by Jerry Vines

Revelation 18
Dr. Vines 10/13/85
The 18th chapter of Revelation fits together with the 17th chapter and
gives to us a comprehensive picture of the final collapse of everything in
this world ttrat is contrary and opposed to God. In the 19th chapter of
Revelation, we are going to have the beautiful picture which presents the Lord
Jesus Christ when He returns to this earth again. In the 20th chapter we will
be told about the time when Jesus returns to this earth and sets up His reign
on this earth. Before the return of the Lord Jesus, the Bible teaches us in
these chapters that everything that is contrary to Him, everything that is not
in keeping with His plan and purpose for this earth during the millennium is
going to be systematically done away with and destroyed. In Revelation 17, we
saw the destruction of religious Babylon. There we had a picture of the
apostate church, the final display of religion a part from God, man's attempt
to reach God on his own merits and through his own efforts. In that chapter we
saw the fact that apostate religion is wiped off the earth. Man does not have
a religion to which to turn.
In the 18th chapter we have a picture of the destruction of commercial
Babylon. All through the Bible, the Bible makes statements like this: "Love
not the world, neither the things that are in the world." Constantly the Bible
warns men not to get themselves attached to the things of this world. We know
that the Bible says to us that things in and of themselves are not wrong. The
Bible says in one verse, "God hath given us richly all things to enjoy."
Things in and of themselves are not wrong. They are necessary. We have to have
a certain amount of things to live in this kind of world. Yet, the Lord Jesus
said one time, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all
these things shall be added unto you." When a person comes to know Christ as
His Savior, crowns him as Lord of Lord ...

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