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SeekingTruth wrote:

Hi, guys —

In the Bible, in the book of Revelation, it tells us to "get out of Babylon".

  • What is the meaning of this phrase?
  • Do we have to understand what the ancient Babylonians taught?
  • Which churches does this include?

SeekingTruth

  { How should we interpret the phrase, "getting out of Babylon" and which churches are included? }

and in a similar question:

Ady wrote:

Hi guys,

My Protestant friend told me that in the book of Revelation it says to get out of Babylon.

He said that the Catholic Church has a lot of practices from Babylon and that's why he is against the Church.

  • What does "getting out of Babylon" mean?
  • Is there any truth to what he is saying?

Ady

  { Is my Protestant friend correct in equating Babylon in the Book of Revelation with the Church? }

Eric replied:

Dear SeekingTruth —

It's not referring to the literal ancient Babylon; it's referring symbolically to systems that oppose God and wage war against the righteous. Depending on your interpretation, it could be:

  • ancient Judaism
  • the Roman empire
  • a system yet to come, or
  • more than one of these.

Basically, if you seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, and avoid complicity with governments who persecute and oppress the Church, you'll be OK.

Eric

Eric replied:

Dear Ady,

It's not referring to the literal ancient Babylon; it's referring symbolically to systems that oppose God and wage war against the righteous. Depending on your interpretation, it could be ancient Judaism, the Roman empire, or a system yet to come (or more than one of those). Basically, if you seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and avoid complicity with governments who persecute and oppress the church, you'll be OK.

It's not the Catholic Church because the fall of Babylon in Revelation is wept over by the kings of the earth, and I can guarantee you that the leaders of the world would be happy to see the Catholic Church fall.

Hope this helps,

Eric

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