Monday, May 15, 2017

Envoys From Babylon

For peace or on a spy mission? Let's find it out from the pages of the Bible. 

The King of Babylon sent "his best wishes and a gift" to Hezekiah king of Judah, who had been very sick, but who had recovered.

"Hezekiah was delighted with the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses... He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasures! 
Then Isaiah the prophet went to king Hezekiah and asked him, "What did those men want? Where were they from?"
Then Isaiah said to  Hezekiah, "Listen to this message from the Lord of Heaven's Armies: 
The time is coming when everything in your palace--all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now--will be carried off to Babylon."--Isaiah 39
And so, it came to pass that Babylon invaded Judah and carried off everything as described.

Judah was always at an adversarial relationship with Babylon. A gift from the King of Babylon did not change that, and a get-well message from Babylon did not change that, because the adversary had his eyes only on what he could get from Judah. What has life today got to do with ancient history? Life today will have nothing to do with the past when greed and avarice end. So long as vices of the past remain, people will continue to make the same mistakes. And while King Hezekiah can be said to have made an honest mistake, the situation on the ground today is different.

When the adversary knows you from inside-out, their work is made easy for them. While rational beings do everything in their power to cover their tracks from their enemies, those who have sold out cannot. The reason is simple: they will let you know when you're not fulfilling your part of the obligation so that they can put on the pressure--after all, they have the secret weapon to bring you down when the need arises.

So, are we seeing envoys from Babylon again between the Trump White House and the Kremlin?
The clandestine meeting between Donald Trump and envoys from Russia does not portend any good ending. It will be as God has spoken. There will be no good ending!

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