BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 23, Day 3: Revelation 18:4-8

Summary of passage:  Another voice from heaven begs the people to turn from their sins for God is going to pay the prostitute back double for what she has done.  She will be consumed by fire.

Questions:

5)  Another voice from heaven begs the people to turn from their sins for God is going to pay Babylon back double for what she has done.  In one day her plagues will overtake her and she will be consumed by fire.

6)  God has remembered His promises to His people and will blot out their transgressions. (Hebrews 8:12).

7)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  God gives people one more chance to come to Him even after all of these judgements and even after they have still rejected Him.  He offers mercy but follows up with justice for those who refuse to turn from sin.  God is in charge.  He already knows who will be saved and who won’t so I pray and give the rest to Him.

Conclusions:  Hard passage to get anything new out of–a vague vision warning God’s people (again) to turn from their ways for the final judgment will happen at any time.

End Notes:  The voice is talking to God’s people who are surrounded by decadence and sin.  We see the call to leave Babylon frequently in scripture (Jeremiah 50:8, 51:45; Isaiah 52:11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17).  The call is for God’s people to separate themselves from the sins around them or face God’s wrath as well.

We see double restitution in Exodus 22:4-9.  We saw the cup as God’s anger in Revelation 14:10 as well.

Here, the voice points out three sins:  selfishness (living luxuriously), pride (boasting as a queen), and avoiding suffering (not a widow and will never mourn).

Who is the voice?  Some say Jesus since the voice says, “my people.”

Babylon will be destroyed as described by Isaiah 47:14 and Jeremiah 51:58.  Fire is a symbol of judgment.

Many commentators draw parallels to the US as Babylon. But I argue all nations are Babylon.  We live in luxury, are prideful, indifferent to others’ sufferings, and turn from God.  The fall can happen any time.

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