My family and I are watching a DVD series on the history of the world by a group of scholarly and passionate Christian historians. Dr. Paul Jehle was the last presenter and we learned a whole lot as he reviewed the history of Babylon which goes back all the way to the time just after the flood. We learned many fascinating truths about this culture as well as how to stand against it! Much of our modern day culture has been influenced by paganism.
What did I learn about Babylon?
- It was founded by Cush, the son of Ham and the father of Nimrod, the mighty hunter.
- Babel, Belus, Baal, “god of confusion” is the source of al mystery occult relgions and conspiracies
- The goddess mother and the Son’ Semiramis and Ninus (Nimrod and his wife) are symbolized in ancient empires and pagan religions
- The Tower of Babel and the Dispersion (2150 BC); combining advanced technology, rebellion, and witchcraft was dispersed around the globe
- Babylonian religion is the ultimate perversion of the Trinity: Lucifier, Mother (and Child), and demonic gods demanding blood sacrifice and sexual perversion are the unholy trinity of Babylonian worship–it encouraged body piercing and bringing pain to yourself ( here is the origin of modern body piercing and tatooing)
Lessons to learn from the Babylonian Empire
#1: Believers must embrace the kingdom understanding of their times.
- Daniel was inspired by Jeremiah who was inspired by Josiah—legacy of multi-generational continuity
- Daniel’s preparation (home and church): prepared him to remain pure during captivity. Prepare for captivity! Don’t take to picket lines and jaw it out with a homosexual captivity. That is not what Daniel did. you don’t every day tell the culture that they are pagan! Bless your enemies, don’t curse them. But remain separate!
- A believer’s stand must be a lawful resistance to tyranny, respecting those who persecute you and creatively seeking ways to demonstrate love. A love that transcends what we believe!
- Believers need to understand and embrace the captivity of their times, knowing God’s purpose for it! If you are ever in this situation. . . . do __________; how to handle your neighbors—how you are going to reach your neighbors without compromise!
#2: Believers must be willing to embrace a philosophy of separation
- Daniel’s friends would not bow to the idolatry of the day—statism–(separate from music and trends)
- Faithfulness to go into the fire is true success—separation unto God. Don’t approach situations with the mentality, “God I will go into the fire as long as you promise me you will bring out.” Give me a guarantee of that then brings persecution: Wehther we live or die we won’t bow.
- Covenant rests on a willingness to cut out that which offends God—separate from sin
- True success is the ability to stand alone.
#3: Believers must learn to minister in captivity through love and service
- 25 years of loving service elapse between Daniel 4 and 5 spanning two empires—25 years of silence between Daniel 4 and 5
- Not until the last ruler of Babylon, when Daniel was probably 82 is he called forth to prophesy by Nebby’s wife
- Daniel ruled Babyolon for about an hour: He is promoted to rule only after he was separated, his faith tested, and served faithfully
- Daniel rules Babylon for approximately one hour, when Cyrus conquers during the idolatrous feast.
#4: Believers must embrace the cross and not promote themselves
- Daniel became prime minister under Darius
- He instructed Cyrus on his providential work in his life, preparing him for such an hour
- He benefitted Persia by decentralizing power and increasing self-government under law (much bettter government)
- No one could find hypocrisy in his walk with God
- He looked for no short-cuts from God
- He boldly continued to pray, waiting for God’s deliverance
One final lesson we can learn from Daniel’s life is how to impact a proud, pagan culture through humble, diligent, service. “It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (Proverbs 16:19). As the king learned, “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” (Daniel 4:37)