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REVELATION CHAPTER 18

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1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory.

 

Rev 18,1-24

(46i) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Satan falls by his own wickedness – God has remembered the inequities of the great whore as the downfall of every man and woman who has ever died without Christ. When we consider what God did to judge Satan, He didn’t go through a lot of antics; Satan will destroy himself, like a man bound by a tightening grip of a boa constrictor; every time he moves the snake tightens its grip until there is no room to breathe, and its victim dies of suffocation. This is happening to Satan; every time he makes a move, God’s grip on Him tightens, eventually suffocating him through His own actions. The book of Revelation speaks about a cup that contains poison that Satan would have his enemies drink, but God will mix a double portion according to his own standard and give it to him, and it will be a lethal dose. By the very wickedness that he intended for others he will be destroyed. God will have given Satan enough rope to hang himself, rope representing a timeline, the longer the time the farther the fall until he reaches the end of his rope with the noose tied around his neck, snapping it like a twig.

(50g) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Fall of Satan – Chapters 17 & 18 are from an alternate view pertaining to the seals of Satan’s wrath, the activity of Satan. The destruction of Babylon may be a judgment of the trumpets. In any case, Babylon will be judged in the last days. We know it is a spiritual Babylon and that the ancient city will never be rebuilt (Isaiah 13,17-22), yet it does have a location, and that location changes even as the person of antichrist changes throughout endtime prophecy. One location of Babylon will be Rome and another will be Jerusalem.

(163j) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Used by Satan to destroy your own life – This is a powerful angel that is coming down with his message, illuminating the entire earth with his glory. It says, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.” When did Babylon fall and when did chapter 18 take place? We know that the satanic world system was set up during the seals, and it says a couple verses earlier in chapter 17 that God will use Satan to judge his own kingdom in Rev 17-16,17, “The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire,” so it was nothing God did to destroy the antichrist’s empire; rather, Satan destroyed his own kingdom. The last verse in chapter 17 says, “The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” The next verse is chapter 18 speaking about the fallen city, Babylon. This is a picture of Satan turning against himself. He takes the same medicine that he has prescribed for millennia, and he coughed it up protesting the way he was treated by another facet of himself, like the demoniac who bludgeoned himself with stones (Mk 5,1-5). Satan hates himself but loves the evil that defines him. He is self-destructive. He is the opposite of God, who is the giver and creator of all things, but Satan is the destroyer. Satan is like the potion that is so corrosive there is no bottle durable enough to contain it, so Satan tries to contain himself in the harlot and the beast, but because he is the embodiment of destruction, being the only thing he knows, his influence eats through these vessels and destroys his own kingdom. The result is a burning city, and God takes credit for it, saying that He has judged the woman.

(214c) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time line gives the wicked just enough rope to hang himself – Once this Pope gets established in Rome as the world’s messiah, he will accumulate all the world’s wealth, effectively stealing it from the false prophet, who operates covertly, just like our current monetary system lies in the shadows, being unwilling to reveal itself as the true rulers of civilization. They don’t want notoriety or fame or popularity; they don’t want to be glorified or to be worshipped like the antichrist. They only want to become filthy rich, and the antichrist is withholding their wealth from them and it has enraged the false prophet, so he buys a military and reduces Rome to ashes. 

(249c) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> The pursuit of wealth brings a curse – The global moneylenders (the false prophet) uses the Pope (his antichrist) to bring all the people together under one religion, using him as their centerpiece upon which they can establish their one world government and economy. They want their operations to run in the background to keep people from discovering their true motives of enslaving the people with their evil empire. Meanwhile the antichrist will confiscate all the money and live luxuriously on the earth, spending the wealth of the false prophet on himself. The deal they made is that the antichrist can have all the fame, while the false prophet gets all the fortune, but then this Pope, this man who calls himself Jesus Christ, this man of lawlessness will see the opportunity to seize trillions of dollars and spend it on himself. The beast (false prophet) will become enraged because the harlot has betrayed him, and he will come with his army and destroy Rome, the throne of the antichrist. The Babylonian empire of the Vatican will become a ruinous reap of smoldering debris.

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Rev 18,1-21

(217l) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to sin

Rev 18,1-8

(160a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit Christ – Since the antichrist can hardly glorify himself with a kingdom that is on fire, Satan will change his identity from pope of the Vatican to Israel's messiah and migrate to Jerusalem where a Christian revival is transpiring, which he will attempt to extinguish. It may not be the same man as the Pope, but the same spirit of antichrist. The antichrist will not at first claim to be Jesus Christ to the Jews, but if he doesn't claim to be Jesus Christ the gentiles will not receive him. So, the antichrist has put himself in a conundrum; he cannot be Israel's messiah and the gentile’s messiah at the same time; he can only be one or the other, suggesting that when he was Pope, Israel did not receive him. The saints will never receive him, which enrages the antichrist. The moneylenders are not the ones who find Christianity a threat; it is the antichrist, this religious figure, who feels threatened by the saints, who orders their execution. The antichrist will pretend to be Israel's friend long enough to position himself in the temple, and just as Israel is worshipping him as their messiah, he will make the claim to be Jesus Christ, knowing that if he doesn’t the gentiles will not receive him. Consequently, the Jews will physically remove him from their temple. Satan has put himself in a precarious position 2000 years ago by leading Israel to reject Jesus Christ as their messiah, so that in the last days he is damned if he claims to be Jesus Christ and he’s damned if he doesn’t.

(172j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the Catholic faith >> Jesus never to die again >> Because His death was sufficient – Why does John the revelator depict the evil city as a woman? It is because she is purporting to be the wife of the lamb, the bride of Christ. This elucidates one very important point; she claims to be Christian. This automatically excludes the Muslims, and it also excludes Judaism. Remember, we are looking at this from God’s point of view, not from the Muslim standpoint or from Judaism. Catholicism is the pseudo bride of Christ. The person that John is depicting in his imagery pertains more than to the present, but also to a very long and dark past of Catholicism and all the martyrs she has made of the saints. God's judgment does not just pertain to the sins she will commit in the last days, but for all the sins she has committed throughout the last two millennia.

(183b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Sin is the incubator of witchcraft >> Through satanic influence -- These verses go with verse 23

Rev 18,1-4

(245k) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of sin – We have previously determined that this city is Rome in the most literal sense, yet every nation that participated in the antichrist’s rise to power will be destroyed just like Babylon. This beast that symbolizes the global money system has its very roots firmly planted in the nation that has the strongest economy in the word at the time of the antichrist’s rise to power, and as it stands today, if he were to come to power in the near future, the United States would be the foundation of his money system. There is a great price to pay for being “the greatest nation in the world,” as we have all heard chanted. Satan will assimilate every country he uses to rise to power, promising them a piece of the pie when he achieves the glory that he anticipates. He will suck the monetary life force out of them, just like a spider sucks the life out of its victims. The spider catches an insect in its web, biting it numerous times while bringing it to its den, until the insect's innards turn to juice; then the spider sucks out its nutrients and disposes of the dry carcass. That is essentially what Satan is doing to countries in preparation for his imminent rise to power, only the nutrients he wants is their economic wealth, which ultimately represents human labor. His intension is to make slaves of us all.

Rev 18-1,2

(15g) Servant >> Angels >> The presence of angels denotes authority – These verses go with verse 21. This is a powerful angel coming from heaven and illumining the entire earth with his glory. It was a good thing he didn’t go the way of Lucifer; he would have been our enemy! His power of darkness would have been equivalent to his glory. Most likely Lucifer was much greater in glory than this angel, since the name Lucifer translated means morning star, that is, the brightest star in the sky (i.e. the planet Venus), but darkness has a limit; once the lights are out, it can't get any darker.

Rev 18-1

(68d) Authority >> Jesus Delegates Authority To Execute Judgment >> Against sin

(112h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden deeds

(245c) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Jesus is the light of the world

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2&3 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality." 

 

Rev 18-2

(145j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Immoral spirits -- This verse goes with verse 9

(163b) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Prison -- This verse goes with verse 13

Rev 18,3-10

(134i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Spiritual adultery -- These verses go with verses 23&24

Rev 18-3

(21m) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The love of money -- This verse goes with verses 15-24. When it says, “the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality,” it is referring to the nations participating in martyring Christians. It says in verses 9,10 that the onlookers stood at a distance in fear of her torment. Why should they be afraid, except that what has come to her is surely coming to them, since the whole world has taken part in shedding the blood of the saints. They too will be judged during the trumpets and the bowls of God's fierce wrath. Do you see how John is connecting the blood of the saints with the wealth and materialism of her empire? They go together because the mark of the beast accomplishes both, doubling as the people’s vote to eliminate Christianity from the earth. When they cast their vote to buy and sell, they sold-out Christians for the sake of the almighty dollar.

(159i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit anointing >> Drunkenness >> Having a party spirit

(164c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> The world is his kingdom

 

4-6 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 "Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.

 

Rev 18,4-8

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death -- These verses go with verse 20

(40l) Judgment >> God is glorified >> God defends His righteousness through judgment

(230g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of God’s judgment – In Babylon they tried to build a tower to heaven, and God stopped them by mixing their languages so they could no longer communicate. They would never reach heaven; God wasn’t concerned about that, but in the process of building their tower they would learn things that would have expedited man’s knowledge and hastened the end of the world, where we find ourselves in these last days, citing another incident where God made an effort to deter man’s bitter end. Their tower didn’t reach heaven, but their sins did, coming close enough to heaven to necessitate His judgment. Other nations and generations have longed for the same things, who aspired to be equal with God but did not aspire to His righteousness and holiness, who only wanted His power and authority. It is man’s pride that reaches for heaven, wanting to be like God. When God made Adam, He said, “Us make man in Our image,” and so man has aspired to be like God, but because of the fall, his integrity did not follow him in his search for God. To say that God has two arms and two legs and has a physical appearance similar to God is irrelevant to being made in God’s image. Jesus came to us as a human being in the very image of God, who earlier spoke into existence the essence of man. Jesus embodied the meaning that was in the mind of God when He created man, but those who would erect a tower to be equal with God on a plane disregarding His righteousness and holiness have judged themselves, like one who would step in front of a moving train or put his hand in a turning saw blade. Man will fall according to the level of his wickedness, based on the height that his tower reaches.

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Rev 18-4

(16ab) Sin >> The sin nature is instinctively evil >> Man’s flesh is related to the devil >> Man's flesh is tempted to deny God

(28f) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Protect us through our walk >> Wise conduct

(50h) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The saints flee into the wilderness - spiritual warfare  (Pre-rapture ascension)

(51g) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> No partiality between saved and unsaved

(99a) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring the will of God >> Enduring the word of God >> Endure obeying the word of God

(105l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the fire >> Into the wilderness >> Wilderness of safety – This is God speaking as with a loud speaker to the entire world. Remember that God has taken over the spirit realm where Satan once dwelled as prince of the power of the air after winning the spiritual battle over the dragon in chapter 12, throwing him to the earth. Since then God has had access to social consciousness and is able to communicate messages to the whole world in the same way that Satan disclosed his elementary principles as god of this world. The angel’s message is for His people to come out of her. Obviously, He is not talking about exiting the city that is on fire (He wouldn’t need to tell us that), but to exit the world system that the city represents, that is, the computer system established in every developed nation and in every modern city. Thus, He is commanding His people to exit civilization in general and flee to the wilderness. This is a warning to mankind not to take the mark of the beast. This verse gives us a hint as to where this chapter fits in the sequence of endtime events. The city Babylon was established during the seals of Satan’s wrath, and it will fall before the first trumpet of God’s judgment. The period of trumpets is the time in which God will call His people into the wilderness, led by the two witnesses who are part of the 144,000 Jewish ministry.

(168d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not conform to the world and meet God’s judgment

(191j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> Set apart from the world – Civilization will resemble Babylon in endtimes that once existed and fell and has never been rebuilt. Babylon represents the religion of antichrist. God has no religion, but Satan is Catholic, and the cup in her hand represents communion that she serves with demons and offers men to drink. To the degree that Satan has enslaved mankind in the wicked institution of Catholicism, and to the amount of the saint’s blood held in her chalice is the degree of judgment that she will drink to herself. For hundreds of years Catholicism has oppressed God’s true faith of the gospel and has racked up martyrs by the thousands, and her wickedness has not ended. In the last days she will once more reveal her true colors; she will be reinstated as a world religion, her old ways resume of suppressing the truth and martyring the saints. Everybody who refuses to fall down and worship her will be killed. God intends to judge her, not just for the sins that she will commit in the last days, but for all the sins of her existence throughout the age of grace. Suddenly in one day her judgment will come, being a theme that runs through the Scriptures. There will be signs to observe if we could only read them, but there won’t be a neon sign in the horizon telling us that we have six more months of our former lives. People will live as though nothing is about to happen until one day everything changes, and the life they once had will no longer be possible. Satan’s wrath will come to mankind, and once his wrath is spent, God’s judgment will fall upon him for the sins committed since Constantine, the emperor who in 312 AD made Catholicism the official religion of Rome. In the last days God will judge those who have aligned themselves with Satan’s evil intension to exterminate every Christian on earth, a judgment so severe and complete that people will gasp in amazement at the level of God’s revenge on those who would touch the apple of His eye.

(192k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Stop practicing sin >> Run from sin

(209e) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with hardship >> Righteous saved with endurance

(218e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> We choose our actions, not their consequences >> Reaping the harvest of our works

Rev 18,5-8

(48g) Judgment >> Levels of judgment >> Judged according to your standard of measure – For as many saints that this ruthless, satanic system has martyred, twice as many people will die in the destruction of Rome alone. Satan is the author of false prophesies, and now he is prophesying over himself and it will not come true. So again, his wickedness has come back on himself. 

Rev 18,6-8

(49f) Judgment >> Enemies of the prophets are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 17-24. This harlot claimed she would never be a widow; who then is her husband? This goes back to King Ahab and Jezebel (1Kings chapters 18-21). Ahab represents the beast upon which the harlot sits, as Jezebel piggybacked on her husband’s authority. The harlot asserts herself and takes over his power and authority and essentially hijacks his kingship as ruler over the nations, just like Jezebel was more influential as queen over the kingdom of Israel than King Ahab. She essentially took over his kingdom and exercised his authority to accomplish her own objectives, which involved destroying all of God’s prophets from Israel (the saints). We know that Elijah was in the story with Ahab and Jezebel, who represents the two witnesses and the prophets whom they hid in caves from Jezebel’s evil presence represented none other than the 144,000. At the end of the story Jezebel is killed and the dogs came and ate her flesh, symbolic of the fate of Babylon.

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7&8 "To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, 'I SIT as A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.' 8 "For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.

 

Rev 18,7-11

(74i) Thy kingdom come >> Heart of man is sinful >> It is deceitful and desperately wicked -- These verses go with verses 15-19

Rev 18,7-10

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment -- These verses go with verses 17-20. They will weep and lament for two reasons, because their hope of wealth has just been destroyed, and also because they know that what happened to the harlot is destined to happen to them also. God has judged Babylon first, and then He will turn on the nations and give them what they deserve during the trumpets and the bowls of His fierce wrath.

(215g) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The judgments of God come suddenly >> Without warning -- These verses go with verses 16-19

Rev 18-7,8

(19c) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by demons

(22n) Sin >> Pride comes before a fall

(142a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Prophesy about the dispensation >> The end times

(166j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> >> The carnal mind cannot discern between good and evil >> The carnal mind agrees with the devil

(170e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Greed and lust are the glory of man >> Woman is the glory of man

(179f) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> False prophets >> False prophets preach works and deny Christ

(181k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Deceiving and being deceived – These multibillionaires and trillionaires can be googled, so we can learn their names and faces who are virtually controlling the world, but no one can stop what they are doing, and they are above the law. It’s all too far above everyone’s head, and they are gaining momentum and control over the world every day. Their ultimate goal is to rule the world. The constituents of the global money system want a country of their own to rule, so they can make all the decisions, benefiting only themselves, essentially making slaves of us all. Since they operate covertly, they need a puppet to interface with the public and be their spokesman; the Pope is their antichrist. Note that the antichrist treats these moneylenders as his puppets too, so each entity of Satan’s kingdom views his fellow entity as a puppet, yet God has Satan dangling on a string and he doesn’t even know it.

Rev 18-8,9

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of God’s justice -- These verses go with verse 21. What does it say in Rev 17-16? “The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” Then in Rev 18-8 it says, “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.” One verse says that Satan’s kingdom will turn on itself, and the other says that God will judge the harlot. Both are true at the same time. God takes credit for Satan’s self-destructive ways, which is not unreasonable in that God is indirectly responsible for Satan’s lack of character which caused him to turn on himself. When Lucifer rebelled against God and sought His heavenly throne however many eons ago and he changed from Lucifer to Satan, God was obviously involved in that transformation. God judged Lucifer and all the fallen angels and made them what they are now. They are essentially black holes, restlessly searching for something to fill their black void. The curse that God placed on them was that instead of reflecting the glory of God, they should reflect His opposite nature. For example, God is the ultimate light source, so Satan is the epitome of darkness; God is the creator, so Satan is the destroyer; God owns everything, so Satan is in utter poverty. God judged the great harlot the day Lucifer fell into transgression. Everything Satan touches he destroys, even his own kingdom. Essentially, God removed every aspect of Himself from Lucifer, since he no longer wanted anything to do with Him. God gave Lucifer his heart’s desire and it turned him into a monster. So yes, God gets the credit for destroying the city Babylon.

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9-14 "And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.' 11 "And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more - 12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, 13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. 14 "The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.

 

Rev 18,9-21

(61k) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> The city of Satan is destroyed -- New York City / Rome – There are many cities in the world, but when this city was destroyed, it ended all hope of recuperating their global economy. The fact that their economy was up and running suggests that this happens near the beginning of the tribulation, but since it is mentioned so late in the book of Revelation, it also suggests that it occurs toward the end of the tribulation, and since it cannot occur both at the beginning and at the end, it must be referring to two cities being judged on two separate occasions with similar infractions against God. Therefore, this judgment of the great harlot called Babylon is a two-city prophecy, based on this biblical principle: Some endtime prophecies are meant for two or more similar instances, traversing multiple eras and cycling through various stages of completion, until the words of the prophets are fulfilled. Some events are so much alike it would be difficult to tell them apart if they were written separately, so God has them both written in one prophecy, linking their sin together and their judgments, fulfillment at different times. In this case the two cities are New York and Rome. John Lennon said this about the two cities: “If I'd lived in Roman times, I'd have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.” The destroyed economy pertains to the destruction of New York City, which takes down with it all the developed countries of the world, which are all linked to a common global economy, so that civilization as a whole will come to a sudden halt. Trucks that once ran groceries will no longer run, referring to mass starvation. Owning gold and silver will be of no use, for there will be nothing to buy, suggesting the economy was booming before the city was destroyed, so the destruction of the city becomes the trigger for the demise of the global economic system. New York is destroyed in the beginning of the tribulation, but Rome is destroyed later. When it speaks about the saints and apostles and prophets rejoicing (v20), God has pronounced judgment against the harlot for their sakes, meaning that they had become martyrs. The city of Satan is directly related to the wealth of her immorality, meaning she acted immorally to obtain her wealth. This wealth was the result of the mark of the beast; those who would not take the mark were martyred. On the one hand, we have the city initiating the collapse of the global economic system and on the other hand we have the city responsible for the martyrdom of the saints. By this duality we derive the fact that we are speaking about two cities, one that triggers the global economic collapse and the other that signifies the end of Satan’s reign. After Rome is destroyed the antichrist is out of options. It was the false prophet who destroyed her, suggesting that Satan will destroy his own kingdom. Spiritual anarchy will then replace Satan’s plan to take over the world.

(166e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Wisdom of the world >> Nature Of Man’s Wisdom >> Man’s wisdom is fixed on gaining personal advantage – “Immorality” primarily stands for martyring the saints for the sake of financial gain, and it also stands for being literally immoral. There is a literal and a symbolic interpretation to many aspects of the book of Revelation, and some of the symbolic meanings are multiple. For example, Babylon represents not just Rome, but also the United States and even Jerusalem, except that God delivers the holy city, where He intends to place His name and His throne during the millennium. Essentially, Babylon represents every nation that helped the beast rise to power. When it says that the harlot lived sensuously refers to financial wealth, for there is a connection between martyring the saints and the one-world economy. The promise of the antichrist and the false prophet is that if people will help him martyr the saints, he will make them wealthy.

(202b) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God by running to the world The people were not sad about their sin; they were sad about losing their business; they were sad that the good times had suddenly ended. They showed great remorse for the destruction of the city, but they showed no remorse for their sins. Had they been sorry for their sins as for the city in flames, it would have been a game-changer; endtime prophecy, the tribulation and the judgment of God may have ceased. As it was, though, they were not remorseful for their sins but were sorry they got caught; many criminals are sorry they got caught but not sorry for what they did.

Rev 18,9-20

(186i) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> Having a perverted sense of justice

Rev 18,9-19

(165b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world is accountable to God

(175b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Using religion as a front

Rev 18,9-11

(16e) Sin >> Man’s willingness to be evil >> Allowing sin to reign in your flesh >> Afraid to deal with it

(188i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Sorrow >> Grieving over your own loss >> Grieving over your circumstances -- These verses go with verses 15-19

(201i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Man’s will over God >> Man is unwilling to repent -- These verses go with verses 15-19. This is definitely a city near the coast, and it says that people on ships will see the smoke of her burning but not the fire itself. They could definitely see the fire consuming New York City from its harbor, but in Rome it is questionable if they could even see smoke, unless of course it was a mushroom cloud that rises to the stratosphere. The people love their world, and they have great regret for its destruction, but for their sins they have none. There was no repentance, and for this reason, the third phase of endtime prophecy is about to hit mankind like a ton of bricks in the plagues delineated in the bowls of God’s judgment. It says in Rev 9-20,21, “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.” A total lack of repentance for their sins and for the martyrdom of the saints is the reason for God’s continued judgment.

Rev 18-9,10

(24d) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Pursuit of happiness creates anxiety -- These verses go with verse15

Rev 18-9

(145j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Immoral spirits -- This verse goes with verse 2

Rev 18-13

(163b) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Prison -- This verse goes with verse 2

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15 "The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning,

 

Rev 18,15-24

(21m) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The love of money -- These verses go with verse 3. Some of the prophecies fit snugly with Rome being the city of Satan, but others don’t, and for this reason New York helps to explain some of the prophecies. They are judged together as a single judgment at different times and places. Materialism and oppression are often found together, being the root of her judgment, coupled with the sacrifice of morals and ethics in order to become wealthy by paying employees very little or nothing at all, referring to slavery. Martyrdom of the saints is also involved in her judgment. Basically, what this passage is saying is that all forms of sin come from one source: the love of money and materialism. When we look at the reign of Hitler, his goal was to expand the borders of Germany and rule the entire world. In his mind, he was trying to do the world a favor by eliminating certain undesirables and people groups that he considered deleterious to human civilization. It is likely that civilization today is the greatest that man has ever known, but it is not real; it is based on a false economy, on a fractional reserve, fiat money system. The Federal Reserve has “printed” trillions of dollars in order to have the standard of living the people demanded. The consequences for the destruction of New York City will have a ripple effect that will encompass every developed nation of the world, exempting the ultra-rich who become unimaginably wealthy. They tilted the system in their favor so all the money ran downhill into their pockets and left almost nothing for anybody else, and by this they will attempt to rule the world.

(146e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Deliverance from demon possession >> Casting out spirits with a word

Rev 18,15-21

(61g) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Babylon—Capital city of the abominations of the earth / Home town of the Jezebel spirit – Here we have shipmasters standing on the deck of ships watching the smoke of the great harlot’s torment. This word picture considerably narrows down the identity of this city, completely eliminating Jerusalem from being Babylon as some people claim, which is a landlocked country. As a shipmaster standing on deck, he could see the smoke of Rome from nearly every side of the Italian peninsula. Some say Babylon is New York, which may not actually be false; however, the harlot can be none other than Rome. New York may also burn for helping the antichrist and his false prophet come to power. And then there are some who say that the burning of Rome has already occurred, but they don't understand God and His principles. The timelessness of endtime prophecy is exemplified in that some of the events that take place in the last days have already occurred to illustrate several predictions for the future, implying that they will happen again, taking on different forms, extenuating from different circumstances, and specifying a different age. Rome is essentially the only city this could be, and if it is Rome, then its religion could only be Catholicism. If the antichrist's religion is Catholicism then the antichrist could only be the Pope. Also, when you go back to the book of Daniel and see the nations that are involved in this beast, every one of them was a world empire at one time. Rome for that reason alone must be included, the city built of seven hills. As with Babylon, once Rome is destroyed, it will never be rebuilt, any more than the angel's heavy millstone will be retrieved from the bottom of the ocean. 

(173d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the Catholic faith >> Worshipping idols There are other prophecies in Revelation that correlate with the judgment of the great whore being Rome. For example, Rev 17,1-6 describes the great whore as a woman with a golden cup from which she drinks the blood of the saints. It sounds much like communion, which would indicate Catholicism, which would implicate the Vatican of Rome. Huge numbers of people will buy into Satan’s kingdom, obviously the entire Catholic world, including billions of people. Then there will be many others who have no vested interest in Catholicism who will feign loyalty to the Pope, who merely want to save their own skins, being threatened by the mark of the beast, unable to buy or sell without it in the new global economy that promises to be the greatest materialistic time in human history, or else be killed if they don’t take the mark. The fact that shipmasters and sailors were mentioned speaks volumes about the identity of this city that God has judged. It was located near a port. That excludes Jerusalem since Israel is a landlocked nation, but brings Rome right into focus. 

Rev 18,15-19

(16f) Sin >> Man’s willingness to be evil >> Using sin to achieve your goals – The great city, Babylon is a symbol of the world system at that time, anyone who partakes of her wealth partakes of her sin, in that people then will be required to take the mark of the beast in order to participate in that economy. 

(74i) Thy kingdom come >> Heart of man is sinful >> It is deceitful and desperately wicked -- These verses go with verses 7-11

(188i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Sorrow >> Grieving over your own loss >> Grieving over your circumstances -- These verses go with verses 9-11

(201i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Man’s will over God >> Man is unwilling to repent -- These verses go with verses 9-11

Rev 18-15

(24d) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Pursuit of happiness creates anxiety -- This verse goes with verses 9&10

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16-19 saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; 17 for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!' And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, 18 and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like the great city?' 19 "And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!' 

 

Rev 18,16-19

(215g) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The judgments of God come suddenly >> Without warning -- These verses go with verses 7-10. The city was destroyed in one hour, suggesting that the cause was probably not conventional warfare, though it could have been carpeted with incendiary bombs in an air raid as with Dresden Germany, or it could have been a nuclear bomb exploded in the center of the city. With carpet-bombing, there is much destruction, but the city itself is usually not completely destroyed, whereas a nuclear bomb could level the entire city.

Rev 18,17-24

(49f) Judgment >> Enemies of the prophets are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 6-8. God has always had His prophets and witnesses. The apostles and prophets in verse 20 are not those who lived two thousand years ago, but are apostles and prophets of the last days. Some think the dispensation of apostles and prophets has ended, but there have always been prophets throughout the entire age of grace and obviously during the time of the Old Testament. The purpose of Old Testament prophets was to tell off the king and to correct the teachers of the law and to write the Scriptures, whereas the purpose of the apostles and prophets of the new covenant was to tell off heretics, to establish and lead churches and to write Scripture. The Church has always had a prophetic witness, and if that doesn’t seem true, it is probably because nobody listened to them or were martyred. In the last days the apostles and prophets that God will raise, neither the Church nor the world will be able to ignore, just like in the days of the old covenant; they tried to ignore them, but they continued getting in the king’s face and in the face of deceivers and idolaters and the false prophets and those who loved and practiced lying, who led Israel astray. So it will be in the new covenant in the last days that the apostles and the prophets will confront the Church today, and they will either listen to them or God will institute another plan for those who reject His word without reference to salvation.

Rev 18,17-20

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment -- These verses go with verses 17-20. We know that a prophet’s purpose is to protect, maintain and promote the word of God, and the apostles have a similar ministry, only in addition to that they are also church builders. The apostle Paul was the main apostle in that he promoted the gospel of Christ in the world and planted churches wherever he went. The main apostles of the last days will be the Jewish church consisting of the 144,000 with two witnesses who will lead church planting. These 144,000 are also called the woman and she will be running for her life, and this verse says, ‘Rejoice, because God has pronounced judgment against your enemies,’ suggesting that some of these Jewish apostles and prophets will be martyred along with their children, the gentile saints throughout the nations. God will send the enemies of the Church to hell who have participated in martyring His people, so they will pay the price of eternal damnation for causing the children of God to stumble.

Rev 18,18-21

(200m) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever receives the world is against Christ

Rev 18,19-24

(189f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Martyrs bring about the judgment of God – Jesus said it would be better for you to have a heavy millstone hung around your neck and be cast into the depths of the sea, than to cause any one of these little ones of mine to stumble (stumble: causing them to sin or causing them to die). The implication of the millstone, then, is that when the angel threw it into the sea, a rope was tied to it and at the other end of the rope was the neck of the great whore, which was responsible for martyring the saints and apostles and prophets. It would actually be fair to say that martyrdom was the main reason for endtime prophecy in the first place. Had Satan stopped short of martyring the saints, endtime prophecy may have never been written, but because of the systematic murder of God’s children, endtime prophecy was written and will be fulfilled. Once Satan and his antichrist and all those who follow him have caused God to stand from His glorious throne at the martyrdom of His saints, He will also judge the world for their murders, sorceries, immorality, thefts, idolatry and lying that is transpiring on the earth (Rev 9-21; 22-15), but these things have happened throughout all time, and they never caused God to stand from His throne until now. It is when they began martyring His children that He took notice.

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20-22 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her." 21 Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. 22 "And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer;

 

Rev 18-20,21

(28i) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God crushes those who make us stumble – It says what happens to Babylon and how it is destroyed by fire in Rev 17-16. One aspect of Satan’s kingdom will hate the other and will make war with it and Satan will end up destroying his own kingdom. This is actually a worse judgment than God could ever impose on him, yet this is in fact a judgment in that God has interwoven the trait of self-destruction into the fabric of rebellion against His authority. It completely shuts Satan's mouth by shutting the door on any possibility of ever defeating God; otherwise Satan could say that if it weren’t for the Lord's intervention he could have potentially defeated Him, but to defeat himself proves that any confrontation against God is destined to fail by his own hand. Satan's hope was possibly to hold the human race hostage for a promise form God to pardon him and escape the sentence of eternal damnation, but now he has absolutely no hope of succeeding at that.

(29h) Gift of God >> God is on our side >> He fights our battles for us – The angel will throw a great stone into the sea as an analogy depicting the destiny of Satan, his city and those who worship him. Just as the rock will never be retrieved, so this satanic system and the demonic world of evil in all its wickedness will never revive. The devil’s influence on mankind is finished, and his spiritual reign of terror has ended. God intends to lock up Satan for a thousand years and then release him after the Millennium just to show mankind the influence he has had on the world since the beginning of time. There will be a thousand years of peace, and after Satan has been released, that tranquility will be broken by a sudden need to overthrow Christ’s throne, and then fire will descend on His enemies and consume them all. Take away Satan’s influence and man lives in relative peace; the fact that Satan was here on the earth all this time is the cause for most of the horror that he has inflicted on the earth and its inhabitants.

(39ja) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated people who serve Satan – God pronounced judgment against the harlot for the sake of the apostles, prophets, and all those who resisted her religion, referring to the Catholic Church. We know that the original apostles were all dead before the Catholic Church came into existence, so we are talking about an entity that transcends the Catholic Church. What then is this entity of the whore? We know for sure that it is Satan the dragon; the entity the dragon used is a manifestation of the spirit of antichrist, a false version of the True Church. This satanic manifestation originated from a single thought: Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh. 1Jn 4-2,3 says, “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.” The Catholic Church has always believed that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh (Council of Nicaea, 325 AD); therefore, the antichrist, which is inextricably linked to the Catholic Church, will reject the fundamental beliefs of Catholicism and deny that Jesus came in the flesh. Daniel 11-37,38 says, “He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. But instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures.” For the antichrist to reject every god but to magnify himself and then to honor a god of fortresses, means that the antichrist is that god of fortresses that glorifies himself and the fortress refers to the city, Babylon.

(209g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with casualties -- This verse goes with verse 24. Christ will command His angels to grab the antichrist and the false prophet and throw them into the lake of fire, where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever, like a heavy millstone that was thrown into the sea that was impossible to return to the light of day; those who serve Satan will eventually be thrown into it with them. They will be completely forgotten, but the lessons that the saints of heaven will have learned from the experiences of this life will remain. We will remember that there was a satanic force against mankind inciting him to wickedness and that the whole world followed him, except those in heaven who belong to Christ. They are the only ones throughout the ages of mankind that escaped his grasp. Their numbers in heaven will range into the millions, but the numbers in hell will be billions who lived and died, and they will disappear from the land of the living.

Rev 18-20

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death -- This verse goes with verses 4-8

(242a) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Killing God’s prophets -- This verse goes with verse 24

Rev 18-21

(15g) Servant >> Angels >> The presence of angels denotes authority – This verse goes with verses 1&2

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of God’s justice -- This verse goes with verses 8&9

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23&24 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. 24 "And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth."

 

Rev 18-23,24

(181j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Self deception >> Deceitfulness of sin – Why should God judge the world if people were deceived? Actually, God will judge them for their willingness to be deceived. A person who is deceived wants to believe what he believes. Most of our deceptions come from our temptations to believe a lie, and if they came from temptations, then there must have been a promise of reward, and that false promise was none other than wealth. From the great men who became wealthy from the harlot, catering to all her wishes and wants, all the way to the little guy that held out his hand to receive the mark, they sacrificed the saints for an opportunity to participate in Satan’s global economy, knowing all the while the implications of what they were doing.

(134i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Spiritual adultery -- These verses go with verses 3-10

Rev 18-23

(183b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Sin is the incubator of witchcraft >> Through satanic influence -- This verse goes with verses 1-8. The spirit of antichrist has been in the world from the very beginning; it is a spirit that diametrically opposes the very essence of God. This satanic entity called the dragon (or serpent) manifested itself in the last days as the great whore and used Catholicism as a front to resist the will and purpose of God with the result of martyring many saints. God has executed judgment against her not only because of the martyrs she accumulated in the last days but for the martyrs she accumulated over the last 2000 years and before that. The spirit of antichrist existed even in Old Testament days, which led Israel astray to believe in the many idols and religions of the neighboring countries to worship Baal in the days after King David, sacrificing their children to the fertility gods, and then later mutating to paganism, which followed man across covenants and now attempts to worship God through various incantations, seeking His favor through mental ascent without the need for faith and love.

Rev 18-24

(209g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with casualties -- This verse goes with verse 20,21

(242a) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Killing God’s prophets -- This verse goes with verse 20. When it says, “In her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth,” it includes more than just the last days of those who refused to take the mark of the beast, but also throughout the centuries of Catholicism’s crimson past of all the saints and prophets whose blood has been shed on the earth. Jesus said in Mat 23,33-36, “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.” Jesus spoke these words to the Jews, but what difference is there between the Jewish heart that has turned to stone and the gentile heart that has turned to stone? Take another look at what Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation” He was referring to two generations at the same time, both His own and the the last days. He was saying that the sins of man from Adam to the last-born sinner will be judged on the cross though His own blood, but for Jesus to send them "prophets and wise men and teachers," He would have had to send them after his resurrection to the Church. Who in the Church would kill their own prophets and wise men and teachers but the Catholic Church? After Jesus' blood was spilled and people went on willfully sinning, God will make mankind pick up the tab in the last days. So many Christians were killed in the name of truth and righteousness over the last 2000 years, Protestants who refused to accept the heresies of the Catholic Church, this fraudulent church has condemned them as heretics, though the Catholics themselves were the true heretics. According to verse 24, God reduced the Vatican to ashes because of the martyrdom of the saints. The bloodiest wars that man has ever fought have come and gone, but the violence did not trigger the end of days until they martyred God’s people who worship Him in spirit and truth.

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