Come out of her, my people
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
In Daniel 5 we read of King Belshazzar, who was throwing a great feast, attended by a thousand of his lords, and also by his princes, his wives and his concubines. This feast was all about satisfying their fleshly desires and privileged positions. And this they were doing in a most blasphemous and sacrilegious manner as they brought out the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them; drinking wine, and praising idols; the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
Today we see the kings and leaders of this world throwing great feasts for their lords, their princes, their wives and their concubines or mistresses. These feasts are about satisfying the flesh and the love of money, power, status and position. And so, as with King Belshazzar during this great feast, the writing is on the wall, “And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.” Mene; God has numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided” (Dan 5:26-28).
When the writing appeared on the wall on the night of his great fleshly pleasure, King Belshazzar’s heart panted, fearfulness gripped him: the night of his pleasure had turned into fear for him.(Isaiah 21:4). The king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees knocked one against another (Dan 5:6). That same night, Belshazzar, the king of the Chaldeans, was slain.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us never forget that friendship of the world is enmity with God; “whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (Jam 4:4). Jesus came to seek and save the lost, not to be friends with the world. Jesus said, “You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14).
The Lord is still saying to us, “Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees” (Isaiah 21:6). And today, there are not too many true watchmen, those speaking only the truth, who are not shouting out, “A lion” (Isaiah 21:8); because, you see, our adversary, the devil, walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
By the finished work of Calvary, the writing on the wall was cast in stone; the kingdoms of this world had fallen, and all the graven images of their gods had Christ broken to the ground (Isaiah 21:9). And the voice that goes out today by Jesus Christ, says, “Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).
So today, let us not love the world, neither the things that are in the world. Because if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15). Rather, let us behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. And so, every man that has this hope in him, purifies himself, even as He is pure (1 John 3:1-3).
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And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights: And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
This ODAAT daily devotion written by Gareth Hosking
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