With the decrees of Constantine and Theodosus, the food of God was publicly and preferentially offered in Babylon -- to anyone who wanted it. This brought to fulfillment the prophecy of Micah which proclaimed: "To Babylon you must go and thre you will be rescued; there the Lord will ransom you out of the power of your enemies." (Micah 4:10).
In 313 A.D., the Roman emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the Roman empire by decree, the Edict of Milan. He became himself a Christian, following the lead of his mother, a devout believer in Jesus and one of the greatest promoters of cathedral construction of all time. Under her direction the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was erected in Jerusalem on the site of Christ's crucifixion. Another she directed built on the site of the Last Supper, and another on the site of Peter's crucifixion and buriel in Rome.
Seventy eight years later, Theodosus (in 391 A.D.) by royal decree, made the Christian religion mandatory as the belief system for the civilized world when he officially banned paganism and its temples and practices throughout all the lands that Rome controlled. He closed the Olympic Games because of their association with paganism. They were not held again until just before the beginning of the 20th century.
Prophecy dictated that the world would believe in Christianity despite the Jewish rejection of the religion (1 Timothy 3:16), and it decreed that the leadership of Babylon would give the leaders of Christ a seat above all others in their empire and insure their upkeep in friendship continuously until their dying day (Jer.52:31-34).
At the time these proclamations were issued, Rome still ruled the civilized world. The decree of Theodosus made Christianity the state religion of an empire that ruled the entire globe, giving Christ dominion over the entire earth just 350 years after His crucifixion.
These two decrees insured that the royal 'food supply' of God would be preferentially offered until the time of the end from Babylon (See Chapter 9). In this, a parallel can be seen to the story of Joseph, sold by his brothers to Egypt. There he rose to head the Pharaoh's grainery. In that lofty position he was able to save the rest of his family, the House of Israel, from a disastrous famine.
In an even better way, the food of our own brother, Jesus, would abound in Babylon; the graineries of God there filled to overflowing in tens of thousands of churches which have multiplied in vast profusion across the entire pagan empire.
Prophecy in scripture stated that the House of Israel had to leave Palestine because of the spiritual famine created in the city of Jerusalem by its rejection of Jesus Christ. This is why the Holy Spirit, long before, instructed Micah to issue his Babylonian decree. For this reason, the only people who can bring the light of God back into the cities of Palestine have to come from Babylon, returning out of exile with the truth of Christ.
Today, the land of Palestine is filled with the camps of these refugees, the remnant of the lost tribes of the north, bringing with them churches which have come from all over the world to broadcast the message of Jesus in Jerusalem.
1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 9, 'Return from the North'
2. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 10, 'The Peace Treaty'
3. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 5, 'Two Cities'
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