Revelation 18 - 60 Minutes
Just like the weather in Minnesota, the world will change suddenly, in under an hour!
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Revelation 18 (ESV)
1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven,
having great authority,
and the earth was made bright with his glory.
2 And he called out with a mighty voice,
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become
a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Pay her back
as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
9 And the kings of the earth,
who committed sexual immorality
and lived in luxury with her,
will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning.
10 They will stand far off,
in fear of her torment,
“Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her,
since no one buys their cargo anymore,
12 cargo of
gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth,
all kinds of scented wood,
all kinds of articles of ivory,
all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, 13 cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots,
and slaves, that is, human souls.
14 “The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again!”
15 The merchants of these wares,
who gained wealth from her,
will stand far off,
in fear of her torment,
weeping and mourning aloud,
16 “Alas, alas, for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, with jewels, and with pearls!
in a single hour
all this wealth
has been laid waste.”
And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea,
stood far off 18 and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,
“What city was like the great city?”