PSALM 85:1-2 Lord, You have at last been favorable and have dealt graciously with Your land of Canaan). You have brought back (from Babylon) the captives of Jacob. 2. You have forgiven and taken the iniquity of Your people, You have covered all their sin. Selah (pause and calmly realize what that means)! Amp.
Babylon – c) confusion, to overflow, to mix, fodder.
Captive – d) One held in confinement, prisoner.
The Lord is so merciful and full of compassion always desiring to set us free from any captivity we may be entangled in. His suffering paid the complete price for our forgiveness. The only reason that it might not flow to us, is because of us. He dealt with the Israelites in the days of Jeremiah in the same fashion, but let them be taken captive by the enemy. Why?
They did not believe that He would ever let their beautiful temple be destroyed by an enemy like Nebuchadnezzar. They needed to experience being unprotected before they could regain their thanksgiving. Their hearts had become hard and insensitive to the Lord. He knew what would bring about the change they needed so He let them be taken captive. It would lead them to repentance. He did it for their good.
Revelation 18:1 Then I saw another angel descending from heaven, possessing great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his radiance and splendor. 2. And he shouted with a mighty voice, She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons, a dungeon haunted by every loathsome spirit…
3. Because all nations have drunk the wine of her passionate unchastity, and the rulers and leaders of the earth have joined with her in committing fornication (idolatry)…
4. I then heard another voice from heaven saying, COME OUT FROM HER, MY PEOPLE, SO THAT YOU MAY NOT SHARE IN HER SINS, NEITHER PARTICIPATE IN HER PLAGUES.
What is the Babylon of today? Babylon in the days of Nebuchadnezzar was known to be the seat of idolatry. Israel was put in the midst of worshippers of other gods. If they stayed true to Jehovah, they suffered like Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego. It was a test for them all.
The Babylon of today is still a place of idolatry. We must examine our hearts continually to see if there is anything that we put before the Lord. It can be family, career, sports and entertainment or self will. If Jesus is not on the throne of your heart, then who is? Who do you obey? This does not mean when you say the wrong thing or slip, but your lifestyle. Who do you serve?
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness– right doing and right standing with God
The scripture is saying to obey the Lord is the only way to sanctification.
The definition of Babylon is mixture and confusion. If you mix Christianity with the world you will end up confused and in Babylon. The other definition is to overflow. Many churches have this mixture and they overflow with attendance. A full Church is not necessarily proof of holiness. The food they preach may not be for sheep, but cattle. You will not be fed what you need but will end up in idolatry like the preacher. Ezekiel 44:12 (became a stumbling block of iniquity… They shall not come near Me…)
This is very serious. Rev.14:8-11 tells the punishment for Babylon. It clearly sounds like the worst punishment there is. “The smoke of their torment ascends forever, no pause if you pay homage to the beast.” Who do you love or worship, that is who you will serve. If you love Jesus more than anything, your actions will prove it. You will not be happy away from Him. All you want is more of Him because you love Him. He deserves the first place in our hearts and lives and will have it.
He knows how to pull His own out of Babylon and show them mercy. Once His people taste of the plagues they will come running back to His arms in repentance. And He will lovingly take them back and remove their sins as far as the east is from the west. He will forgive them!