Revelation Chapter 18
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2 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.
3 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.
12 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,
19 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.
22 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;
23 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.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 18 Bible commentary...
Another angel from heaven proclaims the fall of mystical Babylon. (1-3) A voice from heaven admonishes the people of God, lest they partake of her plagues. (4-8) The lamentations over her. (9-19) The church called upon to rejoice in her utter ruin. (20-24)1-8 The downfal and destruction of the mystical Babylon are determined in the counsels of God. Another angel comes from heaven. This seems to be Christ himself, coming to destroy his enemies, and to shed abroad the light of his gospel through all nations. The wickedness of this Babylon was very great; she had forsaken the true God, and set up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men into spiritual adultery, and by her wealth and luxury kept them in her interest. The spiritual merchandise, by which multitudes have wickedly lived in wealth, by the sins and follies of mankind, seems principally intended. Fair warning is given to all that expect mercy from God, that they should not only come out of this Babylon, but assist in her destruction. God may have a people even in Babylon. But God's people shall be called out of Babylon, and called effectually, while those that partake with wicked men in their sins, must receive of their plagues.
9-19 The mourners had shared Babylon's sensual pleasures, and gained by her wealth and trade. The kings of the earth, whom she flattered into idolatry, allowing them to be tyrannical over their subjects, while obedient to her; and the merchants, those who trafficked for her indulgences, pardons, and honours; these mourn. Babylon's friends partook her sinful pleasures and profits, but are not willing to share her plagues. The spirit of antichrist is a worldly spirit, and that sorrow is a mere worldly sorrow; they do not lament for the anger of God, but for the loss of outward comforts. The magnificence and riches of the ungodly will avail them nothing, but will render the vengeance harder to be borne. The spiritual merchandise is here alluded to, when not only slaves, but the souls of men, are mentioned as articles of commerce, to the destroying the souls of millions. Nor has this been peculiar to the Roman antichrist, and only her guilt. But let prosperous traders learn, with all their gains, to get the unsearchable riches of Christ; otherwise; even in this life, they may have to mourn that riches make to themselves wings and fly away, and that all the fruits their souls lusted after, are departed from them. Death, at any rate, will soon end their commerce, and all the riches of the ungodly will be exchanged, not only for the coffin and the worm, but for the fire that cannot be quenched.
20-24 That which is matter of rejoicing to the servants of God on earth, is matter of rejoicing to the angels in heaven. The apostles, who are honoured and daily worshipped at Rome in an idolatrous manner, will rejoice in her fall. The fall of Babylon was an act of God's justice. And because it was a final ruin, this enemy should never molest them any more; of this they were assured by a sign. Let us take warning from the things which brought others to destruction, and let us set our affections on things above, when we consider the changeable nature of earthly things.
Comments for Revelation Chapter 18...
Thanda's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 1/31/2013, 4:38pm...
I think this chapter is partly literal and also has parables which can only be revealed from heaven. Father the one who has been living forever with His Word and His Holy Ghost can be seen if he chooses for it to be so, the bible says Christ is his image an in another verse ... angels see the face of my father in heaven ... The bible says it also that ... Blessed are those who are pure in spirit for they shall see God. The Bible also describes the face of God in Revelation and makes a distinction between God and The Son by describing the face of the Son as shinning brighter than midday sun, in Revelation 4. Farewell.
Harry's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 11/23/2012, 10:00pm...
Praise God for his word that does not come back void and accomplishes the thing that he tells it to. Jesus exposes the sins of Spiritual Babylon, gives clear warning of the consequences of being associated with her worship system, and specifically calls God's people who fellowship with to get out of it. Unknown to many Christians today Spiritual Babylon worship which is forbidden for God's people to participate in by God, has stealthily been introduced into worship within the churches by Satan. In Daniel is revealed the anti-Christ religious organization set up by Satan on earth whose goal, purpose, and existence is to misrepresent God's truth and blaspheme God's name. Jesus reveals to us in Revelation that the issue is worship. The command is given in Revelation 14 to worship him who created the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters. The warning is also given that God's wrath will be poured out on all who choose to worship the beast under Spiritual Babylon's worship system. Do you know what system you are worshiping under?
Pastor Stephen W. PYle's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 2/28/2012, 6:12pm...
Jesus is name of above all names. He has a father or why would he say "confess me before men and I'll confess you before my FATHER!..IF YOU DON'T CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN, I WILL NOT CONFESS YOU BEFORE MY FATHER.
CHRIST HAS ALWAYS, IS NOW AND FOREVER WILL BE THE ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END! PAUL SAID THE FATHER WAS INVISIBLE, JESUS TOLD THE SAMARITAIN WOMEN THAT GOD IS A SPIRIT.
WE WILL SEE JESUS, BUT THE FATHER'S PRESENSE WILL BE INVISIBLE! IF THERE IS A SON, THERE MUST BE A FATHER. OVER 20 TIMES IN FIRST JOHN ALONE, IT MENTIONS THE SON. IF HE WERE THE FATHER SINGULARLY HE WOULD NOT HAVE TO BE CALLED THE SON!
IN OTHER WORDS, JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE TRIUNE GOD WE WILL ALWAYS SEE AS HE IS IN A BODILY FORM.
GOD HAS COMMITTED ALL JUDGMENT UNTO THE SON!
THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST
PASTOR STEPHEN W. PYLE.
Ann johnson's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 2/27/2012, 12:35am...
The way of Salvaion and to escape the destruction of this world system is found in Acts 2:37,38. The message delivered on the day of Pentecost is still the way in 2012. Have you obeyed? If not make haste. Don't let the doctrines of man deceive you; for there is no other name given than that of Jesus Christ. The Name whereby you must be saved not father,son, and HOLY GHOST. Jesus is the family name. He came in His Father's Name which is the excellent Name He received by inheritance. All honor to His Name.
Susan Dalton's Revelation Chapter 18 comment about verse 20 on 1/09/2012, 1:50am...
"Rejoice over her. thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her." (Revelation 18:20)
I don't want to live deliciously (luxuriously;
self-indulging, excessive gratifying of lust).
I don't want to be made rich by having ships in the sea of costliness. (Revelation 18:11-19)
I guess I'm in verse 20 (Revelation 18:20).
Garyloyd's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 12/18/2011, 10:44pm...
4 come out of her. 8 she sits and says she`s no widow. Them in her religious political one world system think they are married to the true husban and the True Christ but they say they we are married & content because we have our god antichrist. Then when the LORD returns they will be so a shamed and run and hide their faces. This is a warning that the instead of Christ is coming people.
Donna's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 11/26/2011, 11:59pm...
I love the book of Revelation. It is God's truth to those who love Jesus. All I can say is get ready for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
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