The Demise of the one world market system Pt. 2
Jerry A Collins
will the city of
Why does God choose to destroy this city?
What is the contrast between the world and heavens response?
Revelation 17 & 18 are devoted to Babylons fall A heavenly hallelujah chorus rings out after
immediately sees a powerful angel descending from heaven with (1) great power
or authority—probably indicative of the importance of the judgment pronounced.
Evidently his task required this great authority. (2) his
great glory which illumined all of the earth—probably suggests that he had just
come from God’s presence (Ex 34:29ff; Eze 43:2). (3) he cries out with a great or mighty voice with an announcement
that will astound the world and but accolades in heaven! Repetition of ‘fallen’
emphasizes complete devastation of this city. The greatest city on earth
becomes annihilated and laid completely low. So low in fact, that demons, evil
spirits and unclean animals make it their home.
2. GOD CALLS HIS PEOPLE OUT OF
voice instructs God’s people to separate themselves from her. First, to avoid getting caught in her judgment vs
4. Leave and forsake the enticements of idolatry, luxurious living, and
violence of the city. Her plagues will be devastating and there is no guarantee
that the believer will escape if he stays. Don’t have
The kings of earth mourn 9-10 World government leaders will see this collapse of the city and it’s worldwide system that enabled them to live luxuriously and lament in misery at the speed of and character of her demise. They grieve over her broken strength.
The merchants of earth mourn 11-17 This is largest lament indicating the main emphasis was economic—even politics is for controlling economics. Their wailing greater than the kings because of amount of loss of customers--suggesting extensive trade in world market of tribulation. Most of these items were luxuries in John’s day. 7 categories (precious metals and gems, clothing, furnishings, spices, food, animals and implements and people) of 29 items. They mourn the loss of commerce and the wealth it brought to them vs 17.
The sea people will mourn 17-19 Here we have (1) helmsmen (2) passengers (3) sailors (4) fishermen and divers. They also lament the destruction of this commercial and economic center. In all 3 cases they marvel at the swiftness, the complete devastation and stand at a distance wailing over the demise of this great city! Leaves us wondering how we would feel if our luxuries suddenly gone up in smoke. It all depends on where you place them.
4. THE DESTRUCTION OF
Heaven rejoices 20 What a contrast with the earth dwellers. That which cause bitter misery for one is a source of exultation for another. God brot this judgment to vindicate his saints, his apostles and prophets all who suffered and predicted vindication. God’s word is true!
Judgment is permanent 21-24 It is impossible for a millstone to rise to the
surface so too
(1) We are headed for a market system used by Antichrist’s
world system during the tribulation. That system will favor sexual immorality
and living in luxury and they usually go together—
(2) To come out of the world means to avoid its sexual immorality and living in luxury. That is, living on more than you need.
(3) The problem with luxurious living is that it makes one insensitive to his spiritual condition and to the suffering of the world while consumed with self pursuits.
(4) Focusing on materialism—whether sex or luxury—tends to ignore the message of God or persecute His messengers.
(5) The remedy for us is to think on earth as they think in heaven—namely that luxury here is destined to burn so don’t live for it or get caught in it’s appeal!