Lesson 23 - The Mystery of Spiritual Babylon Revealed

The book of Revelation portrays a great conflict between truth and error. It graphically describes two systems of worship in collision. Truth, opposed by error, triumphs. In Revelation’s prophecies, a pure, chaste woman represents the true church (see Revelation 12:1, 2). A harlot woman represents the fallen church. The bride of Christ, the true church, radiates the glory of God, revealing His truth to the world. The apostate church, pictured as a harlot, offers her wine of false doctrines, confusing the mind and leading multitudes to destruction.

In this lesson we will especially notice the characteristics of this false system of worship so we can keep from being deceived. We will also discover the characteristics of true worship so we can embrace it.

    SPIRITUAL BABYLON REVEALED

  1. How does God describe the true church? Revelation 12:1
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  2. What does the Lord call His church? 1 Timothy 3:15
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  3. How is the false church pictured? Revelation 17:1-5
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  4. Who is the author of all false doctrine? John 8:44
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  5. CHARACTERISTIC 1—Rebellion

  6. What is the origin of Old Testament Babylon? Genesis 11:5-9
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  7. Was Old Testament Babylon centered on God’s way or humanity’s way? Daniel 4:30
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  8. According to the Bible, who is our only Saviour? Acts 4:12
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  9. What counsel does the prophet Isaiah give us? Isaiah 45:21
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  10. CHARACTERISTIC 2—Idolatry

  11. How was Babylon’s rebellion against the true God revealed? Ezekiel 6:4
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  12. What clear, obvious command had God given His people? Exodus 20:4, 5
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  13. CHARACTERISTIC 3—Immortality/Ancestor Worship

  14. What was the ancient Babylonian concept of death? In Ezekiel 8:14 whom were the Jewish women weeping for?
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  15. What does the Bible teach regarding death? Summarize the following texts.
    a. Ecclesiastes 9:5:
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    b. Psalm 115:17:
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    c. Psalm 146:4:
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  16. CHARACTERISTIC 4—Pagan Sun Worship

  17. What Babylonian worship practice mingled with the worship of Israel for a time? Ezekiel 8:16
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  18. What sign had God given His people? Ezekiel 20:12, 20
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  19. How did many religious leaders relate to this union of true and false religion in Bible times? Ezekiel 22:26
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  20. CHARACTERISTIC 5—Self-indulgence

  21. Does the false religion of Babylon sense the significance that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? Daniel 5:4
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  22. What earnest appeal does the apostle Paul give? Romans 12:1
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  23. What appeal does God give to those still in Babylon? Revelation 18:4
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