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72. City Babylon Destruction
Revelation 18.21-24

"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. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of the bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world's important people. By your magic spell, all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and God's holy people, and of all who have been slaughtered on the earth." (Revelation 18.21-24)✞

Rome and Babylon

MartyrsThe picture here was of the final devastation of Ancient Rome which was called by way of disguise the 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 thing occurred also in Jeremiah 51.63-64 when he was told, "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 (BC 63-23 AD), 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 funerals, the trumpet sounded at the games and 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.

Women Grinding Grain

Woman Grinding GrainThe sound of women grinding grain on circular millstones or the laughter of a bride will never again be heard in the city of Rome. The grinding of grain is carried out by the women at home. The grain mill has two millstones one revolving on the top of the other. The bottom stone is stationary and the top stone is turned to grind the grain. The corn is placed into a hole in the uppermost millstone and it is ground between the two circular millstones and emerges ground down as flour through the lower stone. The creak of millstones, which could be heard on any day at any doorway, would never again be heard in ancient Rome according to the writings of Revelation.

Darkness and Silence Prevails

Afraid of the DarkNever again would there be the light of a lamp on the streets or in the houses. Never again would there be the sound of wedding rejoicing for even love will die. Jeremiah 25.10 uses the same word picture, "I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp."

Never Again

MartyrsRome is to become a silent desolate city. And this punishment is to come for certain defined reasons. It will come because she worships wealth, luxury, living wantonly, and finds no pleasure except in material things. She leads people astray with her sorceries. Nahum 3.14 called Nineveh "alluring, the mistress of sorceries," Rome also flirts with evil powers to create an evil world. She is guilty of bloodletting. "Woe to the city of bloodshed!" says Ezekiel 24.6 of Tyre. Within Rome, martyrs perished and persecution spreads out from there over all the earth.

"City Babylon Destruction"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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