Summary of passage: Another angel from heaven announces Babylon has fallen and repeats Revelation 17:2, saying the kings have committed adultery with Babylon.
3a) John saw another angel descend from heaven who announced Babylon has fallen and all the nations have drunk her adulteries as well as all the kings
b) A home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit and every unclean and detestable bird.
4a) Part personal question. My answer: You lose God. It’s that simple.
b) Part personal question. My answer: Heavenly things. I’m about split down the middle. We have to deal with this world because we live it in and life takes place here. But as long as God is at the center and our earthly life is for Him then we’re good!
Conclusions: BSF kept it simple here. The questions were straight out of the text. The personal questions were very elementary. No questions on what is Babylon and what it represents. Should have combined this day with tomorrow’s.
End Notes: So what is Babylon? We discussed this last week as well. Babylon could be either Rome, Jerusalem, or the world system as a whole. Scholars are divided and no one is sure. For us, Babylon is evil like verse 2 says. The details here are unimportant.
So is this the same Babylon of Revelation 17? Scholars say there are distinct differences. Babylon of 17 is more a religious system. This Babylon of 18 is more a commercial/economic/political Babylon. But both should be seen together as one–just 2 different aspects.
Is Babylon a real city or a symbol? Since Babylon now does not exist, most scholars say this is a symbol in correspondence with apocalyptic writings and with Revelation and its use of symbols. However, Saddam Hussein did begin to build a palace on the ruins of Babylon before he was deposed. Who knows what the future will hold?
Babylon, the city, was predicted to fall in the Bible by Isaiah (Isaiah 21:9, Isaiah 14:22-23) as well as Jeremiah (Jeremiah 50:13; 51:26).
This angel having just come from God’s presence glows! He illuminates the earth. How cool is that! It’s like Moses whose face glowed after having spoken with God on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:29-35). Awesome! I want to glow too after seeing God! Wonder if that’s why angels are depicted with light around them in the movies. Other references to glory lighting the world: Psalm 104:2; Ezekiel 43:1-5; 1 Timothy 6:16.
Note the phrase is repeated that Babylon has fallen for emphasis. Sad thought since Babylon used to be one of the richest and most prosperous cities of the world and now is a haven for demons and spirits. Just shows how much man can corrupt.
Babylon committed idolatry (adultery) and was concerned with the luxuries of this world instead of God. That is her sins.
John says this in the past tense so even though Babylon hasn’t fallen it is assured it will.