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Edition 233. November 12thth 2014
The days of Noah, Lot and Babylon:
The days of Noah, Lot and Babylon:
The days of Noah, Lot and Babylon contain a number of consistent themes that we would do well to take heed of. Most importantly they relate very strongly to these end-days in which we live.
The consistent themes are:
●All three are types of the last days just before the coming of the Lord.
●The cities of the world during the days of Noah, Lot and Babylon were all filled with the same sins which are; violence and terrorism, aggressive homosexuality, the breakdown of virtues and morals, demonic activity and the worship of false pagan gods.
●All three resulted in spectacular, supernatural judgements of God.
Great spiritual darkness lies just before us and it will cause billions to fall into the never ending abyss.
The messages contained in them are for today, but only a few will take heed, just as in those days.
Jeremiah 13:15-16 “Hear and give ear; do not be proud, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God, before He causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you are looking for the light, He turns it into the shadow of death and makes it dense darkness.”
John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
The days of Noah and Lot:
Luke 17:26-28 “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man...Likewise as it was in the days of Lot,”
The world at the time of Noah was filled with evil including homosexuality.
Genesis 6:5 “Then the Lord saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that the intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Ezekiel 14:13-14 “Son of man, when a land sins against me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine upon it and cut off man and beast from it. Though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness says the Lord God.”
Our Lord compares the condition of the world at His Second Coming with the evil of the “days of Noah.” He lists some of the conditions in Luke 17. “Eating, drinking and giving in marriage, buying and selling etc. Now, are these sins? On their own they’re not, but what is obviously being referred to is the fact that the depraved world of the time had no concern about the warnings of impending judgement and destruction coming. They all carried on as though everything would carry on as normal.
At that time there was also forbidden interaction between fallen demonic beings called the Nephalim.
Noah’s Ark now:
The Bible says that the Ark came to rest on the “mountains of Ararat” which are in present day Turkey. Much study, research and numerous expeditions to Ararat have been done. I have personally been involved in a lot of this back in the 1970’s and 80’s. I still have an active interest and participation in the search for the remnants of Noah’s Ark.
There are two possible sites on which the Ark came to rest. One is perpetuated by the fraud of the century, the late Ron Wyatt. His site has been debunked and scientifically disproved a million times. (Please don’t send me emails on anything to do with the fraudster Ron Wyatt – I’m not interested. If you want to verify it all, you simply need to look it up objectively, instead of blindly swallowing all the lies, deceptions and garbage.)
The other and most likely site is the side of the mountain in the Ahora Gorge. There are so many historical records, books, legends, sightings and even photographs that mysteriously disappeared, on the Ahora Gorge site, being the area in which the Ark came to rest.
Ararat is a volcanic mountain and has been rising over the last 4000 years, so it was a lot lower back then.
It is very likely that the discovery of the Ark on Ararat is being withheld by our Lord for a particular time period in these last days. My proposed expedition to Ararat fell through many years ago because of political tension in the area, but I hope to report one day soon, on the discovery.
The verifiable discovery of remnants of the Ark will signal the very soon coming of our Lord and it will mean one huge, great, big thing and that is that God judges sin! Of course we don’t put primary faith in archaeology.
The images below show Mt. Ararat covered in snow. The bottom picture shows how the snow is receding. It does this each summer, but lately it is receding more and more each time. Ahora is a glacier so it’s not melting much yet, but pretty soon the side of this mountain will reveal what is there. Obviously any new volcanic activity will melt the lot in a flash.
The ice-cap and glaciers have receded by 30% since 1976, according to the Istanbul Daily News.
This glacier is also the source of the Euphrates River and we know from prophecy that it will dry up to make way for the Kings of the East, in the tribulation period.
The days of Lot:
The world at the time of Lot was filled with evil. It had manifested in a group of five cities, two being Sodom and Gomorrah. The particular sins mentioned in the Bible are: “Grievous (Genesis 18:22-33), aggressive homosexuality including rape and attempted sex with angels. Jude1:7 includes among the sins of Sodom, sexual perversion (original).
It’s very interesting that the angels “blinded” all the homosexual men of Sodom and Gomorrah, so that they could not find their way. Then they instructed Lot and his family to get out of the city because of the coming fire-judgement. (Genesis 19:11)
We all know the story of Lot’s wife looking back, but few realise the importance of what happened to the homosexuals. They were blinded in the face of judgement. In fact they were essentially blinded to their own judgement. Please think about that!
You can absolutely bet on this: Pride causes spiritual blindness... always! Homosexuality is always associated with pride. Pride is always blind to its own demise. Blindness and pride are twins.
Ezekiel 16:49-50 “This was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and the needy.”
Why homosexuality is such a problem:
The image above shows the original eight colours of the “Gay Pride” movement’s flag. It was later changed to the seven colours of the rainbow.
One of the sins of the days of Noah was homosexuality. It’s very interesting that after the judgement of God in the flood of Noah, He promised not to destroy the world again through a flood, sealing His promise with the covenant rainbow. (Genesis 9:13).
Now the worldwide colours identifying the homosexual movement and the “Gay Pride” movement in particular, are the rainbow colours. This is seen in their flag and other symbols. What an incredibly arrogant insult to the living God!
The very reason for God’s judgement is now being flaunted in God’s face. My friends, you don’t mock God and get away with it.
The rainbow seal of God has been hijacked and is now the seal of homosexual pride and will result in judgement. This time it will be by fire and not water. Many reading this will reject this, or condemn it or think it’s nothing. WRONG! Believe it or not it’s coming!
So why exactly is homosexuality such a problem? The answer is short and simple and most people are completely ignorant of it!
God has set up three institutions for a strong nation under God. They are church, family and state. There are Biblical principles involved with each. Its like a tripod, which stands securely on all three legs. Remove one and it will fall on its head.
God defined marriage in the Bible. The New Covenenat refines and makes it very clear that marriage is between two adults, a male and a female.
You see, homosexualtiy is really a challenge to God. Its a challenge to one of those three legs of the tripod. To say nothing of the challenge to God’s standards of morality! Its a challenge to the stability of a nation.
Homosexuality, like all sin, grows. Its progressive. It has moved from being about equal rights to redefining marriage.
Let me tell you something, which you may not agree with but its so, so true! Homosexuals will always insist on their rights, but will never allow you the liberty to maintain an anti-homosexual stance in line with God. So they must get rid of God and or you (us). They’ll tolerate hetorosexuals, but will not tolerate you maintaining your rights to stand against their evil.
You see, it’s not about equal rights at all. What they reallly want is for us to be like them!
That is the eternal desire of the devil. He doesn’t care which sin you dive headlong into, as long as you are his and don’t challenge his hell-bound world.
Satan’s biggest advocates are the mass media, specifically CNN, BBC, Sky and others.
Unfortunately many churches have joined up with Satan on this venture.
Homosexuality has also hit Israel in a big way, with Tel Aviv being its centre. Ezekeil 5:7-8 “Because you have multiplied dissobendience more than the nations around you, and have not walked in My statutes, nor kept My judgments...Indeed I am against you and will execute judgement in your midst in the sight of the nations.”
Do you think you can build a new world order of peace, embracing homosexualtiy, and other evil? You’ve got to be mad in your head and totally ignorant of God’s ways, and word.
If homosexuality was okay God would have to appologise to Sodom and Gomorrhah!
By the way, homosexuality is equally condemned in the New Covenenant. (Romans 1:26-27)
The days of Babylon:
The sins of Babylon were many, including homosexuality, but some of the big ones were the sins against the people of Israel.
Jeremiah 51:24 “I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea, for all the evil they have done in Zion in your sight, says the Lord.”
Jeremiah 51:49 “As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon all the slain of the earth shall fall.”
Babylon was guilty of receiving the stolen temple implements and defiling them with drunken debauchery. This was the reason for the “writing on the wall” and the subsequent judgement.
The people of Babylon said “Let us make for ourselves a name.” (Genesis 11:4). Babylon was identified with pride, greed political power, religious abominations, witchcraft, paganism, and the occult. It developed the banking system, and world trade.
Babylon’s sins are spoken of in numerous places in the scriptures.
Babylon’s biggest sin was to try and create world peace by building a tower to heaven. This was not God’s way because it included a mixture of uncleanness. No one can approach God without having being cleansed by the cross.
Jeremiah 51:6 “Flee from the midst of Babylon, and everyone save his life! Do not be cut off in her iniquity, for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance.”
Numerous verses in both Old and New Covenants speak of an end-time Babylon referring to both the religious world and the socio-political, economic world. These verses include world trade, commerce, industry and of course numerous intense sins.
Simply by looking at these verses and their context they could not be referring to actual rebuilt Babylon in these days.
The general consensus, to which I hold too, is that end-time Babylon symbolises the modern world-system in all its godless ways and forms as well as mixed world-religion.
God destroyed the city of Babylon and the tower of Babel with supernatural judgement.
Babylon will not be rebuilt:
The Bible has many references to end-time Babylon. Have a look at these verses:
Jeremiah 50:13 “Because of the wrath of the Lord, Babylon shall not be inhabited, but shall be wholly desolate ...”
Jeremiah 50:39 “The wild desert beasts shall dwell in Babylon with the jackals, and the ostriches shall dwell there. It shall be inhabited no more forever, nor shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.”
These verses make it abundantly clear that the literal city of Babylon will never be rebuilt. Some believe it has already been rebuilt. No it hasn’t!
Saddam Hussein tried to rebuild the city. He stared in 1983, only to abandon the project. It was then completed in 2006 as a small building no bigger than a shopping centre. Today it is a tourist centre opening in the day, closing at night. It is nowhere near being a city of any description. This tourist centre is near but not on the original site – in accordance with the verses above. The image below is of modern Babylon.
So, what is modern Babylon? Many descriptions and the context of the verses reveal that end-time Babylon refers to the modern world-system. Religious Babylon is most certainly the Catholic church and other similar orthodox churches. Some identify end-time Babylon with New York. If the US is the leader of the world in many respects, then the US is part of Babylon, but not exclusively.
The reason Babylon will never be rebuilt again is very important. Babylon is a type of the world commercial system and the world’s religious system. Both are soon to be destroyed at the Second Coming, never to rise again. Once our Lord destroys the current world system it is forever over. This is why the type – Babylon - will also never be rebuilt.
If literal physical Babylon is to be rebuilt on the original site and become the world’s leader in trade etc. it would have to be a very substantial city. How long does it take to build a big beautiful city from scratch? Well, firstly there is the archaeological problem of having to clear up all of that. It could take 15 to 20 years to build a city like Babylon was. That means that all the end-time events can’t even begin until then!
Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘come out of her (Babylon) My people lest you share in her sins, and let her receive of her plagues.’”
►The word “Babylon” means “Gateway to God” in Greek, and in Hebrew it means “confusion” or “mixture.” The word “Babel” also has the same meanings.
Revelation 18:4-5 Commands God’s people to “come out of Babylon”. Amazingly, the verse says “For her sins have piled up as high as heaven...”
Ha, ha, here are the people trying to build a tower or gateway to heaven. God destroyed it and says that it is their sins that have reached so high! Please remember that not one unsaved person ever has or will have access to God!
The verse below shows that there is power in unity!
Genesis 11:6-7 “The Lord said, ‘indeed the people are one and they have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them...Let us destroy them.’”
It was the unity and common purpose amongst the people that caused them to build the tower to God. But unity and common purpose outside of God’s ways ends in destruction.
Today modern Babylon is the mixing together of good and evil, right and wrong, all religions, and a new world order with a common purpose and unified in sin. It’s all a modern attempt to build a “gateway to God” and to achieve world peace, by confusing and mixing all these things together.
This is what identifies the real new-world citizen – bound for hell.
If world peace were possible, God and Satan would have to make peace!
Please understand that Babylon was a centre of demonic activity. All that is of Babylon today, its orthodox religions, and political aspirations are all full of major controlling demons.
Today many churches have the flavour of the god of Babylon within them.
The world’s ways have become sacrosanct!
Isaiah 30:10-14 (Amp) “They say to the seers ‘See not; and to the prophets, prophesy not what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceitful illusions. Get out of the true way, turn aside out of the path, cease holding up before us the Holy One of Israel. Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel , because you despise and spurn My word and trust in cunning and oppression (of the righteous), in crookedness and perverseness, and rely on them; Therefore this guilt shall be to you as a broken high wall and ready to fall, whose crash will come suddenly and swiftly, in an instant.”
Evil and judgement:
Ecclesiastes 8:5 “A wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgement.”
Today the world’s mass-media has whitewashed sin and justified evil. They’ve redefined God’s word – or so they think. They’ve removed judgement. Of course they will receive the most severe judgement of all!
Sin, pride and evil are messy. The deeper you get into them, the more they will mess your life up and make things much more difficult to return to the ways of our Lord.
But make no mistake...all sin will be judged. If you take one gloroius thing away from this edition, let it be this knowldege: The eternal future kingdom of God will be sin-free. The entire universe will be clean and absolutely holy. It will be full of love, which is the antithesis of sin, pride and evil, all of which are rooted in self, the world and the demonic and their god – Satan.
You can enter this cleansed and glorious world only through the cross of Calvary.
2 Corinthians 6:17 “Be separate; don’t touch what is unclean and I will receive you...let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
Touching what is unclean relates to so much today. Almost all the entertainment world is unclean in the extreme. If you come into contact with these things by choice it is your problem. You don’t have to expose yourselves to what is unclean and things that will defile you.
The way to be free of coming judgement:
The lion does not sleep tonight!
Surprise, surprise, the way to be free from judgement is to receive judgement! It is to see, know and understand the depths of the work of the cross in judging all sin. It is to embrace and accept that fact and to “judge yourself” as well. “Those who judge themselves (in line with God’s word) will not be judged”. (1 Corinthians 11:31.)
Yes God has done it all through the cross, but we still have an element of sin in our flesh or self-life, which is deeply connected to the world - system, and through that, to it’s god, Satan. This is why we need to take up our own cross daily after embracing the cross of Messiah.
I know I’ve spoken a lot about judgement in recent editions. Our Lord has led me that way. We are fast approaching the culmination of the age and the exploding onto the world stage of the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan, the wrath of man and the wrath of nature, all at the same time.
The judgement of God is pure, clean and holy and greatly to be desired. The judgements of Satan and man in the tribulation period will be far worse than you or Hollywood could ever imagine. If you reject God’s judgement through the cross of Messiah you will without choice receive Satan’s worst and never get out of his prison.
The Lamb is now the Lion of the tribe of Judah and most people are cuddling up to what they think is still the Lamb. Of course His Lamb-nature remains for those who are His, and His forgiveness stands.
After judgement comes purity. All sin and evil is gone and what remains is glorious holiness. For us as believers we have already entered that state in spirit.
The name “Noah” means ‘rest, peace, comfort’. Isn’t that wonderful? After tjudgement comes rest, peace and comfort!
The name Ararat (mount) means, “the curse reversed.”
All that is of the god of this world is already doomed. All that is of our God of glory will endure forever.
Psalm 19:9-11 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether...more to be desired are they than fine gold...By them your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.”
The grand summary:
You can’t build a world of peace outside of God’s ways and plans. You can’t do it your way, my way or the world’s way. You can only do it God’s way.
Those who adhere to, welcome, receive and propagate the full doctrine of Messiah, including eschatology and judgement are always well balanced with God and spiritually healthy. They are clean and trustworthy.
Don’t think that you will not be defiled if your deliberate choice takes you into the things of this world. Do not entertain these things in your mind. A clean mind leads to a pure heart. Keep your heart with all diligence. A pure heart leads to a pure life. This determines the course of your life.
The greatest tragedy is to be an enemy of the living God, and most who are, don’t even know that they are!
If your church strays over onto the world’s territory – get out of it. When the church makes sense to the world it has fallen!
Because much of the church has removed judgement their leaders become the judge. They decide what the new post-modern believer must be like! They are the gods of their kingdom having redefined Christianity, based on what the people want.
I remember once quite long ago, listening to a preacher spend the whole time pointing the flock to our Lord. He was in a sense on the sideline, almost inconsequential as everything was directed to our Lord. I recall feeling spiritually refreshed and clean.
Today too many are trying to get you to be what they want you to be!
A new world order of deep peace is coming soon – purified by the cross of Calvary, and only those who have gone through the cross will participate.
1 John 5:4 “Everyone who is born of God overcomes the world.”
Malachi 2:17 “You have wearied the Lord with your words...in that you say everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord and He delights in them.”
Revelation 18:2 “He cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit...”
I took this picture in the wonderland called Namaqualand on the West Coast of South Africa. This desert almost 1000 kms long, springs to life with wild flowers as far as the eye can see for just a short season each year.
If you want to see some more pictures of this beautiful area, click Here.
Shalom and grow in grace!