Revelation Explained

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Babylon Thrown Down

"Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, 'Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. The 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. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.' ” (Revelation 18:21-24 - New King James Version)

The angel in verse twenty one throwing the stone into the sea symbolizes the complete and final destruction of Babylon. It will be quickly destroyed. It will never again be built.

The destruction of Babylon will be complete. There will no more singing or music in the city. There will be no one working a trade. There will be no one preparing food. There will be no light in the city. There will be no rejoicing. It will be totally destroyed. If any survive the destruction, they will leave and never return.

This city will be the center of the world. All will adore her. Yet the respect and admiration she gets will be based upon lies. Satan will blind people's eyes to the ugly truth.

Her destruction will come because she will kill God's people and all others who might oppose her rule. This will happen near the end of the Tribulation just before the battle of Armageddon. Chapter nineteen tells us about that battle.


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