Revelation: Fall of Babylon

What had Babylon fallen from?

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Revelation 18:1–2 After this, another messenger came from above, with abundant power to shine upon the land. “Babylon the great has fallen,” he said with a mighty voice. “How far she has fallen—now a home for demons and every vile spirit, a haven for dirty and detestable animals.
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Revelation 18:1–2 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

What caused Babylon’s fall?

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Revelation 18:3 The nations have drunk the wine of her erotic passions. Earth’s leaders were believing participants in her immorality as merchants made themselves rich on people’s lust for more.”
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Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Why did people have to be told to get away?

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Revelation 18:4–5 Another voice from above said, “Get away from her, my people. Reject the error of her ways and avoid the punishments she will receive, for her sins polluted the air into the stratosphere, and God has recorded all her wrongdoing.
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Revelation 18:4–5 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Why should punishment be double the offense?

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Revelation 18:6–8 Let her receive double the evil she has done to others, drinking two cups of every drink she has served. She sat like a queen, boasting of her relationships and pleasures, saying everything was wonderful. Let her celebrity and life of luxury become nothing but torment and sorrow. In one day, disaster will fall upon her–pain and suffering, starvation and having nothing—she will be consumed in a fiery death because the Lord God is mighty in judgment.
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Revelation 18:6–8 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

Why will Earth’s leaders mourn Babylon’s death?

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Revelation 18:9–10 When they see the smoke of her burning, Earth’s leaders who shared her immorality and luxury will mourn her death. Trembling at the sight of her punishment, they will stand a great distance away, saying, ‘Oh, how terrible for you, our great city. How awful that the mighty city Babylon has fallen. In one hour, God’s judgment has come.’
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Revelation 18:9–10 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

How did Babylon’s death affect commerce?

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Revelation 18:11–18 Earth’s merchants will cry aloud in grief over her, because no one can buy her merchandise anymore—gold and silver, pearls and precious stones, silk and fine linen of purple and scarlet, sweet-smelling wood and ivory sculptures, and containers of costly wood, brass, iron, and marble—cinnamon and other fragrances, ointments and perfumes, oil and wine, wheat and fine flour, sheep and cattle, horses and chariots, and slaves sold for lifelong service.” The delicacies people hungered for, the luxuries they longed to have—all of it was gone, never to be found anywhere. Made rich by the sale of her goods, the merchants stood a safe distance away, weeping and wailing in grief while fearing a share of her punishment, saying, “Oh, how terrible for you, our great city, clothed in fine linen of purple and scarlet, wearing gold and pearls and precious stones. In one hour, her great riches are gone.” Every ship captain and sailor involved in her commerce stood in the distance, crying when they saw the smoke of her burning. “What city was ever as great as this one?”
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Revelation 18:11–18 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

In what ways do people show their grief?

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Revelation 18:19 To show their grief, they threw dust over their heads and wailed. “How terrible that our great city has fallen. Ship owners became wealthy from the transportation of her valuable goods upon the seas. But in just one hour, all is gone.”
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Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Is it right to rejoice in God’s vengeance? Why?

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Revelation 18:20 The heavenly host, the prophets, and the special messengers can rejoice because God has judged her wrongs against them.
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Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

What made the destruction of Babylon a cause for celebration?

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Revelation 18:21–24 A powerful messenger picked up a gigantic millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “The great city Babylon is cast down and will never be seen again. The harpists, flute players, trumpeters, and other musicians cannot be heard. Artisans have ceased their banging away at their crafts. The millstone can no longer make its sounds of grinding grain. The lamps have ceased their shining, and the wedding celebrations have been silenced. Your merchants were the greatest on Earth, charming the nations and leading the people astray. The blood of God’s people was in her mouth, the blood of prophets and other martyrs, those who were slaughtered on Earth.”
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Revelation 18:21–24 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.