Revelation 18:4-8

Revelation 18:4-8

4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
‘Come out of her, My people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
5 for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.
6 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup.
7 Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’
8 Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
Revelation 18:4-8

The above verses have the title in the NIV Warning to Escaped Babylon’s Judgment and the first two verses are explicit on this ‘Come out of her, My people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. We are not told who’s voice John heard only that is was from heaven, but we may assume it is Christ for the voice speaks to My people. This is not necessarily a physical exodus, but instead to have no fellowship with the works of darkness, separating ourselves from any possibility of becoming entangled in sinful habits. Boiled down it is to guard against participation in sin.

Recall the end of verse 5 states God has remembered her crimes after saying her sins were so great they are piled up to heaven. Thus the voice now calls for retribution against her by calling the forth agents of vengeance by stating Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. This may be what was spoken of in Revelation 17:16. In the Old Testament Isaiah 40:2 also spoke of a double return for sins.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.
Isaiah 40:2

Now we come to the end of verse 7 where we learn of the heart whose sins are piled up to heaven.

In her heart she boasts ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’

The incredible level of arrogance and deception in her heart is simply massive believing she (Babylon) can continually sin against God with no consequence at all I will never mourn. No matter what she believes in her heart, judgment is coming as verse 8 tells us: Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

There is no question on the judgment or the severity of it. Looking at this judgment looking back at verse 4 we can see Christ’s warning Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues as showing His love for us.

It is Monday and I hope you have a Great Week and think on how much Jesus cares for us that He provides warnings applicable to the last days and to our everyday living as well.