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Separated Holy People (Revelation 18.4-8)

"Then I heard another voice from heaven say 'Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues, for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given, pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, "I sit as queen. I am not a widow, and I will never mourn." Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her with death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.'" (Revelation 18.4-8)✞

Stock Market Collapse

Roman MoneyThose who are tied to the world's system will lose everything when it collapses. It is akin to a stock market collapse when everybody's savings in mutual funds or even blue chip stocks take a dive. What they have worked for over a lifetime will be destroyed in one foul swoop. Those who labor only for material rewards will have nothing when they die. God's people should not live for money but be separated holy people, because wealth is worthless in eternity. They should keep on guard constantly against the temptation to be greedy, a sin that is always ready to take over our lives. In the description of the coming fall of Babylon, Isaiah 47.7-8 tells us of her boasting, "You said, 'I am forever — the eternal queen!' But you did not consider these things or reflect on what might happen. Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.'"

Come Out of Her

Roman MartyrThe cry "Come out of her, my people" in Revelation 18.4a does not mean evacuate the city but the call to Christians is to separate themselves from sinners. In contrast to the prostitute, Christ's bride which is the church, is to be pure and obedient. Throughout history, people have been killed for their faith and over the last century, many Christians have been murdered by oppressive governments. The woman's drunkenness in Revelation shows her pleasure in her evil accomplishments and her false feeling of triumph. But every martyr who has fallen before her sword has only served to strengthen the faith of other Christians.

"Separated Holy People"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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