|Luke 17:31-33 |
31 On that day, let he who is be upon the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; likewise he who is in the field, let him not turn back for anything.
32 Remember Lot's wife.3 [Don't look back fondly at what you have left behind. Don't turn around to criticize, teach, or preach to those still in captivity; criticism, teaching, and preaching must only be from direct orders heard from the Spirit.]
33 Whoever tries to preserve his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. [If you love your current life, and avoid the inward cross of self-denial, you will lose the small measure of the life of God, the light of men, that all men have who come into the world; but if you bear the inward cross of self-denial to lose you selfish, fleshly life, you will preserve and increase the life of God in you, to be restored into the spiritual image of God, which Adam lost for all men in the garden of Eden.]
3 Remember Lot's wife! Lot's family was fleeing Sodom before the Lord destroyed it, and they were told not to look back once they began their flight. Lot's wife looked back and was turned to a pillar of salt.
I have always understood this to be our reminder to never look back with fond memories of the things we have left in the world, particularly never let your mind even consider the possibility of returning to anything you have left behind. However, due to a reader of this site sharing a revelation from the Lord regarding this admonition, it further means to not look back with bitter criticism of those still in the captivity of Babylon; further the Lord said not to speak against anyone or any religious system without his authorization, and to do so is murmuring, one of the sins of the Jews in the wilderness who were destroyed. The key word is bitter criticism of Babylon without authority being classified as murmuring. If you are speaking against any religion with bitterness, you have deep anger and a feeling unfairness that a false religious system could exist; and if it is unfair, then you are really indirectly blaming the Lord for allowing it to have deceived you; just as the Jews complaining about Moses and Aaron leading them into a wilderness, were indirectly complaining against the Lord.
In regard to criticizing Babylon or Christendom, the Word of the Lord within spoke: "avoid any public opposition, unless ordered" and "he who points the finger had better make sure his finger is clean."
So now we have to ask ourselves, why would the Lord allow Babylon to exist, including allowing Satan to perform great wonders, even making fire come down from heaven, to establish the false church long ago? God, knowing just as Judaism was taken over by the enemy countless times in the Old Testament, knew that most people would end up embracing almost any religion that was permissive of their sinful lives, including very evil religions that had existed outside of Judaism, (with temple prostitutes, sacrifice of children, etc.); and knowing that the cross had the aroma of death to those not drawn in love, the evil was allowed as the lesser of evils and so that it could inadvertently serve His purposes, which are:
So the false church has served a usefulness, as we have described above; but when Babylon falls, the saints and heaven will celebrate her destruction, and those archers who are specifically called by the Lord to draw the bow against Babylon, must spare no arrows, (words commanded by the Holy Spirit), for she has sinned against the Lord. Regarding those still in the captivity of Babylon, the Word of the Lord within said: "Put yourself in their shoes."
We are to love the Lord and hate evil, including Babylon, but we should not let that hate drift to bitterness.