THE COLLAPSE OF BABYLON

Revelation 18:1-24 – Part Two

We want to pick up today with the reasons why Babylon, the capital of the Antichrist, will be destroyed.    We had been considering why God will have to destroy the city of Babylon; it is because of spiritual corruption and various other spiritual problems (Revelation 18:23-24). 

We had been considering that God reveals several things that the Antichrist will use in the end time in the attempt to defeat God’s plan.  We had looked at the spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15) and the spirit of the world (I Corinthians 2:12).  Today we want to pick up with the spirit of man, having an understanding that this is extremely important for the Age of Grace and the End Time.

“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?  Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (I Corinthians 2:11).

FACT:  Only God’s Spirit knows the wisdom and the things of God.  Human reason can never discover God and the things of God.  This is clearly seen by any man who is both honest and thinking.

NOTE:  No person knows what is really going on within a man except the man’s own spirit.  However, if one is truly saved then the Holy Spirit who lives within the true believer also knows what is in man, along with God the Father and God the Son.   Remember that God is omniscient and so all members of the Trinity are aware totally of any man.  This is the reason we are reviewing the spirit of man, which the Antichrist will use to fight God and lose.

The World, Satan – the Antichrist and False Prophet cannot win in their fight with GOD because they can not truly know GOD.

Since the world does not know God nor the things of God there is only one way for unsaved man to understand or know the things of God (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13).  Salvation must be REVEALED by God to the unsaved.  In order for the unsaved man to approach God for salvation he must have faith and believe that He is (Hebrews 11:6).

FACT:  No matter what unsaved man may believe or say, God has revealed Himself in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, this the unsaved cannot understand.  This was a once-for-all action on God’s part.

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him” (John 1:18).

“And the Father Himself, which hath sent Me, hath borne witness of Me.  Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape” (John 5:37).

“Who ONLY hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom be honor and power everlasting” (I Timothy 6:16). 

“No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us” (I John 4:12).

-DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAVED AND UNSAVED

FACT:  God’s wisdom (God and the things of God) is revealed only to true believers (Romans 10:9-13).  This is the reason God has given His Spirit to believers:  that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God, WHICH THE UNSAVED CANNOT UNDERSTAND. 

Remember the Holy Spirit knows the things of God (I Corinthians 2:11).   This is the reason it takes a truly saved person, with whom the Holy Spirit is working (quickened), to understand spiritual things (John 3:16).

(See John 3:3, 6; John 16:13-15; I Corinthians 2:12, 15-16.)

FACT:  Only the true believer who follows spiritual things can understand the mature, deep things of God (Romans 8:5-7; I Corinthians 2:9-10; I Corinthians 2:15; I Corinthians 3:1-2).

FACT:  The natural man (any man not reborn by the Spirit of God) cannot know the things of God.

(I Corinthians 2:7-8; I Corinthians 2:11; I Corinthians 2:14; Romans 3:11: Romans 10:3; etc.)

NOTE:  God’s wisdom is the message taught by the Holy Spirit.  The message, God’s glorious wisdom and gospel, is not a message of man’s wisdom.  God’s wisdom and gospel is the message of God’s Spirit Himself.  The Holy Spirit teaches the wisdom and gospel of God. 

NOTE:  The Holy Spirit guides and directs the true believer, teaching the true believer to compare and combine spiritual things with spiritual things.  The true believer uses the Word of God to interpret the Word of God.  When the believer seeks and reads the instructions of God and does not understand something, they use other Scripture references and passages in the Word of God to interpret what is not clear.  The Holy Spirit keeps the believer from all error as they follow His leadership.

(Luke 12:12; John 14:26; I Corinthians 2:13; I John 2:27; I John  3:24; I John 4:13; I John 5:6).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE AGE OF GRACE AND THE END TIMES

I would like to move now to the spirit that works in the children of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2). 

Satan is the who uses the unsaved man’s spirit.

(Ephesians 2:1-2) Key Words Trespass – Sin – Satan -Worldliness:  before conversion (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13), man lives a life of trespasses and sins.  Note that it is trespasses and sins that separate men from God, that places him in a state of process of death.   It is while men are living in trespasses and sins that they are dead (separated from God).

The word “trespasses” (paraptoma) means to fall, slip, blunder, deviate, turn aside, or wander away.  It is a person who…

  • falls from the right way.
  • slips from doing what he should.
  • deviates off the right road (See Matthew 7:13-14).
  • turns aside from what is right.
  • wanders away from God and His righteousness.

“[Christ] was delivered for our offences [trespasses] and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25).

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us [Christians] the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

“In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins [trespasses, Greek paraptomaton], according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

“And you hath He quickened (changed), who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

“And you, being dead in your sins [trespasses, Greek word] and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:13).

NOTE:  The word “sins” (hamartia) means to miss the mark. W.E. Vine points out that sins is the term most often used to describe man’s fallen condition.  It is what is meant by coming SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.  Man should live in a state of God’s glory, but it is evident that he does not (Isaiah 43:7).  There is no glory — no glow, splendor, brilliance, or light shining out from man’s body. 

FACT:  There is certainly no glory or light emanating from man’s behavior.  Listen to any newscast on any given day; there is clear evidence of man’s inglorious behavior. 

The point is this: God is perfect, but man is imperfect.  And imperfection is as different from perfection as day is from night.  Imperfection is short–totally, absolutely short–of perfection.  Man is therefore ever so short of God’s perfect glory.  Note 3 things:

  1. Man does not measure up to God.
  2. Man is not on the same level as God.
  3. Man does not reach up to God.

Man sins; he misses the mark of a godly life.  He does not live a godly perfect life.  Unsaved man may be respectable, but he is imperfect.  He is never all he could be.

NOTE eight things:

  1. No husband or wife is free from selfishness and disturbance all the time–not perfectly.
  2. No father or mother treats their child like they should all the time–not perfectly.
  3. No child obeys his or her parent all the time–not perfectly.
  4. No workman is diligent in his labor every minute of the day–not perfectly.
  5. No neighbor is as good and kind and helpful as he should be all the time–not perfectly.
  6. No person disciplines his body in eating, exercising, and sleeping all the time–not perfectly.
  7. No person controls his mind from impure and selfish thoughts all the time–not perfectly.
  8. No person uses his mind fully, to maximum all the time–not perfectly.

NOTE:  Man is not perfect; he is short of God’s perfection–short of God’s glory–short of the purpose for which God created him (Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11).  This is what is meant by sin Sin separates man from God.  Unsaved man is dead (spiritually separated from God in trespasses and sins).

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” (Romans 6:12).

Now note a significant fact: the man who sins is said to be walking after three things:

1. The sinner walks after the “course of this world [age, aion, Greek].” This simply means he follows the world in its…   (Note 15 things.)

opinions                              positions                              purposes

life                                        popularity                            technology

speculations                       honor                                    possessions

pleasures                            religion                                  science

selfishness                         values                                     standards

(Matthew 16:26; Luke 21:34; James 4:4; I John 2:15).  Note: Unsaved msn has gone thru the broad gate of Matt 7:13-14

2. The sinner walks under the power of God’s enemy, Satan. Satan is called the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2).  Man was never created to be evil or to do evil.  Evil originated with an alien force, an alien force that exists in another world, the spiritual world or dimension of being.

The Bible calls that evil force a person and he is named Satan or the Devil.  The spiritual world (Satan) has access to this world and can influence the spirit of man (Ephesians 6:12).  What has happened is that man, who has free will, has chosen to follow the evil way of Satan (the broad gate of Matthew 7:13-14).  NOTE:  When Satan tries to influence the spirit of man to sin, man often listens and sins.  This is exactly what Scripture declares:

“Ye are of our father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

FACT:  God’s Word clearly states that there will be no liars in heaven (Revelation 21:8).

“And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him” (John 13:2).  (See also: 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 2:14; I Peter 5:8; I John 3:8; I John 3:10.)

3. The sinner walks (lives) in disobedience. Very simply, he refuses to obey God, refuses to do what God says.  He chooses to do what he wants instead of what he should do.  And note: he is classified by God as one of the “children of disobedience.”  He is a child of disobedience, that is, he is in the family of disobedience, not in the family of God.

“And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:26-27). 

“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (I Peter 2:25; John 3:16).

“[The disobedient] have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness” (2 Peter 2:15).

“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead” Proverbs 21:16).

(Ephesians 2:3) Key words: Trespass – sin – Satan – Worldliness: Before conversion, man lives a life of trespasses and sins.  Note that it is trespasses and sins that separate men from God; that places him in a STATE OR PROCESS OF DEATH.  It is while men are living in trespasses and sins that they are dead (separated from God).

The word trespasses (paraptoma) means to fall, slip, blunder, deviate, turn aside, or wander away.  As indicated before, it is a person who…  (Note six things.)

  1. falls from the right way.
  2. slips from doing what he should.
  3. blunders or fails.
  4. deviates off the right road.
  5. turns aside from what is right.
  6. wanders away from God and righteousness.

2:3: Lusts:  Before conversion man, lives a life of disobedience with the world.  Note the words, “among whom.”  They refer to the children of disobedience mentioned in the previous verse (v. 2).  Note that the major stress of disobedience is the desires of the flesh and of the mind.  When most persons think of desire or lust, they think of the sins of the flesh such as:

  • illicit sex
  • overeating
  • intoxication
  • laziness
  • pornography

But note: The mind also desires and lusts.  Some sinful lusts of the mind would be:

immoral thoughts          idolatry

anger                                envy

unbelief                            false beliefs

The point is this: The unconverted man lives to fulfill the desires of his flesh and mind.  In reality, he has nothing else for which to live.

FACT:  He knows nothing about this world and its appeals; therefore, he seeks as much of the world as he can possess and enjoy.  Note 8 ways the unsaved misses the mark (sins) and violates I John 2:15-17. His life is:

  1. self-centered.
  2. not God centered.
  3. world centered.
  4. not heaven centered.
  5. selfish, not giving.
  6. given to banking and hoarding.
  7. not sacrificial.
  8. not meeting the needs of a world reeling in desperate need and death.

FACT:  The unconverted man spends his life with the disobedient of the world, living after the desires of the flesh and mind.  (See Matthew 5:8; Mark 4:19; Romans 1:26-27; Romans 7:5; Galatians 5:16-17; Colossians 3:5; I Thessalonians 4:4-5; James 1:15; James 4:1-4; I Peter 2:11; I John 2:16.)

In our next study we will begin with (Ephesians 2:3: Key Words: Wrath of God and then move to Revelation Babylon, the great capital city which will be destroyed because the city corrupted nations kings and merchants (Revelation 18:3).

Please check out John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and ask yourself “Where will I spend eternity?”

It is a fact that most believe in heaven and hell of some sort.  However, the true Christian believes in the Bible as God’s Word.  The true Christian believes in eternity and knows that life is really short.  The Bible itself asks:  “What is your life?  It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14).   Life may be a lot shorter than some think.  Think about it, Paul says to examine yourself to make sure you are saved.  Why?  Because, compared to eternity this life is truly short (see 2 Corinthians 13:5).  More about this in our next study.  But for now, please read John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13.

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