‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’  She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.  For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.  The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” —Revelation 18:2-3

            Men are drawn to the center of the world’s power system because of the love of money, the love of power and the love of pleasure.  This system is headed up by the “god of this age” (II Corinthians 4:4) and is a demonic haven.  All the nations of the world are affected and infected with this ungodly life-style.

            God’s people are called out of this system before the central power is judged by God.  God has knows the sinful crimes that have been committed and now He is moving to judge.  This judgment will come in the form of death, mourning, famine and be consumed by fire (4-8). 

            The leaders of the earth that had illicit activity with this worldly power center will mourn over the judgment and be terrified at it.  The judgment will happen quickly.  The merchants of the earth mourn because this power centers vast array of worldly goods that are no longer available.  These merchants had gained their wealth through this worldly power center which was now in ruin (9-17).

 “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!  In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’” (17-19).

            “Rejoice over her, you heavens!  Rejoice, you people of God!  Rejoice, apostles and prophets!  For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you” (20).  Those who love God are going to rejoice because of this judgment because He is giving this system what it deserves.  It had led people astray, was responsible for killing the prophets, and was responsible for killing all God’s people and for all who have been slaughtered on the earth. 

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  In Revelation 6:9-11 we read “And when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony they had upheld. And they cried out in a loud voice, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?”  Then each of them was given a white robe and told to rest a little while longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers, were killed, just as they had been killed.”  Well now the time has come.  The time will come.  It is coming.  He will set all things right.

Dear Father I am grateful to know that all things well be set right according to Your purposes and nobody is getting away with anything even though they may think they are.  May I be about Your business and be and do what You desire as I run this race you have laid out for me.  May I run in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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