|Galatians 4:21-31 |
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear what the law says?
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave, the other by a free woman.
23 He who was of the slave woman was born after the flesh; but he of the free woman was born by the promise.
24 These things are an allegory. For these are the two covenants; one from the mount Sinai, which results in bondage, which is Hagar.
25 For this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to earthly Jerusalem, which now exists and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem, which is above is free and is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, "Rejoice, you barren who do not bear [children]. Break forth and cry, you who do not labor in childbirth. For the barren has many more [spiritual] children than she who has a husband."
28 Now we, brothers, are the children of the promise, as Isaac was.
29 But as it was then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.4
30 Nevertheless what did the scripture say? "Cast out the slave woman and her son; for the son of the slave woman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman."
31 So then, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free.
4 as it was then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. As Cain killed Abel because his sacrifice was not accepted, so did the Jews kill Jesus because he said their sacrifice was not enough; so did the Jews kill Stephen; so did the Romans slaughter the early church in the ten persecutions; so did the Protestants of England and America kill the early Quakers. The religious people still in the flesh, when told their sacrifice is not accepted by God, rise up to persecute the messengers — messengers sent by God. Why does God allow this? Because through this suffering of his people, he brings many to perfection — suffering is required to be finished with sin and to reach perfection. When the Spirit of Christ, in power and fullness, appears again, that Spirit will reprove those in the false religions. Then the false religions will be in rage that someone would dare challenge their "faith," and so those born after the flesh will persecute him born after the Spirit; as it was, as it will be. The word of God within my heart has spoken to me, saying: "this time we will have to deal with rights." Modern man has created a morality based on legislated rights. Exactly what rights the Lord will instruct his people to oppose, he has not yet revealed; but when he does, persecution will not only be inflicted by the "religious people" around the world, but also the secular humanists, focusing on rights.
One reason God allows Babylon to exist is to serve the perfection of his saints through their persecutions.