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This week, Dr. Cheryl Davis continues her series in Revelation, discussing the rise, final judgement, and fall of Babylon.

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Let's enjoy this week's Extended Edition of truth matters. I'm Dr. Cheryl Davis and you're listening to truth matters today were beginning in chapter 18. As we get into the collapse of the world market. Last time we were together. We talked about a great deal about Babylon on this time is not to be any different if you remember on these chapters 17 and 18 are parenthetical pauses after chapter 16, which are the last events of the tribulation in chapter 19 which is the second coming of Christ. 716 we ended with the ball judgment, 17 and 18 were talking about Babylon in 19 will pick back up with the second coming of Christ ever. 17 was mainly about the religious system that will arise in the end times that is sanctioned by the antichrist. If you remember in the end of chapter 17, he turns his back on her and destroys her chapter 18 taxes on the economic and commercial aspects of the end times world system Babylon is mentioned in the Bible really more than 260 times is most frequently mentioned city in the Bibles beyond Jerusalem. Babylon is always presented as a place which functions in opposition to God. This was the original purpose of the Tower of Babel in which Babylon gets its origins in Genesis to prove man's independence in the controlling influence of God. But why is Babylon so important I just want to say it's going to be the third CD in which the Antichrist will rule from during the tribulation first Rome as his political base. Jerusalem will be his religious base, but Babylon will be the commercial and financial base but I want you to know that Babylon is the spirit and we know that you know we talked about their two types of Babylon where Babylon was the ancient city that we learn about Daniel but we know that Babylon can be spiritual as well and when I read that in Daniel chapter 4 verse 30 wings but is this not the great Babylon that I have built four Royal dwelling, my Majesty, my mighty power for the honor of my Majesty here. King Nebuchadnezzar sums it up perfectly. It is not the great Babylon that I have built four Royal dwelling for my mighty power for the honor of my Majesty, but really. Today we don't call this spirit Babylon we call it humanism. Humanism is a nontheistic fee that is centered on human agency and relies on science and reason, rather than revelation from a supernatural source to understand the world. Humanists tend to advocate for human rights, free-speech aggressive policies and democracy. They maintain that religion is not a precondition of morality and object to religious involvement in education, and state apparatus.

Humans according to humanists can shape their own values and live good a meaningful lives American humanistic Association's motto is good without God and reading all this, I thought this was very interesting and I'd like to consult the Bible as to what it says about good without God we find that aroma. Chapter 3 verse 10 through 18, and it is written, there is none righteous, no not one. There is none who understands, there is none who seeks after God, they all have turned aside have together become unprofitable. Their throat is an open tomb with their tongues that have practice deceit. The poison mass is under their lips whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.

Their feet are swift to shed blood destruction and misery are in their ways in the way of peace they have not known.

There is no fear of God before their eyes. This is how man is without God in Romans 323. We know this verse is famous for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God the spirit Babylon will be pervasive in the last days and it is pervasive today. If man thinks that he can live without God. Let's get into Revelation chapter 18, and will read where Babylon will be judged in the first two verses after these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority and the earth was illuminated with his glory and he cried mightily with a loud voice saying Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and have become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit in a cage for every unclean and hated bird we saw this judgment pronounced and chapter 17 religiously, but in chapter 18 we see judgment pronounced commercially see in verse two is fallen, is repeated twice. This is an example of the twofold judgment fallen manes to file instantaneously the destruction of Babylon will happen quickly. Actually, in one hour, as we are told in verse eight in chapter 18 verse 19.

Therefore, reasons for the destruction of Babylon. So Babylon is judge because of her iniquity. Verse five for her sins have reached to heaven and God has remembered her iniquities. The verb reach Calais a means to glue or hold together mean that Babylon sins have been stacked one upon another, much like building blocks until they have reached heaven. Babylon is the epitome of man's depravity in the last days.

Babylon is also judge because of her influence. Let's read verse three for all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her and the merchants of the earth have become rich that the abundance of her luxury.

Verse three describes the city that not only is wicked and evil herself but has influenced others to follow her way of life. The kings of the earth have been seduced by Babylon's riches and have sold out themselves to her charms. The nations of the earth will come under the allure of Babylon social political cultural and commercial life, wanting to gain the same riches for themselves. They will drink the wine and fall into the trap of her worldview, materialism and humanism will be the hallmarks of the system commercial advantage and gain will be the God of the nations as they come under Babylon's way and if you remember the verses that we read in Jeremiah whenever he tries to get them from sacrificing to the queen of heaven. They said we have all of what we need. We have financial security when we sacrifice to the queen of heaven.

When you told us to stop the sword and the famine struck us so again this is not new, way back in the days of Jeremiah where it is today. Yes, I see that Babylon will be judged because of her infidelity. Verse seven in the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously in the same measure give her torment and sorrow for she says in her heart. I sit as clean and am no widow and will not see sorrow. Babylon's words really indicate that she considers herself immortal and invincible. She lives in iniquity, and boast about it having a fear of anyone who might hold her accountable. It really reminds us of when Satan boast about himself and Isaiah chapter 14 verse 14 says I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most high. These I will statements.

Again we see in Babylon were talking about her judgments. I is at the center of the Babylonian spirit. And lastly, Babylon will be judged because of her inhumanity, let's read on verses 12 to 13 of chapter 18 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple silk and scarlet every kind of Citroen would object of ivory every kind of object of my specialist would bronze, iron, and marble and cinnamon and incense fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil on flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots and bodies and souls of man. 28 articles of merchandise are mentioned. Babylon is characterized by the pursuit of luxury last in the list are bodies of souls, and men indicating that mankind will become nothing more than a commodity in the last days Nana Christ on economic system. Human beings will be dehumanized. God is rejected the image of God has no point of reference in the world and we really Artie see that now with abortion. When humans are not valued. The political system legalizes abortion. Therefore, women can have choice, so a woman's choice is higher than the life of the baby and then also we can push people not to procreate put the importance of the environment over the need for life. So we see a lot of humanism. We see a lot of materialism.

We see the spirit of Babylonian is alive and well today, even in our own society, we just don't call it Babylon. Let's move on to the reality of the judgment of Babylon in. We find this in verses 21 to 23 then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, thus with violence, the great city, Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore the sound of harpist musicians, flutist and trumpeter shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in human the light of the lamp, shining in the voice of the bridegroom and bride cannot be heard in you anymore for your merchants for the great men of the earth, but by your sorcery. All the nations were deceived as the word anymore. This is really the strongest way the Greek language could say, not at all.

In one hour. The sounds of worldly humanism will be silenced and because of this judgment, because the finality of judgment.

This can be a great reaction to the judgments Babylon and it goes through that in the middle of chapter.

So let's go back to verses nine through 10 the kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, alas, alas, that great city, Babylon, that mighty city in one hour your judgment has come.

The city and the worldview they thought was their salvation will be destroyed and with it their hopes of continued indulgence and prosperity goes up in flames to hear even the monarchs born. Next, we see where the merchants of the earth. In verses 11 to 17 merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her. No one buys the merchandise anymore merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple silk and scarlet every kind of Citroen would every kind of object of ivory every kind of my specialist would bronze, iron, marble, horses and chariots and bodies and souls of men. This contained list of all kinds of merchandise which will no longer be bought and sold around the world banks and stock exchanges around the world will fail. Therefore, not only will the monarchs mourn the merchants will mourn verses 17 to 19 we see that the Mariners will mourn for one hour.

Such great riches came to nothing. Sailors and as many as trade on the sea started to distance and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, what is like this great city. The goods of the world on or no longer bought and sold those who deliver the goods across seas will mourn their own game because they will have nothing to ship, so the Mariners will mourn, but there will be rejoicing over the judgment of Babylon rejoice over her, of heaven. In verse 20 you holy apostles and prophets for God has avenged the on her as a very key verse three classes of men who mourn the destruction of Babylon change merchants and Mariners but in heaven. Three other classes of people are going to rejoice the saints. The apostles and the prophets.

Verse 21 reminds me of Matthew 18, six where then a mighty angel took a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea. It is a warning Jesus gave in Matthew was carried out on Babylon the city which caused so many to stumble has a figurative millstone placed around her neck and cast into the sea of God's judgment, the prosperity gospel in the intermingling of materialism is in the church. This is what we see the judgment of that. It seems like we are marginalized in society today when we don't subscribe to humanism, materialism, for it seems like were further marginalized in society and it talks about this in verses 4 to 7 of chapter 18 for I heard another voice from heaven saying come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins, unless you receive of her plagues for her sins have reached heaven God has remembered her iniquities rendered to her just as she rendered to you repay her double according to her works in the cup which he has mixed mixed double for her. The measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously in the same measure give her torment and sorrow.

She says in her sit as a queen and am no widow will not see sorrow. The command for the people of God to separate themselves from the world is a frequent one in Scripture.

One of the best-known exhortations given by Paul in second Corinthians chapter 6 verses 14 through 18. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness, what communion hath light with darkness in one accord has Christ with the Lao. What part has a believer with an unbeliever, for you are the temple of the living God. As God has said, I will dwell in them and walk among them.

I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Yet touch what is unclean and I will receive you, I will be a father to you, you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

There are two reasons for fleeing from Babylon one is to be separate from the sins of Babylon judgment is coming upon the world system of Satan and if we separate ourselves from the world, we will escape judgment. That is the first reason the second reason is the flee to escape the plagues, and judgments that are coming upon the antichrist and those who follow him just don't think that because the literal Babylon is in ruins today that the spirit of Babylon is alive and well because it is really to be honest. That is the struggle of the church today on his intermingling of the world with the church and were losing our identity that I've employee that if you're leading a church or your leader in a church is to pray where the Lord would open your eyes to where the world has taken up residence in your church and has polluted the people has polluted the work and that he would open your eyes to come out and to cut out those parts of your church, much like a surgeon scalpel with precise precision and to open your eyes to who that is into work that is that needs to come out from the world so we finished chapter 18 and we will see that the blood of the saints has been avenged again on economic system. I thank you for listening and next time will get into chapter 19 of the marriage supper of the Lamb. I'm Dr. Cheryl Davis listening to the weaker division of truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis letters is a ministry project are North Carolina based ministry teaching sound theology goes inside or outside of the church. If you'd like to listen to these messages on demand to project truth and click on the podcast link. Dr. Davis is also available to speak to your ministry or church function. You can be reached by email that Cheryl Or if you'd like to send a letter to address this project. Truth matters PO Box 159 St. Paul's, NC 28384. You can hear the truth matters devotionals on weekdays at 8:28 AM and 5:20 PM until next let's all work together to teach biblical voices to equip edify and encourage one another and bring the gospel to the world because matters this is the Truth Network

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