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Babylon Doom Song (Revelation 18.1)

"After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: 'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!'" (Revelation 18.1)✞

Down from Heaven

Babylon CityIn Revelation 18, we have a form of prophetic literature common to the Old Testament called "A Doom Song." In this case, an angel shouted out with a loud voice the Babylon doom song foretelling the complete destruction of the city of Rome. Isaiah 21.9 prophecies in a similar way, "Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!'"

Babylon Doom Song

A Roman BannerWe also hear this doom song on ancient Babylon from Isaiah 13.19-22, "Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians, [or "Chaldeans"] will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; there no nomads will pitch their tents, there no shepherds will rest their flocks. But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about. Hyenas will inhabit her strongholds, jackals her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged." In every case, a "doom song" describes the destruction of a great city.✞

"Babylon Doom Song"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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