Revelation Chapter 18
A detailed exposition of Revelation [apocalypse] chapter 18
V 1. "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
V 2. 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.
V 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.
V 4. 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.
V 5. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
V 6. 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.
V 7. 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.
V 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 judgeth her.
V 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,
V 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 thy judgment come.
V 11. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
V 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 ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
V 13. 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.
V 14. 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.
V 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,
V 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!
V 17. 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,
V 18. And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
V 19. 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.
V 20. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
V 21. 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.
V 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;
V 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.
V 24. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
First we see another angel [heavenly messenger] coming down from heaven with great power lightening up the earth with this glorious message. He is repeating the message of the 3 angel's in Revelation 14, namely, that BABYLON the great is fallen. From Revelation chapter 17 we have seen that Babylon is referred to as great religious whore that mixes with politicians and through this worldliness has become so corrupted that she is now blasphemous and murdered many of GOD'S true people. And she is said to have daughter churches. Therefore Babylon the great must consist of churches that have left Home but took with them many errors and traditions.
Sprinkling instead of Baptizing by immersion is such an error inherited by most of them and so is Sunday sacredness. Another one is the immortality of the soul.
Finally, through her moral fall from grace, Babylon has become the habitat of devils. 1.Timothy 4:1-4 already told us that those who have been seduced by spirits of demons are identifiable by their forbidding their clergy to get married and from meat which the Roman Catholic Church forbids their members to eat on Fridays. This is further revealed by the pope speaking to Mary every night to get instructions. Who is this Mary that is popping up everywhere and that the fallen Protestants are attracted to? None other than the spirits of demons. It is called the art of Necromancy, calling up, not down, the supposedly spirits of the dead. It is an abomination.
Modern Glossolalia [tongues] is also spirit worship that appeals to the baser nature of man [Galatians 5:20] idolatry and witchcraft. Revelation 18:23b says that by her [Babylon's] sorceries were all nations deceived.
Revelation chapter 13 showed us the false worshipped enforced and the deceptions by miracles like cloven tongues of false Pentecostal fire coming down from heaven, but not in the sight of GOD but men, deceiving if possible the very elect of GOD.
Revelation 14 showed us the true worship and than gave the first warnings of the moral fallings. Chapter 16 again enforces the same trend of occult powers working miracles during the last seven plagues when the one world religion consist of an evil trinity, the dragon, the beast and the false prophet like frogs catching their prey with their "TONGUES."
Revelation 18 shows the assets of these commercialized religions and refers us to Jer.5:27 : "As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they have become great, and waxen rich."
The fall of Babylon here spoken of cannot be literal destruction, for there are events to take place in Babylon after her fall which utterly forbids this idea. For instance, the true and faithful, righteous people of GOD are being called to come out from among them and not to be partaking of their sins that have reached up to heaven and that they may not receive of her plagues. This is to take place before her final destruction.
The fall is therefore a spiritual and moral fall that results in the habitation of devils and every foul spirit, and a cage of every foul and hateful bird. After the enforcement of the boycott of Rev.13, false worshippers will fill the churches who were once noble and holy.