The Fall of Babylon
Daily Bible Reading – Revelation 15-18
Today’s Key Passage – Revelation 18:11-17
In Revelation, John refers to the evil world and all of God’s enemies as Babylon. The people of Babylon lived in luxury. Material possessions, money, and power were the norm, and the people of Babylon refused to repent of their greed before God. In Revelation 18:7, the city of Babylon boasted, “I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn”. Chapter 18 of Revelation shows us the fall of Babylon. It depicts the collapse of the world’s economic system, and the effect this has on the people living in the world. For the inhabitants of Babylon who spent their entire lives building up wealth, power, and possessions, the end of it all will be severe. These people will lose everything when Babylon collapses. God will destroy everything they have worked for their entire lives in less than an hour.
The fall of Babylon illustrates the temporary nature of earthly treasures. A large savings account or 401K may seem important to some people right now, but in less than an hour, it will all be destroyed in the end. In today’s key passage, the voice from heaven was prophesying against the greedy merchants of Babylon. The voice lists merchandise that illustrates the materialism of the society – luxury items that were not essential that the people of Babylon attempted to store up for themselves. The list includes “cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages”. If we take a careful look at this list, many of us will see some similarities to items we have in our own homes. As followers of Christ, we must all be on guard against greed and the power of money. God wants us to work and provide for our families, but He does not want us to become so enslaved to wealth that money and material possessions become more important than people, or even worse, more important than God. Use your riches to advance God’s kingdom. Everything we possess belongs to God anyway, so why not use our time, money, and talents for His purposes? The things we can buy and store up – the luxury items that we do not truly need – will all be destroyed in the end. When we help others with our treasures, we do not have to fear the fall of Babylon, because treasures in Heaven can never be destroyed.
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