(Note from Ron: This article is a bit longer than usual largely because the scripture is included. It contains truth from God that explains much of the situations of our world today. Please set aside the time to digest what God is saying to us in this word.)
We, meaning you and me and all who love God and His kingdom, are greatly blessed beyond measure to be a part of what God is doing in our world today.
Far more than we could imagine or even dream is taking place in our time. The earth and all that is on it has been groaning in bondage waiting to see that which we are a part of in our day, (Romans 8:22).
Great men and women of the Bible longed for this time of the reality of being a part of the transformation of this world out of darkness and death and into the light and life of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 14:17). A new world is coming forth replacing the old world that is being dissolved, (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The old world is passing away, and the new world is coming forth.
Even a casual observer of fundamental world systems is struck with an impression of general deterioration and decay that appears on a course toward complete disintegration. World economies threaten to collapse. Governments are buried in debt. Moral decay is mind boggling as lasting values that have served to strengthen families and nations for centuries are being thrown away.
Agrarian lifestyles that fed and nurtured people throughout history have been traded for energy dependent systems of production that cannot sustain life of the masses without massive amounts of oil and other energy sources. Already numbers of people starve to death daily in parts of our world. Any extended interruption of energy flow could cause millions of people to starve.
Corrupt leadership continues to be exposed in big business, governments, and in every area of human activity. Western world family structures continue in decay. Violence continues to increase, and terror is a factor worldwide. Religious and political strife threaten to engulf the world as militant religious political forces seek to intimidate or eradicate all others.
Our planet is changing. Forests are shrinking, deserts are growing, and ice caps are dwindling. These planetary changes are disrupting patterns of weather that have been relatively stable for millennia. Agriculture suffers from these changes and is affecting the world food supply. Animal species are threatened with extinction, and oceans experience depleting numbers of living creatures.
This is not the world order and conditions that God designed for Planet Earth and mankind.
GOD’S ORDER BRINGS PEACE AND PROSPERITY
The deteriorating world conditions are the result of mankind’s decisions to order life apart from the provisions of God’s love, wisdom, and power.
God loves this world and gave His only begotten Son to redeem it from the destructive ways of fallen man, (John 3:16). God is not burning His beautiful Planet Earth that He loves; He is redeeming it.
The devastating world situations are not because God is angry and sending punishment. They are entirely the result of man’s fallen ways.
God created the earth and created man to have dominion on earth. God knows what will make the planet and all that is on it prosper. He has provided all that is needed to manage the world in such a way that life would be sustained and greatly blessed on earth.
God is, in our time on earth, preparing a pure and holy people in whom Christ Jesus fully abides to replant the new world with the righteous ways of His kingdom of peace and prosperity.
THE FALL OF BABYLON AND THE REVELATION OF NEW JERUSALEM
Great authority and revelation of truth has come from heaven announcing the fall of Babylon. The revelation of New Jerusalem as the Bride of Christ. The kingdom of heaven potential in God’s people now is preparing the way for the end of the Babylonian rule in the world, (Revelation 21:2,9-10).
New Jerusalem coming forth on earth is in God’s people in whom Christ dwells, bringing forth His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
There is great conflict on the earth. Babylon that is now ruling in the world is in opposition to the New Jerusalem pattern city.
New Jerusalem is the ruling city of the light of God. Babylon is the ruling city of the darkness of the enemy. When and where Babylon’s patterns rule, there is darkness, deterioration, and death. When and where the New Jerusalem patterns rule, there is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, true prosperity.
BABYLON AND ALL IT HAS BUILT IS BURNING?
Babylon has already fallen spiritually and became a habitation of demons and every foul spirit imprisoning or locking up and preventing the order of God from ruling in the land.
“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison (a guarding) of every foul spirit, and a cage (a guarding) of every unclean and hated bird!” Revelation 18:1-2.
The translation of these verses make it sound as if the demons inhabiting Babylon are in prison. Actually the demons and foul spirits are the prison guards holding mankind, the rightful God-given authority of the earth in bondage while Satan continues his false inordinate rule on earth by the authority taken by trickery from man.
The same Greek word that is translated prison and cage means “a guarding.” Looking into the Greek allows us to see that the demons and foul spirits are guarding the prisons and cages instead of being in them. Some of the tools of the imprisoning evil spirits causing bondage in Babylon are pride, greed, lust, coveting, competition, addictions, strife, and violence, to name a few.
“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her (Babylon’s) fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury,” Revelation 18:3.
THE GOOD NEWS BEING REVEALED
The good news (Gospel) is that Christ Jesus has defeated the enemy and all of his deception and trickery over God’s chosen authorities (mankind) on earth. The prison doors are opened! The captives are set free!
Isaiah wrote it this way, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound,” Isaiah 61:1.
The devil has no real authority on earth. All authority is given to Christ Jesus the Son of God, (Matthew 28:18). Mankind in Christ and Christ in us has full authority on earth.
WHAT IS MYSTERY BABYLON?
Some have believed religious systems to be the whole of Babylon. Yes, the religious systems are infected with mystery Babylon. However, Babylon is much broader and has captured much more than just religious systems.
Yes, the infected church systems bear much responsibility because they should have been the force of the kingdom that prevented Babylon from taking over the world systems of business, education, media, government, entertainment, and more.
Babylon is a spiritual and universal ruling pattern spirit city of Satan’s design bringing his governance over the kingdoms of the world that fell into his hands through the fall of Adam. Fallen Babylon is now burning with fires of God for destruction of the enemy’s ruling city from domination of the world.
“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her My people lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4.
Fire reduces to ashes leaving only those things that will not burn. The fire of God brings destruction to evil and that which evil has built. The same fires of God bring cleansing from Babylonian ways that have infected the people of God.
The presence of God causes real holiness in the people of God. Pure and holy people of God become filled and empowered with the joy of the Lord to bring forth the New Jerusalem pattern of life replacing the dissolved Babylonian rule.
“Therefore her plagues will come in one day; death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore,” Revelation 18:8-11.
The New Jerusalem pattern city of God is coming forth.
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife,” Revelation 21:9.
“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away,” Revelation 21:2-4.
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son,” Revelation 21:7.
“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth,” Matthew 5:5.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:10.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionist will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life,” Revelation 21:27.
God has chosen to give dominion to mankind and will not intervene without the agreement of mankind on earth. The world is reaping what man has sown.
There is a remnant who are of the seed of Christ being prepared to re-seed the earth with Christ and rule and reign with Him, the true Head of the body.
The old world of evil is being destroyed, and the new world is the redeemed and cleansed earth filled with the kingdom of heaven.
All things are being made new. However, we must first see the burning or dissolving of the old – the clearing of the land in His people and then in the world.
This is not a time to hold back or hide out. This is the time to run fast out of Babylon and toward New Jerusalem. Seek the Kingdom of God in the Spirit. Repent and be cleansed of old Babylonian ways and be filled with the ways of Christ Jesus.
Father, Your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Amen and Amen!
Love never fails, and His Kingdom never ends.
Be made whole in His love,
~ Ron McGatlin
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Ron McGatlin Ron has over 55 years of seeking to serve God in ministry and business. Barbara has served in pastoral and Christian education positions for over 10 years. They currently make their home in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, USA. Ron has written 5 books on revival and the in-breaking kingdom and continues to write powerful apostolic/prophetic articles published weekly in the OpenHeaven.com Digest.