Revelation Chapter 18
Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Many people believe that the Babylon (whore) or chapter 17 and the Babylon of chapter 18 is the same Babylon and it may look that way on the surface but if we jump down to verse 9, we shall see that the kings of the earth are very upset at the destruction of this Babylon because it affects their economy whereas the kings of the earth were instrumental in destroying the previous Babylon (whore) of chapter 17.
Here is a reminder of what was in chapter 17:
Rev 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Rev 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
We see the 10 kings destroy the mystery Babylon but God destroys commercial Babylon. It stands to reason that the place where the first rebellion against God that occurred after the flood of Noah would be the location of the last great rebellion against God. Whatever the first Babylon was like, will be like the last Babylon.
We saw that the first Babylon was united, full of pride, and the beginning of religions that took the human race away from the real God instead of toward the real God. it was destroying the souls of men and women. These false religions spread into all the world. Since the language changed the religions also changed names but were basically the same. Becoming rich, powerful, making a name for themselves and rebellion against God led to human sacrifice, idolatry and association with demonic activity.
The suffering of all mankind resulted. Slavery, use of drugs, divination, torture, sexual immorality were part of this evil. In the latter days, this city will kill true people of God who try to preach the gospel of Jesus. The blood of the saints in within this Babylon as well as the Mystery Babylon of chapter 17. I realize some believe this is the same thing and if that is the case we still will benefit from reading what happens to Babylon whether it is one or two, they both end in severe destruction from God.
Back to chapter 18:
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
As the nations committed fornication with mystery Babylon (false religion), we see that they sin even more by selling their souls for trade and prosperity. They get rich but for nothing. They were dependent upon this system of trade and were very upset to see it destroyed. People will sell their souls for two reasons, false religion and riches.
Now it is not wrong to trade with foreign nations. Nations have been doing that for years. When nations are willing to abandon all fear of God, all sense of right and wrong and trade with an evil nation just to increase in riches when it harms their spiritual standing with God, then it is fornication.
In previous chapters discussing the mark of the beast, we notice that no one can buy or sell without that mark. We see then that in order to increase in riches one has to sell their soul or give up their freedom to worship God and in turn pledge allegiance to the beast. This is what all these kings have done. They have forsaken the God of eternal life and holiness for temporary success and power here on earth. In return they will see its destruction and be without anything either in this life or in eternity. One modern day temptation I could mention is the temptation to sell our souls for a barrel of oil. We are much to dependent upon oil for a living.
We are reminded here of the words of Jesus:
Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
To choose to take that mark will be to choose to serve the devil and all the evil he represents. During the tribulation there will be a price to pay for serving God. One may have to literally give up all he has for he can not buy nor sell without the mark. To take the mark is to deny Christ. We cannot serve God and the riches of this world.
This is why we must not be deceived into believing the false prosperity doctrine. That doctrine is totally opposite of what Jesus taught. Be very careful of pulling out a few pet scriptures to back up a doctrine. Read the scriptures in context and see what else is discussed. Do that even with scriptures I use. I am human and can make mistakes. Check out everything.
I have heard that one prosperity preacher goes so far as to tell people not to give to poor preachers because God is not blessing them. He said to give to the rich ones because that is a sign that they are in God's favor. This is nonsense and the very opposite of what Jesus taught. Jesus mostly teaches of spiritual blessings, not material blessings. We are never to lose our compassion for the poor.
There are martyrs throughout church history who lost their homes, possessions and even their lives because they chose to believe in the truth of God's word rather than please those that were in position to take away their possessions if they would not recant what they believed.
What are the people who believe these doctrines going to do when the economy collapses? What are the prosperity preachers going to tell them when they lose all they have if God was to allow our stock markets to fail like they did in 1929?
After his release for prison, Jim Bakker said this about the prosperity doctrine:
I’d always quoted 3 John 2, saying, ”Above all things God wants you to prosper.” I loved that Scripture. It looks great on a tv screen when you’re raising funds, and I interpreted it as God wants you to be rich. But when I got to the words of John, I said, ”Now this don’t make sense.” So I took the word prosper apart in the Greek and found out it’s made up of two words—the first word means good or well and the second road. It’s a progressive word, so it’s like a journey. So, here’s John saying, basically, ”Beloved, I want you to have a good journey through life as your soul has a good journey to heaven.” It was a greeting! Building theology on that is like building the church on ”Have a nice day.”
I began to look up all the Scriptures used in prosperity teaching, such as ”Give and it shall be given unto you.” When I put that Scripture back into its context, I found Christ was teaching on forgiveness, not on money. He was teaching us that by the same measure that we forgive, we will be forgiven.
I had gotten my sermons from other people. The Bible warns about the shepherds who get their messages from each other. I think today the reason we have another gospel and another Jesus being preached is because men have gotten their sermons from each other and from motivational teaching. A lot of what’s being taught today is simply motivational teaching with a few Scriptures put to it. - Source: The Re-education of Jim Bakker, ChristianityToday.com, Dec. 7, 1998
End of Bakker's comments.
It is sort of like having someone's house burning and he goes in to get a treasured possession and in doing so loses his life. What good did it do?
I say all these things knowing that I too may have to make these kinds of decisions. It is time to prepare ourselves with prayer and seeking God diligently so that we are spiritually prepared for what may lie ahead in the near future. We must focus on God's real blessings, not on our possessions.
Luke12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Luk 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
Luk 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
Luk 12:26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
Luk 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Luk 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Luk 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
Luk 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
Luk 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luk 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luk 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
James tells us:
James 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Jas 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Jas 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
Jas 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
Jas 5:6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Jas 5:8 Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Jas 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
So again we see that there are still those that believe even in this late stage of the tribulation. This shows us not that there was no rapture but that God's spirit was actively saving people all during the tribulation for that was the whole purpose of it. The people mentioned here is probably more Jews (Israel) that were saved at one point during the tribulation. They were to come out of Babylon.
Perhaps it means to come out of the entrapment of loving this world's goods and wealth so much that it hinders our walk with God. We can't love God with all our hearts and be consumed with gaining wealth at the same time. Perhaps the explanation though is a simple one, flee the literal latter day rebuilt city of Babylon. If this is speaking of the religious aspect of Babylon, then naturally we all are instructed to leave any false religious system.
Its surely not wrong to make a living and have a good business but if it is getting in the way of obedience to God, it is not worth it. If we have to deal dishonestly and tell ourselves that, "Business is business," then it has become our god instead of God.
Babylon is going to be destroyed. Whether it is a spiritual false religious system or a great commercial system of getting rich at any cost, it is coming down.
Judgment begins at the house of God so we who are preaching the prosperity gospel and fleecing the flock of God, will face judgment first.
Here are the sins of Babylon:
2. Oppression of Israel
3. Pleasures, sins, luxuries with no thought or concern for those that are suffering poverty thinking God made them rich because they have special favor.
5. Idol worship
6. Fornication, sexual immorality. Idolatry would be spiritual fornication
7. Being filled with demons, demonic worship, causing evil abominations
8. Persecution of true believers in Jesus Christ.
It could be that the literal rebuilding of Babylon and its religion system could have such demonic attraction that all false religious system moves here to have her headquarters in this place. This may become a great world trade center but be evil and wicked to the core. All evil rebellion against God both in the past and present will have its final end here.
Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Referring this Babylon to a queen would make it seem like the two Babylons are the same thing but still we must remember that one was destroyed by the 10 kings and one was destroyed by God. One was hated by the beast and the kings and the other was mourned by the same kings.
Her words, " I sit a queen and am no widow and shall see no sorrow" can be applied to any of us who continually seek to be comfortable and seek the wealth of this life thinking that to gain is godliness.
Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
This destruction shall be quick and sudden like an earthquake that occurs with no possible way to stop it.
Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
Rev 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Many think this commercial Babylon is America. This may very will be but there are a couple of things missing. It is true that we have forsaken God and have gotten rich but we are not in the vicinity of the Old Roman Empire where the 10 kings abide. We do see that these 10 kings look upon the destruction of Babylon and mourn so that might indicate that it is in a different location rather than Europe or Asia. Still America or the United States has not yet killed anyone for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Verse 24 makes it clear that both mystery Babylon and commercial Babylon is filled with the blood of saints.
This could not mean in a spiritual sense for if they believed the doctrine of Babylon and forsook the Lord, they would no longer be saints. The martyr of saints has always been literal.
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
Rev 18:13 And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Whatever this is we see that they will have gold, silver, jewels, fine cloth, wood, ivory, iron, marble, spices, perfumes, food, cattle, horses, chariots (probably automobiles) slavery and poor lost souls deceived into believing in this system. Its is time for all of us to identify with the kind of Kings and the Lord of Lords and forsake all other things. We can leave Babylon now in our hearts whether or not literal Babylon is rebuilt.
Although America once had slaves, it has long since abandoned the practice of slavery. There are nations that still practice slavery but not the United States.
This is not to say that America will not face destruction or judgment for her sins. None of us will get by with any sin. Many faithful preachers like David Wilkerson and others are prophesying the destruction of America and I believe them but unless there are some changes made in America like the introduction of slavery and the persecution of God's true believers, I don't see America as being this Babylon described here.
If literal Babylon is rebuilt mixing America's wealth and a religion that kills all those that do not follow its spiritual leaders, then we may see a Babylon described here. Our dependence upon foreign oil has been a concern of mine for years.
The United States will trade with countries for the oil even if the countries persecute and kill believers in Jesus Christ. We claim to be for human rights but our merchants care not for any human rights, they want to get rich.
I'm writing all this not to say, I'm right about every statement but to say that we need to watch out for this desire to gain at the expense of someone else. If we desire to gain and in doing so someone else has to lose, we are not in the right spirit. Another unscriptural latter day teaching in the church is scary too. That teaching is that God wants the church to have all the wealth of the ungodly people in order to spread the gospel and it is okay to take from them and desire what they have.
That is covetousness which breaks one of the ten commandments.
God doesn't need the wealth of ungodly people to spread the gospel. I wonder what kind of gospel is spread by those that teach such things. Any promise of wealth in the bible is either promised to the nation of Israel in God's covenant with Abraham when they are re-gathered back into their own land or else to all believers during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
We are never promised riches in this life but spiritual riches and our treasure laid up in heaven. Some may be allowed to have wealth on the earth but it is not a guarantee to all according to the words of Jesus. He said that in the world you shall have tribulation. We are not promised the easy life. Tell that to Christians in 3rd world countries where they are suffering because of the gospel they believe in. Instead we are promised to be faithful in whatever we are given both materially and spiritually.
Rev 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
If we abandon of sense of right and wrong to get rich, we will lose it eventually anyway.
Rev 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
Rev 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to naught. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
Rev 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
America is a country, not a city is one reason I hesitate to think this is America but still it is something to consider. Right now other countries hate America so I can't see anyone wailing over our destruction. Then again, things change. The United States at this present time does not fit the description of this Babylon in chapter 18 or 17.
Here are a few things that may change that:
1. Turning against Israel - Our American presidents are always pressuring Israel to give up more land for peace. I wish they would lay off; for this could bring God's judgment against us as a nation. If we forsake them completely, we are history.
2. Disappearance of true bible believers and an increase in apostasy - If our churches continue to preach prosperity and fail to preach the real gospel, it may cause judgment to fall upon our economy and maybe upon the whole country. Judgment begins in the house of God.
3. If our churches begin to allow sexual immorality and compromise the truth of God's word we will lose God's favor quickly.
4. The apostate church and the government uniting against true believers and start to persecute or kill dissenters.
5. The re-introduction of slavery. There is a chance that the slavery mentioned may mean slaves to sin, lust, greed and things like that. However that can lead to real slavery like they once had for it was greed that introduced slavery to our country years ago.
A strong desire for riches and the so-called good life leads to all other sins. Our greed causes us to forget the poor, the suffering and God. Riches can become an idol that keeps us out of heaven.
Look what Jesus said to the rich man:
Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Mat 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Mat 19:19 Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Mat 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mat 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Mat 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mat 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Mat 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mat 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
The main thing we receive from God in this life is spiritual blessings that can't begin to compare with material blessings. God may allow some of us to have material things and a good business but this is not given to everybody. Some of us could not handle it and it would become an idol. To teach that material blessings show God's favor above His favor to a poor person is a false teaching. It is not found in the whole context of scripture. The more we have the more temptations we have to set our heart on our possessions.
Read the warning of Jesus to the Laodicean church:
Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Here is what Jesus said to the poor church:
Rev 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Rev 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
They were poor in the riches of this world but they were rich in the things of the spirit. Brothers and sisters, lets get out of this prosperity teaching now. Please run from it and seek God with all our heart, soul and mind.
Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
Rev 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
Its destruction causes some to weep but the holy people of God has cause to rejoice. God has judged the city that sought to destroy all things that were holy and pure.
Rev 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
It appears that this revival of sorcery and witchcraft may be leading up to this Babylon. Our eyes should never be on great men that are rich and increased with wealth. How did they get rich? If the rich got rich have robbing the poor they will bear God's judgment. This is even more true for those that claim to be the Church of God but in reality are fleecing the flock of God.
I heard a preacher last week tell of prosperity preachers in Africa who following the example of American prosperity preachers are taking every last dime from their followers, they are driving around in expensive cars while they allow children to live in the streets. There are preachers living in mansions and very prosperous thinking God has blessed them while those that support them can hardly pay their bills.
If we are to receive what we give to these guys, then why are they the only ones prospering. Those that do the giving have nothing and they are not prospering. Something is wrong with their teaching.
I'm not advocating taking from the rich and giving to the poor by the use of force. That has never worked. We are never and I repeat never to envy the rich and desire to have what they have. If we are truly in the place we ought to be with God, we will not want their riches. Let them keep it. I surely do not want what they have.
Whatever this system of government is, the majority of the people will go along with it and be deceived by it. The lone ranger who stands up against it will be the target of ridicule or death. Don't be afraid to go against the flow and not join in false unity and is not the unity of spirit and of truth. The majority is not usually the ones who are in the right. Remember Jesus' words about the straight and the narrow?
Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Here is the description that describes both Babylons pictured in chapters 17 and 18.
They shed the blood of prophets, saints (all faithful believers in Jesus Christ and I would include Jews in this) and all that were killed for not going along with the worldly system that was set in place by the anti-christ and the 10 kings. If we see one person placed in prison for their faith in Jesus Christ or for something they preach, look out.
I'm not defending any person who abuses children, commits a crime like stealing, murder or any other crime even if they are called prophets for we know that there are many false prophets hiding behind even the name of Jesus. But if someone is jailed for preaching the word of God or for his faith in Jesus, look out. Of course they may be falsely accused of crimes to justify their imprisonment. I'm thinking now of a man pastor named Green who was arrested for preaching against homosexuality in Sweden and accused of a hate crime.
Watch out for some of these hate crime laws. No true child of God will be guilty of any hate toward anyone but if a pastor begins to warn against any sin such as living together without being married, or homosexuality, he may be accused of preaching hate. To warn of sin and the consequences of sin surely would be the opposite of hate but it can be twisted to make is seem like its a hate speech.
American churches as well as believers all over the world need to pray like never before so that we know what the bible means when it says, "Come out of her my people", in verse 4 of this chapter.
Some teach this is the Catholic Church or any denomination. I don't really buy into it being a denomination, but if any of our churches are into the prosperity doctrine or any doctrine contrary to the word of God taken in context, we need to think of leaving. We need a return to godly holiness (not legalism) and being content with what we have.
If coming out of her means the literal city of Babylon, God will probably direct His people on how to do that. If coming out of Babylon means forsaking the love of the world or this world's system of seeking wealth, the love of pleasure, idolatry, fornication both spiritual and physical, then it must be done without delay. God has given us the Holy Spirit to give us power over all filthiness of flesh and spirit.
If Babylon means a false religious system of some kind that teaches we can make it to heaven and still keep our sin, we must leave that kind of religion or church. If it teaches that salvation depends upon the religious system itself, either by joining it, paying into it, or doing works to obtain salvation, leave it. The only way of salvation is to turn from sin and trust in the shed blood of Jesus to cleanse us from sin and bring us into the body of Christ.
If our traditional churches begin to teach we can have God's favor and still commit sin, we need to run. Our focus must remain on Jesus Christ. The one the bible describes, not a substitute. Lets read His words.
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