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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 7 - ESCAPE FROM GLOBAL APOSTASY (REVELATION 14:8)

INTRODUCTION:     LAST WEEK WE STUDIED THE MESSAGE OF THE 1ST OF THE 3
ANGELS.  THE MESSAGE OF THAT ANGEL, OUR MESSAGE IS THAT JT. IS COMING ON
THOSE WHO DO NOT WORSHIP JESUS AS THE CREATOR. WE DISCUSSED THAT THIS
WORSHIP OCCURS IN AT LEAST 4 WAYS:
            1. RECOGNITION OF THE SABBATH
            2. EVOLUTION/CREATION DEBATE
            3. R BY F
            4. PHILOSOPHY THAT THE ONLY HOPE FOR MAN TO GET BETTER
                  IS JESUS.
THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE MESSAGE OF THE 2ND ANGEL. LESSON SUGGESTS
THAT THIS IS A WORLD WIDE WARNING TO THOSE WHO DID NOT RESPOND TO THE
FIRST ANGEL.

I. ANCIENT BABYLON
      A. READ REV. 14:8
      B. IF YOU SAY, "HOW WILL IT PLAY IN PEORIA", WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND
THAT TO MEAN?
            1. WHAT IF YOU SAY "THAT IS OK IN CALF., BUT NOT HERE?"
            2. WHAT IF YOU SAY, "LOOK, I'M FROM MISSOURI."
            3. OR "I'M SCOTCH."
(BY MAKING A GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCE, YOU CONVEY SPECIFIC MEANING. 
NEVER WOULD SAY, "HOW WILL IT PLAY IN CALF.?"
      C. WAS THERE A LITERAL CITY OF BABYLON IN JOHN'S TIME?             (LESSON
SAYS NO, BUT THERE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN A SMALL                      TOWN ON THE
EUPHRATES BY THAT NAME)
            1. HAS THERE BEEN ONE SINCE? (NO. BABYLON ON THE POTOMAC)
            2. IF, NOT, ISN'T THIS NEWS A LITTLE STALE?

      D. WHEN JOHN SPOKE OF "BABYLON THE GREAT", WHAT WOULD HIS
READERS THINK OF?
      (1. ORIGINS OF CITY: NIMROD-GEN 10:8-18. 2. NEBUCHADNEZZAR: DAN 4:30 3.
ALSO HELD THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN CAPTIVITY)
      E. AS YOU VIEW THIS PROPHECY, HOW DO YOU VIEW BABYLON?  WHAT DO
YOU UNDERSTAND THIS GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCE TO MEAN TODAY? 
      (SAME PHILOSPHY THAT WE LOOKED AT LAST WEEK.  MAN DOESN'T NEED
GOD.  HE CAN DO IT. LESSON TIES BABYLON TO A RELIGIOUS POWER BY LOOKING
AHEAD TO REV. 17 WHERE HAVE AN EVIL WOMAN (WOMAN REPRESENTS CHURCH)
WHO HAS BABYLON WRITTEN ON HER HEAD. REV.17:5  LESSON SUGGESTS (MON)
THAT BABYLON IS THE ROMAN CHURCH, APOSTATE PROTESTANTISM AND
SPIRITISM.)(BC SUGGESTS THAT SATAN PLANNED TO USE BABYLON AS THE CENTER
FOR "CONVERTING" THE WORLD, JUST AS GOD PLANNED TO USE JERUSALEM AS
THE CENTER FOR CONVERTING THE WORLD.)
      F. IF BABYLON HAS ALWAYS BEEN OPPOSED TO GOD, WHAT DO YOU THINK
IS MEANT BY THE PHRASE THAT IT HAS "FALLEN"?  YOU WOULDN'T SAY THAT THE
SCOTCH HAVE BECOME "MISERLY", THOSE FROM PERORIA "MIDDLE OF THE ROAD"
AND CALFORNIANS "UNUSUAL."  SO WHY BABYLON, "FALLEN"? (LESSON SUGGESTS
THAT THIS IS A PROGRESSIVE FALL.  I TEND TO THINK THAT THIS SAYS THAT THE
LIFE THAT DOES NOT DEPEND ON GOD HAS FAILED.  THAT THE WHOLE SYSTEM HAS
FAILED, AND THAT JESUS IS NOW COMING TO FINISH THINGS UP. BABYLON HAS
THUS FALLEN.)
      G. WOULD YOU GUESS THAT THE FALLING OF BABYLON HAS ANYTHING TO
DO WITH THE FACT THAT SHE MAKES "ALL THE NATIONS DRINK THE MADDENING
WINE OF HER ADULTERIES"?
      H. LETS LOOK AT THIS A MINUTE. THE TEXT USES TWO WORDS THAT MAKE
ADVENTISTS SEE RED: "WINE" AND "ADULTERIES." WORSE, IT SAYS THAT BABYLON
"MADE" THE NATIONS DRINK.
            1. WHAT IS THE ADULTRY OF BABYLON? (THAT IT IS UNTRUE OR
UNFAITHFUL TO GOD.  THE O.T. IS SHOT THROUGH AND THROUGH WITH THE IDEA
THAT IDOL WORSHIP IS SPIRITUAL ADULTRY.)
            2. HOW WOULD YOU SUPPOSE THAT BABYLON MAKES THE NATIONS
DRINK? (PRESSURE-- GO BACK TO PTS. FROM LAST WEEK: SABBATH, EVOLUTION,
MAN CAN DO IT, R BY WORKS.)
            3. WHY IS THIS CALLED "WINE" AND WHAT IS MADDENING ABOUT IT?
(IT IS SEDUCTIVE-ADDICTIVE.  WINE GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE THAT IS
UNDESERVED.  IT SUCKS YOU INTO THINKING THAT YOU ARE VERY GOOD.  IT IS
"MADDENING" BECAUSE IT IS ILLOGICAL.)
            4. IF YOU RELY ON YOURSELF, BECAUSE OF YOUR CAR, HOUSE,
EDUCATION, MONEY, POSITION IS THIS DECEPTIVE?  (YES, IT CAN ALL GO IN AN
INSTANT.  IT IS FALSE SECURITY. IT IS SEDUCTIVE. IT GIVES UNDESERVED
CONFIDENCE.)
            5. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT SHE "MAKES" THEM DRINK?  HOW CAN
YOU BE FORCED INTO THE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF INSTEAD OF GOD? (LESSON
SUGGESTS THAT THIS IS THE CHURCH STATE LINK)
      I. THIS SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IS SOMETHING THAT WE READ
ABOUT A LOT IN OUR MAGAZINES.  MY OBSERVATION OF THE WRITINGS OF THOSE
IN THE GC REL. LIBERTY DEPT. IS THAT WHEN A CHURCH STATE ISSUE ARISES,
THEY GENERALLY AT LEAST JOIN THEIR VOICES WITH THE HUMANISTS INSTEAD
OF THE EVANGELICALS (WHICH THEY CALL THE "RELIGIOUS RIGHT.")
            1. CONSIDERING THE ISSUE RAISED BY THE 2ND ANGEL DO YOU THINK
THAT THIS IS RIGHT OR WRONG? SHOULD WE SIDE WITH THOSE WHO HAVE
CLEARLY COMMITTED SPIRITUAL ADULTRY BY BEING AVOWED HUMANISTS OR
SHOULD WE SIDE WITH THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS?
            2. DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A "RELIGION" LABEL IN ORDER TO FIT THE
PROPHECY?
            3. IS HUMANISM A "RELIGION?"
            4. WERE THE IDOL WORSHIPPERS OF THE OT RELIGIOUS?
      
NEXT WEEK: THE 3RD ANGELS MESSAGE AND THE MARK OF THE BEAST. STUDY.