Fallen is Babylon

April 23, 2012

Revelations 14:8
A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”

Fallen is Babylon


Through the ages we have seen both a real church of God and pseudo church who worshiped God outwardly in form and in name, but the true Spirit and nature of God was not found in them.  In the world they represented the church and truth of God and yet through inquisitions and martyrdom they persecuted and killed those who possessed the reality of Christ and refused to be conformed to her ways and doctrines.  The great Babylon has been the source of tremendous influence in the world and yet she has been in bed with the world in so many of her ways and dealings.  Ironically enough it has often been the real that has been hidden in the midst of this great harlot Babylon.  She is the epitome of man’s religion and devices.  Her leaders have taken the holy vessel of God’s true temple and defiled them in their drunkenness and debauchery.  The world sees her hypocrisy, but even they don’t see the depth of her sin and defilement of Spirit.  Even so, in her midst true saints of God and the Bride has been hidden, but their effectiveness and light has often been hidden and obscured by the corruption and watered down religion of that which surrounds them.  This results from a system of men that uses God for their own gain and power.  They have built great edifices and monuments more to their own glory than to Father God.  As they come into the fullness of their corruption they will try to bring their masses into the mindset of this world system.  They will use condemnation and coercion to do what would not bear witness with the true Spirit of Christ.  What she does not yet know is that her time is short and her days are numbered.  Her spirit is that same one as the religious leaders that crucified our Lord.
We hear this word coming out of God’s word repeatedly as expressed in Revelations 18:4 to the saints of God to come out of her, because here in Revelations 18 it tells us of her demise and ultimate destruction. “After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. 3For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” 4Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
“Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; 5for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. 6Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. 7Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’ 8Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.”
God is calling us saints of God to true religion and undefiled.  He is calling us out of man’s version of religion and into the truth of Spirit and His life.  In that place we find no longer just outward expressions, words and acts of religion, God is bringing us into that place of intimacy and relationship where we can intimately know Him, not just in head knowledge, but in Spirit and in Truth.  It is a place where we can finally experience the reality of His presence and fellowship in our personal lives.  Our relationship is no longer dependent upon what we do for God or how good we can be.  We come into the place of knowing Christ who is the finished work of our salvation and who is able to complete the good work He has began in you and I.
This is the hour to leave the old wineskin of dead religion and move into the reality of His true Church, which is alive and pregnant with the Spirit of God.  God loves His own and so He is calling His own unto Himself.  He is calling us out of dead religion, old paradigms and ways of thinking and out of our traditions.  Jesus told the religious leaders in Mark 7:13, “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
Press in for yourself and find the reality of Christ for your life.  He is bringing you into a place of freedom.  Your religion may condemn you, but then little does it know it stands condemned and under the judgement of God.  He is calling you to be part of the true Church that He is raising up to the glory and praise of His name.  A church that will be mighty and will go forth doing exploits, signs and wonders.  He is setting you free and He is calling you out!

Blessings,
kent

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The End of Worldly Reliance

February 13, 2012

Revelations 14:8
A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”

The End of Worldly Reliance


We have grown up in a way of life that has been dependent upon the world system for our livelihood and survival.  As a result in many ways it has become our master; controlling our time, our resources and our lives.   Revelation makes clear here what its end shall be and then what?
God isn’t trying to instill fear in His people, but He is awakening us to what it is to operate out of a new system.  When Jesus came as the kingdom of God to deposit the kingdom of God in the earth.  Many of us as believers have embraced that to a degree, but we have a mixture of both kingdoms operating in our lives.  This the time for us to begin to learn operating out of the kingdom of God as we are coming out of the Babylonish system that controls the world.  In order for us to do that we have to really turn our attention to more fully and intimately know our God and His ways.  We must unlearn our religious thinking while learning to embrace kingdom principles and precepts of God’s Word.  For most of us that is like Peter when he stepped out of the boat to come to Jesus on the water.  In the process of our learning what kingdom really looks like and how we are to operate in it, we are going to be like Peter.  There will be times our circumstances will rise up like billowing waves and they will take our eyes off of Jesus.  Know that Jesus is always there to save.
Kingdom of heaven living comes out of knowing who you are, your God given identity.  It comes from knowing where you live.  If you only live with an earthly mindset that only see the surrounding circumstances as reality, then how can you do as Ephesians 2:4-7 tells us?  “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”  Kingdom people are learning to live out of their heavenly position and not their earthly one.  The kingdom of God is a realm of faith and to live there we must learn to operate and live out of faith.  It is not faith in ourselves and our abilities any longer; it is faith in the Word of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit.
God is pulling back the veil that has hidden the kingdom from our eyes of unbelief.  He is making that dimension more real and known as we are moving forward in this new day.  But the eyes that see and step into it are the eyes of faith.
Jesus has completed the work and set down at the right hand of the Father till His enemies be made His footstool.  That means all of the enemies of Christ must be put under our feet as well if we are indeed the body of Christ.  We are the completion and fulfillment of what Jesus accomplished upon the cross.  He did the hard part, now we must appropriate what He has already accomplished.
Father is moving and calling us out of Babylon.  It is already a fallen and failed system.  What takes its place, is for us to learn how to operate out of a heavenly system with Father God as our resource.  The old system was built upon your works, this one is built upon your rest.  Trust and obedience are the foundational supports.

Blessings,
kent

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