Babylon Rising

Now I know that the Bible says that Babylon is fallen in Revelations 18.

Revelation 18:1-3 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.

For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

 

But in order for Babylon to fall, it must rise. And the time of its ascension is now, right before our eyes. As I said before, we must go to the origin of something to find out whether it is good or evil. Babylon began from the tower of Babel. Yes, it all began when they decided to build a tower to the sky and make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:1-4). Why? Because they feared the flood might strike again even though God promised with the sign of a rainbow that he will never destroy the earth again with a flood (Genesis 9:11-15).

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The beginning of Babylon sought to have a sense of independance from God. To be sustained apart from Him, much like todays world. Everyone is chasing something to replace God. Unfortunately, those people get into a trap because nothing can replace the Creator. Nothing in all creation can replace the Most High.

Then we fast forward to the time in Daniel 2 when King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a statue. Daniel not only told him the dream but also the interpretation. The statue had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay mixed. The interpretation was that the head of gold was Babylon which would only last until the next kingdom (represented by silver) would come and rule the land. The interpretation was that there were three kingdoms that would take over the Israelites land.

But here’s the strange thing that occurred, in Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered that a giant statue of pure gold be made and set up in the sight of all the people. When they made all times of music, everyone had to bow down and worship the image. What was the image? The image of pure gold represented the everlasting kigdom of Babylon! King Nebuchadnezzar completely ignored the warning that came via a dream which stated that his kingdom would soon end. Rather he ordered everyone to worship the illusion that the kingdom would last forever. Nebuchadnezzars actions were a purposeful disregard of Gods words!

This is the Babylon Rising! It is a direct attack on Gods word and His Holy Scriptures. Everything that is evil in this world is not a random shot in the dark but an intentional blasphemy against the Most High. Slowly but surely, lawlessness is spreading like wildfire and the church are accepting it with open arms. There are many things that the church are allowing in that is a direct attack against the scriptures. The modern day church is so ignorant of the bible that they dont even see the attack. Without knowledge, people perish and this is what is making the church so vulnerable to the seductive attacks of the world.

Be on your guard, do not be led astray by the imagery of Babylon. Do not be a part of them rather be apart from them.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
Be separate from the world, stick to the Word. Know the truth, spend time in the truth. Do not be led astray, our redemption is nearer now more than ever. Now is not the time to give up our faith rather it is the time to hold on to Jesus even more. Christ is coming soon. Remember the statue! A rock not made from human hands struck the statue and an everlasting Kingdom shall remain. The Kingdom of Christ is coming, now’s the time to choose a side. You can’t afford to sit on the fence. You can’t afford to be partakers of evil. Come out of Babylon and be separate!

Pastors & Wolves

Ever since I could remember, pastors have been held in high prestige. Nobody really knows why. Do they? We all assume that since he is dressed in a dignified and religious way, respect is due to him. A pastor is defined by what church he belongs to or what clothes he wears. However, we live in a time where if a pastor drives a Mercedes, wears expensive suits, lives in a mansion and travels all over the world, such a pastor was successful and would be extremely close to God. The problem is, you can’t use materialistic wealth to be an indicator of spiritual intimacy. There are rich people who have no clue of Jesus. Satan himself offered Jesus all the riches of the world so wealth cannot be an indicator of whether someone is right with God. Neither are gifts. Gifts are given and they are irrevocable. God doesn’t take a gift back because a pastor is living in sin. He may lose his purpose but not his gifts. It is very disturbing to belong to a church whose pastor delivers good sermons and heals the sick but is extremely far from God.

A pastor receives double honour on earth but double accountability on Judgment day.

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1 Peter 5:1 As a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.…

Therefore, being a pastor should be a pleasure to you and not a burden. Pastorship becomes a burden when the focus is no longer on Jesus but on other things. Most pastors are after money, fame and materialistic wealth. When this happens, services become a show, sermons become a speech, churches become a theatre and congregations become an audience. 


Case Study 1

A pastor had a woman going through a divorce in his church. She asked him to pray for her. He told her that in order for her to be free from her husband, he must pray for her while she was naked in a shower. He told her, she needs to be baptized from her husband.

Is such a thing even mentioned in the Bible?


When the attention is no longer on Jesus and the flock, the church suffers. People will go astray, those who need to be set free continue in their sin and many are hurt. Many leave the church and join another while others never go back to church at all. I had the privilege to invite someone to church who had never attended a service in ten years! The whole point of church is to fellowship among believers so that our faith may be edified. The church was never intended for you to sit in the pews and warm the seats! Most pastors today entertain his guests so that they just sit in the pews and pay their tithes. No one ever grows and the pastor enjoys the money. The whole purpose of the pastor is to equip the saints to do the works of services.

Ephesians 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

Healing the sick isn’t only supposed to be done by pastors but by EVERY CHRISTIAN. Pastors don’t want you to know this because it’s bad for business.


Case Study 2

A pastor was preaching excellent messages at the pulpit. It was found that his sermons were rather similar. With investigation, it was found that his sermons were the exact imitation of sermons of some pastors on Youtube.

If your pastor is not spending time with God and studying the Word, how can you listen to someone like that?


Most people will back a pastor up no matter what. It’s not about taking sides with the pastor. The pastor never died for you. You need to be on the side of the truth. If the pastor is wrong, he must repent and continue in the work. If he persists in his disobedience, then he must be removed from his position before sin becomes acceptable. It is Jesus we must worship, not a man! An unrepentant pastor will lead a church that remains unrepentant. An ungodly leader of an assembly will eventually have an ungodly assembly. 


Case Study 3

There was a pastor who also had a day job. He was interviewing candidates and if they were female, he would give them the job for sexual favours. One night at a hotel, he had a heart attack while he was doing the deed. The story leaked out into the newspapers and it became a scandal.


Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits…

There are three types of people: 

  1. Those who bear good fruit
  2. Those who bear bad fruit
  3. And those who bear no fruit

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If your pastor is not involved in the following in your church, it could mean he is a money-hungry false prophet or he ain’t got a clue on what the Bible is talking about:

  • Preaching the truthful Gospel
  • Helping the poor
  • Evangelism
  • Prison ministry
  • Hospital visitations
  • Helping widows and orphans
  • Helping the community

If your pastor is involved in these activities, then he is probably a false prophet:

  • Preaches prosperity and success in worldly things
  • Condones homosexuality and abortions
  • Preaches only about tithes
  • Has a lot of fundraisers
  • Preaches Motivation instead of repentance
  • Refrains from sermons that talk about hell and end times
  • Glamourises worldly ambitions
  • Refuses to accept he is wrong when he is wrong

So may you pray before you join a church and be discerning of what is preached on the pulpit for deception is a sugary snack that everyone indulges in upon.

The Secret To Happiness

Did you know that for every 40 seconds that passes by, someone has committed suicide? In that same 40 seconds, 20 people have attempted it. This means that in the past 24 hours, 2160 people have died because they wanted to. What does that say about the state of minds people are in? Something happened in their minds to make that decision. Something went wrong.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

If we keep our trust in Christ, we will have peace of mind. Our state of mind depends on where our mind is and determines whether we are happy or not. Our happiness is dependant on two things:

Who we believe in

Who we believe we are

We must be careful about what we think. Most of the times the devil comes and tells us lies. And then he stops because we are telling ourselves these lies and he doesn’t need to do it anymore. Satan is like a DJ, it’s the same lies over and over again. He justs adjust the beats and the flanger. When you were in school, you worried about what subjects to chose, what career you must choose to accept. You fear to be an outcast or losing friends. Remember, if you are an outcast, it’s just a reminder that you are unique. When you get to your last year of high school, you worry about failing, you worry if you will be accepted into colleges. When you get to college, you worry about paying the fees and whether you’ll pass. You worry if you will ever get a job after getting a degree. And when you eventually get a job, you worry about making it to the end of the month. Will you afford this or that? You then worry about retirement and old age. You then look back on your life, what did you do with? Your life was one big worry! You never enjoyed it!


There was once an owner of a refrigeration repair company who was always negative. He never had anything good to say. One Friday afternoon, he walked into a refrigerator and someone closed the door behind him. He was locked in and the company was never opened during the weekend. Trapped inside, he told himself that he was going to die here. He sat in the corner and told himself that he was going to freeze to death. Logically, the human body produces heat. instead of sitting down and doing nothing he could have walked around and created heat energy to survive. Monday morning, the staff found his frozen body in a foetal position in the corner of the refrigerator. Which is strange because that refrigerator came there for repairs, it wasn’t working! He lied to himself and therefore died…


The devil likes to come with his friends. Friends like Fear, Doubt, Worry, Stress, Depression, Hopelessness and Anxiety. These friends like to play with your head. A lot! But here’s the remedy…

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

So what is the secret to happiness? The Bible has the answers. All of it! What is the basis of our happiness? Is it in that job? You can change careers at any time. You can lose that job. WIll you be happy when you retire? Is it your relationship? Did you know that it takes 17 months and 26 days to get over somebody? Did you that when you get burnt, there is a certain network of nerves in your brain that get activated? Those same nerves get activated when you face rejection. Relationships will never make you happy if it is your source of happiness. So you cannot have your happiness in something temporary, it must be in something eternal.

Colossians 3:2

 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

We cannot have our minds adjusted to this world. We have to keep our happiness in higher things, in that way we will never be disappointed.

Doxology

A form of liturgy, doxology is a set of hymns that must be sung by the congregation as this is required by God. Liturgy comes from the Greek word ‘leitourgia‘ which means “the work of the people”. Doxology, on the other hand derives from old Jewish traditions. Hence that concludes that doxology is a works doctrine as opposed to grace. Liturgy came into the Church through John Calvin, one of the reformers who brought the Calvinism heresy.

What’s wrong with Liturgy?

It’s religion, not relationship. It’s just a bunch of actions that must be repeated. Hence, the heart is not in it and since this deed is done, one would think that they are close to God. It’s almost pharisaical. A following of a law.

David would not tell us anything about Liturgy. He praised worshiped God with all his heart irrespective of what people said. Those who despised him were severely punished.

The Bible says that we must shout for joy. Verse page

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Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

And to dance… Psa 68:3

But the righteous shall be glad; they shall rejoice before God; they shall dance with joy.

And sing a new song, I mean why not?Psa 96:1

Sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

 

There’s nothing wrong with hymns but by golly! We serve such an amazing God, how can we have a funeral service every Sunday? Come on! I would rather rejoice in praises unto God because He went all radical to save me. I would go deep into worship to glorify His Holy name because He went deep into the pit to redeem me. I will not be led and controlled by man made doctrine and rituals. I will live to please God. So may you live for Christ, whether you are singing ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Reckless Love’. Just remember to worship Him in spirit and in Truth….