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The many faces of Babylon
Just what is Babylon?
We'll know that better when we realise that there is more than one Babylon mentioned in the Bible.
It all started with Cain when he moved out to the east of Eden and built the first city in the world. "And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.” Genesis 4:16-17. This was his answer to God's kingdom. He enclosed his people in geographic space and chose another day on which to worship - Sunday. This was Cain's Babylon.
That city and religion lasted right through till the time of the Flood, but afterwards the rebels rebuilt the city on the plains of Shinar. “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, ‘Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.’ And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, ‘Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth’.” Genesis 11:1-4. It was called "Babel" by most folk but that soon became "Babylon." This was the Chaldean Babylon.
Then it moved to Pergamos in present-day Turkey and became the Babylon of Asia Minor. “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things says he which has the sharp sword with two edges; I know your works and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is: and you hold fast My name, and have not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells.” Revelation 2:12-13.
After that another move took it to Rome, from where of course, we know it as the Roman Catholic Church today. There, he “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” 2 Thessalonians 2:4-5. That's one characteristic of Roman Babylon - she wants to be known as "CHRISTIAN"!
Last, but certainly not least, the system of Sunday worship and backup by the state took on other faces in Europe. They were not her, but were of her! The Spirit of God calls her "the mother" and her daughters "harlots."
“So he [my angel guide] carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman [a church] sit upon a scarlet coloured beast [a government], full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration [as to how she could have done that].” Revelation 17:3-6.
Who are the daughters?
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that those churches which "came out" of Roman Babylon from 1517 onwards didn't come all the way out. They still clung to the day of worship, and still looked to the state for power. Yes, the Protestant churches stayed as part of Babylon even while the Spirit was working with the people in them to bring them out of her. They became Protestant Babylon!!!
So John was told,
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things says He that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know your works, that you have a name that you live [in men’s eyes], and are [nearly] dead [in Mine]. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you [it was October 22, 1844].” Revelation 3:1-3.
And they still obstinately refuse to give up their two pillars. So God sent an angel to tell us, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." The people of God accepted that message in 1844 and left those churches.
Do you recognise that fact?
If so, then you should know that those churches were NEVER Israel, but ALWAYS Babylon.
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Babylon is fallen
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