Fear and Faith--Part 2
Feb 16, 2009
Revelation 18:2 says,
"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! And she has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird."
Scripture has much to say about the reasons for Babylon's judgment at the hand of God. Those being judged, of course, will disagree with God, because they do not think they are doing anything wrong. Their moral standards are simply different. Most basic of all is the fact that Babylonian citizens really believe that they have the right to disagree with God whenever their carnal minds wish. They think that man owns the world, and that God should simply "bug off."
That is, unless we get into trouble. Then we find these same Babylonians suddenly getting religious. They go to church and pray that God will continue to bless their life style, their rebellion, and their sin. But Rev. 18:4 and 5 says,
" (4) . . . Come out of her, My people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; (5) for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities."
The fall of Mystery Babylon today runs directly parallel to the fall of ancient Babylon. The story has already been written in the past, and it was prophetic of the future. For this reason, Jeremiah was sent to the people of Judah and Jerusalem. He gave them the proper instructions, which are still applicable today.
Jeremiah's first message was to repent in order to avoid divine judgment. They refused. (Jer. 2:35)
Jeremiah's second message was that God had pronounced judgment upon the nation and the city, and from that point on, even repentance could not avert judgment on the nation itself. Repentance would have only helped individuals in the midst of judgment. (Jer. 7:11-16)
Jeremiah's third message was for the people to accept the divine judgment and submit to it (Jer. 24). In other words, open the gates of Jerusalem and recognize that Nebuchadnezzar was God's appointed king over the earth (Jer. 27:6). To do this would have lessened the effects of the judgment. The people refused, and instead threw Jeremiah into prison for treason (Jer. 32:2; 38:6). He remained there until the Babylonians came and set him free (Jer. 38:28).
Jeremiah's fourth message was to the captives in Babylon, telling them to settle down and live for another day and to work to bring peace to Babylon (Jer. 29). The decreed sentence was 70 years off the land (Jer. 25:11), and no amount of prayer was going to shorten the time.
Finally, Jeremiah's fifth message was a prophetic scroll (Jer. 50, 51) sent to Babylon by the hand of Seraiah (Jer. 51:60-64). He was to read it outside the gates of the city, then seal it up in a watertight jar, and throw it into the Euphrates river.
Seventy years later, when the Medes and Persians came to conquer Babylon, they dried up the river and walked into the city on a dry river bed. That is when this jar no doubt was discovered by the troops, and they knew that they were fulfilling Jeremiah's prophecy that same day.
A century ago, Jeremiah's first message of repentance should have been followed. But America did not think it was doing anything wrong. So judgment was pronounced. The primary difference is that God mercifully blinded us and made Babylon a "mystery" (secret), so that we would submit to the divine judgment. A few patriots tried to warn the people, but it was all in vain, because they could not wake up those whom God had given the heavenly sleeping pills.
After 70 years of Babylonian captivity to the Federal Reserve System (1913-1983), we had our first opportunity to repent in time for the 120th Jubilee from Adam (1986). The Net of Prayer was raised up to do this work from 1981-1986. But the church yet refused. The church under Pentecost was given this opportunity, because "Saul" was still reigning. His 40-year reign in the Bible pictured the 40 Jubilees of the Church (33-1993 A.D.). So Saul was given the first opportunity to repent and put an end to the Babylonian captivity.
But the Saul Church was prospering in Babylon and did not want its prosperity to end. So God separated the overcomers from the church (barley from wheat companies) in order to accomplish His purposes through this smaller group of people. This prophetic word came on the evening of April 8, 1985.
God instituted what I call "the Hezekiah Factor" by postponing everything 10 years. The 120th Jubilee was postponed from 1986 to 1996 and then made retroactive, as if God turned the clock back 10 years. (See Secrets of Time.) He called the New Net of Prayer into action in 1993, and the Jubilee was declared in 1996.
This warfare was a Jericho march, 13 times around the city, so the battle lasted 13 years until Oct. 7, 2006. On that day we gathered in Babylon, New York to make this final declaration: "It is done" (Rev. 16:17). The day before we did this, the movie, Babel, had its opening debut, starring Brad Pitt. I thought that was a nice touch.
We knew that within a year (by the end of 2007) we would begin to see the fall of Mystery Babylon, which had begun in 1913-14 with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act. In other words, the prime manifestation of its fall would be economic, and I believe that economic collapse will force us into taking back the power to create money. We do not necessarily have to abolish the Fed itself, but it does need to be nationalized.
That is where we stand today. All the prayers from Jeremiah to the present day are now being answered. Babylon is falling. This long captivity is now almost ended. This is not a time for fear, but for rejoicing, even while we see "men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world" (Luke 21:26).
"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, becauseyour redemption is drawing near." (vs. 28)
What redemption is this? God is redeeming the world from Babylon after selling us into the hands of Babylon, first under Jeremiah, and then under President Woodrow Wilson. Babylon reached the end of its divinely-appointed authority, but refused to let us go (Jer. 50:33). Hence, God Himself has become our Redeemer (Jer. 50:34). This is the mandate behind the Jubilee Prayer Campaign (1993-2006). God looked for people who were in agreement with His will, and we provided the double witness on earth for that which was being spoken in heaven.
There is, therefore, no need for us to fear. I write these things, not to bring fear, but to bring faith and rejoicing. God will protect you, because this judgment is designed to set you free, not to bring you harm. These are times that will try our faith, no doubt, but if we have prepared our hearts spiritually, and if we know the Scriptures, we will have an anchor of hope that will withstand all fear of the future.
Most of you reading this have participated in this work as part of the army of God--whether you were conscious of it or not. (It is a heart matter, not a matter of "signing up" with any organization.) So you have the right to come before God and ask for His protection and provision. His provision will take many forms, but in all things, have faith in Him and know that all of your circumstances are directed by Him.
This is the final part of a series titled "Fear and Faith." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones