Fall of Babylon

Fall of Babylon  2010 The General Conference of the New Church

19. Fall of Babylon     Revelation 18:1-2,10-24

Fall of Babylon

Revelation chapter 18 verses 1-2 and 10-24

A mighty angel proclaims that the great city of Babylon is fallen and destroyed. The hub of a vast trading empire, a centre of wealth and luxury, all the riches and splendour have vanished never to be recovered. The merchants and traders weep and mourn as their livelihoods are swept away but heaven is called to rejoice.

Babylon is a great Biblical symbol of our lower self-indulgent nature manipulating situations and people around us to suit ourselves. And its fall, as a result of divine influence, heralds its coming loss of power over us. We have, for example, sought to control the world around us to get what we wanted from life in the way of possessions and power. But when the light of higher heavenly truth breaks through into our awareness, there is a fundamental shift of values. Our outer mind finds it difficult to accept that, instead of taking control to get what we want out of life, we need to learn to let God take charge.

 

 

"'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!' The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no-one buys their cargoes any more."

(chapter 18 verses 10 -11)