Continuing our study of Revelation 18.
Revelation 18:14 ‘They will say: The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendour have vanished, never to be recovered. The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!
There is a finality here. The fruit has gone and their wealth vanished and there is no way back. This is no temporary blip whilst they wait for the markets to settle down and recover. There is no quantitative easing or printing of money to sort out these problems. The boat is sinking fast.
Compare this with the fruit of eternity.
Philippians 1:11 ‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.’
The merchants have thought of nothing but themselves and their shallow insight and self-glorification has brought them down. They are reaping a bitter fruit that is rotten to the core.
Revelation 18:17a ‘Every sea-captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, Was there ever a city like this great city? They will throw dust on their heads and with weeping and mourning cry out: Woe! O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth. In one hour she has been brought to ruin!
The corruption of Babylon has spread through every strata of society; from captain to seaman. They have had their chance to weep and mourn in repentance but instead they mourn the loss of their wealth.
Matthew 5:3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’
They mourn the loss of Babylon but cannot see the eternal magnificence of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is waiting to come to earth.
They have backed the wrong city with devastating results.
Thank you for reading this.
To read my comentaries on chapters 1,2 and 3, please click below:
- Revelation 19:11 Faithful and TrueOur testimony is that Jesus has been faithful and true and stood alongside, through every storm that has been thrown at us, and never let go of us ever!
- Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem.
- Revelation 19:9 InvitedThe Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
- Revelation 19:7 Eager AnticipationIn the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment.
- Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness.