Verse 1,2) “AND AFTER these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon, the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” From our study of chapter 17 we found out that Babylon the great is ultimately Jerusalem. “The great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” (Revelation 11:8).In these verses we see the fall of Babylon The Great which takes place before Jesus and his armies ride out of heaven to take over the earth. We study this in the next chapter.
Verse 3-7) “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and ived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” These verses are talking about the SPIRITUAL fornication with the world and Babylon and her riches and idols. God tells his people to come out of the whore Babylon, Jesus said; “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:19).“ I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” (John 17:15).We are not to be a part of the world in our hearts. The word world comes from the Greek word “ cosmos” which means the established order of events. During the Great Tribulation God’s people will literally have to flee out of the system and hide in the mountains from the Anti-Christ (at least the people of God in Israel will). “Then let them which be in Judae’-a flee into the mountains.” (Matthew 24:16). Whole nations will fight the A.C. During this time. The Lord wants us to remember that we are not to love or be a part of the world in our hearts, and certainly not to take the mark of the Beast! “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”(James 4:4). This is talking about spiritual adultery. “Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” (I John 2:15-17).It seems from this verse that even the saints who were persecuted will help with the Judgement of Babylon the Whore.
Verse 8-19) “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every ship master, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas,alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her thou heaven, and ye holy Apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” These verses tell us of the destruction of Babylon the Great Whore.This sounds like it could possibly be the destruction of New York City, which is definitely a main part of Babylon the Whore, by a nuclear bomb or bombs,or an earthquake,or some other destruction in only one hour. We know from the scriptures that Jerusalem will not utterly be destroyed like this great city of Babylon, because Jesus Christ himself will cleanse the Temple after the Battle of Armageddon, and rule the world from Jerusalem.At the time of the devil possessed anti-christ regin Jerusalem will be the epitome of Babylon the Whore.
Verse 24) “And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” This confirms again that Jerusalem is ultimately Babylon the Great Whore where the anti-christ will reign. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee.” (Matthew 23:37a). It must be very important to the Lord that you find out what he thinks about Babylon the Whore, because he devoted two whole chapters and many other verse in the Bible about this subject.The sins of the flesh are nothing compared to the sins of the spirit. Are you committing spiritual adultery and fornication with Babylon the Whore?God help us all!
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.