The great secret of the New Babylon
The kings from the east
Let's read about the kings from the East, as is written in the Book of Revelation (picked the verses 12 and 16), after which, the Armageddon takes place:
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.
16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
In order to understand what the kings from the east are, let's read from Genesis:
8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar - four kings against five.
10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills.
11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away.
12 They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.
Let's still remember that those kings from the east did not touch Abram, but after the incident, Abram went to rescue Lot! We'll come back to this later.
Now, let's remember of the great promise God made to israelites:
31 I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River.
24 Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea.
We know that the promise was not fulfilled until the Solomon era:
21 And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.
It was kind David who was the king around 1000 BC, but did this 1000 year kingdom quite last until it's end, when the Christ got in power? We see, that after David,
Solomon got in power. Precisely as when the promise was fulfilled - he ruled from the Euphrates to the border of Egypt. Thus we go read what's written in the letter
for the Corinthians:
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
What a nice image of the coming. Eventually God may be all in all. But let's comprehend on what this israel really means? What is Euphrates? Is the area from Euphrates to Egypt like
an image of God's kingdom, an image of the true Christian Church? What about those outside of God's kingdom?
The israelites were brought to Babylon due to their sins. This is equally true today. There are people like the Judges, there are the ministers of the true faith. But those who believe not,
and keep sinning, even when warned - beware: at the time you least expect, the king from the east, the invisible Nebuchadnezzar (as an image of the devil), will come and bring you into the Babylon, or new Babylon. It's an event you don't
even notice. There the sinner is slave to his sins, of which Zedekiah is a great warning! Remember from John.8:32: "34 Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin."
God's word hasn't gone in vain when talking about the Babylon, it's equally true today. It's the God's kindgom scattered here on earth, but was at the time bordered from Euphrates to Egypt, as an image of the coming.
11 Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.
Eventually Cyrus freed the people from the Babylonian captivity. Did you know that Cyrus means "lord"? It's the Christ who can free anyone from the captivity of the new babylon. But it can only
happen via repentance with a human who has the Holy Spirit. Christ himself declared this task for the Apostles. There is no shortcuts. Anyone declaring that he's making deals directly with the God
(without asking forgiveness of sins with a human) doesn't speak the truth because the Holy Spirit is one of the three forms of God.
Israelites were warned against the pagan customs, including the wearing of earrings and makeup, contraception etc. Those customs among many others, are generally considered as no big deals here on earth. But God instructs
his people via the Holy Spirit and all the written, including the law and the prophets, stand behind it.
Remember the story of the Kings, Abram and Lot? Abram was living peacefully, but Lot was being brought out of the land. When Abram heard about that, he went to rescue Lot. This is equally true and healthy
advice for us in the living faith also today. If we hear that our beloved ones are being brought out of the God's kingdom, we want to talk about the matters of faith with them. This happens with
caring and loving talk and prayers, without anger and threats. We forgive the sins that are the primary causes for the kings of the east to come. The kings would like to bring all believers out of the kingdom.
The Day of the Lord
6 You, Lord, have abandoned your people,
the descendants of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination like the Philistines
and embrace pagan customs.
In the book of Micah, we read the encouraging words about the remnant of Jacob, as well as the image of the God's kingdom here on earth.
7 The remnant of Jacob will be
in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
like showers on the grass,
which do not wait for anyone
or depend on man.
11 The day for building your walls will come,
the day for extending your boundaries.
12 In that day people will come to you
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
even from Egypt to the Euphrates
and from sea to sea
and from mountain to mountain.
It's the Lord who can dry up the Euphrates as well as the gulf for anyone to walk into the God's kindgom, which is truly hidden here on earth.
15 The Lord will dry up
the gulf of the Egyptian sea;
with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand
over the Euphrates River.
He will break it up into seven streams
so that anyone can cross over in sandals.
16 There will be a highway for the remnant of his people
that is left from Assyria,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from Egypt.
If you feel like you'd like to cross the river or the sea, and come into the kindgom, pray God he will send you one in living faith to make it possible!
For you see, like it's written in John.6: "44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them". Going across the Euphrates or Red sea is like
the miracle of a camel going through the eye of a needle! You cannot do it yourself, but a great miracle of God is required -
He is the one who draws people! The time of miracles isn't over yet: Micah.7: "15 As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders."
Also, Zechariah:10 "11 They will pass through the sea of trouble;
the surging sea will be subdued
and all the depths of the Nile will dry up.
Assyria's pride will be brought down
and Egypt's scepter will pass away." This is the very biblical advice given also today:
"7 Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!"
6 Flee from Babylon!
Run for your lives!
Do not be destroyed because of her sins.
It is time for the Lord's vengeance;
he will repay her what she deserves.
Warning to Escape Babylon's Judgment
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
'Come out of her, my people,'
so that you will not share in her sins,
so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
5 for her sins are piled up to heaven,
and God has remembered her crimes.
Acknowledge your sins, and pray that God will send you a man with the Holy Spirit. Judeans acknowledged
their wrongdoings and sins, and they were eventually freed. Get out of the Babylon!
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