Continuing our study of chapter 18.
Those who write upon the end-times are often, quite rightly, accused of newspaper exegesis, where we look at world events rushing towards us, and impose them upon our understanding of the text of Revelation.
Exegesis is where we allow the text of scripture to shape our understanding and, by contrast, eisegesis is where we allow our own understanding to shape our interpretation scripture.
Put another way, exegesis is where we allow God to teach us through scripture and eisegesis is where we allow ourselves to teach God through scripture.
That said, world events do seem to be coming together in the shape of a strong emerging Babylonian spirit.
We discussed how Babylon represents a religious/economic/political world system. It originated from the days of Babel, where man strived to equal or supersede God. This satanic system has cast its tentacles throughout society, down through the ages, delighting in keeping people under its control.
It has emerged into popular consciousness in the form of secret societies such as freemasonry and the enigmatic illuminati. Its economic grasp upon the markets has ensured that the rich stay rich and the poor are held in a cage of poverty.
Many speak of a World Government System that will take over from individual sovereign states. Some consider this to be no more than a conspiracy theory but others contend that the enemy hides his plans in the midst of a whole bunch of conspiracy theories, so that folk dismiss or ridicule them.
The end-time antichrist will cause severe devastation but his reign will only last for a short time. Mystery Babylon has tucked itself behind the scenes of world history and slowly released its blasphemous poison into society.
As we enter the end-times, many believe Babylon will seize the opportunities of chaos, to impose its dystopian vision upon society. It will offer solutions to every global problem and nations will have no other choice but to surrender to its satanic grasp. We will be told of its benign benevolence but the bars of its cages will tell another story.
Thank you for reading this. The second part will be tomorrow…
- Revelation 19:11 Faithful and TrueOur testimony is that Jesus has been faithful and true and stood alongside, through every storm that has been thrown at us, and never let go of us ever!
- Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem.
- Revelation 19:9 InvitedThe Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
- Revelation 19:7 Eager AnticipationIn the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment.
- Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness.