“And I heard ANOTHER VOICE from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4).
Dear reader of these lines, have you heard the voice echoing within your spirit that says to you “come out”? To hear this voice is indeed the first step out of Babylon. But hearing this voice requires you to be in a place where the old order of religion has begun to lose its control; where its traditions, flesh appeals and teachings have begun to no longer stir you. Indeed one has to be caught up to hear “another voice” for it is a heavenly voice only heard in the spirit.
For John, his vision was a progressive revelation where he was continuously being exposed to greater and deeper mysteries of God’s workings. The journey to the heights of Mount Zion and to the fullness of the Kingdom is from glory to glory. It is a path of increase and of newer and more glorious manifestation of Christ.
You see, this voice that John heard from heaven was not the voice of a new angelic entity. It was the living word of God coming to Him by the spirit of revelation to bring a new dimension of God’s manifestation in His life.
Throughout his vision, John encounters nine times ‘another angel’. Angels signify messengers as well as the message they bear. Thus, another angel signifies another message; each drawing him higher into greater realms in God.
Oh that God would continue to open our spiritual ears that we may hear another voice from heaven. There is a new message, a new voice by which God is bringing forth a new man, a new name, a new day, a new Jerusalem, a new heaven, and a new earth. For He is making all things new. All these realities are being ushered in by the heralding of a new word.
To those who will hear it, it is a voice that declares the new workings and dealings of God in the order of the Kingdom. This new message is, as it were, a new song that no man can learn except the elect sons of God (Rev. 14:3). What blessing it is to hear another voice in our journey into Him.
Did the disciples not have a similar experience? They were told by our Lord to tarry in Jerusalem until they were given “another Comforter” (Joh. 14:16). Yet this was not a different person, it was ANOTHER manifestation of the same Christ who was now revealing Himself to them in a new way. The same Jesus who said: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (Jn. 14:18) was the same Comforter who came to make His abode in them. Having walked with them as “the Truth”, He was now going to dwell in them as the Spirit of Truth. Thus it is said that “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Rom. 8:9).
What I am attempting to relay is just this: when Christ comes within us in another manifestation of Himself, He comes to do a new work of both uprooting and planting. But the old order of religion causes the saints to reject these newer unveilings of Christ. But to those who will hear, another voice is now being sounded and it is declaring: “COME OUT”!
That we can hear this voice signifies that Christ has come and desires to manifest Himself within us in a greater way, outside the confines of religion. For He comes in a manner we have never seen, heard or known Him before. This new voice is today causing many sons to be separated unto Him, leaving behind the familiarities of institutionalized Christianity.
It is by the power of Christ who is revealed to us through this voice that we can be endowed with power from on high to not only see Babylon for who she is but to come out of her. For when we hear this voice by the spirit, then will the programs, methods, and spirit of Babylon begin to lose their power over us.
However, obedience to the voice comes at a great cost. Some will forsaken this voice for fear of loneliness or rejection. But, any man who sets his hand to plough and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God (Luk. 9:62).
Some may find our indictment against Babylon troubling. Perhaps these have yet to hear the heavenly voice and the extent to which God detests this foul perversion called religion. But what we have heard we declare to you, for this is a sure voice even now declaring: “ ‘Up, up! Flee from the land of the north,’ says the Lord; ‘for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven,’ says the Lord. “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon” (Zech. 2:6).
Truly the Lord has begun another exodus of His elect, this time out of the church system of man. He who has ears to hear let him harken to this voice that proclaims: “go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it to the end of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob!” (Isa. 48:20).
Many sons today share in this burden of calling on their fellow brothers/sisters to “come out” from the bondage of Babylon and all her man-centered programs and false doctrines. But before we can carry forth this commission to its fullness, we too have to be purged. As a brother Preston Eby has shared: “the very first action of the sons of God will be to deliver all of God’s people from the bondage of religious Babylon!…and before God’s true church can persuade men to give up their idols, and loose their bands, she must first get rid of all her own golden calves and march in victory out of Babylon’s domain.”
Thus this call to “come out” is not just from Babylon’s institutions but from the very spirit of Babylon espoused by the carnal mind.
Therefore, in coming out of Babylon, it is not sufficient to merely sever ties with a particular denomination or Sunday program. It requires submitting to the deep working of the Spirit to mortify the carnal mind in each of us. Though Israel had physically left Egypt, it took 40 years of God’s dealing in the wilderness to purge them from the Egypt rooted within. Yet they still ended up in Babylonian captivity, just as we once went from being captives of the world to being captives of religion. Bearing one’s cross includes crucifying the flesh by which both systems gain power and legitimacy over us. Only then will we be ready to burn all the religious idols we have erected while in Babylon.
As in the days of Moses, the time for the Lord to proclaim to the religious system: “let My people go, that they may serve Me” is at hand. The good news as you read in Revelation chapters 18 and 19 is that Babylon will be destroyed. Rest assured the fall of religious Babylon is certain for “the sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore…the light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore” (Rev. 18:22-23). And to His elect who would listen with spiritual ears to the voice of the Shepherd and follow Him, there is a call from the Lord to come out of her.
Lord, help us heed your call. Quicken your people by the voice of Truth. Loose your saints from the bondage of religion that we may be wholly submitted unto you. May spiritual ears be opened to hear the living word of the Spirit and may it quicken us to overcome every device of religious perversion. We yearn, more than anything, for your finished work in Christ to find reality in our experience.