About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Section - Chapter 18
The Fall Of Babylon (ch. 18:1-24)
17 spoke of the prostitute who is the city of
also should note from the last chapter that
It's my opinion at the moment that chapter 18
describes what is seen in chapter 17, verses 16 and 17, where God put it in the
heart of the beast to destroy
In the past I have believed that chapter 18 speaks of the fall of Babylon that is brought about specifically by God without any assistance from the anti-Christ. This might well be the case, but at the moment I question that train of thinking. Again, it's logical to conclude that chapter 18 is the details of how the anti-Christ, powered by God's authority, brings down Babylon. If that sounds strange to you, you must understand that the anti-Christ, even satan, is used as a tool in the hand of God. God has supreme power over all things. He can and does use anything at His disposal to accomplish His will.
1 opens with the words "after this".
I see these words to be in reference to the last chapter.
That is to say, after the events seen in the last chapter we now have the
events of this chapter. Chapters 17
and 18 are in chronological order. If
this is so, then we must understand that the antic-Christ has taken full control
of Babylon. No longer is
what it once was that was seen in chapter 17.
It is now the center of the worship of the anti-Christ and all that he
brings to the table of the world, which includes politics and commerce, as
seen in this chapter.
see an angel with lots of authority come down from heaven.
He is extremely bright in his countenance.
This suggests to me that there are many ranks among the angels.
It tells me that there are all sorts of different kind of angelic beings;
probably more than we will ever know until we reach the next life. Some
people understand this angel to be Jesus but I don't think so.
The text clearly says he is an angel.
angel speaks in a very loud voice as we've seen all angels speak before.
It's my thinking at present that all that John hears in the heavenly
realm is loud because of his frail earthly ears.
Human ears just don't adjust to heavenly sounds.
That will obviously change when we end up in heaven.
In verses 2 and 3 we see that this angel announces
the fall of
the feminine pronoun "she" in verse 2 that is in reference to Babylon. I believe "she" is in
reference to the prostitute of chapter 17 who has been defeated by the anti-Christ.
angel then proceeds to say that the fallen city becomes haunted with evil
spirits and unclean birds. Why are
birds set apart here from other animals? It
might be possible that the evil spirits left human beings and entered the birds
with the fall of Babylon. We do know that Jesus allowed
demons to enter pigs.
the word "unclean". This
is an Old Testament Law of Moses word. This
suggest to me, as we've seen before, that the book of Revelation is a
dispensation unto itself and concerns
fell according to this angel because
it causes the kings of all nations, along with their nations, to “drink the
wine of her adultery”. The point
here is that the spirit of
understand the word "adultery" in two ways.
It is literal sexual adultery. As
I said in the last chapter, the prostitute religion of chapter 17 mixed worship
with sex. The same I believe is true
as we see here in the religion of the anti-Christ.
I also understand the word "adultery" in its Old Testament
spiritual sense. When Israel
forsook its God to be united with other gods, God viewed that as spiritual
adultery. He viewed it this way
because He understood His relationship with Israel
to be a marriage.
see that the kings and the nations of the world have become intoxicated by Babylon
's adultery. Again, the spirit of Babylon
has enticed the whole world into a supernatural intoxication.
It's like the whole world becomes drunk with all that Babylon
the Greek, the word "haunt" in verse 2 means a permanent dwelling
place. That, which was
verse 3 the angel points out that the “merchants” have benefited financially
from Babylon’s excessive luxuries”. Excessive
luxury is definitely common to the modern world of today, even within the
Christian church. This shows us how God feels about “excessive luxuries”. This
also tells me that the Prosperity Gospel is not Scriptural.
When church gets caught up in excessive luxury, it follows the ways of
the world, and, in this case, the way of the world is actually the way of satan.
verse 4 we see yet another voice from heaven calling God’s people to come out
of her, meaning, to come out of Babylon. Some suggest that this is a
mid-tribulation rapture, but I don't believe it is.
There have been all sorts of ideas about this verse.
I've even heard that
see that God is calling His people, that are Israelis, out of the literal city
I've said before,
5 states that Babylon's sins have pile up to heaven. This
is obviously idiomatic of the excessive sins of the world at the end of this age
that has been intoxicated by
the feminine pronoun "her". The
word "her" is in reference to a female, who as seen in chapter 17 is a
prostitute. Again, the anti-Christ
killed the last pagan world religion who is the prostitute seen in chapter 17
and has replaced it with a satanic religion of himself.
Thus we have the Babylon
of the anti-Christ portrayed as a "she".
you remember back in chapter 6 the souls of the martyrs cried out to God for
vengeance on those who killed them. God
said that these souls had to wait a little longer until the total number of
martyrs would join them. What we see
here is the day when God takes vengeance on those who killed His saints.
Throughout the New Testament we see that it is not the place of
Christians to retaliate. Vengeance
is mine says the Lord, and here we see the reality of that statement.
God can do a much better job than us to avenge those who mistreat His
6 also uses idiomatic language. The
point is that the measure of judgment that should fall on
in verse 7 we see a similar idiom.
the pronoun "I" in verse seven. It's used in a very boastful since.
You see the influence of the devil here in these words; "I sit as
queen; I am not a widow; I will never mourn".
This reminds me of Isaiah 14:13 - 14 where we see the five "I
wills" of satan. The pride and
boastfulness of satan is clearly seen here in
verse 8 we see God as one who is viewed mighty in judgment.
Mighty in judgment is part of the nature of who God is.
This might not be the religiously correct view of God these days but it
is the Biblically view of who God is and we should never forget that as many
8 states that
8 clearly shows us that once God decides to make a judgment, His judgment is
quick and it is swift. He does not
verses 9 and 10 we see the kings of the earth stand back in torment.
The anti-Christ and his empire that they gave themselves to have fallen
in one short hour. All of their
hopes are gone. Their future has
been devastated. They will fall
along with Babylon. This is one dreadful moment for
the world as this age comes to an end.
verse 10 the kings of the nations of the earth announces the fall of
in the chapter we noted that merchants of the world also delighted in the excess
word "souls" here is important. People
of the world not only come on board to the anti-Christ regime, they actually
give their souls to him. They view
him as their savior in the same sense that Christians view Jesus as their
should remember that the nations of the world will give themselves to the
economy of the anti-Christ. They
will use the mark of the beast system to buy, sell, and to run the economy of
the world. The anti-Christ will
institute a one world economy and now that one world economy has fallen.
This is the greatest economic disaster in human history.
People will be beside themselves in horror.
All that is important to them is now gone.
verses 14 to 17 we see these merchants standing with the kings in amazement, not
understanding that in one short hour
verses 17 through 19 we see yet another group of people standing afar off
watching the smoke rise from Babylon’s fall. These are captains of
ships that once transported Babylon’s riches. They too cannot
see one hour mentioned here now for the third time.
I strongly suggest that one hour literally means one hour.
It emphasizes that fact that when God sets out to do something, it
doesn't take long. I've said it before, but there is a difference between anger
and wrath. God can get angry, but
wrath is an explosive anger. It's an
anger that can no longer be pent up. It
explodes. It's this explosion of
anger, or wrath, that comes on
only ones who are rejoicing over the fall of
verse 21 on to the end of the chapter we see yet another angel.
This angel throws a large millstone into the sea symbolizing the final
longer will there ever be a system of the world run by humans or the devil.
From here on out it's the thousand year rule of Jesus on earth.
Then, beyond that, it is the era of the new earth that lasts forever.
22 tells us that the music of
verse 23 the angel says that no light stands will ever shine in Babylon
again. Also the voice of brides and bride grooms will never be heard again as
23 speaks of
24 ends this chapter by saying that in Babylon
was found the blood of the saints.
here in verse 21 and in chapter 9:21 the Greek word “pharmakia” is
translated as “magic spell”. “Pharmakia”
is where we get our English word “pharmacy” and part of its meaning is
associated with drug use. So, the
spell that the anti-Christ had over the nations of the world was like a
psychedelic drug. He will be that powerful.
We certainly need to pray for our loved one's to find Jesus now, because
if we are close to the end, and, if they enter the tribulation period, it will
be extremely hard not to cave into the spell of the anti-Christ.