Gen 11:1-9 “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 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 morter. 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. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 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 restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; 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.”
Dan 2:20-22 “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: 21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.”
Who is really in power now? Who is really in charge? In the food industry, there are only about 12 companies that own all the products and brands, including organic foods. 6 companies own the media outlets. There are many media outlets, but only 20-25 families actually own them. There are multi-billionaires who own these things. They represent a particular world view that they want the world to be like. They can dictate the conditions of the economies and wars and even pandemics all for personal gain and power.
There is a great reset, a fair world that is in harmony with nature, but it’s essentially a plot to rebuild the tower of Babel. Who owns all the worlds’ money? There is a group of people that have this control. Compromise and corruption must be traded in order to gain this.
None of this can be proven, nobody will ever give up the evidence. It’s all part of the enemy’s plan.
God wants us to focus on what He is doing.
People have talked about the end-time agenda since Jesus walked the earth. Jesus said, ‘Don’t worry about that. Instead, preach the gospel to every creature.’ The disciples knew the Messiah would rule the earth, that His Kingdom would come to earth. Messiah will have political power and be the ruler of the earth.
John the Baptizer didn’t lose his faith right before his death. When he asked the question, ‘Are You the one?’ In the writings, people wondered if there were two messiahs. One was supposed to be a sacrifice and the other to rule. John the Baptizer wanted to know if He was both or do we wait for another? Jesus didn’t answer directly. Instead, He said, ‘Look at what’s going on. The blind see and the lame walk.’
Acts 1:6 “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”
There are evil things and agendas in high places. There are shadow people who control things all over the world. They control what goes on social media, what countries have good economies, and what countries don’t. Who controls them? Satan? Maybe. He is willing to reward those people with wealth and power.
Mat 4:8 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;”
Luke 4:6-7 “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”
So, who’s in power now? Satan says to Jesus, ‘I’ll give to you power.’ If Satan has power, what is it?
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
These are two different kinds of power. Satan’s power is ‘exocea’ and includes authority, government, rulership, etc. Jesus has supernatural power.
1 Cor 11:10 “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.”
This same word gives women rulership and authority, through His angels.
There are twice as many good angels of God as angels of Satan. It’s only going to take one to cage all of Satan’s angels.
In Genesis 11, the people wanted to build a tower that would reach up into heaven. Babel in Hebrew means ‘confusion.’ In Assyrian, it means ‘gates of heaven’. They were trying to build a kingdom without God. It was a religion, not just a political thing. They didn’t want to answer to God.
God said, ‘I have no other option but to go Myself and destroy them.’
This is the first time we have Baal worship. They were taking life and creating life. The process of reproduction got tampered with. Sacrificing of babies became practice as Baal worship began. Bizarre sexual practices became ‘sacred worship’ by these Baal worship.
God came and scattered the people. He still allowed them to choose to not follow Him. They started their own Baal worship. This formed and organized until we got to this point today.
Why does the book of Revelation tell us Babylon will fall when it fell long ago? What does Baal worship have to do with the world we live in today?
Who is in power now?
God is in ultimate control of the nations. Why? Because He created them. Satan is trying to organize Baal worship worldwide again. Anytime an organization tried to take over the world, there was always someone against the Jews and Christians. These include the pharaohs of old, the caesars, Nero, Hitler, etc.
How do we get good people in power?
These evil leaders were well-loved by their own people, yet they had Satan driving them at the core, even manipulating them for his own personal gain.
So, is God in control or not?
Was God in control during the days of Moses?
Isa 40:17-18 “All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?”
Countries who are blessed enjoy the blessing until they forsake God. When they forsake God, they will be judged even though there are Christians. Christianity is not a get-out-of-jail-free card.
Isa 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.”
Jer 10:10 “But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
God builds up and tears down.
Satan says he’s in control because he’s a liar. He’s like a dog on a leash. God alone is in control. Satan is on a long leash, but God still is in control and will yank it back when He decides to. It was God’s will for Nebuchadnezzar to be in power. God determines who is in power.
Eze 14:12-16 “The word of the Lord came again to me, saying, 13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: 14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God. 15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: 16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.”
Prosperity is through almighty God and our submission to Him. It is important to understand the value that the church can bring.
Ex 9:16 “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.”
Rom 9:17 “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.”
Rom 13:1-2 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
If a Christian is told to sin (worship another God), he does not need to obey, but the authority must be obeyed (pay taxes, etc.) because God gave them that power.
Rom 13:3-8 “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
God has a plan and an agenda that He will work out.
What are we supposed to do today?
We must know who we belong to. The Lord knows who are His.
Luke 17:20 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
Jesus didn’t say, ‘within you,’ He said, ‘among you.’ It wasn’t a physical kingdom.
John 18:36 “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”
You don’t need to take your guns into the streets and fight for the kingdom of God.
Media and the people who control the media have done a great job dividing this nation. If you want a nation to be cursed, you’ve got to build the tower. All the media are owned by the same people. The separation has gotten huge.
Where is the Kingdom of God? It’s not to be seen with your physical eyes. It’s through acting like God wants us to act. The Kingdom of God is not physical.
Protests from this moment forward will turn violent. This is exactly what the enemy wants.
Paul said, ‘I’m fighting but not as one who beats the air.’ We do fight. The weapons of our warfare are not physical, but they are mighty through God. God’s kingdom has soldiers, but the way we fight is not the same as this world.
Don’t get caught up in a fake fight. Fight the ‘good fight.’ Don’t fight the way the world fights with rioting. Fight the way Jesus fought, a different, better way, through sacrifice and love, getting behind enemy lines and transforming lives and saving souls.
Every athlete that wins follows the rules. They master those rules and strive. We too must strive, but the reward is incorruptible. We must still follow the rules and principles of God.
We get strong, but in the spirit, not in the physical. Don’t take off the armor of God and get hooked by the world. Take up your armor and fight the good fight. There is a kingdom among us.
There was a call to discipleship. Jesus said to take up your cross and follow Me. This doesn’t mean to go out and buy a pretty cross necklace. Jesus said to ‘take up your cross’ to illustrate what the Romans did, parading those convicted criminals around carrying their crosses and then being lifted up for all to see.
We are called to preach the gospel. We are called to love God and our neighbors as we love ourselves.
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- What really spoke to you in this sermon?
- What are your thoughts about the current political landscape? How has this sermon helped you navigate these times?
- Read Rom 12:1-5. As members of one body, how can we love, support, and encourage one another? How can we guard our hearts and minds to avoid conformity but instead be transformed? What are we to do in these crazy times? What are we to NOT do?
- How can we encourage and comfort the people God has placed around us?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
For the sermon, click http://youtube.com/watch?v=oBThUu9cEXk
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