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Revelation: Chapters 17 and 18, comparing religious and commercial Babylon

An angel with great power and emitting light from his glory is seen by John.  As has been seen before, another angel from the throne of God appears, embodying some characteristic of God, in this case "light". His message is the same as in previous occasions in Revelation 14, Revelation 17, and Revelation 18, that "Babylon the Great has fallen".  Revelation 18 is contrasted with Revelation 17 in the table below to provide better insight between the two characteristics. There are several interesting contrasts between these two characteristics of Babylon that are focused upon in the book of Revelation.


Religious Babylon
Revelation 17

Commercial Babylon
Revelation 18

Sequence of the fall

Occurs in the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation

Comes into full fruition during the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation

Who is speaking

One of the angels that poured out one of the bowl judgments

Another angel with great power

Name used

Mystery Babylon the Great, Mother of Prostitutes, and Abominations of the Earth

Babylon the Great

Destroyed by

The ten kings make her desolate, naked, eat her flesh, and burn her with fire

God Himself

Reaction by men

They hate her

The kings bewail and lament, the merchants weep and mourn, the shippers cried, weep, and wail

Reaction by the heavenly host

God's will is fulfilled

The 24 elders and 4 living creatures fall down and worship God


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