UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS (4)
Read: Revelation 17:1-7Revelation 17:1-7
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues (Revelation 18:4)
One of the mysteries surrounding the kingdom of darkness is the fact that it is a city of many markets, called Babylon! This is a vast, complex and immeasurable system, shrouded in secrecy; and, existing side by side with our present or material world… since time immemorial.. in the Air, underneath the Sea, in the plant and Animal realms. The physical revelation of this city or kingdom was at the building of the Tower of Babel, that was visited, judged and scattered by God Almighty (Gen. 11:1-9).The known characteristics of this evil city are rebellion, prostitution, blasphemy, flamboyance, profanity, filthiness, abomination, trafficking or illegal trade, cannibalism, drunkenness, persecution and murder of saints and prophets of God since time, sorceries, divination, secret societies or cultism, kidnapping, money ritual, slavery, armed robbery, stealing of human souls, and all sins and inequities ever known, heard. They change glorious destinies to ignominy! Casting of spells and drug addiction are part of their evil craft. At the arrest of our Lord Jesus Christ in His trial days, He clearly stated that the kingdom of darkness has a time set or season (Lk. 22:52, 53; cf. Jn. 9:4, 11:9, 10). Christians are admonished not to give the devil a place. And to shun all appearances of evil (Eph. 4:27; 1 Thess. 5:22).The sure and complete end of the kingdom of darkness is prophesied and near. The weight of its abominations: gruesome murders, sexual perversions, gross injustices, antichrist, Satanic, et al doings, etc. are already ascended up to the throne of judgment in heaven. Total destruction awaits it and the wrath of God over all forms of godlessness is imminent. (Rev. 11:15ff; 15:1-8; 16:1ff; 18:1ff).”Come out of them!” says the Lord. It is never too late for you to repent; especially, if you are already unequally yoked with them. May God have mercy upon your precious soul! Meditate on and sing: “Sinners, turn, why will ye die…!”; ” There’s a great day coming”; “Come, oh come, when Christ is calling…”; etc. from C.A.C GHB. 188, 189, 196.PRAYER POINTS1. Thank You, Lord God and King of the saints for Your promise to avenge Your holy ones (Revelation 6:9-11).2. Let the thrones be set, and the judgment sit on the kingdom of darkness hindering the total work of redemption in our lives destroy.3. O Lord of vengeance, put a total end to the reign of darkness in our land and generation in Jesus’ name
.EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Lamentations 4 – 5; Ezekiel 1