Present Truth Part 13
The second call or part of the present truth/everlasting gospel for this generation is found in Revelation 14:8 which says:
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Revelation 14:8
In the interest of time and space I will not go into a detail discussion of who Babylon is. I will focus more on what lie makes the wine of Babylon so powerful that it is able to make all nations drunk with it. However, before I begin that discussion I want to make this point very clear:
The call to come out of Babylon is not just made to those who are physically in Babylon: It is made to everyone who has been made drunk (confused) by its’ intoxicating lie: A lie that makes it impossible to keep the commandments of God as long as we believe it.
Now let’s take a closer look at what we are told in the second part of the everlasting gospel for this generation and find out what lie the devil has used to make the wine of Babylon so intoxicating that the entire world has been made drunk by it. First, we are told in Revelation 14:8 that Babylon has fallen because she has made all nations drunk with the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Before we can get a full understanding of that statement we must read what we are told concerning Babylon in Revelation 18:1-4:
18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 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. 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. 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. (Emphasis supplied).
Revelation 18:1-4 makes it clear that the moral degradation of the last days is a direct result of the world being made drunk by the wine of Babylon’s fornication. This moral fall includes God’s people. Notice what we are told in II Timothy 3:1-5:
3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (Emphasis supplied).
One has only to listen to the news to know that this is an accurate description of the worldwide moral decline of these times. II Timothy 3:5 also lets us know that God’s people do not possess the power to stop the moral decay because they only have a form of godliness. This lack of power is because God’s people have also been made drunk by the wine of Babylon’s fornication: Wine that has confused us concerning how to live godly lives: Wine that makes us think that we can spend most of our time working for mammon and at the same time seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness: Wine that makes us powerless because as long as we drink it we cannot say:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (Emphasis supplied).
I will now reveal the lie Satan uses to make the wine of Babylon so intoxicating that he could make the world drunk by drinking it. That lie is:
Gain is godliness
In my next blog I am going to show how this lie has made it impossible for God’s people to live by the fullness of God’s power because they believe they can live godly while serving mammon. Until then I leave you with this enlightening scripture to ponder and pray over:
6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:3-6 (Emphasis supplied).