Scripture Reading: Daniel 5:24-31
“That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty two years old.” (Daniel 5:30,31)
Belshazzar’s blasphemous acts against God was the final straw that brought about God’s judgment upon the Babylonian Empire. In one night the great city of Babylon fell into the hands of the Medes and Persians. The king was killed and the Babylonian Empire came to a sudden end.
In the Book of Revelation, Babylon is a symbol for the worldly empires that stand against God and His people. Babylon represents all that this world stands for — its power, wealth, system of thought, and the forces that oppose our Savior. One day God will have had enough. He will bring sudden judgment and destruction upon this earth.
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living” (Revelation 18:2,3). One day the kingdoms of this earth will come to an end because of their blasphemous and rebellious acts against the living God.
The passage in Revelation continues with a call to God’s people — “Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4,5). We must constantly be on guard, for the sins of Babylon are great. We must come out of her as we resist the evil influences of this fallen world.
The Apostle John gave a similar warning to us — “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. For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (I John 2:15-17). Babylon and the world (as John uses the word in this passage) are one and the same.
We must not get too comfortable in this world for it is passing away. We must be on guard against the evil influences of the world. Our eyes must remain on our Savior Jesus and we must seek to do His will above all else. Jesus has overcome the world and He will deliver us out of the world one day and bring us into His glorious eternal presence and kingdom.
Lord Jesus, grant me strength to resist the things of this evil world. Protect me from its evil influences and grant me strength to keep my eyes on You so that I can do Your will.
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