Rev. 17:1-2 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
There is an interesting comparison between the wine of Babylon and the new wine of the Spirit that Jesus spoke about. Drinking is a major part of the culture of the world. It plays a huge role in business, sporting events, weddings, parties; you name it and somebody brought the booze. The funny thing about drinking alcohol is this, it is only a cheap imitation of the wine of the Holy Spirit that Jesus prophesied about. The Holy Spirit has a highly intoxicating effect on everyone who experiences His presence. The effect is often characterized by extreme joy but the after effects are the most amazing of all. Rather than lowering our moral standards and causing us to be vulnerable to temptation like alcohol does, it actually produces a fresh morality and higher standard of purity in our lives. Other effects are a new love for the Bible, an irresistible attraction to Jesus, and a desire to spend time worshipping Him, especially with others. Drinking has often become part of our daily lives. Before I was born again, alcohol was a major part of everything I did. Today, Christ has more than replaced that need in my life. The counterfeit can never replicate the real, our hearts long for this heavenly beverage, only the new wine can fulfill what our souls are thirsting for. The Revival Bible has some interesting things to say about these contrasting wines. Check this out.
“The Wine of Babylon’s Cup is a spiced wine, designed to seduce the believer into an experience rather than a relationship with Christ. It is a seducer during revival, the exact opposite of the new wine of the Spirit….The new wine of God’s Spirit promotes relationship and sound doctrine. The counterfeit mentioned in Hosea 4:11 associates with whoredoms and takes the heart away from God. God commands the church to leave this atmosphere of fornication, renouncing the prostitute’s cup. Ancient prostitutes served a spiced wine capable of rendering their victims senseless, capturing their wealth, and abusing the soul. The satanic Babylonian system operates in the same manner, counterfeiting the wine of God’s wisdom (Prov 9:1-5), all the while gradually and progressively destroying her victims’ boundaries of common sense and self defense. Her counterfeit new wine turns the heart away from God, creating a thirst for experience, feelings, knowledge, and position.”
What a contrast, one wine attracts us to the things of God, the other wine leads us into the corruption and immorality associated with the worldly life. There is a wine from heaven, it is very real. Where can you find this drink, anywhere the Holy Spirit is welcomed. Stay thirsty my friend.