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Even the King of Babylon Dies

Dec
23
2014

The Bible study for today, taken from Isaiah 14:16, make some important statements about the coming Antichrist. From the context we learn that Antichrist will be indwelt by Lucifer, and is identified as the king of Babylon.

 

When this terrifying, deified, horror of a man is killed, the world will gain perspective, realizing that at the end of the day, humans are just humans. They do not have powers that last beyond their grave. Once her soul is committed to hell, there is no need to be afraid of them. While there are alive, they may terrify everyone, and seem unstoppable, but once they’re dead, they’re dead.

 

The words used in the text make it clear that those that look on the carcass of the king of Babylon will suddenly become aware of what defines being human. They will also gain perspective on the limits of power. It will finally occur to them how important it is to honor God and not those that try to supplant Him. It is the death of the king of Babylon that causes the earth to learn a lesson.

 

This is not at all a surprise to the child of God who studies the Word of God. God uses everything for the benefit of His children. Not only will the saints of God in heaven rejoice over the destruction of the Man of Sin, there is benefit derived from it. In this situation those still living on the earth, having survived the destruction that the king of Babylon wreaked upon them, and having survived the multiple disasters that God sent to purify and cleanse the earth, will learn an important lesson in leadership and politics. God is not a man. God alone is to be honored. God alone is to be revered. Anyone that claims to have answers outside of God has no right to be in leadership.

God’s Spirit Poured Out

Oct
12
2011

Today’s devotions centered around the famous and often misused verse, Joel 2:28. The context is how things are going to be in the Millennium, after Christ has completed his all out warfare campaign to take over the Earth.

The world has sold itself to the Devil and all that is wicked, even though it does not have the right to do so. The world stands for everything that is against God.

Mankind fully believes that sin is a luxury and privilege.  Christianity is a religion of sinful privilege, instead of a religion of separation from sin as taught in the Scriptures. As such, Churches flaunt their lack of interest in Spiritual matters and laws of Scripture for that which is sinful and condemned by God. They claim they “live by grace” but have no grace, because they have no boundaries as set forth by their Creator.

So, once there is a very bitter military campaign to take the world over again, and most of the population of the world will be killed, and the only people left are those that accept God, His Word, His salvation, and His Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit will be poured out on all.

Now the verse is very clear that this pouring out of God’s Spirit is on all creatures. Wild animals are wild because they have no spirit in them. They are just bodies controlled by lust and appetite. They have no sense of right or wrong or any sense of boundaries. It is what the world seeks to become: Human wild animals! But, just as a rabid animal has to be executed, all that adopt such thinking have to be executed as well.

But, the indication of the pouring out of all of God’s Spirit will be seen in the social changes. This verse is everything but what the Pentecostal and Charismatic cults have done with the verse! Society will be so different that the younger folks will go about proclaiming God’s word. Instead of being out there to play and abuse themselves and all they meet, they will be studying the Scriptures and going about preaching what they learn!

Next the elderly will be very energetic and full of vigor, so that they are able to dream about things, and act as if they are youngsters. The point being, instead of becoming sedentary and very weak as they age, they will remain vigorous, active and full of energy and enthusiasm.

And thirdly, the younger men will be full of vision about how things need to be and in full awareness of how to accomplish what needs to be done. The contrast is the younger men of today who are impetuous, and do things without an awareness of what they are really doing.

Those who are the true believer in God, His Son, and His redemption, are given the Holy Spirit to help them learn and develop. There are very few today that have the Holy Spirit of God indwelling them. In the future, once the world is forced to comply with God, the Spirit of God will be on all creatures of the world. “Worldliness” will be done, and gone. Wholesomeness, vitality, energy, and awareness will the norm!

So, come Lord Jesus! Lets get started!