Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath School Class, May 27, 2023.
Main Theme: While the first angel’s message tells us to worship God, the second angel warns us against a false system of worship.
Read in Class: Revelation 14:8 and Revelation 17:1-2. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What solemn announcement does the angel make, and what did Babylon do to warrant such an announcement?
Apply: Both leaders and the common people alike have been negatively influenced by this power. What’s our only protection? (Read Eph. 6:10-18).
Share: Your friend points out that Isaiah 21:9 mentions that Babylon has fallen, and asks what are the parallels of ancient and modern spiritual Babylon? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: Revelation 18:1-4. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: How extensive is Babylon’s influence?
Apply: What role do those who proclaim the three angels’ messages have in being used by God to call “my people,” His people, out of Babylon?
Share: You friend asks, when people come out of Babylon where do they go? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: Revelation 17:4-6, 14 and Matthew 16:18. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What do these verses teach us about the nature of this evil system?
Apply: How can we protect ourselves from the subtle influences of Babylon, such as the tendency, easy as it is, to depend upon ourselves and not wholly upon God?
Share: Your friend asks, If God is calling His people out of Babylon who do we warn them about the system of Babylon without condemning God’s people who are still in Babylon? What do you tell your friend?
Read in Class: Revelation 12:17, Revelation 18:1-4 and John 10:16. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: When God’s people come out of Babylon, what is the remnant or fold that they come into?
Apply: How are you making sure your church is a safe place for God to bring His flock into? In what ways is your church more safe than Babylon?
Share: Is God leading you to give a friend or family member a call out of Babylon? Can you give that invitation this week?