The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                          CHAPTER 18

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was
illuminated by his splendor.  With a mighty voice he shouted: “‘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.”  Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “‘Come out
of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;  
for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.   Give back to her as she
has given; pay her back double for what she has done.  Pour her a double portion from her own cup.   
Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.  In her heart she boasts,  
‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow;  I will never mourn.’   Therefore in one day her plagues will
overtake her: death, mourning and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God
who judges her.  “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury
see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.  Terrified at her torment, they will
stand far off and cry: “‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon!  In one hour your doom
has come!’  “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their
cargoes anymore 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; and human beings sold as slaves.
“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished,
never to be recovered.’  The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will
stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn  and cry out: “‘Woe! Woe to you, great
city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!  

In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’  “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!’   “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.”   Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large
millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown
down, never to be found again.   The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never
be heard in you again.  No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again.  The sound of a millstone
will never be heard in you again.   The light of a lamp will never shine in you again.  The voice of
bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again.  Your merchants were the world’s important
people.  By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.   In her was found the blood of prophets and
of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

This is a continuation of the events that will destroy the devil’s kingdom forever.  It is more specific
than Chapter 17 and more detailed.  It describes what a horrible and evil kingdom this was.  How much
blood was spilled because of it and how many crimes were committed by it.  It is not clear where the
beast will establish the headquarters of his kingdom.  Regardless of where that is, it will be totally
destroyed and in one hour!  This could be by a large scale nuclear attack, or it could happen in another
way, but it will be completely destroyed, burn and exist no more.   Surprisingly, even after all this, the
kings of the earth will still gather their armies to fight Jesus as he comes back to earth as we will see
in Chapter 19.  That shows just how much control the beast will have over the nations.

God in his mercy warns the Christians that are still alive on earth to “‘Come out of her, my people, so
that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.   God always warns
his children before something bad happens.
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