Revelation 18:1–8 (NKJV)
After explaining the seven heads and the ten horns and the kingdoms they represent, John sees the destruction of the city of Babylon, the Great Harlot.
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”Revelation 18:1-3
Another angel came down from heaven, an angel with great authority. His glory lit up the earth. He cried with a loud voice that Babylon was fallen. Babylon is overrun with demons, and has become a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for everything unclean. The nations drank the blood of Babylon’s fornication, and now the cup of the wrath of God is being poured out. The kings of the nations committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are rich from her luxury. Babylon has enticed rulers of kingdoms and titans of commerce to go into business with her and to purchase her evil wares. She is their lover of sorts, and her sin is now on their account as well. Babylon is fallen, and she is judged by God harshly and without repentance. This woman, whom enticed multitudes, is now abhorrent in their sight, and her reward is harsh and unending.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.Revelation 18:4-8
Another voice, likely of God, calls out to God’s people and tells them to leave Babylon, lest they suffer in her punishment. If the people of God do not leave Babylon, her sins will be accounted to them as well, and her plagues will show up in their lives, too. Babylon’s sins have even become known in heaven, and God has taken account of her evil and her iniquities. They are further instructed to render to Babylon what she has rendered. For her evil works, give her double. The wrath she has exacted, mix double the cup of wrath unto her. As much luxury and glory as she has commanded, give her the same measure of torment and sorrow. She declares herself queen, says she is without sorrow, and is not alone. However, God sees the truth of her sin and foul existence. Therefore, watch her plagues come on her in one day. There will be death and mourning and famine. The final end of her punishment will be Babylon burning with fire, and the strong Lord who judges her will rule as He rightly should. Her end will be tragic and severe. She will not withstand the judgment of God, and she will be exposed for her evil and punished for her works. How Babylon the great has fallen!
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