Babylon Thrown Down
Revelation 18 describes that Babylon has been thrown down, never to be found again. Music on the earth will cease. Light in a home will shine no longer. Business will no longer exist.
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21. This is the third angel in this chapter see 18:1; 4; 21.
Before speaking a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea. [KJV]
This millstone was several hundred pounds. (Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. [Nashville: B&H, 1998], 336)
“Like a stone that makes a big splash and then disappears beneath the waves will Babylon come to an end.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 1042)
22. “These verses give more particulars about what will be lost forever.” (Easley, 336)
Those who play instruments and those who sing will not be heard from again, except in heaven.
Have you ever participated in a strike? I have. Did not like it!
Here we are told workers will not be found again.
“Every ancient home ground its own grain with a handheld millstone.” (Easley, 336)
23. “Nothing more surely indicates home life than the friendly light of a lamp at night. Babylon is now dark, a place fit not for homes but for evil creatures of the night (v2)” (Easley, 336) [see also Fall of Babylon)
“There will be no more falling in love.” (MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000], 191)
“By contrast there will be a great wedding in the holy city of the Lamb, 19:7-9.” (Easley, 336)
“Three final reasons are given for Babylon’s judgment.” (MacArthur, 191)
For thy merchants were the great men of the earth. [KJV]
They used “their wealth to ascend to positions of power, prominence, and influence.” But “the abuse of the proud, arrogant rich are well documented in Scripture.” (MacArthur, 191)
James 2:6 James 5:4-6 Isaiah 3:14-15; 5:8 Amos 4:1; 5:11; 8:4-6
For by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. [KJV]
“Babylon’s hold on the world will not be entirely due to her military and economic power, but also to her occult influence.” (MacArthur, 191)
24. This is Babylon’s “murderous slaughter of God’s people.” (MacArthur, 191)
Babylon is responsible for the death of the prophets, God’s holy people and those who have been slaughtered on the earth. [NIV]
“Divine justice has been fully served.” (Easley, 337)
Scripture quotations from the Holy Bible, King James Version. [Public Domain}
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Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983