Chapter 1 - Zion and Babylon Compared
We often sang scripture songs about Zion. I was a new convert then, gathering with a room full of verySpirit-sensitive believers. Those songs always struck a chord of joy in my heart, but I didn't know why."Do you know what Zion is?" I asked one of the sisters."Yes." She meekly answered."Would you explain it to me?" I eagerly asked."You'll discover it in time.""That's it!? You know the answer, but I'll have to wait to discover it myself?" Having no other choice, Iwaited.Some years later I came to understand that
Zion is a symbolic place in the spirit where Jesus is theonly thing there is.
He alone takes preeminence.Then, I came to understand that Babylon meant something as well, that it stood in contrast to Zion.Symbolically,
Babylon is all that the carnal (fleshly) mind devises in the exaltation of Self--the preeminence of Self over God.
It is a place in us where we think we are
. We exalt our imaginationsand every high thing above the knowledge of God. 2 Cor. 10:5.Both Zion and Babylon were historical places, yet the scriptures also speak of them as spiritual statesof being. Hebrews 12:22 speaks of Zion (Sion, in KJV) in this figurative sense: "But we are come untomount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerablecompany of angels, to the general assembly and assembly of the firstborn, which are written in heaven,and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." 1 Peter 2:6 reads, "Behold, Ilay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious; and he who believes on Him shall not be confounded."This Zion is Jesus.Revelation 14:8 is a good example of how Babylon has been used in this figurative sense: "And therefollowed another angel, saying, 'Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nationsdrink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.'" Most notable is Revelation 17:5 which identifies themother of harlots as Babylon: "Upon her forehead was a name written, "MYSTERY, BABYLON THEGREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS, AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."Both Zion and Babylon mirror the condition of our hearts.Symbolic Babylon is that attitude of the heart that makes us think we can solve all of our problems andmeet all of our needs without God. We look to government, politics, science, technology, psychology,sociology, economics, entertainment, and religion for our help--things mankind has invented. Therefore,we look to ourselves to save ourselves.In this book, however, my reference to spiritual Babylon is limited to the institutionalized, organized,religious
systems which I contend are products of the carnal mind. Please read on to see what Imean by this.(The word
and the pronoun
when used in italics in this book refers to this Thing we call
. When it is not in italics, I am referring to buildings that have been dedicated to the worship of adeity, or I am directly quoting other sources.)
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