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I. The Characteristics of the Queen of Babylon and its
In the Old Testament, Babylon was "the ancient walled city between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and capital of the Babylonian Empire. The leading citizens of the nation of Judah were carried to this city as captives about 587 B. C. after Jerusalem fell to the invading Babylonians. Biblical writers often portrayed this ancient capital of the Babylonian people as the model of paganism and idolatry. (Jeremiah 51:44; Daniel 4:30)" (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers) During the latter period of the Old Testament, God delivered His people from Babylon and brought them back to their own city, Jerusalem. Here, they would rebuild the temple of God and would once again worship Him.
In the book of Revelation we find that God is again calling His people to come out of Babylon. He says, "Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities." (Revelation 18:4-5 NKJV) God is once again calling His people out of Babylon, into His city of Jerusalem. Babylon in the New Testament sense is not a physical city, but rather a state of mind or of living characterized by our fallen nature. Jerusalem in the New Testament sense is not a physical city on earth, but rather Godís heavenly city, the place where He dwells and where Jesus is worshipped and glorified by all. God is calling His people to come out of the ways of this world--the ways of our flesh and of our sinful nature--and to come into the ways of Jesus, Who worked out and now provides a new nature for those who will receive Him as their Savior and Lord. God is calling His people to live in His heavenly temple, to know and worship Jesus, to know God as our heavenly Father as Jesus did, and to participate with Him as He brings His judgments upon Babylon and builds His church, the heavenly Jerusalem.
What are the characteristics of Babylon? What are the characteristics of those who have left Babylon? What will happen to Babylon? How can we, Godís people, come out of Babylon? What is our role in Godís plan during the destruction of Babylon? What can we do for those who are left in Babylon? What is the final result of these judgments? These are some of the questions this booklet will address.
The Queen of Babylon had been described in Revelation chapter 17. Here in chapter 18 God tells of the destruction of Babylon. (Revelation 18:2) He then describes the sinful ways of the spiritual ruler over this "city." "In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, `I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.í" (Revelation 18:7 NKJV)
The basic characteristics of the Queen and those who dwell in
In contrast with the ways of Babylon, God has sent His Son Jesus to show us a new way of living. Jesus did not seek His own glory; He lived to give glory to God. Jesus did not live for the pleasures of this world; He lived to bring pleasure to God. Jesus did not seek to establish His own rule; He lived to bring into the world the rule and authority of God. Jesus did not trust in the world or in its ways; He lived in and trusted in the kingdom and ways of His Father. Jesus did not live in denial of His accountability to God; He came to know and declare Godís judgments for Himself and others. We will examine each of these five characteristics of Jesus.
1. Jesus did not seek to glorify Himself; He lived to glorify God.
2. Jesus did not live for the pleasures of this world; He lived
for the pleasures of the heavenly kingdom.
3. Jesus was not seeking to establish His rule; He came to bring
into the world the rule and authority of God.
4. Jesus did not trust in the world or in its ways; rather He
lived in and trusted in the kingdom and ways of His Father.
5. Jesus did not live in denial of His accountability to God,
rather He came to know and declare Godís judgments for Himself and
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The king of Babylon--"Lucifer" according to Isaiah 14, "the old dragon" according to Revelation 13--will give His authority to the beast coming forth from the peoples or from the waters:
"Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority." (Revelation 13:1-4 NKJV)
The leaders of the nations will destroy the kingdom of the spiritual queen of Babylon:
"The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire." (Revelation17:12-13, 16 NKJV)
The "spiritual beast," rising from among the peoples, being given power and authority from Satan and from the ten kings who are to rule the world, will thus have his kingdom established. The ability to live for yourself, to try to glorify yourself, to live for your own pleasures, to rule your own life, and to live apart from the judgments of your own god will be destroyed. There will be a conglomeration of world religions, each of them giving homage to the beast, each of them demanding obedience and submission of their followers.
"He [the beast] 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 has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV)
The worldís financial markets and dealings will be controlled by this spiritual beast and his rulers. All who dwell on the earth will come under this rule and will be subject to the financial control of the beast.
"All who dwell on the earth will worship him [the beast], whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:8 NKJV)
"He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed." (Revelation 13:15 NKJV)
The "earth dwellers"--those who do not live with Christ in the heavenlies--will be forced to worship the beast. Those who refuse to worship him will face the danger of death.
The Bible says:
The beast will not and can not honor the things of God. The anger Satan has against God and His people will be manifest during this time.
"For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled." (Revelation 17:17 NKJV)
God is able to accomplish His purposes for the world. He is able to use even the rise of evil and the attacks on His people for His glory. The church will become stronger. The people of God will cry out for Godís greater manifestation of His glory and power in and through them. The greater manifestation of evil in the world and the greater manifestation of Godís glory in His people will cause many to come out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. Amidst the darkness, the glory of God will be revealed, and kings and nations shall come to His light in His people. When Christ was born, pagan kings came and worshipped Him. The same will happen during these times, according to Isaiah 60.
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"...and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again." (2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJV)
"For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17 NKJV)
"For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Romans5:10 NKJV)
Jesus came to bring us life--the life of God. Through Him we can be delivered from the life that loves the things of this world, that serves and honors self, and that is under the dominion of Satan. Through Jesus we can be forgiven and freed from our sinful ways and desires. Through Him we can receive a new life--a new nature, a measure of Godís life--so that we can be "translated" out of the kingdom of this world into Godís heavenly kingdom. (Colossians 1:13) His life can come into us, changing us in our inner being. His life can then flow through us, enabling us to manifest the life of God to others. Through His life working in us and through us we can be victorious over the ways of Satan and of those who continue to dwell on this earth.
"And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ĎCome out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.í" (Revelation 18:4 NKJV)
"And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien--because they do not fear Me,í says the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 3:1-5 NKJV)
"As many as I [Jesus] love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent." (Revelation 3:19 NKJV)
We need to let God accomplish His work of cleansing and purifying our hearts, our inner attitudes and desires. We need to cry out to Him to free us from the lusts and "pleasures" of the worldís ways. We need to trust Him to make us holy as He is holy. We need to seek Him to fill us with His Spirit of fire so that we are no longer caught up in the complacency that grips many of His people who are trying to live in both kingdoms. This is a time of experiencing a great outpouring of Godís Spirit; we need to seek Him and to be filled with His zeal to see Jesus exalted, to have our hearts changed, to see many come into His kingdom, and to call for and see the ways of Satan destroyed.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand." (Philippians 4:4-5 NKJV)
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15 NKJV)
"...by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1:4 NKJV)
As we let Christ purify our hearts we will begin to see things from Godís perspective. We will begin to understand His plan and purposes for us and for this world. We will rejoice in His plan of salvation. We will rejoice in what He is doing and in what He is allowing to happen, knowing that He will use all things to accomplish His purposes of conforming His people into the image of Christ. We will experience more of His glory, enabling His life to be more manifest in us and through us. As we become more like Jesus, we will want to worship God more. We will appreciate the holiness of God in ever greater ways, and will worship Him not just with our mouths, but also with the deepest longings and emotions of our heart. "To the pure all things are pure." (Titus 1:15 NKJV)
"But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels," (Hebrews 12:22 NKJV)
"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 NKJV)
"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2 NKJV)
In the past, God has allowed many of His people to desire things of both kingdoms--the kingdom of this earth and the kingdom of God. Paul describes such people as "carnal" in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4. During these days God is pouring out His Spirit like never before, enabling His people to experience and know His holiness and His grace in ever greater ways. The reality of living in Godís heavenly kingdom is increasingly manifest, and the necessity of living there is also greatly increased. The basic focus of the heavenly kingdom is on Jesus. We desire to focus on Him, to have His presence and nature manifest in us, and to manifest His presence, His ways, and His judgments in all aspects of our life. The command, "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness," (Matthew 6:33 NKJV) becomes our marching order.
"...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews12:2 NKJV)
Moses despised the temporary pleasures of the world
"By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. (Hebrews11:24-27 NKJV)
"...just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." (Ephesians 1:4 NKJV)
As we learn to live focused on the things of the heavenly kingdom, we enter more fully into Godís plan and purposes for us. We can look beyond the present-day events of life and see them in light of Godís eternal purposes. We can see the eternal rewards God has for us and let them be a source of strength and hope for us. We can see God preparing us through our trials and difficulties for future ministry opportunities. We will recognize our great need to be "in Christ"--dependent on Him, living for Him, having Him live in us and through us. We will call for the destruction of the Satan-like ways of this world as we learn to hate evil as Jesus does. We will call for Godís continued mercy to be extended to us and to all His people as He purifies us and destroys the kingdom of Babylon, the kingdom of anti-christ, and ultimately all the plans of Satan.
"I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved." (Psalm 16:8 NKJV)
"For David says concerning Him: `I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.í" (Acts 2:25 NKJV)
"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2 NKJV)
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV)
"...while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV)
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." (Hebrews 11:13 NKJV)
We will be led by the Holy Spirit to know and see Jesus in ever greater ways. Phrases like, "keep your eyes on Jesus," and, "be led by the Spirit of Christ," will become living realities. God calls us to do these things; He is now underlining these calls as He re-emphasizes them to us; He is also awakening us to the great grace He has and will provide for us.
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"Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her." (Revelation 18:6 NKJV)
"Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood." (Jeremiah 48:10 NKJV)
"...and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." (2 Corinthians 10:6 NKJV)
"ĎRejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!í Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore." (Revelation 18:20-21 NKJV)
We need to agree with and participate with God as He seeks the destruction of Babylon. We need to let Him establish the alternative lifestyle of Jesus in us, replacing the ways of the queen of Babylon. We need to seek this not just for ourselves but for all of Godís people. The merchants of Babylon will mourn as they see Babylon destroyed and no one buying their goods anymore. The merchants of the new kingdom of the beast are dependent on the ways of their gods to buy and sell their goods. We need to call for the destruction of the ways of the spiritual queen of Babylon, so that we can rejoice with Godís leaders as the kingdom of Babylon is destroyed.
"Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ĎIf anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.í" (Revelation 14:9-10 NKJV)
"And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ĎCome out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.í" (Revelation 18:4)
God will pour out His fury on the kingdom of the beast. We need to warn the inhabitants of Babylon not to follow the beast as he sets up his "universal god" religious system. We need to continually call all who will come out, to come out of Babylon into Godís heavenly kingdom.
"Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--saying with a loud voice, ĎFear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.í And another angel followed, saying, ĎBabylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.í" (Revelation 14: 6-8)
Godís desire is that people from every tribe, nation, and people group come to Him and rejoice in the Kingdom of Christ. He is calling His people to get the gospel out into all these nations and groups. Jesus said the gospel would be preached in all the world before the full manifestation of His kingdom would occur. Letís go, church!!
"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." (Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJV)
Amidst the darkness and chaos that will come as the kingdom of the beast replaces the kingdom of Babylon, the glory of God will come upon His people who seek Him. Many from the world of darkness will see the light and be drawn to Him. We need to pray for this, and to help the kings and the heathen who will come to Christ during this time.
"It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Revelation 13:7, 10 NKJV)
"I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom." (Daniel 7:21-22 NKJV)
The beast will prevail over the saints for a season. However, none of Godís elect will be totally deceived. Godís people will rise up as they receive His glory and grace, and His saints will possess the kingdom with Christ.
"These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful." (Revelation 17:14 NKJV)
"He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Revelation 13:10 NKJV)
"And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:8 NKJV)
The kingdom of the beast will try to destroy Godís church. God will use even this to purify His people and to give them an even greater fervor to see Satanís ways destroyed. The same church that learned spiritual warfare praying in the destruction of Babylon has now been prepared to pray for and participate with God as He destroys the kingdom of the beast.
Godís people will prevail through His Holiness in them, through His Spirit working in and through them, through times of prayer and intercession as the body of Christ comes together, and through the calling for the destruction of Satanís ways as Godís people declare His judgments on His enemies. Those spiritual powers who sought to destroy Godís people, will have their kingdom destroyed through the prayers of Godís people. The kingdom of the beast will be destroyed as Godís people are filled with His glory and power and bring in the reign of Christ. Christ will reign through His church. Hallelujah!!!
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14 NKJV)
"And one [seraphim angel] cried to another and said: ĎHoly, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!í" (Isaiah 6:3 NKJV)
"So the nations shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the LORD shall build up Zion; he shall appear in His glory." (Psalm 102:15-16 NKJV)
"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it." (Isaiah 2:2 NKJV)
Godís glory will be revealed to all the world. His reign will be established in the heavenlies. The end-time revival will result in the conversion of many souls into Godís Kingdom. Kings, rulers and nations will know, experience, and welcome the manifestation of the glory and reign of Jesus. Godís church shall be established as a place of healing and life for people from all nations. Multitudes will know and experience the life-changing capabilities of God through His Spirit in His people. The manifestations of the healing and glorious presence of Jesus will draw many into the church of Christ. The whole earth will be filled with the knowledge and experience of the glory of God, in His Son, Jesus Christ. His people will continue to say, "Even so, come Lord Jesus." (Revelation 22:20 NKJV)
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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