Come out of her my people
Revelation 18:1-8
.Re 18:1 ¶ And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.   After these things This chapter overlaps chapter 17 so does not follow it in time. John's comment is about when he received the vision as in re0401. The time brought to view is important and will be understood as we continue.
  Great power See note 1a.
  Come down Note 1b.
  Angel Identified in 1c.
  Earth ... lightened Passages may be cited to help us understand, note 1d.
.2 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.   Cried mightily ... strong voice This message will be heard clearly by all.
  Fallen We heard the call in chapter 14 but this one is more intense, note 2a.
  Devils ... spirit The work of Satan and his agents will be intense. 2b.
  Cages See note 2c.
 3 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.   Nations ... kings ... merchants The three classes will play a significant role, note 3.
.4 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.   Voice from heaven It Christ speaking? Note 4a.
  Receive not ... plagues The seven last plagues also seen as the wrath of God announced by the third angel, note 4b.
.5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.   Sins have reached Actions of ancient wicked people brought a time for God to act, note 5.
.6 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.   Reward her Christ is still speaking to those called out in v4. je5106.
  Double The end-time righteous and the end-time wicked (who have received and rejected the beast's mark) have special experiences. See note 6.
.7 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.   How much ... glorified ... deliciously Literally "So many things have glorified her and made her cruel and/or immoral." Note 7a.
  Queen ... no widow Read note 7b to see who she thinks she is.
.8 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.   Plagues come in one day They come unexpectedly. Her high living is suddenly changed to punishment; note 8a.
  Death, mourning See note 8b.
  Burned with fire The punishment for the daughter of a priest who becomes a prostitute le2109.
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