Pastor Geoff preaches on the foundational truth of participating in corporate worship. This message emphasizes the reality that every believer plays an active part in worshiping God corporately.
Rather than the mindset of "I'm going to church to get/take something," we should try to cultivate the mindset of: "I'm going to gather with the saints in order to serve them today!"
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.
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.