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Pastor Travis Patzkowsky : Babylon vs. the New Jerusalem

End of Daze · 42:19 · Recorded July 10, 2022

Babylon vs. The New Jerusalem:

What city are you building?

Revelation 18:9-24 (NIV84) When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!” The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more— cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. They will say, “The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.” The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: “Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!” Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, “Was there ever a city like this great city?” They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: “Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin! Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.” Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.”

How can you be sure you’re building the New Jerusalem?

God must be supreme in all areas of your life.

1. Realize you’re working from a point of failure.

2. Identify current Babylon-building inclinations.

-Look at your thoughts

-Look at your bank account

-Look at your prayers

-Look at your biggest emotions

3. Fall in love with Jesus!

Colossians 3:5 (NLT) So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

Talk It Over. . .
  • Think through this hypothetical situation: The 300 largest cities in America no longer exist… how would this impact your life? Talk through the practical implications for you and then how those impact you emotionally and spiritually.

  • Revelation 18:21 talks about Babylon falling suddenly, spectacularly, and permanently like a giant rock being thrown into the sea. Why do you think it was so important to depict Babylon falling in this fashion?

  • After looking at your inclinations regarding Babylon-building and focusing on things other than Christ (point #2), Why do you think you’re focused elsewhere? What specific steps will you take this week to move God up to his rightful place at number one in your heart and life?

  • What is the most impactful point or scripture or idea in this message for you? Why?

  • Talk with your children this week about keeping God first in everything they do. Start with their prayers – remind them of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and talk through how each of the five parts keeps God first.
    Praise – honoring God;
    Purpose – wanting God’s will, not ours;
    Provision – trusting God to take care of us;
    Pardon – forgiveness from God and for others;
    Protection – from temptation and evil to serve God well

Talk It Over. . .

  • Think through this hypothetical situation: The 300 largest cities in America no longer exist… how would this impact your life? Talk through the practical implications for you and then how those impact you emotionally and spiritually.

  • Revelation 18:21 talks about Babylon falling suddenly, spectacularly, and permanently like a giant rock being thrown into the sea. Why do you think it was so important to depict Babylon falling in this fashion?

  • After looking at your inclinations regarding Babylon-building and focusing on things other than Christ (point #2), Why do you think you’re focused elsewhere? What specific steps will you take this week to move God up to his rightful place at number one in your heart and life?

  • What is the most impactful point or scripture or idea in this message for you? Why?

  • Talk with your children this week about keeping God first in everything they do. Start with their prayers – remind them of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and talk through how each of the five parts keeps God first.
    Praise – honoring God;
    Purpose – wanting God’s will, not ours;
    Provision – trusting God to take care of us;
    Pardon – forgiveness from God and for others;
    Protection – from temptation and evil to serve God well

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