Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Fall of Man

Ruins of Ancient Babylon
In case you thought the fall of man referred only to Adam's fall, think again. Revelation 18 describes the Fall of Babylon. While this refers to the ancient city, it includes much more. The name "Babylon" in the Bible typifies the world system in some places. In other places it typifies evil.

An angel warns people against Babylon in Revelation 18, not to share in her sins. Check out verse 10: "Woe, Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!"

As I see the world around me crumbling, these words take on specific meaning. Do you see it? People who are tied to the world's system will lose everything when it collapses--what they've worked for their whole lives--their health, wealth, possessions and retirement will be gone in an hour. Money, power and pleasure won't matter. Only what is done for God will last. Those who love and serve God will take their faith, Christian character and relationships with God and other believers into the New Heavens and New Earth where Jesus will reign.

Jesus said in Mark 8:34-36, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul."

Check out Revelation 16:15. "Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed."

Do you believe Jesus is coming soon? Many things in the world today parallel prophecies in the Bible. It's not too late to confess your need of a Savior in these troubling times. Jesus stands at the door of your heart, waiting for you to invite Him into your life. He loves you with an everylasting love. He will not abandon you. Just say His name and know His lavishing care for you.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your word. Help us to prepare for the days ahead with confidence in you. You are our fortress and hiding place. You are our strength and joy. Amen.


Janet Martin said...

Thank-you for reminding us that in spite of troubled times we do have a fortress and a hiding place!

Sue Tornai said...

Yes, Janet. That is an awesome blessing.