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Building Babylon Pt. 4-The Path to Peace

Pro. Jeremiah Shepherd

God never created us to be our own gods, or we’d cease to be dependent on Him. We can’t speak what we want into existence, and we don’t manifest our own realities. Yet, this is precisely what Satan encourages us to pursue under the guise of inner peace and fulfillment. Sadly, this has even become popular preaching among Christian circles. God is not the servant of our dreams, but we are called to be obedient to Him and learn His kingdom ways. It is God, not humans who calls things that “be not as though they were.”

Romans 4:17
“…even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

Conversely, Lucifer’s message is clearly and consistently, do what you want, when you want and how you want it. Ascend to the heights of influence within your chosen area of interest. This was Lucifer’s behavior, and it is also the pattern of those who follow him. You don’t have to claim to be a Satanist to obey his way; In fact, most don’t. You only need to act as he did. One of Satan’s greatest deceptions is that peace can be found through through an individual’s fulfillment of self and everyone’s collective fulfillment of the same.

If you contrast this way of thinking against the way children of God are instructed to think and behave, you will, again, notice the stark contrast between two kingdoms.

Matthew 22:35-40
“35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

So peace is not reached through self-aggrandizement but through uplifting others, first. Thus, the Kingdom of the Lord is defined by its greatest commandment—love. That love is performed when each individual serves the will of the Father whose will is that we also become servants to one another. The aim is not for individuals to achieve their own exaltation or stardom first, but to receive the salvation that Christ has already provided and build up others according to God’s greater purpose.

The collective servitude of God and one another, in love, is the only way to accomplish true harmony and peace.

Peace is only possible when there is no war over resources or battle for power or fame. When the focus remains on accomplishing the will of God, there is giving without demand of return, everyone grows, and there is no place for strife and contention. Conclusively, the Kingdom of the Lord is characterized by unity, peace and oneness, and its power lies in relationships built on selfless love. This powerful kingdom relationship dynamic is described in Ephesians 4.

Ephesians 4:1-16
“1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

As Ephesians 4 teaches, peace is the bond of God’s kingdom (v. 3). Yes, everyone is gifted, but those gifts are intended for the purpose of lovingly serving the Lord and the whole. Individual abilities were not created to build individual kingdoms. They were designed to work as part of one kingdom of God. When everything comes together, there is a true unity of belief—a unity of faith (v. 13). There is even protection against outside forces of treachery and deceit (v. 14). Serve one another first, and enjoy the benefits of peace. Serve self first and forfeit that peace.

Despite common conventional wisdom, the teachings of Thelema or the doctrines of the devil, it is simply impossible to achieve harmony or unity if each person is serving their own way. Physical wealth and power are limited resources with multiple suitors, and that makes dissension inevitable. Therefore, groups that possess such a way of thinking can only end up in division. When everyone is the god of their own world, their areas of interest will certainly intersect, and conflict and competition are unavoidable. When everyone wants recognition and elevation, the result is a climate of chaos and confusion. At one point, this was the climate of the church in Corinth.

1 Corinthians 14:26-33
“26How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 27If any man speak in an [unknown] tongue, [let it be] by two, or at the most [by] three, and [that] by course; and let one interpret. 28But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29<1161> Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30If [any thing] be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

This should never be the culture of God’s people, but this had become the state of the Corinthian church, and Paul rebuked them for it. Rather than demonstrate the peace, harmony and synergy of God, the Corinthian church had taken on the nature of Satan’s kingdom—confusion. The Pharisees once accused Jesus of operating in the nature of Satan’s kingdom, and he responded with a lesson on the consequences of division.

Matthew 12:24-25
“24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:”

Jesus’ words were actually more prophetic than they realized, declaring the destruction of all unions and kingdoms built without the Father. Confusion is not of God, and He wants us to reject it in favor of true peace. Confusion is the exact opposite of peace. Many may claim an aim for peace, but the proof always lies in the observable behavior of individuals and groups. Over time, all relationships, marriages and families, nations and kingdoms infected with confusion can’t stand. Situations may begin with the appearance of unity or peace, but if bitter selfishness and harmful competition arise, the kingdom of darkness is the underlying influence.

This is important to understand in a day and age where large gatherings of people are regarded for their size alone. Ecumenical movements are on the rise as people of different religions and belief systems gather in the same spaces without actually possessing the same faith. Everyone agrees to avoid the critical, spiritual differences in exchange for the comfort and recognition that often comes from association with large crowds. Quality of faith is sacrificed for quantity of people, but the Lord does not consider this true peace.

Unity and peace are created in the heart.

Peace is the place where every part of His kingdom functions in cooperation towards one shared goal. Jesus is the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6), making Him the master and leader of it, and it can’t be discovered any other way.

Ephesians 2:11-18
“11Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.11Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”

The search for peace defines the quest for human fulfillment. Whether individual or collective, it’s the goal people can agree on reaching but fail to agree on how.

The fate of all unions is determined by their preferred path to peace.

Of course, the key is Jesus, the champion of Peace, as Ephesians 2 teaches. The problem is that everybody wants peace, but most don’t want Jesus. Authentic peace requires a singleness of mind and direction that is problematic for people with several diverse, ungodly agendas.

But even the false peace and security that Luciferian unions attempt to manufacture requires one charismatic enough to champion it. The kingdom of God requires a “Prince of Peace” who is Jesus, and the kingdom of darkness recognizes a need for its own “prince of false peace.”

Here is where the principles of Satan’s kingdom and the blueprint for Babylon begin to take form in human civilizations. Since he really can’t author authentic peace, Satan and his worldly leaders basically work to “corral confusion.” The result is a volatile mix, ready to implode into division and pure chaos. As Jesus said, a divided house shall not stand, but Babel (aka Babylon) and its leader would be the first unrighteous nation to try.

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