Rev. 18:4; Jude 1:5; Eph. 4:11-13; Deut. 28:7; Ps. 24: 1; Matt. 6:10; Rev. 11:15; Matt. 13:33; John 13:3-5; Ezek. 37:1-10
“I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues’” ( Rev. 18:4). The name ‘Babylon’ means gateway to heaven, but the real meaning and the implication we are dealing with today is: to confuse, to mystify or to deceive. Israel came out of Egypt, out of the land of oppression, but it took God 40 years to deal with the Egypt within them. The slave mentality came with them out of Egypt. “Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude 1:5).
“Coming out” is more than just displacing yourself. You have to deal with your mindset, your unbelief and cynicism, and with the hurts that follow you. It is one thing to say, “I have come out of the world, I am now serving Jesus,” but make sure the world is out of you. Why is this so important? Because God is saying to us; “Go in and invade Babylon, and take it over.” We will not be effective unless we have been delivered from the spirit of Babylon. If the gospel does not work in the market place, it does not work at all. If the gospel only works in church, we miss the boat. Church is where we get sharpened and delivered of old mindsets; where we embrace the new. We can then make a difference in the system. The problem is that there is too much system in the people for them to make an impact.
God recently gave a revelation of the seven mountains of influence in the world and the church has a function to invade the seven mountains. “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever” (Rev 11:15). These mountains of influence or Babylon, the corporate name for them, must become the kingdom of our Lord and Christ. God is waiting for a finishing generation that will execute the finished works of Christ. The enemy has been conquered. There is a problem with us believing the lie of the enemy when we have the truth in front of us. In the eyes of God, these kingdoms, these seven mountains of influence have been conquered. God is waiting for a people who have first come out of Babylon, who think like Christ, who have the mind of Christ. We have the mind of Christ. “For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16). It is a corporate experience.
Now we can invade the system without fear of being contaminated or being converted to its thinking. The day will come and it will be soon that our people, young and old, will know that they are in full time ministry wherever they are and that they are there to impact the system. In order to be effective, we have to dump every religious agenda. It is a wrong agenda to go into any system to win people for your church. We have the wrong concept about the kingdom and authority and rule.
THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS OF INFLUENCE IN THE WORLD;
Arts and entertainment
Science and medicine
A Psalm of David. “The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” ( Psa. 24:1).
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever’”(Rev 11:15).
“He spoke another parable to them, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened’”(Matt. 13:33). Leaven does not take over and say “I am the boss here, submit to me.” Leaven, in a subtle way, influences the environment.
When we talk about authority the question must be “how can I serve?” not “who is the boss?” Royalty is our identity, we are kings and priests, but our assignment is to serve.
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, *got up from supper, and *laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He *poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded” (John 13:3-5).
Servanthood is our assignment and our life source is the Word and intimacy with God.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life “(John 3:16).