Summary: Babylon is an economic system with deep evil spiritual undertones, and the elements of Babylon are all around us in the forms of idolatry and excessive delicacies. We, as God's people, are called to come out of this rebellious system, obeying God.
Read Revelation 18 together
Revelation 18 4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
“Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins"
I’ve heard the preachers and read the commentaries that say Babylon is New York City, or the United States, or the European Union, or even Iraq with the city named Babylon and its expansive oil reserves. But why do we look for Babylon on the other side of the sea, when there is plenty of Babylon all around us?
We can see the elements of Babylon now in Bangalore:
1. This economic system has deep spiritual overtones & undertones . . . as soon as the city is destroyed its true nature is revealed-the people have fled, but “She has become a dwelling for demonsand a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.” And Babylon was a persecutor of the Church.
a. These creatures are at home in Babylon even when everyone else has fled. It seems likely they were at home in Babylon before, but could be seen clearly now that everyone else had left.
b. In India there is still excessive idolatry. In the Bible this is referred to as spiritual adultery. In some of the sects of India there is no question as to why this might be the case (show video which shows two to four-year-old girls sold as temple prostitutes in Northern Karnataka). You can read in major media sources accounts of abuses of those who practice witchcraft-killing animals as part of their ritual and, in some cases, even killing people (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-11-04/india/43657545_1_human-sacrifice-police-officer-two-men) . You can also read of abuses against those accused of being witches, where communities take the situation into their own hands and even kill those they accuse of witchcraft. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10120682/India-villagers-kill-two-for-witchcraft.html
2. This is, clearly, an economic powerhouse-the list of Babylon’s “excessive delicacies” is long and impressive. It sounds like this:
a. Your cargoes of Bhima Jewlery: gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; Your fine linen, silk sarees, and multi-colored cloth; every sort of teak wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, granite and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, cardamom and curry, of Kingfisher beer, wine and coconut oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; cars, airplanes and rockets to Mars; and human beings sold as slaves. 14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’
These are things we all pursue, yet we find we have nothing more when we have gained such things, and we have lost nothing when we have none of these things. This is why Paul said,
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13