Verse By Verse Through Revelation (19:1-5)

1. After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven, saying, Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God,

A vast multitude is most likely the angelic beings in heaven who are witnessing the destruction of the false religion/Babylon, see Revelation 5:11

The praises given to God for the judgment is because it is a righteous act.


2 because his judgments are true and righteous, because he has judged the notorious prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality; and he has avenged the blood of his servants that was on her hands.

Sexual immorality is not physical but spiritual. This false system convinced the masses into following a false Christ even though the people thought that they were indeed following Jesus but they were deceived.

In Scripture, it is said that there is a false Jesus, a false Gospel, and a false spirit which we should be very careful of lest we fall into Satan’s trap of deception.

2 Corinthians 11:4
For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!

Those who have persecuted Christians will be judged by Christ and will be found guilty.


3 A second time they said, Hallelujah! Her smoke ascends forever and ever!

Hallelujah is a compound word that has halal and Yah which is of Hebrew origin, see Gk. Strong’s# 239. The word literally means, “praise Yahweh.”

The angels in heaven praised the Lord a second time because evil was punished.

It is a reminder that no one will ever get away with the evil they have done unless they repent.


4 Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who is seated on the throne, saying, Amen! Hallelujah!

For further study on the 24 elders, see Revelation 4:4

The grand display of God’s judgments and His righteous anger moved the 24 elders and the four living creatures to worship the Living God in being in awe of Him and His power.


5 A voice came from the throne, saying, Praise our God, all his servants, and the ones who fear him, both small and great!

There’s a call to the saints to praise the Lord because all the evils that were done to them, God is bringing retribution on those evil men that have done them harm.

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Verse By Verse Through Revelation (18:21-24)

21 Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, In this way, Babylon the great city will be thrown down violently and never be found again.

In the Old Testament, God made His prophets illustrate His judgments that were coming upon those in disobedience as seen in Ezekiel 4:1-4 which says, 

“Now you, son of man, take a brick, set it in front of you, and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. 2 Then lay siege against it: Construct a siege wall, build a ramp, pitch military camps, and place battering rams against it on all sides. 3 Take an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between yourself and the city. Face it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This will be a sign for the house of Israel.

The mighty angel throwing a millstone into the sea revealed the sure destruction of the city which caused people to be deceived by following a false god.


22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters will never be heard in you again; no craftsman of any trade will ever be found in you again; the sound of a mill will never be heard in you again;

The joyous sounds and business in that city will exist no longer. 


23 the light of a lamp will never shine in you again; and the voice of a groom and bride will never be heard in you again. All this will happen because your merchants were the nobility of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery.

Deception occurred through magic and spells as the word sorcery signifies. Their merchandise consists of charms, scapulars, potions, statues, images, and relics to capture people’s souls through witchcraft.  


24 In her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all those slaughtered on the earth.

Babylon which illustrates a false religion, murdered countless Christians through the ages because they refused to incorporate their rituals and unbiblical teachings. 

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.