(First published in newsletter # 13/14 in October 1995.)
The time is at hand for the most stupendous events in history to occur, and those who will participate in the last great battle will need a faith that can NOT be shaken, even when confronted with seemingly miraculous events. Our ONLY safeguard will be in a rock-solid foundation,- a thorough knowledge and confidence in God’s Word. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to make it appear that they were able to do the same miracles that God wrought through Moses in the Pharaoh’s court. It will be no different just before the last trump.
But those who do NOT know and have complete faith in His Word will be deceived. And don’t think this isn’t possible. It’s already happening. The difference is that we won’t be faced with Pharaoh’s magicians, who made no claim to be “of God”- we will be faced with those who DO claim to be doing God’s work, and then finally, with Satan, himself, as an “angel of light”. We are plainly told that it is by miracles that Satan convinces the world to make “the image to the beast”:
REV 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Finally, the culmination of events leading to the great “battle of Armageddon” is brought about by:
REV 16:14 …the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
We look back at those of the time of Babel and wonder how the people could fall into so great an apostasy when they lived so closely with Noah and the ark that had saved humanity and the animal kingdom from total and complete extinction. But they did, just as Adam and Eve, who actually walked and talked with the Lord, fell. Do we dare think we’re better or smarter than these people?
At Babel, the people wanted to be “one people”. They wanted their own name, not the Lord’s name. They willingly accepted Satan’s false religion which they took with them throughout the entire world. In studying the paganism of the earliest peoples, we can see that Satan took that which was truth and fact, and corrupted it through those who were led of him. By combining truth with error, the people who accepted it (obviously the majority) very quickly fell into complete apostasy.
What God did at Babel did not prevent the ultimate outcome- it only delayed it until it was HIS time. The consequences of sin had to be demonstrated fully. Had the people remained together, united in purpose, they surely would have filled their cup of iniquity thousands of years ago. But by their forced separation due to the language and ocean barriers, the battle was drawn out in order that God’s purposes could be fully implemented. In order to offer fallen mankind redemption from their sins, the plan of salvation and all it entailed must take place exactly at the predetermined times. And now the time has arrived for the great finale. we have arrived at the time when the last decisions for eternal life will be made.
Is it necessary that we understand everything that occurred at Babel? Perhaps not everything- but we DO need to understand one thing. The influences of the pagan religion that began there still touch our lives to this very day. Does this shock you? Do you think, “Not me!” I respectfully ask you to think again.
The church steeple which is so greatly admired is the direct descendant of the Egyptian obelisk which represents the sun-god. The day we celebrate the earthly birth of the Messiah was originally celebrated by the pagans as the birthday of Mithra, the sun god. The day we celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah, Easter, comes from the word, “Astarte”, the Chaldean goddess of heaven (“Ishtar” in Assyrian).
But, how could this be true? In the infancy of Christianity, less than 300 years after Christ’s death, in order to make the true faith more appealing to the heathen, the Romans (who adopted Christianity as the official religion of the Roman empire) renamed many of the pagan holidays, celebrations, rites and even deities, and reassigned them to the Christian faith. Not one of these was instituted by Christ or His Father. These pagan influences and even doctrines (such as “immortality of the soul”) have remained firmly embedded in many churches throughout the last almost 2,000 years.
But are these practices and doctrines acceptable to God? He always expressly forbade any union of his people with anyone or anything that was pagan or contrary to His Word. Yet, today, after the blood, sweat and tears of the faithful throughout the ages who literally gave their lives to preserve the purity of the faith, those who call themselves by His Name are not turning to the pure faith- they are instead uniting with those they know to be in error: ”
Let’s unite on points of common agreement to preach the Word of God throughout the world”.
Is this what we are to do? No- read the following carefully:
2CO 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
The time is at hand for the final events to occur, and they will NOT occur as is popularly believed. While the so-called Christian community is uniting not only with each other but with other religions, those who “know their God shall be strong and do exploits” (Dan 11:32). They will understand and honor God’s requirement to:
Be … not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2CO 6:14). T
he last call of mercy to man from God is to “come out”:
REV 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Those who heed the call and “come out” of “Babylon” will be those who finally demonstrate that God’s Law IS the only standard of righteousness. They will be surrounded by a world professing a “Christianity” that is not based on God’s Word, but on the doctrines of men and demons. They alone will receive the seal of God while the rest of the world receives the mark of the beast; therefore, they can neither buy nor sell. They will be disfellowshipped from their churches, and finally deemed worthy of death by those who claim to be “of God”:
JOH 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
But don’t be alarmed at this prospect. For when these things come to pass,
“…look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luk 21:28).
The long, wearisome and dangerous journey from Babel to the last Babylon will finally be over.