Friday, May 01, 2009

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 18

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 18. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations.

18— the fall of Babylon.

18:2-3 — speaks of Babylon as if it were a cultural mindset like Beth Moore taught in her Daniel Bible study or the study notes in my Bible that say it is symbolic of the world opposed to God.

18:3 — See Jeremiah 25:15, 27 (AMP)

18:4 — God's people are instructed to "come out of her" so that we will not sin with her and receive punishment. We are to leave Babylon/our attitudes and behaviors in opposition to God.
See Isaiah 48:20; Jeremiah 50:8 (AMP)

18:5 — sins depicted as "piled up in heaven". Compare with Genesis 11:4 — the tower of Babel (Babylon).

See Jeremiah 51:9 (AMP)

18:6 - See Psalms 137:8 (AMP) 18:7 — See Isaiah 47:8-9 (AMP)

18:8 — Babylon will be consumed with fire. Fire — pyr — fire, flames (Strong's 4442/KWSB 4786). See Revelation 17:16.

What do you think the fire represents? Does this appear to represent judgment due to sin? Can you see the fire destroy what has been corrupted by sin?

Babylon is sin! It will be consumed.

18:9 — See Ezekiel 26:16-17 (AMP)

18:10 — great city — once again, this could be Jerusalem, Rome, Babylon or some other city that symbolizes the world's opposition to God.

18:11 — one of my commentaries says this is the catalog of Tyrian merchandise in Ezekiel 27:12. See Ezekiel 27:36 (AMP)

18:12 — See Ezekiel 27:12-13 (AMP)

18:16 — see 17:4 for the same description of adornments.

great city — see 18:10 above.

See Ezekiel 27:31, 36 (AMP)

18:17 — See Isaiah 23:14; Ezekiel 27:26-30 (AMP)

18:18-19 — great city — again, see 18:10 above.

18:19 — See Ezekiel 27:30-34 (AMP)

18:20 — See Isaiah 44:23; Jeremiah 51:48 (AMP)

18:21 — great city — see 18:10 above.

See Jeremiah 51:63-64; Ezekiel 26:21 (AMP)

18:22-23 — Babylon will be desolate.

See Isaiah 24:8; Ezekiel 26:13 (AMP)

18:24 — See Jeremiah 51:49 (AMP)

  • Remember that the main message of the book of Revelation is the infinite love, power and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ. How is this evident in today’s text?
  • What attributes of God do you see in this chapter?
  • What scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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