-Chapter 18 depicts the fall of Babylon, which is a rejoicing for Heaven because of God’s righteous judgment (Revelation 18:8, 20), but a torment and sadness for the earth (Revelation 18:9, 11, 15, 17-19, 22-24). Babylon is described as a dwelling place of demons (Revelation 18:2), sexually immoral, luxurious and powerful (Revelation 18:3), sinful (Revelation 18:5), self-glorifying (Revelation 18:7), materialistic (Revelation 18:11-13, 15, 17-19), deceptive in sorcery (Revelation 18:23), and killers of the prophets and saints among others slain on earth (Revelation 18:24). The time phrases for her destruction are important for us to consider here too. She is judged by God in a single day (Revelation 18:8) and even a single hour (Revelation 18:10, 17). Her plagues consist of death, grief (mourning), famine, and being burned with fire for “mighty is the Lord God who has judged her (Revelation 18:8).”
-*Application* Here we see the dangers of living life apart from God with a cocky-arrogant spirit full of sin and depravity. There may be some temporary pleasures and wealth, but in the end the Lord will require humility and contriteness of heart (Isaiah 57:15). Don’t be a personal Babylon. Turn to the Lord and receive mercy rather than judgment (Matthew 9:13, James 2:13).
Verse to Memorize: Revelation 18:8