(extract from Ellis Skolfield's Bible Study pg 440-445: The 2012 Edition of Mr. Skolfield's
Daniel & Revelation Teaching Outline http://www.ellisskolfield.com/downloadable-books.shtml)
1. Babylon in Rev 17 is a figurative picture of the apostate church.
2. Rev 20 is a figurative picture of all the redeemed.
3. Babylon in Rev 18 is a figurative picture of the world’s ungodly systems and of the lost who glory in and support them.
Revelation 18:1-3 “And after these things I saw (so this is a later vision and a totally different Babylon than the previous chapter) another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory (this is no ordinary angel, this is Jesus). And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (the materialistic systems of this world).
Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
Like the parallel verse appearing below, both are about believers, Jew and Gentile, during the Christian era . . .
2Corinthians 6:16 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
COLLAPSE OF THE WORLD’S MONETARY SYSTEMS
Revelation 18:5-14 “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour (15.44 days in prophetic time) is thy judgment come.
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.”
Revelation 18:15-20 “The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought.
And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”
ALL BELIEVERS TAKEN OUT OF THIS PRESENT WORLD
Revelation 18:21-24 “And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle . . .” (Greek: λύχνος , lookh’-nos, literally a lamp) . . .
Psalms 119:105-106 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.”
“shall shine no more at all in thee (so God’s Word will no longer be seen in Babylon); and the voice of the bridegroom (Jesus) and of the bride (believers, both Jew and Gentile) shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; [Illuminati, Pilgrims etc] for by thy sorceries (Greek: nαkμαiέια, pharmakeia, literally pharmacy or medications, by implication, magic or science) were all nations deceived. [the nations rely on medicine instead of God for healing] And in her was found the blood of prophets (physical Israel), and of saints (the Gentile Church), and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
The blood of All of God’s people, Old Testament and New, is found in this Babylon. This is a figurative “city” composed of the multitudes of people who throughout time have hated God or wilfully turned away from His Son, the Savior of the World!
This Babylon is also the world’s satanic system and those within it who love wickedness, beginning with Cain who slew his brother Abel, on down through time to the last suffering saint standing for Jesus in some foul-smelling hole, and giving his life for our beloved Lord.