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Bible Commentaries

Scofield's Reference Notes

Revelation 18

Verse 2


Babylon, "confusion," is repeatedly used by the prophets in a symbolic sense ((See Scofield " :-") ), note 2. Two "Babylons" are to be distinguished in the Revelation: ecclesiastical babylon, which is apostate Christendom, headed up under the Papacy; and political babylon, which is the Beast's confederated empire, the last form of Gentile world-dominion. Ecclesiastical Babylon is "the great whore" Revelation 17:1 and is destroyed by political Babylon Revelation 17:15-66.17.18 that the beast may be the alone object of worship. ; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:15. The power of political Babylon is destroyed by the return of the Lord in glory. (See "Armageddon,") ; Revelation 16:14; Revelation 19:17. The notion of a literal Babylon to be rebuilt on the site of ancient Babylon is in conflict with Isaiah 13:19-23.13.22. But the language of Revelation 18:10; Revelation 18:16; Revelation 18:18 seems beyond question to identify "Babylon," the "city" of luxury and traffic, with "Babylon" the ecclesiastical centre, viz. Rome. The very kings who hate ecclesiastical Babylon deplore the destruction of commercial Babylon.

Verses 4-5


Sin. (See Scofield " :-") .

Verse 10


(See Scofield " :-") , note 2.

Verse 22


Cf. Isaiah 24:8 contra, Revelation 14:1-66.14.3.

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Bibliographical Information
Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Revelation 18". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". 1917.