John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would fight…
2 Corinthians 10:4
NIV: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
ESV: For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
KJV: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
A selection of Conservative Christians today are adamant about voting, but voting is a worldly weapon, but our weapons are spiritual. And what happens when a kingdom becomes Christian? It’s not good.
Constatine, a Roman Emperor, became Christian and forced Christianity on the world.
The “Christianity” Constantine endorsed was already considerably different from that practiced by Jesus Christ and the apostles.
For example, at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325), church authorities essentially replaced the biblical Passover with Easter, a popular holiday rooted in ancient springtime fertility celebrations. Endorsing this change, Constantine announced: “It appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast [Easter] we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of soul … Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd”.
Through Constantine, spiritual Babylon came to power in Rome. So what should a Christians response be to the rise of corrupt government? Let’s do what the Bible shows us.
2: Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,
5: I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
6: And now have I given all these lands unto the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
Israel had begun to fall into corruption, God told the prophet Jeremiah that he had ordained the coming of Babylon, and that not only should he not oppose the coming corrupt government, but to tell the people to accept it and not fight it. He even warned of other prophets who told the people they would not serve Babylon.
9 As for you, do not listen to your prophets… who speak to you, saying, You shall not serve the king of Babylon.
10 For they prophesy a lie to you, to remove you far from your land, and that I should drive you out and you should perish.
11 But the nations who bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those I will leave it on their own land, says the LORD. And they shall work it and dwell in it.
Listening to such voices will kill you. Those who opposed Babylon either will killed or taken prisoner to Babylon!
One prophet denied Jeremiah’s prophecy and even broke Jeremiah’s yoke!
1 …Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, of Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
2 So says Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
3 Within two full years I will again bring into this place all the vessels of the LORD’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried them to Babylon.
4 And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah who went into Babylon, says the LORD. For I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Look what happened to this prophet!
10 ¶ Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck and broke it.
11 And Hananiah spoke for the eyes of all the people, saying, So says the LORD, Even so I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the time of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, So says the LORD: You have broken the yokes of wood, but you shall make for them yokes of iron.
14 For so says Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And they shall serve him. And I have given him the beasts of the field also.
15 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah. The LORD has not sent you, but you make this people to trust in a lie.
16 Therefore so says the LORD, Behold, I will drive you from off the face of the earth. You shall die this year, because you have taught rebellion against the LORD.
17 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
If Jesus is coming soon, and I believe the rapture soon, then the anti-christ must come, and his coming is ordained and cannot be stopped. If we were to stop him, then we would delay the coming of Jesus!
This does not mean we endorse the anti-christ nor the corrupt government but instead let the people eat and choke on their quail.
And what do I mean by that? When Moses took the Israelites out of Egypt, they began to complain they had no meat, so God brought them quail and they choked on it (Num chap 11).
Today America is hotly divided, many want their evils and are beginning to be violent against those who seek to bring about justice and purity. I say let them have their quail, and let them choke on it. But there will be some who will oppose the anti-christ, and some of these, will gain something important in doing so, the purifying of their own souls. And while they may become pure, they will fail in opposing the anti-christ.
14: And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.
15: So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
16: But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
33: And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
34: Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
35: And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
36: And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
40: And at the time of the end…
Babylon’s Authority is ordained to come, do not oppose it, Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!