THE SPIRIT OF BABYLON IS THE SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE WITH THE WORLD. WHEREVER THERE IS COMPROMISE IN OUR HEARTS WITH THE DEVIL, THAT COMPROMISE PLACES US ON THE BACK OF A BEAST THAT ULTIMATELY SEEKS OUR DESTRUCTION!
The spirit of Babylon has been in the earth since civilization began. It is essential to understand this spirit if we desire to walk in God’s kingdom without compromise, for the spirit of Babylon is an example of self-exaltation, and self exaltation is the source of compromise.
Originally, Babylon was more than a wealthy, glamorous city; it was primarily a religious city. To understand this gives us great insight into the nature of this enemy. Genesis 11:4 tells us that the common intent of its people was to build for themselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven. More than their advanced skills in art and warfare, their pride was in their religion. When the Lord confused their tongues and scattered them across the earth, the spirit of Babylon spread throughout the world, and the desire to reach into heaven through man-made religions proliferated in every nation.
We also see in this spirit the ambition to make for ourselves a name. So much has this influence become a part of our human nature that Solomon observed, every labour and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbour. (Eccl 4:4). Rivalry and the desire to make for oneself a name still comprise the nature of the spirit of Babylon
One last thing about the origins of Babylon: the Scripture says the people Journeyed east to the land of Shinar and settled there(Gen 11:2). Anytime a church stops pressing on and begins to settle down, except something Babylonian in nature to arise.
We can recognize the influence of Babylon in any people or church that offer lip service to a God far off, a deity whose dwelling place is not with men. In contrast, Jesus is our Emmanuel, God with us! The very essence of true Christianity is Christ in us, the hope of glory. You can identify the spirit of Babylon in a church that honors God in heaven without having any relationship with Him on earth.
-To be continued