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“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her! Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. “The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. “The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. “And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth“
 
The events of chapter 18 occur at the end of the Tribulation. We now come to the triumph of God in creation.
 
18:20
“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!” 
God commands heaven to rejoice over the fall of the Babylonian international system. There is joy in this because this system is an evil system of intolerance of mutual exclusive truth (Acts 4:12). God will ultimately avenge His people. This is not vindictiveness but a desire that God executes justice. Note the contrast between the politicians and businessmen who grieve and lament and the saints who rejoice.
18:21
Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore” 
A mighty angel takes a heavy stone and throws it into the sea to illustrate the destruction of the Babylonian system. The destruction of Babylon is so complete that no one will find any inkling of this system anymore. It sinks like a millstone to the bottom of the sea (Jeremiah 51:61-64).
Seven times the phrase “no be found anymore” occurs in Revelation with minor differences. This indicates the finality of the defeat of Babylonianism.
18:22
“The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore” 
Babylon, famous for her musicians, will not hear the sound of music anymore. The entertainment industry will not make its untold millions any more. Nor will craftsmen execute their trade any more.
We can see the extent and completeness of the fall of Babylon in the destruction of the entertainment industry, in skilled workers and even in the grinding of grain.
18:23
“The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore”
Glittering lights will not shine in the Babylonian system any more. Nor will people celebrate weddings (Matthew 24:38).
For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived”
The reasons for the judgment of Babylon are that 1) she deceived the nations by sorcery and 2) martyred the saints (v. 24). In the Tribulation, businessmen are the “great men of the earth.” Wealth impresses many today. That is why they carry such influence in the world.
The Greek word for “sorcery” is pharmakeia from which we get the English word “pharmacy.” Businessmen deceived great numbers of people by “sorcery.” In the first century people used drugs to deceive others. These business people evidently traffic in demonism and the occult.
18:24
“And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth” 
Babylon murdered both prophets and saints in her hunger for power (18:24). This reveals the true nature of international government and religion. History records tens of thousands of people killed by religion. Religion is a counterfeit gospel. God finally exposes the counterfeit for what it is and destroys it.
Principle:
God will ultimately triumph over all false values.
Application:
The destruction of the Babylonian system is the final blow to the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24). This is the triumph of God in time. The Babylonian system is a religious system combined with a material system.
Today many worship wealth. Wealth is their terminal value. They live for nothing higher. Money is their god. Do you have a proclivity to shack up with the religion/wealth belief system?
God will eventually restore the truth of things into their proper place in time and space.
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