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Revelation Illuminated Angel
(Revelation 18.1-3)
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"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 reference to the shout, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!" reminded us of Isaiah 21.9, "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!'" The Revelation illuminated angel was described as having "great authority" and was charged with this message of doom. He came with the very light of God upon him for "the earth was illuminated by his splendor." No doubt John would also have been reminded of another illuminated angel in the Old Testament prophecy of Ezekiel 43.1-2 where Ezekiel wrote, "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) the eminent Biblical scholar said 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 was the sight of demons haunting the ruins described as "a home for demons." The pagan gods banished from their reign inhabited the ruins of the temples where once their power had been supreme. The wicked city of Babylon (or ancient Rome) contrasted with the heavenly city of the New Jerusalem. The original readers of Revelation probably identified Babylon with the Ancient city of Rome, but Babylon also symbolized any system that was hostile to God.

"Revelation Illuminated Angel"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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