This is by far the hardest missive I have ever written in my life…But it has to be told …no matter what.
REV 18:1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
18:2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
Babylon can be none other than Jerusalem…This great city of God is heading for an apocalyptic end…and what are we Christians doing to help? …Very little, I am afraid.
18:3 “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.”
Jerusalem was on the main trading route, and in OT days was exceedingly rich; consider Solomon’s riches alone!!!…Today Jerusalem is becoming a very rich capitol again; when you consider the worldwide wealth of the Jewish nation…they have nuclear power…gas and oil deposits…control over the IT world…control the diamond cutting industry. By the time of the coming of Jesus, Zionism and Christian Zionism will be false religions …this is the system that Jesus warns His believers to “Come out of her, my people.
18:4 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.
18:5 “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Yes the warning is there “Come out of her MY PEOPLE … this includes Christian Zionists… Dispensationalists… ‘Rapture’ theorists; those believing that they do not have to endure to the end as commanded by Jesus to all the churches in Revelation…they teach that they will be safely tucked away in heaven whilst the Jews will suffer absolute Hell on earth. Please don’t get me wrong, there are Messianic Jews doing a splendid job of reaching the Jews, and it is these people we should be assisting in getting the Gospel to the Jews.
18:6 “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
18:7 “In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’
Indeed the City Jerusalem, capitol of present day Israel, sits as a queen thinking that she is still married to God as His chosen people. And the Christian church encourages her to believe that… instead of telling her that she is filthy and needs repentance…needs the Gospel!
18:8 “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.
18:9 “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,
18:10 “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.’
Judgment will come swiftly to Jerusalem… that mighty city!
18:11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore:
18:12 “merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble;
18:13 “and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.
In the days of John the Revelator this would be a perfect description of Jerusalem…. Israel in today’s economy is a force to be reckoned with again; and in such a short time too…imagine what it will be like in years to come before Jesus returns!!
18:14 “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.
Jesus mourned over Jerusalem when he went into the Temple and thrashed the money lenders and merchants… MT 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Note how Jesus says the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her
18:15 “The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
18:16 “and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
18:17 ‘For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance
18:18 “and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’
Indeed what is there like this great city?…the city that was the chosen of God …His mount Zion one of the seven hills of Jerusalem…we know that the Israelites where great craftsmen when they produced the Tabernacle out in the desert …EX 25:4 “blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; EX 28:5 “They shall take the gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen,
18:19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’
Sudden destruction will come upon Jerusalem Thes 5:3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But those who have persevered and endured to the end as Jesus ordered will be safe…5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
18:20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
Yes indeed rejoice the Old Jerusalem with all it’s apostasy is no more…remember those souls John saw in heaven behind the alter? Who cried out to God saying RV 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
18:21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.
18:22 “The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore.
18:23 “The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
18:24 “And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.” Jerusalem the only place of the murdered prophets including the death of the greatest Prophet ever to have set human foot upon this earth …Jesus The Christ Himself…
Babylon is not the Roman Catholic Church…Babylon is Jerusalem with its restored animal sacrificial rituals…believe me it is coming shortly…and the Christians who will join them and encourage them; going back to Mosaic law …the great apostasy…the great falling away before the ant-Christ is revealed… 2THES 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
Now if you claim to love the Jews go out and give them the Gospel before it is too late
JN 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
There is no better time than right now to spread the Gospel; why not do it?