Posted by: Bethany Davis | July 1, 2009

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of the Lord stands forever. Isaiah 40

I was reminded of this passage hearing Pastor Stephen Davey of Colonial Baptist Church, the church in which I grew up, speak on Revelation 18. Babylon, the city of depravity and perversion, has finally fallen to the holy city, Jerusalem. Interestingly, I learned that Babylon existed in Nebuchadnezzer’s day in an square – exactly 4 times smaller the coming Jerusalem. (Note: I’m not debating whether the square footage is literal of if the Babylon in Rev. is the Babylon from the Old Testament, simply identifying the connection to Babylon and the new Jerusalem — heaven.) Babylon represented a sense of power similar to the tower of Babel, and we all know what happened to that building project… Correspondingly, the earthly pursuits of Babylon ended the same and the world will end in ruin in the end times.

The part of Rev. 18 that shocked me, is the response of the Babylonians. Three responses (the seafarers, merchants, and nobility) are recorded all saying, “ Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.” They wept and mourned, using the merchants as an example, because no one could buy their things anymore – not because the realized the folly of their ways! I would hope that in my unbelieving state if faced with the glory of the Lord, I would fall on my face weeping because of my sin. If not fire and absolute destruction, what would it take to draw their hearts to the Lord?

What’s on earth will pass away. It’s Babylon verus Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has already won. If Brian and I build our treasures in Babylon, they will fade and turn to dust. I pray we are able to keep this eternal perspective as the world grows in materialism and we begin to amass things — many even for Kingdom purposes. May our hearts remain simplistic. The opposite of simplistic is dualistic — a dualistic heart tries to serve two masters. Yet, “no one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) A simple heart is focused on one thing: the Lord. His Kingdom come!

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