Revelation – Chapter 18

Babylon the Great is Destroyed

Verse 1 – After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.

Verse 2 – And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!

After witnessing the coming destruction of the one-world prostitute religious system, John receives a new revelation. Another angel comes down from heaven and takes the power and wealth of the political and economic system. Babylon has become the home for every demon and unclean spirit.

Verse 3 – “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.”

Some may think that a one-world government will be hard to achieve. Unless you are not paying attention to the politics in the US and around the globe, you would see that is exactly what the “progressive left” are striving to achieve. They, meaning the government, is trying to tell people how much money they can earn and what to spend it on. They mostly want everyone equal, except for themselves.

By the time the Tribulation Period gets here, the people will be so use to those in government telling them what they can have, there won’t be much of a revolt. Corruption breeds corruption! By the time the Tribulation arrives these nations will be intoxicated with controlling all the wealth of all the people.

Verse 4 – And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.

The powerful and wealthy people at this time have a certain attitude of, “I have wealth, so I don’t need God!” But just as it will be then as it is now, those belonging to God need to come out of this world of greed and stay committed to helping those less fortunate.

Verse 5 – “For the sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

In the Old Testament when the people were building the Tower of Babel, God stopped its construction by making them speak different languages and scattering the people. This time Babylon’s destruction will be in one day and He will burn it to the ground.

Verse 6 – “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix for her double.

Verse 7 – In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’

History shows that once a nation becomes wealthy and prosperous, they become independent of their need for God. Are not most people like that? With the same measure of mercy shown, mercy will be given. Meaning, Babylon showed no mercy, so in return they will receive no mercy!

In 1929 the stock market crashed, which obliterated 40% of value of common paper stock. This brought on the “Great Depression” and lasted 12 years. People committed suicide because all their wealth was gone. When Babylon falls, which contains and controls the world’s wealth, what do you think the people will do? They will weep deeply because money has become their god and in one hour it is all gone!

Verse 8 – “Therefore her plagues will come in one day – death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

What no earthly army can do, God will accomplish in one day.

The Earth Mourns Babylon’s Destruction

Verse 9 – “And the kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,

Verse 10 –  “standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

Panic and terror will grip the kings and dictators of the world. They never thought this great city which held so much power and wealth could be destroyed in an instant.

Verse 11 – “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore:

This weeping will not be because of the loss of life or even over their sin, but over the loss of customers.

Verse 12 – “merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble;

These are the goods of an affluent society. The global traders will pile them up in Babylon.

The Apostle James warned about such things when he said, “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days (James 5:1-3). God is the One that gives wealth and it is meant to benefit others as well as ourselves.

Verse 13 – and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.

And we thought that slavery would have ended by now. Nope! Among the items lost will be the souls of men being sold as merchandise. This world system championed by the beast will dehumanize mankind, as any system without God will do.

Verse 14 – “And the fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all things which are rich and splendor have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.

Verse 15 – “The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

Verse 16 – “and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!

The weeping and wailing will be 100 times worse than that of 1929! This will be global!

Verse 17 – ‘For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ And every ship-master, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance

Verse 18 – “and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city!’

This aspect of globalism is already upon us. No developed nation of any kind can survive today without networking with the global economy. Even now, there is no such things as American made that is not dependent on parts, trade, or investment from foreign countries.

Verse 19 – “And they threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.

This is a perfect example of what “the love of money” does to people when money is their god and God is gone. The only things left is godless grief.

Verse 20 – “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”

Verse 21 – Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.

When that stone is thrown, the water from the sea will rise up and then come down on this great city and completely immerse it, and will be seen no more.

Verse 22 – “The sound of harpist, musicians, flutist, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. And no craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore. And the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore.

Verse 23 – “And the light of the lamp shall not shine in you in anymore. And the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.

Black magic and sorcery will be fluent in this city and probably all over the world by this time.  These practices lead people astray until God puts their lights out!

Verse 24 – “And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and all who were slain on the earth.”

The system of Babylon is held responsible for all prophets and saint’s death that were slaughtered on earth. Jesus warned that false prophets will deceive many in the last days. Beware of any religious leader who leaves Jesus out and opposes Scripture the way it is written. Any message that contradicts the Bible no matter how sweet-sounding, is not from God!

Money can be a blessing or a curse in a person’s life. Make sure it’s put to good use according to God’s will, or it can destroy, even to the very soul of man.

 

 

 

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