Revelation 18.1-3 – The finances of the believer

Today we read that John sees another angel coming down from heaven, and he is so fresh from heaven that the earth was made bright with his glory!

1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. 2 And he called out with a mighty voice,

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!

She has become a dwelling place for demons,

a haunt for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.

3 For all 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.”

The angel calls out with a mighty voice judgement on Babylon the great, so, are we talking about the same place from chapter 17? There are lots of similarities, but some differences. Chapters 17 and 18 are symbolic of the world, everything Christ described as ‘of the world’…chapter 17 talks of false religion, sexual immorality, idol worship, and chapter 18 talks of commercial immorality, greed, idolatry, and pride.

So the angel says Babylon is fallen, and

For all 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.”

The worldly way of commercialism and consumerism has caused nations to fall, so much so that the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and many have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.

So pride, greed, and selfish wealth are condemned here, yet are we storing up treasures for ourselves on earth? The Bible doesn’t call for us to live a life of destitution, we are called to be good stewards of the resources God has given us (Matthew 25.14-30), and we are certainly called to care for our families and not let them live a life of destitution (1 Timothy 5.8), but, importantly, there is a difference between using your God-given resources wisely to provide a good life for your loved ones and spoiling them with material things. There is a difference between enjoying the fruits of your labour with friends and family and being frivolous with your finances.


There should be a noticeable difference in how you use your finances as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Are we growing rich from the luxurious living of the commercially immoral?

Are we turning a blind eye to those around us, even those within our church family, who are struggling?

If you drew a pie chart of where your money goes each month, what would it look like?

Would you present it to God as an act of worship, or would you wish He could not see?

Here is a really simple flow-chart of the stewardship process, something to think and pray over today…

If you need help with finances, or even want to chat about the wisdom of the financial choices you are making, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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