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Rev. 18:20-24

5/7/10 The people of God are commanded to rejoice. Babylon is being judged as she has judged, and with the measure she used it will be measured to her. Specifically mentioned are apostles and prophets among the saints. They especially have suffered at the cruelty of Babylon’s false religion.

Then a strong angel threw a huge boulder into the sea and said, “In this way will Babylon be thrown down.” This was a common technique the prophets used to illustrate their predictions. Babylon won’t just fade away, it will crash and burn quickly.

The next verses poetically describe her desolation. There are many allusions to the OT here, especially Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel’s descriptions of Babylon’s fall. And the reason given for all of this is that she is a deceiver, that she lied to the world, and that she has on her hands the blood of God’s people.

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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:14-19

5/6/10 The fruit (results) you have desired, which would likely be unopposed rule, is now obviously not going to happen. Once the saints were eradicated her authority and power would have been complete, and she gets very close to accomplishing her purposes. But something happens. The world will at once come to hate her and at the same time mourn over her destruction, for she was their last hope. They take up a figurative lament as they think of all they have lost by her destruction.

As they watch her crumble they do not assist her for they brought about her destruction. And according to v. 17 it happens in one hour, also stated earlier as one day, signifying a short time rather than a specific time.

The phrase “threw dust on their heads” recalls some Old Testament images, for instance Joshua 7 is the story of the defeat of Israel by Ai when Israel rebelled against God. It also recalls Job’s three friends mourning Job’s losses. The were “confused” friends. Also Lamentations uses similar imagery.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:11-13

5/5/10 The merchants of the earth and their trade goods may be literal, but given the symbolic nature of Revelation it seems preferable to see this more from a spiritual standpoint, although literal riches would certainly be a part of such an organization.

The nations of the earth weep and mourn over Babylon because no one buys her cargoes any longer. What has Babylon being dealing in? Religion. No one is accepting her teachings, doctrine, falsehoods, any more. The list given of literal trade goods probably isn’t intended to be broken down for specific symbolic value. Instead what we’re seeing is an overall comprehensive idea of the magnitude of Babylon’s spiritual deceptions. It is all stuff that looks good but in the end turns out to be of no value at all. It ends up treating both body and soul of men as worthless.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:9-10

5/4/10 So when her destruction comes it will come quickly and dramatically. One of the allusions is to Eze 26-27, which describes the fall of Tyre. It’s a pattern for the fall of Babylon. Tyre was a small city-state with tremendous influence because of her trade. The world benefited greatly from her business and the people admired and followed her. But when her destruction comes and she is burned, the nations of the earth who had joined her in this adulterous affair, will mourn her destruction. It’s clear that it’s the nations who actually bring about her destruction, but they aren’t pleased with what they had to do.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:4-6

5/2/10 Even to the very end God’s people will be called out of Babylon. Obviously, this is before probation closes. To this point in the deception, apparently, some have not yet heard the call to come out. They are God’s people and they will hear it, but they are still a part of the deception. But the plagues that will destroy Babylon are soon to begin. Why? Because her sins are “glued together” up to heaven.

Is 52 and Jer 50 and 51 are the allusions here. These chapters describe in brutal detail how God will punish Babylon. With the sins piled up to heaven this might even be an image of the tower of Babel.

Justice requires punishment that is equal to the crime, so God pays her reward according to her deeds. That is what the seven bowls were all about. They were God’s judgments on Babylon.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:15-18

4/30/10 The angel said to John, “the waters that you saw…” But  what he actually saw was a desert, a woman, and a scarlet beast that she was sitting on. So the waters are the scarlet beast, which are people’s, crowds, nations, languages of the earth. Apostate religion, Babylon, is ruling the earth’s nations (v. 11).

The ten horns, which are ten kings that have not yet received their kingdom, will somehow come to hate the prostitute. The OT story of Amnon raping his sister then hating her is an interesting background. And Ezekiel 16 is very much in view, that the judgments of God fall on the prostitute via the nations of the earth. They strip her, devour her, burn her with fire.

The only time that the punishment for prostitution was burning instead of stoning in the OT was in the case that the prostitute was the daughter of a priest.

V. 17 makes it clear that God engineers this situation just as he did all of his mighty acts. He put unity in their hearts to accomplish his purposes. These powers don’t normally get along. Satan has to unite them, but his kingdom isn’t one of unity. Nevertheless, God makes that happen so that his own purpose will be accomplished.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:12-14

4/29/10 V. 12, The ten horns on the beast, which are the nations of the world, are the ten kings that haven’t yet received their power, so they are as yet unidentifiable.

They become rulers for one hour. This time period need not necessarily be seen as prophetic time but may easily symbolize of a short, non-specific period of time. First, one hour is not an unusual way to state a period of time; second, prophetic time isn’t necessarily required to make sense of the prophecy; and third, chapter 18, which is an exposition of this part of the vision, calls this same time period one day and one hour interchangeably (Rev 18:8, 10, 17, 19).

V. 13, These kings have one purpose, they are given authority by the nations of the earth to bring the entire earth into unity with the beast. This is their sole function, and they accomplish it. This union of religion and civil power has one purpose also: the annihilation of God’s people.

V. 14, They wage war against the Lamb, via his people. But the Lamb overcomes, as usual, because he is king of kings and Lord of all lords. And those who are with him are his called, chosen, and faithful people–the same who are part of the kings from the East (Rev 16:12).

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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