The Fall of Babylon the Great
1After#Rev. 17:17 these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, #Ezek. 43:2and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, #Is. 13:19|NoBook| 21:9Jer. 51:8Rev. 14:8“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and #Is. 13:21|NoBook| 34:11Jer. 50:39Jer 51:37Zeph. 2:14has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and #Is. 14:23a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3For all the nations #Jer. 51:7Rev. 14:8have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, #Is. 47:15and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
4And I heard another voice from heaven saying, #Is. 48:20“Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5#Gen. 18:20For her sins have reached to heaven, and #Rev. 16:19God has remembered her iniquities. 6#Ps. 137:8Jer. 50:1529Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; #Rev. 14:10in the cup which she has mixed, #Rev. 16:19mix double for her. 7#Ezek. 28:2–8In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as #Is. 47:7Zeph. 2:15queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8Therefore her plagues will come #Is. 47:9Jer. 50:31Rev. 18:10in one day—death and mourning and famine. And #Rev. 17:16she will be utterly burned with fire, #Jer. 50:34Heb. 10:31Rev. 11:17for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall
9#Ezek. 26:16Eze 27:35“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her #Jer. 50:46Rev. 17:2Rev 18:3will weep and lament for her, #Rev. 19:3when they see the smoke of her burning, 10standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, #Is. 21:9‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! #Rev. 18:1719For in one hour your judgment has come.’
11“And #Ezek. 27:27–34the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12#Ezek. 27:12–22Rev. 17:4merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and #1 Chr. 5:21Ezek. 27:13souls of men. 14The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. 15The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16and saying, ‘Alas, alas, #Rev. 17:18that great city #Rev. 17:4that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17#Rev. 18:10For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ #Is. 23:14Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18#Ezek. 27:30and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, #Rev. 13:4‘What is like this great city?’
19#Josh. 7:6Job 2:12Lam. 2:10Ezek. 27:30“They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! #Rev. 18:8For in one hour she is made desolate.’
20#Is. 44:23|NoBook| 49:13Jer. 51:48Rev. 12:12“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for #Luke 11:49Rev. 19:2God has avenged you on her!”
Finality of Babylon’s Fall
21Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, #Jer. 51:6364“Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and #Rev. 12:8Rev 16:20shall not be found anymore. 22#Eccl. 12:4Jer. 7:34Jer 16:9Jer 25:10Rev. 14:1–3The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. 23#Jer. 25:10The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, #Jer. 7:34Jer 16:9and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For #Is. 23:8Rev. 6:15Rev 18:3your merchants were the great men of the earth, #2 Kin. 9:22for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24And #Rev. 16:6Rev 17:6in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who #Jer. 51:49were slain on the earth.”
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