- By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. (Psalm 137:1)
Babylon is symbolic for “the dragon, the leviathan,” and it means “mourning.”
The Israelites were carried away into captivity by the Babylonians because they had failed to obey the Word of the Lord or rather they were known as the commandments that God had instructed Moses to give to the people, with one very important condition: “If ye love Me, keep My commandments. ” (John 14:15)
Failure to keep God’s commandments brings adversity to one’s own soul coupled with an innumerable amount of obstacles that are, in my opinion, needless.
God loves His people, but He, in His mercy and compassion will not force Himself on anyone if they do not wish to acknowledge or follow Him. He gave man the “free will” to choose Him willingly, voluntarily.
Not having God’s Holy Spirit, actively involved in our lives opens the door to sin. Sin is death because God is life.
Below is an example of how sin stepped into King Hezekiah’s house and took captive (into bondage) his household spreading to the entire city of Jerusalem (Zion where God lived with His people):
- Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?” So Hezekiah said, “They came from a far country, from Babylon.” (2 Kings 20:14)
- And he said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.” (2 Kings 20:15)
This is where the error comes from or the sin…King Hezekiah trustingly revealed all that he had. This opened the door for the enemy to step in and take what the king possessed. I am not saying you need to hoard what you own, but I am saying guard yourselves from revealing your weaknesses to your enemies, because it opens the door for a curse:
- ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the LORD. (2 Kings 20:17)
- ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’” (2 Kings 20:18)
- At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. (2 Kings 24:10)
- Then Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon; and the king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner. (2 Kings 24:12)
- And he carried Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officers, and the mighty of the land he carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. (2 Kings 24:15)
- All the valiant men, seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths, one thousand, all who were strong and fit for war, these the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon. (2 Kings 24: 16)
The bad thing about activating a curse is that it can and will affect others who are with you (ie. your family, your servants of the household, your possessions) even for generations to come:
- Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Original Boney M- Rivers Of Babylon
Close the door to the curse(s). Know who your enemy is and bind the enemy from your household; do what God is saying.
- Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (1 Cor 7:5)
Don’t find yourself mourning rivers of tears for “what once was.” Yesterday is gone and you have today and all of your tomorrows to make a change for the better. Confess your sins and pray to the Lord:
- “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.” (Exodus 34:9)
- Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight. (Psalm 19:14)
Or don’t do what God says and you will mourn your days in anguish from lack, from poverty, from never getting ahead, from being jobless, from being barren, which also opens the door to sickness, depression, and oppression.
But the worst thing is that not doing what God says causes separation from He who is life, life everlasting!
- If ye love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15)
Do you know God/Jesus? Are you born again? If not, read this: “You Must Be Born Again” with accompanying prayer of salvation.