babylon is fallen (revelation 14:8)
This message was preached on April 23, 2017 at New Testament Christian Fellowship in Conover, North Carolina. It begins with an overview of Chapter 14, the victory campaign in the age-old war between the dragon (Satan) and the woman (Israel). This victory campaign is unveiled in four snapshots: assembly (14:1-5), judgment (14:6-12), rest (14:13), and reaping (14:17-20). Next, the focus shifts to verse 8, the second of three angelic messages broadcast in the snapshot of judgment, that which announces the fall of Babylon, the world system, the body politic. Will the literal city of Babylon be rebuilt in the last days? What are the two primary arms of the world system? What are the origins of the world's politic? Jesse Boyd attempts to answer these questions and then goes back to Genesis 4 to discuss the origin of the false world system, it's pre-Flood legacy, and genealogical gems that show a clear witness of God amidst a corrupt world politic from Adam down to the days of Noah, a period of 1,656 years. The message concludes by briefly touching upon Noah and his sons after the Flood, the spirit of Cain that endures, and the groundwork that is laid for the rise of Babel. The world system and the witness of God amidst this corruption will be traced yet further (i.e. from Shem to Nimrod to Abraham to Moses to Daniel to Antichrist) in the sermon that follows.