Let us start out by clearing up one very important matter. America is not Babylon! Well . . . not in and of itself. But it is part of Babylon, along with every other country in this vast, wide world. Some are confusing Babylon with the Beast system it controls, of which America, and all other countries are integral components. Some are also basing the idea of America being Babylon on the fact that it sits, or is enthroned, on many waters, according to Revelation 17:1. But going by that logic, Central and South America sit on more waters than the United States due to their comparatively small sizes.
No, the entire world comprises the Beast system that Babylon controls and has grown rich from. For one thing, Babylon is known as a “polis,” word G4172, from which we get our English word, “metropolis,” and it carries the chief sense, “a city,” according to Thayer’s Lexicon. If one were arguing that New York City was Babylon, I would sooner buy that notion, but that’s not what some are arguing. But I digress.
The fact is, a Babylonian state of mind has washed over many, in effect stifling the spiritual growth of those seeking to draw near to the Most High. The Adversary has worked this out brilliantly by using age-old methods, such as herding the masses into densely packed and populated areas that create a bevy of worldly distractions and sensory overload. This is true of cites in America, Europe, Australia, Africa, India, and many other regions of the world. And this is the very spirit that fueled the events of Genesis 11 verses 1 to 9.
In pinpointing a verse from that account, verse 4 tells us that the people of the world, who were of one language and speech, said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” [Emphasis added.]
In building this city, the people of the world feared they were going to be scattered abroad over the face of the earth, which is exactly as Yah would have it. You see, densely populated regions have the opposite effect he is going for, and because of this ill effect he cannot properly cultivate the soil of our hearts due to the worldly distractions spoken of by Yahushua himself in Mark 4:19. If you are one of those people who are “trapped” in a city, one thing you would be wise to do is wean yourself off those many distractions: stop the sensory overload by actively engaging in certain practices; stop going to certain places; and by all means, limit your associations to those who are of like mind if at all possible.
That last part is of extreme importance, because the Adversary reaches us mainly through our associations. Don’t you find that the many stresses and problems in your life are derived from your association with certain people: family, close friends, co-workers, etc.? Many of you would be completely stress free and your lives devoid of trouble if you didn’t allow certain individuals access to you, via a phone call, email, texting, or the dreaded personal visit. Some of you dread a call from these individuals, and the minute they show up on the doorstep is the minute you want them to leave, but something inside you forces a certain tolerance, and time and time again you invite trouble into your life simply by inviting these people in. This is a cycle the Adversary has used to great effect for thousands of years. And you know the saying: “If it ain’t broke. . . .”
Essentially, this goes back to Psalm 1:1:
1Blessed is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong, and shall not stand in the path of sinners, and shall not sit in the seat of scoffers.
This is not to say that you are not to engage sinners with the aim of bringing the Good News to them or spreading light. Yeshua’s life contradicts that notion. What Psalm 1:1 is proposing is that you not enjoy the company of sinners on their terms, where they are the influence and you receive their darkness and Bad News. This means cutting certain individuals out of your life like a cancer, for that is exactly how you should view them.
What all types of cancer have in common is that they divide some of the body’s cells without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. This is equivalent to people in your life dividing your attention, and splitting your focus from being solely on Yah. Also, under normal circumstances, human cells grow and divide to form new ones to suit the body’s needs. And when cells grow old over time or become damaged, they die and are replaced by new cells. The spiritual analogy one can draw from this is: the correct order of our lives should take the form of learning daily at the feet of Yah and drawing upon new light that allows us to grow and do away with our old modes of living. We are to die to our former selves and give up old habits each and every day.
However, when cancer develops, the normal order of the body breaks down. Instead of dying naturally over time, when certain cells in a body affected by cancer become abnormal, old, or damaged they actually survive, and new cells are formed when they aren’t needed. If the extra cells divide, they can do so without stopping and may form growths in the body called tumors. Certain associations in your life, like family members, acquaintances, and the like, may very well be your cancerous growth, causing abnormal or old behavior to survive and thrive in your life and new bad behavior to develop where it is not needed. And this spreads throughout your life until your days and weeks are filled with behavior, thoughts, actions, words, and emotions that stem from, and are consumed by, iniquity.
In such cases, applying Psalm 1:1 is of vital importance. Start cutting out the cancerous people in your life and narrow your focus on the Most High. It’s time to be about your Father’s business and throw off the Babylonian state of mind.