Verse by Verse through Revelation (18:6-10)

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6 Pay her back the way she also paid, and double it according to her works. In the cup in which she mixed, mix a double portion for her.

The phrase “Pay her back the way she also paid” refers to justice for the murder of believers and the deception of people in making them believe that they were worshiping the true Living God but in retrospect were worshiping a false god. God’s judgment will pursue those who participated in Satan’s work with double the punishment.


7 As much as she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, give her that much torment and grief, for she says in her heart, “I sit as a queen; I am not a widow, and I will never see grief.”

This false church lived off of the peoples’ donations and established with it multiple side businesses which supposedly was for God’s work but ended up in their pockets and exalted itself above all others, falsely asserting that judgment will never come to it. She is sadly mistaken. Judgment will come.


8 For this reason her plagues will come in one day—death and grief and famine. She will be burned up with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is mighty.

The phrase “For this reason her plagues will come in one day” means that once God is ready to bring judgment upon the false church. It will come quickly without warning.

The phrase “She will be burned up with fire” gives the idea that just as fire destroys everything completely, the Lord God will wipe it out from the face of the whole earth.


9 The kings of the earth who have committed sexual immorality and lived luxuriously with her will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her burning.

Sexual immorality is in reference to spiritual decay. Anyone who is directed to leave Jesus Christ for a false Jesus will commit spiritual adultery.

The phrase “lived luxuriously” means that money played a big role in the motivation of deceiving the people.

Anyone who seeks a Jesus other than the Jesus of Holy Scripture without question will end up in the Lake of Fire for all eternity.


10 They will stand far off in fear of her torment, saying: Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the mighty city! For in a single hour your judgment has come.

The world will witness the destruction of this false religion.

Babylon is not to be taken as a real place but as a spiritual symbol. The reason for this is because of her description and the role she has played in history. Also, for one to commit sexual immorality, one has to be close to the truth or in the truth and who have abandoned the true God for a false one. That would narrow it down to a church that claims to be Christian but denies Jesus through their practices.

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Verse By Verse Through Revelation (18:1-5)

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1. After this I saw another angel with great authority coming down from heaven, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

This high ranking angel was reflecting God’s power on earth. His high position indicates being constantly in God’s presence. When Moses spoke to Yahweh and came down from the mountain, his face was illuminating God’s light or glory because of his proximity to God.

Exodus 34:29
As Moses descended from Mount Sinai—with the two tablets of the testimony in his hands as he descended the mountain—he did not realize that the skin of his face shone as a result of his speaking with the Lord.


2 He cried in a mighty voice: It has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen! She has become a dwelling for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, and a haunt for every unclean and despicable beast.

The phrase “mighty voice” is a reference to great power.

The angel’s announcement of the fall of Babylon reveals that God will punish any persons, institutes or organizations who purposely go out to deceive the masses.

After the destruction of Babylon, the demons that worked with the false church continued to occupy its ruins.


3 For all the nations have drunk the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from her excessive luxury.

The phrase “drunk the wine of her sexual immorality Spiritually speaking, always means in Scripture an abandonment of the true Living God for a false god. This is seen in Numbers 25:1-3 which says, While Israel was staying in the Acacia Grove, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab. 2 The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. 3 So Israel aligned itself with Baal of Peor, and the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.

The phrase “brings wrath” means that every person who has abandoned the Truth for the lie will suffer judgment 

One of the things that Satan uses to make someone leave the Lord is wealth. This same tactic was even used with Jesus in the wilderness.

Matthew 4:8-10
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.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”


4 Then I heard another voice from heaven: Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins or receive any of her plagues.

The phrase “Come out of her, My people” is either a reference to Christians living in that city to flee before its destruction or unknowingly participating in their teachings thinking that they are following God’s Word.

Insight: Deception
False teachers use the Bible to establish their teachings as from God. The tweak occurs in the person of Jesus Christ. This is a common tactic used by Satan and puts it in a subtle way. To create this deception, extra-biblical sources are used.

5 For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

The phrase “For her sins are piled up to heaven” refers to a limit that God would allow before His wrath is poured out.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (17:16-18)

the beast
The Beast who devours those with him or against him makes no difference

16 The 10 horns you saw, and the beast, will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, devour her flesh, and burn her up with fire.

The Antichrist and his allies will betray the woman (the false religion). The beast will do this to get ultimate authority since the woman’s power rivals that of the beasts’.


17 For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His plan by having one purpose and to give their kingdom to the beast until God’s words are accomplished.

This phrase, “For God has put it into their hearts” does not suggest that God directs or manipulate men’s decisions. But, the Lord gives them up to their hearts decision according to Romans 1:24-26 which says, 24 Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. 26 This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

The 10 horns (10 kings/nations) will exalt the Antichrist above them as their supreme leader.


18 And the woman you saw is the great city that has an empire over the kings of the earth.”

This false religion has a massive following of 1 billion people and has great influence with the leaders of the world.