WHY BABYLON IS LITREAL & WILL BE REBUILT & IMPORTANT IN FUTURE PROPHECY:
Some say that Babylon is NOT literal. That OT prophecy never teaches that it’ll be rebuilt.
The Bible predicts the destruction of Babylon will be final & complete (Jer 50-51; Isa 13). It’ll be so annihilated that it’ll be like Sodom/Gomorrah (Jer 51.24-26)
Scripture predicts the destruction will be utterly sudden/quick (Jer 51.8//Rev 18)
The OT predicts this will come “in the Day of the LORD” (Isa 13.6-11; 13.1; 14.1-3; Jeremiah 50:1-6)
At the time of her destruction there will be cosmic/heavenly disturbances in sun and moon (Isa 13:10/Matt 24/Rev 6-16)
Universal peace will result from the overflow of Babylon (Isa 14.7-8; Revelation 19)
A literal interp of Zechariah 5.5-11 demands a restored & rebuilt Babylon —> a woman called “wickedness” is seen sitting in an Ephah measure covered with a round piece of lead. An Ephah to a JEW was a perfect symbol of commerce and was the largest dry measure of the Jews. The Ephah is then taken away to “build a house/Temple in the land of Shinar/babylon. This vision anticipates a final *concentration of wickedness and commercialism in the great center in the land of Shinar/Babylon which would span over the whole earth (exactly as Revelation 17-18 says)
The historical context/situation of Babylon have clearly shown that the prophecies have *NOT* been fulfilled and must await a final and complete fulfillment.
Pastor Geoff preaches Titus 2 in this expository sermon. He carefully works through each word in the text:
1. The older women and what they must do
2. The younger women and biblical womanhood.
Note the older women must *teach* -- encourage, disciple, instruct, admonish -- the young women to know and live out biblical womanhood virtues as Paul describes them in vv.4-5.
This message continues the "Busy Day" of Jesus' Great Galilean (18-month) ministry. In this text, we see the great power, the glorious authority of Jesus Christ:
1. Jesus' authority over all disease
2. Jesus' authority over all demons
3. Jesus' priority in his praying
4. Jesus' primacy in his preaching
This sermon surveys the divine sovereignty & human responsibility truths that are both found in the Bible. God is absolutely sovereign in ordaining, decreeing, and predestining everything that ever takes place -- but God is not the doer of sin, man is culpable and accountable for his sins.
Isa 10 is God's judgment upon ASSYRIA - the people in God's Hand that He used to judge Israel. Assyria acted in great and haughty pride.
This chapter shows us God's magnificence & wisdom in 2 profound ways...
1. Be HUMBLED BY GOD'S HOLINESS (10.5-19)
2. Be HOPEFUL IN GOD'S FAITHFULNESS (10.20-34)
“If we want to bring up a godly family, who shall be a seed to serve God when our heads are under the clods of the valley, let us seek to train them up in the fear of God by meeting together as a family for worship.”
WHAT is family worship?
WHY do family worship?
HOW to do family worship?
simple. consistent. hopeful. creative.
ENCOURAGEMENT to do family worship.
William Perkins >> Those families wherein this service of God [family worship] is performed, are (as it were) little churches, yea, even a kind of Paradise upon earth.
Richard Baxter >> Family reformation is the easiest and the likely way to a common reformation; at least to send many souls to heaven, and train up multitudes for God, if it reach not to national reformation.
JOHN PATON — 19th century missionary to the Canibals.
Every morning and evening his father would lead the family in worship at home. His dad had a small closet where he would go to pray, usually after every meal. John Paton never got over the impact of his father’s prayers. Years later he wrote,
How much my father’s prayers at this time impressed me I can never explain, nor could any stranger understand. When, on his knees and all of us kneeling around him in Family Worship, he poured out his whole soul with tears for the conversion of the Heathen world to the service of Jesus, and for every personal and domestic need, we all felt as if in the presence of the living Savior, and learned to know and love him as our Divine friend. As we rose from our knees, I used to look at the light on my father’s face, and wish I were like him in spirit—hoping that, in answer to his prayers, I might be privileged and prepared to carry the blessed Gospel to some portion of the Heathen World (Autobiography,21).