Segment 40 - 18.01 - The fall of Babylon
Then this moves us into Chapter 18, and this is kind of a dirge or a lament over the fallen city. It goes on, and on, and on for a while. It’s not really a lament. You might say that the writer was feeling sorry for Rome. When you lament someone’s passing, or the death of something or someone, you generally feel sorry, there’s an identification, and so forth. But, here this Chapter 18, is written more in the spirit of she got what she deserved. You know?
Rome really deserved all of this. He just plays the whole thing up here in Chapter 18. In verse 21 what does he say? “That a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and threw it into the seas saying, so shall Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and shall be found no more.” Once again, he is picturing the destruction of Rome, and he’s sort of gloating over the fall of Rome. The people, the city who was responsible for the persecution of the faithful Christians.