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Thursday, November 17 2016
Revelation 14: The Fall Of Babylon's Towers
"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 ... And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!"
The words "Babylon" and "Babel" originated from an ancient Semitic word that meant confusion - of thought and behavior. The term began in the time and place of the infamous tower of Babel i.e. the tower of babble (see The Tower Of Babel).
Humans have been building "towers" (the English-language word "tower" originated from a very-ancient Greek word that meant a heap, or to heap) of Babel ever since - not to the glory of God, but to the glory of man, or a man. Many towers (including the carved tree trunks and Asherah poles as recorded in the Bible; see The Tree Huggers Of Israel And Judah) were deliberate phallic symbols (the vulgar "middle finger" gesture of the present day is merely yet-another form of it) that manifested that form of idolatry (the literal meaning of Sodomite is male idolater; see Sodomites).
But the return of the LORD God (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The Return Of The Messiah) is going to bring a good "brain washing" that will liberate humanity from the confused and twisted thinking (see What Does Wicked Mean?) that has caused so much depravity and destruction. The return of the Messiah will not, at first, be welcomed by those who think that their self-inflicted ways of death are better than their Creator's Way of Eternal Life. But they will.
The Book of Revelation (see The LORD's Letter From Patmos and The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return) describes the step by step process by which "Babylon" will be restored to the worldwide Paradise that existed when the Earth was created.
The 144,000 of Israel will be representative of what the ancient Israelites symbolically failed to do, but which, by means of the great "dry bones" prophecy, will then enable them to get to the Promised Land (see When The LORD Will Raise All Of The Dead). Notice however that the 144,000 of Israel will be contemporary of that end-time, and that they will be "virgins" (see The Mystery Of The 144,000 Revealed).
"14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
The return of the Messiah to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth (see Born Again In The Coming Kingdom Of God) will be a worldwide, all of humanity event. Babylon plagues everyone, so the cure will be everywhere: "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
"14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Much of the Messiah's Ministry involved prophecies of the coming Kingdom of God - and how it will happen (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). The Messiah's famous the "harvesters are angels" was stated repeatedly by Him.
"13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Matthew 13:40-43 KJV)
The "harvesters are angels" was then repeated to the apostle John for his writing of the Book of Revelation (see the Fact Finder question below).
"14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 14:16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
Fact Finder: Did the apostle John see the Son of God as a human and as the LORD God?
This Day In History, November 17
375: Valentinian, Emperor of the western Roman empire, died of apoplexy (a stroke) in Pannonia (a Roman province in central Europe) after being enraged by the insolence of "barbarian" envoys who were defeating Rome's legions in the forests of Germany and refusing to bow before the defeated "divine" Caesar. Germany later succeeded Rome as the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
474: Roan Emperor Leo II died after a reign of 10 months. He was succeeded by his father Zeno, who becomes sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
1278: 680 Jews were arrested (293 were hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins.
1292: John Balliol became King of Scotland.
1539: Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto arrived at the location of what is today Mobile, Alabama.
1558: The Elizabethan era began, with the coronation Queen Elizabeth I of England. She restored the Church of England, which had been established by King Henry VIII in 1534, after her half-sister Queen Mary (Mary Tudor) had turned England back under the control of the Church of Rome.
1636: Henrique Diaz, Brazilian general, won a decisive battle against Dutch colonial forces in Brazil.
1796: Napoleon defeated an Italian army near the Alpone River in Italy.
1855: Scottish explorer David Livingston discovered (for Europeans) Victoria Falls in Africa.
1869: The Suez Canal opened after 10 years of construction.
1903: The Russian Socialist movement divided into two factions, the Bolsheviks who supported Vladimir Lenin, and the Mensheviks who followed Georgi Plekhanov. By the 1980s the socialist economic system had proven itself to be a dismal failure.
1913: The first ship crossed through the Panama Canal.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British Field Marshal Edmund Allenby's troops entered the Jerusalem hills prior to the taking of the city (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration). That same day, German General von Falkenhayn left Jerusalem for Nablus, the Biblical Shechem, 40 miles to the north, while falsely assuring the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) that reinforcements would be sent.
1918: Influenza deaths in the U.S. were reported as higher than the number of U.S. troops killed in battle during the First World War (although the U.S. entered the First World War during only the last 18 months of the 4 year war that devastated Europe from 1914 to 1918; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1919: King George V of the United Kingdom proclaimed Armistice Day. It was later observed as Remembrance Day, while a U.S. observance of Armistice Day became known as Veteran's Day.
1941: Less than a month before Japan's attack on the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Japanese Prime Minister General Tojo outlined a three-point plan he said was aimed at peace in East Asia.
1954: General Gamal Abdel Nasser became Egyptian head of state following the fall of President Mohamed Naguib.
1966: The Great Leonid meteor storm was observed in western North America, estimated at 144,000 meteors per hour / 40 per second - the most intense meteor shower ever observed. The meteor storm lasted less than 1 hour and was caused when the earth passed through a dense patch of the Leonid meteor stream. Leonids enter the atmosphere at 162,000 m.p.h., the fastest of any shower meteors, and burn up at an altitude between 80 and 55 miles.
1967: The U.S. unmanned Surveyor 6 spacecraft became the first man-made vehicle to land and take off from the Moon (the Russians were the first to land an unmanned vehicle on the moon).
1970: The Russian Luna 17 spacecraft landed an 8-wheeled lunar vehicle on the moon.
1973: During the Watergate break in investigation, Richard Nixon made his famous denial to the Associated Press, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." Nixon resigned the next year when he could no longer deny and impede his impeachment and criminal prosecution.
1997: Muslim terrorists disguised as police opened fire on tourists in Egypt, killing over 70 British, Swiss, German and Japanese people.