Lesson 163 (Revelation Chapter 18)
"for in One Hour is Thy Judgment Come"

 

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REVELATION CHAPTER 18

The fall of Babylon
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 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. 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.
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. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 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. 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. 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.
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, 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.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 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, 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.
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.
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, 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! 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, 18 and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 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.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
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. 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; 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. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Lesson No. 163 "…for in One Hour Is Thy Judgment Come"

Book of Revelation, Chapter 18                                08/18/2013        

1) Chapter 17 talks about the judgment of the harlot woman, the city of sin called Babylon.  What is happening with the angel coming down from heaven (verse 1) and the announcement in verse 2?

2) Verse 2 talks about the inhabitants of the city, verse 3 talks about why she/it is being
judged, but verse 4 is very interesting- what does it mean?  Who is bringing judgment?  Why is the judgment twice as much as the crime (verse 6)?

3) Verses 6 through 10 are the ‘funeral song’ for the corrupt world power.

4) Some think that Chapter 17 is about the judgment of the corrupt religious powers controlling
the souls of men in Babylon and the world while Chapter 18 is about the
commercial corruption or business world controlling world commerce.  Verses 11 through 16 talk of the wealth and commerce of the great city.  This up-coming city must be the central seat of power for all food and goods in the rule of the Anti-Christ!

5) How quickly does judgment come?  (Hint- verse 17)

6) What do the shippers and merchants do when they witness, from far off, the total destruction of the city?  (Hint- verses 17 through 19)

7) But what does heaven do at the sight of the judgment?  (Hint- verse 20)

8) Final destruction is seen in verse 21- by what means is the city destroyed; is this symbolic?

9) What is left after the millstone event?  (Hint- verses 22 through 23)

10)  Verse 24 reminds us why this evil and corrupt city, having brokered in flesh, corruption,
and the souls of men, is punished.

11)  What part of this do we have part in?  Are we ‘set apart’ as God’s people from corrupt religious powers and corrupt business/government practice?

 

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