5. Babylon the Great and Her Destruction
a. The Religious Aspect
(1) The Great Harlot
1 And one of the aseven angels who had the bseven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, cCome here; I will show you the 1djudgment of the 2great 3harlot who sits upon the emany waters,
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed 1afornication, and those who bdwell on the earth have been made cdrunk with the 2wine of her fornication.
3 And he acarried me away in 1bspirit into a 2wilderness; and I saw a cwoman sitting upon a 3scarlet 4dbeast, full of enames of 5blasphemy, having 6fseven heads and gten horns.
4 And the woman was aclothed in 1purple and 2scarlet, and gilded with 3gold and precious stone and pearls, having in her hand a 4bgolden cup full of cabominations 5and the dunclean things of her fornication.
5 And on her aforehead there was a name written, 1bMYSTERY, cBabylon The Great, The 2MOTHER Of The HARLOTS And The 3ABOMINATIONS Of The EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman 1drunk with the ablood of the saints and with the blood of the 2bwitnesses of Jesus. And I marveled with great marvel when I saw her.
(2) The Interpretation of
the Woman and the Beast
7 And the angel said to me, Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast who bears her, who has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8 The 1beast that you saw was and is not and is about to acome up out of the babyss and 2go into cperdition. And those who ddwell on the earth, those whose name is not ewritten from the foundation of the world in the 3fbook of life, will gmarvel when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will be present.
9 Here is the mind which has awisdom. The bseven heads are the 1seven mountains where the woman sits
10 And are 1seven kings: five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a short time.
11 And the beast who was and is not, he himself is 1also the eighth and is out of the seven and goes into perdition.
12 And the aten horns which you saw are 1ten kings, who have not yet received a bkingdom but receive authority as kings for cone hour with the beast.
13 These have one 1amind, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
14 These will make 1awar with the bLamb, and the Lamb will covercome them, for He is dLord of lords and King of kings; and they who are ewith Him, the called and 2fchosen and gfaithful, will also overcome them.
15 And he said to me, The 1awaters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are bpeoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
(3) The Destruction of the Harlot
by the Beast
16 And the aten horns which you saw and the beast, these will 1hate the harlot and will make her bdesolate and naked and will eat her flesh and cburn her utterly with fire.
17 For 1God has put it into their hearts to perform His 2mind and to perform one amind and to give their bkingdom to the beast until the cwords of God are accomplished.
18 And the 1woman whom you saw is the agreat city, which has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.
b. The Material Aspect
(1) The Shout of Christ:
``Babylon the Great Is Fallen''
1 After these things I saw 1aanother Angel 2coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was billumined with His glory.
2 And He cried with a strong voice, saying, 1aFallen, fallen is Babylon the Great! And she has become a bdwelling place of demons and a 2hold of every cunclean spirit and a 2hold of every unclean and hateful bird;
3 For all the nations 1have 2adrunk of the wine of the fury of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have bcommitted fornication with her, and the cmerchants of the earth have become drich by the power of her eluxury.
(2) The Call for Separation:
``Come Out of Her''
4 And I heard another voice out of heaven, saying, 1aCome out of her, My people, that you do not participate in her sins and that you do not receive her plagues;
5 For her sins have 1accumulated up ato heaven, and God has bremembered her 2unrighteousnesses.
(3) Babylon's Pride and Destruction
6 aPay her back even as she has paid, and 1double to her double according to her works; in the bcup which she has mixed, mix to her double.
7 As much as she has aglorified herself and lived bluxuriously, as much torment and sorrow give to her; for she says in her heart, I sit a cqueen, and I am not a dwidow, and I shall by no means see sorrow.
8 Therefore in aone day her plagues will come, death and sorrow and famine, and she will be utterly 1bburned with fire; for the Lord God who cjudges her is strong.
(4) The Weeping over Babylon
9 And the kings of the earth, who have acommitted fornication and lived luxuriously with her, will bweep and lament over her when they see the csmoke of her burning,
10 aStanding afar off because of fear of her torment, saying, bWoe, woe, the cgreat city, dBabylon, the strong city, for in eone hour your fjudgment has come!
11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargo anymore:
12 1Cargo of gold and silver and precious stone and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of 2thyine wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel of most precious wood and brass and iron and marble,
13 And cinnamon and 1amomum and incense and ointment and frankincense and wine and oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargo of horses and chariots and 2aslaves and 3bsouls of men.
14 And the ripe fruits of your soul's lust have gone away from you, and all the sumptuous and splendid things have perished from you; and men will find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand afar off because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning,
16 Saying, Woe, woe, the great city, which was aclothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and gilded with gold and precious stone and pearl;
17 For in one hour such great wealth has become adesolate! And every ship captain and everyone sailing to a place and sailors and all who work on the sea stood afar off
18 And cried out, seeing the asmoke of her burning, saying, What city is like the great city?
19 And they cast dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, by which all those who have ships on the sea became rich from her 1wealth, for in 2one hour she has become desolate!
(5) The Rejoicing in Heaven
20 aBe glad over her, O heaven and saints and bapostles and prophets, because God has 1judged cjudgment for you upon her.
(6) The Declaration of
Babylon's Absolute Destruction
21 And a strong angel took up a astone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, Thus will Babylon, the great city, be 1thrown down with violence and shall be found no more at all.
22 And the sound of aharp-singers and musicians and flutists and trumpeters shall be heard no more at all in you, and no craftsman of any craft shall be found any more at all in you, and the bsound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you,
23 And the alight of a lamp shall shine no more at all in you, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall be heard no more at all in you; for your merchants were the bgreat ones of the earth, for by your 1csorcery all the nations were deceived.
24 And in her was found the ablood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.
c. The Praise in Heaven
1 After these things I heard as it were a aloud voice of a bgreat multitude in heaven, saying, 1cHallelujah! The dsalvation and the eglory and the power are of our God.
2 For atrue and righteous are His judgments; for He has judged the 1bgreat harlot who corrupted the earth with her cfornication, and He avenged the dblood of His slaves 2at her hand.
3 And a second time they said, Hallelujah! And her asmoke goes up forever and ever.
4 And the atwenty-four elders and the bfour living creatures cfell down and worshipped God, dwho sits upon the throne, saying, 1eAmen, Hallelujah!