Revelation Chapter 18
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And 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. For all nations have drunk 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” (Revelation 18:1-3, emphasis added).
This chapter gives us a fuller understanding of who Babylon is. Just as in Revelation 14:8, Babylon is said to be “fallen, is fallen” so in this chapter “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen.” The fact that Babylon “is fallen, is fallen” was not something that only the writer of Revelation saw; Isaiah had seen it also: “Babylon is fallen, is fallen: and all the graven images of her gods He hath broken to the ground” (Isaiah 21:9), and when Isaiah saw this, only Babylon from the days of Nimrod had been in existence, but Isaiah was foretelling the fall of the soon coming kingdom of Babylon over which King Nebuchadnezzar ruled. Just as Isaiah foretold the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians so he tells us that modern-day Babylon (NWO) will fall to Satan and his angels.
That this message written in Revelation 18 is given by an angel “having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory” indicates that what this angel has to say is of the greatest importance to all the earth’s inhabitants, and every inhabitant of the earth will hear what this angel has to say through God's servants, the 144,000.
When ancient Babylon fell, as foretold by Isaiah, it became the habitation of “the pelican and the porcupine . . . the bittern and the raven . . . and thorns shall come up in its palaces and strongholds, nettles and brambles in its fortresses; and it shall be a habitation for jackals, an abode for ostriches. And the wild beasts of the desert will meet here with howling creatures (wolves and hyenas) and the wild goat . . . the monster will settle there and find a place of rest” (Isaiah 34:11-14). Prior to its fall ancient Babylon was considered to be one of the wonders of earth for its beauty and strength.
To this day ancient Babylon located in the country of Iraq remains uninhabited. This modern-day Babylon in its fallen condition is “the habitation of devils [literally], and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). I have learned not to be too hard on the vultures while living in Greene County, Indiana. One man refers to them as the county’s road crew because they keep the roadways cleared of roadkill. Even though they are an “unclean and hateful bird,” they do serve a purpose in Elohim’s world as we will see in Revelation 19.
“And the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:3). How have “the merchants of the earth . . . waxed rich through the abundance of her [Babylon’s] delicacies?” Paul wrote to the Galatians that they had turned “again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain” (Galatians 4:9-11).
Paul saw the Galatian converts reverting back to their old pagan ways by observing the “days, and months, and times, and years” which they had observed while they were pagans, and Paul feared that he had labored for them in vain. What were those times that they began observing again which were of pagan origin? These were not the days and months and times which God had set aside for convocations with His people. Leviticus 23 describes the days appointed by God to meet with His people; the weekly Sabbath and the spring, summer, and fall feasts. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us, “Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath. Such things are only shadows of things that are to come” (Amplified Version).
In our study of Daniel 12, we saw how the fall feast days create a time line of specific events relating to the close of this earth’s history before Jesus returns. They are the shadows of those things that will come at the end of time.
But what were the days the former pagan believers in Galatia began to observe once again? They are with us today but are considered of Christian origin even though they are not of Biblical origin. These are “Trojan Horses” by which Satan has gained influence throughout the entire world. They have been given Christian names but are of pagan origin: Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, May Day, Lent, and so on. Most refer to them as holidays, but they are by no means holy days. And some of those days which we in America consider national holidays fall on days of great significance on the pagan calendar. This is not by accident but is by design!
The “months” referred to in Galatians could be the period of forty days preceding Easter called Lent. Let me just digress briefly and share with you what ancient mythology has to say. Nimrod, who we are told in the Bible, “began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel” (Genesis 10:8-10). According to what I have studied from ancient mythology, Nimrod went out to hunt wild boar when he was killed by one. In honor of Nimrod, Semiramis, Nimrod’s wife, held a forty day period of fasting for Nimrod. At the end of the time of fasting (Lent), they held a feast (Easter) consisting of a roasted boar (pig). What do many people eat for their Easter dinner? Semiramis then had an affair and a miracle child (Tammuz) was conceived and born nine months later at the time we now celebrate Christmas. The symbol for Tammuz is the cross. From this account you can see where some of our practices, beliefs, and customs originated. They did not originate from the Bible even though they have been given Christian names, but originated in ancient Babylon from the days of Nimrod. These are a part of the “abomination” mentioned in Revelation 17:5 and by which “the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:3).
These are just some of the days and times referred to in Galatians 4:10 that Paul was saying the Galatian believers were reverting back to, and which professed Christians are observing today while they are totally ignoring the feast days set up by God for convocations where God would meet with His people. He still meets with His people on those days for those who observe them. What would Paul have to say about this matter if he were living today?
We read in Revelation 18:3, that “The merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” These pagan holidays bring in a very large percentage of the merchants’ yearly sales during these “holidays.” So is it any wonder we read in Revelation 18:11, “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning?” The judgment of the great whore has taken place and the merchants will no longer profit from the observance of these pagan holidays. Revelation 18:12-15 describes some of the merchandise by which these merchants were profited.
We read in Revelation 17:16, “And the ten horns [Satan’s loyal angels which have replaced the ten kings of the New World Order.] which thou saw upon the beast [Satan], these shall hate the whore [Babylon (NWO)], and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh and burn her with fire.”
The fact that “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” (Revelation 18:9), and “the merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing” (Revelation 18:15) indicates that Babylon or the New World Order will be dealt with and judged (Revelation 17:1) prior to the second coming of Jesus during the time of the sixth plague. Both groups, "the kings of the earth" and "the merchants," have greatly profited from their "fornication" with "Babylon."
As was pointed out in Revelation 17, Babylon will be dealt with as men treat whores who have been used and are needed no more. Satan has used Babylon or the New World Order until he could set up his kingdom, which will be short-lived.
The use of “one hour” which is used frequently in Revelation 18, was first used in Revelation 17:12-13. “And the ten horns [Satan’s delegated angels which replace the seven heads and the ten horns of the New World Order] which thou saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast [Satan]. These have one mind [they are in full harmony with Satan], and shall give their power and strength unto the beast [Satan]” (emphasis added).
This helps identify when the judgment of Babylon is taking place and by whom that judgment is brought upon the New World Order which will take place during the sixth plague. Even though these ten kings are destroying Babylon, it is God Who “hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast [Satan] until the words of God shall be fulfilled” (Revelation 17:17). The “one hour” denotes a short period of time, and not a literal length of time or what we referred to earlier in this book as prophetic time where a day equals a year. The last use of prophetic time, where a day equaled a year, was in 1798, with the fall of the papacy. All subsequent time prophecies found in Daniel and Revelation are in literal time. It is my understanding, from what I have studied, that twenty-two days will lapse between Satan setting up his throne in Jerusalem until it comes to an end.
God will use Satan and his ten cohorts to bring destruction upon Babylon prior to Yahushua’s return in glory because Babylon was found guilty of “the blood of the prophets, and of the saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth” (Revelation 18:24). In the fifth seal described in Revelation 6:9-10 we find these words: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O LORD, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Here in the sixth plague their blood is avenged. People will be made to know that Satan has used them as his pawns in his warfare against Elohim, heaven, and His saints and prophets. We cannot imagine what will go through the minds of those who have been duped by the arch-deceiver.
In Revelation 12:9, we are told, “And the great dragon was cast out [of heaven], that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels with him” (emphasis added). The people of this earth will have been warned of what is coming, but most will choose to ignore those warnings and will make war against the saints and prophets of God and find their worst nightmares coming true! Even the leaders of the New World Order will be made to realize they have been deceived prior to Jesus' return. All their conspiracies to enslave man will be laid open for all to see before they are destroyed by the brightness at the coming of Jesus!
Speaking of Babylon, we read, “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:5). The LORD has an accurate account of everything that has ever occurred on this earth, and by this time, the judgment of Babylon will have taken place. He knew what was taking place in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and brought judgments on them.
“And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city [Babylon] wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate. [Just as ancient Babylon was made desolate.] Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall the great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of the 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. 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” (Revelation 18:19-23, emphasis added). Many of the “great men of the earth” are practicing sorcerers who are a part of the Illuminati and other Secret Societies.
Nothing is worse than having your nose rubbed in the deception perpetrated on you. All who have given their allegiance to Babylon will know that they have been deceived, and nothing they can do can reverse the outcome; their mental anguish cannot be imagined! Satan has good reason for doing what he does to Babylon, for the kings of the north and the south tried to overthrow him (Daniel 11:40), and it is payback time for those who came against him, but the LORD will overthrow Satan in the end. It just maybe that some will still turn to God before probation ends at the time of the seventh plague before God announces "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Revelation 22:11).
But before the judgment of the “great whore” takes place, the 144,000 will be giving a message found in Revelation 14:8 and 18:4 to “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6) to “Come out of her, My people [God’s people are in Babylon while they are following any of the beliefs, customs, teachings and practices which originated in Babylon.], that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4, emphasis added). You can receive of the first six plagues and still have time to receive salvation before the seventh plague is poured oout when probation closes for mankind.
Like the 144,000 who also had once been in Babylon but have left its customs, practices, teachings, and beliefs and are referred to as the “first fruits” so the “great multitude” will come out of Babylon in order that they may be sealed before Satan comes upon the earth and begins torturing earth’s inhabitants for five months (Revelation 9:1-11). You do not have to be in any particular physical locality to be in Babylon, for Babylon is how God has chosen to depict the New World Order and the customs, practices, teachings and beliefs that originated in ancient Babylon, who like in the days of ancient Babylon of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz attempted to set up a One-World Government. This message is a part of the second angel’s message we read about in Revelation 14 and calls for God's true children to escape from the judgments which are to come upon Babylon and on those who receive the “mark of the beast” and worship his image. This message will be given at the time the New World Order takes control of the earth and will be given until the “mark of the beast” is to be given to mankind. When Babylon is being judged, it will be the final days before probation ends; the door of mercy is shut when the seventh plague is pooured out. The thief on the cross, next to Jesus, received salvation just before his death, and I pray that it may even be so for some of those when Babylon is overthrown. The opportunity to be saved is still available!
- 1.Who will bring judgment upon Babylon?
- 2. How do the merchants of the earth become rich?
- 3. When is the blood of the servants of God avenged?
- 4. When does probation end?