Come out of her my people – Chapter 5, Part 2
THE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
Until the Holy Spirit reveals to others the truth about Babylon we cannot explain these things to those in captivity. There is a veil before their eyes. Spiritual things are only spiritually understood and discerned, and the carnal, religious mind is unable to receive that which contradicts its intellectual knowledge. It is often wise to never explain and never complain. Jesus never tried to justify Himself or explain to His religious accusers, and we do well when we follow His example. If we have left Babylon of our own choosing, it should only be for the love of Christ and submission to his will.
Alternatively, if you have been spewed out of the system involuntarily, then see it as the gracious hand of God delivering you from captivity. Religion tears families apart. We do not need religion. We need to know Him. Intimate knowledge of Christ is attained outside the camp. A bride’s most intimate moments with the Bridegroom are not experienced in public or observed by others. When we are alone in the wilderness, there is nobody else to turn to except Him, and that is wonderful, and the best thing for us.
Our journey through the wilderness is usually slow, and may take a long time. If we have spent many years in Babylon, it can take years because a de-programming process must take place in our minds. The evil spirits of tradition and superstition and our deceiving religious culture need much time to be fully exposed, rejected and cleansed from our minds.
For most of us there is an overpowering feeling of guilt when we stop attending meetings, and drop all our previous religious activities. We become confused, for we do not know what to do when we stop doing the things that “Christians do” according to tradition and “popular belief”. There is also a very great danger that we may become ensnared by the world when we are alone in a spiritual wilderness, and it is therefore important that we resist temptation and shun evil companions in this period.
The wilderness experience will also cause some to give up and return to the carnal, well-ordered security of Babylon, but those who persevere to the end are overcomers.
There are seven promises to the overcomers:
1. They are granted to eat of the tree of life. (Rev. 2:7)
2. They will not be hurt by the second death. (Rev. 2:11)
3. They will be given some of the hidden manna and a new name known only to the one who receives it. (Rev. 2:17)
4. They will receive authority to rule over the nations with a rod of iron. (Rev. 2:26)
5. They shall be clothed in white garments and not have their names erased from the book of life, but have their names confessed by Jesus to His Father. (Rev. 3:5)
6. They will be made Pillars in the temple of God (the Body of Christ) and have the name of God (Jesus – Saviour) and THE NEW JERUSALEM written upon them. (Rev. 3: 12)
7. They will sit down with Jesus on His throne as He sits with the Father on His throne. (Rev. 3:21)
Only when the Name that is above every name is written on our foreheads, do we have the mind of Christ. However, like all God’s promises there is a condition to be fulfilled before we can receive them. These seven promises are received only by those who endure and overcome.
Father desires each one of His children to overcome:-
The world. The flesh. The devil and his demons.
This takes time, for there is seldom a quick and easy entrance into the New Jerusalem. Our journey is better understood as a process of transformation, and each one will progress according to their will to die to self and live for Christ.
Our Lord Jesus Christ must replace man as the Head of His Body, and He alone must be given the first place in everything.