Isaiah 48 & Revelation 18

Isaiah 48

    Hear this, O house of Jacob,
        who are called by the name of Israel,
        and who came from the waters of Judah,
    who swear by the name of the LORD
        and confess the God of Israel,
        but not in truth or right.
    For they call themselves after the holy city,
        and stay themselves on the God of Israel;
        the LORD of hosts is his name.
    “The former things I declared of old;
        they went out from my mouth, and I announced them;
        then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
    Because I know that you are obstinate,
        and your neck is an iron sinew
        and your forehead brass,
    I declared them to you from of old,
        before they came to pass I announced them to you,
    lest you should say, ‘My idol did them,
        my carved image and my metal image commanded them.’
    “You have heard; now see all this;
        and will you not declare it?
    From this time forth I announce to you new things,
        hidden things that you have not known.
    They are created now, not long ago;
        before today you have never heard of them,
        lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
    You have never heard, you have never known,
        from of old your ear has not been opened.
    For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously,
        and that from before birth you were called a rebel.
    “For my name's sake I defer my anger,
        for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
        that I may not cut you off.
    Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
        I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
    For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
        for how should my name be profaned?
        My glory I will not give to another.
        “Listen to me, O Jacob,
        and Israel, whom I called!
    I am he; I am the first,
        and I am the last.
    My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
        and my right hand spread out the heavens;
    when I call to them,
        they stand forth together.
    “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
        Who among them has declared these things?
    The LORD loves him;
        he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
        and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
    I, even I, have spoken and called him;
        I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
    Draw near to me, hear this:
        from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
        from the time it came to be I have been there.”
    And now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit.
    Thus says the LORD,
        your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
    “I am the LORD your God,
        who teaches you to profit,
        who leads you in the way you should go.
    Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
        Then your peace would have been like a river,
        and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
    your offspring would have been like the sand,
        and your descendants like its grains;
    their name would never be cut off
        or destroyed from before me.”
    Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
        declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it,
    send it out to the end of the earth;
        say, “The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
    They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
        he made water flow for them from the rock;
        he split the rock and the water gushed out.
    “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”

(Isaiah 48 ESV)

Revelation 18

    After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. And he called out with a mighty voice,

    “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
        She has become a dwelling place for demons,
    a haunt for every unclean spirit,
        a haunt for every unclean bird,
        a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
    For all nations have drunk
        the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
    and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
        and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
        Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

    “Come out of her, my people,
        lest you take part in her sins,
    lest you share in her plagues;
    for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
        and God has remembered her iniquities.
    Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
        and repay her double for her deeds;
        mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
    As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
        so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
    since in her heart she says,
        ‘I sit as a queen,
    I am no widow,
        and mourning I shall never see.’
    For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
        death and mourning and famine,
    and she will be burned up with fire;
        for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
        And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,

    “Alas! Alas! You great city,
        you mighty city, Babylon!
    For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
        And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls.

    “The fruit for which your soul longed
        has gone from you,
    and all your delicacies and your splendors
        are lost to you,
        never to be found again!”
        The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,

    “Alas, alas, for the great city
        that was clothed in fine linen,
            in purple and scarlet,
        adorned with gold,
            with jewels, and with pearls!
    For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”
        And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,

    “What city was like the great city?”
        And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,

    “Alas, alas, for the great city
        where all who had ships at sea
        grew rich by her wealth!
    For in a single hour she has been laid waste.
    Rejoice over her, O heaven,
        and you saints and apostles and prophets,
    for God has given judgment for you against her!”
        Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,

    “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,
        and will be found no more;
    and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,
        will be heard in you no more,
    and a craftsman of any craft
        will be found in you no more,
    and the sound of the mill
        will be heard in you no more,
    and the light of a lamp
        will shine in you no more,
    and the voice of bridegroom and bride
        will be heard in you no more,
    for your merchants were the great ones of the earth,
        and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
    And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
        and of all who have been slain on earth.”

(Revelation 18 ESV)

Revelation 18: Those who compromise their convictions to live in luxury with the world will one day weep and wail over the loss of all their profit. For in a single moment God's judgement can cause all our wealth to be laid to waste. 

One day the wealth of this world and those who have been made drunk off such wealth will tragically find themselves worthless before the wrath of God. We must pursue the things of God and align ourselves with the economy of God's kingdom lest we take part in the sins of this world's way of accumulating wealth.