The Shinar Directive – Part 7
The Institutes of Nimrod
by Michael K. Lake, Th.D.
Nimrod developed systems to replace man’s walk with God in every aspect of life with absolute dependence upon those systems of control (system vs. relationship). I believe there are three basic facets of Babylon or, as many prophecy teachers have designated, the “Three Babylons.”
In the last days, God will judge these three interlocking Babylons (or Babylonian systems). They are 1) Financial Babylon; 2)Political Babylon; and 3) Religious Babylon
Let’s define each of these for the sake of clarity.
Financial Babylon: Financial Babylon controls not only the finances of the world, but any resource that can translate into wealth: precious metals, gems, energy (oil, electric, nuclear power, etc.), water, food, medicine, illegal drugs, media, education, and even people (remember, in Babylon, people are considered a resource).
This financial control is established through an international, centralized banking system operated solely by the Elite. Nations no longer manage their currencies; they are handled through this central banking system. The Federal Reserve is no more controlled by the government than is Federal Express. Doc Marquis points out in his video series, The Secrets of the Illuminati, that all the nations involved in the War on Terror or those that are part of the Arab Spring (i.e., Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, etc.) refused to become a part of the international, centralized banking system of the Rothschild dynasty. The turmoil within those nations is designed to change the governmental regimes to ones that will be more compliant to the control of their finances by Financial Babylon (with the side benefit of inflating the price of oil, another control mechanism). Usually, the first part of nation building that the US assists with, after the change in regimes, is the establishment of a centralized banking system.
I also believe that Financial Babylon is the most powerful of the three. Finances build political parties, fuel elections, sway politicians’ votes, control who gains media coverage, and even control which ministries move into prominence and whose messages are suppressed (although the Internet is currently giving voice to many faithful ministries today). This influence is so pervasive in the United States that, in a study published by Princeton University, researchers declared that our nation was no longer a democracy: it is now an oligarchy.[i] Wikipedia defines an oligarchy as follows:
Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning “few”, and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning “to rule or to command”) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.[ii]
How has America moved from a democracy to an oligarchy? The answer is: Through the riches and control of Financial Babylon. Without the proper financial backing, few candidates have any chance of winning elections.
This control of finances has answered so many questions for me, even beyond politics.
- Why are there no real differences in our political choices when it comes time to vote? Not only is there little difference anymore in the philosophical beliefs of the candidates, but the same agendas continue to move forward regardless of which party is in control. The only variation is the speed in which they are accomplished.
- Why has education been on a downward spiral over the past hundred or so years in the US? Secularization has transformed education from training students how to obtain knowledge and use critical thinking to indoctrinating them to serve in the New Babylon, as dumbed-down bricks in Nimrod’s wall. This was achieved through control of secondary schools by federal mandates and funding. Control of postsecondary schools was accomplished through secular accreditation and the Title IV Guaranteed Student Loan Program.[iii]
- Why is there always some type of shortage of resources worldwide? The resources of our planet (to include the food supply) should easily accommodate nearly fourteen billion people. (Scarcity inflates prices, causes civil unrest, and can control which nations thrive and which ones decline.)
- Why do many good ministries and ministers often struggle, while other ministries with questionable doctrines and practices explode on the scene and become the new standard? Financial Babylon initially funds them, while Religious Babylon trains them to sway the masses through media and Christianized mysticism (more on this later in our study).
The list can go on and on. When you open your eyes to the reality of the influence of the threefold cord of Babylon, you see it in every aspect of our lives, from politics to the supermarket to your local church!
Babylon always uses riches to entrap and to control. God’s blessings are outside the control and influence of Babylon. The only way to gain God’s blessings is to walk out of Babylon (to depart) and to start walking with Him in all areas of your life so He can make you whole.
Political Babylon: The Founding Fathers in American politics viewed government as a necessary vice. When government works, it is small and provides some basic safeguards. This is true in a nation all the way down to the local church. When Babylon infects any type of governmental structure, it begins to grow like a cancer that swallows up everything around it. One of the telltale signs of any political system infected by Babylon is revealed in the following statement about Nimrod:
Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power.[iv]
When government insists that true happiness (source of supply and well-being) can only come through its hands (i.e., socialism or communism) and it begins to oppress anyone or anything that does not align with its agenda, then you are dealing with the influence of Political Babylon.
There are only two real positions in life: dependence upon the Babylonian system or dependence upon the kingdom of God. Over the past few decades, it has appeared that many ministries and believers have prospered by standing with one foot in both kingdoms—straddling the fence. In the days ahead, the servants of Nimrod will spring their trap and all of these compromising ministries will be confronted by the proverbial fence post.
In the history of America over the past hundred years or so, we have seen the ebbs and flows of Political Babylon. As the influence of the Church increased, the power of Political Babylon decreased. When the salt nature of the Church decreased within society, the influence of Political Babylon increased. Today, Financial and Religious Babylon have teamed up against the Church at large. They have created a pseudo-spiritual system that makes us think we are walking with God and making huge impacts upon society. All the while (or in reality), the influence of Political Babylon grows within our culture and true spiritual holiness is lost within the Church.
Religious Babylon: To understand Religious Babylon, we need to understand several things. At the time of Shem and Nimrod, there were only two religions on the planet. The religion of Shem was to walk with the God of Creation, submit completely to Him, and walk in His ways (i.e., follow His commandments). The Institutes (religion) of Nimrod were exactly the opposite. Nimrod opposed all of the commandments of God (lawlessness) and set up a demonically inspired program of walking within a system rather than walking with God. When the languages were confused at the Tower of Babel, the people scattered and the names changed, but the concepts of the Institutes of Nimrod stayed the same.
When Abraham was called out of Babylon (contained within his bloodline), a departure from the Institutes of Nimrod occurred. Abraham and his descendants walked with God and learned His ways (commandments). Eventually, the children of Israel found themselves in bondage as slaves in Egypt—another version of Babylon.
When Moses brought the Hebrews out of Egypt by God’s grace and they became a nation, Israel stood within history as the only religion that was the antithesis to the religion of Nimrod. All other religions on the planet were some variation of what started in Babylon. In fact, if you go to the Intertestamental Period during which Antiochus IV Epiphanes entered Jerusalem, erected a statue of Apollo, sacrificed a hog on the altar of God, and established the Institutes of Nimrod over Judea, these practices would have worked perfectly in any other nation. All other nations were based on the same concepts; they would just change the names of their gods. Within Judea, such things were an abomination. Antiochus found himself hunting down and killing all of the faithful who refused to bow to his demands. (I am sure he was not prepared for such resistance.) Eventually, the Maccabees rose up and drove him out of Judea three years to the day from when he started his war on the ways of God.
After the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, Christianity began as a new branch of Judaism: Christ’s followers were known as the Nazarenes. Jews and Christians stood together in unity against the Institutes of Nimrod. Rome began its persecution of the Jews in both the first revolt in AD 70 that resulted in the destruction of the Temple and the second revolt in AD 132. That resulted in the complete destruction of Jerusalem; all Jews were forbidden to even travel through the area. With this persecution, Gentile believers began separating themselves from their Jewish counterparts. There was also a great deal of animosity against both Jewish and Gentile believers, because they would not fight in the second revolt. At the beginning of the second revolt, Rabbi Akiva declared Simon bar Kakhba the Messiah. Because of this action, believers in Jesus felt that if they fought, they would be endorsing Simon as Messiah and would be denying Jesus.[v]
This drift away from our Hebraic heritage continued over the next several centuries. Church leaders such as Origin declared that God gave Greek philosophy to lead Gentiles to Jesus, while the Torah was solely for the purpose of leading Jews to Jesus. (Note: in Origin’s history with the church, he was declared a heretic many times.) This separation of Gentile believers from their Hebraic heritage was completed under the leadership of Constantine.
It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their hands having been stained with crime, the minds of these wretched men are necessarily blinded….
Let us, then, have nothing in common with the Jews, who are our adversaries…. Let us…studiously avoiding all contact with that evil way.…
For how can they entertain right views on any point who, after having compassed the death of the Lord, being out of their minds, are guided not by sound reason, but by an unrestrained passion, wherever their innate madness carries them….lest your pure minds should appear to share in the customs of a people so utterly depraved….
Therefore, this irregularity must be corrected, in order that we may no more have any thing in common with those parricides and the murderers of our Lord…. no single point in common with the perjury of the Jews.[vi]
Constantine’s goal was to create a catholic (universal) religion based upon the power of Rome and its stream of the mystery religion. Following the occult “onion” principle, the outer wrap was a veneer of Christianity, but within, it was completely the Institutes of Nimrod. Therefore, the Feasts of the Lord(which are all about Messiah) and the commandments of God had to be replaced with new universally understood pagan holidays and new catholic commandments.
We now stand in a period of human history in which the religions that are various versions of the Institutes of Nimrod are beginning to realign. Exactly how that will play out is yet to be seen—although, I must add, they will surely be seen very shortly. The only ones who resemble the faith of Shem, Abraham, Moses, and Paul are the Remnant—those who have purged themselves of the influence of the Great Whore and are walking in the power of covenant with Almighty God.
This is why we must be faithful Bereans and carefully examine our ways. We must cleanse ourselves from the leaven of Babylon and adhere to a pure faith that is based on the completed work of Jesus and the Word of God. To quote the Reformers of old, our cry must be sola Scriptura (“only Scripture”)!
I believe this prophetic cry is being renewed by the Holy Spirit again in our generation. With the level of spiritual warfare in the last days, we cannot fight against something we are still plugged into and depend upon. We must separate the clean from the unclean in our lives, from sinful acts and attitudes to polluted ways of living. The apostle Paul reminds us about this dynamic relationship with the trice Holy God of Creation:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14–18)
We need the Holy Spirit to dwell in us fully; we need Almighty God to walk among us in the days ahead. In fact, we’re talking survival here. Survival supplies and dehydrated food will only take you so far. It is the manifested presence and leadership of God in your life that will tip the balance in your favor! Please understand that Paul was writing to believers in these verses, and he wasn’t merely referring to marriage. This Jewish rabbi named Paul, who was from the School of Hillel and trained by the famous rabbi, Gamaliel, was discussing how important it was for these formerly pagan Gentile believers to completely leave the Institutes of Nimrod behind and to walk completely with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Notice the affirmation of Abraham’s call in verse 17: “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean.” Notice that I did not include “thing” in this quote. In the KJV, the word “thing” is in italics. This means that it did not occur in the original Greek text. (In 1611, these dedicated and faithful translators were not well versed in their Hebraic heritage.) When the apostle Paul used the term “unclean,” he was using a Torah term that included everything the commandments of God declared as “unclean”—from items to practices. He expected his readers to open up their Bibles (which at that time only included Genesis through Malachi), study what God said was unclean, and separate it from their lives. In theological terms, we would call that “sanctification” (both a lost truth and a lost art these days within the body of Christ).
Over the years, I have found that when I write out explicitly all of the Institutes of Nimrod and its concepts for believers, the first thing they do is get upset…with me. It is not my fault that so much of what we do and accept, as common practices, did not originate in the Word of God; but the truth is that the carnal nature loves Babylon and most everything associated with it. Satan has done a great job of Christianizing his concepts over the centuries, turning them into big warm fuzzies and wrapping them in a big red bow. It takes two things for you to overcome: (1) sensitivity to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and (2) honest research. Some of my students, who were originally so upset with me for pointing these things out, eventually became the greatest advocates for biblical holiness—once they did their own research. (Although a good number spent many days arguing with themselves over their conclusions.) Never accept anything at face value. The enemy of our soul has become adept at deceiving righteous men into accepting unrighteous practices. Research extensively, dig deep, and do not go for the easiest answer, what is popular, or the path of least resistance. Be like Jacob, who dared to wrestle with God over his pending confrontation with Esau. It was during the action of wrestling that Jacob’s walk changed and he became Israel. There is a transformational wrestling match waiting for you; it will free you from the influence of Babylon and prepare you to become a world overcomer as we witness firsthand the unfolding of end-time prophecy.
TO BE CONTINUED…
[i] Martin Gilens, Benjamin Page, Testing Theories of American Politics:
Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%
[iii] Title IV Funding, through the Guaranteed Student Loan Program, has the potential of destroying virtually every Christian institution of higher learning who participates in its system. There will eventually be a move to only allow student loans for politically correct degrees, subjects, and institutions—for the good of the economy, of course! This will bankrupt all Title IV Christian institutes overnight.
[iv] Flavius Josephus, The Works of Flavius Josephus, trans. William Whiston (Hartford, CN: S. S. Scranton, 1905) WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 46.