Revelation 18:1-3

Babylon Is Fallen

1 After these things I saw another 1angel 2coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was 3illumined with his glory.
2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "4Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She 5has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every 6unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 "For all the nations have drunk of the 7wine of the passion of her immorality, and 8the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the 9merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her 10sensuality."

Revelation 18:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 18

This chapter gives an account of the fall of Babylon, and of the lamentation of many, and of the joy of others, by reason of it; which account is published by several angels: the first that declares her fall is described by his original, descending from heaven; by the great power he had; by his resplendent glory, and by his mighty cry in publishing her destruction; which is illustrated by the desolate condition she will be in upon her fall; the reasons of which are given, became the nations and kings of the earth had committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth were enriched by her luxury, Re 18:1-3. Another voice is heard from heaven, calling upon the people of God, first to come out of her, lest partaking of her sins they should share in her plagues, seeing her iniquities had reached to heaven, and were remembered before God; and next to take full vengeance on her, because she had glorified herself, lived deliciously, and in great security, Re 18:4-7. And then follows a continuation of the account of her destruction, what her plagues would be, death, mourning, famine, and fire; and which would be sudden, in one hour, and certain, from the power and justice of God, Re 18:8. Next follow the lamentations of the kings, merchants, and masters of ships, because of her greatness, riches, and merchandise, which are all come to nothing, Re 18:9-19. And then the church; the saints, apostles, and prophets, are called upon to rejoice at the vengeance taken on her, Re 18:20 upon which a mighty angel appears, who by an action signifies the manner of her destruction, and the irrecoverableness of her state and condition, Re 18:21 and declares her utter ruin, by affirming that nothing that was either delightful or profitable, or necessary or comfortable, should any more be found in her; giving the reasons of it, because of her luxury, idolatry, and bloodshed, Re 18:22-24.

Revelation 18:1-3 In-Context

1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory.
2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality."
4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;
5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 "Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.
7 "To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, 'I SIT as A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.'

Cross References 10

  • 1. Revelation 17:1, 7
  • 2. Revelation 10:1
  • 3. Ezekiel 43:2
  • 4. Isaiah 21:9; Jeremiah 51:8; Revelation 14:8
  • 5. Isaiah 13:21; Isaiah 34:11, 13-15; Jeremiah 50:39; Jeremiah 51:37; Zephaniah 2:14
  • 6. Revelation 16:13
  • 7. Jeremiah 51:7; Revelation 14:8
  • 8. Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18:9
  • 9. Ezekiel 27:9-25; Rev 18:11, 15, 19, 23
  • 10. 1 Timothy 5:11; Revelation 18:7, 9

Footnotes 7

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