Introduction To “Babylon The Great!”
In this Series we will explore many of the prophecies that are throughout the Bible about Babylon The Great. Babylon the Great truly in scripture is clear when you use all the prophecies, we will easily prove who Babylon is today, and who and what Babylon is not. There is many intelligent and educated people who get lost in book of Revelation. You must tie the prophecies of book of Revelation to the prophecies and the scriptures throughout the Word Of God.
Almost all the events in Revelations, were also prophecies that John was already familiar with written in the Old Testament by the prophets. And that the Revelations John had visioned, were the visions the Angel who was sent by God the Father, expounded on the revelation that the early prophets had written. Here is a great danger in teaching; if teachers only use the scriptures in Revelations, he will not get the entire picture, you must start with the original prophecy written by the early prophets depending on what event what event in the book of Revelations is in reference. I will prove this over and over in this series, scripture always defines scripture. By connecting relevant scripture together this you can reduce personal interpretation.
So who is and where is Babylon The Great? Is it Rome? Is it Israel? Is it Iraq? Or is it America?
I have heard many cities, countries and many theories taught by different teachers on who and what “end time Babylon The Great” is. Here is the problem, they all cannot be right. Then there will always be a teacher who will teach that Babylon the Great is only symbolic which does nothing but down-play the Truth that God gave us in Word. So our first agenda will be to briefly cover some basic study principles and study ethics that are in scripture, to learn scripture to learn revelation that you can be sure are Truth. Principles that anyone can stand on and rest assured you teach prophecy correctly and accurately.
How To Truly Get Holy Ghost Revelation And Knowledge In Prophecy
The Holy Ghost cannot access what is not in you, meaning; First you must read scripture to put the Word in you, if you have not read it, the Holy Spirit cannot access it. Second, if you have read it, then you can start to tie scripture together and the Holy Ghost will define the scripture by bringing other scripture to your remembrance. Then you must meditate on it the scripture by asking God in prayer to give you revelation about it and your meditation state on an area or subject. This will usually happen when you read and then meditate on it, then later after you lay it down the the Holy Ghost will give you revelation about it. This scripture below is what John quoted that Jesus saying how to witness and study;
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. KJV
But Also Beware, Not All Revelation Comes From God
Know that any Revelation that does line up with the Word of God, is not always Revelation of the from the Holy Ghost. Young or immature Christians are often attacked by the Satan by telling them that their dreams or thoughts are from God when they are not, if it does not line up exactly with the Word, disregard it. How to tell if it is from the Holy Spirit; It must line up with the Word of God in either in the Old or New Testament, Jesus is The Word Old and New Testament writings.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. KJV
The Holy Ghost is not going to give you new revelation that is outside of the Word of God and that any revelation that cannot be confirmed in the Word of God. When teaching anything well, you as a teacher will have to labor hard in the Word knowing the Word or Scripture, there is no shortcuts especially when teaching prophecy. Scripture is always the complete foundation for teaching anything about God and His Agenda, always read it slowly and read it very closely and exactly to what scripture says and reads. Always read the complete chapter the scripture is in first. Do not explain away any scripture that you don’t have the understanding of, revelation can take years to come. And if the scripture does not line up with your beliefs, better check your beliefs first. You cannot be a great leader, teacher or Pastor until you accomplish yourself as a great student in all of Word Of God.
I am going to pose a Question to prove something; Was Jesus Prophesied To Come In the Old Testament?
People and many churches here in the US have this assumption and believe that God The Father changed His mind agenda that God had in the Old Testament to the New Testament. He most certainly did not and I promise nothing changed at all. God was confirming his agenda with the writers of the New Testament. The biggest problem in America is teachers who do not understand how to rightly divide the Word of God. Teachers believe that rightly dividing the Word is who has a better sounding interpretation of the Word but rightly dividing is really seeing “who” it is written to. Was it written to a man or a women, or to a saved person or a lost person, or to a Jew or or a Gentile. I will give you some Holy Ghost revelation right here. All of the Word of God is written for you, but it is “not” all written to you.
Old Testament Prophecies and New Testament Prophecies
What we call the New Testament, was an addition to the Old Testament prophecies. And clearly there was more prophecy God the Father gave us after Jesus came. And there was prophecy in the Old Testament that was fulfilled exactly the way God the Father had the prophets write in the Old Testament, when He sent us Jesus our Savior. The Word of God which we proved up above is Jesus, who was The Son of God who came and dwelt among men in the flesh and for God to change His mind or agenda would have made Jesus who was the Word, wrong. I promise people, Jesus was never wrong… Amen
Now let me show you what I mean when we say to tie new and old testament scriptures to get the clearer picture of prophecy. To look at what God did in the past, to see what he will do in the future.
In another lesson I show 11 of many prophecies and the fulfillment of those about the coming of the Messiah. Here is one to prove prophecy exactly true.
4. He will be betrayed by a friend
The prophecy in the Old Testament
9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. KJV
The Prophecy after if was fulfilled
47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. KJV
You can sometime read all Eleven Prophecies Of The Messiah
So by Jesus coming and fulfilling the prophecies about the Messiah coming the first time, was the absolute proof and the fulfillment of Prophecy in the Old Testament. That the Word is not symbolic unless it is stated to be so. There was plenty of prophecy fulfilled exactly as it was written to prove the Word of God is true and there is still a lot of unfulfilled prophecy in the Old Testament to be fulfilled. Understand that God did not make a mistake or change His Mind about anything in the Old Testament.
The Integrity Of God
God doesn’t lie
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? KJV
God didn’t change his mind
6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. KJV
By misunderstanding this subject can and will cause to unintentionally play down the events are coming in the Word Of God. I have heard many Good Pastors teach terrible messages on Babylon.
Beware Of Pride in Learning and Teaching
Pride plays a huge roll especially it seems in many prophecy teachers. And pride can get in the way every single time especially concerning this subject on Babylon. Now what I mean by this is; that Satan absolutely does not want Babylon revealed. And Satan does not want anything that will cause urgency in people in the Word of God. Like the Urgency that John the Baptist was a great prophecy teacher, teaching about the prophecy on the coming of Jesus.
But we as teachers are all called individually and we are called to areas. Prophecy and Freedom are gifts given to me, that were influenced as a young teacher by a great teacher named Rev. Mike Sawyer. But what makes Rev Mike a prophecy teacher is that he knows all the Word Of God. He and knows and studies very hard to this day and many other difficult subjects. Knowing the Word of God is exactly what makes you a great teacher.
There is a responsibility and a purpose to understanding this subject on Babylon. By understanding these creates urgency in the Gospel. Why is urgency important?
Would urgency have an impact on what you did for God? Would urgency impact how you dealt with your family and who you witness too about God? Of course, I believe it would.
Listen close, maybe God is speaking to you. But instead Him speaking of a thundering voice, maybe He is speaking in a still small voice instead, like the scripture says and with scripture about Babylon.
What does God Sound Like?
1 Kings 19:12
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. KJV
You will not get this message by just to skimming through, you need to look at the scriptures in your Bible, understand the story in the chapter, and look deep into what God has revealing in scripture….This will take a study ethic.
A great Misconceptions about what we call “Babylon The Great”
One of the most common misconceptions about Babylon The Great is this, that it should not be called “Mystery Babylon.” I will prove this, read this scripture.
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. KJV
Now notice after the word “Mystery” there is a comma. Mystery, Babylon The Great meaning; this is a Mystery about “Babylon The Great,” this has been always grammatically misunderstood, being misinterpreted as Mystery Babylon. By doing this when teaching, you are misleading people to believe that we are not supposed to know who she is, this is not the case. This teaching that Babylon is only symbolic or will remain a mystery is a complete deception of Satan. Satan is leading many to teach that this is a riddle that cannot be figured out, this is not true. The word “Mystery” is used by Paul several times, and the two places that it causes major controversy is Babylon and the Rapture. Do not fall into that trap!
It is a Mystery about Babylon
An unveiling or revelation of the Mystery about Babylon has come to many in these last days.
Some other time line terms referred to in the Bible to keep a mental note are;
the latter days, the day of the Lord, time of His wrath, time of troubles, His indignation and birth pangs (Either meaning the tribulation period or the entire 1000 year millennium).
There are some other names that show they were NOT talking about the first Babylon which was a city, but Babylon The Great, the hammer of the earth meaning the “Police.” Babylon like the first will be the greatest military and economic power at the time of its destruction. It simply is not a religion, or the false prophet. Some Christians believe it is the Radical Islāmic movement, the word specifically says it is a land, a place and/or country. None of these descriptions fit Iraq which is where the first Babylon was.
Note: Many of the scriptures in the prophecy’s do have a double meaning, but do not let this confuse you.
Know That History always repeats itself, lets look in Ecclesiastes
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. KJV
We can look at what God did throughout history, to see what He will do!
Maybe God is creating and giving you urgency, maybe it is time to get yourself and your family ready to go with the Lord.
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