Mystery Of Iniquity
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You O king are a king of kings, for the God of Heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or beast of the field and birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand and has made you ruler over all of them. You are this head of gold.
Babylon was the head of the world systems in the beginning, and it is still the principality we see governing the world’s systems, beliefs, and logic today.
I don’t know about you all, but sometimes it blows my mind to realize that the Bible is based on the history of a people that were constantly under the oppressive nature of other nations that did not know the God of Israel, a lot of the stories we read take place during their captivity and sometimes while in bondage to these very people …their narratives prove that the God we call on today is mighty to save. The opening passage is from the Book of Daniel. An account of a man of faith who was appointed by The Most High Yahuah to take his place in the timeline of the world as one who remained faithful to the ways of his God and was counted among the righteous. If we take the message of the bible into account for today standards we will see that nothing much has really changed in Babylon but for the people who accept the gift of Yahuah, who is and was The Messiah that has made an atonement for sin & scattered his gifts to the poor, we are those who were once under spiritual captivity and held by the bondage of sin but are now able to break free and see this false reality for what it is.
Truly the only liberty we have in this world is with our Savior, Yahusha the son of Yah (The living word)
Babylon is a matrix. A system of world beliefs and conformities that we were all born into. King David even puts so plainly “Behold, I was shapend in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me.” It is quite literally the fall of mankind propped up in such a way to be seen as the head of gold.
It is only the surface level of the overlapping world we live in, one that is just as much spiritual as it is physical- the ways of this society stem all the way back to the days of Nimrod, where we could assume the birthplace of false deity worship originated. Thus, Babylon has taken many different parts of lies and deception from all over the world, forming its Frankenstein beast-like nature and has created a makeshift reality to package and sell to us as the real deal.
Chapter 18 in the book of revelation gives us a spoiler alert. Babylon will fall. 2x
And in the days of these kings the [same] God of Heaven [Yahuah] will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break into pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. (Reference Daniel’s interpretation of the king’s dream)
Just as Yahusha The Messiah is the head of those who belong to his body (and are members of the holy city- Jerusalem) so the false counterpart; Babylon is the head of those who belong to the body that consists of the beast (The Antichrist) it’s culture and deeply ingrained rebellion.
In The book of Daniel, the king Nebuchadnezzar inquires of the servant of the Most High, who happens to be Daniel, so that he may interpret his dream, the revelation of this dream causes the king to erect a statue that the entire Babylonian kingdom has become subject to:
So, before we go further, we see that this is something that Yah has allowed to take place (we know he sets up kings and removes kings, Daniel 2:21) he has allowed this to occur throughout history so that his glory may be known on earth! Through those Yahuah counts as worthy and has set them apart for himself. He uses them to confound the wise and bring kings to naught. Let’s go over some of the characteristics of the first Babylon
Babylon the great
Babylon has a spirit of rebellion in its nature. It wants to be the holy city and it wants to do so without the Holy One, meaning it is the breeding ground for lawlessness. The ruler of this world weakened the nations or in other words the adversary took away their power. If we look at the fruit of idol worship, we see that it is indeed worship given to demons who have no loyalty or (covenant) of love and righteousness but idolatry is the foundation of Babylon’s upbringing.
A) Systems and wealth (Hammurabi code)
Yahusha mentions in his sermon on the mount “You have heard that it was said, ‘An Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’….” This is a reference to the code of Hammurabi, the Amorite king of Babylon from 1792 B.C. who laid the laws of the land in war and calculated judgment. Yahusha came at a time when all of this had already occurred in the earth, so when he came to the house of Israel he taught them in this way “…But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also…” because they Jews had taken on the customs and laws of land given to the kings who did not know Yahuah the God that Yahusha came in the name of.
And the Babylonian ways of dealing with wealth were also rooted in worship. According to Cambridge university the origins of banking stem from the religious finance in Babylonia. “Babylonian shrines were no exceptions; not only were the chief Mesopotamian temples religious centers, law courts, schools, and archive depositories but they also [stood as] banks and mercantile establishments (including trade and commerce); fiscal institutions” so it should not surprise us that one of the only times Yahusha shows a side of wrath is when he finds the Israelites in the temple of Yah buying and selling. At that time, they had completely adopted the mindset of Babylon.
B) King Nebuchadnezzar
This king stands as a placeholder in the book of Daniel, he is not the first king to besiege the lay hold of men or use human beings as capital for gain (human resources) but he is a sort of pharaoh whose main role is to bring judgment upon the house of Judah and the Israelites. In Daniels's interpretation, there are 5 kingdoms that Yah showed the king, and all would descend after Babylon and its likeness in power, beliefs, and tradition. They would all have a hand to play in the long-running storyline of the captivity and increasingly overwhelming opposition to the Israelites.
C) Captivity of the people of Yahuah
Babylon is a mockery of what the Most High’s Holy City is to be. It is literally the “upside-down” Ecclesiastes 10:7 “I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves”
The interesting thing to note is that the people of Yah were never able to successfully be wiped out from the earth…for it prophesied a remnant would always remain in the earth.
In the same book of Daniel, we see the King impose the rules of this “pagan” worship on 3 men who happen to be the followers of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Their refusal to comply with the evil running rampant at the time was enough cause for the king to sentence them to sure death by demanding a fiery furnace be lit 7x hotter than normal and that the men be thrown into it.
However, the King was astonished to find out that the fire killed several of his soldiers that were used to dash the men into the furnace, but it did not kill the men. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in fact, it had no effect on them or the layers of clothes they were wearing while entering the fire. Then there was a fourth man that appeared in the furnace with them, this fourth man looked like a son of Elohim (God), and then the King knew, that the God of heaven was with them, he called them out of the fire, and they emerged unharmed, unaffected, unbothered & blameless.