Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 28 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 19: “Why Can’t I Escape Babylon?”)

By admin On October 20th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 28

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Come Out of Her, My People! Part 19: “Why Can’t I Escape From Babylon?”

To read Part 1, click here… “May 12th (Come Out of Her, My People?)”

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“Flee out of the midst of Babylon,

and deliver every man his soul:

be not cut off in her iniquity;

for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance;

He will render unto her a recompense.”

Jeremiah 51:6

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http://www.creationism.org/images/DoreBibleIllus/aGen1106Dore_TheConfusionOfTongues.jpgCITY OF CONFUSION

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Babylon was given its name during the building of that infamous Tower of Babylon, because God confused their speech…

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Listen… “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:9 

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And so, the name, Babylon, actually means, “City of Confusion”.

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by G. Dore’ – The Confusion Of Tongues in Babylon – from www.creationism.org-public domain

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Flight_of_the_Prisoners.jpg“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”

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The Bible pronounces a curse upon all those who refuse to, “Come out of Her (Babylon) My people!”

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Yes, upon all those who refuse to join the current end-time exodus out of this “City of Confusion”, the apostate churches, the following sentence is pronounced… “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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‘NO WAY OUT’ RIDDLE

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Have you ever heard the riddle that goes like this…“If you were held prisoner in a room made of thick iron walls, with no doors or windows, and no person to help you, how could you get out?

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Well, today’s devotional will answer that question…

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Pilgrim’s Progress 15 p. 45 – There Sat A Man In An Iron Cage – wikipedia – public domain

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BLINDED HEARTS

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Many who have heard the call to come out of Babylon are wondering just how can this be accomplished.

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After all, we live in a world in which the entire populace is held captive to the “god of this world”, Satan! 

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Listen…“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2nd Corinthians 4:3, 4

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And so it is virtually impossible to get free from this monster, Satan, seeing that he has blinded our minds, as this above verse says!

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BLINDED CHURCH-MEMBERS

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And many church-goers are not even sure that they are prisoners of Babylon… “After all, my little conservative congregation is reasonably faithful to the Bible!”

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Well, today’s devotional will lightly touch on the remedy for this condition.

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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AM I A BABYLONIAN?

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First of all, it is impossible to come out of spiritual Babylon if one is doubtful that he (or she) is even a captive of Babylon.

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And simply put, a Babylonian is merely a worldly-minded citizen of this, the Devil’s kingdom! 

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If one were to use an earthly analogy, it might be comparable to an alcoholic who has not come to the point of declaring that he is truly an alcoholic. In other words, one is not yet ready to take the cure until that one is ready to fully confess his helpless captivity to alcohol.

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Pilgrim’s Progress – 09, p29 – Obstinate – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“DRUNKEN, BUT NOT WITH WINE”

Isaiah 29:9

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And so it is with Babylonian captivity. I cannot come out of Babylon until I amhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpg ready to admit that I have been taken captive by my addiction to her narcotic-like wine!

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Listen…“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,” Revelation 18:3

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The trouble with being intoxicated with Babylon’s wine is, that one doesn’t literally drink from her cup. At least a literal drunkard has to physically put the bottle to his or her mouth each day! Not so with this Mystery Harlot!

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And so, there has to be a conviction of heart that I am indeed in her hellish prison-house.

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Whore – Babylon – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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REPENTANCE, A MATTER OF GRACE

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“…if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2nd Timothy 2:25, 26  

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But how can I even think of escape when I am in such a spiritually drunken condition?

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Well, of course this whole business is a matter of grace! God must graciously give me repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.

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Paul Converted – www.thebiblerevival.com

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TELL-TALE SIGNS

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But having said that, there are indeed, tell-tale signs that should be a tip-off that something is wrong with my relationship with the Lord.

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Maybe I am vaguely aware that my personal conduct is unchristlike in one or more ways. Perhaps I am far too worldly. I talk like the world talks. I behave like the world behaves. I enjoy the company of unbelievers. I laugh at their crude jokes. I often watch TV, or listen to secular radio. I don’t study my Bible much. And I certainly don’t meditate on the Bible through my day. My prayer-life is anemic at best. I spend time with secular entertainment rather than seeking spiritual devotions.

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It is these kinds of signs which should, “send up red flags”, as they say.

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I MAY HAVE A FORM OF GODLINESS

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“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn Pilgrim's Progress - Vain-Confidence - Wikimedia - Public Domainaway.” 2nd Timothy 3:5

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Oh yes, I may attend church each week. Maybe I am even an office-holder at church! Maybe I do a daily Bible study! But when I leave church, or when I close my Bible in the morning, I immediately return to my first love: seeking the cares and pleasures of this world!

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I am like Mr. Vain Confidence from Bunyan’s classic tale, Pilgrim’s Progress! I am confident of my Salvation, in spite of my love for this world!

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Pilgrim’s Progress – Vain-Confidence – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“ONLY ACKNOWLEDGE THINE INIQUITY!”

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“Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God…Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD;” Jeremiah 3:13, 14

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OK, so if I have come to the point that I am ready to admit that I am a worldly-minded person, then I have really come to a very good place!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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THE ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE

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Now, at this point I am ready to solve my dilemma and also to solve today’s riddle!  Because the answer to both situations is the same answer!

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Just how do I break out of that iron prison cell with no windows or even a door?

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The answer is, “I must pray my way out!”

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That’s right! You see, being captive in Spiritual Babylon is just as hopeless as being locked in a door-less, window-less room made of thick iron! There is no humanly possible way of escape! I must pray my way out! Because it is only the grace of God that can release me from such an impossible situation!

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TO READ THE CONTINUATION OF THIS DEVOTIONAL, CLICK HERE…SEPTEMBER 29 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 20: “Why Can’t I Escape Babylon?” Continued: The Remedy)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to come out of this Babylon of confusion, and worship Thee 100%. Restore me and purify me, and help me to be watchful and strengthen those things which remain…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…February 10th (Television in a Perfect World!), or you can also read this next article…January 10th (Why Doesn’t My Christianity Work?)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FLEEING WOMAN OF REVELATION 12

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WOMAN ROTATES THROUGH THE SEASONS…

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This page is about the Big Dipper, also called the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major ). However, the ancient pagan cultures did not see this constellation as God intended it to be seen. It is actually a headless woman in childbirth.  This is seen in springtime. It is seen in the northern skies. 

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But as the seasons progress, this travailing woman flips upside down, now appearing as a woman with upraised arms like eagle wings who is running (eventually flying, as shown in sketch on right) into the wilderness (westward). The single star representing her birth-child (Christ) now becomes her head (“Christ is the head of the church.” Ephesians 5:23

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star-chart ursa major

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The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights. 

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These are star charts from Wikipedia, with sketches of the Woman added.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Pleiades: The Captive Angel & Mystery Harlot Constellation”

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TOMORROW… 

SEPTEMBER 29 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 20: “Why Can’t I Escape Babylon?” Continued: The Remedy)

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