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THE FIFTH VISION
THE FALL OF BABYLON AND THE MARRIAGE OF THE
The Fall of Babylon.
Through our blessed Lord's powerful visitation of the Roman church by the Reformation, it begins its rapid decline to the end. The light which was shed abroad by the Reformers, Luther, Zuingle, Calvin, and others, is as it were the brightness of our Lord's coming to Antichrist; and by it they separate themselves from him. The kings and those who trafficked in church property, or the cure of souls, the aristocracy of the Empire, are no longer made rich by her; and though the former agree for momentary gratification in pillaging her of her wealth and in destroying her, yet afterwards lament for the influence they have lost upon the world in so doing. The extermination of her will be complete and violent, so that she will never rise again : for all have been deceived by her; and through her persecuting spirit all the saints and godly teachers of Christianity, who have ever been slain, have been slain by her. A.D. 1518-1843.
XVIII. 1.---And after these things I saw another
angel coming down from heaven, having great
power; and the earth was lightened with his 2 glory. And he cried mightily with a strong
voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and
the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every 3 unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have
drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth
are waxed rich through the abundance of her 4 delicacies. And I heard another voice from
heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that
ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye 5 receive not of her plagues. For her sins have
reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered 6 her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded
you, and double unto her double according to her
works : in the cup which she hath filled, fill to 14 her double. How much she hath glorified herself,
and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her; for she saith in her heart, I sit a
queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day,
death, and mourning, and famine ; and she shall
be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the 9 Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of
the earth who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her,
and lament for her, when they shall see the 10 smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the
fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great
city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour 11 is thy judgment come.
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her ; for no 12 man buyeth her merchandise any more; the
merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner
vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and 13 iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and
ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep,
and horses, and chariots, and bodies, and souls of 14 men.
And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which
were dainty and goodly, are departed from thee, 15 and thou shalt find them no more at all. The
merchants of these things, which were made rich
by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her 16 torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas,
alas! that great city, that was clothed in fine
linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with 17 gold and precious stones, and pearls! for in one
hour so great riches is come to nought. And every ship-master, and all the company in ships,
and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood 18 afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of
her burning, saying, What city, is like unto this 19 great city! And they cast dust on their heads,
and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costli
ness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy
apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged
you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a
great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon
be thrown down, and shall be found no more at 22 all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and
of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee;
and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no 23 more at all in thee; and the light of a candle
shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee; for thy merchants were
the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries 24 were all nations deceived. And in her was found
the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
The Marriage of the Lamb.
The false and corrupt church being overthrown, the saints and the whole creation join in exultation before
God; because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Rom. viii. 21. And now the true church, so long persecuted, no longer ask how long it will be, before the Lord will judge and avenge their blood on them that dwell on the earth ? for it is declared that their blood is now avenged. They are presented to Christ a glorious church, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but holy and without blemish, clothed upon with their house from heaven, without being spiritually naked, fashioned according to Christ's glorious body, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. The Wicked One is consumed by the brightness of our Lord's coming, who leaveth his Father in heaven to be joined unto his wife. This is a great mystery : but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. Eph. v.31, 32.
XIX. 1.-And after these things I heard a great
voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia :
Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, 2 unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous
are his judgments : for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her
fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his 3 servants at her hand. And again they said,
Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and 4 ever. And the four and twenty elders and the
four living creatures fell down and worshipped
God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen ; 5 Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne,
saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and 6 ye
that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia ;