Both women in the book of Revelation depict Christians–one pure and ends up being the Bride of Christ–one defiled with the kingdoms of this world–harlo
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I think the problem is that many do not understand that there are actually 2 different classes of Christians
With this powerful scripture, the admonition to leave Babylon is clear. But what is Babylon? How do you know if you are in Babylon? We will attempt to answer these questions by finding what the scriptures say about the characteristics of Babylon. Based on identifying these characteristics, we should be able to recognize if we are in Babylon and if we need to come out.
The prophecy starts abruptly after a brief introduction. Here “earth” refers to the people, the social order, and not to the physical planet. “All” of the people in Israel in Micah’s day were being addressed primarily, although a secondary application pertains to the last days of the present evil world. Micah literally addressed the nation back there, and there is also a message for the people living today.
The message came not only from the Lord God but also from His “holy temple.” With the source being stated this way, the message was even more authentic to the people. They could each take the message personally, for it originated from God’s own personal resentment and indignation. Micah wanted the hearers to know that the message came not from him but from God and from His “holy temple.” God was threatening the people.
When Zechariah spoke to the Jews along this line—that ten men would take hold of the skirt of a Jew—it was simple for him to say, “If you listen to me, my people, and do what I say, this is what will happen.” God was not remiss in making this statement, even though He knew the people would not obey. Thank God that, in His mercy, He will go ahead with this promise and will accomplish it in His own way and time! Thus prophecy has always been helpful, even though it has not been fully fulfilled in the past. Seeing this wonderful picture as happening in the future does not minimize the grand view of what will occur, for God’s Word is an “amen” to His covenant. Zechariah, a young man, was quite enthusiastic about the promises, and no doubt when he mentioned them, he did it with an encouraging voice. Unlike Jeremiah, who wept and got angry with righteous indignation at times because the people paid no attention to the warnings and were so dull of hearing, Zechariah referred to the promises. He said in effect, “The Lord has brought you back to the homeland. Doesn’t that show He has had mercy on you? The very fact you are here and I am speaking to you proves the Lord will do things for you, so hearken and obey!” The tone of Zechariah’s message was different from the tone of some of the other prophets.
D’Arcy, a well-known media figure and commentator, said the findings of the Murphy Report were “absolutely sickening.” And he said that when he served on the Council of Priests in Dublin during the 1990s, he never even “heard a hint” of accusations of abuse
“This is not just in the Diocese, this goes right to the top in Rome,” he said.
God “girded” Cyrus in two ways: (1) He gave Cyrus supernatural power in overcoming his enemies. (2) God prepared Cyrus as a child and fashioned him for his future work; He trained him for his position as general and renowned conqueror. Not only was God’s providence over the victories Cyrus later attained, but that providence operated from his earliest youth—even from his baptism, as it were, when he was given the name Cyrus. Thus God’s remarkable foreknowledge was displayed 150 years before the events occurred.
This message, “Come out of her, my people,” is not to those who are still blind in Babylon; hence it is not the first message to be given out at the present time. The light, the truth, the divine plan of the ages, is to be let shine; the errors of Babylon on various points are to be shown, and how these are dishonoring to God: then it is that the voice of the truth, the voice of these facts, will cry aloud to all who are truly the Lord’s sheep, to separate themselves from such misrepresentation of the divine character and plan, in heart, in person, in purse.
Like Babylon, the city of Nineveh is a type of Christendom. “Woe to the bloody city!” In Revelation 17:6, John saw “the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus,” and when he saw her, he “wondered with great admiration [astonishment].” Thus the Book of Revelation pictures mystic Babylon as a woman who has incurred blood-guilt responsibility down through history. Verse 1, then, in calling Nineveh “the bloody city,” starts to provide details of the judgment that is to come upon Christendom.
The bloody city “is all full of lies and robbery.” Some examples of those lies are (1) that Catholicism is the mouthpiece of God and His instrument in instructing the world in righteousness, (2) that the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church, and (3) that the pope is the vicar of Christ. The false Church has capitalized on these lies to extract support and money from its communicants. Based on this false premise, the system has enriched itself, thus “robbing” the people. Their adoration and affection for God have been perverted by this religious institution, which has misdirected worship and appropriated the people’s money for its own aggrandizement.
The call to come out of Babylon is an individual call. For the truth’s sake, one may have to leave his father, mother, sister, brother, friend, or anyone else who stays behind and obey as an individual. Christians get rooted in spiritual Babylon; they are comfortable there with their social friendships that are enjoyable, good, and wholesome for the most part. For one to come out of Babylon means to leave friendships and thus to suffer a loss. Taking a stand and leaving mystic Babylon is very searching. The call is to come out so “that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). To spiritually come out of Babylon is to move from one condition to another. Sometimes very tender ties have to be broken. Then comes the Christian walk, the journeying to “Jerusalem which is above” (Gal. 4:26).