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The Birds In the Tree of Babylon

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The Birds In the Tree of Babylon

Daniel 4: 10-12: "Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great. The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth: The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it."

The huge tree that could be seen all over the earth is a metaphor. You cannot see a tree in one place all over the earth. Seeing this tree all over the earth must mean the tree as metaphor is all over the earth. The metaphor is about something that exists all over the earth.

The tree has grown to be huge. “It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.” Mark 4:31-32.

The fowls of heaven are said to live in the branches of the great tree of Daniel 4: 10-12. The small mustard seed in Mark 4: 31-32 becomes greater than all herbs and grows great branches - and again the fowls of the air lodge under the shadow of this huge plant, which again is a metaphor.

Now look at Revelation 18: 2: “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”

This tells us a little more about these metaphoric birds in Daniel 4: 10-12 and in Mark 4: 31-32. The birds of Babylon are foul spirits, unclean and hateful. The birds then are fallen angels. But that does not exhaust the meaning of the birds of Babylon. The fallen angels inspire their human followers, the false prophets.

Babylon in Jeremiah 50 and 51 is Old Covenant Israel in apostasy, and Babylon in Revelation 17 and 18 is New Covenant Israel in apostasy. Matthew 24: 11, 24: 24 and II Peter 2: 1-3, tell us what the cause of the apostasy is, which is called the falling away in II Thessalonians 2: 3-4. The cause of the falling away, or apostasy, is the work of the many false prophets.

Babylon as New Covenant Israel after its falling away is like a huge tree which grows all over the world. It is like a small mustard seed, which grow much bigger than a mustard seed should get. It is Babylon as New Covenant Israel in false doctrines. The mustard seed can be seen as the spiritual seed planted by Christ when he transformed Old Covenant Israel. But the seed was corrupted and diverted away by the army of false prophets from what the seed was intended to become. When the original seed was corrupted, the true Gospel was replaced by another Gospel. The true Gospel, the absolute truth of the word of God, was attacked by the dialectic process and compromised into a false Gospel which is a counterfeit. The counterfeit is the corruption of the original mustard seed so that the corrupted plant grew into a huge thing on the earth.

But the word of God remains. The dialectic process of arguing against it from the viewpoint of a man made counterfeit has not overcome the absolute truth of word of God, not has it replaced the real Christ with another Jesus (II Corinthians 11: 4). The real Christ is "...the way, the truth, and the life." John 14: 6. If you do not have the truth, the Gospel, you do not have the real Christ.

God calls those he knows to be his people out of the huge thing that grew from a small mustard seed, which was corrupted by the birds in the great tree of Babylon. "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: 4
 
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