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Babylon, USA: Welcome to Reality

2001, 7, Babylon, BabylonUSA, Carver, chosen people, Daniel, George, George W. Bush, John tribulation, Revelation 1, September 11, slaves, ten lost tribes, USA, Washington, Welcome to Reality, World Trade Center TowerI John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

After being kidnapped and held captive for 70 years in Babylon, a majority of God’s “chosen people,” The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, chose not to return to God’s country after they had the opportunity.  You see, almost everyone who was an adult at the initial capture and enslavement had died; only a few left having untarnished memories of Judah, Israel, Jerusalem and the temple.  Most of the others had been born in Babylon, grew up, married, had children, and were making a living in their captors’ country.  Their spiritual roots, however, and the theocracy they had lived under, and the only ever “nation under God,” was just ancient history to the newer generations.  Nevertheless, in Babylon, they were still slaves.

Maybe it’s like new generation Americans who hear old-timer tales of their ancestral origins in England, Germany, and Sweden but have become 100% Americanized by osmosis.  Ever hear of any first and second generation immigrants hot to trot to the countries their parents abandoned because of intolerable living conditions?  Even The Lost Tribes of Africa living in the USA, who complain and protest about racial discrimination, real or imagined or conjured up, don’t want to go back to Africa.  This is just like so many captive Israelites in Babylon didn’t want to go back to their country of roots.  Too bad for the American Negro, though, as Africa is a huge continent of untapped natural resources.  It is amazing that the likes of George Washington Carver, whose black parents named him after a slave owner, ever got a peanut’s worth of notoriety in racist America, or that a mulatto was elected to the highest office in the land by a majority of non-blacks.  Maybe Mr. Obama is just a quota president, though, as the majority of non-Negro voters wanted to give a half white guy a crack at the job after the all white guy, George W. Bush, wrecked the economy and didn’t keep us safe from the 21st Century Pearl Harbor.  Personally, I can’t help but think that the three (3) World Trade Center Towers so expertly demolished was the handiwork of the one who brought down the walls of Jericho.  Never thought of that, did you?  “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”  And by the way, did you forget about the 47 story World Trade Center Tower 7, not hit by an airplane, but pancaked into its own footprint later in the afternoon of September 11, 2001?

So what’s the purpose of saying all of the above?  Of course, there is a lot of sarcasm there, but the point to be made is, the people who lived in Babylon, like America, eventually thought they were footloose and fancy-free, but they were still slaves.  I know, I know, you’re not a slave, and you got that Constitution with the Bill of Rights.  Let me fill you in…

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Daniel, of lion’s den fame, was a slave, held high government positions and was also a prophet of God at the same time.  As a lad he had been kidnapped by the Babylonians, castrated, I suppose against his wishes, and groomed to be a civil servant to the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.  As a matter of fact, Daniel became the “chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.”  Was he free?  Not hardly.  But in the big plan of God, he was also elevated to the position of the first president under Darius of the Medes, as noted in the above-highlighted scripture.  Does God’s prophet and righteous man Daniel remind you of any presidents in your country? Nope.

Daniel and his three captured friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, were given new names right away by their masters, “Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.”  Masters were evidently more creative back then and assigned their slaves names instead of numbers like they do now.  This, incidentally, is one of the obvious ways you know you are a slave.  Probably your mother gave you a name, not a number, because she loved you; but numbers, on the other hand, are used by owners for their personal property, their prisoners, their military personnel, their paper money and other chattel. Satan likes to give all his so-called possessions numbers, too, even as he has done with his beast of Revelation Chapter 13.  And not only do you know the beast’s number, Six hundred threescore and six, you know your number as well.  Do the math.

Some other Babylonian slave experiences of Daniel and his fellows were, to put them on state-controlled diets, not unlike the national school lunch program.  Subsequently, Daniel and his three friends had to cook up some special bureaucratic red tape arrangements through the prince of the eunuchs, their overseer, to eat their own and healthier bill of fare.  And in some areas of the USA, the massa is limiting the size of soft drinks you can buy; requiring a calorie count display in fast food restaurants for fat slaves; and has ordered privately owned shops, restaurant and bar owners not to allow smoking in their establishments; plus, a variety of other dictates, including the military draft.  Hey, if you don’t want to fight in one of the perpetual wars that are warring against God, you ought to have a choice like they did in ancient Israel to postpone enlistment until your newly built house was dedicated, your recently planted vineyard yielded mature fruit, or you had married the girl you were engaged to (Deuteronomy Chapter 20).  Also, the minimum induction age was 20 years old back then. (Numbers Chapter 1)  Of course, nowadays, the military desires to draft the younger and dumber, understanding the male brain isn’t fully mature until about 25 years old.  Like it has been said about the Marine Corps, “Give a young man a high school marching band uniform, some stripes, and some medals, and he’ll gladly give his life for his country.”  And they’re right!

Some of the other commonly known edicts today are seatbelt laws, and mandatory healthcare insurance, lobbied (bribed) for by greedy insurance companies, which are enforced by Gestapo publicans. And don’t forget how the slave owners like to make war against God by promoting and supporting anti-Christ laws including abortions, sodomite marriages, the forbidding of prayer in schools, and by keeping track of everything you do and say because they own you.  Slave owners, as you can understand, have to be up on things in the event the slaves figure out what’s really going on and get uppity and start a revolt.  And now, how about taxes?

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?  He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?  Peter saith unto him, Of strangers.

The Lord Jesus taught about taxes, tribute money, that one is not taxed by his friends or family, but by strangers.  In other words, those you are taxed by are the ones who have conquered you, which doesn’t sound too neighborly. Like George III offered the American colonists rebelling against his taxes; he would get rid of all of them except for the tea tax to show he had the absolute right to tax them as their conqueror and king, which would be his royal precedent to implement more taxes down the road.  Give George a shilling and he would take a pound.  And the fact is America didn’t win the Revolutionary War; just an important battle that led to a mutual agreement both sides hammered out in The Treaty of Paris, 1783, instead of going at each other forever in a war nobody was going to win.  This is, in my opinion, why Washington would not be king: he already had one in George III.  Nevertheless, Washington did prove to his king that he was as good a general and gentleman as any Englishman, which was his whole point in the first place.  And before England’s George III, Louis XIV of France knew the tyrant’s taxation truth, and began to tax his nobility who had never been taxed before.  After this, all of Louis’ subjects, whether nobleman or peasant, were his slaves.  No need is there to bring up beastly Caesar Augustus, who taxed the whole world, and at which time God sent the Saviour to save us.

Back on Daniel: Even though Daniel was a slave he carried out responsibilities as a governor, a president and advisor to kings, and an interpreter of dreams, he didn’t obey all the laws of the land if they were in discrepancy with the will of God.  Now take the ban on praying to another god other than the government’s god for thirty days, which was Darius, the king. This law was specifically enacted to kill God’s man Daniel.  It’s the same principle today of banning prayer in public school to squash Christian influence, and it was a death sentence for Daniel to violate the thirty-day statute back then, “according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.”  But Daniel, being a servant to God always, “went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”  We all remember his being tossed into the lion’s den and deliverance.

Also, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were tested by the king in their refusing to give allegiance to Nebuchadnezzar’s image.  Interestingly, Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image, not a likeness or a statue of a man, was a symbolic representation of himself, the god of this world.  It was also the standard height to width ratio of I0:1 of an Egyptian sun god obelisk, like the one in Washington D.C.  Well, the Jewish trio knew better than to worship a statue, or pledge their allegiance to any image, whether made of stone, or wood, or linen, or paper for that matter.  And when they did not comply with the king’s command, the king put them under fire and in the fire, but the Lord was with them all the time.

Some of you who are brighter than others are going to notice a parallel with the American flag.  And some who notice will contend the national flag is not an idol.  Well, think about it. Someone takes a bolt of cloth, makes some pants, some shirts, a sail for a boat, and also some diapers to catch baby excrement.  And with the same bolt of cloth he cuts out a rectangular piece and prints a design on it, which when hoisted up a flagpole, he salutes and pledges his allegiance to; has a protocol in its display and retirement when it’s worn and tattered. (Isaiah Chapter 44)  That’s idolatry, and there has been, and will be, more attempts to make flag desecration against the law because it is their idol and their god.  No condemnation, folks. It’s just a fact.

This reminds me of the time, after I got the scoop on the flag, and was in a church sanctuary with an American flag and the so-called Christian flag on the platform.  After several years of attending, the church had never pledged their allegiance to the flag.  And as it happened, one Sunday we were asked to stand and turn toward the United States flag on the left and say the pledge.  Well, I was jolted by an unexpected dose of adrenaline because I knew better than to pledge my allegiance to anyone but the Lord and not to an image, and felt put on the spot.  Then, after that, the congregation was asked to turn to the Christian flag on the right and pledge their allegiance to it.  I was doubly surprised to hear there was such a pledge to the Christian flag and how many could recite it.  Friend, it was no fun to be put in that situation unexpectedly, and I felt the powers of hell unleashed after being tossed into a little Babylonian fire for some refining.  What did the others think if they could see me silently standing there hands down to my side, and not mindlessly reciting their pledge and prayer?  Did they figure I was one of the Watchtower bunch and had infiltrated their group?  Was I from another country?  Or maybe they thought I had learned the lesson from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? I don’t think so.  Oh well, what would one expect to happen in a state church as they exercised the religion of the state under their 501(c)3 non-prophet religious corporate business?  Hey, did you ever notice the most patriotic and largest flag fliers in America are politicians and car dealers?

The apostle John on the isle of Patmos had something in common with Daniel.  Most people say John was on the little desolate penal island because of crimes committed against the Roman Empire.  But John said he was there “for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ,” and not because of the word of God but for the word of God.  It was the same way with Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego weren’t in Babylon because they were hauled off as slaves by Nebuchadnezzar.  They were there for the word of God and to be God’s witnesses.  How about you?  What’s your purpose in Babylon, USA?

One more thought:  If the Lord already “hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father,” as in past tense, how will the kings of this world treat you?  Answer: Just like they did to Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

Welcome to reality.

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen