Today’s mini-sermon is the 7th of a 9-part series that is appearing in the Saturday, Sunday and Thursday editions of the Answers2Prayer newsletters.
As we look ahead at VERY uncertain times, the Holy Spirit continually brings certain scriptural passages to my attention–passages that I KNOW are for such times as these, and that I KNOW I am to share with each of you. One such passage is found in Rev.:
“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people” (Rev. 18:4).
In the past 6 mini-sermons, we learned that we need to come out of Babylon. We’ve seen that Babylon represents a church, and we’ve learned that to keep ourselves pure so that we don’t commit “spiritual adultery” with “Babylon”, we cannot put anything above God’s Word. Finally, we discovered a few characteristics of the “Babylonian” church. These include “lukewarm”ness, legalism, confusion, lack of trust, and the condition of having forgotten that Jesus is our best friend!
O.K. But surely their must be hope for my church! What are some other characteristics of Babylon?
Isaiah chapter 4 makes reference to a group of 7 women. The prophecy itself is about the downfall of Israel and Judea, yet as you read the entire prophecy, it becomes apparent that much of it can be applied to our day. For now, let’s look at Isaiah 4:1: “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, ‘we will eat our own bread, and wear our own clothing: only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach!’”
We’ve already seen that women in prophecy represent churches. And we already know that “7” is the perfect number, the complete number. We know that the figure of 7 churches was used in Revelation to signify the condition of the end-time churches. Go with me a step farther! What is figurative bread? Jesus calls Himself the “Bread of life”. What about garments or clothing? Jesus uses this symbol in His parables to represent righteousness. We are told that our righteousness is like “filthy rags”, and in order to be saved, we must take out the pure garment of Jesus’ righteousness.
In this prophecy, is Isaiah describing the state of end-time churches? Shall they ALL be holding on to one man, Jesus, begging to bear His name? Yet at the same time refusing to eat the “bread of life”, refusing to wear the white robe of righteous that only He can provide? Only desiring the name Christian to “take away” their shame?
COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE! Accept Jesus’ bread of life! Accept Jesus’ robe of righteousness! Allow Jesus to provide for you as a loving husband should
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( www.scripturalnuggets.org ), Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org
(To access the entire “Come out of her, my People” mini-series, please click here.)