Extracts and Comments from Rev. 14:8 and Rev. 18:2
Rev. 14:8. V.8 And there followed (a)another angel, saying, "(b)Babylon is fallen, the great (c)city, (d)because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication".
(a)"Another"; (Greek; ALLOS = another of the same kind).
(b)"Babylon"; see Isa. 21:9 & Rev. 18:2. As mentioned in earlier Chapters, Babylon is the source of all pagan religions, (in this Creation). That progressed strongly under Nimrod and his mother. Their work has spread worldwide, and their pagan heritage is in all countries, and as well as religions, is showing in all human activity.
As mentioned previously, all religions or human activity which does not acknowledge Acts 4:12, is of Babylon! In V.8 of Rev. 14, we are told that Babylon is fallen! When that happens in the future, all the world's systems, governments, institutions, trade and commerce, religions and beliefs, ideas and opinions etc., will be brought to nothing, and will stand helpless before Almighty Jehovah Zebaoth!
(c)"City"; is not in the ancient text, in this statement the reference is to the great Satanic Babylonian force.
(d)"Because etc."; here is the simply stated fact that Satan has used all the human Babylonian endeavours to attempt to usurp God Almighty, and enslave and control human beings for his purpose. The words "made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication"; gives the meaning to the methods of Satan's controls, using all human weaknesses.
Rev. 18:2 (a)And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, "(b)Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become (c)the habitation of demons, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird".
(a)Powerful messenger, and the message so joyful that the angel is bursting with power in the voice!
(b)See 14:8 and notes. Also, Isa. 21:9, 47:9-11 & Jer. 51:8. The physical Babylon became desolate approx. B.C. 539, after the Medes and the Persians ruled, (Medo - Persian Empire). The angel's declaration concerns the great Satanic spiritual parallel, which has grown from the physical original, and has spread worldwide. This concerns all man's activities which are not under the auspices of God. Particularly; all trade, commerce, money making activity and anything related to world commerce, where a hierarchy of favour and coercion for favour from men/women is involved. There is probably no area of human activity excluded from the curse of spiritual Babylon, except "prayer and worship in spirit and in truth", John 4:23-24. We are all involved in the system at present, until it is brought to an end (see 14:8) and elsewhere, hence Paul's warning, (1Tim. 6:10. the love of money etc.).
The Almighty's disfavour was shown when Christ cleansed the Temple in Jerusalem with a whip, of moneychangers and traders, (John 2:15) and (Psm. 69:9), which is a precursor of the great fall of "Babylon"! (The error and sin was the use of the Temple for monitory gain and exchange, as opposed to another area without the connotation of Sanctity).
(c)This statement shows clearly that as Satan is at present the god of the earth (2Cor. 4:4); his demons, his servants are also here, doing his biding!
See also: Mystery Babylon: