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72. City Babylon Destruction
Revelation 18.21-24

"Then a mighty angel picked up a large millstone size boulder and threw it into the sea, and said, 'With such violence, Babylon`s great city will be thrown down, never to be found again. The harpists' music and musicians, pipers, and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No trade worker will ever be found in you again. You will never hear the millstone sound in her again. A lamp light will never shine in you again. The bridegroom and the bride's voices will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world's important people. You misled all the nations with your magic spell. You found the prophets blood, God's holy people, and of all those slaughtered on the earth in her." (Revelation 18.21-24)✞

Rome and Babylon

MartyrsThe picture here is of Ancient Rome final devastation, disguised as Babylon city. It begins with a symbolic action. A strong angel takes a massive millstone-size boulder and hurls it into the sea, which closes over it as if it had never been. So will Rome be obliterated. John is taking his picture from the destruction of ancient Babylon city.

All Music Silenced

Strabo's MapA similar thing also occurs in Jeremiah 51.63-64a when Jeremiah is 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.'" In later days, Strabo (BC 63-23 AD), the Greek geographer who drew a map of the known world between BC 7 and 18 AD, said that the ancient Babylon city was so wholly 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 reads, "I will put an end to your noisy songs, and your harp music will be heard no more." The harpers and the minstrels play and sing on joyous occasions. The festival and funeral flute, the games' trumpet, concerts, and all music go quiet. Never again will there be the craftsman sound plying his trade. Never again will domestic activity sound be heard in Babylon.

Women Grinding Grain

Woman Grinding GrainThe city of Rome will never again hear the sound of women grinding grain on circular millstones or a bride`s laughter. Grinding 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 turns to grind the grain. The corn is placed into a hole in the uppermost millstone and emerges ground down as fine flour through the lower stone. The creak of the millstones will never again sound in ancient Rome.

Darkness Prevails

Afraid of the DarkNever again will there be a lamp`s light on the streets or in the houses. Never again will 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 joy and gladness sounds, the bride and bridegroom voices, the sound of millstones and the lamplight."

Silent Desolate City

MartyrsRome is to become a silent, desolate city. And this punishment is to come for specific defined reasons. It will happen because she worships wealth, luxury, living wantonly, and finds no pleasure except 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 a sinful world. She is guilty of bloodletting. "Woe to the city of bloodshed!" says Ezekiel 24.6 of Tyre. Within Rome, martyrs die, and persecution spreads out from there over all the earth.

"City Babylon Destruction"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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