Jeremiah 51:7 ~ Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
In this month, our brothers in Christ will be celebrating Passover, while in the Christian space, a week after which falls in April, we will be celebrating Easter. Passover reminds us of two biblical events:-
- the release of Israel from Egypt by Pharaoh himself.
- institution of the Lord’s supper by Christ Himself a night before His crucifixion. Something that links us as Christians with the celebration of Easter the week after, in remembrance of this crucifixion.
There is something in me that screams exodus, about this month …
Psalm 126: 1-2, When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them”.
Jeremiah 51 explains to us how the Lord shall deal with Babylon, the captor. A reference to this is also found in the book of Revelation chapter 18. Besides Him telling us to come out of Babylon so we do not share in her plagues, He also tells us to deliver the souls of men from the wrath of God set apart for Babylon. The Lord requires us to deliver each other from His fierce wrath through Jesus Christ who died for the salvation of all.
Revelation 18, tells us that Babylon has made nations drink from the wine of her wrath of fornication. However, the Lord instructs us to speak against her, for God to give to her double the portion of what she subjected people of God to. See, the golden cup in the Lord’s hand has been Babylon, but inside that cup is the wine of the Lord’s wrath against the very Babylon. This is the wine that Babylon caused the nations to drink, in order to share in her [wrath of] fornication, subsequently leading them to drunkenness and madness. The punishment cannot come unto one unless they commit the crime first. The madness is the chase of vanity leading to the seven things that the Lord hates [Proverbs 6:6-19]. Drunkenness is that of fornication and other sins. She has trashed Zion into this state of ‘nothing’ and now needs to be repaid for her actions, and the Lord says we must speak a double portion of her own wine upon her. The nations have not yet experienced the wrath, instead, are still subject to madness and drunkenness, for the time of the wrath of God has not yet come. However, when God pours the wine, His whole wrath shall come upon Babylon as plagues. Wrath that He is cautioning us of.
Children of God, Jesus asked the Lord in the garden of Gethsemane to take away the cup from Him, but God didn’t. We see that He didn’t because of the fact that He was in so much agony, that the drops of His sweat were like blood. Jesus drank from the cup with the wrath of God on our behalf, that we may not have to share in the cup of Babylon. Not only did He drink on our behalf, He also exchanged the cup for us with the cup of His blood, a cup of life. That instead of drinking in the cup of Babylon, we would drink in the cup of life, that of the kingdom of God.
Therefore, as God sent Moses to Egypt to go and set free the children of Israel, He is sending you and I to set free the souls of men from Babylon. However, we cannot do so unless we ourselves have come out. This is the great exodus of our time, we also shall laugh and sing like Zion when we look back and see that God truly has saved us.
May we willingly yield ourselves this month to the call of God, and join in the great exodus, that many may follow suit because of our actions, righteous works and us rightly dividing the word of God.