Summary: The one world empire will be very prosperous and then in one day and one hour it will all be destroyed.
The Fall of Babylon
The final world empire will be greater than all the empires before it. It will bring a temporary peace for 3 ½ years and there will also be great economic success. The last 3 ½ years will be just the opposite due to the judgments of God. This 18th chapter of Revelation foretells the end of what is called Babylon the Great.
See: Revelation 18:1-8 Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen
1. Her Delicacies
See: Vs.3 Waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies
See: Vs.12-13 The list of merchandise it possessed
Mention: 1 Tim. 6:5 There is this mentality in our society today that riches and all that come with it symbolizes God’s favor. Paul writes to Timothy and warns him of such attitude. “Supposing that gain is godliness”
See: Luke 12:21 He that layeth up treasure for himself is not rich toward God.
Mention: Vs.7 She hath glorified herself and lived deliciously
“I sit a queen and am no widow”
See: Isaiah 47:7-8 The 739 BC prophecy of Babylon of old
Why the world is focusing on building wealth its spiritual condition has become an all time low!
Mention: 2 Tim. 3:4 Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
Vs.2 it has become the habitation of devils…
Vs.5 Her sin have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
2. Her Destruction
See: Vs.2 Babylon is fallen…
“For in one hour…” Vs.10, 17, and 19 The one hour is figuratively speaking of sudden destruction.
a. The Merchants
See: Vs.11, 15 They shall weep and mourn over their lost
See: Vs.19 They cast dust on their heads…
See: Vs.23 For by thy sorceries were all nations deceived
Sorceries = Pharmakea, pharmacy or simply drugs
The use of drugs have multiplied itself today and now even legalized in some places
b. The Martyrs of God
See: Rev. 6:9-11 Those slain for their faith crying how long unto the Lord will He avenge their blood on them that dwell on the earth.
See: Rev. 18:24 She is guilty of slaying God’s people
Rev. 18:6 God will reward them double
c. The Method of Destruction
See: Rev. 18:8 she shall be burned with fire…
See: Vs.17-18 When they saw the smoke…
See: 2 Peter 3:10-12 The coming judgment of the Lord by fire
Vs.22-23 Turn out the light the party is over
3. The Disposition of Heaven
Rev. 18:.20 rejoice over her, thou heaven…
See: Rev. 18:4 Here is God’s call unto His people. It’s a call of separation
See: 2 Cor. 6:16-7:1 Come out from among them…
The only way to escape the pending judgment is to accept Christ as your Savior!