Journal Entry: Dream-Escape From Babylon
Date: 1-10-2010 – 3:30 AM
I saw a man sitting in a chair looking despondent when suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared before him. The man asked, “What are you here for?” The angel responded, “I am here to deliver you from the spirit of Babylon.”
The angel took the man by the hand and immediately they began to soar vertically at a high rate of speed into the air. I could hear demons moaning and shrieking as the angel carried the man upward while ascending through level after level of the demonic Babylonian kingdom.
As they climbed higher and higher I saw what appeared to be the top of a large dome made of reinforced concrete. The dome had rows of elongated slots which came to a point on the ends making the structure incredibly strong and prison-like. Each slot was filled with darkness and it was an impossible barrier to escape from- without the power of the angel to deliver the man. I heard the man say, “I didn’t even know I was in prison.” Then the dream ended.
I believe the man in the dream represented me being delivered from the religious system.
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What spirit did the angel come to deliver the man from? It was the spirit of Babylon. The spirit of Babylon is the spirit which rules the world and the church system today. This includes all forms of religions which are made up of countless doctrines, creeds, separatism, denominations and non-denominational churches alike.
The word church in the Greek word ekklesia which basically means called out ones. It isn’t a church building, it’s believers in Christ.
The Babylon spirit is carnal mindedness and all that it can divise. The Babylon spirit displays haughtiness, arrogance and the pride of man’s knowledge above God’s knowledge and wisdom. Spiritual Babylon long ago hijacked Christ’s gospel replacing it with the “institutional, organized” church system.
Ignatius was the third pastor of Antioch (110 A.D) who apparently served under apostle John . Ingatius installed his own believe’s in an attempt to prevent heresies of Gnosticism and Docetism. By doing so Inatius established the Clergy system. He wrote: “Follow your bishop, every one of you, as obediently as Jesus Christ followed the Father. Obey your Clergy too, as you would Apostles; give your deacons the same reverence that you would to a command from God. Make sure no step affecting the Church is ever taken by anyone without the bishop’s sanction. The sole Eucharist you should consider valid is one that is celebrated by the bishop himself, or by some person authorized by him. Where the bishop is to be seen, there let all his people be; just as wherever Jesus Christ is present, we have the Catholic Church. Nor is it permissable to conduct baptism or the Eucharist without the bishop. On the other hand, whatever does have this sanction can be sure of God’s approval too. This is the way to make certain of soundness and validity of anything you do.”
In the church system people feel safe, sufficient, significant, assured, justified and secure. It gives forth to self-serving, status, position, reputation, security and identity to many all the while the institution itself grows in its power and importance. Many people depend on the church system for their livelihood, significance, preeminence, validation, power and recognition. The man in the dream was imprisoned by the system and didn’t even know it. This is the way millions of God-loving saints are today. They are imprisoned in a church system of man’s making and do not even realize it.
In fact, I find the comparison of prison and the church system very astute. Prison inmates are under the control of the warden’s rules and regulations just like the many people in the pews today are under the control of leadership’s rules and regulations of man’s own making. There is no freedom for the congregation in the church system today, just like there is no freedom for an inmate in prison. A prisoner doesn’t get to do anything unless someone “lets” him do it. I have heard leadership say, “let the people do this or let them do that.” The word “let” truly indicates control of the congregation and this shouldn’t be! If someone stays in prison long enough they become institutionalized. The same thing happens to people in the church system if they stay in it long enough. They become institutionalized or indoctrinated to what that particular church system believes.
I have watched the church system for sometime now with all of its organization, orchestration, formats which restrain the free flowing leading of Holy Spirit. However, I have upon a few occasions seen Holy Spirit move within in the confines of a man inspired church system. I had to know from God why Holy Spirit moves when He does.
Holy Spirit showed me a picture of a stake driven into the sand high up on a beach. There is was, a lone stake driven in the sand, far away from the surf. The stake represents the church system beliefs, what it is about, its creed, denomination, faith statement, doctrine, identity, etc. Then I was shown a picture of the ebb and tide of the ocean. The tide comes in and the tide goes back out, this cycle is repeated daily. Occasionally the surf is so stirred that the waves come up far enough to reach the stake only to eventually recede back out to sea. The Lord said, “I move upon my people like this in their personal time and occasionally during a meeting to soak them in My presence and to draw them unto Me, to teach them to follow after the ebb and tide of My Spirit. When I move on a congregation, I am not validating the church system as the religious think. I want to draw people out of it and unto Me, I want them to learn to follow the ebb and tide of My Spirit.”
scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Gen 11:3-5 NAS
When meditating about the dream of the angel delivering the man from Babylon, I asked the Lord if He had a scriptural example of what I had seen in the dream and immediately I was reminded of when Peter was in prison and the angel of the Lord appeared to deliver him. Once Peter was delivered from prison, he went to his fellowship made up of the people praying for him. What spirit was behind the imprisonment of Peter? Could the answer be the spirit of Babylon? Most certainly because the Babylonian spirit operates through the flesh (carnal man) and wants approval from man! Herod demonstrated both in Acts 12:1-3.
Observe the spirit of Babylon in operation in this verse:
“Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church (GK. ekklesia means “called out ones”), in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.” Acts 12:1-3 NAS
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Rom 8:14-15 NAS
When I heard the Lord say to me a few months ago, “My bride comes not so much from the church as from the world,” I was somewhat taken back by this statement as to what He meant. I didn’t understand then what has now been made so clear to me now after much prayer, study and revelations.
The reason the bride must come out from the institutional church system is that the church system is incapable of preparing the bride of Christ. It can only institutionalize its congregants to be dependant upon the church system. In fact its interest is truly to grow the institution’s power and influence and not grow the people. In a recent Barna Group survey, 9 out of 10 pastors were surveyed and said that the church (system) was full of babies. However, each pastor commented that they had no babies in their own congregation.
The Babylonian spirit is a spirit that sets out to extinguish faith with false doctrine which leads man into works. For when faith dies there is no faith which leads people to ascend to God in their own way. It disrupts the plan and purposes of God by its influence of a non-God spirit.
The Babylonian spirit influences ministries to do works such as, let us build, let us make a name for ourselves, let us do great projects, let us be like God. It replaces the faith with works and does not follow nor seek the leading or direction of Holy Spirit.
The spirit of Babylon is found in the story of the Tower of Babel. “ And they 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; lest we be
“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. And on the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and roused him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. And when they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street; and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.” Acts 12:5-12 NAS
Unlike the dream, Peter knew he was in prison but the man in the dream didn’t realize his imprisonment. Not knowing one is in prison is a far greater plight to a person because he is blind to his real circumstance.
It you are within the confines of the church system you need to stop and take “inventory” and weigh truthfully what has been written here before God and trust Him to show you truth. God has appointed some to work within in the confines of the church system for a season only for reasons known to God and the believer. Perhaps it is to observe and learn up close and personal what the church system is really about. My heart is for the people to be delivered from the prison of the church system and to be brought into a personal and intimate relationship in Jesus Christ.
“And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27-28 NAS
Bringing the bride of Christ out of the church system can only be done by the Spirit of the Lord because the church system is a stronghold in her mind through years of indoctrination. God has to take the church system out of the bride before she can ever be free and be presented to Christ as His bride.
By the revelation of the Lord, we are in the time in which the focus of the Lord is to “prepare” His bride. That’s it! Most in leadership of the church system won’t recognize the paradigm shift that has occurred in the Spirit, thus they will continue on in the confines of the system. As in the first century, the existing religious system (Pharisees, Sadducees, etc) didn’t recognize the time of the Lord’s visitation and so shall it be now.
The dream is a continuing theme which Holy Spirit keeps giving me to warn those who will listen and heed the warning of the committing adultery with the spirit of Babylon (church system). For more on this subject please read these articles. The Adulterous Church, The Preparation of the Bride Pt. 1 The Epoch, Jewels – My Bride, Vision of the Three Legged Donkey
“ And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.
And He entered the temple and began to cast out those who were selling, saying to them, “It is written, ‘And My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a robbers’ den.’
And He was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him, and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging upon His words”. Luke 19:41-48 NAS
“And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” Rev 14:8 NAS
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” Rev 18:4-5 NAS