Revelation 18: Too privileged to suffer pain

June 13th, 2007

If you’re a member of the upper class, then good things happen to you. You get to go to the most exclusive schools. You get to meet the most important people. You get to marry someone of equally important status and with similar wealth. You get to live in a nice house, with a high level of security so that you don’t have to spend any time worrying about the riff-raff that lives outside your gate. You get to drive a luxurious car, and you have servants who continually treat you with deference and dignity, respecting your importance. Everyone values what you say…

The Revelation to John — Chapter 18

18:1 After this, I saw another angel who had great authority, coming down from heaven. The earth was lit up by his radiance. 18:2 He shouted with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a home for demons, a headquarters for unclean spirits, and sordid and despicable birds! 18:3 All the nations have drunk the angry wine of her immorality, the kings of the earth have slept with her, and the world’s merchants have grown rich from her extravagant luxury.”

18:4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins, and you will not receive her plagues, 18:5 because her sins have stacked up all the way to heaven, and God is fully aware of her evil actions. 18:6 Do to her what she did to others, and pay her back double for her actions. Mix for her a drink twice as strong as she mixed for others. 18:7 Give her the same amount of torment and grief as she gave herself splendour and luxury. She tells herself, ‘I am a queen, not a widow, and will never experience grief.’

18:8 “So all her troubles will come in one day: death, grief, and famine. She will be burned with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful. 18:9 The kings of the earth, who slept with her and shared her luxury, will weep and wail over her, when they see the smoke of her burning. 18:10 They will stand at a distance because of fear of her agony, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! Your judgment has come in one hour.’

18:11 “The world’s merchants will weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their merchandise any more, 18:12 merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple, silk, scarlet, perfumed wood, and things made from ivory, precious wood, brass, iron, and marble, 18:13 and cinnamon, incense, perfume, frankincense, wine, olive oil, flour, wheat, sheep, horses, chariots, and people’s bodies and souls. 18:14 The things which you most longed for have been lost to you. Your luxuries and indulgences have vanished from you, and you will find them no more.

18:15 “The merchants who sold these things, and were made rich by her, will stand at a distance because of fear of her agony, weeping and mourning, 18:16 saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and decorated with gold and precious stones and pearls! 18:17 In an hour such great riches have been ruined.’ Ships’ captains, and passengers, and sailors, and people who make their living from the sea, will stand at a distance, 18:18 and shout out as they watch the smoke of her burning, ‘Is any city like the great city?’ 18:19 They will throw dust on their heads, and shout, while weeping and mourning, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, whose great wealth made everyone who had ships on the sea rich! In one hour she is ruined. 18:20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, believers, apostles, and prophets, because God has given judgment for you against her.'”

18:21 A powerful angel picked up a rock as big as a large millstone and hurled it into the sea, saying, “Babylon, the great city, will be overthrown with this sort of violence, never to be found again. 18:22 The sounds of harpists, musicians, flautists, and trumpeters will never again be heard in you. No tradesman will ever again conduct business in you. The sound of a mill will never again be heard in you. 18:23 The light of a lamp will never again shine in you. The voices of bridegroom and bride will never again be heard in you. Your merchants were the celebrities of the world, and all the nations were taken in by your magic. 18:24 The blood of prophets and believers, and everyone who has been murdered on the earth, has been found in you.”

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  • 1. » Mon&hellip  |  October 28th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    […] and death, which comes to everyone. This is what the city of Babylon gets to experience in chapter 18 of the Revelation: Give her the same amount of torment and grief as she gave herself splendour and luxury. She tells […]

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