Bethel or Babel?

Let’s make Name for ourselves.

Then they said, “Let’s build a city for ourselves and a tower with its top in the sky. Let’s make a name for ourselves so that we won’t become scattered all over the face of the earth.”

(Genesis 11:4)

In the account of the city of Babel we find the beginning of religion. That is, man’s way of satisfying the urge to worship without actually obeying the one true God. The desire for men to settle down, build a town/city and make a name for themselves has never left the heart of corrupt man, even today.

The satanically driven desire to fashion for themselves their own ways of worship [with all the glory going to man] is painfully obvious today. Ever tragically in what passes for Church.

Without the guidance of the spirit of God the builder labors in vain. God called the result of carnal man’s religious efforts “Babel” [ Confusion ]. This is the reason for the many confusion we see in the church today.

Men building religious camps and cities, yet no visible transformation evidence in the lives of man, nor any impact in the society, other than apparent chaotic situation world over. Yet church towers, prayer cities, Redemption camps, and glory tabernacles are multiplying daily.

The Babylonians of course, like all good politician, put their own spin on the event and declared “Babel” as the “gate of God” politically driven religious leaders always seem to misread the obvious. God was not happy with the tower or the men who constructed it.

I will make your Name Great.

I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

(Genesis 12:2)

Abraham, moved out to obey God, so as to establish us a perfect pattern of worship, and become father of faith unto those to be latter called out of darkness and chosen as sons of the kingdom. A way of worship based on obedience, sustained by fellowship, and established by relationship. This pattern points attention to God and draw focus ways from men.

A few chapters later, we find another account of an edifice constructed between heaven and earth. [this is the account of Jacob’s leader]. This time the construction was from heaven down, not earth up. This time an eternal picture was given of God’s way to meet with man on the basis of friendship and fellowship.

On the contrast, the members of the city of Babel sort to make a name for themselves, while Abraham sort to obey God and give way for God to make his name great. Abraham had covenant with God to be scattered all over the earth but the people of Babel insisted on staying together so as not to be able to propagate the earth with the knowledge of God. Hence God confused them and scattered their language.

In every generation, there are some, not many perhaps, but some, who accept God’s way and simply bow in humility and gratitude. In every generation, there will also be multitude who will reject God’s will, word, and ways, and seek to construct their own Towers of Babel.

This will continue, we have it on God’s authority, until the time God will once and for all destroy Mystery Babylon –Revelation 18 – 19.  For it is indeed a mystery, this is why men and women will continue to pledge allegiance to doomed religion rather than genuinely seek the truth and hunger after righteousness.

The greatest need in this hour is for the true church to intercede for herself that she shakes off Babel’s influence and rest in Bethel. We must acknowledge that we have relied on the power of the flesh for too long and now it’s time to lean on the Lord and Him alone.

It has been said of Abraham that one could trace his path by the altars he built. And another writer stated: “it is often said of Abraham and the apostolic fathers that they built altars to the Lord, and established churches; it is never said they built houses of themselves”

When God Scatters.

Babel consumes and dehydrates spiritual energy and ultimately kill vision and diffuse mission. Every earthly based structure of men, especially in the religious field brings confusion and judgment, while Heavenly engendered intervention brings reconciliation and peace. God ways are beyond ours, and he uses all things to realize his ultimate purpose and fulfill his grand agenda amongst men.

In the early church, the spirit of Babel came upon them, if not that the apostles were sensitive early enough to the Holy Spirit, they would have been led astray in rebellion too. The Apostles were initially engaged in a system of structure management and organization maintenance ministry, until confusion sets in. they were gathering the disciples together in one place rather than scattering them in spreading the Gospel to the ends of the world. But for their sincerity and genuine intentions to always glorify Christ and not after making name for themselves, they were able to expel the spirit of Babel and to a large extent and weakened his influence.

“And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

Acts 6: 1-4

God will always devastate every congregation of Babel, and scatter the people. Having seen sincerity in the heart of the apostles, He providentially scattered them so that the gospel may spread throughout the earth.

“ And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.”

Acts 8: 1, 4

Scatter the Church, O Lord!

My prayer is that God should do to Us – the Church – today what he did to the early church. The Gospel wouldn’t have spread home and abroad if God did not intervene with persecution and many scattering. May the divine will orchestrate a scattering of today’s religious camps and cities, so that the end time harvest of souls can be realized.

The church will not realize its full potential until some scattering take place. Many church folks will never know how much unction and power they possess until their bed of comfort is taken away. Many will remain in Air-conditioned auditoriums with bogus titles of Deacons, Reverends, Bishop, and Arch, such as Philip, without knowing that many souls would have been saved and delivered from the gate of hell, if they had stepped out into the world and stopped serving tables.

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.  And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.  For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.And there was great joy in that city.

(Acts 8:5-8)

May God scatter His people again.  I pray that God will destroy every city and camps that have held God’s people bound and brought upon them paralysis of divine assignments. Who knows, perhaps, God may use the global upsurge of terrorism to awaken the church again.

Dear friend, hear the voice of the Lord saying:

“You have stayed at this mountain long enough.

Break camp, and get ready! Go to the mountain region of the Amorites, and go to everyone living on the plains, in the mountains, in the foothills, in the Negev, on the whole Mediterranean coast (the land of the Canaanites), and into Lebanon as far as the Euphrates River.

I’m giving you this land. Enter, and take possession of the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to you, their descendants.”

Deuteronomy 1:6-8 GW

I perceive God is saying to you, break away from every religious gathering that has held you down for this long. Destroy every hold and grasp of Babel, obey God and advance with great grace and unction to conquer the world with the Gospel. Take the gospel of the kingdom [ the gospel of the Saviour and Lord; Christ Jesus ] to the domain of your influence; your office, campus, clubs, school, association etc.

May God be with you. Amen.

One thought on “Bethel or Babel?

  1. Tola Akinlami says:

    This is a great article. I appreciate your diligence

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