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The judgment of Babylon

Scripture reading for December 24th: Revelation 17

Key Scriptures: Revelation 17:1-6 “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk. And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pears, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of the earth’s abominations.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”

John was shown a vision of a strange beast with seven heads and ten horns. On this beast, sat a woman who was dressed as a prostitute. John, lead by the Holy Spirit, saw this woman holding a cup in her hand, full of abominations and sexual immorality. On her forehead was written a mysterious name: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” This woman was drunk on the blood of the saints. This vision reveals the woman as the corrupt and false system of world religions, depicted by Babylon, that specialized in leading people into idolatry and immorality, violating God commandments. The beast she rides upon are the corrupt political systems culminating in the one world government of the antichrist. The cup represents the true spiritual condition of those involved in the false religion of the end times and the wicked and rebellious government of antichrist. God’s purposes will not be thwarted. His judgment will bring down this woman and the beast she rides!

Revelation 17:16-18 “And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out His purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.” And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I trust You to reveal all that I need to know about the time that I live in these last days. Thank You for Your divine control of all events of history past and the present and the future. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as in heaven! Use me to accomplish Your purposes and fulfill Your Word in my time on earth.

Revelation 17:14 “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.”

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One is a Majority With God!

Scripture reading for April 8th: 1st Kings 17-19

After three years of drought and famine at the word of Elijah the prophet, Elijah showed up and confronted Ahab with a showdown.  He told Ahab to bring the 45o prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah and come up to Mt. Carmel.  (1st Kings 17:18-19)  Elijah, along with the people of Israel,  was going to meet them there to call them to account for their idolatry.  He was all alone, one man against this great company of false prophets.

Elijah proposed a contest.  Sacrificial bulls were to be laid upon two altars with wood under them.   The false prophets could call on their god to come and consume their sacrifice by fire.  Then Elijah would call on the Lord to consume his sacrifice.  The God who answered with fire would be the winner!  Elijah graciously allowed the false prophets to go first.(1st Kings 17:22-26)

All day the false prophets called out to their gods with no response.  Elijah taunted them asking them to shout louder because their god must have been asleep!  The priests danced around and made noise, even cutting themselves, but no god answered and no one was there.  (1st Kings 17:26-29)

Elijah built an altar of twelves stones, one for each tribe of Israel.  He called all the people to his altar and then for extra drama, had the sacrifice and wood soaked with water three times.  At the time of the evening sacrifice, Elijah stepped up and prayed a simple prayer.  Fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the water in the trench!  (1st Kings 17:30-38)   The people fell on their faces and proclaimed that the Lord was God!

Elijah ordered the false prophets slain according to the instruction of the Lord!  He told Ahab to eat and drink because rain was coming.  He went up on Mt. Carmel and began to pray while his servant watched toward the sea for clouds.  After seven times, a cloud appeared and they took off.  Elijah ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot down to Jezreel!

One is a majority when God is our God!  Numbers may be fashionable but God is not impressed with numbers who have no faith in Him.  Check your heart today.  Are you bold in your prayer life and in confronting false religion?

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Babel Went Up. God Came Down

Scripture reading for January 5th: Genesis 10-11

I love to build things and organize.  God designed us that way! In the days following the flood, the descendants of Noah had a fresh opportunity to obey God by being fruitful, multiplying and repopulating the earth. Shem, Ham, and Japheth had a whole new world that needed care and tending. They each had a wife and could begin again to obey God’s simple command. (Genesis 9:7)

Genesis 10 records the genealogy of these three descendants of Noah. Note that one of Ham’s descendants, Nimrod is given particular attention. He was a mighty warrior and hunter before the Lord. He built the cities of Babylon and Nineveh. (Genesis 10:8-10) His brother Canaan was the father of the Canaanite tribes that inhabited Israel in the time of Abraham and beyond. Note also that Shem was the father of Eber. (Genesis 10:21) Eber’s descendants included Abram and the “Hebrew” people derive their name from him! (Genesis 11:27)

Nimrod and his family group decided to settle on the plains of Shinar, which is modern day Iraq. There they organized all or most of the family to build a tower to heaven and make a name for themselves. They particularly did not like the idea of being scattered over the whole earth. (Genesis 11:2-4) There is some implication that Nimrod forcibly organized this rebellion and hunted down those who would not comply. He also organized a humanistic religion that worshiped the work of man’s hands and the creation, but not the Creator!

God came down to see this city and stated that nothing would be impossible with this kind of unity. They had unified in opposing the plans and purpose of God. He took action and confounded their one language so that they couldn’t understand one another. In the days of Peleg he scattered them across the earth and then divided the earth. (Genesis 10:25) He created the nations from these three families.

God wants to dwell with His people and desires fellowship with them. He longs to have a people willing to be under His rule and protective covering. We can learn from these records of God’s dealing with those after the flood. He is merciful, but demands obedience. Take a few minutes today and thank Him for His mercy and His plan of reaching all with the Gospel. God came down in Jesus Christ and is here now in His church!

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