Summary: This Revelation sermon series sermon deals with the fall of the world governments and the rich merchants during Tribulation.
Judgment Will Fall On Satan’s Government
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
2And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
3For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury."
4And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
5For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
7In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.'
8Therefore her plagues will come in one day--death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
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,
10standing 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.'
Our sermon series on Revelation continues today.
We will look at the first 10 verses of chapter 18.
This passage tells us about the fall of Babylon,
the kingdom of Satan, and the Antichrist.
There is coming an economic crash
far worse than the depression of 1929.
Babylon will become the value system of the ungodly age
and the kingdom of Antichrist.
There is no place called Babylon today.
It will be rebuilt on the shores of the River Euphrates.
The system of Babylon will be a system of Satanism.
It will be a system of the occult, witchcraft and astrology.
We will see in chapter 18
the destruction of the commercial and governmental systems.
Chapter 17 was about the judgment
of the harlot religious system.
Chapter 18 will be about the judgment
of the Babylonian kingdom called “Babylon the Great”.
Babylon represents all world government and religious systems
under the power and direction of Satan.
They have been in organized rebellion against God
since their formation at the tower of Babel under Nimrod.
This rebellion will reach its high point
with the end time world government.
It will have its headquarters located at Babylon.
This chapter tells us about the world kingdom
that Satan fully establishes
when he is allowed total control over the earth for 3 ½ years.
The chapter also tells us about the judgment
upon this satanic kingdom.
VERSE 1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
Another angel is involved with fulfilling God’s final purposes.
Notice that none of these angels are ever named.
While important in doing God’s work,
they maintain an anonymous position.
They seek no glory for themselves.
They are all equally God’s servants.
None tries to obtain fame over another.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if church people were all like that?
Unfortunately, some church people like to be noticed!
We don’t have that problem here,
but some churches have people who want attention.
They have people who want to control what happens.
Notice, this angel in Verse 1 lights up the sky with his glory.
This angel was sent from heaven.
The "authority" spoken of here is power
that God has given this angel
for the execution of this punishment.
This "angel" has been given the glory of the Light.
This powerful Light of our Lord Jesus lightens the earth.
VERSE 2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
Babylon becomes a dwelling place of demons and bad birds.
We know what demons are, but what are these hated birds?
Jeremiah 5:26-27 says, For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.