Summary: This sermon in my Revelation series deals with the judgment on Babylon and how it affects the rich merchants and those who do business with them. There's a lesson there for people obsessed with money.
Judgment Will Fall On The Rich And Famous
11And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore:
12merchandise 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;
13and 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.
14The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.
15The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16and saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
17For 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
18and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What is like this great city?'
19They 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.'
20Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!"
21Then 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.
22The 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. 23The 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.
24And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth."
We pick up today where we left off last Sunday in chapter 18.
Last week we read about the destruction of Babylon.
The great empire built by the Antichrist
and the world leaders who helped him
is destroyed in just one hour.
Today we see how the powerful people react.
We will see the conditions that prevail after judgment falls.
VERSES 11-13. 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.
The merchants who become rich
doing business with the Antichrist’s system of government
will suffer the consequences.
Suddenly they have nobody to buy their merchandise.
What have these merchants been selling?
"Gold, silver, precious stones, and pearls"
are expensive metals and stones.
“Fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet” are expensive fabrics.
“Citron wood, bronze, iron and marble" are expensive items.
“Cinnamon, spice, incense, perfume and frankincense" are costly.
“Wine, olive oil, fine flour, and wheat" can be costly items.
“Cattle, sheep, horses and chariots" could be valuable to own.
“Bodies and souls of men” are the last mentioned items sold.
So how could "bodies and souls of men" be sold?
In the old Roman Empire, they sold people as slaves.
That was also going on in the early days of our country.
Maybe that is what is meant there.
The merchants may believe it is acceptable to sell a person.
These merchants will not be too particular in what they trade.
Many of the big companies today are also not particular.
They will take advantage of their workers to make big profits.
Yet they should remember that these merchants
will shortly themselves face the judgment day of God.
So these big merchants of today could someday soon be judged.
VERSE 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, and you shall find them no more at all.