What I like about the Scriptures is the repetitiveness God uses in order to reach our understanding. Many; however, do not realize what is in that great Book and our own experience is not new, but a repeating; and it does not appear we are catching it!
The first man ever to be called out of a place of false worship was Abraham. What is interesting is the place where he was, Mesopotamia, or ancient Babylon. This place was notorious for false worship, especially the elements, the greater of which was the sun. In order to preserve this righteous man from the improper influence, God called him out and set him on a journey to a place He made purposely for him: The Promised Land.
Israel, His chosen people would find themselves bound in such similar circumstances and again would be called out of “Babylon”—literally because of their not adhering to God’s Law. For seventy years they suffered exposure to false teaching and worship, directly related to their punishment. God’s lesson: “If you wish to ignore Me and worship whatever you wish, I will give you a place where you can do it freely, but it will not be quite what you are thinking.”
And once again, we’re are nearing that same crossroad where God’s people are being admonished to come out of Babylon—AGAIN! This time “spiritual” Babylon which is “false worship”.
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 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. 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. 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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 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. 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. 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.” Rev 18:1-8 (KJV)
This particular angel is considered the “fourth” angel, who followed a series of other messages brought by the angels of Rev. 14. It is the last message, and that with extraordinary power which will be presented to the world, more specifically, God’s church, just before His return.
What is this “wine” mentioned? It is “false doctrine” which precipitates “false worship”. Yes, sadly many of God’s professing people are professing the wrong thing and most don’t know it, some do, but they have trouble breaking away from their customs and traditions, but there will be given a time for when they will be completely aware of what they’re doing and given the opportunity of doing one of two things: (1) Stay and continue worshiping falsely, or (2) Begin to worship God in truth as according to His Ten Commandments.
Let me make this clear: Not one of you who have their congregational worship on Sunday, who believe it is God’s day, His holy day, are worshiping according to truth. You are doing so because of tradition and many of you in complete ignorance—until now, because since you are reading this you have been made aware. This does not mean; however, you believe it. That’s not the point. The point is you have been made aware and as you see events taking place where this type of worship will begin to be legalized and enforced, THEN you will KNOW this is a false system of worship, and not what God has commanded His people to do. And, you will have a choice.
I’ll end with the words of Joshua:
“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Josh 24:14-15 (KJV)
God will be waiting for your response. He’s already gotten mine.
May 30, 2016