Revelation 18

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(This is an excerpt from the chapter "The Triumph of Almighty God (Revelation 17:1-20:15)" from the book Making Sense of the Book of Revelation.)

Revelation 18 continues the vision of the fall of spiritual Babylon. John sees a glorious angel come down and cry “mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen” (v. 2). Another voice from the heavens appeals to the people of God to come out of the influence and grips of the dying whore (see v. 4): “Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon” (D&C 133:14).

John notices that the kings of the earth (especially those who have committed fornication with her against the true God) mourn and lament for the mother of harlots, as do the merchants of the earth, who, with her, profited at the expense of the ignorant (see vv. 9–19). Wicked and worldly businessmen who, with the great and abominable church, did buy and sell gold and silver, “fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing” (1 Nephi 13:8) and who did bargain over the souls of men will now lament the destruction of their companion in corruption. The role of the great harlot in persecuting the Church of God is then clarified in the closing statement by John: “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth” (v. 24).

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