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What Does Coming Out of Babylon Mean and Why is it Critical Now?

Babylon, as per biblical history, is a symbol of rebellion against God. Its first appearance in the Bible (Genesis 11) presents it as a hotbed of defiance against divine authority,a motif encapsulated in the narrative of the Tower of Babel. Babylon, an ancient kingdom, eventually surfaced as a major force, employed by God to pass judgment on Israel, culminating in the exile and destruction of the temple, solidified its reputation as a bastion of iniquity (Jeremiah 25:8-11). Even after its downfall, Babylon continued to represent a realm of evil (Zechariah 5:5–11).

In the context of the last days before the return of Jesus, Babylon the Great comes into focus as an evil global system under the control of the Antichrist. The Bible, specifically Revelation 17:18, identifies it as "the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." Babylon the Great is a fountain of religious heresy, immorality, corruption, and persecution of God's faithful. It is a nucleus of opulence, wealth, and vanity merchandising, leading people astray into destruction. The proliferation of decadence and moral decay mirrors the debauchery of ancient Babylon, heralding the imminent climax of human rebellion against divine authority. The specter of Babylon looms large in the corridors of power, manipulating geopolitical dynamics and fostering a climate of spiritual apostasy.

The enigmatic nature of Babylon the Great is partly due to the "mystery" referred to in Revelation 17:5. The Greek word for mystery, 'mysterion', indicates a truth hitherto unknown that will soon be revealed. Paul uses this term in Ephesians 3:3 to discuss the relationship between Gentiles and Jews within the church. Hence, identifying Babylon the Great in Revelation 17 becomes naturally challenging due to its mysterious nature. However, in Daniel's language, only the wise will know it!

The angel speaking to John identifies Babylon the Great and provides some insights into the events leading to its downfall (Revelation 17:1–5). The vision features a prostitute woman, symbolizing false religion, immorality and corruption, seated on a scarlet beast covered in blasphemous names. This woman, exuding an aura of luxury, leads others into corruption. Her identity is etched on her forehead: “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5).

From this vision, several key points about Babylon the Great can be inferred:

  1. End-time Babylon wields influence over all "peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages", which reflects global influence (Revelation 17:15).
  2. Babylon the Great propagates religious heresy, signified by its association with blasphemy and its portrayal as a prostitute (Psalm 106:39; Leviticus 17:7; Judges 2:17).
  3. Babylon is destined to persecute true followers of God -the soon upcoming tribulation (Revelation 17:6; cf. 18:24).
  4. Babylon the Great becomes once again a hub of luxury, wealth, and extravagance (Revelation 18:7, 11–17).
  5. It serves as a global center for vanity merchandising (Revelation 18:19, 23).
  6. Babylon the Great, linked with a confederation of ten kings and the Antichrist, will lead people into corruption and destruction (Revelation 18:23; 19:2; 17:12; cf. 13:4).

Despite its thriving existence during the Antichrist's reign, the beast (Antichrist) will eventually deem its Great Prostitute (false religion) unnecessary, resulting in its destruction by establishing itself as god. This fall is essentially God's judgment, executed through the ten kings (Revelation 17:16-17). Subsequently, these kingdoms wage war against Jesus Christ, only to be defeated by the "Lord of lords and King of kings" (Revelation 17:14). The fall of Babylon is celebrated in heaven (Revelation 19:1–3), and an angel announces the victory of Jesus over Babylon the Great (Revelation 18:2).

The urgency to come out of Babylon is now, more than ever. We are currently witnessing a shift towards the end time Babylon. Although the Antichrist is yet to officially rise to power, the Babylon system is already built and the stage for the Antichrist’s arrival is set. It is prophesied that the Antichrist should arrive amidst escalating abominations, including issues like LGBT rights, abortion, divorce, fornication, and others that we see gaining traction today. Many protocols and preparations are in place for the desolator to rise, albeit temporarily, before his ultimate defeat by Christ. Today, as the Antichrist's system burgeons with abominations and sacrilege, epitomized by the normalization of immorality and the erosion of moral values, the clarion call to separation grows ever more imperative (2 Corinthians 6:17).

Coming out of Babylon signifies not participating in this worldly system and maintaining fidelity to the testimony of Jesus. The trumpet is currently sounding loudly, urging all true believers to separate themselves from Babylon, lest they participate in its judgment. Babylon the Great is crumbling!

As followers of Christ, we are called to live in the world, but not be of the world. This call to separate from sin, corruption, and worldly allure is a call to align with God's will and His kingdom. The prophesied end times are upon us, and the culmination of Babylon is imminent. The upcoming Antichrist, set to rise for destruction, marks the close of history. However, the Church could be raptured at any moment, even before experiencing the Antichrist reign. This imminent reality underscores the urgency for Christians to prepare by coming out of Babylon, ensuring they do not partake in its impending judgment. As the shadows lengthen and the day of reckoning draws nigh, let us heed the admonition of Scripture, forsaking the fleeting pleasures of this corrupt world and laying hold of the unsearchable riches of Christ. In Him alone do we find refuge amidst the gathering storm, secure in the knowledge that He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

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