"Kings of the earth" doesn't just mean political rulers or presidents of countries but every influential leader--in politics, businesses, industries and churches. Especially those who act like "kings" and value being great in this world (the Nebuchadnezzar spirit)--doing everything to be great--believing that the greatest has the right to rule the least.
This illusion of "being great" makes them so susceptible to the "wine of her adulteries." She makes the nations drink from her golden cup filled with "abominable things and the filth of her adulteries." What makes all this even deadlier is that "wine" and "adultery" both make you unaware of (or forget) the bad you are doing and get you "drunk" with yourself and your greatness.
Adultery is having illegitimate affairs with others while being married to your spouse. Many churches in the last days will be like that--claiming to be in a personal relationship with Jesus and yet madly in love with themselves and their imagined greatness. Two-timers. And this includes one's devotion and achievements in his church denomination. They'll be so busy with these things equating them with good standing with God but then actually forsaking their relationship with him.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Consider how far you have fallen! [Revelation 2.4-5]You see this in most pastors' meeting. All they talk about is their ministries--how to grow them, their achievements so far, programs and plans, targets and goals--but no one's talking about Jesus. Well, they have what they call a short devotion, and an opening and closing prayer, but besides that it's all about their ministries. All about them. Yeah, they're all hard workers, sincere and dedicated. But they miss the only thing that matters, the better part which Mary had chosen but which Martha complained about. Meetings should be about nothing but Jesus because he promised that "when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself."
Lifting Jesus is the key to genuine church growth. But the Babylon system keeps the church from seeing this in the same way King Zedekiah missed seeing God's prophetic warnings and fell into the hands of the king of Babylon--and fell under the Babylon system. Note that Zedekiah was a king installed by the king of Babylon. Similarly, in these last days, a lot of church pastors will be installed through the Babylon system. The result?
Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the Lord, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem. [2 Chronicles 36]The Babylon system easily takes over a church when believers refuse to take heed of God's prophetic warnings. The modern church today has become largely anti-prophetic and prefers practical, smart solutions, logic and motivation rather than the supernatural prophetic move of God.
The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.Understandably, there are lots of fake prophetic ministries today, but that doesn't mean we stop believing in God's prophets. There are lots of fake pastors as well but we continue to seek out God's true pastors. We should do the same with God's true prophets. The Word of God will never change--God still "does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets," [Amos 3]. And the prophetic ministry of God is our only antidote against the Babylon system.
This is why the Babylon system is against prophets and apostles in church and has been trying to eliminate the offices of the same. But God tells them (along with God's people) to rejoice over Mystery Babylon's impending fall.
Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you. [Revelation 18]How to Dislodge the Babylon System
As mentioned, the antidote to the system is God's prophetic move--or God's ways in the Word. God expects his church to do everything solely in HIS ways. Anything outside his ways is Babylon system, no matter if it's been traditionally used, effective or builds churches. Remember, Jesus said every plant the Father has not planted will be pulled out by the roots. So we must do it in HIS ways alone, as found in the Word.
God is angry when his people do things outside of his ways. To him, doing things in some other way exposes a stubborn, rebellious heart that is bent on disobedience.
That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways. [Hebrews 3.10]Like the observance of Holy Week, 7 Last Words Service, Easter Sunday. What's the origin of all this? Who dictates when these things should be observed every year? These are all derived from an idolatrous religion. This religion dictates when Holy Week is observed and the born-again church just follows suit. It even joins this idolatrous church in celebrating "Easter" Sunday.
So with those who celebrate Valentine's and Halloween.
Jesus' death and Resurrection should not be celebrated once a year. It should become part of our daily lives, especially in our daily worship. And particularly, we should not celebrate it as the idolatrous do and as they dictate. "You must not worship the LORD your God in THEIR WAY," [Deuteronomy 12].
God says in Revelation to "'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;" We should make sure that NO trace of the Babylon system is found in the church. Anything that is sourced from idolatry is Babylon system. Remember how Nebuchadnezzar erected a gold statue of himself? That's the spirit of Babylon. Idolatry. And if you follow the traditions of an idolatrous religion, you are still under the Babylon system.
In fact, anything that operates in the system becomes a home for demons.
“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, [Revelation 18]Churches run by the Babylon system is a demonic church.
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