Chapter 18

1) And after these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was brightened with his glory.
2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
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.
4) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.
5) For her sins have reached to heaven and God has remembered her iniquities.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is your judgment come.
11) And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys her merchandise anymore.
12) 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 most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble.
13) And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frakincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and charriots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14) 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.
15) the merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16) 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!
17) 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 that trade by sea, stood afar off,
18) And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like to this great city!
19) and they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying Alas, alas, that great city, wherin were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness!  For in one hour is she made desolate.
20) Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for God has avenged you on her.
21) And a might angel took up a stone like a giant milstone, 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.
22) 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 whatsoever craft he be, shall be found anymore in you; and the sound of a milstone shall be heard no more at all in you.
23) 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.
24) and in her was fount the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth


1) One of Revelation's several messengers will illuminate a darkened world.
2) Complete devastation of the world system seat of government.  (i.e. Rome, etc..)
3) The world system is corrupt, apostate and evil throughout.
4) Those believers that are still intermingled, hiding, and avoiding the world system will be called out so as not to be affected by judgments.
5) God does not remember the sins of believers, they are covered by the blood of Christ.
6) Judged equal to their amount of fornication and evil.
7) Ego and pride are among the sins to be judged.
8) Destruction will be quick and brief.
9) Now what?  our lives depended on the center of commerce, religion, and everything else.
10) Distancing themselves so as not to join in the destructive judgment.
11) No business at all is possible anymore because of the devastation.  
12) All commerce and industry will be lost.
13) All life sustaining products, transportation, and food.
14) It is now impossible to sustain yourself on this planet.
15) Business owners will be at a loss as to how to support themselves.
16) Its such a royal city, how could this have happened?
17) All stand at what they think is a safe distance from the destruction fearing God's wrath.
18) They idolized the city as their god, questioning who was greater than it was, they got their answer.
19) Jos 7:6, 1 Sam 4:12, 2 Sam 1:2, 15:32, Job 2:12, Lam 2:10, Ez 27:30, Expression of greif for great loss. 1 hour- not actual 60 minutes, euphemism for a breif period of time.
20) Prayers of saints and martyrs finally answered, vengeance belongs to God alone.
21) It will never be rebuilt, metaphor portraying the violence of the city's demise. Jer 51:61-64
22) Thus ends all semblance of normalcy on the earth.
23) The final vengeance against the corrupt religious and political systems which killed prophets and saints throughout time.