|The Call to Come Out of Babylon,
Verses 4-8 (NASB)
And I heard another voice from HEAVEN, saying,
While the voice from HEAVEN was addressing the
the same call rings out to all "my people" throughout all time.
This couplet of verses speaks so strongly on its own
exposition will be given.
"COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE,
Come out from her, my people, so that you may
not share in
sins, neither participate in her plagues (Isaiah
48:20 ; Jeremiah
50:8). For her iniquities (her crimes and
up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her wickedness and [her]
[and calls them up for settlement]. (Jeremiah
51:9) The Amplified Bible
for her sins have piled up as high as heaven,
and God has
remembered her iniquities.
- that you may not participate in
HER SINS and
- that you may not receive of HER
"Come away from her, my people. Do not take
part in her
you will be punished with her. For her sins are piled as high as
God is ready to judge her for her evil deeds. New
My people, you must escape
Don't take part in her sins and share her
Her sins are piled as high as heaven.
God has remembered the evil she has
Get out, my people, as fast as you
so you don't get mixed up in her sins,
so you don't get caught in her doom.
Her sins stink to high heaven;
God has remembered every evil she's done. The
"Pay her back even as she has paid, and give
back to her
to her DEEDS;
This is consistent with the judgment awarded in crimes where "breach of
has been committed (Exodus
22:1-4-7-9). Obviously, the Babylonian evil system is very
this time and trust is nonexistent. Interestingly, the crimes are so
as pleasure that when they are committed they don't appear to be
If one listens to advertising, you hear phrases such as "you earned
"wouldn't you look good in .....", or "everyone else is doing it (so it
be OK, implied)". But it really is an evil payment.
From a spiritual viewpoint, this is the repayment the
martyrs asked when this would happen; here in chapter 18, the time
As for God's chosen people, this payback is
in the CUP which she has mixed, mix twice as
much for her.
So deep is the evil in the world during these times that to extract the
12:17-21) from Babylon, the judgment is doubled. As a
Romans passage, the "evil" is to be overcome with GOOD. This is not
done by the few believers who remain and have not been martyred, but
this is the GOOD that is God (Luke
18:18-19-30). It is the GOOD of which humans gained knowledge
eating/internalizing the fruit of its tree (Genesis
3). We don't know what happens to the tree of the knowledge
EVIL after the Genesis incident. However, one could imply that the tree
the knowledge of GOOD and EVIL is finally removed or destroyed at this
That is, the double portion of judgment (the GOOD) overcomes the EVIL
has mixed in the same CUP.
"To the degree that she
There is pride to make oneself pretty. If one is told how pretty they
are enough times, the head swells and the (pretty) person becomes
this with Hebrews
5:1-5-10 .... Christ was NOT GLORIFIED in this manner.
- GLORIFIED HERSELF and
- LIVED SENSUOUSLY,
To LIVE SENSUOUSLY has strong sexual overtones. After
Babylon did play the HARLOT with the kings of the earth (verse
to the same degree give her TORMENT and
TORMENT here is TORTURE to a maximum of pain.
of flame that is forever burning in Hades (Luke
16:19-24-31). With the maximum spiritual pain comes the
This is in direct contrast to the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:4).
for she says in her heart,
a QUEEN and I am not a WIDOW, and will never see MOURNING.'
This phrase is used in Isaiah
47:1-11. This prophesy may have been directly given for this
The phrase 'says in her heart' denotes this is a huge
denial. This isn't reality she is looking at but rather a boastful
pride which counts
on the king(s) of the earth to keep her status as QUEEN. One could
this as 'the government will take care of us (spiritually too)'.
her role as QUEEN lasts only as long as the king(s) want her to last (verses 9 and 10).
In the Mideast,
and status comes through the male side of the family. This Babylonian
brags that she never will lose her husband(s) and hence see MOURNING.
In the Old Testament, when Jerusalem forgot God, Jeremiah compares
Jerusalem as a WIDOW (Lamentations
1:1-11). In similar manner, we, believers, are the bride of
however, ours is eternal
and not this QUEEN's false bravado as the next
"For this reason in one day HER PLAGUES WILL
The reason is the Babylonian pride that visibly shows
Self becomes the
and this is the quickest way to "irritate" God (Exodus
In the case of Belshazzar, as Daniel saw this in Daniel
5:17-30-31, the judgment happened very quickly later that
this judgment happens "in one day". Babylon will be destroyed as fast
Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed according to Isaiah
* pestilence and
mourning and famine, and
Combine these weaknesses and death results both
* she will be burned
up with FIRE;
Anything which turns us away from
God will be tested (1
Anything related to the pride/glorification
Anything seen by Jesus Christ will be judged (Revelation 1:14).
for the LORD GOD who JUDGES her IS STRONG.
Many times Babylon is referred to as GREAT (verses 2, 10, 19, 21)
implying STRONG. But the LORD GOD IS
eternally (implying greater than Babylon). The LORD GOD will complete
what was started in the seventh trumpet (Revelation
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