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.

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

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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.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (17:11-15)

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The Fourth Beast with the 10 Horns

11 The beast that was and is not, is himself an eighth king, yet he belongs to the seven and is going to destruction.

The Antichrist will follow the succession of these kings.

The phrase, “yet he belongs to the seven” could mean that he holds not only to their ideology but the beast will arise from Europe.


12 The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they will receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.

The phrase, “The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings” The Antichrist will form something like the UN or maybe, it will be the UN, no one knows but he will form a 10 nation confederacy to help him rule the world. These 10 nations’ power will be short-lived as the phrase, “one hour” could refer to 1 year for the 10 kings alone or 3 1/2 with the Antichrist.

In the Book of Daniel chapter 7, it sheds more light in regards to the Antichrist and the 10 nations.

Daniel’s question:

Daniel 7:20-21, 20 I also wanted to know about the 10 horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three fell—the horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly, and that was more visible than the others. 21 As I was watching, this horn waged war against the holy ones and was prevailing over them

The angel’s interpretation:

Daniel 7:24-25, 24 The 10 horns are 10 kings who will rise from this kingdom. Another, different from the previous ones, will rise after them and subdue three kings. 25 He will speak words against the Most High and oppress the holy ones of the Most High. He will intend to change religious festivals and laws, and the holy ones will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half a time.

The 10 nations will be aligned with the false church which is situated in Rome and after the 10 kings come to play, another king, the Antichrist will come forth and it seems that there will be an internal turmoil but the Antichrist will crush his opposition. The Antichrist with these nations will make war with the Christians. The false prophet with the help of the false church will work together to put the image of the Antichrist on the corner of the third Temple to be worshipped. That event will break the 7-year treaty with Israel.  


13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

The 10 Nations role is to financially and militarily support the Antichrist for world domination.


14 These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

After the beast has achieved world domination, his next agenda is to defeat Jesus Christ at His second coming because Jesus will come to rule the world that the beast is ruling at the moment but his attempt to stop the Lamb of God will prove to be futile.


15 He also said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.

This false apostate church who is masquerading as a Christian church will have deceived countless of people from all walks of life (1 billion).