Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luke 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luke 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish
A recent article published here [End Time Prophetic Vision] by Mary Koons ended with a quote from Genesis and a closing comment by Mary. I wish to take up where she left off and share some further insights the Lord has granted me.
Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. Gen 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyedfrom the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrainedfrom them, which they have imagined to do.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Gen 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; (meaning "confusion-by mixing"), because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
(Note - I felt STRONGLY that the Lord was impressing upon me that what is "really" represented here is a "pseudo-church" verses HIS TRUE CHURCH - who "will" speak the same language, and which will be built of "HIS LIVING STONES," and NOT "man-made brick!") ' Quoted from:
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mary (Koons) Wattenford Confusion By Mixing
What really caught my attention here was the idea that Babel is a type of the pseudo-church; and the definition of 'Babel' as "confusion by mixing". You see confusion by mixing means something special to me.
Several years back, I went through a time of intensely studying the teachings of another Christian denomination. Being both amazed and appalled by some of what I had read, my heart cry to the Lord was to this effect. Lord, how can they have such precious nuggets of truth mixed in with such awful errors? He replied instantly with a rhema word that shocked me and has stayed with me ever since, making up a key part of my understanding.
"Do you think your doctrine is any better?"
Well this really blew me away. I figured we were light years ahead of this other group in our understanding of scripture and doctrinal matters. But from the Lord's viewpoint we really weren't any better! [It's the easiest thing in the world, for a Christian, to see the speck in your brothers eye.]
So I came to see that in any denomination you care to name, the teachings are a mixture; a mixture of God's truth and man's wisdom [error]. No wonder we have confusion!
It's almost as if God had said Go to, let us go down, and there confound (mix up, confuse) their Doctrine, that they may not understand one another's teachings.'
Now if we see Babel as a type of pseudo church, [after all Babel = Babylon!] then the confusion and division that follows is a type of denominationalism or sectarianism.
I think we can generalize even more. I see Babel as a type of religion itself. The patterns we see in Babel are common to all religions and not just Christian ones. That is, all religions tend to have sects and subgroups. All forms of religion are under the same curse, confusion by mixture leading to divisions among them.
Let's throw in one more grand sweeping generalization. Babel is the confusion that comes by mixing truth and error; it is Babylon; it is religion itself; it is being, or seeking to be, under the law; it is any turning away from fellowship with God and trying to earn salvation by your own efforts; it is self righteousness; it's the letter of the law, which worketh death; it is the tree of knowledge of good and evil; it is the fig tree. Can it ever bear fruit?
[John 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.]
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