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                                CHAPTER  EIGHTEEN

Verses  1-3
After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor. 2) He gave a mighty shout: “Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal. 3) For all the nations have fallen because of the wine of her passionate immorality. The kings of the world have committed adultery with her. Because of her desires for extravagant luxury, the merchants of the world have grown rich.”

This angel sounds like the Lord, He has great authority and the earth is bright with His splender. There  are two primary thoughts on whom or what Babylon is 

1) There are those thinking it is the Catholic Church. I do not believe this is a valid idea, for she does not have the influence over the world she once did, nor does she have any control over the world finances.

2)  A more valid thought is Babylon or a part of her is New York City for she is the capitol of the world commerce. NYC could be destroyed in a day with missiles.  Look at the damage done on 9/11. If NYC were destroyed, it would bring the entire financial system to a stand still.  If she is destroyed the nations would weep in sorrow, for many of their loved ones and leaders and finances are tied into ours in this city. Babylon apparently is not only the world system but the financial system, governed by the Harlot as well. 

Verse 4
Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, “Come away from her, my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her.

The message here is for God’s people to come out from among her.  Therefore, I think this Babylon definitely includes the apostate church being the Harlot.  Many Christians are caught up in the money and pleasure serving doctrine, which will be their ruin.

Verse 5-7
For her sins are piled as high as heaven, and God remembers her evil deeds. 6) Do to her as she has done to others. Double her penalty for all her evil deeds. She brewed a cup of terror for others, so brew twice as much for her. 7) She glorified herself and lived in luxury, so match it now with torment and sorrow. She boasted in her heart, ‘I am queen on my throne. I am no helpless widow, and I have no reason to mourn.’

These people governed by this wealth and enticement are insolent and arrogant towards those Christians not buying into this nonsense.  The Greek. Says there is wantonness from their abundance of luxury.  This is a wicked generation!

Verse 8
Therefore, these plagues will overtake her in a single day— death and mourning and famine. She will be completely consumed by fire, for the Lord God who judges her is mighty.”

Gen 6:3
Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will
not contend with man forever, for he is mortal ; his days will be a hundred and twenty years."

Verse  9
"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.

Many prophets have seen visions of N.Y.C. being brought down by fire.  She has Wall Street, the United Nations as well as leaders from around the world.  It would cause a horrible shaking in the world if she is destroyed.

Verse 10
Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!'

The fear of radiation from a nuclear bomb is the only reason I can think of to stand far off from a city of destruction..

Verse 11
The merchants of the world will weep and mourn for her, for there is no one left to buy their goods.

This concerns a city of major commerce, which N.Y.C. is the largest one.

Verse 14-17
“The fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry. “All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.”  15) The merchants who became wealthy by selling her these things will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will weep and cry out, 16) “How terrible, how terrible for that great city!   She was clothed in finest purple and scarlet linens, decked out with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17) In a single moment all the wealth of the city is gone!” And all the captains of the merchant ships and their passengers and sailors and crews will stand at a distance.

We in the United States are wealthy and very spoiled compared to other nations. Our market’s are over flowing with every kind of food and delicacy. Visitors from other countries stand in awe at our store shelves. The Lord has blessed us is every way, much more so then most countries.  America was born as a Nation under God. Most of our laws have been born from the Bible.  I remember prayer in school, and most everyone went to church on Sunday.  Everyone knew the 23rd Ps and the Lord's Prayer. There were rules we were expected to abide with, we knew our place in society and our home. This was a God fearing nation and we did prosper.

The latter 1960’s brought a major move of rebellion.  We fought against anything and everything we could, with a great deal of pride.  Drugs came boldly into our home, as did casual sex calling it "Free Love".  One popular slogan of the day was, "God is DEAD".  

Many try to romanticize this era when in truth it was full of unwashed bodies and frankly it was disgusting for the most part. I graduated from High School in 1964 and being a young wife and mother, I missed most of this. However, I well remember my little girl being so clean and sweet smelling as we walked to the store and seeing the little tots so dirty and smelling so bad.  The hippy lifestyle was not romantic in any way.

The 1970’s came in with a flourish.  The primary thought of the day was for a woman to be fulfilled.  It was common for a woman to leave her husband and children in order to search for her true happiness.  While women fought against the traditional role of women, the husband quietly gave up leadership on their home in order to keep peace.  It was common to leave the church for the pleasures of the world.  Too many of our children became selfish and self-serving, caring little about parenting their children or taking responsibility for their lives. We as a nation began to sacrifice our unborn babies to the god of pleasure.

During the 1970’s the Lord gave our nation a wonderful Revival.  His spirit moved across the land and many including my husband, daughter and myself turned our life over to Him.  Praise God we did, for we were caught up in the 1970’s as most families were.

Drugs and casual sex and witchcraft were brought in with a loud bang during the 1990’s.  Most  teens  today have no idea who God is and even the majority of our church teenagers are having sex.  It is expected in most groups for a young couple to live together before they even consider marriage.  I still cannot understand the logic in this.  It is accepted to be a “gay” teenager today.  Our country is in a severe trouble.

There is little to no fear of God today.  Our churches are aflame with the desire to be rich and live on easy street.  And yet in the midst of all this, we can see the true church rising up. The last day remnant is very much alive.  We are in the minority sad to say, but we are coming to gether as one strong body in the Lord.

Luke 12:47-48
And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act as he would wish him to act shall be beaten with many [lashes].  48)  But he who did not know and did things worthy of a beating shall be beaten with few [lashes]. For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to whom men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more.

Again, this involves the Mystery Babylon being united with the Harlot.  What will become of all these people believing God wants them to be rich when they lose everything? You notice the foreign merchants keep away from her when she is destroyed; she could be hit by a nuclear bomb with radiation fall out.  The colors purple and scarlet as well as the pearls etc, again mock the Lord in false religions, centering on money.

Please read Jeremiah 50-51. These two chapters need to be read slowly keeping America in mind.  I believe this destruction is coming during the tribulation, but we need to press in as close as possible to the LORD, and pray our country will turn toward God.

Verse 18-19
They will cry out as they watch the smoke ascend, and they will say, “Where is there another city as great as this?” 19) And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief. And they will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! The shipowners became wealthy by transporting her great wealth on the seas. In a single moment it is all gone.”

Verse 20-21
Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes. 21) Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a huge millstone. He threw it into the ocean and shouted, “Just like this, the great city Babylon will be thrown down with violence   and will never be found again.

This millstone may be an atomic bomb or a huge meteor.  What ever it is, she will be gone!  God takes revenge on all the blood shed of His people.

Verse 22 -23
And the sound of harpists and minstrels and flute players and trumpeters shall never again be heard in you, and no skilled artisan of any craft shall ever again be found in you, and the sound of the millstone shall never again be heard in you.  23)  And never again shall the light of a lamp shine in you, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall never be heard in you again; for your businessmen were the great and prominent men of the earth, and by your magic spells and poisonous charm all nations were led astray (seduced and deluded). 

In the King James Bible the word "sorceries" is used which in the Greek: drugs, incantations and witchraft.  Which is running wild in all countries today.

We as a people have been deceived by the Stock market, it is gambling.  Again this is part of the spirit of anti-Chrsit, this spirit of greed, power and deception in the financial system of the world.  Behind the religious system is the love of money and power, which will be destroyed in one-hour.  

Verse 24
And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all those who have been slain (slaughtered) on earth.

This country that is destroyed, had been warned many times of her sin and to turn around toward God. But she turned on those of God, killing them.  Again this country spoken of here is a leading country, having a great influence upon the world. 

As we keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ and determine in our heart to serve only Him at all costs, we have nothing to fear, peace is then promised to us.  We have a faithful Father and He will take care of His children.

Ps 26:3-4
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 4) Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal