The Beginning of the Fall of Babylon
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man:and every living soul died in the sea.
I have previously shown that I believe that the seals, trumpets, and the vials are parallel to one another. I do not believe the second vial is another curse upon the sea. These are the same event seen from different perspectives. Think of them like the Gospels, where there are three synoptic gospels which give a different view of the same events. Not all the details are exactly the same because they are being seen from different perspectives.
To understand what is taking place here we have two different detail passages that we can use to understand these symbolic events and they are Jeremiah fifty-one and Revelation eighteen. So let us go ahead and start examining these passages.
I want to be consistent here in that we are treating the trumpets as if they are given in symbols. A student of the word of God knows that many times in the old testament a kingdom is referred to as a mountain. God’s kingdom is Mt. Zion (Micah 4:1-2). In Revelation, this is made clear.
9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
One of the best understandings of this symbology is found in Jeremiah fifty-one. This chapter describes the fall of the literal Babylon, however, it also is prophetic in that it is describing the future fall of the spiritual Babylon. The words found in the second trumpet are the words of Jeremiah.
Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee,and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
In the last post, we have examined how Nebuchadnezzar is an earthly representation of Satan and his kingdom. Now, we get into details about the fall of this wicked kingdom. Babylon will be destroyed by fire and will be a place that no one will ever dwell again, not the location on the earth, but the location in the spiritual world.
All the nations have been influenced by Babylon. It is described as drunkenness because as Ephesians 5:18 calls us to not be drunk with wine rather be under the control of the Holy Spirit. The nations have not done so and a are figuratively described as being drunk with the wealth of Babylon and committing spiritual fornication with her.
Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord ‘s hand, that made all the earth drunken:
the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
Notice that Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord’s hand. When Satan was first created he was special as we see from Ezekiel.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
We see this same kingdom fall in the image of Nebuchadnezzar as in Daniel chapter two.
31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them:and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth
This is not just talking about the literal kingdom of Babylon of that day. I say this because a great stone, which is Jesus, will crush this kingdom someday and fill the whole earth. That will be Christ millennial kingdom. Notice how this kingdom started out beautiful as a kingdom of gold in the LORD’s hand. Then at some point, Satan was lifted up and the kingdom started to fall. In the end, it is seen as iron, having no beauty, but the strength to destroy. I also want to point out something that I believe to be true and we will talk more about later, but eventually, this kingdom ends up as having ten toes which are the ten kingdoms described in Revelation 71:12. These kingdoms are going to be a mix of iron and clay. We know that the iron is describing Satan and it must include the angels that fall with him. The clay seems to describe humans for man is described as being clay.
But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
So the conclusion of the second trumpet is that it is the fall of the spiritual Babylon. The first trumpet is God’s judgement coming upon this place and the second is the kingdom literally being cast to the earth. God will have enough of Satan and his angels keeping the world captive. We see a little more detail about this in the description of this event.
7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night