Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Revelation 18:19-24 Mourning & Rejoicing over Babylon's Destruction


KEY TEXT: Revelation 18:19-24 And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out, "Alas, alas, for the great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! For in a single hour she has been laid waste. Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her!" Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more,and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth." 

KEY THOT: When Babylon is finally laid waste in one single hour, those who have benefitted from her wealth will be mourning her destruction. On the other hand, those who suffer persecution and death (v.24 "in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints") will rejoice over her destruction. Maybe some say, if Mystery Babylon is the persecutor of true believers, surely it cannot be the USA since it is a "Christian" nation. But Mystery Babylon is seating on the Beast who is the Anti-Christ persecutor. And this Beast "will hate the prostitute [Mystery Babylon]. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire" (Rev. 17:16). This rising Anti-Christ political kingdom (the ten-horn Beast) may soon overcome Mystery Babylon and use her economic and military power to persecute Jews and Christians globally. 

The reference in today's text to "your merchants were the great ones of the earth" (v.23) reminds us again that the industry captains of corporate America are now literally the "great ones" of the earth for they control financial activities across national borders. Consider the power of some of America's giant internet business corporations like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. Also how her global banks can literally freeze bank accounts of foreign governments and individuals. These "merchants" have access to all our private information (our financial transactions, our travels, our interactions through the internet, our emails etc) whenever we are logged into the internet via our computers or our mobile phones. The Anti-Christ kingdom will turn on Babylon to use her control over global information technology to fulfill its demonic purpose.

But this axis of evil will not last: God will intervene and destroy both Babylon and the Beast she is riding on: "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery" (vv.21-23).

The destruction of the Beauty and the Beast will signal the end of this age. It will be the final judgment on Planet Earth for the scope of this destruction will be global. As believers, we must not be sleeping. We should stay alert, read the news and not be worshipping Mammon but God. That's the only way to stay clear of Mystery Babylon and the Beast she is riding on in the last days.

Abba-Father, grant us grace and strength in the coming days. Grant us wisdom and revelation of Your Spirit, so we won't be deceived by the sorcery of the Enemy. Amen. 

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