(Rev. 14: 6-13) Three Angels, Babylon, Judgment

As the rotting corpse of Christendom is increasingly overrun with satanically energized Islamist terrorists, former Protestant America rapidly segues from post-Christian to actively hostile toward its' founding religion.  America's apostasy, idolatry, occult paganism, pan sexuality, rampant abortion, drug use, sodomy, homosexual marriage, and other sins are eerily similar to the pre-flood generation, Sodom and Gomorrah and Egypt, noted for its' occultism.  Now in "The Rise of the ‘Done With Church’ Population," Thom Schultz details yet more corruption---the rise of the de-churched or "dones" generation. 

 Many of the 'dones' said Schultz, are among the most dedicated and active people in their congregations, the people on whom a church relies for lay leadership, service and financial support.  But they say they are done with church, done with being told what to do and are leaving.  Among other reasons: fatigue with the Sunday routine of "plop, pray and pay." After sitting through countless sermons and Bible studies, "they feel they’ve heard it all." (churchleaders.com)

And the problem is compounded by the fact that younger people in the next generation, the Millennials,

"....are not lining up to refill the emptying pews."

America Under Judgment

According to Evangelical preacher John MacArthur, because America’s sins are already akin to that of Israel’s our nation is already under divine judgment:

Materialism, drunkard pleasure seeking, arrogant conceit, defiant sinfulness, moral perversion, and corrupt leadership… Do you not see [them] in America?”  (John MacArthur Says America Is Under Divine Judgment, Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor, June 2011)

 MacArthur identified Israel’s six sins leading to six curses on that nation from Isaiah 5, saying those misdeeds were not isolated to Israel:

 “I look at America… people say what is wrong with this country. That is what’s wrong with this country. Right there. They have rejected the Word, the law of the Lord, the Holy One Himself.”

Talking about the sin of arrogant conceit issuing in relativism, he said America was guilty of this too. It is when a society no longer wants to hear from God,

 “....  but wants to be its own authority where every man does that which is right in his own eyes and feels that he is the ultimate authority, he is the ultimate source of truth..."

MacArthur added that America has corrupt leaders, too. The Hebrew words for “heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,” as mentioned in Isaiah 5:22, refers to corrupt leaders:

 “What do we have here? We have here, folks, Anthony Weiner type people…corrupt leaders. Is there ever any end to this corruption…who literally prostitute their position and justify wicked people for a bribe and take away the rights of the innocent people…politicians and leaders who can be bought.

So what is divine punishment?  In answer, McArthur quotes Isaiah 5:5-7:

“Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled. I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it.”  

Three Angels of Rev. 14: 6-13

According to William Hendricksen, author of "More Than Conquerors,"  Revelation 14, verses 6-13 have one purpose--to warn apostates, God-haters, mockers, scoffers, and de-churched "dones" of the coming judgment in order that men may repent and turn to the Lord in true faith. 

The first angel is sent to men who 'sit on the earth,' meaning they are indifferent, unconcerned, bored, and careless. To these indifferent people an angel appears, flying in mid-heaven so as to be heard by all, saying, "Fear God, and give Him glory, for the hour of His judgment is come."

This angel warns everyone who continues in unbelief that they will not escape the wrath of God.

The second angel follows, saying:

"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, who from the wine of the passion of her whoring has been giving all the nations to drink."

Babylon symbolizes the world as the source of seduction, fornication, rebellion, and apostasy.  Babylon's spirit captivates and enslaves 'men who sit on the earth' and seduces "dones" to fall away from their first love.  Babylon's future fall is spoken of here as if it had already occurred so as to serve as a warning to the wicked of what will surely come, thus the third angel declares in a loud voice,

"If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." 

According to the third angel, all people who are attached to this world are going to perish with the world.  If your choice is the world (and Satan) you must expect to suffer the consequences.  You cannot live in sin and get away with it, meaning the wrath of God inevitably falls upon all who worship the beast out of the sea, the beast out of the earth and Babylon.

@Linda Kimball