THE SPIRIT OF FALSE TEACHING – CONTINUED

REVELATION 18:1-24

Today we will continue our study with Revelation 18:8, Key Words: Judgment – Future Babylon.  Last time we saw:

  • The quickness of Babylon’s destruction.
  • It will happen in one day. Verse ten says that the city will be destroyed in ONE HOUR which is referring to immediate and instantaneous destruction.
  • This verse, Revelation 18:8, tells us that Babylon will be destroyed by the strength of the Lord God who judges her.

There are two possibilities:

  1. The words PLAGUE AND DEATH and MOURNING may be referring to an immediate plague of some sort hitting the city all at once, some plague that would have the same effects as poisonous gas.
  2. The one-hour destruction by fire may be referring to an immediate destruction like what fell upon Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) or to something that is as forceful and explosive as an atomic bomb.

“But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you” (Matthew 11:22).

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil”(John 3:19).  

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). 

 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”(Hebrews 9:27).

 “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9; Galatians 5:18 “This I say then, Walk (live) in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”).

 “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7).

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him” (Revelation 1:7).                                                                      

“Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people” (Psalm 96:3).                                               

 “I SAID IN MINE HEART, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work” (Ecclesiastes 3:17).

Revelation 18:9-20 Key words: Judgment of Future Babylon:  there is the impact of Babylon’s fall.  The great influence upon the world can be seen by the reaction of the world to the city’s destruction.

1. In the future there will be great mourning by the political leaders and governments of the world who are allied with the Antichrist (v. 9).

There will be some nations whose power depends entirely upon the Antichrist and his capital, and there will be other nations whose trade with the city will be less, but their economies will still be greatly affected.

Remember: the whole world will be undergoing disaster after disaster at this time, and many of the great cities of the world will be destroyed and reduced to ashes (Revelation 16:17-21).

  • This means that the mourning for Future Babylon is symbolic of the mourning that will be going on world-wide.
  • This also means that the mourning is self centered.  The leaders of the nations know that Babylon could have been an enormous help in rebuilding.  They, of course, will not be aware that Christ is returning to rule upon earth.

“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live” (Proverbs 15:27).                                                                                              

“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this also vanity” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). 

“As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool” (Jeremiah 17:11). 

 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:10).

 “Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.  Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days” (James 5:3).

2. There will be mourning by the future businessmen and commercial people of the world (Revelation 18:11-17).

  • There will be businesses all over the world that are devastated by the collapse of future Babylon and its wealth, and many more businesses and economies will be drastically affected.
  • There are at least thirty kinds of merchandise listed here in Scripture–merchandise that shows how much of a commercial center the city will become.
  • It will be one of the commercial crossroads of the world, one of the trading and financial centers.

Note how the future brought out so clearly by Scripture.

The Amplified New Testament describes it well:

“And the rulers and leaders of the earth, who joined Babylon in her immorality [idolatry] and luxuriated with her, will weep and beat their breasts and lament over her when they see the smoke of her conflagration. They will stand a long WAY OFF, IN TERROR OF HER TORMENT, AND THEY WILL CRY, Woe and alas! The great city!  the mighty city, Babylon!  In one single hour how your doom (judgment) has overtaken you!  And earth’s businessmen weep and grieve over her, because no one buys their freight (cargo) any more.  Their merchandise is of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; of fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet (stuffs]; all kinds of scented wood, all sorts of articles of ivory, all varieties of objects of costly woods, bronze, iron and marble; of cinnamon, spices, incense, ointment and perfume, and frankincense; of wine and olive oil, fine flour and wheat; of cattle and sheep, horses and conveyances; of slaves [that is] the bodies and souls of men.  Also, there is the ripe fruits and delicacies for which your soul longed have gone from you, and all your luxuries and dainties, your elegance and splendor are lost to you, never again to be recovered or experienced!  The dealers who handled these articles, who grew wealthy through their business with her, will stand a long way off, in terror of her doom and torment, weeping and grieving aloud, and saying, Alas, alas for the great city that was robed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, bedecked with glittering with gold, and precious stones, and with pearls.  Because in one [single] hour all the vast wealth has been destroyed – wiped out” (Revelation 18:9-17).

Note what it is that the business and commercial people of the world mourn: the loss of so much wealth (v. 17).  Note also the reference to slavery.  Babylon, the capital of the world, will be enslaving people all over the world.

Keep in mind the holocaust that will be launched world-wide against the true followers of Christ, the Jews and other staunch religionists.  The picture will be the same as has been true in every holocaust down through history: the souls of men will mean no more than another piece of merchandise or commodity–all to be used for the benefit of the state and the comfort of the supporters of the state.

 “The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath” (Job 20:28).

 “For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others” (Psalm 49:10).

“Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?  For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven” (Proverbs 23:5).

“For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?”  (Proverbs 27:24).

“Yea, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall come after me” (Ecclesiastes 2:18). 

“As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool” (Jeremiah 17:11).  

“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (I Timothy 6:7).

 NOTE:  There will be mourning by the future shippers or shipmasters of the world.   As in every major city, most of the merchandise in Babylon will either be shipped in or shipped out in some sort of trade.

The future city Babylon will be a great crossroads for trade–so great that the shipping industry will suffer a devastating blow by the city’s destruction.

NOTE:  Think of the future transport and shipping companies that will be bankrupt by the collapse of such a major commercial center as Babylon.  Yet, think about all the future cities that will be reduced to ashes when the catastrophic judgment of societies and cities of this world crumble by the hundreds and thousands; it will take time for the survivors to learn about the world-wide devastation.

It will take as much time as it would take if a future atomic war broke out and devastated the great cities of the world.  The only difference between the destruction of an atomic war and the destruction of the end time is that God Himself is going to launch the destruction in the end time.  In fact, He says that He (GOD) is going to destroy the godless cities by sending a great earthquake (Revelation 16:18f).

The point is this: the destruction and the catastrophic effects of the destruction are going to be world-wide.  The survivors will have little left of the world they have always known.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break though and steal” (Matthew 6:19).

 “Surely every man walketh in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them” (Psalm 39:6).

 “And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God” (Deuteronomy 8:13-14). 

“Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery:  if riches increase, set not your heart upon them” (Psalm 62:10).

“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent” (Proverbs 28:20).

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:23).

 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition” (I Timothy 6:9).

 NOTE:  There will be rejoicing by the heavenly host (v. 20).  The collapse of godless Babylon means that…

  • the godliness and evil of this world are being conquered.
  • righteousness is soon to be established among all people.
  • Jesus Christ is to soon come and set up His kingdom upon earth.
  • there will be no more rejection and rebellion allowed by God.
  • God will be worshiped and served by all people upon the earth.
  • all of God’s people who suffered abuse and persecution will be vindicated.

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

“For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.  And again, The Lord shall judge his people” (Hebrews 10:30).

 “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste” (Deuteronomy 32:35).

“O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself” (Psalm 94:1).

“And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them” (Ezekiel 25:17).

 “And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard” (Micah 5:15).

“God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies” (Nahum 1:2). 

 APPLICATION:

Why did God create you? Isaiah 43:7 – Write out your answer:

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How are you supposed to bring glory to God?  (Revelation 4:11).

Write out your answer:

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