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When the angel of Revelation 18 calls God's people to come out of Babylon , their pattern for how to come out is found directly in the life of Abraham. The careful Bible student will notice that this is essentially the format of the book of Romans: Paul contrasts the religion of Nimrod in Chapter one with the Faith of Abraham in Chapter 4. He then shows the faith of Abraham to be the foundation of righteousness by Faith. Rom 4:16-18 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. The faith of Abraham is the key to escaping Babylon. It is important to note that Paul also contrasted the faith of Abraham with the religion of the Pharisees. in Romans 2 This will become important later, because history reveals that the system of Nimrod combines with the pretentious religion of the Pharisees to form a spiritual Babylon that dominates the world. We will now contrast the faith of Abraham with the philosophy of Nimrod to give a sharper focus. The core difference between the two systems is the belief in an inherent life source as opposed to life that comes to us via a Heavenly Father in Heaven.
a. Faith Versus Fear
Abraham’s focus on a relational view is the inevitable outcome of a belief that he depends on a relationship for life. The nature of the relationship is expressed as a Father to his children. Abraham’s belief that the one who gives him life is as a tender Father, reduces the need to be overly concerned about protecting his own life. Concerns for protection and defense are not a high priority. For this reason, Abraham is happy to live in rural areas, without walled cities and the need for large groups of people herding together for increased security. After Adam and Eve accepted the Serpent’s lie of inherent life, one of the first emotions that Adam experienced was fear. Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. The result of believing you have your own life source requires you to protect it. As God approached Adam to question him, Adam perceived God as a threat because God was more powerful than he was. This experience was the inheritance of Nimrod and those with him who believed
The belief in inherent life source causes every person or group of people to be seen as a threat or an opportunity that must be monitored and controlled if possible or appeased for survival. Nimrod by contrast. It is good for a man to have a wife to avoid being lonely. Because every person is potentially seen as a threat or an opportunity – no relationships can be truly benevolent. they must be constantly monitored. Each person tends to use other family members to satisfy personal needs and desires. Sarah and the children depend on Abraham for the blessing to flow to them and Abraham is dependent on his family to establish his authority. and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Gen 18:19 For I know him. therefore each member of the family has a very clear identity and purpose as part of the family. and I will bless thee. submission. is driven by the need to protect and satisfy the life source he believes lies within him. This fear turned to aggression with the raising of armies to defend the cities and then finally the fear extended to pre-emptive strikes to ensure no neighbouring tribes would become stronger than themselves and conquer them. The belief in life flowing forth from one point fosters the principles of headship. They needed to gather together in cities and build walls around them to protect themselves from perceived threats. that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. God speaks of the blessing of individuals through family structures. b. The sacred ties of family relationship cannot be broken. manipulated or appeased.the lie of the serpent. The headship of the Heavenly Father and the submission of His Son are reflected in the roles of husband and wife and are manifested in the differing roles of seed and nurture. Gen 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation. It is good for a woman to be married for protection and . To successfully monitor those around you and warn them to keep their distance. mother and children but the relationships are usually very dysfunctional. to have someone clean up after him and cook his food. and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee. blessing and interdependence. and they shall keep the way of the LORD. and make thy name great. Nimrod and his followers can have the appearance of a family with the elements of father. Nimrod’s kingdom driven by fear is afflicted with the obsession of territorial possession and defense. Family Focus Versus Individual Focus Abraham’s view of life flowing from a heavenly Father that blesses His children translates into a focus on submitting to and receiving that blessing. Each member of the family plays their part for the happiness of the whole family. The principle of submission demonstrated by Sarah who recognized that God’s blessing flowed through her husband referred to him as “Adon” from which we get “Adoni” or master. Notice the blessing structure spoken of by God to Abraham. to do justice and judgment. that he will command his children and his household after him. territorial domains were established and defended.
peaceful and joyful. This process caused role confusion and therefore identity confusion. but only time to commune with the invisible and infinite God. the worship of the sun is the worship of inherent power. The only concept of law in Nimrod’s kingdom is do whatever pleases you or do . This worship is contemplative. this worship was essentially a worship of self and the belief of life in one’s self. So the family structure of Nimrod becomes son/husband and mother/wife. The most powerful object in our solar system is the sun. The key command that identified the God that Abraham worshipped was the Sabbath. Gen 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice. In this context. his mother/wife declared that he now lived on in the sun. my commandments. there are no visible objects of worship. manipulation or appeasement by parents to keep children in check or satisfied. This worship of heavenly bodies extended to the planets and stars. my statutes. Nimrod’s worship system revolves around the display of one’s inherent life source and therefore demands visible tokens of power. This fact fosters the rebellion of children and the need for force. It was a memorial of the Creator God and required its worshippers to rest from their labours and rest in the works of God. Nimrod’s personal ambition caused him to marry his mother simply because she was externally beautiful and also powerful. Since Nimrod was merely a man. the sun gives warmth and lights to the homes of men. the worshippers would bow at sunrise to the mighty power of Nimrod the mighty hunter displayed in the power of the sun. c. Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace. The sun makes the crops grow. and kept my charge. This resting process was a reminder that all life comes from God and that humans are totally dependent on Him. The confusion of male and female is further complicated by the loss of the submissive agent to teach the next generation the principles of submission. whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.companionship. but a special day was reserved for the sun each week called Sun-day. and my laws. God taught Abraham His laws that would enable him to stay connected to the life of God and this connection was ratified by a covenant. so now the inanimate object of the sun now had a relational connection in the person of Nimrod who they now could worship. Worship as Expressed through the Sabbath Versus Sun-day The worship of Abraham centres around the Father/Creator of the universe. It is the worship of a personal God who gives life. When Nimrod died. Each morning as the sun rose. The very nature of the Sabbath was relational because relationships are carved in time.
one who reconnects the channel of blessing. and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD. is a reaffirmation that man has no life in himself and is the perfect counterpart to the worship of the Sabbath which points us to the source of all life – God. d. The acceptance of the curse of death makes real the sacrifice of the lamb that Abraham offered upon an altar. Heb 11:17-19 By faith Abraham. Resurrection Versus Immortality Abraham’s view of death was that all consciousness ceased. Individual . In Nimrod’s kingdom death is not real but rather a door. and pitched his tent. when he was tried. One who possessed immortality could not die but only move on to another place as we see demonstrated in the story of Nimrod passing into the sun and becoming even more powerful. and called upon the name of the LORD. The only way to live on is through resurrection by the Life Giver which is God. In the worship of the slain lamb Abraham recognizes the death of the coming Saviour who provides his every breath and every heart beat. The only master for Nimrod was himself and any law presented to him would be seen as an attempt to dominate and control. That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up. There is no focus on personal sin and the consequences of the curse of Adam on the human race. even from the dead. Family Structure (Gen 18:19) 1. offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. It is interesting to note that this is exactly who the Jewish people looked for as a Messiah The differences we have discussed are laid out in the following table: Abraham: Nimrod: 1. having Bethel on the west. The concept of a Saviour in this context is not one who restores life but one who through his great power liberates the righteous and subdues the wicked. Death is viewed as an extended sleep where there is no awareness of his environment nor perspective of time. from whence also he received him in a figure.whatever you can get away with. 18 Of whom it was said. The lie of the serpent caused Nimrod and his followers to see death as a transition into another realm. The reality of death demands a belief in a Saviour that restores life. Gen 12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel. Since man has no life in himself. The Saviour of Nimrod’s kingdom is a liberator and conqueror. The acceptance of the reality of death by Abraham brought to this world through Adam. he ceases to exist when he dies.
and from thy kindred. filled with the vagabond spirit of Cain hate those who choose be children of Abraham and follow his family blessing structure and system. to flow to all the families of the earth. examine the rise of Babylon's power into world empire and them spiritual world empire culminating in the worship war of Revelation 13 and 14. Nimrod and his descendants. Gen 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram. The insecurity of Nimrod's followers drive them to try and elliminate all threats. Saviour as Prideful 7. and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee. Nomadic Rural Dwellers (Heb 11:8-10) Defenders (Gen 11:4) 3. and make thy name great. Focus of Abraham's Blessing System Emerges Abraham's Blessing System Emerges Written by Adrian Ebens Thursday. City Builders and 3. 14 January 2010 22:08 . Identity by Renown 4. Belief in Death and Resurrection Heb 11:17-19 Immortality of the Soul Gen 3:4 6. and curse him that curseth thee: and . His sense of being well pleased with us. Observe Sabbath and Commandments (Gen 26:5) desires (Rom 1:21-32) 5. unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation. 19 March 2010 21:57 We remember that the true God of Heaven called Abraham out of his Babylon surroundings to establish him in a family structure that would allow His blessing. This fosters a need for domination and control of others. We will trace the conflict between these two systems. and from thy father's house. Identity by Parental Blessing (Gen 12:2) (Gen 11:4) 4. their slavery and their release through the mighty power of God. 2. Next we turn to the history of the first seduction of Abraham's children by Egypt.Last Updated Friday. Focus of Worship on the Invisible These two systems are locked in a great controversy. Belief in 6. Saviour as Humble Life Restorer Liberator and Subduer empowered by Sun and nature worship – revealed in slain lamb (John 11:25) worship on the Visible 7. and I will bless thee. Follow personal 5. Get thee out of thy country.Dictator/Tyrant Gen 10:10 2.
This in turn strengthened the power of his words. Gen 17:16. Let us notice carefully from the text how God established this system. 1. and thou shalt be a blessing. the blessing of Heaven passed from Abraham to them and they obtained a sense that God was well pleased with them. I will bless thee. Their headship/submission relationship established the flow of the blessing to the next generation and became the example for all .” (NKJV) The word “know” means to yada and gives a sense of intimacy. In every command or request that Abraham gave his household there was the seed of a blessing. 14 January 2010 22:08 . We get a clue to this blessing in Gen 18:19 where God says “I have known him. honour. Her devotion and submission to her husband established his authority in the minds of his children. When members of his household submitted and happily carried out his commands. 19 March 2010 21:57 Father. 2. position and authority. Sarah called her husband master or lord as a sign of respect. He became a human channel for the love of God to flow into human hearts. The key person that gave Abraham his authority was his wife Sarah. Make thy name great. God came close to Abraham and filled him with a sense of acceptance and His personal pleasure in Him. Gen 18:12.Last Updated Friday. God blessed her and she became the mother of nations. God would give Abraham a position of authority to pass on the blessing that he received. The word great means estate. congratulate or praise. This sense that God was well pleased with them acted as a barrier against Satan's temptations to seek for power to compensate for insecurity and worthlessness.in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. The word blessing gives the sense of benefit. Abraham received the sense that God loved him and was pleased with him. The basis of this family structure rested in respected headship of Abraham by His wife. Abraham became the visible source of the fountain of blessing which is our Heavenly 1/7 Abraham's Blessing System Emerges Written by Adrian Ebens Thursday.
Only those who recognize this legitimate authority would receive this sense of acceptance and pleasure of the Father in heaven. In a similar way to the Son of God being blessed by His Father through the inheritance. God made a covenant with Abraham and He blessed Abraham and that blessing would flow from him to every family of the earth. He felt accepted. loved and a sense of the Father’s pleasure. More accurately "I have known him" The source of the blessing flowing from God to Abraham is in the intimate relationship between them. This is the blessing that Abraham would give to the families of the earth. 4. I will bless them that bless thee. Rom 4:16 3. so Abraham was given this inheritance through . Gen 18:19 For I know him. This history of Abraham and his family is vitally important to understand how God intends to interact with His children on earth. It was the Spirit of Christ in Abraham that gave him that sense of acceptance. The closeness Abraham had to God allowed him to become like God in character and to be like him in an earthly context. In communion with God. they would feel worthless. For I know Him. that he will command his children and his household after him. that God was well pleased with him. And curse him that curseth thee. 1. Abraham became a visible source of blessing even as God is the great original source of blessing for the universe. to do justice and judgment. God called Abraham His Friend. Abraham received that same sense as the Son of God did. Rather than feeling blessed. and they shall keep the way of the LORD. cursed and a sense that they have not pleased the Father. that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. 2 Chron 20:7. James 2:23. Those who resist this legitimate fatherly authority would bring a curse upon themselves. Let us notice how the promised blessings of the covenant would be fulfilled. Those who submitted and honoured fatherly authority represented by Abraham would receive this blessing. a sense of the Father's love and pleasure.who access this blessing system. 1 Pet 1:11.
.the Son. 3. . This is the Way of the Lord and this must be safely guarded and protected otherwise the inheritance will be lost... His words and acts of affection and guidance become the medium for the Spirit of Christ to bless Sarah.Last Updated Friday. Note carefully that the Spirit of Christ. The way of the Lord is to bless and be blessed... From Sarah. This inheritance is maintained by a careful guarding of the family relationship as we have just described. More importantly.. Through the Spirit of Christ. and they shall keep the way of the LORD . Abraham must instruct his family carefully and teach them faithfully. her words and acts of affection towards the children would pass the blessing to them. protect and cherish them and decide questions of difficulty and query within the home. 19 March 2010 21:57 This was then passed from Abraham to his wife Sarah. 2/7 Abraham's Blessing System Emerges Written by Adrian Ebens Thursday. The Spirit of Christ in Him which possessed the sense of the pleasure of God was transferred to her through the blessing. He must bless and love them. This is the meaning of the next phrase in Gen 18:19. 14 January 2010 22:08 . Abraham submits to God and receives the blessing and speaks words of love and affection and performs acts of kindness to Sarah and she in turn speaks words of love and affection and performs acts of kindness to him which greatly intensifies Abraham's desire and ability to bless both her and His children. her words and acts of affection towards Abraham would draw out from him even greater blessing that he would pour in both her and His children. 2.to do justice and judgment.. that beautiful submissive obedient Spirit of Christ which has the sense of acceptance and blessing is the most precious aspect of the inheritance of Abraham..that he will command his children and his household after him. When this is faithfully done then . . To keep the way of the Lord is to recognise the authority through which it comes and submit to it.
we see that to operate correctly there must always be the following ingredients 1. and the head of the woman is the man. It is important to note that this blessing system is available to all who look to Abraham as a spiritual authority and recognise His system of worship. There is no such thing as being your own authority without reference to a family structure that God has established. God promised to make Abraham a great nation and to bless him. the Scripture says that we will be blessed.the most precious part of the inheritance.Last Updated Friday. 4/7 Abraham's Blessing System Emerges Written by Adrian Ebens Thursday. 14 January 2010 22:08 . If we bless Abraham and live according to His family principles. Independence and self-determination is death. That blessing flows through a family based structure which means the blessing flows through human channels. 19 March 2010 21:57 through the careful ordering of the family into a headship/submission structure that would allow the Spirit of Christ to flow into the hearts of all its members. and the head of Christ is God. 19 March 2010 21:57 1Ti 3:2-5 A bishop [Elder] then must be blameless. that the head of every man is Christ.Last Updated Friday. Notice the following passages regarding organisation and structure: Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. No one lives to themselves and no one dies to themselves. If we curse Abraham and the God he worships then we will be cursed. A failure to do this will cause the loss of the inheritance which is the Spirit of Christ . that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. 14 January 2010 22:08 . 1Co 11:3 But I would have you know. This is an unchangeable law. the husband of one . This could only be done 3/7 Abraham's Blessing System Emerges Written by Adrian Ebens Thursday. If we look carefully at this blessing system. God establishes a point where His blessing flows 2. 3. The blessing is maintained by recognising and respecting the authority God has established.4. We will study more carefully the implications of this as we follow the history but I will mention at this point that the Christian church was founded on these Abrahamic principles.
Last Updated Friday. temperate. And to seeds.wife. saying. Tit 2:2-5 That the aged men be sober. There is a clear headship and submission structure based on the Father and Son relationship in heaven as expressed in 1 Cor 11:3. That wonderful sense of love and acceptance from the Father was given to His Son Jesus who became of the seed of Abraham. not false accusers. 19 March 2010 21:57 Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. the younger as sisters. apt to teach. chaste. To be discreet. good. not given to much wine. but intreat him as a father. 5/7 Abraham's Blessing System Emerges Written by Adrian Ebens Thursday. how shall he take care of the church of God? ) 1Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder. One that ruleth well his own house. in charity. Leaders are to be entreated like fathers and elder women like mothers. given to hospitality. to love their children. not greedy of filthy lucre. sober. not covetous. grave. because in reality He is and always was the seed of Abraham. He saith not. to love their husbands. The blessing of Abraham which was lost by Israel over the centuries and the captivity in Babylon was restored by Christ and given to the Christian Church through this event. of good behaviour. vigilant. That they may teach the young women to be sober. keepers at home. Not given to wine. obedient to their own husbands. in whom I am well pleased. . and the younger men as brethren. that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness. no striker. having his children in subjection with all gravity. The aged women likewise. Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven. not a brawler. that the word of God be not blasphemed. sound in faith. but patient. teachers of good things. in patience. This is my beloved Son. 14 January 2010 22:08 . T he elder women as mother s. with all purity. There is very clear instruction given that the Christian Church is based on the family. They are to be respected. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house.
an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. and saith unto them. he breathed on them. Receive ye the Holy Ghost: And this blessing was then passed through every salutation and blessing of the apostles and to those they appointed. . which is Christ. Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels. and peace.as of many. but as of one. but he took on him the seed of Abraham. and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you. Eph 1:1-3 Paul. And to thy seed. from God our Father. to the saints which are at Ephesus. and from the Lord Jesus Christ . The Blessing of the Father was then passed to the Apostles Joh 20:22 And when he had said this. who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Now that we have shown the blessing structure we will continue to look at how this structure operates and what happens when members of the structure fail and block the blessing. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. How we resolve these issues is vitally important to understand.
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