Zechariah 10:1-11:17 / Revelation 18:1-24 / Psalm 146:1-10 / Proverbs 30:33
“The merchants who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing and saying, “Alas, alas, that great city that was covered in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.”
In the New Testament, Babylon represents sinful, depraved culture – self-centered, pride-filled, delusional and God-less. Chapter 18 describes God’s judgment upon this chosen lifestyle which is beautifully adorned, boasting of great pleasure and temporary thrills, yet, is never satisfied, centered on self, driven by materialism, defined by lust and fornication, without regard for others - causing pain and destruction and a slow poisonous death to all who partake in it.
God stands directly opposed to this kind of living that is glamorized in our world today. This cultural idolatry, though highly exalted and romanticized, appearing to be strong and unshakeable is actually a façade, a feeble hologram, a blade of grass. “In one hour” (the hour of God’s judgment) her great riches came to nothing – just as the Babylon of today holds no real power – unless we engage in it.
God opposes the beguiling lure of Babylon not because He is an angry, distant judge who hates "fun", but because a lifestyle of flirtation and participation with the things she offers will lead to destruction for all who engage her (marriages, families, relationships).
God has created each of us to experience freedom in this life. Living “with the Lord at the center” is the pathway to LIFE, SAFETY, FREEDOM, PEACE, AUTHENTIC JOY and CONTENTMENT no matter what we face in this fallen world we live in.
Yes, God opposes Babylon territories in our lives and wants to see them UTTERLY DESTROYED because He LOVES US and wants GOOD THINGS FOR HIS CHILDREN….that’s it, plain and simple.