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

Angel-of-Light

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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Bible Trivia Saturday: The First One To Sin (Answer)

QUESTION:

Who was the first one to be deceived in Scripture?


ANSWER:

Ezekiel 28:11-17 (Emphasis added)

11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, lament for the king of Tyre (The king of Tyre was used as a double entendre. It was directed to the king and the one behind himand say to him: This is what the Lord God says:

You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty (The description shifts to that of the king of Tyre to a creature who at one point was sinless –perfection).

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every kind of precious stone covered you: carnelian, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald. Your mountings and settings were crafted in gold; they were prepared on the day you were created (The creature preexisted humanity and was adorned with beauty when created).

14 You were an anointed guardian cherub, for I had appointed you. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones (The creature is now identified as an angel, one who had the highest position amongst the other angels. His duty was to guard the Throne of God – the holy mountain of God).

15 From the day you were created you were blameless in your ways until wickedness was found in you (This guardian cherub was righteous until he sinned against God whom he guarded).

16 Through the abundance of your trade, you were filled with violence, and you sinned (Here the passage is directed to both individuals, the king of Tyre, and the cherub because the context demands it as seen in the second half of the passage. The king of Tyre became rich and powerful through trade verses 4-5 and was exalted and regarded himself as a god, see verse 1 of the same chapter. The word “trade” in Hebrew also means “traffic” which gives the understanding that the guardian cherub was selling something amongst the other angels. It wasn’t material goods but most likely was promises of higher positions as angels were created for specific positions in heaven).
So I expelled you in disgrace from the mountain of God, and banished you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones (This passage unveils the guardian cherub’s identity who is mentioned in the verses above as Satan or as he was called before his fall, Lucifer –shinning morning starIsaiah 14:12. This interpretation is revealed in Luke 10:18 which says, He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a lightning flash).

17 Your heart became proud because of your beauty; For the sake of your splendor you corrupted your wisdom. So I threw you down to the earth; I made you a spectacle before kings (Just like Satan who became proud because of his beauty and splendor meaning his glory, so was the king of Tyre which revealed what was behind him and showed Satan’s characteristics through the king. The king was being used by Satan for darkness and Ezekiel exposed this unfaithful cherub who abandoned God and deceived himself for his beauty and glory and now was deceiving the king of Tyre).

Satan was the first one who was deceived into thinking that he was able to overthrow God from His throne and take His place. Allowing pride and haughtiness because of his beauty to enter into his heart which deluded his mind and prompted him to deceive himself. He is the father of all deception because he was its first victim. 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (15:1-5)

Revelation-15

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

These 7 plagues which are the Bowls in Revelation 16 that will be brought by the angels of God, are the final judgments that will satisfy God’s righteous anger towards sinful humanity.


2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.

“sea of glass mingled with fire” is a reference to God’s throne, see Revelation 4:6.

The believers who went through the great tribulation and did not accept the mark of the beast (666) or his name were given the honor to sing a song of praise in God’s presence.


3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

The song of Moses is a reference to having victory through God’s Mighty Power. If you go to Exodus 14, it takes you back to the time when God split the sea in two like two walls on either side. The Israelites passed through but the Egyptians were killed when the waters came back down on them. The LORD saved Israel that day and because of such a great deliverance from the Lord, Moses and the people sang a song of praise to God Almighty (Exodus 15).

In the same way, the believers who died in the great tribulation for not receiving the mark of the beast by being faithful to Jesus Christ through His power, they now show gratitude for their eternal rest in heaven and sing praises in God’s honor.


4 Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Verse 4 could be in reference to Christ’s millennial reign


5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened

“the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven” refers to God’s Temple in heaven. See Revelation 11:19.