UNDERSTANDING BABYLON BY THE SPIRIT OF REVELATION---
WHO AND WHAT IS GOD REVEALING AS HE USES THE "WORD BABYLON"...
BABYLON IS REVEALED AS A "RELIGIOUS SPIRITUAL CITY"... BABYLON IS REVEALED AS "THE GREAT SPIRITUAL HARLOT"
THERE ARE "TWO CITIES".... THERE ARE "TWO WOMEN" revealed in the Book of Revelation....
THERE ARE TWO CHURCHES IN THE Book of Revelation...
"Babylon" occurs 286 times in 252 verses in the Kings James Version of the Bible. Therefore anytime the Spirit uses a concept this frequently we must seek him to discerned the true spiritual revelation and reality of His heart. The word Babylon is used 6 times in the Book of Revelation in 6 different passages, thus we must seek to hear--WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING UNTO THE CHURCH concerning "the great harlot"-- "Babylon the great city".
Until we see Babylon for truly what "it is"... a spiritual reality that MUST BE OVERCOME as it is working in the heart and soul of men. Until we see BY THE SPIRIT we will not hear what the Spirit is saying.
Babylon is first introduced to John the seer on Patmos by the angel-messenger in Rev 14:8... saying BABYLON is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wrath of her fornication. This is important as we study the Book of Revelation. We must note in "EVERY" reference concerning BABYLON in the Book of Revelation God is revealing His "righteous judgment" upon BABYLON. God's judgment is designed to "destroy" and "take away" the ungodly influence of the rivers of words flowing from the gates of Babylon the great city. THE FIRSTFRUITS are the first company of God's people being called out of and thus escaping the religious city of Babylon.
In the Book of Revelation the angels-messengers are always carrying "a message" to be seen by the true church and the sons of God. In chapter sixteen the seven bowls of God's plagues-judgment had all been poured out by the seven messengers- now John is seeing as there came to him one of the seven messengers by whom the bowls of God's passionate judgment had been poured out
and spoke with John, saying Rev 17:1.... "COME HITHER", I will show thee the judgment of the "GREAT WHORE" that sitteth upon many waters. In the context of this passage the Spirit in verse 5 tells us who this "great whore" "IS".... Here it is... Rev 17:5... And upon "HER-THE GREAT WHORE" forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Therefore we see BABYLON is revealed as "BABYLON THE GREAT CITY and also BABYLON the
"great whore" whom is "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Rev 1:1...The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and "signified it" by his angel unto his servant John: In Rev 1:1 God reveals to us how He communicates BY THE SPIRIT the entire Book of Revelation... notice in the phrase "signified it"... the Greek text here denotes and speaks of communicating by "SPIRITUAL SIGNS and SYMBOLS" is the method the Spirit uses to reveal spiritual truths. We must see these symbols by the Spirit to discern the Revelation of Jesus Christ. These "spiritual truths" are not external things, but are the working and dealing of God within the heart and soul of man. Therefore BABYLON in the Book of Revelation is not a literal natural city nor is BABYLON a literal or natural women. Thus BABYLON is a "spiritual symbol" sent by "an angel-messenger" carrying a divine "message of truth" with sufficient HIGHER spiritual meaning only to be discerned and understood BY THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION. Thus only God himself causes men to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, therefore these truths ONLY GOD CAN DISCLOSE, UNCOVER AND MAKE KNOWN. It's takes a divine revelation to see and understand BABYLON THE GREAT CITY-- WHO IS THE GREAT WHORE-- WHO IS THE MOTHER THAT HAS BIRTHED THE RELIGIOUS DAUGTHERS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTHY REALMS AND THE RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS OF MEN-- because SHE made all nations drink of the wrath of HER FORNICATION... this fornication is not a physical nor is it a natural evil relationship, but the "great whore's" fornication is a spiritual fornication causing the carnal soul of men to birth and bring forth the abominations of "the religious systems of men"--this spiritual harlot brings forth spiritual offspring thus her spiritual fornication has birthed the "religious church systems" with its drink that has defiled the entire nations of the earthy realms. Every man has lived in the earth realm and every man has spiritually drank of HER RELIGIOUS WINE.
BUT THE CALL IS CLEAR unto the "firstfruit overcomers in this age" speaking of coming out of BABYON... HERE IT IS... Rev 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. These words take on new depth of meaning when we understand that in the book of Revelation the words “COME HITHER” always signifies an invitation to "revelation and spiritual truth"; the invitation goes forth "TO COME AND SEE" by the Spirit of Revelation-- the religious harlot, “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness; and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy” (Rev. 17:3).
Now lets get to some spiritual revelation of this religious harlot... Would God that all men could see that this hidden mystery BABYLON "IS" that monstrous, organized, man-made and man-controlled system which everywhere calls itself THE CHURCH and
CHRISTIANITY! There are two calls of the Spirit in relation to Babylon. The first is, “COME HITHER, and I will show you…the great whore.” The second is, “COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” WE ARE TO SEE WHO BABYLON IS.... THEN TO COME OUT OF HER...
“Come out!” The Spirit is saying... rise up in the spirit, as John was caught up "to see her". “Come hither!” Arise from the lowlands of ignorance, deception, fraud, cunning, and trickery of man; from the harlot Babylon, the soul encumbered with lies, misconceptions, misrepresentations, falsehoods, error, sense-knowledge,
tradition, and the creeds and doctrines of men. Arise until you ascend the mount of God from whose majestic peak you behold the Holy City, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, the city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God, the city of truth and life and reality built into a living form and
expression through a people who live out of the heavens of the spirit. Ascend until you become conscious of THE TRUTH AS IT IS IN JESUS, Yes beloved, Babylon the great, the great city has fallen, has fallen,
The sons of God shall be born of a chaste, virgin church, just as the daughters of the harlot are born of a defiled, false church. Both churches bear an offspring! Without contradiction, this virgin church is the greatest mother that God has planted on the face of the earth, the Jerusalem which is from above. This church is not going out with a whimper or a limp. Nor is it going to be evacuated off the planet (raptured-Babylon's lies) while the devil runs rampant through the earth. The virgin church and her glorious son shall conclude this age victorious, with joy unspeakable and full of glory, and riding a river of peace, power, wisdom, blessing, life, and redeeming love. It shall arise in freedom from all bondage and limitation, with its feet on the neck of every enemy, and the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. The tempter’s power shall be broken. God’s people shall be holy, strong, anointed, transformed — glorious conquerors. She will be a great WONDER IN HEAVEN as she brings forth this manchild who shall rule all nations with a rod of iron!