From Pastor Perry

03/26/2013 Revelation 18:8-17

Revelation 18:8–17 (ESV)
The Fall of Babylon

    8     For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
        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, and say,
        “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!
    17     For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”

Before we begin today, I want to back up and review what is going on in today’s reading.  If you remember back a couple of days, we had the Great Prostitute and she represents the false church along with Babylon.  If you also remember, her fall was spoken about in past tense, yet today’s reading puts it in future tense.  There is such a surety of what is going on that it was spoken about in past tense even though it is yet to be done.  It might be like having a boss tell you what has to be done and you respond that it’s a done deal.  Maybe you have a crew working on it right now and it’s not yet finished, but it will be finished without a doubt to the point you say it’s a done deal.
Today’s reading begins talking in future tense: “8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
        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.”  Those on her side back off and weep.  Those who supported her (the false church) back away, even the merchants who profited off of her back away.  In a single hour, all wealth is lost!  The false church is coming to an end, something that people just didn’t see coming, because they had been misled.  How were they misled?  Not studying God Word.  If you want to grow spiritually, read God’s Word.  If you want to rebuild a carburetor on a car, read the instructions.  If you don’t read the instructions, you may destroy your engine.  I know I dropped a part into the engine one time and the instructions well documented this could happen and how to avoid it... but hey, who needs instructions!  Well guys, I found the instructions, but it was too late!
I pray: Lord, help ignite a fire within me to study your Word.  Let my eyes, ears, and heart, be receptive to the working of the Holy Spirit and change me according to your will.  Use me Lord, for your purpose.  Wash me clean and enable me to tell others so they to are not misled.  Thank you Lord for all you have done for me.  Amen!

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