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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Heaven Or Hell: Which Road Are You Going To Follow?

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Psalms 73:3

For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

There are times in our lives when we as Christians, while we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ faithfully and simultaneously we are struggling financially or emotionally. In that situation, you notice the arrogant, those who deny the existence of God “Atheism” and living a life of carefree. The more they sin the richer they get and the healthier they look, while you are struggling just to eat or make it through the day. Every morning you wake up, it starts all over again, but not for the wicked.

Psalms 73:4-6

4 They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well fed. 5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.

Our true reward is not earthly where moth and rust will destroy and men steal but the reward that we strive for as believers through the Holy Spirit is a heavenly and eternal one (Matthew 6:19-21). Christians must suffer for Christ so that our faith may be strengthened and for Jesus’ glory. Don’t envy the wicked in their prosperity because they will enjoy what they have for only for a moment.

Psalms 73:13-14,16-20

13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14 For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless 17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin.
19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.

The verses below will illustrate what happens to those who are living in wealth or have a good life without making Jesus the center of their life. All that they do and accomplish will be meaningless without Jesus. Their afterlife will be pure terror and those who follow suit after them will join their eternal state.

Luke 16:19-25

19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’ 25 “‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony.

Building your life on the foundation of money, houses, cars, women, and anything else is not worth it because that foundation is sand. The answer is Jesus Christ who gives you hope, purpose and eternal life to those who believe in Him as Lord and Savior. Now, that the answer is obvious, may you make the right decision today.

Jesus Spoke To Me In A Dream Last Night With An Illustration

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An illustration was shown to me last night when I had a dream. I believe that it was meant for someone.

In my dream

I was shown a forest full of pine trees. I also saw some on fire. Water was mentioned for its remedy.

The interpretation that was given to me

The pine trees represented people.

  • Matthew 7:15-20, 15 “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.

The fire consuming the trees represented hell.

  • Luke 16:22-24, 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’

The water represented salvation (faith in Jesus)

  • John 4:10-14, 10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”

    11 “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do You get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are You? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”

    13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”

What I understood in my dream was that all of us will be consumed by the fire (hell) but if we accept the free gift that Jesus offers (the water), He will give us eternal life. Faith in Jesus simply means to accept that He took the punishment that we deserve upon Himself and on the third day He resurrected which proved who He claimed to be and what will be. Having a desire to change our lives for righteousness (accepting the conviction of the Holy Spirit) and to acknowledge that the only way it is possible is to ask Jesus to forgive us for sinning against Him and to change us.

Friend, if you are being convicted by God about the direction you are headed, accept it. Ask Jesus to change your direction and that you are willing to follow Him wherever He may lead you. Jesus wants the best for you, not in material gain but in spiritual gain. Those who work for the kingdom of heaven will receive from Jesus, treasure (Matthew 6:19-21), not because we deserve it but because we said yes to Jesus and allowed Him to use us. 

Remember, our life on this earth is only but a short one.