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Exiled In, or Freedom from Spiritual Babylon

Updated on January 2, 2017

There are many who are in the counterfeit church system who are under the oppression and captivity of spiritual Babylon. Spiritual Babylon is a spiritual state of people who focus more on their man-made building rather than allowing Christ to build temples of the Holy Spirit. Under the gloss of the traditions of man are an oppressed people who are battered, tired, mentally and emotionally drained imprisoned by wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Scripture reveals some insight into the spiritual reality of Babylon through the physical events that took place in the Old Testament when Judah was taken captive and imprisoned by their Babylonian enemies as a result of breaking the covenant that they had made with God (Exodus 19:8).

And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls around Jerusalem. And the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon, together with the rest of the multitude, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard CARRIED INTO EXILE. – 2 Kings 25:10-11

When we choose to disobey God and His leading through Christ without repentance, our hearts will harden and we will be drawn into spiritual captivity. Judah is an example of a people that God allowed to be taken captive for their disobedience. Their hard hearts were a result of refusing to come under the authority of God making them hostile towards His standards. The people of God became captive to Satan’s kingdom, but it was only through their repentance that they were released from bondage.

Satan is the king of spiritual Babylon today who brings confusion and double-mindedness as he wages continual war against the ekklesia of Christ. Many who fall for his deceptions have allowed him to take control over the inner courts of their sanctuary.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12

Protective Hedge

Paul speaks of members of the ekklesia who are held captive in the law of sin.


But I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. – Romans 7:23


When we become a new creation through Christ, we are no longer a slave to sin. We come under the authority of God through His Son.If we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we will be protected from and will have the discernment avoid the system of spiritual corruption that wants to lead us into bondage.


Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” – Job 1:10-11


Many have been led into captivity, but God is calling those to come out. He will show us are carnal ways and reveal the true nature of our hearts in captivity to bring us to repentance. We must take heed; otherwise, we will not be restored unto Him leading to a reprobate mind.


For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. – Romans 7:19


The question is why would God allow His people to be held in captivity in a state of confusion?


Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. – Isaiah 39:6


For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. - 2 Corinthians 5:1


There are many who take part in the traditions of the counterfeit institutional church system who are in a state of confusion. They look to man’s ways of attaining salvation rather than following the way of Christ. Their focus is on the things of the world instead of the Kingdom of God. The is is the equivalent to what happened to Judah.


Moreover, I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them and seize them and carry them to Babylon. – Jeremiah 20:5


The glory of God cannot manifest in our lives when we are bound in spiritual Babylon.

The Daily Battle


“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32


The process of being set free will bring persecution to those who choose to remain in bondage. There is battle against the religious self-righteous as will as our own as we walk in repentance out of the darkness into the light of abiding in God's word.


You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. – 1 Corinthians 15:36


So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16


The key to fighting the fight and being victorious in Christ is allowing the Holy Spirit to convict us and let God deal with the carnal intentions of our hearts that focuses on the temporal needs of spiritual Babylon to the eternal principles of the Kingdom of God.


For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12


God does not work in the self-righteous because their righteousness is filthy rags. We must walk in faith in obedience to the truth that will set us free so that we are pleasing in the sight of God.


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge – Hosea 4:6


God allows us to go through hard situations because He wants to purge something that is in us to bring us to repentance and into freedon. We must cast away the baggage that we carry from spiritual Babylonian because it will only lead to confusion and double-mindedness that leads right back into captivity.


Imprisonment or Release


There are many who are held captive in spiritual Babylon. Some have been there most of their lives. Unfortunately, they will remain there and never come to the knowledge of the truth because they have refused God’s calling to come out of the harlot church system. Willful ignorance is a life sentence in captivity with a reprobate minds. The refusal of knowledge and the call to repentance is the same as being bound in chains.

Our Father in heaven by His Grace through Christ will give many the the opportunity to seek truth and gain the knowledge to finding freedom.

The process of maturing in Christ is learning with the guidance of the Holy Spirit of how to obtain the hidden mysteries of the Kingdom of God. It requires going the process of slaying our carnal nature and allowing God’s to lead us out of captivity into peace and freedom.


May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! – Psalm 29:11


Today, many fear man more than of God. Human tradition takes precedence, but it will never bring true peace and happiness. Self-help programs will always come at a price of throwing out faith in God for man. Respect for God and His standards are sidelined fro the way of spiritual Babylon.

When people surrender their minds and emotions to the direction of ecclesiastical men, they become captive to them. The wolves in sheep’s clothing will gloss their eyes over from seeing the truth of their condition.Th is manifests manifestations in the utter denial of truth, confusion, insecurity, delusion, unbelief and double-mindedness just to name few. These symptoms are a result of coming under lordship of Babylonian authorities instead of what solely belongs to Christ.

Many blame God for their situation, but it is of their our own making. The pride of not taking ownership for their behaviours will not lead them out of captivity. It is only through humility that there is release.


Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. – Romans 13:11


Departure


When we allow the sword of truth to slay our carnal man, we will wake up out of our demonic slumber with the ability to listen, obey and heed the call of God.


Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues – Revelation 18:4


If we don’t come out, we will be left to the confusion of spiritual Babylon and share in her plagues.


Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. – Romans 8:9b


God is calling many out of Babylon, but many are not responding because they are not willing to heed His call.


Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. – Ezekiel 39:28


Escaping from spiritual Babylon is allowing God rescue us and lead the way. The only way ancient Israel could escape captivity was by God rescuing them and leading the way. Unless we repent, it will be futile in trying to leave captivity into freedom. The only way out is focusing on God and allowing Him through Christ to perform the work of salvation within us.


And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. – Exodus 14:13


Come out enslavement cures those who are spiritually deaf and blind that brings peace and a sound mind.


Perception


True freedom in Christ is seeing with greater perception of reality through spiritual eyes. The carnal mind is never at peace because it is shackled to the temporal system of the world. The things of the Spirit of God are the everlasting purposes of His plan for us.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2


Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. – 1 Peter 3:11


Repentance and Warning


Ask God to give you spiritual eyes and ears to see the truth about spiritual Babylon that is wrapped in the organized religions of the world. It has been prophesied that the great falling away will come. It is here, but many cannot see it for what it truly is. God is going to test our faith with trials to bring us into perfection and completeness in Him. It is only through repentance that we can attain the knowledge of truth and understanding God’s plan of salvation.

The revivals that are announced today is not about conviction, but about promoting apostasy anymore. The hype and gimmicks is a plague that runs rampant in spiritual Babylon. The disease that causes reprobate minds is moving across the land. We must heed the call and be cured before it fully manifests.

Revival in spiritual Babylon is not a cure from the plague, but an illusion of it.

It is time to fear God and listen to His voice, or face the consequences.

Matthew 24:3-13 is here.

The delusion that things are better on the broad road is spiritually blindness.

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. - 2 Thessalonian 2:8


For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. - 2 Timothy 4:3


But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. - 2 Timothy 3:1-5


Seeing things through lens of man's doctrines is like worshiping God with a golden calf.


"Let us build and make a name for ourselves."

Idolatry (Let Us Build)


Spiritual Babylon puts man at the head rather than Christ. They will say, “Let us build and make a name for ourselves.” They try to attain salvation by human effort that turns the Gospel into commerce. The counterfeit church system just like ancient Israel adopted the practices of the world in an attempt to attin salvation. This only led them into bondage.

True believers in Christ must understand that they do not represent a building, business, corporation, or charity. The Kingdom of God will never expand on noble human effort and methods, but only by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Human efforts are selfish ambitions that center around the traditions of man.

We need to repent of our dead works.

The ministries are motivated by mammon and gaining recognition for themselves. Through the activity religious human effort the focus turns to man instead of what Christ has done.

“Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. – Ezekiel 14:3


Many do not fully understand the consequences of their idolatry. Satan is released to assault all those who partake in in the churches of men. Behind the religious facade a re those who are oppressed, depressed and discouraged. Spiritual manipulation runs rampant as a means of control. The confusion and division of denominations are God’s judgement on those who remain in Babylon.


Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. – Genesis 11:7-8


God’s judgement is still operating today.

Will you have eyes to see and ears to hear the call of God to come out.


“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.” – Revelation 18:4-8


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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Tamarajo,

      Thank-you for your confirming the process that you have gone through. I have been there too, but am glad that I heeded God's call to "come out of her." God is gracious enough to not leave us permanently there if we repent and reconcile back to Him. God Bless.

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      Tamarajo 3 years ago

      I have been to Babylon, not a pleasant experience, but a necessary one. Your article is insightful and truthful. The process you so thoroughly described was consistent with my experience

      I hope those headed there will glean from your information.

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Wow PandN,

      You covered a lot here - a lot to take in. Thank you. I especially like your use of Scripture and your definition of revival (repentance) - another nail hit on the head!

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Christine,

      Thank-you for you well thought out comment.

      I what to clarify that I believe that the "revival" that is going on in the churches of men is not true revival. I believe that true revival starts in our homes with us as individuals. As we come out of captivity and have victory, we can be used by God to expand His Kingdom.

      I don't believe that true revival is going to happen on a broad scale because there is no Scriptural basis that things are going to get better. Broad scale revival requires those who have had revival in their own lives getting together corporately in one accord with Jesus Christ before any principalities and powers can be taken down. This cannot be done on an individual basis. This means that any revival that is marketed in the "church" sphere is counterfeit because the Word does not say otherwise.

      I believe the season that we are in is judgement. America will face the consequences for turning their face from God. The modern "church" has completely abandoned God and His ways and now they will face the consequences for doing so.

      "Since Yeshua/Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever...."

      Many quote this, but it is important to make the distinction that God has dealt differently with different people groups throughout history. The divine miracles of Jesus Christ and the Apostles are not happening today because the signs were meant for the unbelieving Jews. We no longer require a sign, but have faith because His grace is sufficient. The sign gifts have fulfilled their purpose. If there were more, then there would be additions to faith, hope and charity. God’s way of dealing with His people changed. All through Scripture we see how God changed His ways of dealing with different people groups, and when it has served His purpose, He started something else. Miracles confirmed the work of God until His Word was fully written. Miracles have already been fully confirmed in the Word; it now takes faith to believe in what the Word has documented even when miracles may not take place. I'm not saying that God cannot perform miracles today, but it does not look like what is happening in in the "revival" conferences and meetings that are taking place in the churches of men.

      ( "I think it is hard to say whether or not anything good has come out of "revivals" in recent past years, whether or not they have been genuine.....")

      I believe that we a required to know; otherwise, there is no discernment on making the distinction between the real and the counterfeit.

      That is why Jesus prophesied,

      For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Matthew 24:24-25

      The modern "churches" are seeking after a sign and Satan is obliging. This is idolatry and blasphemy.

      When Jesus Christ was here on this earth as a man, His miracles were attributed to Satan' power. Today it is the opposite, the "miracles" of Satan are being attributed to the power of the Holy Spirit. If the Church cannot make the distinction, the result is falling away and apostasy. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear will understand that the counterfeit it is right in front of our faces, but many refuse to call it for what it is because they are so steeped in their traditions.

      God Bless.

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      You are right. If we do not understand what the Kingdom of God truly is then how would we be able to know what is added is truly from Him. Unfortunately, the" blessing" that the modern "church" receives is actually a curse.

      When somebody flaunts their affluence, whether from the pulpit, or around their peers they are promoting the idolatry in their hearts over the true and genuine blessings that only comes from God. This is something that Bible reveals about the nation of Israel who often went through the repentance → blessing → judgement cycle with God.

      Why is it that the more we perceive ourselves to be “blessed”, the less likely we are to rely and acknowledge God? We don't draw closer to Him, but become distracted by the lure of Satan who dangles a carrot in front of us. We "peacock" around with a false "blessing" that Satan has given to us. Because of our compromise we abandon following the way of Jesus Christ. The seed of these false "blessings" propagates into the counterfeit versions of true Christianity.

      We put our own ways in place of God's. We falsely acknowledging that the glory is from God when it is far from it. This is called idolatry. Jesus Christ who is reserved for us is the true example of what it means to be truly blessed. In Jesus Christ, we understand what the true definition of blessings are . We may try to reason and acknowledge our perceived successes and accept the accolades of man to stroke our own egos, and feel good about ourselves, but it meaningless unless Jesus Christ says,"Well done, good and faithful servant!"

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      christinekv 4 years ago from Washington

      Hi P&N's,

      I am betting many who read this might not be very receptive or contemplative of that which is true....I'm praying those who read, who need to be challenged by it, will be free of pride, have open and humble hearts, will seek the Lord - in Spirit and in Truth.

      I do think there are some congregations/churches who do take a stand for righteousness and like yourself, do not shy away from hard teachings (or put another way, grace is not cheapened, the gospel is not "watered down" and/or "tweeked" to serve self or to please man). Sadly these churches or congregations currently (in the USA anyway), are likley in the minority.

      Although I don't agree with everything you've said here, I do agree with the majority of it. Once again, I appreciate your desire and efforts to get people thinking about what it looks like to be a true disciple of Yeshua/Jesus. You make some great points and until about 3/4's of the way through, there wasn't anything w/ which I disagreed. Thankfully, we can agree to respectfully disagree, and I trust when others don't agree, you tend to prayerfully consider what was said and how to respond.

      Agreed, revival does in fact start with individuals via repentance. I think it is hard to say whether or not anything good has come out of "revivals" in recent past years, whether or not they have been genuine..... I think that's for the Lord to judge, and we probably ought to be very careful about what we say in this regard since we do know that the enemy will try to interfere with a genuine move of the Spirit. He is delighted when he succeeds at discrediting God in anyway, whether it be through hypocrisy, how others respond to being offended (whether it's justifiable or not - sometimes it's truth that people can't handle) or whatever. His mission is to steal, kill and destroy. Regardless of whether it's corporate or personal, there are those who are able to resist, persevere, and make it through. Thanks to the Lord, we can experience victory. The key is keeping our eyes open (and correctly perceiving) ears open (and hearing what the Spirit is saying) renewing our minds, having our hearts aligned with His.

      This life will always be full of challenges because we are all imperfect people. I am someone who has experienced a lot of dissatisfaction w/ various churches because I am a very no nonsense, lets not compromise, type of individual. I have to be careful though to not be critical, to "let go and let God," to pray. People will disappoint and fail me, but the Lord will not. Regardless, I won't let "people" get me out of the habit of assembling together with them.

      Since Yeshua/Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, healing, regardless of whether or not it's spiritual, relational, emotional, mental or physical, does occur. Miracles, signs and wonders are not a thing of the past, yet we are not to chase after these things, or God because we want His blessings. Although we should honestly be able to say, "Thank you Yeshua/Jesus YOU came to set us captives free! Thank YOU for Grace and Mercy! Although we should take advantage of having a relationship with YOU, may we not take YOU for granted! Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forget not all YOUR benefits."

      This being said, even though there are glorious riches we receive as part of a shared inheritance with Him, we are to seek Him for WHO HE IS.

      Shalom,

      christine

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Another fine Hub. The danger of man made churches is the lack of understanding of the Kingdom of God. Christ true church are those who understands Matthew 6:33 where Jesus mentions seeking first the Kingdom of God. If those's of man made churches would remove their blinders they will see where they have been mislead by those behind the pulpit. But they must first have the understanding of God's word through self study of God's word. Removing the blinders requires the desire to do so. They can not remove the blinders if they refuse to admit their blind.

      Again, another fine Hub and God bless.