The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 18:4–8)

This entry is part 47 of 52 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

John heard another angel calling the people of God to abandon Babylon in order to avoid a share in her judgment (18:4). She exhausted God’s patience with her sins, and He recalls them all at this time (18:5). Her judgment would be in proportion to her sins (18:6). Her self-glorification would be repaid with torment and mourning, her luxury with famine, and her avoidance of widowhood with death (18:7–8). These judgments and fire will suddenly consume Babylon and show the Lord God’s might (18:8).

Old Testament in the New

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
18:4 Isa 52:11; Jer 50:8; 51:6, 45 God’s people are commanded to flee the place of judgment.
18:5 Jer 51:9 Babylon’s sins are so many they have reached heaven, provoking her judgment.
18:6 Ps 137:8; Jer 50:15, 29 Judgment would be given in proportion to Babylon’s sins.
18:7 Isa 47:7–9; Zeph 2:15 Judgment comes upon the one who avoided suffering and engaged in sin.
18:8 Isa 47:9; Jer 50:31-32 Sudden judgment with fire would consume the one who sinned.

 A Parting Thought

We are not gods who are entitled to live arrogantly and lavishly while others suffer at our expense. If we were ever to find ourselves part of a group of people that promotes such a life, we must pull away, knowing that God will judge them. Rather, may we be humble and generous, shouldering and sharing whatever burdens come our way.

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