The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 18:9–20)

This entry is part 48 of 52 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

Having witnessed the destruction of Babylon, three groups lament her judgment. First, the kings who sinned with her stand at a distance, fearing that they, too, will share her judgment, lamenting over the sudden destruction of such a great and mighty city (18:9–10). Second, the merchants of materials and men likewise stand at a distance, lamenting her sudden destruction and longing for her now-gone luxuries of food and clothing (18:11–17a). Third, the shipmasters and their sailors stand at a distance and lament her sudden destruction, mourning over their loss of wealth as well (18:18–19). Ironically, they exhort heaven with its saints and apostles to rejoice that the blood of the martyrs has seen justice (18:20).

Old Testament in the New

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
18:9 Jer 50:46; 51:8 Babylon will be suddenly broken and mourned by the nations.
18:9–10, 12, 16, 17–19 Ezek 26:16–18; 27:12–33 Both ancient Tyre and future Babylon are judged in similar ways.
18:20 Jer 51:48 Heaven will rejoice when Babylon is judged.

 A Parting Thought

The greatest center of wealth and stockpile of this world’s earthly goods is no match for an almighty God who owns everything already. May we trust in Him and not our earthly riches, lest we be found mourning for what passes away in the day of judgment.

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