After the destruction of the One-World Religious System, the physical mega-city of Babylon, and center of world commerce, comes into view.
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the Earth was lightened with his glory. (1)
“After these things…” ‘or the Greek “meta tauta,” is the favorite phrase of the Apostle to let us know that we have moved forward in time. It is “meta tauta” after the destruction of the One-World Religious System in the previous chapter, Chapter 17. Commercial Babylon is still going strong. Why? The One-World Religious System has been destroyed by the heads of the ten provinces which the Antichrist set up in Chapter Seventeen, but Commercial Babylon has a future appointment with Almighty God.
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 (2).
A mighty angel now comes to give added detail about the devastation of the Babylonian system’s Tribulation mega-city. It is the premier commercial enterprise of this world. The great power and glory of the messenger angel reveals the importance of his message. The last verse of the previous chapter, Revelation 17:18 shows that the arrogance and pride of the One-World Religious System was her downfall. She “reigned” over the kings, and she “rode the beast.” The Antichrist takes orders from no one, and will not have the world worship anyone but him.
“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the Earth.”
John says in Revelation 17:3 what he saw…
“And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”
“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,…”
Here, the verb phrase “is fallen” is repeated for emphasis. In the verses to follow, we are told why this will come to pass.
“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.”
As in the case of the “Great Harlot,” the corruption of the system in this city has effected all nations. Commercial Babylon, living the good life during the boom times in Babylon, is also guilty of fornication and worthy of wrath. The people of the city love their Antichrist, and Satan, rather than the one true God, and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. They love them, because they love wealth more than God. Revelation 18:12, 13 reveal the luxuries they enjoyed:
“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, (12) 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” (13).
“The merchants are waxed rich…” (18:3).
With these words, we begin the graphic description of the large commercial enterprise which makes up this city. If you have a business, this is where profit is to be made. If you are an entrepreneur, this is the place to be.
“All nations have drunk of the wine…” (18:3).
…tells us that Babylon has become famous for the production of some, mind-affecting, beverage that has inflicted its influence on people throughout the world. This makes us think of the very high-proof, distilled spirit, Absinthe.
Drinking wine effects the thinking processes, as well as the emotions. When people drink, people want what they should not want, and it lulls to sleep their conscience as well as their right thinking. Enough strong drink makes a man fall in the gutter, and think that he is home in bed. To say the least, it is hard to be a good Christian who wants to yield to the Lord’s will, and drink. Have you ever seen a drunken man who was capable of Bible study or prayer. God’s description of this city shows that its products are contributing to the moral ruination of the whole world.
Businessmen will love the city of Babylon. They will become very rich using the facilities provided. This fact alone makes this city the most important in the world, and the world will beat a path to its doors.
May I ask you, does your church serve alcoholic wine, representing the blood of Christ, in observing the Lord’s Supper? Let’s see what God has to say about that in Leviticus 10:9-10.
“Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations (9): And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean” (10).
- Leaders are not to take it into their place of worship. Then the Tabernacle, now, the Church. Should your leaders spit in God’s face and do it anyway? God may spit on the ground over your grave! God wants a person to take heed as Galatians 6:7 is God’s Word to you.
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”
- The priests then, as the liberal preachers today, are doing just the opposite.They are Satan’s ministers teaching the right things are wrong, and the wrong things are right. The people love it!
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).
- Parents, teach your children not to start drinking, let alone taking them to a church where the pastor drinks, and serves you alcoholic wine to represent the sinless blood of Christ. Run from that church and its false teacher. Satan loves these preachers that drink and tell your children, “Just don’t get drunk.”
“And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (15). Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
While on the Police Department and working the night shift, the dispatcher sent me to investigate a fight at a local bar. In summary, a local fireman in town had taken his son to this bar on his 18th birthday to teach him how to drink. They were both drunk and got into a fight inside the bar. The poor son was beaten to a pulp and had to go to the hospital. I arrested the Dad for assault and battery and disturbing the peace. Because of alcohol, this man had beaten up his own son.
Just watch the news, and notice how many have been shot, raped and found dead, or disappeared on the way home from the good, old, neighborhood bar. How many have left the bar drunk and killed someone, or died themselves. I believe Proverbs 20:1 is worth repeating.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).
“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.”
Because of the command to “Come out of her, my people,” we know there are Christians still in Babylon. We do not know the reason they have remained in this evil city, but the heavenly voice shows the pleading of the Spirit. Even the best of Christians give in, when surrounded by sin and with no church to support them, spiritually. “Come out” is the command and God’s will is “that ye be not partakers of her sins.” However, just as Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt when she looked back longingly at her beloved Sodom, Christians remaining too long in the city of Babylon “receive…her plagues.” She is about to be judged, therefore, God says: “Come out!”
Brother, you ought to read 2 Corinthians 6:14 to 7:1, if you are a Christian! In these verses we learn that God’s will is that we…
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
More Christians have gotten themselves into trouble, and brought themselves under the chastening hand of God, because they have associated themselves with the wrong crowd. I have said this, over and over, for years and years: “You are going to become who you associate with and, soon you will be “partaking of” other men’s sins. God hates that!
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
Here the word “remember” means that God has remembered them for judgment. This Antichrist’s commercial “sin-city” has reveled in sin, and they thought God had forgotten. Even though the Babylonian religious system has been destroyed, her influence lingers on. When God destroys this mega-city, it will be evident that God has remembered her iniquities.
In Revelation 16:19, God will remember Babylon at the pouring out of the Seventh Bowl.
“ And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.”
“God hath remembered her…” (18:5).
The two Greek verbs that are used are essentially identical. An English comparison would be: “Babylon came into remembrance,” and “God hath recalled.” Therefore, the destruction of Chapter Eighteen takes place at the time of the Seventh Bowl, near the end of the Tribulation Period. Chapter Eighteen is the detailed description of the Fall of Commercial Babylon which occurs, in Chapter 16:19, at the pouring out of the Seventh Bowl.
We see a city that is, seemingly, prospering financially because of its multiple sins, and, yet, in the city God says are, “my people.” They are trying to share in two worlds. They realize that they should not have a part in the Babylonian system, or commercial empire, but they do not want to leave. It is like a movie star who is interested more in a huge pay check than in living for Christ. Too many sacrifice their testimony for continued prosperity.
Christ gives us a clear command not to be unequally yoked, but many still remain in ungodly denominations, today, hoping that someday their church will get straightened out. They are “living in Babylon” like Lot lived in Sodom. Just look at what happened to Lot’s family. Read Genesis, Chapter Nineteen.
“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.”
Double! Double! Double! God assures us by these repeated words that, in spite of delay, her judgment will adequately repay her for her transgression.
“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.”
“How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously,...”
What pride! The people of this wicked and wealthy city have lived for a time, in splendor, having their every whim gratified. This fits Revelation 13:5-8, which tells us that the Antichrist and his government will rule with absolute control for “forty and two months,”or the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period.
“I shall see no sorrow…” was the boast of the Antichrist’s beautiful city of wealth. It will be like New York, Chicago, and Hong Kong all rolled into one sparkling city of lights. It will be a mega-Las Vegas for the Middle East and the world. The people there will be like many Christians today. “Everything is going all right. I’m OK. Don’t worry about me, now. You don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian!”
Jonah was doing just fine until God asked him to go to Nineveh. Isn’t it amazing how Satan tries to make everything go your way when you are not serving Christ. God told Jonah, “Go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it. that I may spare the city.” Jonah took off and went down to Joppa on the very tip end of Spain. He went as far away from the Lord as he possibly could.
Do you know what happened when he went down there? Satan had a ship for him. Satan had the money for him to pay his fare. Satan had everything ready to make it easy for Jonah to run away from God. That’s exactly what He will do to you, if you are a Christian. He will make everything look beautiful. He will make everything go as smoothly as he possibly can. Then, God steps in and puts in a roadblock, or…sends a great fish to swallow you.
The plagues to fall on Commercial Babylon are listed in this verse:
“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.”
The word “plague” here is from the Greek word “plēgē,” and is used in Verse 4 in connection with the judgment of this city. It is connected with other cities, in Revelation 16:19, as part of the Seventh Bowl Judgment. This Bowl Judgment, as well as the others, in Revelation 15:1, is referred to as a plague. This agrees with the calling of Babylon’s judgment by the name plague, and it harmonizes, perfectly, with the fact that the city’s final end will culminate with the Seventh Bowl Plague.
There are two things that differentiate the One-World Religious System, and the Commercial city of Babylon.
- The One-World Religious System is destroyed by the Ten Kings. (Revelation 17:16, 17).
- Commercial Babylon is destroyed by God. (Revelation 18:20).
- The One-World Religious System is already gone. (Revelation 18:1).
- The physical, commercial city of Babylon is destroyed—right before the battle of Armageddon.
“Well, Pastor Younce, you say.” “You can’t have it both ways.” How can one city be destroyed, and not the other.” I would answer by pointing you to the city of Rome. Even though many teach that the Roman Catholic Church is the One-World Religious System, it is not. But it is a good example to use. Everyone knows that the city of Rome is the headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church, and they are in the Palatine Section of Rome. Around the Palatine is Rome proper. Could you destroy the Palatine and leave the city of Rome? Certainly. But the buildings of the One-World Religioius System is not what is destroyed by the Ten Kings. It is the people who are in that organization, that do not take the Mark of the Beast, and they are located world-wide. Revelation 17:15 is the proof,
“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”
At this point, the One-World Religious System is History! The Scriptures, now, turn to the city where its headquarters were, Commercial Babylon, and how suddenly they will fall—at God’s appointed time. God may delay, but He is never late.!
“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.” (Revelation 18:8)
“In one day…utterly burned with fire…”
Notice the repetition of these two ideas. The destruction will come suddenly, and the duration will be very brief.
The sins of this great city are:
- Wantonness, or unrestrained sex. (Revelation 18:9)
- Rejecting Christ. (Revelation 18:5)
- This city lives “deliciously” or in luxury and says: “I am my own God.” (Revelation 18:7)
- Spiritism and Occult Sciences. (Revelation 9:21)
- Bloodshed. (Revelation 18:24)
- Pride. (Revelation 18:19)
“The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, (15). 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!” (16).
“The merchants…shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment…”
“On account of fear” it literally reads. The smoke and heat is so intense, and the destruction so complete, so that rather than be consumed within her borders, they prefer to weep from a distance.
Isn’t Verse 15 typical of how people react? Those that were made rich by her, stand afar off and watch her burn. Babylon loses her friends. Though they had been partakers with her in her sinsful pleasures and profits, they were not willing to share in her tragedy. What did they do? They cried. Why did they cry? They did not cry because of their sin and their fall into idolatry. They had suddenly, within an hour, lost their wealth and subsequent power.
“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, (17). And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! (18). 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 (19).
These verses, further, let us know about the inconsolable grief of the ship masters.The ships sailing in and departing would see the flames and the smoke for vast distances across the waves.
“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,”
When the city of Babylon is destroyed, all those things that we love to have around us will be gone. As a millstone plunged in the ocean, this mighty city, the pride of the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period, will sink into oblivion. A parallel to what is to happen to Babylon would be the destruction of Pompei. On August 24th through the 26th in 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, with no warning for the cities of Pompei and Herculaneum. They are located in Italy. Some 2,000 people were killed by the fumes, the hot lava, and the falling particles. Archaelogists have discovered food still baking in the oven. It happened suddenly, just in a second! Life was going on, as usual, with no evidence that these cities were to be seared with hot steaming iron from out of the sky. Then it happened. The gases slew the populace like the dropping of the millstone. Some of the drawings on the walls of homes in Pompei demonstrate abject immorality.
We only know that if there had been ten righteous men in Sodom, it would have been spared, but it was not. (Genesis 18:22-33) Will this same standard be applied to Babylon? And, what about America?
Since I have already written extensively on this chapter in my book on Bible Prophecy, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, I am going to include that exposition here.
Israel must be in the Land of Israel, and so she has been since May 14, 1948. There are no more prophecies left to be fulfilled before the Rapture.
As we have said previously, the city of Babylon will be in existence before the Rapture. That is what God says. It is worth mentioning again that “Babylon” is referenced in the Book of Revelation 8 times. Once it is in reference to “RELIGOUS BABYLON,” or the One-World Religious System, and found in Revelation 17:5.
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
The other seven times it is referring to COMMERCIAL BAbylon, the city. (See Revelation 14:8, 16:19, 18:1,2, 9-10,21). We are now discussing Commercial Babylon, the city in which the One-World Religious System, administered by the False Prophet, had its headquarters.
As we have said, Babylon will exist, to serve as the capital of the Antichrist’s economic empire which will have a stranglehold on the world. The Bible mentions Babylon over 280 times, many in reference to the Babylon of the Tribulation Period. The Antichrist’s Commecial Babylon will be destroyed, just like Sodom and Gomorrah.
“And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” (Isaiah 13:19)
As we noted in Chapter 17, Babylon, now known as Al Hillah, is the Provincial Capital of Babylon (Also called Babil in Arabic) Province.
Some will question that the world’s leaders will meet in Babylon, after the Rapture, as they doubt that there has ever been a world summit in a Muslim country. Actually, before World War II, the Allies, Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill, met in Tehran, Iran. Also, Churchill held another in Cairo, Egypt. (Picture Right)
If Anwar Sadat (a Muslim) would go to Jerusalem for peace, the leaders of Israel will not hesitate to go to Babylon for peace.
On Wednesday, November 9, 1977, Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt, told Egypt’s Parliament: “Israel would be astonished when they hear me say this. But I say it. I am ready to go even to their home … to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and discuss peace with them if need be.” On November 19, Anwar Sadat flew in to Israel. He was greeted by the blare of trumpets, and a 21-gun salute, in a formal airport welcome by Menachem Begin, Israeli President, and many past and present Israeli leaders.
Sadat later told the Knesset during his same visit, “I wish to tell you to-day and I proclaim to the whole world: We accept to live with you in a lasting and just peace.” Israel would go anywhere and meet with anyone who could offer peace. (That statement cost this brave man his life. He was, later, assassinated.)
Babylon, will be serving as the capital of the Antichrist’s World Federation of Nations, and will exert economic, and religious control over “ peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (Revelation 17:15) Babylon has deteriorated, but has never ceased to exist. It must exist, as a city, for God to destroy it during the Tribulation Period. It is described by God as a “mega-city.” As of 2013, Al Hillah was home to approximately 1.9 million inhabitants.
Babylon is a great city where people live. The word “great” is the Greek word “megas,” and means: “ big (literal or figurative, in a very wide application). Compare “megisto” superlative of (megas), which means “greatest or very great:- exceeding great.” In other words, Commercial Babylon, with the help of Religious Babylon, had become a “mega-city.” Before her destruction, God warns believers as he did Lot before the destruction of Sodom, and the other cities of the plain. “...Come out of her, my people...” (18:4)
This verse has led many Bible scholars to say that Commercial Babylon will have to be a port city. However, they forget that Iraq (location of Babylon) is one of the three most oil rich countries in the world. They also fail to consider the length and carrying capacity of oil pipelines.
It is 330 miles from Baghdad to Kuwait City on the Gulf, vs. 822 miles for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, in Alaska. There are 104 airports in Iraq, and, of course, at this writing, Baghdad International is in the Green Zone (Headquarters of the U.S. Military). The reported U.S. Troop strength (minus numbers for support personnel) is 45,000, down from 152,000 in 2007. Somehow, the military was able to provide supplies for all military in that country. Ships carrying cargo for trade will have no problem transporting their goods to, and from, Babylon. And at this writing (2015) there are no “boots on the ground” there, other than Special Forces.
Revelation 18:17, 18. “And all the company in ships...cried when they saw the smoke of her burning...”
It is now known that smoke from the Kuwait Oil Fires dominated the weather pattern throughout the Persian Gulf, and surrounding region, during 1991, and that lower atmospheric wind blew the smoke along the eastern half of the Arabian Peninsula, and cities such as Dhahran and Riyadh, and countries such as Bahrain experienced days with smoke that filled the skies and carbon fallout. (Patrick K. Dowling. "The Meteorological Effects of the Kuwait Oil Fires").
Conclusion: Babylon, even in its present location, does not have to be a port city any more than Atlanta, Georgia, needs to be a port city! Therefore, it is not Rome, or New York City, or any other city. It is literal Babylon. That is “Thus saith the Lord.”
The great city of Babylon will exist after the middle of the Tribulation and before the Battle of Armageddon. It suffers a great earthquake and is divided into three parts. A city has to exist in order to be destroyed!
If the United States is in a state of national chaos, where will the nations of the world meet to formulate the Antichrist’s false treaty of peace with Israel? History will repeat itself and they will convene on what they consider to be beneficial, neutral ground. The Antichrist, indwelt by Satan, and the False Prophet, indwelt by a strong demon, will join them at a place that will seem to offer them the most. Why not Babylon, located in the Middle of the Mid-Eastern oil-producing countries? Without oil, most countries of the world cannot operate, and Iraq, the location of Babylon, has the third-largest oil reserves in the world. By this time, she will have all her infrastructure repaired and will be pumping oil.
You say, “That could never happen!” There has never been a world summit in a Muslim country.” They will go to the place that do them the most good. The Antichrist will be one of the seven leaders of the newly-formed federation of nations right after the Rapture. The Antichrist will use flatteries, and his oratorical genius, to get everyone to sign on to a Peace Covenant with the nation of Israel. They will, no doubt, oversee the COMMERCIAL trade that will prosper all financially. They appoint the False Prophet over all the false religions, now existing after the Rapture, to peacefully practice their religion.
Nothing unites warring people like a common enemy! Not only will there be mass chaos in the United States, as the Christians are gone, but there will be disruption of all kinds world-wide. The first Four Seals are opened immediately. War breaks out, financial systems break down, famine quickly intensifies, and wild beasts begin to kill men due to lack of natural food. A fourth part of the population of the world will die as a result.
”..but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries” (Daniel 11:21).
Even though he appears to want peace, during the first few months, a power struggle for world dominance follows, and, one-by-one, the first six world leaders fall by the wayside.
We find the Antichrist becomes the leader of the One-World Federation of Nations, in Revelation 17:10,11:.
“And there (these) are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (10). And the beast (Antichrist) that was (alive), and is not (dies), even he is the eighth (is resurrected), and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition” (11).
The Babylon that exists today is still there. It existed at the time of the Apostle Peter, as he wrote his First Epistle from there.
“The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you, and so doth Marcus my son.” (1 Peter 5:13)
The 1st Marine Division had established a base, at one of Saddam Hussein's Palaces, about one mile north of Hillah. This also happened to be the historical site of Babylon. The tomb of Ezekiel, the Prophet is located in a nearby village.
Babylon has never been destroyed. At the present, she is not in her glory days; but, after the Rapture, when the charismatic world leader, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet arrive, she will rise to her glory. This is the city that will control the religious and civil operations of the world.
…is referring to after the destruction of the One-World Religious System in the previous chapter, therefore, showing the destruction of the mega-city of COMMERCIAL Babylon happens later, at the Battle of Armageddon.
The membership of the one-world religious system, which had its world headquarters in the city of Babylon, is destroyed (world-wide) by the Antichrist and his ten kings at the middle of the Tribulation. The commercial city of Babylon is destroyed by God at the Battle of Armageddon.
Before Commercial Babylon is destroyed, the Lord warns His people to get out and escape this judgment.
“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.” (Revelation 18:4)
Notice how fast God’s judgment comes. No one can escape after it begins.
“Therefore shall her plagues come in ONE DAY, death, and mourning and famine,” (Revelation 18:8)
”..for in one hour is thy judgment come.” (Revelation 18:10)
“For in ONE HOUR so great riches is come to nought.” (Revelation 18:17)
”..for in ONE HOUR is she made desolate.” (Revelation 18:19)
It will be complete, utter destruction by plagues of fire, according to Revelation 18:18,19.
Babylon is “…no more at all!
This phrase is repeated six times in Verses 20-23, she is so utterly destroyed. Up until that time, the Antichrist rebuilds the physical city of Babylon as the center of his commercial empire, and, allows it to be the headquarters for One-World Religious System. Previously, it had deteriorated, but the ruins were still there. When God gets through with the commercial center of the Antichrist’s “empire,” there will be nothing left!
“For strong is the Lord God who judgeth her…”
And contrary to popular opinion, God is stronger than this world. No wonder Chapter 19 begins with “Alleluia.”
Note: It is important to understand who this False Prophet is. He is a human being that is indwelt with one of Satan’s intelligent and powerful demons. This demon is controlling this man’s mind and body. This man may not even know he is demon-possessed, but thinking he is doing all this by his own thinking and desires. The same applies to the Antichrist, who is only a man whom Satan indwells, displaying his power and thinking through this man.
The following verses will reveal the wealth this false religious leader, and commercial genius have gathered during the last three-and-a-half years, as recorded in Revelation 18:9-19:
“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, (9).
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 (10).
And the merchants of the Earth shall weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any more (11):
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, (12).
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 (13).
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 (14).
The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, (15).
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! (16).
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, (17).
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! (18).
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.” (19).
Babylon will be existing after the Rapture, and before the Battle of Armageddon, to receive her judgment from Almighty God!
“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath” (Revelation 16:19).
Many tourists have carried away bricks from the ruins of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon. Several of the towns in the surrounding area have been built with bricks with Nebuchadnezzar’s imprint on them. When God is through with the Babylon of the Tribulation Period, there will not be a “stone to carry” away!
“And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 51:26).
The Battle of Armageddon ends the Tribulation Period, and as the saved of Israel enter the Kingdom, they will be saying.
“In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God (4).
They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten” (Jeremiah 50:4‑5).
Remember, there is nothing left in Bible Prophecy that must be fulfilled before the Rapture.
“Even so, Come, Lord Jesus...”