Tag: come out My people
Scripture reading for December 24th: Revelation 18
“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:1-3)
John again saw a mighty angel announcing with a loud shout the fall of Babylon the Great. Babylon the Great is pictured here as full of demons and evil spirits. This city or corrupted system powered by the beast has been the source of pollution and drunkenness of all the nations and their kings. Babylon is a business system that trades in valuable commodities: Gold, silver, precious stones, fine cloth and the bodies and souls of men! Getting money and riches has become idolatry for those involved. God has decreed that He would judge Babylon and bring her down and it would take place in just one hour! (Revelation 18:10, 17, 19)
“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “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.”” (Revelation 18:4-6) God again warns His people to come out of that wicked world system that is ripe for His wrath. That system is seductive and participation in it’s sins will bring God’s wrath. As the people of Babel built a tower up to heaven, so in the end times, the sins of the people in corrupt Babylon the Great have piled up to heaven! God must judge because in her is found the blood of prophets and saints and the slain of the earth! (Revelation 18:24)
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!