Get Out of Babylon

Get Out of Babylon

 

There were several Jews who had chosen to remain in the places of their captivity. They had grown comfortable, even complacent, and apathetic. They had made homes for themselves, but were going to be coming under judgment if they did not get out of “Babylon”. God was about to pour out, to rain down His judgment on the nation(s) that had so badly treated His people.

The following verses speak of the then captive people of “Babylon”, but even looks further into the future of the nation of Israel. It is future even of today’s world and time.

Hear the word of the Lord:

“Up, up! Flee from the land of the north,’ says the LORD: ‘for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven,’ says the LORD. ‘Up, Zion! Escape you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.’ For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘He sent Me after glory, to the nations, which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.’” Zechariah 2:6-9 (NKJV).

There is surely more here in these verses than just a warning to the people in Babylon of Zechariah’s day to flee their current captors. The phrase, “I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven…” seem to imply they are all over the world. Babylon would have been most of the known world of that time. They were, or had been the dominant world power, but that was about to quickly subside. It had already fallen to the Persians, and would soon fall to the Greeks, and then be conquered by the Romans. God’s people were to be back in their homeland before Babylon fell.

The glory of the LORD would be seen in the fall of Babylon. Israel is the “apple of God’s eye”, and to touch His people outside of God’s hand of approval was to bring judgment on themselves. The glory of the LORD was not, or had not been seen in their captivity, but He was about to free them all, send them home, and secure His glory before the eyes of the people of Babylon and the watching world.

In procuring the glory of the LORD, the Babylonians became a spoil to the ones who had formerly been their servants. Remember when Israel left Egypt. The people gave them gold, silver, jewels, and precious gems. They were given much bounty. The same is true as they came out of Babylon.

If we will look at the present state of Jewish people we would see that many are currently in the land of Israel, and almost under duress by the nations of the world. There are also many of the Jewish people who are still all over the world. Many live here in the United States of America, many in Russia, Canada, and other parts of the world. They are “spread abroad like the four winds of heaven…”, but there will come a day, and probably very soon, when God will call them all to return to their promised land. They will receive spoils from those they have served, and then the world will know that the “LORD is God”; or as the prophet Ezekiel says it, “Then they will know that I am the LORD”; written some sixty plus times in Ezekiel’s prophecy.

There is a word from the LORD in these verses for today’s Christian as well. At a time when there seems to be a spirit of mingling with the sins of the world, an evil of co-habitating with wickedness whether it be in couples living together before marriage, or just going along to get along this is an evil that has come into the Christian family, and we do not hear the Word of the LORD, which the apostle Paul has spoken, “Come out from among them, and be separate,,’ saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17). The false teachers are telling us we have to be like the world to win the lost of the world; but that is a lie from hell. Here we are told clearly, specifically to “Come out from among them…”. Hear the Word of the Lord, and “Get Out of Babylon”.

My what a mighty and powerful God we serve. His Word is coming to pass. Will you join Him in it, ie., in His work; or will you bow out? As for me and my house we will join Him.

-Tim A. Blankenship

8 thoughts on “Get Out of Babylon

  1. MY UNCLE NIKOLA (my mother’s only brother) is in hospital and his CONDITION IS CRITICAL. Few years ago he had a stroke and now HIS BRAIN CELLULES ARE ATROPHYING. HE CAN NOT MOVE HIS LEFT LEG AND HAND.

    Please pray, THAT GOD TOUCH AND HEAL MY UNCLE NIKOLA, AND PROTECT HIS LIFE.

    He is wonderful man, Christian all his life, regulary attended church. Doctor said that now everything is in God’s hands.

    PLEASE BELIEVE IN MIRACLE AND PRAY THAT GOD COMPLETE HEAL HIM.

    Thank you and may God abundantly BLESS YOU

    Katarina

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    1. Katarina,
      When a doctory tells us that the matter is in God’s hands; we should know that that is where the person has always been. I do believe in miracles, when God does them. The only complete healing will be when we are in glory with our Lord.

      Let’s pray for God’s will. That is far better than living in suffering in this world. What ever be God’s will will be best for your uncle Nikola, for you and for the glory of the Lord.

      Father, Creator of all that is; seen and unseen. Have YOUR will and way in the life and witness of Nikola. Be glorified in him and this family. Magnify Jesus YOUR holy, blessed, crucified, buried and risen Son. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

      God bless you.
      T.A.

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  2. VERY URGENT PRAYER REQUEST.
    27-11-08

    DEAR BRO. IAM SISTER. G.S.DEVASHIROMONIE. HUMBLY REQUESTING YOU AND PRAYER WARRIORS, TO PLEASE INTERCEDE WITH THE LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST AND PRAY FOR ME DAILY. SINCE 11 MONTHS IAM IN BED, MY LEFT LEG IS FRACTURED, PRAY THAT I SHOULD WALK. IAM SUFFERING WITH BRAIN CLOT, HEART PROBLEM, DIABETIS,GIDDENESS, PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING AND GOOD HEALTH FOR THE GLORY OF THE LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
    PRAY FOR MY FAMILY.PRAY FOR MISS. SHARON GRACE. STUDYING 8TH CLASS, MR. JOEL SATYANANDAM 6TH CLASS.PRAY FOR THE KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND SUCCESS FUL LIFE IN STUDIES. PRAY FOR THE GOOD HEALTH.PRAY FOR SAM SON PAUL , EZEKIEL VICTORS GOOD HEALTH.PRAY FOR DANIELS, GOOD HEALTH.MAY GOD BLESS YOUR LOVING MINISTRY. PLEASE REPLY.

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  3. VERY URGENT PRAYER REQUEST.
    DEAR BRO. IAM SISTER. G.S.DEVASHIROMONIE. HUMBLY REQUESTING YOU AND PRAYER WARRIORS, TO PLEASE INTERCEDE WITH THE LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST AND PRAY FOR ME DAILY. SINCE 8 MONTHS IAM IN BED, MY LEFT LEG IS FRACTURED, PRAY THAT I SHOULD WALK. IAM SUFFERING WITH BRAIN CLOT, HEART PROBLEM, DIABETIS,GIDDENESS, PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING AND GOOD HEALTH FOR THE GLORY OF THE LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
    PRAY FOR MY FAMILY.PRAY FOR MISS. SHARON GRACE. STUDYING 8TH CLASS, MR. JOEL SATYANANDAM 6TH CLASS.PRAY FOR THE KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND SUCCESS FUL LIFE IN STUDIES. PRAY FOR THE GOOD HEALTH.PRAY FOR SAM SON PAUL , EZEKIEL VICTORS GOOD HEALTH.PRAY FOR DANIELS, GOOD HEALTH.MAY GOD BLESS YOUR LOVING MINISTRY. PLEASE REPLY.
    18-10-08.

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  5. Thanks for writing me back Tim. I am considering all of these prophecies and praying in the Spirit about them. I believe we are in the last generation. According to the Hosea prophecy Jesus would go back to where He came from for two days, then come bind up the wounds of unbelieving Israel on the second day so that they would live in His presence on the third day. The second day is almost over if we take literally that a day is like a thousand years as is said by both Peter and David in the Psalms. Jesus left around 33A.D. and it will be 2000 years or two days soon. I think the Hosea prophecy isn’t discussed enough! God bless you as we both pray to the Lord to come into all truth.
    Blessings,
    Rachel

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  6. Rachel, Thank you for your question, and for reading the article.
    I have not meant to imply that the U.S. is the “daughter of Babylon”, though there is great sin in our midst. Babylon represents a lost and sinful society, wherever it may be.
    What is meant by “Get out of Babylon” is that as Christians we are not to participate in her wickedness. We are in this world, and the world is Babylon to a certain extent, but we are not to take part in her wickedness.
    I would in no way advocate leavin the U.S., because you ask, “Where?” There is no place on this earth to completely get away from the spirit of Babylon or evil.
    Thanks again.
    T.A.

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  7. Are you saying America is the daughter of Babylon and that we should leave America? If so, when. Also, where?

    Blessings

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