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Great City Babylon
(Revelation 18.21-22)
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"Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said, 'With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again." (Revelation 18.21-22)✞

Rome and Babylon

MartyrsThe picture here was of the final devastation of Rome which was called by way of disguise the great city of Babylon. It began with a symbolic action. A strong angel took a large boulder the size of a millstone and hurled it into the sea which closed over it as if it had never been. So will Rome be obliterated. John was taking his picture from the destruction of the real ancient city of Babylon.✞

All Music Silenced

Strabo's MapA similar picture occurred also in Jeremiah 51.63-64, "When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, 'So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her people will fall.' The words of Jeremiah end here." In later days Strabo, the Greek geographer who drew a map of the then known world between BC 7 and 18 AD, said that the ancient city of Babylon was so completely obliterated that no one would ever have dared to say that the desert where she stood was once a great city.✞

No Rejoicing

EzekielNever again would there be any sound of rejoicing in Rome. Similarly, the doom of Ezekiel 26.13 against Tyre read, "I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more." The harpers and the minstrels played and sang on joyous occasions. The flute was used at festivals and at funerals, the trumpet sounded at the games and at the concerts, but now all music was to be silenced. Never again would there be the sound of a craftsman plying his trade. Never again would the sound of domestic activity be heard in Babylon.✞

"Great City Babylon"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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