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Come Out of Her My People

05 Mar
Babylon Come out of her my people

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Late in his ministry, Jesus told parables about merchants, the first in Matthew (Matthew 25:14-30) and the second in Luke (Luke 19:12-27). In these stories the merchants were Jesus’ disciples who acted out of faith to gain other disciples for Jesus, thus, enlarging the Kingdom of God.[1] The point is that “the merchants of the earth, (who) were waxed rich through the abundance of the great harlot’s delicacies” (Revelation 18:3), were the followers of the leadership of the Jerusalem’s authorities, who had rejected the Gospel by persecuting Jesus’ servants. These merchants were those who peddled Judaism around the world, and their works benefited from the adulterous acts of Jerusalem, the great harlot of the first century AD. In other words as the Jews looked to Caesar more and more (John 19:15), and the more they benefited in terms of wealth and prominence in Caesar’s world, the more Judaism was held in high esteem.

John heard yet another angel speak who had, presumably, been flying in the midst of heaven (cp. Revelation 14:6), and he commanded the Lord’s disciples to come out of Babylon (Revelation 18:4). Long ago, before there was a nation called Israel, Abraham, the father of that nation, pleaded with the Lord that he would not destroy the righteous with the unrighteous (Genesis 18:22-33), and the Lord answered his prayer (Genesis 19:12-22). Although there were many more than fifty righteous in Jerusalem and Judea in the first century AD, yet their numbers could not save the land of the Jews from destruction, due to the great unrighteousness of its people (cp. Ezekiel 14:12-14). Therefore, the Lord called out to the righteous, telling them to separate themselves from those evil men and not take part in their deeds (Revelation 18:4; cp. Numbers 16:26-27).

I find it interesting that the prophet, Jeremiah, spoke against Babylon (Jeremiah 51:12-14), describing her as a city that dwelt upon many waters (Jeremiah 51:13), meaning she was a city having great influence over nations and people of different languages (Revelation 17:1, 15, 18). Notice that Jeremiah also told the righteous to leave Babylon and deliver themselves from the Lord’s wrath (Jeremiah 50:8; 51:6, 45, 50), and he wasn’t the only prophet to make such a command (Isaiah 48:20; 52:11)! What is interesting is that the Jews, who were taken captive by Babylon, couldn’t simply leave and return to their homeland. They were powerless to carry out Jeremiah’s instructions, and neither could they simply leave after Babylon was captured by the Persians a few decades later. Cyrus had to make a decree permitting all who wished to return to their homeland to do so (Ezra 1:1-2).[2] Nevertheless, the word of God cannot be broken (John 10:35). The Scriptures tell us that it was revealed to Jeremiah that he spoke not to the Jews of his generation, but rather to the righteous Jews of the first century AD (1Peter 1:10-12). It was those Jews who were commanded to leave Babylon and not take part in the judgment that would come upon her.

Another interesting thought that pertains to Jeremiah’s prophecy is what he commanded Seraiah, the quiet prince, to do (Jeremiah 51:59). Jeremiah prophesied in writing all that would come upon Babylon and commanded Seraiah to read that prophecy once he arrived in Babylon (Jeremiah 51:60-62). After he had obeyed Jeremiah’s command, Seraiah was to bind up the book with a stone and cast it into the Euphrates River, saying: “Thus shall Babylon sink and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her…” (Jeremiah 51:63-64). If the great harlot, who sits upon many waters (Revelation 17:1), is that great city (Revelation 17:18), and, if those waters upon which she sits are nations and people of different languages (Revelation 17:15; cp. Jeremiah 51:63-64), and if her judgment was that a millstone would be wrapped around her and she was to be cast into the waters (the sea in the text), then it must be that Babylon (Jerusalem) would be destroyed, and she would be dispersed among the nations!

So, why would the Lord want to separate his elect from the rebels, whom he intended to judge? It is because judgment upon the rebels would be administered in such a way that it would be impossible to keep the elect from suffering the same fate as the evildoers, if they would remain with them (Revelation 18:4-5; cp. Genesis 18:22-33; 19:12-22)! Of course, some would conclude that nothing is impossible for God (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27), and that is correct. Nevertheless, escape or separation is the method the Lord intended to use to save the elect. To remain with the evildoers would have been foolish, if not disobedient (Psalm 50:18; Matthew 23:30; 1Timothy 5:22; 2John 1:11). Therefore, unless one wants to make God responsible for the fate of the disobedient or foolish, the only method of salvation out of the judgment and the wrath of God upon the rebels was for his elect to take flight (Matthew 24:15-22).

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[1] See my studies: The Work of the Nobleman’s Servants for an understanding of how Jesus’ “merchants” should act, and The Work of the Wicked Servant for an idea of how Jesus’ “merchants” should not act.

[2] Jeremiah wrote his prophecy in the fourth year of the reign of Zedekiah, King of Judah. This was the same year that the king and all the people were carried off to Babylon (Jeremiah 51:59), so leaving Babylon (Jeremiah 51:45) was not an option at that time.

 
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6 responses to “Come Out of Her My People

  1. patovilla72

    March 26, 2020 at 18:01

    Regarding my name:
    The first name that my parents gave me when my body came out of my mother’s womb, it also shows on my birth certificate, is Patricio.
    Comparing it to a similar apostle’s custome, my family and friends gave me a nickname: Pato. This nickname, in Spanish, could be translated to the English language as Pat. So any of those 3 names are OK.
    These situation may be similar to the name we call our beloved saviour: Jesus. Where this name comes from? People say that it may come from Yeshua (the Jewish agenda) in the Hebrew language or Yoshua, Joshua or Iesus or other several names from Greek. There is not a total concensus.
    Jesus spoke the Aramaic (descendants of Aram, the Arameans) language as well as His apostles and His disciples and the whole area of Palestine. The name given to Him was Isho in the Aramaic language, Isa in Arabic and very close to Isho. Difference on how the letter “S” is pronounced. That is why He said, paraphrasing, when He comes back, everybody will be calling Him – Jesus, Jesus, Jesus… and He will not pay attention because that is not His name. Also He said that “I don’t know you” because those that WILL approach Him have not followed His Father’s instructions.
    Our focus “SHOULD” be HIM, not us or I. We should imitate and act like the Bereans that searched the SCRIPTURES daily. They did not serch other books but only what the Creator had told them.
    May our Creator bless us all in these difficult times.
    So be it.

     
  2. patovilla72

    March 26, 2020 at 13:30

    Thanks, may the Lord bless you on all your endeavours. So be it.

     
  3. Eddie

    March 25, 2020 at 20:27

    Lord bless you, Pat. (is it “Pat” or “Pato”? Don’t mean to abuse your name).

    I will have only limited access to the internet for the next few weeks, as my computer will be offline. I have my cell, but I’m not good at typing with that. In any case, any comments on my part will be very little or none at all. Hope the time is short, but it may be several weeks. I anticipated this and was able to schedule my posting for the month of April in advance. I hope that is enough before I’m back on line.

     
  4. patovilla72

    March 25, 2020 at 18:00

    Eddie:
    Thank you for directing me to the right place. I need to spend more time on learning how to use these pages. I describe myself as a beginner, but with time, I’ll sure learn a few tricks. Peace be with you my brother in Christ. So be it.
    patovilla72 (Pat)

     
  5. Eddie

    March 25, 2020 at 06:07

    Greetings Pat, and Lord bless you.

    Since you ask for “guidance,” I’ll attempt to do that, but remember that men are prone to err. I’ll tell you what I believe to be true, but you need to decide for yourself how what I conclude lines up with Scripture.

    The seven ‘hills’ or ‘mountains’ are seven kings. I wrote a study on this HERE. The text says Babylon is a city, and I have no reason to doubt that. Concerning the interpretation of the Apocalypse, John says everything would be fulfilled soon, meaning in the first century AD. If you want to understand my thoughts about when the Apocalypse would be fulfilled, you need to begin at the beginning of my study, located HERE. Begin with the first study and continue from there. I have a whole series of studies on each chapter. Click on the tab “The Apocalypse” at the top of my page, and you will get a list of all my studies. You are beginning to read near the end of my study, and that is not how to read a book, if you wish to understand the author’s story. You may have your own opinions about how that ‘story’ should read, but it won’t be the authors. Babylon is called “that great city” and the only “great city” in the Apocalypse is Jerusalem, and it is also called the place where Christ was crucified (cp. Revelation 21:10 and Revelation 11:8). Moreover, in Daniel 2:44 the text claims that the four kingdoms represented in the image would be struck at the feet by the Rock not made with hands, and eventually fall, but the Kingdom set up would remain forever. Opinions run rampant, but at the end of the day, we cannot get past Rome (the fourth kingdom in the image), and this indicates all would be fulfilled in the days of these kings or kingdoms, meaning the first century AD. In essence, this is the point of my study.

    Lord bless you, Pat, as you consider these things.

     
  6. patovilla72

    March 24, 2020 at 21:42

    Yes, “the elects should take flight”, but from where or what?
    I believe we are referring to Babylon, that great Harlot. Is it a system, is it a city?
    As a system, I believe, it should be the system of the enemy of our Lord none other than Satan. Yes, the enemy of the one that created him and the one that he wanted to take over from to obtain power.
    Revelation 18:16 mentions a city that will be destroyed in “one hour.” There are 3 cities that come to mind: Babylon, Rome and Constantinople. All built over 7 hills.
    Which one do you think it is?
    Since you seem to have a lot of knowledge about these things and have written a lot (I’ll be reading your posts) I am asking you for some guidance so I could clarify my doubts regarding these difficult chapter of the end times.

     
 
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