the now established nations of Israel and Judah. I’ll not take time to go into detail of how many kings there were, following the reign of Solomon, of whom it is said, “But he did what was evil in ADONAI’s eyes.” One need only read through the Books of I and II Kings to see the trend.

          Over and over again these kings are found offering sacrifices on the high places, building temples and altars to Baal and other pagan gods, and setting up Asherah poles. But then this is no different than Christian Pastors who today set up egg hunts for Easter and bring in Santa Claus to greet children at Christmas; pagan traditions and pagan celebrations that have no business in the House of God and are also evil in the eyes of ADONAI.

          Much like the ultimate captivity to ancient Babylon that the ancient Hebrew people suffered, most Christians and even Jews today are captive to the continuing spirit of Babylon. How? I will get to that in a moment, but for right now let’s take a closer look at how the spirit of Babylon got into the hearts of God’s people.

          It was in real Babylon, during captivity, that the Jewish people developed the Talmud. This started out as oral teachings that were later compiled into written volumes. It is the laws of Talmud that are the source of rebuke from Yeshua and the Apostles throughout the Gospels and other New Testament writings, an important fact that is overlooked by those who claim the “laws” being spoken against were those of the Torah, which is also sometimes incorrectly called the “Mosaic Laws”.

          There are actually two different and distinct Talmud works: The Jerusalem Talmud and The Babylonian Talmud. It is the usually latter, the Babylonian Talmud, which is held as the higher authority and often times regarded with more authority by Rabbinic Judaism than even the Torah. This is what Yeshua always took exception to, something that must be understood in order to realize that He never rebuked Torah-observance.

Of the origins of the Babylonian Talmud author Harry Freedman delivers a wonderful record in his book The Talmud: A Biography, which presents the history of the Talmud in much the way one would write on the life-story of a notable person. He provides the following in regard to the origins of this work:

The seeds of the Talmud were sown long before it was dreamt of, in 586 BCE. That was when Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar invaded ancient Israel, destroyed the Jerusalem Temple and resettled its population in his kingdom. Amongst them was the prophet Jeremiah who advised the uprooted families to ‘Build houses and dwell in them, plant gardens and eat their fruit … and seek the peace of the city.’

The forced exile didn’t last long. Less than fifty years later the Babylonian Empire had fallen, wiped out by Cyrus the Great, king of Persia. But although Cyrus issued a decree allowing Nebuchadnezzar’s captive nations to return home, not all the exiled Jews did. Babylon, one of the world’s leading cities, with international trade links, fabulous architecture and the latest technology offered a far more sophisticated lifestyle and much greater opportunity than the provincial backwater they now considered Jerusalem to be.

No longer exiles, the émigrés sank their roots deep into Babylonian soil. Any guilt the may have felt at being seduced from their divinely bestowed homeland to a foreign, heathen capital was cancelled out by their pride in living in the land where Abraham had been born. Babylon was not Egypt, Moses hadn’t told them they couldn’t live there.

The Jews remained in Babylon for thousands of years, a handful still remain today. Empires came and went. Alexander the Great conquered it, establishing his capital in the famed city. He died there in 323 BCE, after drinking a bowlful of suspect wine in the palace that Nebuchadnezzar had built nearly three centuries earlier.

Alexander’s death marked the beginning of Babylon’s decline. A succession of warlords and invaders fought over it, gradually emptying the city of its population. Its once famed ziggurats fell into desolation and ruin, its hanging gardens throttled with weeds. Eventually Babylon became as much of a cultural byway as the land from which the ancestors of its Jews had first hailed. Today it is a ruin, close to Baghdad, in Iraq.

The mists of time have concealed ancient Babylon’s Jews from view. But a second wave of immigration took place from the Holy Land in 135 CE. The Roman occupiers had brought about the second destruction of the Temple sixty years earlier. Now they had savagely put down a revolt led by Shimon bar Kochba; an uprising which for three short years had kept the might of Rome at bay. When Bar Kochba’s forces could hold out no longer, Roman retribution was harsh and vicious. Judea, as Romans called Israel, was in tatters. Those who had the resources to leave did. Many of them went to Babylon. It is from this time on that Babylon’s Jews became more visible on the historical stage.

In those days the ruling power in Babylon was the Parthian Empire. The Parthians, who hailed from Iran, to the East, had driven out the warlords who had squabbled over the territory after Alexander the Great’s death, nearly half a millennium earlier.

          The educational website Chabad.org, in answering a question about why there are “Two Talmuds”, points out a belief that, “the Babylonian Talmud is darkness, written in the darkness of exile.” While there is a lot of good historical information and understanding that may be gleaned from the Talmud writings, we must not be captivated by it as something to follow above Torah. We must treat this work in the same way we must treat works like the Roman Catholic archives of the “Early Church Fathers” that present the gnostic views of many who branched off from “The Way” led by the Apostles and ultimately planted the seeds of what would become Roman Catholicism and eventually modern Christianity.

          The Babylonian Talmud ultimately perverts the Torah in many ways. A good example is found from Deuteronomy 20:19-20 where the instruction is given to not cut down a food-yielding or fruit-bearing tree. As a result of Babylonian captivity, this rule was reinterpreted to permit cutting down a food-yielding tree if the market value of the tree itself outweighs the market value of its fruit. From there rules were developed to determine the minimum yield of a tree before you could deem it unworthy to continue with and instead cut it down to market the wood from the tree rather than of the fruit of the tree. Why the change in interpretation? Because, as you will see more clearly in a moment, Babylon will cause you to trade God’s provision for the provision of man. The yield of the tree is God’s provision; the market value of the tree is man’s provision.

          Rome, Constantine, Roman Catholicism, and ultimately modern “Protestant” Christianity may all be a part of the Babylonian system, but so are Rabbinic Judaism and the Talmud. The war between Christianity and Judaism needs to end. We must realize that, like all wars, it was created by the Babylonian system set to destroy the world our God created. Both Christianity and Judaism are Babylonian manipulations of the truth, and are therefore both under the control of the Babylonian system.

          Get it out of your mind that the Babylonian system is the Roman Catholic Church or credit card debt or whatever else preachers have told you. These are merely tools of the Babylonian system being used keep you in bondage, but Babylon itself is much, much bigger than most have yet to imagine.

The Mountain And The Tower

 

In gaining a proper understanding of what Babylon truly represents, I will turn to an interesting Jewish source. The two-book series Torah Of The Earth provides some amazing insights into Jewish thought toward ecology beginning with the Creation and ancient Israel as depicted in the Bible, following it through Rabbinic Judaism, then into the Zionist movement, and ultimately to a more modern mindset called “Eco-Judaism”, which is a return to the design of Creation. There are also Christian sources, some of which I will mention momentarily, that also support the idea of Earth care from a Bible-based and Torah-focused perspective.

          To begin with I will turn to the words of a Jewish author by the name of Evan Eisenberg from his article “The Mountain And The Tower: Wilderness And City In The Symbols Of Babylon And Israel”, where he says:

Two ways of looking at the world arose in the ancient Near East and are with us yet. For one, the heart of the world is wilderness. For the other, the world revolves around the city, the works of human hands.

A cartographer’s quibble? Hardly. It is a fundamental dispute about the way the world works and what our role in it should be. From the point of view of ecology, there is no more important question one can ask about a civilization than which of these views it adopts and acts on. Indeed, the prospects of our own civilization may hinge on whether we can, at this late date, change our minds.

The two great world-views I am speaking of belonged to two kinds of civilization: those of the hilly uplands and those of the great river valleys.

The first kind is typified by the Canaanites, the second by the Mesopotamians. The peoples of the hills, narrow valleys, and narrow coastal plains made their living from small-scale mixed husbandry. This was a much refined but still modest descendant of the earliest farming known, which had arisen in those same hills. The peoples of the great river valleys were more ambitious. They practiced large-scale, irrigated agriculture that was not so different, at heart, from what large corporations do in California today.

Tied to these different ways of living on the land were different economies, different social structures, different political forms, and different ways of looking at the world. Above all, the hill people and the valley people had different world-poles.

The world-pole is the axis on which the world turns. It is the heart of the world, the source of all life. Nearly every people has a world-pole, but they do not all agree on its shape. For the Canaanites, the world-pole was the Mountain: the wild place sacred to the gods, the font of life-giving water. For the Mesopotamians, it was the Tower: the ziggurat that rose in the midst of the city.

          Rabbi Arthur Waskow, chief editor of the collections of works that make up the Torah Of The Earth series, provides this commentary on Eisenberg’s work:

Eisenberg draws on some of the specific texts created by the two cultures, but focuses less on these than on their different ecological life-paths, and on how these became encoded in two archetypal poles: the Mountain and the Tower, wilderness and city. He sees Israelite tradition as emerging from the experience of shepherds and hill farmers, therefore upholding the primacy of wilderness; Babylonian culture, from the experience of an elaborately irrigated agricultural empire, hence focused on the Tower, the city.

Eisenberg reminds us that no city can live without the nourishment it takes from an untamed wilderness. Yet human beings have tamed themselves, are now tame animals; and wherever they go, they tame the Mountain and make it a Tower. And then what wilderness will nourish us?

          To go back to Eisenberg’s statements; he initiates his discourse with mention of Canaan and Mesopotamia, but would soon reveal that these are merely the predecessors of Israel and Babylon. We know from Scripture that Israel has strong ties to ancient Canaan.

          Those who study the Scriptures have long branded Canaan and the Canaanites with a certain stigma as an “evil people”. But we must consider that, while not serving the Creator, they appear to be living within the general design of the Creation, as opposed to the Mesopotamians (and later Babylonians) who developed their own creation to source life. When we think of Judaism, Israel, or the Hebrew people, we must realize that as a people and a nation they trace back to the patriarch Abraham. In referring back to the record from Genesis we know that Abraham originated from Ur of the Chaldeans (see Genesis 11), located in ancient Babylon, and was led by God to the land of Canaan. Encyclopædia Britannica Macropædia Volume 22 states the following:

The family of the Hebrew patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is depicted in the Bible as having it’s chief seat in the northern Mesopotamian town of Harran – then (mid-2nd millennium BCE) belonging to the Hurrian kingdom of Mitanni. From there Abraham, the founder of the Hebrew people, is said to have migrated to Canaan (comprising roughly the region of modern Israel and Lebanon) – throughout the biblical period and later ages a vortex of west Asian, Egyptian, and east Mediterranean ethnoculture. Thence the Hebrew ancestors of the people of Israel (named after the patriarch Jacob, also called Israel) migrated to Egypt, where they lived in servitude, and a few generations later returned to occupy part of Canaan. The Hebrews were seminomadic herdsmen and occasionally farmers, ranging close to towns and living in houses as well as tents.

          The land of Canaan is the land of Israel. The fact that there were Canaanite nations that rejected the finer points of the ways of Creation is not what is important to the message. This was the place in the ancient world that represented the world-pole of those who held to the world-view that the Earth provides for our needs if we treat it right and allow it to do what it was created to do. The lands of Mesopotamia and Babylon represent the way of the city; they demonstrate the way of man creating a life without God and Creation.

          Eisenberg states closer to the end of his aforementioned discourse, “No place is godforsaken, unless it be the cities of men.” Everything that comes from the ungodly ways of the creations of men is the very defiance of God and Creation on the highest level.

          In some of my previous articles I point out the destructive forces of a rejection of God’s Torah, sometimes even going so far as creating so-called natural disasters, which are not truly natural as they are a result of the abominations of man. God hates this!

Let me just tell you plainly, God hates it when people eat unclean things like pork, shellfish, or anything else from the unclean animal lists in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. God hates it when people drink soda. God hates it when people eat heavily processed foods that are stripped of nutritional value and filled with chemicals to make them look at taste good. God hates it when plants are genetically manipulated and animal DNA is mixed into a crop-producing plant so that it can be repellant of certain pests or grown in regions normally too cold or too hot for its kind. God hates it when people work on the Sabbath Day. God hates it when people engage in sexual immorality. God hates it when people murder – and that is not limited to people killing people – God hates it when people senselessly kill any form of life on this Earth. God hates it when you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and chew gum laced with aspartame, sucralose, or some other artificial sweetener.

          I know what some are thinking right now: Oh, that’s just a bunch of legalism! OK, allow me to say it another way.

          God hates these things because they are destructive to the balance of life on Earth. When you consume things that are destructive to your body and your health, God hates it. When you do things that are destructive to the environment, God hates it. When you do things that manipulate and destroy the design of His Creation, God hates it. God hates these things because He loves YOU! If you are in any way a contributor to the killing of Creation, you are the enemy of God.

James 4:4 (TLV) says, “You adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” In the context of this verse, the word “world” is a reference to the Babylonian system within the Earth that is set against the ways of God.

          And where do you think you stand in God’s eyes when you, like so many of the kings of ancient Israel, “do what was evil in ADONAI’s eyes?”

Mystery Babylon: Removing The Need For God

 

          Carl E. Baugh, the founder of the Creation Evidence Museum in Glenrose, Texas, wrote a book the title of which asks the question: Why Do Men Believe Evolution Against All Odds? While the book provides a number of arguments against the theory of evolution and in support of the Genesis Creation record, the answer to the question is really quite simple. Men hold tight to the theory of evolution simply because if there is a Creator God then there is an accountability to that Creator God. If God is real, than His Word is real too and those who live in opposition to His Word will one day be accountable for their acts of defiance and rebellion against Him. In some way, evolution settles the minds of the rejecters of God.

          As far back as the erection of the first known tower to the heavens, the Tower of Babel, we see examples of human persons trying to push God out of the picture. If they can create a system that sustains life without a reliance on Creation alone, then there is no longer a need to place faith in a Creator, for they would become the creators; their creation being the city that replaces God’s Creation as their source of provision.

          We see evidence of this throughout the ancient world. From the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia and Babylon to Machu Picchu in Peru, the design of the city becomes a self-sustaining model of life. One of the ancient wonders of the world is the hanging gardens of Babylon, a place where nature was reliant on humanity instead of humanity remaining reliant on Creation. Whenever you submit yourself to the way of life in the city, when you live in captivity to Babylon, you push away the very God you claim to serve.

          Babylon is the Pastor who believes he loves God with all his heart, mind, and soul but holds fast to the pursuit of the city, where they can build a larger Church, instead of delivering people from the spirit of the city. Babylon is the so-called Christian who faithfully attends Church week after week but lives a life opposite of the commandments of Scripture. Babylon is the politician who, regardless of the faith they proclaim, continues to support the system of government provision. Babylon is anything and everything that opposes the design of Creation. Babylon always rebels against the laws of Creation.

          If you continue leading a life that opposes the Word of God, you are captive to Babylon. If you support such things as foods that are genetically modified, grown with pesticides and herbicides, fed with antibiotics and growth hormones, and other similar modern-day “technologies”, you are captive to Babylon. This is perhaps the number one reason to either grow your own food or do your grocery shopping in locations that provide all-natural and organic food items. If your water is supplied to your home by the city you live in instead of being sourced directly on your own property, you are captive to Babylon.

          I could go on, but I think you see the point here. To clarify a bit, it is not necessarily a sin to be under the captivity of Babylon. After all, it is not evil to live in a home that receives water supplied by the city, though it is a sin, Scripturally speaking, to eat things that defy the dietary instructions of the Bible. However, if you are in any way currently being held captive to the Babylonian system, you should be working on a plan to become free. I was just sharing with someone I know that I have a personal goal to one day buy a piece of property and build a completely self-sustaining home free from corporate sources of water, electricity, and other utilities.

          The city can be alluring. From the flash of the lights to the magnificent buildings to the nightlife and culture, there are many appealing things in the city. But are those things more appealing to you than the ways of the Creator? It is entirely possible to live with the conveniences of modern life without being a slave to the city and a pawn of the government.

          It is possible to get a piece of land away from the city. It is realistic to have a source of water either from a well or a place to collect rainwater and then run it through a natural purification system before it enters your home. It is conceivable to power your home with such innovations as solar panels and windmills that allow you to become separated from dependence on the corporations and government systems of Babylon. If you are truly committed to living according to the plan of God, these are the types of goals you should have.

          Sadly, many today are second and third generation products of the Babylonian way of life. They are completely disconnected from Creation to the point where they get scared of the most harmless creatures of nature. Truly saved people would develop the mindset of Boyd Varty, who was raised on the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa and says in his book Cathedral Of The Wild, “But in the end we survived all we ever faced, and we came out strong and largely unafraid of life, with the full knowledge of its dangers,” and, “Immersed in nature, I knew I was part of God’s creation.” You simply cannot understand your role in Creation if you are separated from and fearful of creatures that God created.

          Babylon is not a single city or a single religion. Babylon is anything and everything that is separated from the design of Creation. Babylon is the opposite of Eden. Babylon is all that defies the Living God.

          We must make a return to the true path that God has laid out for us in the Scripture. While I am glad there is a great interest today in following God’s Torah, some of the things I see people squabbling over are pointless when you really think about it. You have people out there debating about whether or not we should celebrate pagan festivals like Christmas and Easter or if we should instead reject them in favor of celebrating the Holy Feasts of YHWH given in Scripture. There are people who are actually seriously having long-winded discussions over what God’s name really is. Seriously? We need to stop all this and put the focus on the only thing that matters in this life: Genesis 1:26-28. Our only mission and purpose on this Earth is to care for God’s Creation. God didn’t save you, Yeshua didn’t die for you, the Ruach didn’t come to dwell in you for you to attend a Church or debate about the Torah. The purpose of salvation is to restore you to your role as a steward of Creation.

          Winning people to our faith has no point at all if we are just filling seats in a Church or rallying more people into a God-defying life masked under a banner of counterfeit Christianity. Let’s consider some profound statements by several Christian authors. James Nash in his work Loving Nature says:

It will not do to draw a neat distinction between Christianity and Christendom, between the faith itself and perversions of it by its practitioners. That distinction may be formally or logically true, as I agree, but it is facile and unconvincing when applied to history. We cannot easily distinguish between the faith and the faithful. The fact is that Christianity – as interpreted and affirmed by billions of its adherents over the centuries and in official doctrines and theological exegeses – has been ecologically tainted…. The bottom line is that Christianity itself cannot escape an indictment for ecological negligence and abuse.

          In a similar manner Wendell Berry offers further thought in his book Sex, Economy, Freedom, And Community:

Christian organizations, to this day, remain largely indifferent to the rape and plunder of the world and its traditional cultures. It is hardly too much to say that most Christian organizations are as happily indifferent to the ecological, cultural, and religious implications of industrial economies as are most industrial organizations.

          And finally let’s take a look at what Steven Bouma-Prediger says in his book For The Beauty Of The Earth: A Christian Vision For Creation Care:

In short, the proper exercise of dominion yields shalom – the flourishing of all creation. This is a far cry from dominion as domination. And Jesus, in the Gospel accounts, defines dominion in terms clearly contrary to the way it is usually understood. For Jesus, to rule is to serve. To exercise dominion is to suffer, if necessary, for the good of the other. There is no question of domination, exploitation, misuse. Humans, therefore, are called to rule, but only if ruling is understood rightly.

          During the most recent United States Presidential election cycle, as a result of the beliefs of certain candidates, the ideology of “dominion theology” came up frequently. This is a series of ideologies that wish to create government based on the personal understandings of biblical law by Christian politicians. This, of course, is not only a bad idea when Christians can’t even follow biblical law themselves – many of those politicians who hold this ideology eat pork, work on the Sabbath Day, and celebrate pagan festivals while ignoring the Holy Days given in the Bible – but also because the entire concept of politics and government is essentially the world view of ancient Babylon and the Babylonian system.

          In Scripture, while there were civil servants instituted for such things as making judicial decisions, the government was the priesthood. We know from the writings following the Torah Books that Israel was never meant to be ruled by an earthly king. They demanded a king and God gave them what they asked for, and we know how well that worked out for them. Israel was always supposed to be the model for how to live on this planet. Had they just followed the Torah given them by the Creator Himself they would have done just that. They failed, but so is Christianity. The more we segregate from Creation and the more we integrate into the city the more we fail to be what God created us to be.

The Destroyers Of The Earth

 

“The nations were enraged,
    but Your wrath has come
  and the time for the dead to be judged—
    to reward Your servants,
    the prophets and kedoshim,
    and those who fear Your name,
    the small and the great,
  and to destroy the destroyers of the earth.”
~Revelation 11:18 (TLV)

          A passage I have brought up in several previous messages dealing with the care of Creation, it is worthy of considering once again. I cannot emphasize enough that God says there will come a day when He will destroy the destroyers of the Earth.

          What so many people refer to as civilization today is actually the evolution of the abominations of Babylon. In some past messages I have spoken about how eating unclean things like pork, shellfish, or sharks create a pattern where entire ecosystems are destroyed, how man-made water diversions have led to the development of sinkholes in populated communities, or how fracking creates earthquakes. Man-made natural disasters are a reality today, and they are all the result of following the Babylonian system.

          While I don’t necessarily endorse the whole “Global Warming” belief, there is legitimate research coming about as a result. In addition, there are theories that have been developed by some of the leading researchers in that field of study. Among them is James Hansen, Ph.D., who presents one such theory in his book Storms Of My Grandchildren: The Truth About The Coming Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity:

Storms. That is the word that will best characterize twenty-first-century climate, as policy makers continue along their well-trodden path of much talk without a fundamental change of direction. Our grandchildren are in for a rough ride.

The picture, of a dynamic, chaotic climate transition as ice sheets begin to disintegrate, must be painted with little assistance from climate models. Indeed, early climate models suggested a picture that was surely quite wrong.

          As stated, I am not totally sold on the ideas behind climate change and global warming. This becomes particularly troubling for me in winter months when the temperature drops to almost unbearable levels. However, we would be foolish to just dismiss these theories outright knowing that the spirit of Babylon lives on in this world, set toward destroying our God’s Creation.

          Lawrence E. Joseph presents another interesting potential “Dooms Day Theory” in his book Solar Cataclysm: How The Sun Shaped The Past And What We Can Do To Save Our Future, where he says:

No matter how moody the Sun gets, it won’t hold a candle to the funk that will settle over the nuclear power industry, and soon thereafter over the rest of us, when the power grid shorts out. Once the electricity goes out, we in the United States will have about a month before the 104 nuclear reactors at 65 sites in 31 states start exploding like so many atom bombs. A pity, because the nuclear power industry has, for the most part, been very well behaved.

          In my article titled The Divine Order Of Creation I presented how fracking for oil creates earthquakes. Let me share something with you that was put out by the famed website Wikileaks from a document they released with statements allegedly from private speeches given by former United States First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the Speech For Deutsche Bank, 4/24/13:

CLINTON: So I am an all-in kind of person, all-of-the-above kind of person when it comes to America’s energy and environmental future. And I would like us to get over the political divide and put our heads together and figure out how we can be really, really smart about doing this. I mean, fracking was developed at the Department of Energy. I mean, the whole idea of how fracking came to be available in the marketplace is because of research done by our government. And I’ve promoted fracking in other places around the world. Because when you look at the strangle-hold that energy has on so many countries and the decisions that they make, it would be in America’s interest to make even more countries more energy self-sufficient. So I think we have to go at this in a smart, environmentally conscious way, pursuing a clean-energy alternative agenda while we also promote the advantages that are going to come to us, especially in manufacturing, because we’re now going to produce more oil and gas. And that’s what I would like to see us talking about instead of standing on two sides of the divide and not working to try to minimize the damage and maximize the upside.

          While much of this information is theoretical and the Clinton citation comes from a source that many would question, we must realize that what Christians have long labeled “Mystery Babylon” is a demonic spirit that is set on the destruction of this planet. Throughout the Bible it is made clear that there is a war against God, a war led by an entity known as Satan. Babylon is, above anything else, the Kingdom of Satan. Babylon is everything that attempts to destroy this planet, period.

          If you claim faith in YHWH, the Creator of the Earth and the King of the Universe, whether you are a Jew or a Christian, you must repent and shift your focus to the purpose for which we were created. You must become a caretaker of Creation. As long as you continue to be a pawn of Babylon, you are an enemy of the God you believe you are serving.

Loving God, Loving Creation

 

          Some time back I had an encounter with a gentleman who works in U.S. Federal Civilian Employment at a pilot program facility called the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP). In this facility they are working to dispose of harmful chemical waste through the use of natural bacterial microbes that actually break down the chemicals in a similar fashion to raw sewage and convert the waste into beneficial material that can be returned into the environment.

          If we ever want to be free from Babylon, we will need to abandon the ways of Babylon. We must walk away from the city and not look back the way Lot’s wife did. We must compel as many as would come with us to flee the city as well.

          There is coming a day when the end will come. The Bible clearly prophesies this. It is also clear from the Scripture that Babylon will remain until the end comes. However, the existence and persistence of Babylon is no excuse for continued submission to her bondage. Don’t be like the Jews who remained in Babylon and embraced her allure when Cyrus set them free. Don’t be like those who hung their head and returned to the one place on Earth that opposes the Creator after the Roman Empire destroyed the Holy Temple of God in Jerusalem. Don’t be like the Christians who have no regard for the Creation of their God and go on living according to the ways of modern society.

          If you truly love God return to His Word, return to His Torah. If you truly love Him, make every effort you can to fully embrace Creation. Begin to grow your own food or at the very least abandon the foods of Babylon for natural and organic foods raised by those who have abandoned the ways of Babylon. Stop using chemicals to clean your home, clean your body, brush your teeth, wash your clothes, and so on and replace them with natural products that are environmentally friendly and don’t wreak havoc on your body, which is also the Creation of God.

          If you love God study His Word and study what is being done both to destroy the world and to promote the healing of our planet. I’m not saying you need to become an activist, but you need to do your part. You don’t necessarily have to build a completely self-sustaining homestead, not everyone is capable of that, but you need to stop doing anything that contributes to the destruction of this planet.

          The Bible says in Proverbs 13:22, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Babylon tells you that you need to spoil your own children with material wealth, clothes, toys, Birthday parties, and so many other worldly things. While it is nice to do those things within your means, you are defying the ways of God if you are not preparing for their children. It is not your job, as much as you want to, to provide for your own children.

          It is your job, if you follow the Bible, to provide for their children. And above anything else, the inheritance we must leave for our children’s children is an Earth that they can live in. Consider this statement from a Jewish Commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes called the Kohelet Rabbah, commenting on Ecclesiastes 7:13:

          Look at God’s work – for who can straighten what He has twisted? (Ecclesiastes 7:13). When the Blessed Holy One created the first human, He took him and led him round all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said to him: “Look at my works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are! All that I have created, it was for you that I created it. Pay attention that you do not corrupt and destroy My world: if you corrupt it, there is no one to repair it after you.”

          Do you really love God? Your Messiah, Yeshua ben Elohim, said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” His commandments are the commandments of His Father, they are those found in the Torah.

          The plain fact is that people who willingly eat what the Bible said not to, from unclean animals like pork and shellfish to genetically modified or pesticide and herbicide laden fruits and vegetables do not love God. People who disregard the Sabbath Day and work to advance their life in the Babylonian system do not love God. People who celebrate the pagan festivals of Babylon do not love God. People who contribute to the raping and murder of life on this planet DO NOT LOVE GOD.

          They think they love God. The go to a Church or a Synagogue week after week and sing His praises. They share their faith with others. They devote themselves wholly to the Christianity or Judaism they know. But what they don’t know is that, whether following Jewish or Christian faith, they are following the religious deception of Babylon. The most believable lie, after all, is the one that is almost true.

~ Blessings and Shalom ~

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