Rev. 18:2-3 “And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons…. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
It seems like most people don’t give a lot of thought to some of the activities they participate in. Mardi Gras is a great example of this. Today’s title is taken from the names of three of the Mardi Gras Parades that are running through the streets of New Orleans this Mardi Gras season. These are just a few of the pagan names related to the Mardi Gras season, there are plenty of others. I’m sure that many of the folks who join in with the revelry of the season have no idea what is behind it, they are just looking for some fun.
Today’s scripture comes from the book of Revelation and is describing the judgement that comes upon Babylon in the last days. In the Bible, Babylon represents the world system of the antichrist that is in direct opposition to The Lord and His kingdom. It is characterized by adultery, fornication, political corruption, and all forms of worldly behavior. Of course the carnal man has to have his religious practice, Babylon is also connected to the the one world religion in the last days led by the false prophet empowered by the antichrist. Babylon experiences God’s judgement and is overcome at the closing chapters of the Bible.
Druids are actually witches.They are sometimes related to Stonehenge and to the ancient celtic pagan practices that opposed the spread of Christianity. Here is a quote from encyclopedia.com.
“Among the most controversial practices associated with Druids was human sacrifice. In their priestly service among the Celtics in Gaul, it was noted by Julius Caesar and Strabo that they oversaw the sacrifice of humans. Caesar mentioned the immense images which they filled with living victims and burned to death, a practice that was vividly pictured in the 1975 movie The Wicker Man.”
Bacchus is one of the old greek gods. He is known as the god of wine, need I say more. Bacchus is the perfect Mardi Gras parade, the focus is on wine, sex, and a little bit of religion.
Here is a quote from encyclopedia mythica about Bacchus.
The Roman god of wine and intoxication, equated with the Greek Dionysus. His festival was celebrated on March 16 and 17. The Bacchanalia, orgies in honor of Dionysus, were introduced in Rome around 200 BCE. These infamous celebrations, notorious for their sexual and criminal character, got so out of hand that they were forbidden by the Roman Senate in 186 BCE.”
So maybe we should think before we blindly participate in the affairs of this world. The Lord has more than enough to offer, we need not drink from the wells of this world.