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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)

10For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

Ø I want you to pay close attention to this verse, verse 11—LISTEN--

11Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth:-- and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off:-- and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. --

Let me read verse 8 along with that.

8Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

This word utterly means - to burn down (to the ground - consume wholly:- burn up).

The 1st thing that comes to mind is a nuclear explosion, or explosions, the people that are suppose to be watching out for the safety of our nation believe that Iran is still working on a nuclear bomb, power plants so they say, but any realistic person can see what their really doing, if they already have, or if their going to have a bomb soon it will be to late for the nations whom they consider their enemy, and our nation would be 2nd behind Israel.

If there should already be any in their possession it would be no hard thing to slip suit case bombs into our cities, the President and others don’t’ seem to care who comes across our borders any way, some of our supposedly leaders act as though Arizona is not a state, well Arizona is a state and all the other states are to see to it that she protected.

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