AFM Ministry's David Shelton

David's Life applications of God, his Word and his calling

Month: July, 2014

America the Great… ..Babylon?

Then I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people and with the blood of those who were killed because of their faith in Jesus. When I saw the woman, I was very amazed. – Revelation 17:6 NCV

The great Babylon, Mother of Prostitutes, and of Evil things of the Earth….this is the title written on her forehead so says the prior verse and she was riding in the the red beast with 7 heads and ten horns…  This vision of John also says that the earth became drunk with the wine of her sexual sin as all the kingdoms of the earth prostituted themselves with her.

Then it goes on to say in vs 15 -16,
“Then the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, races, nations, and languages. The ten horns and the beast you saw will hate the prostitute. They will take everything she has and leave her naked. They will eat her body and burn her with fire.”

The passage describes her as wealthy and adorned with glamorous jewels and clothing and gold…then in chapter 18 after God allows the beast to destroy this Babylon harlot it speaks of the utter shock and dismay of all the peoples of the earth that she is gone… The one who provided them so much sexual sin and extreme wealth. Even though they hated her and assisted with complicity in seeing her destroyed, they will mourn not for love of her so much as for their own loss of pleasures… Look at this.

The kings of the earth who sinned sexually with her and shared her wealth will see the smoke from her burning. Then they will cry and be sad because of her death. They will be afraid of her suffering and stand far away and say: “Terrible! How terrible for you, great city, powerful city of Babylon, because your punishment has come in one hour!” And the merchants of the earth will cry and be sad about her, because now  there is no one to buy their cargoes— Revelation 18:9-11 NCV

Now I don’t claim to be an all knowing interpreter of all prophecies in Revelation, and I certainly can be wrong about who this country is that this end-time Babylon represents…. Over the years I have heard of many possible interpretations …but when looking around the earth there is only one country that can possibly fit this today; 
wealthy, international trader who makes all nations profitable,  sexually sinful, and sexual corrupt pushing nation that satisfies peoples urges all over the earth in which if destroyed would cause so much dismay and sadness over the loss of their lusts…

The United States of America! We are by far more wealthy, and the source of wealth to all the world. We are disgracefully the 100 billion dollar world leader in providing the world with porn producing well over 244 million pages of online porn a year!!  Toping Germany the second largest purveyor of porn by a whopping 20 times! Yes America may be losing ground of leading in many other ways, but our millions of pages of internet perversions are spreading like wildfire across every human on this planet, being consumed by the masses even in the most radical Muslim countries while they curse us and want to kill us.

Sounds like a man and a prostitute kind of relationship doesn’t it?

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If this is so, which by all common sense it  seems to be,  the end times Babylon is America as she forcefully pushes her porn, her dollars, her homosexual lifestyle perversions and her bloodthirsty abortions all across the world…. Beware!

We true Christ followers are about to see persecution in America like never ever though possible a few short years ago.  America is drinking the blood of her own babies and soon she is to get drunk on the blood of Gods saints.

Therefore Prepare your lives for action…never before has 1 Peter 1 rang so loud and true as it is needed for us today!

1 Peter 1:13-25 ESV

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,   but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

New Beginning

Incomprehensible, Great and Glorious God,
I adore you and lower myself.
I approach you mindful that I am less than nothing, a creature worse than nothing.

My thoughts are not screened from your gaze.
My secret sins blaze in the light of your countenance.

Enable me to remember the blood of Christ that cleanses all sin,
    To believe in the grace that subdues all iniquities,
     To resign myself to that agency which can deliver me from the bondage of corruption
      into the glorious liberty of the sons of God!

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You O God have begun a good work in me,
    And can alone continue and complete it.
Give me an increasing conviction of my tendency to err, and of my exposure to sin.

Help me feel more of the purifying, softening influence of pure religion,
   Its compassion, love, pity, courtesy,
       And employ me as your instrument in blessing others.
This I know is my purpose here on earth.

Give me to distinguish
   Between the mere form of godliness and its power,
    Between living and the source of life in Jesus,
     Between deception and truth,
     Between hypocrisy and pure religion that pleases your eye.

If I am not right, set me right;
And may I always come into your presence in peace and the joy of knowing you,
     my Lord.

Amen.

Adapted from Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers. ‘New Beginning’

Pray for God’s justice.

It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them. – Deut 32:35

I have heard it said by god hater atheists/agnostics that they cannot believe in a egocentric genocidal God of the Bible who kills men, women and children. But then again if you asked them if there was a group of people capturing, torturing and murdering their own children and family members and other innocent people they did not like, would they not deem it just to bring those bloodthirsty people to justice? And give them what they deserved, equal punishment for equal crime?

Now we humans live in an imperfect world and we cannot see or know all the intents of the heart. So when humans administer justice we tend to either do it unjustly or err on the side of leniency because of our fear of being wrong or inability to know a persons future actions of either continuation in evil or reformation. We are not all knowing.

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But not so with God. You see it’s not egocentric as in a bad thing, when the center and foundation of all that exists demands that we recognize him for who he is. If I buy a pet dog and love it and care for it, it is not egocentric to demand that the dog love me and respect me as its master and owner. If it constantly runs off and seeks the affections of others or its own pleasures I would naturally go try to fetch it and discipline it to teach it proper honor. If the dog refuses my affections and love and hates me and bites me, I will take it and have it put to death, because what worth is there in a possession that brings me misery and pain and has proven it is reprobate beyond repair?
Even more so with the just and true God. God created every living thing and for a purpose. If we who are given free will, to choose or reject God and choose to hate him, “bite” at him, run from him, and never submit to his corrections to reform and love him what good are we to him? After all we are a creature created by him and FOR him. The very living cells in us function and are alive because of the power of Jesus Christ who sustains all things! At any moment all he needs to do is say “enough” and withhold his providential giving of life and breath to you or me and we die. These ignorant agnostics think too much of themselves; and their own pride to be the ruler of their own lives has blinded them. Yet for us who are submitted to God in Christ, we are to love them and teach them the truths of God as kindly as we can, that he created them for himself in love not hate, and if we hate and disobey him we will suffer justice at some point.

If God ends someone’s life here it is never unjust. Does not a Potter who is molding clay have the right to smash his creation and start over if it does not reflect what he is creating it to be?
For man to say that God is unjust in wiping out even the entire earth and all that is in it, including every man, woman and child, the potter has to right to rework his creations. It’s not wrong nor unjust. It’s only wrong for one of his creations to object to anything he is doing. This goes for all his creatures… Whether in submission or not. He is true to his word, so those who are submitted to him can rest assured that all that God is doing in their lives, even painful things, are for our ultimate good according to his will.

In my reading in Revelation 8 I once again see this word picture of our prayers wafting before God. It says in vs 4-5,
” And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.”

God relates to us the sweet incense of our prayers to him….and in context here we are seeing Gods Judgment being dealt out in response to the prayers of his saints. You see, while we are to love our enemies and pray for them, we also are called to value and love justice and goodness and pray for just vengeance from God to all who continue to do evil.

In Rev 6:10-11 we see the prayers of the slain Saints being heard.
” And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.”
God says vengeance is his…and he will avenge all injustice among his creatures. He is Holy and True.

Yet the word pictures given us here is that God is breathing deeply of the prayers of his people to avenge the injustices among us. Notice what happens immediately after breathing our prayers in Rev 8:5.
In our prayers for us to better love our enemies and serve them, we must not shy away from praying for the justice of God to come upon all who continue in sin. It is okay to pray for evil ones to be vanquished by God’s mighty hand, but just not our role to take that vengeance into our own hands. God has created for mankind the institution of Government to deal with evil and gave them the power of the “sword”, which means death if so needed. So for us now we must pray for evil ones to come to repentance and faith, or justice to be dealt out on them, and serve them in love hoping that even they will come to know the life changing love in Christ Dfaith Jesus we have found.
But by the grace of God there we all would be. God hears and will respond in due time. In the end God will make all things right.

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God- Micah 6:8 Justice is fully interwoven along with Mercy in God’t nature. Live justly and mercifully and pray for it likewise to come to all people.

So be it.