I saw another angel come from heaven. This one had great power, and the earth was bright because of his glory.
The angel shouted, “Fallen! Powerful Babylon has fallen and is now the home of demons. It is the den of every filthy spirit and of all unclean birds, and every dirty and hated animal.
Babylon's evil and immoral wine has made all nations drunk. Every king on earth has slept with her, and every merchant on earth is rich because of her evil desires.”
Then I heard another voice from heaven shout, “My people, you must escape from Babylon. Don't take part in her sins and share her punishment.
Her sins are piled as high as heaven. God has remembered the evil she has done.
Treat her as she has treated others. Make her pay double for what she has done. Make her drink twice as much of what she mixed for others.
That woman honored herself with a life of luxury. Reward her now with suffering and pain. “Deep in her heart Babylon said, ‘I am the queen! Never will I be a widow or know what it means to be sad.’
And so, in a single day she will suffer the pain of sorrow, hunger, and death. Fire will destroy her dead body, because her judge is the powerful Lord God.”
Is the “Babylon” of these verses a real country, or is it just a symbol of those who may fit the description in whatever country?
It makes me sad to confess that my country, the United States fits the description of Babylon in most every way. We have developed a deeply perverted base of evil that is exported to the rest of the world. We now see advertisements that say you can become very rich by investing in the legal marijuana market!
We are in nearly a half a century race to change illegal into legal and even the immoral into that which is acceptable and expected.
Remember Sodom and don’t live like those whose offence to God was great and prompted Him to destroy them.
Pray that we will discover that the Babylon of Revelation 18 was for a later time because we heard the Voice of God, repented and turned from our sins as a Great Revival spreadsthrough our land!
“Turn our hearts to You Lord Jesus. And may Your Holy Name be praised now and forever. Amen!”