As life ebbs and flows through the days, weeks, and months, it’s easy to get lost in the information, the routine, and the schedules. We can forget that we are only on earth for a short time period; as the Bible tells us, we are here for about an eyeblink in the grand scheme of things. That’s why these messages on the book of Revelation from Pastor Jim Hammond are so important. They keep you rapture-minded! It is good to live aware of all that is to come and to avoid compromise within our faith.
Dive Deeper
Chapter 18 of the book of Revelation talks about the same subject as chapter 17. It also covers the fall of Babylon. Now you will hear some people say that this chapter has already been fulfilled, but it is good to be wary of that perspective. If we ignore the truths in Revelation 18, it will be much easier to sit back and focus more on life on earth rather than our forever future in heaven.
There will be leaders in the end times that push a religious spirit. They will claim that they know God, but they will not represent a relationship with Jesus Christ. They will present other options that they will use to lure as many people as they can to follow them. They will merge political and economic systems to back their desire.
When this happens, don’t compromise.
This chapter does take place at the end of the tribulation, but you can already see these systems moving into place. People are promoting ideas that do not honor God and point people away from Jesus. That is wrong. Your job is to stay close to Jesus and your relationship with Him. Do not compromise on your beliefs!
Read About It
Revelation 18:1-24 KJV
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
“And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: the merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
“And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
“And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
“And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
Discussion Questions
Have you seen political and economic systems merge together that point toward a one-world rule? Do you see a religious aspect that is part of this mix?
Have you ever compromised your faith? In what ways? What can you do to avoid compromising your faith, even when other people attempt to pull you toward a different belief?
What have you learned about God during these messages on the book of Revelation?