Friday in the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Revelation 18:1-8

Come Out of Her, My People

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great!”  These are such sweet words to the believer.  No more worldly temptations; no more suffering persecution.  The Tormentor of the saints—Babylon, Rome, the Great Prostitute, the city full of corruption and degradation in which you live—that prime actor for the dragon who caused the saints so much distress, has finally fallen.  I’ve spoken of Revelation’s “back and forth” manner of proceeding.  Here, chapter eighteen expounds upon 16:17-21 and the city’s fall, and in chapter nineteen we shall watch the saints rejoice over its fall.

The great city which was the seat of economic activity and luxury, civic affairs and culture, comes crashing down in a day.  The beast and ten kings who shared an incestuous relationship with her in greed and immorality finally turn and destroy her.  Instead of luxury, she is now a haunt for every unclean thing.  No one but a demon would want to live there, and there are demons aplenty to fill her.  All the nations were drunk from “the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,” a metaphor for their collusion with her in every kind of sin, though I am sure that the great city exported plenty of actual sexual immorality as well. 

But our focus needs to be on the words from a voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues.”  Isaiah said the same thing to the Jews of old in 52:11 and Jeremiah in 51:45.  God’s people must be different; God’s people must be peculiar.  They have been called out of the world; indeed, the church is the group of God’s “called out ones.”  This calling out will take different forms.  At the very least is the calling out to be a pure and holy people—a people who shun the world’s lusts and graft, a people full of faith and good works.  But there are times when more is required of us.  There may be certain occupations which are closed to us because of what the world requires of those engaged in those capacities.  We may come to the time of choosing between economic hardship and God’s will.  We may face shunning and slander from an angry world as is already happening in some quarters in our own country.  Our culture romanticizes about rebels, but not our kind.  The world does not, indeed cannot, understand holiness. 

And now Babylon is repaid “double for her deeds.”  She thought she would never know retribution, that she sat as queen, that the Lord did not care.  And now death, mourning, and plague.  Come out of her and save your life.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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