Chapter 18

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And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 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.

4 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. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 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. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived 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. 8 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.

9 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, 10 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.

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 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, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 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. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 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! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 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.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

21 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. 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. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Commentary for Revelation 18

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Revelation 18

  • When was the 1611 KJV revised to remove the apocrypha? The hank you, your site is very easy to use and an excellent source for research.
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 18:5
    To answer your question directly means I won't refer to the first & other previous occasions when the Apocryphal books were disputed. But to your question about the 1611 KJV, those books were present in that KJV version but removed later in AD 1885.

    They were considered as not Divinely inspired writings, having questionable origins, authors & whose canonicity (i.e. Scriptures that are accepted as standard & worthy) was doubtful. For example, the following references speak of money also being able to help in sin's atonement: Sirach 3:30, Tobit 4:10; 12:9; 14:11 & 2 Macc 12:41-45 (included prayer for the dead & purgatory). This speaks of also being saved by works: 1 Macc 2:52. The dead are praying: Baruch 3:4. And many more.

    The apostles of Christ nor Jesus, ever considered those writings as part of the body of Scripture though allusions to it were made a couple of times: e.g. 2 Tim 3:8 & Jude 14,15. Therefore, the Apocryphal books are not totally without Truth or useless, but they have sufficient spurious information that should make us cautious & particularly for someone unfamiliar with the Bible & its specific teachings on the accepted doctrines.
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 18
    24 and in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

    Note: Babylon The Great as a 'slayer' left a very long blood-trail that could easily be followed, and matter-of-fact her blood-trail PLUS her sins caused Heaven to ensure her evil actions was recorded for Jehovah /GOD use. see verse 5 and 24.

    slay - to put to death violently.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Revelation 18
    Jesus speaks in Matthew 23:37 - O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! (in Jesus time)

    Who killed the prophets? ...O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets...

    Revelation 18:24 and in her (Babylon) was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
  • Mishael on Heavenly Bodies in the Heavens on Revelation 18
    Earth spins around its axis, just as a top spins around its spindle. This spinning movement is called Earth's rotation.

    At the same time that the Earth spins on its axis, it also orbits, or revolves around the Sun. This movement is called revolution.
  • Mishael on War on Revelation 18
    Isaiah 2: 2-5

    I do not enjoy warning people to learn spiritual warfare. God gives us peace that passes understanding. Lack of peace, means something is not right.

    We are being shown to put on the armor of God (Eph. 6) and be in an attitude of readiness. Our armor, of course, is spiritually lived in; comfortably. Our discernment sharpened by the Holy Spirit. At this time, Christians must learn war.

    Satan knows his time is short. These difficult times will WAX, WORSE and WORSE. He is amassing his evil armies for a future battle in Heaven; against Jesus with his warring angels. We're seeing things no other generation has seen before.

    We do our war, on our knees with the Sword of the Spirit of God. He Will teach us how to pray; what to pray; and give us names to bind on earth and Cast into outer darkness and dry places.

    If we have been born again; received the Holy Spirit; asked Him for the Gift of discerning of spirits and to teach us how it works. This depends on Him. He will guide you into all truth.

    They're rioting in the streets with demons; and we're cowering in our homes. Think of this: we know how the "story" ends.

    We'll be caught up to Jesus into the clouds. Alive or dead, our future is WITH HIM.

    You're not going to see anything that God does not allow you to see. He's not going to suffer us to be terrified. We are Jesus's Bride. Be at peace in your soul. It is written: that we will be returning, with Jesus on white horses (in Revelation) when He permanently dispatches Antichrist.

    LEARN about spiritual warfare. I'm hearing more Pastors on radio teaching it now to their churches, and to us. The prophetic word is confirmed. Take notes; read those scriptures. This is YOUR sword. Jesus's sword is 2 edged. It cuts going in and when it comes out. How awesome is our LORD!!

    We have that same sword. Fear not.

    I've checked out Derek Prince on YouTube and his teachings are sound; with scriptures. Write them down.
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 18
    22-23 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

    Note: Blessings, given to her by GOD is 100% stripped away from her by the destruction from GOD. All her buying & selling, global commerce or all her imports & exports ceases to exist forever. Millstone sounds are heard when corn and wheat is being ground for food but that day the milestones are silenced forever by destruction. Her light no longer shine thereby attracting nobody because she is now destroyed and in a form of darkness, also it appear the Godly-Joy found in marriage cease to exist. But we must remember, if we are rightly secured by John 3:16-21 or other such verses, the best is yet to come for us /those BORN AGAIN, for example, being at The Marriage Supper Of The LAMB.

    Using sorceries or her many evils tricks, she deceived ALL nations.
  • Barry L on Revelation 18
    ...some people just don't get it.........maybe that's why jesus had to stoop down and draw in the sand!
  • Alex on Revelation 18
    Comments about that which is BORN of the SPIRIT IS SPIRIT Matthew 13 The children of the kingdom that are gonna be born in US via his seed the Word.She brought forth a manchild that is gonna rule all nations. THE WOMAN IS US, WE ARE GONNA HAVE A BABY, the Child is the H.G. The Child is the Kingdom , the H.G. unless you receive the kingdom as a lil Child ( A BIRTH the H.G.))you will in no wise enter there in. his SEED is the WORD, the same seed that was implanted in Mary is gona be sown in all of US. Who is my Mother he asked ? Them that hear the WORD and keeps it ,Thus we will birth a baby Christ which is the H.G. A SPRITUAL CHILD, THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT ( THE WORD ) IS SPIRIT THATS THE H.G. OUR NEW INNERMAN, tHAT NEW CREATURE . Our fruit unto God as PAUL said, When he was still on the cross he calling for Elijah to come and turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, His children that are gona be born in US. Thats y he said b/c i have spoken these words ( his seeds) sorrows have filled your hearts, SORROWS imply a spritual pregnancy thats when he told em of a woman has sorrrows till the Child comes then her sorrows are turned into joy, then he said i wil see you again he is the Child, th H.G. WHOSOEVER receives one Child in My NAME receives me, in my Name implies he is the father of the Child simply the child is ccnceived by his seed the word,REMEMBER he said the Father wd send the H.G IN MY NAME,THE H.G. being the Child. MEN AND WOMEN ARE GONA BIRTH A BABY CHRIST THAT WAS THE GREAT PROMISE THAT CHRIST WD BE MULTIPIED as the stars of heaven THUS THE BABES AND SUCKLINGS WHICH ARE SPIRITS TH H.G PLURAL AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN.Whoso ever receives one such Child in my NAME receives ME. Thats y the new birth is so important, there is a Child in the new birth.When Isaiah saw the Kingdom coming he says unto us a Child is born unto us a Son is given. thats y he always refers to himself as the SON OF MAN. Thats y Jeremiah saw all men in travail and birth pains
  • Mishael on Revelation 18
    You don't get saved with religion. Period. It takes RELATIONSHIP with Jesus your SAVIOR. Religion won't heal you; it won't find jobs; it can't save your soul from hell.

    Repent. Take up your cross. Follow Jesus daily. Not just on Sunday.

    Matthew 24:51, 25:12, 25:33

    Have you asked and received the Holy Spirit since you believed?


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Why is Babylon destroyed in the end times?
  • She led God's saints into sexual sin
  • Because of her great sorcery
  • She blasphemed God's name
  • Because of her arrogance and pride
  • Because she had slain the prophets and the saints