Verse By Verse Through Revelation (18:16-20)

wailing over Babylon

16 saying: Woe, woe, the great city, dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls,

The meaning of the Greek word for “woe” is an expression of grief. By the city being destroyed recession will be unavoidable. 


17 for in a single hour such fabulous wealth was destroyed! And every shipmaster, seafarer, the sailors, and all who do business by sea, stood far off

The word “hour” refers to a short period of time. Its destruction happened very quickly.


18 as they watched the smoke from her burning and kept crying out: “Who is like the great city?”

The merchants were in dismayed and in unbelief that such a great prosperous city can be wiped out.


19 They threw dust on their heads and kept crying out, weeping, and mourning: Woe, woe, the great city, where all those who have ships on the sea became rich from her wealth, for in a single hour she was destroyed.

It seems that most of their business was conducted with Babylon/the great city because they knew that all their wealth was in that city and it was destroyed along with it.


20 Rejoice over her, heaven, and you saints, apostles, and prophets, because God has executed your judgment on her!

There is a different scene in heaven. A proclamation was pronounced to rejoice over the city’s destruction. Apparently, the religious leaders in that city persecuted Christians for holding on to the Word of God.

The phrase “you saints, apostles, and prophets” refers to those who are already in heaven who were killed by the false church as the rejoicing happens in heaven.

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Verse of the Day Q&A: As A Christian, What Gear Are You On?

Luke 9:62

But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”


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When a person gets saved, it is like receiving a new vehicle with only one gear “D” forward, there is no going back or apostatizing for a person with the Holy Spirit.

1. The “R” reverse means to go back to one sinful lifestyle.
2. The “N” neutral means to be a lukewarm Christian, political correctness or having some traits of the world and of Christ, like oil and water which does not mix.
3. The “P” park means that the believer is stagnant in his or her spiritual growth being in great danger.

  • What type of car are you in?
  • Is your car from the world or from the Lord?
  • What gear are you driving now?

Why Does Satan Believe That He Can Dethrone God?

Jesus vs Satan

That question always was an enigma to me. Let us go into Scripture and see the times that Satan thought that he could either take God’s place or make the Son of God worship him.

Isaiah 14:12-14
12 Shining morning star,
how you have fallen from the heavens!
You destroyer of nations,
you have been cut down to the ground.
13 You said to yourself:
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will set up my throne
above the stars of God.
I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly,
in the remotest parts of the North.
14 I will ascend above the highest clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”

The five “I’s” basically means that he thinks, somehow he has convinced himself that he has the power and intellect to dethrone the God who has infinite knowledge and great power.

Matthew 4:8
8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”

Here, Satan believes that by twisting Scripture, he can deceive Jesus. He believes this because he did it once with Adam and Eve who were both without sin. As you can see, Satan puts Jesus in the same category as regular men. The only reasonable conclusion for his delusional thinking is seeing the Son of God in a human body and perceiving His ability to sin even though that is impossible.

The reason why I believe Satan has this mentality is his blindness to God’s character and misunderstanding of who God really is. He thinks that God has a weakness and he is determined to find it but in vain will he look. 

Why do we have so many cults and false religion? Because they have a wrong view of the person of Jesus Christ. They mold and shape God into their image and way of thinking. They do this through other sources making them inspired, not that they really are, but they make it be in their hearts. 

The Word of God is the Anchor of the Truth. It grounds the soul in righteousness to obey God’s will. Any deviation will drift the person into deep deception, thinking he/she is serving Christ but in reality, they are serving Satan.  

Let us not misunderstand who God is but we must strive to know the Living God of the Bible for the sake of our souls.