When God Turns Out The Lights (33 of 39) by James Merritt

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WHEN GOD TURNS OUT THE LIGHTS (33 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
Dr. James Merritt
REVELATION 18

INTRODUCTION

1. I TAKE MY TITLE FROM THE STATEMENT IN V.23, "THE
LIGHT OF A LAMP SHALL NOT SHINE IN YOU ANYMORE...
THERE IS COMING A DAY WHEN THE ONE WHO IS THE LIGHT OF
THE WORLD, WILL TURN OUT THE LIGHTS OF THE WORLD, NOW
THE CODE NAME THAT IS USED HERE FOR THE WORLD IS
"BABYLON."

2. IN BIBLICAL THOUGHT, BABYLON REPRESENTS SEVERAL
THINGS. SOMETIMES IT REPRESENTS A PLACE. THE CITY OF
BABYLON IS MENTIONED MORE THAN 260 TIMES IN THE BIBLE;
MORE THAN ANY OTHER CITY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
JERUSALEM.

3. SOMETIMES IT REPRESENTS A POWER. THE CITY OF
BABYLON WAS THE HEADQUARTERS OF ONE OF THE GREATEST
KINGS WHO EVER LIVED, NEBUCHADNEZZAR. THIS WAS THE
CITY OF THE KING WHO DESTROYED JUDEA, THAT DESTROYED
JERUSALEM, THAT DESTROYED SOLOMON'S TEMPLE, THIS CITY
WAS THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE NATION THAT TOOK GOD'S
PEOPLE INTO CAPTIVITY. ONE OF THE GREATEST KINGDOMS OF
ALL TIME WAS THE KINGDOM OF BABYLON.

4. BUT MORE THAN THAT IT ALSO REPRESENTS A PHILOSOPHY.
THE FIRST MENTION OF BABEL IN THE BIBLE IS IN THE 11TH
CHAPTER OF GENESIS. THERE WE ARE TOLD THAT A MAN BY
THE NAME OF NIMROD BUILT A TOWER THAT WAS MEANT TO GO
ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN, THIS WAS MAN'S FIRST ATTEMPT AT
HUMANISM. IT WAS THE FIRST ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH A
KINGDOM, A STATE, A RELIGION, A WAY OF LIFE AND
THOUGHT THAT TOTALLY EXCLUDED GOD.

5. IN FACT, THE NAME NIMROD LITERALLY MEANS "REBEL."
BABYLON IS A PICTURE OF THE SPIRITUAL, MORAL,
INTELLECTUAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL REBELLION OF THIS WORLD
AGAINST GOD SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

6. NIMROD, WHO WAS THE RULER OF THE FIRST BABYLON, IS
A PICTURE, A TYPE OF THE ANTICHRIST WHO WILL RULE OVER
THE LAST BABYLON. THE CITY OF BABYLON, SATAN'S HELLISH
CITY, IS THE COUNTERPART OF THE NEW JERUSALEM, GOD'S
HOLY CITY.

7. SO KEEP IN MIND THAT BABYLON IS USED HERE, AS IT IS
USED SO MANY PLACES IN THE BIBLE, ...


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