W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Mystical Babylon is revealed in the Book of Revelation. One can learn a lot concerning the prophecy of Babylon given in the Old and New Testament and equate that to modern day happenings. Scripture reveals: The burden (prophecy against Babylon), which Isaiah, the son of Amos did see (Isaiah 13:1).
A Bible commentary noted: The prophet's first message was delivered against Babylon, the very nation that would eventually carry Judah into captivity. He pronounced a heavy sentence on Babylon, that it would sink into utter destruction; which is also noted of the destiny of mystical Babylon, identified in the Book of Revelation.
Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (Isaiah 13:19). Isaiah closed this chapter by predicting that Babylon would be destroyed, never to be rebuilt, remaining desolate and never to be inhabited again.
The New Testament reveals what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah: And (God) turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow (destruction) making them an example to those that after (afterward) should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). A warning that has gone unheeded as we are seeing the evilness of Sodom and Gomorrah flourishing in many nations of the world!
Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: For I raise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant and son (offspring), and nephew (prosperity), saith the Lord (Isaiah 14:22). Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin, daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne; O daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be called tender and delicate (pampered) (Isaiah 47:1).
A Bible commentary noted: Isaiah now pictures Babylon as a deposed queen who can do no more than sit in the dust. She is no longer the mistress of kingdoms. This same imagery is found in the New Testament concerning mystical Babylon.
The first reference to mystical Babylon is found in the Book of Revelation: And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (Revelation 14:8).
A Bible commentary noted: Represented as a city; but not the Babylon in Chaldea, which had fallen many hundreds of years before, this city was famous for its pride and haughtiness, its tyranny and cruelty, with its name signifying "confusion." It drew others with the pleasures of this world, its deceit of unrighteousness, even drawing other nations into its practices.
Some have suggested that mystical Babylon could represent America; called "The Modern Day Babylon." It is frightening to note this nation openly endorses a Sodom and Gomorrah lifestyle; spreading its ungodliness to other nations of the world, promoting the very thing God's Word condemns.
Other once godly nations have let down their guard; allowing a similarity to fester in their nation. If continued unabated; will this not bring a similar fate; as that of mystical Babylon?
The Book of Revelation reveals the fall of mystical Babylon: And after these things I (John) saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power (authority); and the earth was lightened (illuminated) with glory. And he cried mightily with a strong (loud) voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils (demons), and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful (hatred) bird (Revelation 18:1-2).
A Bible commentary noted: In a very little time after this announcement it will fall; the reason for the destruction of Babylon was given: Because it had become the residence of persons comparable to devils, foul spirits, and hateful birds. We are seeing these characteristics manifested in many nations of the world; with common decency taking a backseat to immorality. Laws and rulings are made to accommodate unrighteousness, and to flounder any attempt towards righteous living.
Scripture reveals: For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are (have become) waxed (grown) rich through the abundance of her delicacies (luxury) (Revelation 18:3).
It is sad to see the embracing of immorality within many nations; with the promotion of godliness becoming a byproduct of yesteryear, with ungodly lifestyles openly flaunted before all. Scripture tells us: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
Scripture reveals: And I (John) heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues (Revelation 18:4).
A Bible commentary noted: Believers in Christ must separate from the harlot system (harlot church), or else they may be found to share in her sins and thereby receive part of her judgment. One is to forsake such, be a separated people from the world, not conniving with them, or committing the same; having fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.
In speaking of mystical Babylon: For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities (Revelation 18:5). A Bible commentary noted: As forgiveness of sin (by God) is signified by non-remembrance, so is punishment of sin by a remembrance of it; and of the persons who commit it.
Babylon's sins had not gone unnoticed by God; neither are unrepentant sins allowed to flourish forever. God deals with sin in His time; when repentance is not sought on the part of those committing sin.
In the case of mystical Babylon it was noted: How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously (luxuriously), so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow (Revelation 18:7). No sign of repentance; rather a haughty spirit, towards continuation of her ways.
A Bible commentary noted: That she calls herself a queen, and no widow, shows her arrogant self-confidence. She sees herself as beyond any possibility of personal sorrow; but the humbling of mystical Babylon will involve torment and sorrow. Scripture reveals: Therefore 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 judges her (Revelation 18:8).
Scripture notes the reaction of those who witnessed her destruction: And the kings of the earth who have committed fornication, and lived deliciously (luxuriously) with her, shall bewail (weep for) her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning.
Standing far off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is your judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her: for no man buys her merchandise any more (Revelation 18:9-11).
A Bible commentary noted: The mystical Babylon will leave many astonished; standing far off lest they find themselves sharing in her destruction, those who had partook of her sins being not faultless either. They would be in awe and dread of God's righteous judgments. Those witnessing such will no longer be able to buy or sell. The economic system will collapse.
Perhaps we have tasted a little of what the collapse of mystical Babylon would entail! Perhaps a world-wide calamity is only a prelude to what is in store for those who feel they sit as a queen and will see no sorrow!
Perhaps even the church (the harlot church) will feel the effects of its walking away from the righteousness of God to serve the unrighteousness of man! What great awakening, or shaking, will be required to see repentance come into the fold; a change towards the righteousness of God?
The finalization of mystical Babylon was noted: And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all (Revelation 18:21).
A Bible commentary noted: The stone cast into the sea depicts the violence and permanence of the destruction. The Babylonian system begin in Genesis, and has continued uninterrupted, in one form or another, to the present day. But one day it will suddenly "sink" never to return.
A Bible commentary revealed: Three reasons are given for the destruction of mystical Babylon: Its arrogance, its deception of the nations, and its persecution and martyrdom of God's people. Many nations fall into these categories! How long will God allow the continuation of ungodliness and immorality to exist?
How long will He allow pollution with the sinfulness of mankind? One day, the wickedness of mankind will be dealt with; the hardhearted and unrepentant will be dealt with; whether in this life or on Judgment Day! Scripture reveals: It is appointed unto men to die but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
Today is the day of salvation; tomorrow may be too late! Scripture reveals: He that believes on the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has everlasting life: and the that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36).
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This clearly expresses God's desire for salvation of all who will trust in Him!
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