The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 18:21–24)

This entry is part 49 of 52 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT


Passage Summary

A mighty angel threw a millstone-sized stone into the sea, picturing the sudden, violent, and permanent downfall of Babylon (18:21). Music, work, light, and marriage will be absent as a result (18:22–23a). Reasons for her destruction will be her deceptive and demonic influence upon the world through her merchants and her persecution of the saints (18:23b–24).

Old Testament in the New

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
18:21 Jer 51:63–64 A stone is thrown into water, picturing how Babylon would be judged by God.
18:22 Isa 24:8; Jer 25:10; Ezek 26:13 Musicians cease playing, and workers cease working when judgment comes in the end.
18:23 Jer 7:34; 16:9; 25:10 Complete judgment silences the voices of gladness in a city and extinguishes its light.

A Parting Thought

From the simplest to the greatest of joys in life to the life-sustaining and simplest necessities of life, Babylon will be absolutely overthrown. Let us never come close to Babylon’s sins by even tolerating them in any way, and let us rather look for our blessed hope in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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