The first lesson of Revelation 18 is that worldly possessions can’t buy spiritual life, but they can buy spiritual death. What we see in the first three verses is the drunkenness of the nations, their fornication, and their living for everything that God will not give them.
In these verses, I can see the rich and powerful families of the world—from Rockefeller to Rothschild, from Getty to Gates—who will stand and watch their billions go up in smoke from the wrath of God. This scene depicts graphically what Jesus said in Matthew 16:26. And I believe it is what the “loud voice” of Revelation 18:2 will be booming throughout the earth at this global collapse: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
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