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Discover the Book - November 10, 2011

  • 2011 Nov 10


Babylon, Balaam, the Beast and the Final World Religion

Christ's words in Revelation 2:12-17, addressed to the locally assembled church in the geographic place called Pergamum: a place of Satan’s seat. There we have heard Christ's words, which contain a warning about idolatry, Satan’s plan of false worship.

From those early days after Creation, when Adam sinned and all of mankind to follow also fell into sin: God made a way for mankind to come back. The way back was to worship Him by a substitutionary, sacrificial, blood-sprinkled, way. 

The key to understanding all of world history since the Fall of Humanity into sin comes from God's Word. Always remember that the only absolutely trustworthy and accurate account of the earliest days of both the Universe and the human race is found in the inspired words from God in Genesis.

As we turn back to Genesis 4 we are seeing the very first description of the deadliest evil humanity has ever faced. It is called: Religion.

Religion is mankind offering any kind of worship to God, other than what God’s Word has commanded.  Religion is the self-styled offering of a humanly designed worship, rather than the Spirit-prompted offering of strict obedience to God’s Word.

That means that there are only two choices in the Universe, for offering true and acceptable worship: God’s revelation of what He wants in His Word, and everything else.

Satan Always Counterfeits God’s Plan

When Satan as the Serpent in the Garden tempted Eve, he made her question whether God’s plan was best. Satan always offers his own plan, a counterfeit that is meant to derail humans from what has been revealed in the Word of God.

In the account of Cain & Abel we find the first appearance of Satan’s plan to destroy the true worship of God after the Fall. It is so clearly seen in the contrast between Cain’s response to God’s command for worship and Abel’s response. Satan started a plan to counter God’s true worship, and Cain was his first convert.

Genesis 4:8 is what we could call the start of religion: Mankind trying to make his own way to worship God by self-effort. Cain decided to give God what Cain felt like offering, not what God wanted. In fact the inspired commentary from God about Cain’s life says:

1 John 3:12 (NKJV) “not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.”

Also the next book after John’s Epistles, called Jude, also has similar warnings:

Jude 1:11 (NKJV) “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”

Only Two Choices,

Only Two Destinations

Two lines run through the history of mankind: the line of Christ and the line of Antichrist, the line of the Woman’s seed and that of the serpent. 

So, there are only two groups of people always on Earth, and they are heading to very different destinies:

1.                   The Way of God-Followers:like Abel, they kneel before a substitutionary, blood sacrifice pointing at Golgotha, and justified by faith, they go to Heaven.

2.                  The Way of Satan-Followers:like Cain, they kneel at the altar of their good works pointing at Babel, and condemned by their own sins they go to the Lake of Fire.

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