Revelation Chapter 18 – The Fall of Babylon

Chapter 18 begins with an angelic messenger coming down from heaven with great authority. The earth was lit up by his splendor or illuminated by his glory. The Hebrew word for ‘splendor’ is hod and means ‘majesty.’ The illumination of this messenger brings forth ‘an enlightenment to His glory.’

This angel cries out:

“She has fallen! She has fallen! Bavel the Great! She has become a home for demons, a prison for every unclean spirit, a prison for every unclean, hated bird.”

Babylon has become the dwelling place for demons, a prison for unclean spirits, and a prison for every unclean, hated bird. Demons are evil or unclean spirits and are associated with the occult. Evil spirits can be divined through witchcraft and channeling and can appear as people we once knew. This is known as a familiar spirit and many people embrace these spirits as the ‘return of a loved one.’ In reality, they are nothing more than demons taking physical or emotional shape and take their prey away from the Truth of God’s Word: that is is appointed for a man to die once and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

After King Saul of Isra’el lost his kingship for disobeying Elohim, he no longer heard from Adonai. He went to the witch of Endor requesting she divine the dead spirit of the prophet Samuel who only repeated that he had lost the kingdom because of his disobedience with the Amalekites and was now an enemy of Elohim (1 Samuel 28:3-25).

God calls the practices of witchcraft and channeling spirits destestable in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. These verses epitomize the activities of the occult only revealed in the high holy day of Samhain or Halloween. These activities will become more prevalent as the end of days comes upon us.

“There must not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through fire, a diviner, a soothsayer, an enchanter, a sorcerer, a spell-caster, a consulter of ghosts or spirits, or a necromancer. For whoever does these things is detestable to Adonai, and because of these abominations Adonai your God is driving them out ahead of you.”

Babylon was also a prison for every unclean, hated bird. In Hebrew the word for ‘prison’ is mishmar and means a ‘place of confining’ or ‘observing.’ ‘Unclean birds’ had become the ‘home’ of ‘unclean spirits.’ I believe that Babylon ‘confined’ and ‘observed’ unclean birds in their satanic sacrifical rituals. There were so many evil spirits let loose they had taken up possessing unclean birds like ravens, hawks, owls and eagles. This speaks doubly about the religion Babylon embraced – everything hated by Elohim – including sacrificing and eating unclean birds.

The word ‘unclean’ in Hebrew is tame and means ‘ritually’ unclean. This ‘uncleanness’ is moral, ethical and religious. It can refer to people, animals, and places. Instead of remaining separate from the ‘unclean,’ Babylon embraces the spirits and defile people as well as animals. If you want to think ‘beastiality’ here,’ that is most definitely a possibility and “A curse on anyone who has sexual relations with any kind of animal” (Deuteronomy 27:21).

“For Adonai will judge all humanity with fire and with the sword, and those slain by Adonai will be many. “Those who consecrate and purify themselves in order to enter the gardens, then follow the one who was already there, eating pig meat, reptiles and mice, will all be destroyed together,” says Adonai. “For I [know] their deeds and their thoughts” (Isaiah 66:16-18).

“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of God’s fury caused by her whoring — yes, the kings of the earth went whoring with her, and from her unrestrained love of luxury the world’s businessmen have grown rich.”

The spiritually opposite of the pure, clean, and holy virgin Bride of Messiah is the WHORE of Babylon. The religion of this ‘woman’ is impure, unclean and cursed. It affects the home, the government and the spirituality of the entire world itself. Sometimes ‘whore’ is translated as ‘prostitute’ which means this ‘woman’ sold her soul for the lies and deception that she promotes. Let it be clear that the ‘woman’ is a religious system that has prostituted herself with the world; at this point there will be no separation of ‘church and state.’

In Hebrew, the word for ‘whore’ is kedeshah and is the feminine form of kadesh. The ehyeh asher ehyeh is kadesh. Yeshua, the visible image of the invisible God is kadesh. To those who understand the ‘patriarchal’ system of government is kadesh. In reference to the WHORE of Babylon, when the patriarch turns matriarch, it will ‘whore’ itself with all other religions, especially satanism just like Jezebel who ‘knew Satan’s dark secrets.’

Another word in Hebrew used for ‘whore’ is zanah and means ‘to commit adultery’ in the idea of idolatry. The religion of Babylon commits spiritual adultery through idolatrous practices. This word is also used for the prostitution found in the ancient religious practices of the Canaanites. In the present day, India still uses young girls and women as temple prostitutes. It is their ‘way of life.’ Ironic, that the VOTUS has a Hindu goddess name and the philosophy of Hinduism allows for the combining of all religious ideologies.

Babylon has ‘unrestrained’ love. The Hebrew word for ‘unrestrained’ is sarach and means ‘to go free, overrun, exceed.’ This is the condition of their perspective of ‘love.’ It is not the ‘love of Elohim’ found in 1 Corinthians 13. It is a perverted sexual love that embraces ‘loving whomever and whatever one wants.’ Sha’ul states in 2 Thessalonians 2:6, that there is a ‘restrainer’ that will be taken out of the way allowing for complete lawlessness based in a twisted love to take over the world. Whoever or whatever the ‘restrainer’ is, it will have great power to hinder the advance of the anti-messiah and prevent the satanic kingdom from overwhelming the world.

“For already this separating from Torah is at work secretly, but it will be secretly only until he who is restraining is out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:6).

Then I heard another voice out of heaven say:

“My people, come out of her! so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not be infected by her plagues, for her sins are a sticky mass piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”

The sins of Babylon are so evil that Elohim commands that His people remove themselves from her. Babylon’s iniquities have created natural consequences of plagues, diseases, sicknesses that are piled up to heaven. Elohim remembers her crimes and will judge her, but like in Egypt, He calls His people to ‘come out from her,’ to become ‘separated.’

To the Corinthians, a congregation with numerous gentiles, Sha’ul gives the same calling as the prophet Isaiah. To touch anything ‘unclean’ remains a Torah command until there’s a new heaven, earth and New Jerusalem. Disobedience not only brings defilement of body and spirit, it is the essence of the WHORE of Babylon who has rejected everything from God’s Word.

“Leave! Leave! Get out of there! Don’t touch anything unclean! Get out from inside it, and be clean, you who carry Adonai’s temple [Spirit] equipment” (Isaiah 52:11).

“Therefore Adonai says, “‘Go out from their midst; separate yourselves; don’t even touch what is unclean. Then I myself will receive you. In fact, I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters says Adonai-Tzva’ot.” Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy, out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1).

“Render to her as she rendered to others! Pay her back double for what she has done! Use the cup in which she has brewed to brew her a double-sized drink! Give her as much torment and sorrow as the glory and luxury she gave herself! For in her heart she says, ‘I sit a queen — I am not a widow, I will never see sorrow.’ Therefore, her plagues will come in a single day — death, sorrow and famine; and she will be burned with fire, because Adonai, God, her Judge, is mighty” (Revelation 18:7-8).

Elohim will judge Babylon. She will be paid back as she rendered to others, but double! The ‘cup’ she used will become a double-sized drink that she used to ‘brew.’ The definition of ‘brew’ contains the words ‘boiling,’ ‘steeping,’ ‘mixing various ingredients,’ ‘concoct.’ In other words, the WHORE of Babylon will mix various religions and concoct a system that will involve steeping and boiling. Because of the contempt she showed for the holy ones, she will receive a double portion from the same cup.

The WHORE has become prideful. She sits as a queen, believing she will never become a widow. ‘Widow’ in Hebrew is almanah and can mean ‘a desolate place.’ She believes she will never fall or see affliction. She will always be prosperous and never fall into desolation. Because of her arrogance over Elohim, she will receive plagues. The Hebrew word is maggephah and means ‘a blow.’ The WHORE will receive three blows and then be burned up.

In Hebrew the word ‘death’ is maveth. This is not just a physical death, but a spiritual death, an eternal separation from Elohim. ‘Sorrow’ in Hebrew is yagon and means ‘grief.’ This type of ‘sorrow’ will not bring forth repentance because it acknowledges sin. It is deadly sorrow, the sorrow the consumes the soul into utter darkness with grief. The Hebrew word for ‘famine’ is ra’ab and also means ‘hunger.’ This famine will not be about food, but about the loss of the hearing of Word of God forever.

“Pain handled in God’s way produces a turning from sin to God which leads to salvation, and there is nothing to regret in that! But pain handled in the world’s way produces only death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).

“The time is coming,” says Adonai Elohim, “when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Adonai” (Amos 8:11).

“However, the Day of the Lord will come “like a thief.” On that Day the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will melt and disintegrate, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up. Since everything is going to be destroyed like this, what kind of people should you be? You should lead holy and godly lives, as you wait for the Day of God and work to hasten its coming. That Day will bring on the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt from the heat …” (2 Peter 3:10-12).

“The kings of the earth who went whoring with her and shared her luxury will sob and wail over her when they see the smoke as she burns.  Standing at a distance, for fear of her torment, they will say, “Oh no! The great city! Bavel, the mighty city! In a single hour your judgment has come!” (Revelation 18:15-17).

The judgment of Babylon the WHORE will be swift. The leaders of the nations who ‘whored’ with her will sob when they see the smoke of her burning. The Aramaic word for ‘hour’ is sha-ah and is used in the book of Daniel for ‘look’ or ‘glance,’ and ‘in the ‘twinkling of an eye’ meaning ‘in an instant.’ ‘Twinkling of an eye’ is also used by sailors for that moment at sunset when the sun first touches the horizon and then dips below. There is a flash of light when the atmosphere causes the sunlight to separate into different colors. This is how quickly Babylon the WHORE will be judged.

The world’s businessmen weep and mourn over her [Babylon], because no one is buying their merchandise any more — stocks of gold and silver, gems and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, all rare woods, all ivory goods, all kinds of things made of scented wood, brass, iron and marble; cinnamon, cardamom, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, flour, grain, cattle, sheep, horses, chariots — and bodies — and people’s souls.

Sometimes the word businessmen is translated ‘merchants’ and these ‘merchants’ are involved in worldwide trade. The word ‘businessman’ in Hebrew can mean ‘men of faith.’ In the sense of what is happening with Babylon, these ‘merchants’ are faithless and have put their faith in their ‘god’ of monetary gains through selling merchandise. They have ‘stocks’ which can mean a ‘stock pile’ of these things or just ‘stocks’ like in the stock market where they are buying and selling commodities from gold and silver to herbs and spices to livestock and people’s souls.

When one buys and sells a soul this is known as human trafficking and slavery. Buying and selling souls can also suggest that people had to sell their soul in order to buy or sell and just stay alive. People’s souls also indicates a spiritual connection to what Babylon did through their ‘faithless men’ and merchants.

“And when they ask you where they should go, tell them that this is what Adonai says: ‘Those destined for death — to death! Those destined for the sword — to the sword! Those destined for famine — to famine! Those destined for captivity — to captivity!’ (Jeremiah 15:2, Revelation 13:10).

“The fruits you lusted for with all your heart have gone! All the luxury and flashiness have been destroyed, never to return!” (Revelation 18:14).

The ‘lust of fruit’ has several possibilities. This is what happened in the Garden with Eve (Chava). She lusted after the ‘fruit’ of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Her lust brought sin into the world that began with being removed from Paradise, watching her son Cain kill her other son, and eventually seeing Nimrod, one of her great-grand children build a great city and Tower only to be destroyed. The culmination consequence of eating this ‘fruit’ became Babylon the WHORE.

“This is why God is causing them to go astray, so that they will believe the Lie. The result will be that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken their pleasure in wickedness, will be condemned” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).

Another view of ‘fruit’ could be the ‘works’ of their own hands. The Hebrew word for ‘fruit’ is pri and can mean ‘product, results, or reward.’ The Babylon system is nothing more than the idolatry of self and the rewarding of self. Today this is called narcissism, but is exactly the love of one’s self over loving others and especially loving Elohim, Yeshua. It is not a psychological illness that needs medication, it is sin. It is ‘the Lie’ that ‘we can become like God’ that since the beginning and the Fall, man seeks after. Instead of becoming more like Yeshua through the Spirit, mankind has become more and more depraved of mind and soul until their consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If someone loves the world, then love for the Father is not in him;  because all the things of the world — the desires of the old nature, the desires of the eyes, and the pretensions of life — are not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:15-16).

“Such teachings come from the hypocrisy of liars whose own consciences have been burned, as if with a red-hot branding iron” (1 Timothy 4:2).

“The sellers of these things, who got rich from her, will stand at a distance, for fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, and saying, “Oh no! The great city used to wear fine linen, purple and scarlet! She glittered with gold, precious stones and pearls! Such great wealth — in a single hour, ruined!” All the ship masters, passengers, sailors and everyone making his living from the sea stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke as she burned, “What city was like the great city?”  And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, saying, “Oh no! The great city! The abundance of her wealth made all the ship owners rich! In a single hour she is ruined!” (Revelation 18:15-19).

Those who were ‘sellers’ of souls and got rich remain at a distance watching the destruction of the WHORE. They also mourn when they see the smoke of Babylon burning. Ship masters, passengers, and sailors who made their living from the sea will also cry out. They all weep and mourn because of Babylon the WHORE. Again, they all say “in a single hour, ruined!” By repeating this, not only is the destruction instantaneous, but it is established by many, many witnesses. It will happen!

The prophet Isaiah writes about Ashur, the land north of Babylon. Ashur is likened to the Adversary – the anti-messiah.

“Woe to those who enact unjust decrees and draft oppressive legislation to deprive the impoverished of justice and rob my people’s poor of their rights, looting widows and preying on orphans! What will you do on the day of punishment, when calamity comes from afar?” (Isaiah 10:1-3).

“That is not what Ashur intends, that is not what they think; rather, they mean to destroy, to cut down nation after nation. For [their king] says, ‘Aren’t all my commanders kings? Hasn’t Kalno [suffered] like Kark’mish, Hamat like Arpad, Shomron like Dammesek? Just as my hand reached the kingdoms of non-gods, with more images than in Yerushalayim and Shomron; so won’t I do to Yerushalayim and her non-gods what I did to Shomron and her idols?’” (Isaiah 10:7-11).

The prophet Isaiah gives a further prophecy about the destruction of Babylon. Its demise concurs with what is written in Revelation.

“Thus Bavel [Babylon], that jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Kasdim [Chaldeans], will be like S’dom [Sodom] and ‘Amora [Gomorrah] when overthrown by God. It will never again be inhabited, never lived in through all generations. Arabs will not pitch tents there nor shepherds bring their flocks. But wildcats will lie there, their houses will be full of owls, ostriches will live there, and wild goats will dance there. Jackals will howl in their palaces and wild dogs in their temples of delight. Its time is close at hand, its days will not last long” (Isaiah 13:19-22).

The Dust from the Earth

Throwing dust on the head is a symbol of great mourning, but also great humiliation. Humankind was made from the ‘dust of the earth’ and to ‘dust each will return.’ Dust is also used figuratively for the grave. All of Babylon went to the ‘grave’ or she’ol never to break through its gates and return to life. Dust is also used to describe an very large multitude of people.

When the woman caught in adultery was brought to Yeshua, he wrote in the dust. He wrote the names of those who abandoned Elohim, the source of living water. As Yeshua sent the disciples out into Isra’el, he told them to say shalom alechem on the towns they entered. If the people of the town didn’t return the shalom, they were to wipe the dust off their feet and the town would receive judgment in the world to come.

“All who abandon you will be ashamed, those who leave you will be inscribed in the dust, because they have abandoned Adonai, the source of living water” (Jeremiah 17:13).

“Yes, I tell you, it will be more tolerable on the Day of Judgment for the people of S’dom and ‘Amora than for that town!” (Matthew 10:15).

Many have suggested that Babylon the WHORE is the United States and there may be truth to that idea, but one of the judgments given by the prophet Isaiah says that “Arabs will not pitch tents there nor shepherds bring their flocks.” I am not sure that Arabs are pitching their tents in the United States nor are shepherds bringing their flocks here. That is the literal view. From a spiritual perspective, we do have Arabs coming into this country, pitching their ‘tents’ in major cities around the country. They are also bringing their ‘flocks’ here meaning that Islamic ideologies are becoming more and more accepted.

However, it is important to view prophecy from a Middle Eastern perspective. What country exports more goods and services from all others? What country would like to take over the world and has infiltrated many countries via buying and selling? Which country east of Isra’el could be where Arabs continue to pitch their tents and shepherd their sheep?

Rejoice in God’s Vindication

Rejoice over her, heaven! Rejoice, people of God, emissaries and prophets! For in judging her, God has vindicated you” (Revelation 18:20).

In the middle of the judgment of Babylon, there are words to encourage the people of God, the disciples of Yeshua, and the prophets. The messenger of Elohim tels them to ‘rejoice’ because they (we) are vindicated.

The word ‘vindication’ means ‘proof that someone or something is right, reasonable, or justified.’ In other words, at this ‘appointed time’ everything of ehyeh asher ehyeh from beginning of time until this moment is proven right: His people, His disciples, His prophets. In Hebrew, the word for ‘vindication’ is shaphat and means ‘to contend,’ ‘pronounce sentence,’ ‘punish,’ and ‘execute judgment.’

The word ‘rejoice’ in Hebrew is giyl and means “to spin round under the influence of any violent emotion” or ‘dance.’ It is an expression of exceeding great joy. When Babylon the WHORE is destroyed, the people of Elohim will dance around with great joy because they are finally vindicated in the eyes of the world.

“Let Mount Tziyon rejoice, let the daughters of Y’hudah be glad, because of your judgment [on the enemy]” (Psalm 48:12).

“Sing, daughter of Tziyon; rejoice! For, here, I am coming; and I will live among you,” says Adonai” (Zechariah 2:14).

“Sing, daughter of Tziyon! Shout, Isra’el! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Yerushalayim!” (Zephaniah 3:14)

The Millstone

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a great millstone, and hurled it into the sea, saying, “With violence like this will the great city Bavel be hurled down, never to be found again!”

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who trust in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea!” (Matthew 18:6).

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who trust in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone put around his neck and to be thrown into the sea!” (Mark 9:42).

“It would be better for him to have a millstone put around his neck and to be hurled into the sea, than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble” (Luke 17:2).

Yeshua uses the millstone in the gospels to describe the what it will be like for those who lead little children away from trusting and believing in him. Imagine having that stone above around your neck and being thrown into the sea! This is what will happen to those in Babylon who engage in modern-day temple prostitution – whether emotional, physical or spiritual. This is what will happen to the WHORE that sacrifices and murders children before and after birth, and trafficks children for financial reward.

“Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked” (John 3:19).

We live in the days when children are completely led away from knowing the love and light of Yeshua. Instead of teaching little children to know him, the world has created an alternative view that focuses on the present darkness in this world rather than on the Light that came into the world.

Not only do children no longer have families with parents who love them and want to nurture their souls, they have absent fathers or mothers and are left to their own devices for survival. Even parents who are present, allow the culture of the world to program the minds and souls of their little ones through mysticism and satanism.

Schools indoctrinate against any belief in God mocking creation and hope for the world promised through Yeshua. Government has preached that there must be a separation between church and state, but now mandates what churches may or may not do. The Chinese constitution protects religious freedom just like the United States, but they only allow religion controlled by the government. To teach and train children to love Yeshua and know his ways has always been a spiritual battle against Satan’s desire for the soul. However, in these end times, his ways are no longer covert. This is why Elohim tells His people to ‘come out from among them and be separate.’ It is the only way to protect the hearts, minds, and souls of children.

Babylon the WHORE will be destroyed with the violent act of being hurled down into the sea. The Greek word for ‘violence’ is found only this one time in Scripture. The Hebrew word for ‘violence’ is chamas and suggests ‘aggression’ and ‘terror.’ When the messenger of Elohim begins this judgment, it will terrorize the nations and leave it desolate.

“The sound of harpists and musicians, flute-players and trumpeters will never again be heard in you. No worker of any trade will ever again be found in you, the sound of a mill will never again be heard in you, the light of a lamp will never again shine in you, the voice of bridegroom and bride will never again be heard in you. For your businessmen were the most powerful on earth, all the nations were deceived by your magic spell. In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s people, indeed, of all who have ever been slaughtered on earth!” (Revelation 18:22-24).

The statement that ‘all who have ever been slaughtered on earth’ is all-encompassing from the beginning of time until the moment of vindication. It is the will of Elohim to give life and give it abundantly. He breathed His Ruach (breath) of life into the human soul and put that life in the blood of our bodies. After the flood, Noach was told that Elohim would demand an accounting for whoever sheds human blood for human beings were made in His image. It is the will of the Adversary to steal, kill and, destroy lives. At this time, the murders of every human being will be brought to justice through the destruction of Babylon.

“I will certainly demand an accounting for the blood of your lives: I will demand it from every animal and from every human being. I will demand from every human being an accounting for the life of his fellow human being. Whoever sheds human blood, by a human being will his own blood be shed; for God made human beings in his image” (Genesis 9:5-6).

There will be no more of David’s harp and the music of the Psalms. There will no longer be the warning cry of the prophets’ voices or the joyful worship sound of flutes. The blowing of the shofar as a call to repentance will no longer be heard in Babylon. Nations will not trade with each other for they will no longer exist. The light of Yeshua and the lamp of the Word of Elohim will no longer be seen and the voice of the Yeshua through his Bride will never be heard in Babylon again.

The merchants or businessmen, the ‘faithless men’ who were financially powerful and deceived the nations through their false religious platitudes, false spiritual prophets, and false lawless messiahs will no longer spin their magic spell deceiving the nations to believe the Lie – the Lie of the serpent. They will no longer kill the prophets or the people of Elohim. There will no longer be a slaughter of human sacrifice for their time on earth has come to an end.

“For there will appear false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles — amazing things! — so as to fool even the chosen, if possible” (Matthew 24:24).

“Dear friends, don’t trust every spirit. On the contrary, test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

“But among the people there were also false prophets, just as there will be false teachers among you. Under false pretenses they will introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and thus bring on themselves swift destruction. Many will follow their debaucheries; and because of them, the true Way will be maligned.  In their greed they will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their punishment, decreed long ago, is not idle; their destruction is not asleep!” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

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