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Fall Babylon Great
(Revelation 14.8)
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"A second angel followed and said, 'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.'" (Revelation 14.8)

Early Jewish Christians

BabylonThe Roman Empire with a population of between 50 and 90 million people stretched from Spain to Hadrian's Wall in Northern Britain in the West to Egypt in the South and Albania and Babylonia in the East. The Roman empire's eventual ruin was prophesied in this Revelation 14 passage as the fall of Babylon the Great. Throughout the book of Revelation, Rome was consistently described by the name Babylon, which was a common illusion used in both the Old and the New Testaments to the Roman Empire and Rome itself. In ancient days, Babylon had been the very incarnation of power, lust, luxury and sin to the prophets. To the early Jewish Christians, Babylon seemed to have been reborn in the lust, luxury, immorality and sheer indulgence of Rome in the Roman Empire.

Babylon's Fall

Cyrus the Great of BabylonThe fall of Babylon to Cyrus the Persian king was one of the most unexpected and shattering events in ancient history. The very words which Revelation used were echoes of the ancient prophets. "Fallen, fallen is Babylon," said Isaiah 21.9, "and all the images of her gods he has shattered to the ground." Again Jeremiah 51.8, added, "Suddenly Babylon has fallen, and been broken."

"Fall Babylon Great"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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