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4G. Punishment of the Woman 18:1-19:6 BLB
1H. Ruin 18:1-8 BLB
2H. Reaction 18:9-19:6 BLB
1I. On Earth 18:9-19 BLB
1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.
2 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."
4 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;
5 for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.
6 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup.
7 Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'
8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
9 "When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.
10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: "'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!'
11 "The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more--
12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;
13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.
14 "They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.'
15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn
16 and cry out: "'Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!' "Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.
18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?'
19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: "'Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!
While the emphasis in the previous chapter was on the woman who rode the beast - the apostate world religion that gives its power to Antichrist, this chapter focuses on Babylon, the symbolic name for the final form of world governments. This government, and its economic dictatorship, will crumble and collapse at the end of the Tribulation period. This decline of Antichrist will be a result of all the supernatural judgments that will have been poured out. It may be this collapse that motivates Antichrist to gather all the forces of the world together against the Lord at the Battle of Armageddon.
2I. In Heaven 18:20-19:6 BLB
20 Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! God has judged her for the way she treated you.'"
21 Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.
23 The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth."
1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
3 And again they shouted: "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever."
4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: "Amen, Hallelujah!"
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!"
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Once again the heavenly scene is shown. There is great rejoicing over the collapse of Babylon.
4F. Judgment at Armageddon 19:7-21 BLB
1G. Heavenly Jubilation 19:7-10 BLB
(The Marriage Supper of The Lamb)
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
9 Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God."
10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
In Ephesians 5:23-27 the Church is said to be related to Christ in the same way that a husband is related to his bride. This relationship is also indicated in John 3:29, where Jesus is called the Bridegroom. The saints are dressed in white linen. This is symbolic of righteousness, not a righteousness earned by them (Isaiah 64:6), but imputed to them by the death of Christ in their behalf (Romans 3:21-26; Philippians 3:9; Revelation 3:5,18).
The fact that this meal takes place before Christ returns at the Battle of Armageddon is evidence that the Rapture will have already taken place before the end of the Tribulation.
2G. Horrible Judgment 19:11-21 BLB
1H. The Coming of Christ's Army
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.
12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Jesus Christ appears here much the same as in chapter one. His very name is "The Word of God" (John 1:1,14). This is symbolic of His creative Word (Revelation 19:15; Genesis 1:3). The sharp sword from His mouth is a further demonstration of God's Word (Hebrews 4:12). With His Word he wages a war and strikes down the nations that have gathered against Him.
Christ's armies, dressed in white linen, return with Him. The white linen has already been shown to represent the imputed righteousness of the saints. He will reign supreme, and those who are His followers will reign with Christ.
Again, as in Revelation 14:14 ff., Jesus is seen treading the "grapes of wrath". His robe is dipped in blood: His own precious blood which was shed for us (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Hebrews 9:14).
2H. The Crumbling of Antichrist's Army
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great."
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.
20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
This is the last step in the decline of Antichrist, when, in reaction to the supernatural judgments which had brought about the collapse of his world dictatorship, he summons all the heads of nations and their armies to fight against Jesus Christ Himself in the Holy Land.
When Jesus descends, He will first capture Antichrist and The False Prophet, and cast them into the Lake of Fire. He will then quickly destroy all who have gathered against Him.