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Revelation Illuminated Angel (Revelation 18.1-3)

"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!' She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.'" (Revelation 18.1-3)✞

Down from Heaven

A glowing AngelThe Revelation illuminated angel is charged with the message of doom and comes with the very light of God upon him for "the earth was illuminated by his splendor." No doubt John was also thinking of another illuminated angel in the Old Testament prophecy of Ezekiel 43.1-2 where Ezekiel says, "Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory." H. B. Swete (1835-1917) says of this angel, "So recently he has come from the presence of God that in passing he brings a broad belt of light across the dark earth."

Shines With Splendor

deathAnother dramatic part of this picture is the sight of demons haunting the ruins described as "a home for demons." The pagan gods, banished from their reign, haunt the ruins of the temples where once their power had been supreme. The wicked city of Babylon contrasts with the heavenly city of the New Jerusalem. The original readers probably identified Babylon with the Ancient city of Rome, but Babylon also symbolizes any system that is or was hostile to God.

"Revelation Illuminated Angel"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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