Bible study series: The Beginning and the End - Genesis and Revelation
The Counterfeit - Babel and the Harlot
by I Gordon
|The way of Man
|The way of God - True Salvation||Note|
|Gen 11:4 "Come, let us build for ourselves..."||Mat 11:28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Rev 22:17 "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
|Man is forever trying to build for themselves. If it is not one scheme it is another. But the heart remains the same - we can build, we can work to achieve salvation. God's way is the opposite - you come with nothing in your had but take God's offer of salvation freely, without works, without cost.|
|Gen 11:4 "Come, let us build... a tower whose top will reach into heaven"||Rom 10:6-9 "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down) or 'Who will descend into the deep?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.||Man's goal is to ascend and reach Heaven by it's own works. Yet scripture tells us not to do that. The word we proclaim is the word of faith - Confess that Jesus is Lord and has been raised and you will be saved.|
|Gen 11:4 "... so that we may make a name for ourselves"||1Co 1:28-31 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."||Man's attempt at salvation is for his own glory. God's salvation leaves no boasting in man at all - only in the One who paid the price for us - Jesus, who is our righteousness and redemption. We make no name for ourselves but boast only in Him.|
The vision of the ephah of Zec_5:1-11 corroborates overwhelmingly the thought of the revival of commercial Babylon. A woman, called Wickedness, is seen sitting in an ephah measure, covered with a round piece of lead. (An ephah would be, to a Jew, a perfect symbol of commerce.) Two women with “wings of a stork” (an unclean bird to Israel- Lev_11:19) bear this ephah away “between earth and heaven.” The prophet asks the revealing angel, “Whither do these bear the ephah?” And the significant answer is, “To build her a house in the land of Shinar: and when it is prepared, she shall be set there in her own place.” What could such a vision portray, if not the final concentrating of wickedness in a great center which should reach the whole earth? Direct rebellion against God, in a new, and astounding, and organized way, began in that very land of Shinar and it will complete its cycle and come back for judgment to that same place!
Whatever dark, persecuting history the harlot woman sitting on the Beast has been guilty of; and even if, as is very probable, she represents all false worship since the Flood: doctrines which, pretending to teach worship of God, have led men into the depths of uncleanness of idolatry; this much is certain: the harlot represents the mystery of iniquity, and the Beast, manifest iniquity.
"I was reading the following recently about the rate at which knowledge is increasing. Unfortunately, as knowledge increases exponentially, wisdom is going in the opposite direction! We read:
"Why is the world seeming more chaotic the more complex and interconnected it becomes? The answer may be too much information, or information overload. This is represented by what some social scientists refer to as the Knowledge Doubling Curve, as Feras A. Batarseh of the London School of Economics points out. This theory goes that until year 1900, human knowledge approximately doubled every century. However, by 1950 human knowledge doubled every 25 years. In 2000, human knowledge would double every year. Now, our knowledge is almost doubling every day. As to why this might be happening, Marc Rosenberg puts the exponential knowledge growth down to, first, the The Internet of Things, noting "the amount of information generated by connected devices will likely match, if not outstrip, the amount of information generated by people." Second is big data, which means gathering more and more information about the information or data we've already gathered. Third comes the pace of scientific invention and discovery. Finally comes the collaborative, knowledge-sharing society, which concerns the growing interconnectedness of individuals, teams, and organizations."
From: http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/op-ed-knowledge-doubles-almost-every-day-and-it-s-set-to-increase/article/537543#ixzz6NLpAtHKb” ↩
David Guzik writes concerning this: 'As a religious system, Babylon came into being long before Christianity, but in Satanic imitation it anticipated the coming true Messiah. According to religious history and legend, the Babylonian religion was founded by the wife of Nimrod (a great-grandson of Noah), named Semiramis. She was a high priestess of idol worship, and she gave birth to a son who she claimed was conceived miraculously. The son, named Tammuz, was considered a savior. Many ancient artifacts remain with the familiar motif of the mother Semiramis holding the savior-infant Tammuz, which predate Christianity. It was also said that Tammuz was killed by a wild beast and then miraculously brought back to life. Baal was the local, Canaanite name for the Babylonian Tammuz.' ↩
As a quick summary, when we look at the 'woman' in scripture we obviously start with Eve in the garden of Eden. She is a type of the true bride. We'll speak more of her and this type in the next study. Further down in Genesis we come to the story of Sarah, Abraham's wife and Hagar. Paul in Galatians 4:22-31 says they symbolically speak of two covenants. Hagar is a type of the law or works based religion, and Sarah is a type of grace, the New Covenant. Looking down through scripture we see in Proverbs the conflict between the true wife and the harlot. Solomon, in Proverbs 2 gives this warning to those that would be seduced by the harlot: Pro 2:12-19 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, (13) who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, (14) who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, (15) whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. (16) It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, (17) who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. (18) For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. (19) None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
There is a deeper meaning here than just physical adultery. It has a spiritual application as seen in Revelation 17 with the harlot. The false woman is also seen in Jesus' parable of the leaven. Mat 13:33 He spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened." Leaven in scripture speaks of sin and false teaching. So this parable speaks of the false religious system that will spread its leaven (sin, false teaching) until one day is is right right the entire meal. This is what is pictured by the woman, mystery Babylon, in Rev 17. Jezebel is also portrayed as a symbol for the false woman/religious system (see Rev 2:20). ↩
Again David Guzik reminds us of what life was like for true believers under the Roman Catholic church. He writes: "We should never forget that some of the most vicious persecution conducted against true Christians has been done in the name of the church. In the days when the Roman Catholic Queen Mary ruled England (known as Bloody Mary), some 288 Christians were burnt at the stake for their stand for Christian truth between 1555 and 1558. The first of these martyrs was a man named John Rogers, who, as he stood chained to a stake, and the fire rose around him, up to his legs and shoulders, he rubbed his hands in the flames as if he were washing his hands in cold water. Then he lifted his hands to the heavens and held them high until he was completely consumed by fire. Rogers went to the stake with such calm and dignity that the French Ambassador wrote that he went to his death “as if he was walking to his wedding.” His courage was so evident that the huge crowd burst into applause when they saw him walking to the stake." ↩
For more information see the following Rock Harbor prophecy video: https://youtu.be/fWWKzkjYWBo ↩
From https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/9/12/396/htm : "Outside the Winston Churchill EU building on Avenue du President Schuman, Strasbourg, is a sculpture of a woman riding on a bull entitled The Removal of Europa40. The statue represents the ancient Greek myth of the abduction of Europa by Zeus, and was a gift from Crete to the European Parliament in 2005. The association of Europe with the symbolism of a woman and a bull (beast) has a long history. Europe takes its name from Europa and this symbolism can be found adorned on many artifacts associated with the continent of Europe and, more recently, the European Union. As well as this statue, there is a similar one outside the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels—Europa Riding the Bull. "↩
Jonathon Cahn writes about this in his 'Book of Mysteries'. He writes: "According to the myth, Zeus became enamored with the princess and disguised himself as a white bull. When she saw the bull, she was fascinated and got on his back. He then carried her away and seduced her... The Scriptures prophesy that in the end times there will be a world civilization characterized by godlessness and evil. They also foretell that in the last days will be a great falling away, a great apostasy from the ways of God. How do the two go together? And what does an apostasy require? It requires that one has once known God. Otherwise there could be no falling away. So a civilization that once knew God ends up as a civilization of evil. How does that happen? In the case of the princess, it was a matter of abduction and seduction. Could that happen as well to a civilization? The princess had a name. She was called Europa. . . as in Europe. Think about it, a whole continent, an entire civilization bearing the name of a woman seduced by a pagan god. Europe was once the center in the sending forth of God’s Word. But as it turned away from God, it was seduced by other gods and carried off by other gospels, the gospel of communism, the gods of humanism, fascism, Nazism. In the ancient myth the god who seduces Europa takes the form of a bull. So too in the apostasy of ancient Israel, the god to which the nation turned, Baal, assumed the form of a bull. In the end, it’s all the same god . . . the same satanic principality, the enemy, seeking destruction. Never forget the warning of Europa: a civilization that once knew God, which, in its turning away from God, produced more destruction than any civilization in human history. For when you depart from the light, the darkness will abduct you. And when you turn away from God, you’ll end up seduced by the god of your turning. So guard your heart. Stay far from all gods and idols. Love the Lord with all your heart and strength . . . and you’ll never be touched by the seduction of Europa." ↩