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Babylon Is Fallen

Babylon Is Fallen

30 December 2009

Scripture:

1 After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor. 2 He gave a mighty shout: “Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal. 3 For all the nations have fallen because of the wine of her passionate immorality. The kings of the world have committed adultery with her. Because of her desires for extravagant luxury, the merchants of the world have grown rich.” (Revelation 18:1-3 NLT)

Babylon is fallen! There are three things referred to in the Bible as Babylon. First, the city of Babylon, in present day Iraq, made powerful as the capital of Nebuchadnezzar’s empire. Second, the city of Rome, center of Roman power is referred to as Babylon. Finally, the world economic and political system is also called Babylon.

John says Babylon is passionately immoral, faithlessly adulterous, and that her appetites fuel the economy of the world. It doesn’t take much to disrupt Babylon’s flow of cash and credit, of consumption and production. The events of the past couple of years show how fragile Babylon’s greed-fueled, debt-powered economy really is.

God’s people, the faithful, are warned to get out of Babylon before she collapses. To me that means that we should:
• Place our trust in God as our source of supply and provision.
• Adjust our values to align with Kingdom of God values.
• Curb our appetites for consumption.
• Disentangle ourselves from the credit-debt system.
• Be willing to adjust our luxury level – live more simply.
• Learn to give, to care, and to share.

But that’s just me thinking and it isn’t as easy as it sounds. I need to learn how to do it and not just think about it! What do you think, friends?

Prayer:

Father, help me to be willing to make the adjustments that allow me to live like a Kingdom of God citizen instead of like a Babylonian. Please give me wisdom for this season of life and for this season of the world I’m living in. Thank you for your promises (unshakeable) and your provision (always faithful). Amen.

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