Summary of passage: An angel threw a millstone into the sea and said Babylon will be thrown down in the same way. Nothing will be heard, found, or seen again.
11) It would be thrown down never to be found again like a millstone in the sea.
12a) Because believers live forever.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37) or with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Nothing is ever hopeless.
13) Personal Question. My answer: The truths apply to all no matter the age. Most importantly, talk about it. Bring it up. Start with BSF and how you do a bible study and invite them to join. Point out to them where their treasure lies and when you see them chasing things of this world. Be a good witness. A good observer. A good friend. A good friend doesn’t at least mention God and heaven occasionally.
Conclusions: I don’t think I can take another “give you hope” question for the rest of this year! Did not need the references to question 12a. Seems almost silly to ask.
End Notes: Jeremiah 51:61-4 ties a scroll containing God’s judgment of ancient Babylon to a stone and throws it in the Euphrates and says “So will Babylon sink to rise no more.” Jesus says as well in Matthew 18:6 that it is better to tie a millstone around your neck and hurl yourself in the sea than to lead others to sin.
“Magic spell” in Greek is pharmakia which means to prepare drugs. Sin was like a drug.
The fact the saints and prophets were killed is listed last because it’s the most important reason Babylon is judged. When you mess with God’s people, you mess with God!
Conclusions to Revelation 18: Be different than the world. Live outside the world. Don’t be a part of the world. We have to live in it but we don’t have be of it. Choose wisely or face judgment!
Conclusions to Lesson 23: Good reminder of what is actually treasure and what isn’t and where our home is. Also, love how God’s judgment is for vindication of His people’s death. Very, very encouraging in this broken world where life is not fair and we as Christians often face harshness. God will judge. Give it to Him to handle. We have no need to cloud our life with anger and bitterness and strife.