WHAT IS MEANT BY BABYLONIAN ADULTERIES?
The total lack of spiritual insight makes people wrongly conclude that Babylon is a woman and a prostitute at that! What’s more? It seems to give them an excuse to wield it as a weapon before the ‘hapless’ woman and unleash their persecution on her even more aggressively!
Truth is that Babylon represents a people – a people who have strayed from their God even though they would like to boast otherwise (Isa 47:8, Jn 8:41), for appearances sake! This means, they are a people who though knowing their God have willfully chosen to break faith with Him for the temporal glory and riches of this world.
Their ‘god’ is the ‘prince of this world’ (Jn 14:30, Rev 17:18) who expresses himself through men, also known as the anti-Christs or false prophets (eg. Matt 24:24).
In summation, Babylon is the exact anti-thesis of Zion. As such, she represents all that is visibly and therefore directly opposite to the ‘One and Only Bride of the Lamb’ – who is, strictly speaking, presently ‘an unidentifiable people’ waiting to be revealed as the true children (or sons) of God at the Second Coming of the Lord (Rom 8:19-21).
In order to understand Babylon as a ‘city’ (Rev 17:18), as a harlot (Rev 17:1b), as a desecration of all that is holy and true (Rev 17:3-6a), as a desolate woman of illegitimate children (Hos 5:7), it is important we also understand Zion, her antithesis:
Zion is the spiritual City being built by God. Also called the holy City of New Jerusalem! It is the future Dwelling or the Temple of God, hence also called Mount Zion or Mountain of God (Heb 12:22-24).
Why future? Because, it is there the redeemed of the Lord shall be united to Him to dwell with Him forever (Rev 21:2). Then the Lord God Himself, the Creator of the heavens and the earth will be their God and they will be called His people (Ezek 37:27, Rev 21:3).
The herald of Gospel from the beginning has pointed to this ‘Bride to be’ (Gen 2:21-22), symbolically, the Female brought forth from the Male (Gen 1:26-28), the Bride brought forth from her Husband. That is, a people brought forth from the Lord Himself by the shedding of His own Blood or by His sleeping the brief sleep of death as it was portrayed in Gen 2:21-22 and fulfilled on the cross at Golgotha.
Collectively they are called the Bride because they are a people who remain in Him (Jn 15:1-4) and do not break faith with Him or are not estranged from Him. (Hence the Spiritual connotations ascribed to it as the holy Betrothal that leads to the truly and only holy Wedding, the Wedding of the Lamb.) Refer Isa 62:4. And how?
Having first received the Word of God, they have been washed by His holy Blood. Thus having been reconciled to God, they are those who persevere in the Word by their perfect obedience to it. Lastly, they pay the price willingly (Lk 14:33-35), no matter what it takes, to hold on and grow into the radiance of His surpassing holiness by the counsel of the Holy Spirit.
Since the progression of time, this is how the redeemed of the Lord, His faithful people, have been steadily rallying to His side in readiness for the Soon Coming Wedding of the Lamb.
AND THIS IS WHY THEY ARE UNIDENTIFIABLE BECAUSE ONLY THEY THAT REMAIN FIRM TO THE END MAKE THE LIST (Matt 10:22b, Rev 2:10b).
Let us also understand that it is because man began to distort the Word of God, words such as Betrothal, Wedding, Husband and Bride took on their fleshly implications so that it almost becomes difficult to drive home the Truth which is exactly to the CONTRARY!! (This is one of the innumerable instances of how their teachings ‘of mixed wine’ take away their understanding and bring them to ruin. Let us be warned!)
She is, therefore, the twice redeemed of the Lord (Isa 11:11-10-16) – both, the Daughter of Zion and the holy Bride of the Lamb. For God is both her Creator and Redeemer, her Father and her Husband. Symbolically, it means, He is the Rock who brought her forth (Isa 51:1) and the God who will give her birth (Isa 42:13-14). Also read Deut 32:18, Isa 66:7-10 etc.
THE CONTRASTING PICTURES:
Indeed what a contrasting picture the two present!
One, the harlot, unfaithful and false, full of the lies, the blasphemies and the adulteries of the ‘beast’ or ‘man’ she serves, having deserted her Husband and her God.
Other, the holy Bride, faithful and true, full of the surpassing righteousness of God, having been sustained and trained by the Holy Spirit.
THE BABYLONIAN ADULTERIES:
It becomes easier to learn and understand ‘Babylonian’ adulteries in this backdrop. But before that, to those who are not aware, the word ‘adultery’ is a Spiritually symbolic word, meaning ‘UNFAITHFULNESS’. For, they are the obvious fruits by which we may recognize them and steer clear of them.
Because, the Spirit of God has consistently warned His people of her and even now continues to do so just as this article will testify. “………’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; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”(Rev 18:4) :
1. Adultery no.1 in spiritual language is called the “Yeast of the Pharisees” (Matt 16:6 & 12b). It means ‘false teachings’, and it includes every single LIE out there in the world.
This is the time-immemorial adultery of man, introduced by the very first ‘man’.
The end-result, the large number of so-called ‘holy scriptures’ that are out there, carefully dated for ‘posterity’s sake’ and vying with one another to supersede the ETERNAL Word of God!
Which means we will have to be taught not by men but by God (Jn 6:44-45). Remember, this is the reason He poured out His Spirit upon us (Jn 14:15-18 & 26-27, Jn 16:8 & 13-15 etc.).
2. Adultery no.2 in spiritual language is called the “Mammon” (Lk 16:13). It means ‘money’ or the wealth of this world. The Word of God clearly establishes “You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Lk 16:13b)
The end-result, the thriving business world out there which seeks to govern even the tiniest fragment of human existence!
To think that the ‘naked’ man assumes he has the right to buy or sell anything when in reality for his own very life he is dependent on God and which life is given to him, as also all His other bountiful gifts, absolutely freely! (Read Matt 10:8b, “Freely you have received, freely give.”)
From fund-raisings to trading everything (even Spiritual gifts) for money to soliciting the help of man in any nature – all sacrilegious acts of putting one’s trust in the fellow-man are as accursed as the evil spirits which inspire them (Jer 17:5, Mic 3:11, Acts 8:18-20 etc.). Not to mention the hoarding of wealth (Jas 5:3). Yet, today they have become part of everybody’s personal and religious identity – Christian or not!
Because of it, it is written, God will pay her back double for what she has done, and make her drink from her own cup (Rev 18:6) so that she will find that all the wealth she amassed, unjustly and depriving the poor of God, will not suffice to pay for her ransom. She will be meted out as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself (Rev 18:7a). She will be destroyed, never to be found again (Rev 18:21)!
3. Adultery no.3 in spiritual language is called the “spirit of prostitution” (Hos 4:12b). It means to worship the created beings or created things rather than the Creator (Rom 1:21-25).
Again, this was first introduced into the human world by the first man himself (Gen 2:23). It is the ultimate height of unfaithfulness to God. It is the very act of estrangement from God.
And the end-result, the thriving number of religions out there!
From the first piling up of a religious tower to heaven (Gen 11:4) to the consequential piling up of their sins up to heaven (Rev 18:5), the unfaithful lot has indeed come a long way!
For, this is what the Balaams and the Jezebels of this world do – who are none other than the evil prophets of Babylon – whether in Christendom or outside! Even among the so-called non-religious or the ‘atheists’, if you will! For the spirit of atheism is in itself the said spirit of prostitution.
4. Adultery no.4 in spiritual language is called the outnumbering “children of the desolate woman” (Isa 54:1b). It means children of the one without the Husband, and the sheer strength of their number (Rev 20:8b).
Yes, they are those that rely on their numbers. They enter into all sorts of evil alliances to seemingly enhance their power, their ‘fleshly’ defense!
The end-result, the flaunting display of their strength, their affluence and their might. Be it by their mega events, conventions, rallies, processions, marches, the likes or be it by their military – for theirs is the law of intimidation and oppression; the law of here and now; the jungle law of carnal roots.
The Word of God has clearly established, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.” (Zech 4:6). In fact, as it states in Isa 54:1 referred to above, contrary to Babylon, Zion presently depicts the ‘barren woman’.
Just as Jesus testifies, it is the Spirit who gathers (Jn 3:8) and “Where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them.” Indeed, “Flesh and blood cannot not inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Cor 15:50).
5. Adultery no.5 in spiritual language is called the “city of bloodshed” (Hab 2:12).
It means “There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.” (Hos 4:2).
The end-result, their cities, their empires are built by blood-shed and though each in turn perish one after the other, also by bloodshed, they never learn.
FOR THEY REMAIN HELL-BENT IN FOLLOWING THE PATH OF VIOLENCE THAT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY THE FIRST OF THEIR WAYWARD SONS (Gen 4:8).
Even though the Word of God continues to warn, “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime!” (Hab 2:12), “…For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” (Matt 26:52) etc.! Just as It had warned the first son (Gen 4:7)!
Therefore, “In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.” (Rev 18:24).
6. Adultery no.6 in spiritual language is called the “divided kingdom” (Matt 12:25-26).
What this means has been to an extent explained in my previous post. However, suffice it to know that a kingdom divided against itself will most definitely fall!
This explains why every kingdom, every business empire, every family of whatever renown on the earth fall, no matter to what heights they grow in their time! Likewise, Babylon’s fall will also be wrought by the very ‘man’ or as the Word of God calls him, ‘the beast’, she serves! (Rev 17:15-17)
No false semblance of unity they arrive at by their unholy treaties will last. Instead, in the end they will recoil on them and bring about their end. And so it will be with the ‘beast’ and all his unholy allies too (Rev 19:19-21).
7. Adultery no.7 in spiritual language is called “drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus” (Rev 17:6a).
It means her sustained persecution and murder of the godly. Remember, she did not even spare the Son of God!
It includes the slavery and persecution of God’s first chosen people, the people of Israel. From its inception to this date it continues, and so it will continue until at last God will bring forth a remnant out of her who will be made untouchable, and who will once again be nurtured and nourished in the wilderness in every manner to survive the terrible times to come (Rev 12:13-16).
Likewise, it includes and will include all the saints of God – all those who obey God’s commandments and hold on to the testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17). “Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his Master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed My teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of My Name, for they do not know the One who sent Me.” (Jn 15:20-21).
And, “He who has ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.” (Rev 13:9-10)
However, just as it has been prophesied of old of Babylon, she will finally be meted out her punishment! For example, refer Gen 9:5. “And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah…..” (Matt 23:35).
That is right, from A to Z, God will Himself avenge the blood of His saints (Heb 10:30-31, Rev 6:10), of every single one of them.
No matter how people go about concealing their true affiliations, God will expose them. And He will bring it to pass by exposing their adulteries which will ultimately climax into the open worship of the ‘beast’ by them. “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” (Rev 13:8).