Revelation 18:1-24 – November 20

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Revelation 18:1-24

Lament Over Fallen Babylon

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
    She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
For all the nations have drunk
    the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
    and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

Warning to Escape Babylon’s Judgment

Then I heard another voice from heaven say:

“‘Come out of her, my people,’
    so that you will not share in her sins,
    so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
for her sins are piled up to heaven,
    and God has remembered her crimes.
Give back to her as she has given;
    pay her back double for what she has done.
    Pour her a double portion from her own cup.
Give her as much torment and grief
    as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
In her heart she boasts,
    ‘I sit enthroned as queen.
I am not a widow;
    I will never mourn.’
Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
    death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,
    for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour your doom has come!’

11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore— 12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.

14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
    and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’

“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
    where all who had ships on the sea
    became rich through her wealth!
In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’

20 “Rejoice over her, you heavens!
    Rejoice, you people of God!
    Rejoice, apostles and prophets!
For God has judged her
    with the judgment she imposed on you.”

The Finality of Babylon’s Doom

21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

“With such violence
    the great city of Babylon will be thrown down,
    never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,
    will never be heard in you again.
No worker of any trade
    will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
    will never be heard in you again.
23 The light of a lamp
    will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
    will never be heard in you again.
Your merchants were the world’s important people.
    By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,
    of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

 

Come Out of Her, My People | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Revelation 18:4

Observation

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Are we there yet? What another hard chapter to write about. Not hard in the fact that I don’t understand, hard in that it’s the fall of a nation. A nation where I was born and raised, yep, the United States of America. A nation that I have been proud to call my own. What a statement in verse 20, where even the whole heavens are rejoicing over this destruction. I read repeatedly that merchants and sea captains are mourning and wailing, not for the humanity that was lost, but from the loss of all the wealth that made and that would continue to make them rich. What a picture to envision, but the story is unfolding right before our eyes. Our once great nation is the deceiver of so many – led astray by all of the wickedness. No wonder it has been pressed so heavily on my heart to be praying for this nation; He knew I would have this chapter. You can read the parallels in Jeremiah 50 and 51.

Application

This is my warning, to stand up even when I stand out and not to share the ways of this crooked and perverse nation. You have called me out of these ways, and to shine my light even more so brightly amongst the darkness and the utter darkness that is to come.

Prayer

Father, You know how much I long to see Your face; only You know when that time is to come. I continue to pray, while I am here on this Earth, that we may be of the generation that rises up and helps turn the eyes and hearts to You and back to You. 100 years ago, we could have said this “great city” would most likely be Rome, and a 100 years from now (if You haven’t come), a new Babylon could be built. But in this chapter today, it has been revealed to me that United States of America will be the fallen Babylon. I pray for this nation, I pray for our President, our future President(s), and all of its people. Jesus, call all of Your people out, in a time such as this, light that fire in all of us. In all of Your splendor…Amen.

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  1. From my Bible notes, “Babylon, a city of self-indulgence, luxury, and wealth, seduced people into the sins of complacency, self-sufficiency, and rejection of God.” Yes, I do you see how that could be right here where we live. These sins have even invaded our churches, where we seek comfort and self-help rather than God. He’s breaking my heart for this one right now. “My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. Whoever found them devoured them; their enemies said, ‘We are not guilty, for they sinned against the Lord, their verdant pasture, the Lord, the hope of their ancestors.'” (Jeremiah 50:6-7) Reading some of the Old Testament scriptures Dyea and my Bible point to, it’s obvious why John refers to this as “Babylon”. The historic Babylon was very similar. In Isaiah 13-14, it’s so similar to here, that it’s difficult to tell if he’s talking about the historic Babylon or the “Babylon” John refers to here. God, help us to stay steadfast and true, eyes on You, so when He’s talking to “My people” here in verse 4, He’s talking to us.

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