The Judgment Of Babylon
(Revelation 18 - The Sixth Plague)

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Revelation 18 introduces Jesus as the judge and the one who punishes His enemies. Here we see the punishment of the human systems that were controlled by Satan. It specifically shows the punishment of the financial, religious and political systems. These people are cut off on the Great Day of Atonement. The symbols used involve the judgment from the sanctuary.
This prophecy is an enlargement of the seven last plagues in Revelation 16. But Revelation 18 only deals with the fall of Babylon in the last three plagues. The political Babylon falls in the fifth plague and the religious section falls in the sixth plague.

The Glorious Light (verse 1).
» And after these things ... After the vision of Revelation 17, John was shown even greater detail about the period of the judgment of Babylon.
Let us compare the angel in this verse to the Three Angels of Revelation 14: 6-11. This angel is seen "coming down from heaven" (to earth), while the three angles "fly in the midst of heaven" with world wide messages. Since this angel is seen coming closer to the earth prophetically suggest the greater importance or urgency of his message.
» ... the earth was lightened. This angel is giving a final warning to mankind just before God's judgment falls on Babylon.
And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to your word: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not listened to my voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: (Numbers 14: 20-23)
Israel rebelled against God in the exodus and they were judged and abandoned in the wilderness. End time Babylon is on the final exodus to another Promised land and they are also rebelling in another spiritual wilderness.

Jesus The Parables of Jesus: The Kingdom of God is A Garden
The Kingdom of God began when the Sower planted the Seed at Gethsemane. The Seed died and emerged underground and became a great tree. Each little seed it produced also died and grew up under the darkness of the earth, watered by the Holy Spirit. Then, under the light of this final angel, they emerged from underneath the earth to grow up into the light of the final efforts of evangelism.

Babylon Has Fallen. 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 unclean spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Revelation 18: 2)
This verse appears to be a repetition of the Second Angel's message (Revelation 14: 8), except in this instance, the angel cries "mightily with a strong voice", while with the first time (Second Angel's Message) there is no reference to a "loud voice". Prophetically, this may correspond to:

The Last Three Plagues. Babylon has "spiritually fallen". This connects with the fourth, fifth and sixth day of creation. and it also connects with the fifth, sixth and seventh plagues, which fall on Babylon. Items were made to fill the creation on these days but Babylon is destroying the creation. The first four plagues show the punishment of the people. The last three show the destruction of Babylon. Why does Babylon fall?

  1. Habitation of Devils. Sea and air creatures were created on the fifth day. Babylon is a dwelling place of demons who had fallen from the heavens and now becomes a center of demonic deception.
  2. Darkness. The sun, moon and stars were created to give light to a planet that had temporarily lost the right to the physical light of God. By the time evil had totally engulfed the world, it would even extinguish this little light. Physical, moral and spiritual darkness would engulf the world because of the activities of the unclean creatures. Although Babylon claimed to have religious authority, she did not have the light and purity of God. Instead, she corrupted the nations with her immorality.
    Immorality • Corruption • Blood

    "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet." (Revelation 16: 13)

    "Hold of every unclean spirit, ... unclean ... bird ... for all nations". This covers all of the rebellious creation. Specifically the rebellious angels and how they corrupt the creatures and systems of earth. Like rebellious Israel, Babylon is pictured as still being in the wilderness. At the borders of the Promised Land, it is found unfit to enter. Spiritual Babylon has forgotten and rejected the call for God's people to be holy and different, distinct from the world.
  3. She Corrupted the Nations, Governments and Businesses (verse 3). Animals and man were created on the sixth day. Babylon corrupted all that was created on this day. She even promoted economic activity on the seventh.
    "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." (Revelation 18: 3)
    Note who is involved with Babylon and compare it with the persecutors in Revelation 13: 16-17:
    1. All Nations and Kingdoms. Represents the corporate, nationwide participation.
    2. Kings of the Earth. The leaders of the individual nations.
    3. Merchants of the Earth. The world economy (see Revelation 13: 16-17). People cannot buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast. This requires the cooperation of merchants. If there was ever a time for civil disobedience, it was then.
      » No Sabbath Rest. Even this is a reference to the continuous trade. At the borders of the Promised Land, at the very gates of heaven, the merchants with their wares are congregating at the gates on Sabbath to make the people sin. They have no Sabbath rest because of their constant economic activity. They corrupted the seventh day with their merchandizing while they excluded the righteous from the economy.
      A City Of Merchants Took Israel Captive. He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants. (Ezekiel 17: 4)
      Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, was the great eagle that allowed them to be captured.

      Multiplied Prostitution. Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied therewith. (Ezekiel 16: 29)

Merchants Of The Earth. Daniel 11: 41-43 refer to the same time period when the Beast shall gain control over the economies of the world for his purpose. He controls the treasures of Egypt. The economies of the land of slavery to sin. As we are in the process of fulfilling these prophecies, notice what has happened.

A Tale Of Three Cities
All try to reach heaven.
  1. Babel. They build a tower to reach heaven so that they can avoid the judgments of God.
  2. Babylon the Great. Their sins are not removed and they pile up to Heaven like a garbage dump.
  3. Israel. The people of God allow Him to remove their pile of sins on the global day of atonement. God rewards them with a city that reaches 1500 miles into the heavens.
Sins Pile up
Babylon Falls
In the view of God, Babylon has already fallen. So what remains is her punishment. This moral and spiritual fall has devastating physical consequences. So the warning goes out to escape the burning city.

Last Exodus. A Call to Run Out of Babylon
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you are not partakers of her sins, and that you do not receive her plagues" (Revelation 18: 4)
Here the Angel gives a warning to God's people, to come out of Babylon before the last three plagues fall on her.

  1. The angel of light (Revelation 18: 1) comes just before the "Darkness" of the fifth Plague (Revelation 16: 10-11). When spiritual truth (light) is rejected, darkness follows.
  2. Her Sins. Babylon not only got into idolatry, but also was a persecutor of God's people. Literal Babylon was presented in relation to literal Israel as a persecuting power. End time spiritual Babylon will also persecute end time spiritual Israel (God's remnant people).

Collapse Total Religious Collapse. No Sins Forgiven
Her Sins have caused a Stench in Heaven.
For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. for her sins have been heaped on one another up to heaven, and God has remembered her unrighteousness. (Revelation 18: 5)

Double Her Punishment.
"Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double to her double according to her works: in the cup which she has filled, fill to her double." (Revelation 18: 6)
The phrase "Babylon is fallen, is fallen" is repeated two times (Revelation 18: 2). She falls twice.
"reward her ... double". She is also punished twice.
Note how God deals with sinful literal Israel for going into idolatry.
Call together the archers against Babylon, all those that bend the bow: encamp against her round about; let there be no escaping: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she has done, do to her: for she has acted proudly against Jehovah, against the Holy One of Israel. (Jeremiah 50: 29)

But first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double, because they have profaned My land with the carcasses of their detestable things, and with their abominations have they filled My inheritance. Jehovah, my strength and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of distress, to You shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and they shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited falsehood and vanity; and in these things there is no profit. Shall a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, look, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; and they shall know that My name is Jehovah. (Jeremiah 16: 18-21)

Double Defeat.
The Double Fall of Babylon
PowerFirst FallDown TimeShort Revival Second Fall
Iraq Cyrus the Great of Persia (539 BC)2520 years Saddam's incursions Occupied by Babylon the Great
Papacy Wounded in the French Revolution 1798-1929 Deadly wound healed Second Coming
Babylon the Great Middle east wars. Torture, pedophelia (1981)Unknown Mark of the beast persecution Seven Last Plagues
Satan Second ComingMillennium Second Resurrection Final Judgment

Satan and the papacy experience a pattern of a defeat, then revival for a short time and then a final defeat. The pattern of this defeat mimics the pattern of the fall of ancient Babylon.

The Double Defeat of Babylon the Great. Babylon the Great falls during the second fall of ancient Babylon. It also follows the patterns of a double fall.

Double Comfort. Another reference to "Double" is God's response to His people:
Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her time of suffering is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received of Jehovah's hand double for all her sins. (Isaiah 40: 1-2)
Babylon is punished in double measure for her sins, while God's people will be "pardoned" double.

The Rights of the Firstborn.
This double reward is a right that belongs to the first born.
He shall acknowledge the first born ... by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn. (Deuteronomy 21: 17)
Jesus is the firstborn and we get our blessings and inheritance through Him. (Romans 8: 29; Hebrews 12: 23).
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. (Colossians 1: 15,18)

"How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she said in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." (Revelation 18: 7)
Instead of the apostate church glorifying Christ, and representing God with humility, it glorified itself. The Roman Catholic church has amassed great wealth and has greatly magnified itself. It has rejected the first angel's message in Revelation 14: 7 to "give God glory". It has rejected the third angel's message to not worship the beast and his image (Revelation 14: 9 and 13: 15-16).

"Therefore hear now this, you that are given to pleasures, that dwell carelessly, that says in your heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: loss of children and widowhood ..." (Isaiah 47: 8-9)
The context of Isaiah 47 is talking about God's judgment on literal Babylon who calls herself "I Am", (the name of God)! She is also punished for her persecution of God's people. The end time spiritual Babylon (the Roman Catholic Papacy system) places itself in the place of God.
She will lose her kingdom, her marriage and the children that she swears she will have forever.

The Great Day of Wrath. (One Year of Plagues).

"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 judges her." (Revelation 18: 8)

One Day (One Year) of Plagues.
The Wicked Stayed in Babylon 12 34 56 7
Sores Bloody Sea Bloody RiversHeat DarknessEuphrates Dries Second Coming
The first four plagues fall on the wicked people The last three plagues fall on the government of Babylon
Righteous Exodus from Babylon Plagues for 7 - 11 monthsCorporate Babylon falls in one hour (15 days)
The seventh seal is silence in heaven, because heaven comes to earth.
They begin the journey during the sixth plague.
Half hour
(7 days)
PassoverThe Righteous are protected Feast of Trumpets endsFeast of Tabernacles

The Timing of the Second Coming.
We may not know what year God will come but we probably know what season. The feast pattern and the length of time assigned for punishment indicates that the Second Coming should occur around the time of the feast of Tabernacles. However, there is an argument to be made for the Passover time being the time of exodus from the land of sin. But if we combine both, we may see that the last Passover on earth may be the time of final exodus from Babylon. This is the time the righteous flee or are forced to flee from the wrath of the wicked. This may be the time of the close of probation when God formally and legally separates the righteous from the wicked. (Revelation 22: 11). The physical separation occurs at the Second Coming. Then they are protected by God as the seven last plagues are sent on the earth during the next seven months until they are rescued by the Second Coming during the last feast of tabernacles.

But of that day and hour, no man knows ... (Matthew 24: 36)
Jesus was referring to the date of the Second Coming. A date involves a year, a month, a day and time. In some sense, a year is even more precise, than the month or day. I am not suggesting a specific date within the next year or the next eight hundred years. I am suggesting that when it occurs it will probably be during this period of Tabernacles.
In fact, unless the seven last plagues are milder than we anticipate so that they are mistaken for normal events, the final generation will know that God will come within one year.

Collapse Total Political Collapse. No More Government Influence.
"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 your judgment has come." (Revelation 18: 9-10)
In Revelation 17: 16 -17, we see the Kings turning on Babylon. It is a repeat of the French Revolution. Once they see what she has done to them they turn on her. She caused them to miss out on God's grace and on Heaven. However, instead of repenting for their sins with her, the "kings of the earth" lament that she is gone. They long for the continued relationship with her, rather than with God. This political problem is repeated in other prophecies.

Collapse Total Global Economic Collapse. No More Trade.
A United States Economic Collapse
A global economic collapse starts in the United States and affects the whole world. As more world economies depend on the United states they become more vulnerable. As more corporations act from greed, they are creating the situation which will exacerbate their destruction.

Finances Debt. The country is swimming in debt due to an unbalanced budget and previous debts. Interestingly, we got into serious debt because of the cost of becoming Babylon the Great.

Finances Exporting Jobs. Greedy corporations are exporting many types of jobs to cheap markets overseas. This short term economic boost will become a curse in the end because the Americans will no longer be able to afford products.

Finances Import and Export Imbalance. Many countries depend on us to buy their products. Their economies will collapse if we cannot buy their products or services.
Babylon is an empire built on trade and sales. All over Babylon we are bombarded with offers to buy, upgrade, trade in or discard. Every product is built with planned obsolescence in mind. Every new technology is built with instant sales and advertising features. Every business seems to be based on encouraging life time debt. Every asset is targeted as a fund to be raided. The people of Babylon are saddled with debt and devoid of security. The slaves of Babylon are replaceable modules who are being increasingly set adrift from the slave masters that they have served. Babylon is aiming for a model of revolving sales, endless profits, and no long term liabilities. Babylon values people only as consumers of their products with life time debt, life time interest and life time payments.
Loss of Trade and Labor. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys 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 citron 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 odors, 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.
The Good Life is Gone. And the fruits that your soul lusted after are departed from you, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from you, and you shall find them no more at all.
Businessmen Distressed. 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 decorated with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
Sudden Collapse. For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing. 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 this great city! And they threw dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, in which were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
(Revelation 18: 11-19)

Her lovers are punished with her. In a sense they have been caught in the act of adultery. They have not "come out of her". So they will also suffer the judgment of God at the end. She prostituted herself with kings and merchants and sailors. Those that had benefited by trading with her, lament over her demise, but they never lament their condition. They never repent.

» Two Weeks of Economic Turmoil.
In two weeks the bottom falls out of Babylon into a great abyss. One hour of prophetic time is two weeks of real time. This collapse happens because of the effect of the previous plagues on the global economy during the past ten months. Illegal business practices return to haunt us as the toxic products of industry are exposed by the natural disasters and contaminate the land, water and air throughout the world.

  1. Incurable Disease. Affects the medical and pharmaceutical industry and devastates the healthcare, private insurance and government disability payments. The lingering effects for months finally devastate the labor market. No workers mean no products and no sales. No work means no income. No income means no buying and no payments, which are the basis of Babylon's economic system.
  2. Blood in the Sea. Famine devastates the fishing industry. Storms, earthquakes and toxins kill marine life.
  3. Blood in the Drinking Water. Famine and drought. Poisoned water devastates livestock and crops. Contaminated water comes from natural disasters and industrial waste.
  4. Heat. Lack of water and heat devastates the agricultural and energy industry. Global famine worsens.

This is not like previous economic failures. There is no recovery. It is the massive failure of government, commercial, private institutions and individual accounts. It reaches all sectors of the economy, banking (stocks, bonds, credits, pensions and savings), all classes and all nations. It specifically spreads to other nations because of their dependence on the United States economy.
Normal avenues of recovery fail because the people are unable to recover. Sources of income vanish for government, businesses and individuals. A debt ridden government is unable to prop up private and financial institutions and pay its own debts. Other recoveries have occurred because the availability of a labor force was assumed. This will be the critical difference between this collapse and all others. The first four plagues devastate labor and basic commodities.

As these critical resources fail and people are out of work for a long time, other services, housing and consumer debt fails. People cannot work. They cannot buy or sell or pay bills. Money stops circulating. Banks fail. The problems reach a critical point so that the economic collapse occurs in a short time. The fact that it takes so many months to reach this point is a testimony to the extent to which the government, business and media are in collusion to deceive the public and manage the public shock and loss of confidence that leads to a chain reaction that causes economic disaster. They hope that the economy will bounce back if they can suppress the rumors of the extent of the plagues and famine. It finally overwhelms them.
A Global Economic Collapse
When the Oil Runs Dry
The financial house of cards will fall like dominoes with the loss of either of two key elements.
  • Labor. The first four plagues wipes out the labor supply who are also consumers. The circulation of money fails and causes the worst depression on the planet.

  • Energy. An unexpected, catastrophic loss of global energy supplies will cause trade and commerce to come to a screeching halt.
    A few strategically placed earthquakes could drain the earth of its oil supplies in one day. The reservoirs of oil fall to lower levels below the pipe lines.
    At full capacity, the Strategic Petroleum Reserves will only last for thirty five days. But an earthquake in the Gulf states of the southern United States will also drain these reserves into the Gulf of Mexico.
    An earthquake in the Persian Gulf would be more disastrous. Shale oil will not supply global needs.

    Offshore Oil

  • People switch their income from one failing stock to another and pension funds are wiped out. Those who switch to bonds are not safer, the government will also collapse. This means that government debts cannot be paid. Foreign governments who depend on exports to America, or import American jobs, or who hold American debt bonds will collapse. Other countries will experience the same cycle of events. But their dependence on our economy contributes to the chain reaction of global economic failure.

    » Abused Power. God is not cruel. You will be judged by your own standard of judgment. This is a just punishment for people who only recently condemned the church of God to the same fate. Some actively started this persecution and others let it happen for their own sense of survival. Everyone is accountable for not speaking up.
    And he provides that no one can buy or sell, except the one who has the mark of the beast ... (Revelation 13: 17).

    » Murderers. Foreign governments also make alliances and security agreements to carry out the persecution.
    The ten horns which you saw are ten kings ... These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. These will wage war against the lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. And those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful. (Revelation 17: 12-14)

    » Greedy Thieves. They defrauded the people to consume more wealth.
    » The Rich in Turmoil. Come now you rich, weep and howl for the miseries which are coming upon you.
    » Wealth Lost. Your riches have rotted and your garments have been eaten by moths. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire.
    » Hoarded Wealth. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!
    » Underpaid Workers. Look, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields which you withheld, cries out against you; and the cries of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
    » Idle and Self-Indulgent. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
    (James 5: 1-5)

    » Useless Wealth. They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord.
    Severe Famine. They cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs, for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling.
    (Ezekiel 7: 19)
    Useless Precious Metals
    The precious metals market collapses because they have become useless instruments of trade for the commodities that the world needs ... food.
    You cannot eat gold.
    Mud Cakes. Poverty is so great in Haiti that they are making cookies out of mud, oil and water! They cannot afford to buy food even if it existed. In the end there will be no food to buy.

    Their wealth is useless because it cannot buy food. Those who have access to food will not sell it at any price. Wealth will not be able to buy a medical solution for the sores. Wealth will not clean up rivers and seas or stop the heat. When God destroys the infrastructure and there are no poor people to underpay, the wicked will find that their wealth is useless for buying privilege and influence and maid service. But they will have expensive toilet paper. Maybe their spoilt children can learn to make a sandwich.
    In fact, wealth will be a liability. So instead of being able to use their wealth to buy better conditions, the rich are forced to abandon all signs of wealth. They must leave their expensive homes, cars and jewelry. Their money is probably lost in bank failures and in a stock market crash. Yet they cannot trade precious metal or other hard currency because it is a useless liability that cannot be eaten.
    For several years I have watched as several forms of slavery have returned to the world. While the world experienced many years of economic growth, the number of poor increased. The wealth produced was distributed to the wealthy, it did not trickle down to the poor. Today, there are 27 million slaves on the planet.
    As the value of precious metals soar, I have also seen the wealthy switching to gold and precious metals as the asset to purchase and I cannot help but think that this shift is prophetic because God is setting up the conditions for their fall.
    Economic Exploitation
    Economic exploitation is a sign of the end of time. It is both surprising and ironic that in this enlightened age that we have turned back to these policies during a time of economic growth.

    The Sins of Power and Excess. The economic forces seem to be deliberately creating a global debt bondage society where wealth is concentrated in a few families or corporations and the rest of humanity is the fodder in a feudal society. Governments are increasingly in the business of creating a fascist state.

    » Corporate Sins. Their sins are based on exploiting the poor to benefit the rich no matter what it costs the future, the people, nations and environment. Profit is the ultimate good. Investors believe that they can distance themselves morally from the business practices of their companies. Deliberately goughing out your eyes is not an excuse in the judgment. Profit making is not a moral imperative. Greed is not good.

    » National Sins. There are no righteous nations. Everyone is a whore. But the righteous people are scattered among all nations.

    Total Rejection. (verses 20-24)
    The bridegroom rejects her and stones her to death with her lovers.

    Revenge. Vengeance is Mine. I will repay. (Hebrews 10: 30; Deuteronomy 32: 35)
    The double punishment of Babylon was not only the two falls of the Papacy. The plagues are the first punishment in which God takes revenge. The next is their destruction in the Second Death and the lake of fire.
    "Rejoice over her, heaven, and holy apostles and prophets; for God has avenged you on her." (Revelation 18: 20)

    Violence will be her Destiny. 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. (Revelation 18: 21)
    This shows the speed and violence with which Babylon will be destroyed. She is also destroyed in the sea, among the wicked with whom she tried to defy God. In the end God gave her up to the nations she wanted and they consumed her. There is no security in Babylon, only fear and violence. The people of Babylon have no hope.
    Because the prophecies of the New Testament refer to the Old Testament incidents, we can look at the social, economic and political conditions at the time of the first fall of Babylon to understand the events at the fall of Babylon the Great. We can also look at the fall of Satan as prophesied by Ezekiel 28 to understand even more. At the end of time Babylon commits the same sins as Satan and it will suffer the same punishment.

    No Wedding Invitation: No Bridegroom, No Music or Wedding. "And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman, of whatever craft, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you: for your merchants were the great men of the earth; for by your sorceries were all nations deceived." (Revelation 18: 22-23)
    Her invitation to the wedding feast has been revoked. Her association with the wealthy and the power brokers is useless.

    No Wedding Feast: Except a Feast of Blood. She is full of blood.
    "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth". (Revelation 18: 24)
    She drinks blood for her wedding. She is guilty of the murder of all the righteous since Abel. Why? They never learned the lessons of these previous generations. By sharing in the sins of the previous generations, the guilt and cumulative effect falls upon the final generation. Sodom will rise up and condemn us because they would have repented if they had the volume of evidence that we had (Matthew 11: 21-24). By this "shared and cumulative" guilt, the blood of all the saints was found on her, leading up to the complete wrath of God being put against her. See the Words of Christ in Matthew.
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Therefore you be witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill up then the measure of your fathers. Serpents, generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? (gehenna) Therefore, Look, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you, All these things shall come upon this generation. (Matthew 23: 29-36)

    The Judgment is Correct. And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, to the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. (Revelation 19: 1-2)

    The other guests invited to the wedding agree. We see the heavenly scene, where God is praised for His just and righteous judgment and punishment of Babylon. This is Heaven's response to the judgment process. Heaven has seen that God's judgments are righteous and deserved. God's justice has been confirmed and praised, ending the judgment process by the prosecution in heaven, just before the second coming. The wicked give their defense at the third coming.

    The Punished Ones. While the wicked are punished for rebellion or allowing themselves to be deceived, God singles out three groups for punishment. They were guilty of using the acquisition of money to maintain their power. They did not know that they were poor, blind and naked.
    ... and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. (Revelation 3: 17)

    Cheap labor became a prized commodity, and wealth became the sign of God's favor and the currency to secure domination. God breaks the cycle and exposes their shame by removing the cheap labor and making wealth of no value. In the end, the commodities of value are forgiveness, kindness, mercy, tenderness and self sacrifice.

    Repeat Repetition and Enlargement
    This is a repetition of the second and third angel's message. The warnings of these angels have come through. It is also an enlargement of the seven last plagues, specifically the last three plagues. It does not concentrate on the world but on the judgment of the political and religious powers responsible. It explains why Babylon was judged. After trying to usurp the power of God they end up without any power. God abandons them.

    We first saw this power, described as the little horn, who tries to conquer the world and heaven. We saw how it persecuted the church in its desire to rule the church. We saw God condemn it for its immoral union with governments. Then God judged them and as a consequence they fell in 1798. Despite the judgment, they rise up one more time to join forces with the political powers so that it can rule the church and the world. God permits this final union and they cannibalize each other. Then God destroys them all.
    We will see the same pattern of rebellion when people are judged at the Third Coming. After the judgment, they try to rebel against God one last time and join forces to fight God in the Battle of Armageddon.

    Worldwide Economic Collapse. At first glance, Chapter 18 seems to only picture a worldwide economic collapse, and this would be a fitting punishment for a generation whose gods were science, money and power. But the punishment is not only economic, the union of three powers will also be punished spiritually and politically. Let us take a look at the symbolism, it is steeped in the imagery of the sanctuary.

    The seven last plagues also show a collapse of a false religious system. The plagues give the final blow in the collapse of Babylon. Let us compare both.
    Babylon Plagues
    Found with armies, blood and unclean birds
    > Unclean First plague. Full of deceit, sores and foul things
    > Armies and blood Second plague. Given blood to bathe in because they were guilty of murder
    Found without the law, sacrifices, incense, light, and the bridegroom
    > Sacrifices Third plague. They are given blood to drink. They are guilty of murder. They did not have the proper drink offering or the Lamb of God
    > Incense Third plague. The altar condemns them. There is no incense of prayer for them.
    > Law Fourth plague. Heat from the sun. They finally recognize the light of God, His law that was abandoned
    > Bridegroom Seventh plague. The Bridegroom leaves without them
    Lost power, wisdom, children, music and the Holy Spirit
    > Wisdom Fifth plague. Darkness, they had no answers
    > Power, children Sixth plague. Their support is gone. The alliance breaks up and the people leave the churches.
    > Holy Spirit Sixth plague. They had the spirits of demons instead of the Holy Spirit.
    > Music Fifth plague. They blasphemed God instead of giving him praise or repenting.
    Collapse Of A False Religious System.
    What was found in Babylon? In the end, she lost the Holy Spirit, her husband - Christ, her children, wisdom, her connection to the sanctuary and all that was found in her was death, the blood of the saints. She boasted that she would never become a widow. In reality, she did not become a widow or lose her husband by natural means. The bridegroom rejected her because of her prostitution and never married her! She reached this stage because she wanted, power and riches but not the law, she trusted in armies more than God and she became brutal.

    The final call came to leave her because she would be judged. This chapter is full of the sanctuary images. Let us take a look.

    The Evidence Of The Fall Of Babylon. Babylon is composed of two powers. One religious and the other a civil power who behaves like its army. Both use the power of the purse and violence to accomplish their will.
    #Type The Sin The Fulfillment
    Roman Catholic Church They will be the religion with the power to control armies
    1Religious Fall Moral Fall Idolatry Pedophile Priests. The 2000+ exposure of pedophile priests protected by the church
    2 Physical Fall It will happen after they join with the United States to make Christianity the solution to the current Muslim crisis
    3 Dwelling place of demons Idolatry Marian Apparitions. The reliance on the visions of Mary has caused a revolution in the confidence of the Catholic people. Backyards, toilets and living rooms are filled with altars to Mary. Pilgrims run all over the globe to go to the sites where the demons are appearing in filthy locations that mock the worshippers.
    4 Prison of unclean spirits Idolatry Adoration of Statues and Icons. The spirits are encouraging the practice of idolatry. They mix the holy things of God with their unholy perversions.
    5 Prison of every unclean and hateful bird A bird symbolizes lying and deceit.
    Idolatry Demonic Communications. The spirits are lying when they pretend to be Mary.
    Idolatry False Ecumenicism. The church is lying when it pretends to accept others while it is merely plotting to overcome them when it becomes the majority or when it gets governments to destroy minority religions.
    Idolatry Forgive Sins. The priests are lying when they say they can forgive sins.
    Idolatry Intercession of Saints. They promote a hateful view of God by teaching that Mary and dead saints stand between us and the wrath of God.
    United States They will be the civil power that controls nations
    6Political Fall Moral Fall Satan Torture. Since 2001, the country officially advocates torture
    7 Physical Fall Satan Failed Middle East Wars and Policy. The 2001 war in Iraq and Afghanistan has irreparably weakened the country and the world and radicalized Muslims. Democratic elections in other countries have only given their enemies the top positions. HAMAS in the West Bank and Gaza. Hezbollah in Lebanon
    8 Kings of the earth commit immorality Satan Papal Legates. The Catholic church signed 128 concordats between 1950 and 1999. It is the only church with a voice in the United Nations. It is strongly supported by the United States which has resisted all attempts to treat the Vatican like other churches at the United Nations.
    Satan Security Council. The USA has power at the United Nations to bully nations into wars and immoral decisions. In 2002-2004, they voted to exempt the USA from war crimes.
    9 All nations drink the wine of her immorality Satan Hollywood Culture. The greatest export of the United States is our culture. We have exported all the immoral merchandize of hollywood and the media. The church changes the laws of God and it exports its own illegal and immoral religious rules and idolatry to the world. After Afghanistan fell, the very conservative country now has prostitutes and bars.
    Satan Patriot Act. The ability to legally persecute has been established. Laws have been made that severely compromise religious rights and religious free speech. Governments promote big business interests at all costs and apparently have such control over news organizations that they dictate what should be released to the public.
    10 Merchants became rich by the power of her luxury Satan Global Resources. The United States economy and its effect on the world. Because we immorally consume so much of the world's resources, we are making many people (business men) rich. Because we concentrate on profits, we do not look at what is happening to the poor workers.
    Satan Debt Extortion. We deliberately put countries into debt with expensive construction projects in order to wrench control and cooperation from them in the United Nations.
    Financial institutions are deliberately putting people in debt at high interest.
    Satan Media Manipulation. The ability to win a propaganda war has been established. The news media, Hollywood and political pundits no longer serve the interests of the public. They censor information and promote big business interest at all costs at the bidding of the government or their owners. These groups have a hidden agenda that we will soon realize. All this clandestine activity has been in place before September 11, 2001. It may have started in 1991 but took a giant strategic step forward in 1996.

    Law The Journey of Babylon
    The journey began after the flood when Babylon became the first city created and it was specifically created to rebel against God. It would also be the last rebellious city at the end of time. This pattern shows that nations are judged in the same manner as people.
    Money Wealth. Noah and his family had inherited the whole earth.
    Covenant Covenant Established. He established a covenant with God when He came out of the ark.

    Wheel Punished Seven Times with Wrathful Hostility.
    Curse 1 Second Curse Third Curse Fourth Curse Fifth Curse
    Sin Flood Babel Tower of Babel Nebuchadnezzar Falls Ancient Babylon Falls Babylon the Great Falls Gog
    Satan Falls Ark 100
    Babylon Falls God Rules Babylon Falls God 7
    70 Years
    Babylon Falls Persia 2520
    Rules a
    Short Time
    Babylon Falls God 1000
    Satan Falls
    Terror Land Divided Children Taken Ruled by Enemies Sanctuary Falls Land Rests
    1 Time Punished 7 Times Punished 7 Times Punished 7 Times with Hostility Punished 7 Times with Wrath
    Citizens Babylon The King of Babylon The Dragon With Seven Heads The Image that is Worshipped
    Drunk Sins to Heaven Pride Corrupted the Nations Habitation of Devils
    Satan Falls to Earth 7000 Years and is The King of Babylon
    The fall of Babylon is really the fall of Satan which began when he was expelled from heaven for 7000 years. Each phase of his fall is seen in the collapse of the human entities that he created to continue his rebellion. In turn, each of these follows a cycle of curses before they fall. Satan's fall is like a wheel within a wheel, each experiencing five curses before being shattered.

    1. Flood (Sudden Terror). With an oath God promised that the earth would never be destroyed by water again.
    2. Tower of Babel (Land Divided). This attempt at rebellion resulted in the scattering of the world into 70 nations. The terms of this curse suggests that the language was originally fractured into seven languages and these were further splintered as the centuries rolled by.
    3. Nebuchadnezzar (Population Reduced). He was mad for seven years, living like a wild animal. All the other punishments were of great nations or global systems, I chose this as one of the major curses because the curse is ultimately about the fall of a created being who believes that he can be God. Satan fell and took one third of the angels to destruction. When Nebuchadnezzar uttered the same words he became the type of the punishment that Satan deserves. Therefore, it is my belief that during the millennium, Satan will be living like a wild animal and he will go mad.
    4. Ancient Babylon (War and Ruled by Enemies). Here Satan is not a man, but a seven headed beast whose heads are systematically chopped off. Seven powers would begin with Babylon and they all fell with violence. Babylon fell and was ruled by Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Islam and Europe for the next 2520 years.
    5. Babylon the Great (False Religions Fall). Babylon has now taken on the disguise of Rome and Rome began to legislate the fantasies of Satan. Augustus Ceasar started a cult to make gods out of living humans and the last king of Babylon will try to convince us to worship him.
      Satan is to be punished seven times during the fifth curse and their final crime begins with the murder of the Messiah. In another lesson we show how Israel suffers their five series of curses for rebellion and hostility. Their fifth curse merges with the fate of Babylon.
      » Vengeance for the Covenant. His final punishment began after Jesus Christ was murdered at his instigation and God shatters every institution that he creates. » Two More Punishments. The five curses merge. Prison and hell fire complete the last two punishments.
    6. Prison (Exile and Rest for the Earth). Satan is imprisoned for 1000 years as part of his judgment and experiences five cycles of the curses again in a short period of time.
      A flood of fire and brimstone destroys the citizens of Babylon and Babylon falls in a tangle of confusion and terror. The seven headed dragon is seized and chained and forced to live on a desolate prison planet. Any pretence of respect for his leadership that has been held by his fallen angels will dissolve and they will resort to taunting and ridicule, blame and cursing.
      Cursed, taunted and living like a wild animal among the stinking, rotting corpses, sleeping among worms and magots, the ambitious king of Babylon will go mad as he contemplates the destruction he has caused and the embarassing failure that he has become as he sought fame and honor at any price. Powerless, guilty and demoralized he will learn that he can never be God.
    7. Hell Fire (Annhilation). The king of Babylon is destroyed. I will ridicule him forever.

    Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 90 minutes
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    Copyright     Updated : July 2010
    Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)