|I have separated
this text (rather unusual) to show that this is not just “economic” Babylon
-- the politicos are here also.
|There are four
points that say so much about politics:
|• Note that they
mourn -- but offer no help. Words
substitute for action now that Babylon is of no more value.
|• Royalty is known
for its extravagance (especially in Rome);
as the extravagance is, so is the terror of example. (That could have been me!) That, at least, is what I suspect God wants
them to learn. This is “one of those
examples by which God teaches the law to kings.”
|• In chapter 17 the
beast (representing the world system) hates Babylon; in chapter 18 the kings mourn her. Having set her up, she now becomes an
object of pity. It is one thing to
experience misfortune; it is entirely
another to be subjected to pity for it.
Especially if your chief virtue is pride.
|• The entire passage
is an example of one attitude: “What
have you done for me lately?” Gee, I’m
really sorry about what happened; next customer, please.