The Wine of Babylon Versus The Blood of Jesus
The saving of souls is to be our occupation and how to become saved ourselves comes by understanding what the Word says. The purpose of humanity is to do the will of the Father, to know by experience the things that we are meant to do in these very last days. Two weeks ago I knocked on a door and did some mechanical work for a Pastor. I asked him what he thought about the 1888 message. He replied ‘I don’t care about the past, all I care about is what happens tomorrow!’ and with these words he closed the conversation and we parted. I was bewildered by his response because the past in Bible history is the key that munlocks what we are to do today and tomorrow.
We know from the scripture that Jesus learned by the things which He suffered and so humanity as a whole is to learn from the things that we have suffered as a race. With this in mind, consider the ancient days. There was Babylon a mighty nation which did evil in the sight of the Lord and the evil reached up to heaven. Jeremiah goes into the detail of the destruction of Babylon and this object lesson is very appropriate for our day. In Jeremiah we can compare scripture with scripture to find our way through the records of Biblical history. Jeremiah wrote in a book of all the evil that should come upon Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far [are] the words of Jeremiah.
The stone was to be dropped into the river and as the stone sunk into the waters so Babylon is to sink and not rise.
Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Are these two texts related? Indeed they are. These two texts say as ancient Babylon was plunged, so in like manner modern Babylon will plunge. For us to learn what happened to Babylon and to see the timing of the Lord in destroying Babylon, it will give us a great sense of where we live today. History will give us an appreciation of today and tomorrow. This Babylon that will be plunged like a millstone into the water and that was plunged in the days of old and there was a warning given;
Jeremiah 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this [is] the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.
The warning was given – flee out of the midst of her. This is your warning too. If you are in the millstone, you will be plunged.
Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon [hath been] a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. 51:9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up [even] to the skies.
Ancient Babylon is clearly the parallel for today. The vengeance of his temple. You see into his call to go to your own country and to leave Babylon as the Lord has brought forth our righteousness to declare. Those that left Babylon, their righteousness was being revealed and so history plays before our mind today and tomorrow. The Lord can bring our righteousness to shine today before the whole earth. The Lord raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes. The army of the Medes and the Persians marched in 539 in the spirit and as they marched the rumour came that they are coming. The rumour went of the destruction of Babylon before it took place;
Jeremiah 51:45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD. 51:46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come [one] year, and after that in [another] year [shall come] a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
The army started marching in the spring of 539 and didn’t they stop marching until the spring of the following year. The first march that the Medes made started a warning that they were coming. The scripture says a rumour shall come and then another. There was a one year period before the Medes were marching, before Babylon fell and the second rumour if not heeded would prove the ruin of the people. The first was a preparation the second was a reality.
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
What happened in 1844? The first rumour. Babylon of old had warning before her destruction (a year before for preparation) and here we have the first rumour Babylon is fallen is fallen.
The experience of the early Adventists in 1888 is most vital for our salvation because it had the ground plan for leaving Babylon. We hear the messages for leaving Babylon in our church which was proclaimed since the mid 1900’s and it’s not a new message. We hear the message Babylon is fallen is fallen. The first was a rumour but the second was a reality. If you did not head the second rumour, that was to your ruin.
Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Do you know there is a time difference between these angels? If we don’t listen to this angel it will be to our ruin if we don’t learn in a few short months preparation time is coming to a close, Babylon is to be judged, and the fall of Babylon. The preparation call happened in 1844 and we live now in the time of Revelation 18. How wide spread will the ruin be? Does it affect us here in Australia? Babylon is taught to be the Catholic Church. Are we are directly affected by this and how wide spread is this ruin? The answer to this is answered in the second question how much does she control? How far does her judgment extend and how many are made drunk with her wine?
Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies..
This is a reality today you see the tide of wealth is rising and everyone in the boat is floating but when the tide recedes all the boats will drop. When this stone is plunged into the water all nations – how far will her ruin be? All nations have drunk of it.
Revelation 17:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
This is speaking of her with whom the kings have committed fornication and the inhabitants of this earth. Are you an inhabitant? Well this message concerns you. The message that Jeremiah gave concerned everyone that had to do with Babylon. The message had to do with the inhabitants of the earth but really I think of the earth and I think of very different nations and cultures and how they all can have been partaking of this one thing? The Islamic world is different to the Christian world and then you have the non religious world that is just in temporal gain. What do we read?
Revelation 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Babylon was divided into three parts and in those parts the cities of the nations fell.
Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Here are three segments – the dragon the beast and the false prophet. These express the three parts into which Babylon was divided. It was still Babylon but three parts;
- The dragon – Paganism. They don’t believe in Jesus
- The beast – Roman Catholicism
- The false prophet – Apostate Protestantism
Does this not incorporate the whole world? Babylon incorporates the whole word and in Revelation we see three parts. Read carefully now because of these three parts how much traffic Babylon controls.
Revelation 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Shall we consider the traffic that isn’t in her control?
Revelation 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
That is my part chariots – I look after chariots [cars, motor mechanic]. How much traffic does she not control? There is not much left. How wide spread will the ruin be? It will be every department we read. If we think of Australia which is a merchant and there are many countries that trade with other countries and we segregate the fact of commercial trade with the Roman Catholic Church, you can see in the world the stock market of today and you think yep that is just worldly policy and that is just the world. Then you have Babylon, those that claim to be religious that have just fallen away but no, Babylon has all those elements and when Babylon falls there will be no buying and selling. Worldwide ruin by all that are not written the lamb’s book of life. Here is a part she doesn’t control;
Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
If your name is not written in the lamb’s book of life you will wonder after this city so the only part she does not control of those who partake of the goodness of Christ and today we have the privilege of partaking of that goodness, is the communion. The call – those that are in the lamb’s book of life hear the rumour. We heard the first rumour and we are now hearing the second and because we are co-labourers with God labouring with the God of souls and we want the call to come out and flee her.
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying come out of her my people and receive not of her plagues.
For what do we come out so we don’t partake of her sins and of her plagues? The voice that comes from heaven that says come out of her my people.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
As we compare scripture with scripture we see this call of coming out, it’s from heaven. Who is in heaven? God, the heavenly trio. The voice of heaven is given by the spirit of God and given by the bride his church so if we are endeavouring to be part of this call to say be part of her my people we need to be so connected with heaven and to have such a relationship with God that when we say come out of her, the spirit inside of them says come out and therefore it is a voice from heaven. The spirit and the bride say come and those that come also say come and as they respond to the spirit more and say come, the spirit works on the mind. This is missionary work to have such a relationship with God that when you speak you are not speaking to the air. We need to have power when we speak. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to speak to the mind. As I was contemplating this I had an experience and it intrigued me as to something else that happened.
A lady came to get her vehicle and she said to me ‘my daughter has two children and I have two DVD’s on fairies would you like one?’ I said oh me and my family we choose not to watch TV. We chose to spend that time in family communications with the children and so forth. The lady got so defensive. She said my children have regulated TV watching. They are only are allowed to watch when they have done all that they are doing around the house and she spoke for 15 minutes about how she does it right. I was just contemplating this voice from heaven. What did she hear me say? We choose to spend that time not watching TV but in family communications but she must not have heard that. What she heard I do not know. As I was thinking of this, I thought, what we say must have power as we don’t have time to talk to the air. This connection we need.
All the inhabitants of the earth around us are drunk with riches. People don’t have a need for salvation. When intoxicated, what is the reality of a drunkard? They are boastful and say things they don’t normally say because they have no embarrassment and they are proud. They don’t have a reality of their problems because there is no law so they don’t obey the law because it’s not there. They glory in their shame and they don’t have a sense of dignity or embarrassment to do things that we would normally be embarrassed by. They are at ease. When I was up north with the Aborigines they really tell you good things about how they want to give their hearts to the Lord and when they are sober they realised they have lied. That is what the inhabitants of the earth are like today – drunk and not aware of the laws of God. The Catholic Church and the earth has plunged the world into a sense of no urgency. Christianity is drunk, they don’t realise that we are now in the second rumour. They say what happened in 1888 doesn’t worry me, it’s what happens tomorrow. They are not realizing that what happened in 1888 affected what happens today and tomorrow. We are to call these drunken people out of this drunken state where they do not regard Gods law and every particular that is a drunken condition. Adam and Eve persuaded themselves that it wasn’t such a big deal to eat of the tree and they made themselves drunk. We are to come into a sobering experience which is not always nice as well as the call of the bride.
Proverbs 9:5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine [which] I have mingled. 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked [man getteth] himself a blot. 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9:9Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning.
You see this is the call of the bride. Come in hither and take of the wine and the bread which I have mingled. The bread and the wine of Gods church. What is the bread and the wine?
John 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
This is the bread which is come down from heaven – call of the bride – come and have the bread if you want to live.
John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
It is the spirit that quickeneth. Jesus is saying I am the bread and I am the wine. Partake of me. I praise the Lord for a complication that was put together by a sister of the workings on our nervous system and how to overcome it. As I read it the church bulletin it was showing how if someone is drunk they have the inability to stop actions to happen or about to happen and they go on auto mode and when you are sober there is a possibility for you to make a deeper grove in a different direction in the mind. This is what Jesus did. He formed a nervous system that overcame the hereditary deep channels that did wrong and he made different ones and travelled over his old channels and over 33 years he ingrained that to become his character. When it says we are to partake of his flesh and his blood, it is to partake of those things which makes him. In other words let this mind be in you that was in the mind of Jesus Christ.
Which mind was this? A drunken mind or a mind that could recreate paths in the mind? He recreated this mind. All the makeup of his genetic path he created. A new one praise the Lord. In partaking of that habitual exercise of overcoming we can have the bread and the wine of our Lord. The way to re-map the mind is to drink something that is bitter. It is interesting to note that when the bible talks of the wine it is talking of the wine of Babylon to those who don’t want the truth and they believe a delusion, a lie but the same blame is a healing to us. It’s like the sword and the cup, it cuts or it heals. The cup if you take it from Jesus to drink, is a healing medicine but if you refuse it will be given in a different way.
Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but [it shall be given to them] for whom it is prepared of my Father.
If you want to follow Jesus, this is what we have pledged to the Lord, Jesus is saying the cup that I drank indeed you will drink. The nutrients that energized Jesus and gave him the ability to remap the mind are those ingredients to be given to his disciples. A cup, a bitter cup has ingredients that can remap the mind and as we partake of Jesus and to put it simply, it is not a new thing I am presenting, it is to assimilate Jesus life displayed in his word. To be so interested in what he did that to do it without you even knowing. You are fully focused on partaking of those things which Jesus partook of the world and as we do that we notice that he was governed as to when he should do anything.
He said sometimes my hour is not yet come because the father had not revealed for that even to take place so he said it is not the hour but when it came it was the hour. That was his communication daily. As we pray and read and study we know it is now time to come out of Babylon. Come and remap your mind. Do it like he did. Look how He did it in the atonement, this relationship. As we partake of this relationship then our words will be straight to the heart as the arrows of the Lord as then it is not a voice form me or of you, it is a voice from heaven saying this is the way walk ye in it. They see the teachers and the voice that is presented which is not by force as you can’t pull them out but the voice from heaven pulls them out.This puts our own experience on the line.
1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
You cannot be involved with Babylon and all the riches that she offers and the life that is displayed out there and be here. You can’t do it. This afternoon we can’t partake of the Lords table while in conscious sin. We can’t.
1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
It is not what we are parking of and what the rest of the world do not partake of and what Babylon has no influence or control over. She has control over all the traffic of the world except those written in the lamb’s book of life. Is it not Christ that we are partaking of? Is Christ sin? God forbid. We are partaking of an overcoming element. This element we are partaking of makes the eye bright.
Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 32:3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
You will see your sins and you will see God’s mercy and you will hang on it. You will hear and you will hearken. As we partake of the word of God it says the word of God is sharper than any two edged sword and it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. If you partake of the word will you be drunk or a discerner? You will be able to work it out and discern but the drunken cannot make head or tail of what goes on in his mind and lets it go and glories in the shame. We are able to partake of it to be able to discern what thoughts are what in our head. I often hear many missionary stories from other people and they always puzzle me every time from the Sunday fellowshipping congregations. I think why do they present such a good story when we read they all are drunk? Yet there is something about other missionary stories that make me think well what am I doing? That is probably a good thing for me to ask myself what I am doing.
Isaiah 29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry [man] dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, [he is] faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
The world is in a dreamy state but they are thirsty and they are being quenched but when they come out of their drunken states and the sobering realities of Babylon hit, it will hit them as an overwhelming surprise.
Isaiah 29:9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
They have been indoctrinated with a false doctrine of peace and safety and that we can’t obtain victory of overcoming sin and that the new righteousness by faith is that we are righteous without being righteous. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. What do you hope for? To be like Jesus. Faith says you can overcome and according to you be it unto you. You can obtain it through Jesus Christ our Lord. That is pure doctrine. False doctrine is hazy and you just accept what comes and when Jesus comes you will be okay. That is the wine that has been drunk in this world. Let us heed to the call. Let us call come hither and eat the bread and drink the wine which I have mingled. Let the message not stop here but continue through into the Lords ordinance. Is it not Christ that we are partaking of? I thank the Lord there is something on earth that has not been tainted by Babylon. As I talk with government officials and others it perplexes my mind their reasoning and it sends you around the bend but as we come we have something here in the church that has not been touched and it won’t be touched.