Finality of Bab…

Finality of Babylon’s Fall

21 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. 22 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. 23 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. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

21 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.. 22 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.

These verses show how swiftly and violently Babylon’s judgment will come. This is a lament from an angel, and this angel is powerful enough to toss a huge mill stone that weighs thousands of pounds into the sea.

23 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.

After this the only times “the voice of bridegroom and bride” is only heard regarding the ” the marriage of the Lamb” and the Ne Jerusalem. Sorcery literally means magic arts, and is referred to in 9:21 as the sins of all humankind, this is a reference to Babylons influence as causing all nations to become corrupt.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

There are two possibilities here, one is that the blood of the slain refers to to all those martyred for the cause of Christ throughout all of history or it could refer specifically to those who were martyred during the tribulation, specifically those martyred during the reign of the beast.

We will pick up next on Chapter 19 until then may God richly bless you!

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