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.
Moses's Revelation Chapter 18 comment about verse 3 on 12/05/2013, 10:01am...
Sorcery is Satan's wrathful and ultimate weapon that he uses to draw every person into eternal condemnation together with himself.
This world is filled and contaminated with sorcery. Anything that you can think of in this world has sorcery in it.
This whole world is immensed in sorcery.
It for this reason that God has said, "Love not the world neither the things that are in the world". 1john 2;15,16. Read also 2cor 6;17 to 18.
Understand what sorcery is and flee from it 100% through Christ Jesus and you will be saved.
Sorcery makes it impossible for one to connect with the Infinite Creator.
Nancy j higgins's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 12/04/2013, 11:07am...
The destruction will be swift and it is all according to God's divine plan. God is long- suffering and He is merciful however just like
His love is perfect ,His holiness is perfect and He cannot allow sin to abide with Him. His perfect Holiness demands perfect justice / judgment. What so much of the church is blind to is that the lukewarm church, the Laodicean church, mentioned in Revelations chapter 3, is a reference to the church's involvement in its acceptance of the ways of Babylon. Unless the people of the church awaken from their idolatry, their friendship with the man-made gods of this world, unless they rebuke the evils and the departure from God's word, unless they rebuke the corruption in themselves and their churches,... unless they stand for God's truth NO MATTER WHAT THE COST, they will be spewed out by God. Babylon falling takes not only the sin filled world of non believers but will be judgment on those who with lips profaned the Word of God with their apathy, with their acceptance of evil, with their aligning themselves with pagan traditions, pagan worship and all which is an abomination against Almighty God. The alarm needs to be sounded, wake up dear brothers and sisters and pray that more laborers are supplied, for the fields are ripe for harvesting, the day of harvest is drawing near.
Angela's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 11/06/2013, 8:07am...
What it says in revelations chapter 18v21 about the angel throwing the millstone into the sea does that have anything to do with metiorite that is supposed to crash onto the earth? Also it says the sea could it be the ocean or just the sea.
Sean's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 11/03/2013, 11:57pm...
Joe, Babylon John is refering to is America
Joe's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 10/31/2013, 6:23pm...
I am confused. Babylon is reckoned to have fallen sometime around 600 BC (date is debated) however Rev 18 was written by John sometime much later( xx AD). Mathew Henry's comments make no mention as to the Babylon in Rev 18 being symbolic of any time in the future - beyond John's time.
So, is Rev 18 referring to the historical fall of Babylon or is there some future meaning to be understood that I have not grasped?
Chuck's Revelation Chapter 18 comment about verse 2 on 8/24/2013, 8:25pm...
"...every unclean and hateful bird."
Spotted owl anybody? America, it is
one minute to midnight.
Thanda's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 1/31/2013, 3:38pm...
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.
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