To read chapter 18 of Revelation and see the complete destruction of Babylon is important to know what Babylon is. It seems that Babylon has taken on many faces, all of which are hostile to God. First, there are all the false religions of the world. Second, there is the wealth of this world that lures people to go after it in abundance at any cost, with total disregard for integrity, morality, or the will of God. Third, the political powers that have, knowingly or unknowingly, glorified Satan in all they do. There is little doubt that the occult has a strangle hold on much of the political influence in the world today and during the time that John is writing of in Revelation 18, logic would dictate that political powers will be completely demonic.
Whether it is religion, the world, or occult influenced political powers; the blood of born again Christians will be shed. In fact, the shedding of the Christian blood has not stopped since it started with Stephen. Even though most people in America do not know this, or even care to be educated on it, the fact remains that Christians are brutalized every day in this world, and this “Babylonian Empire” will only amplify the persecution:
Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth."
All the nations will be deceived…how?....by the sorcery of Babylon!
Revelation 18:23 The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
What is sorcery?
SOR'CERY, n. Magic; enchantment; witchcraft; divination be the assistance of evil spirits, or the power of commanding evil spirits.
Evil spirits, magic, and witchcraft will be the source of this deception. Is it any wonder that Hollywood continues to escalate its “fascination” with witchcraft? From Harry Potter to Twilight and all the “witch” shows on the Disney channel; witchcraft is being trivialized. All this is seemingly innocent and of no effect; however, the Bible makes it clear that this is the very power behind the deception of the world.
However, as indicated before and it can’t be emphasized enough….Jesus wins. Just like the song says, the music will die and be heard no more by the sons of disobedience and the willing demons that took part in the rebellion against God:
Revelation 18:20-22 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!" 21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. 22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore.
Up to this point in Revelation men have been given the opportunity to repent. Whether it was through the witness of the saints, or the taste of the Wrath of God, men were still given the opportunity to repent. Evidence of this is found as you read Revelation and it says, “and still, men would not repent”. However, by the time we get to what John describes here, there will no longer be that opportunity for those that have got themselves drunk on the fornication of Babylon:
Revelation 18:3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury."
How can we be certain that the opportunity to repent will cease? We just read it in verse 23 above, the Bridegroom (that’s Jesus) and the bride (that’s the saints) shall not be heard anymore. Jesus calls all men everywhere to repent, and those that belong to Christ plead with people to repent; however, at this point in the game the call to repent will go silent, the Good News will be preached no more.
That being said, there is still time! God calls His people out of Babylon. God calls His people to come out of false teaching churches. God calls His people to come out of false religions. God calls His people to come out of a life dedicated to pursuing the lusts of this world. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart as they did in the rebellion:
Revelation 18:4-5 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.