CONCLUSION = Babylon is a literal city that will dominate the world in the future Tribulation empire.
It will be characterized as a harlot that prostitutes her moral values for material luxury.
The entire city is viewed as a mystery in that her future position, relationship to the AntiChrist, and ultimate destruction BY the antiChrist had not been known before John’s vision (it was new/unveiled)
Babylon will have influence/control over the world — over the entire globe.
This is NOT a mystical system.
It is a real city and system that is intoxicated with power, luxury, immorality & evil.
THE BABYLON in these chapters — though it is religious — it will exist geographically, politically, commercially, religiously and wickedly — and GOD WILL UTTERLY ANNIHILATE IT.
In this sermon, we see the key phrase: "your sins are forgiven" (4x). Jesus performs the miracle of healing the paralytic to SHOW that He, the Son of Man, truly is divine & has all authority to forgive sin!
1. The Faith of the sufferer.
2. The forgiveness of the Savior.
3. The fury of the scribes.
"Part 3: Why Babylon Is Literal, Will Be Rebuilt in Future Prophecy"
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.