Revelation 18 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. 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. 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 G-d hath remembered her iniquities. 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 L-rd G-d who judgeth her. 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. 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! 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. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for G-d hath avenged you on her. 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. (KJV)
The destruction of the Babylonian religious system appears to happen during the tribulation period. Perhaps after the Anti-Messiah sets himself up as god. He will have no more use for the False Prophet and this religious system and will then destroy it.
The destruction of the Babylonian political system appears to happen just before Y'shua returns to earth at the end of the tribulation period.
During the 7th vial judgment G-d remembers Babylon.
Revelation 16:19 "and the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before G-d, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." (KJV)
In chapter 18 the angel said, "Babylon is fallen" However, this event is still in our future. This pronouncement is prophetic, that is, it speaks of a yet future event as already having taken place. This is how certain we can be of G-d's word coming true.
There are a couple of different views concerning political Babylon. Some believe that the ancient city of Babylon will actually be rebuilt and become the political and economic capital of the world. Others believe it will be a particular city like Rome, New York, or Tokyo. Still others see it as a general reference to the corrupt political system headed up by the Anti-Messiah and spanning the earth.
Verse 2 tells us that Babylon will be in ruins and only inhabited by demons. The unclean birds symbolize demons.
All the nations of the earth have been corrupted by this political system. We learned in Chapter 13 and 14 that all the people will take the "mark of the beast" aligning themselves with the Anti-Messiah and this false political system.
Many people have become rich from their involvement in this system.
Y'shua himself warns his people to have no part of the Babylonian system. These are the people who become believers during the tribulation period.
In verse 5 we are told that G-d remembers her iniquities.
In verse 6 we learn that this false political system will be repaid double what she inflicted against G-d's people.
Gal 6:7 "Be not deceived; G-d is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (KJV)
G-d keeps a record of our sins, which can only be wiped clean by the blood of Y'shua. Have your sins been washed away by Y'shua's shed blood? If you are not sure feel free to e-mail us for answers on how you can be sure.
In verse 8 we learn this false system will be destroyed my G-d in one day. Some believe this is a stock market crash. I don't think so, because the verse goes on to say that the she will be burned with fire. Will G-d rain fire down out of heaven like he did on Sodom and Gomorrah? I don't see why not.
The king's of the earth stand far away and mourn the destruction. This indicates there is intense heat from the fire. It is destroyed in an hour! They have profited greatly from this corrupt system. The merchants who sold their goods and those who transported the goods all mourn because they are out of business.
Some believe this is a nuclear explosion. Perhaps, but I think G-d is quite capable of destroying a city or cities with out mans help.
The reaction to her destruction by those in heaven is quite different. In heaven we find those who have been persecuted by this system to be rejoicing!
The angel throws a large stone into the sea to illustrate that destruction of Babylon will be sudden, violent and final. This political system is finished and will never be seen again.
Again we learn that she has been responsible for the blood of the prophets and saints.
It is interesting to note that the eighteenth Hebrew letter which correlates with this 18th chapter, is "Tzaddi" and means righteousness. G-d's righteousness demands that sin be punished. Here in this chapter we see G-d judgment on the false political system.