Regarding Babylon, one message in the book of Revelation is not “Come out of her, you Pagans.” The message is: “Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:4). This message would not be appropriate unless God’s people had a presence in Babylon at the time of the end. Why should you come out of Babylon?
“…That you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues” (same verse).
“…her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:5).
“Babylon has been a golden cup in the LORD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad” (Jeremiah 51:7).
While the City of Babylon will be a specific place on this earth, Babylon itself is a system that girdles the globe. It is the international control system against God. It was set up like that from the beginning when Nimrod established Babel, the seed that became Babylon.
“…Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Eternal” (Genesis 10:9).
The King James “before” is from the Hebrew “paniym”, which means, among other things, “in front of.” Nimrod placed himself in front of God, ahead of God, in essence, against God. Nimrod’s system, Babylon, as refined by his wife, Semiramis, became the control system opposed to the Creator God.
To understand Babylon, we must understand Babel, the tower upon which the system was founded. It was more than just a tower; it was the beginning of the control system against God. It has evolved into being the control system we see in today’s modern world: control of religion (faith control), control of media (opinion control), control of education (mind control), control of commerce (trade control), control of banking (money control), control of medications and prescriptions and medical services (drug control).
How did Babylon get started? Before there was Babylon, there was Babel. After the flood, God gave a promise that he would not destroy all flesh in a flood (Genesis 9:13-15). However, many of the people were still fearful. Nimrod took advantage of this fear. Josephus describes what happened after the flood. At first many were reluctant to come down from the mountains, fearing the possibility of a future worldwide flood. This occurred in spite of a direct promise from God. When the majority of people came down from the mountains, they dwelt in the plane of Shinar, a section of territory that would comprise what was later known as a precinct of Babylon. It was a good land for farming and was filled with blessings from the ground. However a leadership arose that rejected the idea that the prosperity was a blessing from God. They believed that their own power was the proper cause of their plentiful conditions and that they were therefore under no obligation to obey God.
It was Nimrod, grandson of Ham, who incited them to exhibit such an affront and contempt of God. His philosophy was, “If you submit to God, you are a coward.” It was a philosophy of expanding self-confidence into self-worship. The building of the tower of Babel was supervised by the master mason, Nimrod. Its purpose was not simply to reach into heaven (the sky). Its purpose was also to provide a place to go when the future flood arrived to drown the world. Nimrod worked on the fear people had of the flood, a flood that never came. Fear was (and is) a tool of Babylon.
The tower was made of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar consisting of bitumen, which made it water-proof. Fearful that other places might not be as fruitful and plentiful as Shinar, the majority of the people participated in the building of the tower. Nimrod controlled the people by means of the tool of fear. However, the tower-building project came to an abrupt end when God confounded their language and scattered them over the face of the earth (Genesis 11:7-9). So all the people who were participating in the building of the tower became unable to communicate with each other and, as a result, became scattered. After this time, did anyone come to inhabit the land of Shinar? Yes. Hestiaeus mentions the priests of Jupiter (a false god) took sacred vessels and came to Shinar.
Nimrod’s great uncle, Shem, is also known as Sem. He is the father of all the Semitic people. According to profane history Shem killed Nimrod, cut him up, and sent pieces of his body all over the inhabited world.
This violent act had the effect of terrorizing Semiramis, Nimrod’s widow, to the extent that she transformed the Babel system into a mystery, a secret system known only to the inner circle. It became the Babylonian mysteries. And today Babylon is a mystery to the majority of the world’s population who is victimized by it. Modern education and media are, for the most part, Godless and secular.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28).
This is the reason why so many in the media and in education have lost the ability to maintain logical and reasonable trains of thought. Their degeneracy has developed to the level in which their mind has become reprobate. Some newcomers have not reached that point but they are told they must get with the program or get out. After years of getting with the program, they, too, lose the associative abilities one would ordinarily expect of reporters and educators.
Christ did not institute vows of poverty for himself or for anyone else. On the other hand he did not direct that his way (Christianity) should be run like a business, complete with territorial imperatives, the spirit of competition, and an overbearing chain-of-command to lord it over the so-called “laity”.
Many demons have had the effect of placing an extra level of deception into the mind of the idolater. For example, at the end there will be frog-like demons that will influence the rulers of the earth to believe that they can actually fight against Christ (Revelation 16:13-14). There is an equation at work here. The more idolatry a person is involved in, the greater capacity they have for self-deception.
“Take heed to yourself that you be not trapped by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you inquire after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise” (Deuteronomy 12:30).
At first glance, this may seem like someone simply going after other gods and using idols as an aid to worship other gods. The next verse makes it clearer. You shall not apply this to the true God!
“You shall not do so unto the Eternal your God…” (Deuteronomy 12:31).
Elder, Wily, Babylon, Control of Religion, © 2000 Wily Elder, AFSS Corporation, Ocala, FL, United States
Hislop, Alexander, The Two Babylons, © 1916, Loizeaux Brothers, p. 6,63,64, Neptune, NJ, United States
Josephus, Complete Works of Josephus, © 1960 Kregel Publications, p. 30, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
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