23 “And after all your wickedness (woe, woe to you! says the Lord GOD), 24 you built yourself a vaulted chamber, and made yourself a lofty place in every square; 25 at the head of every street you built your lofty place and prostituted your beauty, offering yourself to any passer-by, and multiplying your harlotry. 26 You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, multiplying your harlotry, to provoke me to anger. 27 Behold, therefore, I stretched out my hand against you, and diminished your allotted portion, and delivered you to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior. 28 You played the harlot also with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; yea, you played the harlot with them, and still you were not satisfied. 29 You multiplied your harlotry also with the trading land of Chaldea; and even with this you were not satisfied. Ezek. 16:23-29
After all the attention and costly ornaments the Lover has bestowed upon His beloved, she has not been faithful. She has gone after every other lover she could find. He refers to the high places as if they were houses of prostitution. They apparently were at every cross road. She had shamelessly gone after the gods and protection of the Egyptian army, then in turn had gone after the Assyrian gods and the Assyrian’s army. Sitting as Judah does, between Egypt and Assyria the two greatest powers of the day, Judah constantly played one against the other. Changing her allegiances as the two empire struggled for supremacy. Saying that Philistine, who had allied herself with Assyria, and was ashamed of the Judah’s harlotry is the ultimate insult. The Philistines were Judah’s greatest nemesis. There was a continuous war from the time of Joshua till Hezekiah, a period of about 700 years. To say that Philistia has more morals, and is more faithful to her gods, is quite damning.
The Church, like Judah of old has inflicted the same ultimate hurt, that of going after foreign lovers. Judah took on the pagan gods of Chaldea, where the church, trying to hide there duplicitous nature, gave these same pagan gods the names of Mary and the saints. The source of all paganism is Chaldea the very place that our father Abraham had been called to leave. We seem to be repeating the same sin over and over, never learning. So back to the pig trough we return. To the place where all the paganism of the entire world has its start. Babylon! Though out the Bible, Babylon stands for all that is evil, idolatrous, and pagan. And neither the Jews nor the Church has been able to resist her siren call. There is no apostasy that cannot be traced back to the banks of the Tigris.
Yet we are never satisfied. Time and time again, great men have come forward to clean out the church. Time and time again they have missed or not notice something was not of God, or after a complete cleaning, future generations drag what was pagan right back in. It is amazing that how little leaven, leavens the whole lump. We must clean house again. If it is of Babylon it must go. (See our sister blog, The Mystery Religions)