Scripture Reading: Revelation 18:1-24
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! she has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.” (Revelation 18:2)
We now come to the actual fall of Babylon. A glorious angel declares the final fall of Babylon — “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!” The angel reveals the cause of the collapse of this city of the world: immorality or sensuality — “For the nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living” (v. 3). The language, though sexual in nature, refers to all the worldly desires and practices of people for which they so willing sell their souls.
Another voice spoke from heaven calling God’s people to come out of the evil of the world — “Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues” (v. 4). This voice is a warning for us to come out of the influences of the evil city. Jesus gave a similar warning — “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36).
Next we hear the voice of the kings of the earth, those who have been responsible for the continuing dominance of Babylon over the people of the earth. They mourn over her destruction — “Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come” (v. 10).
Then we hear the voice of the merchants of the earth. They weep and mourn over her — “since no one buys their cargo anymore” (v. 11). They stand in fear over the fall of Babylon — “Alas! Alas! for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, with jewels, and with pearls! For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste” (vs. 16,17).
The last voice comes from a mighty angel announcing the final destruction of Babylon — “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and she will be found no more” (v. 21). Life and the things associated with life on this in this evil world are over (vs. 22,23).
God has given us a call — “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15). Listen to the voice from heaven — “Come out of her my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues” (v. 4).
Lord Jesus, I know that this world is coming to an end one day. I also know how dangerous it is for me to get too comfortable here. Keep me from falling into the trap of worldliness. Keep me from loving the world more than I love You. I cannot do these things in my own strength. I need Your power and protection every day.
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