The Judgment of Babylon

(Revelation 18:8, 21-24)

In Revelation 18, John described the judgment of Babylon by the Ten Kings of Europe. In verses 10, 17, and 19, John says, “in one hour your judgment has come,” “in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste,” and “in our hour she has been laid waste.”

We understand that this “hour” was 533 years, or 1/12 of the human clock of 6,400 years, from the East-West Schism in 1054 AD until the mid-16th Century, when all the Kings of Europe rejected their political relationships with the Pope. This was the judgment of “the great harlot that committed fornication with the kings of the earth.”

But in verse 8, John speaks of the future, when he says, “in one day her plagues will come, plagues of death, mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.”

This is the only time that the Book of Revelation uses the expression “one day.” What does it mean? The apostle Peter warned us of the Day of the Lord, saying, “with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years.”12Pet 3:8 Indeed, one thousand years from this judgment by the Ten Kings, brings us to the Day of the Lord, when God will repay the Great Harlot with fire.

In Revelation 18, verse 21, John said “another strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone … saying, “so will Babylon be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer.” Jesus warned us that it would be better to be bound to a great millstone and thrown into the sea, then to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Since, the Reformation, it has been revealed that the Catholic Church has sexually abused hundreds of thousands of young children— more than 300,000 in France alone. The apostle John concluded Revelation 18, saying, “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”2Rev 18:24