Thursday, September 10, 2015

It Will Come in One Day

"Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, 'I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.' Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her." - Revelation 18:7-8

Revelation chapters 17-18 are about Mystery Babylon, the harlot who rides the beast. Jeremiah 50-51 are about the same entity, which it calls the daughter of Babylon, as is Isaiah 13, which it simply calls Babylon. In all of history there is only one nation that fulfills 100% of the Bible's prophetic descriptions about Mystery Babylon. That nation fits the profile like a glove. See my previous post here.

The verse quoted above in Revelation 18 really spoke to me today. "Therefore IN ONE DAY her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine." Plagues are calamities, like the plagues of Egypt during the time of Moses - blood, frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence on livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, death. The Egyptian plagues came in a series of increasing severity with pauses in between to allow them to be felt and make room for Pharaoh to respond. However, Babylon's plagues will come in one day - death, mourning and famine. 

Why? Because of her hubris, overweening pride, and because she corrupted the whole world with her debauchery. "For all of the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality."  Babylon's pride is portrayed as chest-pounding patriotism and a naive delusion that things will always go well for her: "I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn."

Famine is brought by the Black Horse in Revelation 6, whose rider carries "a pair of scales in his hand." Scales were used in the old world for commerce - to sell and to buy. In other words, they represent the economy. "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages." A quart of wheat is enough to make only a loaf or two of bread. How much money do you make in a day? $100, $200, $300? Imagine if you had to pay that much for a loaf of bread. The Black Horse brings an economic crash followed by hyperinflation, scarcity of food and resources, and famine.

Babylon's other plagues of death and mourning would eventually result from an economic crash and subsequent famine, but not in one day. This means something else is going on, perhaps a major natural disaster or attack that causes death and mourning immediately and pushes an otherwise broken economy over the brink. 

The last part of Revelation 18:8, destruction by fire, comes later as Babylon's ultimate judgment. First comes the plagues of death, mourning and famine. 

Folks, it's coming soon. Very, very soon. It's not going to be a rolling, gathering disaster like in Egypt. IT WILL COME IN ONE DAY.


Debra Walker said...

Thank you, Mike, for sharing this post. The revelation is explicit in the Word, yet many of us need to have this highlighted and spelled out, exactly as you have done. Be blessed, Brother!

Debra Walker said...

As to how such a thing is possible, see