Do not die in Babylons
Ezekiel 12:13 -
My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.
Like the coming out of Egypt the events concerning Babylon is given, if no less equal, more importance. If one looks at the Gospel of Matthew as he records the genealogy of Jesus from Abraham to Jesus he makes two halts on the way, one at David and the other at Babylon. We see Matthew did not record the name of the last Jewish King who was taken to Babylon but noted the incident. One should know nothing in the Bible can be taken for granted and everything has a reason and purpose.
All prophesies concerning Israel have at least 2 dimensions to them one in the physical and one in the spiritual. We see many prophesies concerning Israel in the physical do not seem fulfilled completely, but we also know our God never does anything incomplete.
Let us take an example, the prophesy concerning the events that took place on 70Ad spoken by Jesus. If we look at it Jesus spoke of them in an answer concerning the end days. We know they were not the real end days and Jesus did not make any mistake. When He said it, it was surely concerning the end days but these events were a mini projection of main event. Same is with the book of Moses and all the events that happened in the wilderness, they are all mini natures of the main events i.e. the New Testament talks of crossing the Red Sea as baptism in Jesus Christ and the leading of the pillar of cloud and fire as baptism in the Holy Spirit. It also talks of the Passover as the sacrifice of the true Lamb of God Jesus Christ.
The Bible talks about the 2 sisters which in one place written as Samaria and Sodom and in another place as Aholah and Aholibah (Samaria and Jerusalem - " yer-oo-shaw-lah' yim " a term used for the false Jerusalem unlike " yer-oo-shaw-lame' " used for the real Jerusalem) these are the 2 churches.
The first church was the Jewish church against which Jesus is the 1st protestant. No one had caused so many Jews to leave the Jewish Church other than Jesus. All those who left the Jewish church and became Christians were directly or indirectly connected to the protest of Jesus against the false practice of scriptures by that church.
The second church is the church which in Revelations is called as Babylon the Great, the Whore (depicted as Sodom), in the second letter (the second stage of the Church) as a church which fools people while being a seat of Satan (false Jerusalem).
Many may say we do not have anything to do with that church but they do not realize their practices and beliefs are influenced by that church.
The first letter of Paul documented in the Bible is the letter to the Romans and in this letter Paul goes to great extend to clear the fact that Jews are not the Jews which the Bible talks of. He goes to great pains of explaining that the promises of Abraham are not to those born of flesh but of promise.
Even in the Gospels the word used with children and promises is the word "Teknon" which means chosen children or special children.
Jesus showed us the way with His dealing with the first Church and how He exposed their lies. He did not rebuke the people of that church but on the contrary was compassionate to them and took great pains to teach them the Truth by going to the synagogues regularly. But His attitude was not the same with the promoters of that church, the Priest, the Pharisees and Sadducees, and at most places rebuke them.
Let us not be blinded from the Truth by monuments, or Institutes, or by the power of man and have our heads pressed down with the net. But let us be like Jesus Who did not fear any system or institute.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You have warned us again and again about the deceiver. He being the father of lies never tells total lies but twists the truth so as to deceive and destroy your people. He hates your people; even though he knows his end is set he continues his evil. Lord, do not let your people be destroyed, break the yoke around them which You allowed in your anger. We pray for your mercy and grace in the lives of your people, free them from this Babylon...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.
48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:
3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.
4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.
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