Summary: It's all around us though we may not see it. It's built into our lives though we don't see more than fading glances of it's reality.
It's all around us though we may not see it. It's built into our lives though we don't see more than fading glances of it's reality. It's torn at us for all our lives, our hearts ache against it, but it remains. It climbs upon our backs, it whispers into our ears of things we ought not do. It's a kingdom all encompassing, a constant danger to peace, hope, and liberty. It's the kingdom that rises up in opposition to truth.
It's a self-centered system that exemplifies the ideals of humanism, the idea that humanity will triumph through strenuous effort. It's cries out "peace, peace!" but it brings war, famine, and disaster. It builds cities into the heavens, it climbs into the clouds, smoke billows from it's stacks, the gears of the machine turn, and it builds walls around itself. It cobbles together statues and monuments to it's own greatness. From it's gates pour forth armies of darkness by the tens of thousands, gathered to make camp about the city of God, and tear it's boundaries down, and lead it's people into captivity. Yes, this is the kingdom of babylon. And what can we do against it?
Babylon the great mystery it is, in fact the scriptures call it "mystery babylon" (Rev 17:5). The mystery of babylon is this: Babylon is the kingdom of human self-exaltation that rises up in consistent battle against the kingdom of God on Earth.
It was babel in Genesis, then Egypt and the Pharoahs. It was midian, it was the philistines, and it was Jericho and Ai. It opposed Israel, the nation of God, and fought Israel, and built up around it. David and Solomon put babylon to rest, expanding the power and reach of the city of God. But though Solomon conquered babylon outwardly, inwardly babylon broke into the heart of Solomon.
Then once again babylon reared it's head as Babylon, led by Nebuchadnezzar, besieging and taking Israel into captivity. Eventually Israel returned, but by this time babylon's expression had grown across most of the civilized world in various expressions of kingdoms and powers.
Again babylon came as the ancient Roman empire, but little did the kingdom of Satan know, but a secret resistance movement was about to take hold in the tiny nation of Israel.
John the baptist began proclaiming this message of the coming resistance movement against babylon, and he called it "the kingdom of God." Jesus Christ was born into the world, hallelujah, and the resistance began with twelve men and a handful of women who began following Jesus and listening to everything he said. Jesus was God become a man, and soon many began to wonder: What can babylon do against this kingdom of God? But many misinterpreted the coming of Jesus to be a physical violent overthrow of babylon, expressed in the ancient Roman empire. This was not the case. Instead Jesus our resistance leader came to give by dying, to achieve victory by shedding his blood, to conquer by loving, to defeat by being crushed, and to declare victory by offering his life as a gift of righteousness for the world. So Jesus died and many though the revolution was over. The great leader had passed away, the world had killed yet another wise teacher, just like it always did... And then the impossible happened.
Jesus appeared after his brutal death nailed to the cross and left to rot, and He came back and He showed himself to be alive. It was inconcievable, how could Jesus be alive!? Yet there He was, walking and talking with his disciples. Jesus had declared victory over the kingdom of darkness and death. Jesus had cancelled out death itself, the worst foe humanity had ever faced. Jesus paid it all that day, and reclaimed His life with Godly power.
Christ stayed with His disciples teaching them, resurrected, and then He gave them the great commission: Go into all the world and preach the gospel, the good news, to everyone, everywhere. Then Jesus returned to the reality in which God exists, in an eternal state, to return again at the end of all time. But Jesus sent a friend to remain with them as an organizer, as one who would lead the resistance against babylon, Jesus called Him the Holy Spirit. The Spirit would be the General, the resistance leader who would somehow take a few thousand followers of Jesus and conquer all the nations on Earth with love and the transforming new birth in Jesus.
His disciples, emboldened by their resurrected master boldly launched themselves into the Roman empire, converting it to Christianity. Despite babylon rearing it's head in Nero the insane emperor of Rome who fed hundreds of Christians to the lions, with every pool of blood that the martyred Christian's offered it seemed that from those pools of blood tens and hundreds more would appear, born again, washed in the blood of Christ, amazed by the willingness of these martyrs to pour out their blood for Jesus. When Rome fell hundreds of years later the Christians seeded throughout the empire spread into the barbarian tribes, launching north, south, east, and west into the whole world. The revolution had become global, and though it would face dire threats from Islam's brutal invasions of Europe, and Communism's genocidal nightmares in the east, never-the-less nothing could stop the kingdom of God. It even spread from an increasingly corrupt Europe and blossomed in North America, Central America, and South America.