Yesterday I noted the difficulty of gaining more than generalized clarity about what “Babylon The Great” refers to in these last chapters of Revelation. Some have suggested it is code for the Roman Empire, perhaps all subsequent evil authorities, or the future government of the Antichrist. Perhaps “Babylon the Great” refers to the demonic powers behind all the above that mistreat God’s people? Please don’t think, just because I don’t plainly state what I think it means I don’t have opinions on this matter or that I don’t think that it matters. I just recognize how tentative my view must be until Christ clarifies the particulars to His bride upon her final rescue. Speaking of the bride of Christ, that is the church, there is one clear takeaway for us from this passage. We are warned, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4) This is Revelation’s equivalent warning to “friendship with the world means enmity against God.” (James 4:4) Every generation of people and Christians are tempted to make the pursuits of this worldly age, the acquisition of wealth, comfort, and ease as detailed in Revelation 18-19 our priorities. Of course we must pay the bills, work in the marketplace, and conduct business. But even these important tasks must be prioritized below staying true and believing in our hearts that our “Lord God almighty reigns”. (Revelation 19:6) This is how the bride of Christ lives until we are given “fine linens” (Revelation 19:9) in preparation for the wedding supper of the Lamb!