“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 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. Revelation 18:1, 2.
This is a wonderful chapter in the Bible because it shows us that this cruel power, that has hurt so many people, is going to come to an end. These verses also show us a repeat of the second angel’s message; only this time it is telling everybody to get out of these fallen churches before they end up destroyed along with them.
And we see another angel; a special fourth angel, and he has so much power that the whole earth gets lighted up with his mighty message. This mighty angel comes down to mark the beginning of the preparation time leading to the ‘Loud Cry’ message given by the great power of the Holy Spirit in what we call the Latter Rain.
This is a very important part of our study. This other angel, the fourth angel, is declaring again the message of the second angel of Revelation 14, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen.” But this time it says Babylon the Great. We learned that Babylon the Great is the three-fold combination of the Beast, False Prophet and the Dragon and when it is seen here, it is a persecuting power; a combination of the 6th, 7th and 8th heads of the cruel scarlet monster that represents Satan’s efforts, through man-made organizations, to fight and destroy God’s people and His truth down through the whole history of the world.
We are also told it has become full of devils; though claiming to belong to God, it has rejected His Word and His ways, until Satan is in full control of it.
And a cage of unclean and hateful birds; crows, hawks, eagles, vultures and buzzards, make their living by picking to pieces other animals and birds, and eating their flesh. There are so many in our society now that profess to be helping people, but that really are getting a very good living off of the misery of others, and are actually increasing that misery by casting doubt on the Word of God, the only real answer for man’s distresses. Also the informers, and bribed officials, that cast down justice and do not care about poor and suffering ones, are also cruel and unclean kinds of birds.
“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.” Revelation 18:3
Notice what it says about how the merchants of the earth have gotten rich because of Babylon’s delicacies. Have you ever thought about all the money that people spend because of holidays that had their start in Paganism and were brought into the Roman church? Why if it wasn’t for all these holiday, the stores wouldn’t sell nearly as much.
Christmas, Easter, Valentines, Halloween, Christenings, First Communions, Birthdays and so on. It seems as if half or more things sold, have to do with one of these holidays. And people buy so much more unhealthful food and sugary treats, and waste so much money just because of holidays, rather than buying only what they need to live. The holidays all came from paganism and really have nothing to do with the Bible at all.
“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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4, 5.
God has set a limit beyond which the wickedness of man will not be allowed to continue. It was that way at the flood; it was that way at Sodom and Gomorrah; and it is that way now. “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.” Psalm 76:10. As the final trouble comes, God’s people will press very close to Jesus and put away all their sins and worldly ways. Then the full power of the Holy Spirit will come to them and Jesus will send the final warning through the earth like lightening.
“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. 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.” Revelation 18:6, 7.
Remember in Revelation 13 there was the warning that those who imprisoned and killed with the sword would get the same treatment? Here we see these powers did not learn their lessons about treating others as they themselves would wish to be treated, and now she is to get back double for all she has done. As much as she has been rich and enjoyed the high life, while others suffered poverty, she will suffer even more.
Also here we see her saying that she is not a widow; she was a widow for a while when her beast partner was wounded in the head and unable to persecute. So we see her here at a time when she has her beast paramour back and sits proudly on its savage back. She thinks she really has it made this time; there is no one on earth that can stand against her; but what are we told?
“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. 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, 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.” Revelation 18:8-10.
God judges this boastful, proud power and Babylon the Great will fall and receive the Seven Last Plagues. We are told here that some groups will bewail her; the powers of earthly governments will miss the help she gave them, and the merchants will miss all the money she helped them make. Now this is a symbolic word-picture, because no one who is part of Babylon will be able to stand back and watch her fall; they will all be caught up in the ruin. The only ones who will see this, will be the people of God, the despised and afflicted remnant. “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:7, 8. But Jesus is giving us a parable picture to help us understand how complete will be the final fall of this cruel power.
“And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 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, 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.” Revelation 18:11-13.
Only a religious power could be said to buy and sell the ‘souls of men’, and there is no doubt that Rome claims to be able to do this.
“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. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 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! 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, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city.” Revelation 18:14-18.
Ships in prophecy represent economic interests; the financiers of our world and the power they exert through controlling the wealth.
“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. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.” Revelation 18:19, 20.
Remember in Revelation 6, how the blood of the slain people of God cried to God for justice from the earth? Well here we see the justice. God has given much time and many warnings but finally it has to be that vengeance falls onto the cruel power so determined to destroy God’s people and blot His truth from the earth.
“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.” Revelation 18:21.
Terrible destruction will rack the whole world at this time of the fall of Babylon the Great.
“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.” Revelation 18:22, 23.
We all know how candles and weddings are associated with the services of the Roman church. And we all know that the ‘great men’ support the popular movements. Sorceries? One of the things sorcery stands for is claiming to speak to the dead, and praying to dead ‘saints’ and relics sure fits there.
“And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:24.
This is a strange and fascinating verse; but as you study history carefully, you will find that wherever there has been a war, or a terrible massacre, or some cruel and hurtful thing done by people to other people, you will find these apostate powers back of it somewhere.
It is time to heed the voice and come out of all organizations that despise or ignore the plain Bible Truths, and take our stand firmly on the Word of God; claiming His promises and living in humble obedience to His requirements. None of us want to be part of this final fall of apostate powers.