(Chapter eighteen is literal in telling us the course of events that will take place during the destruction of that one world religious system called Mystery Babylon. This destruction will be just the opposite of what we read of in chapter seventeen, where everything is stated in symbols. In this chapter, it is literal, in the sense that you can use it as an analogy; that is for the inference that if two or more things agree in some respects, then they will probably agree in others.
In this way we will see that the "city of confusion", or "Babylon" will become a reality. Today we can literally see this city formed and in existence, and amongst our Christian people.)
1-24. The Judgment Of The Great City.
1,2. Babylon's Judgment. Announcement of it.
3. Babylon's associates. Their sin.
4. God's people. Call to "come out of her".
5-8. Babylon's judgment. Reasons for it.
9-19. Babylons inhabitants. Their lamination.
20. God's people. Call to "rejoice over her".
21. Babylon's judgment. Manner of it.
22,23. Babylon's inhabitants. Their silence.
24. God's people. Their blood "found in her"
Revelation 18:1 And after these things, I saw another angel come down from Heaven,
(Not the speaker of ch.17, but one invested with great authority and glory.)
having great power;
and the earth was lightened by his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen,
(See 14:8. Isa. 21:9. Jer. 51:8.)
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.
(The voice of this angel wasn't wimpish in tone, but a strong voice of authority. When he spoke, he said that this great city [or state] of confusion is falling both morally, and physically. Why is it falling?
It is inhabited by demons, and devils, and every foul thing; filthy, immoral, hateful, and deceitful. We are well under way to turn our entire nation into this city of confusion. We saw in Revelation 9, that when the locust army [Satan' fallen angels] arrives on earth, they will cause the earth to be totally saturated with godless immorality. They will leave the earth a wilderness for it's lack of truth, and respect for God's Word. Satan's kids, the Kenites, are now twisting God's people into such confusion, most Christians simply don't know right from wrong or truth from a lie.
Demon habitation is now on earth, and they are housed in the Kenites, and those who allow and invite demonics into them. This is done through channeling, astrology, and many other forms. Many times Christians flirt with demonic forms as a game, or in question, and become hooked. This is not the time to allow your mind to play around with these demons. Christians should be getting themselves ready for the real spiritual battle that they will be facing very shortly, The loss in that battle is your very soul. Demons, as well as these Kenites, use mind set, and mind control. The only control of the Christian mind should be by the Holy Spirit.)
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath
(= furious wine.)
of her fornication;
and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,
(= worshiped the one world system.)
and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance
(Gr. dunamis = dynamite, explosive, powerful tricks.)
of her indulgences pleasures."
(This identifies the city with that of Ch.17. In addition, it is here implies that Babylon [= confusion] will become the head-quarters of Spiritism, the habitation of demons, and the hold of every unclean spirit. Jer. 50 and 51 should be carefully studied in connection with these two Chapters [17,18] as many of the things predicted will await fulfillment in the coming evil days.)
4 And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people,
(See Jer. 50:4-9, and cp. Isa.10:20,24.)
that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues;
(Come into God's Word, not man's.)
5 For her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
(The tower of the sins in this end generation, will be worse that the tower of Babel of Genesis 11, and God is about to destroy her, not scatter it. The tower of Babel was built also to draw the entire world together in one mind. Through that ancient tower, man tried to reach God, and be as God was, they thought. Today the tower now forming called the city of Babel will also be of one mind, and the singleness of this one mind is bringing about confusion. The sins of the people, and their hardness of heart are reaching into heaven, and God will remember every last one of them.)
6 Reward her even as she has rewarded you,
(Cp. Mark 12:17 and Jer. 51:2.)
and unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double.
(When you take Satan's number, 6-6-6 [that of the Kenites], and double it you have 1,332. This is when Satan and his followers get their reward. However, Daniel talks about the 1,335 days when those who wait upon the Lord get their rewards. This is three days more of waiting upon the Lord.
Remember the two witnesses, and the three and one half days in wait, laying dead in the street in Jerusalem? It's just a thought, but don't be caught celebrating to quickly; for it might be for the wrong cause. Don't receive your blessing one day short, because it will be the blessing Satan is passing out upon those that claim him to be God [the Abomination of desolation].
Daniel 12:12 "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.")
7 How much she hath glorified herself
(Looks so religious.)
and lived voluptuously! That much torment and sorrow give back to her; for she saith in her heart,`I sit a queen and am no widow,
(A queen who is not a widow, implies a king-consort. She is not a virgin, she's in bed [spiritually speaking] with anti-Christ = Satan, she didn't wait for the True King, the oil ran out of her lamp [i.e. the truth].)
and shall see no sorrow.'
(See Isaiah 47:8.)
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day
(I.e. suddenly, on the Lord's Day, the 7th trump. See 2 Pet. 3:10)
and mourning and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire;
(I.e. the Truth of the Holy Spirit.)
for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
(The suddenness and completeness of Babylon's judgment and disappearance from the face of the earth is the prominent feature of this prophecy, proving that that judgment has not yet taken place in this day that we live in. Isa. 13:20. Jer. 50:13,39,40; 51:29,37,43: &c., await fulfillment.)
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication
and lived wantonly with her, shall bewail her and lament for her when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
(As this "city of confusion" goes up in smoke, the reality of what they have done will set into their minds. Then all people will see clearly what damage has been done; that they have been lied to and deceived by Satan and his religious system. It will be a sad day for the deceived Christians.
When you think of those elderly people who sat in their churches all their lives, just wanting to serve and see Jesus; what a heart break it will be for them to wake up and find that they have been deceived all along. They were taught that you don't have to know the whole Bible, just believe. They listened and believed when the pastor told them, Revelation doesn't apply to you, for you will fly out of here. Most of the pastors will lead their flocks right into Satan's camp in ignorance, thinking he is the Messiah, and not knowing any difference between the true Christ and the fake Christ. When they do, they will have lost it all. There will be no grace extended to them from this flesh age for those who worship the Antichrist.
They will stand in shame and nakedness before our Lord Jesus Christ, and what a pity that they have been trapped in deception.)
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, `Alas! Alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour has thy judgment come.'
(These "kings of the earth" are those of 17:2. The ten kings are never seen by John apart from the beast, and the "kings of the earth" are always seen in connection with Babylon.)
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
(These merchant's products were the sweet, religious trinkets, and robes of Satan's world wide religious system. No man will ever buy or need any of Satan's religious order again, for Jesus Christ will be on the earth, and His kingdom will be without end.)
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls; and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet; all scented wood,
(So sweet and religious.)
all manner of vessels of ivory and most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble;
(Notice that all these items go to make up the royalty of Satan's world wide religious order. They make up the fineries for the leaders, and priests, and for the offerings, and the many structures necessary to worship Satan, as he wishes to be worshipped. Satan's church, and entire religious system will be impressive to the ordinary man, but to God's elect it will be a cheap imitation of the real thing.)
13 And cinnamon, and perfumes, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat; and cattle, and sheep, and horses, and chariots;
(Gr. rheda, a Gaelic word for a four-wheeled coach or vehicle, a sign of luxury.)
and slaves, and the souls of men.
(all of the above are of v.3. Satan's sole mission is capturing the souls of men and women, boys and girls. Satan will offer you anything your heart desires to tie you to his system. If you are not sealed in your mind [forehead] that the first christ is Satan, you will sell your soul cheap to him in ignorance, for you will think he is Jesus Christ. Satan will own the world, for God will have given it to him, to use it to deceive all the peoples of the world. Satan will and can offer you anything, and he deliver it just to buy your soul. In fact the only price he requires payment in full, is your soul.)
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after have departed from thee,
(I.e. the ripe fruit which falls off the tree out of season, see Zech. 5.)
and all things which were dainty and goodly have departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
(Your fruits are what you reap from what you have planted, and the fruit then comes from the stems of your plantings. In the time of Satan's one world religious system, there will be no fruit yielded, and all ripe fruit will be harvested with a cycle [not picked], and piled to burn. Remember in the parable of the fig tree, that tree that Jesus cursed had no fruit, but only leaves. Ripe fruit must be harvested in season. Why?
All those who will make a stand against Satan and his religious system are already sealed. Those without the seal, which is the understanding of God's Word [the Bible] will have taken Satan's [the Antichrist's] "Mark of the Beast", his name and his number. Like we were told by Joel the prophet, the world will be like a wilderness, barren for the truth of God's word. There will not be a harvest, because the "seed lay in the barns [churches], and had not been planted". The pastures will become a wilderness, because there is no one in them feeding.
The only word that will be taught, or even spoken aloud in the days of the Antichrist's religious order, will be the words of the Antichrist's religion. It will be accepted as the truth, because it will sound like the truth, and backed up by Satan's [the Antichrist's] many miracles, wonders, and deceptions. The Christians who do not know God's Word, simply will not believe the true man of God in that day, and if that is you, they will think you to be insane. When the religious system of the Antichrist is in place, we can not plant seed anymore, thus we are told by Jesus to think not ahead of time what we will say, but to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us [Mark 13:9-11].
Mark 13:9 "But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Spirit.
The two people, which are the two witnesses, who do speak out will be given special powers by God to stand directly against Satan and the people of the world, and they will use those powers against Satan [the Antichrist], and his system. This is why they will be hated. When Satan rises up and kills these two witnesses, at the appointed time, the end of Satan's "city of Babylon [confusion]", it will fall.
Because Babylon [the Antichrist's world wide religious system] is fallen, all things that were part of it will never be again. Ever! In this one hour the entire system is shown for the filth it is, and destroyed.)
15 The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing
(The things of this earth age of the flesh is all gone. The entire religious system, and all that belonged to it [it's evil rudiments] are destroyed in one hour. They risked their entire lives and business on a five months period [Revelation 9:5, 10], and lost it all in one hour.
In II Peter 3:10, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements [evil rudiments in the Greek text] shall melt with fervent heat, the earth [age] also and the works [evil works] that are therein shall be burned up." Friend, God is the consuming fire that will do this, as we read in Hebrews 12:29.)
16 And saying, `Alas! Alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and precious stones and pearls!
(That great "Church". Man's church, religiosity. Its not God's Church.)
17 For in one hour
(I.e. the 7th trump, see v.8.)
such great riches have come to nought!' "And every shipmaster
(How's you Christian boat doing my friend?)
and all the company in ships,
(Indicating travelers of all kinds)
and sailors, and as many as trade by sea,
(Lit work the sea, i.e. for a living)
stood afar off;
(Remember the seas represent the peoples of the world, and it is these false teachers, always begging for money, who mislead the fishes [i.e. Christians], teaching their traditions, and not teaching the True Word of God.)
18 And they cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, `What city is like unto this great city!'
(I.e. the one world system. Answer to this question. Our Father's City. They mourned as the clouds of deception arose and cleared away, and the truth was revealed, and the reality of the end of their godless system came into sight. Their time of cheating, and being the thieving bunch of bandits that they have been sense the ancient days are over.)
19 And they cast dust on their heads and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, `Alas! Alas, that great city, wherein all that had ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her extravagances! For in one hour is she made desolate!'
(See v.8, and cp. Isa.47:11. Jer.50:26. Jer.51:8. Ancient Babylon, after its capture by Cyrus, gradually diminished. Here she [i.e. the one world system & confusion will be eliminated almost immediately)
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven and ye holy apostles and prophets, for God hath avenged you on her."
(I.e. has fully avenged you. Now has come the time of avenging, see Luke 18:7,8.)
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone,
(Remember the story of David and Goliath.)
and cast it into the sea,
(The one world system, Satan's kingdom.)
saying, "Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
(This system is stripped away from Satan forever. Cp. Jer. 51:64. Ezek. 26:21.)
22 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;
(There will be no musicians, no craftsman, or builders of any kind: no doctors or shop keepers in that Millennium kingdom for the things that are needed to fill the needs and desires of this flesh body are over. There will be no flesh bodies anywhere, anymore. We will see the wonderful conditions that shall exist in the twenty first and twenty second chapters.)
23 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.
24 And in her
(I.e. sister Babylon.)
was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
(This satanic system started with Satan and Eve in the Garden of Eden. From that "beguiling" [being wholly seduced, sexually; from the Greek text], came the race of satanic hybrids, called "the Kenites". These children have hid themselves, by mixing with other races, and in the case of God's children, blending themselves in with the Israelites. When they tried to hide themselves, the Prophets and Apostles would identify them through their blood line [ancestry]. This is the main reason for their killing of the prophets, apostles, and even Jesus Christ. And they force the blame of their murdering acts on our brother Judah.
This is even possible in most churches today, because very few Christians have taken the time to learn that lesson Jesus told us to learn in Mathew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. That lesson being "the parable of the Fig tree". It is from this parable that we discover the good figs, brother Judah [Jews], from the bad figs, the Kenites ["that do lie, and call themselves Jews"]. If you do not know this parable there is no way you can be "sealed in your mind" against the Antichrist. For it is the Kenites that have, and will pervert all doctrine, and that false doctrine will cause you to take the Antichrist's "Mark of the Beast".
That mark is taken in your "forehead [your mind], and in your "right hand". The mark is your thinking as the Kenites want you to think, and doing the work. A "right hand" man is to do what the one over you wants you to do. These Kenites are the children of "Cain", from which their name comes. See Strong's Hebrew Dictionary # 7014, ""Qayin, kah'-yin; Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Palestine, and of an oriental tribe: -Cain, Kenite(s)."
These Kenites took over the scribe duties, of translating God's holy word, which is recorded in I Chronicles 2:55. Ezra 2:43-65 records how the Levites were not around when the temple and the altar of God was rebuilt. It was the Kenites [Nethinims] that had taken over the duties of the scribes and priests. This is what is hid from the Church of today, most cannot tell brother Judah [Jew] from the fake, and this is why the Churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia were acceptable to God; they knew who these Kenites were. Revelation 2:9 "I know thy works; and tribulation, and poverty, but thou art rich and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
It is the offspring of these Kenites, the same ones who killed the prophets, and Jesus Christ, that are doing the same as they always have, and they are committed to Satan their father as he is. They are changing and twisting God's Word to make the whole world to believe a lie. God's elect, and the 144,000 of Israel [all of the tribes] will be the only ones that can see through the deception. God will turn the rest of the people over to Satan at this time.
Revelation may have been a mystery to you in the past, but it's high time to get into it with the proper tools, and see what God is saying to His church, [His elect]. If you wait until the Antichrist has arrived, it will be to late, because it is God that will blind your eyes from the truth then. God has fully prepared and written His plan in His Word, and you are going to be responsible for your actions of either following the Antichrist, the first christ to come; or waiting for the true Christ. The rewards are great for them that wait on the Lord.)