by Tammy Phillips
November 18, 2021
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18:1-2 KJV)
The Harlot, Babylon the great, has many tentacles. In chapter 17 (over the past two days) we have seen that the Harlot was a false religion system. In chapter 18 we discover that Babylon, the religious system, falls. Babylon also had a commercial tentacle and place of residence. It was a city named Babylon. Remember, the Hebrew word for Babylon means confusion. It was in Babylon where man rebelled against God’s directive to spread out over the earth. They decided to build a tower to heaven and plant in a city. (Genesis 11:1-9) The ancient city of Babylon was located in Iraq. The Babylonian city talked about in chapter 18 will fall too, just do not know the exact location of this city.
We read that Babylon falls in Rev.18:1-2. In verse 4 God warns His people:
“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’”
Dr. Hilton Sutton in Revelation Revealed, page 211, said it best, “Within the world religious orders are many God-fearing men and women who have no desire to be part of the harlot church. The Holy Spirit warned these people of the danger and pleads with them to draw away from these religious organizations moving from God.” These people are described by Paul as “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5 KJV) Paul says, turn away from them! If we do not know the word of God, how will we know what we are to turn away from? How will we heed the warning to “beware of false prophets who will come looking like sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15). Paul and Matthew were talking about the same group of people.
The Harlot religious system was so bad that in chapter 17, the ten kings turned on the Harlot and planned her destruction. “The ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” (Revelation 17:16 NKJV). The religious system, the seat of Satan, seemed to be based in one commercially thriving city, Babylon. I do not know if this city is now or will be rebuilt. We see there will be a multitude of economic development and great wealth built in the Antichrist system.
“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” (Revelation 18:3 NKJV) Does the city already exist, or will it be developed quickly? I do not know.
I do know that in the verses below she will be wiped out by fire in one day…in one hour.
“Therefore, her plagues will come in one day–death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong [is] the Lord God who judges her.” (Revelation 18:8 NKJV)
“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'” (Revelation 18:9-10 NKJV)
She will be “utterly burned by fire” and they will be “standing at a distance for fear of her torment.” Many interpret this to mean that nuclear weapons may be used, and that radiation will keep people away from the city. “For in one hour she is made desolate.” (Revelation 18:19 NKJV) How else could this happen?
The world will mourn their beloved Scarlett Harlot, Babylon. What they thought they wanted and longed for is gone. The Babylonian system and its tentacles are gone to be found no more. “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: … “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.” (Revelation 18:11,14 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE you to read Revelation 18 and learn from it. I have, or Lord, I hope I have. The stuff is NOTHING. “For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.” (Revelation 18:17 NKJV) Jesus is everything. He alone makes our life rich. Nothing, no clothes, no jewelry, no house, no car, no drug, no food, no alcohol, and no one, can fill the hole that can only be filled by Jesus. Keep looking if you must. You are wasting your time. Fill your life with Jesus not things. They can be gone in a second.
Also, get into the word of God so that you KNOW what is wrong and right for yourself. Be led by your pastors, evangelist, prophets, and teachers, but do not lean on their words alone. They are men and can err. If they have a form of godliness, but deny the power and the faith, RUN!