|Resisting Babylon and The Beast|
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"Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you." 2 Chronicles 19:2
New World Order
"All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Revelation 13:8
"He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand, or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell, except one who the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: his number is 666." Revelation 13:16-18
Throughout the years there have been many interpretations and applications of these verses. The important thing is for us to see the big picture. The Word of God is warning us of a devilish system that will seek to impose a One World government, a One World religion, and a One World economic system. It will be further identified by its blasphemies and hostility towards God and His Name. As well as by its hostility towards believers of the past, those who are in Heaven now.
Marks of the Beast
"Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good character." 1 Corinthians 15:33
So we read that: "When all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations and languages fell down and worshipped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up." Daniel 3:7
But Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood up straight and would not prostrate themselves before this idol. "Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego… 'is it true… that you do not serve my gods, or worship the gold image which I have set up? ...If you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace and whom is the God who will deliver you from my hand?'" Daniel 3:13-15
We Will Not Bow
The three courageous young men were bound hand and foot and cast into the midst of the fiery furnace. The men who cast them into the flames were incinerated by the intensity of the blaze. Yet, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked unharmed in the midst of the flames and Nebuchadnezzar saw a fourth person with them "like the Son of God!" Daniel 3:21-25
The king ordered them out: "'Servants of the most High God, come out and come here!' And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king's counsellors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed, nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying: 'Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who sent His angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies that they should not serve, nor worship, any god except their own God… there is no other God who can deliver like this!'" Daniel 3:26-29
"You shall not follow a crowd to do evil." Exodus 23:2
The next day I asked him why he thought that South Africans had a great country, and he said: "Because our newspapers were filled with articles attacking you year after year." I was a little puzzled, so he explained: "The communists controlled the media in Albania. We were a one party dictatorship. So, we knew whatever the media said were lies. So if the communist hated you, God must have a great plan for your land!"
I was impressed at his refusal to be brainwashed by propaganda. Whatever the state media told him, he took a 180º position from it and found that to be a very accurate rule of thumb. The truth is the exact opposite of what the communist controlled media said it was!
We Are Christians!
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in his Law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3
Confronting Compromise and Cowardice
A young Lutheran minister, Richard Wurmbrand, walked up to the podium and quoted this passage of Scripture from 2 Corinthians 6:14-18: "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? What part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the Temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the Living God. As God has said, 'I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God and they shall be My people. Therefore come out from among them and be separate', says the Lord, 'Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters', says the Lord Almighty."
Richard Wurmbrand reported that he ended up in jail very quickly after that. Then he added, all the other ministers who had compromised and lied and twisted the Scriptures in order to please their communist masters ended up in the same prison cells, just a little bit later. However, Richard Wurmbrand observed, the difference was that he was there with a clear conscience. Their consciences were tortured by their cowardice and compromise.
"Therefore do not be partakers with them." Ephesians 5:7
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Psalm 111:10
Daniel described a stone that smashed into pieces the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold and how that stone would grow to become a mountain that would fill the whole earth. The Kingdom of God will destroy and replace all these human attempts to create a New World Order. Those who promote a One World religion and a One World government are doomed to defeat and disgrace. Those who faithfully serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords will be vindicated.
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians15:57-58
Dr. Peter Hammond