With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. We all need Holy Spirit-empowered grace to honestly assess our own hearts, and change our ways. This also links withRevelation 18:2and its unclean and hated birds, symbolizing demons. 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.
By now, we should have plenty of evidence to understand that salvation absolutely must be by grace. In addition, they can communicate their thoughts and attitudes to our minds through the very air that supports our lives without us even being aware. As spirit beings, they apparently vibrate at a different frequency than we do, thus our eyes are not naturally equipped to see them. People say human nature is a mixture of good and evil, but in terms of living in theKingdom of God, that evil mixture is unacceptable. To accept click the 'Accept' button. It is called idolatry. We can be sure that one of the great battles at the end of the age will be concerning greed, covetousness, materialism and a lack of care for the needs of those who live in dire poverty. Give as much as you can. Without recognizing it, Peter permitted himself to be a willing conduit for Satans will! (LogOut/ We can begin to overcome internal sin by outwardly changing our ways. Despite this happening in our lives, deception can still be communicated to us unless we are astute enough to take care that it does not happen again. And idolatry is always a sure path to ruin and destruction. Perhaps the major reason we are able to see, in addition to being able to hear, is because of the vibrations of the air we breathe and live in! Obviously, there is more to discuss in this portion of Scripture than just greedand there are still many angles that could be considered even on this topic alone. I cannot personally account for what Mr. Emoto reports. Additional subtle influence occurs when a person experiences Babylons ways and words and fails to monitor the attitudes he picks up and lives. InII Corinthians 4:3-4, Paul writes, But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light ofthe gospelof the glory of Christ, who is theimage of God, should shine on them.. The influence of Babylon is imposed through communication. You are anoffenseto Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.. The Lord says to, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. This is something that we can all apply to ourselves and own nations. But God didnotmake us this way. First, we need to repent for our indulgence in what Babylon represents in this portion of Scripture; of which a major theme is greed and self-indulgence. We inhabit the same space they do. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. There has never been a time in the out-working of Gods purpose when this advice is more urgently needed. We need to understand more completely why this aspect of Gods command to flee Babylon is so important. InGenesis 1:31God takes satisfaction in all He had made, declaring it very good. Included in this is Adam and Eves nature, as they were already created by this time.
These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. Most people in this world do not know they are deceived or how they became deceived. So, as the Holy spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. CourseinRogets International Thesaurus,under the heading tendency, has such synonyms as thoughts, zeitgeist, spirit, disposition, character, nature, makeup, bent, slant, frame of mind, attitude, inclination, mind-set, drift, perspective, and many more.
. If you are poor, it is important to remember that even in your state of poverty, there is always something that you can give, even in the financial realm. The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".
However, that conclusion depends on ones perspective.
Instead of living in a high spiritual plane we become weakened with the cares and love of the world. So that we will not receive of her plagues! I do not believe that 9/11 is a direct fulfillment of this Scripture, but I do believe that the similarities between the two are such that we need to prayerfully examine what the Lord wants to communicate to us; both as individuals and as a nation (the United States) as well as other nations of the world. The similarities from this passage of Scripture, and what occurredin the city of New York, are easy to see.
. It must be completely replaced. Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. As far as we know, mankind has never before been confronted by these twisted, persuasive, demonic powers as he is today. If we want to help prepare the way for the return of the Lord, we must repent of every trace of these things in our lives, so that we can then help others repent, just as John the Baptist did at the first advent of the Messiah. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. The bulk of Mr. Emotos book is concerned with the structure of water and how it is affected by its environment. The Greek word translated course,aion, is especially interesting. Second, Johann A. Bengel adds thataionis, . Believe me, He will give you lots of ideas if you ask Him! Luke 4:5, 6).
My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Perhaps above all, men must deal with the inaudible but nonetheless attractive and powerful spiritual communication of Babylons invisible ruler, the prince of the power of the air, and his hordes of equally invisible demons. Resisting it can be a daunting task even for those aware that this communication is occurring; it calls on one to be constantly on guard. Sound is possible because of the vibration of air. It is essential to our spiritual well-being to heed Pauls warning inEphesians 6:10-12that our battles are against these creatures, and they are fighting tooth-and-toenail to hang on to what they believe is theirs by first-occupancy rights. There is no way around it and even those in less prosperous nations will have to face it. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, Copyright (c) 2013 Christ Unlimited Ministries https://BibleResources.org, If this message has been a blessing to you and you would like to see more like them posted on this site, you can help make this possible by your gifts to Christ Unlimited Ministries. Webstersgives as one of the usages forjurisdiction, the limits, or territory within which authority may be exercised. This particular jurisdiction is where air exists, tying in with the word heavenly inEphesians 6:12:[We wrestle] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Here, heavenly (epouranios) refers, not to the place of Gods throne, but to the first heaven, the air surrounding the earth in which birds fly. Being in the spiritual presence of God and His SonJesus Christ is the antidote. None of these things are wrong in and of themselves.
. For the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attack against the United States, we have updated it for a fresh look at a portion of Scripture that many feel may be connected to the events of 9/11.[/jbox]. He dealt with the second less directly by raising up the Medo-Persian Empire to destroy Babylons powerful influence. Donate. But no man can tame the tongue. Ask God to show you how to sacrifice and give of your time and resources to be a blessing to others. Theyre Satans dark angels, and you fight them every day. The attack also occurred WITHIN AN HOUR and a day, and most of the nations of the earth did indeed lament, as they saw the smoke rising from New York City and Washington DC. This spirit of kosmos can be intoxicating, charming and alluring, but it is deadly to those who embrace it.). Yet, when more of our passion is poured into them than God, when these things bring us more joy than God, when we spend more time, money and thought on these things than God, something is wrong. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary". InJohn 7:37-39, the apostle writes: On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If any one thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Change). We can talk all day long about what we believe, but it is only actions that truly reveal what god we worship. In this chapters first ten verses, Paul is showing that the children of Goduswho were once objects of Gods wrath, are by His grace legally and spiritually freed from the clutches of Satans dominion. This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. In some cases, they will no longer even form. Nevertheless, resisting the communication is the key to blunting Babylons siren call. I believe that God is trying to get our attention, and giving us a chance to repent from a Babylonian lifestyle. They are not necessarily possessed, as the Bible shows some are, but influenced by demons to act against our best interests. The communication may not be verbalvisual communication is enough. There is no better moment to be changed and filled with the Holy Spirit than right now. It binds together the unbelieving world and describes ordered existence apart from God and His grace. Consider this example: Most people judge Adolph Hitler to be thoroughly evil. Air is that substance, that realm, through which most communication travels. 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. We can be easily deceived about it, misunderstanding why God says the human heart is incurably sick. Christ Unlimited and BibleResources.org Newsletter & Blog Reminders delivered to your Inbox! We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Peter did the speaking, but Jesus spoke to Satan, attributing the source of the disciples action. In many ways, we have been given more than any other nation, and to whom much is given, much is required. We should not be overly proud of our generosity, as indeed, it is our duty from Heavens perspective. In conclusion, we must all be aware that the Spirit of Babylon is something that every Overcoming Christian will have to battle. Look in your closet and around your house and honestly assess what you really need at this time. Save as much as you can.. 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. InEphesians 2:2, Paul writes of the course of this world. The Greek wordkosmos, translated into the English word world, essentially means an orderly system. To human eyes beholding all the activity throughout the earth, the world looks anything but orderly. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways. So I declared on oath in my anger, They shall never enter my rest. Hebrews 3:7-11 (NIV). Simply, in the presence of anger, envy, frustration, or a negative fear, the beautiful crystals of even pure water begin to deform.
They introduced the alien spirit and conduct among mankindtheyweremankind at that time. No where on his list were the instructions to buy as much as you can. He instructed his followers to be content with plain clothing and food and a simple lifestyle so that their resources could be placed into things of eternal value. As Americans, most of us live like royalty in one of the wealthiest nations in the history of the world; and yet, we want more. The condition of our heart is what needs to change. Several years ago, I clipped an abstract of a book,Wrestling with Dark Angels, which was advertised in a book catalog. John the Baptist is a prophetic picture of the generation that will prepare the way for the return of the Lord. We knew this before the attack. The apostles Paul and John speak of this largely unrecognized burden mankind carries. Then there is the vulture, ugly to behold, which strips the flesh of anything, including unburied human dead. His verbal outburst was against Gods will that Jesus suffer and die. The battle to resist, then, is almost entirely internalit is fought right where we live and conduct the business of life. The influence of Satan through Babylons powers of communication is everywhere. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Other. Take action because the communication can be reabsorbed, enslaving you once again.. We have been freed from deception by Gods revelation of Himself, but the urgent admonition from our Lord and Savior is, Dont be passive concerning the responsibilities your liberation has imposed. There are indeed some striking similarities to be found within the passage of Scripture and the September 11th attack. 1 John 1:5 says that God is light and in Him is no darkness AT ALL!). However,Vines Dictionary of New Testament Wordsprovides an interesting alternative, saying that it also means, Time viewed inrelationto what takes place during that period (emphasis added). It was in the city of Babylon, first under Nimrod and then under Nebuchadnezzar, that its concepts were perfected and forced on concentrated masses of people. Most of all, call out to God for forgiveness of whatever sin of greed and complacency that He may reveal to you in your own heart. With both of those Babylons, the influence was localized. Satan is the founder and chief perpetrator of this kosmos rebellion bringing almost all of mankind into this spirit of rebellion. document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. They also seem to seek out ruins of buildings as their habitats, places that men perceive to be cursed. Even going to live on a deserted island will not spare us the burden of the influence Babylon has already exerted on us. However, because this chapter of Revelation focuses almost entirely on global trade and commerce, it is hard to ignore the striking parallel of the attack on the World Trade Center, which was certainly a visible and symbolic head of global trade and economics. When the multitudes went to John the Baptist to repent and be baptized by him in the wilderness, he gave them specific instructions on how to repent. We are all born with a slight pull toward self, but not with the evil that eventually develops and manifests itself in our conduct. . It means to turn around and go the other way. In other words, we need to thoughtfully, specifically, and aggressively begin to do the opposite of what we were once doing. A simple example illustrates how it became this way. (Ed. Birds operate in the same heaven Satan commands. It may be easier to understand course of this world by rephrasing it into statements such as, according to the disposition of this world; according to the character of this world; according to the nature of this world; according to the makeup of this world; according to the mindset, drift, or perspective of this world., This is the spirit from which we must be converted. Give more money to works of the gospel that are always in need of assistancewhether it is a food bank downtown, a missionary overseas, a ministry that has blessed you, or your local church. This is sobering because the course of this world is closer than ever to reaching its anti-Godfullness. Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto authored a small book,Hidden Messages in Water,which is a brief explanation of things he discovered in his studies of the crystallization of water. To view titles or purchase those books visit our bookstore. Why? As long as the water is pure, its crystals are beautifully shaped, but when it becomes poisoned in some waysay, with bleachthe crystals become ugly. What I am suggesting, is that instead of resting on the fact that we have been generous in the past, let us be even more generous than before. It is the unseen foundation and fountain of our pre-conversion conduct, and it is the same spirit still motivating us when we act carnally or in the flesh. Plants, too, respond positively to the loving concern of those taking care of them. The United States is generally a very generous nationand we should be. Inspirational Messages on the Greatness of our Awesome God, Psalm 37:1-8: Words of Strength in the Midst of TroublingTimes, https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/PERSONAL/k/1095/Communication-Leaving-Babylon-Part-One.htm. We must begin by repenting of our sins. First, Richard C. Trench is a resource virtually every commentator eventually quotes on the definitions of biblical words. This is what the conversion processour calling,repentance, justification, and sanctificationaccomplishes. Sin is always crouching at the door, ready to pounce if we give it access to our lives.). The coming out will not be a physical leaving of a geographical area but a departure from Babylons spiritual and physical influence. Despite conversion, it remains within us, compressed like a spring that is ready to jump into action and influence our conduct. (LogOut/ Courtesy of https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/PERSONAL/k/1095/Communication-Leaving-Babylon-Part-One.htm.
Air makes visible communication possible in addition to audible communication. If a person comes into our presence in an angry attitude, we quickly know it because it is communicated. An amazing discovery is worth considering in terms of the transmission of attitudes and thoughts. These cookies track visitors across websites and collect information to provide customized ads. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. I John 3:2 makes abundantly clear that we shall be like Him, and there is not one spot of evil in Him. However, I pray that the Holy Spirit speaks something to each person reading this article in regard to the giving and dreaming and scheming that lies in the realm of the pocketbook. From our own experiences, we know that things of this sort are possible in the human world. We need to repent for thinking more about what we can buy for ourselves than how we can bless others.