In One Hour: Babylon Has Fallen

Revelation 18:1-2, 8-20 (NKJV)

  1. After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 
  2. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 

8     Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

9     “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 

10   standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

11   “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 

12   merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 

13   and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men

14   The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. 

15   The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 

16   and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 

17   For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 

18   and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

19   “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.

20   “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”

Mark 13:2 (NKJV) – And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Acts 28:11-14 (NKJV)11 After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 13 From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli14 where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome

Understanding the Types of Evil:

  • Natural Evil
    • Moral Evil
      • Personal Moral Evil
      • Corporate (or “Systemic” or “Institutional”) Moral Evil

Remedies for Evil:

  • Personal Evil:
    • Salvation of the Soul
    • Repentance
    • Exorcism
    • Systemic / Institutional Evil:
      • Do systems have a soul?
      • Jesus never exorcised an institution
        • Only two social institutions are ordained of God:
          • The Family
          • The Church

Timeline:

30 AD:      Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem Prophesied

58 AD:      Apostle Paul goes to Rome

70 AD:      Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem Happens: (August 4)

79 AD:      Eruption of Mt.Vesuvius / Destruction of Pompeii: (August 24)

90 AD:      John on the Isle of Patmos / Book of Revelation

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