Peeling the Onion: Revelation 18:9-24

Trace the line of dominoes –

The chain of consequences –

Everyone who prospered

by association with Babylon,

Will suffer

by its collapse:

Kings, merchants, even sailors

When the market correction comes –

The speculative bubble bursts –

Who loses most, first?

It’s the luxury trade, not the staples

Traders and merchants lose

Value was never inherent,

But only ascribed by a warped market

Who will mourn –

And who will celebrate –

The next correction of our bull markets?

The future will be stripped –

No musicians and artisans to serve the rich –

But in the end, even the routine mills are silent

Who bled for the ‘good old days’?

NJB Effects of the Fall of Babylon/Rome

9 'There will be mourning and weeping for her by the kings of the earth who have prostituted themselves with her and held orgies with her. They see the smoke as she burns,

10 while they keep at a safe distance through fear of her anguish. They will say: Mourn, mourn for this great city, Babylon, so powerful a city, in one short hour your doom has come upon you.

11 'There will be weeping and distress over her among all the traders of the earth when no one is left to buy their cargoes of goods;

12 their stocks of gold and silver, jewels and pearls, linen and purple and silks and scarlet; all the sandalwood, every piece in ivory or fine wood, in bronze or iron or marble;

13 the cinnamon and spices, the myrrh and ointment and incense; wine, oil, flour and corn; their stocks of cattle, sheep, horses and chariots, their slaves and their human cargo.

14 'All the fruits you had set your hearts on have failed you; gone for ever, never to return again, is your life of magnificence and ease.

15 'The traders who had made a fortune out of her will be standing at a safe distance through fear of her anguish, mourning and weeping.

16 They will be saying: Mourn, mourn for this great city; for all the linen and purple and scarlet that you wore, for all your finery of gold and jewels and pearls;

17 your huge riches are all destroyed within a single hour.' All the captains and seafaring men, sailors and all those who make a living from the sea kept a safe distance,

18 watching the smoke as she burned, and crying out, 'Has there ever been a city as great as this!'

19 They threw dust on their heads and said, with tears and groans: 'Mourn, mourn for this great city whose lavish living has made a fortune for every owner of a sea-going ship, ruined within a single hour.

20 'Now heaven, celebrate her downfall, and all you saints, apostles and prophets: God has given judgment for you against her.'

21 Then a powerful angel picked up a boulder like a great millstone, and as he hurled it into the sea, he said, 'That is how the great city of Babylon is going to be hurled down, never to be seen again.

22 Never again in you will be heard the song of harpists & minstrels, the music of flute & trumpet; never again will craftsmen of every skill be found in you or the sound of the hand-mill be heard;

23 never again will shine the light of the lamp in you, never again will be heard in you the voices of bridegroom and bride. Your traders were the princes of the earth, all the nations were led astray by your sorcery.

24 In her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and all the blood that was ever shed on earth.'

NSRV Effects of Babylon’s Fall

9 And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning;

10they will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, ‘Alas, alas, the great city, Babylon, the mighty city! For in one hour your judgement has come.’

11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo any more,

12cargo of gold, silver, jewels and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet, all kinds of scented wood, all articles of ivory, all articles of costly wood, bronze, iron, and marble,

13cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, choice flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, slaves— and human lives.

14 ‘The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your dainties and your splendour are lost to you, never to be found again!’

15The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,

16 ‘Alas, alas, the great city, clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, with jewels, and with pearls!

17 For in one hour all this wealth has been laid waste!’ And all shipmasters and seafarers, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off

18and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning, ‘What city was like the great city?’

19And they threw dust on their heads, as they wept and mourned, crying out, ‘Alas, alas, the great city, where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! For in one hour she has been laid waste.’

20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, you saints and apostles and prophets! For God has given judgement for you against her.

21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘With such violence Babylon the great city will be thrown down, and will be found no more;

22 and the sound of harpists and minstrels and of flautists and trumpeters will be heard in you no more; and an artisan of any trade will be found in you no more; and the sound of the millstone will be heard in you no more;

23 and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more; and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more; for your merchants were the magnates of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.

24 And in you was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slaughtered on earth.’