Volume 26, Issue 1 _________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

Building Towers To Heaven. . .Page 3

      In today's modern world, the efforts of building a Tower to Heaven takes on a much different form as the gospel message also now is in a different form. In Hebrews 1:2 we are informed that God spoke in time past to the ancient Hebrew prophets, but today that word is conveyed by Jesus himself. Prior to the times of the prophets God spoke by other methods, perhaps even through the message of his creation as has been suggested. Whatever method of speech, or teaching has been utilized of God to preach the gospel; there has always been one constant adversary of the Truth; and that would be the Old Liar himself, the Devil! Satan has historically sought to keep the Holy Bible out of the grasp of the people. The days known as the "Dark Ages testify to that effort by the Popes of Rome. Beyond that failed attempt, Satan has schemed to erect his own Towerly Priesthood to misinterpret the Gospel message of God!

      On the recent Papal visit to the Holy Land, the Pope stated that all religions are a blessing, and necessary for the purpose of building a commonality among mankind for the purpose of building an ideal and peaceful world, where people of all creeds and religions can find dignity and freedom.

      Now, I fully realize that peace is a noble venture, and that the brotherhood of mankind is a very commendable endeavor, but the fact remains that God has commended the only possible means for men to live in peace.

      The Pope has utilized the apology to Israel to allay Jewish concerns over proselytization. Rome has not only compromised the gospel of Christ by officially according Islam as a legitimate entryway to Heaven; but has given a commendation to Judaism by stipulating that Jews have no need of conversion.

      The recent controversy over Southern Baptist efforts to reach out to Jews with the true Gospel is by Roman Catholic standards an insult to Jewry, and an intolerant attitude towards a fellow legitimate world religion.

      I cannot overstate the significance of the Pope's recent efforts in attempting to provide an environment for the mutual harmonious religious tolerance and acceptance of the three major Middle East monotheistic religions. Those efforts constitute an attempt to build a Heavenly Tower in Jerusalem, with a new Temple on top!

      I have witnessed for several months now a growing comradeship among many of the world's religious elite! Over the Christmas and New Year's holidays, prior to the Pope's visit to the Holy Land, I was astonished at the many millenium religious conferences attended by many well respected religious leaders, which spoke in glowing terms about Inter-faith endeavors.

      On one particular television program, I listened as Robert Schuller talked gleefully about all the religions of the world coming together and working together to build peace in the world, and accepting each other as a true brother whatever his religious beliefs. Desmond Tutu commented that all peoples should come together and recognize each other as fellow members of a great big diverse family of God.

      The World's Parliament of Religions expressed that God is truly transcendant and embraces all the worlds religions as one. Those religious leaders were in accord that religions should stop trying to convert peoples of different religious faiths, because as Mr. Schuller stated; we have lost humility and disregard for the values and positiveness all faiths possess.

      That sounds to me as a far distant cry from what a man named Jesus said nearly 2000 years ago when he said "No man comes to the Father, but by ME"!

      The Lord God of Heaven came down to that early crowd of Tower builders working jointly to manipulate the entryway into heaven and scattered them to the far flung corners of the earth. The next visitation from God to man's new tower will not result in a scattering but in a trampling display of righteous indignation!

      Ezekiel 34 announces a dire warning to Shepherds that point the sheep in pathways of falsehood.

      Job 5:12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

      Luke 1:51 He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

      While the world's religious leaders consort amongst themselves seeking to build a more harmonious village of utopia for mankind to enjoy his own individual idea of self dignity and security; the one true God of heaven watches their building endeavor to construct a stairway to his heaven without any credence being given to the single solitary message that God has already built man a pathway into Heaven; by sending his only begotten son to live among mankind for the express purpose of pointing out the Only way to get there!

      Did not Jesus say: "I am the way"?

      Man cannot in a million years ever build enough towers, nor build even one single tower high enough to gain even a remote distant glimpse of God's glory.

      There is a very dangerous philosophy prevalent out in the religious world today which is forging a strong foothold even within evangelical Christianity; and that idea is that Christians ought not be so snobbish as to condemn any other religious teaching about how one gets into heaven. Todays churches are now being taught to accomodate, or to be open minded to other avenues pertaining to the entryway to Heaven.

      Some one has accurately stated that God did for man what man could not do for himself. Immanuel was the name God appointed for his son; meaning; "God is with us". Because of the futilty of building towers into Heaven; God came down to earth, lived among men and built a tower from Heaven down to man.

      Psalms 18:2 says: The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my Buckler, and the Horn of my Salvation, and MY HIGH TOWER!

      Why can't mankind see that the only Tower man needs to get into Heaven has already been provided? The Devil seems to have incorporated a mass media campaign to enslave men into building a tower for Satan to climb up on top of.

      Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a sure Tower; the righteous runneth unto it, and is safe!

      There is only one name under Heaven which is a strong enough Tower to get men through the Gate of God. That name is Jesus, which eliminates all other names or towers! Jesus has done all the building that needs to be done. Man can choose to accept Gods way to Heaven or rely on building his own tower. And not one single person has ever gotten there by building his own tower!

      In Luke 14:28 Jesus himself told us a story about building towers:

      For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

      Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

      I think it is very ironic that Jesus told this Tower story immediately after teaching the multitudes about the great feast and the cost of discipleship.

      Many had been invited to the great feast, and yet began to make excuse as to why they couldn't attend. Jesus concluded that none of those who were bidden to his feast shall not taste of his supper. Then, in verse 27 Jesus announces that if any man does not come to follow after him, they could not be his disciple.

      At this point Jesus began to talk about a man that sought to build a tower! No doubt Jesus was thinking back to Babel and man's efforts to build a tower into Heaven, and used that analogy to point out the futilile attempts of mankind to work his way into Heaven!

      When religious leaders theorize among themselves, and find it fashionable to compromise with any other system of faith, they ignore the ultimate question of whether or not that compromise will lead to finishing the course of human endeavor to reach Heaven.

      In the course of one's life all must inevitably come to the point whereby he must seriously analyze his own case for entry into Heaven. For a christian; God grants his assurance of passage through the Gate of God when that person accepts Jesus as his propitiation for sin. The Tower of assurance was built by the Lord himself, as he personally lives within each of his own.

      For those people who have no assurance of gaining access through God's Gate, surely at some point in time they must place a faith in either the advice of religious priests, or they must expect that their very own work at building individually his own tower will be sufficient to storm through the Gates of Heaven!

      The foundation of such prideful towers will not hold even the weight of the individual; let alone sustain the massive weight of needing to do what Jesus already did.

      Psalms 61:1-3 Hear my cry O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong Tower from the enemy!

      In these last days, prior to our Lord's second coming all Christians need to be on guard against the religious efforts of Satan's False Prophets to entice men to come together in unity with all faiths; and work together to build cities and towers that portend heavenly sounding themes!

      Remember, Satan is logistically scheming to place his Antichrist on top of a new Babel Tower!

Darrell G. Young


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