MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
The rebuke to Babylon continues in Isaiah 47. The LORD explains why He was angry with them. God used them to judge
The chapter begins by addressing those who swear by the name of YHVH, but not in truth or righteousness, This is applicable today as well - there are many who serve the LORD but do not yet know the Messiah who is the giver of true righteousness.
The chapter continues... The Lord reaffirms His sovereignty, He brings things to pass, but
He is Who He says He is, and He does what He says He will do.
Beginning in verse 12, YHVH pleads again with
Again, we could all learn from this command. That system has worked its way into pretty much every corner of the church. We are so used to it that we don't even recognize it. But someday it will all be gone, when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to Jerusalem and sets up His very Jewish kingdom.
Chapter 48 wraps up with this straightforward statement:
“There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”
Who are the wicked? The Hebrew word is rasha, and is used 263 times in scripture. It is always used in the context of one who is guilty, morally wrong, and hostile to God.
But God in His mercy will continue to draw His people to Him and will discipline us when needed. We just need to look back at verses 8-11 of this chapter:
Surely you did not hear,
Surely you did not know;
Surely from long ago your ear was not opened.
For I knew that you would deal very treacherously,
And were called a transgressor from the womb.
“For My name’s sake I will defer My anger,
And for My praise I will restrain it from you,
So that I do not cut you off.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.
Oh, what a merciful and faithful God we serve.
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