Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, Canada, New Zealand, Dominican Republic, Australia, Ireland. These are a handful of the many countries some of my friends and acquaintances have discussed fleeing to or have already done so.
One person recently exclaimed, “I hate the United States, aka Hammer of the Whole Earth, Destroyer of the Whole Earth, and Destroying Mountain.” But this person admits she doesn’t know to where she should flee. She just wants OUT—out of the terrible United States of America.
I may be slightly biased, but for all her imperfections, I still say that the United States of America is the best place to live on God’s green earth. The USA is not the perfect place to live; but neither is any other country. After all, we are just pilgrims passing through. Our home is above. Is America, once a shining light on a hill, more than halfway down the slippery slope headed to complete hedonism, marxism/socialism and mob rule? It sadly appears so.
The Desperation to Flee Babylon
These expatriates and wannabes have one motivation in common: to escape what they see as Babylon and their own physical demise from being in Babylon. They believe that the United States is the wicked, horrible harlot as spoken of in the Bible. As such, they don’t want to be a party to the havoc being wrought by the United States, or the certain punishment and destruction that is sure to befall the United States of America if it is indeed Babylon.
“Flee from the midst of Babylon, and every one save his life! Do not be cut off in her iniquity, for this is the time of The LORD’s vengeance; He shall recompense her” (Jeremiah 51:6).
It is understandable the desire to flee from danger. Satan wants to sift you and devour you. But your desperation is making your forget that what you are trying to flee is merely a physical manifestation of a spiritual problem.
Again, Babylon is a worldwide heart condition, not a physical condition. Babylon represents the rejection of the One True God. It was true on the plains of Shinar and throughout history, and it is true today.
How to Flee Babylon
You, my Babylon-fleeing friends, are to be commended. Your troubled spirit is resisting the physical pressures and lures of Babylon. But know that there is no escape. Your unrest will follow you to the ends of this earth. Instead, I urge those of you who would flee to let God’s Direction be your charge instead.
Although you are feeling the flames personally and it feels that at any time the flames may overtake you, know that these same flames are devouring the whole world around you. But like Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego (Daniel 3) Jesus is with YOU, His child, always. Especially in the fiery flames of tribulation—and this is certainly a time of tribulation—Jesus is your only refuge from Babylon.
ALL the nations have drunk of her wine and committed fornication with her. But the Lord commands HIS PEOPLE to come out of her. Be not partakers of her sins. This is the time when the battle is the fiercest.
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:2-4).
Jesus was in agony at times on earth, yet His desire was to do His Heavenly Father’s will (Luke 22:41-44). Jesus knew that His Kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). Paul said to die and be with Christ is better than living on earth but staying meant continuing to serve and labor for Christ. (Philippians 1:21-24).
After being tempted of the Devil for 40 days and offered all the physical kingdoms of the world, Jesus refused. Jesus knew that the battle and the Kingdom is spiritual. And when Jesus refused the Devil, He came away with great power of the Spirit.
You have great Spiritual power in Jesus. You will be undoubtedly reviled and compassed about by the world which will bring great pressures and agony to your spirit. But as a child of the Most High, you are anointed to tell the truth, preach the Gospel and to reach out to the brokenhearted. If God directs your path to different places, by all means, obey and go. But if He does send you elsewhere, it won’t be for just your temporal safety. Won’t you look to the spiritual battle that rages all around you, wherever you may go?