Revelation Chapter 18
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.
Maurice Curran's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 4/25/2014, 6:49pm...
Revelation 18 verses first three verses Question, Can you explain what happened here and why? Who or what was Babylon the great? Why would such a message be needed to make this announcement? Is there a warning of any kind here?
Bill's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 4/22/2014, 12:25pm...
So many Christians confused! SALAVATION is a gift from God. Once one accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior, they have automatically established a RELATIONSHIP with God. FELLOWSHIP with God is distinctly separate from Relationship and coms AFTER Salvation. Enoch, a type of the rapture, was taken because he WALKED with God not because he believed in God...Of course, he believed in God but, that was not the reason he was taken Raptured! . There are two types of Christians Those who are saved but, CARNAL as Paul states in I Corinthians 3 3. This Christian is not in Fellowship with God. The other, is saved AND walks with God! The Bible refers to him her as a FIRSTFRUIT as opposed to CARNAL. Only FIRSTFRUIT Christians will be Raptured! A Firstfruit Christian starts their day with asking themselves, "Will what I do today and what I plan to do tomorrow PLEASE God? " and conducts themselves accordingly. There no works prior to Salvation that count for anything! Rewards, which being in the coming Rapture of the Bride of Christ Firstfruits is included as such, are based on a Christian 's FELLOWSHIP WALK with God...same as Enoch.
Jim's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 4/14/2014, 9:21pm...
Did you know that isa. 47 describes this same babylon. It is referred to as virgin daughter babylon and the U.S. Fits the description. It is rich and wanton. It is not land locked. It is noted for shipping in merchandise. It has God 's people within who are warned to get out. No nation fits this description like the U.S. The only thing I couldn 't see was vs 24. How could Christian America kill saints and prophets. Then I realized that we aborted 50 million saints and how many of them would have been prophets if they were not killed. I will provide more detail if needed. All the rest chapter 18 and Isa 47 only fit U S A in the age in which we live which fits the description of the last days. We even have a president that has only presented us a forged birth certificate so we do not even know for sure where the most powerful man in gathering world was born as we live in the lady of kingdoms identified with the Statue of Liberty. Very interesting.
Talib's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 4/05/2014, 9:01am...
Who have great influence over all nations ? That is your answer to this scirpture.
Brother Mike's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 3/08/2014, 10:58am...
I believe a lot of people are confused about who mystery Babylon is referring too it is not reffering at all to the world church it is reffering to Jerusalem Jerusalem is the mother of harlots the first people chosen of God that went whoring after other gods At the end of this chapter the very last verse it says in her was found the blood of the prophets and of the saints and of all that were slain upon the earth Matthew 23 35 39 says that all the righteous blood shed upon the earth will be required at Jerusalems hand Jerusalem is Mystery Babylon that is why John marveled when he saw her in revelation chapter 17 any other nation he would nt have marveled or been surprised at
Faithfull's Revelation Chapter 18 comment about verse 4 on 1/30/2014, 10:57am...
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
Revelation 18:4 is talking to the true church of Christ,the
Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopal, Nazarenes,Cleveland" Church of God groups: Church of God of Prophecy, Church of God, Zion Assembly Church of God, Jerusalem Acres-Church of God of the Nations, and The Church of God,Wesley Pentecostal,Huss, Luther, Wesley, Zwingli, Calvin,Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Adventists, Scientology, and various Catholic or and other church claiming Jesus as the Christ.
Understand the these church buildings and their membership is not the true church of God, but only them who believe Jesus is The Christ, then washed their sins in the blood of the Lamb of God, then acknowledged receiving the Holy Sprit of God, and do not blasphemy the Holy Ghost (to think to sin) is blasphemy to the Holy Ghost and should the so much as think to sin they hold back not to make amends to the Holy Ghost welcoming The Holy Ghost to return.
Him with understanding understand: all who teach rapture doctrine and all who believe Rapture doctrine will not come out of her and will partake of her sins.
It stands to reason why would anyone leave when God himself is going to take you away from the terrible day? So he who loves husband or wife sister of brother or the things of this world more than Jesus is not worthy of the rewards of Jesus. Remember Lots wife and how she looked back.
Alan's Revelation Chapter 18 comment on 1/21/2014, 11:18pm...
Babylon the great refer to false religion that teaches false teaching.
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