Mystery Babylon–gone in one hour!
Scripture reading for December 24th: Revelation 18
“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:1-3)
John again saw a mighty angel announcing with a loud shout the fall of Babylon the Great. Babylon the Great is pictured here as full of demons and evil spirits. This city or corrupted system powered by the beast has been the source of pollution and drunkenness of all the nations and their kings. Babylon is a business system that trades in valuable commodities: Gold, silver, precious stones, fine cloth and the bodies and souls of men! Getting money and riches has become idolatry for those involved. God has decreed that He would judge Babylon and bring her down and it would take place in just one hour! (Revelation 18:10, 17, 19)
“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”” (Revelation 18:4-6) God again warns His people to come out of that wicked world system that is ripe for His wrath. That system is seductive and participation in it’s sins will bring God’s wrath. As the people of Babel built a tower up to heaven, so in the end times, the sins of the people in corrupt Babylon the Great have piled up to heaven! God must judge because in her is found the blood of prophets and saints and the slain of the earth! (Revelation 18:24)