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Summary: God will give to commercial Babylon exactly what she deserves, even the world system of commercialism if that is what the Great city Babylon is, and I am leaning in that direction.

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Rev. #64-pt 5~18:6-24 COMMERCIAL BABYLON’S DESTRUCTION 7-24-10

We’re still talking about commercial Babylon’s destruction, let me say again, that I can’t say what city this will be for sure, and most of the materials I’ve read are not sure either, there’s a few that seem to think that the old Babylon will be rebuilt but I can’t see that, how many years does it take to build a city? I’m not talking about a building, but a city.

Some think that it might be Rome, but Rome doesn’t have a seaport for shipping.

Some think it might be Jerusalem because Jerusalem is called “the Great City” in

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

And Israel does have 3 major seaports.-but I don’t believe God meant His beloved city.

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Ø And then there are others that think “commercial Babylon” is symbolic of the last day’s commercial system, and this is certainly possible.

And I have read that there are others that think that the Great city might be N.Y. City, so I’ll just have to say, I DON’T KNOW for a certainty. But here in this chapter 18: we read “the Great city” 5 different times, so where ever it is, God will give to commercial Babylon exactly what she deserves even the world system of commercialism if that is what it is, and I am leaning in that direction.

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Ø Well we left off last time with verse 6, so we’ll begin there today.

6Reward 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.

Repay her double according to her works . . . mix for her double: Double restitution was required in the Old Testament in cases of theft Exodus 22:4-9 This could be telling us how Babylon has made her wealth - through dishonest dealings.

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7How 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.

In this verse we see her three-fold sin. 1st- Self-indulgence (lived deliciously). 2nd- pride (glorified herself - sits as a queen). 3rdly- (am no widow, and will not see sorrow).

All these things are characteristic of worldliness and materialism.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

The root of Babylon’s degeneration was her pride, self-security, godlessness, and glorification of wealth and luxury, all directed toward self-exaltation. The Lord God in His omnipotence will be her Judge.

Ø Here is what is going to happen to Commercial Babylon the great city, which ever and where ever she may be.

Isa 47:9–11 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries,**{magic: witchcraft.} and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.** ( a spell:— + charmer)


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