I know that the citizens of Babylon love to pervert things like marriage and kid shows, so I really wasn’t surprised when I saw the latest cover of “The New Yorker.”
Still, I grew up watching Sesame Street, so I couldn’t help but be a little ticked off. After an hour of my flesh succumbing to my never-ending inner monologue, God started talking to me.
A Second Exodus?
I hear a lot of discussion about a “Second Exodus” among Torah observant groups, which is basically the belief that, at some point before His Return, True Believers will have to leave society and follow God in the wilderness, just like the children of Israel. I haven’t gathered enough information to formulate a “rock solid” stance on this, but I have to admit, looking at the world’s view toward believers who follow God’s commandments certainly makes this a plausible scenario.
Having said that, I want to submit to you the following suggestion.
Scripture tells us much about the attitude of the Egyptians toward the Israelites just before Israel embarked upon the “First Exodus”:
And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.”
In the Strong’s concordance, “urgent” is chazaq [H2388] which means: “to strengthen, prevail, harden, be strong, become strong, be courageous, be firm, grow firm, be resolute, be sore”
So, we see that the Egyptians hardened their stance against the Israelites and basically said “Get Out of Here!”
We see the same thing happening today.
As we near the End of the Age, Babylon is hardening their stance against the Kingdom of God and His People.
The Aroma of Death
Babylon is taking this “hard stance” out of desperation because, as long as His Called-Out Ones are in their midst, the Babylonian “way of life” is threatened. We are a constant reminder of their impending demise.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
Now thanks [be] to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one [we are] the aroma of death [leading] to death, and to the other the aroma of life [leading] to life.
In order to get rid of our “fragrance”, Babylonian has a solution – Force the True Believer (Israelite) out of society.
How do they do this? By taking everything that could be considered “innocent” and making it perverse.
As they pervert and defile everything that can be considered “good,” Babylon forces the Believer to convert, compromise or leave.
Very soon, believers in Messiah will find themselves facing a line drawn in the sand. Do we follow Him, or do we continue to participate in the Babylonian system? Unlike the times before, there will be no “gray area” and the decision will have Eternal Consequences.
Make Your Decision Now
If you are a professed believer in the Messiah, make your choice now! Throw off all of the shackles of Babylon, BEFORE being faced with the possibility of having to “head for the hills.”
If True Believers do not find themselves in a “Second Exodus” scenario, I guarantee that in the next decade (barring a serious miracle) we will be faced with either giving our lives for the Messiah, or leaving society-as-we-know-it, due to persecution.
ABOVE ALL – REALIZE THIS: If we cannot get rid of Babylon in our hearts and lives now, there is no way that we will PHYSICALLY LEAVE (or ESCAPE) Babylon in the future, should that opportunity ever occur.
Remember Lot’s wife.
I’ll end this rather “heavy” post on a lighter note. Here’s something to think about . . .Kevin Kleint
Originally written July 01, 2013