First of all, anyone that tuned in last night to hear my broadcast – we had some technical difficulties getting it on the air- It will air at 8:00 pm tonight Eastern time. My apologies that it did not happen as planned! Ok- now lets get to the Revelation!
9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you,[e] and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’
19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’
20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles[f] and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
The verses 9-19 are sounds like a ancient lament that is similar to Ezekiel’s lament over Tyre. (Ez 27) The kings of the world will , illicit partners of Babylon, will see her burning and weep out loud, probably as much for their loss as hers. But, they stay at a safe distance to escape her torment. The merchandise is of purple, an expensive dye, citron wood, used in cabinet making, and myrrh, and frankincense, (Do these sound familiar?) Bodies and souls is referring to the slave trade. In v 16 the of wealthy Babylon is nearly identical to that of the harlot Babylon in 17:4. Those who make their living from trade on the sea also lament the judgement and burning by which Babylon is made desolate. The throw dust on their heads expressing great sorrow, and that is also seen in Ez 27:30 in the lament over Tyre.
We will pick up next time on verse 20- where we will the finality of Babylons fall!
Until then, may God richly bless you!