The mood in Revelation 18 is somber because of the announcement of the fall of Babylon from an angel of heaven. Once, a great city of trade that created wealth for many is suddenly brought to ruin.
Babylon has been symbolized as a harlot in previous chapters. In Revelation 17:16 the angel told John that the beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute and bring her to ruin; leaving her naked, her flesh eaten, and her body burned with fire.
Now another angel who many say is Christ himself coming to destroy His enemies announces the fall of commercial Babylon. Wickedness was prominent throughout the city as it was a godless place. The people worshiped idols, sought luxury, were greedy, and desired pleasure.
Can you imagine a great city of today that suddenly had a catastrophic demise? It would probably have tremendous ramifications throughout the world. The stock market would crash, security around the world would be ramped up, and politicians would create new laws thinking they could “play God” to control the situation.
It wears on the mind as we live in a world were evil exist but God’s Word provides food for the mind and His Son creates light for understanding. This day with God, let us take warning to what destroys and what builds up. The work we do for Christ will last forever so pray for each day and look forward to growing, sharing, and building up the kingdom together. Wealth and other things of this world can soon vanish but a future with Christ is forever.