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Come Out Of Her, My People!

By Watchman | February 13, 2013

And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.  For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”  (Revelation 18: 4-5)

          Revelation 18 refers to a political Babylon that will be in some way powerful during the tribulation period, so the above scripture is actually a reference to end-time events.  The “her” (Babylon) that is spoken of references some sort of world system or structure that is opposed to God and to all people that belong to Him.    However, as the Lord has been showing me this verse repeatedly for a while now, I have come to realize that like most of the Bible, there is an application to those of  us who are believers right now.  God’s message is clear.   Too many of us are succumbing to the world system–we are exhorted to live in the world, but not to be of the world.

     Brothers and sisters, our world is changing so rapidly that many people don’t know how to cope with it.  Some are being swept away by the lulling thought that wrong is a judgment, and therefore no wrong exists, except paradoxically in condemning sin.  Some of these people sit in church pews each Sunday, yet refuse to accept the laws and commandments God has set upon His people.  Many prefer to memorize only a few out-of-context scriptures that present God as weak and all-accepting.    Some are trying to fight back against the tide of unrighteousness that seems to be overpowering us:  fighting against the rise of anti-Christian and anti-Jewish sentiment that the world is fast embracing; fighting against liberal policies that will bankrupt and weaken our nations; fighting against the rise of Islam and shariah law in the US as well as all around Europe.  Well, my friends, this is indeed a time to stand against the enemy, but we need to make certain that we fight our battles in the correct manner.    A few thoughts:

1)  We cannot fight anger with anger.  Anger, unless it is truly righteous anger,  is of the world; it is not of God.  Can righteous anger be expressed as obscenities or with crude language?  “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues !”  It is so easy to fall into the trap of feeling great fury towards those who stand in opposition to us!  John said that we are not to marvel if the world hates us (1 John 3:13)…and if we shouldn’t marvel at it, then we shouldn’t let it upset us.  Although we may feel it necessary to stand up to powers and principalities that are setting ungodly and unjust or tyrannical policies, we need to remember as we do so that our greatest duty is to show those around us the light of Christ.  What and how we say what we need to say matters!  It matters that we show unbelievers and the undecided that we love them and want their salvation even as we chastise them for ungodly behavior.  It matters that we model the holiness and righteousness to which God has called us.  If we do, then there will be those who having been blinded by the god of this world, will behold the Lamb of God.  Satan’s hold on them may be broken.

And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death–Rev. 12: 11

2)  We cannot fight evil if we compromise with it at home.  “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues!”  Even we believers seem constantly to flirt with the edges of evil.  We condemn what is evil in the world, then spend spare time reading books that glorify unrestrained sex, revenge and violence.  We watch movies that  drip blood and vitriol and mock the very name of God, and allow our children to watch this filth even as we encourage them to pray and worship the Lord.  We often spend more time listening to pastors who tell us of all God wants us to have than to God telling us all He wants us to be.  We fool ourselves into believing that because we are believers in Christ all our resentments against others are in some way sanctified and made holier than other people’s resentments.  We even can discover within ourselves a kind of spiritual conceit because we have obtained the salvation of our Lord–the same salvation He offers to every person who repents and calls upon His name.  “Come out of her, My people!”  We are called by His name, and that requires us to not only believe, but to live in and for Him.  It requires that we heed His voice and search our hearts, our minds and our homes for those places that need to be cleansed and renewed.  Evil must be countered with good; filth with purity.

3)  We cannot fight the battles we are choosing to fight against the “powers and principalities” by our own strength or in our own names.  The battle is God’s; we are His agents.  We fight by the power of His might and in the protection of His name.  We can sign petitions and partake in demonstrations–there’s nothing wrong with joining together with other like-minded people to try to change the trend of an ever degenerating culture.  However, when we forget who we are really fighting and Who we are really fighting for, then we become only another end of the same secular spectrum, and all our works will be as dust.  “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues!”  We cannot fight the spiritual Babylon by behaving as the world does, but by putting on

“the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”–Ephesians 6: 13-17

     One day we will all–good or evil, saved or unsaved–stand before God and receive His judgments.  Those of us who love Jesus and are saved will walk with Him in eternal glory; those of us who reject Him will be cast into hell and will never see the glory of God.  Surely the most important thing we can be doing in these tumultuous, chaotic days is reintroducing Christ to our fallen and lost society.  We must preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus; His life, death, resurrection and atonement for our sins.  We must preach His love, His mercy, His holiness and His judgments.  We must live as Paul tells us we must, as “ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us:  we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  (2 Corinthians 5: 20-21)    If we are truly children of the Most High, then it is time to be heeding His call:  Come out of the world, my children!

Maranatha!

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5 Responses to “Come Out Of Her, My People!”

  1. Shirley Says:
    February 14th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    It’s quite a “balancing act”, is it not, to be in the world, but not of it. This is where I remind myself: “I can do all things, through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” Thank you for this timely message, Watchman!

  2. Susan Says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Word! May God forgive us for the times that all of us will invariably, at times, fall short. Excellent Melissa and an on time blog! Thank you for it.

  3. Mike Says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Myself I see Babylon or mystery Babylon as the church who has presented herself as a harlot to the world leaders so she can be placed in a position of high esteem. Look at what is being preached now in a lot of them, Gay Rights, not love the sinner but hate the sin but acceptence of the sin. They are preaching that if you are not rich and famous you must not be in God’s favor. It could go on and on. Some times we just have come out of her for if you stay they will throw you out. Judgement begins in the house of God first. this doesn’t mean not to go to any church but to know where their heart really is, with God or with the political system.

  4. Watchman Says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    You’re correct, Mike, that there is going to be an end-times spiritual Babylon, and yes, we can see the forerunner of it now. However, there also appears to be a very real political Babylon as well…my guess is we can also see the forerunners of this too!

  5. Robert Says:
    February 16th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Excellent and timely read. What is it, “The ax is at the foot“. The threshing floor is in use in these last days.
    Unless we stay focused on GOD and keep an open ear like you obviously do Melissa we will have big problems.

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