Gone in one hour!
Scripture reading for December 27th: Revelation 18:1-24
John’s visit to heaven continued with the appearance of a shining angel with great authority. This angel announced the fall of Babylon the Great. God’s judgment would come upon her because she had become home to every demonic power and had used her evil to cause all nations and kings to become drunk on her evil wine of adultery. This is the spiritual adultery of idolatry!
“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; for her sins are piled up to heaven and God has remembered her crimes. . . .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.” (Revelation 18:4-5, 8) God called His people out of Babylon. Babylon was to be suddenly destroyed. In just one day her plagues would overtake her. She would be given back double for all her sins! This verse echoes the warnings from Jeremiah six hundred years before Christ! ” Flee from Babylon, run for your lives! . . .Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken.” (Jeremiah 51:6-11)
John next heard the report of the kings of the earth mourning because of the fall of Babylon. They would see the smoke of her burning and weep and lament over her downfall: “Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come! (Revelation 18:10) The kings of earth now speak of this destruction taking place in one hour! In just one hour all the glittering wealth of Babylon had come to ruin and the world system of humanistic power and trade was gone forever.
The saints were called to rejoice because of the judgment of God on the system that had mistreated them. “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.” (Revelation 18:21) John saw this mighty sign in heaven and was probably reminded of the prophesy of Jeremiah. He also had something similar to do in Babylon with his prophesy. (Jeremiah 51:59-64) The end of all will come suddenly and violently for those who are in rebellion against God!