For the 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. – Revelation 18:8
It is day two of our trip to India. The route that we have always taken leads through Dubai. There is no place like Dubai. If there is one word for it, it is luxurious. It is home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The goal of Dubai is to become the center of the world. As I sit in the airport, it appears that they are doing very well reaching their goal.
As I walked through the mall of the Dubai airport I pass people from many nations coming and going. As we walk we are surrounded by extravagance: fine wine, cigars, sushi bars, jewelry, expensive coffee, you name it.
As we walked through the materialism, I could not help but think of Babylon. In the Old Testament, Babylon was the location that the nation of Israel was exiled to. They were taken captive and forced to live amongst the Babylonians for a number of years. Eventually God brought some of them out of exile and they returned to the promised land.
In Revelation 18, Babylon makes another appearance. Babylon in Revelation does not represent the nation in the Old Testament, but instead represents the evil of the Earth. In the verse above we can see that this evil is intoxicating. The nations are lured into the darkness of her sins, and the world grows rich by Babylon’s demand for more. The spirit of Babylon is alive and well in Dubai, and it is alive an well in America.
Sex and materialism are the two god’s that humanity seems to be bowing down to. If you don’t believe me just look at who who the United States elected to represent them to the world.
The problem with sex and materialism is that it doesn’t end well. Revelation 18 isn’t just about Babylon, but it is about the destruction of Babylon by God. Verse 4 reveals plagues. Verse 7 reveals torment. Verse 8 reveals death, mourning, famine, and burning with fire. The reason for this destruction is “for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.” (verse 8).
Everyone who embraces the evil of Babylon will be judged by God, and as you can tell from the list above, it will not go well. For those who find their satisfaction in sex and luxury your destiny is not Heaven, but Hell. And herein lies the reason for missions…judgment is coming.
Revelation 18:4 says, “Come out of her, my people lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues.” This is what missions is all about, to warn the nations of the coming judgment of God and to implore them to repent, to turn from their drunkenness and find their satisfaction, not in sex and material goods, but instead find satisfaction in Jesus Christ.
For those who repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins will be granted an eternity far greater than Dubai of America could ever offer. Revelation 21:4 tells us it will be a place that God dwells with us, and that there will be no more weeping, death, mourning, or pain. Verse 5 says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And trust me what God can build is far greater than anything man can build in the middle of a dessert.