Revelation
Chapter 18

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1 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

  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 18
    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

    Note: before the plagues are released on her or Babylon the great, there is a WARNING from HEAVEN by way of a VOICE. The VOICE is directed to a specific group of people in her or Babylon the great, and this VOICE says "Come out of her my people that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues".

    In verse 8 we see the plagues that shall be released on Babylon the great.

    5 speaks very, very, clearly.

    6 speaks very, very, clearly.

    7 speaks very, very, clearly.

    8 speaks very, very, clearly.

    Note: with one's SALVATION secured through verses such as John 3:16-21 we can ask GOD for the strength to obey the VOICE... another not by sight but FAITH event.
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 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.

    Note: what caused her to fall? .... by-way of the heart of men, women, children... devils, fouls spirit, plus becoming a holding-place for uncleanness & hatefulness, she /they fell.
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 18
    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.

    Note: all nations, the kings, the merchants, were partners in this fornication /sin, especially when we consider the lust of the flesh, eye, pride of life, seduced them and us. So this part of the wrath mention here shall come forth because Jehovah / GOD has declared it. Thank GOD for SALVATION through verses such as John 3;16-21 plus giving all time to prepare.
  • Freedomborn Now on Revelation 18
    How sad that those who have not asked for God's Wisdom are still in darkness, it's needed to understand His Truth Prov4:7 Jesus our only Spiritual Teacher, not a Man or Woman leads us into all Truth. God is Love and can do no evil nor does He deliberatly hurt or deceive us Lam3:33 but we do reap the evil we sow in words and actions. God Can and Does bring good from evil but He does not promote it.
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 18
    Verse 8. Thank Jehovah-GOD for working through those that spent there life digging in the dirt. This same dirt, in 2019, proves GOD has 'rained down fire' on her in the past. GOD gave these wise people wisdom to read the dirt for HIS Glory, also others GOD allowed to bring high tech to us to speedily get the warning shouted to all so we can timely take the correct action. Verse 2,3, is Truth.
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 18
    Verse 8 is a Blessing from Jehovah GOD. It is amazing GOD allowed men sciences to locate the evidence that proves where the fire is both located and waiting for GOD to release it 'again'. GOD has spoken through men sciences but people are sooo busy enjoying dainty-stuff many will miss-out on the Blessing by not coming-out of her thereby avoiding verse 8. John 3:16 is on the move again.
  • Truth will out on Revelation 18
    Another thing, how many PAGAN idols and traditions have been adopted by the RCC. How many images of Jesus have you seen with a SUN behind his head? That is BAAL, SUN worship. RCC also put up a statue of MOLOCH in the Vatican and Catholic hospitals commit murder abortion . "Who is the whore of babylon in revelation?" might be a better search to find the article since I can't post links.
  • PAUL - in Reply on Revelation 18
    The roman catholic church
  • Liberty in Life - in Reply on Revelation 18
    Artists often paint what is evil to God like Woman not clothed when He tells us to dress Modestly it no doubt encourages wrong behaviour. Paintings or images of Jesus have often been wrong too He would not have done what Contradicted His Father who said long hair on a Man is a Shame. Jesus would have had black hair, Mary was a Jew God warns about Worshiping graven images People and Animals.
  • Truth will out on Revelation 18
    "The Roman Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon. " Look up that phrase and you should see plenty of articles on it written by true Jesus-preaching ministries. Their MARK, as the RCC has openly stated, is the SUNday sabbath but they had no right to change sabbath from the SEVENTH day to the FIRST day. I wanted to leave this comment on a specific verse, but the comments seemed to be disabled


 

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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